February 19, 2010 - Whizbang Films Announces Partnership with BBC Worldwide for Distribution of Original Canadian Drama Series, Cra$h & Burn
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Toronto, ON (Friday, February 19, 2010) – Whizbang Films announced today that BBC Worldwide will be distributing 13 one-hour episodes of the new original Canadian dramaseries, Cra$h & Burn. Originally commissioned by Canwest for Showcase Television inCanada, BBC Worldwide will introduce the show to over 500 TV buyers from around theworld at its annual BBC Showcase event in Brighton, UK, from February 21 to 25th,2010. The show’s Executive Producer Malcolm MacRury and Lead Actor Luke Kirby willbe in attendance.
“Thanks to BBC Worldwide this show that we’re extremely proud of is going to be seenaround the world” says Executive Producer Frank Siracusa. Described as a crossbetween The Office and The Sopranos by the show’s creator, Malcolm MacRury (ZOS:Zone of Separation, Deadwood), Cra$h & Burn follows Jimmy Burn, a young claimsadjuster for a cut-throat, bottom-line insurance corporation. Jimmy maneuvers his wayaround insurance scams and the criminal underworld as he tries to escape his past andmake a better life on the gritty post-industrial streets of Hamilton.
Cra$h & Burn is executive produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, and MalcolmMacRury, and stars Luke Kirby (Tell Me You Love Me, Slings and Arrows) as JimmyBurn, the cocky yet charming up-and-comer looking to claim a piece of the corporate pieas an insurance adjuster. Casting also features Leela Savasta (Battlestar Galactica,Intelligence) as Lucia Silva, Jimmy’s live-in girlfriend; Caroline Cave (The L Word, ThisBeautiful City) as Catherine Scott, a shrewd yet practical in-house insurance lawyer;Clark Johnson (The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street, also an Emmy-nominateddirector on The Shield) as Walker Hearn, a veteran insurance investigator and Steve Bacic (The Guard, Andromeda) as Korkov, a conman and Mobster hustling to scam thesystem.
Cra$h & Burn is developed and produced by Whizbang Films in association withCanwest. It is produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, CogecoProgram Development Fund, The Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Bell Broadcast andNew Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the OntarioMedia Development Corporation.
About Whizbang Films
Whizbang Films is a dynamic producer and distributor of high-quality, award-winningdramatic TV series, feature films, and made-for-television movies. Headed by PaulGross and Frank Siracusa, Whizbang released the World War I feature filmPasschendaele in 2008 which received five Genie Awards including the Golden ReelAward for highest box office for a Canadian Film.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary ofthe British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximize the valueof the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public serviceprogramming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: Channels,Content & Production, Digital Media, Sales & Distribution, Magazines, HomeEntertainment and Global Brands. In 2008/09, BBC Worldwide generated profits of£102.6 million (before exceptionals) on sales of over £1 billion.
BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April 2009. Thisprestigious award for International Trade recognized the company’s substantial growth inoverseas earnings and commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years’trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the licence feepayer
For further information, please contact:
Penny, Media Contacts
Whizbang Films Inc.
Ph: 416 516 5899