Movie Network, Movie Central find 'Sanctuary'


TORONTO -- Canadian premium pay TV channel's the Movie Network and Movie Central on Monday said they have ordered 13 episodes of "Sanctuary." The acquisition follows the U.S.-based Sci-Fi Channel last week giving a green-light to a project that originated as a HD Web-based drama (HR 1/30).

The series uses live-action actors who perform against green screens.

The Movie Network, which is owned and operated by Astral Media, and Movie Central, a division of Corus Entertainment, will air "Sanctuary" day and date with the Sci-Fi Channel in the fall.

"Sanctuary will be produced in Vancouver by local producer Stage 3 Media, with Tricon Films and Television distributing the series internationally.
The creative for the TV series comes from the Vancouver-based team that produced the "Stargate: SG-1" and "Stargate: Atlantis" sci-fi TV series.

Amanda Tapping, who starred in the original eight "Sanctuary" webisodes, will headline the TV series as the enigmatic Dr. Helen Magnus on a quest with her young protege, Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), to track down, aid and protect strange creatures that walk a supernatural earth.

Damian Kindler ("Stargate: SG-1") created the TV series and will share the executive producer credits with Tapping, Sam Egan and producer-director Martin Wood.