Marvel Entertainment has promoted Alan Fine to the Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive, according to a press release sent out yesterday, and we were just too busy to report about until this morning.Â Â Anyone care about promotion announcements?Â I guess it is my blood to post this stuff when I find it, as I was hammered in the head for many years by another boss who thought it was good PR to post this stuff on the web.Â In the case of Marvel, I think we do an awful lot of that already, even though we get
Marvel is adapting an interesting Disney concept to find writers to develop scripts for the company’s pantheon of characters and titles it would like to turn into feature films. Marvel will invite up to five writers each year to work on specific projects, said a source familiar with the deal. Those could include staffers behind Marvel’s comicbooks. Tenpercenteries around town are currently pitching potential candidates with writing samples. The company will provide the specific pitches it wants the scribes to tackle. Those could involve certain plot points for movies already in development or characters it would like to see in
Dark Horse already has a first look deal with Universal, and to help the process along, the company has hired Keith Goldberg as the Senior Vice-President of Production for Dark Horse Entertainment. Calling Goldberg “the right person at the right time,” Dark Horse president Mike Richardson said: “We’ve seen explosive growth throughout our company, and the film division is no exception. With the addition of an ambitious slate at Universal to our existing film projects, we needed to expand.” In the deal signed earlier this year, Universal gets access to Dark Horse’s characters and properties, while Dark Horse gets a
Marvel announced in its third quarter earning report that the revenue from Iron Man came in earlier than expected, causing the company’s profits to rise by 39% to $50.6 million in net profits. With no new Marvel-produced releases set for next year and a bunch of “Iron Man” money already accounted for, Marvel was forced to significantly rein in its 2009 forecast while beefing up its full-year 2008 forecast. Even with expectations that Q4 earnings will be lower, the company stock rose 1.9% by end of the trading day. Having dealt with companies that refuse to make forward looking statements,
Fans familiar with the X-Men titles know Magneto has not always been a powerful magnetic controlling force – he was once a little kid.Â With the Magneto movie still on the movie slate, Marvel is getting a jump on the look at the young Erik Lensherr, with X-Men: Magneto Testament #1.Â The company has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek at the issue that arrives September 10, 2008.