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IFC Picks Up Matt Berry-Fronted Cult British Comedy ‘Toast Of London’

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Comedy network IFC has acquired British cult comedy Toast of London, starring The It Crowd and Disenchantment’s Matt Berry.

The cable broadcaster has picked up all three seasons of the show, totalling 18 episodes, in a deal with All3Media International.

The series, which is produced by Objective Fiction, is set to launch in 2019. Episodes have previously been available via Netflix in the U.S.

Created by Arthur Mathews and Berry, the BAFTA award winning comedy stars Berry as Steven Toast, an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a sketchy past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it.

The show has been a cult hit on Channel 4 in the UK and has included guest appearances from the likes of Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

IFC’s Svp of Original Programming, Christine Lubrano said, “Matt Berry is absolutely the toast of IFC,
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‘Smilf,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Aided by Location Authenticity

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‘Smilf,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Aided by Location Authenticity
In real estate, location is everything, and that’s equally true of the TV business, where tax incentives, production costs and travel logistics can make the difference between whether a series set in Boston is actually shot in Boston or on a Paramount Studios soundstage. There was a time, in fact, when Los Angeles and New York were dueling hubs for small-screen productions, when if you wanted to carve out a career in TV you had to live in either city. There were no filming locations, no post-production houses. Then came cities including Vancouver and Toronto. And then Chicago, where such series as “Shameless,” “Suits,” “The Chi” and “Empire” shoot, adding an aesthetic authenticity to the storyline and poetic pulse of each show. More recently, similar up-and-coming hubs have been formed in places from coast to coast.

Portland, Ore., is a city whose reputation and identity is almost singularly informed by IFC’s “Portlandia,
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‘The Deuce,’ ‘Search Party,’ ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ Set For New York Television Festival

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‘The Deuce,’ ‘Search Party,’ ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ Set For New York Television Festival
The line-up for the 13th Annual New York Television Festival has been officially revealed for a choice week of screenings, educational panels, fan events, and red carpets premieres. This year, truTV will present a screening of “At Home With Amy Sedaris,” while Amy Sedaris herself makes an appearance to celebrate and discuss the launch of her new comedy series.

In addition, “The Deuce” executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren, executive producer Nina Kostoff-Noble, and VP of programming Kathleen McCaffrey will discuss the HBO’s series depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Executive producer and talent Dana Gould, producer and talent John C. McGinley, and talent Janet Varney will also offer fans a behind-the-scenes look into thse second season of IFC’s comedy-horror series “Stan Against Evil.”

Other standout screenings include the Season 2 premiere of TBS’s “Search Party,” where festival-goers can catch a panel
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Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk Get the Greenlight at IFC

IFC announced today the greenlight of two new scripted comedy series to join its 2012 original programming slate - Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk (working title). IFC has ordered 10, half-hour episodes of each series to premiere back-to-back in June 2012 as a one-hour original comedy block.

"With popular shows like Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret currently on our air and now the addition of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk, IFC is quickly becoming known as a destination for top comedic talent," said Debbie Demontreux, IFC's senior vice president of original programming. "These shows fit perfectly with IFC's mission to create fresh, original, off-kilter comedies, and we're thrilled to add them to our 2012 line up."

Comedy Bang! Bang! is a sketch variety show featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and animation. The series is hosted by Scott Aukerman (co-creator/director/producer, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis; writer/performer,
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Jon Hamm Joins The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Season 2

IFC announced today that Jon Hamm (Mad Men) will guest star in the second season of IFC's original comedy series, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which will premiere in January 2012. Jon Hamm is featured along side stars David Cross and Will Arnett in five of the series' six brand new half-hour episodes. Additionally, musician Johnny Marr returns to score and perform the series' original music to compliment the existing original pieces he created for season one.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is created, written by and stars David Cross (Arrested Development) as Todd Margaret, a corporate nobody and well-intentioned bloke who bluffs his way into a senior sales position heading up the London office for the new energy drink Thunder Muscle. The show also stars Will Arnett (Arrested Development) as Todd's sniveling boss, Brent, Sharon Horgan (Valiant) as Alice, the unwilling object of Todd's affection
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Jon Hamm Grabs New TV Starring Role!

Jon Hamm Grabs New TV Starring Role!
Jon Hamm is nominated for an Emmy once again for his dramatic turn as Don Draper on "Mad Men," but he's shown that he can be a flat out comedy star, too. With his various guest appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and supporting role as Kristen Wiig's jerky non-boyfriend in "Bridesmaids," he's established a reputation as a promising funnyman, and now, he's got a brand new TV role to flex that humor muscle.

IFC today announced that Hamm has joined their series, "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret," a goofball comedy starring David Cross as a mailroom loser who fakes his way into running an energy drink company in England -- thanks to the equal incompetence of his bizarre CEO, played by "Arrested Development" co-star Will Arnett.

No role has been announced, but it will air starting in January, just as the fifth season of "Mad Men" kicks off.
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IFC Announces 2011-2012 Production Slate

IFC (www.ifc.com) today unveiled a robust original series slate for the 2011/2012 season. The line-up includes a second season renewal of the network's popular news show, Onion News Network, which received strong viewer response and critical acclaim throughout season one, currently airing.

In addition, IFC has green lit four new original series: Commercial Kings from Reveille, Young, Broke & Beautiful produced by 44 Pictures, Whisker Wars produced by Thom Beers' Original Productions, and Bullet in the Face, created and written by Alan Spencer. IFC also announced two original series currently in development: an untitled variety show hosted by Comedy Death-Ray's Scott Aukerman and Pointless created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant, which came to IFC through the New York Television Festival.

The announcements were made by IFC's General Manager and Executive Vice President, Jennifer Caserta, at a press event in NYC.

"Over the past year, IFC has been
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The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Gets Season 2 from IFC

IFC has green lit a second season of its original comedy series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. This deal was brokered by Zodiak Media Group's international division Zodiak Rights. Six all-new episodes will debut in October; production begins in April. The series is created, written by and stars David Cross (Arrested Development) as Todd Margaret, a corporate nobody and pathological liar who bluffs his way into a senior sales position heading up the London office for the new energy drink Thunder Muscle.

"I am excited to continue the story that was merely hinted at last season," said David Cross. "Questions will be answered and secrets revealed all while the mystery heads towards a deep, shuddering, and very satisfying climax."

"The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret personifies the type of offbeat comedy IFC brings to viewers," said Debbie Demontreux, senior vice president, original programming, IFC. "David Cross is
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Former Fox News Anchor to Host Onion TV Show on IFC

Local area online faux news program to make television debut in January. The Onion News Network - the online video arm of satirical newspaper of past, present, and future, The Onion - announced in March it would make the transition to TV. The Independent Film Channel said it would develop an Onn series as part of a new, late-night line-up of comedy programming. Said series will make its debut on January 21 at 10Pm Est. Onn on IFC will showcase "the network’s top-rated prime time show, a hyperactive graphics and sound effect-laden news explosion called FactZone with Brooke Alvarez, hosted by the world’s most respected news-reader (played by real-life, former Fox News anchor Suzanne Sena). Co-host Tucker Hope (played by Todd Alan Crain, who recently hosted a special edition of Jeopardy where humans played against Hal 9000) will join Alvarez at her news desk as the duo throws to a
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It’S A Precious Night At The 25Th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Los Angeles (March 5, 2010) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to Precious and Crazy Heart at this evening’s 25th Spirit Awards. (500) Days of Summer, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, An Education, Humpday, The Messenger, and A Serious Man also received awards at the milestone ceremony, held at La Live’s event deck in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast live and uncut on IFC. Acclaimed comedian Eddie Izzard was Master of Ceremonies, and Ben Stiller served as Honorary Chair.

The Spirit Awards was the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 25 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists receiving industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd,
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