Paulist Prods. ramps up film, TV development

Shingle eyeing return to series TV with reality, kidvid shows

Paulist Prods. is stepping up its investment in new production and development in an effort to reach a wider aud with inspirational TV and film projects.

“We have a huge body of stuff, and now it’s time to try to find a new audience, especially a younger audience,” said Paulist prexy Father Eric Andrews. “We’re really trying to target young adults with positive messages.”

Paulist was founded in 1960 by Father Ellwood “Bud” Kaiser, who was well-known in showbiz circles as a producer and host of Paulist’s long-running syndicated drama series “Insight.” The company is developing a documentary on the series, which presented modern-day morality tales that often featured notable thesps.

Paulist most recently collaborated with Hallmark Hall of Fame on the production of the telepic “The Lost Valentine,” set to air Jan. 30 on CBS. Andrews said Paulist is looking for other follow-up opportunities to work with the Hallmark Hall of Fame “because our values overlap so well.”

The company is developing a family friendly pic, “The Knight of Brooklyn,” about a boy attempting to solve a family crisis by using the Knights of the Roundtable as an example.

Company is also working on an idea for a reality TV skein dubbed “Should I Marry You?” described as a mix between “Bridezilla” and “The Dating Game.” It has partnered with seasoned kidvid producers on a puppet series designed for the Web and possibly TV.

“We’d love to get back into episodic television. We have lots of ideas,” Andrews said.

Past feature films by the company include 1989’s “Romero,” starring Raul Julia, and 1996’s “Entertaining Angels: the Dorothy Day Story” with Martin Sheen and Moira Kelly. Both pics were distributed by Warner Bros.

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