Dinesh Shamdasani: The Comic Industry's New Man in Hollywood?

It certainly has been a topsy-turvy year for comic book executives, hasn't it?

Axel Alonso, Chris Ryall, and Geoff Johns all made leave of their respective perches atop Marvel, IDW, and DC… and it was only a few short months that ago former Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani too was fired following the company's multimillion-dollar sale to Chinese investors.

Shamdasani may have been ignobly dismissed from the company he successfully revitalized, but he appears to have done quite well for himself subsequently.

Dinesh Shamdasani: The Comic Industry's New Man in Hollywood?

His payoff was significant enough that he's been on a comic art buying spree in recent weeks, purchasing Todd McFarlane's original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #300.

And Jim Lee's first for Uncanny X-Men #248.

And another by Barry Windsor-Smith.

Plus a Watchmen cover.

Or two. Well, there are only 12 to go around.

Now, as was announced today, he's back with a new company, Hivemind, and as a producer, alongside Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, of the newly announced Gideon Falls TV series.

But what could be next?

Despite its status as a new company, Hivemind – which Shamdasani has co-founded in partnership with former Bad Robot TV head Kathy Lingg, former Universal Studios chief Sean Daniel, and Daniel's longtime producing partner Jason Brown – has already signed a major first look deal with Amazon Studios.

And, in recent weeks, Bleeding Cool has learned of several other A-list creators and marquee comics properties that have inked similar deals at Hivemind…

In the meantime, Shamdasani continues to produce the Vin Diesel-starring Bloodshot feature film from Sony, which has been racking up a massive slate of casting announcements with Michael SheenSam HeughanEiza Gonzalez, and Toby Kebbell all recently joining the production.

He's run (and sold) one of the biggest independent publishers in comics, made millions in the process, and is currently producing a big-budget superhero film for Sony.

He just started a genre-centric film and TV company with the former heads of Bad Robot TV and Universal Studios… before teaming up with two of the biggest creators in comics to adapt one of the hottest creator-owned series on the market.

>With all that in mind… could Dinesh Shamdasani be the new go-to guy for comics creators in Hollywood?

And with so much already in process post-Valiant, could a new publishing venture be far behind?

Dinesh declined to comment for this piece, but comics pros: if you manage to catch him in San Diego next month, say hello for us, won't you?

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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