Red Arrow Studios International Partners With Don Carmody Television For Poaching Drama Blood Horn

February 14, 2018

Director and Executive Producer MJ Bassett on board for new 8 part one-hour scripted series created by Mark Bacci, Dwayne Hill and David Cormican

Blood Horn

MUNICH. FEBRUARY 14, 2018 — Red Arrow Studios International and preeminent production company Don Carmody Television (DCTV) are partnering on a new scripted action thriller Blood Horn. MJ Bassett (Power, Ash vs Evil, Strike Back, Solomon Kane) has signed on to direct and executive produce. This timely new series is created by award-winning writer/producer/director Mark Bacci (Real Detective, Between), Emmy® Award-nominated actor and screenwriter Dwayne Hill (Billable Hours) and Emmy® nominated executive producer David Cormican, President and partner at DCTV. Red Arrow Studios International will represent the female-driven action series for international sales.

This fast-paced, urgent and emotional thriller follows former US Marine Berhane “Haney” Mosie as she returns to her childhood home of Hoedspruit, South Africa, to avenge the kidnapping and murder of her beloved uncle and the two lions she grew up alongside. She quickly realizes that Hoedspruit is the epicentre of Africa’s illegal poaching trade as she begins to uncover the truth behind her uncle’s death. Working with Declan, a tough South African ranger, she enters the highly political world of organised crime which takes place against the breath-taking landscape of South Africa.

“Blood Horn is bold, compelling, international drama, with creatives of the first degree behind the show – exactly the kind of project Red Arrow Studios International is passionate about supporting. With an engaging cast of characters set against the gritty and complex world of illegal poaching, the show promises to be an asset to our forthcoming scripted slate.”

Henrik Pabst, President of Red Arrow Studios International

“MJ (Bassett) is the perfect addition to the team given her profound knowledge of the natural world, passion for conservation and extensive experience shooting action in Africa (Strike Back)”, adds David Cormican, DCTV President and Executive Producer. “The potential for this series to change the narrative around endangered species and conservation efforts at the international and political levels, and ultimately hopefully saving the rhino from complete extinction, is our main motivation in pursuing this story through the medium of compelling high-end scripted television”.

MJ Bassett
MJ Bassett, Director and Executive Producer • Image courtesy of Red Arrow Studios International

“I’ve been obsessed with wildlife and conservation my whole life”, says Executive Producer and Director MJ Bassett. “Before I became a filmmaker I was a veterinary assistant, ran a wildlife hospital and hosted natural history shows on UK television. I’d planned to study zoology so I could work in Africa to help conserve species but clearly, my career took a different path. Now, Blood Horn offers me a unique opportunity to tell a vitally important story with incredible characters, warmth, humour and real action set against the extraordinary landscape of Southern Africa. It’s going to be a thrilling drama with an important message”.

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About Red Arrow Studios International

Red Arrow Studios International is a world-leading TV distributor of scripted, formats and factual shows from a global network of in-house production companies, outstanding third-party producers and digital-content partners.

Led by Henrik Pabst, with offices in Munich, London, New York and Hong Kong, Red Arrow Studios International co-produces and finances global entertainment, and distributes acclaimed content to over 200 territories worldwide.

Red Arrow Studios International is part of Red Arrow Studios, which is comprised of 20 production companies in seven territories, digital studio, Studio71, and film distributor Gravitas Ventures. Red Arrow Studios is a ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE company, one of Europe’s leading media groups.

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About Don Carmody Television (DCTV)

Don Carmody Television (DCTV), established in 2013, is a partnership between intrepid entrepreneurs Don Carmody and David Cormican. Carmody, one of North America’s most successful producers of premium content since 1980, has produced 100+ projects for cinema including Best Picture Academy Award-winner® Chicago, Polytechnique, and Goon, to the Resident Evil, Boondock Saints and Silent Hill film franchises, and include wins at the Golden Globes, Academy Awards® and Emmys®. Carmody and Cormican’s combined creative forces allow a unique and unparalleled offering in the industry; pairing an industry titan with a next-generation luminary.

With a keen eye for story, coupled with an ability to attract talent and navigate international co-productions with ease, DCTV productions include the Emmy® nominated historical mini-series Tokyo Trial for Netflix and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Between, an original series for Netflix and City, and ShadowHunters for Freeform and Netflix, along with the multi-Emmy® nominated mini-series The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe for Lifetime. DCTV’s first feature film, Tulipani, Love, Honour & A Bicycle directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Mike van Diem, bowed at the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.


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