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Scripted Original Series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” Greenlit for Second Season on BBC America

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Season two of ‘Dirk Gently’ will return with 10 episodes and premiere in 2017 and is a co-production of AMC STUDIOS, IDEATE MEDIA, IDW ENTERTAINMENT, with CIRCLE OF CONFUSION producing for BBC AMERICA

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 22, 2016) – Announced yesterday, the second season of original scripted series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was greenlit, co-produced by IDW Entertainment, a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings (OTC PINK: IDWM), AMC Studios, Ideate Media, with Circle of Confusion producing for BBC America. Starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett, the series is penned by Max Landis (American Ultra, Chronicle) and executive produced by Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe). Adapted from the wildly popular novels by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), season two will return with ten episodes and premiere in 2017. The series is produced by AMC Studios. Season one will finale on December 10 at 9/8c.

Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, commented, “Outlandishly different, Dirk Gently has hit a sweet spot with BBCA fans. With Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett’s chemistry as oddball detective/sidekick duo, and our creators promising ever greater genius-weird cosmic mystery in the next case, we’re happy to announce more of this truly original and entertaining show.”

The series is set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett). Dirk Gently, is a serialized comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood), as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a co-production of AMC Studios, IDEATE MEDIA and IDW Entertainment, with Circle of Confusion producing for BBC AMERICA. Max Landis writes and executive produces the series with Robert Cooper serving as executive producer and showrunner. Arvind Ethan David and Zainir Aminullah for IDEATE MEDIA executive produce along with Ted Adams and David Ozer for IDW Entertainment and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion.

BBC AMERICA’s robust slate of originals continue through the new year with upcoming premieres including the Doctor Who Christmas Special on December 25 and Planet Earth II on January 28. The fifth and final season of hit series Orphan Black is currently in production and will premiere in 2017.

About BBC America

Created in 1998, BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming like the ground-breaking un-scripted series Top Gear, the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, and the fan-favorite Orphan Black. The influential network has been the launch pad for talent including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, and Graham Norton — all adopted as American pop culture icons. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including five Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and 12 Peabody Awards. The irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Available on cable and satellite TV, BBC AMERICA broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, is available On Demand across all major digital platforms and offers full episodes online at bbcamerica.com.

About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints: Top Shelf Productions, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment currently serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network.

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MARCH: BOOK THREE makes history by winning National Book Award

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The #1 bestseller, about Congressman John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement, is the first graphic novel recipient in the awards’ 67-year history.

NEW YORK (November 17, 2016) — Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell received an unprecedented honor last night, as their book March: Book Three became the first graphic novel to ever receive the National Book Award.

The March trilogy, published by Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing, depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting on the role of young people in the “nonviolent revolution” of the 1960s and its direct legacy in the modern day. Its previous honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. March is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“This is unbelievable,” said Congressman Lewis after receiving the award from Katherine Paterson, chair of the Young People’s Literature award jury. His voice shook with obvious emotion as he recalled a childhood visit to the public library in rural Alabama, where “we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. Now, to come here and receive this award, with these two… it’s too much.”

Nate Powell dedicated the award to his children “and their generation that will inherit this earth,” as well as to the incoming president of the United States, expressing a wish that it might transform his heart.

“There are two important lessons from this,” concluded Andrew Aydin, after many thank-yous. “One is that the story of the Movement must be told. We all must know it, if we are to understand the politics of today. And two: let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.”

Archived video of the ceremony’s livestream is available online at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/92795242.

The three volumes of March are available wherever books are sold, separately as well as together in a slipcase set.

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About March:

“Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I’m so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America’s young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands.” — President Bill Clinton

“With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” — LeVar Burton

March is one of the most important graphic novels ever created — an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I’m stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis’s story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders.” — Raina Telgemeier

“An incredible accomplishment. It is the history of John Lewis, the Civil Rights Movement and his role in it… a book that explains — more deeply than anything else I’ve ever read — the methods and the moral foundations of the civil rights movement, how civil rights activists did what they did and won what they won, and how they had the strength to do it in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.” — Rachel Maddow

“Brave acts of civil disobedience… [give] March its educational value even as Powell’s drawings give Lewis’s crisp narration an emotional power.” The New York Times

“There is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than March.” The Washington Post

“Essential reading… March is a moving and important achievement… the story of a true American superhero.” USA Today

“A riveting chronicle of Lewis’s extraordinary life… it powerfully illustrates how much perseverance is needed to achieve fundamental social change.” O, The Oprah Magazine

March offers a poignant portrait of an iconic figure that both entertains and edifies, and deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and Maus.” Entertainment Weekly

About Top Shelf Productions
Top Shelf Productions, based in Marietta, Georgia, has published critically acclaimed and popularly beloved graphic novels since 1997. Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, Top Shelf continues to showcase the vanguard of the comics medium, publishing works of literary sophistication, visionary artistry, and personal resonance.

About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC:IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyStar TrekTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of NightLocke & KeyWormwoodRagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints: Top Shelf Productions, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-FilesBack to the FutureThe Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment currently serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network.

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IDW Entertainment partners with IM Global to co-produce LD 50


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

IDW ENTERTAINMENT

IDW Publishing Will Publish Comic Books Based On The Action Drama

 

LOS ANGELES November 7, 2016 – 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 Daredevil, Jack 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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ABOUT IM GLOBAL TELEVISION
IM Global Television is a full-service television studio that develops, finances, produces, and distributes high-quality scripted dramas for the domestic and international marketplace, with a focus on “genre” programming such as science-fiction, fantasy/supernatural, and thriller. In June 20 16, Los Angeles and Shanghai based investment fund Tang Media Partners (“TMP”) acquired a majority ownership interest in IM Global from shareholders Stuart Ford and India’s Reliance Entertainment, and in a parallel transaction the company and TMP partnered under the IM Global Television banner with Asian internet giant Tencent in a television production joint venture which includes a dedicated television production investment fund.  Led by industry veteran President Mark Stern IM Global Television has been created with a deep well of experience in television development and production, an innovative business approach, and a solid financial foundation.  These assets make IM Global Television uniquely able to team with top-tier creative talent to deliver creative, bold and compelling programming. IM Global Television also has a fast growing scripted and unscripted international distribution business led by President of International Distribution Eli Shibley.

ABOUT IM GLOBAL
IM GLOBAL was founded by Chief Executive Officer Stuart Ford in 2007. The prolific independent studio operates one of the world’s leading international film, television and music production, sales and distribution platforms, controlling a library of more than 600 films which have collectively grossed more than $6 billion in worldwide box office.  The company has financed or produced over thirty Hollywood feature films deploying more than $500 million in production capital, establishing itself as one of the most prolific film financiers outside of the major studios.  IM Global has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.

ABOUT IDW

IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyStar TrekTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of NightLocke & KeyWormwoodRagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-FilesBack to the FutureThe Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment currently serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network.