ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc. is moving into the film and TV business.
It unveiled plans Friday at an investors meeting during the annual BlizzCon fan convention to create and release its own film and TV series.
The first projects from the newly formed Activision Blizzard Studios will be based on the "Call of Duty" military shooter franchise and "Skylanders" toy-game series.
The studio is expected to release the TV series "Skylanders Academy" in 2016. The computer-generated show will feature the voices of Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale and Jonathan Banks.
The studio also is working on a "Call of Duty" film series, with the first installment ready for deployment in 2018 or 2019.
A film based on Blizzard's "Warcraft" franchise from Legendary Pictures is set for release June 10.