First purchase by streaming giant
Scots comic book creator sells Millarworld to Netflix
A comic book company launched by a Scotsman described as “a modern Stan Lee” has been bought by and US streaming media and video-on-demand giant Netflix.
The acquisition of Millarworld, founded by Mark Millar from Coatbridge, is the first in Netflix’s history. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Mr Millar is the brains behind a list of characters and stories such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, which are not included in the deal because of Hollywood agreements, and Old Man Logan.
It is only the third time a comic book purchase on this scale has happened. Warner Bros bought DC Comics in 1968 and Disney acquired Marvel in 2009.
Mr Millar, who lives in Glasgow, began Millarworld as a comic-book company nearly 15 years ago and runs the company with his wife Lucy.
He Millar said: “I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.”
Netflix said the acquisition was a natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories.
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Mr Millar was “as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee”, the co-creator of Spider Man and other Marvel characters.
He said: “Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with.
“We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.”
Netflix and Mr Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally.
Millarworld is to continue to create and publish stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.
Mr Millar worked at Marvel for eight years where he developed the comic books that inspired the first Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War, and Logan (Wolverine).
In a statement on his website he said: “Over the years, Millarworld has amassed 20 different franchises working with the world’s greatest artists and now Millarworld has been bought by the hottest, most exciting entertainment company on the planet.
“To say this is the best thing that ever happened in our professional lives would be an understatement.”
Netflix is the biggest internet entertainment platform with 104 million members in almost 200 countries