LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK — Endgame Entertainment, an equity production fund, and Brandissimo! Inc., a family entertainment production company, today announced the creation of Meteor the Monster Truck Company, LLC.
Under the terms of the agreement, Endgame Entertainment and Brandissimo! are developing and producing Meteor the Monster Truck(TM), a computer-animated cartoon property for pre-school aged children that will be available on DVD in November 2005. Twenty-six episodes of Meteor the Monster Truck are already in production. A feature film and additional products, including toys and computer games, are in active development.
James D. Stern, CEO of Endgame Entertainment, said, “I’m thrilled that Endgame has partnered with Brandissimo! to bring Meteor to as wide an audience as possible. It’s a wonderful property with characters that will jump out and grab kids right and left. We couldn’t be happier.”
Meteor the Monster Truck is specifically designed for children ages 2 1/2 to 6, particularly boys. In it, kids explore the missions and dreams of a hard-playing group of young monster trucks, including Meteor(C), Jose(C), Junkboy(C), Ponytail(C), and friends.
“Because the entertainment and developmental needs of preschool-age boys are specific, we have created Meteor the Monster Truck around boy play-patterns. With an emphasis on delivering fun, these stories will teach young boys how to positively channel their physical energy and learn appropriate social boundaries,” said David Snyder, one of Meteor’s creators.
“Meteor the Monster Truck fills a real void in the marketplace,” said Douglas E. Hansen, COO of Endgame Entertainment. “As the father of two young boys, I am proud to be associated with the project.”
“After helping to produce a lot of careful, politically correct children’s television shows in the past,” said Bill Gross, one of the creators, “we are excited to be working with Endgame Entertainment to tell stories that demonstrate and validate the manner in which real boys play.”
Meteor the Monster Truck was developed by children’s entertainment specialists, Gross and Snyder, who recognized that almost nothing on TV or in games provides young boys a positive model for playing–and learning. Gross and Snyder are former Walt Disney Company creative executives who also worked on the pre-school mega-hit Thomas the Tank Engine(C) and numerous other high-quality television properties.
ABOUT ENDGAME ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in March 2003, Endgame Entertainment is a full-service production and finance company based in Los Angeles and headed by James D. Stern. Endgame works across all categories of entertainment including film, theater, television and games. The Company has co-financed films including the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda, Beyond the Sea, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (with Senator Intl. released by New Line) and the supernatural thriller White Noise (with Gold Circle released by Universal). Theater accomplishments include Little Shop of Horrors and White Christmas, among others. Currently, Endgame has more than 10 projects in production including Meteor the Monster Truck, and has two films which will be released this fall including Proof (based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins) with Miramax. For more information visit www.endgameentertainment.com.
Brandissimo! Inc. is a family entertainment production and marketing company founded by David Snyder, Bill Gross, and Frank Fraser. Fraser is the former Creative Director of Disney Consumer Products. With CCI Entertainment and Collingwood-O’Hare Entertainment, Gross and Snyder are Executive Producers of Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, part of Cartoon Network’s new Tickle U pre-school lineup. In association with Producer/Director, Cleve Keller, Brandissimo! Inc. has also recently developed and produced a series of entertainment-focused music therapy videos and music CDs for autistic children, entitled Spectrum Connections.
ABOUT METEOR THE MONSTER TRUCK
Meteor the Monster Truck is a computer-animated cartoon property for energetic, pre-school aged children that celebrates rough-and-tumble play. Meteor and his friends live and play in the exciting, automotive-inspired world of Crushington Park, an all-American town where they learn critical lessons about growing up with other monster trucks. Meteor the Monster Truck Company, LLC was created by producers David Snyder and Bill Gross, and is being co-developed and produced with Endgame Entertainment, an equity production fund involved in film, TV and stage productions.