Comedy Central Orders New Animated Series “Golden Axe™,” Based on the Sega Video Game

Voice Cast to Feature Matthew Rhys, Danny Pudi, Lisa Gilroy,

Liam McIntyre and Carl Tart

Produced by CBS Studios, “Golden Axe” Hails From Executive Producers Mike McMahan and Joe Chandler

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NEW YORK [DATE] – Comedy Central announced today a 10-episode order of “Golden Axe,” a new animated series based on the popular Sega video game series, featuring a star-studded cast including Emmy® award winner Matthew Rhys, Danny Pudi, Lisa Gilroy, Liam McIntyre and Carl Tart. The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television and Original Film.

In a hilarious and loving homage to Sega’s 1989 video game series, “Golden Axe” follows veteran warriors Ax Battler, Tyris Flare and Gilius Thunderhead as they once again battle to save Yuria from the evil giant Death Adder who just won’t seem to stay dead. Fortunately, this time they have the inexperienced and underprepared Hampton Squib on their side.

Matthew Rhys (“The Americans,” “Perry Mason”) will play Gilius Thunderhead, a grumpy, drunken battle dwarf with exceptionally poor hygiene and a chip on his shoulder. Danny Pudi (“Mythic Quest,” “Community”) as Hampton Squib, a naive, inexperienced first time adventurer who has dreamt of questing his entire life. He hopes his can-do attitude can make up for his inability to actually do stuff. Lisa Gilroy (“Jury Duty,” “Interior Chinatown”) as Tyris Flare, a fearsome battle sorceress, deadly in a fight and even deadlier with her sharp wit. Liam McIntyre (“Spartacus,” “The Flash”) as Ax Battler, a barbarian warrior with a strict code of honor and sweet golden retriever demeanor. His brawn outweighs his brains, but his heart outweighs his brawn. Carl Tart (“Grand Crew,” “Star Trek: Lower Decks”) as Chronos “Evil” Lait, originally from “Golden Axe III”, is a 100% badass humanoid panther. At least that’s how Chronos describes himself. In reality, he’s uncomfortably cheesy and can’t read a room. Fans can anticipate plenty of exciting cameos from the world of “Golden Axe.”

“Golden Axe” is produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ animation arm; Sony Pictures Television; and Original Film. Mike McMahan (“Star Trek: Lower Decks,” “Solar Opposites”) and Joe Chandler (“American Dad!”) will co-write the first episode and executive produce the series, with Chandler serving as showrunner. Sega’s Haruki Satomi (President/CEO of Sega Sammy Holdings Inc.), Shuji Utsumi (President/COO of Sega Corporation) and Toru Nakahara (“Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Knuckles,” “Streets of Rage”) will also executive produce alongside Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Ascher of Original Film. Titmouse (“Big Mouth”) serves as the animation studio for the series with Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Antonio Canobbio and Ben Kalina serving as executive producers.

About SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks:

SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks is a global network of media assets that reaches over one billion people in more than 180 countries featuring some of the most iconic brands in entertainment including SHOWTIME, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Network among others – and, its Studios arm which produces 120+ series annually, including some of today’s biggest hits such as Yellowstone, Yellowjackets, Emily in Paris, 1883, 1923, George & Tammy, South Park, Tulsa King, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Challenge and Jersey Shore, to name a few.

About CBS Studios:

CBS Studios is one of the world’s leading suppliers of entertainment programming with development and production for broadcast, cable networks, streaming services, and other emerging platforms. The Studio’s expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate of commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted programming, which includes genre-defining franchises such as NCIS, CSI and the ever-growing Star Trek universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, as well as an extensive library of iconic intellectual property. The Studio also develops and produces local language and international content originating outside of the US for viewers around the world.


SEGA CORPORATION is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment. The company develops, publishes, and distributes a variety of games for consoles, PCs, and wireless devices as well as character products, and various other products. Moreover, SEGA distributes a range of gaming content developed by its domestic and overseas studios worldwide via its global publishing bases. SEGA is leveraging its own IP to accelerate the development and commercialization of its IP not only in games but also in various other media, thereby dramatically increasing the value of its IP. SEGA is positioning transmedia as an important strategy for providing new content to users around the world.

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About Original Film:

Original Film’s slate includes the Emmy-nominated series The Boys and Gen V, which premiered as the #1 series on Prime Video in over 130 countries, Goosebumps on Disney+, and S.W.A.T on CBS. Upcoming series include Long Bright River, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Liz Moore, on Peacock, and Prime Video’s Cruel Intentions, a continuation of the 1999 film of the same title. Previous series include I Know What You Did Last Summer on Prime Video; Preacher on AMC; Happy! on SyFy; Prison Break on Fox; the HBO movie The Rat Pack, which earned 11 Primetime Emmy nominations; Showtime’s highly acclaimed The Big C; and the NBC series Save Me.


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