From a media release:
CTVâ€™s FLASHPOINT To Conclude With Upcoming Fifth Season
- Production to wrap in Toronto in late June
CTV confirmed today that Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment have chosen to end its award-winning hit series FLASHPOINT following the conclusion of its upcoming fifth season. Production on the final 13 new episodes, to be broadcast in 2012-2013 on CTV, is currently underway in Toronto, ON.
â€œProducing FLASHPOINT over the last five seasons has been an exceptional adventure,â€ said producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. â€œWeâ€™ve been incredibly lucky to work with committed and supportive broadcast partners who have enabled us to reach many millions of fans across North America. While the series is still at its creative apex, weâ€™ve decided to end the series on a high note, and give those fans the satisfaction of a fitting series conclusion in our 75th episode.â€
â€œFLASHPOINT has paved the way for other amazing Canadian productions, proving that if you make great television, Canadians will watch,â€ said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. â€œAs a network, weâ€™re privileged to have been involved with this amazing series for five powerful seasons. We look forward to exploring new projects with the superlative creative team behind this transformative Canadian series.â€
Originally developed by CTV, a pilot for FLASHPOINT (then called SNIPER) was shot in 2007. In January, 2008, CBS joined on as broadcast partner before the series began principal photography in the spring of 2008. FLASHPOINT premiered on July 11, 2008 on CTV and CBS, with 1.13 million viewers in Canada, and 8.72 million viewers in the U.S.
FLASHPOINT was the first Canadian series since DUE SOUTH to air in network primetime in both Canada and the United States, leading the way for several other Canadian series to head south of the border and air on U.S. networks. Over the next four seasons, FLASHPOINT went on to become a sure-fire hit, averaging 1.51 million viewers both in and out of simulcast. By the time the series concludes its fifth season next year, 75 episodes of the hour-long series will have aired.
FLASHPOINT has been nominated 80 times for numerous awards, including the Gemini Awards, Directors Guild of Canada Awards, Writers Guild of Canada Awards, ACTRA and PRISM. The series has won 11 Gemini Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern), Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (Kelly Makin), Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Enrico Colantoni), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series (Sergio Di Zio).
In addition to ION Television in the U.S., FLASHPOINT is also licensed in more than 100 territories worldwide, including RTL2 in Germany, Canal Plus in France and Veronica in the Netherlands.
FLASHPOINT stars an impressive list of talent, including Hugh Dillon (DURHAM COUNTY) as Ed Lane, team leader and lead sniper; Enrico Colantoni (VERONICA MARS) as Gregory Parker, the team sergeant and head negotiator; Amy Jo Johnson (FELICITY) as Julianna â€œJulesâ€ Callaghan, secondary negotiator and rappelling expert; David Paetkau (WHISTLER) as Sam Braddock, the young hot-shot sniper on the team; and Sergio Di Zio (JUST BURIED) as Mike â€œSpikeâ€ Scarlatti, explosives and tactical toys expert. Olunike Adeliyi re-joins the Strategic Response Unit (SRU) as officer Leah Kerns.
FLASHPOINT is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and ION Television. Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos serve as executive producers. Co-creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern helm the writing department. Trish Williams and Gosia Kamela are the CTV Production Executive working with the series. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. Vera and Tele Munchen are the international distributors.