Friday, December 20, 2013

NBC Publishing & Universal Pictures Release “47 Ronin: The Legend Reborn”

Edited from Metrodigi blog

Just in time to coincide with the Christmas Day release of the Universal Pictures feature film 47 Ronin—and with eBook tablets appearing in stockings hung by the chimney with care—NBC Publishing and Metrodigi have collaborated on development of the companion work 47 Ronin: The Legend Reborn, a dazzlingly designed book with spectacularly vibrant movie stills and extensive details about the film’s plot, characters, and design.

47 Ronin, a reimagining of an inspiring legend that is Japan’s unofficial national epic, stars Keanu Reeves as a half-British, half-Japanese outcast who aids a band of samurai in their quest for vengeance after the treacherous death of their lord.

This production, the first English-language big-screen version of an oft-filmed story (it’s also been the subject of many plays, books, and other accounts), introduces fantasy elements to the traditional tale, including demon monks, a shape-shifting witch, and other malevolent creatures. But the foundation is a timeless tale of devotion, of selfless attention to duty, honor, and loyalty.

47 Ronin: The Legend Reborn captures the film’s grand sweep, as well as its dynamic cinematography and design, full of kinetic action, imaginative visual concepts, and bold, lush colors.

The eBook includes a trailer for 47 Ronin, cast member bios, comments from Reeves and key crew members, image galleries of film footage, behind-the-scenes photos, and virtual posters. From right inside the book, readers can share postcards of the lead characters on Facebook and Twitter, plus interact with the film’s various social media platforms—not only Facebook and Twitter but also Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube—as well as access the official 47 Ronin website.

Available on the iBookstore.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Visit to Medford: His Holiness The Dalai Lama: A Message of Spiritual Wisdom - New eBook from Comcast NBCUniversal

In October 2012, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in Medford, Massachusetts. He spoke in front of approximately 1,800 people in both English and Tibetan, focusing on the values of Tibetan Buddhism. Comcast secured the sole rights to videotape the event, which was streamed live on Project Open Voice web sites.

For the one-year anniversary of his visit to Medford, Comcast’s Local Media Development department has produced a package that will educate consumers on the Dalai Lama and his impact around the world. The package consists of three primary products across web, digital and VOD platforms. 

The full, 72-minute event of the Dalai Lama’s speech and program at the Kurukulla Center is available to Comcast subscribers nationally via Xfinity On Demand, and available to the general public at Comcast’s Xfinity Asia microsite


A ten-minute highlight reel, including preparation for the event and interviews from various religious leaders and community members, available at

      A free, educational eBook on the Dalai Lama’s life and history, co-produced with NBC Publishing. The eBook includes an introduction by Ann Curry of NBC News. His Holiness the Dalai Lama: A Message of Spiritual Wisdom can be downloaded at the NBC Publishing website. 


The Dalai Lama is a well-known figure, with millions of followers on social media and around the world. Yet his history, background, and the scope of his accomplishments often go unnoticed. A Visit to Medford will take viewers through how the Dalai Lama was chosen, his political and cultural history, and how he brings communities together through his message of peace and nonviolence.

To view the trailer for the program, visit:


For more information, please contact Jason Villemez at