Entertainment One Inks Multi-Year Deal with StoryBy Entertainment
LOS ANGELES – June 21, 2017 – Global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a multi-year overall television first-look deal with StoryBy Entertainment. The partnership builds on eOne Television's growing network of first-look deals with world-class talent and creative content producers. Under the partnership, eOne will serve as the studio on StoryBy's television projects and will control worldwide rights.
"We are extremely excited about our new partnership with eOne. They have a dynamic team of executives whom we've worked with successfully for years and the partnership felt like a natural fit for us," said StoryBy partner Jonathan Baruch.
"We are thrilled to work with Howard, Michael, Jonathan, Rob and the team at StoryBy, whose diverse experience across the industry has put them at the forefront of author- and creator-driven projects," said Pancho Mansfield, President, Global Scripted Programming, eOne Television. "With this new partnership, their relationships will enable us to access highly sought-after creative talent and IP in the earliest stages."
StoryBy Entertainment was launched by literary manager Michael Prevett in partnership with Howard Braunstein, Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken to generate film and television projects based on premium source material. Michael has represented best-selling authors for fifteen years with a specialization in packaging literary material with top filmmakers, screenwriters and producers. These works include Dan Simmons' novel The Terror, which serves as the basis for the forthcoming series produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions at AMC and Arturo Perez Reverte's Queen of the South, which is the basis for the USA Network series of the same name and which was also adapted as La Reina del Sur, one of the most popular Spanish-language series ever broadcast by Telemundo.
StoryBy also produces Freeform's Stitchers, which just wrapped production on its third season; and the upcoming Toy Wars based on the book by G. Wayne Miller at Amazon. The book is being adapted by Josh Schwartz and Josh Gad & Ryan Dixon. Schwartz will also serve as showrunner. The series will star Gad and is expected be directed by Seth Gordon who also executive produces. StoryBy partner Braunstein is also Executive Producer of the new TNT series Will.
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, You Me Her and Rogue for DirecTV; the upcoming Sharp Objects, from director Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Amy Adams for HBO; Mary Kills People for Global and Lifetime; Ransom from executive producer Frank Spotnitz for CBS, Global, TF1, RTL; Gap Year for E4 and Hulu; Cardinal starring Billy Campbell for CTV and Hulu; 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.