Space In-House Production AFTER THE BLACK Picked up for U.S. Broadcast on BBC America

— March 28, 2016

- Space’s home-grown insider series to air day and date with Space on BBCA, beginning April 14 at 11 p.m. ET -
- Season 4 of ORPHAN BLACK premieres April 14 at 10 p.m. ET -
- Seasons 1-3 of ORPHAN BLACK are available now on CraveTV™ -

LOS ANGELES (March 28, 2016) – As announced from the ORPHAN BLACK panel at Wondercon in Los Angeles this weekend, Space confirmed today that Season 2 of its original insider series AFTER THE BLACK has been picked up by BBC America for U.S. broadcast. Beginning April 14 at 11 p.m. ET immediately following the premiere of Season 4 of ORPHAN BLACK, AFTER THE BLACK becomes North America’s official after show and go-to-source for a behind-the-scenes look at this compelling season. Shot at Bell Media’s Toronto studios and hosted by Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, each 30-minute episode of AFTER THE BLACK features in-depth discussions with ORPHAN BLACK cast, crew, and other special guests. The popular insider series also features lively discussions about plot hints and twists, theories on future episodes, special segments including behind-the-scenes footage from set, and fields fan comments and questions. Also featured each week is an exclusive first look at the next episode of ORPHAN BLACK. “ORPHAN BLACK boasts an incredibly engaged and passionate fan base, and we’re thrilled to be part of their community with AFTER THE BLACK,” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, In-House Productions, Bell Media. “The series is a go-to source for all things ORPHAN BLACK, and we’re delighted that our partners at BBC America are bringing a new audience to join the conversation.” Since its debut on April 11, 2015, AFTER THE BLACK has retained an average audience of 111,000 passionate ORPHAN BLACK viewers to dissect and discuss the events of each new episode. In its Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot, AFTER THE BLACK made Space the #1 entertainment specialty for Men aged 18-34, and a Top 5 entertainment specialty network for Adults, Men, and Women aged 18-49 and 25-54. In the premiere episode of the upcoming season of AFTER THE BLACK (Thursday, April 14 at 11 p.m. ET on Space),  the hosts chat with ORPHAN BLACK star Tatiana Maslany and Kevin Hanchard (Art Bell) about the astonishing Season 4 debut episode. Viewers are also taken behind the scenes of Season 4, as AFTER THE BLACK reveals set secrets and answers viewer’s questions using #AftertheBlack. In the Season 4 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK (Thursday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET on Space), after two months of respite, Sarah’s hard-won sanctuary in Iceland is shattered by a Neolution attack. Sarah, Mrs. S, Kendall, and Kira are forced back on the run, once again fleeing from a potent, faceless enemy with far-reaching and insidious power.

AFTER THE BLACK is produced by Bell Media In-House Productions. The series is hosted by Teddy Wilson, Ajay Fry, and Morgan Hoffman. Manny Groneveldt is Executive Producer. Nanci Maclean is Vice President, In-House Productions. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

 ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

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 series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. CTV recently announced its first-ever serialized drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the smash-hit thriller BITTEN, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, upcoming cult comedy LETTERKENNY, and the new original drama FRONTIER. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others.

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, and Space original series after shows, AFTER THE BLACK and AFTERBITE. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback Magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK, BITTEN and sci-fi drama, KILLJOYS. 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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