VEEP exec readies kids’ series with Amaze Film + TV

MIPTV: The co-executive producer of HBO’s Emmy-winning political comedy Veep is developing an animated show based on her first series of children’s books. To read the original C21 article, click here. Film and television writer Georgia Pritchett is here in Cannes with Canada’s Amaze Film & Television pitching Wilf the Mighty Worrier to broadcasters and distributors. Pritchett has developed the comedy series alongside Amaze, the book’s illustrator Jamie Littler and UK-based Catherine Bailey Ltd, which is making its first moves into animation. Aimed at 6-9s, the 2D animated series follows…

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Alliston’s Madison Ferguson earns Canadian Screen Awards nomination

Alliston’s Madison Ferguson, one of the stars from the popular YTV show The Stanley Dynamic, has earned a nomination at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. To read the original Simcoe.com article, click here. The 11-year-old Grade 6 student at Ernest Cumberland Elementary School is among five actors nominated for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series. “I’m extremely excited,” she said. “(Winning an award) is a major goal in life for me but it’s also great to be nominated.” Madison made her debut on the show when…

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‘The Martian,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Land Writers Guild Nominations

Documentary nominations went to “Being Canadian,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and “Prophet’s Prey.” To read the original Variety article, click here. The Writers Guild of America has nominated “Bridge of Spies,” “Sicario,” “Spotlight,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Trainwreck” for its original screenplay award and “The Big Short,” “Carol,” “The Martian,”  “Steve Jobs” and “Trumbo” for its adapted screenplay award. Documentary nominations went to “Being Canadian,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and “Prophet’s Prey.”…

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The Stanley Dynamic goes to season two on YTV

The live action-animation hybrid from Amaze Film + Television – with animation by 9 Story – will bow its second season in 2016. To read the original Playback article, click here. Corus Entertainment has greenlit a second season of its live action-animation hybrid sitcom, The Stanley Dynamic. The 26 x 30-minute series, which features a live-action family with one animated family member, will go into production later this summer. Its first season was shot through 2014 at Revival Studios in Toronto. The new season is set to appear on YTV in…

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Rob Cohen on Being Canadian, as only Canadians can be

Rob Cohen was fed up. For more than two decades, as a Calgary-born comedy writer living and thriving in Hollywood, Cohen, 48, suffered his colleagues’ ceaseless mockery and casual ignorance of all things Canadian. To read the original Globe and Mail article, click here. Even as fellow Canucks infiltrated the top ranks of the entertainment world, it seemed others simply refused to appreciate the majesty of our Mounties, the brilliance of The Beachcombers or the fact that most Canadians don’t actually live in igloos. So Cohen (The Big Bang Theory)…

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Building buzz for Being Canadian

eOne EVP Mark Slone discusses the distribution strategy for Rob Cohen’s documentary, which includes sponsor partnerships with the likes of Tim Hortons. To read the original Playback article, click here. Almost eight years in the making, director Rob Cohen’s Being Canadian will make its world premiere at Hot Docs on April 25. But instead of heading out on a theatrical run following the fest, or months later, the film will head straight to VOD. The strategy is meant to capitalize on the media buzz around the film’s festival world premiere, said Mark…

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Call Me Fitz going out with a bang, picking up four Canadian Screen Awards

Cast and crew of Call Me Fitz had one more chance to celebrate together when the dark comedy picked up two Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday night at a glitzy gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. To see the original Chronicle Herald article, click here. The TMN show, which shot in New Minas for three seasons then moved to Dartmouth for its fourth and final season, picked up the award for best comedy series, and Joanna Cassidy claimed the award for best performance by an actress in a…

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Amaze Film + Television’s Call Me Fitz captures four Canadian Screen Awards in 2015

– Call Me Fitz wins 18 Canadian Screen Awards during its series run – – Joanna Cassidy takes home Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role – – So far, the series has won a total of 24 awards around the world throughout its four seasons – Toronto, ON (March 3, 2015) – Amaze Film + Television’s comedy Call Me Fitz capped off its final year at the Canadian Screen Awards taking home four trophies – Best Comedy Series, Best Performance by an Actress in a…

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YTV to debut new comedy The Stanley Dynamic

TORONTO: Canada’s YTV has set a March premiere date for the animation/live-action hybrid The Stanley Dynamic. To read the original World Screen article, click here. Produced by Amaze Film + Television, with animation produced by 9 Story Media Group, the 26×30-minute series is due out March 19 at 7:30 p.m. The show follows two 14-year-old twins, one of whom is a cartoon character named Luke (Taylor Abrahamse). Along with the series’ TV launch, the network will also release an online comic strip and a digital point-and-click game. “YTV viewers will love…

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Writer Robert Cohen recruits Canuck stars for ‘Being Canadian’ documentary

TORONTO — When Calgary-raised comedy writer Robert Cohen was a teen and vacationing with family in Hawaii, the Iran hostage crisis had just ended and local shops were giving Canucks free coffee and doughnuts for Canada’s role in the rescue mission. To read the original CTV News article, click here. But when he and his brothers tried to take up a shop’s offer of fried confections, the owner refused. “He didn’t believe we were Canadian because we didn’t look like what he thought Canadians looked like,” the 47-year-old Emmy Award…

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