− From Temple Street Productions, ORPHAN BLACK begins production in
Toronto this October −
"…the Regina-born actress could be the Next Big Thing." - Johanna
Schneller, The Globe and Mail
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TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Media's SPACE, BBC America, and
Temple Street Productions today announced that rising star and
Canadian-born actor Tatiana Maslany (Cas & Dylan, Picture Day, The Vow, and FLASHPOINT) is set to star in the new original series ORPHAN BLACK, produced by Temple Street Productions for SPACE and BBC America. The
announcement was made as Maslany was feted for her starring role in the
feature Picture Day, which received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film
Festival® (TIFF). The Genie and Gemini-nominated actor, who received the 2010
Sundance special jury prize for Grown Up Movie Star, is capturing the increasing attention of fans and industry elite
alike, including recent critical acclaim from The Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, and NOW Magazine. Set to begin production in Toronto this October, additional casting
for the 10 episode series will be announced soon.
In ORPHAN BLACK, Maslany stars as Sarah, an outsider, orphan, and street-wise chameleon
who has a murky past and tenuous future after she witnesses a woman's
suicide. After deciding to assume the identity of the dead stranger who
looks just like her, Sarah 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 clones 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.
"We are extremely excited about ORPHAN BLACK, and as soon as we saw Tatiana perform, we knew she would be perfect,"
said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell
Media. "Tatiana is an exceptionally fine actor, and her star is on the
rise. We are confident that she will excel in this complex and
compelling role, and that our audience will be fascinated by the
chameleon qualities that she brings to the part."
"Tatiana possesses all the intensity, charm and range that this complex
role requires," said Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC
Worldwide America. "She has all the makings of a breakout star."
"We have always recognized Tatiana as an extraordinary talent. We have
worked with her previously on BEING ERICA and cast her as the lead in The Nativity for the CBC/ BBC. Tatiana embodies all the qualities this unique lead
demands and we can't wait to see her bring the role of Sarah to life,"
said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Co-Presidents of Temple Street
About Tatiana Maslany
A Regina, Saskatchewan-born actor now living in Toronto, Maslany is a
rising star who has been acting for over 15 years in film, television,
theatre, and radio. In that time, she has amassed an incredibly
impressive resume with leading roles in many features. Her starring
role in Grown Up Movie Star opposite Shawn Doyle competed at Sundance 2010 and garnered her the
special jury prize for 'Breakout Star' at the festival as well as a
Genie Award nomination. Her recent feature credits include The Vow, opposite Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum; Geoffrey Fletcher's
directorial debut Violet And Daisy, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel, which premiered at TIFF 2011;
a lead role in Sean Garrity's improvisational feature Blood Pressure opposite Jake Epstein; and Entitled with Ray Liotta, Victor Garber, and Kevin Zegers. Some of Maslany's
television credits include WORLD WITHOUT END, based on the novel by Ken
Follett; her Gemini Award-nominated performance in NATIVITY, directed
by Coky Giedroyc; CERTAIN PREY opposite Mark Harmon; as well as her
Gemini Award-winning performances on BLOODLETTING AND MIRACULOUS CURES
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
ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Bell Media
and BBC America. Production Executives are Trish Williams and Gosia
Kamela. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production,
Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels,
Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV
Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
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 includes: BEING ERICA (CBC, SOAPnet), WINGIN'IT (Family Channel), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES
(Food Network, Global), 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 BBC America
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and
intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch
pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including
Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming
formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has
attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy®,
five Golden Globes® and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of
cable's most affluent and educated audiences and is available on
digital cable and satellite TV in more than 79 million homes. It
broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available
On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.
Find out more by visiting www.press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on www.twitter.com/bbcamerica.
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.
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Natalie Cole, SPACE, 416. 384.2140 or email@example.com
Christy Sullivan, SPACE, 416.384.3624 or firstname.lastname@example.org