marblemedia announces production and casting call for ‘Just like Mom and Dad’

marblemedia announces production and casting call for

‘Just like Mom and Dad’

How well do parents and kids know each other? Families will now get the chance to find out!

Producers for Just Like Mom and Dad include Stephen Turnbull, Mark Bishop & Steve Sloan

TORONTO, CANADA (August 21, 2017)  – Award-winning global media production and distribution company marblemedia announced today it will begin production this fall on Just Like Mom and Dad, an exciting new and modern remake of the 80s hit game show Just Like Mom. Produced in association with YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the US, the 20-episode primetime family game show will premiere across North America in January 2018.

A highly popular part of Canadian TV pop culture nostalgia, the original Canadian series Just like Mom ran more than 600 episodes over five seasons from 1980 to 1985 on CTV, and many years later in syndication. marblemedia secured all remake and development rights in an agreement with Bell Media. This multi-year format deal includes worldwide program and format distribution rights to the series, through marblemedia’s distribution arm, Distribution360 (D360), along with digital and ancillary rights.

In its new series, Just Like Mom and Dad, marblemedia will be introducing a newly re-imagined kids & family game show that brings back some of the most loved elements of the original series with a number of exciting new additions. The show celebrates all families and brings the fun while exploring how well kids and parents know each other.

Shot before a live, energetic studio audience on a bright, dynamic set filled with flashy lights, giant moving video screens, and a bigger and more tempting prize wheel, each episode of Just Like Mom and Dad will feature three parent-kid pairs. The game starts with two interactive trivia based rounds where parents and kids will answer questions about each other. The third and final round will be an exciting bake-off in a new, state of the art kitchen coliseum. With new twists, surprise questions and a brand new host couple to be announced in the coming weeks, Just Like Mom and Dad will be a new family time favourite. Designed with digital in mind, the series will celebrate modern, diverse families and prove once again that families love spending time and playing together.  Extended families and loved ones will be encouraged to participate as well through audience cheering sections and online.

Additionally, marblemedia will be releasing a suite of digital media components. Produced inhouse by marblemedia Interactive, to support the Just Like Mom and Dad series, the Just Like Mom and Dad App will allow families to play challenges with each other, share successes and continue to bond with and learn about each other every day. At JustLikeMomAndDad.com families can now apply to be on the show, inviting families to be part of the fun.

marblemedia is excited to announce the series is being produced in association with YES TV and Omnicom’s Highway Entertainment  in Canada and US partner BYUtv.. Just Like Mom and Dad is also financed with participation of the Bell Fund and Shaw Rocket Fund.

“marblemedia has  a strong passion and track record for creating great co-viewing content for kids & families, and are particularly excited to be working with new partners at YES TV and BYUtv to bring back a show that we knew and loved as kids,” says Mark Bishop, Co-CEO of marblemedia.  “I’m a Dad too and look forward to sharing what we’ve re-imagined for this new generation of modern, diverse and fun-loving families.”

Just Like Mom and Dad is a perfect fit for YES TV, giving Canadians fun, family viewing that delights and engages everyone in the household,” said Rob Sheppard, General Manager, YES TV. “Programs that bring everyone to the room are at the core of YES TV, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with marblemedia in the revival of this classic Canadian favorite. Just Like Mom brought joy to a generation and now we get to share all the raucous laughter and boisterous blunders with a new generation of families.”

“BYUtv is so excited to be partnering with marblemedia  on ‘Just Like Mom and Dad,’” said Jim Bell, BYUtv’s supervising producer for this new series. “Like marblemedia, BYUtv’s focus is on providing family-oriented, values-based content for viewers throughout North America and around the world. This partnership will expand our reach into Canada, and we’re equally thrilled to be a new outlet for marblemedia’s content in the United States. This is our first game show, actually, and we’re excited to partner with this remarkable group of very talented people, who share our same commitment to quality family entertainment.”

In addition, marblemedia has partnered with Segal Licensing, who will be handling licensing and merchandising for the series.  marblemedia is also currently in discussion with a number of brand integration partnerships for participation in the series.

Producers for the series include Mark Bishop, Matt Hornburg, Steve Sloan, Stephen Turnbull, alongside Rob Sheppard for YES TV, Jim Bell for BYUtv and Adam Ivers for Omnicom’s Highway Entertainment.

The show will be produced in the GTA in October and an online casting call launches today and closes September 10, 2017.

Casting Call – Seeking North American Families and Original Contestants!

Would you like to compete on Just Like Mom and Dad? marblemedia wants to hear from you!

Producers are seeking confident, outgoing parent-kid pairs who want a chance to spin the big wheel for exciting prizes! Those interested can submit casting videos at JustLikeMomAndDad.com.  All families with children ages 6-10 are welcome to apply. marblemedia is also doing a special shout out to contestants from the original series who would like to return with THEIR kids and appear on Just Like Mom and Dad.

Families can learn more at www.JustLikeMomAndDad.com  and via social media:

www.facebook.com/justlikemomanddad/

www.twitter.com/justlikemomdad/

www.instagram.com/justlikemomanddad/

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms.  With newly launched divisions specializing in primetime unscripted and scripted programming complementing its roster of successful kids and family properties, international distribution company Distribution360 and an in-house interactive studio, marblemedia is an expert in delivering winning content that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape.

Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at marblemedia.com.

About YES TV

YES TV is a commercial television station committed to positive, family friendly, entertainment programming. YES TV is licensed and regulated by the CRTC as a religious channel and an exclusively Canadian television station, available in 6.8 million homes across Canada.

YES TV consists of three over-the-air conventional stations, two local stations, CKCS-DT (Calgary, AB) and CKES-DT (Edmonton, AB), and one regional broadcaster, CITS-DT (Hamilton, ON). The regional broadcaster primarily reaches the Greater Toronto Area with re-broadcast transmitters in Kitchener, London, and Ottawa. YES TV is a brand of CTS, a Canadian incorporated non-profit.

About BYUtv

BYU Broadcasting is an integrated media organization, based in Provo, Utah, that inspires people to see, do, and be the good in the world by providing uplifting content, magnifying the university, engaging like-minded communities, and elevating ideals into action.

Founded in 2001, BYUtv has grown from a cable channel on a single satellite TV provider to coverage in more than 82 million households on Dish Network, DirecTV, and over 800 cable systems in the United States.

About Distribution360

Distribution360, a marblemedia company, is a dynamic and innovative rights management business positioned to monetize content across all existing and emerging platforms around the World. With a focus on kids and factual, our mandate is to take maximum advantage of all opportunities in the digital economy and to achieve the best possible returns for the programs and properties that we represent.

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marblemedia’s Opie’s Home premieres as a part of TVO’s 2017 kids summer schedule

TORONTO, CANADA (June 22, 2017) – When you’re 4 and a half and three quarters, there are no friends like the ones next door.  There is no playground like your backyard, and no one quite like your family.  There’s no place like home.

Opie’s Home, now on TVO, is a new preschool comedy series about life, family and the wonderful place we call home.  The series invites viewers to follow the adventures of 4yo Opie as the viewers and Opie both head home from school for the summer.

From resisting bedtime, to making a special meal for Mommy and Daddy or getting into his first argument with his best friend, Opie’s Home celebrates the important relationships, milestones and day-to-day interactions that mark what it means to be a preschooler, full of all the funny moments and life lessons that preschoolers and parents can relate to. The series brings the lessons from the classroom home into Opie’s world.

Opie’s Home is a spin-off of the award-winning series, Hi Opie!, which follows Opie as he ventures to kindergarten for the first time.

Cast includes award-winning puppeteer Jordan Lockhart as Opie, Aisha Alfa as Mom, Jim Annan as Dad, and Oscar-nominated actor Graham Greene as Opie’s much loved next door neighbour Mr. Kabashio.

“marblemedia is thrilled to bring Opie back to the viewers in a new and modern setting, at home, with his diverse family, friends and neighbours,” says Mark Bishop, Co-CEO and Executive Producer. “Working with our team and close partners at TVOKids and the Jim Henson Company to bring Opie’s Home to life has been a pleasure.”

“TVOKids award-winning programs help set children up for early success not only in school but also in life and Opie’s Home provides strong role modeling for both kids and parents,” says Marney Malabar, TVO Director of Kids TV. “TVO is delighted preschoolers can continue to learn along with their familiar and trusted friend, Opie as well as his entire family in Opie’s Home.”

A TVOKids Original, Opie’s Home was created and produced by Toronto-based marblemedia in association with TVO Kids and The Jim Henson Company.  The series will premiere later this fall across Canada on Knowledge Kids and City TV Saskatchewan.

Now available for Canadian audiences at TVOKids.com, Opie’s Home interactive digital media experience, invites preschoolers to Opie’s place for their own one-on-one play date! Created by marblemedia’s interactive team, the experience comes to life on mobile devices and desktop computer browsers through a suite of three games and a choose-your-own adventure style play story. Faithful to the world presented on TV, activities combine simple, fun, funny playtime with Opie and curriculum lessons to complete a rich, thoughtful media experience designed specifically for preschoolers.

marblemedia nominated for three Youth Media Alliance Awards

marblemedia is pleased to share the news that three marblemedia properties have been nominated for the 2017 Youth Media Alliance awards, announced today:

Award of Excellence for Best Program, Live Action, Ages 3–5

Hi Opie! (Opie’s Ladybug Friend) – produced by marblemedia, in association with The Jim Henson Company

Award of Excellence, Best Cross-platform Interactive Content

Driving Me Crazy

Opie’s Playground

“It is an honour to be recognized amongst an esteemed group, and we’re very proud of what we’ve created. We look forward to celebrating at the gala!” said Mark Bishop, Co-CEO/ Executive Producer of marblemedia.

Winners will be announced on May 31.   Youth Media Alliance awards high quality, children and teen content on a yearly basis. For more information on the Youth Media Alliance you can visit the YMA website here.

Click here to learn more about Hi Opie, Driving Me Crazy, and Opie’s Playground.

marblemedia’s Driving Me Crazy shifts into high gear with the launch of its new free-to-play mobile game

Now available in the App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android devices, marblemedia Interactive’s fun new mobile game Drving Me Crazy puts players behind the wheel in a race to complete a collection of fast-paced, silly, micro-game challenges.

In mere seconds, players must figure out how to beat each game before it beats them, earing coins to pop trunks and collect new games and power ups.

Game features include:

  • Free-to-play
  • Awesome micro-games
  • Unlimited Challenges
  • 2 modes of play – Normal and Mega Challenge mode with bigger, more daring game challenges
  • Collect new games and power ups by earning coins and popping trunks
  • Common, Uncommon, Rare, Very Rare and Legendary rewards
  • Level up your game to improve rewards and change up your gameplay
  • Difficulty scales based on your play style
  • Use your device camera to bring you and your friends into the game

Driving Me Crazy comes from marblemeda, the team behind the hit series Driving Me Crazy on YTV, designed with all new wacky challenges, surprises and rewards inspired by the show.  Fans will even catch the show’s host, pro- race car driver Gary Klutt, doing a victory dance or two.

Buckle up and start your engines!

 

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, producers and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms.  Learn more at marblemedia.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

marblemedia teams up with TVO and The Jim Henson Company on new preschool live-action series Opie’s Home

TORONTO, CANADA (July 28, 2016) –  marblemedia is pleased to announce that it has once again teamed up with TVO, City Saskatchewan, Knowledge Network and The Jim Henson Company on a new preschool live-action series, Opie’s Home. Currently in production in Hamilton, Ontario, the series will premiere in 2017. 

Opie’s Home (39 x 7min) follows 4-year-old Opie as he plays, explores and discovers new things in and around his home. Viewers meet Opie’s parents, grandmother, and neighbourhood friends, including next door neighbour Mr. Kabashio, played by the much loved and Oscar-nominated Canadian actor Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Die Hard with a Vengeance).  

Opie’s Home is a spin-off of the award-winning series Hi Opie! (created by Barbara Slade, developed in partnership with TVOKids and produced in association with The Jim Henson Company), which features Opie, the fun-loving kindergartner voiced and operated by award-winning puppeteer Jordan Lockhart, as he ventures to kindergarten for the first time. In Opie’s Home, Opie brings home what he has learned in school and applies it in his life.

Opie’s Home features the beautiful Henson-style puppetry that families know and love, along with great stories rooted in what it’s really like to be four (and three-quarters to be exact). Opie was designed and built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™.  The series will be complemented by an interactive web experience and mobile app, in development with marblemedia’s interactive team, which will be available  in Canada on tvokids.com.

“With Opie’s Home, we wanted to explore the fun of family life from the four year-old point of view,” says showrunner Miklos Perlus. “With its realistic shooting style and production design, and its relatable stories and characters, Opie’s Home is preschool comedy that parents and kids are really going to enjoy watching together.”

Opie’s Home will help kids learn the skills required to make a smooth transition from home to kindergarten,” said Marney Malabar, Director, Kids TV, TVO. “Episodes will feature Opie’s day-to-day interactions at home, reading and playing with his family and neighbours, as well as his family routine before and after school, helping kids to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.”

Opie’s Home is produced by marblemedia, in association with TVO, The Jim Henson Company, City Saskatchewan and Knowledge Network.  It is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the Bell Fund.  Key executives include executive producers Mark Bishop, Matt Hornburg,  and  Miklos Perlus (marblemedia), Marney Malabar (Director, Kids TV, TVO), and Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson Company); producer Sharon Summerling and associate producer/director Lowell Dean of Lolofilms.

Distribution360, a marblemedia company, will share the broadcast and digital distribution with The Jim Henson Company, who will also oversee format rights, as well as all merchandising and licensing rights worldwide.

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms.  With newly launched divisions specializing in primetime unscripted and scripted programming complimenting its roster of successful kids and family properties, international distribution company Distribution360 and an in-house interactive studio, marblemedia is an expert in delivering winning content that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape.  

Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at marblemedia.com.

About TVO

As the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals, as well as the CG-animated preschool series Doozers, the upcoming digital citizenship series for preschoolers Dot., and the Netflix series for young preschoolers Word Party. Top titles currently in production include the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS® and the Netflix Original preschool show Julie’s Greenroom, starring award-winning actress Julie Andrews. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, Henson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! and the TV film Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character- building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of- the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show at the Venetian Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. 

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Contact:  Donna MacNeil, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Development, marblemedia

donna[at]marblemedia.com | marblemedia.com

Distribution360 inks development deal with Partners in Motion

TORONTO, CANADA (July 26, 2016) – Distribution360, a marblemedia company, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Emmy Award-winning Vancouver production company Partners in Motion. The deal will see the two companies co-develop a slate of new factual content andDistribution360 take on the  international distribution of the full Partners in Motion catalogue in all territories.  

“Strong, collaborative partnerships with producers are part of our DNA at D360,” says Diane Rankin, SVP, International. “We were immediately excited by the Partners in Motion development slate and look forward to working with them to bring their new productions to market, alongside their strong catalogue of factual series like Crime Stories and Edge of War.”

Earlier this year, Partners in Motion principal Ron Goetz took sole leadership at the company’s helm with new direction and priorities including a focus on new and original titles.

“Development is a real priority for us going forward, as it is for D360 who thinks similarly,” says Ron Goetz, principal of Partners in Motion.  “Their creative and financial involvement at an early stage really does make it easier for us as producers to get on with the business of making great shows.”

About Distribution360

Distribution360, a marblemedia company, is a rapidly growing leader in international distribution and global rights management, representing a robust catalogue of kids and factual programming and digital media content from award-winning production companies around the world.  Learn moredistribution360.com.

About Partners in Motion

Since its creation in 1993, Partners In Motion has grown and matured into a multi-dimensional, multi-purpose entertainment entity engaged in the development, production and distribution of comprehensive, award-winning media programming and is a favored supplier for networks including Discovery International, History Television, A&E Biography, The Travel Channel, HBO and TLC.  Learn more at partnersinmotion.com.

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Contact:  Donna MacNeil, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Development, marblemedia

donna@marblemedia.com |  distribution360.com

Donna MacNeil joins marblemedia as Vice President Marketing & Strategic Development

TORONTO, CANADA (July 7, 2016) – marblemedia is pleased to announce the appointment ofDonna MacNeil to the newly created role of Vice President Marketing & Strategic Development. 

Leading marketing and communications for marblemedia, Distribution360 and marblemedia Interactive, Donna will work with the team to deliver strategic brand marketing initiatives and communications plans that continue to fuel growth and drive new revenue for marblemedia, particularly in the areas of direct-to-consumer video content, games and apps. 

Previously Donna has held senior roles with Kidscreen, Spin Master and Mark Media, developing strong 360 degree insight across multiple channels of trade and consumer marketing including television, consumer products and digital media.

“We’re excited to welcome Donna to the team at marblemedia,” said Mark Bishop, Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia. “Her experience and strategic approach to integrated marketing and brand development are valuable assets, particularly at a time of rapid growth across the company.”

As it marks its 15th anniversary in 2016, marblemedia has been actively expanding its roster and portfolio with the addition of a primetime scripted division, new projects across kids, family, and interactive, and a record-breaking year for D360.   New projects will continue to be announced throughout the summer months leading into a very busy fall quarter.

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms.

With newly launched divisions specializing in primetime unscripted and scripted programming complimenting its roster of successful kids and family properties, international distribution company Distribution 360 and an in-house interactive studio, marblemedia is an expert in delivering winning content that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape.

Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto.  Learn more at marblemedia.com.

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Media contact:  

Donna MacNeil, Vice President Marketing & Strategic Development

donna@marblemedia.com | Mobile. 416-670-5864

Stephan Petar | Coordinator, Marketing and Communications

stephan@marblemedia.com | 416.646.2711

Bell Media Announces Sarah Timmins to Receive Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Apprenticeship

TORONTOJuly 5, 2016 /CNW/ – Bell Media announced today the selection of Sarah Timmins as the recipient of the third annual Bell Media Executibe Producer Accelerator LabProduction Apprenticeship. Having already completed the six-week Broadcaster Internship at Bell Media earlier this year, Sarah now embarks on her one-year apprenticeship with marblemedia.

Spanning the life of one program cycle, the apprenticeship will provide Sarah with the opportunity to gain further experience in a senior producing role and its associated responsibilities, and obtain insight into managing a large scripted series alongside the senior management team at marblemedia. marblemedia is an award-winning content creation company whose credits include HI OPIE, OPEN HEART, SPLATALOT, and their first primetime series ALCHEMY, currently in development, created by Karen Walton.

“Sarah is a talented producer and extremely deserving of this opportunity,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “marblemedia is a leader in our industry, and we feel that Sarah, as a future industry leader, is a perfect fit for them, and will bring great experience and smarts to their team while gaining valuable insight in return.”

“We are very excited to work with Bell Media on this excellent program. Both companies are committed to fostering a vibrant industry and, in our evolving landscape, it is more important than ever,” stated Matt Hornburg Co-CEO of marblemedia. “We are excited to have Sarah join our Scripted team. It will further bolster our ability to support domestic talent and bring great stories to the world.”

With five participating producers from across Canada, the third annual Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab program began in January with the Broadcaster Internship, a six-week, group placement in which entrants studied a broad curriculum designed to give a wealth of experience in the media landscape. Producers met with senior Bell Media representatives from various departments to gain exposure to the internal operations of a Canadian broadcaster. Participants also learned about complex business and economic factors in Canadian television production and their relationship with broadcasting through seminars, panel discussions with industry experts, exploration of case studies, and coaching sessions.

About the recipient

Sarah Timmins
Sarah is a film, television, and interactive media producer with more than 10 years of experience. She is also the founding partner of Toronto-based production company Corvid Pictures, whose projects include the international award-winning feature The Tracey Fragments and cult-hit comedy series TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL (Space).

About marblemedia
marblemedia is celebrating 15 years as a world leader in developing, producing, distributing engaging multiplatform entertainment experiences for audiences around the world. With nearly 250 hours of programming distributed in more than 200 territories, marblemedia has been honoured by Playback magazine with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, in addition to being named Transmedia Producer of the Year (2011) by the publication. marble has won two Canadian Screen Awards, two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch, operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff, and an L.A. office. The company was co-founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001.
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About the Bell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative
The $10.9 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of national mentoring and promotional programs, which ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at different stages of their careers. Currently, four of these multi-year initiatives are exclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media Festival, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast and production experience for mid-level producers; the NSI Totally Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training course for writers, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing a development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm), which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.

About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British ColumbiaAlbertaOntario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

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For further information: Eric McKelvie, Bell Media, 416.384.5246 or eric.mckelvie@bellmedia.ca

MARBLEMEDIA and OMNIFILM ENTERTAINMENT partner to remake 90’s favourite THE ODYSSEY

TORONTO, CANADA (June 13, 2016) – International award-winning producer marblemedia  and long-established television powerhouse Omnifilm Entertainment today announced they are joining forces to develop their newest scripted series, The Odyssey.

The Odyssey — a fun and suspenseful adventure with a tone reminiscent of the classic adventure comedy The Goonies — will be adapted by the award-winning showrunners Simon Racioppa andRichard Elliott (Fangbone, My Babysitter’s a Vampire), who are also currently creating and writing an original one-hour pilot for Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment (The Walking Dead).

The Odyssey is an adventure comedy series about a group of kids who wake up to find themselves in a mysterious forest called Downworld — without knowing why they are there or how to get home. With no adults to guide them, the kids quickly learn how to take care of themselves as well as each other and to enjoy this curious and exciting world while they continue to search for a way home.

With an ensemble cast, featuring characters from around the world, some kids will find their way home while new kids will arrive in Downworld — creating an evolving cast of characters. Downworld is a wondrous place with traffic lights in a forest, an awesome hideout, a swimming pond and a monster, Mr. Mask, whose powers are derived from the kids’ own fears.

“We’ve been passionately committed to finding IP that offers an immersive and imaginative world for young viewers,” said Matt Hornburg, Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia. “Audiences of this age are underserved in serialized live action, particularly a series such as The Odyssey which balances fun, adventure and mystery. We hope to capture that same loyalty in today’s audience as the original series did.”

“We are very excited to be working with marblemedia to update and reboot our Odyssey franchise for a new generation of tween viewers,” confirms Omnifilm President Michael Chechik. “Simon and Richard have done a fantastic job reimagining the series while remaining true to the original inspiration.”

marblemedia’s Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy, Vice President of Scripted, will be working together withBrian Hamilton, Partner and Executive Producer, Omnifilm Entertainment, to bring this project to life. A robust digital presence will also be created to support the adventures of The Odyssey which will be produced by marblemedia’s award-winning interactive team.

International sales will be handled by Distribution360, a marblemedia company.

marblemedia is celebrating 15 years as a world leader in developing, producing, distributing engaging multiplatform entertainment experiences for audiences around the world. With nearly 250 hours of programming distributed in more than 200 territories, marblemedia has been honoured by Playback Magazine with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, in addition to being named Transmedia Producer of the Year (2011) by the publication. marble has won two Canadian Screen Awards, two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch, operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff, and an L.A. office. The company was co-founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001. marblemedia.com |@marblemedia |facebook.com/marblemedia.

Omnifilm Entertainment is one of Canada’s most respected independent television producers, and has produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries, and children’s programming, since opening its doors in 1979. Omnifilm co-produces and partners regularly with studios, production companies and broadcasters worldwide. Recent productions include Mech-X4, Primeval: New World, Arctic Air, Jade Fever, Ice Pilots NWT, Pyros, Defying Gravity, Dragon Boys, Stuntdawgs, Robson Arms, Alice, I Think, Word Travels, Edgemont, Make Some Noise, The Dolphin Dealer, Pure Design, The Odyssey, Champions of the Wild, Ancient Clues, Quiet Places, Shimmy and Namaste.

For further inquiries please contact:

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marblemedia expands scripted division

TORONTO, CANADA (June 8, 2016) – International award-winning producer marblemedia today announced the appointment of Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy in a newly created role as Vice President of Scripted effective immediately.

Carrie will be working closely with the marblemedia team and specifically Co-CEO and Executive Producer Matt Hornburg. Carrie will be responsible for nurturing the company’s Scripted development slate in Primetime, Live-Action Youth and Digital — working with showrunners, writers, agents and producing partners.

“As we continue to grow a very robust Scripted development slate both at home and internationally, we are excited to add more muscle to the team,” said Matt Hornburg, Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia. “Carrie is an exceptional talent who brings profound insight and experience to the creative process, we are thrilled to welcome her to the Scripted helm.”

Carrie comes to marblemedia from her recent role at Bell Media where she was Production Executive on the Drama team. Carrie oversaw CTV’s most watched Canadian drama Saving Hope, CTV’s first serialized drama Cardinal as well as the hit original thriller Bitten for Space.

Prior to Bell Media, Carrie spent over seven years on the feature film team at Telefilm Canada, where she oversaw dozens of films and supported the careers of many filmmakers. She has also worked on the Experimental Team for the Canada Media Fund, where she selected highly innovative digital projects for funding.

In this role, Carrie will continue to source, develop and oversee the Scripted projects for marblemedia while building on the company’s longstanding relationships with broadcasters and co-producing partners and creators. Carrie will be overseeing the current marblemedia Scripted slate including the previously announced Alchemy (Showcase), Dark Horse (Seven24 Films, Corus Entertainment) and Held.

marblemedia is celebrating 15 years as a world leader in developing, producing, distributing engaging multiplatform entertainment experiences for audiences around the world. With nearly 250 hours of programming distributed in more than 200 territories, marblemedia has been honoured by Playback Magazine with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, in addition to being named Transmedia Producer of the Year (2011) by the publication. marble has won two Canadian Screen Awards, two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch, operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff, and an L.A. office. The company was co-founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001. marblemedia.com |@marblemedia |facebook.com/marblemedia.