PATRICK DEMPSEY, BEN SCHNETZER, DAMON WAYANS JR AND VIRGINIA MADSEN STAR IN THE MGM TELEVISION, EAGLE PICTURES AND BARBARY FILMS NEW TELEVISION SERIES BASED ON THE WORLDWIDE BEST-SELLING NOVEL "THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR"
DIRECTED BY JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD
PRODUCTION UNDERWAY IN MONTREAL
SERIES TO PREMIERE ON PREMIUM CABLE NETWORK
LOS ANGELES (August 15, 2017) MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films have started production in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on a 10-part television series event for premium cable network EPIX, an MGM company, based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, which has sold more than two million books worldwide and was translated into more than 25 languages. The suspenseful dramatic series stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actor Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy, Bridget Jones's Baby) in the title role as Harry Quebert, a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property. Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist who has been mentored by Harry Quebert, will be played by Ben Schnetzer (Snowden, Pride). Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet, Black Gold), Director of the Academy Award winning film Black and White in Color , will make his television directorial debut, directing every episode of the series.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair takes place in coastal Maine and focuses on Marcus Goldman who is visiting Harry Quebert's home to find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms. Marcus' plans are suddenly upended when Harry is sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been missing for many years.
Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl) will play Sgt. Perry Gahalowood, a Maine State Police investigator who is investigating the death of Kellergan. Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Joy, Designated Survivor, Sideways) plays Tamara Quinn, Jenny Quinn's mother and the owner of a local diner who learns of a secret about Quebert.
Rounding out the cast are Kristine Froseth (Apostle), a newcomer who plays Nola Kellergan, the teenage girl who captivates Harry Quebert and becomes his muse; Colm Feore (House of Cards) as the wealthy and inscrutable Elijah Stern, one of the most powerful men in New England who's spent his life atoning for a secret past; Josh Close (Person of Interest) plays Luther Caleb, Elijah Stern's right hand man who suffers from disfiguring scars caused by a horrific attack that happened in his past; Matt Frewer (Timeless) as Reverend Kellergan, Nola's eccentric father; Connor Price (X Company) as Young Travis Dawn, a rookie cop who falls love with Jenny Quinn, a former prom queen played by Tessa Mossey (The Glass Castle) in her teenage years and by Victoria Clark (Homeland) in her adult years; Craig Eldridge (The Death and Life of John F. Donavan) plays the elder Travis Dawn who has risen in the ranks to become chief of police; Kurt Fuller (Phil) plays Police Chief Gareth Pratt who originally ran the investigation into Nola's disappearance, but is now retired; Don Harvey (The Deuce) as Bobbo Quinn, Tamara Quinn's husband; Felicia Shulman (Brad's Status) as Maggie Pratt, Chief Gareth Pratt's wife and the town busybody; Wayne Knight (Narcos) as Benjamin Roth, Harry's high-priced, high-pressure attorney.
Lyn Greene (Masters of Sex, The Interestings) and Richard Levine (Masters of Sex, The Interestings) wrote the pilot script and several episodes based on an adaptation by Annaud. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is executive produced by Annaud, Tarak Ben Ammar (Monty Python's The Life of Brian, Hannibal Rising, Black Gold), Fabio Conversi (The Great Beauty, Youth), Greene, and Levine. The series is produced by MGM Television and Eagle Pictures with MGM serving as the lead studio. MGM's Lindsay Sloane, Executive Vice President of Television Production & Development and Ken Raskoff, Senior Vice President, Television Production & Development will oversee production on behalf of the studio. Jocelyn Diaz, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, will oversee on behalf of EPIX.
"Joël Dicker's exquisite thriller, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair has captivated a worldwide audience with its complicated tale of love and lies. I am thrilled that this first class ensemble cast led by Patrick Dempsey and the incomparable director Jean-Jacques Annaud, get to bring provocative page-turner to life," said Steve Stark, MGM's President, Television Production & Development.
"The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was the ideal project for my first American television venture. It is a rich and nuanced novel set in a small New-England town and has all the elements for a classic mystery. Having MGM, Tarak and Fabio as my partners has given me the ability to assemble a formidable cast and a talented crew. Their enthusiasm for Harry Quebert is equal to my own," said Annaud.
"In searching for a partner with Fabio Conversi to produce The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, I turned to long-time friend and colleague Gary Barber," said Ben Ammar, Eagle Pictures. "Under his leadership, along with Mark Burnett who runs the television group and Steve Stark, their team has created high-quality, award-winning series and I am confident that the MGM team will bring the same level of excellence to this internationally appealing project based on a European best-selling novel with an American story."
"With its provocative subject matter, inspired casting and source material from master storyteller Joël Dicker, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is the perfect addition to our offerings at EPIX," said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. "We look forward to working with MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and this fantastic creative team as we continue our expansion into original scripted programming."
"The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was a long awaited adaptation in a highly competitive environment. My partner and I secured the rights and brought Jean-Jacques and MGM Television onboard," said Conversi, Barbary Films.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair will be the second MGM Television produced scripted series for EPIX and the first project since MGM completed the transaction to acquire EPIX in May. EPIX will also premiere MGM Television's Get Shorty, based in part on the 1990 best-selling novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard, on August 13.
MGM Television has seen tremendous growth in its content pipeline with numerous shows having premiered or slated to premiere in 2017. This year, the studio garnered 47 Emmy Award nominations, a record for the studio. The company's roster of successful scripted and unscripted series includes: the Emmy Award-winning series Fargo for FX; the Emmy Award-nominated series The Handmaid's Tale, which became the most-viewed premiere of any series - original or acquired - on Hulu in its first week; Teen Wolf for MTV, which is currently airing the final 10 episodes; Get Shorty premiering August 13 on EPIX; Condor for AT&T AUDIENCE Network, currently in production in Toronto; Vikings for HISTORY, which will premiere its fifth season November 29; the long-running, Emmy Award-winning competition series Survivor on CBS; The Voice for NBC, which will begin airing its thirteenth season September 25; Shark Tank, which is slated to air its 9th season on ABC in the fall; the new interactive game show Beat Shazam hosted by Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx airing on Fox and has been renewed for a second season; the seed funding competition series Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME, which is airing on ABC; Signed currently airing on VH1, and coming this fall are the 5th season of the syndicated daytime court series Lauren Lake's Paternity Court, nominated for two Emmy Awards, and the debut season of the syndicated court show Couples Court with The Cutlers.
Annaud is represented by Jeff Berg of Northside Services; Dempsey is represented by United Talent Agency, Burstein Company and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP; Schnetzer is represented by Gersh and attorney David Weber, Sloane Offer Weber; Wayans is represented by Rise Management, WME and Ziffren Brittenham; Madsen is represented by UTA and Untitled Entertainment; Froseth is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller; Feore is represented by Coronel Group and Gersh; Close is represented by Don Buchwald & Associates, Thruline and Parent Management; Frewer is represented by Gilbertson Entertainment and Lucas Talent; Price is represented by Amanda Rosenthal Talent Agency, and Coast to Coast Talent Agency in Los Angeles; Mossey is represented by The Talent House; Clark is represented by Innovative Artists and Untitled Entertainment; Eldridge is represented by Edna Talent Management by Angela Wright; Fuller is represented by APA, and Michael Garnett at Leverage Management; Harvey is represented by Kazarian, Measures, Ruskin and Associates; Shulman is represented by Cameo Agency Inc.; Knight is represented by APA.
About MGM Television
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu); Get Shorty (EPIX); The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); Teen Wolf (MTV); Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME (ABC); Beat Shazam (FOX); Signed (VH1); Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network). Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series Lauren Lake's Paternity Court is currently airing its fourth season and is in production on the new syndicated daytime courtroom series Couples Court with The Cutlers. MGM's television programming regularly airs in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium pay television network, delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials - all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX became profitable in its first year of existence and was the fastest growing premium network over the past five years. A pioneer in the development and proliferation of "TV Everywhere," EPIX was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation(R), Android phones and tablets, and Roku(R) players. EPIX is also available across hundreds of consumer devices including Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, TiVo, Chromecast, Android TV, delivering more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. The premium network is offered nationwide through cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHd (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), You Tube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.
About Eagle Pictures
Eagle Pictures S.p.A., founded in 1986, is one of the preeminent companies operating in Italian entertainment industry today. Under the leadership of Tarak Ben Ammar, the Chairman of Eagle Pictures, it has become a leading content provider in the territory focusing on the acquisition, production and distribution of theatrical titles, the acquisition of television rights and is the leader of independent home entertainment distribution in Italy. Eagle Pictures distributes 20 theatrical titles a year and has distributed more than1,500 films it owns in theatres and home entertainment, since its inception.
Throughout Ben Ammar's 30 year career, he has built a media empire and has worked with many of cinema's preeminent filmmakers as a producer. Among the most notable films released by Eagle include: The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, The Twilight Saga, The King's Speech, The Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Paddington, Hacksaw Ridge and Lion to name a few.
About Barbary Films
BARBARY FILMS is Fabio Conversi's international production and coproduction company since 2014. BARBARY FILMS produces European indie films working with renowned French and Italian authors and directors such as Paolo Sorrentino, Marco Bellochio, Roberto Ando, the Taviani brothers. BARBARY FILMS, is developing an epic TV series project, Nostradamus, written by the authors of the acclaimed TV show Gomorra, as well as a long feature adaptation of the novel, Histoire d'O, adapted from Pauline Réage's eponymous novel.