Tapas Media has launched Studio Tapas, a new division that will be dedicated to developing original webcomics and novels – as well as partnering with Originals creators to adapt properties to television and other cross-platform media.
Gabrielle Luu, who has worked at Tapas since 2015, was promoted into the position of Head of Studio for Studio Tapas. According to the official press release from Tapas, which you can read in its entirety below, the division will focus on developing Original properties with an eye toward cross-media adaptation and partnership.
The press release also announced that Corey Sienega will be the Head of Business Development for Studio Tapas. A new addition to the Tapas team, Sienega most recently worked as the President of Production and Development for Chaotic Good Studios.
Along with the news of the newly formed division, Studio Tapas announced a partnership with Madison Wells to adapt the trans coming of age fantasy webcomic Magical Boy to television and cross-platform.
This is the second adaptation borne of the partnership between Madison Wells and Tapas, with an adaptation of Yes, My Boss! having been previously announced in June 2020.
If you’re interested in meeting the rest of the Studio Tapas crew, you can check out their full roster on the website (and they each have some really neat profile art, inspired by everything from Pokémon to Futurama).
In addition to the 70 Originals already in the Tapas catalogue, the press release promises another 30 Originals on the way in 2021, so this is unlikely to be the last you hear of Studio Tapas.
Are you looking forward to the TV adaptation of Magical Boy? Is there a Tapas Original you hope to see get the adaptation treatment? Let The Beat know in the comments below!
TAPAS MEDIA LAUNCHES “STUDIO TAPAS”
DEDICATED TO ORIGINAL CONTENT
Madison Wells and Studio Tapas Partner to Take Magical Boy to Television
Los Angeles, CA (December 4, 2020) – Tapas Media, the leading US-based digital publisher with more than six billion pageviews, have launched Studio Tapas – a newly formed division dedicated to producing and publishing original webcomics and novels. Studio Tapas boasts a robust catalog of more than 70+ Originals – exclusive content wholly-owned by Tapas Media. Studio Tapas has an additional 30 originals in production for launch in 2021. For more information and insight into Studio Tapas’ original content please visit Studio Tapas.
The first property Studio Tapas will develop beyond the platform is the hit original series Magical Boy (3.4M views/117k weekly subscribers) through an exclusive partnership with Madison Wells for television and cross-platform. This is the second series confirmed to get the broadcast treatment with Madison Wells as previously announced Tapas webcomic Yes, My Boss! is also slated for television. Magical Boy just returned from hiatus earlier this month.
“I am pleased to be partnering with Studio Tapas and Corey Sienega to bring Magical Boy to audiences everywhere,” said Madison Wells Founder/Executive Producer Gigi Pritzker. “This is a story of good vs evil, the importance of legacy, and what it means to come out as a trans teen today – exactly the kind of project we make at Madison Wells.” Rachel Shane and Amanda Morgan Palmer also serve as Executive Producers.
Studio Tapas has named Film/TV industry veteran Corey Sienega (Miss Potter, Secondhand Lions, Frailty, Kristy) as Head of Business Development where she will oversee film, television, and cross-platform partnerships. Formerly the President of Production and Development for Chaotic Good Studios, Sienega is a member of the Producers Guild of America where she is on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was previously named one of Hollywood Reporter’s ‘25 Most Powerful Hispanic Women in Entertainment.’ “I’m thrilled to have joined Tapas at this inflection point in its growth. With our active reader community spending 115 million minutes a month on Tapas, we offer data-informed stories that you truly can’t find anywhere else,” said Sienega. “At a time when the entertainment community is readily embracing diverse voices, I’m proud to share Tapas’ goal to create valuable partnerships with Hollywood creatives to promote and amplify these unique stories.”
The new division will be helmed by Head of Studio, Gabrielle Luu, who was recently promoted into the newly created position. In her new role, Luu will direct development and strategy of Original Series projects, with a focus on forging new opportunities for top emerging talent through producing stories that not only perform well on Tapas, but also for Tapas’ global network of webcomic and ancillary partners to create Super IPs that can cross platform and geographic borders. Previously a Content Manager and Acquisitions Executive at the digital publisher, Luu worked her way up and has played an instrumental role in building out Tapas’ vast portfolio of hits in several genres such as The Beginning After the End, The Dragon Prince’s Bride, Born Sexy Tomorrow, and His Barcode Tattoo. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to grow with Tapas and our creators,” said Luu. “Studio Tapas continues our mission to find great storytellers and give them the opportunity to develop content that is both personal and relatable to our North American base, and our increasingly global Tapas community.”
Studio Tapas has already begun co-development of its partner content slate with multiple projects in the works. Recent entertainment partnerships for Studio Tapas Original titles include:
- Magical Boy, the hit webcomic centers on Max, a young man coming out as trans to his parents, just as he learns from his mother that he’s from a long line of Magical Girls charged with saving the world from the dark Devoid (optioned by Madison Wells for television and cross-platform).
- The webcomic adaptation of CJ Entertainment’s blockbuster film A Werewolf Boy.
- Yes, My Boss!a modern office-place romance for the gig economy about an aspiring webcomic artist who suffers through her horrible boss during the day, only to find out that her new assistant candidate and biggest fan is actually her horrible boss. Frolic Media and Madison Wells are producing a scripted podcast and developing the tv adaptation.
- MNEMOSYNE, an AI thriller created by Sansa, follows a young woman recovering from a horrible crash who struggles to regain her memory. The more she remembers, the more she fears that her caretakers are her captors and that her memories might not be her own. Tapas is partnered with Zoic Studios for television and cross-platform adaptation.
ABOUT MADISON WELLS
MADISON WELLS is an award-winning, independent entertainment company that partners with creatives and brings underrepresented stories to life. Founded by award-winning producer Gigi Pritzker, the Madison Wells team has a strong bias towards stories for, by, and about badass women, as well as people who love pushing boundaries, navigating uncharted waters to spotlight unique voices, and pressing stories that need to be told. Madison Wells develops, produces and funds projects in the film, television and theater space, while collaborating and incubating content with partners who are aligned in our belief that good storytelling sparks important conversation. Those stories can start in many forms before they reach the stage or big screen. From the Broadway musicals “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Hadestown” to National Geographic’s limited series “Genius” to the Chicago-based immersive art experience “Nevermore Park,” Madison Wells produces purpose-driven projects that are distributed on all platforms. For more information about Madison Wells, click HERE.
Tapas Media, Inc. is a next generation media company offering bite-sized content through its online mobile platform, Tapas. Tapas Media properties, which consists of the popular Tapas mobile app and TAPAS.IO, boasts over 6.7 billion views to date from more than 3 million unique readers – primarily in North America. Tapas Media provides a best-in-class reading experience for fans of storytelling on mobile devices and on the web, featuring Original series, licensed webcomics, and a successful digital novels division. Founded in March 2012, Tapas has gathered over 58,000 creators, 89,000 series, and more than 1,400,000 episodes. Tapas has multiple partnerships across various multimedia platforms including Zoic Studios, Vault Comics, BOOM!, Hachette Book Group, Ten Speed Press (Penguin Random House), KakaoPage, Podium Audio, Frolic Media, Madison Wells, and more. Tapas is the 2020 Ringo Award winner for Favorite Publisher. For more information please visit TAPAS MEDIA.
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