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Super Channel calls for development submissions

From a media release:

Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay-television network, is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the next round of funding through the Super Channel Development Fund. Since launching in November, 2013, the fund has received hundreds of applications from coast to coast and has supported over 80 feature films, documentaries and television series.

Super Channel’s next funding deadline is March 27, 2015. For more information on selection history, criteria, eligibility and the selection process, please go to:



In addition to Melissa Kajpust, the development team at Super Channel includes Julie Di Cresce, Director of Canadian Programming, Maureen Levitt, Creative Development Executive, Western Canada and the Territories, Richard Paradis, Creative Development Representative, Quebec, Carole Henson, National Liaison, in Edmonton and Development Assistant, Jane Clarke.

Toronto Screenwriting Conference announces Writer’s Room Intensive with 19-2’s Bruce Smith

From a media release:

Toronto Screenwriting Conference announces new Writer’s Room Intensive with 19-2’s Bruce Smith

The Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) has announced a new Writer’s Room Intensive program with Bruce Smith, executive producer and creator of the serialized police drama 19-2. Six participants will work with Smith to create a ‘tent pole’ episode that involves the full squad in a single police action while maintaining the show’s focus on the emotional lives of the police officers. They will join Smith on stage during the TSC to present their ideas. The sixth annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference takes place on April 11 and 12, at its new location, the Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

“We strive to provide writers the opportunity to not only learn from the most-successful working showrunners and executive producers today, but also how to apply these advanced tools in a practical manner. Bruce’s new intensive program does just that,” said Kent Robinson, Toronto Screenwriting Conference producer. Adding, “In addition the Writer’s Room Intensive, we’ve developed other new craft sessions that will fully engage screenwriters including the business of showrunning, creating a successful series engine, and how and why a project gets from pitch to screen.”

Bruce Smith is a three-time WGC award winner. Prior to 19-2, he was the showrunner on Cracked, and worked as a writer/producer on numerous dramas including Durham County. Smith has also penned multiple award-winning MOWs and mini-series including Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, and John A: Birth of a County, which he won a Canadian Screen Award.

Joining Smith on the speaker roster are Master Class speaker, David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins, the Blade Trilogy, creator and showrunner Da Vinci’s Demons); Emmy, Golden Globe and Television Critics Association Award-winning executive producer, Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives, Alias, Picket Fences, Northern Exposure); Head of the WGAs Showrunner training program & CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, Carole Kirschner; and award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Corey Mandell.

The Writer’s Room Intensive is for registered delegates with experience in television with two positions available for recent post-secondary graduates. The selection process will be juried. Deadline to apply is Monday March 5, 5pm ET. For complete details, please visit torontoscreenwritingconference.com

CBC greenlights scripted New Address


From a media release:

CBC has greenlit a new 10-episode drama series, NEW ADDRESS. An adaptation of the hit Quebec series, Nouvelle AdresseNEW ADDRESS is set to begin production in Montreal in summer 2015. The series is slated to air on CBC in fall 2015 – additional details will be announced in the coming months.

NEW ADDRESS revolves around the Lawsons, a large Montreal family whose lives are always bursting at the seams. When Natalie Lawson, a journalist and single mother in her early forties, learns she’s dying of cancer, she must help her three teenaged children get ready for the future, while trying her best to live in the now.  To do all this she leans on her two brothers, her sister and her parents, a close-knit, charmingly imperfect clan who each have their own unpredictable personal and professional hills to climb.

NEW ADDRESS is a funny, honest, heartfelt series about a regular family whose world turns upside down overnight. Faced with the uncertainty of life, each Lawson does their best to embrace the absurdity of the journey, while confronting the drama that comes with all of their choices big and small.  Natalie’s diagnosis is a life-changer for everyone she loves.

Further information about NEW ADDRESS will be announced at a later date.

Writers Guild of Canada announces 2015 Award finalists

From a media release:

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 19th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. The WGC Screenwriting Awards celebrate the excellence of Canada’s screenwriters with a gala event on April 27, 2015, at Toronto’s Koerner Hall.

This year more than 150 scripts were nominated for awards in seven categories, with 29 scripts chosen as finalists. In total, 53 screenwriters are up for awards. Several special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize, and the Sondra Kelly Award, will also be presented.

The WGC Awards cover all genres of screenwriting in Canada, and include TV drama favourites such as 19-2, Orphan Black and Lost Girl, and noted web series Out With Dad, and Ruby Skye P.I. The award categories also cover the best in animation, children and youth, movies and miniseries, documentary, and TV comedy.

The WGC Awards honour the talented people who start with a blank page and go on to create an entire universe: screenwriters.

The winners will be announced at the 19th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards on Monday, April 27, 2015, at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall.

The WGC is very pleased to welcome writer, actor and comedian Ryan Belleville back to host the awards. The show will be written by stand-up/sketch comedian and writer Jeremy Woodcock, in collaboration with Ryan Belleville.

The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Season 1 “Everybooty Loves the Great White Butt”
Written by Craig Martin

Fangbone, Season 1 “The Warbrute of Friendship”
Written by Simon Racioppa & Richard Elliott

Johnny Test, Season 6 “Johnny’s Junky Trunk”
Written by Sean Jara

Nerds and Monsters, Season 1 “Kaboom With a View”
Written by Greg Sullivan

Annedroids, Season 1 “New Pals”
Written by J.J. Johnson

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Season 4 “Goodwill Toward Men”
Written by Dan Angel & Billy Brown

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Season 4 “Mrs. Worthington”
Written by Melody Fox

Some Assembly Required, Season 1 “Dance Crew Evolution”
Written by Cole Bastedo & Jenny Siddle

You & Me, Season 1 “Ninja Squirrel”
Written by Katherine Sandford

The Cholesterol Question
Written by Michael McNamara

Norman McLaren: Animated Musician
Written by Donald McWilliams

Shameless Propaganda
Written by Robert Lower

The Best Laid Plans “You Had An Option, Sir”
Written by Jason Sherman and Susan Coyne

Elephant Song
Written by Nicolas Billon

Sex and Violence, Season 1 “Surface Scars”
Written by Thom Fitzgerald

Bill & Sons Towing, Season 2 “Cleaning House”
Written by Mark De Angelis

Darknet “Episode 3”
Written by Doug Taylor

Darknet “Episode 5”
Written by Randall Cole

Out With Dad, Season 3 “Outed”
Written by Jason Leaver

Ruby Skye P.I.: The Maltese Puppy “Everyone’s a Suspect”
Written by Jill Golick & Julie Strassman

Mr. D, Season 3 “Old School”
Written by Andrew De Angelis

Sensitive Skin, Season 1 “Not the Haitian Corpse”
Written by Bob Martin

This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Season XXI “Episode 16”
Written by Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Mike Allison, Bob Kerr, Susan Kent, Greg Thomey, Jon Blair, Sonya Bell, Abdul Butt, Tim Polley, Heidi Brander, Adam Christie, Kevin Shustack, Jeremy Woodcock
Contributing Writers: Dean Jenkinson, Ron Sparks

Trailer Park Boys, Season 8 “Episode 4”
Written by Mike Smith & JP Tremblay & Robb Wells

19-2, Season 1 “Partners”
Adapted by Bruce M. Smith

Lost Girl, Season 4 “La Fae Époque”
Written by Michael Grassi

Orphan Black, Season 2 “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est”
Written by Tony Elliott

Saving Hope, Season 3 “The Way We Were”
Written by John Krizanc

Strange Empire, Season 1 “The Oath”
Written by Jackie May


Quebecor looking for the next TV hit

From a media release:

Quebecor, in collaboration with C2 Montreal, invites all television and film media creators and designers to a formidable challenge: to pitch “the” big idea that could give rise to a new TV format that’s likely to appeal to producers and — who knows? — possibly reach across the planet!

The P.I.T.C.H competition offers an unprecedented opportunity to put daring, innovation and imagination in the spotlight! Open to all designers — professional or not — aged 18 and older, Canadian citizens residing in Quebec, P.I.T.C.H wants to showcase the breadth and strength of Quebec’s audiovisual creativity. Non-scripted television formats, original and unpublished, as long as the intellectual property is fully owned by the individual submitters, will be eligible.

Three P.I.T.C.H grants will offer something to inspire participants. The first prize consists of a $25,000 development grant offered by the Quebecor Fund. The second prize, offered by Armoza Formats, entitles the recipient to participate in the April 2016 MIPFormats in Cannes. The third prize will be a four-week development course with the QMI Content Creation team.

Will the next La VoixLes enfants de la télé or L’amour est dans le pré come from Quebec? That’s the P.I.T.C.H competition challenge!

To enter the P.I.T.C.H competition, simply submit an outline of a TV format by April 15, 2015.

Proposals will be evaluated under the supervision of Quebecor. Selected finalists will then be retained for four weeks to work on and submit their presentations to a jury of five public figures from the audiovisual industry in Quebec and abroad during the 2015 edition of C2 Montreal, to be held from May 26 to 28.

For more details, visit www.pitchformat.com.