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Global Adds New Original Suspense Drama to Midseason Schedule

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  • Global  announces new original suspense drama Ransom joins its midseason schedule, premiering on Sunday, January 1. Airing in simulcast with CBS in the US, the 13-episode procedural settles into its regular timeslot beginning Saturday, January 7 on Global. From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Wildcats Productions and Sienna Films, Ransom is executive produced by Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Frank Spotnitz through his company Big Light Productions, and stars Luke Roberts, as Eric Beaumont, a crisis and hostage negotiator whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Along with CBS in the US, the procedural drama will also air on France’s TF1 and Germany’s RTL.

    Ransom is an exciting addition to Global’s successful, hit driven schedule as we look to now build drama audiences on Saturday nights,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus. “With captivating storylines and intense drama, Ransom complements our solid lineup of action-packed procedural dramas, and we’re eager to showcase this nail-biting original series to audiences this winter.”

    Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who along with partner, Marwan Mery, are considered to be among the top negotiators in the world. Today, they travel around the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution.

    Ransom is created by David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz. The series is executive produced by Spotnitz, Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald of Wildcats Productions, Jocelyn Hamilton of eOne, and Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny via their Sienna Films banner. Ransom is a Canada-France co-production and is co-developed by TF1 and Corus Entertainment Inc., with the participation of the Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animé in France as well as Canada Media Fund, and will be produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

    eOne controls worldwide rights to the series, excluding French-speaking territories.