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Folktellers in Royal Oak signs TV series production team


“Folktellers: Extracts from a Series of Unknown Guides” will be turned into a television series. // Image courtesy of Folktellers

Film veterans Peter Mohan and Vanessa Shapiro have teamed up with author Josef Bastian, founder of Folktellers in Royal Oak, to present on television his award-winning and acclaimed fantasy book series for young adults, “Folktellers: Excerpts from a series of unknown guides “.

Mohan, an award-winning writer and producer whose credits include “Orphan Black” for BBC America, “The Hardy Boys” for Hulu, “The Listener” for FOX / ION / CTV and “Mutant X” for Tribune, will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Former Gaumont executive Shapiro (El Presidente of Amazon Prime) will also serve as an executive producer and manage global distribution through her company, Nicely Entertainment, of which she is CEO. The duo will work with Bastian and Scott Paskoff – who is also an executive producer – to develop the eight-book story arc stories into a live-action series for children ages 8 to 12.

The first season of the series will be based on the first three books, “Phase of the Moon”, “Cave in the Rock” and “Shadows on the Silver Strings”. Each season will offer 10 episodes of 45 minutes.

The series “Excerpts from an Unknown Guide” tells the story of an unpretentious teenager, Aaron Anderson, who sees his world turned upside down as he learns that his destiny is to become a storyteller – a keeper and bearer of these. essential stories that constitute the hopes, fears and potential of humanity in all dimensions.

Anderson and a group of friends find themselves on a desperate mission to protect these tales of dark creatures whose goal is to suffocate all life and light wherever it might exist. And, along the way, Anderson will be forced to overcome his crippling lack of confidence and trust himself to use the primordial power of these stories to fight the darkness and bring order to the universe.

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Award ranks “Excerpts from an Unknown Guide” as one of the best fantasy series for young readers in 2020, with the second book, “Cave in the Rock”, winning a bronze medal in the Pre category. -Teen Fantasy Fiction. “Cave in the Rock” is also the recipient of a Mom’s Choice Gold Award; and “Phase of the Moon” is a finalist for the 2018 International Book Prize.

“I am delighted to have assembled this team of accomplished executives to bring to the screen” excerpts from an unknown guide, “says Bastian. “The fantasy and folk genres are extraordinarily popular due to their iconic characters, beautifully crafted worlds, and imperfect protagonists who strike a compelling balance between imagination and reality.

“Our series will offer action and adventure as our heroes travel from dimension to dimension trying to stop the Shadows from carrying out their destructive plans, and will offer humor, romance with the complicated interactions of our characters as they try to grow up, save their worlds and stay alive at the same time.

Shapiro says, “The adventure and moral complexity of ‘Extracts from an Unknown Guide’ offers multigenerational appeal. Younger viewers will tune in to the magic and adventure, while teens and older adults will be drawn to the complicated interaction between Aaron, his friends and family.

Mohan adds, “I’m excited about the storytelling possibilities set in the Folktellers franchise. This fantastic world offers opportunities to explore exciting adventures, captivating characters and important universal themes.

Paskoff, who spent 25 years in the domestic and international entertainment industry, where he developed and produced groundbreaking programs for major networks and cables. noted, “It is exciting to be part of the Folktellers team as we solidify key relationships and expand into new entertainment markets. The Guidebook Series is original and compelling intellectual property that embodies a rapidly growing global entertainment franchise. The addition of Vanessa and Peter strengthens the team and I look forward to working closely with them.

Folktellers was created to resuscitate regional folk tales and legends and share the power of stories across the world through transmedia entertainment. A network for the TV series and other details will be released at a later date.

For more information visit https://www.folktellers.com.