LOS ANGELES & CANNES, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an unprecedented collaboration, A Squared Entertainment (A2), a full-service brand entertainment company, Archie Comics, a leading producer of comic book entertainment, and Stan Lee, founder, chairman and chief creative officer (CCO) of POW! Entertainment (OTCQB:POWN) join forces with world-famous actor, public servant and international icon Arnold Schwarzenegger to deliver the next 21st Century global superhero from Stan Lee Comics: “The Governator.” Drawing on Schwarzenegger’s long history of doing the unexpected and redefining industries, “The Governator” challenges the status quo by packing current topics with action and humor into a worldwide, multiplatform entertainment property, which includes a television series, 3D movie, comic book series and consumer products program. The groundbreaking new property was unveiled today at MIPTV in Cannes during a press conference with Schwarzenegger in attendance.
“The Governator” stars an animated Schwarzenegger just days after he has left his post as Governor of California. Not content with simply retiring and always striving to make the world a better place, Schwarzenegger decides to take on the global villainy and 21st century disasters that no one else is equipped to handle. With an elite team of teens to help him, he creates a secret identity beneath his home—so secret that even his wife and kids are unaware. Using cutting-edge gear, custom-made “super suits,” state-of-the-art weapons and vehicles, he will combat evil in all of its forms as The Governator…a superhero living a double life, who’s also a devoted family man who needs to make it home for dinner every night. To view the full action-packed three-minute trailer for “The Governator” visit http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealGovernator
The action comes from the stories and the super villains created by the genius of POW!’s Stan Lee. The comedy comes from the juxtaposition of Arnold—coupled with four hip teens, who join his adventures and harness his heroics.
“When I started looking for a new project, I wanted it to be three things: new and different; reflect topics I am passionate about; and, most importantly, capture the imaginations of people worldwide,” said Schwarzenegger. “By tapping into the genius of some of the most creative minds in the entertainment industry to develop this series that features my past endeavors and interests, I am confident ‘The Governator’ will be all those things and more.”
“This is a monumental day for A2, and we are thrilled to share the development of this dynamic new property with the world,” said A2 Entertainment co-founders and CEOs, Andy and Amy Heyward. “To have the opportunity to collaborate with the creative forces of Stan and Arnold is extraordinary. Arnold has had a career filled with remarkable achievements and we are proud to be part of his return to entertainment with a property that reflects his extraordinary life story and captures his humor and adventurous spirit.”
A2 will produce the TV series and 3-D movie and manage the global licensing, merchandising, and distribution. Archie Comics will publish “The Governator” comic series in print and digital forms. Stan Lee, his producing partner Gill Champion, and POW! will oversee all creative direction and story development.
“Arnold is a true superhero and I couldn’t be more excited to help make that come to life with ‘The Governator,’” says POW! Chairman and founder Stan Lee. “With the help of industry experts A2 and Archie Comics, this new property will deliver the highest quality entertainment experiences for audiences everywhere, across all channels.”
"We are honored to be collaborating with such highly recognized and respected individuals for this awesome project," says Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. "From creative to production to distribution and marketing, ‘The Governator’ combines all the right elements to propel it into an international phenomenon.”
Schwarzenegger’s life is defined by constantly challenging the status quo and “The Governator” is next.
About A Squared Entertainment (A2) LLC
A Squared Entertainment (A2) is a full-service brand entertainment company, founded by Andy Heyward and Amy Moynihan Heyward, that creates, develops, produces, programs, markets, merchandises and distributes content across all channels: online, offline, on-air and at retail outlets. A2 Entertainment has produced the “Secret Millionaire's Club” with billionaire Warren Buffett and “Gisele & the Green Team” with supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Upcoming series include “Martha & Friends” a new animated series featuring a 10-year old Martha Stewart, and a whole new collection of superhero series created with POW!’s legendary Stan Lee, under the new label, Stan Lee Comics. A2 has also recently announced an MOU for a new children’s entertainment global joint venture with Tata Elxsi.
About Archie Comics
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, the Mighty Crusaders, Super Duck, Lil' Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold almost 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music in various popular incarnations.
ABOUT POW! (PURVEYORS OF WONDER) ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
POW! Entertainment,Inc. (OTCQB:POWN), a multi-media and entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book and entertainment figure Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. 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! is capitalizing on this combined expertise, specializing in creating and developing both the legacy and digital media components of the entertainment industry. This includes animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, multi-media, 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.