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IDW Publishing 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Announcements Round-Up - Official Press Release

Transformers News: IDW Publishing 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Announcements Round-Up - Official Press Release
Date: Monday, July 28th 2014 11:51am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Event News, Press Releases
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All Eyes On IDW At Comic-Con International 2014!
New Series, Archival Collections, And Monumental Crossovers Announced


San Diego, CA (July 28, 2014) – The eyes of the world were watching San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 for major announcements and this year IDW Publishing took the stage to reveal an impressive array of projects that are coming soon! Behold, the cure for the post-convention blues is here:

Star Trek / Planet of the Apes
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters
The crossover of the year comes to IDW when two of the most legendary teams come face-to-face in the new mini-series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters! Written by top IDW talent, Tom Waltz, and Erik Burnham, the series will feel right at home with art by Dan Schoening.

Orphan Black
The acclaimed sci-fi series assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. This will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black, which IDW will be working closely with the show’s producers to expand. The full creative teams and series details will be announced soon, with the first comic-book series launching in early 2015.

Garbage Pail Kids
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic-book series from IDW Publishing. With the likes of Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating the Garbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!

Edward Scissorhands
Just in time for Halloween, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are proud to announce the first in a number of new projects together, with the first ever Edward Scissorhands comic book series. The long overdue all-new adventures begin in October, with New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time) on writing duties and Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion) lending his delightfully spooky style to the interior art. Rounding out the creative team will be acclaimed Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez, who will provide a stunning and suitably creepy cover for the debut issue.

Corto Maltese
The complete Corto Maltese will published in English for the first time! EuroComics, a new imprint edited by Dean Mullaney, worked closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Pratt’s long-time collaborator, to present the complete Corto Maltese in a series of twelve quality trade paperbacks in Pratt’s original oversized black and white format. They will also feature new translations from Pratt’s original Italian scripts by Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra.

Eric Powell’s The Goon Artist Edition
Special Projects Director, Scott Dunbier revealed the fan-favorite, cult series, The Goon by Eric Powell is next in line to receive the acclaimed Artist’s Edition treatment! Collecting the series “Chinatown,” The Goon Artist’s Edition will pummel its way into comic shops in 2015.

Shadow Show
IDW announced a 5-issue series of comic-book adaptations of the prose anthology Shadow Show, a tribute to the work of the incomparable Ray Bradbury. Shadow Show #1 starts with the haunting and melancholy “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” written by Joe Hill (Locke & Key) and adapted by Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) with art by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith) and a gorgeous cover by Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriquez. Issue 2 will see Neil Gaiman’s “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” brought to life with artist Maria Fröhlich, and artist Eddie Campbell will tackle Audrey Niffenegger’s “Backward In Seville.” Other Shadow Show stories to be included are Harlan Ellison’s “Weariness,” Dave Eggers’ “Who Knocks?” and Alice Hoffman’s “Conjure” with accompanying artists to be announced.

Angry Birds / Transformers
Announced earlier this year, Rovio and Hasbro have teamed up two beloved properties in Angry Birds and The TRANSFORMERS! This fall IDW will bring the mayhem to comics with the brand new series, Angry Birds Transformers, expanding on the unexpected backgrounds of this explosive crossover! Written by The Transformers mastermind, John Barber, with art by Marcelo Ferriera, this crossover will be one for the record books!


Transformers: Combiner Wars
A new Transformers event, Transformers: Combiner Wars will start March 2015 from writers Mairghread Scott and John Barber and artists Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli. It’s an arms-race of truly titanic proportions as a long-lost ancient artifact allows the Cybertronians to unite into more powerful, gigantic forms. Will Cybertron—or the galaxy—be able to withstand the onslaught? Find out with a prologue and 5 issues, running in TRANSFORMERS #39-41 and the new TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1-3, which will be packed in with select TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS toys.


Galaxy Quest
The adventures of the NSEA Protector continue at IDW with an all-new Galaxy Quest series set after the film. Written by Erik Burnham, with art by Nacho Arranz the new series will be available in early 2015!

Dungeons & Dragons
A new Dungeons & Dragons series, Legends of Baldur’s Gate, sets off for adventure this October; led by fan-favorite writer Jim Zub. With art by Max Dunbar and covers by Sarah Stone, this will be a series of legendary proportions!

Lion Forge
IDW announced that it would be joining forces with Lion Forge Comics to bring the hit digital comics line to print, starting later this year!

Comics Experience
Spearheaded by former IDW Editor Andy Schmidt, Comics Experience is the premier destination for aspiring comic creators to learn the in’s and out’s of the trade. Starting later this year, IDW will bring these up-and-coming talents to the forefront of the comics world by bringing them to print!

Joe Frankenstein
Joe Frankenstein is a 2015 action/horror/adventure tale from Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan (co-creators of Batman villain, Bane) telling the story of young Joe Pratt, who discovers upon meeting the monster of his ancestor, that he is the heir to the Frankenstein name. A legacy that may get him killed if the creatures of the night have their way.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

SDCC 2014 Coverage - ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS
Date: Friday, July 25th 2014 5:37pm CDT
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ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS
The Most Unlikely Crossover Crashlands At IDW!


San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – Spinning out of the show-stopping announcement at this year’s Licensing Expo, Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. have teamed up to bring together two of the world’s largest and most popular entertainment brands with ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS! This fall, IDW will bring the mayhem to comics with the brand-new series, ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS, expanding on the unexpected backgrounds of this explosive crossover!

“Comics offer an ideal medium for telling the stories of these improbable but totally convincing mash-up characters from two enormously popular creations,” said Rovio’s Editor-in-Chief, Comics Jukka Heiskanen. “Blending action with humor and adventure with mishap, they will excite and delight fans of both brands.”

“We are thrilled to be combining the iconic TRANSFORMERS universe with the quirky world of ANGRY BIRDS,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “With the upcoming ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS mobile game, TELEPODS product line from Hasbro powered by retoy, licensed consumer goods and now comics from IDW, we’re able to give fans fun, new stories and characters they can interact with in multiple ways.”

When a DECEPTIHOG raid on the AUTOBIRD ship goes awry, the sought-after ALLSPARK is hurled into the expanses of space, only to find its way onto the shores of Piggie Island, and as its inhabitants will soon find out, the ALLSPARK is much more powerful than any creature could have imagined! Written by Robots in Disguise scribe and IDW Senior Editor John Barber, ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS is taking the intergalactic epic to a whole new universe!

“It’s been a real blast to pair the action of the endless conflict between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS with the zany hijinks of the Angry Birds!” said series writer, John Barber. “Seeing how these icons can interact and combine with each other—I think the end result will surprise everybody!”

An all-star flock of TRANSFORMERS artists will be contributing covers for the four-issue series, including Sarah Stone, Guido Guidi, Casey W. Coller, and Livio Ramondelli! Ramondelli will be kicking off the series, providing artwork for a framing sequence of issue #1, focusing on the TRANSFORMERS universe! From there, Marcelo Ferriera (Kung Fu Panda, TMNT New Animated Adventures) will take over on art duties for the series.

This unique series offers comic readers a chance to explore two of the world’s most popular brands in a distinctly original way! Whether you’re reading Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye, or can’t smash enough Piggies, ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS welcomes everyone to join this collision of epic proportions!

About Rovio Entertainment
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Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™, is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of our world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through their deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

SDCC 2014 Coverage - IDW Publishing Transformers Humble Bundle Press Release

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - IDW Publishing Transformers Humble Bundle Press Release
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 1:12pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Press Releases
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IDW PUBLISHING KICKS OFF SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH THE TRANSFORMERS HUMBLE BUNDLE
Transformers Fans Can Pay What They Want For The Ultimate Transformers Digital Comic Collection While Also Supporting A Child-Focused Charity


San Francisco & San Diego, Calif. - July 23, 2014 - Here's a bundle that's “more than meets the eye.” Humble Bundle and award-winning publisher IDW Publishing, under license from Hasbro, are kicking off San Diego Comic-Con with a digital comic collection of epic proportions. Customers can pay what they want while also supporting a child-focused charity in the Transformers Humble Bundle presented by IDW.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books

Customers can name their price for Transformers Classics, Volumes 1-4, featuring a digital reincarnation of 48 issues from the original comics. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 1-4, Transformers: Autocracy and Transformers: Spotlight, Vol. 1. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Vol. 1 and 2 and Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 1 and 2, bringing a total of nearly 100 comic book issues to the bundle.

“The iconic TRANSFORMERS brand is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this bundle offering. Whether a new reader who wants to get in on the epic TRANSFORMERS adventure, or a long-time fan looking to round out their digital comic collection, this offering is the perfect combination of classic and current stories,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “Add the fact that a portion of the proceeds will be used to support an amazing charity like the Hasbro Children’s Fund, and you’ve got an event Optimus Prime himself would be proud to join.”

“We’re very happy to collaborate with Hasbro to offer this mega selection of Transformers comics,” said Jeff Webber, IDW’s VP of Digital Publishing. “This bundle highlights all the facets of IDW’s Transformers line – Classics from the ‘80s, stories from the beginnings of the IDW’s stories of the TRANSFORMERS Universe, and some of the latest and greatest comics!”

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators, Humble Bundle, and the determined charity (the Hasbro Children's Fund).

The Transformers Humble Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

About Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company's launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $40 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com.

About Hasbro Children’s Fund
The Hasbro Children’s Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to empower childhood by bringing “the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service” into the lives of the children across the globe. Working with strategic charitable partners, the grants made through the Hasbro Children’s Fund support programs that deliver; stability for children in crisis; pediatric physical and mental health services; hunger security; educational programs; quality out of school time programming and programs that empower youth through service. To learn more about these programs and how they are making a difference for children worldwide, please visit www.hasbro.org.

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Press Release: Panels and Overview

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Press Release: Panels and Overview
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 1:01pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Event News, Press Releases
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Hasbro Returns to Comic-Con International, Showcasing Top Entertainment Brands

From TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and A Galaxy Far, Far Away to a Place Where Friendship is Magic, Fans Can Enjoy Their Favorite Pop Culture Brands All in One Place at San Diego Comic-Con.


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is coming back to Comic-Con International in San Diego to celebrate its iconic and globally renowned brands including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, KRE-O and licensed toy and game lines for ANGRY BIRDS, MARVEL and STAR WARS. From toys and games, to comics, television programs and Hollywood blockbuster films, Hasbro continues to entertain kids and fans around the globe with its world-class portfolio of brands year after year. Hasbro will bring its iconic brands and characters to life at this year's convention, offering an exciting lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys, giveaways and more.

Hasbro's booth continues to be one of the most popular at Comic-Con, drawing eager fans ready to get a first look at special edition Hasbro products and giveaways. This year, attendees can expect more unique experiences, products and displays, including photo opportunities, interactive panels and special guests that Hasbro's most enthusiastic fans will not want to miss out on.

"Hasbro looks forward to bringing some of the most recognizable brands in popular culture to Comic-Con International in San Diego every year," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro, Inc. "Connecting with our most passionate fans is extremely important to us and we are thrilled to offer an incredible line up of panels, special edition collectibles, giveaways and opportunities to meet the talent behind brands like TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY."

The following highlights the activities across Hasbro brands and licensed product lines to be showcased in the Hasbro booth #3213 and around the convention.

TRANSFORMERS

Hasbro has plenty to celebrate this year, from the new innovative toy line inspired by Michael Bay's wildly successful TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction feature film from Paramount Pictures, to the 30th Anniversary Generations fan focused figures spanning the history of the TRANSFORMERS brand. From comics and video games to animated series and action figures - this pop-culture extravaganza will be a must-see spot for TRANSFORMERS fans of all ages in the Hasbro booth.

On Thursday, July 24th at 11:00 a.m., TRANSFORMERS fans will have the opportunity to attend a panel with members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team for an exclusive sneak peak of the new animated series, Transformers: Robots In Disguise airing in early 2015. Attendees will also get a first look at the third season of Transformers: Rescue Bots, airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. In addition, attendees can celebrate the great 30 year heritage of the TRANSFORMERS brand and experience exclusive reveals of never before seen product.

KRE-O

The KRE-O brand is back in San Diego, showcasing products from Hasbro's biggest brands! Big news for 2014 is the KRE-O TRANSFORMERS line, and you won't want to miss the brand's first San Diego Comic-Con special edition item: KRE-O TRANSFORMERS KRE-O CLASS OF 1984 KREON 30-Pack. There will also be a 1984 KREON collectible poster available in limited quantities at the Hasbro booth and a sneak peek at some new KRE-O items during the TRANSFORMERS panel on Thursday.


MY LITTLE PONY AND MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS

The MY LITTLE PONY brand, a massive pop-culture phenomenon from Hasbro, is returning to Comic-Con again this year with memorable characters and unique personalities. From the animated series, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, to an extensive line of licensed goods, and special edition product, Hasbro welcomes fans in celebrating the magic of friendship at Comic-Con with MY LITTLE PONY and MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS.

On Friday at 11:30 a.m., Hasbro invites fans to join special guests from Hasbro Studios and voice talent from the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic animated series airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. and My Little Pony Equestria Girls, the movie as they share details of the making of the popular animated series and a sneak peek into the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks movie coming this Fall.

STAR WARS

With Lucasfilm and Disney's new animated series, STAR WARS REBELS, premiering this fall, STAR WARS fans will be eager to stop by Hasbro's booth at Comic-Con for exclusive giveaways, an autograph signing and interactive panels. On Friday, July 25th at 12:00 p.m., Hasbro will welcome STAR WARS fans to a special panel with members of the Hasbro brand and design teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro STAR WARS line and share a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures from the highly anticipated STAR WARS REBELS animated series.

MARVEL

Hasbro's booth will be celebrating MARVEL's ever-expanding cinematic universe in the highly anticipated MARVEL'S Guardians of the Galaxy film, hitting theaters August 1. Hasbro, home of the master MARVEL toy license, will be showcasing the new toy line and more.

On Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m., fans won't want to miss Hasbro's MARVEL panel. Join members of the Hasbro brand and design teams as they discuss Hasbro's popular MARVEL action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures.

Fans of the MARVEL UNIVERSE, MARVEL LEGENDS and other MARVEL action figure lines will also want to check out the Hasbro booth for a comprehensive look at the extensive line-up of 2014 toys as well as new, upcoming figures revealed for the first time following the panel.

ANGRY BIRDS

Hasbro and Rovio recently announced they are teaming up to bring two of the world's largest and most popular entertainment brands together in a brand new mash-up: ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS. Fans stopping by the Hasbro booth will see for the first time the full ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS product line featuring TELEPODS technology, powered by Retoy. An exclusive, new trailer for the ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS mobile game (available later this year) will also be shown in the Hasbro booth during the show. Additionally, fans will get to see the first gameplay demo of Rovio's upcoming ANGRY BIRDS STELLA mobile game, available this fall, and experience the ANGRY BIRDS STELLA TELEPODS product line, which will let fans teleport the Stella character and her fierce flock of friends into the game. San Diego Comic-Con will also mark the world premiere of the ANGRY BIRDS STELLA cinematic trailer.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

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SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Special Edition Toys Press Release

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Special Edition Toys Press Release
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 1:00pm CDT
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Hasbro Delivers the Hottest Special Edition Toys at Comic-Con International, Featuring Transformers, My Little Pony, Magic: The Gathering, Star Wars, Marvel and More


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In what has become a highly anticipated annual tradition, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is returning to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, with an array of special edition action figures and toys from Hasbro's most popular brands inspired by the comics, movies, animated series and video games that made them popular. Fans can expect special edition figures from Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT brands as well as its licensed properties, STAR WARS® and MARVEL.

The special edition items will be available at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth (#3329) at Comic-Con International starting on Preview Night, July 23rd (while supplies last), as well as in limited quantities after the convention concludes at HasbroToyShop.com. Highlights of the collection of special edition toys include the TRANSFORMERS DINOBOTS Action Figure Collection featuring the breakout stars of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, and MARVEL'S The Infinity Gauntlet and 3.75-inch Action Figure Pack, complete with four exclusive 3.75-inch MARVEL INFINITE SERIES action figures and a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet glove!

"Our brand teams always enjoy creating and developing these unique and highly sought after special edition toys and figures for Comic-Con attendees," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro. "These products are crafted with the most passionate fan in mind, and we are thrilled to be able to provide our fans with new versions of their favorite pop-culture, iconic brands each year at Comic-Con."

The comprehensive list of Hasbro's 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition Figures Features:

TRANSFORMERS

TRANSFORMERS DINOBOTS Action Figure Collection

(Ages: 8 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $159.99/ Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The DINOBOTS are back! The breakout stars of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION are featured in this set, each with a G1-inspired deco, complete with vac-metal parts! Voyager scale GRIMLOCK and Deluxe scale SNARL, STRAFE and DINOBOT SLUG charge into battle in the steel and gold look that made them famous back in 1985. The DINOBOTS come in a package designed by world-famous pop-up artist Matthew Reinhart (TRANSFORMERS: THE ULTIMATE POP-UP UNIVERSE) that converts into the famed Autobot Ark and Mount St. Hilary from the original G1 animation!

TRANSFORMERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR EDITION Action Figure Collection

(Ages: 8 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $184.99/ Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS brand, this Special Edition set presents your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters as you've never seen them before—as hard-rockin' robots in the universe's greatest band, the Knights of Unicron! The four Deluxe Scale rock god action figures—OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, SMOOTH JAZZ and SOUNDWAVE—each feature glam rock deco, metal band hair and the titanic egos that once tore them apart. Also joining the tour are LASERBEAK, who converts into a note-shredding electric guitar and RATBAT, who converts into the funkiest keytar on this side of CYBERTRON. The entire set is packaged in an amazing "roadie case," including special edition posters, stickers and tell-all history booklet depicting the hardest-rocking band in the history of CYBERTRON!

KRE-O TRANSFORMERS KRE-O CLASS OF 1984 KREON 30-Pack

(Ages: 6 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/ Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Party like it's 1984 with this "Yearbook" edition of 30 of your favorite AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON KREONS, all in unique G1 and G2 decos! Fan-favorites like OPTIMUS PRIME, SOUNDWAVE and ARCEE are included, along with ULTRA MAGNUS, DECEPTICON RUMBLE and DECEPTICON FRENZY making their KREON debut! Also includes totally tubular ‘80s accessories like a floppy disk, a boom box…even a KREON mullet!

MY LITTLE PONY

MY LITTLE PONY MANE-IAC MAYHEM Pony

(Approximate Retail Price: $49.99; Ages 3 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Get ready for the most evil nemesis of the POWER PONIES, MANE-IAC MAYHEM pony. Her wild and ‘electrifying' green mane is almost as devious as her piercing red and green eyes. This power-mad pony from Maretropolis features a metallic purple outfit, accessorized with fashionable black and gold glittery boots. She comes with her trusty sidekick, SPIKE THE DRAGON as "Hum Drum." Get the MANE-IAC MAYHEM pony at Comic-Con 2014!

MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS

MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS MANE-IAC MAYHEM Doll

(Approximate Retail Price: $29.99; Ages 5 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Brace yourself, because you're not ready for the wild and wily ways of this crazy MANE-IAC MAYHEM doll! With a maniacal hairstyle inspired by the MANE-IAC MAYHEM pony from the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic animated series created by Hasbro Studios, this doll has an over-the-top outfit and sunglasses, and her boots are off the chain. Get this madcap doll at Comic-Con 2014!

STAR WARS

STAR WARS® THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH JABBA THE HUTT™ THRONE ROOM ACTION FIGURE Set

(Approximate Retail Price: $64.99; Ages 4 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The fan-favorite STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 6-inch action figure line jumps to hyperspace in 2014 with the introduction of iconic in-scale vehicles and alien creatures, all featuring the incredibly accurate design and high level of articulation fans have come to expect from THE BLACK SERIES collection. Fans will have their first opportunity to collect a 6-inch scale JABBA THE HUTT at San Diego Comic-Con with the JABBA THE HUTT'S Throne Room Action Figure Set, which comes with railing, hookah and in-scale articulated SALACIOUS CRUMB action figure. The figures are packed in a special, scene-accurate display that depicts JABBA'S throne room, complete with space for last year's HAN SOLO in Carbonite figure (no longer available).

MARVEL

MARVEL'S THE THANOS IMPERATIVE LEGENDS Action Figure Pack

(Ages: 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $99.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The battle to save the universe is on, and this ragtag alliance of interstellar heroes is just the bunch to save the day! Based on the cosmic MARVEL Comics story THE THANOS IMPERATIVE, this special edition collection features five 6-inch-scale MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES figures—BLACK BOLT, STAR LORD, BLASTAAR, MARVEL'S MEDUSA and MARVEL'S GLADIATOR. The cosmic favorite come in a special-edition package designed to look like the GALACTUS ENGINE, the ultimate weapon from THE THANOS IMPERATIVE.

MARVEL'S THE INFINITY GAUNTLET and 3.75" Action Figure Pack

(Ages: 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $74.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Based on the classic MARVEL Comics cosmic story THE INFINITY GAUNTLET, this special edition pack is your chance to wield the mightiest weapon in the universe! The set includes four exclusive 3.75-inch MARVEL INIFINITE SERIES action figures—THANOS (w/ INFINITY GAUNTLET), MISTRESS DEATH, MARVEL'S NEBULA and MARVEL'S STARFOX. Plus, continue the action with the included wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet glove, a role-play replica of the reality-controlling artifact!

JEM DOLL

Rockin' Romance JEM Doll

(Ages: 15 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $139.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Fans will have a truly outrageous experience at Comic-Con 2014 when they see the special edition ROCKIN' ROMANCE JEM doll! The fully articulated ROCKIN' ROMANCE JEM doll stands 12.5 inches tall and features rooted pink hair with corkscrew curls in a stylish side ponytail, complete with flashy bow, and stunning long eyelashes. Ready for romance in a pink polka dot dress with a jeweled collar and sparkly high-heel pumps, ROCKIN' ROMANCE JEM is ready for a night on the town with her beau Rio Pacheco! Fans will be delighted to see their favorite rock star delivered in a special commemorative edition retro pack, inspired by the original never-before-released ROCKIN' ROMANCE box art created for the original line in the 1980's! But that's not all...to further protect what is sure to become one of the most sought after collectibles of the JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS collection, this Truly Outrageous Comic-Con and HasbroToyShop.com exclusive souvenir comes nested in a super sturdy, ultra sleek mirror finish outer box!

MIGHTY MUGGS

MIGHTY MUGGS ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT Special Edition Figure

(Ages: 6 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $22.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT toy with this special edition MIGHTY MUGG! Since the release of the original Parker Brothers toy in 1979, ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT has built a devoted following, and now toy fans will be able to purchase the first MIGHTY MUGG ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT figure, featuring 5.5 inches of 100% recycled awesome!

MAGIC: THE GATHERING

MAGIC 2015 PLANESWALKER Pack Featuring Garruk's Axe by NERF

(Ages: 13 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $110.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The 2014 MAGIC: THE GATHERING SDCC exclusive once again brings the sleek "black on black" premium treatment to this year's Core Set Planeswalker line-up, but this time there is a twist: There are six Planeswalker cards, and they feature new art by renown comic artist Jae Lee! Each set also comes with the first ever NERF item for MAGIC: THE GATHERING: Garruk's Axe. Pick up your set at the Hasbro booth at SDCC, and be the envy of the Multiverse.

Following the convention, a limited number of each item will be available for purchase online at HasbroToyShop.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

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Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release
Date: Monday, July 21st 2014 5:45am CDT
Categories: Company News, Press Releases
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Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014

- Second quarter 2014 revenues up 8% to $829.3 million; International segment revenues up 17% and Entertainment and Licensing revenues increased 35%;
- Franchise Brand revenues grew 36%; Boys category revenues up 32% and Girls category revenues up 10%;
- Adjusted operating profit increased 8% and adjusted net earnings increased 24% to $47.3 million or $0.36 per diluted share, excluding an unfavorable tax adjustment in 2014 and pension charges in 2013;
- Closed $600 million notes offering and refinanced $425 million in debt with lowest coupon rate in Company history;
- Repurchased 2.5 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $136.3 million and an average price of $54.06 per share.


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the second quarter 2014. Net revenues for the second quarter 2014 increased 8% to $829.3 million from $766.3 million in 2013. Foreign exchange had an unfavorable $1.2 million impact on second quarter revenues.

Net earnings for the second quarter 2014 were $33.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $36.5 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in 2013. Excluding an unfavorable tax adjustment of $13.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, adjusted net earnings for the second quarter 2014 were $47.3 million, or $0.36 per diluted share. Excluding pre-tax partial pension settlement charges of $2.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, associated with restructuring actions, adjusted net earnings for the second quarter 2013 were $38.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share.

"Second quarter performance reflects our continuing re-imagination of brands across the brand blueprint and the positive impact of our investment and focus on strategic growth opportunities within Hasbro," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Hasbro Franchise Brands, Emerging Markets and the Entertainment and Licensing segment posted strong second quarter growth. The combination of great brand innovation and storytelling is resonating with consumers globally to deliver revenue and profit improvements across multiple product categories and segments."

"While delivering our second quarter, we continued to focus on long-term strategic investments in our brands, our systems and our capital structure," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's Chief Financial Officer. "Notably, we successfully refinanced $425 million of debt, raising a total of $600 million at the lowest coupon rate in our history. Our inventory is positioned to support consumer demand in the all-important holiday period, and our cash position remains strong after returning $325 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends in the first six months of the year."

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release

Note: Second quarter 2013 pre-tax partial pension settlement charges are in Corporate and Eliminations. See attached table: Supplemental Financial Data, Restructuring Charges, Pension Costs and Tax Adjustments.

U.S. and Canada segment net revenues of $383.0 million decreased 2% compared to $389.2 million in 2013. The segment's results reflect growth in the Boys and Girls product categories offset by declines in the Games and Preschool categories. The U.S. and Canada segment reported operating profit of $46.9 million versus $59.0 million in 2013.

International segment net revenues increased 17% to $396.8 million compared to $340.2 million in 2013. Revenues in the International segment reflect double-digit growth in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific as well as growth in the Boys, Girls and Preschool product categories. The International segment reported operating profit of $29.2 million, up 98% versus $14.8 million in 2013.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues increased 35% to $47.7 million compared to $35.3 million in 2013. The segment benefited from growth in lifestyle licensing, digital gaming and the addition of Backflip Studios. The Entertainment and Licensing segment reported 295% growth in operating profit to $14.6 million compared to $3.7 million in 2013.

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release

Second quarter 2014 net revenues in the Boys category increased 32% to $335.8 million behind growth in TRANSFORMERS and MARVEL products.

Games category revenues decreased 12% in the quarter to $225.7 million. Growth in Franchise Brand MONOPOLY, THE GAME OF LIFE, initial shipments of SIMON SWIPE - one of several new gaming initiatives launching for the important holiday season - and the contribution of Backflip Studios all contributed positively to the category. These gains were offset by declines in several brands, including TWISTER, DUEL MASTERS and MAGIC: THE GATHERING.

The Girls category grew 10% in the second quarter 2014 to $163.8 million. MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS and NERF REBELLE continued to drive the strong growth in the category.

Preschool category revenues decreased 4% to $103.9 million in the second quarter 2014. PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS revenues increased but were more than offset by declines in other Preschool initiatives, including core PLAYSKOOL and SESAME STREET products.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $55.7 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the second quarter 2014. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.43 per common share is scheduled for August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 1, 2014.

During the second quarter, Hasbro repurchased a total of 2.5 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $136.3 million and an average price of $54.06 per share. Through the first two quarters, the Company repurchased 4.0 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $216.8 million and an average price of $54.17 per share. At quarter-end, $308.1 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its second quarter 2014 earnings conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. To listen to the live webcast and access the accompanying presentation slides, please go to http://investor.hasbro.com. The replay of the call will be available on Hasbro's web site approximately 2 hours following completion of the call.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.

© 2014 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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 its planned cost savings initiative and profitability, 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 Hub Network, 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. However, this measure 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.

This press release also includes the Company's 2013 costs and expenses, operating profit, net earnings and diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of restructuring and related pension charges. 2014 net earnings and diluted earnings per share also exclude certain unfavorable tax adjustments. Management believes that presenting this data excluding these charges and tax adjustments assists investors' understanding of the underlying performance of the results of operations.

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Shout! Factory SDCC 2014 Line-Up: Screenings, Signings, Exclusives and More

Transformers News: Shout! Factory SDCC 2014 Line-Up: Screenings, Signings, Exclusives and More
Date: Monday, July 14th 2014 11:31am CDT
Categories: Company News, Event News, Media, Press Releases
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Our friends over at Shout! Factory have just sent us the official press release for all their animation goodness taking place during the San Diego Comic Con 2014, including screenings, exclusives and much more. Check out below for more information, where we've highlighted the more robotic aspects.


SHOUT! FACTORY DESCENDS UPON COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 WITH WORLD RENOWNED POP CULTURE BRANDS, POPULAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT LINES, CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES, SPECIAL MOVIE SCREENINGS, ENGAGING FAN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES, AND A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PANEL EVENT:
AN INSIDE LOOK AT SHOUT! FACTORY, SHOUT! KIDS AND SCREAM FACTORY




Over the years, Shout! Factory has become a mainstay of Comic-Con International, and its pedigree of unique home entertainment products, panel events and convention exclusives elicits a deafening chorus of oohs and ahs from Comic-Con attendees. As a leading multi-platform entertainment company, Shout! Factory continues to expand its reach to a multitude of pop culture fans spanning Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory™. This year, Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International 2014 with a dynamic lineup, featuring a revealing panel event, a showcase of new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusive items and engaging booth activities. Fans and convention attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory booth (#4248) on the main convention floor.



If your idea of fun is binge-watching pop culture entertainment and geeking-out over enduring cult TV hits, retro-horror/sci-fi classics, outlandish comedies and fantastical CG-animated movie adventures, you will not want to miss this year’s panel event: An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7pm (Room 23ABC). Join Brian Ward (DVD Producer), Melissa Boag (VP, Kids & Family) and Jeff Nelson (Sr. Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray/DVD collector’s editions and new movies coming to theaters this fall. This is a fan-driven insider’s event filled with lively discussion and more than a few surprises. This panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by entertainment writer & critic Kyle Anderson (NERDIST.com).



Shout! Factory makes its mark at Comic-Con this year with the MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS – RAINBOW ROCKS photo booth, numerous Comic-Con exclusives, exciting booth activities and special advance screenings of two highly anticipated CG-animated movies – Slugterra: Return of the Elementals from Nerd Corps Entertainment and THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC from renowned 3D filmmakers Ben Stassen and Jeremie Degruson before they hit movie theaters across the country.



Shout! Factory Booth (#4248) and the studio’s Shout! Factory Store will once again be a must-visit destination on the convention center floor. Poised to ignite fans and Comic-Con attendees of all ages, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase the latest offerings from fan-driven product lines, fan interactive activities, premium giveaways and much more! The Shout! Factory Store, located in Shout’s booth, is back at Comic-Con this year with a pedigree of exclusives and upcoming home entertainment offerings.



For continuing updates on Shout! Factory’s Comic-Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #SDCC14 and the studio’s official Facebook page facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial.





SCHEDULE OF SHOUT! FACTORY EVENTS AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014

PANEL, FILM SCREENINGS, IN-BOOTH ACTIVITIES, VIP APPEARANCES AND MORE!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Preview Night



Thursday, July 24, 2014

10:30 AM

Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth #4248



1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Slugterra’s Burpy The Slug appearance at Shout! Factory booth.



Friday, July 25, 2014

10:30 AM

Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth #4248



11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS – RAINBOW ROCKS Photo Op at

Shout! Factory booth #4248



3PM

SIGNING EVENT! Jason David Frank from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers



4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Slugterra’s Burpy The Slug appearance at Shout! Factory booth. Get your picture taken with Burpy the Slug



7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory Panel Event

Location: Room 23ABC, Convention Center



Saturday, July 26, 2014

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS – RAINBOW ROCKS Photo Op at Shout! Factory booth



11:50 AM

Special Film Screening of SLUGTERRA: RETURN OF THE ELEMENTALS

Location: Marriott Marina Ballroom D



1:30 PM

Special Film Screening of THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC

Location: Marriott Marina Ballroom D



3:00 PM

Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth #4248



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Get a free exclusive Fire Elemental figurine!



9:30 AM

Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth #4248



10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS – RAINBOW ROCKS Photo Op



1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Slugterra’s Burpy The Slug appearance



SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH (#4248) HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS – RAINBOW ROCKS PHOTO BOOTH

In celebration of the new animated movie MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS – RAINBOW ROCKS, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will feature an interactive photo kiosk at the Shout! Factory booth. Join the fun and savor the moment with props and fun. You’ll get a printed photo and can pick-up a digital copy online to easily share with your friends.





COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES!

Come by to get your MY LITTLE PONY:FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC poster and receive a free, exclusive MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS – RAINBOW ROCKS poster tube (while they last)!



Limited-Edition SCREAM FACTORY™ Blood Red T-Shirt





Stop by Shout! Factory booth for your FREE 2014 Button Pack and other SCREAM FACTORY goodies including collectible keychains, screen wipes and more!





Come by to get your Free TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS poster







SPECIAL FILM SCREENINGS PRESENTED BY SHOUT! KIDS AT COMIC-CON



Slugterra: Return of the Elementals (Saturday, July 26 at 11:50 AM, Marriott Marina Ballroom D)

Shout! Factory, Screenvision and Nerd Corps Entertainment have teamed up to bring a new feature-length original movie Slugterra: Return of the Elementals to cinemas across the U.S. beginning August 2, 2014. In Slugterra: Return of the Elementals, Junjie, a new member of the Shane Gang is a master of the mysterious slug slinging art of Slug Fu! But even with the power of five slingers, the Shane Gang are in over their heads as they attempt to protect the five legendary Elemental Slugs, ancient slugs of great power and the forebarers of all slugs in Slugterra. When an evil alliance starts hunting down the Elementals, Eli and his friends — old and new — take off in pursuit of the greatest threat their world has ever faced! (2014, Rated TV-Y7-FV)



THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC (Saturday, July 26 at 1:30 PM, Marriott Marina Ballroom D)

Directed by renowned 3D filmmakers Ben Stassen (Fly Me To The Moon, Sammy's Adventures: Escape From Paradise) and Jeremie Degruson (A Turtles Tale: Sammy’s Adventure), with original music by Ramin Djawadi (Pacific Rim, Game Of Thrones), THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC is a whimsical animated family adventure, bringing to life a unique story with a great sense of humor, positive values and universal appeal. Brimming with spectacular CG animation and endearing characters, this internationally acclaimed motion picture delivers a fun and highly entertaining movie experience for kids and the entire family.



THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm stumbles into a mysterious mansion owned by Lawrence, a retired magician. With all of Lawrence’s animal friends, including Jack the Rabbit and Maggie the Mouse, and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos, you’d think this fantastically strange house wouldn’t have any vacancies. But as far as Lawrence is concerned, there’s always room for one more! Just as Thunder begins to feel at home, trouble strikes when Lawrence ends up in the hospital and the magician’s naughty nephew tries to trick him into selling the house. But Thunder and his newfound friends have a few tricks up their sleeves as they put aside their differences to defend their home with a delightfully spooky strategy.

(2013, Not Rated: For All Audiences)



SHOUT! FACTORY, SHOUT! KIDS and SCREAM FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS



MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP

Ponies make the best friends! With that in mind, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship is coming to DVD on July 29 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The five episodes include “Rarity Takes Manhattan,” “Pinkie Apple Pie,” “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies,” “Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 1,” and “Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 2.” A fun sing-along is included as a bonus feature. Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends — Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike — Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons learned. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you The Keys Of Friendship.

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES

The long-awaited third season of TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED is finally available on DVD! Fans of the popular TRANSFORMERS classic animated adventures can relive the excitement and action of OPTIMUS PRIME and his team of AUTOBOTS through the complete TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series, including the never-before-released Season Three DVD, in one exciting home entertainment collection. From 2007-2009, TRANSFORMERS fans and kids were introduced to this high-octane action adventure series, which chronicles the brave AUTOBOTS as they seek to protect the ALLSPARK, their new adopted home Earth and their human friends from the Earth-bound super villains.




TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES

This summer, relive some of the most astonishing classic action battles of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and complete your home entertainment collection of the rare UNICRON Trilogy with TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES, featuring all the action-packed episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD box set. In 2005, TRANSFORMERS fans were introduced to the animated series TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON, the third installment of the rare UNICRON Trilogy – consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. Unicron has been defeated, but his destruction has created a black hole, which is threatening the Autobots’ home world of Cybertron. It’s up to Optimus Prime, his team of heroic Autobots and their new human friends — Coby, Lori and Bud — to secure the four mystical Cyber Planet Keys, in order to destroy the black hole. Unfortunately Megatron and the Decepticons are always lurking. And if the Cyber Planet Keys fall into their hands, it could mean the end of life as we know it. The race is on!




MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME 30

This summer, escape from your daily grind with an idyllic getaway aboard the Satellite of Love with the release of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 30 on July 29th, 2014. Featuring four episodes previously unavailable on DVD – The Black Scorpion, Outlaw (of Gor) aka Gor II, The Projected Man, and It Lives By Night, the latest volume is loaded with bonus features including new featurettes Stinger Of Death: Making The Black Scorpion; Shock To The System: Creating The Projected Man; Writer Of Gor: The Novels of John Norman; Director Of Gor: On Set With John “Bud” Cardos; Producer Of Gor: Adventures With Harry Alan Towers, theatrical trailers, four exclusive mini-posters by artist Steve Vance and more!



HERZOG: THE COLLECTION Blu-ray™

A visionary creator unlike any other, with a passion for unveiling truths about nature and existence by blurring the line between reality and fiction, Werner Herzog is undoubtedly one of cinema’s most controversial and enigmatic figures. Shout! Factory will release Herzog: The Collection on July 29th, 2014. Limited to 5,000 copies, the 13-disc box set features 16 acclaimed films and documentaries, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. Herzog: The Collection also features a 40-page book that includes photos, an essay by award-winning author Stephen J. Smith, and in-depth film synopses by Herzog scholars Brad Prager and Chris Wahl. Bonus features include English and German audio commentaries, the documentaries Herzog In Africa and Portrait: Werner Herzog, interviews and original theatrical trailers



GINGER SNAPS Blu-ray™ (gift-with-purchase items: limited-edition poster + SCREAM FACTORY coasters)

Fifteen-year-old Brigitte Fitzgerald (Emily Perkins, Insomnia, Juno) and her nearly-16-year-old sister Ginger (Katharine Isabelle, Freddy Vs. Jason, See No Evil 2) are both best friends and outcasts. Obsessed with dying and bound by a childhood pact to stay together forever, they loathe their mind-numbing existence in the suburbs of Bailey Downs. One night, the two girls are heading through the woods when Ginger is savagely attacked by a wild creature. Ginger’s horrible wounds miraculously heal over, but something is not quite right about her. Ginger is irritable and in denial. But to Brigitte, it is obvious that a terrifying force has taken hold of her sister. Bonus features include new interviews with director John Fawcett, writer Karen Walton, actors Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, producer Steve Hoban, make-up effects artist Paul Jones, composer Mike Shields and editor Brett Sullivan, a new “Women in Horror” panel discussing Ginger Snaps, an audio commentary with director John Fawcett, an audio commentary with writer Karen Walton, deleted scenes with optional commentary by John Fawcett and Karen Walton, The Making Of Ginger Snaps - vintage featurette, Creation Of the Beast - vintage featurette, Being John Fawcett - vintage featurette, cast auditions and rehearsals, theatrical trailers, TV spots, production design and an artwork photo gallery.



PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Blu-ray™ (gift-with-purchase items include limited-edition poster + SCREAM FACTORY coasters)

The music made him do it! Phantom Of The Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) makes its American Blu-ray debut . The Faustian tale of Swan (Paul Williams, who also wrote the acclaimed score) an evil record tycoon who is tormented by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged, this Academy Award-nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, including new interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Willaims and Tom Burman; new audio commentary with producer Jack Fisk, a new audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor and Harold Oblong aka Peter Eibling); as well as a DVD of additional bonus content, including a new interview with producer Edward R. Pressman, a new featurette, the neon poster art, and much, much more!



MOTEL HELL Blu-ray™ (gift-with-purchase items include limited-edition poster+ SCREAM FACTORY coasters)

People come from far and wide to sample Farmer Vincent's distinctively flavored dried, smoked sausages, but one might well ask why there are so few people staying at the nearby kitschy Motel Hello. Also, have you ever wondered about the secret ingredients that make his meats taste so darn good? The ‘80s cult classic, horror-comedy film MOTEL HELL, directed by Kevin Connor (At The Earth's Core, The House Where Evil Dwells) takes a frighteningly funny look into the different kinds of critters that make up Farmer Vincent's fritters with plenty of surprises. Packed with insightful bonus content and all-new interviews, this definitive collector’s edition also contains a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art.



WITHOUT WARNING Blu-ray™ (gift-with-purchase item: SCREAM FACTORY coasters)

The hunting season has begun. Earth is the new hunting ground for an alien life form that preys on human fear and feeds on human flesh. Beyond any known terror, mankind is about to become the next endangered species in the 1980 sci-fi horror cult classic WITHOUT WARNING, also known as IT CAME WITHOUT WARNING, from celebrated exploitation filmmaker Greydon Clark (Joysticks, Satan’s Cheerleaders). A non-stop ride into extra-terror-strial mayhem, this highly sought-after sci-fi creature thriller stars Oscar® winners Jack Palance (Batman) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Tarah Nutter (Bitter Harvest), Christopher S. Nelson (Roller Boogie), Cameron Mitchell (Blood and Black Lace), Neville Brand (Eaten Alive), Sue Ane Langdon (UHF), Ralph Meeker (Kiss Me Deadly), Larry Storch (F Troop) and featuring David Caruso (CSI: Miami) in an early role and Kevin Peter Hall (Predator) as the alien. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™ and DVD, WITHOUT WARNING Blu-ray+DVD combo pack contains insightful bonus content, as well as a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art.

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

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Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series 7-DVD Set Hits Aug 5, 2014 From Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series 7-DVD Set Hits Aug 5, 2014 From Shout! Factory
Date: Monday, June 30th 2014 2:47pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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Our friends over at Shout! Factory continue their Transformers home releases with the 7-DVD Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series scheduled to hit August 5 with pre-orders at both Amazon and Shout! Factory. Check out the press release below.

TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set
OWN THIS COLLECTIBLE 7-DVD SET ON AUGUST 5, 2014
FROM SHOUT! FACTORY


This summer, relive some of the most astonishing classic action battles of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and complete your home entertainment collection of the rare UNICRON Trilogy. On August 5, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES, featuring all action-packed episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD box set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 7-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.



Pre-order is available now at:

http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Cybertron-Complete-Garry-Chalk/dp/B00JHH1ZYW/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1403884668&sr=1-1&keywords=transformers+cybertron+the+complete+series

http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/transformers-cybertron-complete-series-0



In 2005, TRANSFORMERS fans were introduced to the animated series TRANSFORMERS CYBETRON, the third installment of the rare UNICRON Trilogy – consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. Unicron has been defeated, but his destruction has created a black hole, which is threatening the Autobots’ home world of Cybertron. It’s up to Optimus Prime, his team of heroic Autobots and their new human friends — Coby, Lori and Bud — to secure the four mystical Cyber Planet Keys, in order to destroy the black hole. Unfortunately, Megatron and the Decepticons are always lurking. And if the Cyber Planet Keys fall into their hands, it could mean the end of life as we know it. The race is on!





About Hasbro Studios

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com


IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app
Date: Wednesday, June 25th 2014 12:00pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Media, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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More comics news today from IDW Publishing! Check out below the press release for the Madefire powered motion comic Transformers: Punishment, mentioned at BotCon, written by John Barber and with art by Livio Ramondelli - and currently available only on the Madefire app for Windows 8. The story is apparently set slightly further than the current RID and Windblade run, so there may be a few spoilers ahead.

Madefire Expands To Windows 8 With Exclusive Transformers Motion Book Release

Five New Episodes Of Hasbro And IDW Publishing’s Transformers Are Now Available Exclusively Through The Madefire App On Windows 8



San Francisco, CA – June 25 2014 – In collaboration with Hasbro and IDW Publishing, Madefire, today announced that the five-issue Transformers: Punishment will be the newest additions to expand the Madefire Motion Book library with an exclusive Microsoft Windows 8 platform release. These exclusive stories based on Hasbro’s iconic Transformers brand, will be available on all of the latest Windows 8 devices for no cost, and will provide a unique reading experience designed and built specifically for the digital screen.

Transformers: Punishment is all-new original content developed within the current IDW Transformers universe with its debut as a Madefire Motion Book. The creative team behind the five-part series are Transformers comic fan-favorites, writer John Barber and artist Livio Ramondelli. Autobots and Decepticons come alive and battle it out as Motion Books -- the newest innovation in reading to come to Windows 8.

“It’s a thrill to see Optimus Prime spring into action,” said John Barber. “This is a hard-hitting action story, and Madefire’s Motion Books — including music and sound effects — deliver a powerful reading experience that makes you feel like you’re in the center of it all!”

"Windows devices are supported by a rich app ecosystem that offers a variety of quality apps that take advantage of the platform's unique features such as Live Tiles, snap and Bing Smart Search integration," said Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Apps and Store, Microsoft Corp. "The Madefire Motion Books app’s unique use of these features, paired with exclusive Transformers content for Windows users, really bring the app to life on the platform.”

Designed for reading on a screen, Madefire has built an end-to-end publishing platform called Motion Books -- a benchmark reading experience for mobile, tablet and web that immerses the reader in a sequential narrative with sound, motion, and depth. Today, Madefire Motion Books expands beyond the iOS and web-reading partner, social network and creative giant deviantART, and is available on any Windows 8 device operating system. Currently, Madefire Motion Books is a free Windows 8 and iOS app that delivers the most innovative reading experience for digital devices as it pioneers the next chapter in storytelling. It has been an iOS 5-star rated app since launch, and was awarded an App Store’s “Best of 2012”.

“A global entertainment, like Transformers comics coming alive through Motion Books exclusively written for the Windows 8 platform is one thing, but teaming up with the biggest OS in the world makes it a huge milestone,” stated Madefire CEO and Co-Founder Ben Wolstenholme, “Its about bringing stories to life on the devices we use everyday – period.”

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

About Madefire
Founded in 2011 by Ben Wolstenholme, Liam Sharp and Eugene Walden, Madefire is a media and technology company. Madefire has built the Motion Books publishing platform that provides artists, writers and publishers tools for creating a new reading format called Motion Books. Madefire is backed by Toni Schneider at True Ventures, The former CEO of Automattic, makers of WordPress, as well as Bill Woodward (Anthem Ventures, former Chairman of Macromedia). The Advisory Board also includes industry leaders Mike McCue, CEO and Founder of Flipboard, angel investor Sina Tamaddon, former Senior Vice President of Applications for Apple Inc, Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen, the bestselling graphic novel of all time, and Bill Sienkiewicz, widely recognized as one of the greatest innovators of sequential art. For more information go to madefire.com.



About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Now Available on Madefire app

Several Models of the GAC MOTOR Shine in Transformers 4, Highlighting GAC Group's Aggressive International Expansion Plan

Transformers News: Several Models of the GAC MOTOR Shine in Transformers 4, Highlighting GAC Group's Aggressive International Expansion Plan
Date: Friday, June 20th 2014 10:44am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Business Wire

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Several Models of the GAC MOTOR Shine in Transformers 4, Highlighting GAC Group's Aggressive International Expansion Plan



HONG KONG, June 20, 2014

The global premiere of Transformers 4, anxiously awaited by millions of fans, takes place in Hong Kong today (June 19). The director, the leading stars, and Imagine Dragons are all huge draws of the film, yet, as uniquely Chinese elements in the epic masterpiece - several models of GAC MOTOR have attracted the attention of film goers and fans across the world.

GAC MOTOR, a 100% China-proprietary brand, chosen for Transformers 4
Several models of the GAC MOTOR, an automotive brand owned by Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), made their appearance in the sci-fi film, highlighting the brand's cool and fashionable look: the avant-garde E-jet concept car, driven by the world's richest man, projects a powerful and heady aura; the black, sedate GAC MOTOR GA5, as representative of the Chinese government and military, has aroused enormous interest; the white and light-footed GAC MOTOR GA5 is the vehicle of choice for starring Chinese actress Li Bingbing, who, together with the world's richest man, is filmed in a car race with several of the world's other renowned luxury cars. The excellent sense of road control when at the wheel of the GAC MOTOR GA5 enables the two starring actors to escape while being chased by the Decepticons and arrive in Hong Kong safely.

It is well-known that any element in any Hollywood blockbuster must undergo rigorous review. A 100% China-proprietary brand vehicle, has, for the first time ever, been selected by a universally known filmmaker, a signal of international recognition of the quality of Chinese brands and a vivid manifestation of the transformation of Chinese products into ones that can go toe-to-toe with any of the world's most well-known luxury brands with the GAC MOTOR as a representative.

With "Building a car for families" as the concept, Trumpchi has been making breakthrough after breakthrough in research and development, technology, manufacturing and quality, allowing Trumpchi to achieve rapid growth in the Chinese market. From its market launch in 2010 up to today, the sales volume has jumped to 85,000 units from an original 17,000 units, becoming a money earner with a profit of RMB250 million from being a money losing proposition at the outset. The sales volume of GAC MOTOR has tripled in a short period of time, well exceeding the compounded annual growth rate of the vast majority of Chinese proprietary brands.

As a Chinese proprietary brand with a focus on forward development in China's auto industry, GAC MOTOR has received many professional certifications. To cite an example, in a report on the quality of China-made new cars in J.D.Power 2013, GAC MOTOR scored 97 points (the lower the scores the better the quality), far better than the industry average of 119 points, paving the way for the brand to gain the reputation of a car with world-class quality, and become the first China-owned brand with an above-average score. Even when compared with wholly imported cars or cars made by joint ventures, GAC MOTOR's 97 points is less than their overage average for all such vehicles of 104 points. GAC MOTOR has broken the J.D. Power record of never having have any Chinese proprietary brand achieve a point score less than average, demonstrating that the quality of a Chinese proprietary brand is, for the first time, as good as an international one. J.D. Power 's certification had prompted Trumpchi to seek and obtain the Xuanyuan Award - the only award recognizing the outstanding contributions in China's automotive industry. Further, the car has been awarded by the most authoritative media organization in China, CCTV, as an only car brand for the year of 2013.

Forward development has laid the solid foundation for an internationalization strategy
Michael Bay, director of Transformers 4, paid a visit to the GAC R&D institute and GAC MOTOR manufacturing plant in Guanzhou after he completed the shooting of Transformers 4 in Beijing, and planted a Hainan scented wood (the most valuable and famous tree in China) in the plant with Wu Song. The trust and level of cooperation between two parties from the GAC MOTOR-featuring Transformers 4 and the tree-planting event is evident. Word had it that Michael Bay is greatly satisfied with the manufacturing strength of the vehicle and looks forward to there being a new model of GAC MOTOR one day named the Michael Bay.

"We chose to be partner with Transformers 4 as GAC MOTOR and Transformers share the same definition of heroism and sense of culture by emphasizing justice, power, fortitude and wisdom, and more importantly, GAC wants to bring China's high-quality models to the world through an internationally acclaimed movie, providing overseas buyers with an insight into products with uniquely Chinese characteristics," Wu Song, general manager of GAC MOTOR, commented on their strategic goal of brand enhancement and overseas expansion at the debut ceremony.

GAC MOTOR has already established a global presence. GAC Passenger Vehicle has expanded into 18 countries with a focus on major global markets that provide an opening to neighboring regions. GAC MOTOR showrooms will also open in prime locations across Dubai.
The increasingly perfected overseas brand system also enriches GAC Motor's overall brand planning. GAC MOTOR is not only the sole Chinese auto manufacturing representative to exhibit at large domestic and overseas auto shows, but also the official vehicle of many major international competitions and conferences, including the Guangzhou Asian Games, World Tour Grand Finals, China-ASEAN Expo and the China International Fair for Investment and Trade.

The latest international move for GAC MOTOR is appearing in Transformers: Age of Extinction. GAC MOTOR, the vehicle of choice for Chinese government officials as well as the world's wealthiest person and famous movie star Li Bingbing, has appeared on-screen multiple times, attracting the attention of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. A case in point, when, in the movie, Hong Kong was attacked, the black GAC MOTOR GA5, is selected as the Chinese military vehicle, highlighting Chinese military's resolute strength in keeping cool, calm and collected in the face of danger and, at the same time, being ever-victorious.

"We have developed a step-by-step strategy of 'Introducing' and 'Going Out', adhering to the principle of being self-sufficient as we constantly strive for self-improvement," said Wu Song when commenting on the development path for GAC MOTOR. "We at first adopted the principle of 'Introducing,' which means integrating world-leading suppliers and R&D organizations to form a global R&D network as the means to create the unique gene sequence for Trumpchi. We also adhere to the principle of self-improvement and target the medium- and high-end market, building a brand with quality."

Matching the quality of joint-venture brands, GAC MOTOR is accelerating its overseas expansion. The "Going Out" strategy means entering the international market as a high-end model. South America, the Middle East as well as Central and Western Asia are the breakthrough points, followed by entry into North America and Europe at the right time. "Export sales of GAC MOTOR are expected to account for 20% of our total in the future, and we expect that percentage to already reach 10% during the first 5 years. We hope GAC MOTOR will go global faster with its appearance in the international blockbuster," said Wu Song with confidence.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #96 - Age of Extinction
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