Political Blind Date, a six-part half hour documentary series for TVO is produced by by our clients Mark Johnston and Amanda Handy (Nomad Films) along with Tom Powers from Open Door Films. The documentary is written and directed by Mark Johnston and produced by Amanda . Powers serves as series creator and exec producer.
The series pairs rival politicians as they meet face-to-face, learn about one another and then explore a divisive topic, such as safe injection sites, marijuana legalization and climate change. The docuseries features politicians including Toronto city councilor Giorgio Mammoliti and Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, as well as NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Toronto mayoral hopeful Doug Ford. The goal, the producers say, is to humanize the politicians – to one another, and audiences.
“We’re trying to prove that civil discourse is possible in politics no matter where you are on the political spectrum,” says Johnston.