Canadian Rachel Skarsten joins the series alongside Chris Vance, Andrea
Osvart, Francois Berléand and Delphine Chanéac
International co-production with Canadian all-star team shoots in
Toronto until November 2011
TORONTO, Aug. 10, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - QVF Inc., together with Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) announced today that the 12-part action series Transporter has begun production in Toronto. The series will shoot until November
2011 and is set to premiere on HBO Canada in 2012. Canadian Rachel Skarsten (Servitude) is the newest addition to the cast in the role of Delia, alongside
already announced cast members Chris Vance (Prison Break), Andrea Osvart (Duplicity), Francois Berléand (The Transporter 1,2, 3) and Delphine Chanéac (Splice).
Transporter is produced by Canadian Susan Murdoch (Dan for Mayor) for QVF Inc. and Klaus Zimmermann (Borgias) for Atlantique Productions. The series features an all-star Canadian
production team that will take the helm in Toronto, including Executive
Producers Fred Fuchs (Camelot), Robert Cooper (Stargate), Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate) and directors Stephen Williams (Lost), Bruce McDonald (Trigger) and Andy Mikita (Stargate), alongside international partners, including Executive Producers Alexander Ruemelin (The Volcano) and Luc Besson.
Transporter is a France/Canada international treaty co-production produced by
Atlantique Productions SA and QVF Inc. in association with broadcast
partners The Movie Network and Movie Central as well as M6 (France),
RTL (Germany), and HBO/Cinemax (US).
The fast-paced, action-packed series is based on the popular film
franchise of the same name created by Europacorp's Luc Besson and
Robert Mark Kamen. Transporter follows the adventures of professional transporter Frank Martin
(Vance), who can always be counted on to get the job done. Operating in
a seedy underworld of dangerous criminals and desperate players, Frank
plays by three rules: never change the deal, no names and never open
the package. In order to do the job with minimal personal interaction,
Frank must rely on his trusted handler, Carla (Osvart), a former CIA
Operative, who organizes Frank's missions and acts as his eyes and ears
on the outside. Sometimes it is hard to elude personal interaction
altogether, especially when the package is a person, as in the case of
Delia (Skarsten) - a surprise package from Frank's past. Frank's good
friend, Inspector Tarconi (Berléand), once charged with the task of
investigating Frank, now keeps himself blissfully unaware of Frank's
law-skirting escapades, even when he is being questioned by Juliette
(Chanéac), a young enthusiastic reporter working on a story about the
underground world of Transporters.
QVF Inc. is a boutique entertainment company with a legacy of excellence in the
production of long form and series television. Headed by Susan
Murdoch, QVF has been a trusted production partner and originator of
award-winning, high quality television product. More information about
QVF can be found on the company's website at www.qvfinc.com.
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western
Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international
and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including
dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and
exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first
window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A
major force in the Canadian independent film and television production
industry, Movie Central, through The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports
many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films.
Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's
animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. With premiere
access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content,
critically-acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian
programming, this pay television service presents Canadians with some
of the best television entertainment available. The Movie Network
service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels - M, HBO Canada,
MExcess, MFun! and MFest - which deliver diverse and entertaining
programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The
Movie Network also offers The Movie Network HD, HBO Canada HD, MExcess
HD and MFun! HD, four dedicated high-definition channels providing
hundreds of titles in HD; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription
Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across
eastern Canada; and, TMN OnLine an Internet-based content streaming
service available to BellTV, Rogers and Videotron subscribers. For more
information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca .
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral (TSX:
ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates
several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television,
radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media properties. Astral
plays a central role in community life across the country by offering
diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs
of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
SOURCE The Movie Network
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