PARAMOUNT+ ORDERS NEW SCRIPTED
MEDICAL ADVENTURE “SKYMED” TO SERIES
From Piazza Entertainment, and Created by Julie Puckrin, the 10-Episode, Hour-Long Drama Follows a Group of Heroic Young Pilots and Nurses in the Canadian North,
Where Help and Survival Are Thousands of Miles Away
The Ensemble Cast Includes Natasha Calis (“Nurses”), Ace (Aason) Nadjiwan (“Batwoman”), Morgan Holmstrom (“Siberia”), Praneet Akilla (“Nancy Drew”), Thomas Elms (“The Order”), Mercedes Morris (“Between”), Kheon Clarke (“Riverdale”), Rebecca Kwan (“Taken”), Braeden Clarke (“Outlander”) and Aaron Ashmore (“Killjoys”)
“Skymed” Is Produced in Association with CBC and CBS Studios
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Sept. 16, 2021 – Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced a new series order for SKYMED. Created by Julie Puckrin, the serialized character-driven series features an ensemble cast of young talent including Natasha Calis (“Nurses”), Ace (Aason) Nadjiwan (“Batwoman”), Morgan Holmstrom (“Siberia”), Praneet Akilla (“Nancy Drew”), Thomas Elms (“The Order”), Mercedes Morris (“Between”), Kheon Clarke (“Riverdale”), Rebecca Kwan (“Taken”), Braeden Clarke (“Outlander”), and Aaron Ashmore (“Killjoys”). The series is now in production, filming in Manitoba and Ontario. SKYMED, produced by Piazza Entertainment in association with CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, and CBS Studios, will be available to stream on Paramount+ next year.
Life, death and drama at 20,000 feet, SKYMED weaves together intense character journeys and high-stakes medical rescues, as we follow the triumphs, heartbreaks and tribulations of budding nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in remote Northern Canada. They’re all in over their heads, and on their own, with no one to rely on but each other.
“This show was inspired by the real-life experiences of my sister and brother-in-law, who met flying air ambulances in the north,” says Puckrin. “Together with a talented team of writers, we created relatable characters full of hope, compassion and resilience. I am thrilled to be working with such an incredible and diverse cast to bring these exciting, emotional stories to life.”
“Julie has brilliantly imagined these characters who are not only dealing with demanding, high-pressure circumstances, they’re also dealing with the ups and downs of their lives as they come into their own,” said Vanessa Piazza, executive producer, Piazza Entertainment. “We are proud to partner with Paramount+, CBS Studios and CBC, and look forward to introducing these characters to audiences.”
SKYMED is produced by Piazza Entertainment. The series is created by Julie Puckrin, who also serves as executive producer along with Vanessa Piazza, Ron Murphy and Gillian Hormel. Steve Adelson serves as pilot director. From Manitoba, Kyle Irving and Lisa Meeches serve as executive producers for Eagle Vision. Jennica Harper and Nikolijne Troubetzkoy serve as co-executive producers. Outside of Canada, the series will be distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.
SKYMED joins Paramount+’s growing lineup of prestige dramas, which includes THE GOOD FIGHT, EVIL, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and STAR TREK: PICARD, as well as the upcoming revival of THE GAME, plus the highly anticipated Taylor Sheridan series MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN and 1883.
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About CBS Studios
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About Piazza Entertainment
Piazza Entertainment Ltd, was founded in 2016 by Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza (Lost Girl, Dark Matter, Nurses, XIII, The Other Half). Piazza Entertainment is a film and television production company established to create premium television programming for the domestic and international markets. Piazza previously was partnered under a multi-year first look deal with international distributor and studio Entertainment One. That first look arrangement concluded at the end of 2019. In 2020, Edith Myers (former CEO of Pinewood Studios, former COO of the Scott Group of Companies) joined as CFO. Currently Piazza Entertainment has several projects in development.
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