TORONTO — The Canadian Film Centre and Toronto-headquartered Entertainment One have joined forces to create the CFC/eOne TV Adaptation Lab, which aims to develop pilot scripts based on literary works with strong potential for small-screen series.
“Producers and broadcasters around the world are setting new standards of excellence in adapting a variety of creative properties into innovative television series of outstanding quality and originality,” said eOne CEO John Morayniss. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the CFC to accelerate the development of great television content creation in Canada and ultimately bring three world-class projects to life.”
The lab, which is set to begin in Spring of 2016, is open to Canadian content creators who own properties — comedy, theater, stand-up, novels, novellas, graphic novels, short-stores, zines, web series, video games — originating from anywhere in the world that have TV potential.
Creators and properties will receive hands-on development support from top-level pros and international experts that will set them on a course for fast-track series development, with the potential to secure a series deal with eOne.
“For some years, it has been a passion of ours at the CFC to develop an adaptation lab,” said CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw. “Adaptation is a rich vein of development that takes a certain level of skill and expertise. We think that we will incite some real hits through this Lab and our partnership with eOne.”
The CFC, a professional training centre founded by Norman Jewison in 1988, has talent project accelerator programs covering film, TV, acting, music and digital media. The most notable project to come out of its Prime Time Story Room program is the award-winning series “Orphan Black,” which was developed by 2008 executive producer-in-residence Graeme Manson and program residents.