- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Flipboard
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Tumblr
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
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.”
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
Neil Patrick Harris Says Filming for ‘Uncoupled’ Season 2 Is “on Pause” Due to Writers Strike
Writers Guild Members Get Candid About What Makes This Writers Strike Different Than Previous Ones: “We’re Mad”
The Good Fight
Script to Scene: ‘The Good Fight’ Scribes Detail the Paramount+ Drama’s Final Moments
The Good Wife
Hollywood Flashback: ‘The Good Wife’ Won Showrunners Robert and Michelle King Their First Case
Sydney Sweeney Says Two Family Members Turned Off ‘Euphoria’ and “Walked Out” of the Room