Wattpad

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Wattpad reveals significant growth ambitions post-acquisition

The Toronto-based multi-platform company plans to grow its workforce by 50%, including its content team, as the transaction comes to a close.

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Leone Film Group, Wattpad take on The Bad Boy’s Girl

Being developed into a feature film, Wattpad’s Aron Levitz, Eric Lehrman and Lindsey Ramey are among the project’s executive producers.

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In brief: Indiecan acquires Woman in Car. for North American representation

Plus, Touchwood PR acquires digital platform Shedoesthecity, Kelly&Kelly’s The Slowest Show debuts on CBC Gem and more.

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Wattpad launches content production offering for brands

The content-creation platform introduces Wattpad Brand Originals to develop branded TV, film, audio and digital media projects.

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Wattpad, CBC unveil first titles from partnership

Young adult drama Near or Far and thriller The Last Place to Hide are being developed as CBC Gem original series.

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Starting a new chapter: Wattpad’s Allen Lau, Aron Levitz talk post-acquisition plans

“Selling and accelerating the business are not mutually exclusive,” says Lau, as the story-sharing platform prepares to combine with comic publisher Webtoon to form a world-beating IP factory.

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Korean internet conglomerate Naver to acquire Wattpad for US$600M

The deal brings Wattpad under the same umbrella as the digital comic publisher Webtoon, with the platforms boasting a combined user base of around 160 million. (Wattpad co-founder Allen Lau pictured.)

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Wattpad subject of US$500M takeover talks: reports

The story-sharing platform is in talks with multiple bidders, according to reports.

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In brief: Project 10 partners with BIPOC TV & Film on comedy accelerator

Plus: Wattpad readies production for three original series in Indonesia and Shaftesbury supports a new creative writer residency at Victoria College.

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Shaw Rocket, Wattpad unveil narrative podcast winner, with Shaftesbury set to produce

The prodco will lead development and production on a podcast adaptation of Loridee De Villa’s script The Infinite Worlds of Ella Jane.

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Wattpad partners with Code 8 producer Collective Pictures on new feature film

The pair will adapt Wattpad’s teen fiction story Float, with Robbie Amell set to star in and produce the indie feature.

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In brief: Six Cineplex theatres confirmed to reopen

The chain will reopen six locations in Alberta this Friday, while Wattpad unveils a new partnership and Raven Banner Entertainment is attached to a new V/H/S film.