DRG to Sell Dark Canadian Drama 'Strange Empire' at MIPCOM

5:55 AM PST 08/04/2014 by Etan Vlessing

The indie distributor picks up another scripted drama after acquiring Danny Boyle's TV cop show "Babylon" and "Eyewitness."

TORONTO — Canadian pubcaster CBC signaled a pivot from feel-good dramas to edgy fare with Strange Empire, and now indie distributor DRG will be shopping the dark 1860s Western at MIPCOM.

DRG picked up the rights to the 13-part drama from writer-creator Laurie Finstad (Durham County).

The one-hour series, now shooting in Vancouver, follows three women brought together by brutal murders and a fight for survival astride the border between Montana and Alberta.

Strange Empire stars Cara Gee as Kat Loving, Melissa Farman as Dr. Rebecca Blithely and Tattiawna Jones as Isabelle Slotter.

Finstad, Tim Johnson and Jeff Sagansky executive produce the series, which is produced by Janestown Productions in association with Johnson Production Group.

Acquisition of Strange Empire follows DRG stepping up its presence in the scripted drama space by picking up the rights to Danny Boyle's TV cop show Babylon and Eyewitness.

"We have a catalog of unique drama franchises, and Strange Empire sits perfectly well in our portfolio as a gripping, beautifully crafted and authored drama from a uniquely creative writer," Noel Hedges, DRG's senior vp acquisitions, said in a statement Monday.

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