Universal Content Productions, a television production company operating within the NBCUniversal Content Studios division of NBCUniversal, is launching a comic book imprint, or what is known in the industry as an IP farm. The imprint will be called UCP Graphic.
The company’s first foray into storyboarding will be the original series Proctor Valley Road. The first five issues will be co-written by Grant Morrison and Alex Child, whose IMDB Credits include Treehouse, Holby City, and Temple. It tells the story of a group of teenage girls suspected in the disappearance of several teen boys in a 1964 California beach town.
Universal Content Productions also produces The Umbrella Academy for Netflix, based on the comics by writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá, and the upcoming Resident Alien for SyFy, based on the comics by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. By creating Proctor Valley Road “in-house,” UCP will be able to save on licensing costs and save money on storyboards, when it inevitably gets taken to series on some network.
Proctor Valley Road will be published by BOOM! Studios.