Tapas Media has 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.
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.
Studio Tapas has named Film/TV industry veteran Corey Sienega 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.’
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.
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.