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Jeph Loeb Promoted to Marvel EVP, Head of Television

Posted by Luke Brown On June - 28 - 2010

Marvel has appointed Jeph Loeb to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Head of Television for Marvel Entertainment. He will now assist in overseeing film and television adaptations, in addition to overseeing development of direct-to-DVD properties.

Though I never really thought about it before, Marvel never had a television department. I always assumed that since the creation of Marvel Studios, a television department had to have existed. The whole announcement feels just like the time Harry Crane asked Roger Sterling if he could be the Head of Television at Sterling Cooper, only different. I think it’s a good move, as Loeb actually has some pretty good production and development instincts, and say what you will about the man’s writing abilities, but he’s the best-suited writer currently working at Marvel for this type of position. I look forward to seeing what creative direction the animated properties take from this point forward, and hope to see the Marvel step up their game to match DC’s direct-to-DVD films.

You can check out the full press release below.

Marvel Entertainment, LLC announced today that it has appointed Jeph Loeb as Executive Vice President, Head of Television, a newly created division of Marvel Entertainment.  In this new role, 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. The announcement was made today by Alan Fine, Executive Vice President, Office of the President and Chairman of Marvel Studios’ Creative Committee, and by Mr. Buckley, to whom Mr. Loeb will report.

Mr. Fine stated, “It’s with tremendous pride that I announce the creation of our Marvel Television division and the appointment of Jeph Loeb as Executive Vice President. His work in the comic book field is in a class of its own, showing his passion and talent for bringing Marvel’s finest characters to life in an innovative manner. Jeph’s work on multiple award-winning television series and popular films has shown fans worldwide his ability to deliver thrilling entertainment in a number of media. With Jeph as our EVP, fans will experience the highest quality and most exciting television projects featuring their favorite Marvel characters.”

“I couldn’t be happier to accept this new position at Marvel Entertainment, working with both Dan and Alan to deliver exciting, cutting edge television projects,” said Mr. Loeb. “Marvel continues to break new ground in storytelling in both their comic book and film ventures, so, along with everyone here, I’m excited to bring the same brand of excitement into homes across the globe.”

Mr. Loeb has written acclaimed stories featuring every major super hero in comics, including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Daredevil, Spider-Man, the X-Men and more. Multiple-time winner of the prestigious Eisner Award for his writing, Mr. Loeb quickly established himself as one of the most sought after writers in the comic industry. Mr. Loeb also served as writer/producer on television series Smallville and Lost; writer/co-executive producer on Heroes; and writer of hit films Commando and Teen Wolf.

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