TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Dedicated to producing smart series that
entertain, empower and resonate with their viewers, Astral's Family
Channel announces that it will greenlight three new live-action
comedy series all set to premiere in spring 2011.
"Whether it be the premise, the characters, the writing team or the
possibility to explore a multiplatform rollout strategy, each of these
series presents many exciting opportunities to deliver on the 'never a
dull moment' Family Channel experience," said Michael Goldsmith,
Director, Original Programming. "We're looking forward to working with
the production teams on each show and seeing how our audience reacts to
DECIDEDLY DEBRA (13 episodes x 30 minutes)
Produced by Cookie
Jar Entertainment, Decidedly Debra follows Debra Delong,
an effervescent teen with a unique style and outlook on the world who is
determined to start her own business. Debra's best friend Preston is
sometimes reluctant to become embroiled in Debra's ambitious schemes but
always manages to stick by her side. Decidedly Debra is
created by Andrew Nicolls and Darrel Vickers (Jimmy Neutron, Fairly
OddParents, Back to the Barnyard) and marks Cookie Jar
Entertainment's first live-action series for Family Channel.
REALLY ME (13 episodes x 30 minutes)
Best friends Maddy and
Julia win their own reality TV show and look forward to the fame,
endorsement deals and perks they assume will go along with gig. However,
with a pushy producer, an over enthusiastic family and no privacy, they
soon discover that having their lives documented 24/7 may not be as much
fun as they thought. Really Me is created by Tom McGillis
and Jennifer Pertsch and produced by Fresh TV (6TEEN, Total
Drama Island, My Babysitter's A Vampire).
WHAT'S UP, WARTHOGS! (100 episodes x 5 minutes)
A group of
teens aim to transform their school's morning announcements into an
entertaining news show in What's Up, Warthogs!, produced
by Aircraft Pictures (Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil) and
executive produced by Bill O'Dowd of Dolphin Entertainment (Zoey 101).
Utilizing online as well as on air, What's Up, Warthogs!
will roll out as short-form episodes on Family.ca
before premiering on the network. Created by Alex Diaz and Julie
Sagalowsky, the writing team will be lead by Dean Batali (That 70's
Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the
best in family television entertainment in over 6 million homes across
Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun
experience for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and
specials, with a large portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family
Channel also offers Family OnDemand in select areas, a
Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service that features hit Disney
movies and series, top-rated Canadian series and Playhouse Disney
programming, and Family OnLine, a broadband service offered to
Bell TV subscribers. Visit us at Family.ca.
Family Channel is a member of the Astral family. Astral is one of
Canada's largest media companies. It operates more than 100 of the
country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home
advertising and digital media properties. Astral plays a central role in
community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and
advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
SOURCE Family Channel
For further information: For further information:
Jaime Werby at 416-956-8547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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