City Original Series Seed Licensed to The CW Network by Entertainment One
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TORONTO/LOS ANGELES (September 10, 2013) – City and leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) confirmed today that Season 1 of the original comedy series Seed has been picked up by The CW Network (The CW) for broadcast in the United States. Commissioned by Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media, the deal with the CW for the City original series was made by Carrie Stein, eOne’s EVP, Global Productions.
With production scheduled to begin fall 2013, City has ordered an additional 13 episodes from Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment. Additional details to be announced at a later date.
“City has always believed in Seed, and the partnership with eOne and The CW is a true testament to the incredibly talented creators, crew, and performers who bring this series to life,” said Claire Freeland. “We’re excited to introduce the hilarious and original stories of this quirky family to American viewers.”
“Seed was one of the first projects I read when I joined eOne a year ago,” said Carrie Stein. “I read the first five scripts in one sitting and thought it was a funny, sophisticated, and high-concept comedy which was sure to attract a U.S. partner. We are thrilled to have The CW on board for this first-rate comedy!”
From the creative team of Joseph Raso (Zombies & Cheerleaders) and award-winning writer/producer Mark Farrell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, Corner Gas), Seed tells the story of Harry (Adam Korson), a single, underachieving bachelor/bartender who reluctantly begins a relationship with three unique and separate recipient families – a laid-back lesbian couple with a nine-year-old son, a neurotically hopeful single mom-to-be, and an uptight, upper-class family with a rebellious teenage daughter – with whom he’ll come to share more than just his DNA.
Seed is produced by Force Four Entertainment. The Force Four production team includes Supervising Producer Paula J. Smith (Less Than Kind) and Producer/Line Producer Karen Wentzell (Trailer Park Boys). From Rogers Media, Claire Freeland is director of original programming, Hayden Mindell is director of programming, and Scott Moore is president of broadcast. Entertainment One handles the worldwide media rights and has already successfully sold the series in a number of territories.
About Entertainment One
The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
About Force Four Entertainment Inc.
Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment Inc. began operations in 1983, and has now grown into one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies. Force Four has produced more than 300 hours of prime-time broadcast programming, earning accolades on the national and international stage. The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, documentary, and scripted programming that is sold and aired around the world. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and more than 25 Gemini nominations, and is owned by President Rob Bromley, Executive Producer John Ritchie, and Director of Business Affairs Gillian Lowrey. For more information, visit www.forcefour.com.
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Stephanie Perron, City, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416.764.3253
Pam Wilson, eOne, email@example.com, 310.849.7303