Shaw Media Gives 'Out of Time' a Full-Season Order
TORONTO - Canada is getting another bang-shoot-em-up police procedural shot on the country's mean urban streets.
Shaw Media has ordered from indie producer Reunion Pictures ten episodes of Out of Time, about a regular female cop from the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver.
The series, to start shooting in Vancouver in early 2012, will air on Showcase and be shopped worldwide by GK-TV.
No word on casting for Out of Time, which was created by Simon Barry, who shares executive producer credits with Jeff King, Tom Rowe and Patrick Williams.
Canadian streets in recent years have been transformed into apparent war zones for a host of local cop dramas like CBS/CTV’s Flashpoint and The Bridge, ABC/Global Television’s Rookie Blue and NBC/CTV’s The Listener that have been sold widely internationally while they air at home.
Vancouver also played Vancouver for the suspense crime drama Endgame from creator and showrunner Avrum Jacobson, which portrayed a reclusive chess master who starts solving crimes after his fiancee is murdered.
Canadian producers of homegrown police dramas typically do little to identify local landmarks in Toronto or Vancouver so they can be distributed worldwide.
And they look to U.S. networks to pay as little as $250,000 to $300,000 per-episode to air the Canadian dramas as imports or co-productions, so the homegrown shows can secure higher license fees from other international broadcasters.