New York-based prodco Driver Studios is partnering with Emmy-nominated writer David Weiss (pictured, Shrek 2, The Rugrats Movie) and writing team John Winkler and Michael Farrugia to create the new animated show, Dreamweaver. This is Driver’s first option deal, and it acquired the original TV concept from the trio of writers.
Aimed at kids six to 10, the new show tracks a shy young girl who journeys into the realm of dreams to rescue her mother from the king of nightmares. The project is in the development stage and the show’s episode number and length will depend on what broadcaster the studio partners with, a spokesperson for Driver Studios told Kidscreen.
This is the first major acquisition deal for the studio, which combined its commercial prodco and kids and family business under one umbrella. The team rebranded in November, with the goal of creating more original kids and family series. Prior to this option, the studio focused primarily on doing service work and creating its in-house developed projects, including animated digital-first series Cool School, and its animated and live-action spinoff series Storytime with Ms. Booksy, The Stupendous Drew Pendous and Crafty Carol.
The studio is looking to grow its business with new series and partnerships this year, and earlier this month the prodco teamed up with kidtech company Novel Effect to create an interactive version of its show The Stupendous Drew Pendous & His Mighty Penultimate!