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LoCo Motion Pictures is a media production company based in Toronto, Canada. It was founded by producer and former entertainment lawyer Lauren Corber.[1] following her graduation from the Canadian Film Centre's Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers' Lab media incubator; Corber is also an alumna of the National Screen Institute's Totally Television program.

The company has produced a variety of film and television projects, several of which have been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival among others; it is best known for its CBC Television short-form comedy series My 90-Year-Old Roommate (2016-2018) and How to Buy a Baby (2017) and the children's educational series Detention Adventure (2019),[2] one of the first children's shows to screen on CBC's new streaming service CBC Gem.[3]

In 2018, the LoCo Motion project How to Buy a Baby, a "comedy about infertility", was nominated for an International Emmy Award, though it lost to the Chilean series Una Historia Necesaria (The Suspended Mourning).[4] However, the series won two awards at the International Academy of Web Television awards in 2018 and Best Comedy at the Indie Series Awards,[5][6] as well as a Canadian Screen Awards laurel for Best Fiction Web Program or Series in March 2019.[7][8]

Recent Productions of Note[edit]

Projects[edit]

  • Detention Adventure (2019)
  • My 90 Year Old Roommate Season 2 (Web Series, 2016/2018)
  • How to Buy a Baby (Web Series, 2017)
  • Bickford Park (Short, 2017) (Official selection for Toronto International Film Festival)[9]
  • Emma (Short, 2016)
  • A Bicycle Lesson (Short, 2016)

How to Buy a Baby[edit]

How to Buy a Baby is a Canadian comedy web series about infertility, created and written by Wendy Litner based on her own experiences, and starring Meghan Heffern and Marc Bendavid[10]. Producer Corber and writer Litner were law school classmates before entering the media industry.

The series won the Just For Laughs' Stand Up 'N Pitch Competition in 2016[11] and is hosted on CBC Comedy's Youtube channel.[12] It was featured as a series to watch in The Globe and Mail[13], was nominated for Best Short-Form Series at the 2018 International Emmy Awards, and won Best Fiction Web Program at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2019.[14]

Detention Adventure[edit]

Detention Adventure launched on May 3rd, 2019 and is the first CBC Kids Digital Original made for CBC Gem[15][16][17][18]. The series has a diverse cast,[19] staring Simone Miller,[20][21] Tomaso Sanelli, Jack Fulton, and Alina Prijono.[22] Detention Adventure is distributed internationally by Blue Ant Media[23]

My 90-Year-Old Roommate[edit]

My 90-Year-Old Roommate premiered in 2016 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Punchline comedy web platform.[24] Created by Ethan Cole, the series stars Cole as a fictionalized version of himself, an underemployed young man who moves in with his recently widowed 90-year-old grandfather Joe (Paul Soles).[25]

At the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, Soles won the award for Best Actor in a Digital Program or Series.[26]

Season Two was released in April 2018 and includes guest performances from Verne Troyer and Matthew Santoro.

Upcoming Projects[edit]

LoCo Motion Pictures' next major production project is another digital comedy series, The Communist's Daughter, about a family of Canadian Socialists in Toronto during the 1980s. The series is helmed by creators Natalie Novak and Leah Cameron, and won an Independent Production Fund grant[27] as well as the Just for Laughs CBC Television Comedy Originals Pitch Program prize in 2018.[28]

Awards[edit]

My 90-Year-Old Roommate[edit]

How to Buy a Baby[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lauren Corber". cfccreates.com.
  2. ^ May 8, Jordan Pinto; 2019. "Behind the scenes of LoCo's Detention Adventure". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. ^ https://cartt.ca/user/10010/posts
  4. ^ https://www.iemmys.tv/news_item.aspx?id=235
  5. ^ Bionic Buzz (2018-04-12), How to Buy a Baby Interview at Indie Series Awards, retrieved 2019-06-27
  6. ^ April 6, Lauren Malyk; 2018. "How to Buy a Baby wins best comedy at the Indie Series Awards". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  7. ^ Entertainment, P. M. N. (2019-03-29). "'How to Buy a Baby' among winners at Canadian Screen Awards digital gala | National Post". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  8. ^ "NSI grads win 2019 Canadian Screen Awards". National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI). 2019-04-01. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  9. ^ "Bickford Park". www.tiff.net.
  10. ^ http://www.cjnews.com/culture/new-show-finds-funny-side-infertility
  11. ^ "Lauren Corber Archives - Just For Laughs ComedyPRO". Just For Laughs ComedyPRO.
  12. ^ "How to Buy a Baby on CBC".
  13. ^ DOYLE, JOHN (14 November 2017). "Click, click, click: Three hot Canadian web series that require your attention" – via The Globe and Mail.
  14. ^ Entertainment, P. M. N. (2019-03-29). "'How to Buy a Baby' among winners at Canadian Screen Awards digital gala | National Post". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  15. ^ "CBC ramps up digital kids programming". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  16. ^ "CBC/Radio Canada doubles down on kids programming | TV, eh?". www.tv-eh.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  17. ^ February 13, Jordan Pinto; 2019. "CBC builds out kids content strategy, starting with a 'Detention'". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  18. ^ May 8, Jordan Pinto; 2019. "Behind the scenes of LoCo's Detention Adventure". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  19. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/childrens-tv-study-diversity-1.5118385
  20. ^ Wang, Sheila (2019-05-02). "King Township's Simone Miller stars in CBC kids show: Detention Adventure". YorkRegion.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  21. ^ Prestridge, James (2019-04-12). "Simone Miller On Her Breakout Role In 'Detention Adventure'". Close-Up Culture. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  22. ^ Slack, Julie (2019-05-02). "Oakville girl stars in new CBC kids-scripted series". InsideHalton.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  23. ^ October 5, Jordan Pinto; 2018. "Behind Blue Ant's growing distribution business". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  24. ^ "CBC's got a hilarious new odd couple with My 90-Year-Old Roommate". 8 September 2016.
  25. ^ "CBC orders 10 episodes of My 90-Year-Old Roommate for Punchline".
  26. ^ a b "CBC web series score wins as Canadian Screen Awards celebrate all things digital".
  27. ^ June 22, Jordan Pinto; 2018. "IPF backs 17 scripted digital projects". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  28. ^ July 31, Lauren Malyk; 2018. "The Communist's Daughter wins JFL's CBC Comedy pitch program". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  29. ^ https://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/how-to-buy-a-baby-among-winners-at-canadian-screen-awards-digital-gala
  30. ^ "How to Buy a Baby wins best comedy at the Indie Series Awards".
  31. ^ "T.O. Webfest 2018 Series & Awards!".
  32. ^ "HollyWeb Festival". HollyWeb Festival.

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