Buckle Up, Buttercup! New Adult Swim Digital Shorts Series “Alabama Jackson”





Buckle Up, Buttercup! New Adult Swim Digital Shorts Series “Alabama Jackson” Premieres on February 15
Donald Faison is Alabama Jackson, a fast-talking, overmatched hustler sent to the past to save black history from President Woodrow Wilson (Seth Green) and his evil henchman.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
Buckle Up, Buttercup! New Adult Swim Digital Shorts Series “Alabama Jackson” Premieres on February 15

New Stop-Motion Series from Donald Faison Debuts with Wanda Sykes as Harriet Tubman

Next up on the agenda? Saving black history one monumental moment at a time. Make way for Alabama Jackson, a new animated series created by and starring Donald Faison (Scrubs) with guest voice stars Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken), and is produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. The new digital short series premieres on Adult Swim’s YouTube channel, and consists of seven new episodes airing daily at Noon ET / 9:00 a.m. PT beginning Tuesday, February 15 through Monday, February 21.

Alabama Jackson is the first of several new digital short series to premiere on Adult Swim’s YouTube channel. Designed with both fans and creators in mind, each digital short series takes inspiration from popular Adult Swim favorites, reimagining them in a new light while still maintaining the creativity the network is known for.

Donald Faison is Alabama Jackson, a fast-talking, overmatched hustler sent to the past to save black history from President Woodrow Wilson (Green) and his evil henchman. His time-traveling partner is Harriet Tubman (Sykes) who uses a quick wit and the open hand of justice to deliver punishment to anyone who gets in her way. Together the duo must go back in time to save life as we know it, one revolutionary at a time.

Alabama Jackson is a hilarious, action-packed stop-motion animated series created by Donald Faison and produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically-acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as Rick and Morty, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, The Eric Andre Show, Three Busy Debras, Tuca & Bertie, and Joe Pera Talks With You. Fan favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including Fena: Pirate Princess, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Shenmue the Animation, Uzumaki, and new seasons of FLCL. The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience, and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also reaches fans via HBO Max.

Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (GKYAC) brings together Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), as well as Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation. Among the iconic franchises, series and characters under the GKYAC banner are Looney Tunes, DC’s animated Super Heroes, Rick and Morty, Craig of the Creek, the classic Hanna-Barbera library, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Warner Bros.’ unrivalled film library, and many more.

GKYAC’s mission is to be the premiere global provider of kids, family, young adults, and classics content and brands. The group’s programming supplies unique and compelling content for HBO MAX, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform. Uniting these award-winning networks and innovative brands helps maximize opportunities and growth potential, both as standalone businesses and as content generators, to drive and support its franchises, cross-studio initiatives as well as ratings.

Warner Bros. GKYAC’s content is currently distributed in 192 countries around the world and the division’s networks are in 500 million homes, delivered through more than 65 channels in 31 languages.

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. The organization also includes Xandr’s suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help to improve advertising for brands, publishers, and consumers.

WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).



Workplace Comedies “Birdgirl” and “Smiling Friends” Score Second Seasons on Adult Swim





Workplace Comedies “Birdgirl” and “Smiling Friends” Score Second Seasons on Adult Swim
The second season of “Birdgirl” is set to premiere this summer, while the return of “Smiling Friends” will be announced at a later date.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
WORKPLACE COMEDIES “BIRDGIRL” AND “SMILING FRIENDS” SCORE SECOND SEASONS ON ADULT SWIM

Adult Swim, the #1 destination for young adults, announces season renewals for two of its hit animated comedy series Birdgirl and Smiling Friends. The second season of Birdgirl is set to premiere this summer, while the return of Smiling Friends will be announced at a later date. Fans can now stream both series on the Adult Swim hub on HBO Max.

In season two of Birdgirl, the Birdteam is back and still not learning from their mistakes. Judy Ken Sebben and the Birdteam attempt to navigate the troubles of modern corporations, tackling everything from ethics in new tech, to cancel culture and rejuvenating skin sack health fads. Will they fail? Spectacularly! But sometimes it’s not about the solutions we come up with, it’s about the new problems we make along the way.

Birdgirl is a half-hour animated comedy series starring Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Father) and executive produced by Erik Richter (Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law) and Christina Miller. The animation studio is Global Mechanic and it is produced by Adult Swim’s Williams Street Productions.

Smiling Friends first premiered on Adult Swim on January 9th, when fans were treated to a full run of the entire season that night. The premiere was #1 amongst all ad-supported cable with T12-17, P18-24/34, and W18-24/34 during its 12a-1:45a time period. The block, excluding sports, also won among M18-34/49 and M25-54. As new episodes continued to air during its regular timeslot over four weeks it saw double and triple-digit improvements in audience delivery of the prior four weeks’ average.

Smiling Friends follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. The quarter-hour animated series is co-created by Michael Cusack (YOLO: Crystal Fantasy) and Zach Hadel (Hellbenders) and animated by Princess Bento Studio.

Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically-acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as Rick and Morty, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, The Eric Andre Show, Three Busy Debras, Tuca & Bertie, and Joe Pera Talks With You. Fan favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including Fena: Pirate Princess, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Shenmue the Animation, Uzumaki, and new seasons of FLCL. The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience, and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also reaches fans via HBO Max.



Anime Adaptation of Beloved Sega Video Game, “Shenmue the Animation” Set to Premiere on Adult Swim





Anime Adaptation of Beloved Sega Video Game, “Shenmue the Animation” Set to Premiere on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll February 5, 2022
The English dubbed version will air in North America on Toonami, Adult Swim’s signature anime block, and Crunchyroll will stream the subtitled version worldwide outside of Japan and China.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
Anime Adaptation of Beloved SEGA Video Game, “Shenmue the Animation” Set to Premiere on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll February 5, 2022

A phoenix will descend from above when Shenmue the Animation premieres Saturday, February 5 at 12:30 AM EST / 9:30 PM PST on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. The English dubbed version will air in North America on Toonami, Adult Swim’s signature anime block, and Crunchyroll will stream the subtitled version worldwide outside of Japan and China.

A story of revenge and self-discovery, Shenmue debuted first as a video game by SEGA for the Dreamcast on December 29, 1999. Since then, its captivating characters and riveting storytelling have created a cult following around the globe. Now over 20 years later, the 13-episode anime adaptation aims to capture the same essence of mystery and thrilling martial arts.

Voice cast will include:

· Ryo Hazuki voiced by Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese) and Austin Tindle (English): A high school boy and heir to the Hazuki style martial arts. When his father is murdered by a mysterious man named Lan Di, Ryo begins a journey to polish his martial arts and uncover the truth behind his father’s death.

· Lan Di voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese) and Scott Gibbs (English): A high-ranking member of the underground organization Chi You Men who murders Ryo’s father and steals the Dragon Mirror.

· Shenhua voiced by Natalie Rial (English): A young girl who lives in a rural village in Guilin under the care of her foster father. Pure and simple, she has vast knowledge of plants, animals, and other natural survival skills.

· Nozomi Harasaki voiced by Cat Thomas (English): Ryo’s classmate who has secretly admired him ever since he saved her from bullies in middle school. Strong and considerate, she usually spends her time helping in her grandmother’s flower shop.

· Guizhang Chen voiced by Jeremy Gee (English): Guizhang was born in Yokohama and taught martial arts by his father from a young age. Since Ryo has a similar upbringing, although Guizhang acts cold he feels close to Ryo.

· Chai – voiced by Greg Ayres (English): A member of Chi You Men. He has a unique condition allowing him to do superhuman-like moves. After Lan Di has taken the Dragon mirror, he begins looking for the second mirror.

· Wong voiced by Bryson Baugus (English): A member of Heavens. He looks up to Ren like a brother and aspires to be like him.

· Joy voiced by Luci Christian (English): Joy is a young woman who loves motorcycles. Her father runs a trade business and is highly trusted by many. Like Ryo, Joy has also lost her mother at a young age.

· Xiuying Hong voiced by Christine Auten (English): Her priest name is Lishao Tao. Although she is young, she is known as the grand master of Bajiquan. Her facial expression is always calm, but her clear eyes look like she can see through people’s hearts and intentions.

· Ren voiced by Cody House (English): The charismatic head of Heavens, a street gang that operates in Beverly Hills Wharf. He is obsessed with money and does not trust anyone other than his friends. Ren is rivals with the Yellow Heads gang and plans to beat them one day.

· Dou Niu voiced by Joe Daniels (English): While being the boss of Yellow Heads, Dou Niu is also part of Chi You Men. To gain trust from Lan Di, he also begins looking for Yuanda Zhu. Dou Niu has a large bear-like body, which puts Ryo and his friends in a difficult situation when fighting him.

Additional voice actors will be announced soon.

Shenmue the Animation is a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim original series directed by Chikara Sakurai (One Punch Man Season 2) with animation production by Telecom Animation Film and production management provided by Sola Entertainment. Original opening music will come from Ito Kashitaro. Video game creator Yu Suzuki is credited with the original concept. Kensuke Ishikawa (Tower of God) will serve as Chief Animation Director, with scripts from Kento Shimoyama (We Rent Tsukumogami and BLEACH) and original character design from Udaka. Additional Crunchyroll and Adult Swim original series include Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Fena: Pirate Princess.

Shenmue the Animation Official Synopsis:

1986, Yokosuka. Ryo Hazuki has trained to master the Hazuki Style Jujitsu under his strict father in the Hazuki Dojo from his childhood. However, one day a mysterious man named Lan Di murders his father and takes the “mirror” his father was protecting. Ryo is determined to find the truth behind his father’s murder, but soon finds himself getting stuck in a war between the underground organizations… . Traveling from Yokosuka to Hong Kong, Ryo’s long journey begins!

Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically-acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as Rick and Morty, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, The Eric Andre Show, Three Busy Debras, Tuca & Bertie, and Joe Pera Talks With You. Fan favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including Fena: Pirate Princess, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Shenmue the Animation, Uzumaki, and new seasons of FLCL. The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience, and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also reaches fans via HBO Max.

Crunchyroll connects anime and manga fans across 200+ countries and territories through the content they love. In addition to free ad-supported and subscription premium content, Crunchyroll serves the anime community across fan-favorite content, social engagement, events, games, consumer products, content distribution and creation, and manga publishing.

Anime fans have access to one of the largest collections of licensed anime through Crunchyroll and Anime Digital Network (in partnership with Citel, a subsidiary of Média-Participations), translated in multiple languages for viewers worldwide. Viewers can also access simulcasts – top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll’s services extend to licensing of theatrical, TV, home video, consumer product, and video game rights.

Crunchyroll’s live events include Crunchyroll Expo, Anime Awards, Crunchyroll Movie Nights, and KAZÉ Anime Nights. Crunchyroll also delivers tens of thousands of consumer products to fans around the world through owned eCommerce stores and physical retail partners (Crunchyroll, KAZÉ, AV Visionen), Crunchyroll Games, KAZÉ Games, and manga (KAZÉ Manga, Crunchyroll Manga app, Crunchyroll Manga Store).

Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Lausanne, Chisinau, and Berlin (AV Visionen). VRV (United States) and Eye See Movies (Germany) are also Crunchyroll brands. Crunchyroll was acquired in August 2021 by Funimation Global Group, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment Japan.



WarnerMedia & Comcast Announce Renewal of Carriage Agreement for Popular Basic Cable Networks





WarnerMedia & Comcast Announce Renewal of Carriage Agreement for Popular Basic Cable Networks
WarnerMedia and Comcast Cable announced today the companies have renewed their carriage agreement to distribute WarnerMedia’s lineup of cable networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TCM, truTV, HLN and CNN en Español plus on-demand and TVE content to Xfinity TV customers.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
WarnerMedia & Comcast Announce Renewal of Carriage Agreement for Popular Basic Cable Networks

The Companies Also Agree to Distribute CNN+ on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex Devices and XClass TVs

WarnerMedia and Comcast Cable announced today the companies have renewed their carriage agreement to distribute WarnerMedia’s lineup of cable networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TCM, truTV, HLN and CNN en Español plus on-demand and TVE content to Xfinity TV customers. In addition, this includes the first distribution agreement for CNN+, which WarnerMedia is launching as a streaming subscription service in first quarter. Comcast plans to make CNN+ available to its Xfinity customers via its Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex, and XClass TV platforms later in 2022.

The multi-year cable network carriage agreement furthers a longstanding distribution relationship between the two companies.

“We’re so pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Comcast and deliver best-in-class storytelling, essential news and premium sports to millions of customers,” said Scott Miller, Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, WarnerMedia. “It’s an exciting time in our industry as we continue putting consumers at the center of where and how they are informed and entertained. Comcast’s position as both a Pay TV provider and app platform complements our foundational business of linear TV and emerging streaming businesses.”

“WarnerMedia has been a terrific partner through the years, and we are very pleased to provide our Xfinity customers with access to their content across our industry-leading platforms,” said Rebecca Heap, Senior Vice President, Consumer Products & Propositions, Comcast Cable.

WarnerMedia’s portfolio of cable networks includes some of the most popular entertainment, news, sports, kids and young adult programming in the industry. TNT and TBS ended 2021 as the #1 and #2 rated ad-supported cable entertainment networks among adults 18-49, and CNN had its second most-watched year ever in 2021, ending as a top five network in all of cable in all dayparts. Additionally, Turner Sports is an industry leader in the delivery of its premium sports content, including expansive partnerships with the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and, new in 2021, the National Hockey League.

CNN+ will feature original, live, on demand and interactive programming as a standalone direct-to-consumer service with offerings that are separate and distinct from CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN en Español linear TV channels. At launch, 8-10 hours of live, daily programming offering topical deep dives and lifestyle content will live alongside a full slate of additive and differentiated originals, including the recently announced series, Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico, and a deep library of non-fiction, long form programming such as Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. CNN+ will also feature a thriving community component for fans to connect directly with anchors and experts in real time conversations about the issues that matter most to them.

Xfinity delivers all the best live, on demand and streaming entertainment to customers via its X1 and Flex devices, all accessible and discoverable with the award-winning Xfinity Voice Remote. X1 and Flex customers can access WarnerMedia programming by saying the name of a channel (like “TCM” or “TNT” or “HBO”) or streaming services (like “HBO Max”) in the voice remote, or by saying the name of a desired title from the WarnerMedia channels or streaming services.

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About WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands, including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. The organization also includes Xandr’s suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help improve advertising for brands, publishers, and consumers. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.



“Smiling Friends” Delivers Happiness to Adult Swim Fans This Winter





“Smiling Friends” Delivers Happiness to Adult Swim Fans This Winter
The network’s newest animated comedy series premieres Sunday, January 9 at Midnight ET/PT with two new episodes.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
“SMILING FRIENDS” DELIVERS HAPPINESS TO ADULT SWIM FANS THIS WINTER

New Comedy Series from Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel Premieres January 9th

Adult Swim will be turning frowns upside down with Smiling Friends, its newest animated comedy series premiering Sunday, January 9th at Midnight ET/PT with two new episodes.

Smiling Friends follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. The company consists of cynical Charlie and star employee Pim, each tasked with out-calls to cheer people up. There’s also meticulous Allan who keeps things in order, mysterious Glep, and the unpredictable billionaire Boss who founded the company.

The quarter-hour animated series is co-created by Michael Cusack (YOLO: Crystal Fantasy) and Zach Hadel (Hellbenders) and animated by Princess Bento Studio.

The show’s pilot first debuted on the network in 2020 and surprised viewers during its annual April Fools’ Day stunt. Since then, the pilot has garnered 7 million views on YouTube and is one of the most-watched episodes on AdultSwim.com. Clearly, fans can’t get enough of Pim and Charlie and their relentless journey to put a smile on their clients’ faces.

Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically-acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as Rick and Morty, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, The Eric Andre Show, Three Busy Debras, Tuca & Bertie, and Joe Pera Talks With You. Fan-favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including Fena: Pirate Princess, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Shenmue the Animation, Uzumaki, and new seasons of FLCL. The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also reaches fans via HBO Max.



Adult Swim Announces New Voice Lead for “Squidbillies”





Adult Swim Announces New Voice Lead for “Squidbillies”
The 13th and final season premieres Sunday, November 7 at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
Tracy Morgan Revealed as New Lead Voice on Squidbillies This Sunday at Midnight ET/PT

Check out who else auditioned for the role of Early Cuyler! Squidbillies returns for its 13th and final season Sunday, November 7 at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim.



It’s All Fun and No Games When “Squidbillies” Returns for a Final Season on November 7





It’s All Fun and No Games When “Squidbillies” Returns for a Final Season on November 7
The new season features all-new covers of the show’s opening theme song performed by Willie Nelson, Amanda Shires, Sturgill Simpson, and more.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
It’s All Fun and No Games When “Squidbillies” Returns for a Final Season on November 7

Legendary Willie Nelson, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, Among Artists to Cover Show’s Iconic Theme Song

The oldest Squid in the Game returns for one last blast starting Sunday, November 7th on Adult Swim. Squidbillies will feature two new episodes each week starting at midnight (ET/PT).

Squidbillies, the show you love to overlook, is back for a 13th and final season. Join Early, Rusty, and Granny Cuyler for 10 brand new episodes of jackwoods backassery. Sorry – backwoods jackassery.

The new season features all-new covers of the show’s opening theme song performed by Willie Nelson, Amanda Shires, Sturgill Simpson, and more.

In addition to new cover artists, the search for a new Early Cuyler has been underway with numerous voice auditions held. Stay tuned to find out who will be the chosen one.

Squidbillies is a quarter-hour animated comedy series that follows the Cuyler Family, America’s favorite rural hell-raising cephalopods who call the mountains of fictional Dougal County, Georgia their home. The show is written and produced by Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, and Alan Steadman. Binge all previous 123 episodes of Squidbillies on HBO Max before the new season so you’ll know what’s going on!

During this year’s global virtual Adult Swim Festival November 12 – 13, head back to Blue Ridge Mountains for the Squidbillies panel featuring series creators and cast as they reflect on memorable squids moments and celebrate the final season. Fans can stream the event exclusively on the Adult Swim YouTube Channel. For more information, visit the official Adult Swim Festival website.

The show first premiered on Adult Swim in 2005 and is one of the longest-running animated shows on the network today.

Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically-acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as Rick and Morty, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, The Eric Andre Show, Three Busy Debras, Tuca & Bertie, and Joe Pera Talks With You. Fan-favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including Fena: Pirate Princess, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Shenmue the Animation, Uzumaki, and new seasons of FLCL. The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also reaches fans via HBO Max.



2021 Adult Swim Festival Initiates Global Takeover Heading to Screens Everywhere This November





2021 Adult Swim Festival Initiates Global Takeover Heading to Screens Everywhere This November
Fans everywhere have the best seat in the house as the 2021 Adult Swim Festival arrives Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 exclusively on the Adult Swim YouTube Channel.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
2021 Adult Swim Festival Initiates Global Takeover Heading to Screens Everywhere this November

Free Two-Day Global Virtual Event Set for November 12-13 Exclusively on Adult Swim’s YouTube Channel, Plus More Exclusives on HBO Max

Featuring Performances from Co-Headliners Lil Baby, Karol G, With 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, Alongside Rick and Morty, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Smiling Friends Panels and More

Fans everywhere have the best seat in the house as the 2021 Adult Swim Festival arrives Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 exclusively on the Adult Swim YouTube Channel. Adult Swim, the leader in adult animation and the #1 destination for young adults, furthers its commitment to curate immersive experiences across all platforms for fans to celebrate the iconic shows. A global and cultural event unlike any other, fans can expect never-before-seen performances, engaging panels filled with surprises, unique merchandise, exclusives on HBO Max and much more. Following the success of last year’s first-ever Adult Swim virtual festival, which reached 10+ million views across all festival content and produced several viral moments, including a performance from Thundercat featuring special guest Ariana Grande.

Turn up those speakers and catch a show-stopping lineup of never-before-seen performances by co-headliners Lil Baby, Karol G with 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, Alessia Cara, Angel Olsen, Joe Pera, DAWN, Moor Mother, Jo Firestone, and more. Check out the complete list of performers below:

Join panels for Adult Swim favorites Rick and Morty, Squidbillies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and highly-anticipated new series Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Smiling Friends. The Rick and Morty panel will challenge the global voice cast against each other as they go head-to-head to determine who is the Rickiest Rick in the multiverse. Then, head back to Blue Ridge Mountains during the Squidbillies panel featuring series creators and cast as they reflect on memorable squids moments and celebrate the final season. Aqua Teen Hunger Force fans will join cast and crew as they look back on the longstanding history of the series and share some of their favorite moments. Expanding on the legendary Blade Runner franchise, Blade Runner: Black Lotus makes its festival debut with a panel diving deep into the franchise universe alongside producers and directors. Finally, join Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel as they discuss the upcoming series Smiling Friends with special guests.

Catch fan-favorite episodes selected by series creators during the ultimate set of watch parties connecting fans with star-studded guests. Each watch party will feature a live chat where viewers can get real-time reactions and insight on their favorite shows. The watch party lineup includes hit series Rick and Morty, The Eric Andre Show, Tuca & Bertie, Joe Pera Talks With You, Robot Chicken, Teenage Euthanasia, Three Busy Debras,Birdgirl, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, as well as some Adult Swim past favorites Sealab 2021, Mr. Pickles and Metalocalypse.

The weekend heats up with Simple Mobile, providing no-contract service plans and nationwide coverage, hosting the Joe Pera Talks With You and Bird Girl Watch Parties with live trivia. For the 21+ crowd, Voodoo Ranger is bringing some cool prizes, so tune in all weekend long to not miss out on how to enter. Plus, don’t miss the world premiere of the winning short from Voodoo Ranger’s Pint Size Film Fest. And don’t miss special surprises fan won’t soon forget all weekend long thanks to Wendy’s. Last but certainly not least, Wrangler brings Rick and Morty back and covered in more denim than ever before, giving fans what they’ve always wanted (free stuff) and introducing a new Rick and Morty collection featuring exclusive designs.

Starting today, exclusive festival merchandise is available globally on the Adult Swim Festival website and will include Adult Swim Festival t-shirts, zip up sweatshirts, bomber jacket, Nalgene water bottle and corduroy hat as well as limited edition Space Ghost Coast to Coast t-shirts. Don’t miss the chance to win a custom Rick and Morty pinball machines as well as an exclusive festival merchandise pack through the Adult Swim Festival Sweepstakes. For more information on the Sweepstake terms and condition, please visit the official Adult Swim Festival website.

Adult Swim has consistently released content on its YouTube channel. With a netted 263.3M impressions to date, the Rick and Morty season five premiere trended at #1 on the platform for two days, followed by the Tuca & Bertie season two premiere pulling an astonishing 15.3M impressions. Leaning into the cult-anime classics Adult Swim is known for, released a trippy Iron Maiden music video featuring anime from Blinkink.

For more information on this year’s Adult Swim Festival partners, panels, merchandise and more, visit www.adultswimfestival.com.

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is WarnerMedia’s #1 brand for young adults offering original and acquired animated and live-action series. Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also available through HBO Max, Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 94 million U.S. homes, reaching over 40 million viewers via HBO Max.



“Joe Pera Talks with You” Season Three Arrives Sunday, November 7 on Adult Swim





“Joe Pera Talks with You” Season Three Arrives Sunday, November 7 on Adult Swim
The series is created by and starring Joe Pera, who serves as executive producer alongside series director Marty Schousboe, and co-stars Jo Firestone and Conner O’Malley.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
“Joe Pera Talks With You” Season Three Arrives Sunday, November 7 on Adult Swim

Hello,

My name is Joe Pera and I’m writing to let you know that my old basset hound, Gus, and I will be returning for the third season of our relaxing comedy show, Joe Pera Talks With You on Sunday, November 7 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.

The first episode follows me as I help my friend Gene pick out his retirement chair at the furniture store and the season-long search for the perfect place to sit goes from there. Aside from figuring out where to sit, episodes this season cover a lot of other stuff too, such as Great Lakes Ice Breakers, second fridges, cooking fish in the woods, classroom-appropriate movies, and drone warfare.

We put together the video above if you’d like a preview but I hope you’ll consider checking out my slow-paced show.

– Joe Pera

About Joe Pera Talks With You

Created by and starring Joe Pera, who serves as executive producer alongside series director Marty Schousboe, and co-stars Jo Firestone and Conner O’Malley. Produced for Adult Swim by Alive and Kicking, Inc. and Chestnut Walnut.



Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Reveal November 13 Premiere Date for “Blade Runner: Black Lotus”





Video: Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Reveal November 13 Premiere Date for “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” and First Look at “Shenmue the Animation”
Adult Swim will air the English language version on Toonami, the network’s popular anime programming block and Crunchyroll will stream the series in Japanese with subtitles to its global audience of more than 120 million registered users and more than 5 million subscribers.
[via press release from Adult Swim]
Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Reveal November 13 Premiere Date for “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” and First look at “Shenmue the Animation”

All-New Assets Unveiled for Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Shenmue the Animation During Virtual New York Comic Con

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll’s highly anticipated new series Blade Runner: Black Lotus is set to premiere on November 13 at midnight ET with two new back-to-back episodes, revealed today during New York Comic Con’s The Future of Blade Runner: Black Lotus virtual panel along with a new trailer and key art from the series.

The panel featured Shinji Aramaki (co-director), Kenji Kamiyama (co-director), Joseph Chou (executive producer), and futurist Maurice Conti, who shared his take on how the Blade Runner world stacks up against our own future.

The series is produced by Alcon Television Group and animation studio Sola Digital Arts, with Shinichiro Watanabe serving as a creative producer. Adult Swim will air the English language version on Toonami, the network’s popular anime programming block and Crunchyroll will stream the series in Japanese with subtitles to its global audience of more than 120 million registered users and more than 5 million subscribers.

The official Blade Runner: Black Lotus soundtrack album arrives November 5 and features Grammy-Award winning singer songwriter Alessia Cara’s new original song “Feel You Now.” Pre-save the album HERE.

Fans also got a first look at Shenmue the Animation, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll’s next original co-production during the Shenmue: Continuing the Legacy virtual panel that featured Yu Suzuki (Shenmue video game creator) and how he brought his Sega creations to life through anime. Additional panelists include Chikara Sakurai (director), Yû Kiyozono (producer, Telecom Animation), Joseph Chou (producer, Sola Entertainment).

About Adult Swim

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is WarnerMedia’s #1 brand for young adults offering original and acquired animated and live-action series. Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also available through HBO Max, Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 94 million U.S. homes, reaching over 40 million viewers via HBO Max.

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll connects anime and manga fans across 200+ countries and territories through the content they love. Best known as a top streaming service delivering AVOD and SVOD content, Crunchyroll also provides experiences to deepen fan engagement and community through social, events, games, consumer products, content distribution, content creation, and manga publishing.

Fans have access to one of the largest collections of licensed anime through Crunchyroll, Anime Digital Network (in partnership with Citel, a subsidiary of Média-Participations), and Anime on Demand video streaming services, translated in multiple languages for viewers worldwide. Viewers can also access simulcasts – top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll’s services also extend to licensing of theatrical, TV, home video, consumer product, and video game rights.

Fans engage further with events (including owned events Crunchyroll Expo, Anime Awards, Crunchyroll Movie Nights, KAZÉ Anime Nights), consumer products through eCommerce and retail partners (Crunchyroll, KAZÉ, AV Visionen), Crunchyroll Games, KAZÉ Games, and manga (KAZÉ Manga, Crunchyroll Manga app, Crunchyroll Manga Store). Crunchyroll joined the Funimation Global Group in August 2021 to bring even more anime to more fans worldwide.

Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Lausanne, Chisinau, and Berlin (AV Visionen). VRV (U.S.) and Eye See Movies (Germany) are also Crunchyroll brands.

About Alcon Television Group

Alcon Television Group was founded in 2012 as a division of Alcon Entertainment, Alcon Television Group finances, develops, produces and distributes a diverse slate of scripted content with global market appeal for distribution on premium subscription networks, digital platforms and major cable and broadcast networks.

Alcon Television Group’s latest projects include the upcoming season six of the critically acclaimed epic space series The Expanse which airs on Amazon and boasts a 100% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes; the animated children’s series Pete the Cat, a co-production with Amazon Studios based on the best-selling children’s book series currently available on the streaming service; and Blade Runner – Black Lotus, a highly-anticipated anime series developed in partnership with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll inspired by Alcon’s Oscar-winning feature Blade Runner 2049.

Past projects for Alcon Television Group include the Grammy award-winning and 5-time Emmy-nominated HBO documentary series The Defiant Ones which chronicled the divergent roots and unlikely partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. The Company’s first co-production was the Emmy-nominated documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All for HBO from Oscar winning director Alex Gibney. The intimate portrait of Sinatra as a singer, actor, father, husband and philanthropist remains one of HBO’s most successful shows in the 50+ demographic.