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Shaftesbury mourns the death of Paul Pope, president of Pope Productions and executive producer of Hudson & Rex

From a media release:

Shaftesbury extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Paul Pope, the beloved Executive Producer of Hudson & Rex and President of Pope Productions. Pope passed away suddenly on the morning of April 14, 2022. He was 63 years old.

“The news is truly shocking,” says Christina Jennings, Chairman and President, Shaftesbury. “Canada has lost an amazing producer, a force in Newfoundland. Paul has been Shaftesbury’s partner on seven shows for over 15 years. Most recently, we teamed up on Hudson & Rex. Paul was a wonderful man. A spirited human. He loved life and knew how to live it. Paul will be sorely missed by his wife, Lisa, his two sons and all of us here at Shaftesbury.

Based in St. John’s, NFLD, Pope was a dynamic force in the Canadian film industry, having produced or worked on hundreds of films. A founding member of the Newfoundland Filmmakers Cooperative (NIFCO), where he served as president for over 20 years, he has been instrumental in the development of a vibrant production industry. A generous mentor, he was a passionate voice for independent production at a national level with a long-standing tradition of supporting Canadian artists and ensuring that Canadian stories were brought to the screen.

In addition to his numerous awards and nominations for his projects with Pope Productions, he also received the Arts Achievement Award from ArtsNL, the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award, and an honorary Doctorate from Memorial University. Pope served on the board of Resource Centre for the Arts and NIFCO and has previously served on the board of the Canadian Media Producers Association and was Vice-Chair of the Canadian Media Fund.

About Pope Productions
Pope Productions is a St. John’s based media production company, helmed by producer Paul Pope. The company’s most recent television projects are the fourth season of Hudson & Rex for Citytv, which is now seen in over 100 territories worldwide and Departure Season 3 for Global. The company’s features and MOWs include the CBC comedy A Christmas Fury and festival favourites Hunting Pignut, Beat Down and Grown Up Movie Star, which scored a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for Tatiana Maslany. Documentaries include It’s Mental, Heavy Weather Presents, the multi-award-winning My Left Breast, Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic, and Going the Distance. From the historical dramatic miniseries Above and Beyond to the classic comedy Rare Birds, and the outrageous series Drunk and on Drugs: The Happy Funtime Hour, Pope’s rich repertoire reflects its deep commitment to a vibrant production industry both in Newfoundland and nationally.

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Global announces greenlights for new seasons of original scripted series Family Law and Departure

From a media release:

Following Corus Entertainment’s specialty network greenlights and renewals, today, Global announced new season greenlights for its original scripted series Family Law (Season 2) and Departure (Season 3). With production on Season 2 now underway in Vancouver, the renewal of new legal drama Family Law comes ahead of its premiere, which is set to debut on Global later this year. Similarly, Season 2 of the critically acclaimed ratings juggernaut Departure will also air later this year, with Season 3 set to begin production this fall.

Produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions, and created by Canadian award-winning author Susin Nielsen, Family Law is a one-hour legal drama that follows Abigail ‘Abby’ Bianchi (Jewel Staite) navigating her new life with her family including Abby’s father Harry Svensson (Victor Garber), her half- brother Daniel Svensson (Zach Smadu), and half-sister Lucy Svensson (Genelle Williams). The second season sees each character develop as they face new personal challenges, as well as take on an incredible lineup of cases. Season 2 will also feature many exciting guest stars including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience) and Catherine Fitch (Murdoch Mysteries).

Award-winning event series Departure also receives a greenlight for a third season with production set to begin this fall. Season 3 will follow the aftermath of a deadly ferry accident with additional details including filming location and casting for Season 3 to be announced at a later date.

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Link: Christopher Plummer, chagrined star of ‘The Sound of Music,’ dies at 91

From Mike Barnes of The Hollywood Reporter:

Link: Christopher Plummer, chagrined star of ‘The Sound of Music,’ dies at 91
Christopher Plummer, the sophisticated star who in 2012 became the oldest actor to ever win a competitive Oscar — a just reward for his seven standout decades as leading man on the stage and screen — died Friday. He was 91. Continue reading.

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Links: Departure, Season 1

From Daniel D’Addario of Variety:

Link: Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer Make for a Thrilling ‘Departure’: TV Review
“Departure,” a drama that will hook those who seek from their viewing a charge of adrenaline, if not always the most rigorously challenging of mysteries. Continue reading.

From Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter:

Link: Departure: TV Review
Created by Vince Shiao, Departure begins with a flight from New York to London going horribly wrong. Continue reading.

From Gerrad Hall of Entertainment Weekly:

Link: Peacock’s Departure: Archie Panjabi on airplane crash mystery
“I loved the parallels between her being an air crash investigator and yet she had been through this huge traumatic event in her own life.” Continue reading.

From Radhika Marya of Fortune:

Link: Christopher Plummer on his new series ‘Departure’ and acting in different formats
Christopher Plummer hopes audiences will enjoy watching a “good yarn” when his new series Departure debuts on Peacock Thursday. Continue reading.

From Cynthia Vinney of CBR:

Link: Peacock’s Departure Is a Twisty, Turny, if Conventional, Mystery
Departure focuses on the investigation around what happened to the missing flight, and from the start, is firmly grounded in reality. Continue reading.

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: Vincent Shiao never expected his plane crash series ‘Departure’ to get made — let alone star Christopher Plummer and Archie Panjabi
“I always wondered why isn’t there a (drama) about these types of investigators who try to solve the mysteries of plane crashes around the world.” Continue reading.

From Melissa Hank of Postmedia:

Link: Christopher Plummer takes flight in new TV drama Departure
“I didn’t mind going back to television. All my friends are going back to television, and it seems to be the fashionable thing to do at the moment.” Continue reading. Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer return to Departure Season 2

From a media release:

Shaftesbury announced today that season two of Departure has begun production in Toronto. Produced by Shaftesbury and Deadpan Pictures, the gripping drama is directed by Canadian Screen award winner T.J. Scott (Orphan Black, Star Trek: Discovery), and created by Vincent Shiao.

Season two of Departure focuses on the tragic crash of a high-speed automated train – the Apollo – travelling from Toronto to Chicago. Kendra Malley (Emmy® winner Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife) leads the investigation into an accident that leaves multiple deaths in its wake and a web of potential suspects: the tech visionary who invented the train’s control system; the anti-technology politician, and the FBI prisoner who disappears after the crash. When the feds swoop in to initiate a manhunt, Kendra’s investigation evolves from finding the causes of the crash to working with federal agents to capture the fugitive – who may be the root cause of the entire disaster. Along with Archie Panjabi, season two features an all-star ensemble cast including Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer (Knives Out), Kris Holden-Reid (Umbrella Academy), Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle), Mark Rendall (Departure), Kelly McCormack (Killjoys), Karen Le Blanc (Ransom), Wendy Crewson (Frankie Drake), Charlie Carrick (Reign), Donal Logue (Gotham), Dion Johnstone (Sweet Magnolias) and Greg Bryk (Mary Kills People).

Season one will air in Canada on Global beginning October 8 and on Peacock/Universal starting September 17. Departure is distributed by Red Arrow Studios International, with Starlings Television handling the sale to Peacock/Universal. NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) acquired season one and two for Europe and Africa and season one has already aired in those territories.

Departure is Executive Produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Malcolm MacRury, Jackie May, T.J. Scott, Paul Donovan, Ailish McElmeel, David A. Stern, Matt Geller and Archie Panjabi. Patrick Cassavetti, Teresa M. Ho and Julie Lacey are Producers.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail