Netflix today announced that its new original series figure-skating and ice hockey drama, Zero Chill, will launch on 15th March 2021.
The live action kids and family series follows 15-year-old figure skater Kayla as her life is up-ended from Canada to the UK, when her twin brother Mac gets a place at a prestigious ice hockey academy. Distraught at her parents’ decision to put her brother’s ambitions before her own, Kayla must find her place on the ice again and step out from the shadow of her superstar twin.
- Cast includes:
- Newcomers Grace Beedie and Dakota Benjamin Taylor as Kayla and Mac
- Jade Ma (Black Widow, Surviving Christmas)
- Sarah Jane Potts (Gracepoint, Kinky Boots)
- Oscar Skagerberg (The Last Kingdom, Midnight Sun)
- Doug Rao (NCIS:Los Angeles, Ransom)
- Christina Tam (Transformers: The Last Knight, The Limehouse Golem)
- Stanislaus Steinbichler (Vienna Blood)
- Zero Chill is the latest Netflix project from Lime Pictures, the team behind double Emmy award-winning Free Rein.
- The 10 x 30-minute series is created by Kirstie Falkous and John Regier, and is Executive Produced by Angelo Abela and Tim Compton.
- The young and talented writing room has been led by Head Writer Adam Usden (Ackley Bridge)
- Quote from Angelo Abela and Tim Compton: “When you collide the two worlds of ice hockey and figure skating, the stories and the visuals are incredible. And with Zero Chill the audience are right there in the arena, amidst all the conflict and spectacle. We’ve assembled the best in fresh writing talent and after an extensive search we’ve found a truly international cast, who are as exceptional on screen as they are on the ice. The result is a uniquely exciting drama for the family audience.”
About the production:
Set in the fictional Hammarström Ice Hockey Academy, the show features a fully skating cast, with a fluid camera style giving the audience the feel of actually being on the ice with the characters. Casting took place across Europe and Canada, with the English-speaking cast hailing from Sweden, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, France, Canada and the UK, giving the show a uniquely diverse feel. Filming has taken place in and around Sheffield, one of the great hubs of ice skating in the UK. The cast were trained on the ice for several months prior to filming starting, with some of the best coaches in the country.
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About Lime Pictures:
Lime Pictures, with bases in Liverpool, London and Los Angeles, produces world class, cutting edge programming, covering a wide range of genres from reality drama, through to children’s scripted to Channel 4’s multi-award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks, that celebrated its 25thyear in 2020. With more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences, it produces for all platforms, both linear and VOD, and has played a pioneering role in the launch of new formats as well as in using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.
Lime’s programming includes the double Emmy award-winning drama Free Rein for Netflix worldwide, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore, Geordie OGs, the multi award-winning Hollyoaks for Channel 4 in the UK and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITV. It also produces E4’s highly successful Celeb’s Go Dating and Gemma Collins: Diva Forever Previous credits include Educating Joey Essex, Life on Marbs, the Emmy award-winning Singles Project and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffeyfor Bravo, Disney’s Evermoor and Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis.