Founded in 2000, Apartment 11 Productions is a development and production company committed to creating compelling, story-driven television programming, both fiction and fact-based, to reach a diverse audience base. Based in Montreal, Canada, Apartment 11 has produced almost 300 half-hours of television programming seen by audiences worldwide and received multiple international awards, including a Peabody Award, a Prix Jeunesse International Award, and four Gemini Awards, the Canadian industry’s top television award.
A majority of the programming produced by Apartment 11 is created by its founder, Jonathan Finkelstein, who also serves as the Company’s President and Executive Producer. Finkelstein’s creativity, craftsmanship and passion have resulted in the production and broadcast of several successful scripted and unscripted series, each of which is consistently renewed for multiple seasons—a testament to Finkelstein’s uncanny yet consistent understanding of developing and producing programming that resonates with audiences. Finkelstein’s creations also have universal appeal, and most have aired in multiple countries across the globe.
Apartment 11 has recently established itself as a leader in the kids’ format business with its scripted, hidden camera reality series Prank Patrol—a Gemini Award-winner and long-running favorite on YTV Canada and Discovery Kids Canada, with a total of four seasons and 100 episodes. Prank Patrol’s universal theme, which calls for young viewers to design, build and execute a prank on a “target” they know well, lends itself well to localized versions, and format versions air on BBC in the UK and ABC in Australia.
Apartment 11 is also currently in production on the second season of its reality competition series In Real Life, in which kids ages 12–14-years old race across North America and compete in a number of thrilling real-life tasks to discover what it takes to make it in the real world! A 2009 Gemini Award-nominee, the series will debut in the U.S. and Australia in 2011 and currently airs in Canada on YTV.
The Gemini Award-winner Mystery Hunters, which airs on Discovery channels worldwide, was the first scripted reality series to be produced by Apartment 11. Mystery Hunters will relaunch in the U.S. in syndication in fall 2010. In this science-oriented series, two intrepid teenage reporters debunk common myths and offer explanations for legends, spooky stories and unexplained phenomena. A ratings hit for Canada’s YTV, Mystery Hunters was renewed for four seasons, with a total of 78 half-hour episodes produced.
In the realm of documentary filmmaking, Apartment 11 produced the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award-winning documentary, Braindamadj'd... Take II, directed by Paul Nadler. The documentary, which originally aired on CBC Newsworld’s The Lens, has been screened widely across the globe and received two Gemini Awards and the top award at the Japan Prize (the Grand Prix). The documentary portrays Nadler’s excruciating road to recovery following a devastating car accident from which he suffered Traumatic Brain Injury.
Now in its 10th year, Apartment 11 has proven itself to be a unique independent studio that creates exceptional programming concepts, and produces top quality content within a budget to meet the demands of their global broadcast partners to generate ratings successes. Apartment 11 proudly supports Kids Help Phone, a phone and online charitable organization which provides counseling and referrals for young people in need of help.