Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a multi-year producing partnership with executive producer Vanessa Piazza through her production company Piazza Entertainment.
The partnership encompasses Piazza’s television projects, where eOne will serve as the studio and will control worldwide rights. Piazza developed and executive produced the international hit supernatural series “Lost Girl” and served as executive producer of Seasons 1 and 2 of the sci-fi drama “Dark Matter.”
“I’m thrilled to announce this exciting new partnership,” said Piazza. “With the recent launch of my company, the partnership with eOne will only strengthen my ability to continue to do what I love, fostering relationships and working with top tier creatives. As a heavy hitter in the international marketplace, eOne’s global footprint will help launch my slate of standout programming for worldwide audiences.”
Piazza’s current projects include the adaptation of the comic series “Crosswind” from Image Comics. Created by writer Gail Simone and artist Cat Staggs, the multi-issue comic series follows a slick and ruthless Chicago hitman and a smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife, whose bodies, souls, and lives are switched when an inexplicable event strikes the two random strangers. Ari Lubet of 3Arts Entertainment is attached as an executive producer with the series pilot being penned by Simone who will also serve as an executive producer, along with Staggs serving as a consulting producer.
“With a keen eye for talent, Vanessa is a ground-breaking producer that has set herself apart by developing series with strong female leading characters and original stories,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, president of Canada for eOne Television. “Her growing slate is well positioned to capture audiences around the world and we are thrilled to work on these exciting projects.”
Piazza is also developing “Masked,” based on the original super-hero fiction anthology edited by Lou Anders, who will also be involved in the series adaptation. Notable comic and graphic novel writers, including Lilah Sturges, Paul Cornell, and Gail Simone whose short stories appear in the book, will contribute to the anthology series, working with Piazza and executive producer and showrunner Joseph Mallozzi.
Additionally, Piazza Entertainment has a development deal with celebrated Canadian novelist Zoe Whittall. Whittall’s latest novel “The Best Kind Of People” was a 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, Indigo Best Book of the Year, and was recently optioned by Sarah Polley to adapt for film. Whittall’s previous novel, “Holding Still for as Long as Possible” received a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. In television, Whittall has most recently been a writer on The Baroness Von Sketch Show and Crawford.
Gail Simone and Cat Staggs are represented by 3Arts Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.