'Walking Dead' Creator's Comic Banner Inks Financing Deal With Sony TV

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The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's comic book banner Skybound Entertainment is pushing further into the TV space.

Skybound has launched TV-focused venture Skybound Galactic and has signed a financing and development scripted deal with indie studio Sony Pictures TV. Under the pact, Skybound Galactic will be led by Rick Jacobs (Dirk Gentl) and will create and develop scripted TV series, which will be financed by Sony, with the studio selling international rights to shows developed under the venture.

The first two projects in the works are Thief of Thieves, based on Kirkman's comic of the same name that was previously in development at AMC. Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard (Warrior) will adapt, with Assaf Bernstein (Fauda) directing. Additionally, Glactic is adapting Image's Nailbiter, created by Josh Williamson and Mike Henderson. Scott Kosar (Bates Motel) will adapt the series, with Oz Perkins on board to direct.

Skybound film and TV co-presidents Sean and Bryan Furst will oversee both projects for the company as the duo expand the larger company's slate while also producing new projects for Galactic.

The Sony-Galactic deal is the second pact for Skybound, which has a first-look deal with Top Cow, a partner studio of Image Comics. (Skybound is an imprint at Image.) Top Cow is also developing The Darkness and Think Tank, with partners Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins exec producing. Galactic will continue to look for genre-focused projects ripe for co-productions with international partners.

“Combining the multiplatform capabilities of Skybound and Top Cow’s extensive library of IP with the best worldwide distribution in Sony is an unbelievable opportunity,” said Jacobs, who serves as CEO of Skybound Galactic. “I’m looking forward to continuing Skybound’s mission to help creators expand their content into new markets.”

Skybound Entertainment chairman Kirkman, CEO David Alpert and managing partner Jon Goldman will also be on the Galactic board alongside Jacobs.

Keith Le Goy, president Worldwide Distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, said, "The team at Skybound already has a stellar track record in creating successful genre properties, and like us, are committed to creating undeniable viewing experiences for audiences around the world. We look forward to many successful collaborations through our new venture.”

The deal represents a boon for Sony TV and gives the indie studio a wealth of genre-focused content at a time in which those series continue to remain in high demand and break through the clutter.

Skybound Galactic is repped by Evolution Media and Katz Golden.