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, Sony Pictures Television International Productions.
“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.
On November 15th, Left Bank Pictures’ Chief Executive and co-founder, Andy Harries, will be a special guest at Soundstage in London. At this intimate event, he’ll give an exclusive insight into this leading production company, as well as discussing popular series’ and films that he has produced with Left Bank, such as The Crown, Wallander, Outlander and The Damned United. Following an interview with Andy, there’ll be a chance for the audience to ask their own questions. For further info, visit soundstageevents.co.uk.
Netflix’s The Crown leads British nominations at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards with 13 nominations, including Outstanding Drama, Writing (Peter Morgan), Lead Actress (Claire Foy), Supporting Actor (John Lithgow) and Directing (Stephen Daldry).
Andy Harries said, “It’s a beautiful reminder that modern British history inspires great British drama and the world is watching The Crown and loving it . We are delighted with the appreciation of the American Emmy voters . It’s fantastic .”
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES – THE CROWN
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES – PETER MORGAN
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – CLAIRE FOY
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – JOHN LITHGOW
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES – STEPHEN DALDRY
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PERIOD PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE) – MARTIN CHILDS
OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES – NINA GOLD
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (ONE HOUR) – ADRIANO GOLDMAN
OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY COSTUMES FOR A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE – MICHELE CLAPTON
OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES – IVANA PRIMORAC
OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN – ELASTIC
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE) – RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – ONE OF US
Peter Morgan said, “Chuffed, thrilled, proud, honoured! So delighted for everyone involved. A proper fat cigar moment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turning cartwheels.”
Stephen Daldry said, “We are all thrilled that a British Series has done so well both at the Golden Globes and now the Emmy’s, with 13 nominations. It is a testament not just to our brilliant actors but also the extraordinary artists working in all our design departments. Our technical crews really are the best in the world. I am obviously delighted for Peter Morgan and everybody at Left Bank Pictures.”
Ben Turner said, “We are absolutely delighted with our Emmy nomination for our work on The Crown. It’s fantastic to be recognised for the incredible work our team at One of Us put into the show. Especially when it is very much about producing invisible and seamless real life VFX which are historically accurate but also help to give the series the scale and ceremony which the subject calls for. We are completely thrilled to be recognised by The Academy.”
Adriano Goldman said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be nominated for an Emmy with my friends of The Crown.”
Ivana Primorac said, “I am thrilled that a show which I loved so much and worked so hard at has been recognised.”
Rupert Gregson-Williams said “I’m honored to be nominated for the Emmys for my music for The Crown and thrilled for all of my colleagues on the production for the recognition that the show has received. Collaborating with Stephen Daldry and Peter Morgan has been and continues to be a wonderful experience. Composing music for the series is a joy.”
Martin Childs said, “It was a great pleasure to work on The Crown, to be inspired by Peter Morgan’s words and Stephen Daldry’s vision, indeed by all the directors. This nomination is a wonderful honour not just for the nominees but for the whole Art Department, for their passion and commitment to such an exciting project.”
The winners will be announced on the 17th September.
The Crown receives 5 nominations at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017.
Leading Actress – Claire Foy
Supporting Actor – Jarred Harris
Supporting Actor – John Lithgow
Supporting Actress – Vanessa Kirby
Peter Morgan said, “I am beyond thrilled for The Crown to have been recognised in a year where so much wonderful work has been achieved in British television. We are all giddy and delighted.”
Andy Harries said, “To secure 12 nominations across BAFTA’s the creative and craft awards is a great achievement . I am delighted for all our nominees and thrilled about the on going domestic and international impact and success of the series. Our thanks, as always, to Peter Morgan for writing and creating such an ambitious and original series . Left Bank is proud to be his partner and producer.”