Thursday, April 28, 2016

INVINCIBLE BACK TO PRINT,
CORY WALKER FANS REJOICE

Issue #127 is fast-tracked to a second printing
INVINCIBLE #127 by writer/co-creator Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) and artist/co-creator Cory Walker is being fast-tracked to a second printing by Image/Skybound Entertainment in order to keep up with customer demand. The issue marked original series artist Walker’s long-awaited return and first full story arc since Ryan Ottley took up art for the book in 2004.

In INVINCIBLE #127, Mark has returned from the past... to a very different future. Now he has to pick up the pieces of his life and try to put them back together.

INVINCIBLE #127 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

INVINCIBLE #127, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR168716) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 25. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 2.

INVINCIBLE #128 (Diamond Code MAR160570) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 18.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.
ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company specializing in television, comics, film, digital content, interactive, gaming, and merchandise. The company is led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his longtime producing and business partner David Alpert.
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ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL DRAMA SERIES, “THE A WORD” TO PREMIERE ON SUNDANCE TV JULY 13 AT 10/9C
                                                                            
Series is Directed by Academy Award® Nominee Peter Cattaneo and based on Israeli series “Yellow Peppers” and stars Chris Eccleston
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New York– April 28, 2016 – Riveting international drama series “The A Word” will premiere for American audiences on Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c on SundanceTV. The six-episode, one-hour drama captures an authentic portrait of one multigenerational family after their young son is diagnosed with autism. The series is a co-production partnership with Keshet International. SundanceTV is the first broadcaster outside the UK to air the series.

Simultaneously dramatic and heartwarming, thought-provoking and lighthearted, “The A Word” follows 5-year-old Joe (Max Vento); Joe’s parents, Paul (Lee Ingleby, “Our Zoo,” “Inspector George Gently”) and Alison (Morven Christie, “Grantchester”), who struggle with parenting philosophies; his aunt and uncle, Nicola (Vinette Robinson, “Sherlock”) and Steve (Greg McHugh, “Fresh Meat”), who are working through unfaithfulness in their marriage; and his grandfather, Maurice (Chris Eccleston, “The Leftovers,” “Fortitude”), a recent widower and the owner of the family brewery.

“‘The A Word’ is exactly the kind of intimate, unique and emotionally impactful story we want to showcase on SundanceTV,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “It’s hopeful, honest and ultimately about the power of family, and the range of issues that families can face together, from autism to aging to adultery. We can’t wait to share it with our growing universe of SundanceTV viewers.”

“The A Word” is based on the Israeli Keshet and July August Productions drama series, Yellow Peppers, created and written by Keren Margalit, who is also executive producer on the UK series. “The A Word” premiered to strong ratings on BBC1 in March. Metro UK raves that “‘The A Word is a masterclass in ensemble acting and scriptwriting that is as funny as it is heartrending.

The English language version is written by multiple BAFTA winner and Golden Globe® nominee Peter Bowker (Marvellous, Blackpool), directed by Oscar® nominee and BAFTA winner Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev), Dominic Leclerc (Shameless) and Susan Tully (Good Cop). The series is a Fifty Fathoms (Fortitude) and Keshet UK co-production for BBC One and is executive produced for Fifty Fathoms by Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Jenny Frayn, by Sara Johnson and Avi Nir for Keshet and by Lucy Richer for BBC One. Marcus Wilson (“Doctor Who,” “Life on Mars”) is a producer.

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About SundanceTV
Since its launch in 1996, SundanceTV has remained true to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world's most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought-provoking entertainment destination. SundanceTVis owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.; its sister networks include AMC, IFC, BBC America and WE tv. SundanceTV is available across all platforms, including on-air, online at www.sundance.tv, on demand and mobile.
VIZ MEDIA DELIVERS AN ACTION PACKED NEW NARUTO NOVEL TO READERS WITH THE DEBUT OF NARUTO: SAKURA’S STORY

Latest Novel In A Series Of Original Stories Focusing On Key Characters From Masashi Kishimoto’s Smash Hit Ninja Manga Series - NARUTO

San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the release of NARUTO: SAKURA’S STORY, the third book in a series of original novels focusing on key characters from the widely acclaimed ninja action anime/manga franchise.

NARUTO: SAKURA’S STORY debuts in print and digitally on May 3rd and was written by Takashi Yano and Tomohito Ohsaki. The novel is based on characters and concepts by original NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto.

Allies and enemies from the famed NARUTO series take center stage in these fast-paced adventures, with each novel focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team…or villain. The latest book depicts the story of Sakura Haruno, a faithful and skilled member of Team 7 and the primary lead female character in the NARUTO canon.

NARUTO: SAKURA’S STORY
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available May 3rd
The Great Ninja War did not only harm adults, but left many damaged children behind. Medical ninja Sakura travels the land, opening clinics dedicated to healing children of the mental trauma they experienced. She learns of a series of attacks against Konoha, and her investigation leads to an impossible conclusion: Sasuke is the terrorist mastermind behind them all! Using her skills and her heart, Sakura strives to clear Sasuke’s name and bring the real perpetrator to justice.

Also don’t miss NARUTO: KAKASHI’S STORY and NARUTO: SHIKAMARU’S STORY the first two books in the series of NARUTO novels, available now in print and also digitally.
Manga author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Like many kids, he was first inspired to become a manga artist in elementary school when he read Dragon Ball. After spending time in art school, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his story, Karakuri. After considering various genres for his next project, Kishimoto decided on a story steeped in traditional Japanese culture. His first version of NARUTO, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in the world. The series would also spawn multiple anime series, movies, novels, video games and more. Having concluded the series in late 2014, Masashi Kishimoto has kept himself busy this year with the side story, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, and writing the story for the latest NARUTO movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, both of which focus on the title character's son, Boruto.

VIZ Media is the North American master licensor for NARUTO and publishes the bestselling NARUTO manga series in print and digitally and also distributes the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series and feature films. Additional information on NARUTO is available at www.Naruto.com.


About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.
J-POP SUMMIT 2016 ANNOUNCES FIRST LINE-UP OF LIVE CONCERT AND MUSICAL ARTISTS SET TO PERFORM AT THIS SUMMER’S FESTIVAL

The San Francisco Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event Announces Exciting Slate Of Top Japanese Pop/Rock/Electronica/Dance Artists To Play at Fort Mason Center This Summer

San Francisco, CA, April 26, 2016 J-POP SUMMIT 2016, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, has announced an exciting and diverse first line-up of music artists set to perform this year. This summer’s festival will be highlighted by an exciting 3-day slate of live music from a wide range of top Japanese pop idol, ani-pop (anime pop), electronica, and rock artists that will complement an extensive roster of attractions, participants and exhibits, and other live programming. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 6th at: www.J-POP.com.

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 starts with “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu LIVE at J-POP SUMMIT OPENING NIGHT - KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016 in San Francisco” on Friday, July 22nd at The Regency Ballroom. Other musical guests to perform at J-POP LIVE concert on Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th at Fort Mason Center include electronic dance group, WORLD ORDER, all-female pop rock band, Silent Siren, pop house unit, Wednesday Campanella, and ani-pop duo, GARNiDELiA. Additional live artists and specific set times will be announced soon.

About WORLD ORDER
WORLD ORDER is an electronic dance performance group produced by Genki Sudo, the legendary mixed martial arts fighter. The group is known globally for its pop and sensitive dance music and the choreographed performances that feature tightly syncopated movements by suited members. Their monotonous black suits and eerie, robot-like movements are deliberate and prompt the audience to reflect on contemporary society, working styles, global culture, and images of modern Japan. From its inception, WORLD ORDER aimed to become a globally known group and has gained widespread support in Asia, North and South America, and EU countries.
Official artist web site: http://worldorder.jp;
About SILENT SIREN
Silent Siren is a 4 piece all-female band formed by Su (Sumire Yoshida on vocals and guitar), Hinachu (Hinako Umemura on drums), Ainyan (Aina Yamauchi on bass), and Yukarun (Yukako Kurosaka on keyboards). Silent Siren held its first overseas concert in Hong Kong in 2014. Since then, they have actively performed overseas. An Asian tour in 2015 saw the group perform 20 shows in over 16 cities, and a solo concert in Jakarta, Indonesia was celebrated by over 2,000 local fans. Silent Siren made history as being the first all-female band to perform a solo concert at Nippon Budokan the legendary hall for singers in Japan. All of their 12 singles and albums after their 3rd album have been ranked in the Top 10 in the national music charts.
Official artist web site: http://silent-siren.com/en.

About Wednesday Campanella
Wednesday Campanella is a pop house unit that delivers a mixture of house, techno, and trance style music. The unit is formed by Kom I (front man), Kenmochi Hidefumi (composer), and Dir.F (all the rest). Of the three, Kom I will be the only one to perform at the J-POP SUMMIT this year. The group is recognized for its comical and sensational music videos and for the singer’s very unique personality. The group’s recent activity includes release of the album, “Zipangu” based on a concept of traveling around Eurasia and looking back to Japan from overseas. Wednesday Campanella has performed major music festivals such as South by Southwest 2016, Summer Sonic 2015, Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015, and the Rock in Japan Festival 2015.
Official artist web site: www.wed-camp.com;
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/wedcamp.

About GARNiDELiA
GARNiDELiA is a Japanese ani-pop duo consisting of vocalist, MARiA, and composer, toku. Their first major single, “ambiguous” was used as the opening theme of the anime series, Kill la Kill. Many of the duo’s subsequent singles have been used in popular anime series such as The Irregular at Magic High School, Gundam, Reconguista in G, Linkage Ring, and Gunslinger Stratos. GARNiDELiA actively performs both inside and outside of Japan. Their recent global activity includes performances in Anime Festival Asia 2014 Indonesia, Anime Festival Asia 2014 Singapore, SakuraCon in the U.S., Anison Dream Stage 2015 in Hong Kong, and SMASH in Australia. The duo is on their way to becoming one of the hottest ani-song units in recent years.
Official artist web site: www.garnidelia.com;

About J-POP SUMMIT
J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan.

Official website: www.j-pop.com
Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JPOPSUMMIT/featured
I.D. TO HIT PAPERBACK THIS JUNE

Emma Ríos (MIRROR, ISLAND) will release her dystopian tale I.D. in trade paperback this June.

I.D. analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a “body transplant” as a solution to their lives.

“I.D. and ISLAND brought me back to the place in comics I love the most,” said Ríos.

I.D. TP (ISBN 978-1-63215-782-9) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 22nd and bookstores Tuesday, June 28, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers through Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond code MAR160635. It can be preordered now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

PRAISE FOR EMMA RÍOS AND I.D.:

“Ríos shows considerable writing talent to go along with her huge skill as an artist.”
—The Onion’s A.V. Club

“Her art is nothing short of fantastic.”—The Daily Planet

“Emma Ríos’s I.D. is the most promising story here [in ISLAND], drawn in a naturalistic yet subtly unsettling style done in tones of red that keeps its dystopia in the background—at least until it literally crashes through the front door.”—The Comics Journal
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.
MYTHIC GETS THE STORYBOOK TREATMENT THIS JUNE

“MYTHIC is a joy to read.”—Rick Remender (LOW, TOKYO GHOST)

Eisner-nominated writer Phil Hester (Green Arrow, INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE) teams up with Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman, The Boys) for the fascinating folkloric fantasy MYTHIC TP, which collects issues #1-8 into trade paperback this June.

Science is a lie, an opiate for the masses. The truth is, magic makes the world go ‘round. And when magic breaks, MYTHIC fixes it. Apache shaman Waterson, Greek immortal Cassandra, and cell phone salesman Nate Jayadarma are tasked with keeping the gears of the supernatural world turning—and you from ever knowing about it.

MYTHIC TP (ISBN 978-1-63215-736-2) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 22 and bookstores Tuesday, June 28, and will be available for $16.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with the Diamond code MAR160635. It can be preordered now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

PRAISE FOR MYTHIC:
 
“A refreshing dip into the supernatural side of the indie scene.” —Bloody Disgusting

"Mythic is a joy to read. Come and witness the unbridled imagination of two of the best creators in comics. Or don't. I'm not the boss of you. But you should."—Rick Remender (LOW, TOKYO GHOST)

“A rip-roaring adventure to a world full of magic...and it’s not just good. It’s great.”
—Comics Alliance

“I love what these guys do separately and love them even more together.”—Mark Millar (HUCK, JUPITER’S LEGACY)

“Something quite wonderful; one of the most auspicious debuts of the year.” —Nerdspan

"Mix mirth and magic and the result is truly Mythic!”—Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Kingsman: The Secret Service)

 
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Eric Powell’s Albatross Funnybooks Coming to ComiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store
Hillbilly #1 is Available For Pre-Order Today. Read an Original 8-Page Story Exclusively on ComiXology
April 27, 2015 — New York, NY—Eric Powell’s new publishing venture, Albatross Funnybooks, comiXology and Amazon announced today that the new line of self-published comics and graphic novels will be available in the next year on comiXology and the Amazon Kindle Store.

Albatross Funnybooks will publish all new original content, with the majority coming from the fertile mind of Eric Powell, who is best known as the creator of The Goon. Their debut title Hillbilly #1 is currently available for pre-order on comiXology and Kindle. Check out this original 8-page story exclusively on comiXology here.

“I’m thrilled to have Albatross books available through comiXology and Kindle!” said The Goon creator and Albatross Funnybooks founder Eric Powell. “I feel digital comics are an essential format for reaching today’s readership.”

“We’re huge fans of Eric’s comics and it’s so great to see him publishing his own work,” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communication, Chip Mosher. “We’re all over the moon to be able to offer this pre-order of Eric’s new book Hillbilly #1 on both comiXology and Kindle and look forward to supporting Albatross Funnybooks in its debut year.”

Fans that pre-order Hillbilly #1 on comiXology and Kindle will be notified by email upon its release and that book will be automatically added to their comic and e-book library to read.

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic fans worldwide.
About Albatross Funnybooks
In 2002 Eric Launched ALBATROSS EXPLODING FUNNYBOOKS in an effort to keep the his series The Goon alive when no other publisher wanted it because it was too “different”. But the readers spoke and The Goon quickly became an indy hit and picked up a diehard cult following. The Goon found a permanent home and a wider audience with DARK HORSE COMICS, but Eric continued to publish creator-owned comics through Albatross such as his all-ages comic Chimichanga and Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis. He returns to publishing through Albatross with his all new series Hillbilly.

About comiXology
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology's Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers - and independent creators as well - comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

MIRAMAX® AND EL REY NETWORK ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL CAST JOINING SEASON THREE OF THE HIGHLY-ADDICTIVE ORIGINAL DRAMA ‘FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES’

Ana de la Reguera, Tom Savini and Marko Zaror Join the Series;
Emily Rios Returns for More Gecko Brothers Mayhem

All-New Season Currently in Production in New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM – April 26, 2016 –MIRAMAX® and El Rey Network announced today four new cast additions to Albuquerque-based production of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” set to return for a third season later this year. Ana de la Reguera (“Jane the Virgin,” “Narcos”) will have a recurring role as Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the seven remaining culebra Lords whose ancient roots and personal history put them at the center of an epic clash between good and evil. Also joining the cast is Chilean martial arts action star, Marko Zaror (Machete Kills), as Zolo, an Aztec warrior trained in hell, and iconic horror movie maven Tom Savini (Friday the 13th, From Dusk Till Dawn). Savini, who starred as Sex Machine in the original film, lights up the brand new role of Burt, a retired demon hunter who smokes more medical marijuana than he sells.

Returning to the supernatural action horror saga is Emily Rios (“The Bridge,” “Breaking Bad”) who will reprise her season two role as Ximena, the no-nonsense lieutenant of Lord Venganza.

Ana de la Reguera recently co-starred on the Golden Globe-nominated series “Narcos” as Elisa Alvaro and “Jane The Virgin” as Paola, and as previously reported, was recently cast in the highly anticipated reboot of David Lynch's “Twin Peaks.” She is repped by Paradigm, ROAR, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

Marko Zaror began his career with a passion for martial arts and fighting, inspired by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damme. He landed his big break in 2003 where he acted as stuntman and martial arts double for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the film The Rundown.  Zaror then gained international notoriety as lead in indie action favorites Kitro, Mirageman, and Mandrill. Zaror played Zaror in Robert Rodriguez's sequel, Machete Kills.   He can currently be seen as the lead in “Redeemer” and playing Marcus in the upcoming Bollywood film “Sultan.”

Emily Rios recently co-starred in the television series "The Bridge" as Adriana Mendez.  Best known for her role as Andrea Cantillo on "Breaking Bad," Emily made her acting debut as the lead in the critically acclaimed film Quinceañera.  She has also had recurring roles on several successful television series including "True Detective," "Friday Night Lights," and "Men of a Certain Age."  She is repped by Kass Management and Domain Talent. 

Tom Savini is no stranger to the horror genre, having possessed vital roles in classics like Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow and Day of the Dead – Savini is a true master of the field. Recent years have brought him acting acclaim with roles in films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Machete, Django Unchained and Grindhouse. Savini is repped by Artist International.

Comprised of ten hour-long episodes, season three of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” will feature a returning ensemble cast that includes: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, and Jake Busey. Filmmaker and El Rey Network founder Robert Rodriguez will return to direct select episodes this season, which is currently shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Season three continues the Gecko Brothers’ saga, as they fight their way through the world of culebras, the vampire-snake hybrids that control hidden empires in Texas and Mexico.   Once the baddest outlaws in the land, Seth and Richie made a run for the border two years ago, to save their lives – and their fortune. They ran headlong into a bar full of bloodsuckers and bandits, facing off with the vampire goddess, Santánico. The Geckos joined her cause and settled an old score.  It won them a place in the culebra world. Now, that world is about to explode, and new enemies are gathering – dark forces, hell-bent on destruction and domination. It’s up to the Geckos to stop them – but they can’t do it alone.

“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is produced by MIRAMAX® in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures and Sugarcane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, showrunner Carlos Coto, writer Diego Gutierrez, FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, and MIRAMAX’s Zanne Devine and Daniel Pipski.

MIRAMAX® distributes “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” internationally in all territories.

About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.  Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites "the new mainstream" through badass content that awakens the renegade in everyone.  El Rey's action-packed slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" which will return for a third season, the one-on-one interview program, "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair" and "Lucha Underground," a freestyle wrestling series from Mark Burnett. El Rey Network's lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and TV series including genre, cult classics, action, and horror/sci-fi.  El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

To find El Rey Network in your area please check out the channel finder at http://bit.ly/ElReyChannelfinder

About MIRAMAX®
MIRAMAX® is a global film and television studio best known for its award-winning and original content. New projects include both film and television, among them Bad Santa 2 starring Billy Bob Thornton, who reprises his Golden Globe nominated role as Willie Soke, and Oscar®, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Kathy Bates, with Broad Green Pictures co-producing/co-financing and handling U.S. theatrical; Bridget Jones’s Baby from Working Title for Universal Pictures, MIRAMAX® and StudioCanal, with Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth reprising their roles in the third installment of the Bridget Jones film series; the recent acquisition Southside With You, inspired by the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama, starring Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter, with MIRAMAX® and Roadside Attractions partnering on the U.S. release; and The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul and Sarah Gadon; as well as Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” heading into its third season in the U.S. on El Rey Network.

In 2015, MIRAMAX® together with Roadside Attractions, released the critically acclaimed Mr. Holmes, one of the year’s most successful independent hits, directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon and starring Academy Award® nominees Sir Ian McKellen and Laura Linney; as well as the Kevin Hart hit comedy The Wedding Ringer with Sony-Screen Gems.

Collectively, MIRAMAX’s unrivaled library of more than 700 titles has received 278 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars®, earning most notably four Best Picture awards for The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and No Country for Old Men. More iconic titles from the library include critically acclaimed and commercial hits alike, such as Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Bridget Jones’s Diary, the Scream film franchise, Kill Bill Vol. 1&2, and The Aviator.

“Oscar®” and “Academy Award®” are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“MIRAMAX®” and the “MIRAMAX” Logo are the registered trademarks, trademarks and service marks of Miramax, LLC.

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Wizard World, Inc. Appoints John D. Maatta
President and Chief Executive Officer
John-Maatta-333.jpgLOS ANGELES, April 26, 2016Wizard World, Inc. today announced the appointment of John D. Maatta as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Wizard World is the leading producer in North America of events and comic conventions that celebrate the very best of pop culture, celebrity, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology and live music.
John brings Wizard World his solid entertainment industry experience and proven success in creating innovative content and distribution strategies. Wizard World is poised to expand its already significant footprint, and John will work with us to guide the company to its next phase of growth and beyond,” said Paul Kessler, Chairman of the Wizard World Board of Directors.
Maatta has enjoyed a particularly successful career as an entertainment executive, having served as the first employee of the WB Television Network, as well as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of both the WB and the CW Television Network—where he was the co-head of the network for more than six years. Maatta served in various capacities as an executive at Warner Bros and Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation for almost 28 years.
Wizard World is the preeminent producer of pop culture multi-city tours that aggregates huge audiences of fans across the country. Wizard World comic conventions are high-energy events bringing entertainment fans the most sought-after and interesting celebrities and content from movies, television and music to technology and sports. Wizard World is on the verge of becoming an especially powerful force in the entertainment industry as it rapidly expands into the area of content creation together with the launch of new distribution initiatives. Wizard World stands squarely at the intersection of the audience, celebrities and cutting edge content. Wizard events are the sweet spot where the entertainment industry interacts one-on-one with its audience,” said Maatta.
Mr. Maatta currently serves as the President of UNICEF in Southern California, and as Chairman of the UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative.  Additionally, Mr. Maatta serves on the Board of Trader Vic’s Corporation, and is a member of the advisory Board of the Asia Society.
Mr. Maatta’s appointment will be effective as of May 3, 2016.
About Wizard World (WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic convention pop culture events across North America that celebrate the best in celebrities, pop culture, movies, television, music, sports, cosplay, comics, technology, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, and collectibles.
A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each Wizard event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, movie screenings, and music concerts Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service.
Fans can access Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media platforms.

Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn Bat and Mallet Role-Play Weapons Available To Order Now

Concord, CA – Factory Entertainment, Inc., the Concord, California-based producer of licensed toys and collectibles is pleased to announce two brand new additions to its line of collectible role-play / cosplay SWAT™ (Soft Weapons and Tactics) weapons -- from Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn's Good Night Bat and Harley Quinn's Mallet!


Factory Entertainment’s SWAT™ line captures the fun of thematically stylized fantasy weapons, but executed in soft, safe for work and play materials, with sounds specifically tailored to each piece and is intended for ages 8+.
“To ensure the accuracy of each piece, Warner Brothers provided us with access to the original screen used props from the film, as well as various assets and imagery from the set in order to truly capture what’s seen on screen,” said Tom Vargas, Product Developer of Factory Entertainment’s Suicide Squad SWAT™ line. “Both the Good Night Bat and Mallet feature screen-accurate wording and other fine details, making them as authentic as possible and perfect for living out your Harley Quinn role-playing / cosplaying fantasy at conventions, parties, or wherever else gentle mayhem is appropriate.”
To further enhance these collectibles and to add another element of role-play, each Harley Quinn SWAT™ soft weapon features a series of sounds that play when swung through the air and on impact!
Shipping this summer, Suicide Squad Harley Quinn SWAT’s™ are available to pre-order here. Fans can also visit Factory Entertainment’s website for a chance to win a free SWAT™ arsenal, featuring soft-weapons from Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman.


Stay tuned for more Suicide Squad product announcements from Factory Entertainment coming soon.
For more information and to order, visit the following link:

http://bit.ly/1SGor0i


About Factory Entertainment
Factory Entertainment, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality licensed toys, collectibles and home goods featuring a wide variety of entertainment properties and pop culture personalities, including Marvel, DC Comics, Game Of Thrones, Outlander, George R.R. Martin, Archer, Adventure Time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stan Lee, Men in Black, Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters, Jurassic World, Back to the Future, Jaws, Friday the 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, Goonies, Temple Run and many others. For all the latest product information, please visit www.factoryent.com.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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WWE® STUDIOS AND WESLEY SNIPES’ MAANDI MEDIA DMM
SIGN MULTI-PICTURE DEAL

Partnership to Develop and Produce Elevated Branded Content

Los Angeles, Calif. (April 25, 2016) - WWE Studios has entered into a multi-picture deal with Wesley Snipes, and his Maandi Media DMM production banner, to develop and produce elevated branded content. The recently announced film, TEMPLE, staring Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins®, which is currently in production, is the first picture under the partnership. It is anticipated that the second picture under the deal will go into production later this year.

“We are always looking for the ideal talent to extend our brand and Wesley is the right combination of action movie star and savvy producer," said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios.  “We look forward to creating exciting new content with the perfect partner.”

“The action genre has been a very big and important part of my career. There is no better way to extend my love for dynamic action based entertainment than with a company like WWE, who have been entertaining fans for decades with incredible visuals and deliciously entertaining storylines,” commented Snipes.  “Maandi strives to create elevated multi-media content that appeals to all demographics worldwide - from childhood fan to feature film collaborators.  Wow, sooo cool!  We are all incredibly excited to share visions.”

WWE Studios will be handling worldwide rights and will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms – including weekly TV shows, digital and social media and WWE Network.

Bradley Buchanan handled negotiations on behalf of WWE Studios.

ABOUT WWE STUDIOS
WWE Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its diverse slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced & distributed through partnerships with premier global entertainment companies. WWE’s film division, led by President Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. WWE® Studios recently launched genre label EREBUS PICTURES with KISS Icon Gene Simmons. Films from WWE® Studios include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga®, Oculus directed by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, and Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett®. Upcoming films from WWE® Studios include Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, Brother’s Blood starring Trey Songz and WWE Superstar R-Truth, Killing Hasselhoff starring Ken Jeong and David Hasselhoff, and The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and WWE Legend Shawn Michaels®.

·      Twitter: https://twitter.com/WWEStudios

ABOUT MAANDI MEDIA DMM
Snipes’ Maandi Media is currently working with a group of artists and content producers on cross-cultural I.P. for a worldwide audience.  The production banner most recently inked a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop and produce a diverse slate of projects that appeal to his international audience.
Snipes most recently joined the starring ensemble cast of Temple, the feature thriller from Erebus Pictures and WWE Studios.  Gene Simmons, Anne Heche, Dave Annable and WWE superstar Seth Rollins round out the cast whose story centers on a team of trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down.  His numerous notable credits include the critically acclaimed Spike Lee Joint, Chi Raq -- opposite Sam Jackson, Teyonah Paris, Dave Chappelle and John Cusak, the Blade trilogy of movies, New Jack City, Waiting To Exhale, Too Wong Foo Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar, White Men Can’t Jump, Murder at 1600 and One Night Stand.  Snipes and Maandi Media are repped by APA.

ABOUT WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network; major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; the possibility of a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business, including anticipated release, marketing or involved talent for upcoming titles and productions; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our revolving credit facility; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercises control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made and are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them. Undue reliance should not be placed on these statements.  For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.