26 January 2015
UKTV's home of crime drama Alibi, today announced it has ordered seasons one & two of the international hit drama series Crossing Lines (22x60'), starring William Fichtner (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Prison Break), Marc Lavoine (The Good Thief, My Wife is an Actress) and Emmy and Golden Globe(R) winner Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games, The Italian Job).
A unique, global action and crime drama, Crossing Lines taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to mandate a special crime unit functioning as a European-based FBI, to investigate serialised crimes that cross over European borders and to hunt down and bring criminals to justice.
In addition to Fichtner, Lavoine and Sutherland, Crossing Lines season one stars Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones, Brideshead Revisited), Gabriella Pession (Wilfred, Jesus) and Richard Flood (Titanic: Blood & Steel, Three Wise Women). Joining the ensemble star-studded cast in season two, are new recurring guest stars, Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas, The Matrix) and Ray Stevenson (Dexter, The Book of Eli). In addition, Lara Rossi (Life of Crime, Murder: Joint Enterprise) joins the cast as a new series regular.
Produced by Tandem Communications (a STUDIOCANAL company), in association with Bernero Productions, Crossing Lines is a co-production with TF1 Production (for TF1 Network), in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks (AXN). Alexandra Finlay, UKTV's Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions and Randall Broman at Tandem Distribution brokered the deal.
Adrian Wills, General Manager for Alibi, said,
Crossing Lines is a smart and fast-paced crime drama peppered with great characters, intrigue and amazing international locations. It is a perfect fit for the channel and I'm confident it will prove compelling for our viewers.
Alexandra Finlay, Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said,
Crossing Lines, headed by a stellar cast including Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner, is a stand out crime drama that will keep Alibi viewers on their toes and guessing throughout. It's a thriller with an international twist and will perfectly complement Alibi's existing slate of programmes.
Randall Broman, Vice President Sales at Tandem Communications added,
Crossing Lines has found the perfect home at Alibi where fans of the show and avid crime drama junkies can find the best of the genre on television.
Both Seasons One and Two of Crossing Lines will run back to back on Alibi in the summer and join the ever-successful US dramas Castle, Rizzoli & Isles and Murdoch Mysteries, as well as the cream of British crime dramas Death in Paradise, Silent Witness and Inspector George Gently. 2014 also proved a very successful year for Alibi with the channel achieving a 0.43% share, up 6% year-on-year.
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Alibi is TV's home of crime drama, promising the best selection from the genre. It premieres hit US series like Castle, Body of Proof and Rizzoli & Isles and will become the home of Perception in September.
The channel also features some of Britain's best-known TV detectives such as Sherlock, Inspector George Gently and Luther and welcomes BBC hit, Death in Paradise.
Old favourites glitter the schedule including Dalziel & Pascoe, Diagnosis Murder and Miss Marple. The crime scene teams of Silent Witness and New Tricks keep audiences guessing - and there is always murder most foul with the channel's popular co-production of Murdoch Mysteries.
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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(R) and Emmys(R).
The end of 2011 marked a new chapter in Tandem's history with STUDIOCANAL taking a majority stake in the company, effectively making Tandem the television production and distribution arm of the European studio.
Tandem develops, finances, produces and distributes 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. In addition to distributing its programs worldwide, Tandem also distributes quality, third party productions.
STUDIOCANAL's involvement enabled Tandem to strengthen its one-hour series strategy, leading to Tandem's production of the one-hour procedural crime series, Crossing Lines, which was created by Edward Allen Bernero (Criminal Minds), and recently wrapped a worldwide rollout with 12 new, Season Two episodes. Spotless, a new one-hour drama series for CANAL+ CREATION ORIGINALE, completed production on 10 episodes, shooting on-location in London.
Tandem, based in Munich, Germany, was founded by President Rola Bauer and COO Tim Halkin, both company Partners. Executive VP Jonas Bauer became a partner in the company in 2007.