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Paramount and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content

Transformers News: Paramount and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content
Date: Friday, November 3rd 2017 3:15pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Press Releases, Company News
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Transformers News: Paramount and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content

Paramount Pictures and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content Under Five Year Exclusive Relationship

November 03, 2017 08:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HOLLYWOOD--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. today announced that they will be teaming up to produce and distribute content based on Hasbro brands, as well as original stories. The two companies will collaborate on live action and animated films, with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation playing an active role alongside Paramount Pictures in development and production.

This announcement expands upon an existing relationship between the two companies. Hasbro and Paramount have partnered on five Transformers movies to date, as well as two G.I. Joe films, and the first Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, is slated for December 2018.

"Paramount has been a valuable partner of Hasbro’s for more than a decade, and we’re looking forward to taking our relationship to the next level," said Brian Goldner, Chairman and CEO, Hasbro. "Storytelling, in its many forms, is revolutionizing our business and differentiating Hasbro in all sectors where we operate. We look forward to collaborating with the talented team at Paramount to create powerful new stories for kids, fans and families globally."

While terms of the relationship are not being disclosed, Paramount and Hasbro will partner on financing projects at varying levels of investment, and Paramount will distribute the projects produced during the five year term of this deal worldwide. Paramount and Hasbro will also collaborate on television programming.

"Hasbro has an enormous array of exceptional brands, so this expansion of our relationship is incredibly exciting," said Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos. "We look forward to working with Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis and the Hasbro and Allspark teams to create extraordinary film properties for all audiences."

Hasbro recently hired Greg Mooradian as president of Allspark Pictures, with responsibility for live action film and television. Allspark Animation, the company’s label for animated film and television content, is led by Hasbro’s Meghan McCarthy. Hasbro acquired Boulder Media in 2016, a leading animation studio based in Dublin, Ireland, to produce its television and film animation. Hasbro Studios, its distribution arm which the company founded in 2009, distributes TV and digital content to more than 190 territories globally. The entertainment division reports to Hasbro’s Chief Content Officer, Stephen Davis.

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 Television, Paramount Players, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through Hasbro Studios and its film labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Hasbro Announces Dates for 2019 #HASCON Event

Transformers News: Hasbro Announces Dates for 2019 #HASCON Event
Date: Monday, October 30th 2017 11:19am CDT
Categories: Event News, Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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The title is not a typo: the next iteration of the Hasbro-run event that brings together all their franchises under one roof in their own backyard will not be back for another year - but it will be back! Taking place in Providence again, Hascon will return on September, 6-8 2019. You can find out the whole information we have so far in the press release below, and revisit our Hascon 2017 coverage through our galleries and stories!

Hasbro Announces Dates for 2019 HASCON Event

Second-Ever HASCON FANmily Event Scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2019 in Providence, R.I.


PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today announced that it will host its second-ever HASCON event Sept. 6 - 8, 2019, in Providence, R.I. at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Hasbro hosted its inaugural HASCON event this past September, offering families and fans of all ages a completely new way to experience its brands, and a behind-the-scenes pass to the world of Hasbro. The event featured three days of hands-on brand experiences, meet-and-greets, sneak peeks, concerts, exclusive reveals, star-studded panels and fan-centric surprises.

"We couldn’t be happier with the feedback we’ve received from our inaugural HASCON event," said John Frascotti, president, Hasbro, Inc. "We’re looking forward to once again delivering immersive entertainment experiences around our brands for fans and families in 2019."

The 2017 event featured dozens of meet-and-greet opportunities with celebrities, athletes and influencers, including Mark Wahlberg, Stan Lee, David Ortiz, James White, Dude Perfect, Maddie Ziegler, James Gunn, Zach King, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, and Isabela Moner, among others. Concerts by Flo Rida and Daya were included with the purchase of a general admission HASCON ticket. Guests were also invited to audition for a Hasbro video, and to select a toy or game to donate to the Marine Toys for Tots for children impacted by recent hurricanes.

More details about the 2019 HASCON event, including information about ticket packages, will be posted on http://hascon.hasbro.com.
About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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A Message from Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO, Toys'R'Us

Transformers News: A Message from Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO, Toys'R'Us
Date: Sunday, October 29th 2017 3:33am CDT
Categories: Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TRU

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We have received communication from Dave Brandon, the CEO of Toys'R'Us, given all the news about their Chapter 11 process and its repercussions on Hasbro and toy sales in general for this year, speaking on how the stores will be dealing with it all, and how they plan on assuaging some fears of the general public. You can read the whole message below, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub.

Dear Valued Customer,

As you may know, in September we announced that we were beginning a formal process – known as Chapter 11 – designed to strengthen our financial position and allow us to reinvest in our business. This was a proactive and voluntary move that gives us the opportunity to reset and do the things necessary to continue to earn your business now and well into the future.

I’m writing today because I want to assure you that you can continue to shop with us with confidence, in store or online. Your local Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores are open and our team members are standing by ready to help. You should also know that we are continuing to honor our various customer programs including Registry, Endless Earnings, Geoffrey's Birthday Club, gift cards and warranties.

With the holidays just around the corner, we have a number of exciting things in store for you:

Price Match Promise¹ – If you find a toy or baby product at a lower price at one of our competitors, Toys"R"Us will match the price. Not only will we match competitor’s prices in store, we’ll donate an additional $1 to Toys for Tots every time you price match now thru 12/24, up to $1 million.

Parents Night Out² – As a parent, I found it was always tough to find time to shop when the kids weren’t looking, so this year Toys"R"Us is hosting special events on Sunday, November 12 and Thursday, November 30 from 8-10pm local time. During these very special events, customers will have access to a shopping expert, hot toy demonstrations, games and treats (think hot chocolate bar, raffles and more) plus a sweepstakes where Rewards"R"Us members have a chance to win a trip for 4 to New York City.

Layaway and Then Some³ – We will once again offer free layaway services this holiday season, waiving the usual fee. Plus, every single day from Sunday, November 5, through Saturday, December 9, Toys"R"Us will select one layaway customer who will receive a $200 TRU gift card to put towards their layaway.

Play Lab – I have seven grandkids who would love nothing more than to visit one of our stores to test drive the newest toys. On Sunday, November 1, forty-two Toys"R"Us locations across the country will open designated play spaces in their stores. Shopping list meets play time.

Play Chaser™ – Our new augmented reality gaming app is turning our toy stores into an interactive playground. It’s also connected to our much-awaited holiday catalog, The Ultimate Guide to Play. Kids can now build their favorites list using the app.


These are just a few of the exciting changes I’m most excited for this holiday. No matter how you choose to shop with us, know that you can continue to count on us for an outstanding experience. We have been in the business of bringing joy to kids for nearly seven decades, and we welcome the opportunity to serve you this holiday season and long into the future.


Sincerely,

Transformers News: A Message from Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO, Toys'R'Us

Hasbro Reports Revenue, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Growth for Third Quarter 2017

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Revenue, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Growth for Third Quarter 2017
Date: Monday, October 23rd 2017 1:39pm CDT
Categories: Press Releases, Company News
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Directly from Hasbro HQ, we've received a condensed report on their quarterly report (Q3 2017, specifically), and links to their full presentation from their webcast and more. You can find the number-dense report copied below, and head here for the PowerPoint slides - plus take a look at the infographic they also shared below, with Tony Stark Brian Goldner's face to promote the entire company to investors!

Hasbro Reports Revenue, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Growth for Third Quarter 2017

Third quarter 2017 revenues increased 7% to $1.79 billion, including 7% revenue growth in the U.S. and Canada segment; 7% in the International segment, including a favorable $27.9 million in foreign exchange; and 4% in the Entertainment and Licensing segment;
Revenue growth in Franchise Brands, Hasbro Gaming and Emerging Brands;
Operating profit essentially flat at $360.9 million, or 20.1% of net revenues;
Net earnings increased 3% to $265.6 million, or $2.09 per diluted share; Reported net earnings include a $0.04 per diluted share benefit versus third quarter 2016 from the adoption of FASB ASU No. 2016-09;
Company returned $164.3 million to shareholders during the quarter: $71.4 million in dividends and $92.9 million in share repurchase;
Quarter-end cash and cash equivalents of $1.2 billion.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the third quarter 2017. Net revenues for the third quarter 2017 increased 7% to $1.79 billion versus $1.68 billion in 2016. Third quarter 2017 revenues include a favorable $29.6 million impact from foreign exchange.

Net earnings for the third quarter 2017 increased 3% to $265.6 million, or $2.09 per diluted share, compared to $257.8 million, or $2.03 per diluted share, in 2016. Reported net earnings include a $0.04 per diluted share benefit versus third quarter 2016 from the adoption of FASB ASU No. 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.

"The global Hasbro team delivered another good quarter. Our Brand Blueprint strategy is successfully driving the business despite a challenging economic environment in the U.K. and Brazil, as well as a short-term retailer disruption," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's chairman and chief executive officer. "As a result of the Toys"R"Us bankruptcy filing in the U.S. and Canada, there was a negative impact on our quarterly revenues and operating profit. However, our multi-platform content strategy, combined with an industry leading investment in innovation and an omni-channel commercial approach, is driving strong consumer takeaway heading into the holiday season as consumers engage with Hasbro brands across a multitude of experiences."

"The quarter presented several obstacles, but the team delivered with higher revenue and earnings, as well as executing nearly $93 million of share repurchases," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's chief financial officer. "We are well positioned for the holiday, including good quality inventory at Hasbro and at retail, backed by strong consumer momentum. We continue to work closely with Toys"R"Us as we head into the holiday period. Given our new view to the holiday based on Toys"R"Us and the economic outlook in certain markets, our updated expectation is fourth quarter revenues will increase in a range of 4% to 7% versus the fourth quarter 2016."

Third Quarter 2017 Major Segment Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions) Operating Profit ($ Millions)
Q3 2017 Q3 2016 % Change Q3 2017 Q3 2016 % Change
U.S. and Canada $993.8 $932.8 +7% $217.3 $228.0 -5%
International $739.2 $690.7 +7% $132.0 $133.1 -1%
Entertainment and Licensing $58.4 $56.1 +4% $16.9 $14.1 +20%


Third quarter 2017 U.S. and Canada segment net revenues increased 7% to $993.8 million compared to $932.8 million in 2016. The segment was negatively impacted by the Toys"R"Us bankruptcy in the U.S. and Canada. In combination with a shift in product mix, this contributed to the 5% decline in the U.S. and Canada segment quarterly operating profit to $217.3 million, or 21.9% of net revenues, compared to $228.0 million, or 24.4% of net revenues, in 2016.

International segment net revenues increased 7% to $739.2 million compared to $690.7 million in 2016. Third quarter 2017 International segment revenues include a favorable $27.9 million impact of foreign exchange. On a regional basis, Europe revenues increased 3%, Latin America increased 13% and Asia Pacific increased 17%. Emerging markets revenues increased 8% in the quarter. International segment operating profit decreased $1.1 million to $132.0 million, or 17.9% of net revenues, compared to $133.1 million, or 19.3% of net revenues, in 2016.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues grew 4% to $58.4 million compared to $56.1 million in 2016, behind higher consumer products and entertainment revenues. The Entertainment and Licensing segment operating profit increased 20%, to $16.9 million, or 28.9% of net revenues, compared to $14.1 million, or 25.1% of net revenues, in 2016.

Third Quarter 2017 Brand Portfolio Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q3 2017 Q3 2016 % Change

Nine Months
2017


Nine Months
2016


%
Change
Franchise Brands $827.3 $773.4 +7% $1,803.8 $1,642.1 +10%
Partner Brands $485.7 $493.7 -2% $928.7 $979.1 -5%
Hasbro Gaming* $280.1 $229.9 +22% $549.7 $456.5 +20%
Emerging Brands $198.4 $182.8 +9% $331.4 $312.3 +6%


*Hasbro's total gaming category, including all gaming revenue, most notably MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY, which are included in Franchise Brands in the table above, totaled $424.8 million for the third quarter 2017, up 4%, versus $409.5 million in the third quarter 2016 and up 10% to $951.4 million for the nine months 2017 versus $868.4 million for the nine months 2016. Hasbro believes its gaming portfolio is a competitive differentiator and views it in its entirety.

Third quarter 2017 Franchise Brand revenues increased 7% to $827.3 million driven by revenue growth in NERF, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY and MONOPOLY. Franchise Brand revenue grew in all three major operating segments.

Partner Brand revenues decreased 2% to $485.7 million. BEYBLADE, STAR WARS, DISNEY DESCENDANTS and SESAME STREET posted revenue gains in the quarter. This was more than offset by declines in certain brands, including YO-KAI WATCH as well as DREAMWORKS' TROLLS which was down versus last year's launch of movie product. Partner Brand revenues increased in the U.S. and Canada segment and declined in the International segment.

Hasbro Gaming revenues grew 22% to $280.1 million driven by Hasbro's diverse gaming portfolio, including face-to-face and digital gaming. New social games drove significant growth, including SPEAK OUT and FANTASTIC GYMNASTICS along with revenue growth in several other games brands. Hasbro Gaming revenue grew in the U.S. and Canada and International segments. Hasbro's total gaming category grew 4% to $424.8 million, including revenue growth from MONOPOLY and an expected decline in MAGIC: THE GATHERING.

Emerging Brands revenue increased 9% to $198.3 million, driven primarily by growth in BABY ALIVE and FURREAL FRIENDS. Emerging Brand revenue grew in the U.S. and Canada and Entertainment and Licensing segments.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $71.4 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the third quarter 2017. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.57 per common share is scheduled for November 15, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 1, 2017.

During the third quarter, Hasbro repurchased 947,300 shares of common stock at a total cost of $92.9 million and an average price of $98.06 per share. Hasbro repurchased $111.5 million worth of common stock during the first three quarters of 2017. At quarter-end, $216.5 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its third quarter 2017 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: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2017 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 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 the Discovery Family Channel, 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. This non-GAAP 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.

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HASBRO, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

(Thousands of Dollars)
October 1, 2017

September 25,
2016
ASSETS
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 1,244,778 $ 830,372
Accounts Receivable, Net 1,655,752 1,452,931
Inventories 629,120 607,701
Other Current Assets 232,590 255,983
Total Current Assets 3,762,240 3,146,987
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 263,862 247,231
Other Assets 1,518,546 1,560,929
Total Assets $ 5,544,648 $ 4,955,147


LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Short-term Borrowings $ 189,012 $ 178,666
Current Portion of Long-term Debt - 349,611
Payables and Accrued Liabilities 1,295,745 1,087,442
Total Current Liabilities 1,484,757 1,615,719
Long-term Debt 1,693,261 1,198,461
Other Liabilities 410,378 364,378
Total Liabilities 3,588,396 3,178,558
Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests - 34,829
Total Shareholders' Equity 1,956,252 1,741,760
Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests
and Shareholders' Equity $ 5,544,648 $ 4,955,147

HASBRO, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended

(Thousands of Dollars and Shares Except Per Share Data)

Oct. 1,
2017


% Net
Revenues


Sept. 25,
2016


% Net
Revenues


Oct. 1,
2017


% Net
Revenues


Sept. 25,
2016


% Net
Revenues
Net Revenues $ 1,791,502 100.0 % $ 1,679,757 100.0 % $ 3,613,671 100.0 % $ 3,389,882 100.0 %
Costs and Expenses:
Cost of Sales 730,656 40.8 % 658,986 39.2 % 1,404,971 38.9 % 1,270,902 37.5 %
Royalties 139,222 7.8 % 134,294 8.0 % 282,754 7.8 % 273,671 8.1 %
Product Development 67,386 3.8 % 70,083 4.2 % 192,765 5.3 % 190,918 5.6 %
Advertising 168,926 9.4 % 154,132 9.2 % 342,236 9.5 % 320,948 9.5 %
Amortization of Intangibles 6,492 0.4 % 8,691 0.5 % 22,254 0.6 % 26,073 0.8 %
Program Production Cost Amortization 5,394 0.3 % 6,282 0.4 % 16,152 0.4 % 17,501 0.5 %
Selling, Distribution and Administration 312,482 17.4 % 285,188 17.0 % 813,268 22.5 % 756,978 22.3 %
Operating Profit 360,944 20.1 % 362,101 21.6 % 539,271 14.9 % 532,891 15.7 %
Interest Expense 25,072 1.4 % 24,305 1.4 % 73,752 2.0 % 72,263 2.1 %
Other Income, Net (13,969 ) -0.8 % (8,528 ) -0.5 % (42,045 ) -1.2 % (11,929 ) -0.4 %
Earnings before Income Taxes 349,841 19.5 % 346,324 20.6 % 507,564 14.0 % 472,557 13.9 %
Income Taxes 84,258 4.7 % 90,162 5.4 % 105,659 2.9 % 120,005 3.5 %
Net Earnings 265,583 14.8 % 256,162 15.2 % 401,905 11.1 % 352,552 10.4 %
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests - 0.0 % (1,636 ) -0.1 % - 0.0 % (6,103 ) -0.2 %
Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc. $ 265,583 14.8 % $ 257,798 15.3 % $ 401,905 11.1 % $ 358,655 10.6 %

Per Common Share
Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc.
Basic $ 2.12 $ 2.05 $ 3.21 $ 2.86
Diluted $ 2.09 $ 2.03 $ 3.16 $ 2.82

Cash Dividends Declared $ 0.57 $ 0.51 $ 1.71 $ 1.53

Weighted Average Number of Shares
Basic 125,170 125,500 125,204 125,414
Diluted 127,150 127,178 127,248 127,056

HASBRO, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(Thousands of Dollars)

Nine Months Ended
Oct. 1, 2017 Sept. 25, 2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net Earnings $ 401,905 $ 352,552
Non-cash Adjustments 185,413 182,142
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities (385,522 ) (339,287 )
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 201,796 195,407

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Additions to Property, Plant and Equipment (102,512 ) (103,639 )
Acquisitions and Investments, Net of Cash Acquired - (12,436 )
Other 5,516 25,576
Net Cash Utilized by Investing Activities (96,996 ) (90,499 )

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Proceeds from Borrowings with Maturity Greater Than 3 Months 493,878 -
Repayments of Borrowings with Maturity Greater Than 3 Months (350,000 ) -
Net Proceeds from (Repayments of) Short-term Borrowings 15,663 14,160
Purchases of Common Stock (112,241 ) (104,273 )
Stock-based Compensation Transactions 29,432 37,515
Dividends Paid (206,012 ) (185,265 )
Employee Taxes Paid for Shares Withheld (31,973 ) (21,914 )
Other - 762
Net Cash Utilized by Financing Activities (161,253 ) (259,015 )

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash 18,946 7,729

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year 1,282,285 976,750

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 1,244,778 $ 830,372


Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior year cash flow statement to conform to the
current year presentation.

HASBRO, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Thousands of Dollars) Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended


Oct. 1,
2017


Sept. 25,
2016


%
Change


Oct. 1,
2017


Sept. 25,
2016


%
Change

Major Segment Results


U.S. and Canada Segment:

External Net Revenues $ 993,833 $ 932,844 7 % $ 1,939,837 $ 1,802,391 8 %
Operating Profit 217,278 228,034 -5 % 363,589 364,322 0 %
Operating Margin 21.9 % 24.4 % 18.7 % 20.2 %


International Segment:

External Net Revenues 739,229 690,745 7 % 1,511,074 1,436,911 5 %
Operating Profit 132,007 133,075 -1 % 149,435 165,582 -10 %
Operating Margin 17.9 % 19.3 % 9.9 % 11.5 %


Entertainment and Licensing Segment:

External Net Revenues 58,440 56,130 4 % 162,663 150,521 8 %
Operating Profit 16,910 14,095 20 % 39,580 33,367 19 %
Operating Margin 28.9 % 25.1 % 24.3 % 22.2 %


International Segment Net Revenues by Major Geographic Region

Europe $ 467,740 $ 452,834 3 % $ 921,467 $ 905,081 2 %
Latin America 174,446 154,985 13 % 339,071 307,949 10 %
Asia Pacific 97,043 82,926 17 % 250,536 223,881 12 %
Total $ 739,229 $ 690,745 $ 1,511,074 $ 1,436,911


Net Revenues by Brand Portfolio

Franchise Brands $ 827,282 $ 773,415 7 % $ 1,803,744 $ 1,642,057 10 %
Partner Brands 485,747 493,738 -2 % 928,724 979,051 -5 %
Hasbro Gaming 280,097 229,850 22 % 549,736 456,516 20 %
Emerging Brands 198,376 182,754 9 % 331,467 312,258 6 %
Total Net Revenues $ 1,791,502 $ 1,679,757 $ 3,613,671 $ 3,389,882


Hasbro's total gaming category, including all gaming revenue, most notably MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY,
totaled $424,836 and $951,386 for the three and nine months ended October 1, 2017, respectively, up 4% and 10%, respectively, from
revenues of $409,528 and $868,373 for the three and nine months ended September 25, 2016, respectively.



Reconciliation of EBITDA

Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc. $ 265,583 $ 257,798 $ 401,905 $ 358,655
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests - (1,636 ) - (6,103 )
Interest Expense 25,072 24,305 73,752 72,263
Income Taxes 84,258 90,162 105,659 120,005
Depreciation 42,062 32,236 107,853 89,327
Amortization of Intangibles 6,492 8,691 22,254 26,073
EBITDA $ 423,467 $ 411,556 $ 711,423 $ 660,220


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Transformers Autobot Alliance Exhibition in China Announced by Hasbro and Cityneon

Transformers News: Transformers Autobot Alliance Exhibition in China Announced by Hasbro and Cityneon
Date: Thursday, October 19th 2017 8:57am CDT
Categories: Event News, Press Releases
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Transformers News: Transformers Autobot Alliance Exhibition in China Announced by Hasbro and Cityneon

On October 17th, 2017 it was announced that Cityneon Holdings Limited and Hasbro were launching the Autobots Alliance interactive Transformers expedition for fans in China this December in Chong Qing's Shin Kong Place. The exhibit says it will include interactive exhibits, allow people to learn the Transformer's unique language, and interact with their favorite robots in disguise through advanced technological means! Check out the press release below, here is hoping it will eventually end up globally for everybody else that enjoys the series.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mainboard-listed Cityneon Holdings Limited (SGX:5HJ) ("Cityneon", the "Company", or collectively with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), a global innovator in exhibitions, and international branded play and entertainment company, Hasbro Inc. announce today that following years of research and significant development, the Transformers Autobot Alliance interactive exhibition will open its doors in December 2017 in Chong Qing's Shin Kong Place. The collaboration finds one of the most iconic entertainment brands, Transformers, at the center of an awe-inspiring, walk-through attraction featuring familiar characters from the famed franchise such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Windblade.

Transformers Autobot Alliance (PRNewsfoto/Cityneon Holdings Limited) Transformers Autobot Alliance (PRNewsfoto/Cityneon Holdings Limited)
"This launch has been a long time coming with more than two years of research and development, and significant investment to create what will be one of the most talked about exhibitions to date," said Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings Limited, Ron Tan.

Transformers Autobot Alliance is the first exhibit of its kind to showcase the larger-than-life robots, as well as special effects, reflex tests, virtual reality, motion sensing, and other features surrounding the brand, staying true to the tagline "More than Meets the Eye." Fans will even have the chance to learn the Transformers language and decode missions throughout the exhibit.

This exhibit marks the start of a collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. that allows Cityneon to tour this new exhibit in venues around the world.

"Opening Transformers Autobot Alliance with Cityneon is an exciting brand extension for us that will allow fans to interact with their favorite characters in an entirely new, immersive way. This carefully crafted attraction uses interactive technology to bring a more than meets the eye experience that Transformers fans of all ages will enjoy for years to come," said Tom Warner, SVP Transformers Franchise.

The exhibition is slated to open in December 2017 in the popular high-end shopping and living center, Shin Kong Place Chongqing. The more than 15,000 square foot attraction will also showcase a merchandise area for post-attraction purchases. Following a successful run with Cityneon and its Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. attraction in Beijing Chaoyang Park and in Chong Qing, Starclouds will once again be the team to present the inaugural Transformers Autobot Alliance in Chong Qing.

"We're thrilled to continue our relationship with Cityneon, continuing to bring China these unique entertainment experiences," said Starclouds Chairman, Li Yao Han.

About Cityneon Holdings Limited

As a leading service agency, Cityneon specialises in crafting quality customer and brand experiences in the fields of Interior Architecture, Events, Exhibitions, Theme Parks and Intellectual Property Rights from the major studios: Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N exhibition, Hasbro Transformers Auto-bot Alliance and Jurassic World, The Exhibition.

Cityneon is committed to high excellence, precision and creativity, and is uniquely proficient in the conceptualisation and creation of immersive attractions, theme parks and exhibitions featuring state-of-the-art technologies and immersive storytelling.

With its global reach and international partnerships, Cityneon has the capability to serve its clients anywhere in the world. Cityneon (SGX:5HJ) has been listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2005, and is included in the Morgan Stanley Capital International, Inc (NYSE: MSCI) and MSCI Global Micro Cap Indexes -- Singapore Index. For more information, please visit http://www.cityneon.net.

About Hasbro


Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

About Victory Hill Exhibitions Pte Ltd

Victory Hill Exhibitions is an exhibition, production and distribution company that delivers engaging, educational and immersive attractions for the global market. It is the industry leader in the creating and delivery of innovative, captivating content for events, immersive attractions, interior architecture and experiential environmental spaces.

VHE builds long-term strategic relationships of trust through the delivery of some of the most remarkable, critically acclaimed exhibitions in the world to the museum and entertainment industries. With the latest in technology and the finest in storytelling skill, its events are visually fascinating, educational, and utterly entertaining, enjoyed by visitors of all walks and ages.

VHE has also established strong working partnerships with major movie studios through movie franchise exhibitions like the SBR International Business Award-winning Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N with Disney's Marvel Studios (New York, Seoul, Paris, Las Vegas, Singapore, Beijing and Taipei), Hasbro's Transformers Autobot Alliance experience and Jurassic World- The Exhibition.

Victory Hill is wholly-owned subsidiary of Cityneon Holdings Ltd, a company listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit http://www.victoryhillexhibitions.com.


Transformers News: Transformers Autobot Alliance Exhibition in China Announced by Hasbro and Cityneon

NYCC 2017 Exclusives, Panel, Signings and more from IDW & Top Shelf

Transformers News: NYCC 2017 Exclusives, Panel, Signings and more from IDW & Top Shelf
Date: Monday, October 2nd 2017 8:43pm CDT
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IDW and Top Shelf will be in attendance at NYCC 2017 with a lot of activities planned wish as sighings and panels. Their presence will be star studded with the likes of John Byrne, Elijah Wood, Walt Simonson and Max Landis. Transformers will also be in fine representation with signing sessions featuring Alex Milne and Mairghread Scott. David Messina and Paolo Villanelli will also be there representing ROM. Transformers will also be featured on exclusive pins sold at the show. Below is the entire press release from IDW.

NYCC 2017 Exclusives, Panel, Signings
and more from IDW & Top Shelf


San Diego, CA (Oct 2, 2017)— IDW is heading east for New York Comic Con! To help fans prepare, here’s the complete list of IDW’s hottest EXCLSUIVES, most anticipated SIGNINGS, and can’t-miss PANELS. All of your convention must-haves are right here!

The convention exclusives are only available for pick up at IDW Booth #1844. That is also the location of where the signings below will be held.


IDW SIGNING SCHEDULE

Thursday October 5th

10:00 – 12:00 Kid Lobotomy – Peter Milligan, Tess Fowler
(*Free Sketches!)
10:00 – 11:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler
11:00 – 12:00 Comic Book History of Comics – Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey
12:00 – 1:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek Charm, Landry Walker
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/ Batman – Freddie E. Williams II
12:00 – 1:00 The Electric Sublime – W. Maxwell Prince
1:00 – 2:00 Mr. Wormwood Goes To Washington – Ben Templesmith
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
2:00 – 3:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), Lauren Purje (You Might Be An Artist If…)
3:00 – 4:00 First Strike – Mairghread Scott
3:00 – 4:00 ROM – David Messina, Paolo Villanelli
3:00 – 4:00 Transformers ­– Alex Milne
4:00 – 5:00 Roots – Tara O’Connor
(*Book Debut!)
5:00 – 6:00 Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition – Louise Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
5:00 – 6:00 Ragnarök – Walter Simonson
5:00 – 6:00 Sword of Ages, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez
6:00 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michael Dialynas, Ulises Farinas, Ryan Ferrier, Mateus Santolouco, James Tynion IV

Friday October 6th

10:45 – 11:15 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Max Landis,
Arvind Ethan David
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
11:15 – 12:00 IDW PDX Presents FULL BLEED – Cassey Kuo
11:15 – 12:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Shannon Wheeler (Sh*t My President Says), Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), Tara O’Connor (Roots)
12:00 – 1:00 DuckTales – Joe Caramagna
12:00 ­– 1:00 Atomic Robo – Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
1:00 – 2:00 Sword of Ages, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez
1:00 – 3:00 Kid Lobotomy – Peter Milligan, Tess Fowler
(*Free Sketches!)
2:00 – 3:00 The Beauty of Horror – Alan Robert
3:30 – 5:15 Star Trek: New Visions – John Byrne
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
5:30 – 6:00 Dirk Gently – Elijah Wood, Samuel Barnett, Hannah Marks,
Jade Eshete, Fiona Dourif, Mpho Koaho
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)

Plus! Don’t miss Peter Milligan & Tess Fowler signing Kid Lobotomy at St. Mark’s Comics Friday at 8PM!

Saturday October 7th

10:00 – 11:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva,
Landry Walker
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
10:00 – 11:00 First Strike – Mairghread Scott
11:00 – 12:00 Samurai Jack – Fabian Rangel Jr.
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
11:00 – 12:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler
12:00 – 1:00 Love is Love ­– Matthew Rosenberg, Chris Ryall, Cat Staggs
1:00 – 2:00 Dirk Gently – Arvind Ethan David, Robert Hack, Ilias Kyriazis
1:00 – 2:00 Sword of Ages, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez
2:00 – 3:00 Top Shelf Soiree –Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), Tara O’Connor (Roots), Janet Lee (Return of The Dapper Men)
2:00 – 3:00 The Story of Men – Zep
2:00 – 3:00 Siberia 56 – Alexis Sentenac
2:00 – 4:00 Kid Lobotomy – Peter Milligan, Tess Fowler
(*Free Sketches!)
3:00 – 4:00 Judge Dredd – Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas
3:00 – 4:00 Assassinistas – Tini Howard
4:00 – 5:00 Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition – Louise Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
4:00 – 5:00 Ragnarök – Walter Simonson
5:00 – 6:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michael Dialynas, Ulises Farinas,
Erick Freitas, Ryan Ferrier, Mateus Santolouco,
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek – Cecil Castellucci, Donny Cates, Cryssy Cheung, Marc Laming, Declan Shalvey

Sunday October 8th

10:00 – 11:00 Jem and the Holograms – Jen Bartel, Gisele Lagace
10:00 – 11:00 Top Shelf Soiree – Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), Tara O’Connor
(Roots), Lauren Purje (You Might Be An Artist If…)
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/ Batman, TMNT Adventures –
Billy Martin, Jon Sommariva, Freddie E. Williams II
11:00 – 1:00 Kid Lobotomy – Peter Milligan, Tess Fowler
(*Free Sketches!)
12:00 – 1:00 Assassinistas – Tini Howard
1:00 – 2:00 My Little Pony – Ted Anderson, Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska,
Sara Richard, Andy Price, Jeremy Whitley
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
2:00 – 3:00 Star Wars Adventures – Elsa Charretier, Derek Charm,
Pierrick Colinet, Cavan Scott, Landry Walker
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
2:00 – 3:00 DuckTales – Joe Caramagna
3:00 – 4:00 Sword of Ages, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez
4:00 – 5:00 Sh*t My President Says – Shannon Wheeler


IDW EXCLUSIVES

*For accompanying images for the following items – CLICK HERE

Star Wars Adventures #1 Con Variant
Cover by Elsa Charretier, limited to 500 copies
$10 each

Star Wars Adventures #2 Con Variant
Cover by Tim Levins, limited to 500 copies
$10 each

DuckTales #1 B&W Con Variant
Cover by Marco Ghiglione, limited to 500 copies
$10 each

Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #1 B&W Con Variant
Cover by Michael Avon Oeming, limited to 250 copies
$10 each

Wormwood: Mr. Wormwood Goes to Washington #1 Con Variant
Cover by Ben Templesmith
$10 each

Star Trek New Visions
John Byrne Photo Variant, limited to 200 copies
$10 each
* First 100 people to buy this book on FRIDAY morning (not Thursday) will get a wristband for the John Byrne signing on Friday from 3:30-5:30pm.

Kid Lobotomy #1 Metallic Ink Con Variant
Cover by Tess Fowler, limited to 250 copies
$10 each

Kid Lobotomy #1 Blank Sketch Variant
Limited to 500 copies
$10 each

Tom Whalen Variant Comic and Bonus Poster
Covers by Tom Whalen; Each comic comes with a FREE lithograph!
Limited quantities available
$25 each

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Volume 1 Con Variant
Cover by Zachary Sterling, limited to 200 copies
$20 each

Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition NYCC Variant
Cover by Bernie Wrightson, Limited to 100 copies
$125 each

Ragnarok T-Shirts
Design by Walter Simonson
$27 each

DuckTales Disney Archives Official Lithograph
Art by Jeff Smith, Limited to 100 numbered prints
$50 each

ENAMEL PINS

ALL ENAMEL PINS ARE $12 EACH! BUY 2+ PINS, PAY ONLY $10 EACH!

TMNT Bandana Pins (Convention Debut!)

-Raphael (Red)
-Leo (Blue)
-Michelangelo (Orange)
-Donatello (Purple)

Locke & Key Pins (Limited Qty: 125 each)

-Animal Key (NYCC Debut!)
-Moon Key (NYCC Debut!)
-Owl Key (NYCC Debut!)
-Gender Key (NYCC Debut!)
-Ghost Key
-Head Key
-Omega Key
-Shadow Key

Sword of Ages Enamel Pin (Convention Debut!)
Designed by Gabriel Rodriguez, made by Skelton Studios

Hasbro Pins (Limited Qty: 100 each)

-Autobots shield (Transformers)
-Decepticons shield (Transformers)
-Bumblebee (Transformers)
-Arashikage tattoo (G.I. Joe)
-Cobra symbol (G.I. Joe)
-ROM head
-Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony)
-Songbird Sia (My Little Pony)


IDW PANEL SCHEDULE

Jack Kirby's 100th Birthday Celebration with IDW!
Fri. October 6 | 1:45p.m. - 2:45p.m. | Room: 1A21
He swore off cons forever but love of the King is bringing him back! IDW is proud to have Eisner Hall of Famer JOHN BYRNE return to NYCC for one time only—to join fellow Hall of Famer WALTER SIMONSON in a rousing discussing of JACK “THE KING” KIRBY, complete with a presentation of over 1,300 images of Kirby’s work. IDW President Greg Goldstein and CCO Chris Ryall will preside over this one-of-a-kind team-up tribute. Plus: all in attendance will receive a Jack Kirby birthday gift of their own!

IDW:PDX & Black Crown — Full Bleed at the Cross Street of Comics & Chaos!
Fri. October 6 | 5:45p.m. - 6:45p.m. | Room: 1A02
Join IDW CCO Chris Ryall, Black Crown curator/editor Shelly Bond and IDW:PDX Creative Director Dirk Wood for an action-packed mash-up panel, with the very future of comics at stake! Here’s your first chance to get the full scoop on IDW:PDX, and their maiden publication, FULL BLEED: The Comics and Culture Quarterly! And It’s the official launch of BLACK CROWN which means stalwarts Peter Milligan, Tess Fowler and Tini Howard will be on hand, and expect more special guests! Peeks at unseen FULL BLEED artwork? Tales of what it’s like to interview Stephen King? Hardcore veterans & punk neophytes corrupting? You came to the right place!

IDW Publishing: Stars of 2018
Sat. October 7 | 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. | Room: 1A02
What does IDW have planned for 2018 and beyond? Here's your first chance to find out! Join IDW CCO Chris Ryall, Group Editor Sarah Gaydos, and Editor Joe Hughes, along with Sword of Ages creator Gabriel Rodriguez and other talented-creators-to-be-named-later as they show and tell all about IDW's upcoming slate of books, including a focus on our twin Stars, Star Wars and Star Trek! Bonus: everyone in attendance will receive a cool little promo item as well!

The First Official Sonic the Hedgehog/IDW Town Hall
Sun. October 7 | 12:45p.m. - 1:45p.m. | Room: 1A02
At SDCC, IDW announced they were taking over Sonic the Hedgehog comics. The series won’t start until 2018 but this is the first official chance for fans to get in front of the editors to hear hints about what’s to come, share your history with Sonic, and have an informal meet-and-greet with IDW CCO Chris Ryall, Editor Joe Hughes, and maybe a special guest! Everyone in attendance will leave with a special Sonic something, too! Join us on the ground floor of an all-new Sonic adventure, won’t you?

New & Noteworthy Titles from IDW Books and Top Shelf
Sun. October 8 | 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. | Room: 1A18
Take a closer look at fall releases and hear the first details of Spring 2018 titles in this comprehensive panel featuring titles and creators from both Top Shelf and IDW.

The most diverse publishing house in comics takes to the stage for an hour-long celebration of the graphic novel. Hosted by IDW Senior Editor Justin Eisinger and Top Shelf's Leigh Walton, join special guest creators in a lively discussion of upcoming releases and all things books.

There's an incredible selection of stories and art to cover so we hope to see you there!

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About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.


Transformers News: NYCC 2017 Exclusives, Panel, Signings and more from IDW & Top Shelf

Transformers: The Last Knight Available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 26th Press Release

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 26th Press Release
Date: Monday, September 25th 2017 11:10am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Press Releases
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FROM DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER STEVEN SPIELBERG

COMES THE BIGGEST, MOST EXCITING TRANSFORMERS MOVIE YET

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 26th Press Release

Eye-Popping Spectacle Debuts September 26, 2017
on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Packs
 

5-Movie Blu-ray Collection Will Also be Available September 26

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 26th Press Release
The latest installment in the global TRANSFORMERS franchise stars Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter) and features a sensational supporting cast including Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Anthony Hopkins ("Westworld"), Isabela Moner ("100 Things to Do Before High School"), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy), Santiago Cabrera ("Salvation"), and Jerrod Carmichael ("The Carmichael Show").

The film is available now on Digital HD.

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 26th Press Release

Dawson Racing + Hasbro Partnership For Transformers Racing Team

Transformers News: Dawson Racing + Hasbro Partnership For Transformers Racing Team
Date: Thursday, September 7th 2017 2:32pm CDT
Category: Press Releases
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Ever wanted to see an Autobot on the racing circuit? Well, looks like we're one step closer to that dream! Dawson Racing has partnered with Hasbro to create a racing team based on Transformers!

The father and son duo of Ian Dawson and Simon Dawson today announced the launch of their new team called Dawson Racing, a division of the D3 brand. With 45 years of sports industry experience and their passion for motorsports as the driving force behind the company, their new business now encompasses the third generation of Dawsons' with Simon's son's birth in June 2008.

In addition, they're further excited to announce that Hasbro will join them for the creation of the D3+Transformers Racing Team for 2018 and beyond.

The team will field a new 2018 Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class car in the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series as part of a three-year program commencing in 2018. The popularity of the Transformers toy line will be significant with Transformers-themed livery.

"We are very pleased to collaborate with D3 and the Dawson family to be part of this exciting racing program," said Tom Warner, senior vice president, Transformers franchise. "We're always looking for innovative ways to be more than meets the eye and connect Transformers with families and fans of all ages. We are excited to team up with a first-class racing team and series with a brand that has a natural fit for cars and fans of all ages."

"From the minute we met the Hasbro people, we knew this was the partner we were looking for to introduce D3 to the world through their immensely popular Transformers line," Ian Dawson, CEO of D3. "I have been working on giving new opportunities to young drivers and engineers who are looking for a way to progress their talents in motorsport and with Simon's commercial awareness and interest in the business we developed a vision."

"We sought to bring a franchise entertainment brand like Transformers into the primary position so we could create a stable, long-term platform for others to collaborate with, and we could not have secured a better company than Hasbro to bring real family values to the sport at the highest level. We know this is going to be an exciting, competitive and fun partnership for all involved. Every kid out there is going to want to go the races to see the Transformers race cars and to be a part of the support programs we plan to create at each venue."

"We are delighted to have the new D3+Transformer Racing team coming to IMSA in 2018 and beyond," said Scott Atherton, President of IMSA. "This team introduces a new sponsor to our sport that has a natural fit and growing demographic – kids asking parents to bring them to races, which we are seeing more and more. We welcome Hasbro and D3 to the Prototype field of the WeatherTech Championship. Not only will this team be popular with the kids but the adults as well, especially for the Transformers promotional activities they plan to activate surrounding our races."

The D3+Transformers Racing team's one show car will be making their first official appearance at HASCON in Providence, R.I. September 8th -10th. This will be the first time all the Hasbro brands are under one roof for an interactive and hands-on Hasbro play experience. From fan favorites to family fun, grown-ups and kids alike will celebrate the power of play at the first-of-its kind "con"vention. The D3+Transformers show car will be part of the wildly popular Transformers exhibit, complete with actual Transformers, providing a great introduction into the combined world of racing and toys.

Stay tuned for the D3+Transformers Racing driver line-up and other information to be announced at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in early October.

Transformers from Hasbro has been a beloved brand for more than 30 years, spanning action figures, films, animated shows, comics, games and more.

Transformers News: Dawson Racing + Hasbro Partnership For Transformers Racing Team

IDW Heads to Rhode Island for #HASCON 2017

Transformers News: IDW Heads to Rhode Island for #HASCON 2017
Date: Thursday, September 7th 2017 2:56am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, Press Releases
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We've received the official communication from IDW Publishing regarding their presence at this weekend's HASCON, their guests and events taking place during Hasbro's first venture into this sort of thing. First Strike, Revolution, GI Joe, Transformers and more await in the form of panels, talks, and creators present - check out more info below!

IDW Heads To Rhode Island For HASCON
The Inaugural Convention Kicks Off September 8th with IDW Panels, Exclusives, Special Guests, and more!


San Diego, CA (September 6, 2017) – IDW is joining longtime partner HASBRO for their debut convention in Providence, Rhode Island – HASCON! Featuring unique brand-based experiences, celebrity appearances, and premiere paneling, HASCON is set to be a fun-filled convention for the whole family. Taking over both the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8th – September 10th, fans will be treated to a convention unlike any other!

Find the IDW booth stocked with comics, graphic novels, enamel pins, lithographs, and more, all weekend long at booth L104! Those that weren’t able to secure one of the highly-sought after Tom Whalen prints at SDCC will have another chance at HASCON, as ROM, G.I. Joe, Optimus Prime, and Megatron will all be available as a gift with purchase at the IDW booth. Be sure to get yours while supplies last.

IDW will also be offering several HASCON exclusives, at $10 each, that can ONLY be found at the IDW booth, including:
First Strike #1, A Hasbro Comic Book Event, with a new cover by Sara Pitre-Durocher
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 reprint, with a B&W cover by Neal Adams
My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel TP with a special cover by Tony Fleecs
IDW will also be bringing remaining 2017 convention variants for Clue, Jem and the Holograms, My Little Pony, ROM, and Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, to HASCON for their original price.

Talent from across the IDW line will be on hand to sign throughout the weekend including Marcelo Matere (Transformers), Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony), Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe), Chris Ryall (ROM), Chris Mowry (Transformers), and more!

Throughout the weekend creators will be revealing behind-the-scenes secrets and tips about what it takes to bring some of the most beloved brands to life on the page in exciting and enlightening panels:

IDW Transformers Panel
Friday, September 8th | 12:30p.m. | HASCON Main Stage
Have you ever wanted to know how a comic book comes to life? Hear from the artists and writers that create the Transformers comics. Learn how story ideas are developed and brought to life by the amazing team of writers and artists at IDW.

From Unicron to Megatron - Explore the Villains of Transformers
Friday, September 8th | 2:30p.m. | HASCON Main Stage
It feels good to be bad. Dive into the history of some of the most evil bots in the Transformers universe. Hosted by the Transformers brand team.

G.I. Joe Legends Dinner
Friday, September 8th | 6:30p.m. | Providence Renaissance Hotel
Join co-emcees and G.I. Joe authors Derryl DePriest and Dan Klingensmith for an intimate and entertaining evening event featuring one of the greatest gatherings of G.I. Joe Legends ever assembled! As we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the launch of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line, enjoy a sit-down dinner, meet and mingle with Legends and listen to them discuss their experiences on G.I. Joe. All attendees will receive an event-exclusive G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Lithograph Set featuring paintings from the 1980’s line.

Tickets available here: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/inde ... tid=236825

My Little Pony Mane Event Dinner
Friday, September 8th | 6:30p.m. | Omni Hotel
Enter the world of Equestria for an unforgettable evening of entertainment! Join us for special guest appearances, a sit-down dinner and a first look at select 2018 My Little Pony toys. Head Storyteller, Meghan McCarthy will introduce a sneak preview of scenes from the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie! Plus, enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise. Each VIP attendee will receive a Super Fan My Little Pony gift bag including pre-signed autographs from multiple members of the Mane 6, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, a VIP event exclusive pin set and more.

Tickets available here: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/inde ... tid=236825

IDW Revolution Panel
Saturday, September 9th | 11:00 a.m. | Discovery Family Stage
IDW and Hasbro have been making great comics together for over a decade now! How’d it all get started? Where’s it going next? IDW CCO Chris Ryall and guests to be named will share stories of comics past and Visions of comics future!

IDW Transformers Panel
Saturday, September 9th | 1:00p.m. | HASCON Main Stage
Have you ever wanted to know how a comic book comes to life? Hear from the artists and writers that create the Transformers comics. Learn how story ideas are developed and brought to life by the amazing team of writers and artists at IDW.

IDW MLP Panel: Comics are Magic
Sunday, September 10th | 12:00p.m. | Discovery Family Stage
IDW has been publishing My Little Pony comics since 2012, and recently passed the major milestone of Issue #50. Come meet some of the creative team behind these beloved comics, and learn first-hand what goes into creating original stories about your favorite Pony friends. Bobby Curnow, My Little Pony series editor at IDW, and lead artist Andy Price, have been working on the comics since the very first issue. And Brenda Hickey, who is currently drawing the new My Little Pony: Legends of Magic series, joined the team not long after in 2013. Join us for behind the scenes stories of how My Little Pony comics come to life!

Tickets and information for the convention are available at: https://hascon.hasbro.com/

More Details on Stan Bush Attending #Hascon 2017 - Concert, Album, More

Transformers News: More Details on Stan Bush Attending #Hascon 2017 - Concert, Album, More
Date: Wednesday, August 30th 2017 1:45pm CDT
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Friend of Seibertron.com and music performer long associated with the Transformers family, franchise, and fandom Stan Bush has sent us a message about his attendance at HASCON - taking place next week in Rhode Island - as he adds his new album to the concert he'll be playing on the second night of the event, September 9th! Find out more information below, and let us know if you'll be attending in the Energon Pub

Stan Bush will be in concert at HASCON (Hasbro/Transformers convention) on Sept 9, and will be on hand for autographs throughout the weekend of Sept 8-10! Stan will be there promoting his new album “Change the World”. The official release of the album is Sept 22, but advance copies will be available at the convention.

The “Change the World” album includes “Never Surrender” from the “Kickboxer” movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and “Warrior” from the Shadow Warrior 2 game. The title track “Change the World,” one of Stan’s best songs contains a message of hope and unity. “Born to Win” and “Live Your Dream” are songs about winning and believing in yourself. The album also includes the iconic Stan Bush songs “The Touch” and “Dare” from “Transformers: The Movie.

Please visit: www.stanbush.com


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