Press Release: CTV Orders Gripping Serialized Drama Series CARDINAL, Based on Bestselling Crime Novels by Award-Winning Canadian Author Giles Blunt

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TORONTO, ON (November 13, 2015) – CTV announced today that it has ordered the serialized, six-part, one-hour drama series CARDINAL (working title) from Toronto-based Sienna Films and Entertainment One (eOne). The cinematic murder mystery is based on the John Cardinal Mysteries, a series of six bestselling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The exclusive venture marks CTV’s first-ever series adaption from a novel. This gripping, character driven drama will premiere as part of CTV’s 2016/17 schedule, with production set to begin in February 2016. Casting for CARDINAL will be announced soon.

CARDINAL was first put into development by CTV in 2011. The series adaptation is developed for television and written by Canadian Screen Award-winner Aubrey Nealon (ORPHAN BLACK, SAVING HOPE), who also serves as an Executive Producer and Showrunner, directed by the award-winning Montréal native Daniel Grou (19-2, TU M’AIMES-TU?), and is executive produced by Sienna Films duo Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL).

“We have been searching for an engaging serialized drama that would create a weekly must-see appointment for a mass audience,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “We believe CARDINAL will deliver on all fronts for CTV and become a must-watch title for CraveTV.”

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