Marvel Entertainment is taking a serious interest in television programming. Today, the company announced the creation of a division to create TV programming based around its extensive library of comic book characters. Jeph Loeb was named Executive Vice-President, Television.
Mr. Loeb will work alongside Dan Buckley, Publisher & President of the Print, Animation & Digital Divisions, Marvel Worldwide, Inc., to translate Marvel’s popular characters and stories to the television medium, in both live-action and animation formats. In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Loeb will oversee the development and distribution of live-action, animated and direct-to-DVD series. Mr. Loeb was previously a Marvel-exclusive Eisner-Award-winning comic book writer and an Emmy-nominated writer for his work on NBC’s Heroes.
A television veteran, with stints as writer and producer on TV series like Smallville and Lost, among others, and a wealth of experience in comics, Mr. Loeb was a natural choice for the position. Long time comics fans will know his work on Marvel titles like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Daredevil, Spider-Man, and The X-Men, as well as such DC titles as Batman: The Long Halloween, Challengers of the Unknown [Volume 2], Superman/Batman and Catwoman: When in Rome.
Mr. Loeb has been nominated six time times for the Eisner Awards [comics’ equivalent of the Oscars®], winning four.