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Production Begins on PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD

March 8, 2012

Vancouver, BC (March 7, 2012) – SPACE announced today that production is underway on the original action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD. Set in Vancouver against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, the 13-episode, one-hour series is produced in association with Omni Film Productions (DEFYING GRAVITY, ARCTIC AIR). Also announced today is the stellar cast and crew for the new series, featuring top Canadian talent from hit SPACE programming such as SANCTUARY, STARGATE UNIVERSE, A TOWN CALLED EUREKA, SUPERNATURAL and SMALLVILLE.

A North American spin-off of the hit U.K. television series, PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD follows a specialized team of animal experts and scientists that investigates the appearance of temporal anomalies and battles both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. The cast features a bevy of established genre heavyweights such as Niall Matter (A TOWN CALLED EUREKA, 90210) as the enterprising inventor and visionary hero Evan Cross, and Sara Canning (SUPERNATURAL, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, SMALLVILLE) as Dylan Weir, predator attack expert and specialist in animal behavior. PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD will also star Miranda Frigon (HEARTLAND) as Ange Finch, Geoff Gustafson (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Ken Leeds, Danny Rahim (EASTENDERS) as Mac Rendell and guest starring Andrew-Lee Potts (PRIMEVAL) as Connor from the original series. Sci-fi queen Amanda Tapping (SANCTUARY), Andy Mikita (STARGATE UNIVERSE), Martin Wood (SANCTUARY) and Mike Rohl (SMALLVILE) are all set to direct.

“SPACE is delighted to begin production on an exceptional homegrown series that is a counterpart to one of our channel’s most successful shows,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We are thrilled to work with Omni Film and, with the support of Impossible Pictures, we know it will both capture the essence of the original U.K. series and bring a unique sensibility to the screen. Both existing fans of the PRIMEVAL brand and the SPACE audience alike are sure to be excited by the imminent crossover from the original series into the NEW WORLD.”

“This is the dream team for a series such as PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD,” said Gabriela Schonbach, EP and Partner, Omni Film Productions. “Vancouver is the creative hub of visual effects for television, and we are the beneficiaries of a huge pool of talent in every area of TV production. This will be a terrific expansion to the PRIMEVAL world.”

“Omni Film have done a phenomenal job in bringing this series to life and we’re thrilled that they’re producing the spin-off. The stories are fantastic and Atmosphere’s work on the CGI is going to astound audiences around the globe,” said Katie Newman, Executive Producer for Impossible Pictures.

Based on the original series from Impossible Pictures, PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD’s creative team is led by Executive Producers Martin Wood (SANCTUARY, STARGATE: ATLANTIS) and Gillian Horvath (SANCTUARY, HIGHLANDER). The spin-off was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S THE LOST WORLD) and will be written by Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume (CHARMED, FLASH GORDON), Jon Cooksey (THE COLLECTOR, THE OUTER LIMITS), Sarah Dodd (FLASHPOINT, ARCTIC AIR), Katherine Collins (ENDGAME), and Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens. The creatures will be created by three time Emmy® Award-nominated visual effects company Atmosphere (STARGATE, SMALLVILLE, PSYCH). Leading international entertainment company, Entertainment One, holds the international distribution rights. Rebecca DiPasquale is Production Executive for Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine McLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Television, Bell Media. Sally Basmajian is Vice President & General Manager, Comedy and Drama, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD is produced by Omni Film Productions. The series is produced and developed in association with Bell Media, German free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, The Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit Program, and British Columbia Film.

OMNI FILM PRODUCTIONS
Omni Film Productions is one of Canada’s most respected independent television producers, and has produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries, and children’s programming, since opening its doors in 1979. Omni Film has recently launched ARCTIC AIR, CBC’s new one-hour flagship drama series. Previously, Omni co-ventured with Fox Television Studios on DEFYING GRAVITY, a 13-episode drama series produced for CTV and SPACE (Canada), ABC (USA), BBC2 (UK), and ProSieben (Germany). In addition, Omni is now producing season four of the ratings hit ICE PILOTS NWT for History Television, seen internationally in two dozen territories. Production is also underway on PYROS, a new one-hour unscripted series for Discovery Channel Canada, Discovery Channel UK and Discovery Europe. www.omnifilm.com

IMPOSSIBLE PICTURES
Impossible Pictures is a multi-award winning independent television production company based in the UK and led by Tim Haines, best known as the creator of the ground-breaking WALKING WITH DINOSAURS and the co-creator of the hugely popular PRIMEVAL series. Impossible Pictures recently completed production on SINBAD a 12-hour drama series for Sky1 and BBC Worldwide. From its factual stable, the company recently produced the critically acclaimed series WORLD WAR II: THE LAST HEROES. The Impossible Pictures group of companies includes Impossible Pictures Ireland, Impossible Kids and 360Production. For more information visit www.impossiblepictures.co.uk or contact grant.bushby@impossiblepictures.co.uk

ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content and will handle worldwide distribution for PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. Entertainment One has a strong presence in production and distribution of television programming, with nine television series currently airing, or set to air, on US primetime cable and broadcast networks. Among them, the highly-acclaimed THE WALKING DEAD on AMC, audience-favorite ROOKIE BLUE on ABC, preschool-phenom PEPPA PIG on Nick Jr., CALL ME FITZ starring Jason Priestley for DirecTV, HAVEN for Syfy, PARTY AT TIFFANY’S for OWN, and THE FIRM for NBC, starring Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has produced some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming in partnership with Canadian independent producers, including, most recently, ratings success stories FLASHPOINT and THE LISTENER, Emmy Award-winning period drama THE BORGIAS, international hit DEGRASSI, critically acclaimed sketch comedy series PICNICFACE, upcoming theatre docu-series WAY OFF BROADWAY, original drama series SAVING HOPE which was recently acquired by NBC, and new young adult drama THE L.A. COMPLEX, which was recently acquired by The CW. Bell Media has also ordered the two-hour drama pilot, BOREALIS, and the television feature THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE.