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Bill Jemas, AWA Launches Film and TV Studios Division

Comic publisher AWA announces that it is launching a film and television division called AWA Studios, which will be helmed by Zach Studin.

Graphic fiction publisher Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA) is launching a new film and television division called AWA Studios.

This new division will be helmed by Zach Studin, a former executive of John Wells Productions, Lava Bear Films and Lionsgate, who will act as AWA Studios’ President. “In the 16 months since we released our first books, AWA has published 22 original series in 86 comic-length episodes with nearly 250 new characters and established ourselves as an industry leader in terms of our treatment of our artists and writers and for the significance and quality of their work,” said CEO Bill Jemas in a press release. “With years of industry experience and a true talent for development and production, Zach is the perfect bridge from comics and graphic novel publishing to feature film and TV programming.”

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The focus of the division will be to build new film and TV content centered around AWA properties. AWA was founded by former Marvel executives Jemas and Axel Alonso, with Jon Miller chairing. AWA has published the work of comic book creators like J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato and Garth Ennis, each of whom are founding members of AWA’s Creative Council. AWA already has some of the most critically acclaimed comic books of this generation, like The Resistance, Year Zero, American Ronin and more.

“From a creative standpoint, we will continue to focus on making sure that we deliver jaw-dropping stories that will give Zach the fuel he needs to make AWA Studios an ideal partner for the world’s best filmmakers and for Hollywood Studios,” said AWA Chief Creative Officer Alonso.

“Story is the epicenter of our industry and the currency of our community. Within the pages of AWA’s comic books and graphic novels reside this generation’s wellspring of truly great new stories. Seeing the range of genres, breadth and diversity of characters and the distinct worlds they inhabit — what comes into focus are the exceptional artists, writers and artisans behind these exhilarating new creations,” said Studin.

“It is a privilege to join Bill, Axel, Jon and our incredible team,” he continued. “I look forward to leading AWA Studios, curating our treasured stories and working tirelessly to build an endless array of opportunities with the best filmmakers on the planet. The story of AWA Studios is just beginning, we’re going to have a lot of fun and it’s going to show, on screens around the world.”

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