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Dead of Summer - ABC Family Gives Series Order to Horror Drama from Once Upon A Time Creators



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FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ABC FAMILY IS BECOMING FREEFORM, NETWORK GIVES A STRAIGHT-TO-SERIES ORDER BASED ON A MULTIPLE-SCRIPT COMMITMENT TO “DEAD OF SUMMER,” A HORROR TALE WRITTEN AND EXECUTIVE-PRODUCED BY ADAM HOROWITZ, EDWARD KITSIS AND IAN GOLDBERG

Burbank, CA (November 18, 2015) – ABC Family continues to grow the original-programming slate that will premiere under the new Freeform banner in 2016. Network has given a straight-to-series order based on a multiple-script commitment and penalty to horror tale “Dead of Summer” from the dream team of Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, along with “Once Upon a Time” writer Ian Goldberg. It was announced today by Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016.

"'Dead of Summer' is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong - really, really wrong. The horror genre is new for us and I'm thrilled to have Adam, Eddy and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space," said Burke.

Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses - and first kills. Clearwater's dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, "Dead of Summer" is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.

"Dead of Summer" will be produced by ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis/Horowitz. Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis ("Lost," "Once Upon A Time") and Ian Goldberg ("Once Upon a Time," "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior") will write and executive-produce the series.

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Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have received a series order for a project titled Dead of Summer from ABC Family (a.k.a. the Network Soon to Be Known as “Freeform”). Once Upon writer Ian Goldberg is also on board as the showrunner for the project which represents ABC Family’s first-ever horror series.

“Dead of Summer is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president of programming for ABC Family. “The horror genre is new for us and I’m thrilled to have Adam, Eddy and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space.”

We’re hearing the show was originally pitched as a “John Hughes meets John Carpenter” anthology series,* with the first season set in 1989.

The official series logline: “Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, Dead of Summer is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.”
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