New kids and family entertainment production company Threewise Entertainment has launched with a slate of new projects.
Threewise Entertainment is founded by producer Michael Ford and UK-China producer Luna Luo.
The business says it has launched with a six-figure investment, with plans to close a half-a-million first investment round before the end of 2021.
Threewise’s first live-action children’s adventure series, Taylor’s Island (working title) with Nickelodeon and Fremantle, starts filming on location in Australia this summer.
Conceived by Ford and writing-duo Matthew Cooke and Vincent Lund, the 20 x 22-min series follows the adventures of Taylor and her friends, as they explore the strange happenings on their beautiful island home, whilst searching for her missing uncle.
Threewise has also announced Unlucky Chucky, its first co-production commission with fellow Birmingham-based animation studio, Yamination Studios.
Unlucky Chucky is a 7-11s stop-frame series based on the children’s book The Unluckiest Boy in the World by award-winning children’s author Andrew Norriss, with development funding from the BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund. The 52 x 11′ series is written by Maria O’Loughlin (101 Dalmatian Street), with a UK broadcaster onboard and international sales already underway. Nicola Andrews of Hemisphere Media Consultancy has been appointed to handle pre-sales in LatAm, Australia and New Zealand.
Threewise’s first drama, Freestyle, can currently be found on BBC iPlayer as part of the CBBC Snaps: New Voices, New Stories series. Freestyle is a drama about a young deaf swimmer in the most important race of her life. It was co-created with deaf talent both on and offscreen, and co-written and directed by Deaf director Samuel Dore.
Ford said: “Threewise is always on the lookout for fresh new ideas and two-way international co-productions. We are very excited to be attending next week’s The Children’s Media Conference (CMC) and CMC International Exchange, and are looking forward to meeting and discussing our ambitious ideas with like-minded producers and buyers.”
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