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Exodus Film Group Makes Deal with IDW For CG-Animated “Igor”

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Exodus Film Group Makes Deal with IDW For CG-Animated “Igor”

Official Press Release

LOS ANGELES, California – Exodus Film Group announced
today a comic book deal with IDW Publishing for Exodus’ CG-animated
feature film “Igor.” Long known for its exciting array of titles,
including popular licenses “Transformers,” “24,” and “CSI,” IDW
publishes some of today’s most innovative and ground-breaking comic
books. The publishing program for “Igor” will include a series of
full color prequel titles leading up to another series of books
taking fans through the film and beyond. These will be followed by a
full-color paperback, collecting each miniseries.

“Our newest licensing partner, IDW, has a long standing record of
adapting and creating terrific comic books based on entertainment
properties,” said Bruce Auerbach, Exodus President of Consumer
Products. “We’re looking forward to their creative execution on the
visually rich film we are producing.”

“IDW has built a name for itself by producing good horror comics and
good licensed comics,” said IDW’s Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Chris
Ryall. “The chance to combine the two in the form of a clever and fun
idea like ‘Igor’ is a perfect convergence of genres and will also
appeal to younger readers.”

“Igor” is a playfully irreverent comedy that brings a new twist to
the classic monster genre. In a world filled with Mad Scientists and
Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist’s hunch-backed lab
assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and
winning the annual Evil Science Fair. The stellar voice cast includes
Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cusack, Arsenio
Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon, and
Christian Slater. The Weinstein Company is handling worldwide
distribution for the film, which is set for a wide theatrical release
on October 24, 2008.

Recent “Igor” consumer products deals include a master license for
toys and collectables with Corgi International and a major publishing
deal with award-winning global leader Simon & Schuster Children’s
Publishing Division. Corgi will release a wide range of products
including action figures, play sets, electronic role-play games,
pocket money toys, vinyl figures, plush, statues, busts and other
associated products. Simon & Schuster plans seven “Igor” books, which
will be published under their Simon Scribbles and Simon Spotlight

Award-winning animation writer, Tony Leondis, is directing the
screenplay by Chris McKenna. Exodus CEO John D. Eraklis is producing
with Exodus President Max Howard executive producing and Jean-Luc De
Fanti producing on behalf of Exodus Productions in Paris. Eric
Robinson, Vice President of Production and Development, is overseeing
on behalf of The Weinstein Company.

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