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James Tynion Launches Tiny Onion Media Company

Brooklyn, NY 02/16/24 – James Tynion IV, the New York Times bestselling author behind comic book industry sales giants Something is Killing the Children, The Department of Truth, The Nice House on the Lake, and W0RLDTR33, has announced the formation of a new independent production house, Tiny Onion, with aggressive plans across the publishing, film, television, and animation industries.

“Over the last twelve years, I’ve watched the comics industry from the inside, working alongside its best talent and biggest publishers, seeing the exciting ways that it can connect to other media spaces, and I’ve managed to work my way to some prominence. Now I have the chance to take everything I’ve learned and test out every way to make it work even better. Not just for me, but for the generation of creators coming up behind me.” James Tynion IV, CEO & Founder, Tiny Onion.

Tiny Onion is backed by a seed investment from Lyrical Media, the Los Angeles and New York-based company that develops, produces, and finances unique stories across multi-media formats, including film, television, video games, podcasts, and graphic novels.

In the comics space, Tiny Onion is bringing together the brightest minds in behind-the-scenes comic book production to staff up a full-service independent editorial and design team. Following the principles that have brought Tynion’s work success in the comics market, the team will seek to identify creative partners and elevate them, curating and packaging the titles before bringing them to the company’s publishing partners across the industry. Tiny Onion will not operate as a publisher itself, but rather an independent creative services company with a footprint across many publishers, including BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DSTLRY, and Image Comics.

Tynion is an award-winning comic book writer, best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics, his DC Black Label series The Nice House on the Lake, and his independent series The Department of Truth, Something Is Killing the Children, and Wynd. He has won five Eisner Awards, the most prestigious honor in the comics industry, and has been nominated ten times for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book – the most nominations of any writer – winning once in 2017. He has also written for DC’s Detective Comics and Justice League Dark, as well as the New York Times bestselling Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series. 

“Being able to support creators in telling the best version of their stories has been an honor and a privilege I don’t take lightly, and is what I plan to pursue for the rest of my life. James has proven time and again that there is a path in comics to critical and commercial success, without sacrifice — I am thrilled to be joining him in this next stage of his career, and for the phenomenal team at Tiny Onion to become a resource for the most exciting independent voices our medium has to offer.” Eric Harburn, Director of Editorial, Tiny Onion.

Leading Tiny Onion’s editorial team is Eric Harburn, who helped Tynion and co-creator Werther Dell’Edera develop Something is Killing the Children into one of the most successful comic book franchises of the last decade during his time at publisher BOOM! Studios. While at BOOM!, Harburn also served as editor of the Keanu Reeves comic book series, BRZRKR, which launched with one of the most successful comic book Kickstarter campaigns of all time. Joining Harburn are Courtney Menard (formerly of Z2 Comics) as Director of Production, and Jazzlyn Stone (formerly independent) as Director of Communications.

While its roots lay in comics, Tiny Onion has ambitions in other media. The company will manage a significant portion of Tynion’s backlist of intellectual property and is in the process of developing a slate of new projects across the film, television, and animation industries. UTA, who represents James Tynion IV and Lyrical Media, will now represent Tiny Onion in media rights, where it will help the production company grow its producing profile across film and television.

“The benefit of independence is flexibility,” said Tynion. “I know what my big aggressive move in the comic book direct market next year is going to look like, but there are other ideas we’re cooking that I’m thinking up as medium neutral. We’re going to develop worlds on the scale of what we did with Something is Killing the Children, and then we’re going to decide how to bring them into each of the verticals our company is touching. It’s incredibly exciting to be able to think and move that way.”

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About Lyrical Media

Founded in 2021, Lyrical Media is a Los Angeles and New York-based company that develops, produces, and finances unique stories across multi-media formats, including film, television, video games, podcasts, and graphic novels. Lyrical empowers storytellers and builds expansive new worlds through partnerships with promising creative talents. While focused on generating its own IP, the company also develops and revitalizes established IP and, in doing so, opens new verticals for creator-driven stories. From George Nolfi’s Elevation, a post-apocalyptic tale starring Anthony Mackie and Morena Baccarin which is currently in post-production to How to Blow Up a Pipeline, a radical, unapologetic look at the moral validity of using extremist tactics for environmental justice, Lyrical continues to push the boundaries of conventional filmmaking, disrupting industry norms and bringing fresh, imaginative, and compelling narratives to life. The slate also includes Mother, Couch!, a psychological thriller centered on a dysfunctional family, starring Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, and Taylor Russell and Bruiser, a coming-of-age drama about generational trauma and black masculinity with Jalyn Hall and Trevante Rhodes – both of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

About UTA

UTA unites ideas, opportunities and talent. The company represents some of the world’s most iconic, barrier-breaking artists, creators and changemakers—from actors, athletes, authors and musicians to writers, gamers and digital influencers. One of the most influential companies in global entertainment, UTA’s business spans talent representation, content production, as well as strategic advisory and marketing work with some of the world’s biggest brands. Affiliated companies include Digital Brand Architects, KLUTCH Sports Group, Curtis Brown Group and MediaLink. UTA is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, New York and London.

February 16, 2024
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