14/11/06
Filming underway for Blood Ties, A new Kaleidoscope/Insight Television Series

One thing’s guaranteed: It’s Bloody Good Fun!

Vancouver, B.C. — Murder. Mystery. Monsters. Blood Ties, the sexiest new dramatic series to hit the small screen in eons, has it all. Based on the best-selling novels by Tanya Huff, Blood Ties follows the misadventures of a scrappy-but-sexy ex-cop now private investigator Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) and Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid), a 450-year-old vampire who just happens to be the bastard son of King Henry VIII. During the course of their collaboration, it becomes clear that Vicki and Henry share far more than just an interest in catching criminals. They also share a compelling attraction. The course of true love never did run smooth, however, and the affair is complicated by Mike Celluci, Vicki’s former partner on the force and boyfriend. The series, to be shot entirely in HD, will be airing on CHUM Television in 2007. 

“Merging elements of horror, romance and comedy, this is a new, one-of-a-kind show that offers something for everyone,” says Randy Zalken of Kaleidoscope Entertainment, a Toronto-based production company that is co-producing the series along with Vancouver’s Insight Film Studios. “It’s an updated and fresh fusion of Night Stalker and Moonlighting that’s sure to become required viewing.”

“We’re aiming for edge-of-your-seat entertainment with the series, and we’re confident we’ve succeeded,” says Insight’s Kirk Shaw, who is among the show’s four executive producers, along with Zalken, Marshall Kesten and Peter Mohan. “We’ve got a stellar stable of writers, actors and crew onboard to ensure that every one of the 22 episodes delivers high quality entertainment that’ll keep viewers on the edge of their seat.”

Tanya Huff, on whose novels the series is based, couldn’t be more excited about the project. “I am absolutely thrilled by the way the series is shaping up. I think the scripts are terrific and the casting was inspired.”

“We are very excited about bringing Blood Ties to our audiences in 2007,” said Roma Khanna, Senior Vice President, Content, CHUM Television. “With the talented cast on screen and the top flight creative team behind the camera, we have tremendous potential for a popular and critical success.”

CHUM Television is a division of CHUM Limited (TSX: CHM/CHM. B, www.chumlimited.com), one of Canada’s leading media companies and content providers which owns and operates radio stations, local television stations, specialty channels and Internet properties. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Anna Dupas, Publicist
Insight Film Studios
T: 604 623-3369 x 301
F: 604 623-3448
E: AnnaDupas@insightfilm.com