Warner Bros. Consumer Products Grants License to Creation Entertainment to Produce "Official The Vampire Diaries Fan Conventions"

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The Official "The Vampire Diaries" Fan Conventions announced today with first event taking place in Chicago, IL, April 14-15, 2012.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and Creation Entertainment today announced a licensing agreement to produce a series of highly anticipated “Official THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Fan Conventions,” which will take place annually for the next three years. The first official convention will take place April 14 -15, 2012 at The Westin O’Hare in Chicago, IL and is dedicated to putting fans in the middle of all THE VAMPIRE DIARIES action.

The romantic and suspenseful storylines of The CW’s mega-hit series THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Thursdays 8/7c), from Warner Bros. Television, have introduced television viewers to fantastic breakout stars who have seductively attracted a worldwide following of passionate fans. The Official THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Fan Conventions promise to be the ultimate experience for fans of the hit series. The debut event will feature series stars Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) and Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman), and recurring guest stars Daniel Gillies (Elijah), Torrey DeVitto (Dr. Meredith Fell), David Anders (John Gilbert) and Malese Jow (Anna).

Additional convention tour visits already confirmed for 2012 include San Francisco, CA on July 28-29, and Parsippany, NJ on August 18-19 — both stops will feature Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), in addition to Wesley and more.

The convention will also include numerous guest appearances, panel discussions, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES–themed parties, screenings of special footage, music, centerpieces, costume and trivia competitions, auctions, autograph-signing sessions, sale of exclusive show merchandise and photo opportunities.

Erin Ferries, VP of Creation Entertainment, said, “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ fans really lobbied us to be involved and we are excited to bring the cast to the first-ever Official THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Fan Convention. These conventions will allow attendees the opportunity to show off their THE VAMPIRE DIARIES–inspired artwork, costumes, filmmaking and music with thousands of fellow show enthusiasts. While offering fans the chance to interact with their favorite actors from the series, the conventions are equally about gathering with like-minded folks and forming friendships based on a common passion.”

More information on any of these weekend events can be found at http://www.TheVampireDiariesconvention.com

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About THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Television Series
Now in its third season, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is the story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same beautiful girl, who are battling to control the fate of an entire town. Based on the best-selling book series by L.J. Smith, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES stars Nina Dobrev (upcoming The Killing Game), Paul Wesley (Fallen), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), Steven R. McQueen (Everwood), Kat Graham (Honey 2), Candice Accola (Juno), Zach Roerig (Friday Night Lights), Michael Trevino (Cane), Matt Davis (Blue Crush) and Joseph Morgan (Ben Hur). Produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, the series was developed by Kevin Williamson (the Scream films, Dawson's Creek) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY), who serve as executive producers along with Leslie Morgenstein (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars) and Bob Levy (Gossip Girl).

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About Creation Entertainment, Inc.
Creation Entertainment produces events and merchandise for fans of genre films and television. Founded in 1971 the company has promoted over 2,000 conventions for fans of popular properties including Twilight, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, The X-Files, and Stargate.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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