NEW “STAR TREK” JEAN-LUC PICARD SERIES TO BE CAPTAINED IN CANADA BY BELL MEDIA
L.A. Screenings Deal Sees Bell Media Land Exclusive Rights in Canada
Each Episode of the New Series to be Available in Canada Day-and-Date with the U.S.
LOS ANGELES – May 14, 2019 – CBS Studios International and Bell Media today announced from the L.A. Screenings a licensing agreement for the new untitled “Star Trek” Jean-Luc Picard television series in Canada. With Bell Media’s acquisition of the exclusive linear television and subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights in English and French in Canada, each episode will be available simultaneously with its release in the U.S.
The new “Star Trek” series features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as the venerable Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: Next Generation.” The series will follow this iconic character in the next chapter of his life.
The latest addition to the “Star Trek” franchise will air day-and-date with the U.S. on Bell Media’s cable networks, Space (in English) and Z (in French), and the following day will stream exclusively on Crave, Bell Media’s subscription video-on-demand service.
“Bell Media has been a terrific home for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, so we’re thrilled to expand our partnership with the next original series in the franchise, and one that it based on a beloved ‘Star Trek’ character,” said Armando Nu�ez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group. “This new series will deliver CBS’ world-class production auspices and the considerable talents of Sir Patrick Stewart, further exciting Canadian fans who have always been passionately ‘engaged’ in the world of ‘Star Trek.'”
“Canadians have an insatiable appetite for the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, which has resulted in premium impact for our platforms,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “The excitement for the return of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard is out of this world, and we’re thrilled to exclusively deliver another highly anticipated installment of the iconic universe to viewers and subscribers.”
In the U.S., the series will be available exclusively on CBS All Access, CBS’ direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service.
The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers and Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) will serve as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer as supervising producer.
Star Trek: Discovery
CBS ALL ACCESS RENEWS “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” FOR THIRD SEASON
Michelle Paradise Joins Alex Kurtzman as Co-Showrunner for Season Three
Feb. 27, 2019 – CBS All Access today announced the third season renewal of its hit original series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. It was announced that Michelle Paradise will join Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunner of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s third season. In addition to his role as showrunner of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, Kurtzman will continue to oversee the expansion of the growing “Star Trek” universe for CBS Studios.
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of ‘Trek,’” said Alex Kurtzman. “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the ‘Trek’ legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running STAR TREK: DISCOVERY together.”
“The massive success of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s second season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from ‘Star Trek’ fans,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “With Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise at the helm, we look forward to continuing STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s journey, growing the ‘Star Trek’ franchise on CBS All Access and bringing fans new ‘Star Trek’ stories for many years to come.”
Prior to serving as co-executive producer on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s second season, Michelle Paradise was co-executive producer on the television series “The Originals” on The CW. She also wrote for the series “Rogue” on the Audience network and The CW’s “Hart of Dixie.” Additionally, Paradise created, wrote and starred in the MTV/Logo series “Exes & Ohs.”
After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, season two of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joining forces with Captain Christopher Pike on a new mission to investigate seven mysterious red signals and the appearance of an unknown being called the Red Angel. While the crew must work together to unravel their meaning and origin, Michael Burnham is forced to face her past with the return of her estranged brother, Spock.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY season two cast members include Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler), Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), and Ethan Peck (Spock).
The first six episodes of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s second season are currently available to stream on CBS All Access. All new episodes will be available on demand weekly after 8:30 PM, ET on Thursdays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S., and are distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service Crave. The entire first season of the series is also available to watch on demand.