Thursday, June 30th 2005 10:53am CDT
Categories: Event News
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Posted by: Seibertron
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Official Press Release:
DreamWorks will be treating thousands of fans to a preview of what is coming up from the studio at this year's Comic-Con International, being held from July 13-17 in San Diego, CA. Those who come by the DreamWorks booth (#3729) will have an opportunity to be among the first to attend exclusive advance screenings of two of DreamWorks' big live-action summer releases. They will also see, firsthand, some exciting behind-the-scenes props and sets, including one big surprise, yet to be announced.
Here is some of what awaits fans visiting the DreamWorks booth at Comic-Con International:
* Free passes to a special advance screening of Michael Bay's new futuristic action thriller The Island.
* Free tickets to the first public screening of Wes Craven's new suspense thriller Red Eye.
* Exclusive footage from some of the new animated features coming from DreamWorks Animation, including Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Over the Hedge, and Flushed Away.
* Fun giveaways from several of our upcoming films, including the Japanese cult hit Casshern.
Fans will also get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at a variety of props and actual sets from DreamWorks' upcoming slate, including:
* The real movie sets used to create DreamWorks' and Aardman's clay-animated feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, together with concept art by Wallace & Gromit creator and director Nick Park.
* Character maquettes and conceptual artwork from the computer-animated comedy Over the Hedge.
* A full-sized flying motorcycle, called the Wasp, which is featured in an explosive action sequence in Michael Bay's new action thriller The Island.
In addition, it has recently been announced that DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with Hasbro, Inc., will produce a new live-action motion picture based on the globally popular Transformers. Fans at Comic-Con will actually participate in the launch of the movie's website, and will be treated to a few surprises to kick off the film's promotional campaign. Transformers is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine), Don Murphy (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and Tom DeSanto (X-Men and X2: X-Men United), with Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds) executive producing.
Opening nationwide on July 22, The Island stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as Lincoln Six-Echo and Jordan Two-Delta, two residents of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln and Jordan hope to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet - until they learn that everything about their existence is a lie and that they are actually more valuable dead than alive. Michael Bay directed The Island from a screenplay by Caspian Tredwell-Owen and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, from a story by Tredwell-Owen.
A suspense thriller at 30,000 feet, Red Eye opens nationwide on August 19. Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with a fear of flying. Moments after takeoff, her seatmate, Jackson (Cillian Murphy), menacingly reveals the real reason he's on board: He is an operative in a plot to assassinate the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Lisa is the key to its success. Red Eye was directed by Wes Craven from a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth, from a story by Ellsworth and Dan Foos.
Opening nationwide on October 7, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is the first feature-length film featuring the beloved characters from Aardman's Academy Award®-winning shorts in a brand new comedy adventure. Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit, directed the film with Steve Box.
An action-packed sci-fi thriller, Kazuaki Kiriya's Casshern blends Japanimation and manga-inspired live action resulting a new kind of hybrid filmmaking that is both visually stunning and thought-provoking. The story takes place late in the 21st century, following a half century of war that has left the planet ravaged and the entire human race dispirited and exhausted. A geneticist brings hope in the form of a "neo-cell," which can rejuvenate human parts with no risk of rejection, but nature interferes with science to create a new menace that forces the entire human race to fight an ultimate war against its own extinction. DreamWorks will release the Japanese hit under the banner of its specialty film division, Go Fish Pictures.
Bruce Willis and Garry Shandling head up the all-star voice cast of the computer-animated comedy Over the Hedge, based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis. When a group of woodland creatures find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, they become unlikely allies as they learn to co-exist with - and even exploit - this strange new world called suburbia. Over the Hedge is slated for release by DreamWorks Animation in Summer 2006.
Flushed Away is a computer-animated comedy adventure set on and beneath the streets of London, starring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet. Roddy (Jackman) is an upper-crust "society rat," who is rather rudely evicted from his Kensington flat when he is flushed down into Ratropolis, the bustling sewer world under London's streets. There, he meets Rita (Winslet), an enterprising scavenger. Though completely out of his element at first, the privileged Roddy finds himself an unlikely hero when he learns that Ratropolis is in danger from the world above. From DreamWorks Animation and Aardman, Flushed Away is scheduled for release in Fall 2006.
DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE-DWA) is devoted to producing high-quality family entertainment through the use of computer-generated (CG) animation. Utilizing world-class creative talent and state-of-the-art technological capabilities, the company is committed to making two computer-animated feature films a year that appeal to a broad movie-going audience.
DreamWorks SKG was formed in October, 1994, by its three principal partners - Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen - to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films; network and cable television programming; home video entertainment; records; books; toys; and consumer products.Google News
Thursday, May 19th 2005 8:59am CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News
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Posted by: Raymond T.
The Official Transformers Club
has made it official. In an official press release
, Hasbro announces that IDW Publishing
will be releasing new comics for the Transformers brand. The follow is a direct quote from the press release
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (May 19, 2005) â€“ The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), intends to license its popular TRANSFORMERS brand to IDW Publishing for the introduction of a new line of TRANSFORMERS comic books. Adding to the successful TRANSFORMERS comic book library that currently includes more than 30 titles, IDW will re-launch a much-anticipated new line of TRANSFORMERS comics. The first comic, a special introductory â€œ0â€ issue, would debut in October 2005. The next comic in the series would debut in January 2006. The comic books are expected to include the classic Generation One (G1) storyline, as well as new plotlines and new series, and would be distributed to a wider audience through comic book outlets, trade bookstores and mass retailers.
â€œThis year, the TRANSFORMERS property will gain greater exposure among both core supporters and new fans of the brand, as the comics are distributed at mass market for the first time,â€ said Tom Klusaritz, vice-president of global publishing for the Hasbro Properties Group. â€œWeâ€™re excited that IDW plans to publish the TRANSFORMERS comics, as well as expand upon the storyline by utilizing the best TRANSFORMERS writers and illustrators globally.â€
IDW Publishing, the publishing arm of Idea and Design Works, LLC, is the comic book licensee of several popular shows, such as CSI (CBS), 24 (FOX), and ANGEL (Fox). IDW is also home to successful adaptations of comics based on the Konami videogames Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania, and movie adaptations from Dawn of the Dead to Shaun of the Dead. In both 2004 and 2005, they were awarded Diamond Comicsâ€™ Gem Award for â€œPublisher of the Year.â€ For the TRANSFORMERS series, IDW plans on using a mix of well-known and up-and-coming illustrators, inkers and writers to bring the property to new heights.
â€œThe TRANSFORMERS brand is a great addition to IDWâ€™s line of licensed comic books, and we look forward to expanding on an extremely successful property and returning TRANSFORMERS comics to a still-anxious marketplace,â€ said Ted Adams, President/Publisher of IDW Publishing.
The first TRANSFORMERS comic books were introduced to fans of the toy line more than two decades ago. In 2002, HPG re-launched the TRANSFORMERS comic book series.
MORE ABOUT TRANSFORMERS LICENSES IN 2005
TRANSFORMERS, a favorite among kids and collectors alike, has much to celebrate in 2005, starting with the brandâ€™s leap to the big screen for its first, worldwide live-action film, slated for release in fall 2006. DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures will develop the movie, with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The film will bridge all aspects of the TRANSFORMERS brand, from toys to licensed merchandise.
In addition to the pending IDW arrangement, TRANSFORMERS will be available in Readers Digest hard books and chapter books, as well as a series of Dorling Kindersley childrenâ€™s books available in the United States. Fans in Europe can enjoy TRANSFORMERS books from Egmont, Red Bird, Titan, Edigamma and Panini.
The TRANSFORMERS brand will continue to expand in 2005 as Paramount Home Entertainment releases three DVDs. The first two, released in February, are â€œTransformers: Omega Supremeâ€ and â€œTransformers: Shockblast Unleashed!.â€ The third DVD, yet untitled, will be released in September.
ABOUT IDW PUBLISHING
IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among their best-selling titles are CBSâ€™s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Konamiâ€™s Metal Gear Solid; and GrimJack: Killer Instinct. IDW has films in development at Sony Pictures, Dimension Films, and Paramount Pictures.
ABOUT THE HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industryâ€™s richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbroâ€™s core brands, such as G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, DUEL MASTERS, MONOPOLY and CANDY LAND, beyond the toy and game aisle, creating rich lifestyle experiences.
Saturday, February 19th 2005 3:13am CST
Category: Press Releases
Posted by: Alex Kingdom
The Almighty Megatron
Hasbro have released this Press release
concerning the new Transformers Cybertron line being lanched this summer and Transformers Alternators. The Press release covers a lot of the Cybertron names for the figure as well as details on the Supreme Starscream figure.
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Line Brings New Storyline to Hasbroâ€™s Iconic Brand
Feb 18, 2005
Hasbro Builds Upon TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS Line of Vehicles Based on Popular Car Brands
TRANSFORMERS fans have a lot to look forward to in 2005 as Hasbro launches the latest installment to the TRANSFORMERS saga â€“ TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON. TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON features a compelling story full of intrigue and surprise that will remind fans what it means to be â€œROBOTS IN DISGUISEâ€!
CYBERTRON, home planet of both TRANSFORMERS factions, is in danger. In order to save it from certain destruction, OPTIMUS PRIME will lead the AUTOBOTS on an intergalactic scavenger hunt to lost planets to find four ancient CYBER PLANET KEYS. But MEGATRON and the nefarious DECEPTICONS will be hot on their heels, trying to steal the CYBER PLANET KEYS and harness their power for evil. These four CYBER PLANET KEYS are the AUTOBOTS only hope, as they have the power to unlock CYBERTRON itself, and make their home planet into the one TRANSFORMERS robot powerful enough to shut down the black hole that threatens the entire universe!
A new line of toys based on TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON will help kids bring the action of the newest chapter in the TRANSFORMERS universe to life. TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON will launch during the summer of 2005 in conjunction with the debut of the new Cartoon Network animated series. Hasbroâ€™s line will feature a broad array of action figures that range from basic to â€œsupremeâ€ versions. Hasbro is also introducing new TRANSFORMERS figures that have a â€œtriple-changeâ€ feature to convert them into three modes instead of the traditional two. TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON will be available in July for between $6.99-49.99. They are recommended for kids ages 5 and up.
In addition, Hasbro continues its popular TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS line of highly detailed and realistic authentically licensed vehicles that can be changed into the robot modes of favorite TRANSFORMERS characters.
As we look beyond 2005, Hasbro has teamed up with DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures to develop a live-action motion picture based on the TRANSFORMERS franchise. Steven Spielberg will executive produce, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (â€œConstantineâ€), Don Murphy (â€œThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemenâ€) and Tom DeSanto (â€œX-Menâ€ and â€œX2: X-Men Unitedâ€) are attached to produce. The film is slated for release in the summer of 2006. Stay tuned for more exciting details about the first live-action TRANSFORMERS movie.
Highlights of Hasbroâ€™s TRANSFORMERS product line includes:
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON â€SUPREME CLASSâ€ FIGURE
(Approximate retail price: $49.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)
The TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Supreme Class STARCREAM figure is the most challenging foe the AUTOBOT forces have ever seen! The evil STARSCREAM figure, second in command of the DECEPTICONS, stands at more than 14-inches and converts from robot to jet, features lights and battle sounds, and comes with a gold crown of leadership. STARSCREAM includes two CYBER PLANET KEYS, unlocking two different mechanical features. First, a hidden sword that swings out from underneath his right arm. Second, a projectile launcher that swings out from underneath his left arm.
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON â€œLEADER CLASSâ€ FIGURES
(Approximate retail price: $39.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)
The TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Leader Class assortment includes the two main characters from the new CYBERTRON animated series that each have a triple-change feature and can be changed into three different modes instead of the traditional two! AUTOBOTS leader, OPTIMUS PRIME, converts from robot, to truck, and then to flight mode, creating the greatest OPTIMUS PRIME ever created! The figureâ€™s CYBER PLANET KEY feature reveals a hidden weapon to defeat the evil DECEPTICONS. The MEGATRON figure converts from robot, to vehicle, and then to jet mode, and includes a spinning hand weapon and CYBER PLANET KEY activation to aid in his quest to defeat the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME and his AUTOBOT forces! Both also feature electronic lights and battle sounds.
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON â€œULTRA CLASSâ€ FIGURES
(Approximate retail price: $24.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)
The TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Ultra Class assortment features some of the coolest lead characters in the new animated series and introduces the CYBER PLANET KEY activation features that produce flip-up wings, 3-headed dragon modes, projectile launching and additional fun play. Included in the assortment are JETFIRE, second in command of the AUTOBOTS and commander of the AUTOBOTS air forces; and SCOURGE, a wicked 3-headed dragon that rules the Jungle Planet with a vicious trans-metal claw.
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON â€œVOYAGER CLASSâ€ FIGURES
(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)
The TRANSFOMERS Voyager Class assortment features two new characters from the TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON series -- CRUMPLEZONE, the strong and speedy DECEPTICON, and VECTOR PRIME, the wise and ancient TRANSFORMERS character that aides in the quest for the CYBER PLANET KEYS. Both come with CYBER PLANET KEYS that reveal cool hidden features and various accessories!
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON DELUXE Figures
(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)
The TRANSFORMERS Deluxe assortment features six new figures â€“ HOT SHOT, DIRT BOSS, THUNDERCRACKER, LANDMINE, RED ALERT, and OVERRIDE. Each come with a CYBER PLANET KEY that reveals awesome activated features to enhance all your fun TRANSFORMERS play.
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON â€œSCOUT CLASSâ€ FIGURES
(Approximate retail price: $6.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)
The TRANSFORMERS Scout Class assortment features six new figures â€“ OVERHAUL, RANSACK, SCATTORSHOT, CLOCKER, HARDTOP, and the RECON MINI-CON TEAM â€“ JOLT, SIX SPEED, and REVERB. Except for the RECON MINI-CON TEAM, each Scout Class assortment character comes with a CYBER PLANET KEY that reveals awesome activated features to enhance all your fun TRANSFORMERS play!
(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)
TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS are 1:24 scale vehicles have rubber-look tires and adjustable seats for an incomparable authenticity! The line is refreshed throughout the year with new additions. The following TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS will be available during Spring 2005: Ford Mustang GT/GRIMLOCK; Jeep Wrangler Offroad/SWINDLE; Honda S2000/WINDCHARGER; Chevrolet Corvette 2-BATTLE RAVAGE; Mazda RX-8 Race SHOCKBLAST.
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Wednesday, January 12th 2005 12:07pm CST
Categories: Company News
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Posted by: Alex Kingdom
Hasbro Inc. have published the following press release regarding thier Earnings for 2004. What this could mean for the Transformers lines is anyones guess.
Hasbro Provides Preliminary 2004 Results
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2005--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) today announced that, based upon a preliminary projection of its full year results, it will report net revenue of approximately $3.0 billion compared to $3.1 billion last year. Based on this projected revenue decline, the Company expects diluted earnings per share to be approximately flat with last year's full year diluted earnings per share of $0.94. The 2003 earnings per share amount has been restated due to the required adoption of EITF 04-08 in the fourth quarter of 2004.
"Our top-line results are a reflection of a retail environment that was tougher in the fourth quarter than we expected, as well as a disappointing performance in parts of the U. S. Toys segment," said Alfred J. Verrecchia, Chief Executive Officer.
"However, as a result of our continued focus on managing expenses we expect to deliver earnings per share approximately flat with last year, despite the decline in revenue. Additionally, we took actions in the fourth quarter, primarily in the U. S. Toys segment, to reduce our expenses going forward and position us more favorably in the fastest growing areas of our business," Verrecchia concluded.
David Hargreaves, Chief Financial Officer commented further, "The balance sheet continues to strengthen and we will exceed our stated goal of delivering cash flow from operations, less capital expenditures, or free cash flow of $250 million. In addition, as a result of both higher cash on hand and lower debt, we will end the year with significant cash, net of debt - something we have not achieved since 1997."
The expected earnings per share results in 2004 include aggregate pre-tax charges of approximately $25 million related to the Company's licensing agreement with Disney, a non-cash charge related to a decline in the value of the Company's investment in Infogrames Entertainment SA and severance costs related to a reduction in headcount in December, primarily in the U.S. Toys segment. In 2003 the Company had pre-tax charges in the fourth quarter aggregating approximately $32 million, composed of severance payments related to the cessation of toy manufacturing operations at our Valencia, Spain facility and lease obligations and severance for employees of the Wizards of the Coast retail stores.
The Company will be providing its full year results on its web cast on Monday, February 7th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Investors and the media are invited to listen at http://www.hasbro.com (select "Corporate Info" from the home page, click on "Investor Information," and then click on the web cast microphone).
Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
Certain statements contained in this release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements concerning our earnings, net revenues and free cash flow and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "expect," "intend," "look forward," "may," "planned," "potential," "should," "will" and "would." Such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to manufacture, source and ship new and continuing products on a timely basis and the acceptance of those products by customers and consumers at prices that will be sufficient to profitably recover development, manufacturing, marketing, royalty and other costs of products; economic and public health conditions, including factors which impact the retail market or the Company's ability to manufacture and deliver products, higher fuel and commodity prices, higher transportation costs and potential transportation delays, currency fluctuations and government regulation and other conditions in the various markets in which the Company operates throughout the world; the concentration of the Company's customers; the inventory policies of retailers, including the concentration of the Company's revenues in the second half and fourth quarter of the year, together with increased reliance by retailers on quick response inventory management techniques, which increases the risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of less popular items and failure to achieve tight and compressed shipping schedules; work stoppages, slowdowns or strikes, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product; 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; the impact of competition on revenues, margins and other aspects of the Company's business, including the ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses and the ability to attract and retain talented employees in a competitive environment; market conditions, third party actions or approvals and the impact of competition that could delay or increase the cost of implementation of the Company's consolidation programs or alter the Company's actions and reduce actual results; the risk that anticipated benefits of acquisitions may not occur or be delayed or reduced in their realization; and other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in the Company's public announcements and 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 presentation refers to a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules, specifically free cash flow. Free cash flow represents cash flow from operations less capital expenditures. Management believes that free cash flow is one of the appropriate measures for evaluating the performance of the Company because it provides a measure of resources which may be available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet, and make strategic acquisitions. However, the Company has other demands on its free cash flow which are not reflected in this measure and it should not be assumed that all free cash flow is available for strategic opportunities. This measure should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, net earnings, cash flow from operating activities or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as more fully discussed in the Company's financial statements and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As used herein, "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States