Smith and Grunberg Go Behind-The-Scenes of The Con That Started It All With Special Guest “Star Trek Beyond” Composer Michael Giacchino, Plus Exclusive Access And Interviews With Artists From Your Favorite Games, TV Shows And Films Including Oscar® Winner and “Jason Bourne” star Matt Damon
New York, NY – July 7, 2016 – AMC announced today that new late-night talk show, “Geeking Out” will premiere with a special episode on Sunday, July 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT focusing on all things Comic-Con® International: San Diego. Hosted by Kevin Smith (“Comic Book Men,” “Clerks”) and Greg Grunberg (“Heroes, “Lost,” “Alias,” “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and graphic novel Dream Jumper), the 30-minute show takes a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and features talk, clips, celebrity interviews and out-of-the-studio segments.
In this special episode, Smith makes a pre-Comic-Con® pit-stop in Las Vegas to visit his friend Matt Damon and discuss the eagerly awaited new installment of the “Bourne” franchise, “Jason Bourne.” Smith and Grunberg then head to San Diego and will give viewers an all-access VIP pass through the convention, including a conversation with Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who gives Grunberg a preview of “Star Trek Beyond” IMAX and a first-look at the live orchestra that will perform along with the film. Our hosts will then hit the convention floor to chat with some of the biggest graphic novel creators and artists, and get an inside look at the other stars of Con culture: cosplayers.
“Geeking Out,” an AMC and The Weinstein Company co-production, is produced by Matador Content in association with Bandwagon Media with Jerry Carita, Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, Patrick Reardon, Brad Savage, Smith and Grunberg serving as executive producers.
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AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years. AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands,” “The Night Manager,” “Preacher,” “Feed the Beast” and forthcoming “The Son” and “The Terror.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “The Making of The Mob,” “Comic Book Men,” “Ride with Norman Reedus” “The American West” and “Geeking Out.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
Matador is a full-service production company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 2013 by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin, the company is a creative collaboration between two experienced producers and longtime friends, bringing together their unique vision and knack for making popular and innovative content across a variety of platforms. After only three years, Matador has produced over twenty-two series for TV as well as sports and feature documentary specials, virtual reality content and digital programs across multiple networks, including the series that turned into a phenomenon, “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike). Outside of “Lip Sync Battle,” Matador’s output has shown an impressive range across networks and genres, from the horror-themed competition of “Hellevator” (GSN) to the historical hilarity of “Great Minds with Dan Harmon” (History) to the booze-soaked Alaskan wilderness of “Alaska Proof” (Animal Planet). Matador’s renegade art documentary “Banksy Does New York” (HBO) was nominated for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming at the 36th Emmy® Awards, the ESPN 30 for 30 short “Mecca” fused sports and aesthetics in truly unique fashion, while “Hurricane of Fun – The Making of Wet Hot” (Netflix) got fans to fall in love with the cult comedy classic all over again. With a whole slew of new exciting shows about to hit the airwaves – including “Geeking Out” on AMC starring Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg – Matador is showing no signs of slowing down.
About The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brother who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 351 Oscar® nominations and won 82 Academy Awards®.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “The Reader,” “Inglorious Bastards,” “SCRE4M,” Spy Kids,” “The Kin’s Speech,” “Undefeated,” “The Artist,” “The Master,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained,” “Scary Movie 5,” “Lee Daniel’s The Butler,” “Philomena,” “The Imitation Game,” “Paddington,” “Woman in Gold,” “Southpaw,” “Carol” and “The Hateful Eight.” Upcoming releases include “Hands of Stone,” “The Founder” and “Lion.”
TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy® nominations in 2015. TWC Television produces the reality powerhouse “Project Runway,” with its spin-off series “Project Runway All Stars,” hosted by Alyssa Milano; “Project Runway Jr,” featuring supermodel Hannah Davis and fashion critic Kelley Osbourne; “Under the Gun;” and “Threads.” Scripted series include John Fusco’s “Marco Polo” with Netflix, which premiered its second season in July 2016, and “War & Peace,” which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016. Scripted projects in development include “Ten Commandments,” Daniel Stashower’s “The Hour of Peril” and military drama “Six.” TWC will also launch several new projects in 2016 across several networks including MTV, Lifetime and AMC.