'The Drop' Earns Five Nominations at the 2024 Canadian Screen Awards

MONTREAL - Today, Narcity Media Group (NMG) is thrilled to share some news: "The Drop," its first fully scripted series acquisition, has been nominated for five 2024 Canadian Screen Awards, including:

  • Best Web Program or Series, Fiction
  • Best Direction, Web Program or Series
  • Best Lead Performance, Web Program or Series x2 (Aisha Evelyna & Dani Pagliarello)
  • Best Supporting Performance, Web Program or Series (Aurora Browne)

Rewind to April 2023, when NMG first introduced "The Drop" to our audience. Created by the visionary duo Dani Pagliarello (The Handmaid’s Tale, Luckiest Girl Alive) and Aisha Evelyna (Slo Pitch, Rabbit Hole), and produced by Elizabeth Yake of True West Films, the series showcases a bold and unapologetic narrative.

Set in Toronto, "The Drop" follows Zara (Pagliarello) and Polly (Evelyna), two line-waiting pros diving into the city’s buzzing culture of luxury goods and exclusive releases. Their adventures through the trendy urban landscape offer a satirical take on society’s material obsessions and underground pop culture.

The all-Canadian cast, including Aurora Browne, Danté Prince, Samantha Brown, Andrew Robinson, Mishka Thébaud and  Mark Little brought vibrant characters to life, enhancing the series' appeal. Special guest appearances by Jane Kaczmarek, Nicole Power, and others further solidified its status as a must-watch.

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Reacting to the 2024 Canadian Screen Awards nominations, Dani Pagliarello remarked, ''Feeling absolutely thrilled by the five nominations THE DROP has garnered for the 2024 Canadian Screen Awards among the country’s leading filmmakers. Our series represents the city we love, Turonno, and we're honoured to contribute to both the Canadian and gal-pal comedy canon!''

"It was a true pleasure to work with Aisha, Dani, and True West Films to bring this fun project to screen life for Narcity audiences. These nominations are a testament to the creative and diverse Canadian talents that made this outstanding digital production possible. This recognition is extremely well-deserved," said Jackie Vandinther, News Creator Fellowship Manager (Previously Senior Video Producer) at Narcity Media Group.

Laurie Bergeron, Associate Director of Content at Narcity Media Group, stated, "We are proud to be the official broadcasters of ‘The Drop’. This industry acknowledgment strengthens our commitment to pursuing our role as a Canadian distributor while collaborating with skilled local creators"

As NMG celebrate these nominations, we’re reminded of our journey: from fostering this creative partnership to witnessing the series' phenomenal rise. "The Drop" is more than a series; it’s a celebration of creativity, diversity, and the unique voice of Canadian talent.

Join us in applauding "The Drop" for its outstanding achievement and stay tuned for more groundbreaking content from Narcity Media Group as the organisation expands its portfolio, continuing to push the boundaries of digital storytelling and aims to build on this success, bringing more compelling stories and unique perspectives to audiences.

About Dani Pagliarello

A comedian, series creator, and director, Dani Pagliarello graduated from York University’s Acting Conservatory and has performed in a number of television series and feature films, including The Handmaid’s Tale and Luckiest Girl Alive. She has written, directed, produced, starred in, and is the showrunner of three comedy series: Food n’ Money, Shitty Roommate, and The Drop (a finalist in the Just for Laughs pitch competition.) An alum of Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC), Dani is currently developing her three-wheel wagon-ride of a show Trauma Bonding, and her politically charged comedy O-Town.

About Aisha Evelyna

An actor, writer, and director passionate about bringing stories of the underrepresented to the forefront of our social consciousness, Aisha Evelyna’s recent film and TV appearances include Rabbit Hole and Slo Pitch. Co-creator of The Drop, Aisha is also developing the limited series Sally with Warner Brothers Canada as an alum of the 2022 Canadian Academy’s Writers Program. Her debut feature drama, Seahorse, is a 2022 Telefilm Talent To Watch Fund recipient and a 2021 Whistler Film Festival Screenwriters Lab participant, and the short film she directed, ALEX, premiered at Holly Shorts and was an Official Selection at the Austin Film Festival.

About True West Films

Established in 2002 on the west coast of Canada and now based in Toronto, True West Films have been nominated for 24 Canadian Screen/Genie Awards, with all of their dramatic features and shorts having premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Helmed by producer Elizabeth Yake, True West Films focuses on developing international film and TV projects and structuring financing for treaty coproductions.

About Narcity Media Group

Narcity Media Group is one of the leading digital media publishers for millennials in North America. We own and operate Narcity.com and MTLBlog.com. Covering everything from up-to-the-minute breaking news stories to original travel bucket lists, our extensive network of content creators spans from coast to coast with the sole purpose of creating content that engages our local audience and creates memorable experiences. Founded in 2013, Narcity Media has offices in Montreal and Toronto and operates remotely across North America in more than 24 local markets.