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Eagle Vision and APTN’s 7TH GEN returns for Season Two

From a media release:

Eagle Vision and APTN’s factual series 7TH GEN returns for season two with ten new episodes featuring some of the most inspiring young Indigenous leaders from across the country. The series returns for season two on APTN in English on Friday, October 13th at 8 pm (PST/ET) and on Monday, October 9th at 8:30 pm (PST/ET) and again on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30 am (PST/ET) in Cree. 

The idea from which 7TH GEN was sparked was the vision that positive stories of young Indigenous leaders need to be told. There are countless stories of young Indigenous people committed to making a powerful mark on the world, who are not only making an impact in their communities, but are doing so by reclaiming their culture.. Every day, the successes that emerge from this generation are inspiring other young people to share their gifts, to overcome the obstacles they face, and to inspire others by living their best lives. There are so many young Indigenous people who want to share their inspiration with others and celebrate their culture. 7TH GEN celebrates their accomplishments and honours the Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have supported them in their journeys. 

The series is hosted by dynamic Cree hosts Ivana Yellowback, Darcy Waite and Lorraine George and follows subjects including performer, motivational speaker, educator and advocate Laura Grizzlypaws (a descendant of the Stʼatʼimc Nation, from the Bear Clan community of Xwísten, and from Lillooet, BC), hockey coaches and NHL athletes Brandon and Jordan Nolan (from Garden River First Nation), entrepreneur, chef and community leader Melissa Brown (an Anishinaabe Ojibway-Jamaican woman from Winnipeg who grew up in the inner city), athlete, coach/educator, live-stream gamer Jon-Ross Merasty-Moose (Cree from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, Brochet and Thompson, Manitoba), advocate and post-secondary student Makaela Blake  (Inuit-Punjabi, originally from Gander, Newfoundland), and music producer and recording artist Matthew Monias aka Mattmac (an Oji-Cree, blind recording artist from Garden Hill First Nation).

7TH GEN also features multidisciplinary artist Taalrumiq (an Inuvialuk and Gwich’in from Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Northwest Territories), environmental and clean energy developer Mihskakwan James Harper (Cree from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation), artist, poet, writer, musician and activist Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu from Pessamit, now living in Montréal), and two spirit, drag performer and content creator Layten Byhette, otherwise known as Chelazon Leroux (Dene from Buffalo River Dene Nation and Fond Du Lac First Nation).

The series is accompanied by a strong element of language reclamation in both the series and online, with Cree-versioned episodes, and a Cree language-learning web series. 7TH GEN also provides a showcase for young Indigenous filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, editors and others who have been given the opportunity to share their gifts and gain more experience in the industry by creating content that focuses on Indigenous stories, culture, and spiritual lessons for an audience of all people around the world.

7TH GEN is written, directed and showrun by Dinae Robinson (True Story), co-creator/executive producer and director is Lisa Meeches (The Sharing Circle), co-creator/executive producer, writer and director is Rebecca Gibson (Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On), co-creator/executive producer Kyle Irving (Capote), associate producer/writer/director Cynthia Murdock (DJ Burnt Bannock), producer Hannah Johnson (Diaspora), writer/director Jessica Landry (List of a Lifetime), director Ervin Chartrand (The Redemption Artist), writer and head of archival research Damian Panciera (True Story Part Two), writer Katarina Ziervogel (Finality of Dusk) and director of photography is Gabriel Levesque (El Toro). 

7TH Gen was made possible through the support of the Canada Media Fund, APTN, the Indigenous Screen Office, MIGIZI Distribution and Eagle Vision Canada.  


CBC and Paramount+ order new scripted medical adventure series Skymed

From a media release:

Piazza Entertainment announced today production is underway on the new original drama series SKYMED for CBC and Paramount+, the streaming service for ViacomCBS. Created by Julie Puckrin, the serialized character-driven series features an ensemble cast of young talent including Natasha Calis (Nurses), Ace (Aason) Nadjiwon (Batwoman), Morgan Holmstrom (Siberia), Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew), Thomas Elms (The Order), Mercedes Morris (Between), Kheon Clarke (Riverdale), Rebecca Kwan (Taken), Braeden Clarke (Outlander), and Aaron Ashmore (Killjoys). The series is now in production, filming in Manitoba and Ontario. SKYMED, produced by Piazza Entertainment in association with Paramount+, CBS Studios and CBC, will premiere in 2022-23.

Life, death, and drama at 20,000 feet, SKYMED weaves together intense character journeys and high stakes medical rescues as we follow the triumphs, heartbreaks and tribulations of budding nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in remote Northern Canada. They’re all in over their heads, and on their own, with no one to rely on but each other.

“This show was inspired by the real-life experiences of my sister and brother-in-law, who met flying air ambulances in the north,” says Puckrin. “Together with a talented team of writers, we created relatable characters full of hope, compassion, and resilience. I am thrilled to be working with such an incredible and diverse cast to bring these exciting, emotional stories to life.”

“Julie has brilliantly imagined these characters who are not only dealing with demanding, high-pressure circumstances, they’re also dealing with the ups and downs of their lives as they come into their own,” said Vanessa Piazza, Executive Producer, Piazza Entertainment. “We are proud to partner with Paramount+, CBS Studios and CBC and look forward to introducing these characters to audiences.”

SKYMED is produced by Piazza Entertainment. The series is created by Julie Puckrin who also serves as Executive Producer along with Vanessa Piazza and Ron Murphy. Steve Adelson serves as pilot director. From Manitoba, Kyle Irving and Lisa Meeches serve as Executive Producers for Eagle Vision. Jennica Harper and Nikolijne Troubetzkoy serve as Co-Executive Producers. Outside of Canada, the series will be distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.


Production begins on Season 4 of Burden of Truth

From a media release:

ICF Films, Eagle Vision, and eOne today announced that production is underway on Season 4 of CBC original drama series BURDEN OF TRUTH (8X60) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Following lawyer Joanna Chang, (Kristin Kreuk; Smallville, Beauty and the Beast), BURDEN OF TRUTH began production in early September and is set to shoot until late fall. Seasons 1-3 of BURDEN OF TRUTH are available now on the free CBC Gem streaming service. BURDEN OF TRUTH is also broadcast on The CW in the U.S. and on additional networks around the world.

BURDEN OF TRUTH follows Joanna Chang, a ruthless, big-city lawyer who returns to her small hometown in Millwood for a case that will change her life forever. Each season centres around a new life-altering legal case – the vulnerable plaintiffs searching for answers and the boots-on-the-ground lawyers fighting incredible odds to deliver justice.

Reprising their roles for Season 4 are executive producer Kristin Kreuk as Joanna Chang; Peter Mooney (Rookie Blue, Saving Hope) as Billy Crawford; Star Slade (Frontier, Emerald Code) as law student Luna Spence; Meegwun Fairbrother (Mohawk Girls, Hemlock Grove) as Police Chief Owen Beckbie; and Anwen O’Driscoll (Emerald Code, Flint) as new Millwood police recruit, Officer Taylor Matheson. Additional returning cast members include local Winnipeg actors Eugene Baffoe (Ruthless Souls, Our Scene) as Officer Thorpe; Skye Pelletier (Taken, Indian Horse)) returning from Season 2 as Saulteaux teen, Kip Bellegarde; and lawyer Nevin Page returns from Season 2 and 3, played by Paul Essiembre (Chloe, Warehouse 13).

This season also welcomes new additions Brynn Godenir (The Middles, Journey Back to Christmas) as Stevie Nichols, Luna’s new law-student girlfriend, and Cherissa Richards (A Dog’s Journey, The Secret Ingredient) as Joanna’s new adversary, Elise Moore.

Season 4 welcomes a talented array of directors including Doug Mitchell (The Pinkertons, Less Than Kind), Kelly Makin (Flashpoint, Saving Hope), Michelle Latimer (Trickster, Rise), Madison Thomas (Taken, Colour of Scar Tissue), and 2nd Unit Director, Tyson Caron (Wynter, Lovesick).

Writers this season include Brad Simpson, Madison Thomas, Eric Putzer, Shannon Masters, Hayden Simpson, Felicia Brooker, and cast member, Meegwun Fairbrother joins the writers this season.

In Season 4, when a mining company reopens a dormant mine outside Millwood, Joanna and Billy, lawyers and new parents, step in to protect a local woman’s home from certain destruction. When the mine swiftly retaliates, Joanna is forced to confront a long-buried secret from her past and scramble to protect the future of her career and her family. As both sides prepare for war with the fate of Millwood at stake, Joanna and Billy must juggle their life with a newborn with waging a legal battle against a corporate titan. When they come across evidence the mine isn’t what it claims to be, Joanna seizes an opportunity to launch an unexpected legal battle that will bring the company to its knees.

A CBC original series, BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced by ICF Films, Eagle Vision, and eOne. The series is created by Brad Simpson (Rookie Blue, King), who is also an executive producer. Brad Simpson and Adam Pettle (Saving Hope, The Detail, Nurses) serve as co-showrunners and also write on Season 4. BURDEN OF TRUTH is executive produced by Ilana Frank (Nurses, Saving Hope), Linda Pope (Nurses, Saving Hope), Adam Pettle (Nurses, Saving Hope), Jocelyn Hamilton (Cardinal, Mary Kills People), Eagle Vision’s Kyle Irving (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Kristin Kreuk (Beauty & The Beast, Smallville). Co-Executive producers are Lisa Meeches of Eagle Vision (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Tyson Caron (Lovesick, Wynter).