Frank Spotnitz’s ‘Ransom’ Picked Up To Series At CBS, Luke Roberts To Star

CBSProlific producer Frank Spotnitz is getting another series on-air. CBS has given the green-light to Ransom, a thirteen episode thriller series starring Luke Roberts (Game Of Thrones) which hails from Spotnitz, his indie Big Light Productions and David Vainola, TVWise has learned.

Ransom, which was co-commissioned by TF1 in France and Corus Global in Canada, was co-created by Spotnitz and Vainola and is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner Marwan Mery, who are considered to be among the top crisis negotiators in the world. Today, they travel around the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution.

SpotnitzThe series follows crisis/hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont, whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric’s considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

“The world of crisis negotiation is incredibly compelling, as demonstrated by the fascinating real-life cases Laurent Combalbert has negotiated,” said series co-creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz, who recently exited as showrunner of Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle. “Laurent has inspired a brilliant and complex character, and you can’t help but be moved seeing all the lives he’s saved around the world.”

Luke Roberts - Black SailsLuke Roberts, who is set to play Eric Beaumont, is best known for his recent role as Wood Rogers on Starz’s Black Sails. Between 2005 and 2011, he starred in the BBC Drama Holby City. More recent television credits include Taxi Brooklyn, Reign, The Dovekeepers, and Wolf Hall. Roberts is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment, Paradigm and United Agents in the UK.

A Canada-France treaty co-production, Ransom is set up at Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, Entertainment One (eOne). Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions – who originally brought the IP to eOne. The project was co-developed by TF1 and Shaw Media, with the participation of the Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animé in France as well as Canada Media Fund, and will be produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The executive producers are Spotnitz, Valerie Pechelsm Odile McDonald, Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny.

The series is eyed for a 2016-2017 premiere on CBS, most likely for the Summer schedule. “As CBS continues to program year round, we are always looking for series that can fit seamlessly within our schedule and connect with our viewers,” said Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. “Ransom brings a compelling new approach to a character driven crime drama with a sense of urgency and closure in each episode.”