BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “Stan Lee Universe, LLC”, “Genius Brands” of Genius Brands International (NASDAQ: GNUS) controlled the company with POW! Entertainment, has signed a 20-year agreement to license Stan Lee’s name and likeness to Marvel Studios for future feature films and television productions, as well as for use at Disney theme parks and experiences worldwide .
“We are proud custodians of the incredibly valuable Stan Lee name, likeness, merchandise and intellectual property rights,” said Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO of Genius Brands. “And, there’s no better place than Marvel and Disney where Stan should be for his movies and theme park experiences. As we enter the centennial year of Stan’s birthday on December 28, 2022, we are thrilled to see that his memory and legacy will continue to delight fans through this new long-term deal with Marvel.
Under the terms of the agreement, Marvel Studios acquired the rights to use Stan Lee’s name, voice, likeness, and signature in film and television projects, as well as use of images, existing footage and existing audio recordings featuring Stan. Exclusive rights to use Stan Lee’s name, voice, likeness and signature in theme parks, water parks, cruise lines and in-park merchandise have been included for parks, Disney experiences and products under the agreement.
“As a longtime business partner and friend of Stan, I look forward to commemorating his work in this new way,” said Gill Champion, President of POW! Entertainment. “Connecting with his fans is important to us and it’s a privilege to be able to do so on his behalf.”
Stan is one of the most prolific and legendary comic book creators of all time. As Marvel editor Stan “The Man” Lee helped build a universe of interlocking continuity, a universe where fans felt like they could turn a corner and stumble upon a superhero from Spider-Man to the Fantastic Four, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, the X-Men and more. Stan became editorial director and publisher of Marvel in 1972, and was eventually named chairman emeritus.
Stan has also appeared in some of the most popular films of all time. His well-known cameos in Marvel movies began in the 1989 TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. After the release of x-men in 2000, he appeared in nearly every Marvel film and television project until his passing in 2018.
Among Stan’s many awards are the National Medal of Arts, presented by President Bush in 2008, and the Disney Legends Award, received in 2017. He has also been inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. of the comic book industry.
About Genius Brands International
Genius Brands International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNUS) is a leading global children’s media company that develops, produces, markets and licenses children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and distribution by retail. The Company’s family content IP portfolio includes Stan Lee brand, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Kartoon Channel! ; Shaq’s Garage, starring Shaquille O’Neal, is coming to Kartoon Channel! ; Rainbow Rangers on the Kartoon channel! and Netflix; llama llama, with Jennifer Garner, on Netflix and more. Recently, Genius Brands entered into an agreement to acquire WOW! Unlimited Media (TSX-V:WOW), which includes 2,500 channels as part of the Channel Federator Network, and has also made a strategic investment in Germany’s Your Family Entertainment AG (FRA:RTV), one of the largest European distributors and broadcasters of high quality programs for children and families.
The Genius Brands Kartoon Channel! is a globally distributed entertainment platform with 100% penetration in the US TV market and international expansion with launches in key markets around the world. The channel is available in the United States through a wide range of distribution platforms, including Comcast, Cox, DISH, Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Apple iOS, Android TV, Android Mobil, Google Play, Roku, YouTube, KartoonChannel .com, Samsung Smart and LG TVs, the JetBlue Inflight platform and more. Genius Brands will soon be launching the subscription Kartoon channel! Kidaverse, featuring metaversal content and over 15,000 anime titles.
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