Second season scripts ordered for Across the River to Motor City

From Devine Entertainment:

Devine Entertainment Commissions Scripts For Second Season Of Primetime Mystery Series: Across the River to Motor City

Initial Season Revenues Of About $4 Million (CDN) Expected In First Half Of 2007

Devine Entertainment Corporation (OTCBB:DVNNF) announced that it has contracted with four writers to begin work on new scripts for the second season of Across the River to Motor City, the Company’s new mystery series that has been commissioned and funded by CHUM Television (TSX:CHM). Key development funding agreements with Chum Television and The Canadian Television Fund support the Company’s engagements of renowned writers Cal Coons (Blue Murder), Alyson Feltes (Jozi-H), Tracey Forbes (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and David Young (Due South) who will work with series show-runner and creator Robert Wertheimer to write scripts for the first four episodes of a prospective second season of the series.

President and CEO David Devine stated, “We see CHUM’s commitment to fund new scripts for the second season of Across the River to Motor City as an affirmation of confidence in the creative and production team behind the series. The Company is optimistic about the success of Across the River to Motor City and the possibility of a new season of the series being ordered.”

The series is being produced by Devine Entertainment in association with Jonsworth Productions. Show-runner Robert Wertheimer created the series with writer Denis McGrath. Robert Wertheimer, Richard Mozer and David Devine are executive producers.

Across the River to Motor City, a suspenseful tale spanning over forty years in Canada and the United States, focuses on two unforgettable characters, Ben Ford and his daughter Kathleen. As a 1960’s insurance investigator in Windsor and Detroit, Ben Ford weathered the storms of those tumultuous years. Four decades later, a long-buried tragedy leads his daughter Kathleen to unravel the secrets that troubled her relationship with Ben – secrets he will risk everything to keep hidden.

The Company completed principal photography of the initial six episodes of the primetime mystery series, budgeted at $8.1 million (all references in Canadian dollars), on schedule and on budget in the fourth quarter of 2006. Canadian Broadcast license agreements already in place are expected to generate initial revenues from the series of approximately $4 million in the first six months of 2007 when the six episodes are expected to be completed and delivered.