VisionTV to put three new dramedy series into development

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - VisionTV has short-listed three original
comedy-drama series projects for development, the multi-faith and
multicultural network announced today.
    Mark Prasuhn, Chief Operating Officer for VisionTV's parent company
S-VOX, said the three projects were chosen from among the 270-plus submissions
that VisionTV received in response to a recent call for dramedy series
    The projects are:
    Local 69, from Toronto-based Hungry Eyes Film & Television Inc., a
satirical comedy about a middle-aged factory worker named Emma Goodman who
unexpectedly becomes a union boss and must contend with inept managers,
mobsters and disgruntled workers as she fights to keep jobs from being
outsourced. The series was created by Jennifer Holness, Min Sook Lee and Sudz
    Saint Michael, the story of a self-involved, daredevil young priest who
is sent on the most challenging mission of his life: to the Birchy Delight
retirement home, where he learns that the path to hell really is paved with
good intentions. The project, from Toronto-based Shaftesbury Films Inc. and
Henry Less Productions, was created by writer-actors Steve Cochrane, Phyllis
Ellis and Adriana Maggs.
    Taking on Water, from Vancouver-based Soapbox Productions Inc., is an
ensemble comedy set on one of British Columbia's gulf islands. The series
revolves around psychiatrist Abigail Chadwick, who returns to her childhood
home and must contend with her unconventional mother, her gay brother and a
host of eccentric hangers-on. Veteran producer Nick Orchard and Second City
alum Naomi Snieckus are the creators.
    Said Mr. Prasuhn: "We have made our selections with a view toward
developing programs that will complement VisionTV's successful prime time
lineup of comedies and dramas, and will appeal to VisionTV's core audience of
viewers aged 50-plus. We are enthusiastic about these projects, and look
forward to launching the development process."
    Once the producers finish the first phase of development - which will
include the creation of a pilot script and series bible - one of the three
projects will be greenlit for production. VisionTV hopes to broadcast the
completed series in the fall of 2010.
    "The selection process was challenging but very exciting," said Joan
Jenkinson, Director of Independent Production for S-VOX. "We had a number of
outstanding proposals to choose from, and the decisions were by no means easy.
But in the end we arrived at three projects with the potential to rank among
the very best comedy-drama series on Canadian television."
    Added S-VOX President and CEO Bill Roberts: "As a small, independent
broadcaster, we have a particular commitment to supporting independent
Canadian production - especially in the field of comedy and drama. We are
proud to have this opportunity to work with some very talented producers and
creators, and are excited to be putting three such engaging and thoughtfully
conceived projects into development."

    VisionTV (, an S-VOX company, is Canada's multi-faith and
multicultural broadcaster, dedicated to entertaining and insightful
programming that celebrates diversity and promotes understanding and tolerance
among people of different faiths and cultures.

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