Monday, August 09, 2010

Toronto Gets Under MTV's "Skins"

Further to our exclusive "Skins" casting call November 19, 2009, MTV reports that the new North American version of the sexy, UK teen soap series "Skins" will start lensing the first of 10 one-hour episodes in Toronto this month.

Created by father and son team Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain for Stormdog Films, "Skins" will feature an ensemble cast " they navigate complex relationships, the politics of friendship and difficulties of daily life in their formative years..."

In 2009, MTV secured the rights to create a North American version of the original UK "Skins" series, now in its 5th season, with 'unknown' teenagers cast in lead roles and 'real' teens contributing to the creative structure of each episode.

The UK series, airing on E4 won the 2009 'BAFTA Audience Award' and 'Best Drama Series' @ the 2008 Broadcast Awards.

"Skins" is co-produced by E1 Entertainment and Company Pictures, a division of ALL3MEDIA, the same company that produces the Channel 4 series in the UK. Elsley will Executive Produce the series, along with Laszlo Barna and Michael Rosenberg from E1 and Charlie Pattinson and George Faber of Company Pictures. Chris Clough served as an executive producer on the pilot for Company Pictures.

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