Embracer Group, a Swedish video game holding company, has announced plans to buy Dark Horse Media, the comic book and entertainment group founded and run by Mike Richardson.
Dark Horse, with operations in Los Angeles and Milwaukie, Oregon, owns or controls more than 300 intellectual properties and has 181 employees in its business units, Dark Horse Comics, which owns The Mask, Time Cop, Father’s Day, and Phantom and authorizes other titles, including Star Wars, Avatar the Last Airbender, Stranger Things and witcher, Japanese manga Berserk, Lone Wolf & Cub, and material belonging to the creator Big guy and rusty and Grendel. Dark Horse is also a leader in game art collections with books like the bestseller The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia.
Deadline announced earlier today on Black solstice, a new graphic novel written by Oscar winners Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe, which Dark Horse will publish next December.
Over 40 films and series from production company Dark Horse Entertainment include The mask and Timecop, the Hellboy movie theater, The Umbrella Academy and Foreign resident.
He also owns a retail business called Things From Another World offering comics, graphic novels and related collectibles in three retail outlets with a growing presence in e-commerce.
âI cannot express the excitement I feel as Dark Horse enters this new chapter in our history. The synergies that exist with the Embracer business network promise exciting new opportunities not only for Dark Horse, but also for the creators and the companies we work with, “said Richardson, who will remain CEO.” The future of our company has never been brighter, “
Embracer said the deal would strengthen its transmedia capabilities by adding expertise in content development, comic book publishing, and film and television production.
The deal is expected to be finalized early next year. Financial details were not disclosed.