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Quibi gets into comic Slugfest

Shortform video platform Quibi has greenlit a documentary series on the 50-year battle between comic giants Marvel and DC.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Slugfest is based on the book Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC.

It is being executive produced for the soon-to-launch platform by Anthony Russo and Joseph Russo (Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War) through Wonderburst, the non-fiction arm of their AGBO group.

The doc series chronicles the growth of American comic books and tracks the rise of two groundbreaking creative companies who went on to become the publishing powerhouses.

It will be directed by Don Argott and Sheena M Joyce, directors of the documentaries Believer and Framing John DeLorean.

The series will be produced by AGBO CEO Todd Makurath, Peter Rieveschl (The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, Family Bonds), Nick Gilhool (Top Chef, Making It, Time of Death) and Jen Casey (Extreme Weather, Tornado Alley, The Adventures of Dr. Buckeye Bottoms).

Quibi, which launches on April 6 next year, is the brainchild of former Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman.

The firm has so far raised US$1bn in funding from investors including Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, WarnerMedia, Liberty Global and China’s Alibaba Group.



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