Netflix turns to Glasgow and Coatbridge for first acquisition

Mark Millar reading
Mark Millar reading

Mark Millar is from Coatbridge. His company is based in Glasgow. From there he has exerted a strong influence on American pop culture, the booming comic book industry and movie business. Now the company he founded, Millarworld, is the first ever acquisition by media powerhouse Netflix.

Millarworld is home to stories like Empress, Kingsman, Huck and Jupiter’s Circle. The acquisition will give Netflix a selection of character franchises which it can use to develop films, TV series and children’s shows.

Three of Millarworld’s franchises have already been developed into films that have earned nearly $1 billion at the box office.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with.

“We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.”

47-year-old Millar runs Millarworld with his wife Lucy. They set up their own media business in the early 2000s after working at Marvel.

Mark Millar

Mark Millar

On his website, he said: “Warner Bros bought DC Comics in 1968.

“Disney bought Marvel in 2009.

“Today Netflix purchased Millarworld and I’m still blinking.

“This is only the third time in history a comic-book company purchase on this scale has ever happened.

“I started Millarworld as a creator-owned comic-book company nearly 15 years ago, after talking some artist pals into being their own bosses.

“We’d all had success at DC and Marvel, but this was a chance to control the characters created and reap the rewards from any future movies, TV or merchandise that ever came from those characters and books.

“Over the years, Millarworld has amassed 20 different franchises working with the world’s greatest artists, and now Millarworld has been bought by the hottest, most exciting entertainment company on the planet.

“To say this is the best thing that ever happened in our professional lives would be an understatement.”

The existing team at the company will continue in their roles. Millar currently visits the US once a year and conducts the rest of his business from his Glasgow office, using Skype to keep in touch with collaborators around the world. He has no plans to change his working routine.