Hasbro’s Entertainment One to Produce Dungeons & Dragons Documentary Scheduled for Global Franchise’s 50th Anniversary

Official Ambassador Joe Manganiello will co-direct the 2024 film

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entertainment One (eOne), the entertainment studio of Hasbro, Inc (NASDAQ: HAS), today announced that it will produce the definitive documentary on The World’s Greatest RPG™. dungeons and dragons® documentary will coincide with the 50 of the gametheanniversary in 2024. Writer and official Dungeons & Dragons ambassador Joe Manganiello will co-direct with Kyle Newman and produce alongside his brother Nick Manganiello, Anthony Savini and Cecily Tyler. Tara Long and Geno McDermott are executive producers for eOne along with noted Dungeons & Dragons scholar Jon Peterson, Adam F. Goldberg, and Kyle Newman.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Joe in the past on True Blood among other projects and I can’t think of a more passionate person to fully immerse myself in the world of Dungeons & Dragons from a player’s and a fan’s perspective,” said Michael Lombardo, Director of Global Television for eOne. “The addition of Kyle Newman, Nick Manganiello and Jon Peterson also brings unique and multiple dimensions to the story we plan to document. As we approach 50 years of this incredible gaming universe, the time is right to officially license the origins of the game and the current state of the game to its passionate fans from all walks of life and its cultural impact. global”.

“I couldn’t be more proud and excited to be back behind the camera for another documentary, this time with the D&D dream team of Jon, Kyle, and my brother and producing partner Nick. I experienced the rise, fall, and rise of this legacy brand that has not only meant so much to me, but has served as a source of creativity for an entire generation of writers, artists, and creative minds, greatly influencing our culture. Joe Manganiello said. “None of this would have been possible without Nathan Stewart at Wizards of the Coast and my undying support from the HBO/True Blood days, Michael Lombardo and the fantastic team at eOne.”

“Dungeons & Dragons has sparked the imagination of fans around the world for nearly 50 years, and we continue to bring exciting and engaging experiences to new generations,” said Cynthia Williams, president of Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming at Hasbro, “A As we get closer to this historic celebration, I’m excited to have a creative team with a genuine passion for the brand producing what we hope will become a defining look at the history of the world’s greatest RPG.”

The film will be based on more than 400 hours of archived and never-before-seen Dungeons & Dragons footage dating back to the game’s inception in the early 1970s, in which Manganiellos, Newman and Goldberg have spent the last several years acquiring the exclusive rights. It will also include exclusive interviews filmed during production with a variety of celebrity fans of the game. This footage, along with Wizards of the Coast’s agreement to give the production team insider access to highly sensitive developments related to the game and the brand (the first time the company has authorized such access), positions this project as the definitive documentary. about the game that will soon be half. -story of the century.

Dungeons & Dragons, one of Hasbro’s key franchise brands, is a leading franchise in fantasy entertainment, fueled by the imaginations of storytellers around the world. More than 50 million fans have interacted with or played D&D since it was first published 48 years ago, including video games and live entertainment on Twitch and YouTube.

This new Dungeons & Dragons expansion through entertainment is another example of Hasbro’s Blueprint in action, bringing multi-channel entertainment to fans across some of the world’s most beloved brands. The company is actively collaborating on a number of upcoming film and television projects based on Hasbro’s historical IP.

Joe Manganiello’s entertainment career spans more than two decades and includes roles in the SPIDER-MAN and MAGIC MIKE franchises, as well as television series such as True Blood, How I met your mother Y Love, death and robots. An avid Dungeons & Dragons fan and player, he is well known for running campaigns with a heavy rotation of celebrity guests, including some of the biggest names in the Hollywood fantasy and superhero space.

In 2012, Joe and his brother Nick Manganiello launched 3:59 Inc., which has since featured titles like BOTTOM OF THE 9JUstarring Joe opposite Sofia Vergara, and the documentary LA BARE, Joe’s well-received directorial debut.

Newman is an award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author. His directing credits include FANBOYS, the Star Wars-centric comedy starring Seth Rogen and Kristen Bell, and BARELY LETHAL, the A24 action comedy starring Academy Award nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Samuel L. Jackson, and the this summer’s esports comedy 1UP for Lionsgate/Prime Video. Newman garnered critical acclaim for his documentary RAIDERS: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE, as well as the Hugo Award finalist book “Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana,” which he co-wrote with Peterson.

Peterson, a game historian and New York Times bestselling author, he is the world’s foremost Dungeons & Dragons scholar. His book “Playing in the World” is widely regarded as an authoritative and comprehensive exploration of the game’s roots and legacy. In addition to this title and “Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana,” he wrote the New York Times bestseller “Heroes’ Feast: The Official D&D Cookbook,” also with Newman, and the MIT-published book “The Elusive Shift: How Role -Playing Games Forged Their Identity” and, more recently, “Game Wizards”.

Joe Manganiello is represented by CAA.

Kyle Newman is represented by Wonder Street and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

About Hasbro

Hasbro is a global leader in branded entertainment whose mission is to entertain and connect generations of fans through the wonder of storytelling and the exhilaration of play. Hasbro delivers compelling brand experiences to global audiences across games, consumer products and entertainment, with a portfolio of iconic brands including MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, Hasbro Gaming, NERF, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH and PEPPA PIG. , as well as associated premier brands.

Hasbro is guided by our Purpose of creating joy and community for everyone in the world, one game, one toy, one story at a time. For more than a decade, Hasbro has been consistently recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media, one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, and one of the 50 Companies with greater community mentality. in the US for the Civic 50. For more information, visit www.corporate.hasbro.com.

About eOne

Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio specializing in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sale of entertainment content. As part of the global games and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne’s expertise spans film and television production and sales; production, distribution and brand management of children’s and family properties; digital content; and immersive, live entertainment. Through its broad reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

around 3:59

Brothers Joe and Nick Manganiello launched 3:59 Entertainment in 2012, with a commitment to creating smart, commercial film, television and streaming projects. His first film was the documentary feature LA BARE, which Joe also directed. The film was snapped up after a bidding war following its premiere at Slamdance 2014.

Following the success of LaBare, 3:59 went on to produce several feature films, including the heartwarming drama BOTTOM OF THE 9TH starring Joe and his wife Sofia Vergara, the independent action/superhero film ARCHENEMY, produced in conjunction with CompanyX & SpectreVision and SHPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD. , an upcoming period film revolving around the breakup of the legendary ’80s band The Smiths.

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