Los Angeles, CA — Kilburn Live, a global market leader in branded live family entertainment, and Rovio Entertainment Corporation, creators of the global phenomenon Angry Birds mobile gaming franchise, announced today plans for a new touring interactive theatrical production “Angry Birds Live: The Slingshot Adventure!”.
In a partnership facilitated by Angry Birds’ global licensing agency IMG, North America’s first-ever interactive touring Angry Birds stage show will feature popular characters from the movies, “Red”, “Silver”, and “Leonard,” as they embark on a hilarious misadventure in a new world rife with challenging situations. With iconic gameplay elements integrated into the live production, the audience will uniquely help dictate the outcome of the show in a one-of-a-kind experience for guests of all ages.
“Angry Birds Live: The Slingshot Adventure is a landmark production and interactive theatrical experience that allows the audience to participate and impact the outcome of the story in a way that has never been done before,” says Mark Manuel, CEO of Kilburn Live. “We are going to once again push the boundaries of live entertainment and allow the audience to catapult objects onto the stage during the performance that will impact the outcome of the show. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he added.
“Angry Birds is a beloved brand, and our over 5 billion downloads are a testament to that. We always want to give fans and audiences new ways to experience and interact with the brand, and “Angry Birds Live: The Slingshot Adventure” is a completely new, innovative and exciting way of doing that! We are thrilled to be working with Kilburn Live on this first ever audience interactive experience and look forward to seeing how audiences shape the story of Red and his companions,” says Hanna Valkeapää-Nokkala, Senior Director, Brand Licensing at Rovio Entertainment.
To ensure a one-of-a-kind, hilarious adventure for the entire family, Kilburn and Rovio secured the writing service of veteran Hollywood screenwriters James Johnston and Bennet Yellin. James and Bennet have a long list of theatrical hits to their credit which include iconic films such as “Dumb and Dumber” and “Stuck on You”.
Angry Birds Live: The Slingshot Adventure will begin touring North America in 2023.
About the Show Writers: James Johnston and Bennett Yellin
James Robert Johnston was working as Patrick Stewart’s Creative Executive at Paramount Pictures when he began collaborating with Bennett Yellin. Yellin had already been part of a long, fruitful partnership with Peter & Bobby Farrelly on projects like “Dumb and Dumber” and “Stuck on You.” As a team, the two spent nearly 15 years together, creating a variety of material with a strong emphasis on comedy and family-themed entertainment. They were heavily involved in a series of rewrites for an epic animated film, “The Fourth Magi” (aka “The Fourth Wise Man”) from Lightstream Entertainment and director Paul Currie. Soon after, they landed a gig on the Fox sitcom TV show “Unhitched.”
The two then embarked on a new “Marley and Me” film for Fox Family Entertainment and “Hotel for Dogs 2” for Paramount. In 2014, Yellin returned to work with the Farrelly Brothers on “Dumb and Dumber To”. Johnston and Yellin continued their collaboration on BFF, an original TV movie for Nickelodeon, as well as extensive rewrites for other Nickelodeon projects like “One Crazy Cruise” and “Dadzilla” In 2015 they wrote the holiday family comedy “Santa’s Little Helper for Fox Family. In 2017, the duo joined a team assembled by renown comedy director Brian Levant to reboot Warner Brothers beloved “Police Academy” franchise.
In 2019, Bennett decided to pursue his childhood dream to work in themed entertainment. He was hired by Super 78 Studios, one of the premier location-based entertainment designers, to do a comedy re-write for “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: An Interactive Adventure” at Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston, Texas. This unique 4D attraction combines immersive theming, on-site special effects, and 3D visuals with Super 78’s proprietary Geppetto Animated System to provide families with a unique, real-time interactive experience.
About Kilburn Live
Kilburn Live is a world-leading events company specializing in premiere experiential, touring and static live entertainment offerings in over 50 countries globally. Kilburn Live partners with the World’s most recognizable brands, to create new, never-before-seen immersive attractions.
About Rovio Entertainment Corporation
Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global mobile-first games company that creates, develops and publishes mobile games, which have been downloaded over 5 billion times. Rovio is best known for the global Angry Birds brand, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009, and has since evolved from games to various entertainment, animations and consumer products in brand licensing. Rovio has produced The Angry Birds Movie (2016), and it’s sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released in 2019. The company offers multiple mobile games and has seven games studios – two in Espoo (Finland), one in Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Montreal and Toronto (Canada), as well as a subsidiary in Izmir (Turkey) called Ruby Games, which was acquired in 2021. Most of the employees are based in Finland where Rovio is headquartered. The company’s shares are listed on the main list of NASDAQ Helsinki stock exchange with the trading code ROVIO.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training, and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company.
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