Already a success among the Gen. Y crowd, comic book giant Top Cow has inked a development deal with upstart Netcaster Eruptor.com to exclusively produce a series of online shows and pics based on its popular titles and characters.
Marina del Rey-based Eruptor.com, launched by former Top Cow prexy Brad Foxhoven, is creating the comic book company’s programming, as well as its own original animated and live action episodic shows, to air alongside Web communities, primarily targeting the 60 million 12- to 25-year-old males online.
“We want to be the ultimate site online for teenagers,” said Foxhoven, prexy and CEO of Eruptor Entertainment. “They’re the audience that’s very open to new technologies and they’re already online.”
Its first series include:
- “The Marty Show,” about a green monster who hosts an online 3-D animated comedy/variety talk show.
- “Jonni Nitro,” a combo live action and animated action-adventure series about a dangerous femme fatale seeking justice.
- “Foo,” an animated series about an 18-year-old intern at a hip publishing company who thinks he’s seconds away from becoming the hip-hop Hollywood player for the 21st century.
- “Eruptor Shopping Network,” a one-hour show similar to the “Home Shopping Network,” where viewers can buy product, outside of the site’s traditional e-commerce offerings.
“Eruptor is designed for young males who are looking for a place to bring their common interests together, whether it’s comic books, videogames, action figures, movies, music, fashion and more,” Foxhoven said of the site that’s unabashedly looking for the next “South Park.” “We believe Eruptor.com has the content that will get their attention and keep it.”
Separately, Paradise Entertainment has also inked a first-look deal with Eruptor.com, to transfer the online product into TV and features. Paradise is an investor in the company, along with Cassandra-Chase Entertainment Partners, both contributing $1 million.
Before joining Eruptor.com, Foxhoven served at Top Cow Prods. as prexy, veep of business affairs and director of marketing.
Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment is already developing Top Cow’s “Witchblade” into a pic. Other deals include pacts with Warner Brothers, Lions Gate Films, Showtime Networks, John Woo’s Lion Rock Prods and vidgame maker Eidos Interactive.