Take 5 Productions and Phase 4 Films Launch New TV Venture, Take 5 Development

Company, to be headed by Brett Burlock, will focus on one-hour scripted dramas.

Take 5 Prods. and Phase 4 Films are joining forces to launch a new Canadian-based TV development company, Take 5 Development, to be headed by Brett Burlock, who most recently served as vp of development at CTV.

The new company will primarily focus on one-hour scripted dramas aimed at the international marketplace, but is considering additional genres to develop a diversified slate, it said.

Toronto-based 5 Prods., founded in 2009 and headed by CEO John Weber, has been involved in the production of such series The Tudors, The Borgias and Camelot and the upcoming World Without End. As the company continues to expand its production business, it’s moving into content creation with an assist from Phase 4 Films, which distributes feature films and special interest content across theatrical and new media platforms in North America.

Phase 4, headed by president and CEO Berry Meyerowitz, is currently handling Kevin Smith’s Canadian tour of Red State. Its recent releases have included the documentaries Vidal Sasoon The Movie, and Valentino: The Last Emperor.

During his stint at CTV, Burlock was involved in such programs as Flashpoint, The Borgias, The Bridge and The Listener.

“For the past few years we have been working with Take 5 Productions to distribute highly successful series,” Meyerowitz said. “We are thrilled to continue this partnership and expand our reach into development.”

The partners said that the new development company will be a writer-focused, promising showrunners “unique partnership opportunities."