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Starz Greenlights Original Ballet Drama

27 Jan, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Starz LLC is moving beyond pirates, gladiators and racketeers. The pay-TV channel operator has announced production of original ballet drama series “Flesh and Bone.”

Created by Emmy-winning "Breaking Bad" writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett, “Flesh and Bone” chronicles the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world via young ballet dancer Claire, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious dance company in New York. 

The series stars dancer Sarah Hay (Black Swan) as Claire, and features a cast of world-renowned dancers, including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko and current soloist Sascha Radetsky. Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic director and former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Ethan Stiefel, services as the show’s choreographer.

"Finding the perfect ‘Claire’ has been an almost impossible task,” Walley-Beckett said in a statement. “It was truly like looking for a unicorn because the demands of the role are so specific and challenging. I was looking for a beautiful and transcendent ballerina who is not only a brilliant dancer but also a gifted actress, and who also possesses a fierce curiosity and enthusiasm about the brave demands of the work. Sarah Hay embodies the role of ‘Claire’ just as I dreamt her.”

Production is slated to begin in New York in early 2014, with the series expected to debut on Starz in 2015. Starz retains all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment and digital.

Starz retail distribution is handled by subsidiary Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.

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