Legion M Launch Press Release
Emmy Winning Technologists and Creators Team up to Launch Legion M, the World’s First Fan-Owned Entertainment Company
New Equity Crowd Funding Rules Enable Fans the First-of-its-kind Opportunity to Invest and Be a Part of the Creation of Movies, TV shows and more.
Silicon Valley, CA – March 9, 2016 – Legion M (www.thelegionm.com), the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, launches today - offering Fans the first-ever opportunity to invest and get involved in the creation of new films, TV shows and other innovative entertainment projects. Using the fundraising super powers recently introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a result of the JOBS Act, Legion M offers a genuine investment opportunity for entertainment Fans. The model is simple: With Legion M, FANS own the company, FANS get behind-the-scenes, and when we are successful—FANS share the rewards!
“Legion M is opening the gates to Hollywood and giving Fans the opportunity to be a part of the creation of new content. We're building a legion of ONE MILLION Fans to empower creators and make great content.” said Paul Scanlan, CEO and co-founder of Legion M. “After all, Fans are the reason that content exists, and for the first time in history, we are inviting Fans into Hollywood’s inner circle.”
Legion M’s slate of projects, which have yet to be announced, will be chosen with the help of an esteemed group of creative allies. The company is actively forming alliances with top Hollywood talents who have helped shape pop culture across multiple different platforms, including TV, comics, film, animation and immersive experiences.
At launch, this army of creatives includes Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the award-winning studio behind “Robot Chicken,” and Sony Crackle’s “SuperMansion”, Gaston Dominguez-Letelier and Meltdown Entertainment (Epicenter of Nerd culture in LA and birthplace of The Nerdist Ind. Studio and Showroom and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail), and Animal Repair Shop (the new content studio from the minds behind 42 Entertainment, the company responsible for the groundbreaking “Why So Serious” The Dark Knight and “ilovebees” Halo alternate reality games).
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partner Matthew Senreich said, “Connecting with Fans who have such a passion for the wide variety of content that emanates from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios means everything to us as creators, and Legion M’s new model presents an exciting new way to take fan engagement to the next level.”
Meltdown Founder and CEO Gaston Dominguez added, “How could any creative not want to work with Legion M? Financial backing, creative independence plus Fan engagement. It’s a no brainer.”
“Legion M represents a new future for content creators to develop and fund ideas outside of traditional industry models,” offers Animal Repair Shop CEO Susan Bonds. “Legion M offers opportunities to push boundaries further fueled directly by the Fans themselves, and we couldn’t be more excited about this new frontier of engagement.”
“The core of Legion M is the community,” says Jeff Annison, President and co-founder of Legion M. “By offering the public equity in our company and inviting them into the development process, we’re building a legion of Fans who are both emotionally and financially invested in our projects’ success. What could be more powerful than 1 million Fans working to help make content a hit?”
Fans will be able to invest in Legion M later this summer. Space will be limited, so starting today, we are allowing Fans to reserve their spot in the future round at www.joinlegionm.com. Fans can also be a part of the official Legion M launch at Silicon Valley Comic-Con March 18-20 (at booth # 713), and hear the founders speak on a panel on Saturday, March 19 at 12pm PST.
About Legion M
Legion M will be the world's first FAN-OWNED entertainment company. FANS own the company, FANS get behind the scenes, and when Legion M is successful—FANS share the rewards! Legion M co-founders Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison are the Emmy winning team who co-founded MobiTV, the pioneer and market leader in over the top and multiscreen platforms and content monetization, as well as the New York Rock Exchange which brought Fans and the musical artists they love together in partnership.
Legion M’s mission is to empower creators to push the boundaries, and empower Fans to be a part of the content they love. Join us at www.thelegionm.com.
About Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is an artist-friendly collective that houses some of the finest talent in all of animation. Founded by partners Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich and Eric Towner, the company has a knack for creating unique visuals and telling character driven stories with an uncanny sensibility. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is home to the longest running stop-motion show on television, “Robot Chicken” and Sony Crackle’s “SuperMansion,” as well as Sony Pictures Animation’s hybrid animated features “Superbago” and “Rabbids,” Denny’s “The Grand Slams,” Mattel’s “WWE Slam City,” L/Studio’s “Friendship All-Stars,” MAD’s stop-motion “Spy vs. Spy,” and Netflix’s upcoming “Buddy Thunderstruck” among many others.
The company’s two-building campus and state-of-the-art facility located in Burbank, CA, makes it the largest studio specializing in stop-motion animation in California. The company’s work covers the animation gamut, ranging from charming hand-crafted animation all the way to high-end feature quality animation. For more information, please visit www.leagueofbuddies.com.
About Meltdown Comics
Never Not Melting: Meltdown is Located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic, pop culture and comedy studios in the world. The 10,000 sq ft giant has garnered a reputation for hosting award winning comedy including Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, live shows as well as podcasting events in their collaborative space with the Nerdist and the NerdMelt Showroom. For more information, please visit www.meltcomics.com.
About Animal Repair Shop (42 Entertainment)
Animal Repair Shop is a new mixed reality studio bridging the gap between content and technology, stories and platforms. With a slate of original projects spanning film, television, location-based entertainment, AR, gaming and mobile, Animal Repair Shop is focused on bringing new forms of audience engagement to life in fun and unexpected ways. ARS was founded by preeminent alternate reality gaming pioneers Susan Bonds and Alex Lieu of 42 Entertainment, with over a decade of experience bringing stories to life that have engaged millions of people across the globe. 42 Entertainment’s award-winning work includes Xbox (Halo), PS4 (inFAMOUS) and PS3 (Resistance) videogames, films like “The Dark Knight,” “Spiderman,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “TRON: Legacy,” and the award-winning Nine Inch Nails "Year Zero" concept album as well as top EDM artist ZEDD’s latest album, “True Colors”.