Legion M Brings the Power of Fandom to the Saturn Awards

When the 45th annual Saturn Awards show streams live on Friday the 13th of September, one nominee will walk away with a Saturn Award voted on exclusively by fans.

Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, is harnessing the power of fandom and demonstrating how it continues to open the gates of Hollywood to fans when it presents its inaugural fan-voted Legion M Breakout Director Award, celebrating the brightest new feature film directors in science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. The nominees include eight of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-coming directors and their first feature-length film from the past year:

The live online ballot for the Legion M Breakout Director Award features eight of Hollywood’s hottest film directors and their first feature-length film from the past year, including Ari Aster (“Hereditary”), Michael Chaves (“The Curse of La Llorona”), Lee Cronin (“The Hole In The Ground”), Gary Dauberman (“Annabelle Comes Home”), Steven S. DeKnight (“Pacific Rim Uprising”), Boots Riley (“Sorry To Bother You”), Christian Rivers (“Mortal Engines”), and Emma Tammi (“The Wind”). The recipient of the Legion M Breakout Director Award will be the first Saturn Award winner chosen exclusively by fans, exhibiting Legion M’s influence in the industry through the collective power of fandom.

“We’re thrilled to be making history at this year’s Saturn Awards by introducing this important award celebrating new directorial voices while empowering our fan-community with the votes to make the final decision, a privilege typically only offered to industry insiders,” said Paul Scanlan, Co-Founder and CEO of Legion M. “Being directly involved in one of the biggest awards ceremonies of the year by introducing the Legion M Breakout Director Award, and having the winner selected by our members and investors, is yet another example of how Legion M is opening the gates of Hollywood.”

“Legion M is the world’s greatest fan-owned company and the perfect partner to launch the Saturn’s first-ever fan-voted award,” said Justin W. Hochberg, Executive Producer of the Saturn Awards. “Celebrating eight of this year’s best first-time directors who are revolutionizing the way films are made with our first-ever Legion M Breakout Director Award is part of Saturn’s never-ending mission to recognize great genre creators.”

The fan-voted Saturn Awards category will give Legion M’s more than 100,000 members, including nearly 20,000 investors, the opportunity to participate in a process typically only offered to industry insiders. From now until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, September 11, Legion M members can cast their official Legion M Breakout Director Award ballot at legionm.com/saturnawards. Individuals interested in joining Legion M for free can do so by also visiting the ballot site.

Legion M is also giving its members an exclusive opportunity to attend the invitation-only industry event. From now until 11:59 a.m. PDT on Sunday, September 8, Legion M members can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Saturn Awards show at Hollywood’s historic Avalon Theater, as well as entry to its pre-show cocktail reception and VIP after-party (No purchase necessary). A limited number of tickets to the awards show are also available for Legion M members only. Ticket giveaway drawing and ticket purchase details are at legionm.com/saturnawards.

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