16 OCT 2020

CBC GREENLIGHTS BILAL BAIG AND FAB FILIPPO’S “SORT OF”

The half-hour eight-part single-camera comedy Sienna Films will begin production in Toronto, Canada today. Sphere Media Distribution/Abacus Media Rights has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the show.

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CBC has greenlit Sienna Films' new original comedy "Sort Of." The half-hour single-camera comedy, created by Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo, begins production in Toronto today. “It feels so right, in a time like this, to be working on a show that looks at how we are constantly changing, and how change can clarify who we are and who we want to be in the world,” said Baig. “It has been such a tremendous pleasure working with Fab, Sienna Films, and CBC on a project that means so much to me.”

The CBC original series was produced by Sienna Films, who also serve as showrunners and executive producers for the show. It was written by Baig, Filippo, Jenn Engels, Nelu Handa, and Ian Iqbal Rashid, with Filippo and Renuka Jeyapalan directing. Sienna Films’ Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny are also executive producers. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; and Sandra Picheca is Executive in Charge of Production. Produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund.  Sphere Media Distribution/Abacus Media Rights is set to distribute the show globally. “Working with Bilal and Sienna and CBC on this has been a dream,” said Filippo.

In addition to Baig, the cast includes Gray Powell, Amanda Cordner, Ellora Patnaik, Grace Lynn Kung, Supinder Wraich, Kaya Kanashiro, Aden Bedard, Gregory Ambrose Calderone and Alanna Bale."'Sort Of'is not only brilliantly funny – it speaks to acceptance, inclusivity and the joys and challenges of life with depth, authenticity, and wit,” Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC, said. “We instantly fell in love with 'Sort Of' and are confident that audiences will fall just as hard.”

The eight 30-minute epsidoes of "Sort Of" tells the story of Sabi Mehboob, a millennial who straddles identifies with multiple sides, from being a sexy bartender at an LGBTQ bookstore/bar to the youngest child in a large Pakistani family, to the de facto parent of a downtown hipster family. Sabi experiences nearly every transitiion of life, from gender to love to sexuality to family to career. The show reflects peopel's abilities to change the labels they once identified with.

It feels so right, in a time like this, to be working on a show that looks at how we are constantly changing, and how change can clarify who we are and who we want to be in the world. It has been such a tremendous pleasure working with Fab, Sienna Films, and CBC on a project that means so much to me.” Bilal Baig Creator, "Sort Of"

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