When the CBC calls, you drop everything and listen. Such was the day when they requested we wrap our brains around naming three new television shows and pitch them - before the Fall Upfronts. Of all the projects we’ve worked on for the past 8 years there has been so many to be proud of, but few have energized the team and invigorated our national pride like this one.
With a few backgrounders to review, the majority of our effort was spent making sure the names resonated with audiences, matched the personality of the series, and weren’t already in use worldwide.
We provided three names per concept and sure enough, when it came time for CBC’s Fall Upfronts announcements a few days later, all three programs featured names developed by our creative team in-studio.
Show descriptions courtesy of the CBC
EXHIBITIONISTS - Premieres Sunday, October 4, 2015
A weekly, visually compelling, hosted 30-minute series about people who create and what motivates them to do it. It will feature Canadian artists, from the emerging to the established, and sometimes the most unexpected - everyday citizens making art in surprising places. Each week EXHIBITIONISTS will bring you people, art and images that seek to inspire, provoke and delight the audience.
INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM - Premieres Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)
This series reveals the surprisingly vital cultural underbellies of global cities that have seen war and political unrest. It documents art with a very sharp purpose: as political protest, as a means of survival, as an agent of change, as a display of courage. Featuring cities like Beirut, Sarajevo, Tunis, Port-au-Prince, Kiev and the artists are DJs, street artists, writers, musicians, city bloggers, filmmakers - some of them practicing their art undercover. In every episode, four young locals - and one Canadian ex-pat - take us on an immersive journey into their world, giving us a portrait of their lives, their art and how it contributes to the distinct culture of these less explored parts of the world.
FIRST HAND - Premieres Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
CBC-TV's new docs strand, will introduce Canadians to content from some of Canada's most talented documentary filmmakers. The films showcase unforgettable characters and their untold stories - making viewers think, feel, and see the world in a new way.