marblemedia and BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT Double Date with TELETOON

marblemedia and BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT have joined forces to produce 13 half-hour episodes of the animated television series The Dating Guy which is scheduled to air in late 2008 on TELETOON, as part of the popular teen/adult-oriented programming block, The Detour on TELETOON, available in both English and French.

The Dating Guy is a smart, edgy and urban-minded animated sitcom that tackles relationships from a downtown guy’s perspective. Created by marblemedia partners Matt Hornburg and Mark Bishop, and developed with TELETOON, it boldly exposes the romantic, working and every day struggles of a twenty-something male in his attempts at finding love…or lust. With an entourage of quirky supporting characters, the show looks at relationships from the often hilarious point of view of the young and single male. A fully integrated on-line component will also accompany the new toon.

BLUEPRINT’s John Morayniss and Frank Saperstein serve as Executive Producers along with Hornburg and Bishop, on the series which marks marblemedia’s first foray into the world of animation. International distribution for The Dating Guy will be handled by BLUEPRINT through OASIS INTERNATIONAL.

“With the support of TELETOON, and the experience of BLUEPRINT, we are bringing together an amazing team of people for this show,” said Mark Bishop, Executive Producer and co-creator of The Dating Guy. “We’re very excited to branch out into the animated genre and develop a prime time adult show where the boundaries of reality, and humour, can be bent.”

“We look forward to working with the talented teams at TELETOON and marblemedia on this edgy sitcom that will appeal to the much sought after teen and young adult audience, especially with the added element of the on-line interactive component,” said Frank Saperstein, Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, Animation and Children’s Programming for BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT. “The series gives us the opportunity to really push the boundaries of comedy creatively while exploring the often complicated minefield and emotional world of dating and relationships.”

“From the first pitch TELETOON recognized the potential of The Dating Guy to have broad appeal with our teen and adult audience,” says Michael Goldsmith, Director of Original Content, TELETOON Canada inc. “In partnering with marblemedia and BLUEPRINT we’re confident in delivering a hilarious home-grown hit that sends up dating and romance with a blend of satire and slapstick that will resonate with Detour fans.”

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