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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CMF Features TSD at MIP Junior 2014

The Canada Media Fund  today featured some of Canada’s innovative transmedia projects produced specifically for children and youth. Six projects were presented by the CMF’s President and CEO, Valerie Creighton, at a special screening organized by the CMF and Telefilm Canada to highlight Canadian content and talent at MIPCOM 2014. To read the original Broadcaster article, click here. “One of the greatest challenges facing all of us is the extent to which children and youth have become a demanding media savvy audience,” says Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “More than…

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Adventures in multi-cam: The Stanley Dynamic

In the cavernous depths of Revival Studio in downtown Toronto, an experiment is taking place. In place of bubbling Bunsen burners, four cameras and an iPad. The mad scientist? Showrunner Ken Cuperus. To read the original Playback article, click here. The hypothesis? That you can bring an animated character to life in a live-action multicam world. Co-created and developed by Cuperus, Jamie Piekarz, director of content, YTV, Treehouse, and Nickelodeon Canada and Jocelyn Hamilton, VP programming and original productions at Corus Entertainment, The Stanley Dynamic is a multi-cam family sitcom with one special…

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A big THANK YOU! from Mike and Teza

Hello everyone, Thanks so much for coming to our 20th anniversary! It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many close colleagues and good friends. Thanks for all your best wishes and we’ll see you in another 20…when Mike will finally get to make his cue card speech. I can hardly wait! We’ve included a few photos below. Happy Summer, Mike and Teza Click on the images to scroll through faster          

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‘Orphan Black’, ‘Call Me Fitz’ dominate Canadian Screen Awards

The Canadian pay TV drama Call Me Fitz was named best comedy while also earning Jason Priestley the best comedic actor trophy and co-lead Tracy Dawson the best comedic actress prize. To read the original Hollywood Reporter article, click here. TORONTO — The sci-fi drama Orphan Black on Sunday completed its sweep of the Canadian Screen Awards. The Space and BBC America clone thriller won for best drama and best dramatic actress for lead Tatiana Maslany. “This is such an honor for me to be here tonight and nominated opposite so many incredible actresses,” Maslany…

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