Crossing Lines, is a unique, global action/crime series we encourage you to check out and when it premieres June 23, as part of NBC’s summer line up of new programming. Descriptive Video Works was delighted when Tandem Communications (who we previously worked with on the series Titanic: Blood & Steel) asked to provide the audio description for all 10 episodes of the thrilling new series.
Crossing Lines follows a diverse, skilled team of investigators as they track down and attempt to bring to justice a variety of despicable criminals. What makes this fresh and so different from other similar tv show concepts is the stunning backdrop international backdrop.
In a world increasingly driven by global trade and economics, borders between countries have vanished, especially in Europe. With fewer restrictions for travelers and those doing business in the international marketplace, there have been many benefits but it has also brought with it a serious increase in international crime. Compounding the issue are police and investigative authorities that have been slow to adapt to the new world and who lack the ability to easily share information with one another. In Crossing Lines Major Louis Daniel, empowered by the International Criminal Court, is tasked with setting up a special crime unit to investigate cross-border criminals and bring them to justice. Aiding Major Daniel Louis are a team of investigators from across Europe and beyond. All of them have their own unique ways of doing things, their own cultural idiosyncrasies and their own troubled pasts and they must put all of these things aside as they find a way to work together.
For Descriptive Video Works describing Crossing Lines became a journey through a multitude of gorgeous European locales stretching from the canals of Amsterdam to the sun, sea and sand of the French Riviera. With all our shows we try very hard to capture the look and feel of the world the story is set in and Crossing Lines was no different. In this particular case, we went to great to lengths to ensure we were accurately describing the various European locales, vehicles, costumes and props and paying special attention to correct pronunciation of the many European character names in the show. For us, it is not just about ensuring the audience understands what is happening in the story but about honoring the authenticity of the show and the intentions of the filmmakers.
Crossing Lines comes from executive producer/writer Edward Allen Bernero (Criminal Minds, Third Watch) and Rola Bauer (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End) and Jonas Bauer (Impact, The Company). The series features a terrific cast of international names including William Fichtner (Prison Break, The Dark Knight and soon to be seen this summer in both Elysium and The Lone Ranger), French actor/singer Marc Lavoine (The Good Thief), Italian star Gabriella Pession (Capri), French actress Moon Dailly (OSS 17 – Lost In Rio), Irish actor Richard Flood (Titanic: Blood & Steel), German actor Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones) and Canadian icon Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games, Six Degrees of Separation, Ordinary People). The series is produced by Tandem Communications in association with Bernero Productions in co-production with TF1 Production in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks.
For us at Descriptive Video Works it was refreshing for us to see such a well-trodden genre take creative risks in a new setting with a wonderful and talented international cast. The show premieres on NBC in a 2-hour special on Sunday, June 23 at 9/8c. It will also air on CBC in Canada as part of their Fall line up.