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TORONTO, June 10, 2015 – Project 10 has partnered with Gerry Dee’s (Mr. D) production company to develop a single-camera comedy, My Scottish Family, at CBC, Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek) announced today. The half hour comedy is loosely based on the real life (and Scottish relatives) of award-winning comedian and creator Gerry Dee. Project 10 is currently looking for U.S. and international partners for My Scottish Family. My Scottish Family tells the story of Francis MacPhee (Gerry Dee), a Catholic, and his extended Scottish family.
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Canadian-born, low-key Francis lived in Scotland where he met and married Lizzy Knox, his polar opposite and a Protestant. Years later, Francis returns to Canada with Lizzy, their three teenaged children, and his “accidentally” racist and sexist father-in-law who dislikes Francis simply because he is Catholic. The Knox side of the family are brash, brutally honest, and firmly believe that “everyone wishes they were Scottish.” They drink, argue, fight, don’t trust anyone, and they’re never wrong – but they love each other fiercely. Blending into their Canadian neighbourhood won’t be easy… for the Canadians. The Knox-MacPhees have their share of challenges, and how they deal with them is awkward, hilarious, and sometimes even heartwarming. "I’m very excited and thankful to CBC for continuing to support and believe in my projects and very pleased to team up with Andrew Barnsley at Project 10,” said Gerry Dee. “‘My Scottish Family’ will introduce viewers to the unique, funny, and proud Scottish culture. I look forward to sharing the stories and characters that my family has shared with me.” Gerry Dee is receiving the 2015 Canadian Award of Distinction at the Banff World Media Festival on June 10. Project 10 recently announced it has inked development deals at Bell Media for Beyond Repair, a single camera comedy co-created by Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Paul Campbell (Spun Out) and Darcy, a family sitcom co-created by stand-up comedian Darcy Michael (Spun Out) and Carl Johann. About Project 10 Productions Inc. Project 10 Productions Inc. is a vibrant, independent production company established in 2009. The company’s comedy slate includes projects for CBC and Bell Media in addition to the sports documentary series Sports On Fire for TMN and Movie Central. The principal executive for Project 10 Productions Inc. is Andrew Barnsley. Leveraging his strengths and decades of experience with those of partner and three-time MLB All-Star Vernon Wells, Project 10 develops and produces both scripted and unscripted programming. Ben Murray serves as VP of Development & Production.
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