Sweat and Hustle: Damon D’Oliveria on optioning books for the screen
Recorded on December 16, 2020
The CMPA hosted the kickoff event of the STAR Producer Program featuring an “in conversation” with Damon D’Oliveira (Conquering Lion Pictures), discussing his experience optioning books such as Lawrence Hill’s Book of Negroes and David Chariandy’s novel, Brother. The discussion focused on how to option a book for a production project, and how to approach the adaptation project once it has been acquired. Damon was joined by veteran publisher Barbara Howsen, and the discussion was moderated by Ontario Creates’ Erin Creasey.