Canada’s CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios are working together on The Transplant, a new prime-time medical procedural.
The Transplant tells the story of a struggling Syrian refugee with an elusive past as he joins a team of doctors, challenged to make a place for himself in a new hospital and country. The first season consists of 13 episodes, with production set to begin this summer for a debut in the 2019-20 broadcast season.
Developed by CTV, the series is from Sphère Média Plus (19-2). NBCUniversal will have distribution rights outside of Canada.
“With its universal themes of compassion, courage, and hope, this compelling series puts a new spin on medical dramas, which are sure to not only connect with CTV viewers in Canada but with viewers everywhere,” said Mike Cosentino, president of content and programming at Bell Media. “Following our successful partnerships with NBCU International Studios on Motive and The Disappearance, we were actively looking for another project to collaborate on for the international market and found the perfect series with The Transplant. We look forward to again working with our partners to bring this intriguing new series to the world.”
Jeff Wachtel, president of NBCUniversal International Studios, added: “With The Transplant, CTV has picked up a series that combines high-stakes drama with a very personal journey about finding your place in the world. We’re excited to be partnering with Mike and his team to produce something special for the Canadian market and beyond.”
“The Transplant is a timely drama that subtly addresses one of the most compelling issues of our time: the question of immigration and refugees,” said Jocelyn Deschenes, president and founder of Sphère Média Plus. “We have been inspired by many of the Syrian consultants who have shared their stories with us.”