After two weeks away, the gang is back together again and chatting about Canadian TV. Among the topics discussed: attending the third annual Canadian International Television Festival, the newest addition to the Murdoch Mysteries cast, Discovery Canada’s first-ever scripted series Frontier, Bell Media’s limited-run Cardinal (based on the book by Giles Blunt), the Canadian Screen Awards’ special awards and Steve Nash’s upcoming CBC basketball drama, Hardwood.
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From a media release:
Insight Productions has partnered with Steve Nash of Meathawk Productions to develop Hardwood at CBC, a one-hour, character-driven drama series set in the world of youth basketball, Shannon Farr, Vice President & Supervising Producer, Insight Production Company Ltd., announced today.
Hardwood (working title) follows a flashy, big-city entrepreneur who opens an elite youth basketball academy in a sleepy farming town in exurban Toronto. Skander Halim (Pretty Persuasion, 18 To Life) created the series and is writing the pilot.
Farr (Falcon Beach and The Jon Dore Television Show) recently opened Insight’s Los Angeles office – a move that is part of Insight’s strategy to increase its scripted development and production slate as it looks to grow the company and expand its global business.
Hardwood is executive produced by Insight Production’s John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, alongside Steve Nash and Ezra Holland of Meathawk Productions and Skander Halim. Shannon Farr is Supervising Producer.