OUTtv Commissions Three New Series, FAK YAASS, Drag Heals and Dr. Barry
August 30, 2018
OUTtv Commissions Three New Series, FAK YAASS, Drag Heals and Dr. Barry
Network Also Renews Mom vs Matchmaker, Never Apart and Popporn
VANCOUVER, BC – AUGUST 30, 2018 – OUTtv, the world’s first LGBTQ+ television network has commissioned three new series, FAK YAASS from Bulldog Productions, Drag Heals from Border2Border Entertainment and Dr. Barry from Arcadia Content. The network has also ordered a fourth season of Mom vs Matchmaker from Go Button Media and second seasons of Never Apart from Never Apart TV and Popporn from Border2Border Entertainment.
“We are delighted to announce these new series and new seasons of popular OUTtv programming,” said Brad Danks, CEO OUTtv Network. We are proud of the success of our productions and we are thrilled to add more original productions and to announce these renewals.”
FAK YAASS is a ten-episode digital series that tells the story of Nico Nicolakis’ big Greek family and their journey of accepting Nico no matter his sexuality. Showing the clash between old European views and the new millennial age, Nico struggles with the idea of returning home, somewhere he’s always felt judged and unworthy. With the help of his friends, Anton and Torri, we’ll watch as Nico’s heart begins to let his family in and we’ll see his family accept him for who he is, until a secret family scheme may ruin that forever. FAK YAASS is based on true events of the creator, Vasilios Filippakis’ life and written by Anthony Filangeri and directed by Matthew McLaughlin. Les Tomlin serves as Executive Producer on the series, with Matthew McLaughlin as producer and Vasilios Filippakis and Leanne Noelle Smith co-producing. FAK YASS will premiere on OUTtvGo Spring 2019 and will subsequently air on OUTtv as a two-part mini-series.
Drag Heals (5 x 30’) is a documentary series from Border2Border Entertainment, that follows men who have never worn heels or make-up but have always dreamed of letting their inner drag queen out! These men, and aspiring queens, enter Canada’s first ever drag class to explore how to create a compelling drag persona based on personal experience. Deeply persona and raw, these queens tackle prickly issues like gender identity, mental illness, heartbreak and feminism to better understand themselves and their queer experience in an otherwise straight world. Directed by Charlie David and Nico Stagias, Drag Heals is produced by Charlie David with Philip Webb and Brad Danks as Executive Producers and will premiere Fall 2018.
Dr. Barry (6 x 30’) is a docu—series from Arcadia Content that follows out veterinarian Dr. Barry MacEachern. When a big-hearted vet decides it’s time to open his own clinic he works hard for his wonderful staff, caring clients and pawed patients, but he’s challenged by running a small business, unusual animal adventures and medical mysteries. Dr. Barry is produced by David Perlmutter and will air Spring 2019.
“I’ve been a vet for over 20 years. I’ve helped everything from a monkey to a moose,” said Dr. Barry. “What I like best is helping people with the animals they love. Our new series will help people understand the animals in their lives.”
Mom vs Matchmaker (10 x 30’) is a dating format, created by Natasha Ryan, that pits moms against matchmaking professional Carmelia Ray in the challenge for finding the perfect match for millennials, with the help of love assistant Patrick Orr.
“Go Button Media is fired up to produce the new season of its franchise show, Mom vs Matchmaker, with our extraordinary partners at OUTtv,” said Natasha Ryan, Executive Producer. “We’re thrilled to continuing this strong, sexy, silly and sassy original format, currently in more than 70 countries, into a bold fourth season.”
Never Apart (6 x 30’) is an arts and culture news program giving a much-needed voice to queer artists, produced by Dax Dasilva and Michael Venus of Never Apart TV. Each episode features artist visits, profiles and interviews where we get to hear their unique stories and learn about the work.
Popporn (10 x 30’), directed and produced by Charlie David, is a comedic series where comedians roast gay porn scenes. What’s weird, strange, gross, hilarious, surprising or even enticing? Nothing escapes their comedic wrath!
About Bulldog Productions
Bulldog Productions is a film & video production company based in Toronto Canada. As a one-stop-shop for everything in video production, our highly skilled team work collaboratively to turn artistic vision into reality. We develop campaign strategies across multiple platforms with one cohesive voice and message. Our goal is to push the envelope and create something out-side the box that impress not only our clients but their end target audience. Our clients include: NIKE CANADA, COVERGIRL Cosmetics, Samsung mobile, Kobo, FLARE Magazine, TD, Scotiabank, RBC, HELLO Canada Magazine, MUCH Music, IKEA Canada, Bacardi, The Movember Foundation, The AIDS Committee of Toronto, Egale Canada, Pride Toronto, World Pride, & IN Magazine, to name a few. We strive to challenge ourselves and each other to create the best end result, making moments magic. To learn more visit us at: bulldogproductions.ca
About Border2Border Entertainment
Border2Border Entertainment produces and promotes a unique brand of dynamic film, television and digital projects serving the powerful LGBTQ Ally audience. Dedicated to making each production experience enjoyable for our artists, business and broadcast partners, co-workers, and ultimately our audience.
About Arcadia Content
Arcadia Content produces factual entertainment for the modern world. They’ve produced over 500 hours of history, science, wildlife and adventure programming seen in over 100 countries.
About Go Button Media
Formed by showrunners Natasha Ryan and Daniel Oron Go Button Media makes hybrid creative content for all screen sizes with a focus on charismatic characters, universal stories and smooth delivery.
About Never Apart
Never Apart is a non-profit organization in Montréal, Québec, Canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through culture programming with global reach and impact. Never Apart seeks to educate on equality, the environment and conscious living, while celebrating both established and emerging artists.
OUTtv is the world’s first LGBTQ+ television network and the leading LGBTQ+ streaming service with over 2,000 hours of content. OUTtv offers a compelling mix of drama, comedy, reality, talk and award-winning movies. Their original programming includes Sex & Violence, Knock Knock Ghost, Don’t Quit Your Gay Job, Fabulocity, the award-winning Outspoken documentary series, along with competition shows such as The Whole Package and The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula. OUTtv is also the broadcaster of international hit series that include RuPaul’s Drag Race, Untucked and Neighbours along with classic series such as Absolutely Fabulous and Queer as Folk UK. OUTtvGo, OUTtv’s streaming service, offers the most complete on-demand library of LGBTQ+ content in the world. Subscribers can stream their favorite series, movies and documentaries via iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and via all browsers for $3.99 a month. To learn more about OUTtv visit OUTtv.ca or OUTtvGo.com.