Temple Street Productions tapped to produce new series from writer, creator and showrunner Michelle Lovretta
CANNES, France (October 7, 2013) – Bell Media’s Space announced today from MIPCOM, the world’s annual entertainment content market in Cannes, France, that it has ordered its latest original scripted series KILLJOYS from leading Toronto and L.A.-based television production company Temple Street Productions (ORPHAN BLACK). The brainchild of writer and creator Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL), KILLJOYS is an action-packed adventure series following a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters as they navigate through political turmoil, questionable morality and complicated relationships. In development since 2012 as part of Bell Media’s Writer Only Development program, Space has ordered 10, one-hour episodes for delivery in 2014. KILLJOYS is executive produced by Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street’s David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg. Michelle Lovretta is represented by Jeff Alpern of The Alpern Group, who brokered the Bell Media and Temple Street deals.
“Our audience has come to expect the most imaginative and addictive programs from Space, and KILLJOYS is no exception,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “We look forward to building upon our partnership with Temple Street Productions with a whole new adventure.”
“We are delighted to be working with Michelle. She is exceptionally talented and this is a terrifically exciting project,” commented Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. “With having such a great experience working together on OPRHAN BLACK, we are thrilled to be teaming up again with Bell Media and Space on this new action-adventure series.”
In a distant Galaxy, the people of the planet Qresh have colonized their three moons, creating four stratified worlds, each defined along socio-economic lines and rife with social unrest. In this planetary unit, known as the Quad, a highly regulated group of bounty hunters, Killjoys, are licensed to pursue a vast range of warrants throughout the galaxy. Killjoys must follow strict rules, and there are harsh consequences for veering from their mantra: “The Warrant is All”. Killjoys are not allowed to take a personal or political side in their mission, which proves to be impossible and near fatal for Dutch. Dutch is a gorgeous, complicated and deadly Killjoy at the top of her game. Her partner, John the Bastard, is a peacemaker who hates conflict.
When John’s incredibly sexy and confident brother D’avin shows up to join the partners, the dysfunctional trio’s lives become intertwined. Confined to close quarters, Dutch, John, and D’avin quickly find themselves caught in a tricky love triangle.
KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Bell Media. Production Executives for Bell Media are Trish Williams and Rebecca DiPasquale. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine McLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
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, and MOTIVE, the #1 new Canadian series of the 2012/13 season. Recent original productions include relationship comedy SATISFACTION; THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series, and new cop drama PLAYED. To premiere in the 2013/14 season are multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT and hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the recently renewed ORPHAN BLACK, CSA-winning CALL ME FITZ, upcoming dramas BITTEN and 19-2, and new dramedy series SENSITIVE SKIN. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series BRAVE NEW GIRLS, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. So far in 2013, Bell Media has ordered 24 original Canadian series and put 52 projects into development.
About Temple Street Productions
Temple Street Productions is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto, Canada. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America, Space), BEING ERICA (CBC, SOAPnet), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), WINGIN’ IT (Family Channel), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), BILLABLE HOURS (Global, Showcase), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? (CBC), QUEER AS FOLK (Showtime, Showcase), and DARCY’S WILD LIFE (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel).
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Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre – all in high definition (HD). Also home to Original Series ORPHAN BLACK, and upcoming drama BITTEN, Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.