ABC Family, ABC Studios and ABC Signature have inked a two-year deal with McG of Wonderland Sound & Vision. Under the deal, he will direct and develop scripted drama and comedy series and produce digital content for various platforms. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016.
“Everything McG touches gets bigger and better. I’m thrilled that ‘Shadowhunters’ will showcase his brilliant work as a director when it premieres in January,” said Karey Burke, Executive Vice President Programming and Development, ABC Family. “McG will be ushering in new ideas and projects to live under our new Freeform banner.”
“I’m delighted to be a part of the Disney|ABC Television Group team. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with the entire Disney family, especially Karey Burke and Tom Ascheim in the launch of Freeform,” McG.
McG has an impressive body of work as an executive producer in the TV space with four shows currently on the air – “Supernatural” in its 11th season on the CW, “Mysteries of Laura” in its second season on NBC, the ABC Family comedy “Kevin from Work” and upcoming saga series “Shadowhunters.” McG’s previous television titles include the groundbreaking series “The O.C.,” “Chuck,” “Nikita,” “Human Target,” and “Fastlane.”
“Shadowhunters” is a straight-to-series order for the network. McG directed the pilot and is an executive producer alongside Mary Viola. Ed Decter is the writing executive producer and showrunner. The drama saga is based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, whose series has sold more than 36 million books. The show follows Clary Fray, who finds out on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace, and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
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