“MERCY STREET” TAKES VIEWERS BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD WITH AN INTIMATE, HUMAN LOOK AT LIVES ON THE CIVIL WAR HOME FRONT
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TAKES VIEWERS BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD WITH AN INTIMATE, HUMAN LOOK AT LIVES ON THE CIVIL WAR HOME FRONT
Executive Produced by Ridley Scott
Stars Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Spectacular Now)
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Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution February 2nd
Arlington, Va. –December 16, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “MERCY STREET” on DVD and Blu-ray. Go beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history.
Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, the program follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; Mary Phinney, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest Union occupied city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators and spies.
The series is executive produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise); David W. Zucker (The Good Wife and The Man in the High Castle) of Scott Free; Lisa Q. Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing, The untold story of the Mayflower) and David Zabel (ER).
“MERCY STREET” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray February 2, 2016. The run time of this program is approximately 360 minutes on 2 discs. The DVD SRP is $39.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $44.99. The program will also be available for digital download.
The intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied town creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful — a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels. This series is not about battles and glory, it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today.
Based on historical characters and events, “MERCY STREET” skillfully weaves together diverse storylines that offer different perspectives on the war. A pair of nurses from opposite worlds and political persuasions opens a window into a world where the unprecedented medical demands create a chaotic atmosphere and challenge doctors, nurses and patients in unimaginable ways, while the pressures of Union occupation threaten to tear apart a proud Confederate family.
“MERCY STREET” also stars Gary Cole (Veep, The Good Wife, Entourage) Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline) Tara Summers (You’re the Worst, Rake, Boston Legal), McKinley Belcher III (Show Me a Hero, Chicago PD), Shalita Grant (NCIS: New Orleans, Bones), Peter Gerety (Syriana, Charlie Wilson’s War), Jack Falahee (How to Get Away With Murder), Anna Sophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries, Bridge to Terabithea), Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Donna Murphy (Resurrection, Hindsight), L.Scott Caldwell (Southland, Lost), Suzanne Bertish (Rome), Wade Williams (Prison Break) and Luke Macfarlane (Brothers and Sisters, Over There)
“MERCY STREET” producer David A. Rosemont has produced more than 45 films for almost every major television studio including ABC, NBC, CBS, Showtime, Lifetime, The History Channel, A&E, among others. Rosemont is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Door To Door (Emmy Award for Best Picture, 2003), Gifted Hands starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and America starring Rosie O’Donnell. His recent credits include In My Dreams and One Christmas Eve, for the Hallmark Hall of Fame and ABC, respectively.
“MERCY STREET” was made possible by the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Virginia Tourism, Visit Alexandra and public television viewers.
“MERCY STREET” is a production of Lone Wolf Media and Scott Free Productions. Executive producers: Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and co-creator Lisa Q. Wolfinger and David Zabel; co-executive producer Clayton Krueger; producer David Rosemont; directors Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb.
Lone Wolf Media
Lone Wolf Media is an independent television production company with a long standing reputation for developing and producing award winning programming across a variety of genres. Founded in 1997 by Kirk and Lisa Q. Wolfinger, Lone Wolf has grown since then to become a leader in factual entertainment. Recent primetime specials include, “D Day in HD” for History and “The Bomb” for PBS. Ongoing reality series includes, “Yankee Jungle” for Animal Planet. President and owner Lisa Q. Wolfinger created the new PBS American drama concept in collaboration with David Zabel, showrunner and lead writer on NBC’s hit series “ER.” MERCY STREET was inspired by the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and a shared passion for history.
Scott Free Productions is the film and television production company of acclaimed film director Ridley Scott. In the 20 years since Scott Free was formed, the company has earned over 70 Emmy nominations with 20 wins, and 20 Golden Globe nominations for its highly acclaimed television projects, which include the Peabody Award-winning “The Good Wife,” which is in its seventh season on CBS; a series adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic “The Man in the High Castle” for Amazon; the Civil War medical drama “Mercy Street,” PBS’ first scripted series in over a decade; “BrainDead” a satiric-thriller CBS summer series from Robert and Michelle King; and the acclaimed “Killing” telefilms (“Killing Kennedy” “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Jesus”) for National Geographic, each of which premiered to record numbers for the channel and Emmy nominations.
Notable limited series broadcasts are “Klondike” for Discovery, “The Pillars of the Earth” for Starz (Emmy & Golden Globe noms), “World Without End” for Reelz, “Into the Storm” (Emmy & Golden Globe nom) and “The Gathering Storm” (Emmy & Golden Globe wins) for HBO, “The Andromeda Strain” (Emmy nom) and “Coma” for A&E and “The Company” for TNT (Golden Globe nom). The hit crime series “Numbers” ran for six seasons on CBS. Nonfiction programs are highlighted by the Emmy-winning documentary special “Gettysburg” for History Channel and “Crimes of the Century” for CNN. Projects currently on the development slate include: “Killing Reagan” for National Geographic, “ The Terror” and “Strange Angel” for AMC, “3001: The Final Odyssey” for Syfy and a trio of new drama pilots for CBS. With offices in Los Angeles and London, Scott Free works closely with RSA Films, one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial production houses in the world.
Founded by Dean Devlin, the company recently wrapped production on the Warner Bros. film Geostorm, Devlin’s feature directorial debut, which he is producing with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Devlin’s sales outfit, Electric Distribution, recently sold international rights to The Librarians to Universal International Television. In addition, the company co-financed and produced the film Go With Me, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles. Electric Distribution recently acquired international sales rights to award-winning SXSW titles Kelly & Cal, as well as the SXSW Audience Award winner Before I Disappear and the Terrence Malick-produced film The Better Angels. They are also selling the Sundance favorite God’s Pocket, a recent IFC Films release, which was the directing debut of “Mad Men”’s John Slattery and stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro and Christina Hendricks, and the Tribeca Film Festival premiere The Wannabe, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Dean Devlin and Traction Media and stars Academy Award® winner Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli.
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Street Date: February 2, 2016
Run Time: Approx. 360 Minutes on 2 Discs
SRP: DVD $39.99 and Blu-ray $44.99
Format: DVD and Blu-ray