Discovery Canada unveils first scripted series, Netflix deal

Frontier, the channel's first original scripted series, produced by Take the Shot and Factory Backwards, will be distributed internationally via the streaming service.
November 16, 2015

Discovery Canada is pushing into brand new territory with Frontier, its first original scripted series.

The series, from Take the Shot Productions and Factory Backwards, will be distributed in a complex – but increasingly common – format that will see dovetailed domestic and international linear/streaming strategies. It will premiere in Canada in 2016 on Bell Media specialty net Discovery Canada and, within an exclusive 18-month window, Discovery GO and Bell Media’s SVOD service, CraveTV.┬áSimultaneously, the series will be distributed to Netflix for international markets. After the 18-month exclusivity window ends, Frontier will be available on Netflix Canada.

Starring in the lead role is American actor Jason Momoa, the Game of Thrones season one star who is also set to appear in 2016′s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And behind the camera for the first two episodes is Canadian director Brad Peyton, whose recently directed the big-screen disaster epic San Andreas. Peyton also fronts Factory Backwards, Take the Shot’s production partner on the series.

A period drama about the 18th century North American fur trade, Frontier is being filmed in 4K in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Louisbourg, Nova Scotia; Morrisburg, Ontario and in Cornwall, U.K. The 6 x 60-minute series was created by Rob and Peter Blackie. It has been in development with Discovery since April 2015.

Unscripted titles from St. John’s-based Take The Shot Productions include Majumder Manor, which follows comedian Shaun Majumder, and Boy On Bridge, which focuses on Canadian musician Alan Doyle.

(From Playback Daily)

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