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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Stan Lee, Marvel Sued for $750 Million by Ex-Shareholders

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that shareholders from an old Stan Lee venture are looking for a settlement amounting to $750 million in profits from films and other works based on Marvel comic characters like SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN and IRON MAN.

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Spider-Man and Barack Obama Team Up

Marvel Comics' new issue of SPIDER-MAN will feature soon-to-be inaugurated President-Elect Barack Obama.

Written by Zeb Wells with art by Todd Nauck and Frank D'Armata, the story takes place in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day and finds one of Spider-Man's oldest foes attempting to thwart the swearing in ceremony of the 44th President of the United States.

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Connors Named COO at Marvel Studios

Tim Connors has been named Chief Operating Officer of Marvel Studios, the Hollywood subsidiary of Marvel Ent. In his new role, Connors will manage Marvel Studios' day-to-day business operations as well as oversee the business transactions for all studio productions including the anticipated releases of IRON MAN 2 on May 7, 2010, THOR on July 16, 2010, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on May 6, 2011, THE AVENGERS in July 15, 2011 and ANT MAN.

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Thor Getting Animated For TV

Marvel Animation is expanding its slate of offerings with 26 action-packed half-hour episodes of an all-new animated television series based on THOR. The THOR series will be self-produced by Marvel and is scheduled to launch fall 2010 following Marvel's live-action THOR feature film in summer of 2010.

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Joe Johnston Recruited To Direct Captain America

Marvel Studios has hired Joe Johnston to direct FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The studio is hearing pitches and is expected to hire a writer soon to adapt the classic comic book character. Kevin Feige with Marvel is producing.

Starting with IRON MAN, Marvel has set in motion a film path leading to a big AVENGERS film for 2011. THOR, the IRON MAN sequel and CAPTAIN AMERICA (set for May 6, 2011) all will lay the ground work.

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Iron Man Propels Marvel To Q3 Gain

For Q3 2008, Marvel reported net sales of $182.5 million and net income of $50.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared to net sales of $123.6 million and net income of $36.3 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in Q3 2007. The year-over-year improvement reflects an earlier-than-expected recognition of approximately $60 million in film revenues associated with the box office performance of Marvel's IRON MAN feature film.

However, with the lack of a new film scheduled for 2009, Marvel Chairman Morton Handel expects next year to be more modest.

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TELETOON Set To Become Home Of Marvel In Canada

TELETOON Canada Inc. and Marvel Animation have entered into a multi-year output deal that sees TELETOON become the home of Marvel Animation in Canada. Beginning in spring 2009, a broad spectrum of Marvel animated series will air on TELETOON networks in both English and French. The agreement sees Marvel deliver a minimum of 182 episodes of first-run animation for broadcast and includes rights for additional platforms including broadband, video-on-demand, mobile and other online opportunities.

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Paramount To Continue Distributing Marvel Studios' Films

Paramount Pictures will distribute Marvel Studios' next five self-produced feature films on a worldwide basis.

The deal, an extension of the original agreement made by Brad Grey when he arrived as CEO and Chairman of Paramount, includes theatrical distribution in foreign territories previously serviced by Marvel through local distribution entities (Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Australia/New Zealand). This new worldwide distribution pact capitalizes on Marvel and Paramount’s successful efforts with IRON MAN, which has grossed $574 million worldwide for Marvel.

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Marvel's Thor Hammer Could Be Held By Kenneth Branagh

Director and actor Kenneth Branagh is in negotiations to direct Marvel Studios' THOR, per VARIETY.

THOR is set for a July 16, 2010 release date, just more than two months after IRON MAN 2 bows on May 7, 2010. Branagh, known best for his Shakespeare films, has not directed a film heavy on action since HENRY V in 1989, about the play about the English king's bloody conquest of France.

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Marvel Launches New Iron Man, Hulk Comics For Online Only

For the first time, Marvel Ent. is creating comic book series exclusively for the Web with new IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK series coming this fall. They will only available via an online subscription service, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited at www.marvel.com/digitalcomics.

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Lionsgate To Distribute Wolverine & The X-Men

Lionsgate has acquired the home entertainment distribution rights to WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN, a new animated series from Marvel Ent, extending the current relationship between the two companies.

Lionsgate will retain the United States home distribution rights to all 26 half-hour episodes of WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN,(a co-production with Toonz Ent., Singapore and First Serve International), scheduled to air on Nicktoons Network beginning in January 2009.

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Marvel Nearing Deal For Iron Man 2 Scribe

Marvel is reportedly close to a deal with writer Justin Theroux to pen the sequel to IRON MAN, per VARIETY.

The comic's film division is also close to a deal to bring back director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey, Jr. for a film it has already announced it will release in April 2010.

Theroux is an actor-writer, best known for roles in CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE, HBO's SIX FEET UNDER and miniseries JOHN ADAMS. He recently wrote DreamWorks comedy TROPIC THUNDER, arriving from Paramount in August.

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Marvel Studios Will Now Run Away

RUNAWAYS is the latest Marvel Comics book to run for the big screen for Marvel Studios, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Co-creator Brian K. Vaughan is writing the screenplay and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will producer. Vaughan is also a co-producer and writer for ABC's LOST.

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Marvel Super Hero Squad Coming to THQ

THQ Inc. and Marvel Ent., Inc. announced that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to create videogames based on the burgeoning, kid-friendly MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD franchise. As part of the multiyear agreement, THQ has obtained the exclusive, worldwide rights to publish content for all current and next-generation consoles, handheld systems, as well as Windows PC. The initial MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD game is scheduled for release in fall 2009.

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Marvel Execs Reap Benefits of Iron Man Success

In the wake of IRON MAN's success, Marvel Studios execs Kevin Feige and David Maisel are reaping the benefits. According to VARIETY, Feige has been upped to president and Maisel has signed on as the chairmen of the film unit through 2010.

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Schedule Looks Super For Marvel

Following a huge, $100 million-plus opening weekend for its first film IRON MAN, Marvel Studios has announced their schedule through 2011, per VARIETY.

As rumored, the IRON MAN sequel will bow on April 30, 2010, the first summer weekend of the year. THOR is also headed for a '10 opening on June 4. Matthew Vaughn is set to direct the film about the Norse god who wields a giant hammer.

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Marvel Promotes Eric Rollman To President, Marvel Animation

In a move designed to further strengthen the company's presence in the animation and home entertainment markets, Marvel Entertainment has promoted Eric Rollman to President, Marvel Animation.

In his new role, Rollman -- who was most recently Executive Vice President, Home Entertainment & TV Production for Marvel Studios -- will oversee Marvel's animation slate, as well as partnerships with key broadcasters and home entertainment studios. Rollman will report directly to Simon Philips, President of Marvel Entertainment International.

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