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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
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): HAsbro

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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
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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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
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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
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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
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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.

Shout! Factory '30 Years in 3 Days' Live Stream and BotCon Events

Transformers News: Shout! Factory '30 Years in 3 Days' Live Stream and BotCon Events
Date: Wednesday, June 18th 2014 1:26pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Collector's Club News, Company News, Event News, Press Releases
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SHOUT! FACTORY CELEBRATES THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF TRANSFORMERS WITH A TREASURE TROVE OF ENTERTAINMENT SPANNING THREE DECADES, “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” LIVE STREAM EVENT AND MORE!



Since 1984, the thrills of the TRANSFORMERS saga, the action of epic battles between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS, and the memorable ROBOTS IN DISGUISE characters continue to spark the imagination of millions worldwide. The TRANSFORMERS brand is a global pop-culture phenomenon, bringing entertainment and excitement to kids and fans through countless collectible toys, animated series, films, comic books, video games and a convention dedicated to TRANSFORMERS collectors.


In honor of the year-long celebration of the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, salutes the beloved TRANSFORMERS franchise by broadcasting from the floor of BotCon and by placing emphasis behind its uniquely diverse home entertainment offerings of TRANSFORMERS animated series (spanning 1984 – 2013). As part of the “THRILLING 30” festivities, the multi-faceted campaign from Shout! Factory includes TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary branded product highlights, gift-with-purchase ecommerce opportunities, special digital live stream event “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS –SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” – featuring TRANSFORMERS series marathon with special coverage from BotCon 2014 – and many more surprises to further engage fans and collectors.


For continuing updates on the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary celebration from Shout! Factory, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #BotCon2014.


“30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” DIGITAL LIVE STREAM EVENT

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, presents “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS LIVE AT BOTCON 2014,” a three-day digital live stream takeover featuring marathon of TRANSFORMERS series episodes, exclusive digital segments and highlights from BotCon 2014. Viewers can tune in to this special marathon event on Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, exclusively on http://www.TF30years.com and Shout! Factory’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/shoutfactory).



The live stream will originate from the BotCon floor at the Pasadena Convention Center. Viewers and fans are encouraged to share their passion for the TRANSFORMERS via Twitter using the hashtag #TF30years, #BotCon2014 and @shoutfactory.



Content and times are approximate and subject to change.
All times are listed in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).



TUNE-IN to “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” DIGITAL LIVE STREAM EVENT” at http://www.TF30years.com and Shout! Factory’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/shoutfactory).



Friday, June 20:

11:00 AM "Triple Changer: From Toy to Comic to Screen"

11:30 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1"

12:00 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 2"

12:30 PM "The Combiner: Forming the TRANSFORMERS Animated Series"

12:45 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More than Meets the Eye, Part 3"

1:15 PM "The Headmasters: Voicing the Robots in Disguise"

1:45 PM "Into the Creation Matrix: A Conversation with Bob Budiansky"



Saturday, June 21:

10:00 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "S.O.S. Dinobot"

10:30 AM Panel: James Roberts Storyteller

10:45 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "Ghost in the Machine"

11:15 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1"

11:45 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2"

12:00 PM Panel: Rescue Bots Cast Q&A

12:15 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Beast Wars, Part 1"

12:45 PM "Maximize! Creating a New Breed of Transformer"

1:00 PM Panel: 2014 Hasbro Toys

1:15 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Beast Wars, Part 2"

1:45 PM "Remembering the Spark"

2:00 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 1"

2:30 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 2"

2:45 PM Panel: Women in Animation

3:00 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 3"

3:30 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Optimal Situation"

3:45 PM Saturday Highlight Reel



Sunday, June 22:

9:30 AM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Feral Scream, Part 1"

10:00 AM Panel: 2014 Live Script Reading

10:15 AM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Feral Scream, Part 2"

10:45 AM TRANSFORMRES BEAST MACHINES: "The Reformatting"

11:00 AM Transformers Armada: "First Encounter"

11:30 AM Transformers Energon: "Cybertron City"

11:45 AM Transformers Cybertron: "Fallen"

12:15 PM Transformers Animated: "Thrill of the Hunt"

12:45 PM Panel: Transformers Animated

1:00 PM Transformers Animated: "Garbage In, Garbage Out"

1:15 PM Transformers Animated: "Garbage In, Garbage Out" with Commentary

1:45 PM Panel: Transformers Comics: IDW

2:00 PM TRANSFORMERS Rescue Bots: "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock"

2:30 PM Transformers Prime: "One Shall Fall"

2:45 PM "A Look at Polygon Pictures"

3:00 PM Panel: Transformers G1 Retrospective

3:15 PM Sunday Highlight Reel







TRANSFORMERS animated series home entertainment product highlights include:

The TRANSFORMERS: The Complete Series (Generational 1)

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS

TRANSFORMERS THE JAPANESE COLLECTION

TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS ENERGON: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS PRIME Seasons One, Two and Three

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: DARKNESS RISING

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ONE SHALL STAND

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: GRIFFIN ROCK RESCUE

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ENERGIZE

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: HEROES ON THE SCENE



GIFT-WITH-PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY

*Loyal fans and collectors please take note:

Available while supplies last, receive a limited-edition 18”x24” collector’s poster with any purchase of TRANSFORMERS animated series home entertainment products from ShoutFactory.com

Regal Entertainment Group Offers Transformers Age of Extinction Super Ticket

Transformers News: Regal Entertainment Group Offers Transformers Age of Extinction Super Ticket
Date: Tuesday, June 17th 2014 9:27pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases
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Regal Entertainment Group Revamps Moviegoing with the Regal Super Ticket



See the new “Transformers: Age of Extinction” at Regal and take two movies home




KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –June 17, 2014 – Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, is celebrating the opening of Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” from Paramount Pictures, with an offer that truly re-invents the experience for movie fans. In addition to seeing the new movie, for only $15 more, guests get a Super Ticket including two digital HD Transformers movies. Guests get their choice of a Digital HD copy of any of the first three Transformers movies, plus they get to own the Digital HD copy of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” before the Blu-ray™ release.



“The Super Ticket is changing the way our guests experience a movie and it’s a must-have for ardent fans,” said Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer for Regal Entertainment Group. “The moviegoing experience now doesn’t end when you leave our theatres. Guests can actually bring the Transformers home with them by purchasing two Digital HD movies for only $15!”



Regal is the only theatre exhibitor offering sales of this Super Ticket at the box office. The Regal Super Ticket is also available on REGmovies.com, Fandango.com, along with Fandango and Regal’s mobile apps. Regal moviegoers who come to view the new film can choose to upgrade to a Regal Super Ticket either before or after enjoying the latest Transformers movie. The offer ends July 10, 2014.



“The Autobots and Decepticons are back in force on the big screen in ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ much to the delight of their fans,” said Ken Foreman, vice president of film marketing for Regal Entertainment Group. “This is an explosive new installment in the action-packed franchise and we are proud to offer the Super Ticket upgrade with this film to give our guests an added punch for a knockout experience.”



For the first time ever, the Regal Super Ticket upgrade is only $15 above the admission price to secure Digital HD downloads of both films: The early-release of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and immediate access to your choice of one of the first three Transformers movies.



The process for redeeming a Regal Super Ticket is easy:

· After purchase, fans will receive a voucher containing a unique access code, which can be redeemed for digital versions of both “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” when it becomes available, and immediate access to your choice of one of the first three Transformers movies.

· The Digital HD version of one of the first three Transformers movies will be immediately added to fans’ UltraViolet(TM) and Paramount Movie accounts when redeeming the access code.



For further details about purchasing the Regal Super Ticket visit any participating Regal Entertainment Group theatre or go online at: REGmovies.com/Promotions/superticket.



“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise, stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, Titus Welliver and T. J. Miller. Produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.



About Regal Entertainment Group:

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,349 screens in 574 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of May 22, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company’s theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

Toys"R"Us "Transforms" Into The Kids' Movie HQ!

Transformers News: Toys"R"Us "Transforms" Into The Kids' Movie HQ!
Date: Tuesday, June 17th 2014 4:58pm CDT
Categories: Press Releases, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Toys "R" Us

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Summer movie season is upon us and Toys"R" Us is getting geared up for big screen action with toys, deals, digital content, events and more based on some of the most highly anticipated kid blockbusters! From How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue to Marvel's Guardian of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, little movie-goers will find everything they need to bring the magic of the movies to life when shopping with Toys"R" Us, the Kids' Movie Headquarters.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Invades Toys"R" Us!

To kick things off, the Kids' Movie HQ is celebrating all-things Transformers: Age of Extinction, which hits theaters Thursday, June 27. Now through the end of July, fans can experience all the excitement of the movie with a wide assortment of Transformers merchandise, including items they can't find anywhere else. Shoppers can find all their Transformers must-haves in dedicated in-store feature shops, located at the front of Toys"R" Us stores nationwide. Kids can also browse a broad assortment of Transformers toys, video games and movies online at Toysrus.com/KidsMovieHQ.

Fans young and old can experience the best of both Transformers worlds with select toys, including the Grimlock Evolution 2-Pack, which features a Grimlock figure from the upcoming film and a deluxe-scale figure of the character's classic look. Available exclusively at Toys"R" Us, kids can convert both Grimlock figures from robot-mode to dino-mode.

For the full week leading up to the movie's premiere, kids can also get a first look at unique Transformers digital content and movie clips by visiting the Kids' Movie Headquarters website, Toysrus.com/KidsMovieHQ. Fans will be able to view videos featuring the top 10 moments of some of the franchise's most popular characters, including Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Grimlock.

Transformers Events & Deals Fit for the Whole Family
For even more Transformers fun, children are invited to visit any Toys"R" Us store on Saturday, June 28 from 12 noon - 2pm for special Transformers-themed giveaways and activities. Attendees will have the chance to build their own FREE KRE-O Transformers figure, plus experience new Transformers products, including one-step Changers and Battle Masters (quantities limited; no rain checks).

Additionally, shoppers who spend more than $25 on ANY Transformers toys, video games or movies in-store between Sunday, June 22 and Saturday, June 28, will receive a FREE Transformers: Age of Extinction movie ticket!* Making it even easier for movie fans to shop, the following deal will be available at all Toys"R" Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com beginning Sunday, June 22 through Saturday, June 28:

BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF ALL Transformers toys, video games and movies**


*In-store only; quantities limited; no rain checks. Limit one per customer. Not valid on prior purchases. Up to $7.50 towards the purchase of one admission to Transformers: Age of Extinction at participating theaters between 6/27 - 8/31/2014, up until the local time of participating theater's last screening and subject to seating capacity, whichever comes first. If lost, cannot be replaced. No reproductions accepted. Not to be sold or traded. Offer valid 6/22-6/28/2014.

**Discounted item must be of equal/lesser value. Excludes Clearance Blast Ticketed Items.

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IDW Rolls Out to BotCon 2014 - Press Release: Exclusive Covers, Lithos, Prints and More

Transformers News: IDW Rolls Out to BotCon 2014 - Press Release: Exclusive Covers, Lithos, Prints and More
Date: Tuesday, June 17th 2014 3:20pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Collector's Club News, Comic Book News, Company News, Event News, People News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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IDW Rolls Out To BOTCON!
Special Guests And Special Exclusives For The TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary


San Diego, CA (June 17, 2014) – Celebrating all things Cybertronian, TRANSFORMERS fans will converge on Pasadena, California this weekend, from June 19th – June 22nd to attend the annual BOTCON convention! With special convention exclusives, illuminating panels, and talent-filled signings, IDW is geared up to be part of the acclaimed franchise’s special anniversary year.

Join More Than Meets The Eye writer James Roberts, on Friday, June 20th at 9 AM and Saturday, June 21st at Noon in Conference Center 104 for spotlight panels that will cover Roberts’ career and history with the Transformers. On Sunday, June 22nd at 11 AM in Conference Center 104 the Robots in Disguise creative team of John Barber and Andrew Griffith, and the Windblade team of Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone will discuss the far reaches of the Transformers series’ at IDW, plus a few hints at what’s to come!

Fans of IDW’s Transformers books will have a chance to meet the talented creators at signings throughout the weekend at the IDW booth. BOTCON 2014 is the only convention where you can meet the teams behind all three acclaimed titles!

IDW will have three convention exclusive titles available, all celebrating the Transformers 30th anniversary. Robots In Disguise #30, More Than Meets The Eye #30, and Regeneration One #100 will feature exclusive covers at $10 each, or $25 for all three. The IDW booth will also be stocked full of Transformers comics to either help you fill the gaps in your collection or start you from scratch.

After the popularity of last year’s sold-out lithograph featuring My Little Pony and The Transformers, IDW Limited will have two brand new pieces available; DJ Pon-3 with Soundwave and Megatron with Nightmare Moon, art for both by Tony Fleecs. These prints are limited to 250 copies, and available for $25 each.

IDW’s newest sensation, the Micro-Comic Fun Pack will kick off an all-new TRANSFORMERS line at BOTCON with 4 packs featuring different characters; Drift, Grimlock, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee. All packs contain a mini-comic, fold-out poster, stickers, and more for $2.99 each, or buy 3 and get 1 free only at BOTCON!

Follow IDW online at [url]facebook.com/idwpublishing[/url] and @IDWpublishing for updates and announcements throughout the show!

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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.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND WESTERN STAR TRUCKS TEAM UP WITH UBER FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME “UBER TRANSFORMERS” EXPERIENCE

Transformers News: PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND WESTERN STAR TRUCKS TEAM UP WITH UBER FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME “UBER TRANSFORMERS” EXPERIENCE
Date: Monday, June 16th 2014 7:43pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Paramount

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Transformers News: PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND WESTERN STAR TRUCKS TEAM UP WITH UBER FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME “UBER TRANSFOR


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PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND WESTERN STAR TRUCKS TEAM UP WITH UBER FOR A
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME “UBER TRANSFORMERS” EXPERIENCE

ROLL OUT WITH THE OPTIMUS PRIME TRUCK IN DALLAS, PHOENIX AND LOS ANGELES


HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 16, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Western Star Trucks are partnering with Uber for an “Uber Transformers” exclusive experience in celebration of the release of “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise.

The Autobots are on the move and following the launch in Dallas today, “TRANSFORMERS” fans and Uber users will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to request a pick up from the film’s iconic Optimus Prime customized Western Star 5700 truck as it heads into Phoenix on June 19th and Los Angeles on June 21st.

Fans in these cities can download the Uber app and enter the code “TRANSFORMERS,” then select the “AUTOBOTS” option to request a ride from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. local time. The Autobots are extremely rare, so rides are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Optimus Prime will take riders anywhere within 15 minutes of the request and the ride is complimentary.

Fans outside of these cities can follow along on the Autobots journey by searching for the #UberTransformers hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and by following the “TRANSFORMERS” and Uber social accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

“TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise, stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Titus Welliver and T. J. Miller. Produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.

“TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION” opens in theaters on June 27th, 2014.

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About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Uber
Uberis evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through its platform, Uber make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more small business opportunities for drivers. From Uber’s founding in 2009 to its launches in over 130 cities in 37 countries today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer. https://www.uber.com

About Western Star
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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