As part of its continued push into the digital and gaming space, Lionsgate has tapped Nerdist Industries’ Peter Levin as President of Interactive Ventures and Games. In his new role, Levin will be responsible for expanding Lionsgate’s content creation into video games and other interactive ventures, including incubation of new properties, investment in existing games and digital media vehicles and leveraging Lionsgate’s franchises and other branded properties into the gaming space.
Nerdist Industries announced today it has hired Adam Rymer as President and Jack Herrguth as Head of Development, a move that signals the company’s building out of its pop culture platform. In his new role, Rymer will be responsible for leading Nerdistʼs efforts in expanding across multiple platforms, setting company priorities and driving revenue growth. In the newly-created head of development post, Comedy Central and CBS vet Herrguth will be responsible for developing and producing content for film, television and digital media. Nerdist Industries also announced the appointment of Chris Michael as Director of Audience Development and the promotion of Brian Walton to Editor in Chief, Nerdist.com. Digital media strategist Michael comes to Nerdist most recently from YouTube MCN Fullscreen where he worked with independent creators and brands to grow their audiences online.
Geek media company Nerdist Industries makes its foray into distribution with Comic-Con acquisition Zero Charisma, about a dungeon master (Sam Eidson) whose position of power at his regular role-playing game night is threatened by a neo-nerd interloper. Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews directed the pic which Nerdist and Tribeca Film will release to theaters October 11. Here’s the new trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Multi-platform geek content creator Nerdist Industries is diving into the distribution business with Tribeca Film. The companies have partnered to co-release SXSW winner Zero Charisma, the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired indie dramedy about an RPG Game Master (Sam Eidson) whose grasp on his life and his weekly gaming group starts to slip when a “neo-nerd” (Garrett Graham) starts taking over the game. Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews made their directorial debut with the film which also stars Brock England and is written by Matthews.
Nerdist, the genre and pop culture specialist behind Nerdist.com, the Chris Hardwick-hosted Nerdist Podcast, and its own eponymous YouTube channel and BBC America show, made the announcement today at Comic-Con. The Shark Films and Magic Stone production will debut October 8 on VOD, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Playstation, and Google Play followed by an October 11 theatrical run.
Nerdist’s Course Of The Force 2013 Sets Geek-Friendly Hosts, Launches With Seth Green ‘Star Wars’ Vid
EXCLUSIVE: Nerdist Industries and Octagon have announced the hosts and correspondents of this year’s Course Of The Force Olympic-style Lightsaber relay race leading into 2013′s San Diego Comic-Con. VH1′s Carrie Keagan, Ahsoka Tano (Clone Wars), Ashley Eckstein and Nerdist Industries founder Chris Hardwick have been tapped for the 2nd annual Lucasfilm-backed event raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation, along with fellow geek-friendy TV and online personalities Jessica Chobot, Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht and What’s Trending‘s Shira Lazar. The Star Wars-themed race winds down the California coast from Skywalker Ranch in Marin County on July 9 to LA and San Diego, where it ends July 16 ahead of Comic-Con’s preview night.