NBCU Digital Studio Adapts Sundance Short CTRL Z

NBC Universal’s Digital Studio division is adapting a Sundance award-winning short film CTRL Z into an original branded entertainment Web series sponsored by Nestea.

That six-minute short film, which starred Chuck’s Zachary Levi and Arrested Development’s Tony Hale, depicted a office worker who discovers a a mysterious keyboard function–”control z” –which allows him to go back and make changes in his life. The film, written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Rob Kirbyson, was screened during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

In the new Web series, it is Nestea—and its quality of “Liquid Awesomeness”–that provides the same man (again played by Hale) with the ability to rewind time, and also read minds and manipulate others via his mysterious computer.

NBCU is planning to produce ten episodes of CTRL (pronounced “control”)–which will be distributed online at NBC.com, Hulu.com and other sites, and on TV via various cable and satellite video on demand platforms.

CTRL represents one of the more high profile original projects to come out of NBCU Digital Studios. Last fall the division had announced a development slate of several planned Web series via a partnership with 60Frames Entertainment.  That company, originally born out of United Talent Agency, shut down operations last month.