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Universal to work with Dark Horse

14/11/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment have just done a major deal to set-up a movie studio for all of Dark Horse's fantasy, superhero, horror and scifi comics-books going forward.

Under the terms of the deal, Universal would have creative access to all Dark Horse characters, as well as any material that Dark Horse might acquire on its own and want to develop as a motion picture. In addition, Dark Horse would have the opportunity to distribute movies through Universal.

The agreement was jointly announced by Marc Shmuger and David Linde, Chairman and Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures; and Mike Richardson, founder and President of Dark Horse.

"Dark Horse is one of the most creative and innovative brands in the entertainment industry, as well as an incredibly supportive home for some of the most exciting storytellers working today," Marc Shmuger and David Linde at Universal Pictures told SFcrowsnest. "Their unique connection to youth culture is proven, and we are thrilled to be part of their expanding film production work."

Mike Richardson, head chap at Dark Horse, said, "We've worked with many studios and have had several great experiences, but we are particularly happy to be joining forces with Universal Pictures in this deal. We feel a real connection with their vision and the energy and creativity they bring to developing our properties. We are also excited by the option that we'll have to independently produce our own material and distribute it through Universal; their flexibility in this collaboration is what we were looking for, and we're glad we found it."

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