EXCLUSIVE: NPR has inked a deal with Bungalow | Storied Media Group to represent it for feature film and TV development, finance and distribution. The nonprofit is the latest media outlet to join up with Bungalow | SMG, which already reps the likes of the New York Times, 60 Minutes, Smithsonian Enterprises, New York Magazine, Emmis Publishing, the McClatchy Newspaper Group and The New Republic.
This marks the first time NPR has aligned itself with a rep in the Hollywood community which regularly mines magazine and newspaper stories. They will try to do the same with NPR’s archives to create films and TV series for global audiences.
“For decades, NPR has been the place to go to listen to the best reporting, podcasts and stories in radio. As one the most trusted brands in America, we are confident NPR branded content will now also produce tremendous content for the big and small screen. We are excited to get started,” said SMG president Todd Hoffman.
Added Emma Carrasco, NPR chief marketing officer SVP Audience Development: “This is a terrific opportunity for NPR’s storytelling and journalists to reach a broader audience and we look forward to working together to create some great projects.”
Bunglow’s credits include producing the Clive Owen-starrer The Confirmation penned by Bob Nelson which bowed last month via Saban Films. Its first documentary, We The People: The Market Basket Effect, is in New England theaters now. On the TV side, it has the unscripted series 36 Hours at Travel Channel; the half-hour scripted comedy Highston from Nelson, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris picked up to series at Amazon; and its first network pilot APB for 21th Century Fox TV and Fox.
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