AMC’S “THE WALKING DEAD” BECOMES FIRST TELEVISION SERIES FEATURED AT BOTH UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS EXPERIENCES
Guests Experience The Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” At Nation’s Best Halloween Events
ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca. (July 18, 2012) — Caught in the middle of a high-intensity struggle for survival, you fight off hordes of flesh-hungry, growling “walkers,” or zombies. No place is safe as you make your way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with horror at every turn. Will you survive?
This fall, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are joining forces with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for their Halloween Horror Nights events. Visitors to both theme parks will be able to experience the horror of AMC’s blockbuster original series, “The Walking Dead,” in elaborately themed, haunted mazes. It marks the first-time Universal Studios has featured a television series at Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts.
The Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning, series “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one drama series in basic cable history for adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
Universal Studios’ Halloween creative teams are working with AMC and “The Walking Dead,” to create an authentic experience that is true to the Emmy Award-winning hit series. The haunted mazes on both coasts feature eerily authentic, elaborately designed, movie-quality sets that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Mobs of undead walkers bring to “life” the vicious, hungry, zombies from the show.
“We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in seasons one and two – and will continue to face in our third season,” said Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Artist for the series. “Our collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show.”
“The collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is a fantastic cross-promotional opportunity and a great way to capture the spirit of the series, which makes its season three debut on AMC this October,” said Linda Schupack, AMC’s Executive Vice President of Marketing.
“‘The Walking Dead’ puts real people in incredibly horrific situations where they experience true, raw fear, and guests at Halloween Horror Nights experience the same thing,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. “We can’t wait to merge the two powerful concepts together.”
“With ‘The Walking Dead,’ we want to make fans of the series feel like they are literally walking in the footsteps of the show’s characters, experiencing all of the horrific events from the series just as they experienced them,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood. “The goal is to make guests of Halloween Horror Nights feel like they are trapped in the world of ‘The Walking Dead,’ using all of the attention to detail and movie-quality production values that Halloween Horror Nights has become famous for. You’re no longer sitting on a couch, watching a show…you’re living it!”
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights® events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from film to nightmares — and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”
For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
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Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena. World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” indoor roller coaster and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” as well as the critically acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride—3D.”
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.
THE CASTS AND PRODUCERS OF AMC’S “THE Walking Dead” “Breaking Bad” AND “COMIC BOOK MEN” INVADE COMIC CON 2012
“Talking Dead” Host Chris Hardwick Moderates “The Walking Dead” Panel On Friday, July 13 at 1:25pm, Hall H
“Breaking Bad” Panel Featuring Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan and Cast Takes Place Friday, July 13 at 6:45pm, Ballroom 20
Kevin Smith Discusses New Season of Unscripted Series “Comic Book Men” During Panel on Saturday, July 14 at 10pm, Hall H
WHAT: The cast and producers of AMC’s breakout hit series “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” will participate in hour-long panels at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA. Moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, “The Walking Dead” panelists will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated third season, which debuts in October. The “Breaking Bad” panel, moderated by TV Guide’s Mike Schneider, will cover the series’ success to date and preview its final season which kicks off Sunday, July 15 at 10pm. In addition, Kevin Smith will discuss the new season of his unscripted series “Comic Book Men,” for which he serves as executive producer, during his annual Comic-Con panel.
WHO: “The Walking Dead” panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Denai Guerrero, David Morrisey, Executive Producer and Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman and Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero.
“Breaking Bad” panelists include: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Jonathan Banks and Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan
Kevin Smith, “Comic Book Men” executive producer
WHEN: “The Walking Dead”
Autograph session on Friday, July 13 at 10:45am at Booth #3721
Panel on Friday, July 13 at 1:25pm in Hall H
Press round table interviews available on Friday, July 13 at 3pm
Panel on Friday, July 13 at 6:45pm in Hall 20
Autograph session on Saturday, July 14 at 10am in Booth #4229
Press round table interviews available on Friday, July 13 at 11:30am
“Comic Book Men”
Kevin Smith’s annual Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 14 at 10pm in Hall H
Space is limited and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis
About “The Walking Dead”
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” reigns as the most watched drama series on basic cable for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. The series has garnered an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up and a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, among other accolades.
About “Breaking Bad”
The explosive drama series that Variety calls “simply one of TV’s great addictions,” returns to AMC for the first part of its final season on Sunday, July 15 at 10pm ET/PT. The final season of the Emmy® Award-winning drama consists of 16 episodes, with the first eight episodes beginning July 15 and culminating with the series’ final eight episodes next summer 2013. Created by acclaimed writer, producer, and director Vince Gilligan and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the critically acclaimed series has garnered six Primetime Emmy® Award wins and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011). In the highly anticipated new season, a newly empowered and increasingly remorseless Walt White (Bryan Cranston) finds himself attempting to control a tenuous empire. But uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
About “Comic Book Men”
Executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State), “Comic Book Men” dives deep into fanboy culture by following the antics in and around master fanboy Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, where both staff and customers geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them. Leading the crew behind the Secret Stash counter are moody manager Walt, uber-nerd Mike, career slacker Brian, and Ming, the shop’s go-to whipping boy. As the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with Kevin through their outrageous podcast, which is woven throughout the series.
Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga sign at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM for the release of The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.
In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.
About this Author
ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC’s critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead.
JAY BONANSINGA is a critically-acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
The Nerdist boys welcome Robert Kirkman on May 26th at 8pm. Best known for his work on Marvel Zombies, Invincible, and The Walking Dead, (now an AMC TV show), this comic book legend will sit down with the boys in the back of a comic book store turned theater and discuss whatever comes up. After the panel, stick around for a signing with Kirkman! Follow him on Twitter at @robertkirkman
Look for *The Walking Dead *issue #85 on May 25th, *The Walking Dead Volume 14,* out on June 15th (available at Brick & Mortar Indy book sellers.), Kirkman’s highly anticipated collaboration with Rob Liefeld, *The infinite,** *due out August 3rd, and especially look for Kirkman at San Diego & NY Comic Cons
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Robert Kirkman leads zombie fans on a post-WonderCon pub crawl.
Isotope Comics, iFanboy and Image Comics Team Up For A Once In A Lifetime Zombie Apocalypse Bar Crawl With Fans
Berkeley, CA — March 25, 2011 – The dead will rise and take over San Francisco this April 1. Robert Kirkman of THE WALKING DEAD fame and hoards of his zombified fans will invade the apocalypse-worthy drinking establishments of the city by the bay, seeking the flesh of the living, and quite possibly some adult beverages as well. Isotope Comics, iFanboy, and Image Comics are teaming up for a night the city will never forget.
Walking Dead and Robert Kirkman fans of legal drinking age are welcome to join the tour as we explore the saloon strongholds throughout San Francisco. Those who fear to walk among the dead or long to trade survivor stories with Mr. Kirkman himself can buy a ticket to ride in style aboard a San Francisco tour bus with Robert Kirkman, James Sime and Conor Kilpatrick and Ron Richards of iFanboy.
James Sime, proprietor of Isotope Comics, shares tips for surviving the night, “It’s time to get zombified San Francisco!” said Sime, “Grabbing a seat on this insanely cool bus will score you VIP transport to our every stop, an exclusive WALKING DEAD SF BAR CRAWL SURVIVAL GUIDE to get autographed, and will have you rubbing shoulders with the always awesome Robert Kirkman for what will no doubt be one of the most fun nights of your life! Wear your best zombie gear, indulge in one of the many of THE WALKING DEAD drink specials the bars will be serving all night, and get a personal introduction to Robert Kirkman from yours truly! What could be better!?”
There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase to ride along on this apocalyptic zombie bar crawl aboard the world famous MAGIC BUS (www.magicbussf.com). Tickets cost $50 and go on sale at 3 PM Eastern / Noon Pacific on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
For those who miss out on this limited ticket sale, there will be another chance to win a ticket for themselves and a friend by visiting the Image Comics booth #401 at WonderCon in San Francisco. All purchases made there on Friday April 1st will enter fans in a ticket raffle. Robert Kirkman will draw the winning raffle number there at the Image Comics booth #401 at 4:30 pm.
“This stands to be one of the most unforgettable nights ever,” said iFanboy’s Ron Richards, “We’ve had some fun times with iFanboy and Isotope and all the great comic fans of San Francisco, but adding Robert Kirkman and Image Comics to our bar crawl will be epic! But we also want as many WALKING DEAD fans as possible to get to join in on the madness!”
Next week, THE WALKING DEAD zombie bar crawl route and the estimated times of arrival for the bus with Robert Kirkman will be posted on www.isotopecomics.com and www.ifanboy.com, as well as be available at Isotope Comics at 326 Fell St, San Francisco and the Image Comics booth #401 at Wonder Con.
The Walking Dead Zombie Bar Crawl
Friday, April 1, 2011 – 7 PM to 2 AM
First Stop: Shine – 1337 Mission St @ 9th
Appearing In Person
Frank Darabont, Writer / Director / Executive Producer
Gale Ann Hurd, Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer / Creator of Comic Book
Andrew Lincoln, “Rick Grimes”
Sarah Wayne Callies, “Lori Grimes”
Jon Bernthal, “Shane Walsh”
Laurie Holden, “Andrea“
Jeffrey DeMunn, “Dale”
Steven Yeun, “Glenn”
Emma Bell, “Amy”
October 25, 2010 by Colin Solan
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AMC’s DRAMA SERIES “THE WALKING DEAD” STRIKES MAJOR CITIES WORLDWIDE WITH ZOMBIE INVASION
26 Cities “Infected,” Including New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London, Munich, Madrid, Rome, Athens, Johannesburg, Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires
AMC and Fox International Channels (FIC) Unveil Plan to Stage Global Invasions on Tuesday, October 26
October 25, 2010 – In anticipation of the premiere of AMC’s new drama series, “The Walking Dead,” on Sunday October 31 at 10 p.m., AMC and FOX international networks plan to stage a worldwide zombie invasion stunt. “The Walking Dead’s” international broadcaster, Fox International Channels (FIC), will kick-off the stunts with overseas invasions beginning at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 26, and moving across the globe where the stunt culminates at the show’s Los Angeles premiere.
A week prior to the unprecedented global premiere of the show, AMC and FIC have planned to target one day multi-city events that will occur during morning commute peak hours. Taking direction from “The Walking Dead’s” legendary make-up artist Greg Nicotero, hundreds of zombies will consecutively take over major cities worldwide during a 24-hour period. The planned global outbreaks will center in and around the world’s major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more. They will begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong, followed by Istanbul, Madrid, Munich, London, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, New York City and Los Angeles, among others. Attacking a total of 26 cities, each outbreak will be documented and shared with fans the world over as it happens.
“The Walking Dead” Global Zombie Invasion Attacks
New York City, USA
Washington DC, USA
San Francisco, USA
Los Angeles, USA
Johannesburg, S. Africa
London, UK – Westminster
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mexico City, Mexico
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Video and photo assets documenting the stunt will be delivered as released on the day of the stunt, and will also be available for download here…
“The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. For the first time ever, the series will begin to premiere globally a few hours after AMC’s U.S. launch. Similar to a theatrical film release, all FIC markets will launch the first episode during the same week, before the release of the second episode in the US. “The Walking Dead” will debut in 120 countries, air in 33 languages and be viewed in 250 million households when it premieres.
“The Walking Dead”, AMC’s original series, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serves as Executive Producer.
AMC TO PREMIERE THE FIRST FULL SCENES FROM “THE WALKING DEAD” AT NY COMIC CON
PANEL EVENT WITH EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS FRANK DARABONT, GALE ANNE HURD, ROBERT KIRKMAN
AND CAST ANDREW LINCOLN, SARAH WAYNE CALLIES, JON BERNTHAL, LAURIE HOLDEN AND STEVEN YEUN
Panel on Sunday, October 10th at 2:15pm
Series Premieres on Halloween, October 31 at 10pm
NEW YORK, NY – September 24, 2010 – During New York Comic Con, AMC will premiere the first full scenes from the network’s highly anticipated series, “The Walking Dead.” In addition to the exclusive preview, the stars and producers of the drama, based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman, will be present for a panel scheduled for Sunday, October 10 at 2:15pm in the IGN Theater. The event will include series stars Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific”), Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”), Laurie Holden (The Mist), and Steven Yeun (“The Big Bang Theory”). Joining the cast are writer, director, executive producer and three-time Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) and executive producers, Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon). “The Walking Dead” will premiere on Halloween at 10pm EST on AMC.
During the 90-minute event, moderator Eric Moro of IGN.com will lead panelists in a discussion about their experience shooting the “The Walking Dead,” and the process of bringing Kirkman’s comic book to life on the small screen, among other topics. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session with attendees.
About “The Walking Dead”
“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after a zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Lincoln) travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include the Emmy® Award-winning dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and entertaining non-scripted programming such as AMC News. AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with curated movie franchises like AMC Hollywood Icon and AMC Complete Collection. Available in more than 96 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, which includes sister networks IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.