Offering a First-of-its-Kind Innovation Model for TV Development
Partnership Empowers Undiscovered Talent to Conceptualize a
60-Minute Science Fiction Series
Los Angeles, California—May 10, 2017—Tongal, the world’s largest independent creative network, is joining forces with production and television distribution company Dynamic Television, to launch an incubator to develop a television drama series. Today the two companies announced their partnership, which will kick off with Nextopia, a project to open source a science fiction drama concept via Tongal’s platform for Dynamic Television to produce for broadcast and cable networks.
Dynamic Television is the distributor of the popular series Z Nation, Wynonna Earp and Van Helsing, as well as the hit European drama Trapped. Now, the production and distribution company is working with Tongal to expand from a linear development model to an exponential one, with “Nextopia” serving as its first initiative.
Starting today, writers from around the world can submit story ideas for a series that explores how evil and the dark side of humanity evolve in a not too distant future where technological advancements have created a near-utopian society. The challenge for the creatives is to imagine the conflict that will evolve in this world through innovative points of view. At the completion of the project, Tongal and Dynamic Television will arrive at three treatments via their collaboration with the Creative Community. Tongal and Dynamic Television will then pitch the project to experienced showrunners and present to their network partners to bring those treatments to series.
“Tongal’s core belief is that brilliant people are everywhere and that breakthrough ideas come from embracing open innovation and new talent. Our partnership with Dynamic Television allows us to replicate what we’ve done in short form content and advertising for long form entertainment,” said James DeJulio, Co-Founder and President of Tongal. “Being open allows the needle in haystack to find you, and from the moment I met Dan, it was clear he was just the type of producer to see it first.”
“Tongal’s innovations have positively disrupted and influenced a massive industry, and now we are excited to apply those tools to our never-ending task of developing great stories,” said Daniel March, Managing Partner of Dynamic Television. “The partnership’s goals are ambitious, to not only crowd source great ideas but to then to crowd source an audience that can launch a series.”
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About Dynamic Television:
Dynamic Television is a production, financing and distribution company with a global strategy to bring premium television programming to worldwide audiences. Dynamic recently delivered Madiba,an epic six-part mini-series starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela, as well as Orlando Jones, David Harewood and Michael Nyqvist. Dynamic Television also distributes Hulu’s longest running hit original series, East Los High, and is currently executive producing and distributing season 2 of the critically-acclaimed crime series Trapped, created by award winning filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur and filmed in Iceland. Additionally, Dynamic is distributing the Syfy series, Wynonna Earp, with season 2 set to premiere on June 9th, the hit Syfy series Z Nation, in production on its fourth season, and Van Helsing, from showrunner Neil LaBute, now in production on season 2.
Dynamic’s partners include BBC, BSkyB, Universal Networks, TF1, M6, Canal+, France Televisions, RTL2, ZDF, Sony Networks, Turner Networks, Lifetime Networks, Fox International Networks, Telenet, NBC Universal, Viasat, SBS Networks, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and many more.
Tongal has pioneered a new model for creating content, powered by a global network of 120,000 professional creatives and a proprietary development platform. Tongal develops content strategies and produces video people want to see across every platform, including TV commercials, social and digital campaigns, and original entertainment for innovative brands like LEGO, Nestle, Mattel, NASA, Unilever, General Motors and more. The private company is headquartered in Santa Monica and is backed by Insight Venture Partners. More information can be found at www.tongal.com/business