Toronto's marblemedia and Blueprint Entertainment have started production on flash-animated series The Dating Guy.
Created by marblemedia partners Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg, the half-hour 13 episode series is scheduled to air in both English and French, March 2009 on Canada's cartoon network Teletoon as part of teen/adult programming block, The Detour.
"...The Dating Guy is a smart, edgy and urban-minded animated sitcom that tackles relationships from the twenty-something perspective, boldly exposing the romantic, working and every day struggles of four friend’s attempts at finding love...or lust.
With an entourage of quirky supporting characters, the show offers an eclectic and comical view to the world of dating..."
The new toon will be extended on-line as a parody of popular social networking sites, with interactive/user generated features.
Executive producers are marblemedia's Bishop, Hornburg and Blueprint's John Morayniss, Frank Saperstein.
Creative team includes series showrunner/executive producer Frank van Keekan (Kids in the Hall, Mad About You), director Joe Sherman (Johnny Test) and supervising producer Marilyn McAuley (Skyland, Jacob Two Two).
Pre-production and designs are by House of Cool (Ice Age 1, 2, Horton Hears a Who).
Smiley Guy Studios (Odd Job Jack) will produce the animation.
"From the first pitch Teletoon recognized the potential of The Dating Guy to have broad appeal with our teen and adult audience," said Michael Goldsmith, Director of Original Content, Teletoon Canada Inc.
"In partnering with marblemedia and Blueprint we’re confident in delivering a hilarious home-grown hit that sends up dating and romance with a blend of satire and comedy that will resonate with Detour fans."
marblemedia is noted as a next generation content creation company connecting with audiences across platforms in television, web and mobile.
Blueprint Entertainment is a TV production company involved in the development, production, financing, packaging and exploitation of programming. Established January of 2002 by principals John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern, Blueprint is a Canadian company with offices in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto....