Canwest announces start of production for Copper

Developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor, E1 Entertainment, Copper (working title), began production last week and will continue shooting in and around the GTA through November 2009. This one-hour, 13-episode series commissioned by Canwest and picked up by ABC Television Network during development, will be simulcast on Global and ABC Television Network later this season.

Copper is a workplace drama about five young rookie cops just out of the police academy. They have bonded together, fought together, drank together, worked together and slept together. Now they’re on the job together. They’re kids with guns, experiencing firsthand the hardest kind of policing there is. They are first responders, and they are about to learn that no amount of training prepares you for life.

“From cast to crew, the pedigree of talent involved in this original series is simply incredible,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Drama and Factual Content, Global Television. “We’re so excited to be joining forces with Thump Inc., E1 Entertainment and ABC Television Network on Copper, and bringing these amazing scripts to screen. It’s a creative, smart and sexy police drama sure to resonate with audiences on both sides of the border.”

“Tassie, Ilana and the entire Copper team have crafted an exciting, innovative new twist on the traditional cop franchise,” said Noreen Halpern, President, Dramatic Programming, E1 Entertainment. “This project is unusual. While it was originally developed with Canwest, ABC has been actively involved, early on, since the pitching stage. The result has been a series with a truly international sensibility and E1 couldn’t be more excited about what this augurs for the future of international co-productions.”

Vancouver’s Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes) portrays Andy McNally, a young woman who has grown up fast and carries a gun, but feels like a fraud half the time. She comes from a police family and all she’s ever wanted to be is a cop. A born rescuer, Andy is the soul of the close-knit group of five rookie officers plunged into the high stakes world of big city policing – a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences.

Joining Missy is Gregory Smith (Everwood) whose character, Dov Epstein, is the thrill-seeker in the group. After spending many years watching Starsky & Hutch as a sickly child sucking on his asthma inhaler, he is now living his dream and is thoroughly jacked to be a cop. Enuka Okuma (24) plays Traci Nash, a girl from a working class family raised in a tough neighbourhood. She is a serious party girl and a single mother, a fact she’s hiding from her colleagues. Travis Milne (My Green House) is Chris Diaz, the police poster boy — handsome, athletic, clean-cut. A good soldier with a surprising temper, Chris follows orders and believes in defending the weak.

Charlotte Sullivan (M.V.P.) is Gail Peck, the group’s politico, whose mother is a superintendent next in line to be Chief of Police. Coming from cop royalty, she is determined not to let her parents down, no matter what it takes.

The all-Canadian cast is rounded out by Ben Bass (Would Be Kings), Eric Johnson (Smallville), Matt Gordon (Rent-A-Goalie), Noam Jenkins (Flashpoint), Melanie Nicholls King (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Aidan Devine (M.V.P.).

Celebrated Canadian producer Ilana Frank (Would be Kings) serves as the series Executive Producer. Gemini Award winning screenwriter Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint) will undertake the roles of Copper’s showrunner and head writer. E1 Entertainment’s Noreen Halpern (Hung) and John Morayniss (Hung) round out the team as Executive Producers.

Alongside Cameron, Copper was co-created by award-winning writers Ellen Vanstone (At the Hotel) and Morwyn Brebner (Hotel Metropolitan). Copper’s directing team is comprised of notable Gemini Award winning directors with David Wellington (Queer as Folk, The Eleventh Hour) taking the helm directing five episodes followed by, John Fawcett (Da Vinci’s Inquest), Charles Biname (Hunt for Justice) and Alex Chapple (Law and Order). E1 Entertainment handles the international distribution for the series.

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