Daniel Dae Kim Inks First-Look Pact With ITV Studios America

The actor and 'Good Doctor' EP will develop scripted TV projects through his 3AD banner.
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Fresh off the success of The Good Doctor, Daniel Dae Kim is teaming with ITV Studios America.

The Hawaii Five-0 alum and executive producer behind the hit ABC rookie drama has signed a two-year first-look deal with the company.

As part of the pact, Kim and his 3AD shingle will develop scripted TV projects for the studio.

"We are thrilled to join forces with a multihyphenate talent like Daniel Dae Kim," said ITV Studios America president Philippe Maigret. "Daniel's eye for diverse, compelling stories and captivating execution of every project he produces make him, and the entire team at 3AD, a fantastic addition to our scripted television business as we continue to expand our development roster." 

Kim was one of the driving forces behind The Good Doctor, which is based on the South Korean series of the same name. He originally set up the adaptation at CBS through CBS TV Studios, where he had an overall deal, in 2015. However, the drama moved to Sony Pictures Television last season when House alum David Shore came on board as showrunner and the drama eventually landed a series order at ABC. The Freddie Highmore drama is the first freshman drama to have been picked up for a full season for the 2017-18 season.

"ITV Studios America has been making exciting strides in scripted content, and I'm thrilled for 3AD to be partnering with Philippe, Mike and the entire team," said Kim. "We’re already hard at work developing projects together and look forward to many successful collaborations in the days to come."

In addition to his success behind the camera as a producer on The Good Doctor, Kim also recently signed on for a major role in the Hellboy reboot. He replaced actor Ed Skrein, who left the project so that a culturally appropriate person could take the role after his initial casting was met with cries of whitewashing. (Kim's character is Japanese-American in the original Hellboy comic books.)

Kim also made headlines this summer when he spoke about his departure from Hawaii Five-0, which occurred when he and CBS TV Studios failed to come to an agreement on a new contract

"Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren't able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue," Kim wrote in July on his Facebook page. "I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future."

Kim's other credits include Lost.

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