Logline: A conscientious, grieving witch recruits a repentant witch-hunter to help save her family from a treacherous bishop intent on murder in this prequel to the Salem Witch Trials in Elizabethan England.
Every family has secrets.
It didn’t begin in Salem.
Witchcraft + Politics = Murder.
The mystery surrounding the death of a conscientious witch’s sister leads her into a web of secrets and betrayal. It causes her to question her relationship with the sister she thought she knew, and to recruit a repentant witch-hunter to help investigate her murder and protect her family in this Salem Witch Trials prequel that begins in Elizabethan England.
Genre: Drama · Period · Historical Fiction · Mystery/Suspense · Faith & Spirituality · Female Protagonist
Status: Packaging. In search of attaching a Showrunner that can attract A/B List talent and investors, network or streaming platform.
Comps: Vikings (History Channel) | Good Witch (Hallmark Channel) | Salem (WGN America)
WHY DO WE WANT TO PLAY A PART IN PRODUCING “THORN TREES”?
There has been an explosive growth of witches, Wiccans, Pagans, Neo-Pagans with 2+ million in the U.S. alone, greater than 1.4 million Presbyterians, and is the 2nd largest faith group after Christianity (per 2018 statistics). Millennials have rejected Christianity seeking more freedom of spiritual expression and practices (like tarot and astrology). We want to respond to this reality through storytelling that is more accurate and respectful of this faith.
We decided to focus on development/pre-production ourselves after pitching and discovering that the entertainment industry is attached to a tradition of witch-based stories being either horror or fantasy, that perpetuates stereotypes that are disrespectful and maintain prejudice–that very often includes metaphysical practitioners, shamans and other lightworkers as recipients. We are committed to not going down that path since there is an abundance of stories told from these perspectives. Thorn Trees incorporates new voices and experiences that have not been represented (or are rarely represented).
One of our development producers is a Wiccan High Priestess & pipe carrier. Another is a healing artist, pipe carrier, and is a Christian ordained minister. We practice many faiths and walk different spiritual paths among us–respectful of each other, committed to telling a realistic story about a Pagan family led by a strong, female protagonist.
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Discover More About Our Slated Pilot Director, Creators, Screenwriter & Producers
– Lili Bordán (Director), New York, U.S.A./Hungary
– Bruce Nahin (Co-Producer), California, U.S.A.
– Meta Valentic (Line Producer), California, U.S.A.
– Bernadette Montana (Development Producer), New York, U.S.A.
– Jacob Larch (Creator, Screenwriter, Producer), England, U.K.
– Valerie Mich’El Oliver (Creator, Screenwriter, Producer), New Jersey, U.S.A.
– Lyndsy Spence (Consulting Producer), Ireland, U.K.
– Alisha Solaiman (Assistant Producer), Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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Jacob Larch (Creator, Screenwriter, Producer, U.K.)
Valerie Mich’El Oliver (Originator, Creator, Screenwriter, Producer, U.S.)
Bernadette Montana (Producer, U.S.)
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