Comic-book publisher IDW (“30 Days of Night,” “Star Trek”) is getting into the television game.
The San Diego-based company has launched IDW Entertainment to fund and develop new TV properties based on IDW’s catalog.
Among the properties that it will develop for television: “Life Undead” (pictured), based on the comic book by Paul Zbyszewski (whose television production credits include “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Lost”); “Brooklyn Animal Control,” based on the March 2013 comic by J.T. Petty and Stephen Thompson, and “V Wars,” which IDW is currently in discussions with for a soon-to-be-named network.
David Ozer, who’s served at Sonar Entertainment, Starz Media/IDT Entertainment and DIC Entertainment, has been tapped as president of the division.
Circle of Confusion, which executive-produces the AMC zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” will oversee packaging and creative development and executive-produce projects that emerge.
In addition to the launch of the television division, IDW has a number of theatrical projects in development, including “Lore,” a Warner Bros. project that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star in, and “World War Robot,” which is being developed by Disney.
“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,” IDW Publishing’s CEO & publisher Ted Adams said of the new endeavor.