Beano Studios and DC Thomson Launch Emanata Studios for TV Shows on Classic British Comic Characters

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Classic British comic characters from The Beano, The Dandy, Commando, and more are set to head to film and TV in the future after publisher DC Thomson and Beano Studios launched Emanata Studios with a rather bold statement that we hope stays true - "Emanata Studios will develop the entire DC Thomson comic archive, the largest of its kind in the UK, for TV and film."

The archive includes popular titles such as Dandy, Commando, Bananaman and Dennis the Menace. In the US, Emanata is working with Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s media company, Westbrook Studios on a high concept drama, based on the very first British comic book superhero The Amazing Mr X, who is featured in Dandy.

Emanata has a live action dramedy based on Dennis the Menace in development with Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS Productions and Fox Entertainment has picked up the rights for Bananaman and are developing an adult animation series with Bento Box (Bob’s Burgers and Central Park).

For the first time in its more than 100-year history, DC Thomson is opening up its entire comic archive to be developed for international audiences of all ages. Well-known titles and characters including Hotspur, Spellbound, Mandy, Beano and best-selling teen magazine Jackie are being reimagined by a diverse range of new and established talent for newly created Emanata Studios, a division of Beano Studios.

Chief Creative Officer Mark Talbot will lead Emanata Studios, with a team of producers working alongside him, and he will continue to report into James Clayton, Chairman and David Guppy, CEO of Beano Studios. Emanata Studios will have offices in both Dundee, home of the comic archive, and London and is represented in the US by CAA.

You can learn more about the titles that will be available over at the Emanata Studios website.

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