Family Channel greenlights a second season of breakout dance series The Next Step

Family Channel greenlights a second season of breakout dance series The Next 
Canadian original series debuts to record-setting premiere audience 
TORONTO, April 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Family Channel announced today that it 
has greenlit a second season of its original reality-style series The Next 
Step. The serialized dance show, produced by Toronto's Temple Street 
Productions , will have 26 half-hour episodes added to the production slate 
and principal photography will get underway later this summer. 
The commissioning decision comes just a month after the series debuted on 
March 8 to Family's largest premiere audience for any series, acquired or 
domestic, with an unprecedented 574,500 viewers tuning in (P2+ AMA). The reach 
of the audience exceeded more than one million P2+ viewers for the show's 
premiere. With Family's target audience of K8-14, the premiere was the #1 
program of the week (March 3) on all television in the 7:00 p.m. timeslot, and 
was the #3 program of the day with the target demo for all television, 
following two episodes of Family Channel's Good Luck Charlie.(1 ) 
"Family is an industry leader when it comes to making innovative programming 
that resonates with the tween audience," said Kevin Wright, Senior Vice 
President of Programming, Astral Television Networks. "The Next Step is 
something different for Family and we recognize that we took a bit of a risk 
with the show. But we're delighted that our viewers have embraced the show in 
a big way. The record-breaking viewership and incredible reaction demonstrate 
that the show's appealing characters and relatable storylines really connect 
with our audience. We are thrilled to order a second season of this creative 
and highly entertaining series." 
"The Next Step offers something viewers have been asking for in a tween series 
- drama and dance with compelling characters and storylines. We are pleased to 
be able to produce more episodes of this unique series for Family Channel," 
said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, co-presidents of Temple Street 
The Next Step follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step 
Dance Studio as they work to win the regional competition. When a talented new 
girl joins the team, the studio's hierarchy is brought into question. But with 
the regional championships fast approaching, the A-Troupe must work together 
if they want to win and qualify for the national title. 
Commissioned by Family Channel, The Next Step is produced by Temple Street 
Productions and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken (Wingin' It, Kids in 
the Hall, Billable Hours), Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, 
Wingin' It, Recipe to Riches). BBC Worldwide has acquired international 
distribution rights. The Next Step is also produced with financial assistance 
from The Shaw Rocket Fund. 
Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in 
family television entertainment in approximately 6 million homes across 
Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience 
for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large 
portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family 
OnDemand, a television-based Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service and 
Family OnLine, an Internet-based, broadband service. Both of these services 
offer hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series to subscribers 
when they want it, where they want it. Visit us at 
Family Channel is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX: 
ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several 
of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home 
advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in 
community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant 
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To 
learn more about Astral, visit 
For artwork and series information, visit 
1. The Next Step. Source: BBM/NMR (Infosys Program module): P2+ AMA 
 All Locations Total Canada 574,500 - March 8 - 7:00 p.m. ET/PT - 
 Family Channel. 
Jaime Werby, Astral Television Networks, 416-956-8584 
Pam Wilson, for Temple Street Productions, 661-799-9102 
SOURCE: Family Channel 
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