− Series is from award-winning producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn −
− Principal photography set to begin mid-April in Toronto and L.A. −
"We watched the first episode of THE L.A. COMPLEX with more pleasure than a struggling actor landing a mid-season replacement." - Toronto Life
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TORONTO, March 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Media confirmed today the order of an additional 13 episodes of its compelling original series, THE L.A. COMPLEX. Production begins in Toronto and Los Angeles in mid-April. Produced by Emmy®-nominated Epitome Pictures (DEGRASSI) and executive produced, written, and directed by Martin Gero (HBO's BORED TO DEATH, Young People F*cking), THE L.A. COMPLEX is a no-holds-barred, character-driven relationship drama that follows the exploits of young hopefuls in search of stardom in Hollywood. Slated to premiere on MuchMusic this July, new episodes will feature new characters and storylines. U.S. broadcaster The CW, which picked up the existing six episodes in January, premieres THE L.A. COMPLEX, April 24.
**Media Note** Photography for THE L.A. COMPLEX is available online at bellmediapr.ca
"Bell Media is thrilled to extend our partnership with Epitome Pictures on THE L.A. COMPLEX," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "Martin Gero's authentic characters and storylines make this series relevant to viewers on both sides of the border and around the world. This additional order will allow THE L.A. COMPLEX to realize its full potential."
"The team here is very excited about jumping back into this lush and provocative world to push the envelope even further and see where these characters can go," said Executive Producer Martin Gero.
"Bell Media believed in this project from the very beginning and always knew what broadcasters around the world are now getting excited about, that an authentic series about young adults struggling to follow their dreams can resonate with audiences and critics alike," said Executive Producer Stephen Stohn. "We can't wait to create more episodes."
THE L.A. COMPLEX is executive produced by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures (DEGRASSI, INSTANT STAR) and Martin Gero. Directors are Martin Gero and Stefan Brogren. Writers for the additional episodes include Martin Gero, Brendon Gall, Karen Hill, Carl Binder, and Vera Santamaria. For Bell Media, Neil Staite is Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment; Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels; Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production; Trish Williams is Production Executive; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; and Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has produced some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming in partnership with Canadian independent producers, including, most recently, ratings success stories FLASHPOINT and THE LISTENER, the upcoming new drama SAVING HOPE, Emmy Award-winning period drama THE BORGIAS, international hit DEGRASSI, Gemini Award-winning comedy TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, sci-fi fan favourite SANCTUARY, critically acclaimed sketch comedy series PICNICFACE, theatre docu-series WAY OFF BROADWAY, and mythological action/adventure series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD. Production continues on the two-hour BOREALIS and upcoming original television movie THE HORSES OF McBRIDE.
About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada's #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the Sympatico.ca portal, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.