Leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has signed Tapas Media Inc., the leading digital publisher of webcomics and novels and a pioneer of the mobile-based business model for storytelling.
Through Studio Tapas, the company publishes webcomics and original novels, and develops adaptations of its own original stories through print publishing, podcasting, film, television and more. businesses. CAA will work with Tapas to help it bundle and sell its intellectual property across television, film, podcast and digital media, for domestic and international markets.
“Tapas Media is aggressively embarking on the production of feature films and television series based on its rich library of webcomic and webnovel content,” says Kevin Nicklaus, Head of Film and Television. “CAA will be a critical partner in our strategic growth, connecting us with the right partners to bring our inclusive stories to audiences in exciting new ways.”
Founded in 2012 by Chang Kim, Tapas Media is a next-generation media company that delivers episodic fiction digital content through its mobile and online platform, Tapas and Tapas.io. Established in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tapas has expanded to offices in Los Angeles, Beijing and Seoul. Recently, Tapas was acquired by South Korean entertainment giant Kakao Entertainment for $510 million.
A pioneering mobile storytelling platform in the United States, Tapas has created a revenue stream where all creators on the platform can generate revenue for their stories. With over 80 million monthly active users across all platforms in the United States, this content appeals to an audience of dedicated readers looking for compelling, bingeable sequential storytelling.
The platform has over 9.2 billion views to date thanks to over nine million registered users, 64,000 creators and 99,000 series updated weekly. With fully monetized content for the creator, the platform’s goal is to create sustainable forms of income for storytellers at different stages of their careers. As of August 2021, Tapas is currently ranked #4 Top Book App in iPhone App Store and #2 Top Grossing Comic App in Android App Store.
Founded in 2012, Tapas Media is headquartered in Los Angeles with key global operations in Seoul, South Korea and Beijing, China. The company has multiple partnerships across various media platforms, including Scholastic, Zoic Studios, Vault Comics, BOOM!, Hachette Book Group, Ten Speed Press (Penguin Random House), Podium Audio, Frolic Media, Madison Wells, and Netmarble. Tapas Media is the winner of the 2020 Ringo Award for Favorite Publisher and received its first Eisner nomination in 2021. tapas.io
Founded in 1975, Creative Artists Agency is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Miami, London, Munich, Geneva, Stockholm, Shanghai, and Beijing, among others around the world. It is the leading entertainment and sports agency, with global expertise in filmed and live entertainment, digital media, publishing, sponsorship sales and sponsorships, media finance, consumer investment , fashion, brand licensing and philanthropy. www.caa.com