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Cream Drama Options Paul Almond’s Alford Saga from McArthur & Company

April 5, 2012

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Paul Almond’s Alford Saga



Cream Drama has optioned all of the novels in the  Alford Saga, a series of Canadian historical novels based on celebrated Canadian film director Paul Almond’s pioneering family in the Gaspé, it was announced by James Farr, Director of Development at Cream Drama.

Cream optioned the seven book series from Toronto-based publisher McArthur & Company after a first meeting at OMDC’s ‘From Page to Screen event last year.  The four titles in the series so far include The Deserter, The Survivor, The Pioneer, and the forthcoming The Pilgrim (June 2012), all published in Canada and the U.S. by McArthur & Company.

“Revered as a legendary director in Canadian film and television, Paul Almond has applied his incredible cinematic vision to the written page in this exciting and compelling book series that chronicles over 200 years of our nation’s history. The best thing about these books is that they bring history alive and make it fun. Cream Drama is incredibly thrilled to be working with Paul to translate the Alford Saga into a television series sure to resonate with viewers,” said Farr.

Paul Almond is one of Canada’s preeminent film and television directors. He has directed and produced more than 130 television dramas for the CBC in Canada, the BBC, ABC, and Granada Television in the U.K. (Seven Up, Isabel) Almond is one of the very few living persons who can boast that his great-grandfather fought alongside Admiral Horatio Nelson at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. In the Alford Saga he has taken his unique family history and woven a fictional saga tracing the exploits of James Alford and his Canadian descendents – from the early nineteenth century right through to modern times.

About McArthur & Company:

McArthur & Company, founded in 1998, is a Canadian owned and operated book publishing company based in Toronto. McArthur & Co publishes the finest in Canadian and international fiction and non-fiction for adults and children across Canada and around the world. In addition to Paul Almond, McArthur & Company’s bestselling authors include novelists Bryce Courtenay, Colleen McCullough and Marc Levy, fiction and non-fiction writers Nancy Huston and Barry Callaghan, and Margaret Atwood, whose children’s storybook series Wandering Wenda & Friends has just been optioned for an animated children’s television series.

About Cream Drama:

Cream Drama is a new initiative of Toronto-based Cream Productions dedicated to producing top-tier drama content for both the Canadian and International marketplace. The company is now actively acquiring and developing unique and exciting drama projects. Cream Productions was founded in 2004 by David Brady (co-creator, exec producer – Survivorman) and renowned director/producer Christopher Rowley. Cream is internationally known for making some of the world’s best factual television. The company is currently at work on several returnable reality series, formats and high-end docudramas.

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