8:26am PT by Kate Stanhope
IFC Acquires All-Female Comedy 'Baroness von Sketch Show'
IFC is adding to its slate.
The AMC Networks-owned cabler has acquired the all-female sketch comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show.
The series, which originally premiered on CBC in Canada, satirizes everyday life and looks at everything from bachelorette parties and soccer moms to office sexual politics and women-focused marketing. One popular skit from the series, as seen below, theorizes what would happen at a women-only leadership summit.
Baroness von Sketch Show hails from writer and performers Meredith MacNeill and award-winning Second City alumni Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen. Frantic Films produces the series, with Banijay Rights handling international distribution. Seasons one and two, consisting of 13 half-hour episodes, will debut on IFC in late summer.
The comedy recently won multiple Canadian Screen Awards, including best variety or sketch comedy, best writing in variety or sketch comedy.
"We are delighted that Baroness von Sketch Show is finding as prestigious a US home as IFC," said Andreas Lemos, Banijay Rights' vp North America acquisition and sales. "It’s not often that a show has you both keeling over with laughter and questioning the status quo. We are thrilled that American audiences will now get to witness the Baronesses’ unique, provocative and hilarious brand of comedy.”
Added Frantic Films CEO Jamie Brown: “IFC is the perfect home for this fresh and very funny series, and we’re very pleased to see the genius of the Baronesses heading to a new and discerning audience in the US.”
IFC's lineup includes original comedies Portlandia, Documentary Now!, Stan Against Evil and the recently renewed Brockmire. The network also has the upcoming comedy Living With Yourself, from Daily Show writer Tim Greenberg.