InMediaRes Productions

InMediaRes Productions, LLC is an American game company that produces role-playing games and game supplements.

InMediaRes Productions, LLC
TypePrivate
IndustryElectronic publishing
Role-playing games
Founded2003
FounderLoren L. Coleman
Heather Coleman
Randall N. Bills
Tara Bills
Philip DeLuca
Headquarters
SubsidiariesCatalyst Game Labs
Battlecorps
Websitedefunct, formerly imrpro.com at the Wayback Machine (archived 5 February 2012)

HistoryEdit

In 2003, Loren L. Coleman created the company InMediaRes Productions, which he founded with Heather Coleman, Randall Bills, Tara Bills, and Philip DeLuca.[1]: 433  InMediaRes received their licence for the electronic publication of Classic Battletech fiction from WizKids in the fall of 2003.[1]: 433  They made an announcement that year at GenCon 36 and had their full website, BattleCorps.com, ready to go a year later in August 2004.[1]: 433  InMediaRes kicked things off with the fiction of founders Bills and Coleman, and from there, month-by-month they continued with their electronic delivery model.[1]: 433  InMediaRes announced their plans to create a similar "Holostreets" web site for Shadowrun fiction in 2005 but have not done so.[1]: 434  Some of the fiction from the BattleCorps website has made it to print as Battletech Corps Vol. 1: The Corps (2008) and Battletech Corps Vol. 2: First Strike (2010) – following some changes to InMediaRes' licence in 2007 and 2008.[1]: 434 

In 2007, Rob Boyle and Bills tried to buy FanPro LLC from Fantasy Productions, and when that did not work out WizKids stepped in to mediate; although they were not willing to let Boyle and Bills create a new company, they were willing to give the Battletech and Shadowrun licenses to InMediaRes.[1]: 435  After acquiring the rights to both FASA games, InMediaRes took on Boyle and Bills as regular staff – which had been part of the agreement with WizKids.[1]: 435  Boyle remained as the Shadowrun Line Editor for the next few years, while Bills became a Managing Director of InMediaRes.[1]: 435  InMediaRes created a subsidiary to hold their new gaming rights: Catalyst Game Labs.[1]: 435  InMediaRes placed a higher value on electronic material, and in 2007 started charging for Catalyst's Shadowrun releases.[1]: 436 

Company informationEdit

InMediaRes Productions was founded in 2003 by Loren and Heather Coleman, Tara and Randall N. Bills[2] and Philip DeLuca with the express purpose of licensing the rights to publish new, canon Classic BattleTech fiction to the Internet from WizKids.[3] Wizkids granted this license to IMR in the fall of 2003, which directly led to the creation of BattleCorps in August 2004.[4] In 2005, IMR announced its intentions to branch out into Shadowrun fiction and established Holostreets with the intention of doing for Shadowrun what had been done for BattleTech.[5] IMR hopes to have Holostreets up and running by 2008.[6]

On April 20, 2007, IMR announced that it was in negotiations with WizKids and FanPro to acquire the licenses for Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun, as FanPro's licenses were set to expire.[7] On May 17, 2007, IMR announced the creation of Catalyst Game Labs in preparation for the acquisition of the licenses.[8] As of mid-2007, Catalyst began releasing new sourcebooks for both lines.

Heather Coleman serves as IMR's executive manager, while Loren is the submissions editor for BattleCorps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2007-10-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ InMediaRes Productions, LLC and WizKids, Inc in talks for rights to publish Classic BattleTech fiction. (©2002–2007 WizKids Inc.)
  4. ^ "InMediaRes Productions, LLC". BattleCorps.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-08.
  5. ^ "SOLA and HoloStreets (ShadowrunRPG.com, August 27, 2005)". Archived from the original on August 30, 2006.
  6. ^ FanPro FAQ (v1.0, FanProGames.com, December 1, 2006)
  7. ^ "InMediaRes Productions LLC. Enters Negotiations For The Classic Battletech And Shadowrun Licenses From WizKids Inc". BattleCorps.com. April 20, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-14.
  8. ^ "InMediaRes Productions, LLC, Forms Imprint: Catalyst Game Labs". BattleCorps.com. May 17, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29.

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