IBC 2015: Canadian Film Center, eOne launch content development initiative


Michelle Clancy

| 14 September 2015

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Entertainment One (eOne) have created the CFC / eOne TV Adaptation Lab, an initiative to workshop and develop pilot scripts based off of underlying literary works and creative properties with strong adaptation potential for a television series.

Set to begin in Toronto in spring 2016, the Adaptation Lab will focus on the creative concept process, exploring the television form and sharing best practices in adapting content. It's open to Canadian content creators who own the rights to their creative properties, including comedy, theatre, stand up, novels, novellas, graphic novels, short stories, zines, Web series and video games

Throughout the Lab, selected properties and creators will receive support in developing pilot scripts, on an individual basis, with top-level professionals and international experts, as well as access to a select number of case studies to explore different approaches and opportunities for adapting material to television. With a hands-on approach, the Lab is designed to help participants gain perspective and insights into the adaptation process, while considering which course of action might best serve their properties and set them on an accelerated course for series development.

"Producers and broadcasters around the world are setting new standards of excellence in adapting a variety of creative properties into innovative television series of outstanding quality and originality," said John Morayniss, CEO at eOne Television. "We are thrilled to be partnering with the CFC to accelerate the development of great television content creation in Canada and ultimately bring three world-class projects to life."