Ballantyne Strong, Inc. subsidiary Strong Studios, Inc. began producing the new supernatural thriller, "Safehaven" on Monday, June 20th in Winnipeg Canada alongside The Cartel. “We have an all-star creative team and a fresh cast on board for this unique new series adapted from James Seale’s suspenseful and other-worldly graphic novel,” stated Strong Studios’ President David Ozer. “We are thrilled to join forces with The Cartel on Safehaven, which will be our first series to go into production under our newly-formed Strong Studios banner.”
"Safehaven" was created by James Seale, who will serve as showrunner with Kaare Andrews on board to direct. The 10 episode series is set to star newcomers Georgie Murphy and Gino Anania, along with the multi-award-winning Bob Frazer. The title is produced by Strong Studios, The Cartel and Kevin V. Duncan.“Safehaven will be a visually-stunning supernatural thriller with plot twists, dark humor, slick script and engaging characters that will no doubt deliver a bingeable series appealing to a broad audience,” said Stan Spry, CEO, The Cartel.
Executive producers who contributed to the show include James Seale; The Cartel’s Stan Spry, Eric Woods, and Anthony Fankhauser; Unbounded Entertainment’s Peter Odiorne, Matt Harton, Larry Swets and Hassan Baqar; Michael Bay’s 451 Media; Ballantyne’s Chairman Kyle Cerminara and CEO Mark Roberson; Strong Studios’ President David Ozer; High Park Entertainment; Screen Media’s David Fannon, Seth Needle and David Nagelberg; Brad Turner; and Jessica Petelle. Production is financed by Bank of Hope’s David Henry and Andrew King, while Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Screen Media chimes in to distribute the series.
Safehaven tells the story of high school comic artist Jenna Frost (Murphy), who must uncover the truth after horrifying visions come to life from her creations, threatening to destroy everything around her. John Rayburn (Frazer) is the mysterious new school counselor determined to save her, even if it endangers both of their lives and unearths his own personal demons. Complicating matters is Will (Anania), a passionate young man committed to protecting Jenna, who finds herself torn between rejecting his help and her growing feelings for him
We have an all-star creative team and a fresh cast on board for this unique new series adapted from James Seale’s suspenseful and other-worldly graphic novel. We are thrilled to join forces with The Cartel on Safehaven, which will be our first series to go into production under our newly-formed Strong Studios banner.” David Ozer President, Strong Studios