IDW Publishing, publisher of over 300 original comic-book and graphic novel properties, has a launched a new division—IDW Entertainment—to fund and develop new TV properties based on its extensive catalog. Industry vet David Ozer has been named president of the new enterprise, IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams announced. Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will oversee creative development and will executive produce the company’s projects.
Up first will be the development of a slew of catalog properties, including: Life Undead, to be co-exec produced by Chris Pollack with showrunner/comic author Paul Zbyszewski; Brooklyn Animal Control from writer/director J.T. Petty (Splinter Cell) and artist Stephen Thompson (Star Trek: New Frontier); and V Wars, edited by author Jonathan Maberry, for which IDW Ent. is already in discussions with a network.
IDW also has several active feature projects in development: Lore, from writer T.P. Louise and artist Ashley Wood is in development at Warner Bros. with Dwayne Johnson set to star and a script by Corey Goodman and Jeremy Lott—David Green (Echo) is directing. World War Robot, created by Ashley Wood, is in development at Disney to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. And Zombies vs. Robots, created by IDW Publishing’s CCO Chris Ryall and Wood is in development at Sony.