No one has ever accused Mark McKinney of merely having the talent to crush a person's head. The comedian, an alum of both Saturday Night Live and (what he is best known for) the legendary Canadian sketch comedy series The Kids in the Hall, has agreed to a expand his relationship with Breakthrough Entertainment.
McKinney now has an exclusive deal with the indie producer. Under it, he will develop new comedies for release through their label. Already their arrangement has produced some fruit, as McKinney has provide the voice of Lord Peel in Breakthrough's cartoon series Rocket Monkeys, which was acquired recently by Nickelodeon.
He also has served as a writer and executive producer on Breakthrough's HBO Canada series Less Than Kind, as well as a writer on the company's animated primetime comedy Mother Up! starring Eva Longoria.
Breakthrough is trying to target American broadcasters with their comedies that are written and produced by Canadian expats currently residing in Los Angeles. This appeals to companies, as there are lucrative production subsidies and tax breaks north of the border.
“We’re trying to make something that works in Canada and the U.S.,” Ira Levy, a Breakthrough executive producer. "That’s the ring that we’re chasing. And that’s quite possible with the talent around."
Having McKinney around certainly cannot hurt with that.