CBC puts five podcasts into television development

First Generation Films, Sienna Films and 3Arts Entertainment are among the prodcos adapting original CBC podcasts for the screen.
August 15, 2019

Canadian pubcaster CBC has unveiled its first major play in the podcast adaptation space, inking television development deals with a number of Canadian and U.S. prodcos for five original audio properties.

Anchoring CBC’s trio of unscripted television adaptations is the true-crime podcast Uncover: The Village, which Montreal prodco Noble Television is adapting as a docuseries. The podcast examines two waves of unsolved murders, separated by 40 years, in Toronto’s Gay Village.

Meanwhile, the humorous self-improvement podcast Personal Best is being developed as an unscripted series by California-based 3Arts Entertainment. The audio property is described as one that “helps ordinary people work through the little things they’d never bring to a life coach and celebrates small ambitions, half-wins, and getting less bad at things.” Last year Personal Best was named among Vulture and TIME Magazine‘s lists of best podcasts.

Tai Asks Why, a podcast that sees an exceptional 12-year-old boy interview everyone from his younger brother to NASA experts, is being developed as an unscripted series by LA’s Irwin Entertainment.

CBC has also inked development deals to adapt two scripted series: First Generation Films adapting the TV version of CBC’s most-downloaded podcast, Someone Knows Something, and Sienna Films is developing a scripted adaptation of Alone: A Love Story.

A number of other Canadian companies have been experimenting in the podcast-to-TV space for a number of years. Among them is eOne, which launched its own podcast network in 2017. As well, Bell Media last year commissioned a Crave original series, Much Studios Presents: Mike On Much, based on the Much Studios podcast Mike On Much. Corus Entertainment has a sales partnership with The Podcast Exchange (TPX).

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