Creators of Hit YouTube Series 'Epic Meal Time' Make the Jump to CBC
Creators of Hit YouTube Series Epic Meal Time Make the Jump to CBC
NextTime Productions, creators of 'Epic Meal Time', selected for TV series development deal with the CBC through the inaugural Jumping Screens Comedy Workshop
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Toronto, March 9, 2016 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce that Elebrity, a series by Montreal-based production company NextTime Productions and creators behind the smash hit YouTube series Epic Meal Time, has been picked up for a development deal with the CBC. This deal was made possible through the inaugural Jumping Screens Comedy Workshop, Canada’s first-ever enhanced pre-development lab for online creators who want to migrate their talents to television and other screens. NextTime Productions will co-develop the series with Toronto-based independent content production company Aircraft Pictures, the official production partner of the program.
“Last year, CBC and the CFC had the opportunity to collaborate on a unique five-month program with select YouTube creators,” said Michelle Daly, Senior Director, Comedy at CBC. “It was exciting to mentor these incredibly talented individuals and we look forward to watching Darren and Harley Morenstein’s vision for Elebrity grow and develop.”
Elebrity explores the notion of becoming a celebrity overnight. It follows Herschel Bock, an eternal slacker, as he attempts to navigate his newfound celebrity status in the digital influencer world or risk losing it all to return to his regular life.
Brothers Darren and Harley Morenstein co-founded NextTime Productions in 2011. Since then, the production company has created and produced several web series, three YouTube channels and two cookbooks, and has amassed more than 7 million subscribers. Their flagship show, Epic Meal Time, has grown to be the number one online cooking show in the world.
“We are very excited that we were selected as the first-ever Jumping Screens participants to receive a development deal with the CBC. It is an honour being chosen among the other extremely talented digital stars,” said Darren Morenstein, Managing Director, NextTime Productions. “We are looking forward to developing great content, and more importantly, the ability to do so in our home country with some amazing Canadian talent. We worked with wonderful people throughout the selection process, and we look forward to building new relationships as this series comes to life.”
NextTime Productions was selected for a TV series deal out of three YouTubers/YouTube teams who participated in the inaugural Jumping Screens Comedy Workshop, including singer/songwriter and comedian Mikey Bustos, and the award-winning web series Convos With My 2-Year-Old, from creator and star Matthew Clarke and fellow star David Milchard. Mikey Bustos and the team behind Convos With My 2-Year-Old are currently pursuing various opportunities to develop their respective TV series concepts developed through the Workshop withAircraft Pictures.
“We anticipate great things from all the YouTubers who participated in the Jumping Screens Comedy Workshop,” added Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, CFC. “They all worked hard to develop properties with legs and will undoubtedly make these stories come to life across multiple screens at the CBC and beyond. For CFC Media Lab, their work solidifies our commitment to working with even more YouTube talent in the years to come.”
The Jumping Screens Comedy Workshop was a five-month part-time program created by CFC Media Lab, in collaboration with the CBC and Aircraft Pictures, which experimented with a novel approach to series creation. From June to November 2015, the Workshop offered the three aforementioned digital creative teams the opportunity to refine their writing, story structure and characterization skills, and gain valuable experience navigating the Canadian entertainment ecosystem under the mentorship of CBC creative executives, the CFC Media Lab and its mentors, and the experts at Aircraft Pictures. The three YouTube teams debuted their individual series concepts at a VIP screening and reception in late November 2015.
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