Copper is going worldwide. Fox International Channels and Cineflix Studios have an agreement to show the upcoming BBC America Civil War era drama in Australia, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal as well as across Latin America and the continent of Africa. The 10-episodes of Copper, which is BBC America’s first scripted commission and Cineflix Studios’ first scripted order, will debut internationally in the fall. Premiering on BBC America on August 19, Copper tells the tale of an Irish immigrent who becomes a New York City policeman during the turmoil of the 1860s. Tom Fontana and Will Rokos created the series. The duo executive produce the show as does Barry Levinson and Christina Wayne, President of Cineflix Studios. Tom Weston-Jones plays the lead character and is joined in the cast by Franka Potente, Kyle Schmid, and Anastasia Griffith.
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EXCLUSIVE: A year and a half after the launch of Cineflix Studios, the U.S.-based scripted division of Canadian producer and distributor of non-fiction programming Cineflix, has signed its first studio deal. Cineflix Studios has inked a first-look deal with ABC Studios. Over the past year and a half, under president Christina Wayne, New York-based Cineflix Studios has been in expansion mode, hiring Vlad Wolynetz as President of Production and opening and staffing up a Los Angeles office. The company’s business had been focused primarily on the cable side where it scored its first series order with Copper at BBC America. (Wayne has a cable background, having served as a top development executive at AMC.) The pact with ABC Studios represents a move into broadcast TV.
Cineflix Studios, the scripted division of Canadian producer Cineflix Media, is opening a Los Angeles office with the hire of Playtone development executive Miura Kite as EVP. She will join on November 7 and report to Cinefix Studios president Christina Wayne. Two weeks ago, another Playtone executive, Peter Friedlander, landed a top acquisition post at Netflix. As Head of Development at Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, Kite oversaw television and film projects. She was co-producer on HBO’s miniseries The Pacific and the upcoming film Game Change. She also served as development executive on Where The Wild Things Are, five seasons of the HBO series Big Love, Mamma Mia!, the miniseries John Adams, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Polar Express. She previously worked for for Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella’s Mirage Enterprises and Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetico. Cineflix Studios’ first U.S. series, Copper, was greenlighted earlier this year by BBC America.
After months of deal-making, BBC America today officially announced that it has given a 10-episode order to Copper, its first original scripted drama series. The show hails from Canadian-based Cineflix Studios, which has been ramping up scripted development under former AMC executive Christina Wayne. Copper, which centers on a young Irish cop operating in the immigrant communities of 19th century New York, was co-created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball). Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson and Wayne are executive producing. Copper will start production in the fall in Toronto for Summer 2012 premiere. ”I really didn’t want our first series to be the London cop who gets transferred to Las Vegas,” BBC America’s general manager Perry Simon quipped in announcing the series at TCA. The Copper news comes on the heels of BBC America’s Monday announcement of its first two unscripted series, Would You Rather With Graham Norton and Hard Drive With Richard Hammond.
Veteran production exec Vlad Wolynetz has been named President of Production for Cineflix Studios, the scripted division of international production and distribution company Cineflix. He will oversee production on the company’s scripted projects for broadcasters worldwide, reporting to Glen Salzman, CEO, Cineflix Media. Wolynetz will join Cineflix Studios in July from BBC Worldwide Prods, where he most recently was SVP, Scripted Production and oversaw production on the upcoming season of Torchwood. Before that, he was VP of production, series and movies at AMC, where he worked closely with Cineflix Studios president (and former AMC development exec) Christina Wayne. Cineflix has been quietly developing scripted series using both the traditional network model and the direct-to-series international co-production one. Its first officially announced project is The Command, a drama series in development at TNT with Antoine Fuqua attached to executive produce as well as direct the potential pilot.
Cineflix, producer of non-fiction programming, is launching a scripted division, Cineflix Studios, and has tapped former AMC top scripted executive Christina Wayne as president. Wayne had been off the radar since she resigned from AMC a year and a half ago after overseeing development of the channel’s breakout first scripted projects, miniseries Broken Trail and series Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Based in New York office, Wayne will be responsible for overseeing Cineflix’s push into scripted programming in the USA, the UK and Canada. Cineflix Studios plans to develop, produce, finance and distribute in-house scripted programming, while also coming on board as a lay-off studio for material developed externally. Projects currently in development include one-hour dramas, half-hour comedies, and live action and animated children’s programming.