Syfy Acquires New Original Werewolf Drama Series 'Bitten' From Entertainment One

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September 17th, 2013

Bitten

via press release:

SYFY ACQUIRES NEW ORIGINAL WEREWOLF DRAMA SERIES BITTEN FROM ENTERTAINMENT ONE

 

BITTEN – BASED ON THE BEST-SELLING NOVELS BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG – WILL PREMIERE ON SYFY IN 2014

 

NEW YORK – September 17, 2013 – A new breed of werewolves is coming to Syfy with the acquisition of the first season of the new Canadian scripted series Bitten from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne).

 

Season 1 of Bitten, consisting of 13 one-hour episodes, will premiere on Syfy in 2014.

 

Based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, Bitten is an emotionally charged Supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence.

 

Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena (Vandervoort) has abandoned her Pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. When bodies start turning up in her Pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. Torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her Pack.

 

Bitten is a fantastic blend of Supernatural action, intense thrills, smouldering drama and a tortured love story that artfully adapts characters beloved for more than a decade by millions of readers around the world,” said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy. “It’s an excellent complement to our roster of programming and we cannot wait to share Elena, her Pack and their stories with the Syfy audience.”

 

“Our partners at No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne have brought to life a sexy and suspenseful new series and we are delighted Syfy has found it equally as compelling for their audience,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “With a strong female lead at its core, we know audiences on both sides of the border will be rabid followers of Bitten.”

 

Commented Carrie Stein, eOne Television, EVP, Global Production, “The eOne team responded enthusiastically to Bitten because it’s a strong genre piece with a unique premise – the first female werewolf in a pack of men!  It’s a sexy, action-packed drama with a love triangle at the center – all very appealing to the global audience!”
Bitten also stars Greg Bryk (A History Of Violence, Rookie Blue) as werewolf Pack “Alpha” Jeremy Danvers, Greyston Holt (Alcatraz, Durham County) as Elena’s werewolf ex-boyfriend Clayton Danvers, and Paul Greene (The Client List, Wicked Wicked Games) as Elena’s current beau, Philip McAdams.

 

Bitten is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne in association with Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco Program Development Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Executive producers include J.B. Sugar for No Equal Entertainment, Patrick Banister and John Barbisan for Hoodwink Entertainment and Tecca Crosby, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for eOne. Daegan Fryklind and Grant Rosenberg are Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners.  Many of the notable directors this season include Brad Turner (HOMELAND), John Fawcett (ORPHAN BLACK), T.J. Scott (SPARTACUS), and Andy Mikita (Stargate Universe).  eOne will introduce BITTEN for international buyers at the upcoming MIPCOM Television Market, Cannes, France in October 2013.

 

Rebecca DiPasquale and Tom Hastings are Production Executives, Drama, Bell Media. Trish Williams is Director of Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

 

Hi-res photos are available for download here: http://bit.ly/1eM1jMU

Photo credit: eOne/Syfy

 

About Entertainment One

The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa and South Korea.  Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. http://www.entertainmentonegroup.com/

 

About Bell Media Independent Production
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 CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, and MOTIVE, the #1 new Canadian series of the 2012/13 season. Airing this summer are relationship comedy SATISFACTION and THE Amazing Race CANADA, a record-breaking Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. To premiere in the 2013/14 season are the drama series PLAYED, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the recently renewed ORPHAN BLACK, CSA-winning CALL ME FITZ, and upcoming dramas BITTEN and 19-2. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series PANIC BUTTON and BRAVE New Girl, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. So far in 2013, Bell Media has ordered 23 original Canadian series and put 52 projects into development.

 

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)

 
  • TimsDale4ever

    Seriously??? Another one???

  • TV Viewer

    About a show from the Syfy channel about a person who’s bitten by a shark and turns into a wereshark, or a vampire shark.

  • TV Viewer

    I was expecting the Syfy channel to make a (low budget) movie about a person who’s bitten by a shark and turns into a wereshark or a vampire shark.

  • Jerry

    First thing I thought of is that Syfy doesn’t need two shows involving werewolves, so should we be expecting a final season announcement for Being Human soon?

  • Jayme

    Jerry

    The issue in Canada is Space has loaded the winter season with most of the good shows Being Human/Orphan Black/Bitten i think if Bitten does well you could see Being Human on the fall schedule in 2014 and Bitten/Orphan Black part of the winter schedule.

  • tati

    Gee, another Elena. Well, glad to see Laura back on the tube, at any rate.

  • cimmer

    Wow, all I could think reading that was this would be perfect on the CW or Lifetime: woman desperate to escape an old relationship gone wrong trying to hide things from her new fella and “tortured love story” – with werewolves. Why do I get the feeling that the Syfy execs thought ‘hey, this will be perfect for all the ‘chicks’ we’re trying to attract’? ;) Seriously though, might be a good team up with Lost Girl.

  • jason50

    Are werewolf shows taking over for vampires? Gotta admit I enjoy Teen Wolf, not so much of Hemlock Grove. I guess I’m giving this a shot.

  • TJD

    Because we just need another werewolf/vampire show. Whatever happened to “original” or at least just interesting.

  • tv#1

    I was hoping Syfy would air this show. I am looking forward to it.

  • tv#1

    Also, I just want to say I am definitely not sick of supernatural/fantasy TV series. I love the genre. For years we never got any high quality supernatural shows. So I am very pleased with all these good ones coming out over the past number of years. I hope the networks and cable keep producing them for years to come.

  • davie

    I never really turn down a good werewolf story, and I like LV. I’ll give it a shot

  • jessica

    This has been in the press releases for something like a year now and production started how long ago and Comcast is just now deciding they want it for Syfy! At least that isn’t as bad as being 3 seasons behind with The Almighty Johnsons or a year late with Sinbad.

    Muse makes Being Human in Montreal. E1 makes Bitten in Toronto. Most channels have more than one show in a particular genre. Both do good for Bell (or look to) so I don’t see them cancelling one for the other, unlike The Borgias which was a massive ratings bomb for them despite its popularity in the US.

    On the down-side Bitten was supposed to be on tv in Canada right about NOW but it appears that Comcast put up enough money to force a delay until they are in the mood to show it in on Syfy. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were using this time to re-edit it to meet the stricter US content morals. Comcast, I would rather you keep your f÷×%¥ng money. I was looking forward to getting Bitten this autumn. I have already been waiting since August 2012. Sadly I am not the boss at E1 so my opinion is irrelevant. … which is about how I am feeling toward Bitten tonight.

  • Sara

    To those complaining about another supernatural show give this one a chance and try reading the book series by Kelley Armstrong. I started this series 10 years ago and have been waiting for them to either make a show or a movie or something since this is one of my favorite books. Definitely better than all the teen werewolf/vampire shows/books. So give it a chance before you compare it to those shows. The book was published in 2001 in Canada, quite a bit before the craze of the current shows that are out, so I would say it is “original”. For me this is awesome news that the show will be released in the US! So give the show a chance and read the books by Kelley Armstrong, you won’t regret it!

  • david

    Sounds like a show i would like. I will check it out for sure and good to see a Smallville person back on tv too.

  • Heather

    I am a fan of the book series also. It’s called “Women of the Otherworld” or just “Otherworld” and is written by Kelley Armstrong. She just released the last book of the series not too long ago. The series consists of 13 books, several novellas, short story collections, and free short stories available on Armstrong’s website. The books are written from the points of view of different protagonists. Elena Michaels was the protagonist for the first two books, Paige, a witch, for books 3 and 4, Eve, a half-demon/half-witch ghost for book 5, Elena for book 6, Jamie, a necromancer for book 7 and so on. I read a lot of paranormal romance and urban fantasy and this is one of my favorite all-time series. Armstrong mixes action, mystery, fantasy, and romance seamlessly in a moden day setting. I am thrilled that there will be a show – if it’s half as good as the books it should be a huge hit!

  • Ike

    I’m glad they changed the name from “Otherworld” since that would be a better name for a sci-fi show set on another planet. And in fact, “Otherworld” was indeed a short-lived CBS sci-fi show about a family accidentally transported to another planet. It was pretty good, too.

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