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IDW Entertainment President David Ozer Leaves Company for a New Venture

Kerry McCluggage, CEO of IDW Media Holdings, announced today that David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment, will be leaving the company to become an independent producer.

IDW Entertainment was launched in 2013, and Ozer and his team have been responsible for building the division and successfully delivering three seasons of the critically-acclaimed Wynonna Earp and securing deals with Netflix to produce Locke and Key and V-Wars. IDW Entertainment also has a strong roster of projects in active development, with properties based on their deep and growing library of comic books and graphic novels, as well as properties created by their many friends in the writer/producer community.

IDW Entertainment Developing The Devil with Ellen Pompeo’s Calamity Jane

the-devilIDW Entertainment has announced it has put The Devil into development as a big event limited series with Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo’s Calamity Jane co-producing. Dave Dilley has been tapped to write the pilot and serve as an Executive Producer.

The series is based on the novel The Devil: Britain’s Most Feared Underworld Taxman by Graham Johnson. Set in Liverpool in the 1980’s, The Devil showcases the life of Stephen French, one of the most feared men in the criminal underworld in the UK. He earned both his nickname and a reputation amongst rival crime-lords who he would outwit and rob during the emerging drug trade of the 1980s. The infamous criminal mastermind’s notorious life will be explored in this dark and gripping series.

In addition to Dilley, Calamity Jane’s Ellen Pompeo and Laura Holstein will serve as Executive Producers alongside IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams and IDW Entertainment President David Ozer. The Grey’s Anatomy star Pompeo, initially found and optioned the material.

The Devil will follow other IDW Entertainment properties whereby IDW Publishing will develop and publish graphic novels.

USA Network Picks Up Brooklyn Animal Control for Pilot

brooklyn animal controlUSA Network announced a pilot pick-up for Brooklyn Animal Control. The project is written and executive produced by JT Petty. David S. Goyer, Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs and David Alpert, and IDW Entertainment’s David Ozer and Ted Adams, will also executive produce. Brooklyn Animal Control is based on the IDW Publishing comic book created by Petty and is a co-production with Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment.

Brooklyn Animal Control follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for some of the city’s most unique citizens — werewolves.  Delving into the lives of both the Case Officers, and the secretive, highly insular Kveld-Ulf, a community of werewolves living deep in the borough, Brooklyn Animal Control will examine city politics, immigrant communities, and families divided by ambition, secrecy, and tradition.

In addition, USA Network recently announced a pilot pick-up for Poor Richard’s Almanack, a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, the project is from executive producer Jim Danger Gray and consulting producer Miguel Sapochnik.  Previously announced pick-ups also include the Universal Cable Production dramas Falling Water from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell, and Paradise Pictures from executive producer Aaron Korsh and Rick Muirragui.

IDW Entertainment to Develop and Produce Michael Chiklis’s Pantheon

Michael Chiklis has joined forces with IDW Entertainment to develop and produce his comic series Pantheon as a new scripted live-action television series. IDW Entertainment will fund the development of the project and will be co-produced with Circle of Confusion.

While the story of Pantheon is under wraps, it involves Greek Gods returning to the present day.

Slated as direct to series, Pantheon will boast Chiklis, Ted Adams and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion as Executive Producers. Co-created by award-winning actor Chiklis, it was originally released as a 5-issue comic book series by IDW Publishing.

Michael Chiklis is an actor, director and television producer. He is best known for his roles as LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on the FX police drama The Shield, and The Thing in the Fantastic Four film series. In the last year, he was an Executive Producer and starred in the CBS Crime drama Vegas, and also produced the independent feature, Pawn, an ensemble thriller with Forest Whittaker, Ray Liotta, and Common.

IDW Publishing Launches IDW Entertainment, to Fund, Develop and Produce Television Properties

IDW Publishing has launched a new division, IDW Entertainment, to fund and develop new television properties based on IDW Publishing’s extensive catalog.  IDW currently has over 300 original properties to mine for this new venture. Entertainment industry veteran David Ozer has been named President of the new division. The announcement was made today by Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher, IDW Publishing.

An accomplished global television executive, David Ozer brings his extensive experience in sales and financing to IDW Entertainment. In his new role, Ozer will work with Adams to identify, develop and oversee brand extensions across IDW Publishing’s portfolio of comics and graphic novels for the global television market. A key focus for the division is the financing, development and production of television series with the goal of securing straight-to-series commitments from networks. Ozer’s background includes executive level roles at Sonar Entertainment, Starz Media/IDT Entertainment and DIC Entertainment.

IDW currently has a number of projects in development as movies and has increased their focus on creator-owned titles which helped launch this new opportunity.

Circle of Confusion, Executive Producer of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, will oversee packaging and creative development of the division and will executive produce the company’s projects.  Rick Jacobs will continue to run point on these efforts.

The initial focus will be on the development of a slate of properties from the company’s catalog including: Life Undead, to be co-executive produced by Chris Pollack, with showrunner Paul Zbyszewski who wrote the comic book, attached to the project; Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the darkly thrilling comic which was released in March 2013 from writer/director J.T. Petty and artist Stephen Thompson; and V Wars, edited by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, for which IDW Entertainment is already in discussions with a soon- to-be-named network.  IDW Entertainment is represented in all areas by CAA.

IDW Publishing already has several active theatrical projects in development.  Lore, from writer T.P. Louise and acclaimed artist Ashley Wood is in development at Warner Bros. with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson set to star in a script written by Corey Goodman and Jeremy LottDavid Green is set to direct with Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar and Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert and Rick Jacobs producing.  Barry Sonnenfeld will executive produce.  World War Robot, created by Ashley Wood, is in development at Disney. Jon Spaihts is writing the screenplay with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.  Zombies vs. Robots, created by writer and IDW Publishing’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall and artist Ashley Wood is in development with Sony with Platinum Dunes and Circle of Confusion producing. Adams is an Executive Producer on all three projects.

This is the second major expansion and new venture for the comic book publisher announced this year. Recently they announced IDW Games which will turn many of their popular comic series into board games.