Munich (ots) - TO BEGIN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY FEBRUARY 27
GORAN VISNJIC (EXTANT) & ELIZABETH MITCHELL (LOST) JOIN DONALD SUTHERLAND (THE HUNGER GAMES) AS SERIES LEADS
NEW CREATIVE DIRECTION UNDER AWARD-WINNING TEAM WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FRANK SPOTNITZ AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & TANDEM PRODUCTIONS PARTNER ROLA BAUER
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THE ONE-HOUR ACTION CRIME SERIES GREEN-LIT FOR 12 NEW EPISODES IN ASSOCIATION WITH SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS (AXN) & SAT.1 (GERMANY)
Actors Goran Visnjic and Elizabeth Mitchell join Donald Sutherland in the production of CROSSING LINES season three, green-lit for 12 new episodes. The series also ushers in a new, creative team under Golden Globe® Award-winning, Emmy®-nominated writer and producer, Frank Spotnitz, who together with Emmy® Award-winning and Golden Globe® nominated Rola Bauer, are the series executive producers.
New series leads, Visnjic, known for his leading role on ER, and Mitchell, the Emmy® nominated star of the hit series, Lost, join the ensemble cast that includes Golden Globe® Award-winner Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games, The Pillars of the Earth) and Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones, Brideshead Revisited). Also returning for season three is Lara Rossi (Life of Crime, Murder: Joint Enterprise). Additional new series regulars for season three: Stuart Martin (Game of Thrones, Babylon), and Naomi Battrick (Waterloo Road, Some Girls). Co-executive producer is Wendy Battles (Unforgettable, The Glades). Producing for Film United in Prague is Rick McCallum, producer of the global blockbuster Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Crossing Lines season three is produced by TANDEM Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks (AXN) and SAT.1 (Germany).
Goran Visnjic first came to international attention upon successfully stepping in for George Clooney, headlining the cast on the hit series, ER. Most recently, he starred in the TV series, Extant, as well as the critically acclaimed film sensation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Elizabeth Mitchell's starring role on the series, Lost, which became a cult favorite, established her appeal with audiences worldwide. Her breakthrough performance was playing opposite Angelina Jolie in the HBO telefilm, Gia. Once Upon a Time and Revolution are among the recent TV series in which she appeared.
"We're moving into a new era with Crossing Lines and are elated to have Goran and Elizabeth whose talents will bring a freshness to the new season's storylines," says Bauer. "Frank is a such a respected and sought after creative executive - what an honor to welcome someone of his caliber to reinvigorate Crossing Lines Season Three. This was made possible by the support and belief from our partners, Sony AXN and SAT.1, as well as our shareholders, STUDIOCANAL."
"I am thrilled to be joining the incredible creative team TANDEM has assembled at Crossing Lines," says Spotnitz. "There are countless interesting and important stories to be told about crime in Europe, and we have a spectacular cast to take us through them. It's a really unique opportunity to create some pretty terrific television."
Crossing Lines returns for an explosive season three, beginning six months after the heart-stopping conclusion of Season Two, in which the cross-border unit's leader, Louis Daniel, was killed. After one of his top prosecutors vanishes, Dorn (Sutherland) must reactivate the ICC team. Marco Corazza (Visnjic), Carine Strand (Mitchell), Luke Wilkinson (Martin) and Ellie Delfont-Bogard (Battrick) are new ICC team members joining Sebastian Berger (Wlaschiha) and Arabela Seeger (Rossi). The third season of the series promises to be its most ambitious, with a new emphasis on relevant and contemporary cross-border crime, gut-wrenching character drama, and a reunited team of underdogs struggling to re-establish their battered identity. Crossing Lines taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court (ICC), to mandate a special crime unit, creating an organization functioning as a European FBI, to investigate serialized crimes that cross over European borders and to hunt down criminals to bring them to justice. The series was originally created by Edward Allen Bernero.
ABOUT TANDEM PRODUCTIONS
Since opening its doors in 1999, TANDEM has established itself as a leading provider of quality drama television productions that have garnered nominations and awards such as Golden Globes® and Emmys®.
The end of 2011 marked a new chapter in TANDEM's history with STUDIOCANAL taking a majority stake in the company. This enabled TANDEM to strengthen its one-hour series strategy, leading to TANDEM's production of the one-hour procedural crime series, Crossing Lines, beginning production on Season Three with internationally acclaimed producer/writer, Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle, The X-Files). The new, one-hour drama series, Spotless, a CANAL+ Création Originale, produced by TANDEM, completed production on 10 episodes, shot on-location in London and is set to premiere in March on CANAL+.
TANDEM develops, finances and produces primetime programs for the worldwide market. Emmy & Gemini Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are just two examples of TANDEM's award-winning and critically acclaimed productions.
TANDEM, based in Munich, Germany, was founded by CEO Rola Bauer and COO Tim Halkin, both company Partners. Executive VP Jonas Bauer became a partner in the company in 2007.
ABOUT FRANK SPOTNITZ
A three-time Golden Globe® Award-winner for The X-Files, Frank Spotnitz is chief executive of Big Light Productions Ltd., a London-based independent company specializing in trans-Atlantic drama series.
Big Light's other current projects include The Man in the High Castle, executive produced with Ridley Scott. The pilot episode was the most popular in Amazon's history and the series was just greenlit to production.
Spotnitz's other credits include the critically acclaimed Hunted, which he created for Cinemax and the BBC, Strike Back and Millennium.
TANDEM has a first-look distribution deal with Big Light Productions.
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