– New drama takes historical look at North America’s fur trade, and how the continent’s first millionaires were made –
Cannes, France (April 15, 2015) – Discovery Canada announced today fromMIPTV – the most-established TV and digital content market and the biggest gathering of entertainment industry professionals – that it has ordered its first original scripted series, FRONTIER, from leading Canadian independent producer Take the Shot Productions (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE). Created by Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, FRONTIER is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, FRONTIER takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.
Executive produced by Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, and Perry Chafe, the six-episode, hour-long series will begin principal photography in St. John’s, N.L. in July 2015.
“With its fast paced action, FRONTIER offers richly drawn characters set in the untamed world of the fur trade. It’s the perfect fit for our audience,” said Edwina Follows, Director of Commissioning and Production, Discovery Networks Canada. “Discovery Canada is pleased to be working with Take the Shot on this exciting new exploit into scripted series television.”
“FRONTIER presents an outstanding opportunity to produce a series bursting with action, compelling characters, and historical significance on an unprecedented scale in Canada”, commented John Vatcher, Co-CEO of Take the Shot Productions. “We are thrilled to be working with Discovery Canada and Bell Media on this exciting project”, added Alex Patrick, President of Take the Shot.
About Take the Shot Productions:
Established in 2009, St. John’s based Take the Shot produces a variety of scripted and unscripted projects for television. Past and current productions include the Gemini-nominated series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, now airing in over 100 countries; the hit factual series MAJUMDER MANOR; BOY ON BRIDGE featuring Great Big Sea’s front man Alan Doyle, and HBO Canada’s SHAUN MAJUMDER, EVERY WORD IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE.
About Discovery Original Productions:
Home to Bell Media’s hit factual series, Discovery – together with its related channels Animal Planet, Discovery Velocity, Investigation Discovery, and Discovery Science – has premiered an impressive number of successful Canadian programs. Discovery’s #1 Entertainment Specialty schedule is underpinned by an annual slate of more than 300 hours of original programming, including some of the channel’s most successful titles including HIGHWAY THRU HELL, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, and COLD WATER COWBOYS.Playback magazine recently named Discovery “Channel of the Year,” referencing the strength of its Canadian-produced offerings. Discovery’s in-house production company, Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), is an award-winning producer and distributor of high-quality and critically acclaimed documentary series and specials, including MIGHTY SHIPS, MIGHTY PLANES, MEGASPEED, and Discovery’s flagship daily science and technology series DAILY PLANET.