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TORONTO (November 15, 2013) – Bell Media announced today from the Canadian International Television Festival the addition of five new comedy projects to its original development slate, led by seasoned writers and producers Mark McKinney (LESS THAN KIND, KIDS IN THE HALL), Rob Sheridan (NEXT CALLER, 18 TO LIFE, LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE), Jared Keeso (19-2), Paul Mather (CORNER GAS, DAN FOR MAYOR, THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW), and Ilana Frank (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE). The new projects join a robust slate of at least 15 other original Bell Media comedies already in development for potential new pilots and/or series. Drama and Factual development projects will be announced at a later date.
“We have a long tradition of working with the best comedic talent in the country and we’re continuing on that path,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Producing homegrown, original comedy is very important to us and we look forward to developing these projects even further.”
The five new comedies are (working titles):
WE’RE ADULTS NOW
From comedic genius Mark McKinney, a half-hour scripted series about
A multi-cam sitcom about a rag tag group of friends.
A comedy series based on the YouTube sensation LETTERKENNY PROBLEMS.
THE UNTITLED PAUL MATHER PROJECT
A scripted workplace
comedy about lifelong frenemies.
A comedy series loosely based on a BravoFACT short of the same name.
The five new comedies join Bell Media’s current development slate featuring 15 other projects (working titles):
AGAINST THE LAW
An unscripted half-hour
An ensemble comedy about
family and friendship.
A workplace comedy set in the world of new media.
A scripted ensemble comedy
inspired by Darrin Rose’s stand-up material.
A scripted comedy about
three women experiencing life after divorce.
An edgy, urban ensemble comedy.
A scripted half-hour
comedy about parenthood.
THE LAINEY GOSSIP PROJECT
A half-hour dramedy
inspired by LaineyGossip.com.
MATT & JEFF
A half-hour bromance
THE ANGELO SHOW
A multi-cam sitcom inspired
by the comedy of Angelo Tsarouchas (SULLIVAN & SON, MAD MEN).
A scripted half-hour hybrid
comedy about family.
THE UNTITLED VERA SANTAMARIA PROJECT
A blind pilot deal with
acclaimed writer/producer Vera Santamaria (COMMUNITY).
THE VIRGIN CHRONICLES
A scripted, half-hour,
WHO NEEDS ENEMIES
A scripted, half-hour
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
A female-centric scripted
comedy about friendship.
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Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, the #1 new Canadian scripted series of the 2012/13 season, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. CTV is also home to drama series PLAYED, and premiering in the 2013/14 season, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the recently renewed ORPHAN BLACK, CSA-winning CALL ME FITZ, and upcoming dramas BITTEN, SENSITIVE SKIN, 19-2, and KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series such as BRAVE NEW GIRLS, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. So far in 2013, Bell Media has ordered 24 original Canadian series and put 74 projects into development.
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