WBTV Swings Into NYCC: Watchmen, Batgirl And More

In just 3 short weeks, New York Comic Con will be taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

While programming for the show is still being slowly released, WB has released their TV show line up for the comic convention.

Friday October 4:
Watchmen Exclusive Pilot Screening and Q&A –– Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, HBO’s upcoming series Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while breaking new ground of its own. From the co-creator of The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof’s new series is set in contemporary 2019, where roughly 30 years have passed since the original Watchmen story. Please join producers and series stars for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode of the HBO series, followed by a panel discussion. Watchmen premieres October 20 and airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.
3:45-5:45 PM Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Saturday October 5:
Castle Rock Season Two World Premiere Screening and Q&A –– J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s hit psychological horror series returns! Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine forestland. In season two, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Panelists include series stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Elsie Fisher, along with co-creator and showrunner Dustin Thomason. Castle Rock premieres Wednesday, October 23, only on Hulu.
3:30-5:00 PM The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden


Sunday October 6
Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Now that the Gargoyle King has been revealed, The Black Hood is dead and Hiram is in jail, can Archie and the gang have a normal senior year? Riverdale returns for its second appearance at New York Comic Con to discuss the new mysteries of season four, including the shocking finale flash forward and what it means for Jughead and the others. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Mark Consuelos and Skeet Ulrich, plus executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Riverdale returns for season four October 9, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
10:30-11:30 AM The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Manifest Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Last season’s breakout hit drama returns with more heart-pounding mystery and answers to some of season one’s biggest questions! When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely in New York after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. Join the series cast and executive producer/creator Jeff Rake as they delve even further into the mystery of Flight 828, and offer a special sneak peek at some exclusive new footage! Manifest’s second season will air midseason on NBC, and is produced by Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television.
11:35-12:05 AM The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Roswell, New Mexico Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Following the shocking season one finale where Max used his powers to resurrect Rosa while not realizing that he was sacrificing his own life in the process, join the Roswell, New Mexico team as they return for a second appearance at New York Comic Con! In season two, Liz mourns her lost love by seeking comfort in science, both earthly and extraterrestrial, as Rosa turns to Kyle to help her find her place in the unfamiliar territory of 2019. In their grief, Isobel explores potentially dangerous methods of self-defense, and Michael spirals into some old bad habits, putting his relationships with Maria and Alex at risk. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Dean Parsons, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles and Tyler Blackburn, along with executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie, Chris Hollier and Julie Plec. Roswell, New Mexico will return midseason on The CW.
12:10-1:00 PM The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Harley Quinn Screening –– Catch an early look at this upcoming adult animated action-comedy series coming soon to DC UNIVERSE. Harley Quinn puts everyone’s favorite Gotham villainess front and center as Harley has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Voicing the title role of Harley Quinn, Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) leads an all-star comedic voice cast which includes Lake Bell (Bless This Mess), Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol), Tony Hale (Veep), Ron Funches (Powerless), JB Smoove (Spiderman: Far From Home), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Chris Meloni (Happy!), Jim Rash (Community), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) and so many more. Harley Quinn is produced by Ehsugadee Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation, with executive producers Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey.
1:05-1:30 PM The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A –– Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Join cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns (Arrow, The Flash, Titans) and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Batwoman stars Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black, The Meg, XXX: Return of Xander Cage), Rachel Skarsten (Reign, Fifty Shades of Grey, Lost Girl), Meagan Tandy (Survivor’s Remorse, UnREAL, Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You), Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage, The Sun Is Also a Star), Elizabeth Anweis (Twin Peaks) and Dougray Scott (Taken 3, Hitman, Mission: Impossible 2). Marcos Siega (You, God Friended Me, Blindspot) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer alongside David Nutter (Game of Thrones, Arrow, The Flash). Batwoman premieres October 6, airing Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Based on characters from DC, the series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
1:35-2:45 PM The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Black LightningKaty KeeneLegaciesProdigal Son and Titans — Will also be featured for Sunday’s Warner Bros. Television Block and will include an exclusive presentation of new footage from the upcoming seasons.

Year Of Naruto: 20th Anniversary launching at NYCC

VIZ Media Celebrates Naruto’s 20th Anniversary with The Year Of Naruto

The World’s Most Popular Ninja Marks His Platinum

Anniversary With Special Products, Activations And

Collaborations With Top Lifestyle Brands

San Francisco, CA, September 5, 2019 – Multimedia entertainment company VIZ Media will mark the 20th anniversary of NARUTO with a national brand campaign, the YEAR OF NARUTO, launching at the upcoming New York Comic Con 2019 (NYCC). The beloved action/adventure franchise has become synonymous with Japanese pop culture and exemplifies the massive international popularity of anime and manga.

To celebrate NARUTO’s manga origins and kick off the YEAR OF NARUTO, VIZ Media will debut one-of-a-kind, limited edition manga-inspired products at NYCC. The exclusive items available to North American fans for the first time include an official NARUTO skateboard deck by Hypland and a hand-numbered, exclusive poster with hologram details featuring Naruto in various stages of his evolution, from a ninja-in-training, all the way to a full-fledged Hokage.

VIZ Media’s YEAR OF NARUTO campaign will continue throughout 2020 and will feature a wide range of yet-to-be announced officially licensed brand activations. These include video games, events featuring pop-up installations, panel discussions and other special live programming, and an array of product activations and collaborations with top global lifestyle brands.

“The YEAR OF NARUTO is a fitting tribute to a global marquee brand and an important international ambassador for Japanese pop culture,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Office, VIZ Media. “Join us as we celebrate our favorite ninja with special collaborations, new officially licensed merchandise and events in the coming year!”

About NARUTO

The NARUTO manga series was created by Masashi Kishimoto and debuted in Japan in 1999 in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. In North America, VIZ Media launched the series in 2003 in its WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP English counterpart. NARUTO went on to debut as a dedicated manga series in Japan in 2000 and in the U.S. in the Summer of 2003. The series was a consistent bestseller in the U.S. throughout its entire run and regularly appeared on bestseller charts for the New York TimesUSA Today and BookScan. The property also inspired a widely distributed anime series and several feature films.

In the NARUTO manga and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS is the action-packed continuation of the famed series and focuses on the adventures of the son of the celebrated ninja. As the story opens, the life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin!

VIZ Media publishes the bestselling NARUTO and BORUTO manga series in print and digital editions and is also the master licensor for all NARUTO and BORUTO brands in North America, Latin America and the West Indies, encompassing digital streaming, TV broadcast, EST, home media and consumer product/merchandising rights for the anime series and feature films.

Additional information on NARUTO is available at Naruto.com.

Who’s the next hip hop star?

Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Tip “T.I.” Harris are joining forces for hip hop competition Rhythm + Flow

Cardi B made the announcement of the new competitive series Rhythm + Flow at the 2019 Made in America Festival. New episodes will drop every Wednesday starting October 9th for 10 hours of new talent. It’s the first Music Competition Show from Netflix and they brought out the big voices as they cross cross across America to find the next artists ready for a glow up! Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago have so many talented people who just haven’t had a big break and Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and TI are ready to give a hand up to a worthy few.

Netflix will roll out the series over three weeks with every Wednesday. October 9th will be SUPER SIZED with four audition episodes. Week 2 has the chosen few doing it with Cyphers, Rap Battles & Music Videos (E 5-7) and the final week is Samples, Collaborations & the Finale (E 8-10).

It takes not only raw talent but a village to break out from the pack and so they brought Jeff Gaspin for Gaspin Media; Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment; Nikki Boella; John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted Film Co. and Jeff Pollack.

Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ Press Conference At San Diego Comic Con

If you haven’t tuned into Amazon Video The Boys series yet, you are missing out on an absolute thrill ride.

THE BOYS is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good.’

This year at SDCC50, the cast and showrunner Eric Kripke showed up for a panel and a press conference.

Showrunner Eric Kripke and cast: Chace Crawford, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Jack Quaid, Karl Urban, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capon, Jessie T. Usher and Karen Fukuhara

The stars of the show speak about what can be expected from this season, what surprised them and that this is definitely not a show to watch with your kids!

Season 1 is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Season 2 is currently in production.

How to make a tradeshow work for you

It’s all about preparation

I have a weakness for a great tradeshow and a booth that catches the eye. I usually attend pop culture conventions and food shows so on the surface they may not have much in common to the eye. But all of them have a market area where booths are selling or bringing attention to a new ‘product’ that might be anything from a new snack or television series. They are all trying to break through the noise and bring eyeballs aka attention to grab market share.

If you have a booth or table or a pop up stand it’s your business and hard earned money so you want it to be a success. I find that attending a trade show is an effective way to introduce your product because you will either have something you can demo ‘to put in hands’ or video to show people to get excited about your movie/book/TV series/App/Game/Toy. I’m always intrigued by the smaller companies who have lots of people crowding to see what they have and how they are making effective use of the convention floor especially in comparison to the larger booths. 

I’ve always thought that the ones who invest the money to have someone design a booth that tells a story and hire a convention and trade show services company for set up is a sound investment. A booth that is well made and able to be broken down and used at other events is an investment that is part of a sound marketing plan.

A well-designed booth pays for itself!

If your booth has nothing to catch the eye or attention people will simply walk by. Everyone is competing for attention and a booth that represents the product visually will bring prospects to learn more. When your paying for the booth make sure it will accommodate all of the items without being crowded, can accommodate staff and store products/giveaways. It’s a great idea to have a budget for the cost of the booth and have an idea of how many times you plan to use it. As you work with a designer on the esthetics you should look at competitors to get an idea of size and design. See what works and doesn’t work for you.

Hire the right people!

Make sure to have a staff that knows your products, can answer questions and are personable. Nothing turns of prospective customers like a rude staff member! They will turn away to another customer and might not come back again so it would be a missed opportunity! 

Get out of the booth!

You’re not in the thunderdome! The convention will have lots of people so make sure to get out from the booth and talk to not only your competitors but attendees. Walking around you can see how other booth staff speaks to prospective customers and might pick up communication ideas to use at the next convention. You can exchange ideas, trade product samples, make a new business acquaintance, and meet a prospective supplier or new vendor! Remember to smile and look approachable to welcome conversation.   

Be insta friendly!

You can’t ignore the effectiveness of social media and marketing. Getting in front of the right person can bring new buying/watching customers. Make a booth that’s interactive, visually appealing and encourage people to take photos and use your tags! So make sure your communicating to influencers, bloggers and vloggers. Good PR is GOOD pr and its always sweeter when free or a quid pro of product/swag. If you don’t have your social media platforms set up sit down with a pr/social media marketing specialist to work on getting a set up with a uniform voice, adding content and having your site on business cards/display materials. If you’re not online are you real???

What are you doing here?

Before you sign the contract and build the booth ask yourself what’s the goal of attending the convention? What do you want to get out of your attendance? Raising awareness, building the brand, purchases or just testing a few products for reaction. You want this to be a positive and effective use of time and money. If your unsure work with a branding or marketing team who can take your thoughts/ideas and make it cohesive to make an informed decision. If you decide to attend the convention don’t go in with grandiose plans. Instead keep it reasonable like 50 new instagram followers, 30 people sign up for the newsletter, or 10 business cards from new prospects all are reasonable goals that you can succeed to build on.