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Headline News THQ Releases Marvel Super Hero Squad

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 6:15am

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that Marvel® Super Hero Squad™, the first title in THQ’s licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment, Inc., has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America for Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and PSP (PlayStation Portable) system.

Headline News Marvel Profits Fall in 2009

What a difference a year makes. Marvel Entertainment posted a lower second-quarter profit as compared to one year ago, notes the HollywoodReporter But, the superhero machine did exceed Wall Street’s expectations.

It seems super powers are no match for a tough economic climate. Marvel posted a quarterly profit of $29M, down from $46M this quarter, one year ago. Also, Marvel’s revenue fell from $156.9M to $116.3M.

Headline News Marvel Welcomes Theo Paphitis to International Advisory Board

Press Release from Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1939, announced today the addition of Theo Paphitis to the company's International Advisory Board. Comprised of business leaders from key international growth markets, the Advisory Board works with Marvel executives to explore opportunities for expanding the presence of the Marvel brand and key character franchises in international markets.

Headline News Marvel and Hallmark Enter into Strategic Licensing Alliance

Press Release from Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a global character-based entertainment licensing company celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1939, announced today an expansive licensing agreement with Hallmark Cards, Inc. covering the social expressions category with products such as greeting cards and party goods. The strategic arrangement with Hallmark furthers Marvel's category management strategy of consolidating key licensing categories across many Marvel programs with top-caliber partners.

Headline News Natalie Portman Joins Thor Cast

Marvel Studios announced today that Academy Award nominated actress Natalie Portman has been cast to star as Jane Foster in the studio's highly anticipated movie THOR. In the early "Thor" comics, Jane Foster was a nurse who became Thor's first love. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth who will play Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki. Kenneth Branagh will direct the film.

Headline News Marvel Ent.'s Stock Upgraded by J.P. Morgan

MARKETWATCH reports that analysts at J.P. Morgan raised their rating on Marvel Entertainment Inc. from neutral to "overweight."

The price target for the stock was hiked from $27 to $42, and analysts said in a note to clients that Marvel was their "top pick as we expect the company to continue to generate high margin revenue from exploitation of its library of characters and surprise the Street to the upside."

Headline News Cartoon Net Asia Pacific the New Home of Marvel

Press Release from Cartoon Network

Hong Kong, June 15, 2009 -- As part of a new output deal, Cartoon Network, the number one channel for kids in Asia Pacific, will become home to Marvel's universe of super-heroes in the region. The world's most recognizable and iconic denizens of the comic world will be powering their way onto the channel with the likes of the MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD, THE AVENGERS and THOR.

Headline News Springs Creative Gets Licensing Partnership With Marvel for Spider-Man

Springs Creative Products Group has entered into a licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment, Inc. for the Spider-Man brand. This agreement will allow Springs Creative Products Group, LLC to incorporate Spider-Man and the classic characters from the Spider-Man comic book series -- including Black Cat, Electro, Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and Rhino -- into their lines of retail fabrics and craft kits.

Headline News Marvel Ent. Flat For First Quarter

Marvel Entertainment, Inc. reported operating results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Marvel also raised the low end of its financial guidance for 2009, reflecting a stronger than expected first quarter performance in its licensing and film production segments and a decline in the anticipated full year tax rate.

Headline News Marvel Promotes Alan Fine to Exec VP

Press Release from Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) has promoted Alan Fine, 58, to Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive. Mr. Fine joins David Maisel and John Turitzin in this position. Messrs. Maisel, Turitzin and Fine, along with Marvel's Chief Executive Officer, Issac Perlmutter, comprise the Office of the Chief Executive, which oversees all of Marvel's divisions and operations.

Headline News Marvel Looks for Writers

Marvel Ent. is looking to assemble a group of writers to pen scripts for various upcoming film projects, according to VARIETY.

The program will be similar in nature to one Disney has had since 1990, in which a dozen writers are hired to work with creative execs to develop films for the studio and TV shows for the Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Family.

Up to five writers a year will work on specific projects and can include current staff working on Marvel's comicbooks. Agencies are currently pitching writers to Marvel.

Headline News Marvel Characters to go MMOG with Gazillion

Gazillion Ent. entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with Marvel Ent. to develop and publish MMO games featuring Marvel's iconic universe of more than 5,000 superheroes, including elements from its films and animated series. The first game in development is a casual MMO for younger audiences based on Marvel's SUPER HERO SQUAD property. SUPER HERO SQUAD features an exciting, super-stylized look for the greatest superheroes, including Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Fantastic Four, Captain America and many others.

Headline News Marvel Sets Spidey 4 Date, Adjusts Avengers Strategy

Marvel Studios confirmed Thursday that Sony Pictures Entertainment will release SPIDER-MAN 4 on May 6, 2011. Additionally, Marvel Studios has revised the release dates for THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA as part of its release strategy for an uninterrupted road to THE AVENGERS, now debuting May 4, 2012.

A Marvel character-based film will now launch the summer box office season for three years in a row, from 2010 through 2012.

Headline News Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in Long-Term Deal with Marvel

Samuel L. Jackson and Marvel Ent. have come to a deal for the actor to play Nick Fury in IRON MAN 2 and up to nine more future Marvel superhero releases, reports VARIETY.

Marvel reportedly upset Jackson when he was offered pittance to reprise his role in future films, which has also been the root of problems in offers to talent like Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell, according to sources, despite a gross of upwards of $600 million for IRON MAN.

Headline News Marvel Super Hero Squad to Hero up with Cartoon Network U.S.

Cartoon Network has picked up 26 episodes of the new MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD animated series to debut on the network in late 2009. MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD is an action-packed show featuring super-stylized versions of its most popular characters including Captain America, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man.

Headline News Hasbro, Marvel Extend Strategic Licensing Agreement Through 2017

Hasbro will retain rights through 2017 to make toys and games based on new Marvel and Columbia Pictures theatrical releases and on Marvel's globally popular portfolio of superhero brands, including franchises such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Avengers, X-Men, Thor and Captain America.

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