[July 26, 2016]


Kite & Lightning, the technology startup known for pioneering work in
cinematic virtual reality (VR), today announced it raised a $2.5 million
seed round led by Raine Ventures. The funding will enable Kite &
Lightning to expand its team to create Bebylon Battle Royale, a world
built around competitive spectator gaming. The hybrid film and gaming
studio will continue to expand the universe around its core three VR
pillars: gaming, social & story.

 

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Bebylon Battle Royale: A Gentleman's Game (Graphic: Business Wire)

Bebylon Battle Royale: A Gentleman’s Game (Graphic: Business Wire)

 
Additional seed round investors include Courtside Ventures, Comcast (News – Alert)
Ventures Catalyst Fund, Social Capital, Outpost Capital, Boost VC, &
Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro.

 
As a leader in VR, Kite & Lightning combines stylistic creativity and
unrivaled artistry to produce emotionally transformative experiences.
The studio’s work has been featured at the Toronto International Film
Festival POP exhibit in August and has also featured high-profile
musicians and actors like Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine
and Kate Winlet.

 
“This marks a pivotal moment for us as we transition to expanding beyond
our two-person team,” said Ikrima Elhassan, co-founder and CEO of Kite &
Lightning. “We’re elated to have world-class investors that share our
vision and believe in our ability to pioneer groundbreaking VR
experiences melding cinematic storytelling with interactive gaming.”

 
“Kite & Lightning has been pushing the envelope in cinematic virtual
reality for three years, and we are thrilled to be partnered with this
industry-leading creative team,” said Gordon Rubenstein, Managing
Partner at Raine Ventures. “Their upcoming title, Bebylon Battle Royale,
is the most impressive social gaming experience we’ve ever seen, and we
believe is only the beginning of a unique metaverse that will captivate
gamers and audiences for years to come.”
Bebylon Battle Royale will be the studio’s first foray into comedy. Set
in a mishap future where humanity does not physically age past the baby
phase, the world of Bebylon is built around competitive battle arenas
where immortal babies fight one another. Vying for fame and fortune,
players compete in front of a live VR spectator audience. Players can
also venture outside of the arenas to socialize, experience shows, and
take virtual rides.

 
For more information, go to http://kiteandlightning.la/.

 
About Kite & Lightning

 
Kite & Lightning is a cinematic VR company that blends gaming, social
and story to create emotionally transformative experiences. Founded by
film industry veterans in 2013, the company is currently creating
immersive computer-generated (CG) worlds that meld cinematic
storytelling with interactive gaming. Known for its unprecedented
technical and creative innovations in VR storytelling, the Los
Angeles-based startup has succeeded in many genres to critical acclaim
such as the Cannes Lions festival and the Toronto International Film
Festival POP exhibits. Recent projects include a 4D VR experience for
NBC’s “The Voice” featuring Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Blake
Shelton, & Gwen Stefani; and Lionsgate’s first VR narrative, a hybrid
live action and CG experience starring Kate Winslet, Mekhi Phifer and
Miles Teller.

 
For more information, visit http://kiteandlightning.la/.

 

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