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    EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed to represent screen rights for After, a serialized story by Anna Todd that has become the most followed literary property published by Wattpad, an online community in which writers tell stories chapter by chapter. According to Wattpad general manager Candice Faktor, the three-part series After has been clicked on by more than 500 million. Factor described the site as "a writer and reader community to collaborate and share nonfiction, fiction and…

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    The Producers Guild of America handed out its Digital Visionaries awards Friday night, recognizing nine notable organizations and the people behind them for using technology to advance the ways stories are told. “These are the top Hollywood people who are ultra-forward thinking in their vision of telling stories,” said Marc Scarpa, co-chair with Shawn Gold of the committee selecting the award winners. “We’re about pushing the medium forward.” Producer/Writer/Director…

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    EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to After, a novel by first-time author Anna Todd that has been the breakout hit of Wattpad, the online community of readers and writers where books are published a chapter at a time. Todd’s novel originated as a serialized three-part series that Toronto-based Wattpad says has accumulated more than 1 billion reads. Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce through their Offspring Entertainment banner. Their…

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    EXCLUSIVE: UTA is going all in on Wattpad, leveraging the success of its repping of the reader/writer community’s breakout novel After by inking a deal to represent the platform for film, TV, digital, and licensing and partnerships. Wattpad’s 40 million monthly users read, create and share serialized stories. In April 2014, UTA made a deal to rep After, Wattpad’s breakout novel by first-time author Anna Todd. That led to the agency brokering a movie rights deal with Paramo…


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    Turner’s TNT and TBS are partnering with Wattpad, an online community for users to share original stories, with M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales From The Crypt horror programming set as their first project. The partnership is designed to give Wattpad’s 45 million users the opportunity to have their stories adapted for the networks for TV, digital and/or mobile platforms. Beginning with the Tales from the Crypt horror block, slated to premiere next year, TNT, TBS and Wattpad…

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    Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, and Universal Cable Productions are teaming to develop original content for TV. Under the deal, UCP will produce projects — determined by custom data and insights gleaned from Wattpad's 2.3 million monthly storytellers and research — across multiple categories including mystery/thriller, teen, science fiction, action and general fiction. “At UCP we're always looking for ways to find untapped…

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    Wattpad Studios, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, is expanding with the hires of two execs in newly created positions: Eric Lehrman as head of content development and production and Abby Ho as head of stars. "Wattpad Studios is predicated on helping our amazing storytellers — the Wattpad Stars — grow their careers and realize their dreams by working with the entertainment and publishing industries," said Head of Wattpad Studios Aron…


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    Fullscreen and Wattpad are partnering on FANtasies, a 10-episode scripted anthology series produced by New Form, set to premiere June 22 on Fullscreen. In the first-of-its kind collaboration, Fullscreen will select fanfiction from Wattpad and other social platforms, and adapt it into an immersive narrative starring the talent who inspired the story. Stories will be drawn from a variety of genres including a musical romance, a pregnancy comedy, and a found footage horror…

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    EXCLUSIVE: A digital pilot adaptation of the viral supernatural romance stories Cupid's Match is being developed by Tongal and Wattpad for CW Seed, the companies announced today, putting out a call for filmmakers to pitch how they would bring the viral tale to series. Tongal, the Santa Monica-based global network of 120,000 professional creatives and a proprietary development platform, develops content strategies and produces video. Wattpad is a Toronto-based…

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    In yet another Hollywood foray into exploring online content for transformation into film and television, Toronto’s Wattpad Studios has entered into a content partnership with Entertainment One (eOne), the independent studio behind television hits The Walking Dead and Designated Survivor. Under the deal, original television, feature film, and virtual reality projects will be sourced for development from the 400 million story uploads on social storyteller Wattpad, with the…


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    With Lionsgate’s coming-of-age drama Wonder opening in theaters on November 17, the studio has teamed with creative network Tongal and entertainment company Wattpad for the #ChooseKind campaign in which three films were developed to promote kindness. Today, Tongal unveiled the heartwarming — and tear-jerking — shorts: The Fuzzy Spark (which can be watched above), Roadside Assistance, and Please Recycle. They were released across brand channels on Facebook, leading up to Wo…

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    Broadening its relationship with online storytelling community Wattpad, Komixx Entertainment has optioned worldwide screen rights to Ali Novak's My Life With The Walter Boys. The YA novel has more than 67M reads on Wattpad where it was originally published when Novak was 15. It was later published in print by Sourcebooks. A coming-of-age tale, My Life With The Walter Boys features prim and proper 16-year-old Jackie Howard whose world is turned upside down by a freak…

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    A group of investors have placed yet another big bet on Wattpad, a Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and other material. BDC, Kickstart Ventures, Peterson Group, and Raine Group are among the latest backers, investing $51 million in Wattpad. The money will be used to expand the available content into more formats and improve on the machine learning that matches it with consumers. To date, Wattpad has raised $117.8 million…


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    What if myths were real? This Valentine’s Day is going to be a little different for 17-year-old Lila Black. She’s getting paired up with a certain cherubic archer in the pilot of Cupid’s Match, which will launch February 14 on The CW’s digital network CW Seed. Watch the exclusive first trailer above. Written by Lauren Palphreyman and hailing from Tongal, the CW and WattpadCupid’s Match stars Michel Janse as Lila, a high school student who finds herself in a supernatural…

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    EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Katarina E. Tonks's story series Death Is My BFF, which bowed via Wattpad, the Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and other material. Paul Shapiro, who brought the project to Sony, will executive produce under his All In Media banner, along with Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman. Tonks's Death Is My BFF series of stories have more than 92 million reads to date on…

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    Hulu has made a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Light as a Feather, from AwesomenessTV, Wattpad and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet (Girlfriends). The supernatural thriller is based on a story by Zoe Aarsen that has more than 2.9M reads on Wattpad. Created by Lee Fleming Jr., Light as a Feather follows five teenage girls as they deal with the supernatural fallout stemming from an innocent game of "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board." When the girls start dying off in…

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    Wattpad, the Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and original IP, is heading to Germany after striking a development and production deal with Bavaria Fiction. This comes after numerous deals with Hollywood studio partners including Sony Pictures Television and eOne and broadcasters such as Hulu and Netflix. The deal will give Bavaria Fiction, which is a joint venture between Bavaria Film and ZDF Enterprises, access to more than a million…