Copper

WilliamBaldwinWilliam “Billy” Baldwin will stop by Five Points to make a guest appearance in the second season of Copper.

The Gossip Girl and Parenthood actor will appear in the last two episodes of the upcoming season playing William “Wild Bill” Eustace, a “tough and charming Tammany Hall fixer with a genius for political machination”.

The scion of a successful river barge owning family, Eustace left home as a teenager to work on whaling ships. Upon his return home he bought a number of saloons in the city and parlayed his connections into real political power. Continue reading »

alfre_woodardTrue Blood actor Alfre Woodard has joined the cast for the second season of Showcase’s Copper.

There’s a new face in the Five Points…Showcase, BBC America and Cineflix Studios announced today that critically-acclaimed actress Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias, Twelve Years a Slave, True Blood) will guest star in the second season of COPPER, the Showcase original drama set in 1860s New York City.

Copper is created by three-time Emmy Award-winner Tom Fontana and Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos and executive produced by Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Fontana, Rokos, Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne and Thomas Kelly (Blue Bloods). Continue reading »

Copper2013Filming has commenced on the second season of Shaw Media series Copper.

The 1860s New York City drama, which will return with a new order of 13 episodes, has started production in Toronto and will continue in the city through until July.

Veteran actor Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) has joined the cast for the second season to play the role of Brendan Donovan, a General who has recently returned from the Civil War to his station at Five Points.

“Season two is driven by flawed and haunted characters living in explosive times,” says creator Tom Fontana. “Each of them is looking for renewal in the wake of last season’s revelations and violent upheaval. The on-going storylines follow Detective Corcoran and company on their paths to redemption or ruin.” Continue reading »

Showcase unveils its strongest schedule ever with eight new and returning exclusive series.

The home of the best original content, the channel debuts three brand-new Canadian scripted dramas this fall and welcomes a critically acclaimed series back for a third season.

Showcase offers Canadians the biggest variety in homegrown programming, from 1860s rebel cop drama, Copper to the television adaptation of World Without End, with Cynthia Nixon leading an all-star cast.

The classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast gets revamped and sci-fi series Haven returns for an action-packed third season. Continue reading »

Showcase unveils its strongest schedule ever with eight new and returning exclusive series.

The home of the best original content, the channel debuts three brand-new Canadian scripted dramas this fall and welcomes a critically acclaimed series back for a third season.

Showcase offers Canadians the biggest variety in homegrown programming, from 1860s rebel cop drama, Copper to the television adaptation of World Without End, with Cynthia Nixon leading an all-star cast.

The classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast gets revamped and sci-fi series Haven returns for an action-packed third season. Also the home of outstanding cable dramas from the US, Showcase welcomes to buddy-cop series Common Law to the schedule, as well as the return of Covert Affairs and Warehouse 13. Continue reading »

Cineflix Studios today announced start of production on COPPER.  The (10 x 60) series, created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos is shooting in studio and on location in Toronto, Ontario through May 2012.

Among the executive producers are Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson, Cineflix Media Co-CEO Glen Salzman and Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne.

COPPER, a gripping crime series set in 1860s New York City, centres on Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighbourhood.

Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter.

His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and an emerging African-American community in rural northern Manhattan. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.

COPPER stars Tom Weston-Jones (MI-5, aka Spooks) as Detective Kevin Corcoran; Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Robert Morehouse, a handsome bon vivant and part of Manhattan aristocracy; Anastasia Griffith (Royal Pains, Damages) as the sophisticated and spirited Elizabeth Haverford; Franka Potente (The Bourne Supremacy, Run Lola Run) as Eva Heissen, a shrewd businesswoman and the madam of Eva’s Paradise; Ato Essandoh (Damages) as Doctor Matthew Freeman, who secretly assists Corcoran with his work; Kevin Ryan (Tripping Tommy) as Detective Francis Maguire, Corcoran’s closet friend and partner in the 6th Precinct; Dylan Taylor (Covert Affairs) as Andrew O’Brien, colleague and companion to Corcoran and Maguire; Ron White (The Line) as Captain Ciaran Joseph Sullivan, who is more often concerned about his reputation than seeking justice for victims;  Kiara Glasco (Angel Duty) as Annie Reilly, a young runaway forced to grow up too quickly; Tessa Thompson (Heroes) as Sara Freeman, the fearful and anxious wife of Dr. Freeman; and David W. Keeley (Rookie Blue) as Sergeant Padraic Byrnes, a corrupt and contemptuous cop.

COPPER is a Cineflix (Copper) Inc. production in association with BBC AMERICA and Shaw Media. The series is created by Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere, Netflix’s Borgia) and Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland). Among the co-executive producers on the series are Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, You Don’t Know Jack), Glen Salzman, Co-CEO of Cineflix Media, Sally Catto, Sam Berliner, and Christina Wayne, President of Cineflix Studios (Broken Trail, Executive In Charge-Mad Men). Series producers are Glen Salzman and Brad Van Arragon (Juno, Camelot).  Director of photography is Paul Sarossy (Chloe, The Borgias), production designer is John Blackie (Hell on Wheels) and Delphine White (Breakout Kings) is costume designer. Germany’s Beta Film has distribution rights for territories including Germany, France, Southern and Eastern Europe and parts of Asia with Cineflix Rights distributing the series in all other territories outside of North America.

Christina Wayne, President, Cineflix Studios, said: “COPPER brings together a team that is truly first class—it is a gripping and fascinating story being told by some of television’s most creative voices.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this series be nurtured by the best in the business – from our award-winning show runner and creator Tom Fontana to our extraordinary cast and brilliant crew, this project speaks volumes about our commitment to high-quality, scripted fare.” 

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America, said: “The COPPER production team has assembled a stellar cast and recreated 1860’s New York on a massive soundstage set that can only be described as breathtaking. The artistry of this production together with the brilliant characters and storytelling makes COPPER the ideal show to launch BBC AMERICA into the world of original scripted dramatic series.”

Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Cineflix and BBC AMERICA on their very first original scripted drama series. COPPER will be a perfect complement to our slate of top drama series on Showcase.”

COPPER debuts on Shaw Media’s Showcase in fall 2012 and in the U.S. on BBC AMERICA in the summer of 2012.

BBC AMERICA, Cineflix Studios, and Shaw Media today announced lead cast for their original scripted series, COPPER.  

Tom Weston-Jones (MI-5,akaSpooks) is set to star as rugged Irish-American cop Kevin Corcoran. Alongside Weston-Jones is Canadian Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Robert Morehouse, a handsome bon vivant and part of Manhattan aristocracy, and Anastasia Griffith (Royal Pains, Damages), as the sophisticated and spirited Elizabeth Haverford.

Rounding out the cast is Franka Potente (The Bourne Supremacy, Run Lola Run) who is set to play Eva Heissan, a shrewd businesswoman and the Madam of Eva’s Paradise.

Additionally, the talents of three top production pros have been secured to develop and execute the look and feel of mid-1800s New York – the setting for COPPER.  Steve Cosens (Durham County) has signed on as Director of Photography, John Blackie (Hell on Wheels) is Production Designer, and Delphine White (Breakout Kings) is Costume Designer.

COPPER is a gripping crime series set in 1860s New York City, and centres on Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighbourhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and rural Harlem. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.

“We’re thrilled to have Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, and Anastasia Griffith – all stars in the making – join the cast of COPPER,” said Christina Wayne, President, Cineflix Studios. “Franka Potente brings her undeniable talent and feature experience to the mix.”

“Copper is a visually rich, unflinching drama that requires a gifted and experienced production team,” said Vlad Wolynetz, President of Production, Cineflix Studios. “Steve, John, and Delphine are perfectly suited to meet this challenge.”

The series is created by Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Streets, St. Elsewhere) and Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland). Among the co-executive producers on the series are Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, You Don’t Know Jack) and Christina Wayne, President of Cineflix Studios (Broken Trail and executive in charge of Mad Men at AMC).

The series premieres on BBC AMERICA in the summer of 2012 and in Canada on Shaw Media’s Showcase in fall 2012.

Shaw Media announces a partnership with Cineflix Studios and BBC America on Copper, a gripping new crime series, set to air on Showcase in Canada.

Set in 1860s New York City, Copper centres around Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighbourhood. The one-hour, 10 episode series is set to premiere on Showcase in fall 2012.

Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his forensics work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and rural Harlem. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.

“With the amazing creative minds on board for this series, Copper is already on its way to becoming a dynamic, multi-layered drama and we are thrilled to add it to our stellar slate of original programming,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “The rich subtext of the many cultural and socio-economic layers in this series will captivate viewers coast to coast.”

“Copper is a provocative, smart story – with plenty of suspense, sex, intrigue, and compelling characters,” said Sally Catto, Executive Vice President, Cineflix Studios.  “We’re absolutely delighted to partner with Shaw Media and its talented team to present this bold original series to Canadian audiences.”

The series is created by Tom Fontana (OZ, Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere) and Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland). Amongst the co-executive producers on the series are Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, You Don’t Know Jack) and Christina Wayne, President of Cineflix Studios (Broken Trail and executive in charge of Mad Men at AMC).

Production on Copper is set to begin in Toronto in January 2012.

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.