One of the key elements of San Diego Comic-Con – something that pretty much distinguishes it from most other cons – are the numerous off-site events that spring up around the core event, expanding its footprint beyond the Convention Center. Many brands use these spaces to provide focused promotion for their IPs and then there are those off-sites that do it to represent and give fans a fuller experience: NERDIST HOUSE is certainly one of the latter.
Put together by hugely popular online network Nerdist, Nerdist House has been a fixture of the past few SDCC’s, setting up camp in the Gaslamp District and bouncing off their residence at Petco Park. However, with the convention heading into the digital space for 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nerdist House has headed there, too.
To give Nerdist their credit, mind, they are not broadcasting their content during San Diego Comic-Con week (Thursday 23rd-Sunday 26th July) and treading on their toes – Nerdist House will be online just one day of this weekend coming, on the Saturday 11th July.
Nerdist will admittedly be putting on the more polished content of the two organisations – online is where Nerdist live, after all, this is almost their home turf. And that’s represented by some fantastic panels being streamed this Saturday, with two spotlight reunion sessions featuring the cast of ’80s teens adventure RAD and also a full lineup of the cult television series HANNIBAL.
It all kicks off at 10am PT (6pm GMT) this Saturday with said HANNIBAL panel, starting the day strong – do check out the programming throughout the day and see how an online off-site is really done…
From the Nerdist press release:
Nerdist House 2020 Brings the Comic Convention Experience Home
Burbank, Calif. — July 6, 2020 – Nerdist formally announced the launch of NERDIST HOUSE 2020, an ongoing series of one-of-a-kind panels, screenings, and unique digital events to bring the comic convention experience to the living rooms and viewing devices of fans everywhere. With a developing slate of celebrity interviews, exclusive screenings, and never-before seen — and possibly never-before-attempted — virtual experiences, staying at home for the Summer of 2020 is looking more attractive than ever!
Nerdist House 2020 officially kicks off at 10am PT on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Previously announced events include:
Saturday, July 11:
10:00 am – 11:00 am PT Hannibal: A Delicious Reunion is a perfect prelude to a Hannibal rewatch, now that the series is on Netflix. Join Nerdist’s Rosie Knight for the much-awaited reunion of the cast and crew of Hannibal, featuring series creator Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter), Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), Gillian Anderson (Bedelia Du Maurier), Caroline Dhavernas (Alana Bloom), Katie Isabelle (Margot Verger), Raúl Esparza (Frederick Chilton), Hettiene Park (Beverly Katz), Kacey Rohl (Abigail Hobbs), Scott Thompson (Jimmy Price), Aaron Abrams (Brian Zeller), executive producer Martha De Laurentiis, co-producer Loretta Ramos, director/executive producer David Slade, and food consultant Janice Poon. Chat with fellow fans and with the Hannibal cast and crew, and help raise funds for The Okra Project.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT The Ultimate RAD Reunion brings together some very special guests from a 1986 cult classic: Rad. In this special retrospective, stars Talia Shire, Bill Allen, and Bart Conner, as well as Robert Schwartzman, who painstakingly remastered the film from its original negatives into stunning 4K, sit down with host and Rad superfan Dan Casey to discuss the film’s legacy, rare behind-the-scenes stories, and much more. Directed by Hal Needham and released at the height of the BMX craze, Rad stands the test of time through its relentless charisma, over-the-top stunts, and resonant emotional core. One of the wildest, weirdest, and most wonderful films of the 1980s, Rad is a BMX coming-of-age story like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Mostly because until now the film was incredibly hard to find! Thanks to Robert Schwartzman and Utopia, this fan-favorite film is finally available on Blu-ray through Vinegar Syndrome.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm PT TokuSHOUTsu Kamen Rider Panel Nerdist’s Kyle Anderson moderates an exclusive panel exploring Kamen Rider, one of the greatest and most beloved tokusatsu series of all time. Panelists include Team Kamen Rider’s David Clarke, Steve Schultze, Ken Pham, and Anthony Aguirre; Tokunation’s TokuChris; Tokusatsu Network’s Nicole Amber; and TokuSHOUTsu’s Ari Schonfeld.
5:00 pm PT North American Premiere Screening of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever This is your chance to see this landmark film for the first time in North America! Featuring a special message from a Kamen Rider actor before the film, fans won’t want to miss this. Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER will not be streaming anywhere until the end of the summer, so this screening event will be fans’ only chance to watch the film until then. Note: Due to rights restrictions, this screening will be YouTube only.
The panel series will be carried on Nerdist’s YouTube Channel and will simultaneously stream on the Geek & Sundry YouTube Channel and Geek & Sundry’s Twitch Channel. Look for more announcements of panel events and sponsorship opportunities in the coming days and weeks. And, as always, for up-to-the-minute news and the latest announcements, follow Nerdist and Geek & Sundry on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; subscribe to Nerdist and Geek & Sundry on YouTube; and subscribe to Geek & Sundry on Twitch.
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About Nerdist House 2020
Nerdist House is an ongoing series of one-of-a-kind panels, movie screenings, and unique digital events to bring the comic convention experience to your living room. From reuniting the cast of Hannibal to the U.S. premiere screening of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, Nerdist House is jam-packed with special events you won’t want to miss! For the latest information, head to Nerdist.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.