Award-winning co-producers of hit comedy series Corner Gas return to Saskatchewan with latest production
REGINA, April 19 /CNW/ - The Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation (SaskFilm) is pleased to announce production on InSecurity, a 13 part comedy series co-created and co-produced by the award-winning production company Vérité Films (Corner Gas, renegadepress.com) and Kevin White (Dan For Mayor) for CBC Television. Filmed on location in the Regina region and in the state of the art Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios with additional shooting in Ottawa, InSecurity will begin principal photography in July 2010.
InSecurity marks the fourth narrative television series that Vérité Films has produced in Saskatchewan.
InSecurity will receive support from SaskFilm's new Series Incentive Initiative, which is designed to support production on first season dramatic series production or for producing pilot episodes. SaskFilm's complete 2010/2011 program guidelines will be released on May 1, 2010.
"The Series Incentive Initiative demonstrates how cooperation and commitment can play an integral role in bringing high quality productions to Saskatchewan," the Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Dustin Duncan said. "The recently released Pride of Saskatchewan includes facilitating creative expression and the commercial development of the creative industries. We will do so using a suite of initiatives, including SaskFilm, the Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios and a mix of financing initiatives. The new Series Incentive Initiative enhances our competitiveness in attracting new productions to the province."
"Television series production provides extensive employment benefits and training opportunities for Saskatchewan's film and television crew, technicians and performers," said Susanne Bell, CEO and Film Commissioner of SaskFilm. "Vérité Films' demonstrated commitment to producing award-winning, audience-driven television series in Saskatchewan will return significant economic, employment and cultural dividends to our film and television industry."
"In these challenging times in the television industry, SaskFilm's new Series Incentive Initiative was crucial in attracting this wonderful comedy to Saskatchewan. On behalf of Kevin White, Robert de Lint and myself, we are thrilled to be making InSecurity with the outstanding talent and facilities Saskatchewan offers. It's been a recipe for success in the past and will continue to be in the future," said Virginia Thompson, Executive Producer of InSecurity and president of Vérité Films.
"It's important that the CBC partners with producers and talent across the entire country," remarked Kirstine Stewart, General Manager, CBC Television. "Saskatchewan has been the proud maker of shows like Corner Gas for CTV and Little Mosque on the Prairie for CBC. We hope for great success for InSecurity."
InSecurity is an action comedy about the men and women of the fictional National Intelligence and Security Agency who keep our nation safe...ish. Each week special agent Alex Cranston and her team of espionage misfits take on a mission, vital to national security. As Canadian spies, they go where others can't go - budget permitting. They do what others won't do because others have figured out it's a bad idea. And they screw up in ways that can only be described as world class. But like all good spies, Alex and her NISA team manage to get the bad guys and make the world a safer place. Just not always on purpose.
The series stars Natalie Lisinska (Chloe) as rookie agent Alex Cranston, William deVry (Bold and the Beautiful) as the politically-savvy boss Peter McNeil, Matthew MacFadzean (Stratford) as the Jack Bauer wanna-be Burt Wilson, Richard Yearwood (The Plan) as the loyal and unpredictable Benjamin N'udu, Grace Lynn Kung (Being Erica, House Party) as the super-smart field specialist Jojo Quan and the acclaimed Quebec super star Rémy Girard (Les Boys) as the jaded veteran of the team, Claude Lesage.
A co-production of Vérité Films and Company Name Here Productions, InSecurity is co-created and executive produced by Kevin White (Corner Gas, Dan For Mayor, 22 Minutes) who also acts as series showrunner, Robert de Lint (Corner Gas, Hiccups, renegadepress.com) who also acts as series key director and Virginia Thompson (Corner Gas, renegadepress.com, Incredible Story Studio).
About Company Name Here Productions:
Kevin White is a writer and showrunner. Most recently he, Mark Farrell and Paul Mather co-created and executive produced the comedy series Dan For Mayor for CTV under their joint company Sad Glasses Inc. Prior to that, Kevin show ran the final two seasons of Corner Gas. He co-wrote the series finale with Brent Butt, an episode watched by a record-breaking 2.9 million people. Kevin was also the first head writer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and ran the writers room for three seasons. He was a staff writer on the show for four years before that. Kevin's writing has earned him multiple Gemini award nominations as well as several Canadian screenwriting and Canadian Comedy Awards.
About Vérité Films:
Vérité Films is an internationally acclaimed producer and creator of unique, high impact, series television and interactive media. Founded by executive producer Virginia Thompson and director Robert de Lint, Vérité produced Canada's No.1 rated smash hit comedy series Corner Gas (CTV) with Brent Butt and David Storey's 335 productions. Vérité produced the Gemini award winning youth drama series renegadepress.com (GLOBAL/APTN) and the children's dramatic series Incredible Story Studio (YTV/DISNEY) - both series created and executive produced by Robert de Lint and Virginia Thompson. Known as being strong creative collaborators, Vérité has produced over 200 episodes of prime time series television that has reached record-breaking audiences in Canada and around the world. Vérité Films have offices in Toronto and Regina.
SaskFilm and Video Development Corporation (SaskFilm) leads the success of the Saskatchewan film and television industry through promotion and the provision of specialized services to help the industry flourish and contribute to pride of place. SaskFilm was established to stimulate and foster the development of an indigenous film and television industry through the administration of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit Program; management of the state of the art Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios; and by providing financial assistance to qualified production companies for purposes of developing, producing and distributing film and television productions. Visit www.saskfilm.com.
InSecurity is to be produced with the financial assistance of CBC Television, Canada Media Fund - License Fee Program, Canada Media Fund - Equity Investment Program, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit Program, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit Program, SaskFilm/SaskTel Max Equity Investment Program and the Series Incentive Initiative.
For further information: For further information: Kerry Fraser, Communications and Marketing Officer, SaskFilm, Tel: (306) 798-7980, Cell: (306) 535-8260, Email: email@example.com