- CTV original six-part series to be produced in 4K by award-winning Montréal-based Productions Casablanca-
- Production set to begin fall 2016 in Montréal -
- French-language version to air on Super Écran -
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TORONTO, June 1, 2016 /CNW/ - As production wraps on CTV's first-ever original serialized drama CARDINAL this month, CTV announced today that it will bring a second, original, serialized drama, THE DISAPPEARANCE to Canadian viewers. From award-winning Montréal-based Productions Casablanca, the six-part event series follows the mysterious disappearance of 10-year-old Anthony Wilson, who vanishes on his birthday during a treasure hunt. The series is set to begin shooting in 4K in and around Montréal in the fall of 2016. Casting for THE DISAPPEARANCE will be announced in the coming months.
In THE DISAPPEARANCE, Anthony's extended family is devastated by his unexplained and sudden disappearance. The series premiere opens the story the night before Anthony's disappearance and follows the family through the investigation of his sudden vanishing. As the police search for signs and traces of evidence, long-buried familial secrets with devastating consequences come back to the surface, leaving a permanent mark on every generation of the Wilson family.
"THE DISAPPEARANCE is a compelling event series that will send CTV viewers on an emotional and intense journey," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. "Marking a new milestone as one of Bell Media's original productions to be shot in 4K, we look forward to bringing the world of THE DISAPPEARANCE to life with Productions Casablanca."
"THE DISAPPEARANCE is the first English project for Productions Casablanca and we are thrilled and proud to produce this television series in association with CTV and Bell Media," said Joanne Forgues, Producer, Productions Casablanca.
THE DISAPPEARANCE was first put into development by CTV in October 2015. The series is created and written by the Montréal-based writing team of Normand Daneau and Geneviève Simard. The series is executive produced by Joanne Forgues and Jean-Marc Casanova of Productions Casablanca, creators of the Prix Gémeaux-winning series, LES INVINCIBLES and SÉRIE NOIRE.
THE DISAPPEARANCE is produced by Productions Casablanca in association with Bell Media, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund and the assistance of the Québec Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Super Écran has commissioned the series for French-language broadcast.
For Bell Media, Gosia Kamela is Production Executive; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.
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About Productions Casablanca
Productions Casablanca has carved a place in the television landscape with its original primetime productions. The company's creative vision gives rise to stories and characters that resonate with a wide audience and offer quality content by providing creators with a production environment that measures up to their imaginations. This commitment to excellence was made possible by the company's personal, intimate approach. Producer and founder Joanne Forgues favours quality over quantity in her choices. Passion, talent and perseverance are what motivate the company's teams.
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 series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, and the upcoming drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space's most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo's award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV's first original series LETTERKENNY, and Discovery's upcoming drama FRONTIER. Discovery is also home to Bell Media's hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.
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