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Canada’s Big Time Decent sets up scripted arm, adds to docuseries slate

L-R: René Brar, Matthew Shewchuk and Juliana Wimbles

Unscripted-focused Canadian production company Big Time Decent (Rust Valley Restorers) is expanding its efforts in the scripted arena with the launch of a new division, Bread & Better Films.

The new banner, led by Big Time Decent’s head of unscripted development René Brar and VP of factual Jeff Kinnon, is focused on developing and producing scripted series and feature films.

Bread & Better Films also made a pair of appointments, with industry veteran Robert Vroom (Blood Quantum, You Can Live Forever) joining as a producer and actor/producer Juliana Wimbles joining as a development producer.

In addition to writing six movies for Hallmark Channel in the US, Wimbles has also starred in series such as The Good Doctor.

The Vancouver-based company, which is led by founder and head of production Matthew Shewchuk, said it is currently in production on four docuseries, including one for Corus Entertainment and another for Bell Media, but did not provide any details.

It has also received a green light from accessibility-focused broadcaster AMI for a docuseries following the life of Dale Kristensen, a little person raising a child while running a trucking business in small-town British Columbia.

In addition, the company said it has launched two talent-driven YouTube channels geared towards automotive fans, titled Rust Bros and Wildman Garage, and that it had forged a partnership with LA-based Verve Talent & Literary Agency.

“Since our launch in 2020, we have had the incredible opportunity to share fascinating stories of remarkable characters with global audiences through our unscripted content. Off the heels of this success, we look forward to continuing to expand our unscripted offering while ramping up our scripted development slate with Bread & Better Films,” said Shewchuk.

“Despite the overall state of the industry, we’ve experienced steady growth in our first four years and will continue to build on that foundation to position ourselves as a key Canadian content producer.”

Brar, who serves as head of scripted development at Bread & Better Films, added: “Our team has deep roots in the scripted world, and we look forward to expanding that side of the business and building a robust scripted slate together.”

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