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May 1, 2016
TFExpo 2016 Registration Open Now-- PLUS Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Screening!
TFExpo is pleased to announce that registration for our 2016 show is now open at tf-expo.com! On August 5th and 6th, fans from all over the region will gather in Wichita, Kansas to celebrate their favorite transforming toys. Our special guest at TFExpo 2016 will be legendary voice actor Michael Bell, best known to Transformers fans as the voice of Prowl, Sideswipe, Swoop, and many others, as well as Duke from G.I.Joe and Lance from Voltron. Pre-registering not only takes care of your admission to the show, it also includes your admission to the autograph line, your souvenir t-shirt and one or more exclusive plushie Keybot toys designed by the amazing Shirley Cheung. Premium and Ultra Registrants will receive admission to TFExpo's signature event, the Saturday Night Dinner and Script Reading, where all attendees will enjoy a plated dinner with our special guest, and a few lucky chosen attendees will be joining our voice actor in a live reading of a brand-new fan-submitted script. Ultra registrants will each receive a seat at the voice actor's dinner table, and an 8x10â€ photograph of them with the actor that will be returned to them at the show for autographing.
But that's not all. Longtime Transformers fans will realize that our convention weekend lands very close to a very special occasion-- the 30th anniversary of the animated classic, Transformers: The Movie . In commemoration of this event, Wichita's historic Orpheum Theatre will hold a theatrical screening of the film on Friday evening, August 5th! Transformers fans will not only get to enjoy all the events of TFExpo at Wichita's Hotel at Old Town, but also celebrate the film that had such an impact on our childhoods. Tickets will be available for everyone to purchase directly from the Orpheum, however TFExpo will pre-purchase tickets from the theater that we will reserve for our Ultra and Premium registrants! More information about the screening will be available very shortly at wichitaorpheum.com.
All in all, it will be a great weekend to be a Transformers fan in Wichita, Kansas. We hope to see you there-- register now at tf-expo.com!
We are happy to welcome back the voice of the Generation 1 Autobot Bumblebee Dan Gilvezan to TFcon Toronto. Also known as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 1981 animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, he voiced Goldbug, Hot Spot, Outback, Rollbar, Scamper, Skids and Snapdragon in Transformers Generation 1 and returned to the character of Bumblebee for the video game Transformers: Devastation.. Dan will be appearing all weekend meeting with attendees.
Hasbro Reports Revenue, Operating Profit and Net Earnings Growth for First Quarter 2016
- First quarter 2016 revenues grew 16% to $831.2 million; Absent a negative $28.6 million impact of foreign exchange, first quarter 2016 revenues grew 20%;
- First quarter 2016 revenues grew 28% in the U.S. and Canada segment and 13% in the International segment; Absent the negative impact of foreign exchange, International segment revenues increased 22%;
- Growth in the Boys (+24%), Girls (+41%) and Preschool (+11%) categories; Franchise Brand revenues up 1% as reported and 4% absent foreign exchange; STAR WARS, DISNEY PRINCESS and DISNEY'S FROZEN product revenues further contributed to growth;
- Operating profit increased 59% and net earnings increased 83% to $48.8 million or $0.38 per diluted share;
- Company returned $93.2 million to shareholders in the quarter; $57.4 million in dividends and $35.8 million in share repurchases.
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the first quarter 2016. Net revenues for the first quarter 2016 increased 16% to $831.2 million versus $713.5 million in 2015. Excluding a negative $28.6 million impact from foreign exchange, first quarter revenues increased 20%.
Net earnings for the first quarter 2016 increased 83% to $48.8 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared to $26.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in 2015.
"The momentum with which we ended last year has continued throughout the first quarter 2016, delivering revenue and earnings growth," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our focus on executing our Brand Blueprint continues to drive strong retail and consumer demand for our brands, while enhancing overall profitability of Hasbro. Hasbro Franchise Brand revenue increased behind continued double-digit growth in NERF and PLAY-DOH, overcoming expected difficult quarterly comparisons in TRANSFORMERS as well as a digital streaming deal in the Entertainment and Licensing segment recorded last first quarter. Demand for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS products continued to be high and we benefited from the addition of DISNEY PRINCESS and FROZEN fashion and small dolls. We are very encouraged with global demand and our outlook for 2016."
"The first quarter was a very good quarter for Hasbro," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's Chief Financial Officer. "The strength of our results reflected the continued momentum in our business and strong execution from our global teams. We grew revenues, operating profit and earnings despite the continued negative impact from foreign exchange and challenging economic environments in some international markets. We returned $93.2 million in cash to shareholders and ended the quarter with a very strong balance sheet positioned to support our 2016 growth outlook. While most of the year remains ahead of us, it was a good start to the year."
First Quarter 2016 Major Segment Performance
Net Revenues ($ Millions) Operating Profit ($ Millions)
Q1 2016 Q1 2015 % Change Q1 2016 Q1 2015 % Change
U.S. and Canada $ 443.6 $ 345.7 +28% $ 78.3 $ 41.4 +89%
International $ 345.0 $ 305.7 +13% $ 2.9 $ 1.9 +50%
Entertainment and Licensing $ 42.5 $ 60.6 -30% $ 5.4 $ 16.4 -67%
First quarter 2016 U.S. and Canada segment net revenues increased 28% to $443.6 million compared to $345.7 million in 2015. Growth in the Boys, Girls and Preschool categories more than offset a decline in the Games category. The U.S. and Canada segment reported operating profit growth of 89% to $78.3 million, or 17.7% of net revenues, compared to $41.4 million, or 12.0% of net revenues, in 2015.
International Segment net revenues increased 13% to $345.0 million compared to $305.7 million in 2015. All four product categories posted revenue growth: Boys, Games, Girls and Preschool. On a regional basis, Europe grew 14%, Latin America declined 3%, and Asia Pacific was up 25%. Emerging markets revenues declined 7% in the quarter. Excluding an unfavorable $26.7 million impact of foreign exchange, net revenues in the International Segment grew 22%, increasing 19% in Europe, 19% in Latin America and 33% in Asia Pacific. Emerging markets increased approximately 6% absent the impact of foreign exchange. As reported, International Segment operating profit of $2.9 million was up 50%, compared to $1.9 million in 2015.
Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues decreased 30% to $42.5 million compared to $60.6 million in 2015. Last year's first quarter benefited from a multi-year digital streaming deal for Hasbro Studios television programming, which was not repeated in 2016. The Entertainment and Licensing segment operating profit declined 67% to $5.4 million compared to $16.4 million in 2015.
First Quarter 2016 Product Category Performance
Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q1 2016 Q1 2015 % Change
Boys $ 336.9 $ 272.6 +24%
Games $ 231.1 $ 235.6 -2%
Girls $ 165.4 $ 117.1 +41%
Preschool $ 97.8 $ 88.1 +11%
First Quarter 2016 Boys category revenues increased 24% to $336.9 million. Revenue growth in the quarter was driven by gains in Franchise Brand NERF, along with Partner Brand STAR WARS as well as the addition of YOKAI WATCH. The Boys category grew 28% absent the impact of foreign exchange.
Games category revenues declined 2% for the quarter to $231.1 million. PIE FACE continued to be a strong contributor to growth, along with growth in YAHTZEE and DUEL MASTERS. Growth in these brands was more than offset by declines in other gaming brands for the quarter. The Games category was flat absent the impact of foreign exchange.
Girls category revenues increased 41% to $165.4 million. The first quarter marked the on shelf date for Hasbro's line of DISNEY PRINCESS and FROZEN fashion and small dolls. The addition of these brands along with DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS and growth in BABY ALIVE delivered strong quarterly revenue growth for the category. The Girls category increased 48% absent the impact of foreign exchange.
Preschool category revenues increased 11% to $97.8 million for the first quarter 2016. Revenue growth in Franchise Brand PLAY-DOH drove the revenue increase for the quarter. The Preschool category grew 17% absent the impact of foreign exchange.
Dividend and Share Repurchase
The Company paid $57.4 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the first quarter 2016. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.51 per common share is scheduled for May 16, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 2, 2016.
During the first quarter, Hasbro repurchased 475,000 shares of common stock at a total cost of $35.8 million and an average price of $75.41 per share. At quarter-end, $443.5 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.
Conference Call Webcast
Hasbro will webcast its first quarter 2016 earnings conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today.The replay of the call will be available on Hasbro's web site approximately 2 hours following completion of the call.
About Hasbro: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and consumer product licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the Company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
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Certain statements in this release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include expectations concerning the Company's potential performance in the future, including with respect to anticipated future benefits from investments in the Company's business and strategic efforts to grow the Company's brand portfolio and content delivery over the longer-term, and the Company's ability to achieve its other financial and business goals and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements due to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: (i) the Company's ability to design, develop, produce, manufacture, source and ship products on a timely and cost-effective basis, as well as interest in and purchase of those products by retail customers and consumers in quantities and at prices that will be sufficient to profitably recover the Company's costs; (ii) downturns in economic conditions affecting the Company's markets which can negatively impact the Company's retail customers and consumers, and which can result in lower employment levels, lower consumer disposable income and spending, including lower spending on purchases of the Company's products; (iii) other factors which can lower discretionary consumer spending, such as higher costs for fuel and food, drops in the value of homes or other consumer assets, and high levels of consumer debt; (iv) potential difficulties or delays the Company may experience in implementing cost savings and efficiency enhancing initiatives; (v) other economic and public health conditions or regulatory changes in the markets in which the Company and its customers and suppliers operate which could create delays or increase the Company's costs, such as higher commodity prices, labor costs or transportation costs, or outbreaks of disease; (vi) currency fluctuations, including movements in foreign exchange rates, which can lower the Company's net revenues and earnings, and significantly impact the Company's costs; (vii) the concentration of the Company's customers, potentially increasing the negative impact to the Company of difficulties experienced by any of the Company's customers or changes in their purchasing or selling patterns; (viii) consumer interest in and acceptance of the Discovery Family Channel, and programming created by Hasbro Studios, and other factors impacting the financial performance of the network and Hasbro Studios; (ix) the inventory policies of the Company's retail customers, including retailers' potential decisions to lower their inventories, even if it results in lost sales, as well as the concentration of the Company's revenues in the second half and fourth quarter of the year, which coupled with reliance by retailers on quick response inventory management techniques increases the risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of less popular items and failure to achieve compressed shipping schedules; (x) delays, increased costs or difficulties associated with any of our or our partners' planned digital applications or media initiatives; (xi) work disruptions, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product in a timely and cost-effective manner; (xii) the bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the Company's significant retailers which could negatively impact the Company's revenues or bad debt exposure; (xiii) the impact of competition on revenues, margins and other aspects of the Company's business, including the ability to offer Company products which consumers choose to buy instead of competitive products, the ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses and the ability to attract and retain talented employees; (xiv) concentration of manufacturing for many of the Company's products in the People's Republic of China and the associated impact to the Company of social, economic or public health conditions and other factors affecting China, the movement of products into and out of China, the cost of producing products in China and exporting them to other countries; (xv) the risk of product recalls or product liability suits and costs associated with product safety regulations; (xvi) the impact of other market conditions, third party actions or approvals and competition which could reduce demand for the Company's products or delay or increase the cost of implementation of the Company's programs or alter the Company's actions and reduce actual results; (xvii) the impact of litigation or arbitration decisions or settlement actions; and (xviii) other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in the Company's public announcements and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.
This press release includes a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules, specifically EBITDA. EBITDA represents net earnings attributable to Hasbro, Inc. excluding net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliation on the attached schedule of this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that EBITDA is one of the appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company because it reflects the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet, and make strategic acquisitions.
The press release also includes the Company's Consolidated, International segment and product category net revenues excluding the impact of changes in exchange rates. Management believes that the presentation excluding the impact of exchange rate changes provides information that is helpful to an investor's understanding of the underlying business performance absent exchange rate fluctuations which are beyond the Company's control. These measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, net earnings or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP as more fully discussed in the Company's financial statements and filings with the SEC. As used herein, "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
Hasbro Studios and Sony Music Entertainment Release Transformers Roll Out Album
Digital Rock Album Features Original Hit Tracks from ‘Bush’ and ‘Mount Holly’
BURBANK, Calif. – April 15, 2016 – Today Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and Sony Music Entertainment announce the release of Transformers Roll Out, an alt-rock tribute to the wildly popular hit Hasbro Transformers franchise.
Transformers Roll Out heralds the global pop-culture Transformers phenomenon, featuring a collection of hit original songs inspired by the Hasbro Transformers franchise from leading established and up-and-coming alternative, rock and alt-pop artists, morphing together to create an epic portfolio of hard-hitting tunes that truly embodies the soul of the Hasbro Transformers brand. The album includes tracks from the chart topping rock band ‘Bush’ and front man Gavin Rossdale, lending powerhouse vocals in “This House is on Fire,” as well as up-and-coming alt-rock group Mount Holly, who provided the album’s lead title track “Roll Out.” Transformers Roll Out is being released on Sony Music’s RED Associated labels and is available for digital purchase now at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ROiT
“Growing up, I was (and still am) a huge fan of the Transformers franchise. It was an amazing experience working with Hasbro to produce this album and to contribute the title song Roll Out,” said album producer and Mount Holly lead guitarist Nick Perri. “The album embodies the action-packed high energy vibe that Transformers is known for and also brings in some outer world ambience and emotionally driven songs as well. All of the artists were thrilled to deliver on the mission.”
“The release of Transformers Roll Out demonstrates the pop culture power of the Transformers franchise,” said Hasbro Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis. “With generations of audiences celebrating the brand across television, film, digital entertainment, consumer products and now music, this could not be a more exciting time for Hasbro and Transformers. This unique project truly delivers on the More Than Meets the Eye brand promise.”
Artists contributing to Transformers Roll Out include:
· Mount Holly (“Roll Out”)
· Bush (“This House is on Fire”)
· Crash Kings (“Gigantik”)
· MEW (“Count to Ten”)
· Elle Rae (“Into the Fire”)
· SPURS (“Exiled”)
· Jameson Burt (“Just a Spark”)
· Ours (“Stronger”)
· Darby™ (“Modern Man”)
· Born Cages (“Our Revolution”)
Transformers Roll Out is available on all major digital providers and the limited edition CD and vinyl is for sale exclusively through FYE stores.
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and consumer product licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
IDW and Top Shelf Return To Emerald City!
Spectacular Signings and Essential Exclusives Can Only Be Found at Booth
San Diego, CA (April 5th, 2016) – This week, IDW and Top Shelf Productions return to Seattle, WA, for the fan-favorite Emerald City Comic Con! Taking place from Thursday, April 7th to Sunday, April 10th, the IDW booth will be stocked all weekend long with talented creators, and exclusives you’ll want to get your hands on. Additionally, the creators of the smash-hit God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler, will be on hand throughout the weekend for a special debut of the Biblically brilliant sequel, Apocrypha Now!
Don’t miss out on all the signings, panels and fun with IDW and Top Shelf this weekend at booth #1804! See below for a full list of convention variants available only at the IDW booth.
Godzilla: Oblivion #1, cover by Brian Churilla, $5, Limit 5 per customer
Jem and the Holograms #13, cover by M. Victoria Robado, $5, Limit 5 per customer
Locke & Key, The Master Edition, Vol. 2, Pencil cover by Gabriel Rodriguez, $50 Limit 3 per customer
Star Trek/ Green Lantern: The Spectrum War HC, cover by Joe Corroney, $40 Limit 3 per customer
Star Wars Artifact Edition, color cover by Howard Chaykin, $150 Limit 2 per customer
Thursday April 7th
2:00 – 3:00 The Bigger Bang – D.J. Kirkbride
3:00 – 4:00 G.I. Joe Deviations, Tet – Paul Allor
4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek/ Green Lantern – Joe Corroney
(*Check out the show exclusive!)
5:00 – 6:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers: Windblade – Mairghread Scott, Corin Howell
Friday April 8th
10:00 – 11:00 D4VE – Ryan Ferrier
11:00 – 12:00 X-Files Deviations – Amy Chu
11:00 – 12:00 The Eight Seal – James Tynion IV
12:00 – 1:00 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Disney Comics –Derek Charm
1:00 – 2:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
2:00 – 3:00 The Infinite Loop – Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet
3:00 – 4:00 Jem and the Holograms – Jen Bartel, Sara Richard
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla in Hell – Buster Moody, Ibrahim Moustafa
5:00 – 7:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
Saturday April 9th
10:00 – 11:00 Amelia Cole – Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride
11:00 – 1:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
1:00 – 2:00 G.I. Joe Deviations, Tet – Paul Allor
2:00 – 3:00 Transformers: Windblade – Mairghread Scott
2:00 – 3:00 X-Files Deviations – Amy Chu
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deviaitons – Nick Pitarra
(*Get a free sketch with purchase!)
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures – Caleb Goellner
4:00 – 5:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
4:00 – 5:00 Ghostbusters International – Corin Howell
5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek/ Green Lantern – Joe Corroney
(*Check out the show exclusive!)
Sunday April 10th
10:00 – 11:00 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Disney Comics – Derek Charm
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April – Irene Koh
12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack – Andy Suriano
1:00 – 2:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs
3:00 – 4:00 Drive – Michael Benedetto, Jason Lewis
4:00 – 5:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
Here’s all the panels full of announcements, special guests, and surprises you won’t want to miss out on!
IDW Publishing: The Big Panel, Saturday, April 9th, 4:15p.m. - 5:15p.m.
IDW President Greg Goldstein, VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, and editor Sarah Gaydos for a lively discussion of your favorite Publisher’s upcoming schedule! Top Secret Reveals! Prizes! Q&A! Announcements…Including one so big it will make your head spin! If you attend one comic panel at this show, this is the one!
God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now, Sunday, April 10th, 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
It's the second coming! Their first book, God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent-yet-faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) & Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that DIDN'T make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that's saying something). In a special advance release for Emerald City, Apocrypha Now is about what the Bible DIDN'T tell you.
IDW: Kids Comics & More! Sunday, April 10th, 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Kids! IDW loves comics as much as you do, so come find out what's new for 2016! My Little Pony, Disney, Angry Birds, TMNT, Transformers, Skylanders, Strawberry Shortcake and more! Want to learn how to make your own comics? Come prepared with questions for the panel, including editor Sarah Gaydos and writer/artist Derek Charm, of Powerpuff Girls fame! Free comics for the kids!
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IDW is a fully integrated media company which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. All divisions of IDW are owned by IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (IDWM) which provides a wide range of entertainment products worldwide.
IDW Publishing’s renowned line includes some of the most popular comic books, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks in the industry: Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The X-Files, Ghostbusters, multiple monthly Disney titles, and many more licensed titles. At the core of IDW is its commitment to creator-owned comics, beginning with the company’s first comic series – 30 Days of Night. Other notable and award-winning titles include Locke & Key, Wormwood, Little Nemo in Slumberland, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.
IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and the award-winning IDW Artist’s Edition line.
IDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to develop, finance and produce television properties based both on IDW Publishing properties and 3rd party content. The division is currently airing Wynonna Earp on Syfy and in production on Dirk Gently, Douglas Adam's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle) for BBC America, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network starring Stephen Graham (“Boardwalk Empire”). IDW Entertainment has a slate of development that includes the vampire thriller, “V Wars,” by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (“Dexter”, “Smallville”); political conspiracy series, Cobb, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (“Chicago Fire”, “Covert Affairs”); and supernatural action series, Pantheon, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”).
IDW also has a theatrical project in development at Sony, Zombies vs. Robots with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes.
With literally hundreds of voice over credits to his name, veteran voice monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of numerous animated television shows including the following: Spike Spiegel from “Cowboy Bebop”; Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, “The Super Hero Squad Show”, “X-Men Anime” and more); Orochimaru, Zabuza and others from “Naruto”; Green Goblin from “The Spectacular Spiderman” series; and Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak from “Ben 10”.
Steve is even more of a prolific voice over actor in video games, including the following characters: “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm), “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” (Diablo 3); “Abathur” (Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm); “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty); “Killer Croc” (Arkham Asylum); “Oghren” (DragonAge); “Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII); “Leeron” (Guren Lagann); “Jamie” (Megas XLR); and Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games. Steve is also the voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)
steve blum star warsRecently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning “Transformers: Prime” playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon Starscream, as well as Heatwave on the action-packed, kid-friendly “Transformers: Rescue Bots”! Also as Devil Dinosaur on “HULK: Agents of SMASH”, several characters on “Ultimate Spider Man”, “Ben 10: Omniverse”, “The Regular Show”, “Doc McStuffins”, “Uncle Grandpa”, “Wander over Yonder”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Tenkai Knights”, and as the terrifying anti-bender Amon on the hit series “Avatar: The Legend of Korra”!
And after 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, every Saturday night, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser Absolution, reprising his role as “TOM” the robotic host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami on Adult Swim.
Steve currently voices Zeb Orellios in the smash hit “Star Wars Rebels” and was featured in the Laika feature The Boxtrolls.
If you haven’t already seen on social media, it was a MASSIVE week for the Transformers at SXSWi. The brand partnered with the Mashable House to spread the word about the Spring launch of TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, a new real-time strategy combat game which fans can pre-register for now (at the hyperlink) to receive a free character when the game launches. The week also marked the official launch of OptimusPrime’s Snapchat (handle: optimusprime)!
As part of the action, Hasbro’s Transformers brought along a 10-ft tall, fully functional Bumblebee transformer that visitors had a blast taking photos with. Bumblebee was also in attendance for the TRANFORMERS PARTY on Saturday, March 12, where attendees drank custom cocktails like The Marg-a-tron and Bumblee-tini and rocked out to an exclusive live performance by Mount Holly, who performed their new title track Roll Out from the upcoming Transformers-inspired studio album Roll Out.
March 3, 2016
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Judd Nelson, star of 1986's "Transformers: The Movie", to appear at BotCon 2016 on April 8th and 9th.
This will be Mr. Nelson's first ever Transformers convention appearance.
Fort Worth, TX - Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro's official Transformers Collectors' Convention BotCon, and the show's sponsor, The Transformers Collectors' Club, announced today that Judd Nelson, star of the 1986 animated film "Transformers: The Movie", will be the featured guest for BotCon 2016. From leading roles in "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire", the 90's sitcom "Suddenly Susan" to his current role on the hit Fox TV series "Empire" and the upcoming film "Billionaire Boys Club", Judd Nelson continues to entertain audiences with his amazing intensity and charisma! This year's award-winning convention featuring Judd Nelson will take place at the Galt House April 7-10 in the great city of Louisville, Kentucky.
Fans of Judd's can visit BotCon.com to register for BotCon 2016 and purchase the "Judd Nelson VIP Pass" starting today. The VIP Pass will contain ONE in person autograph from Judd Nelson, ONE professional picture with Judd Nelson, an EXCLUSIVE HOT ROD art print, an EXCLUSIVE HOT ROD souvenir pin and VIP seating at his moderated panel on Saturday.
Those who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive a five-figure convention set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Saturday night Dinner and Awards party. Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.
For all the information regarding the BotCon show activities, hotel updates, the exclusive figure offerings and to purchase your Judd Nelson VIP Pass, be sure to visit BotCon.com.
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About Fun Publications
For 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. © 2016 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved
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