SHAFTESBURY LANDS NEW TWEEN SERIES DO-OVER
FROM HANNAH MONTANA CREATOR MICHAEL PORYES
Shaftesbury and ZDF Enterprises to manage global distribution
Los Angeles/Cannes (MIPCOM), October 8, 2012 – (Virtual Press Office) -- In a deal out of the company's U.S. office in Los Angeles, Shaftesbury today announced that it has landed Do-Over, the new tween series from Hannah Montana and That's So Raven co-creator Michael Poryes. The half-hour series focuses on a 15-year-old aspiring songwriter who has the enviable ability to "do-over" events in her life as many times as she'd like. Shaftesbury and ZDF Enterprises will manage distribution of the series.
"We're incredibly excited to be working with the creator of some of the industry's most successful series for tween audiences," said Tom Mazza, Co-Head, Shaftesbury U.S. "We believe Michael may have found the next Hannah Montana with Do-Over."
"Tweens and teens love the truth, really love to laugh and absolutely hate to be talked down to," said Poryes. "Do-Over is a smart comedy that raises the teen series bar by treating them with the respect they so deserve while giving them a sitcom where the humor and fun is always based on real life."
Fred Burcksen, ZDF Enterprises' VP Sales, Merchandising and Coproductions, adds: "We have a long-standing experience in the worldwide distribution of live action series. Without any doubt, Do-Over will be an international success and we are very proud to partner with Shaftesbury for this series."
Do-Over follows the story of Reggie Nichols, a 15-year-old aspiring songwriter who just happens to have a special talent: she was born with the ability to turn the clock back five minutes and redo things she's said or done. This sounds like every teenager's dream come true, except that more often than not, a do-over makes things go from bad to worse, to better, to not so good, to the inevitable compromises we all make in life. Reggie comes to realize her ability is a double-edged sword, and that no matter how many chances she has, nothing is perfect in life and there is balance everything. In each episode, her frustrations and discoveries will culminate in the performance of an original song that is inspired by her experiences.
Michael Poryes is an executive producer and writer for television best known for co-creating the two hit Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana and That's So Raven. Poryes also created and serves as executive producer on the YTV global hit series Life With Boys. A four-time Emmy nominee, Poryes has written more than 300 television episodes for Disney and for such legendary shows as Roseanne, Saved by the Bell, Cybill, Veronica's Closet, Who's the Boss and The Facts of Life.
Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator, producer and distributor of original content for television and multiple platforms in more than 120 countries worldwide. Recent productions include four seasons of The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels; five seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment with a sixth in production for CBC; and Ken Finkleman's comedy series Good God. Shaftesbury's slate of programming for kids and families includes the global hit series Life with Derek and its movie follow up, Vacation with Derek. Shaftesbury's divisions include digital media group Smokebomb Entertainment, creating original multiplatform content such as Totally Amp'd and State of Syn as well as companion experiences for Shaftesbury's broadcast properties; Shaftesbury Factual, focusing on non-fiction storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres; Shaftesbury Sales Company, managing international sales and distribution; and Shaftesbury U.S., the company's Los Angeles-based development division. www.shaftesbury.ca
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About ZDF Enterprises
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.
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