Pop Culture Icon Bruce Campbell to Host New Original Series "LAST FAN STANDING" for Upcoming Digital Network CONtv
Cinedigm And Wizard World's New Network To Launch This February
With Fan-Favorite Film, TV And Original Entertainment Geared Towards the
Comic Con Community
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The forthcoming digital streaming service CONtv has announced it will be
kicking off production for a new original series, "LAST FAN STANDING,"
a game show hosted and produced by fan-favorite actor Bruce Campbell (The
Evil Dead, Army Of Darkness). Created in partnership with
Pop Quiz Entertainment, the series will be filmed live on the ground at
Wizard World Comic Con conventions nationwide with the first show taping
on Saturday, January 10 at New Orleans Comic Con. "LAST FAN STANDING"
engages event attendees through a proprietary audience response system,
where all patrons play along, competing for cash and prizes. The show
culminates with the top four players vying for the coveted title as
Campbell hunts for the "LAST FAN STANDING."
Bruce Campbell in "LAST FAN STANDING" (Photo: Business Wire)
Scheduled to launch next month, CONtv is a joint venture between
Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor, and Wizard World, a
leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions. "LAST
FAN STANDING" will be shot at various Wizard World events throughout
2015, and will premiere on CONtv later this year.
Wonder how much Thor's hammer weighs? Or how much damage the Vorpal
blade would inflict on a 5th-Level Cleric? Fans finally find vindication
in their hours studying comics, films, movies and more with host and
horror icon Campbell in this outrageous new quiz show. A collaboration
between his own production entity and Pop Quiz Entertainment, this will
be Campbell's first digital series.
"At a live preview during Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con last August,
six hundred screaming fans could barely hold their seats! It was obvious
to us that this would be a hit," said Chris McGurk, CEO of Cinedigm
Entertainment. "With a host as beloved in the fan community as Bruce,
there's no better fit for CONtv than ‘LAST FAN STANDING.' We
think of this series as a celebration of the pop culture obsession and
fan engagement that makes the CONtv audience so special."
"The audience went crazy for ‘LAST FAN STANDING' when we debuted
the game at Chicago Comic Con this summer! CONtv is the perfect place to
reach true fans, and we can't wait to challenge our audiences to find
out who is the ultimate pop culture guru," said Campbell.
"We love that CONtv will be bringing the excitement and action of our
conventions to fans across the country," says John Macaluso, CEO of
Wizard World. "By shooting ‘LAST FAN STANDING' on location, CONtv
viewers will be able to join in on the fan experience even when they
aren't able to be at the convention in person."
Steve Sellery, CEO of Pop Quiz Entertainment commented, "We created ‘LAST
FAN STANDING' to celebrate the excitement and the fandom of each
audience member, while providing them the chance to compete in a live
game show. This truly is a unique and highly experiential platform that
we trust will become a ‘fan favorite' well into the future."
The new series joins the recently announced "FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD,"
a horror-competition series from Alpine Labs, BlackBoxTV and Revolver
Picture Company. An unprecedented mash-up of the reality and scripted
genres, "FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" follows a collection of online
celebrities including Joey Graceffa, Jesse and Jeana (PrankvsPrank),
Justine Ezarik (iJustine), and more, as they face challenges in an
attempt to survive the undead's relentlessly grisly, and frighteningly
Additionally, CONtv also recently announced an expansive portfolio of
acquired film and television content available on the new digital
network. Carefully selected for the passionate fans that make up the
CONtv audience, the new partnerships enable the network to carry a deep
catalogue of the best in pop culture obsession from pulse-pounding
horror, to short-lived TV series, to cult classic films.
Upon its launch in February 2015, the digital service will be offered as
a free ad-supported platform as well as a low-cost monthly subscription
of $6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards and ticketing
bundle opportunities for Wizard World conventions. CONtv plans to launch
across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast,
Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Mac OS, mobile,
and tablet devices.
CONtv is a new digital entertainment network exclusively dedicated to
the fanspace. Launching in early 2015, CONtv will offer audiences access
to thousands of hours of original programming, elusive cult films and
television shows, celebrated genre movies, and exclusive live coverage
of Comic Con events nationwide. From quirky original series to an
eclectic catalog of 1200 must-watch titles, CONtv's seemingly endless
stream of animé, fantasy, grindhouse, horror, martial arts, sci-fi, and
superhero content will be available on demand through a free,
ad-supported format or a low-cost, subscription-based model of $6.99 a
month for premium content. CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm
Entertainment Group, the nation's largest independent distributor of
digital entertainment, and Wizard World, producers of the largest chain
of Comic Con and pop culture conventions in the U.S. Together, they
provide an unrivalled experiential hub of content, community, and
conventions across the broad spectrum of platforms including Android,
Apple TV, Chromecast, Mac OS, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV,
Windows, Xbox, mobile and tablet devices.
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) is a leading independent content distributor in
the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical
retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target,
iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand
platform on cable television. The company's library of over 52,000 films
and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama
Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed
independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the
Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from
brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery,
Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, The Jim Henson Company and
About Wizard World
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture
conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop
culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys,
video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and
more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each
event, with celebrity Q&A's, the Wizard World Film Festival,
comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening
parties and more. Wizard World also produces socialcon featuring social
media stars and will be launching CONtv, a digital media channel in
partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™.
About Pop Quiz Entertainment
Pop Quiz Entertainment develops and produces experiential events and
branded entertainment platforms for network, cable, syndicated and
online distribution, as well as live audiences across the nation. Pop
Quiz Entertainment is the media and production division of Rising Tide
Sports & Entertainment Group, with offices in Greenville, South Carolina
and Delray Beach, Florida. Pop Quiz Entertainment is currently producing
several shows, for live and broadcast audiences, including: "Last Fan
Standing," "Quest For The Best: The Armed Forces Trivia Challenge",
"Hasbro Live," and "Match Play."
The 2015 Wizard World schedule is available at: wizd.me/PRSchedule2015.
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