Ken Finkleman fetches 'Good Dog' gig

Will write and star in Canadian pay TV series

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TORONTO -- Canadian TV writer-actor Ken Finkleman is to pen and star in the Canadian pay TV dramedy "Good Dog" from Shaftesbury Films.

The half-hour series for the Movie Network and Movie Central, the Canadian premium pay TV channels, will star Finkleman ("The Newsroom") as a neurotic TV show host who dates women half his age as he raises two kids.

The series will start production in early 2010.

Finkleman will share executive producer credits on "Good Dog" with Shaftesbury's Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie, and Peter Meyboom will produce.

In other MIPCOM news, Canadian animation producer Nelvana Enterprises has sold the "Hot Wheels Battle Force 5" CGI animated series to RTL2 in Germany.

The co-production with Mattel Inc. was earlier sold to Cartoon Network stateside and Teletoon in Canada.