UCP Renews Dark Horse First-Look Deal


Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Dark Horse Entertainment have renewed their first-look pact for the development and production of comic-book inspired fare and original productions.

The renewed alliance comes on the heels of Netflix picking up a live-action adaptation of Umbrella Academy, based on the Dark Horse comic book, for 2018. They are also collaborating on Mind MGMT, from Matt Kindt, to be developed for TV by Dan Cerone; Flutter, based on Jennie Wood’s acclaimed LGBTQ comic, being adapted by Katherine Lindberg and Marc Rosen; Tanis, to be developed by Lee Shipman and Terry Miles, creator of the podcast, and produced by Sam Raimi and Debbie Liebling through their company POD 3; and The Bright Sessions, which is being adapted for television by Gabrielle G. Stanton and the creator and star of the podcast, Lauren Shippen.

“Dark Horse Entertainment is a comic mastermind with deep knowledge of the genre and an expertise in developing content,” said Dawn Olmstead, the executive VP of development at Universal Cable Productions. “We’re excited to continue to partner with Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg as we kick off our series Umbrella Academy on Netflix and shepherd the many adaptations we have set up around town.”

“Our companies have worked together closely with great success,” added Mike Richardson, the president of Dark Horse Entertainment. “We have some exciting projects in the works and couldn’t be happier about continuing the relationship.”