- CTV joins with CBS on second production -
- Becomes third Canadian drama series to air on a major U.S. network -
- Independent studio E1 Entertainment to begin production in Spring -
LOS ANGELES and TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - CTV's original Canadian drama
series THE BRIDGE has been picked up by CBS for broadcast in the United
States, the two networks announced today. After screening the pilot and
ordering the series in November 2008, CTV shared the pilot with top executives
at CBS late last year. The deal further develops CTV's relationship with CBS,
currently partners on the North American hit drama FLASHPOINT.
In development since 2005, CTV originally commissioned the production of
a two-hour movie of the week and back-door pilot, shot in Toronto last summer.
Inspired by the insights of veteran insider and outspoken former Toronto
police union head Craig Bromell, THE BRIDGE provides an unflinching look at
the struggle street cops face as they battle criminals - and their own bosses
- in order to protect society and, ultimately, themselves. E1 Entertainment
will begin production of THE BRIDGE in late spring in Toronto and will
distribute the series internationally.
(xx)Media Note: Download photos from THE BRIDGE at ctvmedia.ca.
THE BRIDGE becomes the third Canadian drama series in under 18 months,
all from CTV, to be picked up by a major U.S. network, following in the
footsteps of FLASHPOINT and the upcoming drama THE LISTENER (NBC).
"We look forward to working with our creative partners at CBS, Nancy
Tellem, Nina Tassler and David Stapf, in bringing yet another great Canadian
production to a North American audience," said Susanne Boyce, President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Craig Bromell and Alan Di Fiore and
their teams at E1 and 990 have done a beautiful job in creating a distinct and
authentic view of life behind the scenes of a modern police force."
"Like FLASHPOINT, we see THE BRIDGE as a series that works creatively and
financially for both our network and studio - and importantly, for CBS
Television viewers," said Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network
Television Entertainment Group. "Nina (Tassler) and David (Stapf) both
consider THE BRIDGE a high-quality, compelling drama that fits with the
network's line-up and the studio's roster, respectively. And, we all look
forward to working again with our creative partners at CTV. Together, we've
already launched an exciting new show and a successful new model to deliver
programming to the North American market."
Written by five-time Gemini Award winner and six-time nominee Alan Di
Fiore (DA VINCI'S INQUEST, THE LIFE, THE HANDLER), THE BRIDGE peels away the
veneer of a big-city police force to reveal the political machinations
underneath. After the rank and file unanimously vote street cop Frank Leo
(BATTLESTAR GALACTICA'S Aaron Douglas) into office as union head, he begins
his quest to put street cops first and clean up the force from the ground up.
But the old boys' network running the police force and the city's self-serving
politicians are not about to sit idly by while a former street cop makes up
his own rules. Frank walks a thin blue line as he battles wiretaps and a
concerted campaign to bring him down, letting nothing stop him from fulfilling
his unwavering vow that when cops are in trouble, he will be there.
THE BRIDGE Development Timeline
Oct., 2005 Former Toronto Police Union chief Craig Bromell pitches the
idea of a television series inspired by his life as a cop.
Dec., 2005 The project is put into development. Barna-Alper Productions
is brought on board to co-produce with Bromell's 990 Multi
Sept., 2007 CTV initiates further development; commits to two-hour
Jan., 2008 CTV suggests award-winning writer Alan DiFiore to re-write
script. With Di Fiore on board and award-winning director
John Fawcett tapped to helm the MOW, CTV commits its own
equity investment in the MOW to ensure top talent is
attached to the project. At CTV's suggestion, Aaron Douglas
is secured as the lead.
July, 2008 Production of MOW/pilot begins in Toronto.
Sept., 2008 MOW/pilot delivered to CTV.
Oct., 2008 Series bible delivered to CTV.
Nov., 2008 CTV orders THE BRIDGE to series.
Dec., 2008 CTV brings THE BRIDGE to CBS.
Feb., 2009 CBS orders CTV's THE BRIDGE for broadcast in the U.S.
May, 2009 Production scheduled to begin on series by E1
"With THE BRIDGE, we are setting out to make the most realistic drama
about cops ever seen on TV, and are thrilled that it will be broadcast not
only on CTV in Canada but by CBS in the U.S. as well," said Craig Bromell,
Executive Producer, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company. "The series will
expose the inner workings of a big city police force - with compelling,
hard-hitting storylines revolving around the police, power and politics behind
the blue line. We are grateful to CTV's Ivan Fecan and Susanne Boyce who were
with us from the beginning and look forward to reaching an even broader
audience through our new relationship with CBS and Nina Tassler."
THE BRIDGE stars Aaron Douglas (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, SMALLVILLE) as
outspoken union head Frank Leo; Paul Popowich (ANGELA'S EYES, I ME WED) as
Frank's partner and confidante Tommy Dunn; Gemini-Award nominee Inga Cadranel
(RENT-A-GOALIE, MVP) as Jill, the free-spirited cop on the force; Frank
Cassini (Vice, INTELLIGENCE) as Staff Sergeant Bernie Kantor; Theresa Joy (ALL
THE GOOD ONES ARE MARRIED, Sixty Days) as feisty tomboy Police Constable
Billy; Ona Grauer (STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS) as beautiful,
passionate prosecutor Abby St. James; Michael Murphy (Away from Her, X-Men:
The Last Stand) as Chief of Police, and political animal, Ed Wycoff; and
two-time Emmy Award winner Stuart Margolin (THE ROCKFORD FILES, TOM STONE) as
Frank's father, Vic Leo.
THE BRIDGE is produced by E1 Entertainment, 990 Multi Media Entertainment
Company and Jonsworth Productions, in association with CTV and CBS Paramount
Network Television. Executive Producers are Craig Bromell, Laszlo Barna, Adam
J. Shully, Alan Di Fiore and Robert Wertheimer. Wendy Grean is producer. CTV's
Production Executive is Brett Burlock. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative,
Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
About CTV Original Programming
CTV produces the most-watched original programming in Canada. CTV's
success and commitment to original production has cemented the network as the
industry-leader dedicated to telling fresh Canadian stories and building
home-grown talent. The network's ongoing commitment to develop, produce and
promote industry-leading television that engages viewers is evident across a
wide range of programming genres.
Seen around the world, the network's robust slate of critically acclaimed,
award-winning original productions includes: Canada's No. 1 comedy series,
CORNER GAS; the most-watched Canadian drama series, FLASHPOINT; Canada's No. 1
new program, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA; the award-winning and
internationally acclaimed series DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION; the upcoming
drama series THE LISTENER; Elvis Costello's new variety/talk series SPECTACLE;
and promoting it all, Canada's No. 1 source for everything entertainment,
ETALK. CTV is also responsible for Canada's most-watched awards broadcasts,
including THE JUNO AWARDS and THE GILLER PRIZE. CTV is a proud supporter of
its original movie slate including Gemini Award winners for Best TV Movie:
MAYERTHORPE (2008), DOOMSTOWN (2007), HUNT FOR JUSTICE: THE LOUISE ARBOUR
STORY (2006), and TRIPPING THE WIRE: A STEPHEN TREE MYSTERY (2005) along with
ratings champions EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE and IN GOD'S COUNTRY.
ABOUT 990 MULTI MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY:
990 Multi Media Entertainment Company is a Canadian production company
that was jointly founded in 2005 by Craig Bromell and Adam J. Shully. Their
goal is to tell the "best police stories out there" across a variety of
mediums, including television series, feature films and documentaries as well
as acquiring dramatic, autobiographical and biographical literary works to
translate into moving images. Bromell's 26 years on the Toronto Police Force
coupled with Shully's 25 year history in the film and television industry
affords 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company a unique voice and ability to
tell these stories. THE BRIDGE is the company's first television venture with
producing partner Barna-Alper Productions.
ABOUT E1 ENTERTAINMENT
E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment
content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits
these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently
operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four
primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1
Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise
in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids
content, Licensing and Distribution. E1's content library includes more than
3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca
For further information:
For further information: Laura Heath Potter, CTV Inc., (416) 384-4633 or
firstname.lastname@example.org; Phil Gonzales, CBS, (818) 655-1580 or
email@example.com; Lauri Metrose, CBS Paramount Network Television,
(818) 655-7223 or firstname.lastname@example.org; For E1: Pam Wilson, Ink
Media Corporation, (310) 849-7303 or email@example.com