MIPTV 2013: Sierra/Engine Takes 'Siberia' to International Broadcasters

Michael Ohoven Oscars 2006 Arrivals - P 2013
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The plot of the drama mystery series has reality TV contestants fighting for survival in the Russian wilderness.

Sierra/Engine Television has hooked up with producer Michael Ohoven of Infinity Media to produce and distribute the new one-hour drama series Siberia.

Ohoven, whose screen credits include the Oscar-nominated Capote (2005) and the upcoming Pawn Shop Chronicles starring The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, Paul Walker and Elijah Wood, will executive produce Siberia with Sierra/Engine CEO Chris Philip. Sierra is handling worldwide distribution rights for the series and will launch the first 13-episode season at the international television market MIPTV in Cannes next month.

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The drama is set in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska, the location of a Survival-style reality-TV show. The show's unwitting contestants soon realize something isn't right when strange things begin to happen, somehow linked to a meteor that struck the region in 1908. Soon, the competitors find themselves banding together to survive. Siberia is in production, with six episodes in the can.

Also on the Sierra/Engine MIPTV slate this year is NBC pirates series Crossbones starring John Malkovich, which British writer Neil Cross, creator of the Emmy-nominated Luther, developed for the small screen; The After, the new series from X-Files creator Chris Carter; and action series Rescue 3 starring Dolph Lundgren.