TORONTO, June 11, 2019 – CTV and NBC Universal International Studios, together with Montréal-based producer Sphère Média Plus, announced today that production has begun on TRANSPLANT. The new drama tells the story of an ER doctor who fled his native Syria to come to Canada, where he must overcome numerous obstacles to resume a career in the high stakes world of emergency medicine. The first season consists of 13 one-hour episodes, and will continue to shoot until November 2019.
As announced last week as part of #CTVUpfront, the new series stars Hamza Haq (QUANTICO) as Bashir “Bash” Hamed – a charismatic Syrian doctor with outstanding skills in emergency medicine; Laurence Leboeuf(19-2) as Magalie “Mags” Leblanc, an ER resident specializing in patient care; and John Hannah (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Jed Bishop, the hospital’s chief of the emergency department.
Also joining the series are Ayisha Issa (Polar, Immortals) as June Curtis, an ambitious ER resident specializing in trauma surgery; Jim Watson (MARY KILLS PEOPLE) as Theo Hunter, a pediatric fellow in the emergency department; Sirena Gulamgaus (ORPHAN BLACK) as Amira; Torri Higginson (DARK MATTER, THIS LIFE) as Claire Malone; Linda Smith (19-2) as Dr. Wendy Atwater; and Grace Lynn Kung (THE INBETWEEN, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES) as Vivian Barnes.
From the producers behind Bell Media’s multiple award-winning and International Emmy nominated drama series 19-2, TRANSPLANT was developed at CTV and is set to premiere during the networks 2019/2020 broadcast season. TRANSPLANT will also air on VRAK in a translated French version.
“TRANSPLANT is an emotional, powerful, and timely series with heart; perfectly fitting our CTV program strategy,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We’re proud to stand in partnership with Sphère and NBCU to deliver the series to viewers both in Canada and around the world.”
“We are thrilled to again be working with the world class producing team at Sphère Média Plus on this exceptional drama series,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “Emotionally resonant storylines have been paired with visionary directors and enormously talented actors to create a timely medical series, speaking to some of the most relevant social issues of our time.”
“We are very proud to be collaborating again with Bell Media, a broadcaster who has always believed in our projects and who we can count on to build success. TRANSPLANT is an ambitious project that will reach a wide audience. It plunges us into the heart of this nerve center, the Emergency Department, and features a team of emergency physicians who are a great representation of our diversity and our future as a society,” adds Jocelyn Deschênes, president and founder at Sphère Média Plus.
The series is created and written by Joseph Kay (THIS LIFE, FRONTIER) who also serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschênes, Bruno Dubé, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry, and Tara Woodbury of Sphère Média Plus
TRANSPLANT is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Bell Fund. All distribution rights are handled by NBCUniversal.
TRANSPLANT is produced by Sphère Média Plus in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios. For CTV, Michele McMahon and Gosia Kamela are Production Executives; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.
AboutSphère Média Plus
Founded in 1997, Sphère Média Plus is recognized as one of the leaders in its field. To date, the company has produced no fewer than 25 television series in French and English, adding up to over 1,200 episodes of primetime drama and comedy. With offices in Montréal and Toronto, Sphère Média Plus is the first Quebec production company to break into the English Canadian market with adaptations of several of its French-language series including RUMEURS (RUMOURS), LES HAUTS ET LES BAS DE SOPHIE PAQUIN (SOPHIE), NOUVELLE ADRESSE (THIS LIFE) and 19-2, the last of which triumphed at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards and received critical praise from the New York Times. Sphère Média Plus has twice been on the prestigious nomination list for an International Emmy Awards, once for Best Performance by an Actor (Claude Legault) and once for Best Drama Series (19-2). Sphère Média is a division of DATSIT Sphere Inc.
About Bell Media Original Programming
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include critically acclaimed drama CARDINAL; record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; comedy series JANN; culinary series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. New medical drama TRANSPLANT, mystery drama ALBEDO, and documentary series POP EVOLUTION join CTV’s lineup of Canadian original programs. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are CTV Sci-Fi Channel’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CTV Drama Channel’s mystery dramedy CARTER; CTV Comedy Channel’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave Original hit comedy LETTERKENNY, upcoming mockumentary NEW EDEN, and apocalyptic new original comedy series WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE; and animated series LITTLEKENNY. Discovery is home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and original series DISASTERS AT SEA, in addition to new special MAKE IT TO THE MOON, among others. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 18 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.