Thursday, April 30, 2009

U.S. eager to team up on Canadian shows, says TV screenwriter

The success of CTV's elite police unit drama Flashpoint has whet the American appetite for co-productions with Canadian partners, according to screenwriter and producer Tassie Cameron.

Like Flashpoint, CTV's co-production with CBS, Cameron's latest project Copper has been picked up by a U.S. network, in this case ABC. The upcoming drama follows a handful of rookie cops just starting out.

"Everybody down there is keen to expand their horizons and look into producing shows with Canadian networks because it's way more affordable for them.…They've just figured this out," Cameron said in an interview on Q, CBC Radio's cultural affairs show.

While shows like Due South and Degrassi: The Next Generation have been crossover hits, "Flashpoint's the first time where the two networks have gotten together and joined forces creatively," Cameron said.

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