13–Episode Series from Tribune Studios, Skydance Television and Lionsgate Television
Set to Premiere in July
WGN America’s “Manhattan,” the original, one-hour scripted drama series produced by Tribune Studios, Skydance Television and Lionsgate Television, is set to begin production in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and surrounding areas of New Mexico on March 17. The series is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science — the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos – and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
“Manhattan” has an order of 13 episodes, and is written and created by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex“) who serves as executive producer, alongside executive producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason. Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Sports Night”) directs and also serves as executive producer.
“Manhattan” stars John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C,” “The Good Wife”) as Frank Winter, the brilliant but self-destructive professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project; Olivia Williams (“Dollhouse”) as Liza Winter, a brilliant botanist who accompanies her husband Frank to Los Alamos; Daniel Stern (“Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2”) as Glen Babbit, a mentor to the younger scientists who helps navigate the political minefield of Los Alamos; Ashley Zukerman (“Rush”) as Charlie Abrams, a brilliant wunderkind who uproots his wife and young twins to move from the East Coast to work on the Manhattan Project; Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”) as Abby Abrams, a privileged girl from the Boston suburbs who agrees to follow her husband Charlie to the middle of nowhere; Christopher Denham (“Argo,” “Shutter Island”) as Jim Meeks, one of the bright project members working under Frank Winter; Katja Herbers (“De Storm”) as Helen Price, one of the few female scientists assigned to the project; Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones”) as Paul Crosley, an ambitious Oxford-educated member of Frank’s team; and Alexia Fast (“Jack Reacher”) as Frank and Liza’s 16-year-old daughter Callie Winter.
“Manhattan” will premiere on WGN America in July 2014.
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About Skydance Television
David Ellison’s Skydance Productions creates and produces elevated event-level commercial entertainment. Skydance’s recent releases include “World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster; J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. Upcoming Skydance projects include the reboot of the “Terminator” franchise, to be released on July 1, 2015, “Mission: Impossible 5” with Christopher McQuarrie directing and a disaster film on a global scale titled “Geostorm” written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot with Devlin also directing. Additionally, Skydance Productions launched a new television division in May2013. Their first entry into producing scripted television content will be “Manhattan,” with Tribune Studios and WGN America for a summer 2014 premiere. Skydance’s previous projects include the award-winning Coen Brothers film “True Grit,” starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon; “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner and Christopher McQuarrie’s “Jack Reacher,” starring Tom Cruise.
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 34 television shows on 22 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning “Mad Men” and “Nurse Jackie,” the comedy “Anger Management,” the network series “Nashville,” the syndication success “The Wendy Williams Show” and the critically-acclaimed series “Orange is the New Black.”
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of “The Hunger Games franchise,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “A Madea Christmas,” “Now You See Me,” “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” “Warm Bodies,” “The Expendables 2,” “The Possession,” “Sinister,” “Roadside Attractions’ “Mud” and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included,” the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
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