EC Film, Radio & Television, Ltd. is a division of Joel Eisenberg and Timothy Owens' EMO Films, LLC, in association with Entertaining Comics' rights-holder and publisher's estate, William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.
EC Film, Radio and Television, Ltd. holds the exclusive media exploitation rights to the entire EC library, including “Tales From the Crypt,” “Vault of Horror,” “Haunt of Fear,” “Weird Fantasy,” “Shock SuspenStories,” “Two-Fisted Tales” and the remaining horror, science fiction, crime, humor and dramatic titles, save for "Mad."
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EMO FILMS TO REP NOTORIOUS EC COMIC BOOK LIBRARY FOR FILM, RADIO AND TELEVISION
Joel Eisenberg and Timothy Owens’ EMO Films has formed a specialty division, EC Film, Radio and Television, Ltd., in association with rights-holder William M. Gaines Agent, Inc., to exploit the notorious EC comics library in all related media platforms. Titles included in the deal are “Weird Fantasy,” “ ,” “ ” and the remaining horror, science fiction, crime, humor and dramatic library, with the exception of “Mad Magazine,” presently owned by Time-Warner.
Deal was brokered by Eisenberg and Cathy Gaines-Mifsud, the daughter of EC publisher William M. Gaines, representing William M. Gaines Agent, Inc. Corey Mifsud, Cathy’s son, has been assigned VP of Development for the new company.
William Maxwell Gaines is wildly considered one of the most influential figures in comic book history. Gaines' father, M.C. (Max) Gaines, was the publisher of Educational Comics (EC), offering such parent-friendly fare as “Picture Stories From The Bible.” When the elder Gaines died in 1947 as a result of a freak boating accident, the younger Gaines, who was studying to become a chemistry teacher, unwillingly took over the family business. Losing most of the old guard and hiring an anti-establishment band of writers and artists, Bill canned the educational titles, changed the E in EC to Entertaining, and focused his efforts on maintaining a primary line of horror, crime and science fiction books. The new EC was an immediate though short-lived smash.
By 1955 a festering backlash against comics, spearheaded by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, had picked up steam. Though Wertham argued that comic book violence led to juvenile delinquency, the EC brand was not all blood and guts. Stories about racism, substance abuse and war crimes were glossed over, however, by the lurid imagery of the line’s most successful titles. A Senate investigation followed, which led to the end of the classic EC era.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for both EMO and fans of EC worldwide who have been clamoring for further adaptations of the material,” says Eisenberg. “The amount of source product here is staggering, and we look forward to both developing projects in-house and setting up the material with outside entities.”
EMO Films’ recent release, the Columbine-themed “April Showers,” has set records for , becoming the all-time best seller for IndieFlix and a consistent top-performer on its various digital platforms. Film was released theatrically in an eighteen-city limited run on April 23. Projects in development for EMO include the biopic, “Ghoulishly Yours, William M, Gaines,” written by Eisenberg, to be directed by John Landis, "Road to Purgatory," a follow-up to "Road to Perdition," and an untitled sequel to "Drugstore Cowboy."