Lisa showed one of our pitches to a high school friend who's an agent in LA. He likes the pitch but thinks it might be too racy to produce in the States. But he thinks it's probably perfect for Canada.
This is a bad news as far as getting US financing up front goes -- though US nets will buy and air shows like DeGrassi
that are too racy for them to finance. But it is actually very good news for the show. We can't compete with mainstream American shows head on here. Their budgets are too high, the writing staffs are bigger, yadda. But where we can compete is in niches where we can do something the Americans can't. Our shows need either cultural content that's unique to Canada (go ahead, laugh it up, but then look at Trailer Park Boys
and Corner Gas
) or the need to go into territory that the US networks won't, 'cause they have all those nasty red states to contend with. And that means that there isn't a similar concept running around in LA, 'cause they'll shy away from it.
That's a nice silver lining.