Monthly Archives: June 2013

Crossing Lines takes Descriptive Video to Europe

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 & Steelasked 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.


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Congratulations 2013 Leo Award Nominees!


This weekend marks the 15th Anniversary of the Leo Awards whose mandate is to celebrate excellence in film and television in British Columbia. The best and brightest talent in our home Province will be dressing themselves up and walking the red carpet at the Westin Bayshore Hotel for a celebration gala and we are delighted to see many of our clients nominated this year in a multitude of categories.


Arctic Air

We are so proud to be able to make this successful TV series accessible with our audio description. The second season of Arctic Air recently aired it’s final episode but CBC has already announced that it will be back for a 3rd Season in 2014 – and a good thing too since it is up for a whopping 14 Leo Awards including Best TV Drama, Best Male Performer (Kevin McNulty), Best Female Performer (Pascale Hutton) Best Supporting Performer noms for John Reardon and Emillie Ullerup and several noms in a variety of craft categories.


Primeval: New World

Like many others, we were shocked and immensely disappointed to hear that Primeval New World, a terrific Sci-Fi show, had been cancelled and would not be returning for a 2nd season. We had a blast providing the descriptive video for the entire series and it’s great to see the makers being honored by the Leo Awards with 6 nominations including Screenwriting, Picture Editing, Visual Effects and Lead Performer and Supporting nods for Niall Matter and Miranda Frigon.


Ice Pilots NWT

Ice Pilots is now in its 4th Season and they can add to their numerous other awards they’ve amassed over the years with three nominations including Best Documentary Series.

Like Ice Pilots, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag has also reached an impressive 4 Season run and we were delighted to finally make their entertaining and informative cooking show accessible with their latest run of episodes. Season 4 is nominated in 4 categories including Best Information or Lifestyle Program, Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Hosts. In the same category, other shows we have provided descriptive audio for, Get Stuffed and The Liquidator also have nominations for Best Program, Direction and Cinematography.


Mr. Young

Leading the category of Youth Or Children’s Program Or Series, Mr. Young, (recently renewed for a 4th Season) has an impressive 7 nominations for Directing, Screenwriting and Performer with actors Gig Morton, Brendan Meyer and Milo Shandel all receiving noms.

We’d like to wish all the nominees our heartfelt congratulations. It is an honor for us to be able to make all of your amazing work accessible to blind and vision-impaired audiences across Canada and beyond. We’d also like to give special congratulations to one of our own, Neil Every, who is one of our writers and whose comedy webseries Fools For Hire is nominated for a Best Performer award and Best Webseries. You can check out the show here. Good luck Neil and we hope by the end of Saturday night you’ll be holding a shiny Leo Award!


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