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CBS Orders Drama ‘Ransom’

Series Expected to Debut in 2017

CBS has joined broadcasters TF1 (France) and Corus’ Global (Canada) in greenlighting 13 episodes of the suspenseful drama series “Ransom,” starring Luke Roberts (“Black Sails,” “Game of Thrones”), from global studio Entertainment One (eOne), Big Light Productions and producers Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions.

Created by David Vainola (“Diamonds”) and Frank Spotnitz, “Ransom” is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert. The logline: “Ransom” follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts), whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric’s considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues

“Ransom” is a Canada-France treaty co-production and will be co-produced by eOne; Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny via their Sienna Films banner; and Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald of Wildcats Productions. Frank Spotnitz via his Big Light Productions banner will executive produce.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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