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New York Supreme Court: TF composer sues Sunbow and BMI

Transformers News: New York Supreme Court: TF composer sues Sunbow and BMI
Date: Friday, December 8th 2006 12:04pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases, Media
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
COUNTY OF ROCKLAND
Index No. 5192/00
Index No. 2821/02

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

December 7, 2006, Carmel, NY

After six years of grueling litigation and four appeals which were won by her in 2006, the composer of the well-known Transformers Theme, The JEM Theme and feature songs from the JEM TV SHOW, and several other American, pop culture musical themes and songs originally composed in the 80’s for HASBRO Toys and Entertainment Properties, is finally getting her days in Court at trial in a tiny courtroom in New York Supreme Court in Carmel, NY. Anne Bryant, the composer, is seeking to recover an accounting of and payment of both performance and publishing royalties she claims should be paid to her from the producer-publisher, SUNBOW PRODUCTIONS, NY [which is now owned by its parent company LOONLAND AG, Germany] for millions of CD, VHS and DVD sales and licenses which she says use her music without paying her the royalties she says she is owed. On the eve of the December 4th trial, Bryant says she suddenly received a small check from TV Loonland for "music royalties" but Bryant says, although it is an admission of responsibility, it is a mere drop in the bucket.

The composer is also suing her performing rights society BMI claiming among other things that it allowed changes to be made to her song catalog without her authorization.

According to Bryant, the long road to trial began when she discovered that her 100% composer’s share of the hugely valuable Transformers Theme music had been reduced to a small fraction in her BMI writer’s catalogue. BMI’s counsel, Judith Saffer argues that it is not possible for BMI to police the catalogues of its many affiliated writers because they have no way of knowing if the new registrations they accept for the same title are accurate. In Saffer’ view, it’s up to the BMI writer to bring a court action against another writer if there is an infringement. Bryant says that BMI’s stated position is to remain neutral but then asks why BMI would not protect its writers by at least checking with the original registrant when a song with the same title is later presented for registration. "Others are being unjustly enriched by my music," says the composer. "It appears to me that BMI writers cannot expect their works to be safeguarded by BMI"- a performance rights organization that represents more than 300,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and publishers. The composer also claims that because of BMI’s laissez faire position, these corrupted registrations have diminished her writer’s royalties across the board, finding their way into her SONY ATV catalogue, after Sunbow passed on the altered publishing catalogues to the mega-publisher. Bryant also claims that she is not given credit for her songs in three newlyproduced Transformers television series airing on The Cartoon Network.

The composer hopes to be made whole for the millions of dollars in back royalties due to her since 1994 for her many valuable themes. And with the DreamWorks TRANSFORMERS LIVE ACTION MOVIE [#1] scheduled for release on July 4, 2007, she also seeks to secure her professional screen credits, in the event that the Dreamworks movie uses her theme.

Bryant has been represented by Patrick J. Monaghan of Monaghan, Monaghan, Lamb & Marchisio a small New Jersey and New York firm. Monaghan has represented and won settlements in the past on behalf of the former managers of the artists Meat Loaf and Billy Joel in separate cases. Sunbow is represented by Gloria Phares, Esq. a partner in the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap, & Webb. BMI is represented by its in-house counsel Judith Saffer, Esq. Bryant says she will sue anyone who is using her music without authority. "The Transformers best days are yet to come," she says. "I look to the Court to achieve justice and secure accurate royalty accountings and payments to me in the future." I have faith in the American judicial system and I am not going to be cowed into submission by a huge corporation with millions to spend on lawyers.

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On the Web:
  • Anne Bryant on IMDB.com

  • Master Click Tempo Timing Software

  • TV Loonland Companies

  • New Transformers Releases In Europe

    Transformers News: New Transformers Releases In Europe
    Date: Thursday, December 7th 2006 5:41pm CST
    Categories: Toy News, Sightings
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Grimlock86, Star Prime, Transformers.de, Wartator of Trans-Europe-Express, Transformers @ The Moon

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    There have been some new Transformers sightings in Europe. The first report comes from Germany and is somewhat of a surprise. Transformers Cybertron Metroplex has been released in Germany. This is a little surprising because Germany does not always get some of the bigger Transformers releases.

    The next sighting report come from Poland. Wartator of the Trans-Europe-Express Group has reported that Transformers Cybertron Micromasters Superion is out in Poland.

    Update:

    More new Transformers sightings from around Europe have been reported!

    First, our own Grimlock86 has reported some new Transformers Cybertron sightings from Hungary. Here they are:

    Ransack GTS
    Breakdown GTS
    Yellow Scrapmetal
    Unicron (dlx)
    Starscream Vs. Vector Prime box

    Also our own Star Prime has reported new Cybertron sightings from Portugal. According to Star Prime the following figures are now out:

    Cybertron Optimus Prime
    Cybertron Skywarp
    Cybertron Unicron

    New case break downs from Entertainment Earth

    Transformers News: New case break downs from Entertainment Earth
    Date: Thursday, December 7th 2006 1:49am CST
    Category: Toy News
    Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): Entertainment Earth

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    Entertainment Earth has Mini-con Classics Wave 2 up for pre-order. This is a very unusual ( but not unheard of ) breakdown because Wave 2 consists entirely of new figures!

    4x Predator Attack Team (Snarl, Dreadwing, Overbite)
    4x Dirt Digger Team (Oil Slick, Dirt Rocket, Grindor)
    4x Clear Skies Team (Thunderwing, Steel Wind, Nightscream)

    To see the pre-order page with pictures of the figures to go with the names, click here

    Classics Grimlock and Mirage Added to Photo Galleries!

    Transformers News: Classics Grimlock and Mirage Added to Photo Galleries!
    Date: Thursday, December 7th 2006 12:58am CST
    Categories: Site News, Toy News
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Seibertron

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    Ryan had added another two Transformers Classics galleries to our huge Photo Galleries section.

    See 72 high quality images of Mirage and 86 awesome photos of Grimlock now in our 1000+ strong Photo Galleries section!

    IDW's Comic Solicitations for March

    Transformers News: IDW's Comic Solicitations for March
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 6:34pm CST
    Category: Comic Book News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Comicnewsi.com

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    IDW has unveiled their solicitations for the month of March. The solicitations have been posted by Comicnewsi.com. IDW is offering a host of Transformers titles in March. Here they are:

    "The Transformers Movie Prequel #2
    Simon Furman & Chris Ryall (w), Don Figueroa (a & c)


    Before the movie opens in July, the only place to get a look at THE TRANSFORMERS of the live-action film is right here! The prequel extravaganza continues here, with “The Megaman Cometh.” MEGATRON is headed to Earth, in search of the ALLSPARK. But what he finds, and what this means for the ongoing war that’s come to our world, is something he never could’ve expected! Furman, Ryall and Figueroa continue the movie’s official beginning right here! Featuring a special photo variant cover, too."


    "Transformers Spotlight: Soundwave
    Simon Furman (w); Marcelo Matere (a); Matere, Nick Roche (c)

    Presenting the next triumphal one-shot focusing on some of the best-loved (or loathed) characters from the TRANSFORMERS Universe. The spotlight falls on SOUNDWAVE, the Decepticon intelligence officer with a knack of, first and foremost, looking out for number one! Confronted (on Earth, in 1984!) by an impending catastrophe only he can avert, will Soundwave, for once, consider the bigger picture? By Simon Furman and Marcelo Matere. "


    "The Transformers: Escalation #5
    Simon Furman (w); E.J. Su (a) Su, Scherwinski (c)

    This is it! The all-out, no-holds-barred battle you’ve all been waiting for... OPTIMUS PRIME vs. MEGATRON! In the icy wasteland between Russia and Brasnya, the two titans clash for the first time in many millennia, and MEGATRON’s playing for keeps. Empowered by Ore-13, MEGATRON wants nothing less than the AUTOBOT leader’s complete and utter eradication. And the way things are going… he might just get his wish! By Simon Furman (Transformers: Stormbringer) and E.J. Su (Transformers: Infiltration), with a variant cover once again provided by Klaus Scherwinski."


    "Transformers: Beast Wars Manga TPB

    The long-awaited pairing of writer Simon Furman and artist extraordinaire Don Figueroa on a Beast Wars saga is finally upon us. The Beast Wars—the time-lost series of conflicts on Earth, where heroic MAXIMALS are pitted against evil PREDACONS—is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this special collection, presented in this special manga digest."


    "The Transformers: Beast Wars#1 Variant Cover Slipcase

    This exclusive slipcover edition includes all of the rarest covers from THE TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS: THE GATHERING #1, including: RI-A (foil stamp edition), RI-B (foil stamp edition), RI-C (foil stamp edition), and RI-D (gatefold fold-out edition), all illustrated by artist Don Figueroa, and enclosed in an attractive slipcase."


    "The Transformers: Generations #12
    Bob Budiansky (w); Don Perlin (a) Nick Roche (c)

    IDW continues a look back at some of the most beloved Transformers comics from years past. Nick Roche (Transformers Spotlight: Shockwave) once again presents a new cover recreation of the original cover art, along with a variant retro art cover. This month, the first year of reprints concludes with the return of Buster Witwicky in the classic "Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom!" originally presented in Marvel Comics’ The Transformers #31!"


    "The Transformers: War Within, Vol. 1 TPB

    Before Stormbringer, before the Beast Wars, before even Generation One, there was... The War Within. Four million years before the TRANSFORMERS came to Earth, civil war rocks their home world of CYBERTRON, and OPTIMUS PRIME faces his first—and greatest—challenge. But before he can deal with the Decepticons, the new Autobot leader must look within... and decide if CYBERTRON is worth saving at all! If you think you know the TRANSFRORMERS... think again! IDW is proud to present an all-new collection of this long-out-of-print tale from the TRANSFORMERS’ past."

    First Wave of Transformers Classics Mini-cons Out Now In Canada

    Transformers News: First Wave of Transformers Classics Mini-cons Out Now In Canada
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 6:25pm CST
    Categories: Toy News, Sightings
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Paradigm-Shift Prime and CrackerBoy of Cybertron.ca

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    We have some news of new figures being sighted in Canada. It now appears that the first wave of Transformers Classics Mini-cons are hitting store shelves in Canada. The first wave includes the Dinobots (Terrorsaur, Knockdown, and Swoop), Night Rescue Team (Strongarm, Divebomb, and Firebot) and Demolition Team (Wideload, Sledge, and Broadside). Both Paradigm-Shift Prime and CrackerBoy of Cybertron.ca have reported finding the figures at a Toys "R" Us in Ontario. So keep your eyes opened!

    Polar Claw and Scorponok Galleries Now Updated with Repaints!

    Transformers News: Polar Claw and Scorponok Galleries Now Updated with Repaints!
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 5:55pm CST
    Categories: Site News, Toy News
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Seibertron

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    Ryan has added two brand new Beast Wars galleries to the SEIBERTRON.com Toys Section.

    Click on the links to see over 120 images of Megatrons cerebrally challenged lieutenant Scorponok and 90+ images of fan favourite non-show maximal Polar Claw.

    Update: Ryan has now added 4 new galleries to the site documenting the repaints of these two moulds:

    BotCon Exclusive Sandstorm
    Beast Wars Neo Survive
    BotCon Japan Exclusive Double Punch
    BotCot Japan Exclusive Barbearian (Grizzly-1)

    Commemorative Edition G1 Soundwave Release Delayed

    Transformers News: Commemorative Edition G1 Soundwave Release Delayed
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 5:33pm CST
    Categories: Toy News, Store News
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Khemical X, TFormers, TFW2005

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    Views: 19,872

    I number of fans have have received an email from Toys 'R' Us explaining a delay to the release of Commemorative edition G1 Soundwave. It reads:

    :
    We have received your order, and wanted to let you know
    that there has been an unexpected delay in the shipment of the following items:

    Item: 3199181
    Description: TRANSFORMER G1 SOUNDWAVE
    Quantity: 1 @ $29.99
    Shipping Method: Standard Ground

    Shipping to the following address:

    [removed]

    We want to assure you that your order will be fulfilled once the the item(s)
    becomes available. Once we are able to ship the item(s) you will receive
    a shipping confirmation email with updated tracking information.

    If you ordered other items, in addition to what is listed above, please feel
    free to click below to review the status of the

    All of your order information will also appear in the My Account section
    of our website where you can:

    * Track all your orders
    * Change your passwords

    Please allow up to 60 minutes for your order information to be
    updated on our system.

    http://www.Toysrus.com/checkout/index.jsp?o=XXXXXXXX&c=XXXXXXXXX

    Thank you once again for your order and selecting Toysrus.com &
    Babiesrus.com! We are continually expanding our selection to serve you better,
    so be sure to visit us often for new items and the latest promotions. If you
    have any further questions concerning shipping, order status, payment or
    other website policies, visit the Help area of our website at
    http://www.Toysrus.com/help.

    Sincerely,
    Customer Service


    Toys 'R' Us insider ChErikS of TFW2005 claims Soundwave wont be released until January or February at the earliest.

    Sony Gives Thanks to the Fans

    Transformers News: Sony Gives Thanks to the Fans
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 4:47pm CST
    Categories: Company News, Media
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.transformersthemoviedvd.com

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    SONY BMG Music Entertainment has thanked the fans who contributed to the recent Transformers: The Movie - 20th Anniversary Special DVD release in their latest news letter. The following has been taken directly from their news letter.

    "December 6, 2006

    Happy Wednesday!

    We wanted to take the opportunity to thank every fan who contributed to the success of this DVD - on December 2nd, we debuted on the Billboard DVD Charts at #10!

    Don't forget to download your bonus TRANSFORMERS cell phone wallpaper, accessible through the DVD exclusive site! There are also three additional cell phone wallpaper designs that you can purchase - get Optimus Prime, Hot Rod and Unicron for your phones!"

    Transformers Heroes to be Animated by Gonzo and Written by Beast Wars Team?

    Transformers News: Transformers Heroes to be Animated by Gonzo and Written by Beast Wars Team?
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 1:38pm CST
    Categories: Cartoon News, Rumors
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): GroundPounder1967

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    GroundPounder1967 has sent us the following information concerning the 'Transformers Heroes' cartoon series currently in development by Hasbro.

    Hasbro has signed off on Gonzo to animate the new TF cartoon. Hasbro has been happy with their work on Transformers Cybertron and GI Joe Sigma Six and wants to keep that partnership going. And like GI Joe, this will be written in the States but animated overseas. (Much like how TFG1 was produced back in the day.)

    A story bible was written and has meet with a lot of approval from everyone involved, but no story editor has been chosen yet.

    Right now everyone there is excited about the movie, and Brian may well sign off on the idea of hiring one (or both) of the Beast Wars guys to showrun TFH since he knows how good they are at telling a great story, which is his main agenda right now. His primary goal as CEO is to turn Hasbro from a toy company that owns intellectual properties into an IP company that also makes toys, and he knows that quality stories will bring that about. Now that Hasbro is making Marvel toys, look for a renewed relationship with Marvel Comics on that front as well. *ahem*ROM*cough*


    We're not sure where this information has come from so we are not able to confirm the story, but it certainly sounds promising.

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