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The Great Fantasy Debate

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Should people be allowed to own dragons? What is the best fantasy world to vacation in? These questions and more will be answered on The Great Fantasy Debate, a new video series from Penguin Random House and Supreme Robot Pictures, streaming exclusively on Facebook Watch. The 8-episode series premieres on Tuesday, May 5 and will air on Tuesday nights at the Penguin Random House Facebook page. All episodes are 10 minutes or less.

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Each week, expert authors and hilarious comedians will team up to present arguments and counter-arguments (and sometimes interpretive dance) to support their side of a fantasy topic, drawn from fantasy literature and film. Topics range from Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter to Star Wars – everything is fair game! At the end of each episode, hosts Abbi Crutchfield and Drea Bolt will make their decision, then ask the audience to weigh in.

Featured fantasy authors include:

Pierce Brown (Red Rising)

Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files)

Marie Lu (Warcross)

Naomi Novik (Spinning Silver)

Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls) 

Featured comedians include:

Sean Donnelly

Aminah Imani

Jay Jurden

Sarah Smallwood Parsons

Viewers can participate in the debate themselves by joining Penguin Random House’s SciFi & Fantasy Group, Unbound Worlds, which will hold Watch Parties and post bonus material.


SUPREME ROBOT PICTURES is an innovative creativity think tank and full-service production company creating unique genre-driven works.

Supreme Robot was founded in 2006 by comedian and filmmaker Victor Varnado. The company’s first production The Awkward Comedy Show was the nation’s first comedy special focusing on black nerd comedy and aired on Comedy Central. The special combined animation, documentary and live performance to help launch the careers of the then unknowns Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress. The second feature from Supreme Robot, Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! starring Kristen Schaal and Reggie Watts premiered at the 2011 South By Southwest Film Festival and was acquired by Film Buff and Hulu.

In addition to its initial documentary slate, Supreme Robot has expanded into narrative with Comedy Central pilot competition finalist The Trouble with Charlie telling the story of a psychopathic puppet living in the real world and Realm of LARP the hybrid fantasy-adventure-reality series for Nerdist Industries and Legendary Pictures.


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