Baxter

Shaftesbury Sales Company, the distribution arm of leading production company Shaftesbury, today announced that Starz Entertainment in the United States has acquired two titles from its award-winning kids and family slate for broadcast in 2011: Vacation with Derek, the movie follow up to the hit series Life with Derek; and tween series Baxter, which follows a group of friends at a performing arts high school.

Vacation with Derek (1 x 90 minutes) is the movie follow-up to Shaftesbury’s global hit series, Life with Derek (70 x 30 minutes), which is broadcast in more than 120 countries worldwide. Derek (Michael Seater) and Casey (Ashley Leggat) further their sibling rivalry in this continuation of the series when they are forced to spend summer vacation with their hard-edged grandmother at her lakeside lodge.

Produced by Shaftesbury, the movie premiered on Family Channel in Canada in June 2010, and ranked as the number one show for the day across all networks with audiences 2+ during its premiere broadcast on June 25.*

Baxter (13 x 30 minutes) follows a group of teens on their journey through a school for the performing arts, where the students will do anything they can to stand out. Baxter McNab (Evan Williams, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and his friends at the Northern Star School of the Arts find the stress of a science test nothing compared to a dance recital, music performance or directing a short film, and soon learn that the key to success at their special high school is to stick together as they negotiate crushes, auditions and the occasional bout of stage fright.

Baxter is produced by Shaftesbury and premiered on Family Channel in Canada in May 2010.

Astral Media’s Family Channel presents the television premiere of the music and dance-filled Canadian original series, Baxter produced by Shaftesbury Films.

Following Baxter McNab (Evan Williams, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and his friends as they attend the Northern Star School of the Arts, the live-action comedy series premieres on Monday, May 24 at 4 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes.

The regular timeslot for the series is Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. ET/PT beginning May 29. For those who can’t wait, the first episode of Baxter will be available on Family OnDemand beginning May 18 and can be sampled at Family.ca from May 19.

Students of the Northern Star School of the Arts, Baxter McNab and his friends find the stress of a science test nothing compared to a dance recital, music performance or directing a short film. At a school where the students will do anything they can to stand out, the group of friends soon learn that the key to success at their special high school is to stick together as they negotiate crushes, auditions and the occasional bout of stage fright. Featuring unique song performances and choreographed dance routines, Baxter also stars Holly Deveaux, Kyle Mac, Brittany Bristow, Shannon Kook-Chun, Tara Joshi, and Dewshane Williams.

The students are tuning their guitars for the annual Rockin’ Like the Stars contest in the premiere episode of Baxter, Mock vs Rock, at 4 p.m. ET/PT. Everyone in school is set to tap into their inner rocker apart from Baxter who has decided instead to unleash his inner mocker. He recruits his friends Emma (Holly Deveaux) and Deven (Shannon Kook-Chun) who are ready to have fun with their mock band until they learn that Baxter has real rock star talent.

In the 4:30 p.m. ET/PT episode, Dance Craze-Y, Baxter and Emma plan a school dance to cheer up Tassie (Brittany Bristow), left heartbroken after Marcus (Kyle Mac) breaks up with her. However, organizing the dance means more than trying to create the next hot dance craze as Baxter needs to convince Mr. Kingfield (Scott Wentworth) to reinstate dances after a 20-year ban.

Commissioned by Family Channel, Baxter is produced by Shaftesbury Films. The series is created by Alex Pugsley and Daphne Ballon (Life with Derek) and is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie (Life with Derek, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures).

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