EXCLUSIVE: Ash Avildsen’s Sumerian Records & Films, which seeks to increase its film and television presence, has acquired an independent company comic book publisher and game company Behemoth Entertainment.
In its first year, Behemoth sold over 500,000 books and is currently eighth in total market share among English speakers. comic book publishers in revenue generated. Their title You promised me darkness #1 is the best-selling first black and white issue since 2013 Batman: Black and White #1.
On the movie side, the company released the comic for the famous Iranian romance film about vampires A girl walks home alone at night which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. He also published the comic series for Netflix’s Franco-Japanese animated sci-fi title MFKZand in partnership with Ubisoft, Behemoth published the series Watch Dogs: Legion based on the video game.
Behemoth a comic distribution via Lunar and Diamond, as well as Simon & Schuster for books. The company also has partnerships with Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony in place for upcoming video games.
Sumerian Records is known as an independent rock, alternative and metal label with several recent Grammy nominations. They are distributed by Virgin Music and Universal Music Group as well as a frontline partnership at Capitol Records. Label artists include Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, Smashing Pumpkins, Meg Myers and Lilith Czar.
Sumerian Films entertainment branch feature film american satan was distributed by Miramax and Showtime. Their first scripted episodic series is the young adult musical drama city of paradise (starring Andy Biersack, Bella Thorne, Drea de Matteo, Olivia Culpo, Fairuza Balk and the late Cameron Boyce), which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi and IMDB TV in the US and Pluto in the UK. The company now plans to produce three to five original feature films each year, as well as focus more on television production.
Avildsen directed american satan and is the son of Oscar-winning filmmaker John G. Avildsen of Rocky celebrity.
Said Ash Avildsen, Founder/CEO of Sumerian, “Nathan and Ryan built Behemoth so quickly and independently with such a great selection of original IP characters, worlds, and stories. It was an easy decision to team up with these very talented young Mavericks when the opportunity presented itself. They taste good! Have a diligent and proven team in comics, graphic novels and games are paramount to Sumerian as we pursue our passion for storytelling across all audio and visual spectrums. We will always discover, create or develop intellectual property in books, episodic series, feature films, animations and beyond.
Nathan Yocum, co-founder of Behemoth added: “After more than 15 years of pushing the boundaries of what an independent label can achieve, it is an incredible reward for us to join the Sumerian family today. While we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past few years, Ryan and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to align our visions with Ash and step into this incredible next chapter of possibilities and endless growth as a Sumerian Comics & Games. The power and weight that the Sumerian name carries is real and the future of Sumerian has never been so positive.