Disney Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) today announced that it has greenlit production in the UK of a new live action multi-part movie, Evermoor. Produced by Lime Pictures for Disney EMEA, Evermoor, a mystery adventure punctuated with comedy, is set to premiere on Disney Channel in more than 160 countries worldwide from autumn 2014. Evermoor also breaks new ground as it will become the first live-action movie produced in the UK for broadcast on Disney Channel US.
The movie follows Tara Bailey, an American teen who has just been uprooted from her city home in the US and brought to Evermoor, a beautiful but isolated village on the edge of some very creepy moors in middle England. Whilst Tara’s famous novelist mum and step-dad are busy unpacking at Evermoor Manor, the Bailey kids, Tara’s brother Jake and her British step-siblings Seb and Bella, try to adjust to life in their new home. It’s not long before danger, mystery and intrigue unfurls and Tara and Seb have to unite to save their new home and their family’s new start in England.
BAFTA award-winning production company Lime Pictures has been commissioned to produce the multi-part movie created by Tim Compton and Diane Whitley (both House of Anubis), scripted by Bede Blake (House of Anubis, Strange Hill High), produced by Tim Compton and executive produced by Rebecca Hodgson (Good Cop, Stolen).
Tricia Wilber, Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company, EMEA & General Manager, Disney Channels EMEA comments, “Evermoor is our most ambitious EMEA production yet that builds on our experience of co-producing the global hit series, Violetta. We are thrilled to be working with the outstanding team at Lime Pictures on this project.”
David Levine, Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA comments: “Evermoor is a hugely exciting project for the team here in EMEA with a gripping story that I’m sure will captivate our global Disney Channel audience. The movie’s intriguing cast of characters also gives us a great opportunity to find exciting new talent.”
Claire Poyser, Joint Managing Director for Lime Pictures comments: “We are delighted to be the first independent production company in the UK to work with Disney on a live action movie to be aired worldwide including the US. Evermoor extends Lime’s reputation for producing fantastic children’s drama that is inspiring for the whole family.”
Disney EMEA drives the investment in, and development of, animation and live-action programming for both European and global distribution. Disney EMEA has already achieved great success with series such as Violetta (Disney Channel); Jungle Junction, Art Attack and Henry Hugglemonster (Disney Junior) and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (Disney XD).
Evermoor is a co-commission between Disney EMEA and Disney US, and will be broadcast on Disney Channel globally from autumn 2014.