Dmg Entertainment Cosmere

We’re excited to announce that DMG Entertainment has bought the film and licensing rights to Brandon Sanderson’s “Cosmere” universe in one of the largest literary deals of the year! Though his books unfold in different worlds and time periods, the “Cosmere” universe links most of Sanderson’s writing through an intricate system of magic. Global entertainment and media outfit DMG, which has a strong track record in China via its Shenzhen listed component DMG Yinji, has been very active in developing its fully-owned IP. EXCLUSIVE: Dan Mintz’s DMG Entertainment has tapped xXx: Return Of Xander Cage writer F Scott Frazier to adapt fantasy novel Mistborn: The Final Empire. This is the first book in Brandon. DMG Entertainment is a global media and entertainment company based in Beverly Hills, CA. The company portfolio includes diverse holdings across motion pictures, television, comic book publishing, gaming, next-gen technology, and location-based entertainment.

DMG Entertainment
FounderDan Mintz
HeadquartersBeverly Hills, CA,

DMG Entertainment is a Chinese media and entertainment company with holdings and operations across motion pictures, television, comic book publishing, gaming, next-gen technology and location-based entertainment. The studio's most recognizable films include Looper (2012) and Iron Man 3 (2013).


DMG Entertainment began as a film production company that was founded by Dan Mintz, Bing Wu, and Peter Xiao.[1] In the late 2000s, DMG began distribution of non-Chinese films in Chinese theaters, including Twilight and Knowing.[2]

Film production was added to DMG's portfolio in 2009, and its first production was The Founding of a Republic (2009). DMG also contributed to the productions of Looper (2012) and Iron Man 3 (2013) and distributed the films in theaters in China.[1] DMG became involved with Looper as Endgame Entertainment's Chinese partner. After the companies closed the deal in January 2011, changes to film production included casting Chinese actress Summer Qing and setting part of the film in Shanghai. DMG's involvement allowed it to distribute the film in China at the same time as its international premiere, where there was usually 'a blackout period' before non-Chinese films could be screened in China.[3] While Chinese regulators did not grant Looper official co-production status, DMG's involvement with Looper as a Chinese company permitted its distribution of the film. Variety reported, 'That means that the film could be considered domestically Chinese, which can provide the same benefits as a co-production.'[4]

DMG also contributed as a production partner for Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, though Disney and DMG withdrew plans to apply for official co-production status in China. Despite the withdrawal, DMG's involvement resulted in inclusion of various Chinese elements such as the casting of Chinese actor Wang Xueqi and footage shot in Beijing. The companies also edited a different version of Iron Man 3 to be distributed in China. The version included a scene with actor Fan Bingbing and 'bonus footage specifically for Chinese viewers'.[4]

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Variety reported that the company benefited from 'strong connections' with Chinese government officials and the state-run film enterprise China Film Group. The trade paper said, 'The journeys of 'Looper' and 'Iron Man 3' were not exactly smooth, with questions over whether they would qualify as co-productions, which enjoy vital benefits in distribution, immunity from blackout periods and a far greater revenue share.' Mintz said DMG's involvement with the films has helped validate its approach to the Chinese film market.[1] It was announced January 29 2018 that DMG fully acquired the comic publisher Valiant Entertainment, which it previously held 57% ownership. DMG had a deal with Valiant to produce five movies based on Bloodshot and Harbinger. Upon acquiring the whole of Valiant, DMG forced founding President and CEO Dinesh Shamdasani out of the company.[5]


  • Twilight (2008) – theatrical distribution (China)
  • The Founding of a Republic (2009) – co-production
  • Knowing (2009) – theatrical distribution (China)
  • Go Lala Go! (2010) – co-production
  • Killers (2010) – theatrical distribution (China)
  • RED (2010) – theatrical distribution (China)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2011) – theatrical distribution (China)
  • The Eagle (2011) – theatrical distribution (China)
  • Beginning of the Great Revival (2011) – co-production
  • Love You You (2011) – co-production
  • Priest (2011) – theatrical distribution (China)
  • Repeat I Love You (2012) – co-production
  • Looper (2012) – co-production, theatrical distribution (China)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – co-production
  • No Man's Land (2013) – co-production
  • Transcendence (2014) – co-production, theatrical distribution (China)
  • Point Break (2015) – co-production, theatrical distribution (China)
  • Collide (2015) – co-production
  • Terminator 2 3D (2016) – theatrical distribution (China)[6]
  • Blockers (2018) – co-production[7]


  1. ^ abcCoonan, Clifford (June 5, 2013). 'DMG's Dan Mintz: Hollywood's Man in China'. Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  2. ^Staff (November 30, 2010). 'Resident Evil: Afterlife--China's No.1 3D film at box office'. China Internet Information Center. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  3. ^Goldstein, Gregg (October 6, 2012). 'China partner helps 'Looper' win big'. Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  4. ^ abGraser, Marc (March 29, 2013). 'China Gets Own Version of 'Iron Man 3′'. Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  5. ^'Comic Book Shake-Up: DMG Entertainment Acquires Valiant (Exclusive)'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  6. ^'James Cameron, DMG Partner for 'Terminator 2' 3D Rerelease Targeting China (Exclusive)'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  7. ^'Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz to Star in Comedy 'The Pact' (Exclusive)'. Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-25.

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Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, DMG Entertainment is a global media and entertainment company with diverse holdings and operations across motion pictures, television, comic book publishing, gaming, next-gen technology, and location-based entertainment. The studio’s films include the critically acclaimed sci-fi time travel hit LOOPER and the global blockbuster IRON MAN 3. In 2017, DMG and James Cameron brought Terminator 2 back to the big screen with an immersive 3D special edition.

In 2018, DMG Entertainment completed the acquisition of Valiant Comics, bringing its robust library of 2,000 characters, and award-winning line of comics such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and Ninjak, into the family. The Valiant acquisition has already seen much success, with multiple comic book properties in development, production, and post-production. Sony’s Bloodshot will be released in theaters in 2020. The movie is intended to kickstart a shared cinematic universe and stars Vin Diesel in the title role. Bloodshot is directed by Dave Wilson and written by Eric Heisserer. In addition to Diesel, the cast includes Toby Kebbell, Lamorne Morris, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley, Alex Hernandez, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.

Also, in development at Sony are Valiant Comics superhero stories Harbinger and Faith, being adapted by American Gods scribe Maria Melnik. Faith is particularly notable comic book property for its inclusive character Faith Herbert, a jubilant, comics-and-science-fiction loving geek who also happens to have telekinetic superpowers. Toby Jaffe and Neal Moritz will produce via their Original Film banner with Dan Mintz.

In addition to the Valiant universe, DMG Entertainment recently secured the rights to Brandon Sanderson’s acclaimed series of fantasy novels, Cosmere, in a commitment to spend $270 million to finance the first 3 movies made from Sanderson’s canon. The books are a mixture of sci-fi and fantasy, and they unfold in several different worlds and time periods but are unified by an intricate system of magic that drives the plots.

“The people at DMG Entertainment aren’t just producers or financiers. They’re fans,” Sanderson said in a statement. “From the first moment we met, I knew they understood my vision and goals for the Cosmere, and I’ve been excited to work with them in bringing their vision for the universe to the screen.”

In their location-based business, DMG Entertainment has partnered with Hasbro to develop the world’s first Transformers™-themed location-based entertainment project and recently launched DMG VR, a best-in-class immersive entertainment unit dedicated to the fast-growing medium of Virtual Reality. Arcturus is the first incubated company under the DMG VR umbrella. Together with Arcturus, DMG Entertainment launched their first VR experience based on Sanderson’s popular Stormlight Archive series. The Way of Kings: Escape the Shattered Plains marked the first time that the books were ever translated to a visual medium, giving fans the chance to put themselves in the shoes of one of the series’ main heroes.

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