London, Monday 17 October 2016

Bauer Media’s best-selling movie magazine Empire has today announced a world first with a limited edition video cover to celebrate the release of the all-new adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming to cinemas 18 November from Warner Bros. Pictures.

In an industry first, the December issue of Empire, on sale 27 October, will feature a specially designed, custom cover image drawn from the unique and magical world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, embedded with two pieces of video.

The first video is an exclusive featurette taking viewers behind the scenes of one of the year’s most anticipated films, where they will hear from stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell. Viewers will also hear from the filmmakers behind the magic, including screenwriter and producer J.K. Rowling, producer David Heyman and director David Yates– all of whom reunite following their collaboration on the beloved Harry Potter film series, currently the top-grossing motion picture franchise of all time. The second video will be the latest and final trailer for the film, which will immerse audiences in this enthralling new era of the wizarding world.

This limited edition, first-ever moving image cover will have a special run of 5000 copies only, and will be available exclusively in Sainsbury’s, priced at £9.99. Also coming on 27 October is Empire’s standard December 2016 issue—featuring another bespoke Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cover—which will be sold widely at newsagent‘s shops across the UK.

Terri White Editor-in Chief Empire, commented: “Here at Empire, we love to innovate and constantly push the envelope creatively. Our friends at Warner Bros. Pictures were the perfect partner for our most ambitious idea yet – making the cover move. Our readers are going to be desperate to get their hands on a copy and see the new world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought to life.“


For further information about Bauer Media please contact:

Effie Kanyua

Communications Director, Bauer Media (London Lifestyle Magazines)

Tel: 0207 208 3519


About Empire:

Empire is the world’s biggest movie magazine brand. Constantly evolving, it has expanded its breadth of content to cover every cinematic form from movies and TV to streaming and mobile. Connecting with three million fans across its multiple touchpoints, Empire continues to deliver compelling entertainment content and unique creative cover treatments with world-first reveals for films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Suicide Squad.

About Bauer Media:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, Kiss, Grazia, Empire, TV Choice, Take a Break, Bella, Magic and Absolute Radio. It creates and curates entertaining media content that audiences love whenever, wherever and however they want through a multi-channel strategy and a focus on product excellence and audience insight. The result is an exciting array of influential brands, content and talent which provide compelling and engaging advertising opportunities with valuable audiences for UK commercial partners. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

About Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter features. The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell. 

Marking the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter film series, including director Yates and producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.  Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat served as executive producers. The creative behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Philippe Rousselot, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, and costume designer Colleen Atwood.  Music is composed by James Newton Howard. 

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The film will be released in select 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters worldwide beginning November 18, 2016, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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