Playtone's Miura Kite Flies to Cineflix Studios

The Canadian producer of Tom Fontana's "Copper" has hired Playtone's head of development to oversee its own U.S. development, based in Los Angeles.

TORONTO - Miura Kite has jumped from Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone as head of development to Canadian drama producer Cineflix Studios.

Kite will join the scripted division of Toronto-based Cineflix Media, which has been bulking up under former AMC executive Christina Wayne to supply dramas and other scripted fare to international broadcasters.

Her job as executive vp of Cineflix Studios will be overseeing U.S. development after stick-handling for Playtone HBO shows like the mini-series The Pacific and the drama Big Love.

"The team at Cineflix has made tremendous headway in a short period of time due to their commitment to elevated scripted entertainment and I’m looking forward to building on the momentum they have generated,” Kite said as she gets set to join Cineflix's expanding Los Angeles office on November 7.

Cineflix Studios is at work on Copper, the 10-hour crime drama series for BBC America and Canada’s Shaw Media show-run by Tom Fontana, and is developing The Command for TNT.

Copper, set in 1860s New York City and to shoot in Toronto in early 2012, is about a rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood.

Fontana created Copper with Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland).

Both will executive produce the series along with Barry Levinson and Christina Wayne.

Cineflix Rights is shopping Copper worldwide, excluding North America.

TNT’s The Command project has Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) on board to direct the pilot about an elite squad of detectives in the New York City police department tackling the toughest and most-unsolvable cases.

Jim Thompson is producing.

The Canadian producer earlier named ex-CBC programming topper Sally Catto as executive vp of Cineflix Studios, and former BBC Worldwide Productions exec Vlad Wolynetz as president of production for the scripted division.