NSI Totally Television-developed series What Would Sal Do?, from producer Mark Montefiore and writer/director Andrew De Angelis, has received an eight episode order from Super Channel from Toronto-based New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media.
The new original scripted comedy series is a modern day parable of an entitled underachiever, Sal, who for the first time in his life is challenged to be a good person when he discovers he’s the Second Coming of Christ.
“NSI gave Andrew and I the most focused opportunity to develop our series while simultaneously dealing with our Catholic guilt,” said Mark. “We are thrilled to have the ongoing support of the NSI and our parishioners. Andrew is now going to church on a more regular basis.”
“The NSI not only strengthened our resolve and belief in this project, but they also gave us the hope that, one day, someone would be crazy enough to bring this series to life,” said Andrew.
“It’s great to see another NSI Totally Television project get greenlit,” said Brendon Sawatzky, NSI programming director. “Mark and Andrew have been developing this project since 2011, and having Super Channel come on board is really rewarding.”
What Would Sal Do? was developed through NSI Totally Television in 2011-12.
The series will shoot in Sudbury, Ontario starting in August 2015, ahead of a spring 2016 launch on Super Channel.
About NSI Totally Television
The program has produced 13 series that have gone into development, six that have gone to air, one that has been piloted, and another produced as a feature film that had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel and Corus Entertainment; and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, Movie Central Script to Screen and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.
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