NAPOLEON DYNAMITE CAST REUNITES FOR NEW BLOCKCHAIN ANIMATED SERIES CYKO KO ON WEB3 STREAMING SERVICE REWARDED.TV WITH NEW NFT DROP
Cyko KO is the first animated series to be funded and produced solely on the Theta blockchain, using unique collectible ThetaDrop NFTs and exclusively distributed via Replay streaming service Rewarded.TV
AUSTIN TX, September 27 – The cast of the massive hit comedy Napoleon Dynamite are reuniting for a brand-new animated series, Cyko KO, based on Rob Feldman’s Ringo Award-nominated comic book of the same title. The 12-minute pilot will be funded, produced and distributed using NFTs from Theta Labs’ ThetaDrop exclusively for blockchain tech company Replay’s Rewarded TV. Feldman, through his company Earworm Media will act as showrunner for the series with Rocketship Entertainment, Replay, and Verified Labs producing.
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory, Monster House), Tina Majorino (Napoleon Dynamite, Andre, When a Man Loves a Woman, Waterworld, and Corrina, Corrina), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite, ER, American Dad) and Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, Men in Black, Real Genius) have signed on to voice, with Heder in the lead role as Cyko KO.
The original series is described as:
SuperEarth’s greatest hero is here! Cyko KO is the fourth-wall breakin’, pinball-addicted, cereal eatin’, motorcycle-ridin’ hero you’ve been waiting for! Follow Cyko KO, his sidekick Peachy Keen and their pet Meemop, as he protects the colonies of SuperEarth from giant monsters and crazy characters in this Saturday morning cartoon-inspired, all ages title.
Cyko KO Creator Rob Feldman has been an innovator in the digital comic space since its inception, having previously collaborated with Theta Network for Cyko Headz NFT collectibles based on the comic series and spawned on the Theta blockchain. Feldman recently produced the Night of the Animated Dead film starring Josh Duhamel, Katee Sackhoff, and Dulé Hill for Warner Bros. and is the co-founder of Rocketship Entertainment.
“The dream has always been to bring Cyko KO to the world of animation, and to do so through bleeding edge technology,” said creator Rob Feldman. “Between this incredible cast reunion and our partners at Theta, Replay, and Verified Labs, we are going to create something incredibly special for the fans who have supported Cyko and his friends for the past 7 years!”
The new venture extends the capabilities of Replay’s decentralized video platform by using NFTs to unlock exclusive video content like the Cyko KO series and other film titles and series. Viewers of Rewarded TV titles earn Replay’s native RPLAY tokens by watching films, series and live TV through a proprietary watch-to-earn ecosystem. Powered by Replay, Cyko KO NFTs will have real utility, including the opportunity to receive Rewards Multipliers that enhance users RPLAY rewards earnings.
“We’re so excited to partner with Rob for our first NFT collection, and we can’t think of a more fitting project than to help bring the world of Cyko KO to life with an animated series! With our first NFT drop, we’re defining the production cycle for web3 projects, decentralizing every aspect of the creative process from funding to distribution. ” said Krish Arvapally, Founder & CEO at Replay.
In addition to Rewards Multipliers that boost RPLAY earnings rate on Rewarded.tv, holders of the Cyko KO NFT on Thetadrop will be given exclusive access to the series along with opportunities to receive multiplied RPLAY earnings, chances to meet the cast, lotteries for walk-on roles in the show, signed merchandise and online gamification utility. Rocketship Entertainment, the 2021 Ringo Award-winner for Favorite Publisher, will also produce physical redeemables for the series.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Replay & Rob on this drop. Theta continues to build out our video technology and these NFTs are a perfect use case of how we can enable media & entertainment to enter Web 3,” said Kyle Laffey, Head of Partnerships at Theta Network. “It’s only a matter of time before we see more media brands take this route and experiment with entire new business models for funding & distribution. Replay’s platform and Rob’s content are a natural pairing as early pioneers in this space!”
Drop date for the Cyko KO Star Cards NFT on ThetaDrop is set for Friday, September 30, 2022 at NOON (PACIFIC TIME). A waitlist can be found in advance at Thetadrop.com
Check out https://cykoko.tv
Replay is the blockchain video tracking & payments platform powering the web3 content economy. Replay tracks video consumption in real time, removing monetization friction for content creators and delivering unparalleled transparency into viewership and performance. Built on Theta’s blockchain protocol, Replay enables digital-ready streams that are trackable on the blockchain and available for distribution via a consumption-based model, using the RPLAY TNT-20 token to decentralize and reimagine video streaming, tracking and payments. For more information visit imaginereplay.com, rewarded.tv or follow on Twitter.
About Theta Labs
Theta Labs pioneered Theta Network, the next generation video and entertainment blockchain, and THETA.tv, a leading decentralized live streaming platform. Theta infrastructure enables existing video platforms to drive incremental revenues and reduce content delivery CDN costs while end-users are rewarded for sharing their bandwidth to relay video on any PC, mobile, Smart TV or IoT device. Most recently, the company launched ThetaDrop NFT marketplace in partnership with the World Poker Tour, Katy Perry, Jukin Media and Fuse Media aiming to disrupt the digital collectibles industry.
Theta’s enterprise validator and governance council is led by global leaders including Google, Samsung, Sony, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Binance, Blockchain Ventures, DHVC and gumi. Theta leverages its user base of millions of viewers on THETA.tv to seed its peer-to-peer video network along with premium content partnerships with Lionsgate, MGM Studios, NASA, and others. Popular video platforms integrated with Theta infrastructure include CONtv Anime, World Poker Tour, Cinedigm, Samsung VR, GameTalkTalk, MovieBloc, Ultra, GFUEL and other OTT media, entertainment, and live streaming services. Strategic corporate investors include Samsung NEXT, Sony Innovation Fund, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and Silicon Valley VCs including DCM and Sierra Ventures. Learn more at www.thetalabs.org
About Verified Labs
Verified Labs is a Web3 production studio founded by friends and family that share a passion for blockchain tech, digital art, media, entertainment and the future of the metaverse. Having expanded from its early days as a Hollywood production company, today Verified Labs focuses on creating iconic, revenue-generating virtual entertainment experiences for artists, celebrities, athletes, and brands.
About Rocketship Entertainment
Rocketship Entertainment, LLC, founded in 2019 by Tom Akel and Rob Feldman, is a publishing, consumer product and entertainment company with multiple Eisner-nominated and Ringo award-winning series including Let’s Play, Fox Fires, Brothers Bond, Lars the Awkward Yeti, Adventures of God, Urban Animal, and Stan Lee’s Backchannel. Rocketship’s partnerships include Legendary Entertainment, Simon & Schuster, Tapas Media, Substack, Dreamworks, and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Rocketship connects fans directly to the series they want, working hand-in-glove with creators to create definitive, premium editions of their work and a full array of consumer products. For more information visit rocketshipent.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Thetadrop NFT Drop Date: September 30, 2022 on https://www.thetadrop.com
Cyko KO Series Release Date: Early 2023