Michael Hirsh, CEO and chairman of Wow! Unlimited, joins BNN's Catherine Murray for a look at how he hopes to build the next animation powerhouse after co-creating Nelvana and selling Cookie Jar to DHX Media.
Michael Hirsh, long a dominant force in Canada’s animation movie business, has a promising new venture. He is launching Wow Unlimited Media, which he hopes will emerge as one of the world’s largest publicly traded independent animation firms.
One of its first projects will be a series called Castlevania. Netflix is this week announcing some future offerings, include Castlevania.
Hirsh, who is Wow’s CEO and board chair, says the new company aims to create an advance in the kids and youth animation business by focusing on digital platforms, content and merchandising, rather than TV screens. A key factor is that Wow owns Frederator, which is a leading online provider of animation films, seen on YouTube and other Internet sites.
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(Toronto/Vancouver, February 8, 2017) – CASTLEVANIA, produced by Frederator Studios, a WOW! Unlimited Media Company, will debut globally on Netflix in 2017.
About WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.
WOW! Unlimited Media Inc., formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., is creating a leading next-generation kids and youth animation business by focusing on digital platforms and content. The company's key assets include: the world’s #1 digital animation network (Frederator Networks), the world’s first Hispanic animation network (Átomo Network, a joint venture with Ánima Estudios), one of Canada's largest, multi-faceted animation production studios (Rainmaker Entertainment), one of the most successful U.S.-based independent animation production company of the past 20 years (Frederator Studios) and multiple owned and operated VOD channels on digital platforms, including its latest launch of Cartoon Hangover Select on Ellation Media's VRV platform. The company operates out of offices in Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Los Angeles, and is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V: RNK.A and RNK.B).
About Frederator Studios
Frederator Studios makes cartoons for television and the Internet. It was in founded in 1998 by serial media entrepreneur, and former Hanna-Barbera president, Fred Seibert, as a unique incubator for big animation ideas by producing original cartoons. More than 250 short films have resulted in 25 hit series for television and the Internet, including Butch Hartman's The Fairly OddParents on Nickelodeon, Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time on Cartoon Network and Bravest Warriors, as well as Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat, on Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover Select Channel on VRV.
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher, and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers.
KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi- Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.
Certain information set forth in this press release contains “forward-looking statements”, and “forward-looking information” under applicable securities laws. These statements relate to future events or future performance and include, but are not limited to, the future success of Castlevania as an animation franchise and the release of future seasons of Castlevania. The words “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, and similar expressions are often used to identify forward-looking statements. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific. In evaluating these statements, readers should specifically consider risks which may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon certain assumptions considered reasonable at the time they were prepared. Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties identified herein materialize, or should the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove to be incorrect, then actual results may vary materially from those described herein. In respect of WOW! Unlimited Media’s business generally, readers should also refer to Forward-looking Statements in the Management Discussion & Analysis for the third quarter of 2016. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable securities laws, WOW! Unlimited Media does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained herein.
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