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[12/11/20 - 09:22 AM]
CBC and BET+ Greenlight "The Porter" (working title), An Original Drama About Railway Workers in Canada and the United States Who Joined Together to Give Birth to the World's First Black Union and Sparked a Civil Rights Movement
Annmarie Morais and Marsha Greene are writers/showrunners on the eight-part series, with Charles Officer and R.T. Thorne set to executive produce and direct.







PORTER, THE (BET PLUS)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
12/11/20
STATUS:
currently in development (2021-2022 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to series
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
eight episodes
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBC's press release, December 2020) CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, and BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, are partnering on original series THE PORTER (working title, 8x60) from Inferno Pictures and Sienna Films, which has been greenlit for 2021/22. Originated and created by Arnold Pinnock (Altered Carbon, Travelers) and Bruce Ramsay (19-2, Cardinal), with Annmarie Morais (Killjoys, Ransom, American Soul), Marsha Greene (Private Eyes, Ten Days In The Valley, Mary Kills People) and Aubrey Nealon (Snowpiercer, Cardinal), THE PORTER is set in the roar of the 1920s and follows the journeys of four ambitious souls who hustle, dream, cross borders and confront barriers in the fight for liberation - on and off the railways that crossed North America. Morais and Greene are writers/showrunners on the eight-part series, with Charles Officer (21 Thunder, Ransom, Coroner) and R.T. Thorne (Blindspot, Utopia Falls) set to executive produce and direct. Pinnock and Ramsay are co-executive producers. The first season, set primarily in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit as the world rebuilds after the First World War, depicts another battle as it ripples through the Black community in Little Burgundy, Montreal - known, at the time, as the "Harlem of the North." For the American and Canadian men working as railway porters, it's a fight for equity and dignity. For the women in their lives, facing sexism and colorism, it's a movement to claim their independence and identity. They're young, gifted and Black, in an era that boasts anything is possible, and if change isn't coming for them, they will come for it. By any means necessary. Inspired by real events, THE PORTER is a gripping story of empowerment and idealism that highlights the moment when railway workers from both Canada and the United States joined together to give birth to the world's first Black union.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Annmarie Morais as EP
· Arnold Pinnock as CRTR/CO-EP
· Aubrey Nealon as EP
· Bruce Ramsay as CRTR/CO-EP
· Charles Officer as DIR/EP
· Marsha Greene as EP
· R.T. Thorne as DIR/EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Inferno Pictures
· Sienna Films