As co-creator of the Emmy-winning transmedia series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and “Emma Approved,” Bernie Su has demonstrated he has the touch for teen and tween-friendly web video content.
Now, his Canvas Media Studios– which Su co-founded last year with David Tochterman — is taking it to the next level with a deal brokered by New Leaf Literary & Media (one of the producers of Lionsgate’s “Divergent” series) that will have it building a slate of series based on young adult novels by authors repped by the agency.
“We are looking forward to tackling contemporary young adult novels after our previous success with this genre and demographic,” said Tochterman, Canvas Media Studios’ CEO, in a statement. “It’s a great match between New Leaf’s library and Canvas’ brand of creating series franchises for millennial audiences.”
Canvas will lead a team of filmmakers and storytellers to develop the projects for digital and traditional platforms.
Four properties have been optioned for the venture:
“Losing It” series by by Cora Carmack (William Morrow). The story of a 22-year old virgin in her last year of college who decides to finally change her status, but her attempted one-night stand turns disastrous the next morning when she realizes her new theater professor is the guy she had left half-naked in her bed.
“The Nightmare Affair” series by Mindee Arnett (Tor Teen). A half-human, half-Nightmare teenage girl at a supernatural boarding school feeds on the dreams of an alluring boy, only to discover he’s dreaming of a murder — one that comes true.
“Thicker Than Water” by Kelly Fiore (HarperTeen). When an honor student’s star athlete brother is sidelined with an injury, she is forced to enter into a world of drug dealing in an effort to pay for college tuition.
“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevieve Tucholke (Dial Books). A young woman allows a liar with sweet eyes and a mysterious past to board at her family’s crumbling estate and finds herself pulled between love and fear as strange and evil events grip her town.
Joanna Volpe, Suzie Townsend, and Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf brokered the deal on behalf of the authors. Tochterman and Su will executive produce.
Canvas’ recent productions include StyleHaul’s first scripted series “Vanity,” starring Denise Richards and Karrueche Tran, which was sponsored by Maybelline. Last month, Canvas announced it was teaming with Astronauts Wanted to produce the transmedia series “Socio,” a crime thriller created by Su about a 19-year-old tech savant and budding sociopath played by India Eisley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) who, in a “Dexter”-like twist, tracks down monstrous criminals with the help of a morally dubious police detective (Michael Copon, “Dystopia”).