No Mimes Media: New company, familiar faces

March 13, 2009 · By Jonathan Waite in Info, News 

nomimesWhile the news hasn’t been all peaches and cream in the world, what with companies finding themselves in financial trouble and the what not, here’s a feel-good story for fans of alternate reality games: a new start-up called No Mimes Media has been officially launched, and there are some pretty heavy-duty names attached to the “full-media company.” We received a press release late last night, and here are the details:

No Mimes Media is a collaboration between “[f]ormer 42Entertainment creatives Behnam Karbassi, Maureen McHugh and Steve Peters,” which will be based out of Los Angeles and Austin. The company bills itself as one that “produces engaging cross-platform narrative entertainment, popularly known as Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), to support a wide-range of projects including feature films, television, games and original content.” You may know the trio of Karbassi, McHugh and Peters for their work on large-scale ARGs like Why So Serious and Year Zero while under contract with 42Entertainment. You may also know Steve Peters as the original owner of ARGNet (then ARGN). Needless to say, this is a very experienced, savvy group of creative designers, and it appears that they have hit the ground running, as they are already reaching out to project partners for opportunities.

Perhaps by design, this announcement comes days before a panel scheduled at SXSW Interactive, entitled You’re Living in Your Own Private Branded Entertainment Experience. The panel includes Peters, who hints in the press release that the panel may be hijacked, commenting, “We’ll be announcing something that’s sort of an ARG wrapped in enigma wrapped in an ARG; and it’s not without controversy, let me tell you!” More controversial than a nearly naked man with temporary tattoos? Sounds juicy! Hopefully, we will have someone on hand to take in the panel and relate their experiences here in the days to come.

Editor’s note: Article title revised after initial publication.

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2 Responses to “No Mimes Media: New company, familiar faces”

  1. King Pastis on March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm

    I’d like to hear what the panel at SXSW was discussing with the context of “private branded experience” mentioned above, because I think it can be dangerous, but necessary for production, to commercialize some aspects of pervasive play. What do the players think about blatant branding, like a game out as advertising like the fox game, or for McDonalds?

    Hello World.

    Pastis

  2. Ekaterina on May 30th, 2015 7:26 am

    So, the comments on how teblrire Channel 10 is what am I missing? What makes Channel 10 so much worse than 9 or 7? From everything that I’ve seen, 7 and 9 are just as bad, if not worse.Is The 7:30 Project really worse than A Current Affair or Today Tonight? Is Australian Idol worse than Dancing with the Stars? I genuinely don’t understand why CHannel 10 is dismissed as obviously worse than the the other stations. It may be less popular, but the quality of the programming seems to be mostly on par with the others.I suppose my comments mostly stem from Glenn’s comment that Channel 10 makes great promotions for crap shows is this worse than the other channels making crap promotions for crap shows?Oh, a little bit of redux for last week’s episode I was very surprised by the meh reaction to Enlightened. When I discovered Enlightened, I wondered why haven’t I heard about this on Boxcutters? I even Googled the shit out of it to see if I missed an episode where you mentioned it. But nothing.The second season of Enlightened is one of the greatest seasons of TV ever. I’m really surprised about the nonplussed reaction from the Boxcutters crew. I thought this is exactly the kind of Golden Age of Television stuff you would be talking up. It’s way better than Community, which Josh basically had an orgasm over. And infinitely better than Mike and Molly which for some reason also got a lot of praise.

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