Sony Footage Tv will comb by means of Wattpad’s 500 million tales for the subsequent potential breakout leisure property.
SPT entered right into a co-production cope with Wattpad for unique TV programming, giving Sony a primary have a look at new Wattpad tales. The businesses plan to work collectively to establish and develop standard tales shared on Wattpad platform. The deal, introduced Wednesday, might be overseen by Eric Lehrman, Wattpad’s head of content material growth and manufacturing.
In accordance with Wattpad, 70 million month-to-month customers interact with tales throughout all genres — producing billions of knowledge factors each day about fan interactions. Wattpad has created what it calls Story DNA Machine Studying expertise to establish new mental property and storytellers which have essentially the most potential.
The deal’s announcement follows information final month that Sony Footage Tv, Wattpad and Greg Silverman’s Stampede are creating “Dying Is My BFF” for Syfy. The “Dying is My BFF” collection, penned by Katerina E. Tonks, has greater than 62 million reads up to now on Wattpad. Lindsey Rosin (“Merciless Intentions”) has been tapped to adapt it for tv.
Wattpad is represented by UTA, which helped dealer the cope with Sony Footage Tv.
“Wattpad has solidified itself as a robust platform to establish new content material, spot rising developments and assist Wattpad creators transition IP into movie and tv,” stated said UTA Head of Rising Platforms, Oren Rosenbaum. “This new partnership with Sony will competitively place each firms within the ever altering content material ecosystem.”
Added Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios, “The tales and various voices on Wattpad should be heard everywhere in the world. And our partnership with Sony does simply that: bringing Wattpad tales to new and current followers everywhere in the planet.’
Wattpad additionally has a growth cope with Common Cable Productions, first introduced in 2016. The UCP pact has resulted in a number of initiatives arrange on the studio and others bought to networks, together with “Expiration Date,” a pilot at the moment capturing with Syfy.
Internationally, Wattpad is at the moment working with iflix on 26 unique movies, Bavaria Fiction, Huayi Brothers Korea, and eOne.
As well as, Wattpad produces “Mild as a Feather” with Viacom’s Awesomeness and Grammnet for Hulu, with Season 2 in manufacturing and slated to debut this summer time. Netflix’s romance film “The Kissing Sales space” began on Wattpad, the place it accrued 19 million reads, and “After,” based mostly on Anna Todd’s One Route-inspired YA romance story and subsequent best-selling novel, is at the moment in theaters.
In accordance with Wattpad, up to now nearly 1,000 tales posted on the service have been tailored into books, TV exhibits, movies, or digital initiatives. Based in 2006, Wattpad traders embody China’s Tencent Holdings. BDC, Globe Telecom’s Kickstart Ventures, Peterson Group, and Raine Group.