TORONTO – October 2, 2017 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, today announced a new content partnership wherein original television, feature film and virtual reality projects will be sourced for development from the more than 400 million story uploads on Wattpad. As part of the pact, Wattpad will curate standout IP for worldwide exploitation by eOne.
“Wattpad stories are adored around the world, and our passionate users spend billions of minutes each month reading on, and engaging with, our platform,” said Aron Levitz, Head of Wattpad Studios. “We’re thrilled to partner with eOne to uncover new voices and insights from our global community and bring Wattpad stories to screens all over the planet.”
“We look forward to working with the talented team at Wattpad to find standout ideas that have resonated with the passionate Wattpad community,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, President, Canada, eOne Television. “The powerful data and insights from Wattpad will allow us to tap into the new generation of authors and gives us early access to captivating proven stories and characters.”
With more than 60 million monthly users and over 2.5 million monthly writers, Wattpad is home to unique content that can’t be found anywhere else. Stories on Wattpad span every genre imaginable, reflecting the creativity, imagination and passion of the company’s global community of voices.
With over 500 hours of compelling new content delivered last year, eOne Television’s current lineup of original and acquired content now features 42 series and long-form programs commissioned by over 20 different broadcast and cable networks including mega-hit The Walking Dead, companion series Fear the Walking Dead and other major AMC and SundanceTV scripted series through the Company’s exclusive multi-year distribution agreement with AMC Networks, as well as Designated Survivor from eOne’s The Mark Gordon Company; and eOne produced original series ICE (Super Channel, DirecTV), You Me Her (TMN, DirecTV); the upcoming Sharp Objects, from director Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Amy Adams for HBO; Mary Kills People (Global, Lifetime); Ransom (Global, CBS, TF1, RTL); Gap Year (Super Channel, E4, Hulu); Cardinal (CTV, BBC4, Hulu); Private Eyes (Global, ION) and currently in production on their debut seasons, The Detail starring Shenae Grimes-Beech, Angela Griffin and Joanne Kelly for CTV and ION, and Burden of Proof starring Kristin Kreuk for CBC.
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. The global multiplatform entertainment company uses the power of community and technology to enable the creation and distribution of content across a variety of formats. Its flagship app, Wattpad, is home to a community of more than 60 million people who spend over 15 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories. Tap by Wattpad, the company’s second storytelling product, offers short, chat-based stories in over a dozen languages. Widely recognized as the leader in social storytelling, the company established Wattpad Labs, an innovation lab for those passionate about the future of entertainment to develop the next breakthrough storytelling product alongside Wattpad. Wattpad Studios co-produces stories for film, television, digital and print, together with industry partners. Wattpad Brand Solutions offers a full suite of advertising products to help brands build deep engagement with Millennial and Gen Z consumers. The company is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at: www.wattpad.com/about
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Filmed Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.