Netflix Signs ‘Umbrella Academy’ Producer Dark Horse Entertainment to First-Look Deal

Companies have already started exploring TV and film projects

Last Updated: May 9, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Netflix has signed a first-look overall deal with Dark Horse Entertainment, the producer behind the streamer’s drama “The Umbrella Academy.”

Under the new deal, Dark Horse Entertainment will give Netflix a first look at its IP for both film and TV and has started exploring future projects. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake will produce all future projects. Dark Horse Entertainment is the production wing of comic book publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

Along with “The Umbrella Academy,” which has been renewed for a second season, the two companies have also partnered on Jonas Akerlund’s feature film “Polar.”

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix,” Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment’s president and founder, said. “We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.”

The deal with Dark Horse comes a few months after Netflix ended its four-year partnership with Marvel TV, which will officially end later this summer after the third and final season of “Jessica Jones.”

“Following the success of ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix. “The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love.”