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New Live Action Series Wraps 13 Episodes for Family Channel

Toronto, Ontario (March 7, 2011) - Prolific Canadian production company Cookie Jar has wrapped production in Toronto on thirteen episodes of their new live action series Debra!

Slated to air on Family Channel in Canada June 2011, the funny and vibrant live action series Debra! follows a very special girl named 'Debra Carnegie Cameron Delong' (Naimh Wilson - "Saw IV, V, & VI"), who has a mission to improve the world. Have you seen the World? It's big and amazing, but with an injection of teen enthusiasm it could be perfect!

Joining Debra in her quest are (Will Jester - "Rookie Blue") as her friend Preston Lunford, Jessica Holmes ("Royal Canadian Air Farce") and David Haydn-Jones ("NCIS") as Preston's parents Gabby and Jack Lunford.

An effervescent teen juggernaut who never thinks small, Debra applies her big imagination to improving her school, her community and her friends' lives. With her energy and her friend Preston Lunford's talent and (often bewildered) support, she is on a mission to bring back a stronger sense of community to Camfield.

"We are really excited about Debra!, its production team, superb cast and the brilliant writing for this series. It will be proudly unveiled at this MIP TV industry market in April," says Michael Hirsh, CEO of Cookie Jar. Hirsh adds: "The show is funny and cleverly examines themes such as an individual's place in this big vast world we live in, the responsibility we share toward the world around us, helping others and becoming a better person."

Debra's original and unpredictable mind combines creativity with the rare gift of honestly believing in people. This faith in others enables them to achieve things they didn't even know they were capable of - while having fun along the way!

Co-executive producer of DEBRA! is Stacey Curtis ("Naturally Sadie", "The Best Years") and Executive Producer and writers are Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers ("Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"). Kevin May ("The Latest Buzz", "Naturally Sadie") produces.

The accomplished behind-the-scenes team includes DOP Peter Benison ("Taking a Chance on Love") and costume designer Julie Whitfield ("The Latest Buzz").

About Cookie Jar Entertainment
The Cookie Jar Group of Companies is one of the world's leading independent entertainment and consumer products companies with offices around the globe. Cookie Jar Entertainment is a leader in the creation, production and marketing of animated and live-action programming. Its library of nearly 6,000 half-hour episodes of television features some of the world's most recognizable series including Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Arthur, The Doodlebops and Johnny Test. The company controls Cookie Jar TV, the weekend morning block on CBS, and has a one-third interest in international children's television channel KidsCo. Cookie Jar Entertainment's is the premiere web video destination for kids with the largest independent selection of full-length children's TV series and movies online. Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, (CPLG) Cookie Jar's full-service international licensing agency, represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands such as Strawberry Shortcake, Richard Scarry, St. Andrews Links, Lucha Libre AAA and Skelanimals. For more information, please visit

About Family Channel
Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in family television entertainment in over 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 and Playhouse Disney programming to subscribers when they want it, where they want it. Visit us at

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