The former Netflix VP joins the comic creator alongside Director Gabriele Pennacchioli and production companies Grey Ladder Productions & Arancia Studio.
November 17, 2020 (Turin, Italy)—Internationally renowned comic creator Mirka Andolfo (Mercy, Unnatural) has partnered with executive producer Erik Barmack and his production firm, Wild Sheep Content, for Sweet Paprika, Andolfo’s debut animated series. Barmack joins Sweet Paprika following an eight-year run at Netflix where, among other positions, he served as the Vice President, Head of International Originals, where he spearheaded the development of series including The Witcher from Poland and the United States, La Casa de Papel from Spain, The Rain from Denmark, Dark from Germany, and Sacred Games from India, among others. Barmack has continued his mission of developing esteemed international programming through his own firm, Wild Sheep Content, which he founded in May 2019. The company has secured a number of high-profile projects since its inception, including the animated collaboration with French African artist Nicholle Kobi, Queens, as well as the live-action adaptation of the bestselling Yakuza video game series with Sega and 1212 Entertainment. To date, Wild Sheep Content has secured 12 projects into development with platforms, studios, and third party financiers.
“Mirka has the rare ability to enchant readers across the globe, and I couldn’t be more excited to help adapt her vision from page to screen with Sweet Paprika,” Barmack said. “It’s a charming, relevant, and hilarious foray into romantic comedy, and a project I couldn’t resist.”
Announced last July, Sweet Paprika is an original idea from Andolfo that revolves around the erotic misadventures of a career-driven woman—Paprika—who reluctantly engages a charming, if immature, delivery boy named Dill. Consumed by her job at a major New York City publisher, Paprika learns to balance her own needs as she embarks on a frustrating, passionate romance with Dill. In October, Andolfo announced that she will also write and draw a Sweet Paprika comic book series, published by Image Comics beginning in July 2021, with Edizioni Star Comics releasing in Italy and Éditions Glénat in France. Arancia Studio is producing both the book and the animated project, with Grey Ladder Productions aiding the latter.
“Erik has been a pioneer in global storytelling, introducing the most vital international voices to the biggest audiences,” Andolfo said. “It’s an honor to have him collaborate on Sweet Paprika.”
Gabriele Pennacchioli, who received a 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Supervising Director on Netflix’s Love Death + Robots, will serve as Director. Pennacchioli has 25 years of experience in animated features, working on such films as Shark Tale, Shrek the Third, Kung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon, among others
For more on SWEET PAPRIKA visit www.mirkaandolfo.com