Bif Bang Pow! Signs Licensing Deal With Showtime—Will Produce Dexter™ Collectibles
February 29, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 29, 2008) – Showtime Networks Inc. has announced that it has awarded a licensing contract for their critically acclaimed original drama, Dexter, to manufacturer Bif Bang Pow!

The series follows Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Metro Police Department, who moonlights as a serial killer with a penchant for inflicting his own unusual brand of justice—he kills people who truly deserve it.

The network, working with its licensing agency, 360ep, has signed with Bif Bang Pow! to manufacture and distribute bobble heads and other figures for Dexter. "I’m an ardent SHOWTIME enthusiast and a huge fan of Dexter since its beginning in Season 1. Dexter falls right in line with what Bif Bang Pow! is trying to achieve," said Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow! "Dexter is a smart, hip series that always keeps you glued to the edge of your seat. It’s an exciting show and we plan to create equally exciting collectibles to compliment it."  Bif Bang Pow! will produce a variety of Dexter collectibles, starting with bobble heads and action figures. The first items to come available should reach market this fall. Watch for future announcements regarding these winning new releases.

 

About Showtime Networks
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL® XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL® ON DEMAND. SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL®, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and 13209-A Victory Blvd. #374, North Hollywood, CA 91606 • Phone & Fax • 1 (877) BIF-BANG (243-2264) entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

About Bif Bang Pow!
Bif Bang Pow! (bifbangpow.com) founder Jason Lenzi is a seasoned television producer and the ultimate fan of cultish pop culture. So when he created his company in 2005, he took the fan’s perspective. His idea was to bring items to the marketplace that he himself would want to own.  Cultivated from TV, movies, books, comics, music, and more, Bif Bang Pow!’s mission is to provide high-quality action figures, toys, and collectibles to the massive cult audience (and kids of all ages) that wishes these toys were already in their collection. Bif Bang Pow! is a unit of JLA Direct, LLC.

About 360ep
360ep was founded by Bill Jemas and former members of the senior management team that guided Marvel Enterprises from a struggling comic book publisher into one of the biggest licensing and publishing turnaround stories of the past decade. 360ep’s Entertainment Division brings together the vast experience and expertise of successful entertainment and licensing executives with some of the top writers and artists from the comic book world. 360ep’s Licensing Division represents dozens of brands in their licensing activities, including AOL, Showtime Networks, the International Fight League and Smokey Bear. In addition to its representation of household brand names, the Licensing Division works with a variety of manufacturing clients, including a top-tier developer of handheld videogames and one of the country’s leading home décor manufacturers. For more information please visit www.360ep.com.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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