Netflix buys Scots comic book firm Millarworld – BBC News

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Image caption Millarworld wased established by Mark Millar from Coatbridge practically 15 years ago

A Scottish comics business has actually been purchased by streaming huge Netflix.

Millarworld, established by Mark Millar from Coatbridge, includes his portfolio of stories and characters such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan.

Mr Millar stated he was still “blinking” over the news.

He stated it was just the 3rd time a comics purchase on this scale had actually ever taken place, with Warner Bros purchasing DC Comics in 1968, and Disney purchasing Marvel in 2009.

Mr Millar, who resides in Glasgow, began Millarworld as a creator-owned comic-book business almost 15 years earlier.

He runs the business with his other half Lucy Millar.

It is the very first business acquisition in Netflix’s history. The regards to the deal were not divulged.

Mr Millar stated: “I’m so in love with exactly what Netflix is doing and thrilled by their strategies.

“Netflix is the future and Millarworld could not have a much better house.”

‘Next generation’

Netflix stated the acquisition was a natural development in the business’s effort to work straight with proficient and respected developers and to get copyright and ownership of stories.

Netflix primary material officer Ted Sarandos stated Mr Millar was “as close as you can get to a contemporary Stan Lee” – the co-creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel characters.

He stated: “Mark has actually developed a next-generation comics universe, loaded with enduring characters residing in circumstances individuals all over the world can determine quickly with.

“We anticipate developing brand-new Netflix Originals from numerous existing franchises in addition to brand-new super-hero, anti-hero, scary, sci-fi and dream stories Mark and his group will continue to release and produce.”

Netflix and Mr Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio to life through movies, series and kids’ programs readily available solely to Netflix members internationally.

Millarworld is to continue to produce and release brand-new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.

Mr Millar formerly operated at Marvel for 8 years where he established the comics and story arcs that motivated the very first Avengers motion picture, Captain America: Civil War, and Logan (Wolverine).

In a declaration on his site he stated: “Over the years, Millarworld has actually generated 20 various franchises dealing with the world’s biggest artists and now Millarworld has actually been purchased by the most popular, most amazing home entertainment business in the world.

“To state this is the very best thing that ever took place in our expert lives would be an understatement.”

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet home entertainment platform with 104 million members in more than 190 nations.

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