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Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks

Transformers News: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks
Date: Thursday, November 13th 2014 8:28am CST
Categories: Rumors, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: mooncake623 | Credit(s): Deadline.com, USAtoday, New York Times

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According to USAtoday, Hasbro is in talks to buy DreamWorks, the Studio behind animated movie franchises as Shrek and Madagascar. While NY Times is citing anonymous sources that talks are in "advance stages" and the deal would include a combination of stocks and cash. This deal with Hasbro would forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro. With Hasbro already owning 40% of Discovery Family, they are making it clear that they want to be the leader of family entertainment, using this media to promote their games and toys including Transformers.



According to Deadline.com, "DreamWorks Animation is deeply engaged in two potentially game changing negotiations that could transform the company — including one with Hasbro to forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro. The other talks are with Hearst to turn DWA's AwesomenessTV into a joint venture."

DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg would become chairman of the combined operation, the website says.



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Hasbro Toy Shop Free Shipping on Hot Holiday Toys, including Transformers

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop Free Shipping on Hot Holiday Toys, including Transformers
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 2:41am CST
Categories: Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): HTS

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Like most other big toy retailers, Hasbro US did not shy away from putting together a list of 'toys that your kids will definitely absolutely love, pinky promise'. The Hot Holiday Toys list includes a grand total of three Transformers items: Playskool Rescue Bots Optimus Primal, Age of Extinction Mega One-Step Bumblebee, and Stomp and Chomp Grimlock - if any of these catch your fancy, use the code 'HOLIDAY' at check out for free shipping!

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop Free Shipping on Hot Holiday Toys, including Transformers

Transformers: Universe - Jagex Confirms Possible Layoffs

Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 2:27am CST
Categories: Game News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): GII

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Via the website gamesindustry.biz, we have some unfortunate news hailiing from Jagex, the company behind the Transformer: Universe MOBA online game. It appears that the company is in talks regarding having to let go a number of its employees, as a result of a company-wide downsizing. This follows the news of the current CEO Gerhard leaving by the end of this year, too. Read some more below, and the full piece here.

UK studio Jagex has confirmed that it is currently in a consultation process with the staff assigned to its Transformers Universe project. Some will find new roles on other Jagex games, others face redundancy.

"It is with regret that we can confirm some members of the Transformers Universe team will now be facing the possibility of redundancy. The proposed downsizing comes as the product reaches a new stage of development in its life cycle with a view to refining specific areas of gameplay for a live environment," the company told GamesIndustry.biz in a statement.

"Proposing to lay off staff is not something reached without due care and consideration and comes, in this instance, only at the end of a long period of deliberation. We remain grateful to all members of staff who will be affected by this process, and would like to thank them for all of their work on the game."

Generations Combiner Wars Designers Desk Video

Transformers News: Generations Combiner Wars Designers Desk Video
Date: Monday, November 10th 2014 5:54pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News, People News, Company News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Hasbro, Autobot Genocide

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The official Transformers YouTube channel has posted a new video from their Designers Desk series, this time focusing on the upcoming Combiner Wars line.

We've included the video embed below:

Published on Nov 10, 2014
Today we meet with Transformers toy designers, Joshua Lamb and John Warden, to talk about Combiner Wars. They'll show you how to swap and combine all-new Legend, Deluxe and Voyager class Generations figures into SUPERION, MENASOR or a Combiner robot from your own imagination!




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J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020

Transformers News: J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020
Date: Saturday, October 25th 2014 3:34am CDT
Categories: Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): J-Deite

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We've seen some advances in robotics, featuring transforming devices of sorts. It appears, however, that Takara Tomy, along with Brave Robotics and Asratech, are actually involved in the creation of a full-sized transforming car: Project J-Deite! They have recently revealed their first steptowards project completion, the 1/4 scale model, aptly named Quarter - read on below for more information, images and a clip, and head here for the whole story.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

To Project J-deite,
BRAVE ROBOTICS Inc., Asratec Corp.,
and Tomy Co., Ltd. belong.
In Project J-deite, we proceed research on
robot technology that creates the next generation.

October 2014.
As a first step of the result of technical research,
we produced “J-deite Quarter” of 1.3 m long,
a quarter of 5 m long of the final goal.

In this project,
we will continue to proceed research
to complete the next goal,
“J-deite Half” of 2.5 m long,
a half of the final goal in 2016.





Height in robot mode/length in vehicle mode: 1.3 m,
weight: 35 kg, maximum battery power: 3 kw,
operating time: 1 hour, number of seats: 2,
controlled by V-Sido OS.
Power source: servo motor manufactured by Futaba Corp.

[Robot Mode SPEC]
Maximum walking speed: 1 km/h, gripping weight: 0.1 kg.

[Vehicle Mode SPEC]
Maximum traveling speed: 10km/h, minimum road clearance: 40 mm.


Transformers News: J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020

Transformers News: J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020

Transformers News: J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020

Transformers News: J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020

Transformers News: J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020

Transformers News: J-Deite Quarter Project - A Real Transforming Car by 2020

IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment and More!

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment and More!
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 9:03am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Thanks to the lovely people over at IDW Publishing, we get to take a look at the Transformers comics being released digitally and in print this coming January - and there's plenty of stuff to go round, from Angry Birds, to Drift, to the two ongoing series as well as a collected edition of the motion comic Punishment in trade form, a collected Dark Cybertron hardcover and the Complete Allspark Almanac. Check them all out below!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE #6
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
THE SMASH HIT OF 2014 BECOMES THE GREATEST COMIC OF 2015! If you thought the war between G.I. JOE and the TRANSFORMERS was out of control before… well, brothers and sisters—wait’ll you get a load of issue 6!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers VS G.I. Joe #6—Subscription Variant
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • Dave Crossland (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Heroes fall, but heroism triumphs!
• One small step for the G.I. JOE team—one giant fall for the TRANSFORMERS!
• Variant Cover by Antonio Fusso!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Punishment
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
OPTIMUS PRIME RETURNS TO CYBERTON! And someone is killing Decepticons. PRIME teams with WINDBLADE to uncover the identity of the vigilante… but the answers will uncover darker secrets than anyone expected!
FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:
• The stage is set for COMBINER WARS!
• OPTIMUS PRIME and WINDBLADE on the hunt for a killer!
• Will the AUTOBOTS stand up when DECEPTICON lives are at stake?


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers #37—Days of Deception
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
THE ONYX PROTOCOL! As PROWL confronts SPIKE over the human’s betrayal, the mystery of G.B. Blackrock and the Onyx Interface deepens. Meanwhile, Tokyo becomes a battleground as Arcee faces the Constructicons… and Galvatron!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers #37—Days of Deception—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Days of Deception continues!
• The stage is set for COMBINER WARS!
• Prowl versus Spike!
• Arcee versus Galvatron!
• Variant Cover by Kotteri!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37—Days of Deception
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
DESPERATE MEASURES! Four million years ago, as CYBERTRON teetered on the brink of all-out war, a group of Autobots decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. Everyone concerned would subsequently agree that this was a very, very bad move...
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37—Days of Deception—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Days of Deception continues!
• Variant Cover by Kotteri!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Drift—Empire of Stone #3 (of 4)
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a & c)
THE STONE ARMY! The secrets of DRIFT’S past become his present-day problems… and RATCHET’S none too happy about being dragged along!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone #3 (of 4)—Subscription Variant
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Sarah Stone (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Ties in directly MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers Animated: The Complete Allspark Almanac
Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster (w) • Various (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
The Allspark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to the amazing 2008 Animated series universe. Giving fans behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show's creators this volume is packed with full-color bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more.
TPB • FC • $39.99 • 440 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-210-4

Bullet points:
• Collects both original volumes into one book!



Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Angry Birds/Transformers #3 (of 4)
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
RAMP-EGG! When the Angry Birds’ precious eggs become leg-having, weapon-bearing rampaging eggs of mass destruction, the Autobirds must team up with the Deceptihogs to save Piggy Island! How much more mixed-up can this mash-up possibly get?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Angry Birds/Transformers #3 (of 4)—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a) • Sarah Stone (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Written by John Barber (TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS vs G.I. JOE)!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Dark Cybertron
James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Phil Jimenez, Andrew Griffith, Brendan Cahill, James Raiz, Atilio Rojo, Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
THE END OF EVERYTHING! SHOCKWAVE makes a move millions of years in the planning—an ultimate strategy to remake Cybertron and destroy both the Autobots and Decepticons!
HC • FC • $49.99 • 300 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-072-8

Bullet points:
• This oversized hardcover collects all 12 issues of the hit crossover!

Hasbro Reports Revenue and Operating Profit Growth for the Third Quarter 2014

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Revenue and Operating Profit Growth for the Third Quarter 2014
Date: Monday, October 20th 2014 11:26am CDT
Category: Company News
Posted by: mooncake623 | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Hasbro Reports Revenue and Operating Profit Growth for the Third Quarter 2014

-Third quarter 2014 revenues increased 7% to $1.47 billion; Revenue grew in all major operating segments - the U.S. and Canada, International and Entertainment and Licensing segments; Emerging Markets revenues increased 29%

-Franchise Brand revenues grew 36%; All seven Franchise Brands increased revenues in the third quarter; Boys, Girls and Games category revenues increased;

-Adjusted operating profit increased 9%; Adjusted net earnings increased 9% to $187.8 million or $1.46 per diluted share; As reported, operating profit increased 44% and net earnings increased 43% to $180.5 million or $1.40 per diluted share;

-Repurchased 2.4 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $124.5 million and an average price of $52.56 per share.



PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the third quarter 2014. Net revenues for the third quarter 2014 increased 7% to $1.47 billion compared to $1.37 billion in 2013. Foreign exchange had an unfavorable $10.8 million impact on third quarter revenues.

As reported net earnings for the third quarter 2014 were $180.5 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, compared to $126.6 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, in 2013. Adjusted net earnings for the third quarter 2014 were $187.8 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, excluding a pre-tax charge of $11.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, related to the restructuring of the Company's investment in the Hub Network joint venture.

In 2013, as reported net earnings for the third quarter included a pre-tax $75.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, charge related to an adverse arbitration award; pre-tax $4.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, of restructuring and partial pension settlement charges; and a $23.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, favorable tax adjustment. Excluding these items, adjusted net earnings for the third quarter 2013 were $172.5 million, or $1.31 per diluted share.

"Our third quarter results continued to reflect the momentum we are building in our franchise brands and key partner brands, the positive results of our investments globally and the benefits of leading with compelling content and storytelling," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In the third quarter, we grew revenues across all operating segments, delivered improved profitability and took strategic steps to grow our brand portfolio and content delivery over the longer term, including forming a new strategic merchandising relationship with Disney Consumer Products for the globally popular Disney Princess and Frozen properties."

"Our third quarter results are indicative of Hasbro's strong financial and competitive position," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's Chief Financial Officer. "In this environment of growth and financial strength, we remain focused on improving profitability, returning cash to our shareholders and investing back into our business, through investments in innovation, systems and portfolio expansion across our blueprint."

Third Quarter 2014 Major Segment Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions) Operating Profit ($ Millions)
Q3 2014 Q3 2013 % Change Q3 2014 Q3 2013 % Change
U.S. and Canada $764.3 $735.6 +4% $169.9 $147.0 +16%
International $649.3 $582.7 +11% $116.5 $105.7 +10%
Entertainment and Licensing $53.4 $48.6 +10% $0.5 $7.6 -94%

Note: Third Quarter 2014 charges related to the restructuring of the Company's investment in the Hub Network joint venture and third quarter 2013 restructuring and related pension settlement charges and arbitration award charges are in Corporate and Eliminations. See attached table: Restructuring of Equity Method Investment and Restructuring, Pension Settlement and Arbitration Award Charges.

U.S. and Canada segment net revenues increased 4% to $764.3 million compared to $735.6 million in 2013. The segment's results reflect growth in the Boys and the Games categories, partially offset by a decline in the Girls and Preschool categories. The U.S. and Canada segment reported operating profit growth of 16% to $169.9 million versus $147.0 million in 2013.

International segment net revenues increased 11% to $649.3 million compared to $582.7 million in 2013. Revenues grew 13% excluding a negative $9.7 million impact from foreign exchange. Revenues in the International segment reflect 7% growth in Europe, 24% growth in Latin America and 11% growth in the Asia Pacific region, as well as growth in the Boys, Girls and Preschool categories, partially offset by a decline in the Games category. In total, Emerging Markets revenues increased 29%. The International segment reported operating profit of $116.5 million, up 10% versus $105.7 million in 2013.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues increased 10% to $53.4 million compared to $48.6 million in 2013. The segment benefited from growth in lifestyle licensing. The Entertainment and Licensing segment reported operating profit of $0.5 million compared to $7.6 million in 2013, primarily due to the impact of the acceleration of certain programming amortization costs.

Third Quarter and Nine Month 2014 Product Category Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q3 2014 Q3 2013 % Change Nine Months 2014 Nine Months 2013 % Change
Boys $478.5 $392.0 +22% $1,062.1 $888.5 +20%
Games $395.2 $387.4 +2% $841.4 $873.8 -4%
Girls $407.7 $388.7 +5% $710.2 $652.9 +9%
Preschool $188.5 $202.2 -7% $364.8 $385.2 -5%

Boys category revenues increased 22% to $478.5 million in the third quarter 2014, behind growth in NERF, TRANSFORMERS, MARVEL and STAR WARS products.

Games category revenues increased 2% in the third quarter to $395.2 million. Franchise Brands MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY grew in the third quarter, as did SIMON SWIPE and OPERATION. These gains were partially offset by declines in several brands, including Telepods featuring the ANGRY BIRDS™ STAR WARS® II game, JENGA, BOP-IT and DUELMASTERS.

The Girls category grew 5% in the third quarter 2014 to $407.7 million. Growth in MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, NERF REBELLE, FURREAL FRIENDS, LITTLEST PET SHOP and the introduction of PLAY-DOH DOHVINCI helped fuel continued growth in the category. Declines in FURBY partially offset these revenue gains.

Preschool category revenues decreased 7% to $188.5 million in the third quarter 2014. PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS revenues continued to grow but were more than offset by declines in other Preschool initiatives, including core PLAYSKOOL and SESAME STREET products.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $54.7 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the third quarter 2014 and $162.8 million in the first nine months of 2014. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.43 per common share is payable on November 17, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 3, 2014.

During the third quarter, Hasbro repurchased a total of 2.4 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $124.5 million and an average price of $52.56 per share. Through the first nine months of 2014, the Company repurchased 6.4 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $341.3 million and an average price of $53.57 per share. At quarter-end, $183.6 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Hub Network Joint Venture

On September 25, Hasbro and Discovery Communications announced Hub Network would become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children's content in daytime.

As a result of restructuring the Company's investment in the Hub Network joint venture, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $11.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the third quarter 2014. This net charge is primarily related to the costs associated with recording the fair value of a put/call option exercisable at the end of 2021 that the Company and Discovery entered into related to this transaction.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its third quarter 2014 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, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling around Hasbro brands across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.

© 2014 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, including with respect to anticipated future benefits from investments in the Company's business and strategic efforts to grow the Company's brand portfolio and content delivery over the longer-term, 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. However, this 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.

The press release also includes the Company's costs and expenses, operating profit, net earnings and diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of the restructuring of the Company's investment in the HUB Network joint venture in 2014 and the impact of an adverse arbitration award, restructuring and related pension charges, and certain favorable tax adjustments in 2013. Management believes that presenting this data excluding these charges and tax adjustments assists investors in understanding the performance of the Company's underlying business and the results of operations.


Hasbro Appoints John Frascotti To President, Hasbro Brands

Transformers News: Hasbro Appoints John Frascotti To President, Hasbro Brands
Date: Friday, October 17th 2014 11:30pm CDT
Categories: People News, Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Hasbro

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John Frascotti, former Chief Marketing Officer of Hasbro, has been promoted to a newly formed position: President, Hasbro Brands



Transformers News: Hasbro Appoints John Frascotti To President, Hasbro Brands




The following is an exerpt of the article, including quotes from John Frascotti and other Hasbro executives.

"Global branded play leader Hasbro, Inc. today announced the promotion of John Frascotti to the newly-created position of President, Hasbro Brands, effective immediately.

In this new role, Frascotti assumes the additional responsibilities of worldwide product development and now oversees all of the Company’s global Marketing and Design and Development teams. By combining the teams, the Company will continue to drive strong innovation, maximize operational efficiency, facilitate greater collaboration and streamline decision-making.

“Across our organization, we are building a tremendous team that can inspire new ideas through our brands and execute them through our brand blueprint, in brand building and storytelling globally,” said Brian D. Goldner, President and Chief Executive Officer. “No one is better suited than John for this new leadership opportunity. His vision and consumer-centric approach will serve Hasbro and all of its stakeholders well as we continue to work side-by-side to deliver compelling brand expressions across generations and geographies.”

“I am incredibly honored to be leading this dynamic group of professionals,” said John Frascotti, President, Hasbro Brands. “This unified approach will enable us to continue to drive the momentum in our business and develop our brands holistically across platforms to meet the evolving needs of our global consumers.” "

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Hasbro Looking for Transformers Brand Manager, Global Brand Marketing

Transformers News: Hasbro Looking  for Transformers Brand Manager, Global Brand Marketing
Date: Wednesday, October 15th 2014 9:39pm CDT
Category: Company News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Hasbro, Transformers Colombia

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Do you think you have what it takes to help propel the growth of the Transformers brand? Hasbro is looking for a Transformers Brand Manager, Global Brand Marketing. Check out the job description below and click here to apply.

Hasbro wrote:Brand Manager, Global Brand Marketing - Transformers Job


Date: Oct 9, 2014

Location: Pawtucket, RI, US

Brand Manager, Global Brand Marketing - Transformers

Location: RI - Pawtucket
Employment Type: Regular
ID: 8962


Description

Summary:

A creative, detail-oriented, marketing executive sought to develop global marketing assets and deliver innovative and integrated marketing programs to propel the growth of TRANSFORMERS.

This role will be relied upon to partner with cross-functional teams (Digital Marketing, Brand Publicity, Brand Creative Services, Hasbro Studios and Advertising Agencies) on all phases of marketing plan toolkit development. This role will collaborate with regional marketing counterparts on local execution and adaptation of plans and assets to ensure consistency and successful growth from brand expressions

The successful candidate will be proactive, collaborative, creative, responsive and a team leader and member with strong creative acumen with analytic based judgment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities::

Under the general direction of the Director, Global Brand Marketing:

Develop integrated global consumer communications strategy:

- Develop extensive, insightful category plans for the brand, ensuring the brand has a meaningful long term consumer position and achieves maximum volume profit/growth.
- Work with cross-functional teams to execute marketing plan toolkit development including TV & Digital. advertising, short-form entertainment content, digital games, point-of-sale materials, PR initiatives.
- Analyze sales data of current Transformers line at retail, competitive trends in the marketplace and seek out new consumer insights to provide analysis and make recommendations to Product Development team for future brand development.
- Contribute to the overall entertainment and licensing strategy of the brand through development of successful relationships with internal design staff and external partners.
- Partner with Hasbro Studios developing new entertainment focused on revenue and profit growth.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:: (continued)

Create go-to-market template to deliver global marketing to regional level:

- Provide timely and consistent communication of brand activity and executions to internal business partners.
- Partner with regional marketing teams to understand business needs, retailer trends & challenges, share best practices, identify growth opportunities, and provide strategic guidance on localization of marketing plans.
- Act as point person/key liaison on all licensing related business matters; Identify brand expansion opportunities and partner with Hasbro Licensing division to find best-in-class licensing partnerships.
- Oversees regional merchandising activities relative to category plan.

Education and Experience Requirements:

- Minimum of 4 years of progressive experience in consumer packaged goods marketing, preferably supporting a global brand.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Advertising or related field. MBA preferred.
- Functional experience and/or knowledge will include:
- Thorough understanding consumer trends and best ways to reach consumers.
- Expertise at implementation of a fully integrated marketing program.
- International experience and global perspective.

Critical Skills

- Strong project management abilities; capable of prioritizing and handling multiple projects simultaneously, under tight time constraints and within budget parameters.
- Expertise in transforming a strategy and vision into actionable plans.
- Ability to manage and mentor direct report.
- Ability to collaborate and influence cross-functionally.
- Expertise in developing world class, leading edge media, licensing, advertising and promotions campaigns.
- Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
- Well developed, verbal, written and presentation skills.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.

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Universal Opening New Theme Park in Beijing, Featuring Transformers

Transformers News: Universal Opening New Theme Park in Beijing, Featuring Transformers
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2014 10:16am CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): ABC News

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ABC news has reported that China has approved the development of a $3.3 billion Universal theme park in Beijing. This particular Universal theme park would be the first major foreign-owned theme park in the Chinese capital.

Though the rides included in the theme park have not been confirmed, the current box office results have made it clear that the Transformers brand have a great appeal in China and a Transformers ride akin to the one in Orlando would be an obvious choice for inclusion. The article does state the following:

"The 1,000-acre Beijing park will include attractions from other Universal parks, rides that reflect China's cultural heritage, a Universal CityWalk entertainment zone and a Universal-themed resort hotel. It will be the third Universal park in Asia, joining others in Singapore and Osaka, Japan."

The full article can be read here.

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