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€
63 thoughts on “How To Be Indie in production”
qwho got cast 4 indie?
An Indian girl named Indie. How appropriate.
Melinda Shankar. Degrassi in da home.
yes yes yes yes i fucking love her … she has her own show? ahhhhhhhhhhhh
Who was cast as Marlon??
how do you no marlon is a character ? do you no other characters???
dis girl da bomb, shez so cutz. Dat show will be Ctuz and Funny too like her
yep, but i probably shouldn’t reveal the other characters…
do you guys know about the cast members, and whether shankar is playing indie, or one of the other regulars?
on that site said she was indie lead cast. woo !!! shes so cute
but how do u no cast members? r u an actor/actress?
wow what have oyu done? do you know melinda shankar??
i’m actually sort of new.. i haven’t done any degrassi or anything close to that YET
and no i don’t know her :(
Does anyone know when the first episode will air?
isnt she absolutly stunning? sheesha whar id do to look like her!
well i wish ya the best in becoming famous! whats your name?
Well i just found out who this cutie is, she comes from ottawa i used to dance ballet with her an amazing ballerina,she has a black belt in karate and can kick butt,
her father has a karate school called orleans martial arts,
OH EM GEEE
NOO WAY YOU NO HER?
is there any other info you can give us aabout her? pictures or something? wow bellet? and karate? cool but wierd
I actually got to work as background on the show.. its going to be really great and the actors are amazing :)
any information you can give??
names of actors? info about episodes?
did you do it through a background agency?
Hey people if you want to see and know more about her just google her name Melinda Shankar that is where i get my info from use the net
whoz ever met her here?
My Uncle Is Making This. :)
WHAT WHOS YOUR UNCLE AND WHAT IS HIS JOB?????
DID HE MEET THE CAST?
Danielle your the luckiest – did you guys meet them?
Yes, i have met them.. but as for information about them, just look them up online. :) Yes, I did do this through background agency.
I KNOWW AN ACTOR:)
AND HES MY PUMPKIN:d
I FEEEL SPECIALL!!!
THIS TV SHOWW IS GONNA BE AMAZING
CUZ HES IN IT:)
whos the actor that you know?
I think this is going to be one hillarious tween comedy oh i can’t wait for it to air
i know the lead is a fantastic actress. she carries the new season of DeGrassi. I think all the actors should have her spunk.
i love melinda.. actually i talked to her today :) <3.
ha HA HA ha how did yuh talk to her ///in your dreamsz?
My kid went for a tour on the set of How to be Indie and they think she is the best thing that ever happened to them, they love her and can’t wait for the show to air.
Wow nice article in the Orleans East Star on Melinda Shankar the new and upcoming star from Orleans.
now on imdb :)
i work background on this show quite often the show is funny. the actors are good the company is amazing they dont treat us like “extras” were treated like the actors its nice. Melinda, Marline, and Dylan are the three leads. Melinda is by far the nicest she strikes up convos with background all the time, Dylan is a hot guy lol
marline is a brand new actor, but it doesnt seem like it. super talented and she can sing!! not to mention gorgeous! deffinately gonna be a big break for her.
check marline18 on youtube!
jason the asian boy is so funny… i know him from another show on TVO
Marline is my brothers best friend. I didnt even know she was into acting until he told me.
the girl in this show was found from my high school no lie they found her cuz she was juliet in romeo and juliet for my schools play
filming is complete
LOVE THE ASIAN BOY!!!
marline was awesome in romeo and juliet last year
i didnt know she’s dating raymond ablack! they make sucha cuteee couplee
marleen’s dating raymond ablack? thats fantastic!! soo jealous!
NO melinda shankar, justjaredjr.com says so and i saw them at a restaurant together! i was to shy to ask for an autograph
i seen them do on duh way home frun skoo they was getin outa a cab he held her hand out and stuff it wuzs so cutz
the guy’s off of booky right?
the preview is up for viewing. under the image of the lead girl press video then it shows
i got the link from indie’s twitter page.
LoLoLoL the preview is amazing!
Super super excited! :)
my dance teacher, Ellora Patnaik, is playing Indie’s mom =) yay!
Hey does anyone know the cute guy in how to be indie….he has curly hair and i believe his name is Varun….???
Hey guys….I heard this cute guy Varun plays AJ or something, does anyone know him?
I know Ram Ramacharan
hesss the BOMB!
incrediblyyyyy funny and amazing:)
BRAH I CANT WAIT!!!!! OMGG I FREAKIN LOVE HER! NO HOMO
lol i know marlene from elementary… she was so shy :S
Aha , My Uncle , Is The Sound Person For This . (:
My dad works on the show
im in the backround it is funny and so great
hey if ne one styll goes on this some wanna tell me who that guy ram is he is sooo f***ing SEXYYYY i wud lovvvee to get to no him…dammmb dat boyz got it goin on (K)
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