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Machinima and Hasbro Announce Final Two Chapters of the The Prime Wars Trilogy

Machinima_LogoFollowing the massive worldwide interest in Transformers: Combiner Wars, Machinima and Hasbro have announced that they will join forces to develop Titans Return and Power of the Primes, the final two installments of the animated Prime Wars trilogy. Since launching the trilogy’s first installment in August 2016, Transformers: Combiner Wars, has garnered more than 122 million global views on a wide variety of platforms, including go90 (United States), SkyQ (U.K.), AMC Iberia (Spain and Portugal), Sohu (China), and YouTube (rest of world).

The first sequel, The Titans Return, will take the action of the series to new “heights,” and feature return appearances from many fan-favorite Transformers characters as well as introduce a new set of Autobots and Decepticons. Set in the period following the excitement of The Combiner Wars, the depleted forces of Cybertron and a broken Council of Worlds must now face-off against a new threat that is larger than anything that has come before.

Combiner Wars Executive Producer and Showrunner Eric Calderon is returning to oversee the development of the final two installments.

Transformers: Combiner Wars Gets a Trailer

The Autobots and Decepticons have disbanded and returned to Cybertron. With the days of Optimus Prime and Megatron over, Cybertron is now ruled by a triumvirate. However, an ancient technology has enabled a new threat, the power for multiple Transformers to combine into one massive, dangerous form: Combiners. Who will stand-up to this threat to ensure that the fragile peace that was 4 million years in the making remains?

Stream the full 8 episode series starting Aug. 2, exclusively on go90: http://bit.ly/Transformers_CW

Machinima Settles With the FTC for Deceptive Videos

Machinima_LogoWe’ve written in the past how sites, such as ours, should be disclosing payments and products received for free in our coverage (we do). YouTube network Machinima has been busted, and paid a fine, for not disclosing payments received for positive coverage of the Xbox One. Part of their deal with Microsoft was not to talk about fight club disclose the payments.

That’s pretty sketchy.

The Federal Trade Commission has rules about this. We discuss those in the link above. The FTC launched an investigation into the deal and Machinima’s “deceptive advertising.” The FTC announced today that there has been a settlement.

Writes the FTC:

Under the proposed settlement, Machinima is prohibited from similar deceptive conduct in the future, and the company is required to ensure its influencers clearly disclose when they have been compensated in exchange for their endorsements.

More from the FTC release:

Respondent paid influencer Adam Dahlberg $15,000 for the two video reviews that he uploaded to his YouTube channel “SkyVSGaming.” In his videos, Dahlberg speaks favorably of Microsoft, Xbox One, and Ryse. Dahlberg’s videos appear to be independently produced and give the impression that they reflect his personal views. Nowhere in the videos or in the videos’ descriptions did Dahlberg disclose that Respondent paid him to create and upload them. Dahlberg’s first video received more than 360,000 views, and his second video more than 250,000 views.

Respondent paid influencer Tom Cassell $30,000 for the two video reviews that he uploaded to his YouTube channel “TheSyndicateProject.” In his videos, Cassell speaks favorably of Microsoft, Xbox One, and Ryse. Cassell’s videos appear to be independently produced and give the impression that they reflect his personal views. Nowhere in the videos or in the videos’ descriptions did Cassell disclose that Respondent paid him to create and upload them. Cassell’s first video received more than 730,000 views, and his second video more than 300,000 views.

$30,000!? How do we get some of this cash?

Microsoft didn’t directly cut the deals, their ad agency Starcom did. In the marketing campaign the company recruited YouTube personalities to make specific types of videos about the new Xbox system, and all of them were positive.

That phase one.

Phase two had more people involved and paid based on their traffic. 300 videos were made in the end adding up to over 300 million views.

You can get paid for this stuff!? You also just get a slap on the wrist if caught? Machinima could have been on the hook for $16,000 in fines, netting them a nice profit for the scheme. They won’t have to pay anything.

We just get free stuff (and disclose everything). Knowing this, how does this change your opinion of sites such as ours?

(via Kotaku and Wired)

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles – “Bomb”

Machinima and DC Comics are back with a new episode of Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles.

Set in an alternate universe where Superman is the son of General Zod, President Amanda Waller turns to the man of steel when a weapon malfunctions and threatens to destroy a city. That weapon’s name… is Brainiac.

The series is produced by Bruce Timm.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles – “Twisted”

The first episode of Machinima and DC ComicsJustice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles has been released. This isn’t the happy go-lucky DC Universe you’ve known. It’s a rather dark take on classic characters reminiscent of an Elseworlds tale.

This episode is set in an alternate universe where Batman is actually Kirk Langstrom, the dark knight pursues a new, more unhinged Harley Quinn.

The series is produced by Bruce Timm.

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