Saturn Awards to Honor Feige, Favreau, Loeb

The Saturn Awards organization Aug. 22 announced the recipients of three honorary awards that will be presented at the 45th annual awards show Sept. 13, including a brand-new annual award named after comic book legend Stan Lee.

Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige will be honored with the inaugural Stan Lee World Builder Award, which will “be given annually to the creative force who has, over an extended period of time, created a world with multiple stories and characters that have amazed and engaged fans worldwide at the most galactic level,” according to a statement from the Saturn Awards.

This award also honors the legacy of the late Stan Lee and is exclusively available to The Saturn Awards from Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Feige is being honored for creating and guiding the Marvel Cinematic Universe across 23 films and 11 years from 2008’s Iron Man to this year’s Saturn Award nominated Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The announcement comes as Sony and Disney have reached an impasse on extending a deal to keep Spider-Man in the MCU, which would prevent Feige from producing further “Spider-Man” movies.

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Jon Favreau

Filmmaker Jon Favreau will be honored with the Saturn Visionary Award for establishing himself as a groundbreaking visual artist in directing the films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book and the remake of The Lion King, the latter having earned nearly $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Favreau is also executive producing the “Star Wars” live-action television series “The Mandalorian” for the Disney+ streaming service.

Jeph Loeb

Jeph Loeb, EVP and head of Marvel Television, will be receiving the Dan Curtis Legacy Award, honoring fellow masters of genre TV and quality programming. Loeb has long been lauded for his work across multiple mediums including film, television, and comic books.

The 2019 Saturn Awards will be announced in a ceremony held at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, and will be presented online through a streaming platform to be announced later.

Netflix Pulls Plug on Marvel TV Collaboration

Netflix Feb. 18 confirmed it is canceling the Marvel TV series “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones” — the last two original shows from a collaboration with the Disney-owned superhero IP unit’s TV arm that began in 2013.

The six-series Marvel lineup exclusive to Netflix also included “Luke Cage,” starring Mike Colter; “Daredevil,” starring Charlie Cox; and “Iron Fist,” starring Finn Jones. All three shows were canceled last October and November. The team-up miniseries “The Defenders” featuring a crossover of the various casts, was not renewed either.

The move underscores ongoing strategic shifts between the erstwhile business partners highlighted by the pending fourth-quarter launch of Disney’s competing SVOD service: Disney+.

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Netflix, which ended its license agreement for original Disney movies beginning with the studio’s 2019 theatrical releases, will stream the third season of “Jones,” starring Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad”).

Season three production of “Punisher” starring Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) has been shelved.

In a media statement, Netflix praised showrunners Steve Lightfoot (“Punisher”) and Melissa Rosenberg (“Jones”), the respective production crews and cast, including Bernthal and Ritter.

“We are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come,” said the SVOD pioneer.

The cancelations also appear strategic considering both “Daredevil” and “Punisher” ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, on Parrot Analytics’ weekly chart of Top 10 original TV shows generating the most online chatter. Indeed, “Punisher” finished first on the chart for the week ended Feb. 2.

“We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning,” said Netflix.

In a statement from Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb, the executive thanked Netflix  viewers for their interest in the brand, hinting Marvel’s super heroes could re-emerge on TV elsewhere.

“Our network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters … but you know Marvel better than that,” Loeb wrote.