Super Channel is partnering with Northern Arena Productions to bring esports and gaming culture series SQUAD to GINX Esports TV Canada. Hour-long episodes of the gaming lifestyle series will air Tues. to Thurs. at 7 p.m. ET, beginning Sept. 17 and will also be available via Super Channel On Demand. SQUAD, which is shot in Mississauga, brings together a ‘squad’ of featured hosts including Marissa Roberto and Brody ‘Liefx’ Moore, in addition to a rotating lineup of esports professionals, game developers, YouTubers, and Twitch streamers. It debuted last March on multiple platforms including Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. View the trailer here.
Crave will be the exclusive streaming home in Canada of the eighth and final season of Homeland, premiering Feb. 9. In addition to Homeland, new Showtime programming coming to Crave includes new Kirsten Dunst dark comedy On Becoming A God in Central Florida, executive produced by George Clooney (Aug. 25); Couples Therapy, a new docuseries from Sundance Award-winning filmmakers Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, and Eli Despres (Sept. 6); true crime docuseries Murder In The Bayou (Sept. 13); Back To Life, a new comedy series from the producers of Fleabag, created by and starring Daisy Haggard (Oct. 6); Kidding, Season 2 (Nov. 3); Shameless, Season 10 (Nov. 3); Ray Donovan, Season 7 (Nov. 17); Work In Progress, a new comedy starring Abby McEnany (Dec. 8); The L Word: Generation Q (Dec. 18); The Good Lord Bird, a limited series starring Ethan Hawke, David Morse, and Steve Zahn (Feb. 16); and 10-episode legal thriller Your Honor, starring Bryan Cranston (premiere date TBD).
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has unveiled its AMI-tv fall schedule which for the first time includes all original programming in the 8 p.m. timeslot, Monday to Friday. Season 8 of weekly magazine show AMI This Week kicks off the fall slate Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Season 3 of award-winning series Employable Me also returns, following a new group of Canadian job seekers. Double Tap TV makes its debut with hosts Steven Scott and Marc Aflalo leading cutting-edge discussions on everything tech with an eye on accessibility. Season 3 of Eyes for the Job follows handyman Chris Judge, who is blind, and Alex Haider as they take on do-it-yourself projects. New local original documentaries in the Our Community series include the journey of two communities building barrier-free baseball diamonds, and a pilot who flies children of all abilities in his four-seater airplane. AMI-tv’s newest acquired series in described video is Frankie Drake Mysteries.
Global News Montreal is airing four-part series Everyday Joe, hosted by local comedian Joey Elias. Airing on Global News Morning for the next few Fridays, Elias pokes fun at Montrealers love of complaining, the city’s seemingly endless construction, and other Montreal quirks.
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is partnering with the Independent Production Fund (IPF) on a recently-announced Development Packaging Program designed to support the development of high quality, Canadian, original, scripted short-form drama series. To be eligible for support, projects must be new and original; be conceived as scripted, episodic short-form dramatic content with multiple episodes and run times less than 20 minutes; have a confirmed creative team at time of application and be developed in either English or French. Each eligible project can apply for a maximum of $30,000. The deadline to apply is Mar. 2, 2020. Click here to access guidelines.
FIN Partners, the co-production/co-financing market that runs concurrent to the Atlantic International Film Festival, Sept. 12-14, has announced that Oscar-nominated producer Finola Dwyer will be this year’s opening keynote speaker. Dwyer, whose production credits include Brooklyn, An Education, Their Finest, and Our Souls at Night, will speak about her career to date with a focus on her eye for winning partnerships.
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