“It’s all about cloning, but ORPHAN BLACK is one of a kind – a super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath. Tatiana Maslany is a marvel in the title role.”
– Peabody Awards
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TORONTO (April 2, 2014) – Hot on the heels of multiple Canadian Screen Award wins, it was announced earlier today that ORPHAN BLACK is to be recognized with the prestigious Peabody Award. Among the record 46 recipients, the 73rd annual award for excellence has recognized ORPHAN BLACK for its outstanding production, compelling storytelling and acting. The announcement comes just weeks before ORPHAN BLACK returns for its second season on Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET, on Space. Other 2014 Peabody Awards winners include, The Comedy Network’s KEY & PEELE (premiering this Summer), Space’s THE RETURNED (premiering April 26), and HBO Canada’s LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM.
“Congratulations to our partners at Temple Street Productions and BBCA for yet another well-deserved accolade for ORPHAN BLACK,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. “The prestigious Peabody Awards celebrate ‘stories that matter’ and are considered to be among the highest marks of excellence in our industry. The exceptional team behind ORPHAN BLACK could not be more deserving of this recognition.”
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Season 1 of ORPHAN BLACK amassed a loyal following reaching more than 4.5 million Canadians throughout the broadcast year, and ended on a high note as Space’s most-watched original series with an average audience of 328,000 viewers. To date, the series has won 10 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Dramatic series, and a Best Actress win for Maslany, who also received a Critics Choice Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe®. Her Emmy nomination snub made headlines, and created a buzz online and on Twitter via the program’s fan club, the “Clone Club.”
For viewers who have yet to be initiated into the ORPHAN BLACK “Clone Club,” Space is airing Season 1 in its entirety for a full day beginning Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. ET, leading into the Season 2 premiere at 9 p.m. ET. For the collectors, beginning April 1, the first season of ORPHAN BLACK will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, in stores throughout Canada. Online, from March 29 to April 28, viewers can also stream Season 1 in its entirety, on space.ca/OrphanBlack, and is also available for purchase on iTunes.
ORPHAN BLACK stars Canadian Screen Award winner and Golden Globe® nominee Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day, PARKS AND RECREATION), who to date has portrayed seven different characters (Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and Rachel). The ensemble cast is also comprised of Canadian Screen Award-winner Jordan Gavaris (UNNATURAL HISTORY) as Felix, Sarah's foster brother; Canadian Screen Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix’s hard-nosed working class foster mother; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul, Beth’s boyfriend with a secret linked to his army days in Afghanistan; Kevin Hanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran detective; Michael Mando (THE KILLING) as Vic, Sarah’s sporadically violent ex; and Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) as Kira, Sarah’s seven-year-old daughter. Season 2 newcomers include Michiel Huisman (GAME OF THRONES) as Cal Morrison, a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman; Peter Outerbridge (NIKITA) Henrik “Hank” Johanssen, a modern day cowboy; and Ari Millen (Monster Brawl) as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge.
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.
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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