TORONTO, ON (November 30, 2011)—marblemedia and SEVEN24 Films today announced they are co-developing Dark Horse, a multi-platform teen property for YTV, which includes 13 x 60’ live action drama episodes, an online world and mobile interactive elements. Seasoned primetime drama showrunners Shelley Scarrow (Instant Star) and James Hurst (Degrassi: The Next Generation) have joined the project to bring the story to life.
Dark Horse tells the story of Lyla, a rancher’s daughter whose destiny becomes intertwined with Micah, a mysterious outsider who has the unique ability to shape-shift into a wild horse.
“We’re thrilled to be developing this property with such a strong primetime drama team,” says Matt Hornburg, Partner/Executive Producer, marblemedia. “This is a unique opportunity to create a rich, teen-focused story world with our longtime partners at Corus Entertainment and our friends at SEVEN24.”
“This series explores teen coming-of-age themes from a fresh and exciting perspective,” says Jordy Randall, Executive Producer, SEVEN24 Films. “Fans will definitely love the mysterious and magical world we’re creating on TV and online.”
The project development team is supported by SEVEN24’s Jessalyn Coombe (Director of Development) with marble’s Miklos Perlus (Head of Development, Kids & Scripted) and Johnny Kalangis (Creative Director).
International sales and distribution for Dark Horse will be handled by Distribution360.
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About SEVEN24 Films
SEVEN24 Films is one of Canada’s foremost dramatic production companies. Managing Partners Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have created and produced dramatic features, mini-series, series, and television movies for CBC, CTV, CanWest Global, CBS, Lifetime, TNT, ABC Family, BBC, Disney Channel, Warner Brothers, Granada, Focus Features and Mandalay Television. Their efforts have resulted in over 300 hours of prime time dramatic programs, sold in hundreds of territories around the world. Notable SEVEN24 Films projects include: the hit family drama Heartland, the high-stakes conspiracy thriller Burn Up, and the Gemini Award-winning Mayerthorpe.
Founded in 2001 by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg, Toronto-based marblemedia is an award-winning content creation company at the forefront of television and digital media production, devoted to telling stories that entertain and engage audiences across all platforms. marblemedia was named Company of the Year by the Canadian New Media Awards and was recognized by the Hollywood Reporter as a Next Generation Content Producer. Notable marblemedia projects include: the hit preschool series and websites, This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung; the first television series and website in American Sign Language, deafplanet.com; the mobile short film anthology, Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction; Taste Buds, a Gemini Award-winning kids’ cooking and food adventure cross-platform property; the teen competition series The Adrenaline Project; The Dating Guy, a Gemini Award-winning animated comedy and website about the single life of twenty-somethings in the city; Skatoony, North America’s first animated/live-action comedy series that pits tweens and cartoons against each other in competition through frantic, trivia-based rounds; and Splatalot, a hilarious medieval-themed physical game show geared to the 8-12 year-old audience, currently airing on YTV in Canada, the BBC in the U.K. and ABC in Australia. marble’s newest project is What’s in a Name?, a transmedia factual entertainment series and website that takes audiences through the naming of Canada’s most notable people, places and things, currently airing on History Television (Canada).
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