Elaine Cassidy

#Teilifis: Production underway on new six-part drama series Acceptable Risk

Production is currently underway in Dublin on a new six-part drama series for RTÉ called Acceptable Risk. The series, which is produced by Saffron Pictures, Soho Moon and Canada’s Facet4 Media, is being co-financed by international distributor DCD Rights and U.S. partner Acorn Media Enterprises, which will feature the series US Premiere in 2017 on Emmy®-nominated streaming service Acorn TV.

An official Ireland/Canada co-production, Acceptable Risk is a contemporary thriller set in the high stakes world of Big Pharma.  Shooting takes place in Dublin and Montreal through to the end of December. The original series is written by Emmy® Award winner Ron Hutchinson (Traffic; The Ten Commandments; Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story) and is being directed by Kenny Glenaan (Charlie; Paranoid; Noah’s Ark; Wired).

An all-star Irish and international cast includes Elaine Cassidy (Harper’s Island; No Offence), Angeline Ball (Mr. Selfridge; The Commitments), Lisa Dwyer Hogg (Waking the Dead; The Fall), Eddie Jackson (Vikings; Game of Thrones), and Morten Suurballe (The Killing; Vikings).

Acceptable Risk is being produced for RTÉ by Siobhán Bourke and Kathryn Lennon of Saffron Pictures (Whistleblower) and James Mitchell of Soho Moon Pictures (Croupier) with funding from the Broadcast Authority of Ireland.  Canadian Producers are Stephen Greenberg, Jamie Greenberg and Anna-Sue Greenberg all of Facet4 Media.

Speaking about the series producer James Mitchell, Soho Moon Pictures, said:

We’ve been fortunate to work with a great writer, so that an impressive director and cast have come together.  With our partners in Canada, we know we will deliver a high quality drama filled with intrigue and suspense.

Canadian producer Stephen Greenberg, Facet4 Media, added:

The level of talent on this project is exceptionally high. We are delighted to be working together with Soho Moon and Saffron Pictures to bring an international co-production of this calibre to the worldwide marketplace.

Shane Murphy, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, said:

With several gripping series already in production, Acorn Media Enterprises is thrilled to add a first-rate international thriller to our Acorn TV Originals slate.

Soho Moon’s recent notable successes include Dreams of a Life, directed by Carol Morley, and multiple award winner One Million Dubliners, directed by Aoife Kelleher.  Projects in development include Gothic melodrama Death and Nightingales (BBC) based on Eugene McCabe’s classic novel, adapted by Allan Cubitt (The Fall) and Citizen Lane a feature documentary to be written by Mark O’Halloran (Viva) and directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Into The Storm).

Saffron Pictures recent TV drama credits include IFTA winners Whistleblower written by Rob Heyland and Love Is The Drug written and directed by A Date for Mad Mary‘s Darren Thornton.