Entertainment Company Vault Comics Raises Metallica-Backed Jeff Ubben, UTA, Crush & Black Squirrel Investment | News

MISSOULA, Montana–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 17, 2022–

Vault Comics is thrilled to announce that it has secured an investment led by Jeff Ubben, along with United Talent Agency (UTA), Crush Ventures, Rick Matros and Black Squirrel Partners, backed by Metallica. UTA is one of the world’s leading talent, entertainment and sports companies. Crush Ventures is the venture capital arm of Crush Music whose clients include Miley Cyrus, Sia, Green Day, Lorde, Weezer, Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy, among others.

Charlotte Ubben will join the Vault Comics Board of Directors on behalf of the Ubben family while Jeff Ubben will actively advise the company.

Vault’s new investors have offered the following:

“Vault’s breadth of content opens up new realms of creativity and excitement,” said Jeff Ubben. “Damian and Adrian are genuine founders who want to make a difference in the media and entertainment industry and in the lives of their readers.”

“Vault has built an impressive and unique catalog of story properties,” said UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer. “We anticipate Vault to become a significant player in the entertainment landscape, and we’re excited to be a part of their growth.”

Building on the success of its core publishing business, Vault has generated substantial momentum in film and television. Beyond the Acclaimed Show wandering queen, based on the Vault comic book of the same title by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith, Vault has ten additional projects in advanced development with other major studios and top production companies. As its multimedia business accelerates, Vault will continue to focus on growing its publishing business through its commitment to excellence in genre storytelling.

“I’ve read comics religiously since I was a kid, so Vault gave me the opportunity to combine my business background with a real passion,” said Rick Matros. “The Vault team believes in comics and the platform they’ve built is creative, impactful and will convert non-believers across all media platforms.”

“Charlotte, Jeff, Rick and the teams at UTA, Crush and Black Squirrel all understood our vision for Vault instantly and immediately saw ways to accelerate our strategy,” said Damian Wassel, CEO of Vault. “We couldn’t ask for better long-term partners, and I’m thrilled to learn of Jeff’s deep experience in building businesses with lasting value and meaningful impact. With strategic support from UTA and Crush, Vault is positioned to expand the reach and impact of genre storytelling.


Vault is a critically acclaimed entertainment company that creates bold new sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories from hit and emerging creators. Committed to working with historically underrepresented talent, Vault has curated one of the most inclusive and diverse IP catalogs on the market. Vault creates comics to adapt to multimedia, including film, television, audio productions, and video games. Vault’s library of over seventy-five original titles attracts a diverse, enthusiastic, and dedicated audience. Vault’s first TV show, wandering queen, debuted in 2020, and Vault has ten additional projects in advanced development with other major studios and top production companies. In 2021, Vault launched Wonderbound, its line of graphic novels for young readers. In 2022, Vault will continue to expand into new media formats, as well as through new imprints celebrating new genres and new talent. For media rights, Vault is represented by managers Ava Jamshidi and Lars Theriot of Industry Entertainment, and Matthew Sugarman of Weintraub Tobin. For foreign rights, Vault is represented by the literary agency JABberwocky. Press inquiries should be sent to David Dissanayake .


Producer and actress Charlotte Ubben has produced critically acclaimed independent films like Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent, American Honey, Landline and Tallulah.


Jeff Ubben is co-founder and managing partner of Inclusive Capital Partners, a long-term investor deeply committed to the pursuit of a healthy planet and the health of its people. Previously, Ubben was CEO and Chief Investment Officer of San Francisco-based fund ValueAct Capital.


UTA, the global leader in talent, entertainment and sports, represents many of the most acclaimed personalities in film, television, news, music, sports, speakers, theater, fine arts, literature, video games, podcasts and other social and digital content. A passionate advocate for artists, creators and innovators, the company is also recognized in the areas of film financing and packaging, branding, licensing and endorsements. UTA is known for its dedicated digital media group that helps its clients – from top talent to Fortune 500 companies – capitalize on a rapidly changing entertainment, media and business landscape. The agency’s global presence includes its headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in New York, London, Nashville and Atlanta. Information about UTA can also be found by following the company on social media on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Crush Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in new media platforms, creative intellectual property, and technology that accelerates community building. Crush Ventures is led by the founders of Crush Music, a full-service global music talent management company with a client list that includes Miley Cyrus, Sia, Green Day, Lorde, Weezer, Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy, among others. The Crush Ventures portfolio can be viewed here: www.crush.ventures. Crush Music’s client list can be viewed here: www.crushmusic.com


Rick Matros is the CEO of Sabra Health, having led several successful healthcare companies. Matros is a lifelong comic book fan, an occasional film producer whose films range from horror films to documentaries, and is very active in Jewish organizations and charities.

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Press inquiries should be sent to David Dissanayake



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PUBLISHED: 03/17/2022 15:00 / DISK: 03/17/2022 15:02


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