NEW YORK, NY (July 10, 2013) – Entertainment Weekly is exploding onto the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con scene with more elements than ever before to create the ultimate talent destination at the pop culture extravaganza. For the first time ever, Entertainment Weekly will team up with Entertainment Tonight, the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine and will also air interviews and live programming, including Dalton Ross and Jenna Morasca’s morning show on Entertainment Weekly Radio, on SiriusXM (channel 105) in an expanded media space at the EW Photo and Digital Studio at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. It will be a one-stop shop for the leading stars in TV and film to promote their upcoming projects to fans.
In addition, Entertainment Weekly will once again bring fans comprehensive live streaming video coverage of the fest. EW’s livestreaming video will provide fans with intimate access to the pulse of the city, a close-up look at the memorable costumes superfans wear, and a window into the after-hours action that makes Comic-Con such a unique event. Viewers can also get in on the live action while EW’s illustrious writers interview the TV and film industries’ biggest names in the EW Digital Lounge.
“Comic-Con has always been a celebration of the fans,” said Bill Gannon, Managing Editor of EW.com. “That’s what makes it special, and that’s why we’re always there in a big way. This year, once again, EW.com will be the digital destination for fans to see the stars and experience the excitement of the convention, as it’s happening with our live video streaming coverage. We’re proud to bring consumers the best reporting and greatest access every year, and are excited about the new assets EW is bringing to this year’s celebration.”
This year also marks the debut of an EW Comic-Con free special collector’s issue which will be the must-have, must-read guide for the passionate, engaged and influential Comic-Con attendee. The issue will be enriched by EW’s unparalleled access to the biggest movies, TV shows, games and comics at the festival, showcase the biggest trends, and create buzz on the most exciting projects Hollywood has to offer. And don’t forget to pick up EW’s sixth consecutive Comic-Con preview issue, on newsstands July 12. The annual issue is jam-packed with sneak peeks at some of the most highly anticipated TV shows, movies and comic books, and serves as a great resource for fans that might not be able to make it to San Diego.
Hyundai will be the Presenting Sponsor of Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con coverage across all platforms. The sponsorship features multiple in-book covers, a cover buy-out of EW’s Comic-Con free special collector’s issue, and Hyundai branding of the EW.com Comic-Con hub on desktop and mobile. Plus Hyundai will have on-site activation at the EW Digital Lounge and the exclusive naming rights that will integrate their logo into all editorial video.
No Comic-Con experience would be complete without EW’s legendary closing night party on Saturday evening. The poolside fete will once again take place at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel and will attract some of Hollywood’s biggest film and television talent and industry luminaries in a celebration of all things pop culture.
Along with reporting on all of the weekend’s festivities, Entertainment Weekly will also host three panels at the festival, descriptions below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 2013 COMIC-CON PANELS
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Presents WOMEN WHO KICK ASS
Fierce, fearless and flat-out fantastic, these female actors have left fans breathless. Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious franchise), Maggie Q (Nikita, Divergent), Katee Sackhoff (Riddick, Longmire), Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield.
Moderated by EW Senior Writer Sara Vilkomerson
Saturday, July 20, 2:55-3:55 p.m., Hall H
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY presents THE VISIONARIES
From art house cinema to studio blockbuster, these uncompromising directors have electrified audiences with their virtuoso storytelling and breathtaking imagery. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 500 Days of Summer), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Edgar Wright (The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead) lead this master-class on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film.
Moderated by EW Senior Writer Anthony Breznican
Thursday, July 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Hall H
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY presents BRAVE NEW WARRIORS
A new generation of heroes has revitalized television. These daring, dauntless young actors have fans swooning and critics raving. Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set.
Moderated by EW West Coast News Editor Lynette Rice
Thursday, July 18, 4:45-5:45 p.m., Ballroom 20