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Syfy Takes Canadian Sci-Fi Spin-Off Series 'Primeval: New World'

Entertainment One unveiled additional pre-MIPCOM deals for the Niall Matter and Sara Canning-starrer that uses characters and story-lines from the original British series.

TORONTO – The U.S. Syfy channel has picked up Primeval: New World, the Canadian spinoff of the UK sci-fi series Primeval, as part of a deal with distributor Entertainment One.

Brit producer Impossible Pictures partnered with Canadian indie Omni Film Productions on the Canadian sci-fi series, a Canada-UK co-production that uses characters and story-lines from the British Primeval series, while inserting new Canadian characters and story-lines into the local version.

The 13-episode series stars Niall Matter, Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures.

Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series Sanctuary, is on board to direct several episodes.

Set in Vancouver against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, the Canadian sci-fi spin-off is due to bow on Canada’s Space channel in November.

Other pre-MIPCOM sales of Primeval: New World include Hulu taking the SVOD rights in the U.S., Syfy taking the pay-TV rights in France, and D-Smart snapping up the pay-TV rights in Turkey.