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Canvas Media Studios Inks Deal With Former ‘iCarly’ Co-Star Jennette McCurdy

18 August 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

A company known for producing shows that span multiple social media platforms is teaming up with a leading lady who has a big social presence of her own. Canvas Media Studios, founded in 2014 by Bernie Su and David Tochterman, has signed a development deal with actress Jennette McCurdy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The deal will include multiple scripted projects, all of which will tie in the sort of “transmedia” integrations that have defined Su’s work over the past few years. McCurdy is a sensible partner for Canvas’ brand of content; she has shown her digital media prowess since iCarly’s 2012 end, particularly through a series called What’s Next For Sarah in which she poked fun at her teen sitcom career. She also has a lot of fans on social media; one would think that many of her 6.3 million Twitter followers will happily engage with Canvas’ interactive programming. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Machinima Founder’s Third Wave Capital Leads Investment In Canvas Media Studios

22 June 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

A little more than a year after its launch, Canvas Media Studios has raised a major funding round. The production company founded by Bernie Su and David Tochterman has announced a “significant” investment from Third Wave Capital and Mnm Partners.

The fresh funding round allows Canvas to link up with Machinima founder Allen Debevoise, who serves as the Managing Partner of Third Wave. Debevoise, who has previously investment in digital video companies like DanceOn, MiTu, and Tubular Labs, now has his on Canvas and its social media-spanning projects. “Canvas Media Studios, with its unique blend of business and creativity, is well positioned to take advantage of the changing media marketplace,” he said in a press release. “Bernie and David are a great team with a long and successful track record and a very clear vision for the future.”

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Canvas Media Studios To Adapt Four Young-Adult Novels

22 March 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

With his team at Pemberley Digital, Bernie Su adapted several works of literature into web series led by teenage and young adult stars. Now, with his new production company, he will have a chance to add to that library. Canvas Media Studios, founded last year by Su and David Tochterman, has inked a deal with New Leaf Literary & Media through which it will adapt four young adult (Ya) novels into digital series.

According to Variety, which first reported the agreement between Canvas and New Leaf, the four titles included in the deal are Cora Carmack’s “Losing It” series, which follows a college student trying to lose her virginity; Mindee Arnett’s “The Nightmare Affair,” a sci-fi boarding school story; Kelly Fiore’s “Thicker Than Water,” in which a high-school student begins selling drugs; and April Genevieve Tucholke’s “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and “Between the Spark and the Burn, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Astronauts Wanted, Bernie Su’s Canvas Team Up For Crime Thriller

2 February 2016 2:44 PM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

A pair of digital studios are teaming up for a new web series. Astronauts Wanted, the production company founded by former MTV exec Judy McGrath, will team up with Bernie Su and David Tochterman’s Canvas Media Studios for Socio, an upcoming crime thriller.

Socio will star actress India Eisley as a social media-obsessed teenager who teams up with a detective to hunt down a serial killer. Su described Eisley’s character to The Hollywood Reporter as “a teenage sociopath who operates on social media,” so viewers should expect a darker tone, especially when compared to previous Su projects like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved.

Both Astronauts Wanted and Canvas are known for productions that use social media as a storytelling device, so their collaborative effort will naturally feature a large number of transmedia integrations. Viewers will be able to follow the main characters on Twitter and interact with them across social sites, »

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