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Cannes, France (MIPTV), April 8, 2013 – Shaftesbury today announced the acquisition of Long Story, Short, an edgy, fast-paced web series (11 x five minutes) created and written by acclaimed actor Katie Boland (The Master; Daydream Nation), who also stars. Co-created, directed and produced by Gail Harvey (Murdoch Mysteries; Lost Girl), the Toronto-shot series follows a 21-year-old woman (Boland) and her two best friends as they navigate messy relationships, bad dates, drunken mishaps and other assorted humiliations on the road to adulthood. The series also features Tommie-Amber Pirie (Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays), Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Adam Butcher (Republic of Doyle) and Michael Seater (Life with Derek). Shaftesbury will offer the series, which can also be packaged as two half-hour episodes, to buyers at MIPCube and MIPTV 2013. View the series trailer here:

“Katie captures the zeitgeist of her generation in this funny, honest and moving series,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury. “Beautifully directed by Gail, Long Story, Short expresses the longing and hope of young adults who are struggling to find their place in the world.”

“This is a web series that targets its audience perfectly,” noted Andra Sheffer, Executive Director of the Independent Production Fund, which funded the series. “Young adults are online and immersing themselves in stories that reflect their lives, loves and friendships, and Long Story, Short delivers.”

“Long Story, Short is based entirely on my life,” added Boland. “I was inspired by the giant feelings of youth; the confusion, the vulnerability, the elation and most of all, the closeness you feel to your friends. I hope in watching the series the audience can see versions of themselves, their relationships and can relate to the honesty with which the story was told.”

Kristen Harvey (Katie Boland) is a beautiful, funny and self-deprecating 21-year old with no idea what she’s doing with her life. She has just moved back to Toronto, after failing to cut it at art school in New York City. Before moving to New York, Kristen broke up with her first love, Andrew (Adam Butcher), certain she wouldn’t miss the hometown guy in The Big Apple. She was wrong. So she comes home, hoping to win Andrew back. Much to her surprise, Andrew has a new girlfriend and won’t give Kristen the time of day. Now, back in her childhood bedroom, Kristen is heartbroken and bored, with too much time on her hands.Unfortunately, Kristen has two downfalls: alcohol and bad men. Thankfully, she isn’t alone on this journey. Her two best friends – the cynical and unconventional Carson (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and more reserved English student Lucy (Lauren Collins), who is trying to manage a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship with their best guy friend, Dave (Michael Seater) – have also recently found themselves living at home again and are equally aimless. Together, the three of them are ready to break some rules and move beyond their boundaries.

Comedic and surprising, each serialized episode of Long Story, Short is structured around the girls’ customary ‘hangover’ breakfast, where they deconstruct the previous night’s antics with a “long story, short” recap of what happened, followed by a cliffhanger ending. Set in the eclectic neighborhoods, bars and restaurants of Toronto, the series was filmed on location in the fall of 2012. The series also features music from a variety of Toronto-based indie musicians, including The Rural Alberta Advantage, Dinosaur Bones and rapper Michael Boland.

Chosen by Elle Canada as one of the top three Canadians to watch and by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of their inaugural “Rising Stars” in 2011, actor and writer Katie Boland divides her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. Acting professionally since the age of nine with over 45 roles to date, Boland’s credits include Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, Daydream Nation and Terminal City as well as four films to be released this year: Ferocious, Looking is the Original Sin, Sex After Kids and Gerotrophilia. Boland’s literary debut, a collection of short stories entitled Eat Your Heart Out, was released by Canadian publisher Brindle & Glass on April 2, 2013.

Produced with the participation of the Independent Production Fund, Long Story, Short is created and written by Katie Boland. Co-created and directed by Gail Harvey (Murdoch Mysteries; Lost Girl), the series is produced by Harvey and Boland. Shaftesbury Sales Company holds all rights to the series.