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Indie Studio Unveils Stellar Lineup Including Five New Network Primetime Titles with Acclaimed A-List Talent in Attendance
Golden Globe Award-Winner Kiefer Sutherland, Actor and Executive Producer To Deliver Media Mastermind Keynote/Q&A on Monday 17 October
LOS ANGELES, CA - Sept. 13, 2016 - Global independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne), announced today it is heading to MIPCOM with an unprecedented number of new show launches in its company's history. The diverse, robust slate and attending talent include the highly-anticipated conspiracy thriller DESIGNATED SURVIVOR with Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland (24) will deliver a special media mastermind keynote/Q&A on Monday October 17th at 4:40pm in the Grand Auditorium; investigative drama CONVICTION with Hayley Atwell (Avengers: Age of Ultron); serialized crime drama CARDINAL with Golden Globe nominee Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Karine Vanasse (Revenge); riveting drama RANSOM with Luke Roberts (Black Sails, Game of Thrones), Tony Award-nominated Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful), Brandon Jay McLaren (Graceland, The Killing, Chicago Fire), Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn, Covert Affairs, 24) and Emma de Caunes (Un frére..., The Diving Bell and the Butterfly); and comedic drama FORIEGN BODIES.
"We've been increasing our investment in producing and distributing top-quality shows," commented Stuart Baxter, President eOne Television International. "We're going to see the benefits of that as we head into our biggest MIPCOM ever with the incredible amount of new premium titles that will appeal across a wide-range of buyers and a slew of high caliber A-list talent in attendance to support those launches."
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR is a conspiracy thriller and family drama about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. The series follows a lower level United States Cabinet member, Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), who is suddenly appointed President after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.
The ABC primetime series features a stellar cast including Kal Penn (House M.D.) as Kirkman’s speech writer, Adan Canto (Narcos) as his senior advisor, Italia Ricci (Chasing Life) as his no-nonsense Chief of Staff Emily, Maggie Q (Nikita) as Hannah, the lead FBI agent on the bombing of the Capitol, and Natascha McElhone (Californication) as Kirkman’s wife, an equal employment opportunity attorney. Designated Survivor is produced by The Mark Gordon Company (Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, Quantico, Criminal Minds), created by David Guggenheim (Safe House, Bad Boys 3), executive produced by Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men), Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) and Nick Pepper (Quantico) alongside showrunner Jon Feldman (Dirty Sexy Money), and is directed by Paul McGuigan (Scandal, Sherlock).
CONVICTION tells the story of Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell), the brilliant but rebellious daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of New York’s newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime. Bold, outspoken, dedicated and opinionated, the CIU team doesn’t always get along, but their clashes are nothing compared to what they deal with outside the unit. Also produced by The Mark Gordon Company for ABC in the fall, the drama hails from writer Liz Friedman (House M.D.) who serves as Executive Producer alongside co-creator Liz Friedlander (The Following), Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) and Nick Pepper (Quantico).
CARDINAL is adapted from the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries series, a series of six bestselling crime novels written by award-winning author Giles Blunt. The series begins with the discovery of Katie Pine, a missing 13-year-old whose body is discovered in the shaft-head of an abandoned mine and follows detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) as they attempt to uncover the mystery of what happened to the young girl. But as the case grows in scope and horror, a dark secret from Cardinal's history threatens to derail the investigation.
The drama is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with Bell Media’s CTV, with the financial participation of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Canada Media Fund and the Cogeco Program Development Fund, and with the assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The series adaptation is developed for television and written by Canadian Screen Award-winner Aubrey Nealon (Orphan Black, Saving Hope), who also serves as an Executive Producer and Showrunner, directed by the award-winning Daniel Grou aka Podz (19-2, Minuit Le Soir), also an Executive Producer, and is executive produced by Sienna Films duo Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (Combat Hospital).
RANSOM follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts) and his team Maxine Carlson (Sarah Greene), a young newcomer eager to prove herself, Oliver Yates (Brandon Jay MacLaren), a psychological profiler; and ex-cop Zara Hallam (Nazneen Contractor) who are brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. While Eric’s considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
Inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, the series is created by David Vainola (Diamonds, Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle) and executive produced by Spotnitz, Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny via their Sienna Films banner, and Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald of Wildcats Productions. Ransom is co-produced by TF1, Corus, RTL and CBS.
FOREIGN BODIES is the story of a motley gang of travelers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia. Created by actor-writer Tom Basden (Plebs, Peep Show, Fresh Meat), the cast is drawn from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., including newcomer Anders Hayward (Sistema) as delusional romantic Dylan, who thinks every woman he meets is a potential life partner; BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ade Oyefeso (Unforgotten, E4's Youngers) as Sean, a friendly, easy-going guy hoping for a bit of escapism; emerging Canadian star Brittney Wilson (Bates Motel), as the blunt and headstrong Ashley, a young American student who is book-smart but emotionally immature; and Alice Lee (Jack, Jules, Esther & Me, Faking It) as May, a high-strung worrier who tends to overthink every situation. British actor, writer, performance poet and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, I Give It A Year) joins them as Greg, a 38-year-old in denial about his marriage, his business and life in general. His upbeat energy hides a multitude of problems.
Coming soon from eOne will be a new high-impact serialized crime drama ICE, starring Donald Sutherland, Cam Gigandet, Jeremy Sisto and Ray Winstone as well as MARY KILLS PEOPLE, an intense, controversial, and thought-provoking drama set in the morally grey world of assisted suicide.
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