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Warner Bros. is undergoing a management shake-up at the same time as Legendary Productions, responsible for some of the studio’s biggest hits under a production and co-financing deal, has decided to move to another studio when its Warners deal ends.
Another in a series of management changes hit Monday, when Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group president Jeff Robinov left the company, according to Variety. Robinov had been responsible for some big geek hits, including, most recently, Man of Steel. His responsibilities will now be divided between three of Robinov’s former direct reports, Greg Silverman, Sue Kroll, and New Line’s Toby Emmerich, who will all report to new Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Robinov had been widely expected to leave after he lost in the competition to succeed former Warner CEO Barry Meyer, and things came to a head last week.
Warner’s head of TV, Bruce Rosenblum, another key executive who also lost in the run-off to succeed Meyer, left Warner Bros. in May and went to Legendary as its head of TV and digital.
It’s unclear where DC Entertainment will fall in the new structure at Warner Bros.; DC Entertainment CEO Diane Nelson had previously reported to Robinov. That could put Nelson on the hot seat, as a new person takes over above her and looks to put his or her own stamp on the company.
Meanwhile talks between Legendary Productions and Warner Bros., who had been negotiating a possible renewal of Legendary’s eight-year deal with Warners, broke off on Monday, ensuring that Legendary is going to end up at another studio, according to Hollywood Reporter. Legendary has produced a big percentage of the most popular non-Marvel geek films in the last eight years, including the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, 300, and Man of Steel, as well as a few less successful efforts such as Watchmen, Superman Returns, and Jonah Hex. Legendary has a big bankroll, good taste, and a growing presence in the geek world through its Legendary Comics and Nerdist divisions.
All of these changes mean that Warners is going to be a different company in the coming months and years, with big potential impacts on the world of geek culture.
Cryptozoic Entertainment is making Mystic Warlords of Ka’a, the card game in The Big Bang Theory, into a real game. "It’s the game that Sheldon and Wil Wheaton play against each other, and now Brent Spiner is his new nemesis," Cryptozoic COO Scott Gaeta explained. "We’re designing the game from scratch and we’re going to put it out in the market so people can play the same game they play in the show."
In addition to an already announced radio advertising campaign Marvel Entertainment has announced a number of other gambits to raise the profile of its Marvel NOW! launches, the latest of which will involve the appearance of the Marvel superheroes on America’s favorite quiz show Jeopardy during the installment of the long-running show that airs nationwide on Thursday, December 13th.
According to information released by Marvel today, the December 13th iteration of Jeopardy will "feature a special category in which we’ll find out just how much the contestants know about Marvel NOW!’s most popular characters and their exciting new comic book series."
To celebrate the cult-favorite sci-fi drama’s 10th anniversary, Science Channel is shooting a new one-hour special chronicling the Firefly cast reunion at Comic-Con this week.
The special — titled Brown coats Unite — will include footage from Friday’s reunion panel, featuring several members of the original team including star Nathan Fillion and creator Joss Whedon. Plus, the cast is shooting an in-depth behind-the-scenes roundtable interview that will dive deeper into burning fan questions about the beloved series. Both the panel and the roundtable will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s own Jeff Jensen.
“Firefly is a landmark work of science fiction and a favorite with our viewers,” said Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vp of Science. “Ever since it premiered on Science, fans have asked us to do something special to mark its 10-year anniversary. With this signature celebration, punctuated by Brown coats Unite, we will connect the minds behind this classic franchise with its legions of passionate fans.”
In addition to Whedon and Fillion, Friday’s 12:30 p.m. Comic-Con panel will feature Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, show runner Tim Minear, and writer Jose Molina. The special, produced by Pangolin Pictures, promises to unearth defining memories and first-person accounts of making the show from both sides of the camera. Brown coats Unite will air on Science, along with an all-day marathon of Firefly episodes, on Sunday, Nov. 11.
DC Entertainment will launch a new monthly series based on the CW series Arrow November 28. It will be written by Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisbert, executive producers of the TV series, with art by Mike Grell, Jorge Jimenez, and Sergio Sandoval. The series will be available "digital first," beginning on the show’s premiere date.
Arrow #1 will feature a photo cover and a 1:5 variant cover by Grell; the second issue will feature a cover by Grell.
The TV show premieres October 10.