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IDW Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2019 Results

Fourth Quarter Revenue Surges on Deliveries of “V Wars” and “October Faction” to Netflix

NEWARK, NJ AND LOS ANGELES, CA / January 23, 2020 / IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM), an integrated media company, today reported a fourth quarter net loss per share of $2.29 on revenue of $33.9 million and a full fiscal year net loss per share of $3.90 on revenue of $62.6 million for the three months and twelve months ended October 31, 2019, respectively.

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IDW Positioned for Exciting 2020 after a Momentous 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA and SAN DIEGO, CA – December 26 2019:  IDW Media Holdings, Inc., (OTCPINK: IDWM), an integrated media company, is wrapping up a 2019 loaded with significant accomplishments and is prepared for a transformative 2020.

“IDW made great progress in the past year and will be serving up a feast for readers and viewers in 2020,” said IDW’s Chairman and CEO, Howard Jonas.  “Across the company, we are working with renowned creators to bring compelling characters and their stories to entertain audiences globally.”   

IDW Entertainment (IDWE) has four series airing in December or scheduled for launch in 2020:

 

  • “V Wars,” IDWE’s vampire thriller, debuted on Netflix on December 5th.  The binge-worthy series with a 10-episode first season, stars Ian Somerhalder and was produced by High Park Entertainment in Toronto (CA).  The series is based upon Jonathan Maberry’s IDW Publishing comic book series. After release, “V Wars” rocketed to the top of Netflix’s trending and most popular lists.

 

  • “October Faction” premieres on Netflix January 23rd. The much-anticipated show is based on the IDW Publishing comics of Steve Niles and Damien Worm as adapted by showrunner Damian Kindler and is also produced by High Park Entertainment. The series, starring Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie, chronicles the veteran monster-hunting couple Fred and Deloris Allen and their teenage twins – who move to a small town in upstate New York in a spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to bury their past.

 

  • “Locke & Key” premieres on Netflix on February 7th.  The show is based on the critically acclaimed hit graphic novels of Joe Hill and Gabe Rodriguez, also published by IDW.  After their father is murdered, three Locke family siblings return to their ancestral home, Keyhouse Manor, and to its keys that access other fearsome dimensions.

 

  • Season 4 (S4) of “Wynonna Earp” is now in production.  Thanks to energetic and tireless lobbying by its enthusiastic fans, the gun-slinging great-great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp will continue bringing paranormal demons to justice. The show, created by Emily Andras and starring Melanie Scrofano, is based on the IDW comics of Beau Smith. S4 is coming to the small screen through a partnership of IDW with Syfy, Space and Seven24 Films. The initial S4 episode could air on Syfy as early as this summer.

IDW Publishing (IDWP) comics and graphic novels continue to break new ground:

“They Called Us Enemy” (TCUE) has been named the best graphic novel of 2019 by the Publisher’s Weekly Critics Poll.  In TCUE, actor and activist George Takei chronicles his family’s imprisonment in U.S. internment camps during WWII.

TCUE has been lauded as a ‘Best Book of the Year’ by:

  • Amazon 
  • The New York Public Library 
  • The School Library Journal 
  • Publishers Weekly 
  • Kirkus Reviews 

In June of 2020, IDWP plans to release TCUE in Spanish.  “It’s been my life’s mission to tell the story of the cruel and unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II,” Mr. Takei said in a recent speech to educators.  “I am thrilled to make the story accessible to a community that right now—today—is facing attacks that are all too familiar. This [Spanish language] edition is especially meaningful to me since I was raised in the Spanish-speaking community of East L.A., which welcomed my family after four years of imprisonment.”

The Spanish-language edition of TCUE is only the first book in a multi-phase, multi-title program to release fan-favorite graphic novels in Spanish language to the North American readers for the first time in the company’s history.

In December, IDWP released its 100th edition of the beloved “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comic.  The Company has been publishing the franchise for eight years, though its roots go back to its founding by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the 1980s. The current series, a collaborative effort led by Eastman and Tom Walz, has seen the teenage reptiles evolve and adapt while continuing to connect with fans around the world.  

IDWP released the first edition of “Dying is Easy” in December. “DiE” is a ground-breaking mini-series by New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (also of “Locke & Key” fame) and co-creator/artist Martin Simmonds.  The first edition introduces Syd Homes – a disgraced ex-cop and darkly bitter stand-up comic who quickly finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

IDWP also proudly launched “Wellington,” a new comics series of the fictional adventures of an historical figure, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and twice British Prime Minister, as he hunts down the demons wreaking havoc in 19th-century England.  “Wellington” is a spinoff of “Lore,” a hugely successful IDWP series created by Aaron Mahnke.  For “Wellington”, Mahnke collaborates with sci-fi and fantasy author and comics creator Delilah S. Dawson.

Coming in 2020 from IDWP — a graphic serial adaptation of the best-selling ‘Sleeping Beauties’ a terrifying, cautionary novel by Stephen King and his son, Owen King.  Novelist Rio Youers and artist Alison Sampson collaborate to produce this spectacular ten-part series.

Also slated for release in 2020: New Yorker Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler’s graphic novel adaptation of “The Mueller Report.”  The book transforms the dry language of the original report into a creative, sometimes comic, and always insightful re-imagining.  

“IDW Publishing is well-poised to enter its twenty-first year with its most diverse slate of content ever,” said Chris Ryall,” IDW Publishing’s President & Publisher/Chief Creative Officer. “And beyond developing new editorial directives to better suit the ever-changing needs of the publishing world, we have spent considerable time leading up to 2020 in identifying and cultivating new audiences, additional markets, and interesting new channels of distribution, too. We are very excited about expanding our mission of creating, marketing, and releasing captivating new comics and graphic novels to the world.” 

 


All statements above that are not purely about historical facts, including, but not limited to, those in which we use the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “target” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these forward-looking statements represent our current judgment of what may happen in the future, actual results may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by these statements due to numerous important factors. Our filings with the SEC provide detailed information on such statements and risks, and should be consulted along with this release. To the extent permitted under applicable law, we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 

About IDW Media Holdings:

IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCPINK: IDWM) is an integrated media company.  IDW’s businesses include IDW Publishing – a leading American publisher of comic books and graphic novels, IDW Entertainment – a producer and distributor of franchise content through television and other media, and CTM Media Group – one of North America’s largest distributors of information for tourists and travelers.

 

Investor Contact: 

IDW
Ezra Rosensaft, Chief Financial Officer
ezra@idwmh.com

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IDW Media Holdings to Present at the Sidoti & Company Fall 2016 Emerging Growth Convention

Fully Integrated Media Company, including comic books, television shows, board games, and distribution of tourist information, are all part of the growing company to present on November 1, 2016

 

SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 26, 2016 / IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC: IDWM), the company that includes IDW Publishing, the award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher in both print and digital platforms including online, mobile and emerging technologies, with prominent and respected television shows through IDW Entertainment, tabletop board and card games through IDW Games, high-end print collectibles with IDW Limited, and distribution of tourism information through CTM, today announced that Ted Adams, Chief Executive Officer and Les Rozner, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Sidoti & Company Fall 2016 Emerging Growth Convention in New York City.

Event: Sidoti & Company Fall 2016 Emerging Growth Convention

When:  Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Where: New York Marriott Marquis – 5th Floor

1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036  

The company is scheduled to deliver a presentation on Track 2 at 2:25pm EST. Investors interested in attending and scheduling a one-on-one meeting with management should click the link https://www.meetmax.com/sched/event_38449/investor_reg_new.html?attendee_role_id=INVESTOR

For general information about the event, please visit the conference website below:
http://www.meetmax.com/sched/event_38449/~public/conference_home.html

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The company’s presentation will be available for the public to access via its corporate website: idwmediaholdings.com or Webcast Registration Link: http://wsw.com/webcast/sidotico2/idwm

This webcast will be archived for 90 days following the live presentation.

More information about IDW Media Holdings can be found on the About page of this website.


 

About the Sidoti & Company Emerging Growth Convention: The Sidoti & Company Fall 2016 Emerging Growth Convention will focus on companies with market capitalizations of $600 million and less, connecting their executive management teams with institutional and high-net-worth investors while building interest and visibility into the most overlooked, undervalued segment of the equity market.

About Sidoti & Company, LLC: Sidoti & Company, founded in 1999, is Wall Street’s preeminent provider of equity research generally focused on companies with market capitalizations of under $3 billion. Sidoti & Company’s approach affords institutional investor clients a combination of high-quality research of over 250 companies, a small- and micro-cap company focused nationwide sales effort, broad access to corporate management teams, and extensive trading support. Sidoti & Company serves nearly 500 institutional clients in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., including many leading managers of portfolios with $200 million to $2 billion of assets. They also host a biannual Emerging Growth Convention in New York, and are a provider of company sponsored research. For more information, please refer to Sidoti & Company


About IDW Media Holdings

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 & Key, Wormwood, RagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel. The acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, March 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.

CTM Media Group Inc. a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings is one of North America’s largest distributors of tourism information distributing over 100 million brochures last year.

For all media inquiries, please contact:

MEDIA CONTACT – Steven Scott
steven@idwpublishing.com
858-270-1315; 2139

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IDW Publishing & Top Shelf Partner with Scribd to add Unlimited Comic Books to Its Subscription Service

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Scribd today announced that it is expanding its leading global subscription reading service to include unlimited access to more than 3,500 comic books from IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Productions. This offering represents the first time IDW and Top Shelf digital comics have been made available in one unlimited digital subscription service.

IDW and Top Shelf’s entire digital backlists will be available via Scribd’s subscription service with all new issues becoming available as early as a month after initial print release. Fans will have an exciting new avenue in which to enjoy IDW favorites from TRANSFORMERS to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, MY LITTLE PONY to Star Trek, along with hit series such asLocke & Key and 30 Days of Night just to name a few. Top Shelf fans new and old will have access to acclaimed series suchMARCH and acclaimed graphic novels by creators Alan Moore, Jeff Lemire, Eddie Campbell and more.

As a special offer to IDW fans Scribd is offering a free 2-month trial. This promotion runs from 2/10-2/17 so sign up today!

IDW and Top Shelf have been considering subscription models for comics for some time. Scribd came to us with the perfect opportunity to offer the entire catalog to fans and new readers. Time for some binge-reading! –  Jeff Webber, IDW Vice President of Digital Publishing & Business Development

Readers will have the ability to browse comics in a variety of ways, allowing long-time fans to dive deep and find what they love and new readers to explore comics:
• By Character – Character pages allow readers to follow their favorite characters through their series and guest appearances.
• By Series – Readers can browse by title and read entire series from start to finish.
• By Curated Collection – Readers can browse over 100 expert-curated collections of comics.

The addition of comics and graphic novels, along with other recent eBooks and audiobook deals, increases Scribd’s library to more than one million titles, representing the largest unlimited-access offering of eBooks, audiobooks, and comics globally.

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Congressman John Lewis Recruits Another Generation to MARCH with New Graphic Novel

John Lewis has been many things in his career: a civil rights activist, a featured speaker at the March on Washington, a leader of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, a respected member of Congress, a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, and a worldwide symbol of the power of nonviolent protest.

With his latest project, he’s added “#1 bestselling author,” as his multi-part graphic novel autobiography, March, has become a smash success. Today, the long-awaited March Book Two reaches store shelves, poised to be even bigger than its predecessor — and perhaps even more relevant to this day and age. With March: Book TwoCongressman LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell give us a first-hand experience of milestone events that transformed the nation, including the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington.

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At a time when, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the majority of states earn a D or F grade in teaching the Civil Rights Movement to their young people, March has quickly become a key resource for schools, libraries, activists, and the general reader. It’s been adopted in classrooms nationwide, spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even become the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. What’s more, three major universities have planned their freshman orientations around March, compelling 15,000 students nationwide to read and discuss it in a single month.

Why a graphic novel? Because John Lewis remembers the impact that a 1957 comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story” had on him and his whole generation, inspiring them to take up nonviolence and join the civil rights movement. Now he’s having the same impact on young people today.

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As America continues to grapple with issues of race and the legacy of the civil rights movement, March offers an unforgettable success story and a way forward — one that’s already been embraced by countless readers who are looking for hope today.
Congressman John Lewis is an international icon, and his story is now more essential than ever. See why this project has become such a phenomenon — join the March!

“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

“Essential reading… March is a moving and important achievement.” — USA Today

“Riveting.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“An astonishingly accomplished graphic memoir.” — NPR

“Visually stunning… This insider’s view of the civil rights movement should be required reading for young and old; not to be missed.”— School Library Journal (starred review)


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.

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books and graphic novels, renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles. Based in San Diego, California, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the comics industry, and operates such acclaimed imprints as the Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

 

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IDW Publishing Acquires Top Shelf Productions

Two Industry Leaders Combine Forces

Leading comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW Publishing announced today that it has acquired Top Shelf Productions, the award-winning independent publisher of graphic novels, including the #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller Marchby Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (with Kevin O’Neill) and From Hell (with Eddie Campbell), Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole, and Jeff Lemire’s Essex County.

The acquisition of Top Shelf is a milestone for IDW. We looked a very long time for a company that would complement our own publishing line-up, and in Top Shelf we found the ideal match. The addition of Top Shelf’s library further positions IDW’s leadership role among the top powerhouses in comics. – Ted Adams, IDW CEO and publisher.

Top Shelf will remain a distinct imprint within IDW and co-founder Chris Staros will join the company as Editor-in-Chief, Top Shelf Productions. Top Shelf’s fans can expect the same independent editorial approach that has garnered industry-wide awards and made it an envy among its peers.

IDW is committed to preserving and growing the Top Shelf brand, which we’ve long admired. Chris and his team have built a great working relationship with creators, fans, and retailers alike, and IDW will work diligently to expand Top Shelf’s publishing capabilities and market reach while further developing those relationships. –Greg Goldstein, IDW president and COO

Founded in 1997, Top Shelf Productions offers a broad library of comic books and graphic novels from dozens of the industry’s top independent creators. Following the acquisition, Top Shelf’s headquarters will remain in Marietta, GA.

Top Shelf and IDW complement each other perfectly. We both started around the same time, and when I would watch IDW over the years, as a fellow publisher, I’d see them making smart move after smart move. Now I’m extremely excited to combine their talents and resources with Top Shelf’s award-winning literary approach to comics. And believe it or not, the idea to join forces hit us both at exactly the same time. Last year, as I was about to pitch Ted and Greg this ‘crazy’ idea, they approached me to suggest the same thing! How’s that for a good omen? Together, we’re going to be able to publish some incredible work. I’m really looking forward to this. – Chris Staros, Top Shelf Productions co-founder and publisher

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

 


 

FAQs

Will Top Shelf retain its own brand identity?

Absolutely. It will remain a distinct imprint within the IDW family of books.

How will IDW Publishing’s new ownership role directly impact Top Shelf?

IDW’s main role will be the support and management of Top Shelf’s infrastructure — production, sales, marketing and promotional initiatives. IDW will also provide additional funding to secure new breakout projects so that Top Shelf can direct their full attention to producing fan-favorite award-winning books.

IDW will use its 15 years of publishing experience to further enhance Top Shelf’s incredible line-up and ensure that the backlist is always available to an expanded retailer and consumer base.

What role will Chris Staros have going forward at Top Shelf?

Chris Staros will join the company as Editor-in-Chief of Top Shelf Productions and will expand his role as one of the most innovative editors, marketers and new talent scouts in the industry. Therefore, Top Shelf’s fans can expect the same independent editorial approach that has yielded first-rate books and garnered industry-wide awards.

What about the rest of The Top Shelf staff?

While Chris’ long-time friend and business partner, Brett Warnock, has decided to retire from the world of comics and explore business opportunities through his newly launched food and nature blog, the rest of the Top Shelf staff will remain in place to continue Top Shelf’s indy-focused operations: Leigh Walton as Top Shelf’s Publicist & Marketing Director; Chris Ross as Lead Designer & Digital Director; and Zac Boone as Warehouse Manager.

How does this acquisition affect Top Shelf’s independent creators?

Top Shelf publishing agreements will be honored in full, with all creator rights and deal points continuing as they are currently written. IDW will also be able to ensure that Top Shelf’s extensive catalog stays in print, and all creators receive royalties on the solid schedule IDW is known for.

How will this transition affect retailers?

We anticipate a very smooth transition, as both IDW and Top Shelf use Diamond Comic Distributors and Diamond Book Distributors as their exclusive distribution partners for both the comic book specialty market and book market. The entire Top Shelf inventory is already being warehoused by Diamond in the same location as the IDW inventory.

How did the transaction come about?

IDW has been interested in pursuing an acquisition(s) for some time and earlier in 2014 retained industry veteran Bill Schanes (former VP of purchasing for Diamond) as a consultant to thoroughly investigate acquisition opportunities. Top Shelf, as it turned out, was by far the best of these and Bill facilitated the “matchmaking” early on. Once the companies got to know each other better, the rest was, as they say, history.

 


 

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY;Paramount’s Star Trek;Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint. 

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot;Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film; and Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.