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CBS Grabs Crisis Negotiation Series ‘Ransom’

CBS has given the green light to Ransom, a suspenseful 13-episode drama from Frank Spotnitz and his Big Light Productions, international studio Entertainment One, and producers Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions. Created by Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom is inspired by the experiences of high stakes crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert.

"The world of crisis negotiation is incredibly compelling, as demonstrated by the fascinating real-life cases Laurent has negotiated," Spotnitz said. "Laurent has inspired a brilliant and complex character, and you can't help but be moved seeing all the lives he's saved around the world."

CBS is partnering with France’s TF1 and Canada’s Global on the series.

Spotnitz created The Man in the High Castle for Amazon.

"As CBS continues to program year round, we are always looking for series that can fit seamlessly within our schedule and connect with our viewers," Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, said. "Ransom brings a compelling new approach to a character-driven crime drama with a sense of urgency and closure in each episode."

CBS did not announce a premiere date for Ransom.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.