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30 November 2012

Olansamuelle New Draw Them All Comic Strip: Underworld Strips 3 and 4


Before the Rebels go up against the might of Rome in War of the Damned, Olansamuelle has drawn a new series of comic strips called SPARTACUS: UNDERWORLD.

Strips 3 & 4 are now online

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30 November 2012

Starz Launches Transmedia Experience "Battle For Nuceria" in Advance of Final Season of "Spartacus: War of the Damned"

Online Experience Immerses Fans in Social Experiences with Prizes and More Than Three Hours of Exclusive "Spartacus" Video Content as Global Franchise Launches Final Season

Exclusive Pre-Premiere Viewing Opportunity for the First Episode of "Spartacus: War of the Damned"

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Entertainment has launched a comprehensive digital experience, "Battle For Nuceria" (, for the upcoming final season of the international hit "Spartacus: War of the Damned." Designed to be a season-long companion piece to the series, fans will be taken to the front line of Spartacus' fight against Rome and will be immersed in the opportunity to compete with other fans to unlock unprecedented rewards, including more than three hours of exclusive video content, a grand prize trip to Italy, and the first online opportunity to unlock the premiere episode before it airs on Friday, January 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

The video-rich transmedia touch points and gamification elements incorporated into the "Battle For Nuceria" make it one of the most unique digital experiences ever launched for a pay television series. Features include:

  • Sixteen missions for fans to play against one another
  • An all-expense paid trip to Rome among other prizes
  • Preview of the "Spartacus: War of the Damned" season premiere episode prior to the January 25th premiere on STARZ for winners of "Battle for Nuceria"
  • Three hours of additional exclusive video footage
  • Tractus browser app allows fans to "hijack the 'Net" by tagging and capturing global websites with rebel badges and symbols
  • PC/Mac +iOS customized mobile app experiences and rewards

"Battle For Nuceria" offers a unique, personalized way to engage with a "Spartacus" fan's favorite characters storylines within their daily life from now until the series finale nearly five months from now. A deep interactive cast and crew photo roster allows fans to zoom in and learn about the "Spartacus" talent they have grown to love over the past four years.

"Starz is taking our fans deeper into 'Spartacus' - a show that has a rabid fan base that is eager to step inside the world of our characters - and 'Battle For Nuceria' rewards their loyalty with great prizes and a bounty full of video," said Kelly Bumann, Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing for Starz Entertainment. "Battle For Nuceria" rewards consumers in a way no other experience has before. From the exclusive content we are reserving just for the fans, to the exclusive prizes, this is the ultimate digital experience for the fans that have been so loyal over the past four years."

"We have leveraged the immersive nature of the 'Spartacus' story, and taken the experience beyond television screen with the 'Battle for Nuceria," said Erin Dwyer, Executive Director of Digital Marketing for Starz Entertainment. "We want to reward our loyal fans and bring this epic story to life. The digital experience empowers our ultimate fans in new ways and makes them a part of our show's legacy in a powerful way that builds engagement and loyalty."

Exclusive Pre-Premiere of First Episode of "Spartacus: War of the Damned" + Prizes and Rewards with the "Battle for Nuceria"

In addition to exclusive content, "Battle For Nuceria" participants compete for several prizes.

One lucky grand prize winner will receive a six-day, five-night trip for two to Rome; a getaway estimated at approximately $10,175.00. Based on the leaderboard, participants will also have the chance to win trips to the Riviera Maya, Spartacus gear, prop replicas, iPad minis and more.

There are 16 total missions that earn points; six missions leading up to the premiere that will allow fans to earn points and increase their chances to win prizes.

"Battle For Nuceria" participants will be able to watch the first episode online as early January 23 depending on when the community reaches the points needed to unlock this unique reward.

More on The "Battle For Nuceria" Transmedia Experience

The Encampment website (

  • This is home base for our consumer rebel army.
  • Receive missions, download your rewards, and check your status in the leaderboard.
  • See what other rebel army members are talking about; smack talk your Facebook friends that you're beating in the leaderboard.
  • The encampment website has Facebook and Twitter connect integration for ease of sign on and social connectivity that uses Geo-caching for real-time activity reporting.

Hypogeum iOS mobile app
A key tool for our rebel army when on the go.

  • Check into locations.
  • Unlock new missions on the go and keep track of your progress.
  • Use the visual recognition scanner to scan rebel marks and key art to unlock more points and rewards.
  • Receive messages directly from your rebel leaders who will give you clues and alert you when new missions and rewards are unlocked.
  • When users check in with the Hypogeum iOS mobile app, a PNG sequence of images is triggered to create an augmented reality-based experience onto your native camera, immediately throwing the user into the world of Spartacus.

Tractus browser app

  • "Battle for Nuceria" participants will use this to make their mark online across the Internet with the ability to 'conquer' sites for the Rebel Army and make their battle for freedom spread.
  • Leave your mark and message for other rebel army members to see.
  • Earn more points for being the first to take over a site.

Learn more about the STARZ Original series "Spartacus: War of the Damned," and engage with your favorite characters in the "Battle For Nuceria" at and on Twitter (#BattleforNuceria #Spartacus).

About "Spartacus: War of the Damned"
"Spartacus: War of the Damned" takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.

The "Spartacus" franchise began its run Friday, January 22, 2010 with "Blood and Sand." It was followed a year later with the prequel, "Gods of the Arena" (January 21, 2011). "Vengeance" hit the air on January 27, 2012 and "War of the Damned" is scheduled to air January 25, 2013. More than six million weekly viewers watched last season, "Spartacus: Vengeance," which has amassed more than 2.5 million Facebook fans. Globally, the series airs in 150 countries in more than 15 languages.

"Spartacus: War of the Damned" sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

STARZ also shared a series recap and look at the upcoming season with a new "Strategy of War" video.



29 November 2012

Spartacus War of the Damned Official Poster

Below is the official key art ad for the final season of Starz’ Spartacus: War of the Damned. In the final episodes, Sparty (Liam McIntyre) and his band of rebels face off against the Roman army, including new antagonists Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) and a young Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance). The drama premieres Friday, Jan. 25.






28 November 2012

Spartacus: War of the Damned Episode 1 Enemies of Rome

Image634896832663203892Genre: Action, Drama

Episode #301

'Enemies Of Rome' Spartacus continues to assemble a formidable army and outwit Romes best commanders. Desperate, the powers of the Empire are forced to turn to wealthy, ambitious Marcus Crassus to aid the campaign. USA - 2013 - TVMA



28 November 2012

Olansamuelle New Draw Them All Comic Strip: Underworld

Image634896826449578562Before the Rebels go up against the might of Rome in War of the Damned, Olansamuelle has drawn a new series of comic strips called SPARTACUS: UNDERWORLD.

The first two strips are now online

Click here to view



23 November 2012

Spartacus Meets The Troops EW 30 November 2012

EW Magazine has coverage of when the Sparty cast went to Kuwait to meet the troops.




21 November 2012


16 November 2012

Spartacus War of the Damned To Premiere in Canada 27 January

US fans will have to wait until 25 January to see the final chapter of Spartacus but Canadians will see the premiere on 27 January.

On The Movie Network and Movie Central, beginning Sunday, January 27 at 10 p.m. ET/ MT, swords and sandals come to Sunday nights as Spartacus: War of the Damned, the final season of Starz' Spartacus saga, debuts. The final episodes take place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber as Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. The series stars Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.








16 November 2012

Spartacus Nominated For People's Choice Award - Vote Now!


You can now vote for the People's Choice Awards 2013 and Spartacus has been nominated.


Select your favourite, then simply click on the nomineet to submit your choice. Vote as often as you like
and encourage your friends to vote too!


Click here to vote



12 November 2012

Cast of the Hit STARZ series “Spartacus” Support the USO with Middle East Tour


Arlington, Va. (PRWEB) November 07, 2012

Cast of the Hit STARZ series “Spartacus” Support the USO with Middle East Tour Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Ellen Hollman and Viva Bianca Extend Their Thanks to Troops on Casts First USO Tour

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When four cast members from the STARZ hit series “Spartacus” visited troops serving in the Middle East, sparks were sure to fly. As part of their first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour, the warrior actors from “Spartacus” heard first-hand about military life from real-life warriors - our nation’s men and women in uniform. In addition to spending some one-on-one time with troops, the ensemble of actors delivered a much-needed break to our men and women in uniform.

So far, the actors have visited six installations in Kuwait, including visits to troops serving at Camp Virginia, Camp Beuhring and Camp Arifjan. Additionally, the band of actors touched the lives of more than 1,600 service men and women serving overseas.

Australian born Liam McIntyre, who plays the role of ‘Spartacus,’ enjoys a diverse career in both television and theater. He made his U.S. television debut as ‘Bell Captain Lew’ in the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated HBO series “The Pacific.” Additionally, his theater credits include productions of Shakespeare classics such as “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Twelfth Night” as well as the award-winning independent production “Macbeth: Rearisen.”

Manu Bennett, who plays ‘Crixus,’ began his acting career in his homeland of New Zealand. His U.S. television credits include “Xena: Warrior Princess,” as well as roles in big screen features such as “30 Days of Night” and “The Condemned.” Fans can look forward to seeing Bennett in Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated trilogy “The Hobbit.”

Ellen Hollman, who portrays ‘Saxa,” is a Los Angeles-based actress. Her film career includes big screen thrillers such as “Asylum” and feature films like “Road House 2: Last Call” and “Surf School,” to name a few. In addition to “Spartacus,” Hollman has appeared in television series such as “Rules of Engagement,” “Numb3rs,” “The O.C.,” and “Weeds.”

Since graduating from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, where she earned the award of best actress, Viva Bianca has made her way to the big and small screens as well as the theater stage. Bianca’s portrayal of “Ilithyia,” as well as her roles in the psychological thriller “Bad Bush” and the comedy “Accidents Happen,” starring Geena Davis, are included among her many television and film credits.

The cast is excited about the upcoming final season, “Spartacus: War of the Damned,” which will premiere in the US on the STRAZ television network on Friday, January 25th, 2013.


Attributed to Liam McIntyre:
“This trip has been amazing for all of us. The men and women we met, who put their lives on the line everyday, are an amazing group of people. Being able to share my first USO tour experience with my cast mates makes it even more memorable. I know I speak for us all when I say ‘thank you’ to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for keeping us safe and for all that you do.”

About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, jcpenney, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation and TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit



7 November 2012

Spartacus War of the Damned New Video and Premiere Date

Spartacus: War of the Damned will premiere Friday, Jan. 25 at 9/8c, Starz announced Tuesday.

This will mark the final installment of the network's Spartacus franchise, following Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Vengeance and the mini-series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

Liam McIntyre will return as Spartacus for a second season after replacing original star Andy Whitfield, who passed away from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011.

Spartacus to end after one more season

Season 3 will also see the addition of Todd Lasanec as Gaius Julias Caesar, Simon Merrells as Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.
Check out a look at the War of the Damned, featuring McIntyre, Merrells and creator Steven S. DeKnight below.




5 November 2012

Rob Tapert Interviewed on OneNews Spartacus Wraps 05 November 2012

robtapert1 Rob Tapert is interview by OneNews in New Zealand. The film industry is a billion dollar industry worldwide, but with productions such as Spartacus wrapping up, what is the state of NZ Film Industry. Rob is interviewed on the set of Spartacus which has generated $200 Million dollars for the NZ. There is also extensive footage of Spartacus and Xena.

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For more about Spartacus, go to AUSXIP Spartacus News & Multimedia

For more about Xena go to AUSXIP - Australian Xena Information Page



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