Global Green Lights Gripping New Canadian Original Drama Mary Kills People
New Series to be Executive Produced by Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) with Entertainment One
Created and Written by Tara Armstrong, a Winner of Shaw Media’s Writer’s Apprentice Program
(Toronto, Canada) – Global announced today a brand new Canadian original drama series Mary Kills People, set to premiere on the network in January 2017. Partnering with independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Mary Kills People is executive produced by Canadian Screen Award winner Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), under her new production company, Cameron Pictures Inc., and created and written by talented newcomer Tara Armstrong, a winner of the 2015 Shaw Media Writer’s Apprentice Program. Set in the morally grey world of assisted suicide, Mary Kills People is a thought-provoking, intense, and controversial drama. The provocative six-episode series is set to begin production in Toronto this summer.
Mary Kills People follows Dr. Mary Harris, a single mother and ER doctor by day, who also moonlights as an underground angel of death – helping terminally ill patients who want to slip away on their own terms. So far Mary has managed to stay under the radar; but death is hot, business is booming, and her double life is getting complicated. When the police start to close in, Mary realizes she’s going to have to fight dirty if she’s going to stay in the killing game.
“It’s a pleasure to work on this new original drama with an exceptional group of Canadian partners including the team at eOne, the brilliant Tassie Cameron, and the talented Tara Armstrong,”said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. “Mary Kills People is unlike anything currently on conventional television. Its gripping and complex storyline is addictive, and we’re looking forward to getting production underway.”
“Tara’s script, characters and concept blew me away,” said Tassie Cameron, Executive Producer. “Her take on the world is so fresh and daring and fast-paced – it’s exactly the kind of television I want to be watching right now. Which means it’s exactly the kind of series I want to be producing. And I’m thrilled to be doing it with my long-time partners at Shaw and eOne.”
“We are very excited to be partnering with the courageous team at Shaw Media on this intoxicating series, and thrilled to be extending our great relationship with Tassie who has a formidable track-record of success,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, President, Canada, eOne Television. “We are proud to be working with Tara Armstrong on her debut series, as an emerging talent destined for big things, and look forward to developing this topical and captivating story that will get audiences talking in Canada and around the world.”
Mary Kills People is produced by eOne and Cameron Pictures Inc., in association with Shaw Media, and with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne handles international distribution for the series.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specialises in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The Company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Film and Television Divisions, the Company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
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