Kuala Lumpur, 21 January 2016 – Ideate Media, a Malaysian-owned content company, has teamed up with AMC Studios, IDW Entertainment and Circle of Confusion to produce eight one-hour episodes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a new original scripted series for BBC America.
“It is a great feat for a local content company to penetrate a competitive market like North America. This was made possible through our strong relationships with key partners in the industry. We hope to build on and replicate this success in other markets,” said Zainir Aminullah, Chief Executive Officer of Ideate Media.
Dirk Gently is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of an eccentric and “holistic” detective named Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd as they go about their way through one big, seemingly insane journey, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters. Each episode propels them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. The series is an adaptation of British writer Douglas Adams’ wildly successful Dirk Gently comic novels. Adams is also the author of the acclaimed comedy sci-fi novel series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which has sold over 15 million copies.
Penned by Max Landis – the mind behind cult classic Chronicle – the series is a co-production of AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.
– Broadcaster BBC America (Doctor Who, Orphan Black), a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks;
– AMC Studios, the production arm of AMC Networks (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Mad Men);
– IDW Entertainment, the studio arm of IDW Publishing, one of the largest independent comic publishers in the US;
– Hollywood management & production company Circle of Confusion, producers of The Walking Dead.
In addition to creator, Max Landis, executive producers include Ted Adams and David Ozer for IDW Entertainment; David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion and Zainir Aminullah and Arvind Ethan David for Ideate Media.
Looking to not only share Dirk Gently with television fans around the world, Ideate Media and its partners plan to bring the property to other platforms. Last May, Dirk Gently appeared in his first-ever comic-book series, jointly published with IDW Entertainment. Next, Dirk will return to comics this February with Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short written by Ideate’s Arvind Ethan David and co-edited by Ideate’s Chi-Ren Choong, along with executive producer Max Landis and artist Ilias Kyriaz.