Canada's eOne, Amaze Film + Television Sign First Look Deal

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The expanded partnership follows the Canadian producers pacting on the Jason Priestley-starring TV comedy "Call Me Fitz."

TORONTO – Amaze Film + Television, the Canadian producer behind the Jason Priestley-starrer Call Me Fitz, has signed a first-look deal with Entertainment One.

eOne, which co-produces the dark comedy for DIRECTV in the U.S. and The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada, closed the exclusive three year pact to develop and produce original projects with Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther’s production shingle.

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"Teza and Michael are exceptionally talented producers and we’re delighted to expand upon our already successful relationship with them and Amaze,” said eOne's Margaret O’Brien, president, Canada and COO.

eOne will handle the worldwide distribution rights for Amaze Film + Television film and TV projects.

The first look deal is the latest for eOne after earlier pacting with Armyan Bernstein's Beacon Pictures to make scripted TV and digital content across all genres.

The indie studio is looking for content to drive through its expanding distribution pipeline, which includes series like The Walking Dead and The Red Road.

The eOne and Amaze venture builds on their partnership for Call Me Fitz, which was created and showrun by Sheri Elwood and airs in more than 80 countries around the world.

"Amaze has enjoyed a long standing relationship with eOne that started over a decade ago with our partnership with Peter Emerson and Oasis International,” said Teza Lawrence in a statement Thursday.

Amaze is developing a host of projects currently, including comedies, one hour dramas and digital content.

eOne's produced series include AMC's Hell on Wheels, Discovery Channel’s Klondike, co-produced by Discovery and Nomadic Pictures, in association with Scott Free Television, and ABC's Rookie Blue.