Annapurna Television’s ‘AMBERVILLE’ In Development at Amazon Studios

Annapurna TV is developing a new adult CG-animated series Amberville at Amazon Studios for Amazon Prime Video. Created by Chris McCoy and SAUSAGE PARTY’s Conrad Vernon, Amberville is based on Tim Davys’ “Mollisan Town” book series, published by HarperCollins.

Amberville is a darkly comedic animated crime show set in a city populated by living, breathing stuffed animals.  The story concerns a reformed Teddy Bear who is pulled back into the criminal underworld when his former boss enlists him for an impossible new job.

McCoy wrote the pilot with a story by McCoy and Vernon. Vernon is attached to direct the pilot.  Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and David Distenfeld will serve as Executive Producers on the project alongside McCoy and Vernon.

The project reunites Vernon with Annapurna, who produced his film SAUSAGE PARTY, which Sony Pictures released this past August. The raunchy, R-rated film, which Vernon co-directed alongside Greg Tiernan, has earned over $140 million worldwide. Vernon also directed the animated films MADAGASCAR 3, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS and SHREK 2.  Previously, McCoy wrote and directed 2016’s GOOD KIDS, has authored two novels, ”The Prom-Goer’s Interstellar Excursion” and  “Scurvy Goonda,” both from Knopf, and has had three scripts on The Black List (GET BACK, GOOD LOOKING and GOOD KIDS).

Amberville continues the expansion of Annapurna TV’s slate under new President of Television Naegle.

Vernon is represented by UTA and Mosaic. McCoy is repped by Gotham Group and UTA. Davys is with Einstein Literary Management for publishing and UTA for film. Chris Corabi negotiated the sale on behalf of Annapurna.

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ABOUT ANNAPURNA TELEVISION

Annapurna Television, under the leadership of Annapurna Pictures Founder Megan Ellison and President of Television Sue Naegle, focuses on bringing Annapurna Pictures’ singular commitment to smart, innovative, and original programming to the television medium. By amplifying the voices of top creators and filmmakers, the company will produce and develop projects for broadcast, digital, and cable properties. Currently, they are in pre-production on a limited series adaptation of the novel, “Today Will Be Different,” by Maria Semple, which has Julia Roberts attached to star, and on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” a Western anthology written and directed by the Coen Brothers.

ABOUT ANNAPURNA TELEVISION

Annapurna Television, under the leadership of Annapurna Pictures Founder Megan Ellison and President of Television Sue Naegle, focuses on bringing Annapurna Pictures’ singular commitment to smart, innovative, and original programming to the television medium. By amplifying the voices of top creators and filmmakers, the company will produce and develop projects for broadcast, digital, and cable properties. Currently, they are in pre-production on a limited series adaptation of the novel, “Today Will Be Different,” by Maria Semple, which has Julia Roberts attached to star, and on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” a Western anthology written and directed by the Coen Brothers.

ABOUT ANNAPURNA PICTURES

Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding Ellison’s vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter the genre or medium, in 5 years, the company has garnered a total of 31 Academy Award nominations for their projects, including ZERO DARK THIRTY, JOY, THE MASTER, FOXCATCHER, and THE GRANDMASTER. Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with HER and AMERICAN HUSTLE both earning nods in 2014. Currently, Annapurna is in post-production on Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT, which it will release as its first distribution title on August 4, 2017. The company is also in production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new period film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and is developing the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, to be directed by Richard Linklater.  Annapurna’s most recent projects include Mike Mills’ 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, which was nominated for two Golden Globes and earned Mills a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination, as well as SAUSAGE PARTY, WIENER-DOG, and EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, with THE BAD BATCH set for release by Neon in 2017. Additionally, Annapurna is partners with Boal on the company Page One, where they produced season two of the hit podcast SERIAL. Bigelow also directed and partnered with Annapurna on the animated short LAST DAYS, about illegal elephant poaching and the ivory trade.

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