Canvas Media gets creative with teen lit series

David Tochterman and Bernie Su's digital studio has optioned four stories for distribution across digital and traditional platforms.
March 22, 2016

Canvas Media Studios, the digital studio launched by Emmy-winning creator Bernie Su and David Tochterman, will develop a slate of young adult stories following a deal with literary agent, New Leaf Literary & Media.

Under the deal, Canvas will lead a team of filmmakers and storytellers to develop four stories for digital and traditional distribution. The optioned properties include:

  • Losing it by Cora Carmack. The series follows a 22-year old virgin in her last year of college as she looks to change her status. Her attempted one-night stand turns disastrous the next morning when she realizes her new theatre professor is the guy she had left half naked in her bed. Published by William Morrow, the series is a New York Times & USA Today bestseller with nearly one million copies sold to date.
  • The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett. A teen-skewing series set at a supernatural boarding school where a teenage girl who is half-human and half-Nightmare feeds on the dreams of an alluring boy, only to discover he’s dreaming of a murder (that comes true). Published by Tor Teen.
  • Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore. The story follows what happens to an honor student when her star athlete brother is sidelined with an injury, forcing her to enter into a world of drug dealing in an effort to pay for college tuition.
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  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (and its sequel Between the Spark and The Burn) by April Genevieve Tucholke. The story follow a young woman who allows a crooked-smiling liar with sweet eyes and a mysterious past to board at her family’s crumbling estate and finds herself pulled between love and fear as strange and evil events grip

    her town. Published by Dial Books.

The project follows Canvas’s recent work on youth-targeted digital programming, including StyleHaul’s first scripted series, Vanity, with Denise Richards and Karrueche Tran, which was sponsored by Maybelline, and a recently announced project, Socio, starring India Eisley, which will be produced in partnership with Astronauts Wanted.

Su, pictured, a creator, writer, director and producer, also won a PrimeTime Emmy in 2013 for his work on the web-series Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Joanna Volpe, Suzie Townsend, and Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf brokered the deal on behalf of the authors. Tochterman and Su are attached as executive producers.


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