In brief: Odd Squad hits the road, TAP names 2016 projects

Credit: Sinking Ship & The Fred Rogers Company
A live musical production of Odd Squad (pictured) will travel to 60 cities, Trans Atlantic Partners names Canadian participants, plus more news.

Odd Squad hits the road
Children’s series Odd Squad, produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company, is hitting the road this fall with a live musical production. Odd Squad Live is set to stop in on 60 North American cities and will include both school and public performances. The live-music tour is produced by Mills Entertainment and Sinking Ship Entertainment kicks off Oct. 7 in Rutland, VT at The Paramount Theater. The show invites audience members to participate in solving a strange case, and will also feature songs performed by Soundcheck, a  band featured in the television show.

Trans Atlantic Partners names 2016 projects
Film and TV drama coproduction training program Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) has announced the projects that resulted from its 2016 program. Among the projects is a partnership between Buffalo Gal Pictures’ subsidiary Canadian Tangent Animation and German producer Alexander Weimer of MovieBrats Pictures. The 3D animated project HUMP is also set to be coproduced by Eric Goossens from Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog. Part two of the TAP program, which takes places from Sept. 12 to 18 in Halifax, NS, will have the Canadian and international producers continue to work on their film and TV projects. They’ll be mentored by a number of Canadian producers, including David Cormican of Don Carmody Television, Phyllis Laing of Buffalo Gals, Damon D’Oliveira of Conquering Lion Pictures and Paul Barkin of Alcina Pictures.

Production wraps on short film, Rape Card
Production has wrapped on the short film Rape Card, produced by Coral Aiken of Aiken Heart Films, Eva Sigurdardottir of Askja Films (The Substitute) and Madeleine Sims-Fewer of Booruffle Films.  Sims-Fewer (A Stir in the Forest) wrote the short film and directed it alongside Nathan Hughes-Berry. The short takes place in a dystopian world in which every man is permitted one legal rape. Executive producers on the project are Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films (The Witch) and Carter Pilcher of Shorts International, which is handling international sales.

HGTV Canada to air one-hour McGillivray special
McGillivray Productions is set to debut a one-hour special, Buyers Bootcamp, on HGTV Canada. The home reno series, which sees Scott McGillivray being pitched by two rookie investors on a renovation project, debuts at 10 p.m. on Sept. 5 and will air multiple times during the following week.

Jeremy Renner to voice lead in AMBI’s Arctic Justice
AMBI’s animated feature Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad has found its lead star, signing up Jeremy Renner to voice the film’s main character Swifty. Renner joins a cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Omar Sy. Produced and financed by AMBI, the film is currently in production at the company’s AIC Studios in Toronto.