Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Ezra Miller is among the launch development partners for a new Canadian digital studio to be run by hip-hop music producer Sol Guy and Canada's Bell Media.
Guy, a former manager for Rascalz and K'Naan, and ex-creative director of Tribeca Enterprises, is spearheading the digital incubator DAIS aimed at millennials and set to produce Canada-focused web, music and radio content in Toronto for domestic and worldwide distribution.
The new venture has already struck a development partnership for social change-themed content with Miller (The Flash) and will co-produce a four-part series, Movement Art Is, with CNN-backed production house Great Big Story. DAIS will include a digital production studio, a music studio and a radio/podcast suite.
Miller and Guy previously worked together to save the Lakota sacred religious site Pe'Sla in South Dakota from being sold, and also took part in a North Pole expedition by Greenpeace International. Bell Media, Canada's top-rated broadcaster, is following rival Rogers Media after it earlier partnered with Vice Media to launch its own Toronto production studio to develop and produce digital projects for global export, while also building Rogers' millennial audience.
Bell Media, a traditional broadcast player, in Guy and his DAIS incubator is also getting a digitally savvy partner to target elusive young audiences. "These are changing times and Bell Media's commitment to adapting by supporting the artists who will shape our future is extremely inspiring," Guy said in a statement.
DAIS has also struck a partnership with recording label and artist management group Pirates Blend/ Sony Music Canada, and with Cadence/ Universal Music Group to co-develop musical talent. Before joining Tribeca, Guy was brought down to New York City by Arista Records to serve as director of international artist development, after he was associate manager of urban music at BMG Music Canada.
He has produced for Lauryn Hill, P Diddy, India Arie, k-os, among other music artists. DAIS is also to produce a four-part music-video series with Canadian electronic group A Tribe Called Red.