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TORONTO (January 23, 2014) –The Movie Network and Movie Central announced today that they have ordered a 12-episode second season of the one-hour action-packed original Canadian drama series TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES from QVF Inc. and Atlantique Productions. Chris Vance (PRISON BREAK, DEXTER) returns as Frank Martin, a professional transporter who carries anyone or anything, anywhere, for a price. New to the creative team is award-winning writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (THE X-FILES, STRIKE BACK, HUNTED), who serves as show runner for Season 2. The first season of TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES was the most-watched Canadian series on HBO Canada and the #3 Canadian Pay series overall in 2013. The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada) are part of Bell Media and Corus Entertainment, respectively.
“TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES is a chance to make a truly international series with incredible action, huge cinematic values and compelling characters,” said show runner Frank Spotnitz. “I’m having a blast.”
TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES follows the adventures of Frank Martin (Vance), a professional “transporter” paid to pick up and deliver people or cargo from anywhere in the world. Frank’s the best at what he does, and only gets the most dangerous and difficult assignments. TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES features dry wit, exotic locations, heart-pounding action, and nail-biting suspense.
TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES begins filming in Morocco in late February, with subsequent shoots in the Czech Republic and the Greater Toronto Area. The series is currently slated to premiere on The Movie Network and Movie Central in late 2014.
TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES is produced by Gemini Award winner Susan Murdoch (DOOMSTOWN) for QVF Inc. and Olivier Bibas (BORGIA) for Atlantique Productions. Fred Fuchs (CAMELOT) will serve as Executive Producer.
TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES is a France/Canada international treaty co-production produced by Atlantique Productions SA and QVF Inc. in association with broadcast partners The Movie Network, Movie Central and M6 (France).
Production Executives for Bell Media are Kathleen Meek and Trish Williams Director, Drama. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports and Entertainment Programming. Chris Bell is production executive for Movie Central, Maria Hale is Vice-President, Television, Pay TV, Corus Entertainment and Doug Murphy is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment.
Subscribers can catch up on Season 1 of TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES via on-demand platforms, including TMN GO.
TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES will air on The Movie Network in Eastern Canada and Movie Central in Western Canada.
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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 CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, the #1 new Canadian scripted series of the 2012/13 season, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. Joining CTV in early 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the recently renewed and internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, BITTEN, and TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, and upcoming dramas 19-2, SENSITIVE SKIN, and KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series such as BRAVE NEW GIRLS, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. In 2013, Bell Media ordered 27 original Canadian series and currently has 84 projects in various stages of development.
About The Movie Network:
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest. All five multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service; 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. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca.
About Movie Central:
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 eight 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 Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. 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.
About QVF Inc.
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.
About Atlantique Productions:
Atlantique Productions is a production company dedicated to high-end drama programs for the global market and headed by Olivier Bibas. Over the years, Atlantique fostered a strong network of creative and financial partners in Europe as well as in North America allowing to bring together the best talents from b oth sides of the pond. All of Atlantique’s productions are shot in English and sold around the world : BORGIA, 38 x 52 min (Canal+, 3 seasons, licensed in over 70 countries including the US/Netflix, Germany/ZDF), TRANSPORTER THE SERIES, 12 x 52 min (over 130 countries including France/M6, Germany/RTL, Canada/HBO Canada), JO, 8 x 45 min (TF1, Sat1, Fox International) and DEATH IN PARADISE, 8 x 60 min (France Télévisions, BBC)
For more information:
For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or Jessica.Charbonneau@bellmedia.ca
For Movie Central (Western Canada):
Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com