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Transformers Movie Prequel Comic - Press Release

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Prequel Comic - Press Release
Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2006 11:29pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases

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IDW Publishing has released a press release regarding the upcoming four part comic prequel to the upcoming live action movie! Due for release in February 07, it will deal with the events leading up to the movie, and will written by Chris Ryall and Simon Furman, with art by Don Figueroa.



TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE PREQUEL Comic Books Kick Off The Blockbuster Event of '07!

San Diego, CA (December 20, 2006)- IDW Publishing's TRANSFORMERS' universe has spanned from modern-day Earth (The Transformers: Infiltration and Escalation) to the far-flung planet of CYBERTRON (The Transformers: Stormbringer) and many light-years of time and space in-between. Now get ready for an all-new TRANSFORMERS story that breaks new ground, setting the stage for the highly anticipated summer '07 blockbuster TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE. And while the movie might not explode onto theater screens until July, IDW Publishing offers your first glimpse of the live-action motion picture ROBOTS IN DISGUISE in the TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE PREQUEL beginning in February 2007.

In the four-part TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE PREQUEL, co-writers Chris Ryall (Zombies Vs. Robots) and Simon Furman (The Transformers: Escalation) team up with celebrated TRANSFORMERS artist Don Figueroa (The Transformers: Stormbringer) to deliver a special tale that spans centuries, travelingg from CYBERTRON to Earth. This special four-part series reveals the events that lead up to next Summer's blockbuster movie, directed by Michael Bay and Executive-Produced by Steven Spielberg.

"This is no peripheral movie tie-in," said co-writer Chris Ryall (who also spends his days as IDW's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. "Rather, it's a fully realized, generations-spanning tale that also sets up and explains much of the backstory in the coming movie. With Paramount and Hasbro's assistance, we're able to show you the characters and explain some situations that are integral parts of the movie. It should also assuage any early fan trepidation and show that this prequel and the movie together are going to comprise quite an epic TRASNFORMERS story."

TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE PREQUEL is an all-new, four-part series that hits shelves in February 2007 with a 32-page full-color comic book.


IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among their best-selling titles are Hasbro's THE TRANSFORMERS; Fox's ANGEL, Konami's METAL GEAR SOLID, and FALLEN ANGEL. IDW's 30 DAYS OF NIGHT film is in development and will be released by Sony Pictures in October 2007. IDW has films in development at Dimension Films and Paramount Pictures, as well.


The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industry's richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, digital media, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro’s core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE, TONKA and PLAYSKOOL.

TRANSFORMERS is under license from Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS).

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New Movie Teaser Trailer is Online NOW!!!

Transformers News: New Movie Teaser Trailer is Online NOW!!!
Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2006 2:57am CST
Categories: Movie Related News, Press Releases, Digital Media News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Crimson Dynamo of & Kaiser Convoy

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Crimson Dynamo of Don has found a sneak peak of the new Transformers Movie Teaser Trailer scheduled to debut online later today.

Click here to see this cinematic marvel in the making (In French)!

Update #1! An English version has been found on Yahoo UK thanks to member Kaiser Convoy! Click Here to hear it in English!

The Teaser Trailer will be officially be online at Yahoo Movies in less than 24 hours. You can check out the countdown here

Remember to keep visiting for any updates on the Transformers Movie.

Update #2! Transformers has uploaded the new trailer, but this time with a small difference. At the end of the trailer, Peter Cullen voices Optimus Prime's motto, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings".

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 Related News, Press Releases, Digital Media News
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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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  • Devil's Due Solicitation: G.I Joe vs. Transformers #2

    Transformers News: Devil's Due Solicitation: G.I Joe vs. Transformers #2
    Date: Sunday, November 19th 2006 7:12pm CST
    Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases
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    Comics Continuum have put up Devil's Due's February solicitation for GI Joe vs Transformers #2 up on their site.

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  • IDW Preview: Transformers: The Animated Movie #2

    Transformers News: IDW Preview: Transformers: The Animated Movie #2
    Date: Sunday, November 19th 2006 12:05pm CST
    Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s):

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    IDW Publishing have updated their website with a 5 page and cover preview of Transformers: The Animated Movie #2.

    Transformers: The Animated Movie #2 is due to hit the stands next week. Take a sneak peak here at

    Metrodome's "Transformers Victory" Press Release

    Transformers News: Metrodome's "Transformers Victory" Press Release
    Date: Wednesday, November 8th 2006 10:32am CST
    Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases, Digital Media News
    Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Metrodome

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    Metrodome presents ...

    Transformers – Victory
    The Takara Collection Vol 3


    Transformers Victory is the third and final installment in the Japanese-exclusive Takara series, and a return to classic robot-on-robot action with the Autobots' new Supreme Commander, the mighty Star Saber, defending the Earth against the forces of the Decepticons' deadly Emperor of Destruction, Deszaras, as he seeks the energy that will liberate his powerful fortress from the confines of the Dark Nebula.

    With Dreamworks’ movie in production and causing a massive buzz already, be prepared for Transformers to become one of the biggest hits of 2007. This is your chance to anticipate the revival and feast yourself on the exclusive world release of the finale to the Takara Collection, one of the great lost series from the classic Generation One Transformers archives.

    The stunning 4 disc boxset boasts 38 episodes of exhilarating robot action, brand new characters and reverting story telling in animation that combines classic elements of the original cartoon with the new school of Japanese anime. Only ever broadcast in Japan in the eighties, this is the first time the subtitled set has been ever been available.

    Metrodome's Transformers Victory

    Features an audio commentary from Transformers expert Chris McFeely on selected episodes, and accompanying episode and information guide booklet.

    Presented in the original Japanese dub with a newly commissioned set of subtitles from the original story scripts.

    Title: Transformers – Victory The Takara Collection Vol 3
    Release Date: 26th December 2006
    RRP: £29.99 (4 disc set)
    Running Time: Approx 12 hours
    Certificate: U

    New Sony BMG Press Release regarding Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary DVD

    Transformers News: New Sony BMG Press Release regarding Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary DVD
    Date: Tuesday, October 3rd 2006 5:05pm CDT
    Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
    Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): SONY BMG Entertainment

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    TRANSFORMERS Special Edition DVD To Feature Three Versions Of Film; Commentary Tracks and Exclusive Featurettes; Sneak Peek At Next Summer’s Major Motion Picture Event; And Much More

    Fan Favorite Artist Don Figueroa Crafts Special Collectible Lenticular Cover

    New York, New York, September 25, 2006 — When MEGATRON said, “It’s over Prime,” he had it all wrong. On November 7th, the home entertainment group of SONY BMG Music Entertainment pulls out all the stops for the 20th Anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon TRANSFORMERS: The Movie with the explosive release of the two-disc TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD.

    This new DVD marks the return of the out-of-this world animated big screen bonanza that catapulted the likes of OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, STARSCREAM, SOUNDWAVE and even the DINOBOTS into pop culture icons. The TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD will be packed with premium features and behind-the-scenes footage developed with input by and for TRANSFORMERS fans across the country.

    For the 20th Anniversary Special Edition, Sony BMG Home Entertainment completely remastered and color-corrected the film. The Autobots and Decepticons fight for universal domination in three distinct versions:

    16X9 WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION – which has not been seen anywhere since the movie was in theaters 20 years ago.

    AUTOBOT MATRIX OF KNOWLEDGE PRESENTATION – Truly showcasing the pop culture phenomenon that is THE TRANSFORMERS, SONY BMG has created a special version of the film for the DVD release. The Autobot Matrix of Knowledge will feature trivia and fun facts about the movie itself, the TRANSFORMERS brand, and the pop culture references in which TRANSFORMERS has been spoofed/tributed.

    Over 100 fun facts will show up on screen throughout the movie. Many of the factoids were provided by fans through a special DVD site created by Sony BMG to solicit input -- marking the first time that the huge TRANSFORMERS fan base has ever been asked to participate in the creation of a TRANSFORMERS home entertainment release.


    Adding to the excitement for this DVD, Sony BMG Music Entertainment has partnered with Paramount Pictures to provide a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at next summer's highly anticipated TRANSFORMERS live action movie event. The special feature segment includes comments from Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg who share their vision and passion for TRANSFORMERS.

    TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD will take viewers further inside this cult favorite than ever before through three all-new exclusive featurettes with director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille, Sue Blu (the voice of fan-favorite female TRANSFORMER, Arcee) and producers Tom Griffin and Joe Bacal. First-time-ever audio commentaries will feature Nelson, Flint and Sue – as well as a special fan audio commentary.

    To further commemorate the 20th anniversary of the film, SONY BMG is providing fans with some extra-celebratory content that lets them track back to the true origins of the TRANSFORMERS. After careful consideration and preparation, Sony BMG has scoured the archives for the best TRANSFORMERS-related footage available – including the original commercials for the toy line and movie – allowing viewers to see how and where the phenomenon began.

    SONY BMG is also including some very special and rare footage; highlighted by three items previously unreleased in the U.S. These never-before-released special features will now contain exclusive audio commentaries. Specially included are the infamous 20-minute Scramble City original animated episode from Japan, a promo trailer for TRANSFORMERS: The Movie and test/alternative/deleted footage from the film. Also on this one-of-a-kind DVD will be never-before-released animated storyboards and a DVD-ROM link to exclusive content.

    Beyond the actual DVD content, Sony BMG Home Entertainment is expanding the DVD’s collectibility to the packaging itself. A collectible, limited-edition lenticular cover will adorn the front of the TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD. The company commissioned fan-favorite artist Don Figueroa to create the imagery for this special lenticular cover.

    Through his much-heralded work with TRANSFORMERS, Don’s art brings to life the characters so many have grown to love. In one image, Optimus Prime is appropriately situated in a position of prominence. Joining the Autobot leader are Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Blaster and more of the most popular TRANSFORMERS characters. The second “transforming” image, Hot Rod – as he transforms into Rodimus Prime – is grasping the Matrix of Leadership as it lights the Autobots’ darkest hour. Above, Unicron begins to destruct, while Galvatron, Arcee and Springer look on.

    “The TRANSFORMERS franchise continues to thrive across multiple platforms, and we are excited to celebrate this pop culture phenomenon with a compelling new DVD tribute,” said Jim Wilson, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Home Entertainment for SONY BMG. “By teaming with TRANSFORMERS fans, we have developed an exclusive product with premium content and special features that will be sure to attract fans of all ages.”

    TRANSFORMERS: The Movie features the voice of Orson Welles in his final role, as well as stars Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, John Moschitta, Peter Cullen, and Frank Welker. The DVD also features a winning soundtrack featuring the iconic theme "The TRANSFORMERS" performed by Lion, and the popular "The Touch," performed by Stan Bush. The movie, set in 2005, chronicles the efforts of the heroic Autobots to defend their home of Cybertron from the evil Decepticons and Unicron, a huge robotic creature that devours planets.

    For information and updates on TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD log onto


    SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

    "Make Optimus Prime Speak" Contest Announcement - UPDATED!

    Transformers News: "Make Optimus Prime Speak" Contest Announcement - UPDATED!
    Date: Monday, October 2nd 2006 4:50pm CDT
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    His is the voice behind one of pop-culture’s most established icons.

    The name is Peter Cullen - the voice of TRANSFORMERS’ Optimus Prime.

    And now fans will be given the opportunity to put words in the mouth of Optimus with the "MAKE PRIME SPEAK" contest!

    Paramount Pictures announces the "MAKE PRIME SPEAK" contest, a bold initiative that will supply what fans demand - Optimus Prime speaking their words. Fans can submit a line of dialogue that they would most like to hear Optimus Prime say in the film.

    First place winner will have his/hers phrase spoken by Prime, in the new Transformers movie!

    Contest launches on Oct. 2, 2006. "Make Prime Speak" will run from October 2nd to October 23rd, 2006.

    The timeline for the contest is as follows:

    The "Make Prime Speak" Contest begins on October 2, 2006, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 23, 2006.

    The Contest Period consists of a submission phase, which begins on October 2, 2006, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 12, 2006.

    The voting phase begins at 12:00 a.m. on October 16, 2006 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 23, 2006.

    All times are Pacific Time.


    During the Submission Phase:

    1) go to and complete the registration form found on the site, with the information requested, including an original line of dialogue you would like to hear Prime speak, and submit the entry.

    2) All contestants who enter a Submission into the Contest will be able to vote by using the email address from their original Submission. Submissions will otherwise not be acknowledged or returned. Limit one entry per person and/or per email address.

    3) During the Submission Phase, Sponsor will post Submissions in a scrolling submission box on the Website.

    4) Each entry must be no longer than 120 characters.

    5) **Users can submit one line per email address. For example: if you have 20 different email addresses, you can submit a chance to Make Prime Speak 20 times.

    The determination of Finalists will be based on originality, appropriateness to Prime's character and relevance to the Picture's story.

    Submissions are on a first come, first serve basis. Enter early and often.

    Up to 100 of the best Submissions will be selected to be posted online for others to view and judge.

    At the end of the Voting Phase, up to 30 Finalists who receive the most non-suspect votes will be submitted to the filmmakers, who will determine the winners in their sole discretion.

    The Winners will be announced on the Website on or about November 9, 2006.


    The filmmakers will select one (1) Grand Prize Winner whose Submission may be spoken by Peter Cullen in the Picture.

    The filmmakers will select two (2) Second Prize Winners whose Submissions may be spoken by Peter Cullen and used for mobile ringtones.

    The filmmakers will select up to seven (7) Third Prize Winners whose Submissions will be read by Peter Cullen and made available for visitors to listen to on the Website.

    All prize winners will receive:

    1) a "Transformers" Prize pack that includes a limited edition "Transfomers" T-Shirt (Approximate Retail Value "ARV": $25.00 and a "Transformers" poster signed by Peter Cullen (ARV: $5.00).

    It is now up to you to Make Prime Speak.

    Roll out.

    The Frank Welker Rumor: An Apology

    Transformers News: The Frank Welker Rumor: An Apology
    Date: Sunday, October 1st 2006 12:17am CDT
    Categories: Site News, Rumors, Press Releases
    Posted by: Professor Smooth | Credit(s): Professor Smooth

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    As many of you may have read earlier, announced that Frank Welker was cast as Megatron in the upcoming Transformers movie. We at deeply apologize for this error. What happened is as follows:

    In an effort to bring you the most up to date news from BotCon (and beyond) we, from time to time, create "potential stories" in advance of the actual release. This way, we're able to get our readers the news faster than we could hope to type it. Unfortunately the way the News system currently works meant that a forum post was created of this "potential story" despite our intention to keep the story hidden until such time as it were announced.

    We at deeply apologize for any inconvenienience or confusion this may have caused. We assure you, that the problem regarding News and forum posts has been fixed and such a problem will never happen again. We thank you all for your continued support and thank everyone who has made not only the best "resource website," but also the best "overall designed website."

    20th Anniversary Movie features, including Scramble City and more!

    Transformers News: 20th Anniversary Movie features, including Scramble City and more!
    Date: Saturday, September 30th 2006 1:30pm CDT
    Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Press Releases
    Posted by: Air Commander Starscream

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    During the Q&A segement of todays "Hasbro New Product Unveiling", we were given a sample of a few special features including:

    Color corrected remastered scenes.

    Closed Captioned.

    Spanish/French subtitles.

    Photo Gallery.

    Animated Storyboards.

    Side-by-side comparison of the original and remastered. (Hot Rod fishing scene)

    Interviews and commentary from Nelson Shin (Director), and Susan Blu (Voice of Arcee) as well as several behind the scenes personalities.

    Nelson Shin, Susan Blu and others try to sing the theme song.

    MOK (Matrix of Knowledge) which is an turn on and off segment that will display facts and interesting tid bits during the movie.

    MANY Easter Eggs.

    And Surprisingly, Scramble City will be on the DVD but it will have no audio (Hasbro wasnt able to precure the rights to the japanese voice rights and others). But it will have fan commentary.

    And much much more!

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