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WEP Announces Voltron/Robotech Team-Up Panel at New York Comic Con.

Sep 25, 2013

ANIME WORLDS  TO  COLLIDE AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Voltron® and Robotech to team up for the first time

at New York Comic Con this October.

 

Los Angeles CA, – Fresh off the blockbuster comic series team up announcement this summer from Dynamite Entertainment, New York Comic Con will host a joint panel of two of anime’s greatest legends—Voltron® and Robotech—for the first time on Friday October 11th at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1A14 ! This historic event will be the first time representatives of both properties will be together discussing the much buzzed about Robotech / Voltron crossover from Dynamite Comics.

 

To give fans the latest news, sneak peeks, and insights into the creation of this historic crossover, World Events Productions (WEP,LLC) and Harmony Gold U.S.A. can confirm the following members of the creative team will be attending the New York Comic Con:

 

Jeremy Corray – Creative Director, WEP

Tommy Yune – Robotech Creative Director

Bob Koplar – Vice President, WEP 

Kevin McKeever – Vice President of Marketing for Robotech

Joseph Rybandt – Senior Editor – Dynamite Comics

 

Tommy Yune is co-writing the story with Dynamite Comics who will produce and distribute the comics. The first issue of the Robotech / Voltron Crossover is expected to be released in December 2013.

 

Voltron fans at New York Comic Con have always shown us tremendous amount of love and enthusiasm,” commented WEP’s Jeremy Corray. “This opportunity to form up with our friends at Harmony Gold for the first ever Robotech / Voltron crossover panel has been a pop-culture event years in the making that fans of classic ‘80s cartoons, anime, and giant robots won’t want to miss. Fans planning their panel hits should mark it down now.”

 

“Robotech and Voltron share many common roots as two of the best known series in anime history,” said Tommy Yune, Creative Director, Harmony Gold. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this exciting project with our colleagues from World Events Productions.”

 

“The New York Comic-Con is the perfect venue for the inaugural Robotech / Voltron teamup panel! I think fans are really going to enjoy it!,” said Kevin McKeever, Vice President of Marketing for Robotech.

 

In addition to the Robotech / Voltron Crossover panel on Friday, fans can also catch the annual Robotech Industry Panel that Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1A15 and the Voltron 30th Anniversary Sneak Peek panel Sunday, October 13th at 2:30 PM Room 1A06 for prizes, previews and more

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ABOUT WEP,LLC. (Formerly World Events Productions)
St. Louis-based World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP, LLC) has produced and distributed children’s animation for over 25 years.   WEP is the IP holder for shows including: Voltron, Defender the of the UniverseVoltron: The Third DimensionDenver the Last Dinosaur and Vytor the Starfire Champion, among others.  WEP is a Koplar Communications company. For more information visit  www.wep.com  and http://www.voltron.com or follow Voltron on Twitter @Voltron or on Facebook.com/VoltronOfficial.

 

About Harmony Gold:
Formed in 1983, Harmony Gold is a leading production, acquisition and distribution company of quality international television programming, producing some of the most classic and history making programs in the industry. Harmony Gold is a division of The Harmony Gold Companies, whose interests range from Theatre Management, Real Estate and Finance to Television and Film Production. For more information, go to
www.robotech.com

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For more information contact:Elizabeth Hanske

King + Company for DreamWorks Classics

(212) 561-7452

elizabeth.hanske@kingcompr.com

 

 

 

Voltron/Robotech Crossover Comic Announced from Dynamite Comics.

Jul 17, 2013

 

SDCC ANNOUNCEMENT –

ROBOTECH RETURNS
IN CROSSOVER WITH VOLTRON!


DYNAMITE PARTNERS WITH DC COMICS, WORLD EVENT PRODUCTION AND HARMONY GOLD

July 17, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces that they have acquired the rights to publish comic books based on the beloved science fiction anime, Robotech®.  In a unique sub-licensing arrangement with DC Comics and with the Harmony Gold production company, Dynamite Entertainment will publish a new series beginning with a Robotech / Voltron® crossover event.  This crossover marks the first time uniting the popular Robotech cast with the five lions of Voltron, a fan-favorite World Events Production property.

 

The Robotech series debuted in 1985, an adaptation combining concepts from three Japanese anime series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Genesis Climber Mospeada, and Super Dimension Century Southern Cross) into a new, cohesive narrative.  It followed three generations of Earth soldiers who salvaged and repurposed alien technology in combat against consecutive extraterrestrial invasions and was produced by the renowned animation studio Tatsunoko Production Co. Voltron, based on five robotic lions, piloted by a team of brave space explorers that combine to form the mighty metallic hero, launched in the U.S. in September 1984 and quickly became a #1 rated animated series that will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2014.

 

Robotech and Voltron are two of the most recognizable anime series that defined ’80s pop culture,” says Tommy Yune, creative director at Harmony Gold and mastermind behind the upcoming crossover.  “Both franchises have endured in their popularity today and fans have long speculated of an epic crossover between the universes.  The opportunity to do so is an honor, and it’s a welcome challenge to construct a storyline that works well with key characters on both sides.  Most important of all, it’s going to be a lot of fun with plenty of surprises.”

 

“For years fans of Voltron and Robotech have crossed over, and now, thanks to Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics, we will see what happens when these two incredible universes finally fuse together,” said Jeremy Corray, creative director at World Events Productions.  “Get ready for an epic battle .”

 

Robotech is one of the finest intellectual properties ever to come out of Japan, and we are so very fortunate to be able to contribute to its legacy of thrilling science fiction action and drama,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO/Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment.  “We’re also thankful to have such great partners on this journey, with DC Comics and Harmony Gold granting free license to Dynamite for our upcoming Robotech comic projects, and joining us in this incredible first-ever crossover with Voltron.  We’ve published Voltron for years, and this is definitely rewarding to place the two fan-favorite universes together.”

 

“Skyscraper-sized robots and city-crushing monsters are no strangers to the Dynamite gang, thanks to our fine experience with the Voltron license,” adds Barrucci.  “We’ve been the proud home to Voltron since 2011, and I think our talented creators and editorial staff really balanced the science fiction and space fantasy elements of that franchise with ‘the human story’ of its pilots.  We’re very excited to continue the adventures of the Five Lions and the Voltron Force pilots as part of the crossover penned by Tommy Yune, and recapture the very best qualities of our previous Voltron series in this exciting new venture.  Robotech / Voltron is a fan’s dream, one we’re thrilled to add to our line of comics!”

 

The new Robotech / Voltron team-up adds additional content to Dynamite’s existing Voltron projects, published as two series thus far and expanding the mythos licensed from World Events Productions.  The first-ever pairing of these two giant cartoon properties is expected to attract huge media and fan attention in time for Voltron’s 30th Anniversary.  A new Robotech series will follow in the wake of the crossover.

 

The appreciation for the original Robotech television series, its comic spin-offs, and expansive universe of additional content runs deep at Dynamite, as evidenced by the passionate reflections of Joe Rybandt, the company’s Senior Editor.  “Every day after school, I would watch Robotech and I loved it.  LOVED IT.  Probably for a lot of the same reasons that I loved Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men, in that it was soap opera mixed with incredible action and excitement.  Also, it was my first introduction to episodic television starring giant robots and, y’know, GIANT ROBOTS.  I’ve gone back to the show every now and again, and still find it a rewarding experience, filled with great characters and amazing design. And now, here I sit, getting ready to set a new course with the comics.”

 

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For art and more information, please visit: http://ww.dynamite.com/

 

ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:

                                                                                                                           DYNAMITE WAS founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

 

 

ABOUT WORLD EVENTS PRODUCTIONS:

St. Louis-based World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) has produced and distributed children’s animation for over 25 years.  WEP is the IP holder for shows including: Voltron, Defender the of the UniverseVoltron: The Third DimensionDenver the Last Dinosaurand Vytor the Starfire Champion, among others.  WEP is a Koplar Communications company.  WEP is represented by United Talent Agency.  For more information visitwww.wep.com and http://www.voltron.com.

 

DreamWorks Animation acquires Classic Media to Form DreamWorks Classics

Jul 12, 2012

Classic Media’s library of intellectual property, which is focused on family characters and brands, features a vast collection of filmed entertainment with over 450 titles and more than 6,100 episodes of animated and live-action programming. Classic Media owns one of the world’s largest comic book archives and media rights to the titles in the Golden Books library, which have sold over two billion copies worldwide. Their properties have been distributed in over 170 territories around the globe.

With well-established titles such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Where’s Waldo?, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, George of the Jungle and Rocky & Bullwinkle, Classic Media’s properties have been a fixture in mainstream entertainment for decades. The Christmas Classics – Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – are the longest-running, highest-rated holiday specials in television history. Classic Media counts among its holdings contemporary bestsellers such as VeggieTales and the beloved Olivia property, as well as hits Postman Pat and Noddy in international markets.

“Classic Media brings a large and diverse collection of characters and branded assets that is extremely complementary to DreamWorks Animation’s franchise business, and we plan to leverage it across our motion picture, television, home entertainment, consumer products, digital, theme park and live entertainment channels,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. “Founders and co-CEOs Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman – seasoned executives with over 20 years of industry experience and a proven track record of success in managing high-quality content – have built an amazing team at Classic Media and are a welcome addition to the DreamWorks Animation family.”

Classic Media has approximately 80 employees and is headquartered inNew York City, with offices in the UK and a division, Big Idea Entertainment, in Nashville, TN.

“No company knows the family entertainment business better than DreamWorks Animation and we are excited to join their family in a natural extension of our long-standing relationship that began years ago on Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” said Eric Ellenbogen, co-CEO of Classic Media. “Classic Media brings to the table extensive rights to some of the most beloved family entertainment brands in the world. Our combination with DreamWorks Animation will expand the opportunities for us and for our content and distribution partners around the globe.”

Classic Media’s joint venture with Jay Ward Productions, a legend in animation, manages the rights to the entire Jay Ward animated catalog, which includes Rocky & Bullwinkle and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. DreamWorks Animation’s 3D feature film Mr. Peabody & Sherman is scheduled for release on December 25, 2013.

“For over 75 years, Classic Media’s iconic properties have entertained kids and families around the world with a unique, cross-generational appeal that is also a defining characteristic of DreamWorks Animation’s films,” added Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer at DreamWorks Animation. “We believe their characters and brands will continue to serve as a creative magnet for the industry’s top directors, producers and artists.”

For the 12 months ended February 29, 2012, Classic Media earned net revenue of $82.2 million and operating profit of $19.2 million.The acquisition of Classic Media will be financed through a combination of cash and borrowings under DreamWorks Animation’s revolving credit facility. The purchase price of $155 million includes amounts required to retire indebtedness.

“As part of DreamWorks Animation’s ongoing diversification strategy, this acquisition combines our hit-driven business with Classic Media’s extensive and sustainable library revenue stream,” added Lew Coleman, DreamWorks Animation’s President and Chief Financial Officer. “We expect the transaction to be accretive to our earnings in the first full year following the completion of the acquisition.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. DreamWorks Animation expects that the transaction will be completed during the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. acted as financial advisor and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP served as legal advisors to DreamWorks Animation in connection with the transaction. Jefferies & Company, Inc. acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Classic Media in connection with the transaction.

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