BBC America Orders Sci-Fi Series ORPHAN BLACK
BBC AMERICA has joined forces with Bell Media’s SPACE on new original sci-fi series Orphan Black. From independent producer, Temple Street Productions, the series, co-created by Graeme Manson (Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus) will take viewers through the mysterious life of a street-wise chameleon, who makes the shocking discovery that she is a clone. The series will premiere in the US as part of BBC AMERICA’S Supernatural Saturdays programming block.
Executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier for Temple Street Productions, Orphan Black (10 x 60) is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. Set to begin production in Toronto this fall, the series falls directly in line with genre programming BBC AMERICA and SPACE currently share including the original Being Human, Torchwood and Primeval. BBC Worldwide will distribute the series internationally.
“Orphan Black is a non-stop thrill ride that is a perfect fit for BBC AMERICA’S Supernatural Saturday” says Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America. “In the talented hands of Graeme Manson, John Fawcett and Temple Street Productions, it promises to be a genre game changer. Move over zombies — send in the clones!”
Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media adds “Orphan Blackhas the perfect blend of excitement, mystery and action. We’re delighted that what was initially developed at The Canadian Film Centre by Graeme Manson has found a home on SPACE and BBC AMERICA, and we look forward to working with all our partners to bring this exciting new project to life.”