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Netflix Inks Deal with ‘Umbrella Academy’ Publisher Dark Horse Entertainment

First-look deal with iconic comic and graphic novel publisher will provide IP development opportunities for both film and TV projects. 

Netflix has just signed a deal with Dark Horse Entertainment which will provide the streaming giant with first-look IP development opportunities for both film and TV projects. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake have signed on as producers.

Netflix and Dark Horse have previously collaborated on the action-comedy series, The Umbrella Academy, which just received a second season renewal, as well as Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film Polar. The Umbrella Academy is based on Dark Horse Comics’ popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix," said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment’s president and founder. “We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.”

"With The Umbrella Academy and Polar, Netflix has pushed our content out into the world and allowed it to spread in a way that we’ve never experienced before, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring a whole new slate of movies and shows to their world-wide audience,” added Keith Goldberg, Dark Horse senior vice president.

Cindy Holland, vice president, original content for Netflix, commented, “Following the success of The Umbrella Academy, we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes -- branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment -- that we think our members will love.”

Source: Netflix