Whatever, Linda wins Canneseries pitch program

With the win, the project will receive development funding and support from Federation Entertainment and La Fabrique des Formats.
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Long-gestating TV project Whatever, Linda just got another lease on life.

The Canadian project was one of two winners selected from the Canneseries In Development pitch program, the Canneseries and MIPTV-organized forum dedicated to fast-tracking new drama productions at an international level. The series will receive development funding and support from Federation Entertainment and La Fabrique des Formats.

Produced by The Donaldson Company, the project was created and written by Hannah Cheesman and Julian De Zotti. Set in New York in the late ’70s, Whatever, Linda follows broke, divorced Linda Thoroughbred who, along with a few secretary pals, plots a Ponzi scheme and perpetrates the largest financial fraud in history. Whatever, Linda began as a web series, with its online iteration produced by Secret Location and Touchpoint Films in 2014.

In 2016, a TV version of the web series was put into development with The Mark Gordon Company in L.A. While a greenlight didn’t come to fruition through MGC, it was revealed earlier this year that a TV version is in development with Bell Media.

Whatever, Linda was one of 12 projects that were selected (from a pool of 344 submissions) to present at In Development. German murder mystery The Sources of Evil was the other winning project.

In other awards news, Quebec-set French-language web series Dominos was awarded the best digital series award at the inaugural Canneseries Awards Ceremony. Directed by Zoe Pelchat Ouellet, the series was produced by St. Laurent TV for Quebec’s TV5 website.