Bridge to CBS
By: Etan Vlessing
Date: March 2, 2009
The Bridge has been picked up by CBS. The Tiffany network has signed a coproduction deal with CTV to co-finance and air 11 one-hours of the procedural drama, created by career cop Craig Bromell, which will start production in Toronto this May.
“This is special. I’m extremely privileged to be so surrounded by so many talented people that got us to this point,” said Bromell, formerly a combative police union boss, on news of the deal for the drama from E1 Television, 990 Multi Media Entertainment and Jonsworth Productions.
CTV’s Ivan Fecan and Susanne Boyce – who fielded Bromell’s original pitch in 2005, putting it in development with Barna-Alper Productions as a two-hour MOW/backdoor pilot – this past December pitched the cop drama to CBS executives in Los Angeles after the success of their first collaboration, Flashpoint. CBS’ Nancy Tellem and Nina Tassler then brought Bromell and writing partner Alan Di Fiore (Da Vinci’s Inquest) to L.A. for their own grilling.
“It was the Mount Everest of interviews. You don’t get any higher than that,” Bromell recalls.
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