ENTERTAINMENT ONE AND SUNRISE PICTURES ANNOUNCE NEW TV DEVELOPMENT DEAL
New banner, Sunrise TV, will co-finance and develop pilot scripts for cable
Los Angeles, CA - August 6, 2013 - In the latest push to expand its production business, Sunrise Pictures and Entertainment One (eOne) today announced a new television development deal in which the two companies will co-finance and develop pilot scripts primarily for the one-hour dramatic cable space. eOne will produce and handle worldwide distribution.
"We are very excited to be working with eOne as our company moves forward into the television platform space. We couldn't think of a better partnership and collaboration to help us enter into this new frontier," noted Peter Schafer, CEO of Sunrise Pictures.
"We're delighted to be in business with Peter and the creative team at Sunrise," said John Morayniss, CEO Entertainment One Television. "This new venture supports eOne's commitment to dramatic programming, like The Walking Dead and Haven, and we're looking forward to expanding our portfolio with more compelling content for US and global audiences."
Joe Dain, Head of Production for Sunrise Pictures, negotiated the deal and will act as Executive Producer alongside Schafer and Sunrise Head of Development, Jim Klock. Television projects will be produced under the company's new banner, Sunrise TV.
Sunrise Pictures is the independent production and financing company behind films the The Whistleblower (Rachel Weisz), the upcoming The Trials of Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) and There's Always Woodstock (Brittany Snow, Jason Ritter). The company is also preparing to shoot a reality series following the life and career of three time Grammy Award Nominated singer/songwriter and actress, Maria Conchita Alonso. The show will be targeted to the Latin market.
eOne develops, produces, acquires, distributes programming across all genres including Hell on Wheels on AMC; Rookie Blue on ABC and Shaw Media; Discovery Channel's first-ever scripted mini-series Klondike, co-produced by Discovery, eOne, and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Television; Haven on Syfy, Shaw Media and Universal Networks International; Rogue, DIRECTV's first original scripted series starring Thandie Newton; Call Me Fitz on DIRECTV and HBO Canada; Saving Hope on CTV; and Bitten on Space. The group also handles distribution of AMC's The Walking Dead. Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne's original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key US networks and international pay TV channels.
About Sunrise Pictures:
Sunrise Pictures, LLC is an independently owned and operated production company. Sunrise Pictures develops, acquires and finances a diverse slate of television and feature film projects. Their private equity resources combined with physical production knowledge provides the company access across all facets of the entertainment industry.
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, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.