Adult Swim And Crunchyroll To Produce New Blade Runner Anime Series

Blade Runner Black Lotus

Adult Swim And Crunchyroll To Produce New Blade Runner Anime Series

WarnerMedia properties – Turner’s Adult Swim and Ellation’s Crunchyroll have partnered with Alcon Television Group to produce and distribute a new anime series based on the 2017 Oscar-winning movie Blade Runner 2049 (which is a sequel of the 1982 neo-noir science fiction film – Blade Runner) called Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus will have thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by Japanese animation studio Sola Digital Arts (the same studio behind the new Ultraman anime series coming to Netflix in 2019). Shinji Aramaki (director of three Appleseed anime movies) and Kenji Kamiyama (director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct all episodes of the premiere season, both will work on the new anime after the upcoming Ghost in the Shell series reboot. Shinichiro Watanabe (director of Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) will be serving as a creative producer on the new series.

At present, the plot for Blade Runner: Black Lotus remains a secret, however, the producers did disclose some info about the show, the new series will take place in the year 2032 and will include some characters from the Blade Runner universe.

Adult Swim will have the worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to distribute the English dubbed version of the series and will air the English dubbed episodes of Blade Runner: Black Lotus on Adult Swim’s anime programming block – Toonami. Crunchyroll will handle the rights for streaming worldwide for its 45 million registered users and 2 million subscribers. Adult Swim and Crunchyroll also collaborated to distribute Mob Psycho 100, another anime series that debuted on Toonami in October, also there’s many more anime shows in the pipeline too.

Alcon Television Group’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca, and Sola Digital Art’s Joseph Chou will executive produce the new series. Alcon executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-executive producer. Production IG’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will be contributing to the project as a production advisor.

From The Adult Swim Press Release: Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Producing All-New “Blade Runner” Anime Series With Alcon Television Group

Alcon Television Group, a division of Alcon Entertainment, has partnered with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce and distribute a new anime series inspired by the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning movie BLADE RUNNER 2049.

BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS will feature thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman). Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct all episodes of the premiere season, which will follow their current directorial work on the upcoming Ghost in the Shell series reboot. Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is a creative producer. While the series plot is being kept under wraps, producers have confirmed the story will take place in 2032 and will include some familiar characters from the BLADE RUNNER universe.

Adult Swim will have the worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to distribute the English dubbed versions of the series and will air the English dubbed episodes of BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS on the network’s popular anime programming block Toonami.Similarly, Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming for its community of more than 45 million registered users and 2 million subscribers.

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are both divisions of WarnerMedia, with BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS being one of several upcoming exciting collaborations including the recently debuted Mob Psycho 100 on Toonami.

“I first saw BLADE RUNNER in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life,” said Jason DeMarco, SVP/creative director of Adult Swim on-air. “To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”

“BLADE RUNNER is a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre,” said Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll. “Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we’re looking forward to building on this franchise together.”

Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca, and Sola Digital Art’s Joseph Chou will executive produce the project. Alcon exec Ben Roberts will serve as co-executive producer. Production IG’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is participating as production advisor.

States Kosove and Johnson, “The BLADE RUNNER universe is an incredibly deep well for story and character with its world and mythology that audiences have been debating and talking about since inception. We are excited to continue exploring that world via this anime series.

Lancaster added, “We are thrilled to have Shinji Aramaki, Kenji Kamiyama and Shinichiro Watanabe as our creative partners and look forward to the exciting journey ahead.”

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WarnerMedia Now Fully Owns Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll

WarnerMedia Now Fully Owns Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll

WarnerMedia Now Fully Owns Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll

Today (7th August), Cartoon Network’s ultimate parent company – AT&T has fully acquired Otter Media, the owner of Japanese anime streaming service – Crunchyroll and the multiple entertainment brand aggregator streaming service – VRV. Complete control of Otter Media will be under the responsibility of AT&T’s entertainment division – WarnerMedia. Before the full buyout, The company was a joint-venture between AT&T and The Cherin Group – a media and entertainment investment company. The full acquisition of Otter Media includes its wholly-owned subsidiary Ellation, an online subscription video service provider that owns and operates Crunchyroll and VRV, entertainment company – Rooster Teeth and YouTube multichannel network – Fullscreen. Otter Media also has ownership stakes in global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, as well as Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon.

Since its founding in 2014, Otter Media has established a global audience of more than 93 million unique monthly customers and is on reach to target 75 billion video views this year. The company is also one of the top-ten subscription video on demand providers with more than 2 million subscribers. VRV subscribers have access to Otter Media’s Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth but also rival anime service – Funimation and also Cartoon Hangover – a channel that features original animated series from Frederator Studios, the same company that co-produced Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

WarnerMedia already has an anime content brand – Toonami, which is an anime programming block that airs on Saturday nights on Adult Swim USA, however no information has been released on how the full acquisition of Crunchyroll would affect the existing programming block. Although, last November, Jason DeMarco, Creative Director for on-air at Adult Swim and Producer and co-creator of Toonami has said the block will continue until at least the year 2021.

http://comicbook.com/anime/2017/11/19/toonami-to-continue-until-2021/

From The WarnerMedia Press Release: AT&T Acquires Full Ownership of Otter Media

AT&T has acquired The Chernin Group’s controlling interest in Otter Media, the joint venture between the two companies. Otter Media, a leading subscription, advertising and content
company, comprises wholly-owned subsidiaries Ellation, an online subscription video service provider, with offerings under the Crunchyroll and VRV brands, as well as a full-service digital media company, Fullscreen, and its Rooster Teeth brand. Otter also has ownership stakes in global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, as well as Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon.

Otter Media will be a part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit and Tony Goncalves, who was appointed Otter CEO earlier this year, will continue to run the company, reporting to WarnerMedia CEO, John Stankey.

“We are thrilled to incorporate the Otter Media brands and talent into WarnerMedia,” said John Stankey, WarnerMedia CEO. “Working with Tony, we look to harness Otter’s expertise in feeding the passion of on-line audiences to augment our portfolio of digital assets and help us further engage, connect and entertain consumers around the globe.”

AT&T and The Chernin Group founded Otter Media in 2014 to invest and develop platforms and properties that capitalized on the growth of direct-to-consumer subscription and advertising models, as well as the rise of new digital media brands.

In the four years since Otter Media’s founding, interest in consuming video online and via mobile devices has only accelerated. In that time, the company has established a global audience of more than 93 million unique monthly consumers and is on pace to deliver over 75 billion video views this year. Additionally, the company is one of the top-ten subscription video on demand (SVOD) providers with more than 2 million paying SVOD subscribers.

“From the outset, Randall Stephenson and John Stankey championed the Otter strategy and vision, and AT&T has been an ideal partner in building the business — smart, creative and supportive,” said Peter Chernin, CEO, The Chernin Group. “With AT&T’s direct-to-consumer relationships, vast data and varied content, I believe they can accelerate Otter’s growth. The combination with WarnerMedia will create a new-era media company, serving customers with every type of content delivered through every possible distribution channel.”

“The Chernin Group’s support and expertise has helped us expand Otter’s capabilities and refine our strategy over the past several years, and today’s news is a testament to our team’s dedication to super-serving passionate audiences across multiple platforms,” said Tony Goncalves, Otter Media CEO. “Otter’s digital-native talent pool understands that today’s viewers want their entertainment mobile, social and community-centric. We plan to harness Otter’s talent and scale to engage and entertain fans around the world on their own terms. And we will continue to be agile and nimble — a hallmark of Otter Media’s culture — so we can deliver the digital, social-first content that our audiences want.”

“Otter is delivering on our mission to build a leading portfolio of direct-to-consumer media brands that have passionate fans and a multi-pronged business model,” said Jesse Jacobs, President, The Chernin Group. “With AT&T’s portfolio in media, distribution and content, combined with Tony’s leadership, we believe full ownership by AT&T will take these businesses to the next level.”

The Otter Media companies have built large networks of talented creators and influencers and have deep libraries of video content. The Otter Media portfolio includes Ellation, a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. Crunchyroll is a SVOD service that gives millions of fans access to a vast library of anime content. VRV aggregates and distributes content from multiple over-the-top content providers, including Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth.

Another key part of the Otter Media family, Fullscreen, is a digital media company that empowers talent and brands to build and monetize highly engaged, social-first audiences through best-in-class strategy, creative services and technology. Fullscreen began as a network of creators, social influencers and YouTube stars that is now 4,500 strong. Since its inception, it has diversified to include branded content, traditional advertising and social media marketing.

Rooster Teeth serves up original shorts, series, comedies and animation for a diverse gaming audience through an owned and operated SVOD service and website, as well as by licensing content to third parties.

AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit was created after the close of the Time Warner acquisition in June 2018. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it did not have a material effect on AT&T’s first-half 2018 results when the majority of the deal was funded. This acquisition does not change the company’s plan to reduce its net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA ratio to the 2.5x range by the end of 2019 and to its historical range by the end of 2022.

http://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2018/08/07/att-acquires-full-ownership-of-otter-media

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2018

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2018

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2018

Like previous years, Adult Swim will be at San Diego Comic Con 2018, one of the world’s most popular media conventions that celebrates everything from movies, TV shows, comics, animation and much more. This year’s convention will be held between Thursday 19th and Sunday 22nd July in San Diego, Califonia, USA. However, this year’s Adult Swim’s event will be slightly different from previous years, as convention visitors will enjoy a full Adult Swim themed outdoor camping experience at Adult Swim’s very own “State Park” just outside and behind the San Diego Convention Center at 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way.

The camping event will start on Thursday and end on Sunday, with first look programming shown at night between Thursday and Saturday. The camping park will also include fun outdoor activities including canoe races and archery competitions and there will also be wood carvers using chainsaws to make sculptures. Lockers will be available on-site to keep fan’s items safe and secure while doing activities, there will also be a Hot Dogs roaster and a S’mores Station featuring fun-size Snickers bars for hungry campers. Campers can also collect merit badges, the more they experience at the camp, the more they earn.

Campers in the park (and like other adultswim.com viewers elsewhere within the United States) will enjoy live broadcasts of Adult Swim’s FishCenter, Stupid Morning Bullshit, Williams Street Swap Shop and more, every day from 3pm PT, from Thursday to Sunday.

In addition to the fun camping experience, Adult Swim fans will enjoy sneak peeks including latest episodes and pilots, celebrity-filled panels and free autograph signings including the cast, producers and creators of Adult Swim’s popular shows including Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., FLCL and Dream Corp LLC. Also, not forgetting, the Rickmobile (a pop-up shop vehicle in the shape of Rick Sanchez that sells exclusive Rick and Morty merchandise) will be traveling around San Diego, Rick and Morty fans will be able to track the Rickmobile on social media.

Also, TBS’s sci-fi adult animated series – Final Space will having a Q&A panel and autograph signing session with show creator and voice of the show’s protagonist, Gary – Olan Rogers, executive producer and showrunner – David Sacks, Tika Sumpter – voice of Quinn, Tom Kenny – voice of HUE and Coty Galloway – voice of Avocato. Throughout the convention, there will also be a Final Space VR Adventure and Shop. Visitors will get to enjoyy four minutes in space with Mooncake, Gary and The Lord Commander. After their space adventure, fans will also have the opportunity to take a photo of themselves surrounded by a giant, soft Mooncake wall and also get to buy Final Space merchandise including a a limited edition 7” vinyl with original music from the series. The vinyl from SPACELAB9 is exclusive to San Diego Comic Con and includes tracks “Good Kind of Dangerous” and “Gallows”.

From The WarnerMedia (via Turner) Press Release: Adult Swim Returns to San Diego Comic Con: Adult Swim Sets Up Camp at San Diego Comic Con: Get Access to Exclusive Fan Events and Live-Streaming Shows While Earning Badges and Enjoying New Games

Adult Swim is headed back to San Diego Comic Con with a unique spin on a favorite summer pastime. Fans can ditch their sleeping bags and pack their enthusiasm for a weekend that is sure to make everyone a happy camper. In addition, Comic Con attendees will get a first look at all-new programming at celebrity-filled panels and enjoy free signings featuring series stars, creators and producers from audience-favorites Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., FLCL, and Dream Corp LLC.

Campers will experience the outdoors in a way that only Adult Swim could give them. Park entrance is free for fans 18+ and is right behind the convention center at 5thAvenue Landing and Convention Way, Thursday through Sunday, with exciting fan programming at night Thursday through Saturday.

Amenities of the park include all-new games like canoe races and archery contests, chainsaw-wielding wood carvers, merit badges and tasty eats from the hot dog roaster. Provided by State Farm, lockers will be on-site to keep fans’ stuff safe while they jump in canoes to race other campers. Collectible merit badges can be earned by campers who make the most of their park experience. Look for Badge Badger and State Farm brand ambassadors, who will be awarding badges to stand-out campers who are best prepared for the con (think sunscreen and hydration!).

Also, new this year is the Camp Store, which will be open late and is a must for all campers to stock up on exclusive Adult Swim merchandise. A SDCC badge is required for purchase. Fans can find more information and register for access to the park at AdultSwimPresents.com.

Campers both in the park and all around the country will enjoy live broadcasts of staple streaming shows including FishCenter, Stupid Morning Bullshit, Williams Street Swap Shop, and more! Celebrity guests will be stopping by throughout the convention to chat all weekend long. The streams will be live starting at 3:00pm PT Thursday through Sunday and run late into the night. Fans stuck in line (or at home) can watch anywhere live at AdultSwim.com.

In true Adult Swim fashion, when the sun goes down, the fans can come and unwind with free screenings and activities. Nighttime on the Green this year will feature the future of Adult Swim; fans can watch the latest episodes and pilots, indulge in the camp-favorite S’mores Station featuring fun-size SNICKERS bars, and get access to special talent.

For fans who want even more Rick and Morty, SNICKERS is bringing the #Rickmobile to San Diego all week long! Track the mad scientist’s movements on social medi as the custom mobile pop-up shop stocked with exclusive Rick and Mortyitems makes its way across the city.

If that’s not enough, below is a full list of Adult Swim show panels and talent signings for Friday, July 20 – Saturday, July 21. Panels and signings, as well as talent scheduled to appear, are subject to change. For continuing information about Adult Swim’s plans at Comic Con fans can sign up for details and daily schedules at AdultSwimPresents.com.

ADULT SWIM SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JULY 19

Adult Swim Camp – 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way: 4pm – 2am.

8:00 p.m. – “Things You’ve Never Seen” Screening: A night of specials and original pilots brought to fans by SNICKERS.

10:00 p.m. – Last Stream on the Left Live!: A live broadcast of popular podcast

11:00 p.m. – Let’s Play Pool Panic Live!: Join Adult Swim Games for a late-night of gameplay and friendly multiplayer competition.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

Adult Swim Camp – 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way: 4pm. – 2am.

8.00pm – AS Cosplay Competition Hosted by Henry Zebrowski: We invite cosplayers to show off their inspired creations, don their best Adult Swim themed garb and strut their stuff! Awards will be passed out and bragging rights will last a lifetime.

8.30pm – The Venture Bros. Fan Event: Fans will watch two episodes from the new season of The Venture Bros! Creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick on hand to reveal secrets of the new season in a special Q&A session.

10.00pm – Let’s Play Pool Panic Live!: Join Adult Swim Games for a late-night of gameplay and friendly multiplayer competition.

PANEL BLOCK- Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

FLCL

11.30am – 12.15pm

Fan favorite FLCL travels to San Diego to discuss the revival of one the most insane anime series ever created, from the legendary studio Production I.G and Adult Swim. Members from the original team will be joined by a new generation of creators. Panelists include Production I.G. CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, producer Maki Terashima-Furuta, voice talents Marieve Herington (How I Met Your Mother), Megan Harvey and Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty), ADR director Stephanie Sheh and Adult Swim’s Senior Vice President of On-Air Jason DeMarco. Moderated by Michael Sinterniklaas (FLCL and Batman Ninja).

Dream Corp LLC

12.30pm – 1.15pm

Creator Daniel Stessen (The Gold Sparrow) and cast members Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite), Nick Rutherford (The Unicorn), Mark Proksch (Apollo Gauntlet) and Ahmed Bharoocha (Dead Kevin) invite you for a first look at the new season of DREAM CORP LLC, premiering this Fall on Adult Swim. Moderated by Jimmi Simpson (Westworld)

The Venture Bros

1.30pm – 2.15pm

Cult-favorite The Venture Bros. makes its heroic return to San Diego Comic-Con. Along with James Urbaniak (Difficult People) and Michael Sinterniklaas (FLCL, Your Name), co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will take the stage to discuss the upcoming seventh season of their original series and answer fan questions.

Robot Chicken

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Hot on the heels of its ninth season, Robot Chicken returns to SDCC for another celebration of stop-motion sketch madness, armed with never-before-seen clips and super-secret sneak peeks! Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich will be joined by executive producers/co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer (Herbie: Fully Loaded), writer/director Tom Sheppard and — hey look! It’s actor/writer (and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/star) Rachel Bloom! Plus, they’ll leave a chair open for a special guest… Or maybe just biblical superstar Elijah. Moderated by Keith Crofford, Senior Vice President of Production for Adult Swim.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

Adult Swim Camp – 5thAvenue Landing and Convention Way: 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

7.15pm – Toonami Pre-Flight to with TOM and SARA: Get behind-the-scenes info from show hosts Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin, Steve Blum (voice of TOM) and Dana Swanson (voice of SARA).

8.15pm – The Pillows Live In Concert: A event not to be missed! Special live concert to celebrate the new seasons of FLCL.

10pm – Rick and Morty Fan Event: The fan favorite show is back for a special event! Admission is extremely limited so fans should register at AdultSwimPresents.com for details on how to receive event wristbands.

ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS*- Sails Pavilion, San Diego Convention Center

12pm – 1pm The Venture Bros

1.30pm – 2.30pm Dream Corp LLC.

3pm – 4pm Robot Chicken

*The drawing for AS Signing tickets will begin at 9am on Saturday, July 21 in the Sails Pavilion of the Convention Center. Attendees who wish to participate in the drawing must be in the Limited Signings line in the lobby of Ballroom 20 prior to 8.30am. Winning tickets will be exchanged for admittance wristbands. Attendees may return to the end of the Limited Signings line until all winning tickets have been drawn. One winning ticket per person, per signing.

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From The Turner USA Press Release: TBS’ Final Space Invades 2018 San Diego Comic Con: Series Creator Olan Rogers, Cast and Producers to Participate in Panel and Signing on Friday, July 20: Special ‘Final Space VR Adventure’ Sneak Peek and Shop at the San Diego Convention Center; Merch Includes New, Limited Edition Vinyl Single Featuring Original Music from the Series

Oh my double crap! TBS announced today that San Diego Comic Con will be the next stop on the Final Space intergalactic circuit. Series creator Olan Rogers along with the cast and producers of the recently renewed epic space opera will descend on fans for an action-packed Q&A about the adventures and mystery of Final Space, including a special fan contest announcement. The panel will be followed by an autograph signing at a separate location.

Final Space- Q&A with the Cast and Creators of the TBS Animated Series

Panelists: Olan Rogers, David Sacks, Tika Sumpter, Tom Kenny, Coty Galloway
Date: Friday, July 20, 3.30 – 4.10pm PT
Location: Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Indigo Ballroom

Signing: Friday, July 20, 4.30 – 5.30pm PT
Tickets to the limited autograph signing will be available at 9 a.m. PT on Friday, July 20 at the Sails Pavilion of the Convention center.

Additional information about the limited signings can be found at: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/autographs

The Final Space VR Adventure and Shop

The Final Space VR Adventure and Shop will welcome fans of the show to purchase brand new Final Space merch items including a limited edition 7” vinyl with original music from the series. The vinyl from SPACELAB9 is exclusive to San Diego Comic Con and includes tracks “Good Kind of Dangerous” and “Gallows”.

Additionally, visitors are invited to experience four minutes of outer-worldly fun in space with Mooncake, Gary and The Lord Commander. Upon returning from their VR-powered space travels, fans will also have the opportunity to capture an Instagrammable moment surrounded by a giant, soft Mooncake plush wall. Chookity!

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Booth 3629
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, July 18, 6-9 pm (Preview Night)
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22, 9.30am – 7pm

http://www.turner.com/pressroom/tbs%E2%80%99-final-space-invades-2018-san-diego-comic-con