New Form Digital announced the release of eight new scripted pilots from its Incubator Series 3 at the MIPTV Digital Fronts today in Cannes, France.
Launched in July 2014, New Form’s Incubator program has yielded 10 series orders to date. The first round of Incubator pilots included Sawyer Hartman’s “The Parallax Theory” and PJ Liguori’s “Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures,” which were picked up as series for Vimeo On Demand. The second spawned series for Verizon’s Go90 (Emily Diana Ruth’s “Cold”) and YouTube Red (Wong Fu Productions’ “Single by 30”). New Form is also producing series for other platforms YouTube Red and CW’s The Seed.
“The Incubator Series has been tremendously successful way for us to develop creators and their ideas into finished pilots,” said New Form Digital chief creative officer Kathleen Grace in a statement. “We give these creators the tools and guidance to do their best work. Distributors have responded. We expect the same successes in greenlights on these pilots.”
New Form Digital was founded in the spring of 2014 as an independent venture backed by Discovery Communications, Imagine Films chairmen Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and co-chairman Michael Rosenberg, attorney Craig Jacobson, former Tribune Broadcasting president Ed Wilson, former William Morris chief Jim Wiatt and CAA. The company’s goal is to create high-quality, scripted, cinematic stories for the social media generation and the platforms they favor, rather than merely make content that mimics the best of YouTube or aspires to be broadcast TV.
New Form’s Incubator Series 3 pilots are as follows:
“Final Space” (pictured) An animated action-adventure comedy that follows an intergalactic security guard named Gary who makes it his quest to protect Mooncake — his new alien friend with hidden powers that, in the wrong hands, could be used to destroy worlds — from imperial bounty hunters.
“Friend Like Me.” Dumped by his girlfriend, Toby banishes his childhood genie turned freeloading roommate Gene — a decision he quickly regrets. Starring Chris Kendall, Bertie Gilbert, Thomas Ridgewell and Andrea Valls.
“Phantom Nights.” Nine years after his twin brother went missing at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In, theater worker Geoff Ryder discovers footage of his missing brother hidden in 50-year-old film canisters.
“The Pick Up Sticks.” Four messy, dysfunctional, twenty-something actors try to keep their heads above water off-screen while playing squeaky-clean teens on a hit children’s show. Starring Natalie Lander, Michelle Glavan, Matthew Moy and Brando Eaton.
“Hacks.” Computer security programmer Brian Thomas discovers his employers are up to no good, so he decides to take the information public and go into hiding. But his plans go awry when his roommate Lucy forgets her promise to take his hard drive filled with evidence to the press.
“Intricate Vengeance.” Four crime victims form an anonymous organization dedicated to producing real-life revenge fantasies for justice-starved clients. Starring Luke Cook, Wilson Cleveland, Meghan Tonjes, Vincent Cyr, Brianne Davis and Ricky Russert.
“The Ministry.” Writer Henry Wallace is asked by his ex-lover to save her from the dubious religious organization The Ministry. There’s only one problem: the people at The Ministry really love his work.
“Welcome Back.” Taylor returns home from a mental institution and quickly finds herself stuck at a welcome back party full of people only she can see. With the help of her friend Harper, she tries to free herself from the shackles of her own mind. Starring Chrissy Chambers.
Other recent New Form series include the sci-fi drama “The Fourth Door,” which debuted on Go90 in October, and “Mr. Student Body President,” currently shooting in Los Angeles. The cast of the latter features a mix of traditional and digital talent including Jeremy Shada (“Adventure Time”); YouTubers Arden Rose, Lohanthany, Meghan Rienks, and Grace Helbig (“The Grace Helbig Show”), Viners Jason Nash and Gabriel Conte, as well as actors Christina Moore (“90210”), Leon Thomas (“Victorious”) and Haley Pullos (“General Hospital”). It will debut on a digital platform TBD in 2016.