Justin Roiland Meets Domestic Violence Accusations With Silence From TV Partners - The Hollywood Reporter

Justin Roiland Meets Domestic Violence Accusations With Silence From TV Partners – The Hollywood Reporter

After news broke that Justin Roiland was charged with felony domestic violence in Orange County, several questions remain unanswered about the fate of his sprawling animation empire.

As NBC News first reported on Jan. 12, Roiland, co-founder of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and Hulu Solar opposites, in 2020 on one count of domestic battery with bodily injury and one count of false imprisonment by means of threat, violence, fraud, or deception after an alleged incident that year with an unnamed woman Roiland was dating. After Roiland was released on a $50,000 bond in 2020, several pre-trial hearings were held in the case, including one on Thursday. (Roiland pleaded not guilty. In a statement, Roiland’s attorney T. Edward Welburn called the media coverage of the charges “inaccurate,” adding, “To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we also have every expectation that this matter is on the way to dismissal as soon as That the Office of the Prosecutor complete its systematic review of the evidence.”)

anyway Rick and Morty Adult Swim distributor has so far declined to comment on the news. The show isn’t even halfway through a 70-episode order commissioned by the channel in 2018. In addition to his role as co-creator and executive producer on the hit campaign animated series for adults, Roiland voices Rick. and the titular Morty in the show. The series is the most consistently watched series on Adult Swim; Its recently completed sixth season averaged 560,000 viewers for its initial broadcast, with significant gains through delayed viewing and streaming. success Rick and Morty generated a short substring (refrigerant 2, executive produced by Roiland) and a comic book series. In 2022, Adult Swim also announced an anime spin-off from director Takashi Sano.

Besides Adult Swim, Hulu has made deep investments in Roiland products. As with Rick and Morty Roiland plays the main character in Solar opposites, the Hulu show he co-created with Mike McMahan about suburban aliens. Three seasons have aired so far, and it has been renewed for a fifth season on the Disney Channel run. Roiland also executive produces and does voice work koala man, a Hulu comedy series that debuted on Monday. Hulu did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Disney’s 20 television animators produce both Solar opposites And koala man; Roiland also has a package deal with the studio. TV 20 had no comment when I got to it THR.

In 2016, Roiland co-founded a video game developer named Squanchtendo (“Squanch” a reference to the name of a planet on Rick and Morty) with former Epic Games CEO Tanya Watson. Roiland now leads the company, currently called Squanch Games, as CEO, with offices in both Burbank, California and Raleigh, North Carolina. Her latest title, a first person shooter high on life, released on December 13 to stellar sales, enjoying the biggest launch on Xbox Game Pass in 2022 and the largest third-party launch on the platform ever. He also released an NFT art collection in 2021 and had an art show at UTA Artist Space (which is a client of the agency) in December. Squanch Games did not respond to a request for comment.

Roiland is scheduled to return to the Orange County Courthouse on April 27 for another pretrial hearing.

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