You may remember back in the mid 1990’s when two billionaire financiers Ron Perelman and Carl Icahn spent millions (I heard $50 million) in legal fees in the fight over the Marvel Comics empire. Marvel Comics’ success, as we all know, was largely due to Stan Lee’s creative genius. According to Publishers Weekly, when Ron Perelman bought Marvel in 1989, he described the company, home to heroes like Captain America and the Fantastic Four, as "a mini-Disney in terms of intellectual property."
Now Stan Lee is starting his own "mini disney" with the formation of his new company, Pow!Entertainment (OTC:POWN). POWN is an undiscovered company - but it won't likely stay that way for long with the following projects in the works:
- Stan Lee's reality telvision show, "Who Wants To Be A Superhero" airs next month.
- Paris Hilton stated on KIIS radio recently that she is working on a project with Stan Lee.
- The Hollywood Reporter leaked that POWN will be doing "Foreverman" with Paramount Studios.Read the Hollywood Reporter article The article states, "Hellboy" writer Peter Briggs has been hired to write the screenplay in collaboration with Lee."
- The Company has already developed a substantial portfolio of over 40 new Stan Lee projects that are currently in various stages of development with entertainment giants like Robert Evans, Paramount, IDT, Ringo Starr, MTV, Hugh Hefner, Cheyenne Enterprises, SciFi Channel, New Line, VIBE, Jeff Franklin (Stuart Little), Michelle Rodriguez (now appearing in the ABC's "Lost"), the reality show producer Bruce Nash (For Love or Money, Meet My Folks), JJ Armes, Cinder Block, The Jim Henson Company, Valcom, Vidiator, Market China Inc., Celebrities in Action, and more. (The term "development" can include all the activities required between the inception of the idea for a project through its ultimate production and release) Additionally, Stan Lee has conceived and materialized scores of original story ideas for POW!."
POW! Entertainment has the exclusive rights and ownership in perpetuity to the name "Stan Lee," his likeness, brand and signature slogans "Stan Lee Presents," "Excelsior" and "Stan's Soap Box." POW! also acquired most of the intellectual properties created by Stan Lee during the period beginning after his tenure as Marvel's chief creative officer, editor in chief, and publisher and predate POW! Entertainment. The rights are in addition to new properties that are currently being developed by Stan Lee for other major entertainment conglomerates on behalf of POW! Entertainment.
POW! has attracted the attention of major motion picture studios, television networks, animation studios, "A-list" actors, directors, producers and writers along with publishers, video gaming and telecommunication giants, all of whom are vying for unique content with broad appeal. The word is out that POW!'s prolific founder Stan Lee has been creating at an unprecedented rate and this past year has been extremely productive. POW! has entered into numerous multi-layered negotiations and deals with members of the top echelon of the Entertainment Industry for the licensing rights to develop and produce a multitude of POW!'s exclusive Stan Lee creations.
Stan Lee is the co-creator of The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Spiderman, XMEN, and The Fantastic Four - all properties of Marvel Comics.
To learn more about the Perelman - Icahn battle, you can check out the book, "Comic Wars : How Two Tycoons Battled Over the Marvel Comics Empire--And Both Lost" by Dan Raviv on Amazon.com
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www.StanLeeWeb.com - The #1 independent Stan Lee fan site
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POW! (Purveyors Of Wonder) Specializes in new characters and franchises created by Stan Lee, Chief Creative Officer at POW!. Utilizing Stan's core group of writers, management then decides on the best way to develop these characters through its relationships with strategic alliances for funding and distribution of these new franchises. These new characters can be introduced through various mediums such as: Live action and animation feature films, television, DVDs and wireless. All of these opportunities serve to establish POW!'s franchises globally. There are approximately 20 new franchise characters in development including El Lobo, Chameleon, Thunder Rider, Whirlwind, Doubleman, Nightbird, and Blaze. Another 20 are in initial stages of development and another 40 to be introduced. POW! Also vertically looks at other ancillary opportunities to use Stan's recognized brand such as video games, toys, apparel, publishing and other licensing and merchandising. Through POW!'s relationship with new technologies and other forms of distribution, these new characters can be introduced with amazing frequency."
Projects In Development
POW! currently has over 40 projects "in development". The term "in development" can include all the activities required between the inception of the idea, which includes writing and production for a project through to its ultimate distribution.
WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO? - It is a tongue-in-cheek fantasy contest show in partnership with reality guru Bruce Nash ("Meet My Folks" and "Mr. Personality") and comic pioneer Stan Lee. http://www.scifi.com/superhero/.
IDT Entertainment and Stan Lee Sign Agreement to Co-Produce and Distribute Animated Properties for Broadcast and Direct for DVD Distribution
*IDT Entertainment has acquired exclusive distribution rights for all POW! Entertainment animated DVD properties.
*The companies also announced they will co-produce and co-develop a minimum of six animation projects for Direct-to-DVD distribution and broadcast.
According to the terms of the agreement Stan Lee will create original characters for six new animated productions in a series entitled, "Stan Lee Presents." Initial plans have identified direct-to-video and broadcast as potential distribution channels.Read More...
STRIPPERELLA - An animated series you may have seen on SpikeTV, featuring Pamela Anderson. It is presently being packaged as a DVD and developing licensing and merchandising opportunities.
POW! Entertainment has a production deal with Bruce Willis and Arnold Rifkin's Cheyenne Enterprises to develop the following feature films:
POW! Entertainment has a production deal with MGM and Cheyenne Enterprises to develop the following television shows:
Paragon / Earthwalker
Heroes At Large
LIVE ACTION FEATURES:
The Double Man
Sound of Fear
Blaze, the Man God
LIVE ACTION TELEVISION:
In addition to the foregoing projects that are
actively being promoted and developed by POW, which has over 45 other projects that are either ready for active promotion and development, or that will be ready in the near future.
Why Pow! Entertainment?
** Founded by Stan Lee, creator of the modern superhero; Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, etc.
** Pow! Entertainment has begun the process to become a fully reporting company.
** There has been a warm reception by the major studios, networks, top screenwriters, directors and actors who have been supporting Pow! Entertainment's projects.
**In the light of all that's been accomplished, Stan enthusiastically declares: "The preliminary work is done. Now it's time to reap the rewards."
Stan Lee - Founder Chairman and Chief Creative Officer
Known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel Comics to its preeminent position in the comicbook industry, Stan Lee's singular co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange among many others. Lee first became publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972 and is presently the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Enterprises, Inc. and a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. In 1977, he introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip that went on to become the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips. Spider-Man now appears in more than 500 newspapers worldwide, still written by Stan -- making it the longest running of all Super Hero strips.
Without question, Stan 'the Man' Lee has exerted more influence over the comic book industry than anyone in history. He created or co-created 90 percent of Marvel's recognized characters, which have been successfully licensed and marketed since 1965. The numbers are staggering -- more than 2 billion of his comicbooks have been published in 75 countries and in 25 languages. In Europe alone, Stan Lee's name appears on over 35 million comics annually. Each year, X-Men sells more than 13 million copies.
In 1981 Stan Lee transformed his Spider-Man and Hulk creations into Saturday morning and syndicated television cartoons. When Marvel Comics and Marvel Productions were acquired by New World Entertainment in 1986, Stan's horizons expanded even further, giving him the opportunity to become more deeply involved in the creation and development of filmed projects for both the big and small screen. He supervised such diverse animated series as X-Men, Spider-Man and The Hulk. To date, Stan's characters have populated over 24 separate television series, all of which continue in syndication around the world. The 1998 hit movie Blade, based on a Marvel character, has inspired an upcoming sequel and plans are underway for a sequel to the mega-hit X-Men: speaking of mega hits, the record of the block buster sensation Spiderman speaks for itself. Additionally, many of Stan's other creations, such as The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Mighty Thor and Silver Surfer are in development for motion pictures and TV series. Also, a number of Lee's classic animated series are also available on video, released globally by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The saturation factor is high - the X-Men series has a 90 percent recognition factor among the 30 million American children between the ages of 6 and 14.
Stan Lee's admirers are not limited to the younger generation -- his avowed fans include Presidents (Ronald Reagan once said he started every day reading the Spider-Man newspaper strip and George Bush praised Lee for encouraging and assisting "millions of young people to broaden their own imaginations") and media titans (Steven Spielberg once explained that "Stan and I do the same thing, except for the fact that my pictures move.") and even his competitors ("Most of my generation of writers learned our craft from or through Stan Lee. He's an incredible part of the business," said Paul Levitz, publisher of DC Comics).
Now, despite the incredible record of his past achievements, as we enter the 21st Century, Stan--with the characteristic enthusiasm of a teenager--feels that his creative career is just beginning.
Gill Champion, President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of POW! Entertainment
Gill Champion is a seasoned award winning producer who has worked with industry legends Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Lawrence Olivier, Gregory Peck and Edward Asner, Ken Wahl in addition to many others. His 25 plus years in the entertainment industry encompasses extensive executive experience in global entertainment, marketing, retail and licensing industries. Prior to teaming up with Stan Lee, Mr. Champion was the Vice President of Mirage Holdings, Inc. and was the production executive on the motion picture Jinnah. Mr. Champion additionally was CEO and Chairman of American CinemaStores, Inc., a public company that operated approximately 150 retail outlets with an extensive apparel division that created designs and marketing strategies for Baywatch and Forrest Gump. Mr. Champion also has exceptional depth and experience in television and motion picture production and technology. Mr. Champion was executive in charge of Faerie Tale Theatre with Shelley Duvall while Vice President of Gaylord Productions. He was the Producer for Fort Apache the Bronx with Paul Newman and won the Producer of the Year Award. In addition, he was in charge of production for The Shining and The Boys from Brazil, while Vice President of the Producers Circle Company.