The Incorporated Television Company, or ITC Entertainment as it was referred to in the United States, was a British company involved in production and distribution of television programmes. Television mogul Lew Grade set up the Incorporated Television Programme Company with Prince Littler and Val Parnell in 1954. Designed to be a contractor for the UK's new ITV network, the company failed to win a contract when the Independent Television Authority felt that doing so would give too much control in the entertainment business to the Grade family's companies although the ITA said that ITP were free to make their own programmes which they could sell to the new network companies. ITP put most of the production budget into producing The Adventures of Robin Hood. However, the winner of one of the contracts, the Associated Broadcasting Development Company, had insufficient funds to start broadcasting, so the ITP owners were brought into the consortium and Lew Grade came to dominate it. In 1957, now known as Incorporated Television Company, the company became a subsidiary of the Associated Broadcasting Company –which soon changed its name to Associated Television after threats of legal action from fellow ITV company Associated British Corporation–and produced its own programmes for ATV and for syndication in the United States.
It distributed ATV material outside of the UK. From 1966 to 1982 it was a subsidiary of Associated Communications Corporation after the acquisition of ATV; the initials'ITC' stood for two different things: Independent Television Corporation for sales to the Americas, Incorporated Television Company for sales to the rest of the world. The American Independent Television Corporation was formed in 1958 as a joint venture with Jack Wrather. In September 1958 it purchased Television Programs of America for $11,350,000. Wrather sold his shares to Lew Grade at the end of the decade; the large foreign sales achieved by ITC during the British government's export drives of the 1960s and 1970s led to ACC receiving the Queen's Award for Export on numerous occasions until ITC's association with the broadcaster and success led to the demise of both ATV as a broadcaster and ITC as a production company in 1982. During 1988 The Bell Group, the owners of ITC were taken over by the Bond Corporation. Subsequently, the new owners started an asset-stripping programme.
In November 1988 ITC Entertainment was bought by its management. In 1990, ITC concentrated on low-budget feature films. TV production at ITC would not resume until the company forged a deal with producer David Gerber in 1993. In 1989, ITC Home Video was formed in the United Kingdom, to make use of the many hours of programmes in the archive unseen for years; this short-lived home entertainment division would end in 1991. In the following period, ITC continued to distribute its past library. In 1995, PolyGram purchased the company for $156 million. With Grade once again returning to ITC to act as a consultant until his death in December 1998. On 10 December 1998, Universal Studios' parent, Seagram purchased PolyGram for $10.2 billion. In early January 1999, Carlton Communications bought the ITC television and film library from PolyGram/Seagram for £91 million, which reunited the programme library of ATV and Central Television and doubled the stock of its library division Carlton International, by giving it a total of 15,000 hours of programming.
Carlton chairman Michael Green said:'The ITC library is a jewel in the crown. We can now unite it with the other gems from Britain's film and television heritage in our excellent library.' In 2004, Carlton merged with Granada plc to form ITV plc. ITV Studios continues to release ITC's original output through television and internet streaming repeats, books and DVD and Blu-ray releases. In 2005, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the company, Network DVD released a DVD box set entitled ITC 50 featuring episodes from eighteen different ITC productions. ITC is best known for being the company behind many successful British cult TV filmed series during the 1960s and 1970s, such as The Saint and Hopkirk, Danger Man, The Baron, Gideon's Way, The Champions, The Prisoner, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, Man in a Suitcase, Strange Report, Department S, The Persuaders!, Jason King, The Adventurer, The Protectors, Space 1999, Return of the Saint. It was the production company for The Muppet Show and Julie on Sesame Street which were both made at ATV's Elstree Studios and distributed in the UK by ATV and in the US by ITC.
ITC got its start as a production company when former American producer Hannah Weinstein approached Lew Grade. Weinstein wanted to make a programme called The Adventures of Robin Hood. Weinstein proposed making the series for ITV and marketing it in the United States through an American TV distribution company, Official Films; the series was a big success in both countries, running from 1955 until 1959 on ATV London. Grade realised the potential in overseas sales and colour television, ITC combined high production values with exotic locations and uses of variations on the same successful formula for the majority of its television output. Although most of the ITC series were produced in Britain, ITC worked with Television Programs of America and several series were filmed in America; the earliest ITC series produced in the US was Fury, a Saturday morning live-action series, about a beloved ranch horse, which starred Peter Graves and ran on N
Simogo is a Swedish video game developer based in Malmö. The company was founded in 2010 and is best known for creating games for mobile devices, including Year Walk and Device 6, its name comes from the name of its founders Simon, Gordon. Prior to Simogo, founders Simon Flesser and Magnus "Gordon" Gardebäck worked at Southend Interactive, creating ilomilo amongst other games. In 2004, Simon Flesser was an animator working on commercials. With the release of the Nintendo DS in the same year, he became interested in developing games for the then-new platform; this led him, to Southend Interactive, where he produced art for several games. It was while working there that he met the other half of Gordon "Magnus" Gardebäck. In 2010, the duo decided to create their own company. Although roles were not and are not defined, Simon makes the artwork and design whereas Gordon codes and does the paperwork, it has become a tradition for Simogo to post a visual collage teasing inspirations for projects the company is working on.
Hints are visible throughout their blog hidden throughout normal announcements. After releasing their games, the company will provide insight into the development process as well as explain their cryptic clues. Simogo is a mobile game developer; the new studio's first release was Kosmo Spin, where the player attempts to save a planet populated with breakfast cereal people from aliens. This game was made available on the App Store 2 December 2010 for USD $0.99. Reviewers praised the simplicity and "cute" graphics of the game, it was featured by Apple on the App Store following its release. Following the game's 5-year anniversary, the price of the game was raised to $2.99 in 2015. Their next game was Bumpy Road, following the adventure of an old couple on a road trip; the distinguishing feature of this game was the mechanic where the player moves the road under the car instead of the car itself to reach objectives in the game. It was made available 19 May 2011 at a price of US$2.99 for iOS and 12 April 2012 at the same price for Mac.
The game was featured on the front page of the Mac App Store. Following the success of their previous games, they released their Beat Sneak Bandit. Playing as a bandit who must "sneak to the beat", the user sneaks into the mansion of "Duke Clockface" to take back the clocks the Duke has stolen from the town, it was made available 16 Feb 2012. Reviews praised the originality of the game, along with its design; the game was featured as the iPad Game of the Week. As of January 2013, this game has sold 100,000 copies, their next game, Year Walk, departed from their style of cute games. Year Walk is an adventure game about the Swedish tradition of "årsgång", or "year walking", it was released 21 Feb 2013 on the App Store for US$3.99, PC/Mac on 6 March 2014. The game was met with overwhelmingly positive reception: reviewers praised the dark atmosphere, graphics and the story of the game; as of 2014, it has sold over 200,000 copies. A version of the game for the Wii U console was released in 2015. Device 6 is a text-based puzzle adventure game.
The games is played from Player249's point of view as he/she guides a person named Anna through a strange island with no memory of getting there. Using clues hidden throughout the text and images, the player attempts to travel though the story; the app's text forms the map. It was released on the App Store 17 October 2013 for iOS. Reception to this title was overwhelmingly positive: reviewers lauded the creativity of the genre, the narrative, the use of sound; as of April 2014, it has sold 200,000 copies. It was announced on 28 July 2014 that this game would be released in late 2014, it is, according to the game developers,'more open and quite non-linear', unlike their previous titles. Several screencaps and a trailer of the game were provided with the announcement. Jonas Tarestad and Jonathan Eng, who worked with Simogo on Device 6, returned to work on this game; the Sailor's Dream was released on 6 November 2014. SPL-T is a puzzle game for iOS, released on 28 September 2015; the main goal of the game is'splitting' blocks by tapping on them.
The game is over. Sayonara Wild Hearts is a pop album video game released on 19 September 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Apple devices via Apple Arcade, it was revealed at The Game Awards 2018. The game was created with support from Annapurna Interactive. While Bumpy Road and Kosmo Spin received positive reviews, earning aggregate scores of 85% and 80% on Gamerankings, Beat Sneak Bandit and Year Walk received more praise, with scores of 91% and 87.38%. The highest critically rated title from Simogo is Device 6, with a score of 93.68%, placing it in the top 100 games of all time. Nordic Best Nordic Handheld Game Award Swedish Casual Mobile Game of the Year Award Pocket Gamer Silver Award BAFTA Games Award for Audio Achievement EDGE Award: Best Audio Design IGF Best Mobile Game Award IndieCade 2012 Unity Awards Best Visual Experience Unity Awards Best Gameplay Rocket & Raygun Awards: Best Mobile Puzzle Game BAFTA Games Innovation in 2014 IGF: Excellence in Visual Art International Mobile Game Awards: Excellence in Art Design International Mobile Game Awards: Excellence in Storytelling Nordic Games Be
Adelaide Croatia Raiders Soccer Club is a soccer club in Adelaide, South Australia, that plays in the National Premier Leagues South Australia. Its home ground is the Croatian Sports Centre in a northern suburb of Adelaide, it is a Croatian Australian-backed club and is known by the name "Adelaide Croatia". The Adelaide Croatia Soccer Club was founded in 1952 by a group of Croatian migrants who named the club after their homeland; the group included Fahrudin Cerić, the President, Cvjetko Milanović and Drago Pišpek. The club played in the metropolitan division for five years, its first game was against a team from the Philips factory at Hendon. Its first home ground was in the South Parklands on Greenhill Rd. In 1954 Branko Filipi, a significant leader in the club's early history, became the club president and remained so for the next 14 years. Along with his enthusiastic committee, Filipi began securing the services of a number of promising recruits. In 1958 Adelaide Croatia entered into the fourth division and narrowly missed being promoted into the third division.
That same year, the late Charles Perkins, more famous as an Aboriginal activist, joined the team. Perkins played as a captain/coach for two seasons. In his autobiography he reflected with fondness on his friendships with Adelaide Croats and other immigrants he met through the club. In 1959 the club convincingly won the second division championship and secured a place in the first division for the first time. Once in the first division, Adelaide Croatia's fixtures and results were listed in the international football pools. In 1960 the club moved to its new headquarters at Hanson Reserve, it remained there until 2000. The club's first major milestone was in 1961 when Croatia defeated Cumberland 4-nil to win the Ampol Cup; the Advertiser, in its report on the match, wrote that no team in the state could have beaten Croatia. The 1960s proved to be a successful decade for the club in the South Australian State League, finishing in third place in 1961, 1962 and 1963, while finishing Runner-Up in 1965 and 1969.
Despite these strong results it wasn't until 1980 that Croatia won the coveted first place in the South Australian State League. Since Croatia has won the league on another four occasions: in 1984, 1988, 1997 and 2002. In 1962 the club competed in the inaugural Australian Cup, the first nationwide club tournament held in Australia. Croatia Adelaide were one of 16 participants in the knock-out competition and were the first Croatian backed club to compete; the side lost its first round match, losing to Brunswick Juventus 3–1 at Melbourne's Olympic Park to see the club knocked out. The club would again compete in the Australian Cup twice more in 1963 and 1965; the year 1977 saw the formation of the National Soccer League. Following the failure of Melbourne Croatia and Sydney Croatia in their applications for the league, Adelaide Croatia led a move backed by the Croatian Soccer Association of Australia which saw a proposal put forward for a Croatian'super club' to enter the NSL; the submission failed.
A major highlight in the club's history came in 1985. Adelaide Croatia had a remarkable run defeating both of Adelaide's NSL sides, Adelaide City and West Adelaide, 1–0 in the opening two rounds; the club lost in the quarter-finals to Sunshine George Cross. It was a valiant display seeing Croatia go down 1–0 in a fought match. Midway through the 2010 season John Kosmina who managed Adelaide United and Sydney FC in the A-League was announced as the new coach for the Raiders. In 2013, the Raiders made the finals series of the FFSA Premier League following a fifth placed league finish; the finals run came to a quick end after going down to Campbelltown City on penalties at the first hurdle. The Raiders narrowly avoided relegation in the 2015 season, finishing above relegated sides Port Adelaide Lion and Modbury Jets on goal difference alone, with all three sides finishing the season with 27 points. In the post-season, former international striker Joel Porter was announced as the new head coach. Adelaide Raiders parted ways with senior head coach Porter nine rounds into the NPLSA season, with the club languishing in bottom place.
Porter was replaced by former Raiders player Robert Matosevic. In August 2016, Adelaide Raiders finished bottom of the league in the 2016 FFSA season and were relegated to the 2017 FFSA season. In 2018 Adelaide Croatia Raiders earned promotion back in to the NPL by reaching the 2nd division play off series final against the minor premiers Adelaide Blue Eagles. Adelaide Croatia Raiders earned their spot in the grand final after a resounding 5-0 on aggregate victory over Adelaide Blue Eagles. Goals to Scott Tunbridge, Yasmin Sudic and Michael Paleka in a 3-1 over Blue Eagles, gifted Adelaide Croatia Raiders the championship. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. South Australian Champions: 1980, 1984, 1988, 1997, 2002 South Australian Runner-Up: 1965, 1969, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2005, 2007 South Australian Minor-Premiers: 1997 South Australian Regular Season Runner-Up: 1992, 1995, 2005 Federation Cup Winners: 1960, 1962, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003 Federation Cup Runner-Up: 1959, 1998, 2005 Errea Cup: 2007 Coca-Cola Cup Winners: 1984 Ampol Cup Winners: 1961, 1989, 1990 South Australian Division One Champions: 1959, 1972, 1975, 2018 Australian Croatian Soccer Tournament: 1984, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2009 Sergio Melta Medal