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Buck productions set to produce fiction series – Boundless

From a media release:

Buck Productions CEO Sean Buckley announced the Toronto-based company has signed on to produce the historical fiction series Boundless. Written by Canadian actress/writer/producer Kate Campbell. The show will consist of 8, 1 hour episodes. 

The series delves into the role women held during the Second World War, in particular the role of Canadian female pilots. Inspired by real events, the Ontario shot fictional series is a mix between Hidden Figures and League of Their Own, and is inspired by the writer’s grandmother, who was a pilot.

“I was inspired to write about women pilots of the second world war because of the stories my grandmother used to share,” said Kate Campbell, Writer, Boundless. “The narrative surrounding WWII has always focused on male heroes. I want to shed a light on the female heroines during that era and I am so thankful to have found such a great team in Sean and Buck Productions who share my passion for bringing these stories out into the world.”

The series is slated to begin production in Summer 2018.

Synopsis  

During WWII, renowned aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran’s dream of an elite all-female pilot training program stalls out trying to play by the rules of the existing patriarchal system. The program is threatened to be nixed, until rogue new recruit, Betty Ward, shows Jackie the only way for them to succeed is not by trying to conform, but by blazing an entirely new trail, on their own terms. Through controversy, jealousy, heartbreak and love, this band of women, from all walks of life, find their way into this new world, and through their love of flying they find their liberation and ultimately end up changing the course of history.

 

 

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Link: Jay Switzer invested with the Order of Canada

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Jay Switzer invested with the Order of Canada
Switzer built his reputation in the TV business from the bottom up. He started, at 16, on the Citytv switchboard. According to the colourful bio passed along by his Hollywood Suite corporate partner, David Kines, Switzer did everything during those early days at City, even the daring job of wiring up notorious Dutch madam Xaviera Hollander with a lav mic. Continue reading.

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Link: ‘I never felt safe on set’ — Canadian actors on changing the culture of harassment

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: ‘I never felt safe on set’ — Canadian actors on changing the culture of harassment
“I’ve always felt like this is a boys’ club. I’ve never felt safe on set. Sexual harassment is pervasive and insidious and it exists. It’s not always the crazy stuff you hear about. It can be more subtle. But it’s a fact of life.” Continue reading.

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Link: CBC to launch ad-free paid streaming option as part of revamped TV app

From The Canadian Press:

Link: CBC to launch ad-free paid streaming option as part of revamped TV app
CBC said Monday it plans to launch a paid version of a new CBC TV app that will let viewers watch programs without ads.

The broadcaster said in a memo that the new app, which will also be available for free in an ad-supported version, will allow users to live stream CBC TV, watch episodes on demand on the same day they’re released, see ad-free children’s programming and see series not aired on the network. Continue reading.

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Link: Veteran Canadian film producer and broadcaster Felix “Fil” Fraser dies at 86

From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:

Link: Veteran Canadian film producer and broadcaster Felix “Fil” Fraser dies at 86
Fil Fraser, who worked as a broadcaster, writer and radio, TV and film producer over five decades, died Sunday of unspecified causes. He was 86.

“Fil Fraser was a great Albertan whose storied career made him a national treasure and a living legend,” Michael Jorgensen, board chair of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, said Monday in a statement. Continue reading.

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