Platinum Studios, the comic book entertainment company headed by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, has announced an exclusive deal to acquire and develop Marc Silvestris Top Cow Prods' library of characters and upcoming future projects for film and television.
The deal was crafted and negotiated by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, who said, I woke up one morning and it just dawned on me that we do this. I spoke with Scott and Marc, and they were both immediately into it.
The two companies have deals at every major studio, including Top Cow projects WANTED at Universal, INFERNO at Warner Bros., RISING STARS at MGM and FATHOM at Fox; Rosenbergs Malibu Comics has the MIB franchise at Sony while Platinum has COWBOYS & ALIENS at Sony, UNIQUE at Disney, MAL CHANCE at Miramax and NATHAN NEVER at DreamWorks.
Additionally, Top Cow (or its Image Comics label) will handle the distribution of most of Platinums upcoming comics and graphic novels.
Rosenberg and Silvestris relationship goes back to the formation of Top Cow in 1992, when Silvestri and other top comics artists defected from Marvel Comics to form Image Comics at Rosenbergs Malibu Comics Ent.
Weve always loved working together, said Rosenberg, and they are the only comics publisher successful in launching original properties (not spin-offs or licenses) that have hit #1 on the Diamond Comics sales charts.
We had discussions with several producers and companies about making an overall deal, says Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri. With the success of MEN IN BLACK and Scotts active, impressive development slate, I knew he was the right partner for us in film and television.
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 by ceo Mark Silvestri, and currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in more than 55 different countries with characters appearing in 100s of millions of comics. For more information, visit www.topcow.com.
Comicbook entertainment company Platinum Studios is known for comicbook-to-film adaptations and is home to the worlds largest independently controlled library of comic characters. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Rosenberg founded Platinum Studios in 1997 following a career in the comicbook industry as creator and head of Malibu Comics, which he sold amidst other offers to Ronald Perelman of Marvel Comics. For more information, visit platinumstudios.com.