Netflix, CBC Gem order new Simon Barry production

Principal photography underway for the YA comedic drama Fakes on location in Vancouver.

Netflix has gone straight to series on with CBC Gem on Fakes, created by Warrior Nun‘s David Turko, and tapping that series’ prodco, Vancouver-based Reality Distortion Field.

Filming has begun on the pilot of the young adult comedic drama, directed by 2019 Canadian Screen Award-winning director Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecrackers). The cast is chocked full of young Canadian stars: Emilija Baranac (To All The Boys I Loved BeforeRiverdale), Richard Harmon (The 100, Continuum), and Jennifer Tong (Grand Army, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). Shooting continues until Dec. 8.

Turko will write, executive produce and showrun the 10 x 30-minute series. He is bringing on Chinese-Canadian playwright/screenwriter Tabia Lau as an EP. She’s a three-time Toronto Fringe Festival patron’s pick winner.

CBC holds Canadian rights to the first window, while Netflix has first window for the rest of the world.

Reality Distortion Field’s co-founders Simon Barry (Warrior Nun, Continuum) and Stephen Hegyes (Warrior Nun, Fifty Dead Men Walking) are producing and executive producing; also executive producing are Lilly Burns and Tony Hernandez (Russian Doll, Emily in Paris, for both) of U.S.-based JAX Media.

Fake‘s storyline follow two teenage best friends whose friendship is tested when they accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America.

While Netflix has worked previously with all producers, Mozaffari’s celebrated debut feature Firecrackers played at the Toronto International Film Festival the year she was chosen for the streamer’s inaugural Talent Accelerator year-long program for women.

 Pictured (LtoR): Emilija Baranac, Richard Harmon, Jennifer Tong