2019 Origins Awards Nominees announced with multiple nods for Genuine roster

Wow! Quite a few Genuine friends and collaborators received Origins Award nominations today! Congratulations to Free League, Modiphius, Gale Force Nine, Renegade, Asmodee, Steamforged, Games Workshop, Green Ronin, and all the other esteemed nominees this year! What an amazing year for gaming!

Check out the 2019 Origins Awards nominees here!

Press Round-Up for our Alien RPG with Fox and Free League!

Everyone at Genuine, Free League, and Fox are sincerely grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response from the media for our upcoming Alien tabletop roleplaying game series. Please enjoy the latest and greatest coverage from io9/Gizmodo, VarietyKotaku, Bleeding Cool, SyFyBloody Disgusting, ICv2EnWorldTechRaptor, CBRAVP Galaxy, Gaming Trend, Geek Native, Tabletop Gaming News, Geek TyrantDiskingdom, and Barrel Rolled… just to name a few!  😀

PRESS RELEASE: Free League and Genuine announce official Alien tabletop RPG series with Fox!

 (April 26, 2019) – Forty years ago, Alien shocked and inspired the world with a horrific sci-fi universe that forever changed the genre. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Free League Publishing has announced today that fans can soon explore that iconic universe for themselves with an official line of tabletop role-playing games.

The long-term licensing partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products will kick off in late 2019, launching an ongoing tabletop RPG series drawing upon four decades of world-building within this beloved universe. Free League is renowned for its own world-building in science fiction, with their best-selling sci-fi RPG Tales from the Loop sweeping the 2017 ENnie Awards for Best Setting, Best Writing, Best Art, Best Game, and Product of the Year. Tomas Härenstam, Free League co-founder and game director of their sci-fi RPGs Tales from the Loop and Mutant: Year Zero, will oversee game design, with original artwork from esteemed artists Martin Grip, John Mullaney and Axel Torvenius.

The Fox-Free League licensing deal was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who will manage the license on behalf of Free League and serve as an editor on the game series. Alien is the latest in a slew of high-profile tabletop deals by LeFavi, including the master tabletop gaming license for Dune, the tabletop RPG series for Altered Carbon, and multiple brand extensions of World of Darkness.

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Press Round-Up for our Altered Carbon RPG

Our thanks to all the great coverage on our upcoming Altered Carbon tabletop roleplaying game series, which we’re producing alongside Skydance Media and Hunters Entertainment with Renegade Game Studios distributing the product line worldwide. For more information, check out the latest and greatest coverage from Bleeding Cool, io9, TechRaptor, ICv2, EnWorld, Tabletop Gaming News, and Gaming Trend!

PRESS RELEASE: Hunters Entertainment and Genuine Roll The Dice With Altered Carbon Tabletop Role-Playing Game

Skydance teams up with award-winning game publisher for officially licensed tabletop games starting in 2020

Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2019) – Skydance Media has reached a multi-year licensing agreement with Hunters Entertainment to produce tabletop role-playing games set within the stunning sci-fi universe of the hit Netflix series, Altered Carbon. The Skydance-Hunters licensing deal was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who will manage the license on behalf of Hunters and serve as an editor on the game itself. LeFavi is no stranger to tabletop, as he is currently managing the master tabletop gaming license for Frank Herbert’s Dune with Legendary and Gale Force Nine. Skydance Media is represented by Evolution.

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Legendary launches MMORPG with Funcom in the Dune universe

Genuine Entertainment welcomes Funcom to the Dune family, who has entered into an exclusive partnership with Legendary Studios to develop games based on the works of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel series. This six-year partnership will release at least three titles on PC and Consoles, with one of the games planned to be in the “Open World Multiplayer” genre that will enter into pre-production in Funcom’s Oslo studio during 2019. This large-scale commitment only further proves the vast commercial potential of the Dune franchise and our upcoming tabletop games set within that iconic sci-fi universe!

Read more about the upcoming game on Bleeding Cool!

Vampire: The Masquerade named among Top-10 RPGs of 2018 by Game Informer

Thrilled to share that Game Informer listed the fifth edition of Vampire: The Masquerade as one of the Top-10 Best RPG releases of 2018. Honored to stand among such esteemed peers as Starfinder: Pact Worlds, Star Crossed, Numenera: Destiny, Legend of the Five Rings Core Rulebook, Kids on Bikes, Invisible Sun, Dungeons & Dragons: Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica, Delta Green: A Night At The Opera, and Choose-Your-Own-Adventure: House of Danger.

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The world reacts to our Dune master tabletop gaming license!

Everyone at Genuine Entertainment is thrilled and humbled by the universally positive response in the media for our master tabletop gaming license on Dune. We’re incredibly grateful for all the incredible coverage, and we encourage our readers to check out the latest and greatest coverage at Bleeding Cool, Nerdist, io9 Gizmodo, SyFy, Comicbook.com, ICv2Geek Native, Geek Tyrant, Tabletop Gaming News, and Dice Tower News (among many others)!

PRESS RELEASE: Legendary Entertainment and the Frank Herbert Estate award Gale Force Nine and Genuine Entertainment Master Tabletop Gaming License for Dune

Tabletop role-playing game planned for late 2019 release, with additional original tabletop games from Gale Force Nine and their sub-licensees to follow

BURBANK, CA – August 14, 2018 – Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties LLC have reached a multi-year licensing agreement with Gale Force Nine (GF9).  The award-winning game publisher is now set to bring the beloved sci-fi franchise DUNE to the world of tabletop gaming. The Legendary-Gale Force Nine licensing deal was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who will manage the Dune license on behalf of GF9 and facilitate ongoing business development alongside John-Paul Brisigotti, CEO of Gale Force Nine.

The agreement calls for Gale Force to produce original tabletop games drawing from the full scope of the Dune franchise—spanning the many publications from Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson—along with multiple direct tie-ins with Legendary’s highly-anticipated film from director Denis Villeneuve.

“This is only the beginning of our big plans in tabletop for this captivating franchise,” says Brisigotti. “Dune is a rich and wonderful universe, and we expect to produce an equally expansive and inspired line of games for years to come.”

The full range of tabletop games, including board and miniatures games are slated to hit the market just prior to Legendary’s theatrical release of Dune in 2020. In addition, GF9 plans to align with other game companies on numerous categories and formats in the future.

“With this master license, we are excited to collaborate with our peers and leverage their unique expertise to realize a complete spectrum of game types and authentic experiences,” continues Brisigotti. Slated for late 2019, their first collaboration is a tabletop role-playing game from Modiphius, publisher of celebrated games such as Star Trek Adventures, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, Conan, Mutant Chronicles, Achtung! Cthulhu, and Tales from the Loop.

“Gale Force Nine has consistently demonstrated a skill and passion for building successful tabletop game series alongside category leading partners and we are thrilled to announce this exciting addition to the Dune licensing program ,” said Jamie Kampel, Vice President of Licensing & Partnerships for Legendary. “Legendary looks forward to a fun and meaningful contribution to this revered legacy property.”

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Genuine plays the Game of Thrones with Omaze and Emilia Clarke

Working with Omaze, Genuine Entertainment provided content strategy, media planning, and marketing support in the design and promotion of Emilia Clarke’s fundraising campaign for HBO’s Game of Thrones. For this Omaze campaign, the winner and a friend will join Emilia Clarke for a behind-the-scenes peek of Westeros in Belfast, Northern Ireland! Once there, they’ll enjoy lunch with Emilia and exclusive access to one of the final days of shooting as this groundbreaking TV series comes to its epic conclusion. The campaign ultimately became one of Omaze’s most successful in history, generating over 10M+ views (now in their top-five most viewed videos ever), billions of impressions, and over seven figures in donations benefiting The Royal College of Nursing Foundation and their vital support encouraging young people to join the next generation of specialist nurses, midwives, and health care assistants.

Check out the Omaze campaign here!

Blade Runner 2049 earns 92 award wins and 145 nominations

With awards season coming to a close, everyone here at Genuine Entertainment would love to celebrate Blade Runner 2049 and show our support for its undeniably gifted cast and crew. Boasting a total of 92 award wins and 145 nominations, no one can deny the extraordinary cinematic achievements of this sci-fi masterpiece. We could not be more proud to have worked alongside this amazing team, and it was our great honor to watch their inspired efforts and this unforgettable film come to life.

Most noteworthy among their many award wins and much-deserved nominations are as follows:

  • Academy Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Effects
  • Academy Award nominations for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Production Design
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography and Special Visual Effects
  • BAFTA Award nominations for the David Lean Award for Direction, Best Production Design, Original Music, Best Sound, Best Editing, and Best Make Up/Hair
  • American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
  • Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design
  • Visual Effects Society Awards for Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature and Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Sound Effects and Foley for Feature Film
  • Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film

Genuine hosts high tea with Benedict Cumberbatch and Omaze for Avengers: Infinity War

Working with Omaze, Genuine Entertainment provided content strategy, media planning, and marketing support in the design and promotion of Marvel’s fundraising campaign. Genuine also facilitated vital promotional partnerships in support of the campaign, most notably Marvel Comics and a wildly popular fan art competition hosted by Tumblr – a first of its kind between Omaze and Tumblr.

With Genuine’s help, the integrated media strategy ultimately delivered over three times its projected views and earnings, earning over 1M+ video views, over 100M+ impressions, and nearly seven figures in donations benefiting the non-profit GEANCO and their work to provide healthcare and education services to save and transform lives in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the winner of the Omaze campaign enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience, flying out to Los Angeles to join Cumberbatch himself for a private afternoon tea session before attending the most anticipated movie premiere of the year — Avengers: Infinity War — as his special guest.

Genuine signs Blade Runner 2049 and produces its art book, The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049

Alcon Entertainment and NECA have aligned with Genuine Entertainment as a brand manager and literary packager on Blade Runner 2049, entrusting us to produce and publish a premium art book, which captured director Denis Villeneuve’s creative process in a display-worthy art piece and offered a mesmerizing look into the unforgettable characters, iconic environments, and unbelievable technology featured in this epic cinematic achievement. Genuine CEO Joe LeFavi served as Publisher, Creative Director, and Managing Editor on the publication.

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