Official Press Release
Norwalk, CT, January 31, 2008: The Special Events Hall at the Jacob K. Javits Center will be christened the IGN.com Theater at the upcoming New York Comic Con (NYCC), which takes place April 18 " 20 in New York City. The partnership, which will provide a natural New York City-based launching pad for the summer movie season, underscores the growing relationship between leading Hollywood movie studios and New York Comic Con. IGN.com, considered to be one of the industry's top entertainment and videogame news portals, attracts over 20 million unique visitors every month. The IGN.com Theater will feature movie previews and premieres, Guest of Honor appearances, and live musical performances.
In announcing these plans, NYCC show organizers are also pleased to reveal that New Line Cinema has already confirmed its presence in The IGN.com Theater, previewing upcoming films including Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (in theaters April 25th) and Journey to The Center of the Earth 3D (in theaters July 11th).
"We are very excited to have IGN.com as a partner," states Lance Fensterman, Show Manager for NYCC. "This is a natural step for our show and it further establishes us as a citywide festival that has broad entertainment appeal to a large audience. IGN.com has deep ties to the movie industry, and so their involvement certainly enhances our own efforts to provide Hollywood with a great East Coast starting point for big movie projects. New Line Cinema is already onboard, and we are currently finalizing other studios' plans for New York Comic Con. We're very eager to display New York Comic Con's biggest and best programming in the IGN.com Theater."
ABOUT IGN ENTERTAINMENT: IGN Entertainment, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, Inc., is a leading internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reached more than 30 million unique users worldwide in the month of December 2007, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore Media Metrix. IGN's network of videogame-related properties (IGN.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, Direct2Drive and others), is the web's number one videogame information destination and attracts one of the largest concentrated audiences of young males on the Internet. IGN also owns and operates the popular movie-related website Rotten Tomatoes and one of the leading male lifestyle websites, AskMen.com. In addition, IGN provides technology for online game play in videogames. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the US and in Montreal.
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON: New York Comic Con (April 18-20 in the Jacob Javits Center) is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture event. An enormous show floor plays host to top entertainment industry leaders showcasing the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, television, and more. New York Comic Con gives attendees access to top entertainment industry talent, panels, and autograph sessions as well as sneak peaks at upcoming television shows and motion pictures. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con provides an ideal business setting for the major players in the worlds of comics, film, and television. Further information can be found at www.newyorkcomiccon.com.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS: Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007 Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 39 fully staffed offices.
Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 500 events serves 47 industry sectors, including:
Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, building & construction, electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment, environment, food & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT, jewellery, life sciences & pharmaceuticals, property, manufacturing, medical education, packaging & converting, printing & visual communication, security, sports & recreation, travel.
Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.
Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.