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Ovation to Adapt ‘The Chronicles of Ara’ into Eight-Part Miniseries

Project Expected to Air in 2017

Ovation has hired the writing duo of Jeff Phillips and Lauren Conn to adapt Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard’s fantasy book series “The Chronicles of Ara” for an eight-part miniseries. Phillips is an executive producer on DreamWorks Studios’ time-travel adventure Stealing Time. He has also sold screenplays to Warner Bros. (“Fort Knox”) and Spyglass (“Valley of the Gods”), among others. Conn is a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount’s Screenwriting Program.

“The Chronicles of Ara” centers on Ara, a muse who inspires all of art and invention, but who is corrupted upon a tragic loss. Using parallel storylines, the characters include some of history’s more renowned “dark authors” — J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe — as they are inspired to pen their greatest works. In modern day, within these authors’ books are discovered clues of an impending apocalypse, as has been influenced by the power of their creations.

Stephen Hillard, Joel Eisenberg, and Gilbert Adler (“Valkyrie,” “Superman Returns”) are the executive producers.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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