Lionsgate Unveils Comic-Con SVOD Service Name and Logo14 Mar, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
'Comic-Con HQ' beta testing May 7 with official bow in June
Comic-Con is going OTT.
Lionsgate and Comic-Con International March 14 announced their joint-venture subscription streaming service, Comic-Con HQ, will roll out free beta access on May 7. The official launch is planned for June, ahead of the annual San Diego Comic-Con International confab in July. The subscription price has not been disclosed.
Comic-Con HQ will feature original scripted and unscripted series, recurring daily and weekly entertainment commentary, plus access to a library of live and archival programming from the renowned sci-fi/pop culture conferences, a curated selection of film and TV genre titles, and behind-the-scenes access and bonus features from genre titles.
“For nearly half a century, Comic-Con has served as the definitive common ground where the fans of genre entertainment come together to express their passion for comics and pop culture,” Seth Laderman, EVP and GM for Comic-Con HQ, said in a statement. “Comic-Con HQ aspires to extend that exchange 365 days a year.”
Indeed, the multi-genre fan convention concept has expanded beyond San Diego through myriad events around the country produced by Wizard World. The company a year ago, together with Cinedigm, bowed CONtv, a $6.99 SVOD service.
Meanwhile, Comic-Con HQ will feature sci-fi/pop culture personalities curating entertainment news and commentary. G4 alum Adam Sessler (“X-Play”) will executive produce programs on comics, science and gaming, along with hosting an interview series. Fellow G4 star Kevin Pereira (“Attack of the Show”) and his company Attack Media will executive produce an entertainment pop culture news show and late night talk show format. Other formats include roundtable discussions, a weekly movie talk in partnership with Complex’s Collider inspired by their “Collider Movie Talk” series, and another all-female panel on pop culture from a female perspective.
In addition to a collection of licensed film and TV series featuring science-fiction, fantasy, cult classics, action/adventure and horror, Comic-Con HQ will offer original scripted and unscripted series. They include comedy series “Kings of Con,” inspired by real-life fan convention experiences from “Supernatural” stars Richard Speight and Rob Benedict; the science entertainment program, “Impossible Science,” starring illusionist Jason Latimer, who explores breakthrough technologies capable of achieving his feats of magic with real science.
An unscripted series with fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand “Her Universe” will be hosted by founder/actress Ashley Eckstein. The show follows contestants as they design their geek couture concepts for the catwalk of a live San Diego Comic-Con fashion show.
The SVOD service will also feature online access to San Diego Comic-Con with live-streamed programming, airing of select panels, and first-time video access to the convention floor and sanctioned events, including the Masquerade and the Eisner Awards.