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Canada's product is American with Euro flavor.

"Canadian television producers are the world's shuttle diplomats," said Atlantis Releasing's Ted Riley. "In the eyes of Americans, we're like Europeans, and in the eyes of Europeans, we're like Americans."

The ability to bridge cultural boundaries has spurred tremendous growth in the Canadian industry, and series such as DeGrassi Junior High and Road to Avonlea have led to a reputation for producing quality programming.

At this year's MIP-TV the Canadians will be well represented by a plethora of new programming, ranging from an innovative children's science series to high profile mini-series and telefilms.

"Canada is becoming, a bigger player," said Trudy Grant of Sullivan Films. "I'm finding there's a lot more recognition of Canadian film internationally." Sullivan Films, producers of Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, will launch By Way of the Stars, a mini series in both four and six hour versions. By Way of the Stars, budgeted at $9 million, is a period piece set in Prussia at the end of the 18th century.

Atlanits Releasing celebrates its 15th anniversary at MIP-TV with a slate of new productions, among, them African Skies, a half-hour action adventure series. The half hour series White Fang is based on the classic Jack London novel; the telefilm Spirit Rider is a coming of age story about an Objibway Indian; and Adrift, a 90-minute telefilm, is a psychological thriller starring Kate Jackson.

Alliance Releasing's new lineup includes Woman on Trial - The Lawrencia Bembenek Story, a four-hour mini-series based on the true story of a Milwaukee police trainee who is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her husband's ex-wife; Blanche, a one-hour drama; and North of 60, a one-hour drama about a burned out city cop assigned to a remote settlement,.

Catalyst debuts F.R.O.G. (Friends of Research and Odd Gadgets), a children's science series produced by Toronto's OWL-TV. F.R.O.G.'s 30-minute episodes follow four pre-teens who examine the "whys' of science with animation and provide the latest news gathered by kids, documentary style.

Film Transit's Silverlake Life: The View From Here joins the company's roster of politically and culturally oriented documentaries. Silverlake Life is a video diary by film-maker Tom Joslin of his own and his longtime lover's battle with AIDS.

The Hound of London stars Patrick McGee as Sherlock Holmes in International Tele-Film's 90-minute MOW. Also new from International Tele-Film is Charlie White's Fishing Machine. The half-hour series is hosted by Charlie White, biologist, author and fish behavior specialist, and filmed on locations throughout the world.

Stornoway Enterprises continues its tradition of social and political documentaries with Out of the Shadows, an inside look at Eduard Shevardnadze; and The Hunt for Red Mercury which explores the underworld alliance between organized crime, the KGB and the new Russian business class. Both 48-minute specials are Canadian, Austrian, Japanese and Americanco-productions. Two new 26 episode, half-hour series combine Stornoway's documentary expertise with a lighter touch: each episode of Look Out tracks unique people who work in unusual professions. Sports Strip is an entertaining and informative look at various sports and sports related subjects.

Paragon International introduces the children's drama Ready or Not, a 13 episode half-hour series featuring themes universally familiar to kids on the brink of adolescence; and The Ocean World of John Stoneman is a 13-episode half-hour series that follows the environmental film maker as he examines a wide range of marine subjects including sharks, seals and sunken ships.

CBC has four new documentaries, plus Street Legal, a drama series, comedy series and a variety show.

Also scheduled to be in attendance at MIP-TV is Ivan Fecan, recently appointed vice president of CBC'S English TV Network.

The Toronto-based Ironstar will be at MIP-TV with Wonder Why, a children's science series.

All in all, some 100 Canadian companies are expected at MIP-TV with an estimated 700 new hours of cumulative programs for the international TV market.
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Date:Apr 1, 1993
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