Space Congratulates Tatiana Maslany on 2014 Critics’ Choice Award Win for ORPHAN BLACK

— June 20, 2014

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TORONTO (June 20, 2014) – Space congratulates ORPHAN BLACK’s Tatiana Maslany on her second consecutive Critics’ Choice Award win for Best Actress In A Drama Series category, as announced last night at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards in Los Angeles. The lauded star of the ground-breaking Space original series from Temple Street Productions, produced in partnership with BBC America, was honoured for her incredible work as eight different characters in ORPHAN BLACK. Also nominated in the category were Julianna Margulies (THE GOOD WIFE), Keri Russell (THE AMERICANS), Lizzy Caplan (MASTERS OF SEX), Robin Wright (HOUSE OF CARDS), and Vera Farmiga (BATES MOTEL).

“This win is testimony that Tatiana Maslany’s performance in ORPHAN BLACK continues to inspire critics and audiences alike,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. “A huge congratulations to Tatiana and the entire ORPHAN BLACK team.”

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In ORPHAN BLACK, Maslany has amazed audiences by portraying eight distinct clones, including Sarah Manning, Beth Childs, Katja Obinger, Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Helena, Rachel Duncan, and Tony Sawicki. Asides from her most recent win, Maslany’s accolades include a Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Dramatic Actress (2013), a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2013), a EWwy Award for Best Actress (2013) from Entertainment Weekly readers, a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role (2014), and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in A Breakthrough Role (2014). Tatiana also won a Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female (2013) and the Borsos Best Performance Award (2013) at the Whistler Film Festival for her role in Cas & Dylan.

In the Season 2 finale of ORPHAN BLACK, “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried.” (Saturday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET), the war with Dyad is all but lost when Rachel’s (Maslany) latest ploy forces a broken Sarah to concede. The Clone Club springs into action, uniting in a reckless gambit to save Sarah. As they fight to gain their freedom, Sarah encounters a new ally and uncovers a terrifying new dimension to the conspiracy.

For viewers who have yet to join #CloneClub, Space is hitting the reset button with the ORPHAN BLACK SEASON 2 CATCH-UP MARATHON, beginning Saturday, June 21 at 12 noon ET, leading up to the season finale at 9 p.m. ET. The season also repeats in its entirety, beginning Friday, August 15 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

Toronto-based Maslany has earned a reputation for playing incredibly complex characters. The Globe and Mail called her “a chameleon” whose range spans everything from the Virgin Mary to leather-wearing tough girls. Chosen as one of the “Rising Stars” at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®, Maslany also earned Best Performance awards from the Whistler International Film Festival (2012) and ACTRA (2013) for her role as the troubled, promiscuous teenager Claire in Picture Day. Her starring role in Grown Up Movie Star opposite Shawn Doyle competed at Sundance in 2010 and she garnered the Special Jury Prize for Breakout Star at the festival as well as a Genie nomination. Her recent feature credits include Cas & Dylan, The Vow, Violet And Daisy, and a lead in Sean Garrity’s improvisational feature Blood Pressure opposite Jake Epstein. Maslany is currently in production for the film Woman In Gold alongside Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Daniel Brühl.

Maslany’s numerous television credits include the Tandem and Scott Free Production WORLD WITHOUT END, based on the novel by Ken Follett; a Gemini-nominated performance as the Virgin Mary in the BBC/CBC co-production NATIVITY directed by Coky Giedroyc; and Gemini-winning roles in BLOODLETTING AND MIRACULOUS CURES for The Movie Network; and CTV’s FLASHPOINT. Maslany also appeared on a two-episode arc of the NBC series PARKS & RECREATION, and guest starred in the season finale of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in a digital short alongside Pharell Williams and The Lonely Island.

ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, THE NEXT STEP), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT) and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, GINGER SNAPS). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executives are Trish Williams and Gosia Kamela. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

 

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About Bell Media Independent Production

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the most-watched original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo’s most-watched new drama 19-2, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, and upcoming dramas SENSITIVE SKIN, and KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. In 2013, Bell Media ordered 27 original Canadian series and currently has 84 projects in various stages of development.

 

About Temple Street Productions

Temple Street Productions is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto, Canada. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America, Space), BEING ERICA (CBC, SOAPnet), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), WINGIN’ IT (Family Channel), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), BILLABLE HOURS (Global, Showcase), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? (CBC), QUEER AS FOLK (Showtime, Showcase), and DARCY’S WILD LIFE (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel).  For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.

About Space

Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre – all in high definition (HD). Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback Magazine, Space is also home to Original Series ORPHAN BLACK, PANIC BUTTON, and BITTEN. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

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Natalie Cole, Space, 416.384.2140 or natalie.cole@bellmedia.ca