Singer/Songwriter Sia Signed for My Little Pony: The Movie
Hasbro and Lionsgate announced during San Diego Comic-Con that singer/songwriter Sia is joining the cast of My Little Pony: The Movie. Best known for her iconic music videos and songwriting ability, her role as pony pop star Songbird Serenade will be one of Sia’s first forays into acting. She will also contribute two original songs to the film’s soundtrack.
Sia will play an integral role in the first big screen adventure of the Mane 6 from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic TV series. She joins a growing list of A-List talent that will appear in the movie, including Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Taye Diggs (Murder in the First and Best Man Holiday), Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian), and Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan and Spotlight).
My Little Pony: The Movie is being scripted by Rita Hsiao (Toy Story 2, Mulan) and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic writer Meghan McCarthy and directed by Jayson Thiessen. The film will be produced by Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Josh Feldman, for Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. My Little Pony: The Movie is scheduled to be in theaters globally on October 6, 2017.
Asmodee to Acquire F2Z Entertainment
The Asmodee Group announced last week that it has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire F2Z Entertainment, Inc. In line with the acquisitions of the worldwide rights to Dobble/Spot-It!, Days of Wonder, and Fantasy Flight Games publishers, and more recently the set-up of Catan Studio, these exclusive discussions with F2Z Entertainment, Inc., emphasize Asmodee’s strategy to strengthen its intellectual property portfolio and international presence, according to a statement released by the company. Closing of this acquisition is expected to take place in the coming months. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Created in Canada in 2002 by Sophie Gravel, F2Z Entertainment has become a known publisher and distributor of modern board games, with key owned brands such as Pandemic (more than one million units sold), Dead of Winter, and also publishing rights for evergreen games (Carcassonne for French and English version, Catan for French version).
Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee Group said in a statement, “I am delighted to enter into these exclusive discussions with F2Z Entertainment, which is, for us, the natural next step of a strong and long-lasting partnership built over the years with Sophie Gravel and her teams. Through this acquisition, we will continue expanding our IP portfolio with fantastic games and incredibly innovative studios such as Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat Games, and Filosofia. This will also enable us to increase our presence on the global game market.”
Sophie Gravel, CEO of F2Z Entertainment added, “As we are close to celebrating 15 years of success with F2Z, we are proud to announce these exclusive discussions with Asmodee Group, a key partner since the beginning of our adventure. This deal is in the direct continuation of our close business partnership and will provide the best environment for our iconic games to reach their full potential and help our studios to continue publishing amazing games.”
Celebrating 75 Years of Wonder Woman
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) kicked-off San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) last week with an ode to Wonder Woman in celebration of her 75th anniversary. The SDCC Preview Night unveiling included the debut of a massive replica of the Amazon Princess’ Invisible Jet.