Insight Productions, Second City ink development pact

The Second City and Insight Productions today announced a joint venture to develop original comedic programming for international audiences. The partnership, which is effective immediately, will bring new content to audiences via traditional broadcast, OTT, and digital platforms. The companies will develop all manner of comedic content, including sketch comedy formats, stand-up specials, and original scripted and unscripted series – created by comedy’s brightest up-and-coming talent, as well as some of laughter’s most beloved names.

“The magic of Second City’s creative process has always been twofold. Not only do our writers and performers create collaboratively, but we constantly test and tweak new material in front of a living, breathing audience. The work goes straight from the Writers’ Room to the stage, so we have a veritable comedy lab at our fingertips. By partnering with the innovative team at Insight, the creative possibilities are immeasurable,” said Second City CEO and Executive Producer Andrew Alexander.

“Between the two companies, we’ve got the talent, know-how, and experience to create exceptional – and exceptionally funny – content for audiences around the world,” said John Brunton, Chairman & CEO of Insight. “Andrew has been a friend and colleague for 30 years and we’re both eager to combine the teams to produce the kind of first-rate content audiences will clamour for.”

This is not the first time the legendary comedy brand and the award-winning production company have joined forces: the two entities partnered together earlier this year on the forthcoming untitled Netflix original comedy special directed by Martin Scorsese exploring the enduring legacy of Second City’s iconic sketch comedy series, SCTV.