CBS signs first look deal at Comic Con


CBS Television Studios has entered into a first look deal with leading independent comic book publisher Oni Press and its sister company Closed on Mondays Entertainment.  The announcement was made at Comic Con by David Stapf, President, CBS Studios and Eric Gitter, President of Closed On Monday Entertainment.

Oni Press, in conjunction with CBS Television Studios, will mine its extensive library as well as its upcoming slate of comic and graphic novels to develop and create TV series and event programming.

Oni Press has concentrated their efforts in the feature film world with great success having developed numerous feature film projects with some of Hollywood’s top producers.  Oni Press published the source material for the highly anticipated Universal Pictures summer event movie SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD which will be released on August 13.  Eric Gitter serves as a producer of the film.

In addition to SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, Oni Press and Closed on Mondays have many properties currently in various stages of development including THE RETURN OF KING DOUG with Ben Stiller and Red Hour Films, CIUDAD with Joe & Anthony Russo, both at Paramount; THE DAMNED with Parkes/MacDonald at DreamWorks; LAST CALL with Barry Josephson, LEADING MAN with Marc Platt and FRENEMY OF THE STATE with Brian Grazer and Imagine at Universal.

“CBS Television Studios gets us and gets it when it comes to turning significant source material into quality series and event programs,” said Eric Gitter from the Comic Con convention.  “We have had great success in the feature film world and we see this partnership with CBS Television Studios as the launch of what is going to be a significant television business.”

CBS Television Studios is the industry’s leading supplier of primetime network programming, producing 24 series. The roster of popular and critically acclaimed series includes the phenomenally successful NCIS and CSI franchises and the two highest-rated freshman series of year — NCIS: LOS ANGELES and THE GOOD WIFE. In addition, the Studio’s roster includes MEDIUM for CBS and The CW’s popular series, 90210.

Oni Press and Closed On Mondays are represented by Paradigm.

(Source: CBS Television Studios)