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Bell Media’s Original Series ‘The L.A. Complex’ Acquired by The CW

Bell Media announced today that its  new Canadian drama THE L.A. Complex has become its latest original series to be acquired by a U.S. network. The CW has picked up the existing six episodes of the one-hour series, which was ordered by Bell Media in August 2010 and shot in Toronto and Los Angeles last summer. Produced by Emmy-nominated Epitome Pictures (Degrassi) and executive produced, written, and directed by Martin Gero (HBO’s Bored to Death Young People F*cking), THE L.A. Complex is a no-holds-barred, character-driven relationship drama that follows the exploits of six attractive, young hopefuls in search of stardom in Hollywood. A MuchMusic Original Series, THE L.A. Complex has its world premiere tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 10, in simulcast on CTV and MuchMusic. Subsequent episodes air Tuesdays on MuchMusic. The CW has announced plans for its American premiere later this spring.

“We’re very happy The CW has recognized the potential in what we hope is another long-running franchise from our partners at Epitome Pictures,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “THE L.A. Complex has international characters and a U.S. setting, but tells a familiar Canadian story. With tonight’s world premiere just around the corner, today’s announcement bodes well for the future of this homegrown series.”

“Collaborating with Bell Media has been an excellent experience right from the get-go, and to have this announcement come the day of THE L.A. COMPLEX premiere on CTV and MuchMusic, makes it even better,” said Executive Producer and CEO of Epitome Pictures Inc., Linda Schuyler. “For so many years, we’ve been working with young Canadian actors who venture to L.A. for pilot season, some of whom have even landed series on The CW! To tell stories like theirs is so much fun.”

The L.A. Complex is executive produced by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures (Degrassi, Instant Star) and Martin Gero. Directors are Martin Gero and Stefan Brogren. Writers are Martin Gero, Aaron Abrams, Matt Huether, Cole Bastedo, Karen Hill, and Brendan Gall. For Bell Media, Trish Williams is Production Executive; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Neil Staite is Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment; Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels; Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production, and Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.