The Canadian production company Corus Entertainment is opening a new production company for live action content based on books.
Corus, a successful entertainment company with global scope, says it has signed an overall deal with writer-producer Jeff Norton (pictured above) to lead the studio, which will adapt book-based IP aimed at a mainly younger audience.
The move comes as Corus signs an agreement with the British producer Dominion of Drama, which already specializes in screen adaptations of novels and children’s stories. Norton is the founder of Dominion, and brings his deep experience to the role at Corus.
The production will be done through Waterside Studios, which will act as an incubator of book-based intellectual property, and will develop those stories into live-action series or films for youth and primetime audiences.
The studio will also focus on adapting children’s books, working in partnership with Corus’s Nelvana studio, which already has deep experience and global connections in the world of children’s entertainment. Nelvana is also known as one of the world’s top studios for development of classic books or kid-oriented IP like Clifford The Big Red Dog, the Babar series, Max and Ruby, Care Bears, and many more.