FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE CHICKEN RETURNS! ANIME EXPO® 2009 WELCOMES ROBOT CHICKEN
Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Welcomes Seth Green, Breckin Meyer and the Director and Writers of the Cartoon Network¹s Annie and Emmy Award Winning Show
Anaheim, California (June 12, 2009) ‹ The Annie and Emmy Award winning popular stop-motion animation sketch comedy show, Robot Chicken, which airs on Cartoon Network¹s Adult Swim, is slated to appear at this year¹s Anime Expo® 2009 held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org .
Attending Anime Expo® 2008 via an official Robot Chicken panel including co-creator, executive producer, writer, director and actor Seth Green (Family Guy, Without a Paddle, Austin Powers, Party Monster), actor and writer Breckin Meyer (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Herbie Fully Loaded), Robot Chicken director Chris McKay, Robot Chicken co-producers/co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root, and writers Mike Fasolo, Kevin Shinick and Erik Weiner.
Seth Green is co-creator/executive producer/co-writer/co-director/main voice talent for the Emmy-winning Robot Chicken series, currently airing season 4 on Cartoon Network¹s Adult Swim. Green won the Annie Award for directing the Robot Chicken: Star Wars special, which became the #1 TV DVD upon release. He also directed the follow-up ³Episode II² special. Green has starred in films including all three ³Austin Powers² films, ³The Italian Job,² ³Party Monster,² ³Without a Paddle,² ³Can¹t Hardly Wait² and dozens more. Next up, Disney¹s ³Old Dogs² stars Robin Williams, John Travolta and Green, in theatres this November and Green is the star of Disney¹s upcoming feature, ³Mars Needs Moms.² He¹s been voicing Chris Griffin on Fox¹s hit ³Family Guy² since the animated show¹s debut 10 years ago and is an executive producer/actor on Titan Maximum.
Breckin Meyer is a writer and performer on the Emmy-winning animated show Robot Chicken and will perform on Titan Maximum. He has written on the feature films ³Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde², ³The Giggles², for Reveille Productions and the upcoming graphic novel ³Superguys². Breckin is best known as an actor, starring in the films ³Road Trip², ³Rat Race², ³Garfield², ³Kate and Leopold² and ³Clueless. Breckin is the sole writer of the ³Emperor¹s Phone Call² sketch for Robot Chicken.
Picking up a Super-8 camera at age 10, Chris McKay has been making movies with toys for most of his life. In addition to his co-producing, directing and editing duties on Adult Swim¹s Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken, he is also a writer, director and co- executive producer on Adult Swim’s Moral Orel and will direct Titan Maximum. Robot Chicken is currently in production on its fifth season. McKay studied Film at the “Harvard of the
Midwest”: Columbia College. He was once beaten up for wearing Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine outfit to school.
Mike Fasolo is a Writer, Voice Actor and Co-Creative Director on Adult Swim¹s Robot Chicken where he¹s been since its inception in 2004. He began his illustrious writing career as a staff writer at Wizard Magazine back in 1994. He enjoys dog sledding, curling and Revolutionary War re-enactments where he always plays Benedict Arnold.
Douglas Goldstein is Co-Head Writer and Co-Producer for Adult Swim¹s Robot Chicken and the two Robot Chicken Star Wars specials. Doug has written the half-hour animated pilot ³The Neighborhood² for Fox Studios and is currently developing the game show ³Head Games² with Wildbrain Entertainment. He was a founding member of Wizard Entertainment, publisher of Wizard and ToyFare magazines. Doug was the writer of the ³Emperor¹s Phone Call² sketch for Robot Chicken, no matter what Breckin Meyer tells you.
Tom Root is co-head writer and co-producer of Adult Swim¹s Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken, as well as a recurring voice talent. Tom is also the co-creator/head writer/executive producer of the upcoming Titan Maximum, which debuts on Adult Swim in fall 2009. He also wrote the ³Animail² column in Anime Insider magazine for what felt like 58 years.
Kevin Shinick serves as Writer, Actor and Co-Creative Director for the Emmy winning animated sketch show, Robot Chicken, where he recently won an Annie award for his work on Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. He is responsible for such diverse creations as the Off Broadway hit, McBeth Over 2 Million Slain, the award winning feature film, It¹s About Time and Marvel Comics¹ multi-million dollar production of Spider-Man Live! at Radio City Music Hall. Kevin has performed in over a half a dozen Broadway shows, numerous TV and film projects and spent two seasons as the host of the Emmy winning series, Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? a popular PBS show that landed him in the pages of Teen magazines, onto trading cards and into his own Action Figure.
Erik Weiner was born and raised in San Francisco. He co-created and starred in The Bomb-itty of Errors, a slammin’ add-rap-tation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, blending hip-hop and Shakespeare. The show has been performed in New York (Off-Broadway), London (West End), Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Dublin, Florida, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and continues to play around the world. Bomb-itty won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Show at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Jeff Award in Chicago. Erik made his feature film debut in the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy, Brown Sugar. Erik was a series regular on HBO’s Unscripted, directed and executive produced by George Clooney. His new musical comedy, NERDS, written with Jordan Allen-Dutton and music composed by Hal Goldberg, won Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Original Music at the 2007 Barrymore Awards. Erik was nominated for a 2007 and 2008 Emmy for writing on Robot Chicken.
Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org and to register for the 2009 convention at www.anime-expo.org .
About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California – Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 July 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).
About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property Anime Expo®. More
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