Skybound Entertainment

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Skybound Entertainment
Skybound Entertainment Logo.png
FoundedDecember 13, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-12-13)
FounderRobert Kirkman
David Alpert
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBeverly Hills, California
Key peopleRobert Kirkman (Chairman)
David Alpert (CEO)
Catherine Winder (CEO, Skybound North)
Jon Goldman (Managing Partner)
Publication typesComics, games, books, TV, movies
Owner(s)Robert Kirkman, LLC.

Skybound Entertainment is an American multiplatform entertainment company founded by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert.[1][2]


Skybound Entertainment is the company behind the long-running comic, The Walking Dead,[3] created by Robert Kirkman. Since the company’s founding in 2010, Skybound has developed properties in traditional and new media, including comics, gaming, television, film, and digital media series. The company has since launched into the virtual reality space, and in 2017, created an in-house digital studio for online content.[4]

In 2016, Skybound Entertainment expanded internationally with the opening of Skybound North, led by former Lucasfilm Animation executive Catherine Winder.

In 2018, Skybound created Skybound Games to develop video games based on its intellectual property, and Skybound Stories, a joint venture with Sky plc.[5][6]


Kirkman signing at Skybound's booth during 2016 San Diego Comic Con

In addition to the Eisner Award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead, Kirkman’s other titles include long-running superhero comic Invincible, Outcast, Super Dinosaur, Oblivion Song and Fire Power.

With a creator-owned driven platform, Skybound has also created other popular comic book titles that include fantasy adventure comic Birthright, by Josh Williamson, and the historical fiction comic, Manifest Destiny by Chris Dingess.

In 2017, Skybound released the revenge comic, Extremity, by creator Daniel Warren Johnson, and their first vampire horror comic, Redneck, by Donny Cates. Kill the Minotaur by writers Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto, and artist Lukas Ketner is set to hit comic shops on June 14, 2017. Recently[when?], they have also started "Skyward" from the writer of the TV show Lucifer.

Television and film[edit]

After Alpert and Kirkman's success with AMC’s The Walking Dead, the duo announced their second television adaptation for Kirkman's comic, Outcast. This was announced in June 2014 and received a series pickup on Cinemax.[2] Outcast centers on protagonist, Kyle Barnes, played by Patrick Fugit, fighting a demon that has plagued his small Virginia town for decades. The series lineup includes Philip Glenister, Brent Spiner, Reg E. Cathey, and Wrenn Schmidt. The first season of Outcast premiered on June 3, 2016 and was renewed for a second season.

Skybound partnered with Viki to develop Korean pre-apocalyptic drama Five Year. The series will be shot in Korea as a K-drama with a local cast and crew, and the parties plan to distribute the first 16-episode season on Korean television. The series, based on an original story by Kirkman, centers on a family facing an impending apocalypse within the next five years. In 2017, Skybound announced a partnership with 360 Powwow to produce Five Year in various Latin American markets.

Skybound produced Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics. This six-part docuseries explores a wide range of topics from the history and world of comic books and premiered on AMC on November 12, 2017.

In 2017 it was announced that a film based on Kirkman's second longest running comic Invincible was being developed by Universal Pictures, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg set to write/direct/produce the film with Kirkman serving as an executive producer. In 2018 it was announced that an animated series also based on Invincible was being developed for Amazon Prime Video featuring Steven Yeun as Invincible and J.K. Simmons as Omni-Man. The series was released on March 26, 2021 to mixed media acclaim and has been renewed by Amazon for seasons two and three. The series is also created and executive produced by Kirkman, who wrote the pilot and the season finale, with Simon Racioppa, David Alpert, Catherine Winder, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg serving as co-executive producers. The company's other film projects include the feature film AIR, starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. That same year, it was announced that Spin Master Entertainment and Atomic Cartoons would make an animated television series based on Super Dinosaur, a comic that Kirkman created alongside Jason Howard in 2011. The show launched in 2018.

In 2019, Universal Pictures announced the development of Renfield, a horror-comedy film about the character of the same name based on a pitch by Robert Kirkman, with Chris McKay set to direct. The film will also be produced by Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst in a joint-venture between Skybound and Universal.


Skybound CEO, David Alpert, at Skybound's Live Stream during 2016 San Diego Comic Con

In 2015, Skybound released the first-ever narrative virtual reality series, Gone, for Samsung's Milk VR platform. Gone surrounds the disappearance of a young girl from a playground, and the family's journey in learning what happened. The series was filmed in 360 degrees and includes shifting perspectives with "hotspots." "Hotspots" are used as clues, offering a fully immersive experience. Gone was directed by J.T. Petty

As of 2016, Skybound is set to produce a horror VR series, Lies Within, the first project out of Skybound’s partnership with interactive theatrical company Delusion.

In 2017, Skybound opened an in-house studio to create and expand original digital content. Since the opening of the space, Skybound developed a series focusing on diversity in TV and media hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown. Other original content filmed in the studio include the weekly series Skybound’s Happy Hour. Happy Hour features special guests every week to create The Walking Dead inspired cocktails. Former guests have included Ross Marquand and Michael Traynor.

Skybound Games[edit]

Skybound Games
IndustryVideo games
FoundedApril 4, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-04-04)
FounderRobert Kirkman
OwnerRobert Kirkman, LLC
ParentSkybound Entertainment
DivisionsHowyaknow, LLC

In April 2018, Skybound announced the formation of Skybound Games, a publishing division focused on indie games, while also forming a mobile division Howyaknow, LLC.[7] Coinciding with the announcement, the company also signed publishing deals for console versions of the games Slime Rancher and The Long Dark.[7]

In October 2018, due to the collapse of Telltale Games, Skybound Games announced they would be working on finishing up the final two episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, "Broken Toys" and "Take Us Back", to end the game adaption of their series.[8] In addition to continued digital release, Skybound Games also released physical editions of the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.[9]

In February 2019, Skybound Games announced plans to release the remastered versions of six classic Dungeon & Dragons games: Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Neverwinter Nights, developed for modern computers by Beamdog, as console versions (both as retail and digital) later in the year.[10] In 2020, Skybound Entertainment raised a new round of funding from the gaming company Com2uS Studios. The two companies signed a deal to develop a The Walking Dead mobile game.[11]

License and merchandise[edit]

Skybound's party game, Superfight, kickstarted in 2013. Superfight is a game where players battle made up superheroes against each other, in ridiculous, and often heated, hypothetical arguments. In 2014 Darin Ross partnered with Skybound to publish the game. Superfight has 19 expansion packs to date.

In 2017, Skybound signed a deal with Druid City Games for release of its game The Grimm Forest, which raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter.


Film and television[edit]


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