Tag Archives: TVO

Jennifer Podemski’s new series, Unsettled, headed to APTN

The last time I spoke to Jennifer Podemski, I reached out to her to discuss Season 2 of her series, Future History. This time around, Podemski contacted me about her newest project.

Unsettled, for APTN and TVO, follows an urban Indigenous family who loses their fortune and must move from Toronto to a Northern Ontario First Nation.

Created, written, directed and executive-produced by Podemski and Hard Rock Medical‘s Derek Diorio, the 10-episode first season of Unsettled stars Cheri Maracle, Brandon Oakes, Tamara Podemski, Wesley French, Pam Mathews, Lawrence Bayne, Mitchell Loon and Albert Owl. Recurring cast includes Michaella Shannon, Glen Gould, Joshua Odjick, Lisa Cromarty, Tasheena Sarazin, Miigwan Buswa, Sid Bobb, Stephanie Aubertin, Willow Podemski-Bedard and Michael Podemski-Bedard.

Shot almost entirely on Nipissing First Nation, Unsettled is the first dramatic series to be funded through the CMF Aboriginal Language Program. Podemski’s open casting call resulted in over 50 Indigenous community members landing roles as principal actors, actors and background performers; out of 55 roles, 50 are Indigenous characters played by Indigenous actors.

Images courtesy of Jennifer Podemski.

Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Link: ‘Odd Squad’ deploys new team for old mission: getting kids to tune in

From Brian Steinberg of Variety:

Link: ‘Odd Squad’ deploys new team for old mission: getting kids to tune in
The kid cast of the PBS series “Odd Squad” is gearing up for its usual challenge, teaching kids about math and science. While the four new members of the team tape scenes in New York’s Central Park, however, a bigger threat looms. Continue reading.

Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Link: Vera Good, creator of TVO’s Polka Dot Door, was a master educator

From Valerie Hill of the Waterloo Region Record:

Link: Vera Good, creator of TVO’s Polka Dot Door, was a master educator
In the 1970s, Vera was asked to design a preschool series for the newly launched TVO. One of her most successful programs was Polka Dot Door with its beloved character Polkaroo. She was the show’s original producer. Continue reading.

Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

It’s My Party! premieres on TVO on June 26

From a media release:

It’s My Party!a new TVOkids Original series that takes viewers on a fascinating journey of discovery into different communities within Canada, premieres on Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. From Diwali to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Oshogatsu, It’s My Party! (13×22-minute episodes) offers a fresh take on the celebrations, exploring the origins and meaning behind different elements – all from a child’s perspective.

Hosted by Emily Agard (GastroblastRide or Wrong), each episode pairs up two kids who have never met before: one is the party guide, and the other is the VIP guest. These two newfound friends jump in feet first into new cultural experiences, participating in challenges and games linked to the food, fashion and festivities of the dynamic celebration. Each episode culminates in a lively performance.

The June 26 premiere episode focuses on the Punjabi winter celebration Lohri, where viewers are invited to experience bhangra dancing, Indian sweets and dhol drumming.

A companion game called Party Time! enables kids to explore, customize and design their own unique celebrations. Players can personalize and interpret their party by selecting and mix-matching cultural elements from the many events in the show.

The series is produced by Bristow Global Media, in association with TVO, with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund​ and the Canada Media Fund (CMF). Key executives include executive producers Julie Bristow, Marlo Miazga and Daniel Bourré for Bristow Global Media, as well as Marney Malabar and Marianne Lambert for TVO. Distribution360 has partnered with Bristow Global Media on international distribution, also overseeing format rights worldwide.

Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Ideacom International announces start of production on Human+

From a media release:

Award-winning, independent television and digital media company Ideacom International announced today that production is currently underway on the new documentary series Human+, a co-production with France’s Academy Award®-winning Bonne Pioche, for Ici Explora, TVO, and AMI in Canada and RMC Découverte in France. The five-episode one-hour series, filming in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, and France, is slated to premiere in April 2019.

Human+ takes viewers into the enigmatic world of scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the way humans see, touch, taste, hear, and smell. Each episode delves into the awe-inspiring and emotional stories of people whose lives are being transformed through some of the most cutting-edge advancements in sensorial technology.

With the participation of the TELUS Fund, Human+ is a Canada-France co-production for Ici Explora, TVO, and AMI in Canada and RMCDécouverte in France. Ideacom International’s Josette D. Normandeau, Bonne Pioche’s Sophie Parrault and André Barro are the Executive Producers, and Amy Webb serves as Producer. Human+ is directed by Vincent Barthélémy and written by Duncan McDowall, Yann Renoard, and Vincent Barthélémy. The series is distributed internationally by Terranoa.

Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail