Tommy Lynch, CEO of The Tom Lynch Company in Los Angeles, has partnered with Toronto, Canada’s Fireworks Entertainment to co-produce six two-hour prime-time movies, some of which will target a family audience. This is Lynch’s first step into long-format projects, which he says have more upside these days. Lynch plans to use the movies as a testing ground to see which projects have series viability. In addition, cost-effective two-hour formats are in hot demand right now, Lynch explains, since buyers have fewer dollars with which fill their long kids programming days. ‘On the series level, there are things I can’t afford to do right now,’ he says. In fact, Galidor was almost shelved because of its high price tag, with the half-hour pilot costing around US$2 million.
It was too early for either party to discuss project specifics, but Lynch mentioned some ideas he was toying with, including an updated version of Frankenstein that could use the recent advancements in cloning and genetics as a backdrop.