According to Variety, Canvas Media Studios have option the adaptation rights to Cora Carmack’s Losing It, The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett, Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore, and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. The studio is aiming for a digital series. You can read the full scoop below.
Startup Canvas Media Studios has teamed with New Leaf Literary & Media, the agency that reps Veronica Roth (Divergent series), to build a slate of digital series based on four young-adult novels by New Leaf clients.
Titles covered under the deal include Cora Carmacks Losing It, about a 22-year-old virgin in her last year of college who decides to finally change her status, which has sold nearly 1 million copies to date.
The four properties under the deal are Carmacks Losing It series (William Morrow); Mindee Arnetts The Nightmare Affair series (Tor Teen), set at a supernatural boarding school; Kelly Fiores Thicker Than Water (HarperTeen), about an honor student who resorts to selling drugs in an effort to pay for college tuition; and gothic romance-horror novels Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and sequel Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke.
Canvas Media will lead a team of filmmakers and storytellers to develop these properties for digital and traditional platforms.
The L.A.-based studio was formed last year by David Tochterman, who most recently was a digital strategy consultant for PBS, ABC and Starz, and Bernie Su, a writer-director-producer whose past projects include the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved and Frankenstein MD for PBS Digital.
We are looking forward to tackling contemporary young adult novels after our previous success with this genre and demographic, said Tochterman, Canvas Medias CEO. Its a great match between New Leafs library and Canvas brand of creating series franchises for millennial audiences.
Recent Canvas productions include StyleHauls first scripted series, Vanity, with Denise Richards and Karrueche Tran, sponsored by Maybelline, and the recently announced Socio starring India Eisley, which will be produced in partnership with Judy McGraths Astronauts Wanted.
Joanna Volpe, Suzie Townsend, and Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf brokered the deal on behalf of the authors. Tochterman and Su will serve as executive producers on behalf of Canvas Media Studios.