Making a major return to funding original production, Ion Television has inked a deal with CBS Television Distribution for the rights to all existing episodes and future production of the police drama “Flashpoint.” The show is filmed in Canada and has until now aired on CTV in Canada and CBS in the US.
Under the new deal, Ion has acquired the rights to all existing Flashpoint episodes, including up to 18 originals which are currently in production and scheduled to air later this year. Additionally, the network has the right to continue original production for season five and beyond.
“After the success we have had with procedural dramas, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to air original episodes of Flashpoint. It’s a perfect fit for Ion Television,” said Ion Media networks CEO Brandon Burgess. “This is the first step in our commitment to expand original programming over the coming 12-24 months in scripted and unscripted entertainment.”
“We’ve been extremely lucky to have wonderful broadcast partners in CBS and CBS Studios for several years. We now look forward to working with the committed team at Ion,” said a statement from Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos, executive producers of Flashpoint.
Flashpoint is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and CBS. Executive producers are Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. Creators are Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. David Frazee is Series Consultant.