Space Partners with Syfy for Production of Upcoming Original Series KILLJOYS

- From producers of Space's hit original clone drama ORPHAN BLACK and the creator of LOST GIRL -

− KILLJOYS developed with the support of Bell Media's Writer Only Drama Development program −

- 10 episode adventure drama series set to premiere in 2015 -

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TORONTO, April 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Space announced today that it has teamed up with Syfy to produce the upcoming original adventure drama series KILLJOYS. As previously announced, hit-makers Temple Street Productions (ORPHAN BLACK) are tapped to produce the Space/Syfy co-venture. The brainchild of writer, creator, and showrunner Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL), Killjoys follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war. In development since 2012 as part of Bell Media's Writer Only Drama Development program, the project was ordered to series by Space in October, 2013. The 10-episode series will begin production this August in Toronto, and is set to premiere on Space in 2015.

"We're delighted that Canadian productions continue to resonate beyond our borders," said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. "We have a strong partnership already with Temple Street Productions, and we are very much looking forward to Syfy joining us on this inter-galactic adventure."

"With its explosive action, smartly-drawn characters, and fun and provocative story-lines, KILLJOYS has all the ingredients to make it the perfect complement to our expanding slate of quality science fiction drama series," said Dave Howe, President, Syfy."

"Being able to work with both Space and Syfy is the perfect scenario for KILLJOYS," said Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. "In their respective markets, Space and Syfy are the authorities on genre programming, and getting to showcase your productions on these networks is as good as it gets."

KILLJOYS was created by Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl, The Secret Circle) who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Executive producers are David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg of Temple Street Productions. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide.

KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Bell Media and Syfy. Production Executives for Bell Media are Trish Williams and Rebecca DiPasquale. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the most-watched original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo's most-watched new drama 19-2, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, and upcoming dramas SENSITIVE SKIN, and KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others. In 2013, Bell Media ordered 27 original Canadian series and currently has 84 projects in various stages of development.

About Temple Street Productions
Temple Street Productions 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 include ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America, Space), BEING ERICA (CBC, SOAPnet), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), WINGIN' IT (Family Channel), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), BILLABLE HOURS (Global, Showcase), CANADA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? (CBC), QUEER AS FOLK (Showtime, Showcase), and DARCY'S WILD LIFE (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel).  For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.

About Space
Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre - all in high definition (HD). Named "Channel of the Year" in 2013 by Playback Magazine, Space is also home to Original Series ORPHAN BLACK, PANIC BUTTON, and BITTEN. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

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For further information:

Andrea Allen, Space, 416.384.5375 or andrea.allen@bellmedia.ca
Mary Costa, Space, 416.384.7702 or mary.costa@bellmedia.ca