Ira Levy


Breakthrough presells Zerby Derby to Sprout

The Toronto-based producer and distributor has presold its new preschool series, Zerby Derby (pictured) to Sprout in the U.S. and South Korea’s MBC, heading into MIPCOM next month.

Benedict Cumberbatch Fifth Estate gala TIFF 2013-1

Bell Media pre-gala party kicks off Toronto International Film Festival

The Roy Thomson Hall gathering this year was hosted by the media group after its takeover of long-time sponsor Astral Media (pictured: The Fifth Estate star Benedict Cumberbatch).


Breakthrough debuts Anti Social indie horror in Cannes

The film, which recently completed production, is the producer’s first for 2013.


Breakthrough licenses two Canadian features to TMN

The Resurrection of Tony Gitone and Please Kill Mr. Know It All (pictured) will premiere on Astral’s pay TV service later this year following theatrical runs.


Mark McKinney to develop new comedies for Breakthrough Entertainment

The veteran comic (pictured) has inked an exclusive development pact after work on homegrown comedies like Less Than Kind and Rocket Monkeys.


Nickelodeon hops on Rocket Monkeys

The U.S.-based company has taken the Breakthrough Entertainment property for its worldwide network.


Cameras rolling on Anti Social

The horror feature, produced by Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Guelph’s Black Fawn Films, is shooting to Jan. 25 in Toronto.


City adds Eva Longoria-starrer Mother Up! to Canadian comedy lineup

The 13-episode primetime animated series is co-produced by Bardel Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment (Longoria pictured), and will land on Hulu stateside.


Breakthrough Entertainment to produce CBC preschool series

The indie producer is co-producing with Little Airplane Productions The Adventures of Napkin Man as a hybrid animation and live action series.


Kenny Hotz performs first stand-up set in front of a live audience

The Kenny vs. Spenny star took to the stage at Cafe Cleopatra as Canadians make the running at the prestigious Just For Laughs international comedy festival.


Comedy orders Picnicface series from Breakthrough

Halifax sketch comedy troupe Picnicface have successfully jumped from YouTube to TV.