From a media release:
YTV Picks Up New Heroic Project
Heroic Film Company is proud to announce that their tween comedy, How to be Indie, has been green lit for production by Corus Entertainment’s YTV. The show will shoot in the fall of 2008 and is set to air on YTV in Fall 2009. International distribution will be handled by DECODE Enterprises.
Created by writer Vera Santamaria and Heroic executive producers John May & Suzanne Bolch, How to be Indie is a comedic live-action series told through the eyes of 13-year-old Indie as she endeavours to balance her immigrant family’s South Asian traditions and her Canadian lifestyle. But even with these struggles, and the challenge of being a teenager, Indie remains undaunted and always manages to win â€“ in her own way.
â€œHow To Be Indie is about that balancing act that every kid fumbles through. Juggling your family life with your peer life until you find that middle ground that’s all your own,â€ said Vera Santamaria, writer and executive producer.
Vera Santamaria has been involved with many Canadian television programs including writing credits for Little Mosque on The Prairie, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star, The Latest Buzz, Captain Flamingo and Naturally Sadie.
How to be Indie builds on the kid experience through humour and through shared tween feelings of confusion, embarrassment, passion and joy.
â€œEverybody will be able to enjoy the universal theme of finding a way to fit in and succeed that doesn’t compromise who you are,â€ said Suzanne Bolch, partner and executive producer for Heroic Film Company.
â€œThe wit and humour in How to be Indie is going to relate to kids everywhere as it builds on the tween experience, and in particular, the balance of school life and family life,â€ said Jocelyn Hamilton, VP, Content, Corus Kids. â€œAt YTV, we’re always looking for fresh new content that we know our audience will enjoy â€“ How to be Indie is certainly one of those shows.â€