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YTV the Adds Hilarious New Live Action Series, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, to its Winter Slate

YTV the Adds Hilarious New Live Action Series, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, to its Winter Slate

What kid wouldn’t love to be in charge of running a toy company? And what better way to get around the place than a full-scale indoor roller coaster? The sky is the limit for fun and imagination in YTV’s Some Assembly Required, a new live action comedy series, which follows an eclectic and mismatched group of kids who operate Knickknack Toys. The series premieres on MondayJanuary 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, following Sam & Cat at 6 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.

Fourteen-year-old Jarvis Raines played by YouTube sensation, Kolton Stewart (The Art of War, What’s Up Warthogs!) is at the helm as President of Knickknack Toys. If Jarvis is going to succeed in running the toy company, he has to invent some of the most exciting, fun and creative toys in history and have a dynamic team to help him. His first hire is a girl from school Piper Gray, a computer-savvy “gamer dude” played by singer/songwriter Charlie Storwick (winner of YTV’s The Next Star, Season 4). Then, he rounds out the team by enlisting: his best friend with dubious talents, Bowie, played by Harrison Houde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid); a charming personal assistant Geneva, played by Sydney Scotia (The Letter); Knox, an extreme sports daredevil played by Dylan Playfair (Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story), and Aster, fashion-forward “King of Swag” played by Travis Turner (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years). Surrounded by doubters, including the former owner Candace Wheeler (Ellie HarvieThe New Addams Family), Jarvis and his team try to prove to the world that not only can they run the company, they can make it better than ever, restoring honour to the name of the company’s founder, P. Everett Knickknack.

In the premiere episode, a Christmas toy gone wrong blows up Jarvis’ house. When Candace refuses to remedy the situation, a jury awards Jarvis the company, making him the new owner of Knickknack Toys. Jarvis and team invent their first toy, StrongSuit – a bodysuit for kids that makes them big and strong. They decide to test it out on a group of local schoolchildren, but when the kids refuse to give the StrongSuit back Jarvis must stop them before they destroy the company.

Shot in front of a live audience in Burnaby, British Columbia, Some Assembly Required is a YTV original series produced by Thunderbird Films. The series is created by Dan Signer (A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) and Howard Nemetz (Mr. Young, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody). To be part of the studio audience viewers can email to reserve their seats.

Coinciding with the series launch in January, will feature an innovative Some Assembly Required video mash-up tool that allows fans to create their own thematic videos using select clips from actual episodes of the show. Prior to the premiere, fans can play an all-new web game featuring 20 levels of fun and challenging game-play. A free-to-play app version will also be launched in the New Year along with 20 more levels of game-play. 

CMF Announces New Funded Productions

CMF Announces New Funded Productions

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today a contribution of over $1.6M to 3 television productions and related websites as part of the Aboriginal Program’s second round of funding.

Wild Archaeology
Two young Aboriginal hosts will take viewers on a vision quest through the mountains, waterways, plains, and arctic landscapes of Canada’s ancient archaeological record to discover first-hand the untold story of the original peoples of North America. 12,000 years of human inhabitation of this land will be brought to life in this 13-part documentary series. Follow the progress of this project in development on Facebook.

Using immersive and high-impact visual design together with interactive content experiences, the show’s website will allow a deeper exploration and experience of the storylines featured on television.

Producer: Pale Fox Picture Inc. / Broadcaster: APTN

Sweet Cherry Wine
Cree writer Floyd Favel teams up with the makers of Atanarjuat The Fast Runner on a multi-layered story of love, heartbreak and racist violence unwinding through 60 years of Saskatchewan Cree history.  In this 90-minute drama, an aging woman tells the stories that shaped her life, starting from her childhood in the 1940s.

On Trial is an accompanying interactive website and computer game that links historical records from the 1880s to the fictional film in the present. The online experience is designed for native and non-native youth to explore the century-long resilience of the Cree people.

Producer: Kingulliit Productions Inc. / Broadcaster: NITV

Guardians Evolution
Forty one million years in the future, the Earth is reborn and nature has been replenished after a global catastrophe that had destroyed ninety five percent of its species and modern civilization. In its second season, this children’s series follows five survivors that must rebuild civilization and learn to live in a new and strange Earth without repeating history’s errors.  Follow Guardians Evolution on Facebook.

The website and gaming experience will feature new missions that will take the user through scenarios that mirror and extend the show’s plot.  Players will explore a future Earth and complete missions related to the world of the show.

Producer: Guardians Productions Inc. / Broadcaster: APTN

For additional information on these funded projects, including producers, regions and funding commitments, please visit the funded projects page on the CMF website or click here