Saturday, April 25, 2009

Toronto Start for CTV/CBS Paramount's "The Bridge"...

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E1 Entertainment, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company and Jonsworth Productions, in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television report that principal photography is underway on the original Canadian drama series, "The Bridge".

Originally commissioned as a two-hour movie of the week and back-door pilot by CTV, 11 episodes will be shot on location in and around Toronto until August 12 to round out the first season.

This start of production follows February’s (2009) joint announcement by CTV and CBS of the deal to broadcast "The Bridge" in the United States.

"The Bridge" is the third series from E1 Entertainment to be picked up by a high-profile U.S. network in the last 18 months, and the first for 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company. The CBS deal also marks the third Canadian drama series from CTV to be picked up by a major U.S. network in the last 20 months.

"...Informed by the insights of veteran insider and outspoken former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell, The Bridge reveals the struggle of street cops who not only battle criminals, but also their own bosses in order to protect society and, ultimately, themselves. The series will take viewers beyond the blue line, offering a glimpse of the police, power and politics that unfold behind the scenes.

The Bridge follows fictional character 'Frank Leo' (played by Aaron Douglas of 'Battlestar Galactica') and his climb from street cop to union head where he begins his quest to clean up the force. But the old boys network running the police force, and the city’s self-serving politicians, won’t sit idly by while a former street cop makes up his own rules..."

Slated to direct the series are John Fawcett ("Da Vinci’s Inquest") , Holly Dale ("Durham County"), Paul Kaufman ("Run the Wild Fields"), Helen Shaver ("We All Fall Down/Just Cause") and Stuart Margolin ("Rockford Files").

Heading up the writing team is Alan Di Fiore ("Da Vinci’s Inquest")...