Let The Good Times B-Roll: Production Underway for Canada’s Most Unbelievable News Series, THE BEAVERTON

— September 6, 2016

– Anchored by Canadian comedians Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, THE BEAVERTON slated to premiere this November –
– Production currently underway in Toronto; live studio audience tapings begin September 24 –
– Hot off the press: newly refreshed TheBeaverton.com now offering more original digital content, including video –

Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas helm THE BEAVERTON. For a sneak peek, click here   TORONTO (September 6, 2016) – The Comedy Network announced today that production is underway on THE BEAVERTON, Canada’s hardest-hitting satire series covering the topics you didn’t know needed covering. As revealed last night in a first-look promo during the COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF ROB LOWE, THE BEAVERTON is set to premiere November on Comedy. Produced by Pier 21 Films in association with The Comedy Network, 13 episodes of the half-hour series are set to be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Toronto beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, with field production already in progress in Toronto and Hamilton. For those who would like to be a part of the live audience tapings, tickets are available at beavertonlive@gmail.com. The first-look promo clip of THE BEAVERTON, available here, introduces co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas as they prepare to helm the program that puts stories about news, on television. A so-called televised adaptation of the immensely popular online satirical site TheBeaverton.com, THE BEAVERTON files fake news stories of the upmost importance, informed by real events, the cultural zeitgeist, and national news media. With nearly 6 million views in 2016 and averaging more than half a million unique visitors a month, TheBeaverton.com has become a go-to source for Canadian satire. Already known for its shareable content online, TheBeaverton.com has broken some of the decade’s most viral “news stories” including “Most Canadians can’t name all nine provinces”  and “PK Subban fined for swearing only in English”. Beginning today, the newly revamped website fuels a consistently refreshed digital experience featuring exclusive digital-only content in the form of podcasts, articles and for the first time ever, original video. “With the hilarious comedic duo of Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas at the helm, Canadians are going to finally get the best fake news about real hot topics,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We look forward to bringing the distinctive voice of TheBeaverton.com to the screen, alongside the brilliant creative team at TheBeaverton.com, and our wonderful production partners at Pier 21 Films.” “I’m so happy to be making the Beaverton. It’s funny, it’s timely, and it’s youthful. We’ve got a great team, and we’re tapping into some great comic talent in Canada,” said Executive Producer and President of Pier 21 Films, Laszlo Barna. “Working with Bell Media and The Comedy Network is going to bring in a much broader audience. It couldn’t be any better.” “Between our 13-episode television series and an enhanced website with new video and audio content, THE BEAVERTON writers are delighted to enter into the mainstream Canadian entertainment world that we have so enjoyed mocking for the last five years,” said Luke Gordon Field, Editor-in-Chief, TheBeaverton.com. THE BEAVERTON is the brainchild of co-creators Luke Gordon Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED) of TheBeaverton.com, as well as website senior editors Jacob Duarte Spiel and Alexander Saxton. Directors are Henry Sarwer-Foner (THE RICK MERCER REPORT) and Shelagh O’Brien (JUST FOR LAUGHS GALAS). Pier 21 Film’s Laszlo Barna and Melissa Williamson serve as Executive Producers. THE BEAVERTON is produced by Pier 21 Films in association with The Comedy Network, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.

About Pier 21 Films
Pier 21 Films is a television and film production company that builds on founder Laszlo Barna’s history of creating award-winning scripted and non-scripted television series, mini-series, movies of the week, and feature films. Pier 21’s reputation for the development, production, financing, and packaging of innovative top quality programming within North America and for the international marketplace is growing rapidly. Following the success of Pier 21’s G-SPOT, DA VINCI’S INQUEST, WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II (2012), and TREASURES DECODED, Pier 21 is continuing their tradition of delivering innovative programming. www.pier21films.com

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, and the upcoming drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, and Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others.

About The Comedy Network
Canada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.


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