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Tara Spencer-Nairn Talks Writers at the Canadian Screen Awards


Tara Spencer-Nairn (The Listener) on Writers 

(Photo by Derek Langer)

I caught up with Tara at the second Industry Gala of the Canadian Screen Awards. She had some wonderful things to say about the writer’s she has worked with.

“I would be nothing without the writers – that’s where it all starts, the vision becomes reality. That’s where it all happens is the writing. As an actor I’m always very anal about my lines, I try very hard to stick to the script because I respect the time it took for the writers to pick a word, pick a line, there’s so much that goes into it, and enough of it is already thrown to the wayside once we get onto set. You have to remember, that’s where it all started – they’re the base of the pyramid.”



Canada In Development: Spun Out with Bell Media

Next on our Canada In Development roster is Spun Out, a multi-cam, half hour sitcom from the minds of Jeff Biederman, Brian K. Roberts and Brent Piaskoski. In development with CTV and the Comedy Network, Spun Out follows a writer who falls victim to a disastrous PR scandal and lands a job at the PR firm that worked to salvage his career from the rubble.  The unofficial logline is “To err is human, to spin divine.”

The series is being produced by Andrew Barnsley with Project 10 and currently has a pilot script as well as four episodes written.  Right now they are awaiting the decisionthat will take them either to pilot, production or back to the drawing board.

Brent Piaskoski says:  “We are looking to be a show that you can put on after an American sitcom like The Big Bang Theory.  The plan is to tape it in front of a live studio audience, so it is comedy-heavy and more theatrical than your standard single-cam comedy.  If I was to compare it to any workplace comedy I would have to say NewsRadio.”

Decisions on Spun Out should be made by mid-April.

If you have a project in development with a Canadian broadcaster or production company, let TV, eh? know.


Canada In Development: LIL’ WARRIORS

Spinning off the success of the MMA events that have taken the world by storm, Shaw Media & Global TV are bringing us LIL’ WARRIORS, a one-hour documentary that follows kids 8 & under and their families, to provide an explosive behind-the-scenes look at competitive fighting in Canada and the US.

Currently in the treatment writing and casting stages, LIL’ WARRIORS will take a look at the ambition, and competitive nature of martial arts coupled with the personality of each lil’ warrior, going behind the scenes to see what really lies beneath the surface of kids competitive martial arts.

Shark Teeth Films is an independent production company which incorporated in late 2008 by Tom Mudd and Adrian Carter.  They produce content for both film and television and have recently expanded to include to live-action, animation and visual effects.

Written by Tom Mudd, Adrian Carter, and John Turner (who will also direct) LIL’ WARRIORS is part of Global’s Close Up strand - a series of one-off documentaries that looks at the unusual that lies just beneath the ordinary right outside our doors.

The Documentary Series is slated to begin in January of 2013.