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January 15, 2014

Bell Media unveils drama development slate


Etan Vlessing / Playback Online

Bell Media has 29 dramas in development, including projects penned by Paul  Haggis, Flashpoint producers Bill Mustos and Anne Marie La  Traverse and Flashpoint creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie  Morgenstern.

Haggis has brought CTV’s Lords of Opium, a historical drama  about the opium trade in China to be produced by Darius Films.

Mustos and La Traverse separately have untitled projects parked with Bell  Media.

And Ellis and Morgenstern are developing Salamander, a drama based  on a Belgian series about a detective who uncovers a shadow society, and to be  produced by AdlibFilm.

Veteran scribe Andrew Wreggitt (Borealis) has two projects in  development: Mortal Coil, about a murder investigating coroner in  Alberta, and produced by Pier 21 Films, and Siege of Quebec, a drama  set in 1600s New France that involved Prosperos Pictures and Chris Lavis and  Maciek Szcerblowski of the animated classic Madame Tutli-Putli.

Stargate SG-1′s Robert C. Cooper is at work on Soul Hunter  with Thunderbird Films, about a young woman who makes a pact with the Devil to  return 100 escaped souls to Hell.

Thunderbird has also parked with Bell Media AKA, a serialized drama  about a woman with the perfect life from Stargate SG-1‘s Paul Mullie  and Joseph Mallozi.

Elsewhere, Saving Grace‘s Nancy Miller and Annie Brunner are  developing the previously-announced Sex, Lies & Handwriting with  Sea to Sky Entertainment, Lionsgate and Germany’s Tandem Communications.

Veteran TV scribe Suzette Couture is also developing, along with Omnifilm  Entertainment, Deadline, about an investigative journalist who  uses unorthodox tools, while Stargate Universe‘s Carl Binder continues  to develop the previously-announced Echoes, a serialized sci-fi series  from Don Carmody Productions.