MIPCOM News with Tom McGillis

October 22, 2012 10:01 pm | by Julie Giles

Earlier in the month Fresh TV was at MIPCOM, the annual television and entertainment event held in Cannes, France. This is one of the places to be for making deals, selling new shows to interested networks and discussing trends in the industry. Even better, this year featured Canada: Country of Honour, “an immersive celebration of the best of Canadian TV, film and digital entertainment.”

Fresh President and Executive Producer Tom McGillis took time when our team got back to give us the scoop on what went down!

This year was an exciting one for kids television. Fresh TV’s new show Grojband was snapped up in a bunch of countries including for the USA by Cartoon Network. There was also plenty of buzz about the US ratings for the finale of My Babysitter’s a Vampire on Disney Channel.

Our partners at Fremantle Media made a big splash with their launch party for Wizards vs. Aliens. This new show comes from producer Russell T. Davies – the guy who relaunched Doctor Who. The party featured creepy dudes walking around in hooded capes serving food that looked mysterious (and inedible!), dry ice, and some pretty impressive clips from the show. The series will launch on CBBC in the UK sometime soon.

Cartoon Network’s El Presidente Stu Snyder gave the keynote address. Turns out, Cartoon Network just had their 20th birthday. Happy Birthday Cartoon Network! They’ve got lots to celebrate now that their original animation The Regular Show and Adventure Time are kicking butt in the ratings.

The big news for Fresh fans is that Cartoon Network also ordered up another season of Total Drama and we have already started production here in Toronto. The first 13 episodes will be an all-star season (participants to be revealed soon!) and the following 13 episodes will introduce a whole new cast of characters (whom I promise you will like.)

Now I need a nap to recover from my jet lag!

– Tom McGillis

62 comments
EdmilsonDosSantosBezerra
EdmilsonDosSantosBezerra

Brazilians thank you for Total Drama series, the best series of reality show. Here has many fans of Total Drama episodes looking at the Cartoon network. we want to know if you come here in Brazil and give new revelations of the total drama series. the fans here love and not lose an episode dubbed or subtitled. who knows more news of continued 5 season of total drama.

Brazilians thank a lot for you.

NickLaskowski
NickLaskowski

Y does it feel like they just gave up on Trent. To me it feels like there could be more as a character but then they just dropped him.

DuncanCourtneyFanFrench
DuncanCourtneyFanFrench

In season "Total Drama World Tour" the drama was great and season but also Courtney and Duncan must get back together, everyone loves this couple and this is what the public expects. !!!!!!!!

courtneynduncan4eva
courtneynduncan4eva

Duncan and Courtney better get back together!!!! i am still mad at Gwen for what she did!!! she belongs with Trent! they were perfect or each other!

Sumcomedy
Sumcomedy

Harold better be in this season!!!

VeronicaLambert
VeronicaLambert

I really hope Duncan and Courtney get back together!

ScreamingGopher
ScreamingGopher

Seriously? Another whole cast? It's getting harder & harder to keep track of all these characters! There's like, what, 40 characters, including Chris & Chef, and now there's going to be 53. Seriously? It's weird!

BlackLightning
BlackLightning

If Bridgette, Gwen, and Courtney compete then Bridgete would have her hands full because she's friends with both. That would be a huge problem.

Asa
Asa

I can't wait for 2013. First a new The Fairly OddParents season on Nickelodeon and now TD5. I hope Gwent gets back together and I wish Duncan would stay with Courtney.

naila
naila

Cool ! a new total drama but before i get over exited here is the things that i dont want to happen in this new season : Losing hair ( ok it's was funny with heather at first but it got really overrated so stop making characters loses there hair ) courtney and duncan ( sorry but i despise this couple but why not hook u Courtney with trent ? ) killig off heather ( srrsly what happend to her after that explosion in episode 10 ) owen wining and last but not least eva no competing ( you guys should show her more space ) thank you

TD-rocks
TD-rocks

I think Owen will be in ! He's so funny <3 And Duncan and Gwen are my favorite couple ♥ I reeeeaallyyy hope they will be in the fifth season !!!

Kelly
Kelly

Noah better be in the 5th season of Total Drama, he made it worth watching with all his comments. :)

Juan
Juan

hey plz have Mike in season 5 plz and thx and is that the last season of td

Andrew
Andrew

Duncan has been confirmed, thankfully.

Owen Lover
Owen Lover

Will fans be able to submit ideas for the new characters, cause that would be so cool!

EmolCody
EmolCody

My day just got 20% cooler. Total Drama is the Coolest thing EVER. (MLP reference. Woohoo.) My guess/hopes : Old Cast : Heather/Eva/Katie/Cody/Noah/Trent (Sadie would come later , with Katie still in the game , obviously.) New Cast : Anne Maria/Dakota/Dawn/Mike/Scott/Silent B. Some of them may seem weird, but hey. Silent B , Dawn , Eva , Katie & Sadie got hardly any screen time ! Dawn shall make B talk. Scott is cannon fodder and will likely be quickly kicked off by Mike/Dawn/B. Heather is in because she'll seek revenge for 3rd Season.. (She lost in Canada. It pissed me off.) And a season without Heather is boring , IMO. Cody and Noah are just awesome. Period. Trent and Anne Maria can become a couple.. maybe. This isn't official at all , just a thought and what I want. And yes. I wrote a lot.

Brittany
Brittany

I just really want Gwen, Duncan, Trent, and Courtney. They're my favorite characters and plus there might be a little drama if Duncan and Gwen stay together (which I hope they do)

Nelson
Nelson

I want to see Owen, Harold, Cody, Heather, Duncan, Courtney, Sierra, Eva, Mike, Dakota, Zoey, Dawn and Scott in season five before 13 new players be partipate with 26 episodes comes up they'll revealed.

Will
Will

im a Dott(Scott&Dawn)fan so if they were in TD5 i would be soooooooooo happy!!!!! Also,I want Alejandro, Heather,Izzy,Tyler, Lindsay, well prettty much the whole classic cast,and he whole tdroti cast except staci but we all know that won't happen

Bob
Bob

I think underused characters should get their chance to shine. Zeke, Eva, Katie, Sadie, Mr. Coconut, Blaineley, Tyler, Staci, and B. Also, I'd like Duncan to NOT be in this season, and many other characters who have competed in 3 seasons (Owen, Courtney, Harold, Leshawna, Heather, Bridgette) to be eliminated early. Also, Noah and Dawn are pretty much the fan-favorites and are both interesting characters. I'd also like to see Dakota and Zeke start out in their current states and transform back to human during the season, and Scott should be healed. The guy DID NOT deserve that Trauma Chair. I know you probably have the season mapped out and will most likely not change any story plots, but I would love to see some of this come to life in Season 5. Also, for stereotypes for the new contestants, have "Dog-Lover" "Typical Teenager" and"Lazy Couch Potato been considered? I also would like to see a brand-new antagonist this season. Eva has the strength and anger. Noah has a cunning and sadistic nature. And if Zeke stays in his zombie-ish state, he could be a very minor antagonist, like in TDWT. Thanks.

Gwuncan4EVER
Gwuncan4EVER

Oh yay ! It would be so awesome if Duncan and Gwen were together this season <333 TD ROCKS !!!

TD-FrenchFan
TD-FrenchFan

Please DUNCAN and GWEN !!! I hope they will be in season 5, without them, the show is less interesting :)

Alex
Alex

If I had a guess what they will do for season 5.... I'm gonna have a stab it might be half and half to make up 12, and one character will just be there to be a cannon fodder, so 6 will be for the old cast and 6 for the new one plus one cannon fodder. I'm gonna have a stab that since Staci was already eliminated early last season, they might bring Zeke back to be a cannon fodder. As for the remaining cast, my guess it will be... Duncan, Heather, Courtney, Gwen, Owen, Trent As for the new cast.... Lightning, Jo, Mike, Zoey, Cameron, and Scott Of course, this isn't official but that's my guess on who will be there for the first 13 episodes before the "new cast" come up.

BlackLightning
BlackLightning

Whow I found something stange when I saw grand chef auto when Mike pause before finishing his sentence with Mine I say a shady figure if you want to find more information click this link http://totaldrama.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:BlackLightining/A_Total_Drama_Discovery!

Jordan
Jordan

And again that is true. From the Total Drama Island Fanfiction Wiki the majority of the people their do actually hate Duncan like I mean seriously dislike him! But the majorities favourite characters are Dawn and Noah but may I add that as well alot of people like Dakota like myself. So really if your doing it to impress the fans and give them what they want I'd put all three in! :D

Courtlind
Courtlind

I think Courtney Lindsay Bridgette Eva Katie and Sadie would be in Season 5

tdwtwinz
tdwtwinz

I wish Courtney,Duncan,Bridgette,Dawn,Zoey and Geoff would be in Season 5 of total drama

Brer
Brer

I do wanna backup what BlackLightning said. Even though I'm sure that kids and the creators love the major characters like Owen and Duncan, when it comes to super-devoted fans who work on the Wiki and discuss Total Drama, Noah and Dawn might be the most popular characters on the show. I mean, decisions were probably already made but I thought I'd just say.

gundars
gundars

I wish courtney would be in season 5 of total drama

Lindsay
Lindsay

How soon until he can see who is going to be in this new season?. Also myself and alot of others are wondering if we have seen the last of Mike's other personalities?.

Gerty
Gerty

Although I'm expecting overused characters like Duncan, Owen and Heather, I'm hoping for some characters who need more screentime as well to get the screentime they need. I think Bridgette deserves more screentime and to make it far for a change and EVA would be awesome in another season. I really want to see her again, since she could be such a good antagonist! Out of the TDRI cast, I'd like to see Commando Zoey, Dawn, Anne Maria, Dakota(normal) and Brick. I hope that the characters who are in this season that have already gotten loads of screentime don't make it far yet again(Duncan/Owen), and that some characters with a little less attention get some.

TDfangurl123
TDfangurl123

I think gwen, duncan, noah, cody, dawn, mike, zoey, and tyler should be in it. Also if you could I would like my oc Emily to be in it. If that is possible.

Nelson Ma
Nelson Ma

I would to add with 7 new characters along with 19 characters in described but Mark, Finn, Rusty, Viola, Amanda, Heath and Leona competes with Duncan, Heather, Harold, Owen, Jo, Scott, Mike, Zoey, Dawn, Courtney, Cody, Eva, Bridgette, Dakota, Lindsay, Blainley, Sierra, Alejandro and Ezekiel be in season five

Alexandros Martinez
Alexandros Martinez

What I expect for TD5: 1. Another girl (or in the two-part case, two girls) winning a season of "Total Drama". 2. Duncan NOT making it as far as he did in Island and Action. (i.e. being earlier in the season just like in World Tour.) 3. Return of Heather and Cameron (the recent winners of Total Drama).

Alex
Alex

So from what it sounds like, the first 13 episodes will possibly have a mix of the veterans and the TDRI cast, and the remaining 13 episodes will have new characters again. Will this be somewhat of a 2-parter season? Sounds interesting. Can't wait to hear more info and keep up the good work!

BlackLightning
BlackLightning

Can our Noah, and Dawn return in the all stars season cause we all love them. Just ask anyone and they'll say the same thing.

Jordan
Jordan

Oh and also could you let a Girl win overall, not in alternate ending because an all male winning streak is a little boring after a while..... :)

Jordan
Jordan

Really Excited for this!!! But I have one Question. Will Dakota Be In it?? and will she look normal? Because she is my favourite contestant of all time so like please put her in? :D

TheJAMman
TheJAMman

Besides, I hope Gwen, Dawn, Zoey and Jo will compete. :)

TheJAMman
TheJAMman

Here are the characters that I think that they are competing on season 5: Anne Maria, Brick, Bridgette, Dakota, Dawn, Duncan, Gwen, Izzy, Jo, Lindsay, Mike, Owen and Zoey. I hope that season 5 doesn't SUCK! Like Total Drama Action and World Tour!

Ryan
Ryan

My hopes are: more drama with Alejandro and heather; Geoff and bridgette breaking up and het dating a tdoroti character. Cody falling for another girl and dates her, with seara jealous. And for Blanley to be okay and date an adult instead of creeply falling for Justin!

Nelson Ma
Nelson Ma

Don't you think for the Total Drama Wizards maybe 7 new characters comes with Mark, Finn, Rusty, Viola, Amanda, Heath and Leona and yes this new is going to be in next year

Natalia
Natalia

Can't wait for the new season of Total Drama! This just cheered up my year! <3 I'm hoping for Sierra, Cody, Mike, Trent, Courtney, Heather, Alejandro, and a few others to make appearances! How long until the announcemnt?

Lindsay
Lindsay

I can't wait to see season 5 of Total Drama so how soon we will know who is going to be in this new season?.

courtneynduncan4eva
courtneynduncan4eva

@naila no way! Courtney and Duncan were perfect! the drama was great but they HAVE to get back together!

courtneynduncan4eva
courtneynduncan4eva

@Jordan for the record duncan and courtney were my fav characters until they broke up. :(