CanWest buys animated sitcom 'Parker'


TORONTO -- Canadian cartoon producer Breakthrough Animation on Wednesday said it has sold 13 half hours of "Producing Parker," a primetime animated version of the day-time talk show genre, to domestic broadcaster CanWest MediaWorks.

Toronto-based Breakthrough said CanWest acquired the animated sitcom for its TVtropolis cable channel, with a fall 2009 bow in the works.

"Producing Parker" will portray Parker, an overworked and underpaid TV producer, and her quirky crew at work on "The Dee Show," a daytime talk show that sells viewers on "having it all."

The series' cast of animated characters includes Dee, the self-absorbed, high maintenance host, Vince, the cynical copywriter, and Chicago Hyatt, a sexy intern.

Kevin Gillis, executive producer and managing partner at Breakthrough Animation, said "Producing Parker" moves beyond the young male demo to appeal to women as well.

The animated sitcom was developed by Laura Kosterski ("Naked Josh") and Breakthrough Animation's Gillis, Carolyn Newman and Christin Simms.