Media Release — LOS ANGELES, CA July 20, 2009 – Dynamite Entertainment, comic book publisher, announced a new agreement with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) for a comics and series of graphic novels based on the long-running Stargate™ television franchise.
Based on the hit 1994 feature from MGM Pictures, the Emmy® nominated Stargate SG-1™ premiered in 1997 and spawned Stargate Atlantis™ in 2004. Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, are currently on air around the world and are watched by over millions each week. Stargate Universe™, the latest series for the franchise debuts stateside on October 2nd.
“Stargate is truly a crown jewel when it comes to episodic science fiction television,” stated Dynamite President Nick Barrucci. “Just in time for the Stargate Universe series debuting in October, Dynamite will create an adventure series that retailers and fans alike will love. We have three separate launches planned, each designed to focus on the characters and attention coming the way of both the new show and Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis!”
Helping bring the world of Stargate to life is a team of top creative talent including: John Watson, whose work has graced Marvel Comics covers as one of the finest painters in the industry. John will be doing his first sequential work EVER in Stargate Universe. Dynamite is also bringing in famed Star Wars painter Dave Dorman as the main cover artist, as well as writers Chuck Dixon (G.I. Joe) with a prequel to Stargate Universe, Doug Murray (Jungle Girl and ‘Nam) with the continuing stories from Stargate Atlantis beginning with Season Six and Brandon Jerwa (Battlestar Galactica) on Stargate SG1 beginning with Season #11. Dynamite will be launching a Stargate #0 bringing three different stories in one event comic for $1.00, to help introduce fans to the Stargate “universe”.
“The great opportunity presented by the comics medium is not simply the chance to finding new fans, but the ability to tell original stories that enhance the show experience,” observed SGU co-creator Robert Cooper.
Edgier and younger in tone, SGU will take the franchise in a dynamic new direction, appealing to longtime Stargate fans and first-time viewers alike. SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.
Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, will serve as executive producers and writers on the new series.
Stargate Universe will debut as a two-hour movie event on Syfy and will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT, the publishing division of DYNAMIC FORCES, INC., was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including Red Sonja, Project Superpowers, The Boys, Army of Darkness, Battlestar Galactica, The Lone Ranger, Zorro and more!
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Turner, Jim Lee, Michael Avon Oeming, Brian Reed, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner- and a host of up and coming new talent and fan favorite creators!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their more recent launches – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a “GEM” award for Best New Publisher and another “GEM” in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious “Eisner” Award.
Aside from their monthly periodical comic book series, DYNAMITE also produces new and classic material, including Tim Truman’s SCOUT, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso’s BORDERLINE and TALES OF TERROR, Jim Starlin’s DREADSTAR, as well as well as reprint editions of classic RED SONJA material!
For more Dynamite information, check out our website at www.dynamiteentertainment.com
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com/
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