Lifelong dance connoisseur, from child to adult, Anisha Joshi has set her sites on more. Anisha Joshi has danced her way from stage to commercials and now she’s taking her dedication of dance and turning it into a television career as the host of the new webseries Dating Unlocked.
In each webisode of Dating Unlocked, daters are set up to to discover if they are ready for love.
What if on a first date you were given a key to unlock parts of each other’s lives that might otherwise be kept hidden for months, years or possibly forever? Each 12 minute episode features a date where lives, hearts and homes will be unlocked in the pursuit of happily ever after.
Everyone wants to put their best foot forward on a date. We want to highlight our assets while hiding the parts of ourselves that we’re unhappy with, not proud of, or simply would prefer to keep secret.
But what if we had to reveal a more accurate picture of who we really are on our first date? Would it streamline the process of finding true love? Each episode follows two people as they meet a potential mate on a first date. Our love birds have been hand-selected by a matchmaker (our host, Anisha Joshi) based on their submitted video dating profiles.
Production is underway on season 1 of the new millennial/baby boomer comedy, Avocado Toast the series in Toronto, Ontario. The webseries is set to launch on the digital platform OUTtvGo.com in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India and South Africa in 2020.
WHAT’S AVOCADO TOAST the series ABOUT?
Ever wonder about your parents’ sex life? Neither did Molly and Elle until coming out and a divorce forces them to learn about their parents’ new sexcapades. When it comes to millennials and baby boomers, these nuts haven’t fallen so far from the family tree.
Avocado Toast the series was created by screenwriters and stars Heidi Lynch and Perrie Voss and will be directed by Sam Coyle (Hazy Little Thing, Darkside, The Definites). OUTtvGO has picked up the Canadian digital rights along with streamers HighballTV, Tello Films (U.S), Outfilm (Poland), and Gray Zone Play (Chile). Charlie David of Border2Border Entertainment is handling global sales for the series produced by subsidiary Guts and Gall Productions Inc.
The 10 x 10-minute sex comedy series is produced by Charlie David, Heidi Lynch and Perrie Voss. Executive producers are Jefferson Mappin along with Brad Danks and Philip Webb from OUTtvGo. Avocado Toast the series is funded with the participation of the Independent Production Fund (IPF) and the Bell Fund.
“A lot of insightful development has gone into Avocado Toast and it is so rewarding for both the producers and the IPF to see that many international buyers have already licensed it. The world will soon see this funny and dynamic Canadian series!” said Andra Sheffer, CEO, Independent Production Fund
“We’re delighted to work with such a talented team to bring this brand-new comedy series to OUTtv audiences across the world,” said Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv. “Avocado toast explores the awkward and embarrassing topics between millennials and their parents that are so relatable it will have audiences in stitches.”
Rounding out the principal cast with Perrie Voss (The Boys, Handmaid’s Tale, Ghostwriter) and Heidi Lynch (The Drawer Boy, Spinning Out, Covert Affairs Reign) are Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Deep Water) Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Carter, Ready or Not), Scott Cavalheiro (Good Witch, Indian Detective, Mary Kills People, Hudson and Rex), Jefferson Mappin (Unforgiven, Warehouse 13, The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship), Andrew Moodie (Workin Moms, Orphan Black, Detention Adventure), Nelu Handa (Baroness Von Sketch Show, Workin Moms, Jann, The Beaverton), Brenda Robins (Heartland, Shoot the Messenger, Man Seeking Woman).
Avocado Toast is slated to hit screens in June 2020.
(Toronto/Montreal) The Independent Production Fund and its 40-member Pre-Selection Committees have selected 20 short-form series proposals which are now eligible to advance to the next phase of the application process and apply for Production Financing. These include 14 projects in English and 6 in French. Three web series previously funded by the IPF achieved certain milestones of success and are eligible to apply for second seasons.
The IPF received 160 proposals for web series funding from across Canada. Applications included a 2-minute proof-of-concept trailer, creative material, audience engagement strategy and the team for key creative positions. The members of the Pre-Selection Committees who are industry professionals and advanced media students, reviewed, scored and discussed the projects in order to select the short-listed projects.
Producers of these selected projects are now invited to submit complete Production Applications to the IPF by May 1, 2019. An international jury will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the IPF who will announce final funding decisions in June.
The trailers for all the projects submitted were viewed online during the month of March by hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts who have watched, liked, shared and commented on the content. Avid fans of the IPF trailers can see what a challenge the evaluators had! “Short-listed or not, these productions have already developed fan-bases and the creators have learned a lot from the analytics and audience feedback to the content they posted online”, noted Andra Sheffer, CEO of the IPF. “That information is invaluable to producers and is one of the exciting advantages of creating content for digital platforms and online audiences”.
In 2019, the IPF celebrates a decade of funding dramatic short form web series. The IPF has invested $15M in the production of 131 web series in the past 10 years. It invests $1.5 – $2M annually in 10-15 projects. These series represent all demographics and genres, including comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, thrillers – and can be accessed at www.ipf.ca/webseries.
Thanks to all our evaluators for undertaking this selection challenge and sharing their insights and viewing experiences.
The IPF is incorporated as a charitable foundation with an endowment valued at $35M. It uses the interest generated by the endowment and return on its project investments for its annual operations and project funding. In addition, it is certified by the CRTC as a Certified Independent Production Fund and is eligible to receive Broadcast Distribution Undertaking contributions. Cogeco Connexion contributes $1.9M annually to the IPF to administer the Cogeco Television Production Program for investment in dramatic television series. The Board of Directors of the IPF is composed of independent representatives from the industry and undertakes all final funding decisions.