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Cmg to sell Revolution

29 August 2013 7:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group will commence pre-sales in Toronto on Rob Stewart’s eco documentary.

Gus Van Sant serves as executive producer on Revolution, which took Stewart on a four-year global journey investigating topics such as the acidification of oceans and ecosystem decay.

Noeltner will kick off sales next week in Toronto on the film, which screens this autumn at the Tokyo International Film Festival as part of the Telefilm Perspectives showcase.

Revolution marks Stewart’s follow-up to Sharkwater and opened in Canada on Apr 12, grossing $490,000 through D Film.

Sandra Campbell, Brian Stewart, Rob Merilees and David Hannan are among the executive producer roster.

“Rob has an incredible talent for storytelling,” said Noeltner. “This is as compelling a documentary film as I have seen and we feel there’s a worldwide audience that shares Rob’s passion for our planet’s future.”

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TV Review: ‘Motive’

16 May 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Crime procedurals exist in such abundance that the challenge has become how to dribble new dabs of paint around a chalk outline. “Motive” — another Canadian import receiving a summer showcase on ABC — seeks to brighten up the formula, unsuccessfully, by shifting the focus from “who”-dunit to “why.” It’s an exceedingly mild tweak, with Kristin Lehman (most recently off “The Killing”) as the hard-bitten detective providing the only real incentive to tune in. While the network has found a steady utility player in “Rookie Blue,” getting lucky twice would merit a trip to Vegas, not Vancouver.

Crafted by “Dexter” producer Daniel Cerone, “Motive” begins by almost immediately introducing “The Killer” (it’s right there, in all caps on the screen) and “The Victim.” Next, it’s body time, which sets in motion Lehman’s Det. Angie Flynn and her bickering partner (Louis Ferreira), who is kind of bad at his job. »

- Brian Lowry

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Universal Channel UK Acquires Unique New Drama ‘Motive’

10 May 2013 2:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just received news that the Universal Channel has secured the UK premiere of the distinctive new crime drama, Motive, following a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

Motive follows spirited female homicide detective, Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman), who matches wits with killers in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.  In an unconventional approach to crime story-telling, each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well.  As the mystery unfolds – winding between revealing flashbacks and present time – viewers are drawn into the minds of the criminal and navigate the complicated maze of each case, solving the murder alongside Detective Angie Flynn and her team.

Due to launch in the Us on ABC later this month, Motive premiered on Canada’s CTV in February with 1.23 million viewers to become the number one Canadian series premiere of the 2012/13 broadcast year. James Newton, Channel Director, Universal Channel, said:

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- David Agnew

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Foundation Features, Ana Valine on the ‘Edge’

1 April 2013 2:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Toronto — Foundation Features has boarded first-time helmer-scribe Ana Valine’s “Sitting on the Edge of Marlene,” starring “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” star Paloma Kwiatkowski.

Pic is produced by Amber Ripley and exec-produced by Rob Merilees of Vancouver-based Foundation. Denys Arcand (“The Barbarian Invasions”) also serves as exec producer.

Arcand was involved during script development, mentoring Valine as she was writing the first draft, based on author Billie Livingston’s young adult novella.

Pic concerns Sammie (Kwiatkowski), a teen who is drawn into the family con business to help her addict mom (Suzanne Clement). Callum Keith Rennie (“The Killing”) plays her mom’s con partner and wannabe boyfriend.

“We knew we would be casting an unknown up-and-comer for the character of Sammie,” Ripley told Variety. “We were aware of Paloma’s amazing talent and lucky to have her in one of our first casting sessions.”

Lensing on the low-budget pic »

- Jennie Punter

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ABC Picks Up Canadian Thriller Drama ‘Motive’ For Summer

30 January 2013 11:12 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After swiftly scrapping planned summer drama series Weird Desk last month, ABC has picked up another original drama for next summer, Canadian import Motive, from former Dexter and The Mentalist exec producer Daniel Cerone. The 13-episode CTV series focuses not on who did the crime, but why the crime was committed in the first place. The killer and victim are identified at the beginning of each episode, with the crime then explored via stylized flashbacks which piece together the connection between the two characters and what drove the killer to commit murder. In Canada, the series will premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this Sunday. Motive stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing), Louis Ferreira (Rookie Blue), Lauren Holly (NCIS), Roger Cross (Arrow), Brendan Penny and Cameron Bright. The series was created by Cerone who executive produces with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob Labelle, Lindsay Macadam and James Thorpe. »


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