Amazon inks first-look deal with Daniel Dae Kim
James R | On 17, Jun 2019
Amazon has inked a first-look deal with multihyphenate Daniel Dae Kim.
Kim, who is best known for his portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on Hawaii Five-0 for seven seasons, and for his turn as Jin Soo Kwon on Lost, he is far from solely an on-camera star. His career has seen him also produce dozens of episodes of The Good Doctor and direct an episode of Hawaii Five-0.
Now, fresh from an acting turn in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe, Kim has hopped across the streaming isle to sign a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. The pact will see Amazon get first-look rights to projects developed and adapted by Kim and his 3AD production company.
“Daniel Dae Kim has proven to be a creative force, with incredible success both in front of and behind the camera,” said Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Amazon Studios is thrilled to be collaborating with Daniel and his production company 3AD as he continues to bring his sharp vision and focus on inclusive storytelling to new projects.”
Kim is joined at 3AD by Rina Brannen, Head of TV Development, John Cheng, Head of Film Development and Tara Bohn, Creative Executive. 3AD were the ones who brought the original Korean format of The Good Doctor to the USA, where it become a top-rate drama.
“I couldn’t be more excited for 3AD to start this next chapter with Amazon. I believe wholeheartedly in the creative team, as well as their vision for the future in entertainment. Their commitment to premium programming speaks for itself and I look forward to contributing to our mutual success,” Kim added.