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OUTtv pilots sexting show under lockdown

Canada-based LGBTQ+ network OUTtv has piloted a show based on sexting filmed under lockdown through Zoom as part of a commissioning spree.

Crystal from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

The pilot for Group Sext, a reality show produced by GoButton Media, was hosted by drag queen Crystal from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Crystal hosted from the UK with participants joining in from across Canada and the US, while the production staff were in lockdown all over Ontario.

The format sees one ‘masterdater’ given a shot at finding love or at least a sexting buddy by whittling down 10 sexters to one for a video call

The pilot was cast, shot and edited during lockdown through a combination of mulit-level video conferencing and self-shooting. No members of the cast or crew were ever in the same place for any of the production.

Meanwhile, OUTtv has commissioned a trio of new projects and renewed Knock Knock Ghost (6×60′) for a third season.

The show is produced by Sonic Nursery Group and sees Richard Ryder, tech guru Brie Doyle and psychic Kevin Whitaker try and connect with those beyond the grave.

Meanwhile, Cam Boy (8×30′), a scripted series from Emotion Pictures and created by Thom Fitzgerald (Sex & Violence), is about a man who finds himself left to his own devices with bills to pay while his boyfriend is in New York, so he turns to camming to make ends meet.

Digital series Cannonball (6×10′) is a comedy produced by Kiss Off Entertainment and Corner Piece Creative that follows private investigators Katie Ball and Tig Ohanian as they take on wild and wacky cases, wreaking havoc wherever they go.

The Browns (3×30′) is a comedy series created and directed by John Mark, produced by Producers Entertainment Group and featuring Tammie Brown (RuPaul’s Drag Race).

The show focuses on an upper middle-class American family living in LA, made up of a semi-retired singer, mother and passionate homemaker who lives with her teenage son, her obnoxious sister and ailing father.

Although a comedy at heart, the show tackles serious subjects with a dark humour and, in the subtext, celebrates a queering of the American sitcom genre, OUTtv said.

“During a time when a vast number of productions are experiencing a standstill in filming, we are delighted to commission five new shows to OUTtv, including a pilot for Group Sext, a show filmed within the confines of lockdown through Zoom,” said Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv Network.

“As more people are staying home, we are noticing a demand for new content and are thrilled to be able to add these news shows to our programming roster.”

In 2020, OUTtv has commissioned more than 25 new productions with at least 50 new commissions from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US since January 2019.

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