IDW Entertainment Boss on How the Streaming Era is ‘Overwhelming for Everyone’

Tim Baysinger

The streaming era has led to an explosion of content opportunities, as the rush into an on-demand world has created unlimited shelf space. While nowhere near the size of other comic book powerhouses like Marvel or DC, IDW Publishing marked its 20th anniversary this year. IDW launched IDW Entertainment in 2013, and has developed properties such as “Wynona Earp” — which returns for its long-awaited fourth season on Syfy next year — and “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” Currently, IDW has four series in development with Netflix, including the Ian Somerholder-led “V Wars” (pictured above) and the long-gestating “Locke & Key” adaptation from Carlton Cuse. TheWrap spoke with Lydia Antonini, president of IDW Entertainment, about being a smaller comic book-based production outfit and why they’ll never do an overall deal with a studio or streamer. The below has been edited and condensed for clarity. Also Read: Hulu Raises Price on Live TV Package for Second Time This Year As a content creator, how do you feel about the new streaming era? It’s sort of overwhelming for everyone, because it’s such an entrepreneurial time. Even just Apple and Disney coming on board, and then doing weekly releases instead of binge viewing...

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