Scott Mitchell Rosenberg

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Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Born United States
Nationality American
Education University of Denver
Occupation Producer, publisher
Known for Sunrise Distribution
Malibu Comics
Cowboys & Aliens
Platinum Studios

Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is an American film, television, and comic book producer. He is the chairman of Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that controls a library of comic-book characters and adapts them for film, television and other media. He is also the former founder and president of Malibu Comics, and is a former senior executive vice president for Marvel Comics.[1]

As a producer with Platinum Studios, Rosenberg has released films and television programming with Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, MGM, Showtime, and Lions Gate Entertainment. He has also developed film and television with several others including The Walt Disney Company, Time-Warner’s New Line Films, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment.


Early career[edit]

Rosenberg began his career in the comic-book industry at age 13 when he started a mail order company.[2] Rosenberg graduated from the University of Denver.[3]

Sunrise Distribution and Malibu Comics[edit]

In the mid-1980s, Rosenberg ran the small Commerce, California-based comics distributor Sunrise Distribution. In 1986, income from his distribution business allowed Rosenberg to finance Malibu Comics; and in 1987, he also pumped money into a number of other independent publishers, including Eternity Comics, Aircel Comics, and Adventure Comics.[4]

Malibu's first launch, Ex-Mutants, as Rosenberg once said in an interview, "turned out to be a hit" and "all on a $400 marketing budget."[1] During his time at Malibu, Rosenberg led comic spin-offs into toys, television, and feature films, including the billion-dollar film and television franchise Men in Black,[2] based on the Marvel/Malibu comic The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham.

Sunrise began to suffer cash-flow issues in 1987,[5] and abruptly folded in 1988[6] during the "black-and-white implosion"[citation needed] and went out of business.This left a number of small publishers without the cash flow to continue, and they, too, went out of business.[7]

In 1992, Rosenberg brokered a deal in which seven top-selling artists defected from Marvel Comics to form Image Comics.[8] Rosenberg signed the artists to a label deal which made Malibu the publisher of record for the first comics from Image, giving the upstart creator-run publisher access to the distribution channels.[9][10] This subsequently led to Scott Rosenberg and his Malibu Comics breaking all sales records for independent comics; in 1992 Malibu grabbed almost 10% of the American comics market share,[11] temporarily moving ahead of industry giant DC Comics.[12] Malibu Comics' creator-friendly approach, savvy marketing, and willingness to take chances with new types of characters and stories made it the top independent comics publisher in the United States. By the middle of 1993, Image's financial situation was secure enough to publish its titles independently, and per the agreed upon distribution agreement with Malibu, launched out on its own.[13]

During this period, Rosenberg also worked with Adobe Photoshop software to develop the then-leading standard for the computer coloring of comic books.[14]

Rosenberg sold Malibu to Marvel Comics in 1994.[2][8][15][16] As part of the deal, Rosenberg was given the title senior executive vice president of Marvel.[17]

Platinum Studios[edit]

Rosenberg left Marvel in January 1997, and purchased half of Platinum Studios from European rights agent Ervin Rustemagić.[17] Platinum produces based on two distinctive categories: Those from the "Macroverse Bible," a multi-thousand page bible of interrelated comic characters created by Rosenberg,[14] including titles such as Cowboys & Aliens,[2] and properties acquired from other companies or creators such as Dylan Dog and Jeremiah.[17] Rustemagić left Platinum Studios in 2000.[citation needed] The company’s comic publishing philosophy is for the original publishers or rights holders to continue publishing their comics with Platinum Studios handling all other rights and development.[18] Comics have been published based on Platinum’s properties, continuously since inception, whether by Platinum itself or the original rights holders. Film productions in 2009-2011 were Cowboys & Aliens and Dylan Dog.

Platinum Studios posted net losses of $4.3 million in 2006 and $5.1 million in 2007, and grew to a revenue of $10.5 million.[19] The company became a public company, trading continuously since February 2008.[20]

In early 2012, Platinum Studios moved to new offices in West Los Angeles.[21] In 2014, 27 million shares of Platinum were acquired by KCG Holdings.[22]




  1. ^ a b Yanes, Nicholas. “Interview: Scott Rosenberg on Platinum Studios, Cowboys & Aliens, and the Future of the Comic Book Industry,” (May 4, 2011).
  2. ^ a b c d Ehrenreich, Ben. "PHENOMENON; Comic Genius?" New York Times magazine (November 11, 2007).
  3. ^ "DU History & Traditions: Influential Alumni". University of Denver. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Distributor Finances Five Publishers," The Comics Journal No. 115 (April 1987), pp. 12–13.
  5. ^ "Sunrise announces it may not pay some publishers until July," The Comics Journal No. 115 (April 1987), p. 24.
  6. ^ "Sunrise Creditors Meet," The Comics Journal No. 122 (June 1988), p. 22.
  7. ^ MacDonald, Heidi. "The utterly insane world of Platinum Studios," The Beat (January 17, 2013).
  8. ^ a b MULLIGAN, THOMAS S. (1992-02-19). "Holy Plot Twist : Marvel Comics' Parent Sees Artists Defect to Rival Malibu, Stock Dive". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  9. ^ "Bye Bye Marvel; Here Comes Image: Portacio, Claremont, Liefeld, Jim Lee Join McFarlane's New Imprint at Malibu," The Comics Journal #148 (February 1992), pp. 11–12.
  10. ^ Platinum Studios: Awesome Comics. Accessed February 3, 2008
  11. ^ "NewsWatch: Malibu Commands 9.73% Market Share," The Comics Journal #151 (July 1992), p. 21.
  12. ^ "Malibu Moves Ahead of DC in Comics Market," The Comics Journal No. 152 (August 1992), pp. 7–8.
  13. ^ "Image Leaves Malibu, Becomes Own Publisher," The Comics Journal No. 155 (January 1993), p. 22.
  14. ^ a b "Scott Rosenberg". Wizard World. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Reynolds, Eric. "The Rumors are True: Marvel Buys Malibu," The Comics Journal #173 (December 1994), pp. 29–33.
  16. ^ "News!" Indy magazine #8 (1994), p. 7.
  17. ^ a b c Press release. Scott Rosenberg Leaves Marvel; Acquires 50 Percent of Platinum Studios, The Free Library (Jan. 16, 1997).
  18. ^ "Comic Universes Publishing Allies". Platinum Studios. 
  19. ^ "Business Update, and Outlook: Platinum Studios Reports Fiscal 2007 Financial Results," Reuters (Apr. 1, 2008).
  20. ^ "Platinum Studios, Inc.". Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Platinum Studios Incorporated". Yahoo Local. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  22. ^ MacDonald, Heidi. "Is a holding company acquiring what is left of Platinum Studios?," The Beat (Mar. 4, 2014).

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