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Bound Teams Up with Former Pixar and Telltale Games Creative Stephan Bugaj

Bound is proud to announce a creative partnership with former Pixar and Telltale Games veteran Stephan Bugaj on Hard Reset, a thrilling sci-fi action series set in a near future where augmented reality and human-like androids are a part of everyday life. Hard Reset tells the story of Kay, a no-nonsense android-hating government agent, who must partner with the agency’s first android law enforcer to prevent a terrorist from destroying the city with a nuclear weapon. Stephan will also be working with us to provide creative direction on some exciting franchises coming to Bound.

165361_489950818304_8083402_nStephan Bugaj’s vast experience spans film, games, comics, and virtual reality. During his nearly twelve-year tenure at Pixar Animation Studios, Stephan co-created and co-wrote two feature film development projects and worked on the visuals and production pipeline for several blockbuster films. As Creative Development Director at Telltale Games, he oversaw all writing and directing for Walking Dead Season 2, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and Tales From The Borderlands. At Telltale, he also shepherded nine episode releases and led three season-break writers’ rooms for their award winning series. Stephan is currently developing film, VR, and game projects for Episode Interactive (a division of Pocket Gems), WakingUp Media, Marza Animation Planet, DJ2 Entertainment, The Rogue Initiative, and U2K Entertainment. He is also on the creative advisory boards of Limitless Entertainment and Blackout VR. The first of three graphic novels he wrote in the “Amar” series is currently available on Comixology. Stephan also just completed filming two narrative short films co-starring an android puppet for Hanson Robotics, for whom he serves as VP of Creative.

Welcome aboard, Mr. Bugaj!

See the official announcement below.

*****ANNOUNCEMENT*****

Bound Teams Up with Pixar and Telltale Games Veteran Stephan Bugaj 

New storytelling platform announces partnership with film and game industry professional Stephan Bugaj on upcoming digital fiction series.

Laguna Beach, CA, May 11, 2016 – Today, Bound announced a creative partnership with film and game industry veteran Stephan Bugaj to develop Hard Reset, a thrilling sci-fi drama series. Set in a near future where augmented reality and human-like androids are a part of everyday life, Hard Reset tells the story of Kay, a no-nonsense android-hating government agent, who must partner with the agency’s first android law enforcer to prevent a terrorist from destroying the city with a nuclear weapon.  The series will be one of the first to introduce mobile users to the Bound format.

Stephan Bugaj’s vast experience spans film, games, comics, and virtual reality. During his nearly twelve-year tenure at Pixar Animation Studios Stephan co-created and co-wrote two feature film development projects and worked on the visuals and production pipeline for several blockbuster films. As Creative Development Director at Telltale Games he oversaw all writing and directing for Walking Dead Season 2, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and Tales From The Borderlands. At Telltale he also shepherded nine episode releases and led three season-break writers’ rooms for their award winning series. Stephan is currently developing film, VR, and game projects for Episode Interactive (a division of Pocket Gems), WakingUp Media, Marza Animation Planet, DJ2 Entertainment, The Rogue Initiative, and U2K Entertainment. He is also on the creative advisory boards of Limitless Entertainment and Blackout VR. The first of three graphic novels he wrote in the “Amar” series is currently available on Comixology. Stephan also just completed filming two narrative short films co-starring an android puppet for Hanson Robotics, for whom he serves as VP of Creative.

“I am excited about Bound because it’s something I had hoped to create a digital platform to bring back illustrated serialized prose storytelling myself, and I’m glad Matt, Jamie and team saved me the effort,” said Bugaj. “Just like the turn of last century, when illustrated serialized print prose was all the rage, contemporary audiences have busy lives full of change which makes them well suited to enjoy short pieces they can read during their commute or while in line at the store. And making those short pieces serialized allows the reader to return to a familiar world they enjoy each moment they have the time to do so. As a writer accustomed to writing for imagery Bound’s illustrated format fits naturally with how I already think about storytelling. I prefer to focus my words on emotion, dialog and world-building and leave the scene setting and action to the visuals as much as possible, and Bound is the only prose platform to fully embrace that concept.”

Bound will be including Hard Reset as part of its early access release coming soon.

Sign up for early access at www.getbound.io.

About Bound

Founded in 2015 by game and entertainment industry veterans, Bound is a mobile platform providing busy story lovers with an easy to engage episodic prose fiction format via short sessions, in-depth companion material, and integrated community features. The company is based in Southern California. Bound is currently accepting sign-ups for early access. Learn more at www.getbound.io.

Source: Bound

Giveaway Time: Cumulus and Cereal

Congrats to our friend, Eliot Peper, on his successful book launch.  His latest book, Cumulus, is on Amazon’s Best Sellers List in Cyberpunk Science Fiction.

Cumulus, is a new sci-fi story set in a near-future Bay Area ravaged by economic inequality and persistent surveillance.

Enter to win a signed copy of Cumulus and a six-month supply of Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

What does Cinnamon Toast Crunch have to do with Cumulus? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Contest ends 05/31.

Enter below. (Rules and such found below as well.)

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Bound Partners with Best-Selling Thriller Author Eliot Peper

We’re excited to announce our partnership with Eliot Peper, author of The Uncommon Series, the #1 top-rated financial thriller on Amazon, to bring some of his future work to Bound. Eliot has been working with us to shape the platform and format. We are excited to be able to bring his work to more people. 

Eliot-44We highly recommend checking out Eliot’s newest novel, Cumulus, available today on Amazon with an adapted version coming soon to Bound. Cumulus takes place in a near-future where economic inequality and persistent surveillance push Oakland to the brink of civil war. It’s a dark, gritty thrill-ride packed with political intrigue, world-changing technology, relentless ambition, and questionable salvation. Eliot will be donating the first 6-months of proceeds from the story to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Chapter 510, a local literacy nonprofit serving underprivileged youth in Oakland. Look for the Bound version of Cumulus during our early access sneak preview later this year.

The official announcement can be found in its entirety below.

*****ANNOUNCEMENT*****

Bound Partners with Best-Selling Financial Thriller Author Eliot Peper

Bound, a new digital publisher, today announced a partnership with Eliot Peper to adapt his upcoming novels Cumulus and Neon Fever Dream for the Bound mobile app.

Laguna Beach, CA, May 5, 2016  – Today, digital publisher Bound announced a partnership with best-selling financial thriller author Eliot Peper to adapt his novels Cumulus and Neon Fever Dream for the Bound platform. Cumulus takes place in a near-future where economic inequality and persistent surveillance push Oakland to the brink of civil war. It’s a dark, gritty thrill-ride packed with political intrigue, world-changing technology, relentless ambition, and questionable salvation. Eliot will be donating the first 6-months of proceeds from the story to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Chapter 510, a local literacy nonprofit serving underprivileged youth in Oakland.

Eliot Peper is an author and strategist based in Oakland, CA. He writes fast-paced, deeply-researched stories with diverse casts that explore the intersection of technology and society. His first three books constitute The Uncommon Series, which has attracted a cult following in Silicon Valley and is the #1 top-rated financial thriller on Amazon (think Panama Papers). He’s helped build numerous technology businesses, survived dengue fever, translated Virgil’s Aeneid from the original Latin, worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm, and explored the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. He is currently working on his fifth novel, Neon Fever Dream, about a dark secret hidden in the swirling dust and exultant revelry of Burning Man.

“Working with Bound has been a delight,” said Peper. “In the books business, fiction vastly outsells nonfiction. But fiction is strangely absent in writing on the Internet. Bound is shooting to fill the gap by building a home for top-shelf fiction on mobile. Their team is the most rare of combinations: expert and humble. They are leveraging their experience in building gaming platforms to creating the most engaging and compelling experience possible for readers.”

Bound will be including Cumulus as part of its early access sneak preview. 

“Eliot’s Uncommon Stock Series highlights his skills as a storyteller and his ability to weave an interesting story through the lives of compelling characters inhabiting a dynamic world,” said Jamie Ortiz, Vice President of Story Development at Bound. “It’s been a pleasure collaborating with Eliot to adapt Cumulus for Bound to enhance the story with creative concept art and detailed source materials.”

Fans of fiction can learn more about Bound and sign up for early access at www.getbound.io.

About Bound

Founded in 2015 by game and entertainment industry veterans, Bound is a mobile platform providing busy story lovers with an easy-to-engage episodic prose fiction format via short sessions, in-depth companion materials, and integrated community features. The company is based in Southern California. Bound is currently accepting sign-ups for early access. Learn more at www.getbound.io.

Source: Bound

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