Welcome to EC Film, Radio and Television, Ltd.

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." 

If you are interested in licensing an EC story or title for film, radio or television, please do not hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN to view a video history of EC!  

     BREAKING NEWS PRESS RELEASE, 10/30/09: EC COMICS TO EMO FILMS

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 “Tales From the Crypt” (based on the original works, as opposed to the HBO intellectual property version), “Vault of Horror,” “Haunt of Fear,” “Weird Fantasy,” “Shock SuspenStories,” “Two-Fisted Tales” 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 home video sales, 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." 
 

                 The Story of EC COMICS

           TALES FROM THE CRYPT: FROM COMIC BOOKS TO TELEVISION

Courtesy of Chip Selby 

EC MEMORIES

Do you have a specifc EC memory? Did your own parents allow you to read these "forbidden" comic books? Or, did you come to the EC Universe years later via the numerous reprints, movies and television shows? In your inquiry to option or purchase a specific EC title or story for a film, radio or television presentation, please forward your favorite EC memory.

DAILY VARIETY 2/14/08

 LANDIS TO DIRECT "GHOULISHLY YOURS" 

By Dave McNary

John Landis will direct "Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines," a biopic based on the life of the publisher of EC Comics and Mad magazine.

Landis will develop the project with Joel Eisenberg, who's also penning the screenplay.

Pic's centered on an anti-establishment group of artists and writers, led by a reluctant Gaines and cohort Al Feldstein, as they produce their comicbooks. At the peak of his success, Gaines became a First Amendment figurehead due to his unapologetic testimony before a Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency.

Landis most recently helmed "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" for HBO. Eisenberg is a partner in production concern EMO Films with Tim Owens.

A MORSEL FROM "THE NEW YORK TIMES" – 9/4/94

By Ann Horndady

Everywhere You Look, 'Crypt' and More 'Crypt'

WILLIAM M. GAINES must be spinning in his grave, albeit happily. Mr. Gaines, who published the macabre comic-book series "Tales From the Crypt" in the early 1950's, would probably never have predicted that those slightly schlocky cartoons featuring the creepy Crypt Keeper as host would someday become a BILLION-DOLLAR industry...

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AND, A TIDBIT FROM "TIME"

THE GLORY AND HORROR OF EC COMICS

By Richard Corliss Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004

Mr. Beaser: Is there any limit you can think of that you would not put in a magazine because you thought a child should not see or read about it?

Mr. Gaines: My only limits are the bounds of good taste, what I consider good taste.

Sen. Kefauver [alluding to the cover illustration for Crime SuspenStories #22]: This seems to be a man with a bloody ax holding a woman’s head up which has been severed from her body. Do you think that is in good taste?

Mr. Gaines: Yes, sir, I do, for the cover of a horror comic....

Sen. Kefauver: This is the July one [Crime SuspenStories #23]. It seems to be a man with a woman in a boat and he is choking her to death with a crowbar. Is that in good taste?

Mr. Gaines: I think so.

 

Fifty years ago this month, a comic-book publisher dared to defend his business before a panel of skeptical lawmakers. The publisher, William M. Gaines of the Entertaining Comics Group (EC), had asked to testify before the Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency. On the afternoon of April 21, 1954, Gaines took the stand in a Foley Square courtroom in lower Manhattan to tangle with Estes Kefauver, who had made his name (and the cover of TIME) chairing televised hearings on organized crime. In 1951 the Senator had exposed the Mafia to a nationwide audience. Now he would confront another menace: the purveyors of comic books that, one psychologist claimed, made kids go bad...

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A PERSONAL NOTE FROM JOEL EISENBERG PRESIDENT, EC FILM, RADIO AND TELEVISION, LTD.

Question: What do Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Landis, Joe Dante, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Max Allen Collins and hundreds of other entertainment notables have in common? Answer: They are not only all fans of EC Comics, but also site the brand as major career inspirations. As "Tales From The Crypt," "The Vault of Horror," "The Haunt of Fear," "Crime SuspenStories," "Shock SuspenStories," "Weird Science," "Weird Fantasy," "Weird Science-Fantasy," "Incredible Science Fiction," "Panic," "Two-Fisted Tales," "Frontline Combat," "Psychoanalysis" and all the rest (save "Mad") are now fully available to license for film, radio and television productions, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to option or purchase these stories and titles for all related media purposes. Please review the information on this website, and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I can be reached either through the CONTACT page HERE, or directly at 818-891-2223.