− Temple Street Productions tapped to produce new series from writer,
creator and showrunner Michelle Lovretta -
− KILLJOYS developed with the support of Bell Media's Writer Only Drama
Development program −
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CANNES, France, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Bell Media's Space announced today
from MIPCOM, the world's annual entertainment content market in Cannes, France,
that it has ordered its latest original scripted series KILLJOYS from leading Toronto and L.A.-based television production company
Temple Street Productions (ORPHAN BLACK). The brainchild of writer and
creator Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL), KILLJOYS is an action-packed adventure series following a trio of interplanetary
bounty hunters as they navigate through political turmoil, questionable
morality and complicated relationships. In development since 2012 as
part of Bell Media's Writer Only Drama Development program, Space has
ordered 10, one-hour episodes for delivery in 2014. KILLJOYS is executive produced by Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street's David
Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg. Michelle Lovretta is represented by Jeff
Alpern of The Alpern Group, who brokered the Bell Media and Temple
"Our audience has come to expect the most imaginative and addictive
programs from Space, and KILLJOYS is no exception," said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President,
Specialty Channels, Bell Media. "We look forward to building upon our
partnership with Temple Street Productions with a whole new adventure."
"We are delighted to be working with Michelle. She is exceptionally
talented and this is a terrifically exciting project," commented Ivan
Schneeberg and David Fortier, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of
Temple Street Productions. "With having such a great experience
working together on OPRHAN BLACK, we are thrilled to be teaming up
again with Bell Media and Space on this new action-adventure series."
In a distant Galaxy, the people of the planet Qresh have colonized their
three moons, creating four stratified worlds, each defined along
socio-economic lines and rife with social unrest. In this planetary
unit, known as the Quad, a highly regulated group of bounty hunters,
Killjoys, are licensed to pursue a vast range of warrants throughout
the galaxy. Killjoys must follow strict rules, and there are harsh
consequences for veering from their mantra: "The Warrant is All".
Killjoys are not allowed to take a personal or political side in their
mission, which proves to be impossible and near fatal for Dutch. Dutch
is a gorgeous, complicated and deadly Killjoy at the top of her game.
Her partner, John the Bastard, is a peacemaker who hates conflict.
When John's incredibly sexy and confident brother D'avin shows up to
join the partners, the dysfunctional trio's lives become intertwined.
Confined to close quarters, Dutch, John, and D'avin quickly find
themselves caught in a tricky love triangle.
KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Bell Media.
Production Executives for Bell Media are Trish Williams and Rebecca
DiPasquale. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent
Production, Bell Media. Catherine McLeod is Senior Vice-President,
Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming
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, and MOTIVE, the #1 new
Canadian series of the 2012/13 season. Recent original productions
include relationship comedy SATISFACTION; THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the
record-breaking Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit
international series, and new cop drama PLAYED. To premiere in the
2013/14 season are multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT and hit
international format MASTERCHEF CANADA. Among the scripted series on
Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated
hit DEGRASSI, the recently renewed ORPHAN BLACK, CSA-winning CALL ME
FITZ, upcoming dramas BITTEN and 19-2, and new dramedy series SENSITIVE
SKIN. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series
BRAVE NEW GIRLS, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series
HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others. So far in
2013, Bell Media has ordered 24 original Canadian series and put 52
projects into 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, visit www.templestreetproductions.com, follow @TempleStreet, or connect with us on Facebook.
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). Also home to Original Series ORPHAN BLACK, and
upcoming drama 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 part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
SPACE on Facebook
SPACE on Twitter
Temple Street on Twitter
For further information:
Mary Costa, SPACE, 416.384.7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Temple Street, please contact:
Pam Wilson, President, Ink Media Corporation
(O) 661.799.9102, (C) 310.849.7303 or Pam.Wilson@inkmediacorp.com