Based on Popular Demand Dark Horse Comics to Begin Third Printing of the Book
NEW YORK (September 9, 2014) – The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, the acclaimed New York Times #1 Best-Selling graphic novel by writer/producer Vivek J. Tiwary and artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, published by Dark Horse Comics, won two honors at this year’s 2014 Harvey Awards: Best Original Graphic Album and Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation.
The Harvey Awards, presented at a special banquet at Baltimore Comic-Con, are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards; and the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. This award highlights the success of The Fifth Beatle, which also recently won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based work. Based on the positive reviews and consumer demand, Dark Horse Comics is planning a third printing of The Fifth Beatle, a book that was first released in November 2013.
Vivek Tiwary noted “I’ve dreamed of writing comics since I was a child, always looking up to comics creators for inspiration and aspiration. So it’s a lifelong dream come true– a happy and humbling honor– to win two prestigious Harvey Awards chosen by the creative community. And it’s fuel to keep writing– you’ll be hearing more from me soon!”
The Fifth Beatle film adaptation, written and produced by Tiwary, is the first ever feature film about The Beatles to secure music rights to their songs, having been granted unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog. It is about Brian Epstein, The Beatles’ manager and essentially the man behind their great success. Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” It is scheduled to begin shooting in 2015 and more info can be found at www.FifthBeatle.com.
For The Fifth Beatle graphic novel trailer, visit http://thefifthbeatle.com/.
ABOUT VIVEK J. TIWARY
Vivek Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television, and graphic novels.
Currently, Vivek is lead producing the Broadway adaptation of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.” The production will include Morissette’s participation, with Pulitzer and Tony award winner Tom Kitt attached.
For television, Vivek sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS, based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer, Jim Lindberg. He is developing a number of additional series including “Amelia Rules!”, a children’s film franchise and television series based on the series of tween graphic novels by New York Times best-selling author Jimmy Gownley.
On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards and garnered a total of 44 Tony nominations. Every single one of his shows have been honored, including: “The Addams Family”; Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album; Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (which has garnered the most Tony Awards ever) and “Young Frankenstein”; “A Raisin In The Sun,” starring Sean Combs; and “A Little Night Music” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. Off-Broadway, Vivek produced a theatrical collaboration between electropop/performance artists Fischerspooner and avant-garde theatre collective The Wooster Group (founded by Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and others) that launched the 2008 Sao Paulo Art Bienal.
Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantentertainment.com), a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0.”
Prior to founding Tiwary Entertainment Group (www.tiwaryent.com) and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions, including launching and heading the Alternative Marketing Department at Mercury/PolyGram Records and managing Video Promotion for Mercury/PolyGram, where he worked closely with MTV and VH1. Vivek has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum including Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Kiss, LL Cool J, John Mellencamp, Allen Ginsberg, Oasis, Hanson, 311 and The Mighty Mighty BossTones to name a few.
Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call (www.musiciansoncall.org), a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.
Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.
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