For Immediate Release
TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING
A Original CG Animated Action Feature Produced by Hasbro Studios
ARRIVES ON DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORMS
BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014
Get ready to roll out with the highly popular feature-length epilogue to Hasbro Studio’s Emmy® Award-winning series TRANSFORMERS PRIME on a variety of digital entertainment platforms in North America. On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios invite loyal fans, families and kids to further venture into the awe-inspiring world of TRANSFORMERS PRIME when TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING, a special original feature presentation, will be available on Digital HD for rental and purchase on iTunes, VUDU, CinemaNow, Google Play, Rovi, Sony PlayStation Network and Xbox, as well as available through Amazon Instant Video on April 1.
Brimming with spectacular CG animation, a captivating storyline and unforgettable characters from the TRANSFORMERS PRIME lore, TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING delivers entertaining cinematic adventure the whole family will enjoy. A resurrected UNICRON has taken over the now-lifeless body of MEGATRON to seek vengeance on the AUTOBOTS and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS, PREDAKING and two new PREDACONS, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet.
Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffrey Combs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Steve Blum, Will Friedle and Sumalee Montano lend their voices to this hit series produced by Hasbro Studios. Spearheading the creative efforts on TRANSFORMERS PRIME are executive producers Jeff Kline, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Duane Capizzi and Stephen Davis.
TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING is also available now on Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack and on DVD from Shout! Factory.
About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com
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S02, E10 (First Aired: April 26, 2014)
Cody's uncle comes to visit; the Rescue Team goes on a mission below the earth's surface.
DERRICK J. WYATT draws stuff. And everything he draws turns to gold! From his early work on iMucha Lucha! to his later work on Teen Titans, it wasn’t until Transformers Animated though that mankind truly understood what a genius it had on its hands! Running for three seasons, the Transformers Animated cartoon was the basis for a very popular toy line, an IDW comic series, a plethora of fan art and the most popular BotCon story ever: The Stunti-Con Job!
Though Derrick is not currently working on Transformers, having instead devoted all of his time to some guy named Ben and his Omniverse, he wants his fans from around the world to know that if The Transformers ever come calling again, he will take that call! (Even if it is just those guys over at the Transformers Collectors' Club offering to let him do Animated G2 Breakdown or an Animated Rosanna.)
So make sure to come see Derrick at BotCon 2014. It will be an opportunity of a lifetime! He will be happy to sign almost anything you bring him.
MARTY ISENBERG has written and/or story edited literally hundreds of scripts for animated series far too numerous to mention. But he suspects you only care about the ones with Transformers in the title, so here we go: He’s probably best known among this crowd for developing, writing and story editing three seasons of Transformers Animated for Cartoon Network and Hasbro (and NOT writing and story editing a fourth – grr…), as well writing the Transformers Animated video game for Nintendo DS and six issues of the Transformers Animated: The Arrival comic (and its one-shot Botcon-exclusive sequel “The Stunti-Con Job”). But he also co-developed, co-wrote and co-story edited the fan-polarizing Beast Machines for Mainframe, Hasbro and Fox Kids Network. And, more recently, wrote for scripts Transformers Prime and Rescue Bots for Hasbro Studios and the Hub network. Somehow he’s managed to squeeze in some non-Transformers projects, including Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Ultimate Spider-Man for Marvel Animation Studios and Disney XD; Kaijudo and G.I. Joe Renegades for Hasbro Studios and The Hub; Ben 10 (in its various incarnations) for Cartoon Network; and Danny Phantom for Nickelodeon.
Originally from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, Marty lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.
Everyone, please welcome Mairghread Scott to Robots With Coffee!
You are part of the first all-female team to produce a Transformers comic book...unless you and artist Sarah Stone were ghosting for Pat Lee at Dreamwave and haven't been paid yet. But this isn't your first TF comic. How did you get involved with IDW, and did you choose Sarah to be your artist?
I got involved with IDW through an elaborate series of heists perpetrated by myself and Mike Johnson when we...I mean...when we co-wrote Rage of the Dinobots together.
As far as Sarah is concerned, I have to be serious. There are certain things I really wanted in an artist on Transformers Windblade: vibrant color, a sense of movement, diverse and identifiable body designs, and an emphasis on facial expressions. Sarah hit the nail on the head in each of these areas and they all combine to make (what I think is) a dynamic, emotive and easy to follow book perfect for old-school fans and new readers alike.
Windblade was a 'fan created' character, in that the fans got online and voted for what kind of figure it would be. What did you bring to the character once the fan voting had been tallied?
Quite a bit actually. Dark Cybertron was still being written when I came aboard and outside of the knowledge that she could speak to Metroplex, everything else was kind of free reign.
The most important thing for me was to make sure that even though Windblade was a fan-made character, she didn't feel like a composite or generic person. Windblade has a very clear character in my mind: hopeful, determined, empathetic, a little naive and in way over her head. If she was human she'd be the girl that puts on fancy eye shadow for a date and then keep forgetting she has it on and touching her eyes...
…and that's probably the first make-up to Transformer comparison ever made in a professional interview so...milestone?
Your series addresses the gender issue in the IDW TF comics continuity, beyond there originally being no gender (perceived to be "he") and Arcee being the lone female by forced transgender surgery. Was this something that IDW wanted to change, or something you were happy to grab the reigns and 'retcon'?
Argh! Don’t say the ‘r’ word! IDW definitely wanted to do a Windblade book and that obviously required a bit of a think to get Lady Bots back in continuity (outside of Arcee’s unique situation, as you mentioned), but 'retcon-ing' (actually saying something didn’t happen that’s already been established) is something I think of as a weapon of last resort. I still have plenty of tricks up my sleeve besides that and, while new information will be revealed, retcon-ing is not happening in Transformers Windblade.
I know Windblade is going to be a mini but, hey, if it does well enough, there's a possibility of a NAUTICA ongoing? How awesomely true is this? #nauticafanclub #ftw!
So awesomely true that I have no idea if it will happen/control if it does happen/information on the subject. Although I will take this moment to say that Windblade and Nautica fans should not be snipping at each other online. There's room for everyone in the pool, kids. Mom's watching.
Matthew Humphreys wrote:Transformers 2015
I can’t say much because you know the reasons. But I just feel the need to say that with our new show being announced the artwork shown on various sites is NOT a good representation of what the designs look like fully fleshed out. The new show looks amazing and I’m having a ton of fun working on it and I hope everyone watches when it comes out.
LOS ANGELES - The Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and their families entertainment they can watch together, announced today that a new animated series is currently in production for the globally renowned TRANSFORMERS brand. Set to debut in early 2015, the new action-packed series is being produced by Hasbro Studios, the production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc., and is executive produced by Jeff Kline ("Transformers Prime," "G.I. Joe Renegades").
Taking place years after the battle between Autobots and Decepticons in "Transformers Prime," this all new series centers around our hero Bumblebee stepping up to lead a brand new team of Autobots. The show features an all-star cast with Will Friedle ("Boy Meets World") returning as Bumblebee, along with Darren Criss ("Glee"), Constance Zimmer ("House of Cards") and Ted McGinley ("Married with Children"). Blending 3D characters with hand-painted environments, the series mixes action-packed adventure with lots of comedy, making it a rip-roaring experience for kids and families to enjoy together.
This is a big year as the TRANSFORMERS brand celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Hub Network will also be celebrating the success of the franchise with special events to be announced later this year.
TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2014. Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.
About the Hub Network
The Hub Network is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) that champions family fun by providing relatable, funny, family friendly entertainment experiences that children and their parents can enjoy together. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network's lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at HubNetwork.com. The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in nearly 71 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.
To find the channel in your area, please visit HubNetwork.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.
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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 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 countries 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 4 (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and Ouiji (Universal Pictures). 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.
SAMANTHA NEWARK's voice-over work incudes the original Transformers cartoon series as the voice of "Ariel", the pink robot gunned down by the Decepticons and who was later rebuilt into "Elita One" in the classic episode "War Dawn". She also voiced "Elise Presser", the human, geek to the core high school girl on a quest to build a robot in the episode B.O.T. and voiced the role of Zamojin Empress in the episode "The face of Nijika".
Samantha also starred as "Jem" and as “Jerrica” in the beloved cartoon series "Jem and the Holograms". Other voice work includes the British voice of Peter Pans Mother in the feature film "Hook", vocals in the anime classic "Project Ako" as well as many radio and TV commercials. Samantha is also an accomplished Singer/Songwriter with her original songs and vocals featured in hit TV shows such as "Vampire Diaries", "Smallville" "America's Next Top Model", "The Ellen Show" and her dynamic voice has also been featured in hit blockbuster game titles such as "God of War", "Twisted Metal Black", "Everything or Nothing", and "Wild Arms 3".
To allow you to pick what you consider is the best choice to win, we've collected sound clips of the nominees or an image gallery of characters/actors, where applicable.
You can ONLY vote ONCE per category. Choose wisely as you will NOT be able to change your vote once it has been cast.
Be sure to check back on March 19th 2014 when the winners will be revealed.
Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a TV Series - Action/Drama
- Frank Welker as Megatron
- Steve Blum as Starscream
Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama
- Daran Norris as Knock Out
- Michael Ironside as Ultra Magnus
Best Female Vocal Performance in a TV Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama
- Tania Gunadi as Miko Nakadai
Best Female Vocal Performance in a TV Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama
- Gina Torres as Airachnid
Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Series - Action/Drama
- Transformers: Prime
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Special/Direct-to-DVD Title
- Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime (Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising)
- Will Friedle as Bumblebee (Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising)
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Special/Direct-to-DVD Title
- Sumalee Montano as Arcee (Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising)
Best Vocal Ensemble in a Special/Direct-to-DVD Title
- Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising
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