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Drama Awards 2019

eOne to open up Wattpad

International producer and distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has partnered with online storytelling community Wattpad to source new content.

Jocelyn Hamilton

As part of the pact, television, feature film and virtual reality (VR) projects will be sourced for development from uploads on Wattpad, which claims some 60 million members globally.

Wattpad said it would “curate standout IP” for worldwide exploitation by eOne, which has a catalogue of programming that includes The Walking Dead, companion series Fear the Walking Dead and ABC’s Designated Survivor.

The site claims to have more than 2.5 million monthly writers and has previously agreed deals with media firms such as Turner-owned US cablenets TNT and TBS.

Aron Levitz

“Wattpad stories are adored around the world, and our passionate users spend billions of minutes each month reading on, and engaging with, our platform,” said Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios.

“We look forward to working with the talented team at Wattpad to find standout ideas that have resonated with the passionate Wattpad community,” added Jocelyn Hamilton, president, Canada, eOne Television.

“The powerful data and insights from Wattpad will allow us to tap into the new generation of authors and gives us early access to captivating proven stories and characters.”

Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios, will speak at C21’s Content London event, which takes place November 27-29 in London.

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