InMediaRes Productions, LLC(Redirected from Catalyst Game Labs)
InMediaRes Productions, LLC (IMR) is best known for the BattleCorps website and as the parent company of their imprint Catalyst Game Labs (CGL), the current producers of BattleTech and Shadowrun (among others) through IMR's license.
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In an interview Loren Coleman said he was approached about stewardship for the BattleTech and Shadowrun IPs because FanPro's licenses were running out and because he already was a minor licensee through IMR, well-connected with other writers and very knowledgeable about these gaming universes.
In June 2008, CGL announced new novels for Shadowrun and Classic BattleTech, as well as the MechWarrior series; however, the print novels project ran into unspecified problems which were only resolved in 2015, delaying the publication of new novels until then.
In mid-March, 2010, a former freelancer, Frank Trollman, publicly accused Loren Coleman of being behind the disappearance a significant amount of money (allegedly around $850,000) from CGL, implying criminal conduct. The accusation caused a shakeup among fans as well as staff, with several valued employees or freelancers quitting CGL. The ultimate outcome was not announced, but Coleman remained at the head of the firm, did not lose the licenses and was apparently not tried or convicted for any criminal actions. CGL released a public statement providing a summary of the results of a financial review of the company, in which it was disclosed strong sales and an increased demand growth of their products. Included in the review was the discovery of some accounting procedures that mixed private funds of the owner with the company's operating capital, due to "accounting procedures [that] had not been updated as the company continued to grow". The realization of this issue resulted in a reported restructuring of the accounting procedures, the start of an administrational organization review and discussions with partners and freelancers regarding indemnification.
- http://www.battlecorps.com/BC2/static.php?page=6 BattleCorps subpage on "InMediaRes"
- BattleCorps: "InMediaRes Productions, LLC forms imprint Catalyst Game Labs"
- Youtube video of an Origins 2013 interview by Tabletop Gaming News with Loren Coleman, where he gives insight into the early years of CGL
- CGL: "Catalyst Game Labs bring Classic BattleTech, Shadowrun, and MechWarrior novels back to bookstores"
- CGL: "For Immediate Release"