Magazine article Variety

Q&a: Jeph Loeb

Magazine article Variety

Q&a: Jeph Loeb

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marvel Television has 14 current drama series on TV or in pre-production. That puts it in the same league as Hollywood's major studios - it has two more shows than Sony Pictures Television has. Marvel serves as lead studio on all but two of its shows, "Legion" and "The Gifted."

What makes Marvel a TV oddity is not its rapid growth from just two dramas three years ago but rather its polyamorous nature. At a time when vertical integration makes it difficult for a studio to sell to anyone other than its sibling network, Marvel has series at six platforms across broadcast, cable and streaming.

Variety spoke with Jeph Loeb, exec VP and head of television, about the studio's rise. daniel holloway

How would you describe Marvel's approach to TV?

While many people from the outside look at us in the studio, we see ourselves as producers who are working to support the vision of our showrunner. But we're involved in every aspect of the production - whether it's being in the writers' room, editing on set, casting - every step of the production goes through the Marvel team to tell the best story that we can.

How have you been able to work with multiple networks outside Disney?

The first episode of "Daredevil" started shooting three years ago. At that time we had "Agents of SHIELD" and "Agent Carter" on ABC, and that was it. Now we're in some element of pre-, postor actual production on 14 series that I can talk about. And it just requires that we make sure that there's always someone from Marvel there to help guide the process.

How important was "Daredevil" in proving you could sell a show on a platform that was not part of Disney-ABC?

It was a critical show for a lot of reasons - not just that we were on a different platform. …

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