− Hicks, Skids, Hockey Players will head back to Sudbury for production on Season 3 −
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TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - As announced on Saturday during Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's event highlighting the year's successful productions in Sudbury, CraveTV confirms that it has ordered a third season of LETTERKENNY. Season 1 has been battin' a hundy p, so CraveTV's keepin 'er goin' with another six-pack slated to begin production in 2017. This toe-curling announcement comes just weeks after production wrapped on Season 2, which is set to premiere on CraveTV later this year. The half-hour, small-town comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media, and shoots on location in and around Sudbury, ON. Season 1 is currently streaming on CraveTV.
"Canadian comedy has always had a unique voice but LETTERKENNY stands apart," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "We're excited to continue working with Jared, Jacob, the exceptionally talented cast, our tireless production partners New Metric Media, and of course the city of Sudbury, as LETTERKENNY heads back to the farm."
"LETTERKENNY continues to be a leading performer in the CraveTV lineup, and so as we finalize Season 2 launch plans, we are delivering a Season 3 pick-up now to capitalize on the incredible momentum oozing from this amazing production team," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty.
"LETTERKENNY is a distinctive and authentic, proudly original program that not only drives views, but also subscriber acquisition, making today's announcement a great day for comedy fans everywhere," said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.
Season 1 of LETTERKENNY had the biggest debut of any series on CraveTV since the premium TV streaming service launched in 2014, with more CraveTV users watching LETTERKENNY than any other series or title on CraveTV. LETTERKENNY is based on the Internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, a series of shorts which have raked in more than 18 million views. Created and co-written by Jared Keeso of Bravo's hit Canadian Screen Award-nominated original drama 19-2, LETTERKENNY is executive produced, directed, and co-written by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), who returns for Season 2.
With just one season unveiled on CraveTV, LETTERKENNY has already garnered Texas-sized acclaim from critics and celebrities and inspired fan-generated videos, and memes. Below are just a few samples of fan praise, among them, mega-stars Jay Baruchel and Kevin Smith.
! @LetterkennyProb is the funniest TV show that I'm not the lead of! @BaruchelNDG
Fan-generated recreations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iGbla24h-I
LETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne (Keeso) and his buds get into with their small-town Ontario rivals. There's The Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey Players, who get at each other about the most mundane things, often ending with someone getting their ass kicked.
LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media (What Would Sal Do?), in partnership with DHX Media in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Patrick O'Sullivan and Mark Montefiore (Cas & Dylan) are executive producers for New Metric Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, and the upcoming drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the smash-hit thriller BITTEN, Space's most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo's most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV's first original series LETTERKENNY, and Discovery's upcoming drama FRONTIER. Discovery is also home to Bell Media's hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others.
About New Metric Media
New Metric Media is a film, television, and new media production company that works with top creative talent to produce outstanding film, television, and new media content to entertain the world over. New Metric Media's past and present projects include the upcoming series WHAT WOULD SAL DO? and the feature film Cas & Dylan, directed by Jason Priestley and starring Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss and Golden Globe®-nominee Tatiana Maslany. For more information visit www.newmetricmedia.com.
About DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world's leading independent, pure-play kids' content company. Owner of the world's largest independent library of kids' and family content, at more than 11,500 half-hours, DHX Media is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media is comprised of four main business units: DHX Studios creates high-quality original entertainment at its Vancouver and Halifax animation studios, its Toronto live-action studio, and in working with top international producers; DHX Distribution is a major provider of content to the global market; DHX Television, home to the Family suite of channels, is dedicated to delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families; and DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and managing high-profile global entertainment brands within the children's and young-adult markets. DHX Media also owns the full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), which represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.
Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada's premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV's most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO's iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada's premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.
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For further information: For LETTERKENNY: Andrea Allen, The Comedy Network, 416.384.5375 or [email protected]; Mary Costa, The Comedy Network, 416.384.7702 or [email protected]; For CraveTV: Scott Campbell, Manager, Pay and CraveTV, 416.384.4235, [email protected]