Sony Pictures Television is getting into business with Komixx Entertainment, the company behind forthcoming Netflix YA drama The Kissing Booth. The Hollywood studio has struck a multi-project deal to co-develop and co-produce projects based on IP for young-adult audiences.
The deal marks Sony’s first foray into YA content and the two companies have already started working on their first two projects. They are developing a ten-part TV series based on Cherub an action adventure series based on the books by Robert Muchamore, a ten-part series based on Ali Novak’s My Life With the Walter Boys, which is described as One Tree Hill-meets-Parenthood, and a digital series based on Kelly Anne Blount’s kidnap story Captured.
The two companies will now start talks with international broadcasters and streaming services on these series with more planned over the coming months.
Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, SPT, said, “There is so much rich content in the marketplace written and published by adults and teens themselves. The number of young-adult book titles has more than doubled in the last decade and the popularity of self-publishing sites, like Wattpad, have created a surge in original young-adult content. It’s an excellent time to be adapting these characters and stories for video. We look forward to partnering with the expert team at Komixx on our first venture into this exciting genre.”
Andrew Cole-Bulgin, Group CCO and Head of Film and TV at Komixx Entertainment added, “We’re at a turning point in the development of new and thrilling content for young adult audiences. Generation Z want to see drama that represents their point of view and comes from a place they can identify with. As a production company, we’ve come to understand the best places to source IP that speaks directly to them. This deal represents a big step forward for both Komixx and Sony Pictures Television in developing the most compelling young adult IP for TV and film, and we’re very excited for the future of the partnership.”