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First-of-Its-Kind Audio Storytelling Event Introduces a Brand-New Universe with All-New Superheroes, in One of the Creative Genius’s Last Collaborations
Teaser Trailer Featuring Stan Lee’s Voice Released Today
Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and distributor of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the forthcoming launch of Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, the first installment of a new connected universe of stories and characters, debuting on Audible in a first-of-its-kind audio storytelling event. Written by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield, and created by Stan Lee, Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light is available for preorder today on Audible.com/ATrickOfLight.
Years in the making, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light is one of the cultural icon’s final collaborations and returns him to his creative roots as he explores the complex relationship between humankind, science and technology. Lee lends his own voice to the introduction of this audio-first event.
“We’re delighted to bring this epic story to global audiences and introduce listeners to a brand new Stan Lee universe,” said David Blum, Editor-in-Chief, Audible Originals. “This amazing adventure forged from the imagination of the legendary Stan Lee is not only extraordinarily entertaining but is profoundly insightful about modern technology and its resulting challenges. Listeners and fans will love and relate to this story.”
Co-creators Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert commented, “Stan had the uncanny ability to see around the corner and recognize the cultural moment, then create story and characters that beg the deeper questions. Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light follows in this tradition. As his co-creators and, most importantly, his fans, we can’t wait for other fans to discover this world on Audible.”
This first-of-its-kind project launches dozens of new characters, and a new era of storytelling from the legendary creator himself, developed with Lee’s hand-picked collaborators and Yfat Reiss Gendell and Foundry Literary + Media (Ready Player One, Hello Sunshine), who architected this innovative multi-platform deal.
“Stan was so enthusiastic about joining the innovative Audible team bringing you his first audio event,” said Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment President Gill Champion. “Stan loved these characters and their relationships, but also the way the narrative pushes the boundaries of how technology impacts our lives.” The collaboration highlights Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment’s commitment to further propel his legacy through new projects Stan had been working on.
Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light introduces listeners to a mysterious young woman, Nia, whose fate is intertwined with a seemingly ordinary Midwestern teenager, Cameron Ackerson, whose quest for YouTube stardom takes him to the heart of the Great Lakes Triangle where he is imbued with the power to “see” and “hear” a new reality. As Nia and Cameron’s relationship grows, they conspire to create a more righteous online universe, dishing out justice big and small, but wind up crossing a shadowy outfit called OPTIC, which goes after them for its own nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, a threat of galactic proportions emerges, imperiling humanity’s very existence by harnessing our individual desire to connect as the very means to destroy us.
Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light joins a robust slate of Audible Originals, exclusive audio entertainment created by celebrated storytellers from the worlds of theater, journalism, comedy, literature and more. Audible Originals offer powerful performances created for listeners by award-winning actors, writers and comedians, spanning every genre and length.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content includes more than 445,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.
ABOUT KAT ROSENFIELD, LUKE LIEBERMAN, RYAN SILBERT
Kat Rosenfield is a pop culture and political writer and Edgar-nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone (2012) and Inland (2014). A former reporter for MTV News, her work has appeared in outlets including Wired, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, US Weekly, and TV Guide.
Ryan Silbert is an award-winning author, filmmaker and founder of Origin Story Entertainment, a multi-platform entertainment company with a global focus on storytelling. Recent film projects include God of Love (Oscar Winner), Spike Lee’s The Girl is in Trouble. He is a co-creator with Stan Lee and Luke Lieberman on Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, an Audible Original.
Luke Lieberman is a writer and filmmaker who started his career in entertainment under the mentorship of Stan Lee. He is responsible for the relaunch of the Red Sonja franchise and overseeing more than 50 graphic novels; writing numerous issues himself, including the upcoming Red Sonja: Birth of a She-Devil for Dynamite Entertainment. Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light is Luke’s first collaboration with Stan Lee and co-creator Ryan Silbert.
ABOUT STAN LEE’S POW! ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment Inc. is a multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, who is the President today, to create and license intellectual properties for entertainment media, including: feature length films, television, merchandising, branded content and other related ancillary markets as well as exclusively maintain and protect the ownership of his name, likeness, voice, trademarks and publicity rights throughout the world. Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment was acquired by Hong Kong-based Camsing International Holding Limited, one of China’s leading brand licensing, entertainment, marketing and promotion companies, in 2017. Under leadership of veterans from Marvel and MGM, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment is working with top writers, artists, animators, filmmakers and actors to extend the legacy of the greatest storyteller of our time.
ABOUT YFAT REISS GENDELL/FOUNDRY LITERARY + MEDIA
Foundry Literary + Media is a full-service literary and media rights agency representing Ernest Cline (Ready Player One), Daymond John (The Power of Broke), Trevor Noah (The Daily Show), Patrick DeWitt (The Sisters Brothers), and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine (Fair Play), among others.