TRANSFORMERS™: WAR FOR CYBERTRON EXPLORES A BRAND NEW, PIVOTAL CHAPTER IN TRANSFORMERS LORE
New Action Game Delves Deep into the TRANSFORMERS Universe, Introduces All-New Visualizations of Iconic Characters in 2010
Santa Monica, CA – December 16, 2009 – Experience the legendary battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Transformers™: War for Cybertron is in development by award-winning High Moon Studios. Based on Hasbro’s legendary TRANSFORMERS property, the game takes players to the TRANSFORMERS characters’ home planet of CYBERTRON for a new look into the epic story of the grand civil war that spawned one of the most brutal rivalries of all time.
“Transformers: War for Cybertron is an origins story, taking players on a gripping, adrenaline-fueled journey that precedes the TRANSFORMERS characters’ arrival on Earth,” said Rob Kostich, head of marketing, licensed products, Activision Publishing, Inc. “The game transports players to a living, metallic planet where they will battle as giant converting robots in single player, online co-op or head-to-head multiplayer matches that are fully immersive from start to finish.”
“For the first time, Hasbro is working with Activision to drive the TRANSFORMERS fiction forward into new story arcs, demonstrating pivotal moments in Transformers history that defined who they are,” said Aaron Archer, Senior Design Director, Hasbro. “This remarkable video game helps us to tell a critical event in TRANSFORMERS lore that will be used as canon for future storylines in a way we could have only dreamed of a few years ago. It is a testament to the success of the TRANSFORMERS brand and a key element to the story we look forward to telling in 2010 and beyond.”
Transformers: War for Cybertron features two distinct storylines: the AUTOBOT campaign tells a story of heroism to save their home planet against overwhelming odds, and the DECEPTICON campaign tells a story of an unquenchable thirst for power to control the universe. For the first time in a TRANSFORMERS title, fans will be able to play the game with their friends through team-based online co-op, or go head to head in a variety of intense, online multiplayer game modes. The game features a sci-fi art style that introduces to fans the entire living, metallic world of CYBERTRON, as well as all-new visualizations of the iconic TRANSFORMERS characters in their original Cybertronian forms.
Transformers: War for Cybertron is in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, and is not yet rated by the ESRB.
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We'd like to thank Sharon Dean, appearances manager for Michael McConnohie for sending us the following press release. Michael is best known to Transformers fans as the voice actor for Tracks and Cosmos from the G1 Transformers series that was produced by Sunbow.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - TRANSFORMERS VA MICHAEL McCONNOHIE RADIO INTERVIEW THIS SUNDAY
NDB Media (NDB Radio)in association with Voxworks, LTD
On December 6, 2009 @ 7:00 P.M. PDT
MICHAEL McCONNOHIE is a voice over actor who can be heard in movies such as The Andromeda Strain, Independence Day, Starship Troopers and Cloverfield.
He was four of the original Transformers (TRACKS, COSMOS, HOTSHOT, IRONHIDE) as well as a Gen 1 / RID writer and director.
He is currently World of Warcraft's Lich King and Disgaea's Captain Gordon with roles in Bleach, Naruto, Blue Dragon, Monster and more.
Michael is also in the new web based series Frontier Guard being produced by Hidden Frontier Productions.
Comics Continuum brings us the February 2010 solicitations for IDW's Transformers, along with their accompanying main cover. In our headlights are Transformers Ongoing #4, Transformers: Bumblebee #3, Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #2, and Transformers Movie Collection Volume 1. You can check out the spoilers and their covers below.
Written by Mike Costa, art by Don Figueroa, covers by Figueroa, Andrew Wildman.
His ambivalence cost him his allegiance. His betrayal set the stage for Autobot victory. His name is Thundercracker, and this issue reveals what he's been doing these past three years after his brutal expulsion from the Deceptiocons in All Hail Megatron! Costa and Figueroa show you perhaps the most unique transformation of all...
32 pages, $3.99.
Transformers: Bumblebee #3
Written by Zander Cannon, art by Chee, covers by Guido Guidi, Chee.
"Things Fall Apart," Part 3: After leaving a decoy for the Skywatch colonel, Bumblebee embarks on a solo quest to find the device that will free the Autobots. He befriends the child of the one man who holds the device they need, and finally has to ask himself if what he's doing is right.
32 pages, $3.99.
Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #2
Written by Nick Roche and James Roberts, art by Roche, covers by Trevor Hutchison and Roche.
The Autobots' finest begin their descent into hell, and all bets are off. The true nature of the Wreckers' mission is revealed and the reappearance of an old enemy drastically reduces the chances of anyone making it back alive.
32 pages, $3.99.
Transformers Movie Collection Volume 1
Written by Simon Furman, Chris Ryall and Chris Mowry, art by Alex Milne and Don Figueroa, covers by John Nizzi.
Now available in one handsome, oversize hardcover collection, get all the action surrounding the first Transformers film. This volume includes the Transformers Movie Prequel, Movie Adaptation, and the sequel, The Reign of Starscream.
320 pages, $50.
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We'd like to thank Dave McCann of Shine Communications, who on behalf of Paramount Studios has provided us with a video clip that will be part of the special features on the upcoming UK DVD and Blu-ray releases of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. To refresh everyone, ROTF will be available to purchase there in just a few short days, on November 30th.
The video is all about 25 years of Transformers – and features exclusive commentary from the likes of Hasbro Senior Marketing Director, Greg Lombardo, and Hasbro CEO, Brian Goldner, who talk all about the evolution of Transformers over the past 25 years.
This video is identical to the US special features release.
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Smash hit movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen lands on limited edition USB devices
Fans of hit movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen can now get their hands on an exclusive, collector’s edition of their favourite film, with the launch of Paramount Digital Entertainment’s new USB devices.
With only 20,000 available on the 4GB USBs, consumers will need to act fast to get themselves a copy. Each product bears its own unique identification number, making them a true collector’s item.
The full-length feature film will play on any DivX certified device, with the 4GB storage capacity also giving consumers the opportunity to store their important files on the device. Priced at SRP £19.99 the launch coincides with the DVD and Blu-ray release of the movie in the UK. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is available to buy from Monday, November 30.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comes on a limited edition Autobot device and both can be played back on a wide range of popular consumer products, including PCs, Macs, digital TVs, the Sony PlayStation 3 and portable DVD players.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is available to buy on limited edition Autobot 4GB USB from November 30, 2009 from Play.com.
Michael McConnohie, best known to Transformers fans for voicing Tracks and Cosmos in the G1 Sunbow Cartoons has now landed a new acting role. We'd like to thank Sharon Dean, Michael's Appearances Coordinator for sending us the following press release.
MICHAEL McCONNOHIE, veteran voice actor (TRANSFORMERS Tracks, Cosmos, Hotshot, Ironhide and currently WoW's LICH KING - see selected credits below) is a regular on the new sci-fi web series FRONTIER GUARD.
Just released - a new "Faces of the Guard" vignette featuring his character, alien Professor Walt Kellogg:
MICHAEL McCONNOHIE's extensive credits include TRANSFORMERS (Tracks, Cosmos, Hotshot, Ironhide), G.I. JOE (Cross Country), VISIONARIES (Ectar, Lexor), THE BIG O, DIGIMON, WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Lich King, Uther), DIABLO II, CRACKDOWN, FINAL FANTASY, PARAWORLD, STAR TREK (games), MONSTER, ARGENTOSOMA, TENCHI MUYO!, BOBOBO-BOBOBOBO, CODE GEASS, ROBOTECH, DRAGON BALL MOVIE 3, STAR WARS ROGUE SQUADRON, POWER RANGERS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, HARE + GUU, LENSMAN, VAMPIRE HUNTER D ("D"), NARUTO, BLEACH, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, TEKNOMAN, ERGO PROXY, PARANOIA AGENT, COWBOY BEBOP, DISGAEA, RUROUNI KENSHIN, BLUE DRAGON, LAST EXILE and many others.
While we anxiously wait for the new Hasbro-Discovery joint venture network to take the air, Hasbro Studios continues to make key personnel hires. For those who are not aware, Hasbro Studios will be in charge of creating new programming for this network, based of course on iconic Hasbro toys such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and many more.
In August, Stephen Davis was named President of Hasbro Studios. Just last month, Linda Steiner was appointed General Manager. Today, courtesy of a Hasbro, Inc. press release comes the news that Kathy Samuels is the new Executive producer.
Here is an excerpt of that press release.
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 6, 2009-- Kathy Samuels – an industry veteran with a proven track record of success during stints at both CBS Television Distribution Group (CTDG) and NBC – has been named Executive Producer at the newly-formed, Los Angeles-based Hasbro Studios. In this new role, Samuels will be responsible for overseeing production on a number of the Studio’s creative initiatives, covering a variety of program genres, according to Stephen J. Davis, Hasbro Studios President.
Samuels’ engagement follows her work at CTDG, television’s number one syndicator of programming. As CTDG’s Senior Vice President, Samuels was part of the team that oversaw the development, launch and programming of shows like “Rachel Ray”, “The Doctors”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider”.
“I've had the great fortune to work on some of the best brands in television,” Samuels said. “However, as a working mom, I've always had a personal and professional passion to make great television for kids, and in the kid and family arena, Hasbro owns and has access to the best brands in the business. I see Hasbro Studios as a perfect fit for my skills and interests, and it presents me with a wonderful opportunity.”
Prior to CTDG, Samuels spent more than a decade at NBC. As Senior Broadcast Producer, Samuels helped launch the nationally syndicated news magazine show “Access Hollywood” and its teen spin off “Real Access” for the Noggin network. Previously, she was the Entertainment Producer for KNBC Los Angeles.
Hasbro Studios president Stephen J. Davis said, “Kathy comes to Hasbro Studios with a solid track record as a top producer and has been closely involved with some of television’s most successful and enduring franchises. The Studio is establishing itself as a home for great talent – and Kathy’s vision and creativity complements the talented group of professionals we have been putting in place here.”
The Hasbro-Discovery JV Network is currently scheduled for a fall 2010 debut.
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PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES THE DVD & BLU-RAY DEBUT OF THE BIGGEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR WITH AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD CONSUMER EVENT
Free Giveaways, Live DJ, Fans and…an 18-Foot-Tall TRANSFORMER!
***INCREDIBLE AERIAL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY OF FULL-SIZE BUMBLEBEE TRANSFORMER***
Paramount Home Entertainment celebrates the DVD and Blu-ray debut of the biggest movie of the year, TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen, with an out-of-this-world consumer event. Fans will have a chance to be among the first to own the $830 million blockbuster when the Best Buy and Target in the West Hollywood Gateway shopping center open their doors for the DVD and Blu-ray release.
Consumers also will be able to take their picture with a full-size, 18-foot-tall, 8,200 pound BUMBLEBEE! Fans will be entertained by a live KROQ DJ.
**The traffic-stopping BUMBLEBEE, which requires a forklift and 10 ton crane to assemble and set up, will make for an extraordinary visual for your helicopter crew to capture**
BUMBLEBEE, the brave AUTOBOT who turns into a Camaro, and TRANSFORMERS fans.
Consumer Event: Monday, October 19th, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
BUMBLEBEE Visual: Sunday, October 18th through Tuesday, October 20th
West Hollywood Gateway shopping center.
Corner of La Brea & Santa Monica Blvd.
The Stars Of The Biggest Movie Of The Year Face Off On The Track With Legendary Director Michael Bay Driving The Pace Car!
OPTIMUS PRIME vs. MEGATRON
At the NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina
In a first-ever stunt for a film property, rising star and 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, undercover as OPTIMUS PRIME, the heroic leader of the peace-loving AUTOBOTS, goes head to head with four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon, aka MEGATRON, the malevolent leader of the DECEPTICONS.
Ryan Newman’s car, uniform and pit crew will be branded with images of OPTIMUS PRIME, while Jeff Gordon’s car, uniform and crew will sport graphics of MEGATRON. In addition, Michael Bay, the renowned director of the TRANSFORMERS megahits, will be the official pace car driver for the 50th running of the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen will make its highly-anticipated DVD and Blu-ray debut on October 20, 2009 in immersive, two-disc Special Editions, as well as on a single disc DVD, from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro; distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.
Sunday, October 18th 2:00-2:15pm EDT
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Back in August, we reported that Stephen Davis had been appointed the new President of Hasbro Studios, which will create programming for the new Hasbro-Discovery joint venture network.
Today, thanks to Yahoo Finance's business wire we have news that two more senior executives have also been hired by Hasbro Studios.
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS - News) announced today the appointment of two senior executives at the company’s newly formed Hasbro Studios, which is based in Los Angeles. Well regarded entertainment industry executives, Lisa Licht and Linda Steiner will be stepping into leading roles at the Studio, working closely with Studio President Stephen J. Davis.
Linda Steiner, a veteran of Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and ABC Entertainment, has been named head of girls and preschool programming. Lisa Licht, who has served for two years as general manager of entertainment and licensing at Hasbro, has been promoted to general manager, Hasbro Studios.
Steiner joins Hasbro Studios from Warner Bros. Animation where she was senior vice president of creative affairs. While at Warner’s, Linda was responsible for overseeing development and production of some of the most high profile and highly rated animation programming on television including, The Batman, for which she won an Emmy Award, Legion of Super Heroes and Teen Titans. Steiner joined Warner Bros. in 1998 as vice president, development. Previously she held senior positions at ABC Entertainment in the network’s Children’s Entertainment division.
Prior to joining Hasbro, Lisa Licht held several senior-level posts at Twentieth Century Fox including executive vice president, global marketing, and senior vice president, feature film promotions and field operations. She was senior vice president of marketing at Mattel where she managed the worldwide BARBIE brand. Licht has spent the past two years growing Hasbro’s licensing business and helped play an integral role in developing the company’s TV strategy. Recently, she has been a member of the executive team responsible for the integration efforts for the Hasbro-Discovery Joint Venture. Moving to the studio, Licht will have broad responsibilities within the Studio which will include working along side Davis on strategy, operations, and coordinating the activities between the Studio and the new television network created by the joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA - News, DISCB - News, DISCK - News), that is planned to debut Fall 2010.
Stephen Davis commented, “Lisa and Linda represent very significant additions to the executive team at Hasbro Studios. Both have held key positions at some of the most successful companies in the children’s entertainment arena and are well respected for their leadership and accomplishments. They will make substantial contributions as we shape the iconic Hasbro brands along with other emerging and existing properties into new forms of visual entertainment.”
Hasbro Studios’ productions will feed all platforms, domestically and globally, including television, the Internet and mobile. New programming is planned based on brands such as ROMPER ROOM, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, SCRABBLE, CRANIUM, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, GAME OF LIFE, TONKA and TRANSFORMERS, among many others.
In addition, the “virtual” studio will produce programs from top third party content creators. Many of these shows will run on the new Hasbro/Discovery JV television network as well as on multiple channels in international markets.