Monday, January 05, 2009
By Chris Tribbey | Posted: 08 Oct 2008
Predicting a bright future for films based on comic book characters, Platinum Studios, which controls the international rights to more than 5,600 comic book characters, has tapped a dozen entertainment veterans for an advisory board.
The board is being tasked with helping turn the print characters Platinum owns into viable on-screen projects for theatrical and home entertainment distribution.
“The vast experience and success with various forms of entertainment that each advisory board member brings with them will allow Platinum to access additional contacts in the film, television, online, retail and video game industries and in development of the 5,600 comic characters and storylines in the Platinum Studios portfolio,” said Platinum chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. “I am excited by each and every member’s willingness to join the Advisory Board and support Platinum in a more formal role.”
Members of the advisor board include: Richard Fowkes, head of business affairs for Legendary Pictures and former EVP in charge of business affairs for the motion picture group at Paramount Pictures; Andrea Hein, former president of Viacom Consumer Products and current EVP of First Wives World; Mark Canton, former chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and current chairman of Atmosphere Entertainment; Michael Helfant, former president and COO of Marvel Studios; John W. Hyde, former president and CEO of Film Roman and current chairman of Rehab Incorporated; Gale Anne Hurd, chairwoman of Valhalla Motion Pictures; Jerry Katzman, former vice chairman of William Morris Agency; Steve Milo, former president of new media for Marvel Comics; Ed Dille, chairman of Fog Studios; Gareb Shamus, founder of Wizard Entertainment; Charlie Weber, former CEO of Lucasfilm; and Glenn Rigberg, president of Rigberg Entertainment Group.
Best known for the “Men in Black” franchise, Platinum has titles such as Witchblade, Atlantis Rising and Cowboys and Aliens in various stages of film development.