Sun rises for Entertainment One

Sunrise Pictures is pushing into television after partnering with Entertainment One.

The two production companies have signed a new development deal that will see them co-finance and develop one-hour drama scripts for cable.

Joe Dain, head of production for Sunrise Pictures, will be an executive producer alongside Sunrise CEO Peter Schafer and Sunrise head of development Jim Klock. Television projects will be produced under the company’s new banner, Sunrise TV.

As part of the deal, eOne will produce and handle worldwide distribution.

Sunrise Pictures is the independent production and financing company behind films The Whistleblower, the upcoming The Trials of Cate McCall and There’s Always Woodstock.

eOne develops, produces, acquires and distributes television drama including Hell on Wheels on AMC, Rookie Blue on ABC and Shaw Media, Discovery Channel’s first-ever scripted miniseries Klondike, Haven on Syfy, DirecTV’s Rogue, Call Me Fitz on DirecTV and HBO Canada, Saving Hope on CTV, and Bitten on Space.

Source: Entertainment One / Futon Critic