Sky HD Commissions East Coast Trains from Cineflix Productions

Sky 1 HD announces today the commissioning of East Coast Trains (working title), a 10 x 60’ documentary series to be made by Cineflix Productions.  Greenlit by Chris Wilson, Commissioning Editor, Factual and Features, Sky, the programme will go beyond the public facing ticket barriers, buffet cars and timetables into the inner workings of one of the UK’s leading passenger train operators.

East Coast Trains will take viewers on a remarkable journey inside one of the biggest and most complex transport networks in Britain with nine hundred and seventy-six services each week covering routes totalling nine hundred and thirty-six miles. Over the winter and spring of 2013, filming will capture all areas of the business following regular characters, across a wide variety of departments that work twenty-four hours a day to keep everything on track.  In addition the series will follow the stories of some of the 50,000 passengers who are brought together on the East Coast line every single day.

Chris Wilson, Commissioning Editor, Factual and Features, Sky commented: “We’re really excited to be taking cameras behind the scenes at East Coast Trains, to produce a unique portrait of all aspects of an extraordinary and complex transport network.  As well as telling the day-to-day stories of a diverse workforce, we want to capture the romance of train travel, and reveal the dramatic human stories of passengers brought together by a train line that runs like a backbone through modern-day Britain. “

Camilla Lewis, Managing Director, Cineflix Productions, said: “We're delighted to have the opportunity to make this series for Sky. Their ambition matches ours to make - for the first time - a 360 degree exploration of the daily lives of the staff and passengers on one of the UK's busiest rail networks. East Coast Trains is an extraordinary company full of warm, engaging characters and we look forward to working with them on this project."

East Coast Trains  will be produced by Cineflix Productions and will be exec produced by Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey for Cineflix Productions and Chris Wilson for Sky.  The series will air on Sky 1 HD next autumn. By 2014, Sky expects to invest £600 million a year in British programmes across its portfolio of channels.  This commitment follows the success of home-grown content such as entertainment hits Got to Dance, An Idiot Abroad and A League of Their Own, dramas such as Strike Back and Mad Dogs, comedies such as Trollied, The Cafe and Spy, for which its star Darren Boyd received both a BAFTA® Award and British Comedy Award, and factual shows such as Ross Kemp Extreme World and the BAFTA-winning documentary Flying Monster 3D.

For further information please contact:

Susan Collins
Publicity Manager, Sky 1 HD
T: +44 (0)20 7032 4243
M: +44 (0)7736 026074

Mark Ogle (for Cineflix);  T: +44 7789 981 561

Notes to editors:
About Sky
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About Sky 1 HD
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Sky 1 HD distinguishes itself from rival networks with original drama and comedy, talked about entertainment formats, distinctive factual programming and award-winning exclusive US drama.

About Cineflix Media
Cineflix Media Inc. is an international media company that brings together global broadcast and production partners, major talent, and key executives to create top quality original content produced and distributed for television and other platforms. Producing more than 400 hours per year of multi-genre television for international broadcasters, and with a rapidly expanding library of 3000 hours, Cineflix Media is a recognized leader with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Dublin.