15 APR 2022

Amazon Prime Video launched New Canadian Originals during Showcase Event in Toronto

During its "Prime Video Presents Canada" showcase event at Massey Hall, the platform presented a slate of 10 Canadian Amazon Original productions and four new projects.

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At its "Prime Video Presents Canada" showcase event at Massey Hall, Amazon's platform presented a slate of 10 Canadian Amazon Original productions with release dates, first looks, and trailers for six previously announced Canadian Originals and four new projects. The new projects include "The Sticky," a new English-language dramedy set in Quebec and inspired by the real-life Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist. The newly greenlit series is produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television, Jonathan Levine’s Megamix, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Comet Pictures, and Canadian producers Sphere Media. Another project is a new greenlit untitled documentary from award-winning director Mike Downie, with Courage Films, on the iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip.

Dozens of Canadian and international actors, directors, and producers attended Prime Video Presents, including "The Kids in the Hall" stars Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson, and Bruce McCulloch; "The Tragically Hip" band members Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, Paul Langlois, and director Mike Downie; "The Lake" stars Jordan Gavaris, Madison Shamoun, and Julia Stiles; Gary and "His Demons" creator Mark Little; "The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith" director Nathalie Bibeau; and "Sugar" stars Jasmine Sky Sarin and Anthony Timpano. "Three Pines" lead actor Alfred Molina and series author Louise Penny, "The Sticky" executive producers Jamie Lee Curtis and Jeremy Gold, and "LOL: Qui Rira Le Dernier?" host Patrick Huard made virtual remarks.

Since 2021, Prime Video has announced and launched 13 Canadian Amazon Original projects, confirming its commitment to Prime members in Canada. Prime Video’s investment in the Canadian film and television production sector includes Canadian-shot Amazon Originals like "The Boys," "The Expanse," "Tales from the Loop," and "Reacher." “We have already had success in Canada with local content, including All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs and LOL: Last One Laughing Canada. The slate shared today demonstrates our focus and investment in developing the highest quality content for our Prime members in Canada,” said Magda Grace, Head of Prime Video Canada. “Our roots in Canada run deep with productions like 'The Boys,' 'Reacher,' 'The Man in the High Castle,' 'The Expanse,' and 'Upload' being shot in Canada, but now our slate of Canadian Amazon Originals underlines our investment in the local creative community and commitment to our Canadian audiences.”

“Canada has incredible stories to tell, and we have been fortunate enough to work with the best local producers, directors, writers, and actors to start to bring these stories to our Prime members in Canada. Our upcoming Canadian slate offers something for every Canadian entertainment fan, from comedies, and dramas, to true crime films, documentaries, and animation,” said Christina Wayne, head of Originals, Canada, Amazon Studios. “Along with the Canadian producers including Muse, Blue Ant Studios, AMAZE, and Attraction, who we are already working with. We are proud to collaborate with the best internationally, including Left Bank and Blumhouse, to work with Canadian talent and have our local development team shepherd these upcoming Canadian stories.”

At the event, Magda Grace, Head of Prime Video, Canada; Christina Wayne, Head of Canadian Originals, Amazon Studios; Nav Saini, Head of content, Canada, Prime Video; and Brent Haynes, Head of Scripted Originals, Canada, Amazon Studios, made a series of announcements about the new Canadian originals. This slate joins the recently launched Canadian Amazon Original series "All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs," "LOL: Last One Laughing Canada," and "Rupi Kaur Live." Since 2015, Amazon Studios has filmed over 25 Amazon Original series and films in Canada, including "The Man in the High Castle" and "Upload in British Columbia;" "The Boys," "Reacher," and "The Expanse in Ontario;" "Tales from the Loop in Manitoba;" as well as parts of Tom Clancy’s "Jack Ryan" and "The Voyeurs in Quebec."