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Transplant receives Media Award from MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau

From a media release:

Sphere Media, a leader in the field of creation, adaptation, production and distribution of television and cinematographic content, is proud to announce that Transplant has been named an Honoree at the 29th edition of the Media Awards that took place on March 20.

MPAC’s annual Media Awards celebrates members of the entertainment industry, artists, and activists who promote inclusion and social justice through their craft. Honorees have done so by advancing authentic portrayals of Islam and Muslims, increasing understanding by reflecting the realities of our world today, and by inspiring action and movements for social change.

Transplant is the story of Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq), a talented doctor and Syrian refugee who fled to Canada with his younger sister and earned a second chance to practice Emergency Medicine at York Memorial Hospital in Toronto. The series features realistic and nuanced portrayals of the challenges faced by refugees, and the trauma of those struggling to survive in war zones.

Developed at CTV, Transplant is produced by Sphere Media in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. All distribution rights are handled by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, with the series airing on NBC in the U.S.

The first season of the critically acclaimed series saw Transplant become the most- watched Canadian series among total viewers, with an average audience of 1.4 million on CTV.

The second season of Transplant is currently in production and will consist of 13, one- hour episodes. The series is also set to air on Noovo in a translated French version.


WGC Screenwriting Awards 2021 finalists announced

From a media release:

The WGC Screenwriting Awards annually celebrate and acknowledge the work of Writers Guild of Canada members and their outstanding scripts that power the most engaging Canadian-made series, films, documentaries and webseries.

This year, in contention are scripts from series Transplant (Joseph Kay, Lynne Kamm, Tamara Moulin), Schitt’s Creek (Daniel Levy, Kurt Smeaton & Winter Tekenos-Levy), Cardinal (Sarah Dodd), Diggstown (Floyd Kane) and New Eden (Kayla Lorette & Evany Rosen). Additionally, 2020 was a very strong year for Canadian feature films with three critically acclaimed screenplays and their writers receiving nominations: Akilla’s Escape (Charles Officer & Motion), Beans (Tracey Deer and Meredith Vuchnich) and The Willoughbys (Kris Pearn and Mark Stanleigh).

Please see the complete list of categories and finalists below.

The WGC Screenwriting Awards will recognize and celebrate Canadian screenwriters and their scripts at a virtual ceremony on April 26, including the Showrunner of the Year — previous winners of this prestigious prize include Dennis Heaton (The Order), Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp) and Michael MacLennan (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco).


Odd Squad Mobile Unit, “Slow Your Roll” I Written by Mark De Angelis

Ollie’s Pack, “Birthday Shmirthday: A Cleo Badette Documentary” I Written by Jeff Sager

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, “I am Harriet Tubman” I Story by Desmond Sargeant & Meghan Read, Teleplay by Desmond Sargeant

New Eden, “Who Are These Women?” I Written by Evany Rosen & Kayla Lorette

Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending” I Written by Daniel Levy

Schitt’s Creek, “Sunrise, Sunset” I Written by Kurt Smeaton & Winter Tekenos-Levy

The Detectives, “Project Prism” I Written by Eric Sabbag

John Ware Reclaimed I Written by Cheryl Foggo

Still Standing, “Rankin Inlet” I Written by Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Graham Chittenden, Steve Dylan

Cardinal: Until the Night, “Adele” I Written by Sarah Dodd

Diggstown, “Willy MacIsaac Redux” I Written by Floyd Kane

Transplant, “Pilot” I Written by Joseph Kay

Transplant, “Trigger Warning” I Written by Lynne Kamm

Transplant, “Under Pressure” I Written by Tamara Moulin

Trickster, “Episode 105” I Story by Michelle Latimer and Tony Elliott and Penny Gummerson, Teleplay by Penny Gummerson

Akilla’s Escape I Story by Charles Officer, Screenplay by Charles Officer & Motion

Beans I Story by Tracey Deer, Screenplay by Tracey Deer and Meredith Vuchnich

The Willoughbys I Story by Kris Pearn, Screenplay by Kris Pearn and Mark Stanleigh

Christmas On My Mind I Written by Kirsten Hansen

Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day I Written by Becky Southwell & Dylan Neal

No Good Deed I Written by Doug Barber

16 Hudson, “Tickle Tornado” I Written by Suzanne Bolch & John May

Dino Dana, “Prehistoric Hospital” I Written by J.J. Johnson & Christin Simms & Jagjiwan Sohal

Dino Dana, “The Sound of Dinosaurs” I Written by J.J. Johnson

Kingdom Force, “Big Cat Blues” I Written by Alex Ganetakos

Remy & Boo, “The Squailer” I Written by Jiro C. Okada

Detention Adventure, “Buried Treasure” I Written by Joe Kicak

My Pride: The Series, “Rain” I Written by Maddi Patton

Queens, “Minnie and Sharron” I Written by Pat Mills

Try to Fly I Written by Simone Swan & The Affolter Brothers

Lockdown, “Social Togetherness” I Story by J.J. Johnson & Christin Simms, Teleplay by J.J. Johnson & Christin Simms & Nicole Stamp

Lockdown, “Stake Outing” I Written by Lakna Edilima

Malory Towers, “The Ghost” I Written by Kate Hewlett

Utopia Falls, “The World is Yours” I Written by Joseph Mallozzi & R.T. Thorne


Production begins on Season 2 of acclaimed CTV original series Transplant

From a media release:

CTV, in association with NBCUniversal International Studios and Sphere Media, today confirmed that production is underway on Season 2 of hit CTV Original drama series TRANSPLANT, which is also set to air on Noovo in a translated French version. Filming in Montréal, Season 2 consists of 13, one-hour episodes.

The first season of the critically acclaimed series saw TRANSPLANT become the most-watched Canadian series among total viewers, with an average audience of 1.4 million. Ranking in the Top 20 overall and in the key A25-54 demo, TRANSPLANT experienced growth during its first season, with the finale watched by 1.7 million Canadians. Resonating with audiences across the country, TRANSPLANT was the biggest new Canadian drama since 2015.

TRANSPLANT continues the story of Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq), a talented doctor and Syrian refugee who fled to Canada with his younger sister, and earned a second chance to practice Emergency Medicine at York Memorial Hospital in Toronto.

Season 2 picks up almost immediately where Season 1 left off, with Bash and his fellow residents reeling after the hospital’s Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Jed Bishop (John Hannah), suffered a possible stroke. With life at the hospital destabilized, the place Bash was starting to consider home suddenly feels precarious. As the team at York Memorial welcomes new colleagues while managing the challenges of family life, unexpected faces from the past leave Bash seriously doubting whether or not his ‘transplant’ into this new world was successful. Bash’s hard work, compassion, and hopefulness tell a universal story about the human ability to not only survive, but ultimately thrive, within new circumstances.

Returning cast starring alongside Hamza Haq (My Salinger Year) are Laurence Leboeuf (19-2) as Dr. Magalie “Mags” Leblanc; John Hannah (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dr. Jed Bishop; Ayisha Issa (Polar) as Dr. June Curtis; and Jim Watson (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR) as Dr. Theo Hunter. Also back for Season 2 are Sirena Gulamgaus (ORPHAN BLACK) as Amira Hamed; Torri Higginson (DARK MATTER, THIS LIFE) as Claire Malone; Linda Smith (19-2) as Dr. Wendy Atwater; Kenny Wong (PRETTY HARD CASES) as Arnold De Luca; and Sugith Varughese (Kim’s Convenience) as Dr. Aajay Singh.

Writers on Season 2 of TRANSPLANT include Joseph Kay, who is also Executive Producer and Showrunner, Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, Adam Barken (EP), Rachel Langer, Julie Puckrin, Tamara Moulin, Anusree Roy, Sami Khan, and Carmine Pierre Dufour. Directors are Stefan Pleszczynski, who also serves as Executive Producer, Daniel Grou (PODZ), Chloé Robichaud, Bosedé Williams, and Kim Nguyen.

Cultural consultants on Season 2 of TRANSPLANT, providing valuable insight and feedback on scripts and character development, include Dr. Khaled Almilaji, Ahmad Meree, Manar Chabouk, Dr. Yusra Ahmad, and Muzna Dureid.

Developed at CTV, TRANSPLANT is produced by Sphere Media in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. All distribution rights are handled by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, with the series airing on NBC in the U.S. The series is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Bell Fund, and the IPF’s Cogeco Television Production Fund, as well as SODEC.

TRANSPLANT is created by Joseph Kay who also serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner. For Sphere Media, Executive Producers are Bruno Dubé, Jocelyn Deschênes, Virginia Rankin, Josée Vallée, and Tara Woodbury.


Mad Samurai Productions options Eric Walters’ novel series The Rule of Three

From a media release:

Vancouver-based Mad Samurai Productions announced today the company has teamed up with writer Lynne Kamm (Transplant, 19-2) to acquire the exclusive television rights to award-winning Canadian novelist Eric Walters’ YA book series THE RULE OF THREE.

With over 400,000 copies sold in North America alone, THE RULE OF THREE novels include the three in the series, along with the spin off novel Fourth Dimension that takes place within THE RULE OF THREE universe. Walters is a bestselling author with more than 120 international awards for his work and is recipient of the prestigious Order of Canada.

THE RULE OF THREE begins with a bang – a catastrophic event permanently shuts down everything computerized worldwide, communication is cut-off, resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends. A fiercely independent teenage pilot bands together with their dysfunctional family and friends to protect their small suburban community against outside dangers and enemies within. Set in contemporary day, THE RULE OF THREE is a page turning drama-thriller that chronicles the difficult choices of a close-knit community as it struggles to adapt and survive a total global reset.

Developing alongside Executive Producer Matthew Cervi, Kamm is attached as EP/Showrunner and will write the pilot with Walters attached to consult.

Kamm is repped by Vanguarde Artists Management, Walters is represented at Transatlantic Agency.


Lynne Kamm brokers in unique. A versatile and prolific writer and producer, she creates both powerful one-hour dramas and standout half-hour comedies. LK is known for her boundary pushing episodes on the hit NBC/CTV series Transplant, the iEmmy nominated series 19-2, CBS Ransom and for writing some funny stuff on Hulu’s Letterkenny. Lynne has multiple original projects in development. Her work has garnered her a WGA nomination as well several Canadian Screen Award nominations.

Matthew Cervi of Mad Samurai Productions is an award-winning producer who has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. Matthew’s past producing credits include the features The Colony, starring Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Zegers, Cruel & Unusual in partnership with Entertainment One and Juggernaut, starring Jack Kesy, Amanda Crew, David Cubitt and Peter McRobbie. Mad Samurai currently has multiple projects in development including THE RULE OF THREE project.

Eric Walters has written more than 100 novels and picture books and has won more than 100 awards internationally. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2015, the UNESCO Award for Literature in Service of Tolerance and The Christopher Award. Eric is a three-time winner of the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and four-time winner of the Red Maple Award. He received the prestigious Children’s Africana Book Award – Best Book for young children – for his book The Matatu presented in a ceremony at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and most recently, has been nominated for the 2021 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – the “Nobel Prize” for children’s literature.


Links: Transplant on NBC

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Transplant showrunner Joseph Kay on taking his show south to NBC
“So often, you work years of your life on something and you wonder why it came and didn’t get seen by as many people. With a company like NBC giving it this big push I think we’ve got a great chance to be seen.” Continue reading.

From Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press:

Link: Canadian medical drama ‘Transplant’ set to cross border for U.S. debut on NBC
“I think that our show just takes what I would say is a very grounded and honest and relatable look at that story, tells it from the perspective of a refugee and an immigrant but also in a way that makes it universal.” Continue reading. 

From Adam Buckman of Media Post:

Link: NBC Heartfelt Doc Show Is ‘Transplant’ From Canada
He is a great character who rivets your eyes and ears in every scene he is in, which happens to be most of them. He steals the show and makes it worth watching. Continue reading. 

From John Anderson of The Wall Street Journal:

Link: Transplant’ Review: A Skilled Doctor’s Second Act
That the Canadian hit “Transplant” is joining the prime-time NBC lineup is presumably the result of pandemically limited production schedules. But that’s selling it short. Continue reading.

From Michael Starr of the New York Post:

Link: How ‘Transplant’ star Hamza Haq shaped Muslim refugee role
“Joseph trusted my process in building [Bashir’s] back story, so he included me as a character consultant. When ‘This Life’ got cancelled — almost three years before we aired our first episode of ‘Transplant’ — he said to me, ‘This isn’t an offer for [an acting role]. We’re trying to build the character. Would you like to contribute?’” Continue reading.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail