BANFF, AB, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Media's SPACE announced today from
the Banff World Media Festival that it has ordered a new original
scripted series from acclaimed independent producer Temple Street
Productions. ORPHAN BLACK follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah, who has a
murky past and tenuous future after she witnesses a woman's suicide and
assumes the identity of the dead stranger - who happens to look just
like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead
woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic
mystery. The order follows the recent announcement that Bell Media has
commissioned another original drama MOTIVE (working title) for CTV.
ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being
Erica), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT) and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, THE SECRET CIRCLE). The
series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as
writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide will distribute the
series internationally. Set to begin production in Toronto this fall,
10 episodes of the one-hour drama have been ordered.
"ORPHAN BLACK has the perfect blend of excitement, mystery and action," said Corrie
Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "We're
delighted that what was initially developed at The Canadian Film Centre
by Graeme Manson has found a home on SPACE, and we look forward to
working with Graeme and Temple Street Productions to bring this
exciting new project to life."
"We are delighted to be making this original and thrilling series in
partnership with SPACE," said Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier,
Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. "ORPHAN BLACK will be a thought provoking, high adrenaline rollercoaster ride of
surprises. It will be must-watch television."
After assuming the dead woman's identity, Sarah quickly realizes that
she must completely integrate herself into the dead woman's life, which
includes taking on her job as a cop who's currently facing a serious
internal force investigation. While trapped in her new life, Sarah
eventually learns the dizzying truth - that she and the dead woman are
clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers another chilling
fact: there are more people like them out there. They are all
genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting
birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. They
have no idea who created them - or why - but they need to discover the
reason in a hurry. An assassin is killing them, one by one.
ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Bell Media.
Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie
Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media.
Catherine McLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media.
Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
About Temple Street Productions Temple Street Productions Inc. is a leading producer of television, film
and digital media content based in Toronto, Canada. A selection of
Temple Street's past and present projects includes: BEING ERICA,
WINGIN'IT, RECIPE TO RICHES, BILLABLE HOURS, CANADA'S NEXT TOP MODEL,
HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA?, QUEER AS FOLK, and DARCY'S WILD
LIFE. For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com, twitter: @TempleStreet or connect on Facebook.
SPACE is Canada's national science fiction, horror and fantasy channel.
SPACE is truly the station for all those who dare to challenge their
imagination. SPACE is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE
Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For
more information about SPACE, visit spacecast.com.