Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios Partner for Animated Series

shoutShout! Factory and Hasbro Studios have announced a new distribution agreement to bring a library of nine animated adventure movie and pop culture television hits to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S and Canada.

This multi-year, multi-property alliance provides Shout! Factory exclusive rights to My Little Pony animated family adventures My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade, My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas, My Little Pony: Runaway Rainbow, My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds, My Little Pony: Friends are Never Far Away. The deal also includes TV properties Transformers Animated (2007-2009 TV series), Transformers: Armada (2002 TV series), Transformers: Energon (2004 TV series), and Transformers: Cybertron (2005 TV series).

Read the original press release here.

IDW November Solicitations

TF_MTMTE_23_cvrA-copyIDW have released their November 2013 solicitations. The Dark Cybertron storyline begins with a standalone issue and continues in MTMTE and RID. Also out, the latest issues of Regeneration One and Beast Hunters, along with the volume 5 MTMTE trade paperback and Transformers Classics UK, Vol. 5, collecting UK specific stories in issues #145–179 plus the 1988 Annual.

According to IDW, Dark Cybertron promises to include:

  • The biggest Transformers event in comic book history!
  • Art by superstar PHIL JIMENEZ and Transformers fan-favorite ANDREW GRIFFITH!
  • Writing by Transformers greats JAMES ROBERTS & JOHN BARBER!
  • All your favorite Transformers characters together!
  • Variant covers by Phil Jimenez and Andrew Griffith!

Bleeding Cool: IDW’s Solicitations For November 2013

Roberto Orci on the Next Transformers Animated Series

While Transformers Prime came to an end just a couple of weeks ago, Transformers fans know that the incredibly durable franchise will of course be back with a new animated incarnation. In fact, Transformers Prime executive producer Jeff Kline told me at the start of Prime’s final season that it looked like he and most of the Prime team will be working on the new version.

The ever-busy Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Fringe, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and so much more) were also executive producers on Transformers Prime, continuing their involvement with the franchise after the duo wrote the first two live-action Transformers films. I spoke to Orci recently about the next incarnation of Transformers in animation, confirming he and Kurtzman will be producing it and learning a bit more about what Hasbro and their collaborators are looking to create this time.

Read the interview here: