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  1. 1. "AARON STONE" In the live-action adventure series "Aaron Stone," teenager Charlie Landers has mastered playing 'Hero Rising,' an online game in which his avatar defends the world from seven evil members of the Omega Defiance. Now Charlie, the world champion of the game, is enlisted by its creator, billionaire recluse T. Abner Hall, to become the real-life version of the legendary crime-fighting avatar, Aaron Stone. The series premieres in February with the launch of the newly re-branded basic cable television platform, Disney XD. When Hall informs Charlie that the Omega Defiance is real and out to destroy mankind, he encourages the teen that he has what it takes to bring Aaron Stone to life, but it's up to shy Charlie to figure out how to transfer his onscreen prowess and somehow muster enough off screen confidence to save the world. To help Charlie become Aaron Stone, Hall outfits him with high-tech equipment, including a protective suit with a gauntlet that can fire a zip line, X-5 sneakers that enable him to jump high and stick to walls, a Super Sonic Jet (SSJ) that will transport him anywhere in the world, and an indestructible, loyal android named S.T.A.N. (Sentient Tactical Assisting Neo-Human), who will mentor Aaron and accompany him on all missions. S.T.A.N. is not capable of hurting humans but acts as Aaron Stone's bodyguard and, in Charlie's real life, disguises himself as a school teacher who rents a room in Charlie's home. Convinced of the importance of his new role, Charlie must work hard to keep his younger brother Jason, his mom Amanda, his sweet new neighbor Emma Lau, and his other friends from learning of his new secret identity, and still he must somehow balance Aaron Stone's missions with his school and sports schedules. Emma is a fellow 'Hero Rising' gamer and, although she and Charlie become good friends, he doesn't realize there is more to Emma than meets the eye. Jason looks up to his brother Charlie in many ways. A crafty young man, he loves to play 'Hero Rising' with Charlie, but wishes he was as skilled as his brother at both the game and everything else. The series stars Kelly Blatz as Aaron Stone/Charlie Landers, J.P. Manoux ("ER," Disney Channel's "The Emperor's New School" and "Phil of the Future") as S.T.A.N., Tania Gunadi (Disney Channel's "Pixel Perfect" and "Go Figure") as Emma Lau and David Lambert as Jason Landers. "Aaron Stone" was created by Bruce Kalish (Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson") and is executive-produced by Kalish and Suzanne French ("Overruled!" and "Life with Derek"). The series is a production of Shaftesbury Services II, Inc. It carries a TV-Y7-FV parental guideline. 1/09 -- Disney XD --
  2. 2. FACT SHEET Series: "Aaron Stone" Network: Disney XD Premieres: Friday, February 13 (7:00 p.m. ET/PT) Regular Timeslot: Monday (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) Synopsis: Charlie Landers is the reigning world champion in the most popular online game, 'Hero Rising,' as his unstoppable crime-fighting avatar, Aaron Stone. When a billionaire recluse reveals to Charlie that 'Hero Rising' is actually a test game for real secret agents, Charlie is recruited and his life is changed forever. Armed with high tech gadgets and an android named S.T.A.N., Charlie is now the real life Aaron Stone and must balance fighting super- villains with everyday life including school, sports and family. Starring: Kelly Blatz as Charlie Landers J.P. Manoux as S.T.A.N. Tania Gunadi as Emma Lau David Lambert as Jason Landers Created by: Bruce Kalish Executive Producers: Bruce Kalish and Suzanne French Production Company: Shaftesbury Services II, Inc. Parental Guideline: TV-Y7-FV Press Contact: Mimi Fong (818) 569-7884 1/09 -- Disney XD --
  3. 3. PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES BRUCE KALISH Executive Producer Bruce Kalish began his career as a story editor on the hit ABC comedy series "Mork & Mindy," and has since amassed an impressive list of credentials as a writer and producer. His writing credits include "All in the Family," "The Incredible Hulk," "Eight Is Enough," "Alien Nation" and "The Highwayman." He produced the hit series "The Fall Guy" and was executive producer on Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson" and "The Famous Jett Jackson Movie," for which he won a Gemini Award for Best Series and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the series' writing. He also served as executive producer, showrunner and writer for "Power Rangers" since 2004. SUZANNE FRENCH Executive Producer Suzanne French has worked on several award-winning television shows. Her credits include "Life with Derek" (winner of the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize for Best Children's Program in 2008), "Dark Oracle" (winner of an International Emmy award for Best Children's and Young People's program in 2005) and the animated series "Mischief City." Currently French is in post- production on "Overruled!" and is in production on the new series "Connor Undercover." She also launched AAC Kids, the production arm of Alliance Atlantis Communications, which produced and distributed Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson," "In a Heartbeat," "Henry's World," "Ace Lightning and the Carnival of Doom" and "I Was a Sixth Grade Alien," among others. French is a board member of the Alliance for Children's Television, a group dedicated to the support of quality children's programming. 1/09 -- Disney XD --
  4. 4. BIOGRAPHY KELLY BLATZ "Charlie Landers" In his first television series starring role, Kelly Blatz stars as Charlie Landers, a world champion video gamer who becomes the real-life version of his game avatar and now must juggle his average teenage life with his role as a crime fighting secret agent, in the action-adventure series "Aaron Stone," the cornerstone series of Disney XD. A native of Burbank, California, Blatz began acting at Burbank High School, where he produced and starred in student films. Shortly after graduating, he began taking acting classes with noted acting coach and teacher Ivana Chubbuck and acting coach and fellow actor Ernie Lively. In 2006 he landed his first role in the independent horror film "The Oakley 7." In less than three years, Blatz completed production on the independent film "April Showers," based on the events of the Columbine High School shooting. His other feature film acting credits are leading roles in "From Within," "Prom Night" and "After the End," and a supporting role in "Simon Says." His television credits include a guest role in "Zoey 101" and leading roles in two Disney XD pilots, one of which became "Aaron Stone." Blatz is an avid sportsman who enjoys football, baseball, basketball, snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding, biking and running. He's also the lead singer and keyboardist in the band "Capra." 1/09 -- Disney XD ---
  5. 5. BIOGRAPHY J.P. MANOUX "S.T.A.N." J.P. Manoux plays a human android named S.T.A.N." in the action-adventure series "Aaron Stone" on Disney XD. Manoux's most recent credits are the voice of Tom in Walt Disney Studio's "Bolt" and the voice of Kuzco in Disney Channel's hit animated series "The Emperor's New School." His other television credits include recurring roles on "ER" (as sardonic chief surgeon Dustin Crenshaw), "My Wife & Kids," "The District" and "Just Shoot Me!" He also guest starred on "Smallville," "Will & Grace," "The Hughleys," "The King of Queens," "The Drew Carey Show," "Becker" and Disney Channel's "Even Stevens," and had recurring roles on Disney Channel's comedy series "Phil of the Future," as both Curtis the caveman and Mr. Hackett, the school vice principal, and on the Disney Channel Original Movie, "Minutemen." He also wrote for and appeared in various roles on "The Wayne Brady Show." His film credits include "Knocked Up," "Transformers," "The Day After Tomorrow," "EuroTrip," "Malibu's Most Wanted," "Ocean's Eleven," "Inspector Gadget," "Galaxy Quest" and "Meet the Fockers." Manoux has voice roles in the animated films Disney/Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.," "Scooby-Doo" and "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed." In 1999 he received the L.A. Ovation and Backstage West Garland Awards for his work in the original Los Angeles stage version of "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005)." Born in Fresno and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Manoux is an alumnus of Northwestern University, L.A. Theatresports, ACME Comedy Theater, The Groundlings School and I.O. West. When he's not acting, he enjoys visiting his family, playing soccer and watching old movies. Silent screen legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin are his idols. 1/09 -- Disney XD --
  6. 6. BIOGRAPHY TANIA GUNADI "Emma Lau" Tania Gunadi plays girl next door Emma in the action- adventure television series "Aaron Stone" on the new Disney XD television channel. Born in Bandung, Indonesia, Gunadi relocated to Los Angeles with her family and began taking acting classes with acting coach Robert F. Lyons. She got her first job as a dancer in a short film and then landed her first role in a commercial for Disneyland. Since then, her television credits include guest starring roles in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Inside" and a recurring role in Disney Channel's "Even Stevens." She also had a starring role in the pilot "Weiner Park." Her film credits include a role as Starfleet Cadet in the upcoming feature film, "Star Trek," lead roles in "The Magic of Ordinary Days," "I Hoodlum" and "Lock Her Room," and co-starring roles in the Disney Channel Original Movies "Pixel Perfect" and "Go Figure." Gunadi currently resides in Los Angeles and enjoys playing the drums, swimming, cooking vegetarian meals and volunteering at the animal shelter. She speaks fluent Indonesian and Sundanese. 1/09 --Disney XD --
  7. 7. BIOGRAPHY DAVID LAMBERT "Jason Landers" David Lambert stars as Jason Landers, the younger brother who both idolizes and bedevils his impressively skillful brother, Charlie, in the action-adventure television series "Aaron Stone," the cornerstone of the new Disney XD brand. Lambert's other television credits include co-starring roles in the Fox pilot "Pretty Handsome" and USA's "Psych," and a supporting role in Tyler Perry's "House of Payne." His film credits include lead roles in the independent films "Afta Party" and "Choke," directed by Winnie Chuen. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lambert began acting with starring roles in several community theater productions, including "Oliver," "Narnia," "The Great High School" and "Play on Words." In 2006 he signed with an agent and began auditioning for commercials and voice over work, including Hyundai and Safety CD commercials, among others. When not working, he enjoys singing, playing the trumpet and electric guitar. 1/09 -- Disney XD --