CBS inks deal with Oni Press

Studio, comic book publisher strike first-look pact

CBS TV Studios is looking to mine the library of comicbook publisher Oni Press.

The Eye has sealed a first-look deal with Oni Press and sister shingle Closed on Mondays Entertainment. Under the pact, announced Thursday at the Comic-Con confab, CBS TV Studios will look to develop TV projects based on Oni’s library — including new and library comic and graphic novels.

The deal marks a move into the smallscreen world for Oni Press, which published the source material for the upcoming Universal feature “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

“CBS TV Studios gets us and gets it when it comes to turning significant source material into quality series and event programs,” said Closed on Mondays prexy Eric Gitter. “We have had great success in the feature film world, and we see this partnership with CBS TV Studios as the launch of what is going to be a signficant television business.”

Gitter announced the deal along with CBS TV Studios prexy David Stapf.

Among other feature projects in various stages of development at Oni Press and Closed on Mondays is “The Return of King Doug,” which is set up at Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films. Also, “Ciudad” is in development through Joe and Anthony Russo. Both “King Doug” and “Ciudad” are in development at Paramount.

Oni and Closed on Mondays also have “The Damned” at DreamWorks, through Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald; and “Last Call” with Barry Josephson, “Leading Man” through Marc Platt and “Frenemy of the State” with Imagine and Brian Grazer, all through Universal.

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