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Amazon Prime Video unveils slate of Canadian original titles

In a showcase event in Toronto on Wednesday (April 13), Amazon Prime Video presented a slate of Canadian original productions that included a trio of unscripted titles. One newly announced greenlit ...
April 14, 2022

In a showcase event in Toronto on Wednesday (April 13), Amazon Prime Video presented a slate of Canadian original productions that included a trio of unscripted titles.

One newly announced greenlit project is an untitled multi-part docuseries from Courage Films and filmmaker Mike Downie on The Tragically Hip (pictured), the iconic band that was fronted by Downie’s late brother, Gord. The series will chart the band’s 30-plus-year trajectory from playing small towns in Ontario to headlining sold-out coast-to-coast tours, and will include previously unreleased footage, photos, performances and stories from the band’s career, along with personal writing from Gord Downie’s notebooks, journals, lyrics, and correspondence with family, friends and fans.

Another original non-fiction title discussed at the Amazon event was The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith, from Nathalie Bibeau (The Walrus and the Whistleblower). The docuseries covers the sting operation that was devised to nab the man suspected in the 30-year-old murder of Beverly Lynn Smith, a young mother who was shot to death in her kitchen in 1974.

Amazon Studios and Muse Entertainment produced the series, which will premiere at this year’s Hot Docs festival in Toronto before launching on Prime Video on May 6.

Details of a new spin-off from a popular format was also included in the announcement. LOL: Qui Rira La Dernier?, the Quebec version of the comedy format LOL, will be hosted by actor Patrick Huard and will be shot in Montreal this spring, featuring a cast of French-speaking comedic actors and stand-up comedians competing to make each other laugh first. Attraction is producing the series, which is set to be released on Prime Video later this year.

The Amazon slate of Canadian original content follows recent titles like All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs and LOL: Last One Laughing Canada.

“We have already had success in Canada with local content, including All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs and LOL: Last One Laughing Canada. The slate shared today demonstrates our focus and investment in developing the highest-quality content for our Prime members in Canada,” said Magda Grace, head of Prime Video Canada.

“Our roots in Canada run deep with productions like The Boys, Reacher,The Man in the High Castle,The Expanse, and Upload being shot in Canada, but now our slate of Canadian Amazon Originals underlines our investment in the local creative community and commitment to our Canadian audiences.”

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