New York, NY, April 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pulse Evolution Group, Inc. (DGLF), a leading developer of hyper-realistic digital humans and characters for entertainment, mixed reality and artificial intelligence has been added to the roster of leading partners for Broadway Asia’s theatrical production of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live at the Venetian Theatre in Macau, a leading destination resort in Asia.
Broadway Asia, one of the largest production, management and distribution companies in the global markets, led by Executive Producers Simone Genatt and Marc Routh, and DreamWorks Theatricals, a division of Universal Theatrical Group, last month announced the launch of DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live - a thrilling new live action entertainment at The Venetian Theatre in Macau. It combines the best of Hollywood, Broadway and circus. The five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman will bring her legendary talents, as director, to one of the most successful animated films of all time, Kung Fu Panda. DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live is set to transform the entertainment landscape in Macau. Building on the globally successful franchise of the beloved Kung Fu Panda films, the production has the wisdom, heart and humor of the world-renowned franchise, combined with the high-level design and impact of a major live action immersive spectacular resident show. Performances are scheduled to commence in late December 2019 at The Venetian Theatre in Macau, with casting information and ticket details to be announced soon.
Award-winning artist Susan Stroman has assembled a brilliant creative team including some of the most sought-after and acclaimed live entertainment artists around the globe. Co-conceived by Susan Stroman and David Thompson (the writer of Broadway's longest running revival, Chicago), the live action show features character costumes and puppetry designed by the renowned Michael Curry (Broadway's The Lion King and Frozen, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Super Bowl XLVI), and six-time Tony Award winning costumer designer William Ivey Long (currently on Broadway with Beetlejuice and Tootsie). The large-scale attraction incorporates the best scenic design by STUFISH/Ray Winkler (Las Vegas installation of Ka, the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, and many famous concert tours including Madonna and the Rolling Stones), musical direction by David Krane (over 25 highly acclaimed Broadway musicals), lighting design by Ken Billington (designer of over 100 Broadway productions), and projection and video design by 59 Productions (Tony Awards and Olivier Award Winners for An American in Paris and War Horse). The production also features the original film score composed by GRAMMY and OSCAR Winner Hans Zimmer.
“We are delighted to have been asked to join this incredible group of people and companies in such a highly anticipated DreamWorks’ production,” commented John Textor, CEO of Pulse Evolution Group, “Producers Simone Genatt and Marc Routh are among the most experienced and successful theatrical producers in Asia and they have assembled a first-class team, along with director Susan Stroman, to bring Asia’s most successful animation franchise to life in a way that will leave audiences with memories for a lifetime.”
About Broadway Asia
Broadway Asia is among the largest production, management, distribution, licensing and touring companies of live entertainment throughout the Asia Pacific region, and its founders, Simone Genatt and Marc Routh, are two of the most active commercial Broadway producers throughout the global market. Over the last 20 years, theatrical productions by the Broadway Asia partners have played in 400 cities in over 40 countries on five continents and have garnered more than 50 global theatrical awards through its many collaborations. Select international productions include many Tony Award-winning musicals and other live action spectacular entertainment productions: the Broadway award-winning musicals, An American in Paris; Anastasia; Amelie; The Producers; Hairspray; The Sound of Music; The King and I; Cinderella; The Great Comet; Rock of Ages; Legally Blonde; The Addams Family; Little Shop of Horrors; Movin’ Out; Cookin’/Nanta; Stomp; Murder Ballad; Tape Face; Manual Cinema; Smokey Joe’s Café; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; ICE AGE LIVE, A Mammoth Adventure; MADAGASCAR LIVE; SpongeBob SquarePants Live and many others.
Current select productions include: the United Kingdom production of Amelie; an extensive Mandarin language China Tour of The Sound of Music; pop superstar Jay Chou’s new musical, The Secret, touring in Mainland China; and An American in Paris, touring in China, Taiwan and Paris. Upcoming productions include The Great Gatsby immersive entertainment in Shanghai and Tape Face in Beijing.
Broadway Asia is the exclusive Asian representative for theatrical licensing for the Rodgers & Hammerstein Theater Library in Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Argentina and Brazil, including over 100 Broadway titles. In addition, other select licensing titles include Crazy For You, An American in Paris, Amélie, The Great Gatsby and Cruel Intensions immersives, Murder For Two, End of the Rainbow, Rock of Ages, Murder Ballad and many more.
About Pulse Evolution Group, Inc.
Pulse Evolution Group, Inc. (DGLF), including its consolidated subsidiaries, is a globally recognized, market leading developer of hyper-realistic digital humans – computer generated assets that can be distributed across the full spectrum of traditional media and emerging display technologies, including live entertainment, virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile, interactive and artificial intelligence applications. In August 2018, the Company acquired Evolution AI Corporation, a developer of digital humans as an ‘inter-Face’ of artificial intelligence applications, including its majority interest in Pulse Evolution Corporation (PLFX), a globally recognized leader in the development of hyper-realistic digital humans for entertainment.
Evolution AI Corporation’s John Textor previously described by Forbes magazine as “Hollywood’s Virtual Reality Guru”, serves as the Company’s CEO. Together with Chairman Alexander Bafer, the Company’s management is committed to applications of Mixed Reality (VR and AR) and the important role that digital humans and artificial intelligence will play in the world of immersive entertainment. Our leadership team is currently focused on applications of digital humans in entertainment. We believe the entertainment industry provides us with attractive near-term opportunities to put digital humans to work in proven performance-oriented business models, while also allowing us to use the visibility of our globally recognized celebrities to showcase our digital human technologies and their applications across other industries. Accordingly, our current business plan is to generate revenues from our digital human representations of some of the world’s best-known living and late celebrities.
Beyond entertainment, we believe our specific business opportunity will be driven by the rapid evolution of the methods by which people access information and content through various forms of interactive electronic media. We believe that we are moving toward a world in which we will simply ask a computer a question and we will be given an answer, by a hyper-realistic digital human who possesses a universe of accurate and relevant information. Through our continued development of the world’s most advanced human animation technology, and our collaboration with the larger community of artificial intelligence pioneers, we expect that we will do more than just put a face on ‘AI.’ We intend to build your most knowledgeable teacher, your most trusted advisor, and in a digital world that reveals more possibilities each day, maybe even your best friend.
Now, with a complete understanding of creative and technical content creation, a global reputation for delivering some of the world’s most visually stunning imagery, including our unprecedented hyper-realistic digital humans, and with proprietary technology that is as attractive to strategic partners as it is to consumers, we believe the Company has a profound and global opportunity to capitalize on the most lucrative business opportunities across the industries of entertainment, education, communications and artificial intelligence.
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