On the strength sources from indie comics - as in Image Comics The Walking Dead - has been so far owning a television ratings performance stronger than comics leading publishers' - framing DC Entertainment’s “Arrow” and Marvel Studios' “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” - broadcast adaptations, let’s temper down the exhilaration that can stir on the launching of IDW Entertainment.
A media division formed by IDW Publishing was announced mid-Oct., soon after the 2013 New York Comic Con. With its construction comes three projects from IDW’s proprieties.
Life Undead, a horror drama, Brooklyn Animal Control, a dark thriller, and V Wars, a vampire anthology, will be the flagship titles under the management of IDW Entertainment’s newly positioned president, David Ozer.
Ozer will work with IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams.
"IDW Publishing's significant growth over the past several years, particularly in the theatrical arena with a number of properties currently in development at major studios, together with the ever increasing popularity of our creator-owned titles, have provided us with the ideal opportunity to expand into multi-platform entertainment," said Adams in making the announcement. "David's depth of distribution and finance expertise in television, coupled with his production knowledge and his extensive relationships within the entertainment community, make him the perfect choice for spearheading our aggressive move into television."
Negotiations are underway with a yet un-named network to bring the war between humans and vampires storied in V Wars. Author Jonathan Maberry edited the titular comics anthology, and taking part in the talks.
New Orleans centers the exploits of Voodoo touched David Mears, a narcotics cop and part zombie narrated in Life Undead. The television series will feature the comics creator and teleplay writer Paul Zbyszewski (“Lost”, “Hawaii Five-0”) as the showrunner, where he partners with co-executive producer Chris Pollack.
Werewolves are a part of everyday life, a fact only known to the packs and the eponymous Brooklyn Animal Control. Television writer and director J.T. Petty wrote the single-issue comic books, which was drawn by Stephen Thompson.
"IDW Publishing's properties have a proven track record and built-in appeal with today's sophisticated entertainment consumer," said Ozer. "Given the Company's growth and subsequent financial success, investing in the development and production of its projects into television programming is the next logical and strategic step in growing IDW's media empire, and further solidifies IDW as a key player in both the theatrical and television entertainment arena."
The projects have Circle of Confusion to usher into production, the same executive producer that oversaw “The Walking Dead” into production for AMC. For IDW Entertainment, Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs has been named to helm the development.
"The timing couldn't be better for IDW Publishing to invest in television production," added Jacobs. "IDW is a powerhouse of creativity, and the film studios recognize that potential. By financing its own television projects, the company is now poised to become a major player across all media platforms. We're very excited to continue to help expand IDW's reach beyond publishing."
All three of IDW’s live action series are represented by CAA.
Update, 11/8/13: The announcement made by IDW has been changed from 'at the New York Comic Con' to 'mid-Oct., soon after the New York Comic Con'.