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Scott Rosenberg Leaves Marvel; Acquires 50 Percent of Platinum Studios

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today that Scott Mitchell Rosenberg has left his posts as president of Malibu Comics and senior executive vice president of Marvel Comics and has acquired a 50% stake in Platinum Studios, the company headed by Ervin Rustemagic' that houses Europe's premier library of comic book property rights. This announcement was made by Jerry Katzman, president of the William Morris Agency.

This partnership teams up Rosenberg with Europe's #1 comic book property rights holder, Ervin Rustemagic'. The two will jointly run the company, and will be represented by the William Morris Agency for all Platinum Studios properties for feature films and television. "The comic industry is going through major changes and the industry leadership is changing hands," said Katzman. "Rosenberg keeps giving entertainment consumers exactly what they want, and his deal with Platinum is another example of his talent for staying one step ahead of the latest trend." WMA has assembled a full team for the Platinum Studios library headed by Paul Bricault, and includes agents Alan Gasmer for feature films and Mark Itkin for television projects.

Rosenberg departs Marvel/Malibu after serving his dual role as Executive VP/President since he sold Malibu Comics to Marvel in 1994. Rosenberg founded Malibu Comics in 1986, and has since developed its renowned library of over 200 characters and properties, including the much anticipated summer release, Men In Black.

Rosenberg also has an ongoing producer deal for all Malibu Comics properties. He will serve as executive producer on the upcoming Glen Larson series Night Man which Tribune Entertainment, in partnership with Village Roadshow and TF1, has announced and already cleared for 22 episodes starting Fall 1997. Rosenberg will also be executive producer of the upcoming Universal live action film, Prime.

Platinum Studios specializes in distinctly non-superhero characters which span genres from action-adventure and fantasy to historical, romance, science fiction and horror. The Europe-based company was founded by publisher Ervin Rustemagic' in 1971 and has more than a thousand separate properties. The company also has relationships with top-flight comic book publishers throughout the world. Much of Europe's most sought-after artists have exclusive relationships with the company, with such European superstars as the multiple-award-winning Hermann. Hermann's fans are known to stand in line hours for his autograph, and his stories are read in 20 countries. His best- selling series, Jeremiah, the story of a futuristic America devastated by racial wars, is said to have influenced George Miller when he created Mad Max. Other highlights of the acquisition include a comic book hero based in America that has sold more than a half-billion copies worldwide (although never sold in America), and a series entitled Martin Y (a cross between James Bond, The X-Files, Outer Limits and Carmen Sandiego), which is currently experiencing phenomenal popularity in Italy.

"Rosenberg has proven that he can create comic-to-film projects. With Men In Black, Night Man and the upcoming Prime, 1997 looks to be Rosenberg's year," said Katzman. "Platinum Studios library is one of the largest sources of new properties we've seen in years. This deal gives William Morris the chance to put together international partners for these projects."

Rosenberg and Rustemagic' agree that the opportunities with Platinum are substantial. "The art from Platinum Studios is displayed at art shows around the world and the artists are revered as international celebrities," said Rustemagic'. Rosenberg added, "I am looking forward to working with these internationally acclaimed artists and developing these properties for movies and television."

For further information regarding Scott Rosenberg or the Platinum Studios library, contact Paul Bricault at the William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210 or call (310) 859-4000.

SOURCE William Morris Agency, Inc.
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