From a media release:
GlobalÂ jumpstarts the new year with high stakes and high drama as the network announces new original suspense dramaÂ RansomÂ joins its midseason schedule, premiering onÂ Sunday, January 1Â atÂ 8:30 p.m. ET /Â 8 p.m. PT. Airing in simulcast with CBS in the US, the 13-episode procedural settles into its regular timeslot beginningÂ Saturday, January 7Â atÂ 8 p.m. ET/PTÂ onÂ Global. From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Wildcats Productions and Sienna Films,Â RansomÂ is executive produced by EmmyÂ® and Golden GlobeÂ®-winner Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files,Â The Man in the High Castle)Â through his company Big Light Productions, and stars Luke Roberts (Wolf Hall,Â Game of Thrones), 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 Franceâ€™s TF1 and Germanyâ€™s RTL.
Ransomâ€™sÂ premiere episodeÂ begins with Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts) bringing on a new team member, Maxine Carlson (Sarah Greene,Â Penny Dreadful, Burnt), who is eager to prove herself as an aspiring investigator. But Ericâ€™s trusted team, psych-profiler Oliver Yates (Brandon Jay McLaren,Â Graceland,Â The Killing) and ex-cop Zara Hallam (Nazneen Contractor,Heroes Reborn,Â Covert Affairs), have doubts about their possible new member.Â And a dangerous secret from Maxineâ€™s past may pose a threat that even the great Eric Beaumont is unable to resolve.
RansomÂ 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.
RansomÂ is created by David Vainola (Diamonds,Â Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files,Â The Man in the High Castle). 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.Â RansomÂ is a Canada-France co-production andÂ is co-developed by TF1 and Corus Entertainment Inc., with the participation of the Centre National du Cinema et de lâ€™Image AnimÃ© 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.