BANFF, AB (June 12, 2013) – Bravo announced today from the Banff World Media Festival that it has ordered 19-2, an English adaptation of popular French-Canadian series of the same name, for broadcast in early 2014. The scripted series is the latest to join Bell Media’s ever-growing slate of original specialty productions. Ten, one-hour episodes will be shot in Quebec this fall, to be produced by Montreal’s Sphere Media Plus and co-producers Echo Media. Bruce Smith (DURHAM COUNTY) acts as showrunner with Jesse Mckeown (DAVINCI’S INQUEST, ROGUE) serving as co-executive producer. With an average audience of 1.4 million viewers, 19-2 was a monster hit in Quebec, where the series premiered in 2011 and consistently won its timeslot in the A25-54 demo.
A richly-nuanced character-driven drama, 19-2 follows the lives of patrol officers Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso, FALLING SKIES) and Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes, ARROW). Nick is a veteran on Montreal’s urban police force and has just returned from a three-month leave following the traumatic shooting of his partner. On his first day back, he is unhappy to learn he has been partnered with Ben, who has just transferred from a small town to restart his life in the big city. Both men are good cops, who deeply care about the job, yet struggle to move beyond painful events in their past. Ben and Nick must attempt to put their differences aside as their lives further intertwine, both professionally and personally, and continue to take surprising and dramatic turns.
“Fuelled by a terrific cast and strong storylines, we’re tremendously excited to add 19-2 to the Bravo lineup,” said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “We are confident that our partnership with Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media on this project will deliver a series that audiences will be fully engaged in.”
“It’s a great pleasure to be collaborating for the first time with Bravo and Bell Media,” said Jocelyn Deschênes, President Sphere Media Plus. “19-2 is an unprecedented hit in Quebec, and we’re sure Bravo viewers will love this adaptation.”
“We are very proud to bring 19-2 to a larger audience,” said Luc Chatelain, President Echo Media. “Viewers will be compelled by Nick and Ben’s stories and the intimate lives of the police officers bought to life by this talented ensemble cast.”
19-2 is co-produced by Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media in association with Bravo. Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschênes and Carolyn Newman from Sphere Media Plus and Luc Chatelain from Echo Media. Showrunner Bruce Smith (DURHAM COUNTY) also acts as writer, with Jesse Mckeown (DAVINCI’S INQUEST, ROGUE) and Virginia Rankin as co-executive producers. Supervising Director is Louis Choquette. Production Executives for Bell Media are Gosia Kamela and Tom Hastings. Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
About Sphere Media
Headquartered in the Montreal area, Sphere Media Plus has established itself as a major player in television production. Founded by Jocelyn Deschênes in 1997, the company has earned universal acclaim for the boldness, originality and quality of its productions. With nearly 975 hours of series television to its credit - including successful high-end series like MIRADOR, VICE CACHÉ and RUMEURS - the company offers primetime programming that is attractive to viewers and contemporary in outlook.
Sphere Media Plus productions have been sold or adapted in a variety of international markets. In Canada, the company's programs have been seen on the Radio-Canada, TVA, CBC and Séries+ networks, and the company has worked on the pilot of Isabel (adapted from the series LE MONDE DE CHARLOTTE) for NBC in the United States. Over the years the company has won numerous industry and people’s choice prizes, including more than 95 Prix Gémeaux (TV industry awards). Sphere Media Plus continues to develop new projects for both the French-and English-speaking markets. Since 2011, the company has had an office in Toronto, confirming its desire to extend its activities across the whole of the North American market.
About Echo Media
Echo Media is a film and television production company headed by President and Founder Luc Châtelain. Over the last 30 years Echo Media has produced a rich portfolio of hundreds of hours of programming that have won the hearts of audiences, critics and industry members alike. The company offers a rich catalogue of award-winning drama series (19-2, FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY); animation series (LIFE ON THE BLOCK, FRED’S HEAD); documentaries (Inside The Cirque du Soleil, 10 x DIX, A Museum in the City, A Cardboard Youth, Building the Future in Haïti, Life is a Highway, Amelia, Les Petits Géants); feature films (Memories Corner; Metallic Blues) youth programming (MIAM!, TOOPY AND BINOO, KID); as well as comedy and HD music and variety events coverage (Cirque Éloize’s Rain, Nomade, and Nebbia; Jean Pierre Ferland, Brian Setzer Orchestra).
Nominated for the most prestigious of prizes and festivals, Echo Media is a recipient of numerous awards, notably the Geminis, Gemeaux, ADISQ, Banff Rockie, Montreux Rose d'Or, and International and Primetime Emmys. Echo Media’s productions have been distributed in over 180 countries around the world.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while 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. Premiering this summer are relationship comedy SATISFACTION and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. To premiere later in the 2013/14 season are the drama series PLAYED, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the recently renewed ORPHAN BLACK, and upcoming drama BITTEN. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series PANIC BUTTON and BRAVE NEW GIRL, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and LAST CAR STANDING. In total, Bell Media ordered 27 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.
Bravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca.
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11 juin 2013 – Les productions de Sphère Média Plus, 19-2 (en coproduction avec Écho Média), Toute la vérité, Mauvais karma et Mémoires vives récoltent un total de 52 nominations au prochain gala des Prix Gémeaux. Chacune des productions de Sphère Média Plus se retrouve dans les catégories fort attendues de « Meilleure série dramatique » pour 19-2 et Toute la vérité, « Meilleur téléroman » pour Mémoires vives et « Meilleure comédie » pour Mauvais karma.
C’est la série 19-2 qui remporte les honneurs avec 16 nominations. Notons la nomination de Podz dans la catégorie « Meilleure réalisation » ainsi que la nomination de Danielle Dansereau, Réal Bossé et Claude Legault dans la catégorie « Meilleur texte : série dramatique ». Dans les catégories « Interprétation », soulignons la présence de Réal Bossé, Claude Legault, Sylvain Marcel, Julie Perreault et Louise Turcot.
Non loin derrière, la série Toute la vérité remporte 13 nominations. Les auteurs Annie Piérard, Bernard Dansereau, Guylaine Bachand et Jacques Diamant se retrouvent à nouveau dans la catégorie « Meilleur texte : série dramatique ». Lyne Charlebois est nommée dans la catégorie « Meilleure réalisation » et les comédiens Hélène Florent, Maude Guérin, Émile Proulx-Cloutier, Louison Danis, Isabelle Vincent, Marc Messier et Marcel Sabourin se retrouvent dans les catégories « Meilleur rôle » et « Meilleur rôle de soutien ».
Mauvais karma qui a tiré sa révérence l’automne dernier après trois saisons en ondes, n’est pas en reste. Nous comptons parmi les nominations celle d’Isabelle Langlois dans la catégorie « Meilleur texte : comédie » et celle de Pierre Théorêt dans la catégorie « Meilleure réalisation : comédie ». L’excellence de plusieurs comédiens de Mauvais karma a aussi été reconnue. Dans les catégories d’interprétation, Julie Le Breton, Rémi-Pierre Paquin, Vincent Leclerc, Marc Paquet, Yanic Truesdale, Judith Baribeau, Geneviève Brouillette et Louise Latraverse ont tous été nommés.
Mention spéciale à Mémoires vives qui après seulement une demi-saison en ondes, récolte 11 nominations. Chantal Cadieux et Patrick Lowe se retrouvent dans la catégorie « Meilleur texte : téléroman » et la réalisatrice Brigitte Couture, dans la catégorie « Meilleur réalisation : téléroman ». Soulignons la présence des comédiens Marie-Thérèse Fortin, Véronique Leflaguais, Gilles Renaud, Patrick Drolet, Albert Millaire et Charli Arcouette dans les catégories d’interprétation « Meilleur rôle : téléroman » et « Meilleur rôle de soutien : téléroman ».
Il faudra attendre jusqu’en septembre pour connaître l’issue de ces nominations, mais Sphère Média Plus souhaite la meilleure des chances à tous les nommés.
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Source : Sphère Média Plus
Joëlle Mauffette, Attachée de presse
(450) 674-3434, poste 14
MONTREAL - January 30, 2013 - Renowned Quebec production companies Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media are delighted to announce that the second season premiere of its gritty police drama 19-2 captivated an audience of 1,554,000 (pre PVR) in Quebec representing a 39 per cent market share. The episode was broadcast on SRC Canada on Monday, January 28 at 9:00 p.m. and is a co-production between Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media.
19-2 focuses on the social and psychological experiences of police officers Nick Berrof and Ben Chartier both on and off duty. In the season’s first episode, the lead characters are first responders at a horrific school shooting. The show was filmed in August and explores how the police officers and other first responders experience such a crisis.
“The program 19-2 is a realistic portrayal of officials’ experiences in dealing with sensitive social issues. The episode’s subject matter struck a chord with viewers, became a hot media topic and started intense discussion in a variety of arenas,” said Jocelyn Deschenes, principal of Sphere Media Plus. “Capturing 39 per cent audience share signifies the relevance of such a prime time drama in one of the most competitive time slots.”
The season premiere was highly anticipated and discussed on social networks and was a trending story on Twitter in Montreal the day of the broadcast. Critics’ and viewer’s reaction to the episode was universally positive. In media commentary the following day, the premiere episode of 19-2 was referred to as a “masterpiece” by multiple media outlets and renewed public discussion around the topic of guns and violence in society.
Many Sphere Media Plus productions have been adapted for English-language audiences in Canada and the US and the company is currently working on the pilot Isabel (adapted from the series Le Monde de Charlotte) for NBC in the United States. Echo Media productions have been carried on major worldwide networks including Radio-Canada, CBC, Corus, Showtime USA, PBS, Astral Media, Arte France and Germany, NHK, France Television, ZDF, Cartoon Network, Disney World.
About Sphere Media Plus
Headquartered in Montreal, Sphere Media Plus is a major player in television production. The company, founded by Jocelyn Deschênes in 1997, has earned a reputation for the boldness, originality and quality of its productions. With more than 900 episodes produced or in production, Sphere Media Plus creates award-winning primetime shows that are attractive to viewers and contemporary in outlook. Over the years the company has won more than 95 Prix Gémeaux (TV industry awards).
About Echo Media
Echo Media is a film and television production company which was founded in 1978. Over the years, the company has diversified its activities to many fields of production including drama, documentaries, children’s, animation and variety programming. Echo Media’s eclectic program catalog has been exported and sold to over 175 countries. The company and its artists have been nominated and awarded a multitude of Emmy, Gemini, Rose d’Or, Gémeaux and other distinctions. The company has been run by Luc Chatelain from the very beginning.
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