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Afm: 'Stranger Things' star Shannon Purser joins 'Wish Upon'

Afm: 'Stranger Things' star Shannon Purser joins 'Wish Upon'
Netflix’s Stranger Things actress joins Joey King in Broad Green Pictures production; Mister Smith to sell at Afm.

Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales on the Broad Green Pictures production Wish Upon at the upcoming American Film Market in Los Angeles.

Currently in pre-production, John Leonetti (Annabelle) directs the script from Barbara Marshall (The Listener) and producer Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield) of Busted Shark Productions.

The film stars The Conjuring and Fargo’s Joey King, who will be joined by newly cast actress Shannon Purser, known for her breakout role as Barb in the Netflix series Stranger Things.

In the film, 16-year-old misfit Claire, played by King, finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted, but each wish demands a deadly payment.

John Leonetti’s directorial credits include Annabelle and The Butterfly Effect 2. He previously worked as a cinematographer on features including The Conjuring, Soul Surfer, [link
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AFM: Mister Smith to Launch Joey King Starrer ‘Wish Upon’

AFM: Mister Smith to Launch Joey King Starrer ‘Wish Upon’
Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales at the American Film Market on Broad Green Pictures production “Wish Upon,” starring Joey King (“The Conjuring,” pictured). She will be joined by newly-cast actress Shannon Purser, best known for her performance as Barb in the first season of Netflix hit series “Stranger Things.”

Currently in pre-production and directed by “Annabelle’” John Leonetti from a script by Barbara Marshall (“The Listener”), the horrors thriller turns on a 16-year-old misfit who happens on a magic box which promises her a shot at the life she always dreamed of – if she is willing for every wish to make a deadly payment.

Chosen for the 2015 Black List, “Wish Upon” was written by Barbara Marshall. Busted Shark Production’s Sherryl Clark (“Viral,” “Cloverfield”), who headed up development at J.J. AbramsBad Robot, produces. Leonetti served as cinematographer on “The Conjuring” and “Insidious” before hitting gold dust directing
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‘Conjuring’ Actress Joey King to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘Wish Upon’

‘Conjuring’ Actress Joey King to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘Wish Upon’
The Conjuring’s” Joey King will star in Broad Green Pictures’ horror-thriller “Wish Upon.”

John Leonetti (“Annabelle”) is directing from a script by “The Listener” TV scribe Barbara Marshall. The movie is being produced by Busted Shark Production’s Sherryl Clark, whose credits include “Viral” and “Cloverfield.”

King will play a 16-year-old misfit who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted. However, she soon discovers that each wish demands a deadly payment.

“I was mesmerized by Joey’s performance on the set of ‘The Conjuring,'” Leonetti said. “I am looking forward to watching her bring Claire to life in ‘Wish Upon.'”

King also had a recurring role on “Fargo” and appeared in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” She can be seen next in the New Line remake of “Going in Style.”

Wish Upon” — the first move into horror for three-year-old Broad Green — will begin production this fall.
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Joey King Will Lead ‘Annabelle’ Helmer’s Next Project ‘Wish Upon’

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Joey King Will Lead ‘Annabelle’ Helmer’s Next Project ‘Wish Upon’
The Conjuring‘s Joey King is set to play the lead in the Broad Greens's horror thriller Wish Upon, which will be directed by Annabelle helmer John Leonetti. The movie is being produced by Busted Shark Production's Sherryl Clark (Viral, Cloverfield), who spent five years overseeing feature development at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot before starting her own production company. Wish Upon, written by Barbara Marshall (The Listener) follows 16-year-old misfit Claire (King), who…
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‘Annabelle’ Director John Leonetti Boards Broad Green Thriller ‘Wish Upon’

‘Annabelle’ Director John Leonetti Boards Broad Green Thriller ‘Wish Upon’
Annabelle” director John Leonetti will helm horror-thriller “Wish Upon” for Broad Green Pictures, with shooting starting this fall.

The project, named to the 2015 Black List, was written by Barbara Marshall (“The Listener”) and will be produced by Busted Shark Production’s Sherryl Clark (“Viral”).

The film centers on a 16-year-old misfit who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted only to discover that each wish would demand a deadly payment.

Leonetti was also the cinematographer on “The Conjuring” and “Insidious” prior to directing “The Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle,” which was a massive hit for New Line with $265 million in worldwide grosses.

“We are thrilled that John has come onboard to direct ‘Wish Upon,'” said Broad Green Pictures COO Daniel Hammond. “His impeccable eye towards realism and talent for catching audiences off-guard will, without a doubt, make this film unforgettable.”

Two-year-old Broad Green
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John Leonetti to Direct ‘Wish Upon’ For Broad Green Pictures

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John Leonetti to Direct ‘Wish Upon’ For Broad Green Pictures
John Leonetti, the director of “Anabelle,” has signed on to direct horror thriller “Wish Upon” for Broad Green Pictures. The movie, which was named to the 2015 Black List and is expected to begin production in the fall, was written by “The Listener’s” Barbara Marshall and produced by Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark Productions. “We are thrilled that John has come onboard to direct ‘Wish Upon,'” Broad Green Pictures’ Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hammond said in a Wednesday release. “His impeccable eye towards realism and talent for catching audiences off-guard will, without a doubt, make this film unforgettable.” Also
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Cannes: Elle Driver boards all-female feature 'Below Her Mouth'

Exclusive: All-female production stars Canadian actress Natalie Krill and Swedish model Erika Linder.

Elle Driver has acquired world sales to all-female production Below Her Mouth, about a passionate, unexpected fling between two women that changes their lives forever.

It is the latest production from Toronto-based Serendipity Point Films, which previously produced Atom Egoyan’s Remember, Oscar-nominated Barney’s Version and Being Julia, and is made in association with South African outfit Distant Horizon.

The film, which was shot with an all-female crew, stars Canadian actress Natalie Krill and Swedish model Erika Linder in her first acting role. Serendipity’s Melissa Coghlan is lead producer.

Actress and director April Mullen directs from a screenplay by Stephanie Fabrizi.

Described by its producers as a “bold, uninhibited drama”, the feature kicks off with a steamy, weekend affair between two women: Dallas, a roofer, and Jasmine, a fashion editor. But the powerful connection they ignite derails their lives.

Linder is known
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Round-Up: Bitten Season 3 Details, Real Fake History, Pacific Rim: Tales From The Drift #1 Variant Cover

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Yesterday, Entertainment One announced that Bitten will return for a third season on Syfy. Also in this round-up: a Kill Bill: Volume 1 episode of Real Fake History and details on the release of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift #1.

Bitten: Press Release: "Leading independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne) is thrilled to announce 10 episodes of the supernatural thriller Bitten will return to Syfy for a third season. Based on the best-selling series of novels by Kelley Armstrong and produced by No Equal Entertainment, eOne, and Hoodwink Entertainment, Season three sees the return of genre icon Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels; Greyston Holt (Alcatraz, Durham County) as Clayton Danvers; Greg Byrk (A History Of Violence, Rookie Blue) as Jeremy Danvers; Steve Lund (Being Erica, Haven) as Nick Sorrentino, and Genelle Williams (Warehouse 13) as Rachel Sutton. Production will begin this summer in Toronto.
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Watch the trailer for supernatural dark comedy ‘End of Days Inc.’

From Clerks to Office Space, workplace comedies have become increasingly popular over the years and now here’s another movie to remind you that your job doesn’t suck as much as you think it does.

From first time filmmaker Jennifer Liao comes End of Days Inc., a supernatural spin on the workplace comedy. The ensemble film, written by Christina Ray (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning), stars Mark O’Brien (Republic of Doyle), Carolyne Maraghi (Picture Day), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience), Janet Porter (The Listener), Anna Ferguson (Heartland), Yulia Petrauskas (Nikita), and Paulino Nunes (The Strain) as Mr. Godfrey. Liao’s film began it’s festival circuit run with it’s World Premiere at the USA Film Festival in Dallas and has since been picked up for North American distribution by Indican Entertainment. Watch the trailer below.

End Of Days, Inc. Trailer from Jennifer Liao on Vimeo.

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Erica Durance's Saving Hope Finds a New Stateside Home

Erica Durance's Saving Hope Finds a New Stateside Home
Paddles!!! Saving Hope is being brought back to life Stateside.

TVLine has learned that Ion Television has reached an agreement with Entertainment One Television to host the upcoming 18-episode third season of the Canadian-produced, Erica Durance-fronted medical drama, as well as get dibs on repeats of the first two cycles.

Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres

Saving Hope Season 3 debuts Sept. 22 on Canada’s CTV; no timetable has yet been announced for Ion’s broadcasts.

Set at Hope Zion Hospital, the supernatural-tinged drama follows Dr. Hope Hope Dr. Alex Reid (Smallville’s Durance), a surgeon whose
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Red Oaks Comedy Pilot Teams Steven Soderbergh With David Gordon Green, Announces Cast

Red Oaks seems like it could definitely be my type of jam. A comedy set in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey? This has enough shades of Caddyshack to pique my interest. Of course it doesn't hurt that the show will be produced by Steven Soderbergh or that the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down). Red Oaks is gearing up to shoot as a pilot for Amazon (who are still implementing their voting policy when it comes to determining what gets picked up to series). And now the cast has been announced. Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, a college student who’s an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and
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Pilots ‘Red Oaks’ & ‘Stitchers’ Add Regulars

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The Listener co-star Ennis Esmer has been cast in Amazon Studios’ single-camera comedy pilot Red Oaks, exec produced by Steven Soderbergh and exec produced/directed by David Gordon Green. Set in the summer of 1985, Red Oaks centers on 20-year-old David Myers who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Esmer will play Nash, the roguish and mischievous head tennis instructor who teaches David the ins and outs of country club life. Canadian Esmer, repped by Berwick & Kovacik and The Characters Talent Agency, recurred on the CTV/CW series The L.A. Complex. Minni Jo Mazzola has been cast in ABC Family drama pilot Stitchers. Written by Jeffrey A. Schechter, Stitchers follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased,
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Get Bitten For a Second Season

We tried really hard to watch "Bitten" on Syfy, but the experience proved to be too painful for us to endure. Apparently we were in the minority because the toothy little series has just gotten an order for a second season. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

Space announced today it has ordered a second season of the sexy, high-octane thriller "Bitten," Space’s most-watched original series ever.

Picking up after an exhilarating Season 1 finale, Space has ordered 10 additional one-hour episodes from No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One Television, and Hoodwink Entertainment. Production is expected to begin this summer and will once again be shot on location in Toronto, Hamilton, and Hespeler. Viewers who have yet to join The Pack can catch encore episodes Sundays at 11 p.m. Et on Space following new episodes of the bewitching series "Salem" at 10 p.m. Et. The entire first season of the
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The Listener: Ion Partners for Season Five

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Remember The Listener? Starring Craig Olejnik and Ennis Esmer, this is the show about a young paramedic who can hear people's thoughts.

NBC picked up the sci-fi drama and started airing it back in June 2009. It wasn't a success so they cancelled it. However, the series is a success for CTV in Canada and has been running there for four seasons. Last October, it was picked up for a fifth year.

In 2011, Us cable channel Ion purchased the rights to air the first two seasons of The Listener, with an option to purchase later seasons. They've now made a deal to co-produce season five and will air previous episodes as well. The newest installments are expected to be released later this year.

Here are some more details from Ion:

Ion Television Enters Into Original Co-production Deal
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Ion TV Picks Up Canadian Drama ‘The Listener’

Ion TV Picks Up Canadian Drama ‘The Listener’
Ion TV has picked up the Canadian procedural drama “The Listener” and will be a co-producer on the series.

Ion joins Shaftesbury, CTV and Fox Intl. Channels as co-producers on the drama, which started production on 13 new original episodes earlier this year.

The Listener” follows mind-reading police consultant played by Craig Olejnik, who uses his telepathic ability to help a special law enforcement unit solve the most complicated cases. Having kept his unique power hidden for years, Toby learns to harness his skill to help others and save lives.

The show, which bowed on Canada’s CTV in 2009, is slated to premiere on Ion later this year.
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‘The Listener’ To Become Ion Original Series As Network Joins As Co-Producer

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Ion Television has joined Shaftesbury, Canadian network CTV and Fox International as a producer on the Canadian procedural drama series The Listener for its 13-episode fifth season, which started production earlier this year. Under the agreement, Ion becomes the exclusive U.S. television network for originals of fifth and future seasons of the series. Ion has been carrying The Listener — in 2011, the network acquired the first two seasons of the drama, which was originally picked up by NBC for a summer 2009 run of Season 1, which was cut short after several episodes. After the show did well alongside CBS’ off-network procedurals, including Criminal Minds and Law & Order; Criminal Intent, I hear Ion exercised its option to become a co-producer of original episodes. The network used a similar strategy for another popular Canadian procedural drama, Flashpoint, first inking a syndication deal with CBS for the show’s Season 1-4 episodes that had
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CTV Orders a Fifth Season of The Listener

CTV announced today a 13-episode fifth season order for its original drama series "The Listener," bringing the series total to 65 episodes. Produced for CTV by Shaftesbury in association with Fox International Channels, and distributed by Shine International, the one-hour drama stars Craig Olejnik as mind-reading crime-solver Toby Logan. The announcement was made at Mipcom, the world's annual entertainment content market in France, with cast members Craig Olejnik and Lauren Lee Smith in attendance. During its fourth season on CTV, "The Listener" continued to drive million-plus audiences, including a series-high 1.4 million viewers, and ranked among the Top 15 most-watched programs in Canada this past summer. Season 4 also saw A25-54 growth in Toronto,...
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Syfy Drafts Canadian Werewolf Series Bitten for 2014 Schedule

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Sci-fi fans in the U.S. may know her best as Lisa from V, Kara/Supergirl/Brainiac from Smallville, or Arla at the end of last season’s Haven (ooo that was creepy) but now we’ll get to know her as werewolf Elena Michaels, as Syfy today announced the acquisition of Canadian series Bitten, starring Laura Vandervoort:

September 17, 2013

Syfy Acquires New Original Werewolf Drama Series Bitten From Entertainment One

Bitten – Based On The Best-selling Novels By Kelley Armstrong – Will Premiere On Syfy In 2014

New York – September 17, 2013 – A new breed of werewolves is coming to Syfy with the acquisition of the first season of the new Canadian scripted series Bitten from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne).

Season 1 of Bitten, consisting of 13 one-hour episodes, will premiere on Syfy in 2014.

Based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, Bitten is an emotionally charged
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Montreal Comiccon 2013; A chat with Pat Mastroianni

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In preparation for the 2013 Montreal Comiccon, taking place this weekend at the Palais Des Congres in the downtown area, Sound on Sight got a chance to sit down and talk with Pat Mastroianni. Beloved by fans for his portrayal of the always charming Joey Jeremiah on Degrassi Junior High, Mastroianni took the time to answer a few of our burning questions and to tell us why he thinks Degrassi is so well loved by audiences of all ages.


Sound On Sight: How did you feel about your departure from Degrassi? Was it just time to move on or..?

Pat Mastroianni: I mean, as well as any Canadian who was growing up with the series back in the 80’s knows is that this show is very much like Doctor Who in that it spans generations. Um, we had many incarnations of the show over the last 25 years-

SoS: The newest
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'Rookie Blue' Season 4 finale: Charlotte Sullivan 'sort of had her suspicions' about Peck's sexuality

It's been quite a "Rookie Blue" season for Officer Gail Peck, confirmed by the actress who plays her, Charlotte Sullivan.

She lost fellow-cop boyfriend Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) to another colleague, Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym); she very tentatively started a new relationship with forensic pathologist Holly (Aliyah O'Brien); she suffered a serious wrist burn while confiscating marijuana plants; and she ducked the bullets of a would-be cop killer who's continuing to target 15 Division in the show's Season 4 finale.

That two-part episode of the ABC police drama wraps up Thursday (Sept. 12), and Sullivan is ending the series' year grateful to be showing different colors of Gail while staying true to the character's typically edgy, not exactly sociable persona.

"I feel really lucky," the Canadian actress tells Zap2it. "I feel like my character has had the most growth and the most interesting things to play. I sort of had suspicions about
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