New Sci-Fi Thriller ORIGIN to Debut on YouTube Red in 2018
A group of strangers find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet in ORIGIN, a chilling new sci-fi thriller from Left Bank Pictures and Midnight Radio, in association with China International Television Corporation (CiTVC) and Sony Pictures Television, International Production. In this 10-episode series, coming to Youtube Red in 2018, the abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be.ORIGIN is created, written and executive produced by Mika Watkins. The series will also be executive produced by Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, and Suzanne Mackie from Left Bank Pictures along with Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg from Midnight Radio. ORIGIN is a Left Bank / CiTVC co-production in association with Sony Pictures Television, International Production. "We are excited to be in business with the legendary producers at Left Bank Pictures and Midnight Radio, and talented new writer, Mika Watkins. They are exceptional storytellers who have created groundbreaking programming, and we are already drawn into the mysterious and captivating world in 'Origin.' We look forward to bringing this series to life with our partners at Left Bank Pictures," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. "Sci-fi and action adventure are huge on YouTube, and our audience will be intrigued by the unexpected plot twists and turns in this bold, studio-quality thriller." "Mika is an exceptional new voice and we are excited to bring her first major project to the screen with our friends at Youtube Red," said Andy Harries, Chief Executive Officer, Left Bank Pictures. "This is a tremendously exciting project, a truly global project that brings together partners from the US, UK and China to create a unique and thrilling space drama," said Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television. "We're looking forward to an in-depth and pleasant partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Left Bank on the ORIGIN project. We are sure it'll be well-received on Youtube Red," said Mr. Xue Jijun, President of China International Television Corporation. Jeff Pinkner, executive producer said: "We are thrilled to be working with Mika and the brilliant people at Left Bank on this project which we hope will marry the best of British and American sensibilities and storytelling. And maybe as a bonus we will finally learn the difference between a crisp and a chip!" YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to Youtube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. Youtube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea. About Youtube Launched in May 2005, YouTube's mission is to GIVE everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories. Youtube is a Google company. About Left Bank Pictures Left Bank Pictures is a multi-award-winning film and television independent production company launched in 2007. Since then, the company has built up a creative team with a wealth of experience in British filmmaking and broadcasting. Working with the UK's leading writing, directing and on-screen talent to produce bold, innovative feature films, television dramas and cutting edge comedy, Left Bank Pictures prides itself on nurturing and championing exciting new talent set to create the hits of tomorrow. In 2012 Sony Pictures Television took a majority stake in the company signalling a significant move into scripted production for Sony in the UK. Left Bank Pictures has produced major drama series for the BBC, ITV, Sky 1, WGBH and HBO/Cinemax, comedy series for E4 and motion pictures for Sony Pictures, Europacorp and Optimum Releasing. Their most recent productions were Netflix's first ever UK-originated drama series - The Crown, The Replacement and Pls Like. Other television credits include Wallander, Mad Dogs, Outlander, Strike Back, Zen, DCI Banks and The Halcyon. Named Production Company of the Year in 2017 at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Left Bank Pictures has been recognised at a number of other award ceremonies including the Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, BAFTAs and Royal Television Society Awards. About Midnight Radio ORIGIN is Midnight Radio's fourth series order since forming the company in 2014. Midnight Radio is a production company started by Emmy, WGA, and Hugo Award winning writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg. They've created & produced television for Netflix, Showtime, History Channel, ABC, CBS, CW and Fox. Their upcoming Netflix series Everything Sucks! premieres in early 2018, and their series Knightfall for the History Channel premieres in December. Season 3 of their hit CBS summer series ZOO, based on the bestselling James Patterson novels, aired this summer. They are also prolific feature writers and producers with credits including MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2, CON AIR, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, NINJA TURTLES, NINJA TURTLES 2, and HIGH FIDELITY. Upcoming feature projects include Sony's JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, Marvel's VENOM starring Tom Hardy, and RAINBOW SIX for Paramount. About Sony Pictures Television Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 21 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.