Principal photography is underway on the original Canadian drama series, The Bridge, recently picked up by CBS.
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.
Slated to direct the series are Gemini Award winners John Fawcett (Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Holly Dale (Durham County); Daytime Emmy Award winner Paul Kaufman (Run the Wild Fields); Genie and Gemini Award winner Helen Shaver (We All Fall Down/Just Cause) and two-time Emmy Award winner Stuart Margolin (Rockford Files). Heading up the writing team is five-time Gemini Award winner and six-time nominee, Alan Di Fiore (Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Life).
The Bridge is produced by E1 Entertainment, 990 Multi Media Company and Jonsworth Productions, in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television. Executive Producers are Craig Bromell, Laszlo Barna, Adam J. Shully, Alan Di Fiore and Robert Wertheimer. Wendy Grean is producer. CTV’s Production Executive is Brett Burlock. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
The Bridge is produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit Program. Distributed worldwide by E1 Entertainment.
E1 Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment
content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits
these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1 Entertainment is the largest distributor of entertainment content on the Canadian market. Since the acquisition of Seville Entertainment in 2007, E1 has held a leading position in the market for theatrical releases in Canada via E1 Entertainment Canada and Seville Pictures in Quebec, and International Sales via E1 Films International. E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.
990 Multi Media Entertainment Company is a Canadian production company that was jointly founded in 2005 by Craig Bromell and Adam J. Shully. Bromell’s 26 years on the Toronto Police Force coupled with Shully’s 27-year history in the film and television industry affords 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company a unique voice and ability to tell these stories. The Bridge is the company’s first television venture.