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Criminal Intent’ Announces Cast on First Original International Franchise Adaptation —

Along with the series’ casting, the show confirmed award-winning filmmaker Holly Dale (“Law & Order SVU”) will direct the first episode along with Episode 3 and the finale. Other first-season directors include Peter Stebbings, David Wellington, Sudz Sutherland, Rachel Leiterman, Winnifred Jong, Sharon Lewis and David Straiton.

This is the first time an international iteration of “Law & Order” has been developed with entirely new characters and stories. (Other international formats have retooled original concepts in new locations and/or with new cast playing versions of the same characters.)

“It was challenging, just to deliver what audiences are so familiar with — and to follow a formula or a recipe — but then make it your own,” says Erin Haskett, executive producer and president of Lark Productions (which has a distribution and development deal with Universal International Studios).

“It’s finding the right first story to tell in a franchise this well known,” adds showrunner Tassie Cameron (“Rookie Blue”), who executive produces alongside her sister Amy Cameron (“Mary Kills People”) from their banner Cameron Pictures Inc. “You want it to be a Canadian story, feel like it’s ripped from a Canadian headline and feel like it’s highlighting Toronto. So it’s picking the right story to tell, but it’s also learning how to write these scripts.”

Over the first season, the show exclusively showcases Canadian talent, from the crew to the guest stars, and will stick to Canadian stories and locations.

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