Transporter series gets new showrunners Brad Turner, Tim Lea


Production on the Transporter action series in Toronto has resumed after a long hiatus.

The cameras stopped rolling in October 2011 after lead Chris Vance was injured due to an on-set accident.

Steve Shill, an earlier showrunner on the Canada-France co-production, has been replaced by director and producer Brad Turner (Hawaii Five-0, 24) and producer Tim Lea (FlashForward, Lie to Me).

Turner, T.J. Scott (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) and George Mihalka (King, The Firm) will direct the remaining five episodes in Toronto and France, through mid-August.

Transporter, based on the Luc Besson movie franchise, is produced by Canadian coproducer Susan Murdoch’s QVF production shingle and French partner Klaus Zimmermann’s Atlantique Productions.  Takis Candilis and Besson are executive producing.

Shill and Canadian producer Karen Wookey (Andromeda) last year stepped in to oversee production in Toronto after the original showrunners, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, were let go.

The action series, which has faced hurdles due its demand for costly action sequences, has HBO Canada, Germany’s RTL, France’s M6, and HBO/Cinemax in the U.S. on side as broadcasters for a 2012 debut.

In the Canadian-France co-production, Vance plays Frank Martin, an ex-soldier an expert-driver for hire.

Playback learned this week that production restarted at the end of May.