[05/15/07 - 03:48 PM]
Heroes, Television's #1 New Series, Debuts at Licensing 2007
Universal will pursue licensing partners both domestically and internationally across all categories, including, but not limited to: apparel, accessories, collectibles, publishing and toys.

[via press release from NBC]


Universal Developing Merchandise Program Based on the People's Choice for Favorite New TV Drama

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., -- May 14, 2007 -- Universal Studios Consumer Products Group today announced licensing opportunities for Heroes, television's No. 1 new series that boasts more than 14 million viewers each week. Universal will pursue licensing partners both domestically and internationally across all categories, including, but not limited to: apparel, accessories, collectibles, publishing and toys.

Heroes, which airs domestically Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC, has racked up critical acclaim and become a fan favorite in its first season. Named one of Time magazine's 10 Best U.S. TV shows of 2006, the show scooped up two Golden Globe� Nominations for Best Television Series � Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series � Masi Oka and also received the 2007 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. Season 2 of the series has been picked up by NBC for a full 2007-2008 order, launching in September 2007.

The show's success has extended beyond the shores of the U.S., quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon with more than 30 countries broadcasting or set to broadcast the first season of the hit series. Top ratings in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Spain, Sweden and the UK have already been reported. STAR World in Asia saw the premiere of the series rank as the No. 1 program of the day versus all other entertainment channels. Network Seven in Australia more than tripled its primetime average among adults 16-39 (+215%). The show was No. 1 in its time period throughout Latin American countries including Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Colombia. Sci Fi in the UK and Spain delivered the network's largest audience in channel history in their respective countries. And the first three original telecasts on Canal+ in Sweden combined to rank No. 2 among all series in the network's history.

"Heroes has truly broken through the clutter, and commands an audience around the world," said Cindy Chang, Vice President Global Business Development, Universal Studios Consumer Products Group. "The show is extremely popular with adults 18-49, and we're seeking the right merchandise mix to appeal to these viewers. The universe created within the show has provided us with a virtual playground, and we see great opportunities to build this brand at retail."


From creator-executive producer Tim Kring (NBC's Crossing Jordan) comes Heroes (Mondays, 9-10 p.m. ET) � recently named the winner of the People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama � is an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities � and a destiny to save the world.

They include a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, Blind Guy Driving) in India who is led by his father's disappearance to uncover a secret theory � that there are people with super powers living among us. Also featured are a young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, Gilmore Girls) tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, Judging Amy) that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, Ice Princess) learns that she is totally indestructible while trying to relate to her father (Jack Coleman, Dynasty) who has a keen interest in people with special abilities. A Las Vegas single mother (Ali Larter, Final Destination) struggles to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, My Wife & Kids) and discovers that her mirror image has a secret.

In addition, a fugitive from justice (Leonard Roberts, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) continues to baffle authorities. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, Empire), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, Third Watch), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck Los Angeles beat cop (Greg Grunberg, Alias) can hear people's thoughts, which puts him on the trail of an elusive serial killer. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, NBC's Scrubs) develops a way to stop time through sheer will power.

Joining Kring as executive producer are Dennis Hammer (NBC's Crossing Jordan) and Allan Arkush (NBC's Crossing Jordan). The drama is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio.

About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

  [may 2007]  


[03/20/18 - 02:30 PM]
FOX Announces Summer Premiere Dates
New seasons of "Beat Shazam" and "Love Connection" will help kick things off on Tuesday, May 29.

[03/20/18 - 12:16 PM]
"Saints & Sinners" Returns Sunday, April 8 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Bounce
Look for new episodes premiering every Sunday night through the season finale on May 27.

[03/20/18 - 10:19 AM]
Video: Syfy Reveals "Nightflyers" Official First Look
The series follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer - a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain - in the hope of making contact with alien life.

[03/20/18 - 09:56 AM]
Netflix's First Global Original Motor Series, "Fastest Car," Launches on April 6
In each episode, three souped-up "sleeper" cars, tinkered with and lovingly labored on, go head to head with one of the world's most sought-after supercars.

[03/20/18 - 09:28 AM]
TLC's Hit Docu-Series "Long Lost Family" Returns for a Third Season on Sunday, April 8 at 10/9c
This series offers viewers the chance to hear stories from people who have endured a lifetime of separation, and who long to finally be reunited with family members with whom they share an innately deep connection - but who, in many cases, they have never met.

[03/20/18 - 09:16 AM]
New Seasons of Anime Hit Series "FLCL" Crash Land This Summer
Debuting on Adult Swim's popular anime block Toonami, the new seasons bring together members of the original animation team with a whole new generation of creators.

[03/20/18 - 09:00 AM]
Additional Performers and Presenters Announced for the "53rd Academy of Country Music Awards"
Drew Brees, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Vonn have been added as presenters for the ceremony.

[03/20/18 - 08:46 AM]
Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys Star in "The Wine Show" - Premiering on Ovation TV April 18
From a beautiful villa in the Italian countryside, Goode and Rhys set off on a new challenge in every episode, uncovering some of the best wines in the world, and telling the stories that surround them.

[03/20/18 - 08:18 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Tops "American Idol" in Second Showdown
NBC wins the evening in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/20/18 - 08:00 AM]
All-Star Ensemble Cast Joins Anna Paquin in the Pop Original Television Series "Flack"
The series starts production this week in London.

[03/20/18 - 07:49 AM]
PBA and FOX Sports Announce Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Rights Deal
The package will bring a substantial schedule of live PBA events to television, including prime time events and a new bracket-style, multi-week PBA Playoffs tournament that concludes with a unique PBA championship finale.

[03/20/18 - 07:42 AM]
"Recovery Boys," "Mercury 13" and "Shirkers" to Premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
"Mercury 13" is a remarkable story of the women who were tested for spaceflight in 1961 before their dreams were dashed in being the first to make the trip beyond Earth.

[03/20/18 - 07:16 AM]
April Showers Bravo Fans with Back-to-Back Premieres Starting Sunday, April 1
Newly announced to the lineup is "Southern Charm New Orleans" on Sunday, April 15 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/20/18 - 07:04 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Announces "All or Nothing" Banner for Upcoming Global Sports Docuseries
New seasons featuring The Michigan Wolverines, New Zealand All Blacks and Manchester City are due later this year.

[03/19/18 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 19
Updates include: Mira Sorvino to star in "The Code" at CBS; Matt Ryan's John Constantine to become regular on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"; and Jenna Dewan Tatum is the latest to board FOX's "Mixtape."