You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Network Ent., Wildstorm pact

SYDNEY – After nearly 12 months of talks, Aussie distribber Network Entertainment has inked a co-production and international distribution deal with the USA’s Image Comics subsid Wildstorm Prods.

It is Network’s first major equity in a feature. The pact gives Network international video, terrestrial TV and feevee distrib rights outside North America (which are owned by Disney’s Buena Vista Home Video) to “Gen 13,” an animated feature based on the bestselling comics created by popular artist Jim Lee with Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell.

“Gen 13,” which is the first production from Wildstorm Pictures, is produced and directed by Kevin Altieri, whose previous credits include Warner Bros.’ “Batman” animated series.

Due for delivery in August, “Gen 13” portrays five teenagers who find they have been given superpowers as part of a government experiment. After escaping from their government captors, they become super-powered fugitives. Disney also plans to release a live action version of the story sometime in 1998-99.

In less than a year, Network has transformed itself from a medium size video sell-through distribber to a serious investor in global TV and video copyright. It raised nearly $10 million from a public share offering and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in early December and recently scored exclusive Aussie video and DVD rights to 250 of the U.K.’s Rank Film Distributors library of classic films.

In that mid-December pact, Network also secured Aussie and New Zealand theatrical, video, feevee and terrestrial TV rights to two forthcoming Rank/Orion features, the $22 million Joe Pesci starrer “Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag” and “Independence,” the $14 million feature debut of “Lois & Clark’s” Dean Cain, which also stars Drew Barrymore.

More Scene

  • Esquire 'Mavericks of Hollywood' party

    Terry Crews on His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: 'If I Don’t Get Justice, Nobody Can'

    SYDNEY – After nearly 12 months of talks, Aussie distribber Network Entertainment has inked a co-production and international distribution deal with the USA’s Image Comics subsid Wildstorm Prods. It is Network’s first major equity in a feature. The pact gives Network international video, terrestrial TV and feevee distrib rights outside North America (which are owned […]

  • 20th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

    'I, Tonya,' 'The Shape of Water' Win at 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

    SYDNEY – After nearly 12 months of talks, Aussie distribber Network Entertainment has inked a co-production and international distribution deal with the USA’s Image Comics subsid Wildstorm Prods. It is Network’s first major equity in a feature. The pact gives Network international video, terrestrial TV and feevee distrib rights outside North America (which are owned […]

  • 'Atlanta' TV show premiere

    'Atlanta Robbin' Season' Will 'Show What Makes the City Tick,' Producer Says

    SYDNEY – After nearly 12 months of talks, Aussie distribber Network Entertainment has inked a co-production and international distribution deal with the USA’s Image Comics subsid Wildstorm Prods. It is Network’s first major equity in a feature. The pact gives Network international video, terrestrial TV and feevee distrib rights outside North America (which are owned […]

  • Mr Chow 50th Anniversary celebration

    Mr. Chow 50th Anniversary Party Draws Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum & More Stars

    SYDNEY – After nearly 12 months of talks, Aussie distribber Network Entertainment has inked a co-production and international distribution deal with the USA’s Image Comics subsid Wildstorm Prods. It is Network’s first major equity in a feature. The pact gives Network international video, terrestrial TV and feevee distrib rights outside North America (which are owned […]

  • Paley Center for Media presents They

    African-American Showrunners Talk Strides in TV Representation

    SYDNEY – After nearly 12 months of talks, Aussie distribber Network Entertainment has inked a co-production and international distribution deal with the USA’s Image Comics subsid Wildstorm Prods. It is Network’s first major equity in a feature. The pact gives Network international video, terrestrial TV and feevee distrib rights outside North America (which are owned […]

  • 'Annihilation' film premiere

    'Annihilation' Star Jennifer Jason Leigh Responds to Whitewashing Accusations

    SYDNEY – After nearly 12 months of talks, Aussie distribber Network Entertainment has inked a co-production and international distribution deal with the USA’s Image Comics subsid Wildstorm Prods. It is Network’s first major equity in a feature. The pact gives Network international video, terrestrial TV and feevee distrib rights outside North America (which are owned […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content