Round-up: Awards, returning series and production

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Here’s a summary of the various industry news to land at Playback recently.

Awards

After a long road full of funding struggles, Rob Stewart and Liza Vespi’s hard work on their doc Slaughter Nick for President has paid off.

The film, which made its world premiere at NXNE in June, earned the prize for Best Documentary at the Zagreb Film Festival in Croatia.

The doc explores the rise to cult status of Stewart’s Sweating Bullets character, Nick Slaughter, in Serbia, where he became a symbol of peaceful protest against former dictator Slobodan Milosevic.

Elsewhere, TVO series The Water Brothers, nabbed the best newcomers BBC Earth Panda Award at the Wildscreen Festival.

The series follows real-life Toronto-based brothers Alex and Tyler Mifflin as they go on eco adventures and tackle issues related to water.

SK Films is exec producer, with Jonathan Barker, Wendy MacKeigan and Tyler Mifflin co-producing.

Carl Knutson and Alex Mifflin are the series writers.

On-screen and in theatres

Shaw Media announced Tuesday Shaw Media Remembers, a four-day event honouring Canadian veterans, and featuring a full slate of exclusively Canadian programming.

The event kicks off Nov. 8 with History’s Days of Remembrance, as well as the broadcast premiers of War Story and The Real Inglorious Bastards.

Other programming includes movies, specials and series, such as Dieppe Uncovered and D-Day to Victory.

Meanwhile, Divorce Records and Dog Day, fronted by director Seth Smith, announced Thursday a cross-country “guerilla theatrical release,” that will see Smith’s film, Lowlife, play in 20 cities and towns, including Toronto, Halifax, Edmonton and Vancouver.

The film, which premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival prior to winning the top audience award at the Atlantic Film Festival, follows a musician’s descent into heavy drug use.

It will play in alternative locations, including galleries, bars, basements, backrooms, churches and indie theatres from Nov. 16 to 18.

Returning Series

TLC and Slice are gearing up to serve up a second helping of bridal glitz, glamour and drama with the second season premiere of Planetworks’ Brides of Beverly Hills set to premiere Nov. 2.

The series, directed by Romano D’Andrea, and produced by D’Andrea, Carolyn Meland and Jeff Preyra, follows bridal stylist Renée Strauss and her team as they attempt to deal with the complicated personalities of Beverly Hills brides.

Featured this season will be Lisa Hogan, ex-wife of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan.

Production

With The Devil You Know’s third season run on Corus’ OWN Canada almost complete, Vancouver-based Make Believe Media announced Monday that a fourth season of the true crime series, which profiles some of the worst criminals on file and features stories from their victims and families has been picked up, and is in prep for a fourth season.

The series, created by Lynn Booth, also launched on Investigation Discovery USA this week.

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