IM GLOBAL TELEVISION TO CO-DEVELOP AND CO-PRODUCE ‘LD50’ WITH IDW ENTERTAINMENT  

IDW Publishing Will Publish Comic Books Based On The Action Drama IM Global Television and IDW Entertainment will co-develop and co-produce action drama LD50, it was announced today by IM […]

IDW Publishing Will Publish Comic Books Based On The Action Drama

IM Global Television and IDW Entertainment will co-develop and co-produce action drama LD50, it was announced today by IM Global Television President Mark Stern.

Created by Scott Dacko, who will executive produce and write the script, LD50 is an expansive, thought-provoking character-drama set in a world in which a virus has decimated the male population and created a tenuous balance between a small pocket of healthy people and the infected women who surround them.

IDW Publishing, one of the leading comic book publishers in the US, will publish comic books based on the story to be released in Summer 2017.

Said Stern: “Given our similarities in taste and the complementary nature of our businesses, David Ozer and I have been looking for something to work on together for a while.  I couldn’t be happier to partner with them on ‘LD50.’  Hopefully, it will be the first of many more to come!”

“We are thrilled to be in business with IM Global,” said IDW Entertainment President David Ozer. “Their continued aggressive growth into the television business coupled with great creative on LD50 made this a very easy decision.”

“IM Global and IDW both have business models that complement each other well,” adds IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. “Scott Dacko has created an incredible world in LD50 that will make for a fantastic comic and television series.”

IDW Entertainment develops, finances and produces television properties based on IDW Publishing properties as well as third-party content.  Current shows include BBC America’s Dirk Gently, written and executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle), starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett and based on the best seller by Douglas Adams, and Wynonna Earp which airs on Syfy Channel. IDWE recently completed production of a pilot of Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network, starring Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) and also has theatrical film projects in development, including Chris Ryall’s and Ashley Wood’s Zombies vs. Robots with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony.

IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as one of the top four comic book publishers in the US, and has had over 80 titles appear on The New York Times Best Sellers list.  The company is renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, and has published some of the most popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s TransformersG.I. JoeMy Little Pony, and Jem And The Holograms; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Twentieth Century Fox’s The X-Files; Sony’s Ghostbusters, Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black; and multiple monthly Disney titles. IDW Publishing is also home to acclaimed imprints such as; Top Shelf Productions, publisher of the New York Times bestselling and multiple award-winning March trilogy, Congressman John Lewis’ autobiographical account of the civil rights movement; The Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and the multiple award-winning IDW Artist’s Edition line which includes Frank Miller’s DaredevilJack Kirby’s Fantastic FourMike Mignola’s HellboyDave Gibbons’ Watchmen, and Charles Schulz’s Peanuts.

A division of prolific independent studio IM Global, IM Global Television’s current slate includes an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s CAT’S CRADLE with Noah Hawley at FX; TNT pilot TIME OF DEATH with M. Night Shyamalan; music series MUSCLE SHOALS executive produced by Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin’s City Entertainment; true-life crime drama PATROLMAN P with director/executive producer Antoine Fuqua; and an adaptation of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s (Mists of Avalon) DARKOVER books at Amazon. They have another dozen projects in active development, including an adaptation of Ken Garing’s graphic novel PLANETOID by Michael Sherman and Steve Desmond; the modern-noir crime drama DEN OF THIEVES by Sebastian Gutierrez with Trigger Street’s Kevin Spacey & Dana Brunetti executive producing; and the international co-production GLINT with Muse Productions and ProSieben Sat 1.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles-based Tang Media Partners assumed a controlling ownership position in IM Global to help accelerate the company’s growth initiatives.  Simultaneously, TMP arranged a new, expanded television production joint venture, IM Global Television, among IM Global, TMP and Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, which includes an innovative first-of-its kind programming investment fund also arranged by TMP.

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