VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee and his POW! Entertainment Inc. (Pink Sheets: POWN), along with Brighton Partners, have joined forces with Rainmaker Entertainment to launch the new superhero property “Legion of 5,” it was announced today by Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker. Rainmaker, a leading CG animation producer, will develop and produce the feature length film properties.
From the mind of Stan Lee, famed creator of “X-Men,” “Spiderman,” “The Fantastic Four” and “The Hulk,” comes an exciting new animated superhero franchise entitled “Legion of 5.” The property, owned jointly by Rainmaker, POW! and Brighton, will initially be launched through a series of CG animated films, supported by traditional and electronic comics, games, merchandising, and online and mobile releases.
“What a kick to be partnered with the top CG animation company in the biz! I can’t wait to have Rainmaker take my newest set of superheroes and work their animated magic on them. Between Rainmaker and POW! we hope to offer the public a visually exciting, thrill-a-minute, new type of entertainment that’ll knock the viewers’ socks off!” said Stan Lee, Chairman of POW! Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to be partnered with Stan Lee, POW! and Brighton on the ‘Legion of 5’ property,” says Warren Franklin. “These superheroes will reach incredible heights both creatively and visually.”
The partnership was arranged by Rainmaker’s Aaron L. Gilbert, who will serve as an Executive Producer on the property alongside Rainmaker’s Executive Vice President Paul Gertz; Stan Lee, Gill Champion of POW!; and Cord Beatty of Brighton Partners.
"The partners at Brighton are extremely pleased to be working with the legendary Stan Lee, POW!, and the incredible talent at Rainmaker. These companies coming together bring strength and credibility to an exciting new property in 'Legion of 5,'" said Cord Beatty, Brighton's Managing Partner.
The three companies will be together at this weekend’s New York Comic Con where Stan Lee will receive the inaugural “New York Comics Legend Award” at a special VIP party at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square.
About Rainmaker Entertainment
Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. is one of the world's most successful and prolific producers of CG animation and currently has over 350 employees based in Vancouver, Canada. Originally established in 1993 as Mainframe Entertainment, Rainmaker has produced close to 40 feature-length films based on top international brands such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Spider-Man, Casper, Popeye, Tony Hawk, Stuart Little and Inspector Gadget and more than 250 half-hours of CG animated television including ReBoot, Transformers: Beast Wars, Action Man and Heavy Gear. Rainmaker has produced projects for Sony, Mattel, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Electronic Arts and MTV. In addition to garnering many prestigious awards for their work, Rainmaker productions have generated more than $500 million in video sales. Currently in production at Rainmaker: Escape From Planet Earth, a theatrical feature with The Weinstein Company: an animated sequel to The Nutty Professor; and new installments in Mattel's Barbie and Max Steel franchises. www.rainmaker.com
About Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment
POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, Inc. (Pinksheets:POWN.PK), an advanced media and entertainment company with a first-look deal with Disney, was founded by world-famous comic book and motion picture icon Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman, Esq. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW!, capitalizing on this combined expertise, specializes in franchises for the entertainment industry, including animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, video games, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with other individuals and entities of entertainment’s top echelon, including studios and networks, in the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises. www.powentertainment.com
About Brighton Partners LLC:
Brighton Partners is a Salt Lake City based finance and project development group, active in the media, entertainment, technology, and infrastructure industries for more than 25 years. With a background in event promotion, television, film and music finance, Brighton principals managed and/or promoted concerts and tours for such artists as The Beach Boys, Shawn Colvin, Rick James, Chad Brock, Tonic, Pam Tillis, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Ringo Starr, Merle Haggard and The Oakridge Boys. Brighton is currently leading the financing efforts for several public entertainment and technology companies, while focusing its attention on the development of live-action and animated film and television and their attendant ancillary merchandising and music rights.