Hasbro Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Shares
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per common share. The dividend will be payable on February 18, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 4, 2014.
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 170 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 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.
© 2013 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
BEIJING, Dec. 10, 2013 -- SmarTots, a leader in mobile learning games for kids, and Hasbro, the international toy manufacturer, are partnering to create a new coloring experience for three- to six-year-olds on the iPad.
With the new Transformers coloring game, developed by SmarTots for iOS, kids can use a variety of art tools to color in and decorate their favorite Transformers characters. The app seeks to cultivate creativity, and kids can express themselves as neatly or messily as they want!
"Transformers is one of the most exciting brands that we could imagine working with. We're thrilled to be creating a kid-friendly product using these renowned characters," says Jesper Lodahl, SmarTots CEO. "Our creative art apps are very well received by kids and parents alike, and adding Transformers to the mix adds a whole new layer of appeal."
SmarTots is also developing apps for other Hasbro brands like My Little Pony and Tonka, with plans to release in them in near future.
The creative art apps currently offered by SmarTots have already amassed over 1 million downloads (according to App Annie). This is due in part to the upward trends of the Chinese mobile market in both the gaming and education categories.
According to a recent survey of parents in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, a colossal 49.6 percent of parents would use a mobile device to teach their children. Hardware manufacturers like Samsung are also tapping into the kids space as products like the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a tablet designed to be used primarily by young ones, come to the market.
SmarTots is a developer, publisher and platform for kids' apps on iOS and Android. The company's mission is to change the idea that learning and fun are separate concepts. Every SmarTots app strives to stimulate the curiosity and creativity of kids, to engage and educate.
SmarTots is a Softbank backed company based in Beijing, and is active in the China market. The company was founded in 2010 by Jesper Lodahl of Denmark and Victor Wong of Canada.
Hasbro, Inc. 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 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications.
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.
Thought you might be interested to hear composer Vince DiCola has just released a Christmas medley that's featured in his soundtrack for Saturday Morning RPG, which will be released in its entirety next month.
Vince has long been a supporter of the Transformer community, and even though this news doesn't pertain to Transformers itself, I think it's relevant to his fans, and he'd love your help spreading the word!
http://www.loudr.fm/release/christmas-a ... -rpg/7P37H
I'd love for you guys to cover it and maybe even talk to Vince about it (there's plenty of Transformers-esque themes in the game, and even some Transformer-esque robots!).
Saturday Morning RPG is an episodic role-playing game set in world heavily inspired by 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. Players take the role of Martin “Marty” Michael Hall, an average high-school student who has just been granted an incredible power. This power leads him to attract the ire of the world’s most notorious villain, Commander Hood.
For Immediate Release
TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE
Featuring Action-Packed BUMBLEBEE Animated Adventures!
SPECIAL DVD DEBUTS IN STORES EVERYWHERE
OWN IT ON FEBRUARY 25, 2014 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY KIDS
Spring into action with BUMBLEBEE from Hasbro Studios’ Emmy® Award-winning series TRANSFORMERS PRIME! Beloved by kids and legions of fans worldwide, BUMBLEBEE is a dedicated warrior and a scout who serves as part of the elite squad lead by OPTIMUS PRIME. Though he may be one of the smallest and youngest of the TRANSFORMERS, don’t let that fool you. Time and time again, this AUTOBOT proves that he has the bravery to fight for what is right and the tenacity to throw himself into action to battle against his opponents no matter where they appear. On February 25, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE on DVD, featuring a collection of four best BUMBLEBEE adventures from the TRANSFORMERS PRIME lore. Packed with visually stunning CG animation and unforgettable characters, this new DVD delivers fun-filled home entertainment that kids and parents will enjoy! Bring home TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD at an affordable low price of $9.99. SRP.
Pre-order at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Prim ... blebee+dvd
Four action-packed BUMBLEBEE adventures include:
- Masters and Students
- Operation Bumblebee, Part 1
- Operation Bumblebee, Part 2
Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffrey Combs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Will Friedle, Sumalee Montano, Ernie Hudson, Markie Post and Steve Blum lend their voices to this hit series produced by Hasbro Studios. TRANSFORMERS PRIME is executive produced by Duane Capizzi, Jeff Kline, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The series airs on The HUB TV Network in the U.S. and on Teletoon in Canada.
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
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Exceptional Creators Join IDW In Long Beach
Publisher Returns To The 5th Annual Convention
San Diego, CA (November 21, 2013) – IDW will once again return to the Long Beach Comic Con over the weekend of November 23rd & 24th. The schedule will be packed with impressive signings, and a great panel full of surprises and giveaways.
On Saturday November 23rd from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in room 102C IDW’s VP of Marketing Dirk Wood and Senior Editor Scott Dunbier will host The Panel of Doom with a rousing discussion where all burning questions will be answered! Plus, be prepared to win some amazing prizes while getting a peak at what’s to come from IDW!
IDW’s signing schedule is filled with the astounding talent attending the convention:
Saturday November 23rd
12:00 – 1:00 The X-Files Classics – Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon
1:00 – 2:00 Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction! – Mark Waid
2:00 – 3:00 The X-Files – Dean Haglund
2:00 – 3:00 Spumco Comic Book – John Kricfalusi
3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs
4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom Waltz
5:00 – 6:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli
6:00 – 7:00 Amelia Cole – D.J. Kirkbride
Sunday November 24th
11:00 – 12:00 The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch
12:00 – 1:00 V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry
1:00 – 2:00 Star Trek/Doctor Who – J.K. Woodward
2:00 – 3:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
Be sure to swing by IDW’s booth, #207 for all of these amazing signings, and stock up on all things IDW!
Nike Football champions the TRANSFORMERS “More Than Meets the Eye” qualities of Calvin Johnson, Jr. by teaming up with Hasbro on the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max. As a special addition, the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max is sold with a first ever Hasbro TRANSFORMERS action figure designed for an athlete in conjunction with a shoe release.
Calvin Johnson, Jr. has redefined the wide-receiver position and become an un-guardable force with a powerful nickname - MEGATRON. Like the fictional TRANSFORMERS DECEPTICON leader, Johnson taps into his superhuman-like skills to push the limits of his position, and the game, in a relentless quest for dominance.
Designed to amplify Johnson’s powerhouse athletic ability when training in the gym and on the turf, the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max features adaptive traction, lockdown support, and Max Air cushioning. In true MEGATRON form, all core attributes of the shoe are energized in a design that marries Johnson’s on-field persona with his human side.
The Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer’s purple upper gives the shoe a robotic, armored look, while the red accents refer back to the secondary color of the action figure. Under the forefoot strap, Johnson’s favorite MEGATRON quote, “Show no mercy,” appears. It’s a reminder of the athletic mindset needed to succeed at the highest level, and the perseverance required to rise to the top. The metallic silver heel of the trainer carries a classic TRANSFORMERS grid pattern as well as a bold, iconic DECEPTICON logo at center.
Produced in collaboration with Hasbro, the 5-inch purple and red TRANSFORMERS MEGATRON action figure inspired by Calvin Johnson mirrors the cues of his signature Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max. The distinctive red cruciform pattern found on the toebox and upper of the trainer are utilized on the arms and feet of the figure. Johnson’s signature appears alongside the iconic DECEPTICON shield on MEGATRON’S chest. In robot mode, the MEGATRON figure is designed to be broad yet agile, and the iconic “wing” jet conversion is meant to mirror Johnson’s speed and power.
Complementing the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II draws more muted inspiration from the TRANSFORMERS character. A tonal, reflective circuitry board pattern is featured on the medial and lateral quarter panels, and like the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, the DECEPTICON logo appears welded at the heel. Premium Nubuck is used at the overlays, and a glow-in-the-dark outrigger punctuates the sole tooling. The final TRANSFORMERS inspired flourish is a removable strap across the upper.
In further celebration of Johnson’s athletic achievements, the limited edition Megatron Rises 3-Pack incorporates the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II, and a special edition Nike CJ81 Megatron Elite TD Cleat. Inspired by the ALLSPARK from TRANSFORMERS lore, the box of the Megatron Rises 3-Pack is a unique, converting cube-shaped design. Decorated entirely with original artwork, the lines of the box mimic robotic surfaces and are augmented by triangles, hash marks, x’s, and o’s in reference to the football field and offensive passing plays. The effect is, like Calvin Johnson, “More Than Meets The Eye” - a package that opens to reveal all three shoes and the Hasbro action figure.
Exclusive to the Megatron Rises 3-Pack, The Nike CJ81 Megatron Elite TD shares the same MEGATRON-inspired design as the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max and celebrates Johnson’s true dominance of the receiver position. The cleat combines natural motion with superior lockdown to allow Johnson’s full athletic ability to flourish.
In honor of Johnson’s number, 81 Megatron Rises Packs will release exclusively at 21 Mercer in NYC, select Nike Yardline doors, and Nike.com. The CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max and the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II will be available at select Nike retail locations and online at nike.com.
MEGATRON is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. © 2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.
To our Friends, Family and Partners,
The Loyal Subjects are expanding the Transformers line of mini collectibles and combining them with G.I. Joe for the very first time! Up to now, only Hasbro has mashed these two delicious, heroic and equally villainous worlds together – most recently during the 2012 SDCC campaign where Cobra Commander piloted Starscream. Of Course! It makes perfect sense! Not only are these two of the Universe’s most treacherous villains, Stascream needs a leader to direct him to his selfish spoils! If not Megatron, who better than Cobra Commander?
These two characters are linked more than most think. The same voice talent for Starscream was also the voice of Cobra Commander. These two characters belong together in the lore of treachery and villainy.
The Loyal Subjects are proud to announce the Exclusive Cobra Commander x Starscream two-pack set with our esteemed and famed retail partner Newbury Comics! Only available through Newbury Comics for a cool collectible price – between $28.00-$30.00 per set (please check with Newbury Comics). The 2 pack boasts two three inch figurines and a gold stun blaster wielded by Cobra Commander. Exclusive and special window box packaging keeps these collectibles unique so keep the box!
The Loyal Subjects and series designer Les Schettkoe will be on hand at the Newbury Comics Providence, Rhode Island location Saturday November 23rd from 2p-5:30p. Door prizes, raffles and special Hasbro give-aways will be on hand so don’t miss out! Providence is the hometown of Hasbro and one of Newbury Comic’s busiest locations so what better place to kick this party off right!
Edition size – 1,000 Sets
See you there!
About The Loyal Subjects –
As Donnie and Marie famously said when describing their act, "I'm a little bit Country and I'm a little bit Rock and Roll", or the incidental marriage of two flavorful elements (Chocolate and Peanut Butter) merging into a tasty flash of brilliance, the same experimental spirit can be said when describing The Loyal Subjects - "We're a little bit Willy Wonka, dunked in a Koonsian ether topped off with some Iggy Pop." Voila! The Loyal Subjects in a nutshell.
The Loyal Subjects was born in 2009. Our Mission? Let's have fun, do what we like and keep true to a creative spirit. So far so good. What do we value? The creative process, our ideas and most importantly, YOU!
We hope that we can keep you engaged, entertained and we plan on surpassing your expectations. Stick with us kids, we're going places!
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Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein Interviews the
Women Behind Transformers Prime in Celebration
of "Year of the Fangirl"
NEW YORK, NY – November 13th, 2013 -2013 is the “Year of the Fangirl” and to celebrate, Her Universe™ has been spotlighting a different fangirl every day on HerUniverse.com showing their diversity, dreams and interests. Geek Girls are one of the fastest growing and important segments of the sci-fi/fantasy audience and can be found in every walk of life, including the entertainment business. Now, in four exclusive video segments produced in cooperation with Hasbro Studios and available to watch on HerUniverse.com, Ashley Eckstein, Founder of Her Universe, is highlighting and interviewing the amazing “professional fangirls” behind the award winning animated series, Transformers Prime, produced by Hasbro Studios which airs on the HUB network in the U.S. and is seen in over 180 countries. From voice talent to producing, writing, editing and design these women are “prime” examples of how female fans can achieve their dreams and create worlds of imagination for others to enjoy. You can watch the videos here: http://www.heruniverse.com/blog/news/he ... mers-prime
“We kicked off 2013 with the mission to shine the spotlight on amazing fangirls and bring their stories to the masses,” said Eckstein. “We were approached by writer Mairghread Scott and she gave us the opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet many of the incredible women behind Transformers Prime at Hasbro Studios! There are so many fangirls that work tirelessly to bring our beloved franchises to life and it’s been a goal of mine to highlight the integral roles that women play and to expose these roles to younger fangirls with big dreams!”
The Transformers Prime series, which concluded in 2013 with a thrilling Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising animated movie which was broadcast on The Hub network and released on DVD in October, was well-received and won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards during its three season run. In the exclusive videos, Eckstein interviews key female players such as writers Mairghread Scott and Nicole Dubuc, voice actors Sumalee Montano and Tania Gunadi, Animatics Editor Meghan Burleson and Post Production Head Austin Block, Production Coordinator Meredith Rodgers and Animation Producer Therese Trujillo.
“It was a wonderful experience working with Ashley and Her Universe to highlight the fantastic women on Transformers Prime,” said writer Mairghread Scott who was also instrumental in creating these videos. “Her Universe is more than a fabulous fashion company; they are a positive force for women in genre entertainment and geek girls everywhere.”
About Her Universe
Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein and The Araca Group, one of the most innovative theatrical production and brand management companies in the world. Ashley and Araca created Her Universe to address the expanding market of female sci-fi and fantasy fans. We entered our first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including Battlestar Galactica BBC America for Doctor Who, and CBS Consumer Products for Star Trek. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fan-girl apparel and accessories by going to http://www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein on Facebook (facebook.com/HerUniverse) and Twitter (twitter.com/HerUniverse).
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.
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