From a media release:
White Pine Pictures and STV Productions are pleased to announce they are collaborating on the development of the limited seriesÂ Wire MenÂ in association with Power.
Wire MenÂ reveals early tech wars as weâ€™ve never seen, against the backdrop of Americaâ€™s race to become the industrial and technological leader of the world. Alexander Graham Bell is at the centre of a cutthroat race to invent the telephone and entangled in a bitter rivalry with the unscrupulous Thomas Edison. They were the Zuckerberg, Jobs, and Gates of their day â€“ brilliant young men at the top of their game.
The new drama is based in part on the bookÂ Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for InventionÂ by noted historian and best-selling author Charlotte Gray. Her bookÂ Gold Diggers:Striking It Rich in the Klondike, was adapted for the Ridley Scott ratings hitÂ Klondike; the first scripted series commissioned by Discovery.
The collaboration marks the first time these two Award-winning production houses are working together on a project.
The partnership between Executive Producers Peter Raymont (White Pine Pictures), Alan Clements and Sarah Brown (STV Productions), and Susan Waddell, CEO of Power, was initiated at MIPCOM last year and the agreement was signedÂ at this yearâ€™s MIPTV 2015.
The series will be produced as a UK-Canada treaty co-production and Power will act as the seriesâ€™ international co-producer and distributor and will be discussing the project with broadcasters at MIPTV.