Saturday, May 26, 2012

Anatomy of My Babysitter's a Vampire

The Writers Guild of Canada has a very interesting article on the "Anatomy of My Babysitter's a Vampire" by executive producer/show runner Tim Burns. Although MBAV is not a Disney Channel original series, I find it to be one of their best (compared to it's current original programming)!

My Babysitter’s a Vampire showrunner Tim Burns describes the show this way "The comedic tone is twisted, quirky, weird and stupid, and true to the worldview of a 12-year-old self-confessed geek."

This combination has proved winning  for the show, helping it  take a bite out of the crowded youth demonic film and TV market dominated by the likes of the Twilight movie franchise and The Vampire Diaries. It’s undead youth programming, set in the world of geeks and nerds.

"We knew we were pushing the envelope while writing season one, so when it showed up on Disney, it stuck out and got noticed because it isn’t the usual type of show that goes through their development process," says Burns. "It was a strange fit for them but it touched a nerve with their audience which is great."

Zeroing in on Audience

From the outset Burns stuck to the vision of making a show about nerd boys for nerd boys, and didn’t stray from that.

"We knew who we were writing the show for and, if anything has been proven, it’s that this approach can pay dividends because you aren’t watering down the tone of your show," says Mike Kiss, executive story editor on season one and consulting producer on season two. "If you make a show that knows what it is and is fun to watch, I think an audience will find it. If you go after your core audience, you are going to get a lot of spillover."

Read more: Writers Guild of Canada - Anatomy of My Babysitter's a Vampire

Thursday, May 24, 2012

VIDEO: My Babysitter's a Vampire Season 1 on DVD

A video promoting the My Babysitter's a Vampire first season on DVD, which came out on May 22nd. If you can spare a little over $20 at your local retail store, you're in luck (most of you)!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Story2.OH Announces Start of Production For Ruby Skye P.I.: The Haunted Library

My Babysitter's a Vampire's Laura DeCarteret (Samantha Morgan, Ethan's mother) will guest star throughout the second series of the Canadian web-based series, Ruby Skye P.I. -- Scott Beaudin also guest stars in Ruby Skye P.I. and according to the press release below, he's apparently going to be in season 2 of My Babysitter's a Vampire as well.

Press Release courtisy of series creator Jill Golick:
Award-Winning Tween Web Series Returns for Second Season

With 12 More Cliffhanger Packed Episodes

Scott Beaudin, Rosemary Dunsmore and Geri Hall Join Cast

Toronto, ON [May 22, 2012] — Story2.OH announced today that principal photography has begun on The Haunted Library, an all new Ruby Skye P.I. mystery. The award-winning tween web series returns for a second season with 12 more cliffhanger packed episodes, reuniting Season 1 leads Madison Cheeatow (Ruby Skye), Marlee Maslove (Hailey Skye), Elena Gorgevska (Diana Naughton) and Kevin Gutierrez (Griffin). Joining the cast are Scott Beaudin (My Babysitter’s A Vampire, Haven), Laura DeCarteret (My Babysitter’s A Vampire), Rosemary Dunsmore (Road to Avonlea), Geri Hall (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Jordan Prentice (American Pie 5, In Bruges) and Shaun Shetty (Call Me Fritz, Camp Rock 2). Production will take place in Toronto with The Emmanuel College Library at the University of Toronto serving as the primary location.

Created for 8 to 14 year olds, Ruby Skye, P.I. tells the story of 17-year-old would-be detective Ruby Skye. Season 2 finds Ruby tracking ghosts and hunting for a lost will in an attempt to save her favourite library from being torn down. Following on literacy themes established in Season 1, The Haunted Library weaves popular titles from young adult fiction into a contemporary whodunit where the dead use email and Nerdfighter symbols point the way to important clues.

One of the first dramatic web series to be funded by the Independent Production Fund (IPF), Ruby Skye P.I. is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2011 “Rockie”, a Parent’s Choice Silver Honour and a Youth Media Alliance Award of Excellence. Ruby Skye P.I. and executive producer Jill Golick have been featured in Variety, LA Times, Read Write Web, kidscreen, playback, and other publications.

The 12-episode web series is produced by Jill Golick, Andrea Nevitt, Kelly Harms and Steven Golick. Julie Strassman-Cohn and Jill Golick were the writers with Kelly Harms returning as director. The behind-the-scenes team includes Nikhil D’Souza (Production), Anahita Dehbonehie (Production Design), James Hetmanek (Digital Lead) and Julie Giles (Marketing).

Ruby Skye P.I. is produced with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund (OMF) and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Season 1: The Spam Scam is currently available for viewing on multiple platforms, including Ameba TV,, DigitalChickTV, Koldcast.TV and YouTube.

Quotes: “We’ve had the good fortune to bring together great funding partners, an amazing cast, a gorgeous location and a tremendous production team to help us make The Haunted Library. We’re also excited to be bringing some cool interactive and transmedia elements into the mix.” — Jill Golick, Writer/Producer

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Babysitter's a Vampire Season 2 Disney Channel Promo #2

Here's a second Disney Channel promo for the second season of My Babysitter's a Vampire, which will begin airing this Summer!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012