From a media release:
Whizbang Films and Canwest Announce Start of Production on New Original Canadian Drama Series, Cra$h & Burn
Whizbang Films, in association with Canwest, announced today that principal photography is underway for 13 one-hour episodes of the new original Canadian drama series, Cra$h & Burn. Filming will take place at a Mississauga, ON soundstage and on location in the Hamilton vicinity until December 10, 2009. The series will air on Showcase this November, 2009.
Described as a cross between The Office and The Sopranos by the show’s creator, Malcolm MacRury (ZOS: Zone of Separation, Deadwood), Cra$h & Burn follows Jimmy Burn, a young claims adjuster for a cut-throat, bottom-line insurance corporation. Jimmy maneuvers his way around insurance scams and the criminal underworld as he tries to escape his past and make a better life on the gritty post-industrial streets of Hamilton.
Cra$h & Burn is executive produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, and Malcolm MacRury, and stars Luke Kirby (Tell Me You Love Me, Slings and Arrows) as Jimmy Burn, the cocky yet charming up-and-comer looking to claim a piece of the corporate pie as an insurance adjuster. Casting also features Leela Savasta (Battlestar Galactica, Intelligence) as Lucia Silva, Jimmy’s live-in girlfriend; Caroline Cave (The L Word, This Beautiful City) as Catherine Scott, a shrewd yet practical in-house insurance lawyer; Clark Johnson (The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street, also an Emmy-nominated director on The Shield) as Walker Hearn, a veteran insurance investigator and Steve Bacic (The Guard, Andromeda) as Korkov, a conman and Mafioso hustling to scam the system.
Slated to direct the series are Gemini Award winner Anne Wheeler (DaVinci’s Inquest); two-time Gemini Award nominee Ken Girotti (Rescue Me); Gemini Award winner Peter Wellington (Slings and Arrows); one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 directors to watch, Kari Skogland (50 Dead Men Walking); and Leo Award winner, Rachel Talalay (Terminal City).
Creator Malcolm MacRury is also the series showrunner. Director of Photography is Milan Podsedly (Jozi-H). The writing team includes, Malcolm MacRury, Jackie May (The Foundation), John Krizanc (The Summit), Jeremy Boxen (The Listener) and Bobby Theodore (Murdoch Mysteries). Production designer is Andrew Stearn (Chicago).
Overseeing the series at Canwest are VP of Showcase and Drama Content Tara Ellis and Production Executive Susan Alexander.
Cra$h & Burn is developed and produced by Whizbang Films in association with Canwest. It is produced with the participation of the Cogeco Program Development Fund, The Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
A companion website for the series, www.crash-and-burn.com in association with the Bell New Media Fund is being produced concurrently and will launch with the show to give viewers an unprecedented interactive experience with the show and its characters.