VICTOR LESSARD WINS ROCKIE AWARD AT THE BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL!
Montréal, June 13, 2017 – Quebecor Content and Pixcom are pleased to announce that Club Illico’s exclusive original series Victor Lessard has won the Banff World Media Festival Rockie Award in the “Francophone Program” category. The series, based on Martin Michaud best-selling thriller, was produced by Pixcom Productions, in collaboration with Quebecor Content. The series is directed by Patrice Sauvé, written by Martin Michaud, Frédéric Ouellet and Michelle Allen and produced by Mario Clément.
The awards were handed out on June 12th, 2017, at the Rockie Awards Gala in beautiful Banff. With annual entries from over 40 countries and winners selected by an international jury of more than 350 entertainment and media professionals, the award is one of the world’s largest program competitions of its kind.
“The great success of Victor Lessard came down to synergy,” said Yann Paquet, VP Acquisitions & International Development at Quebecor Content. “The teamwork between Quebecor Content and Pixcom was truly outstanding. We’re very excited to take this series to the international market, and confident it will find a large and loyal audience.”
"Pixcom is very proud of the work done by all its creative people on this ambitious, world-class project,” said Nicola Merola, President and Executive Producer of Pixcom. “This award is the first step towards realizing our goal of bringing the Victor Lessard franchise to the world.”
“We are very excited by this win for Victor Lessard,” said Caroline Paquet, Senior Director, Content Platform Management & Operation at Videotron. “The award complements the excellent numbers for the series which broke Club’s records compiling 1 million views less than two weeks after its launch. This recognition at the Rockies corroborates the positive response from customers, who choose to watch Victor Lessard on the Club illico platform day after day.”
The series’ first season entirely filmed in Ultra HD (4K) stars Patrice Robitaille as Inspector Victor Lessard and Julie Le Breton as his partner Jacinthe Taillon, two detectives tasked with investigating the suicide of a homeless man and the grisly murder of a woman that seems inspired by medieval torture practices. As further ritual murders are committed, the pressure ramps up and the race against the clock intensifies.
On April 19th, Club illico announced that Victor Lessard was being renewed for a second season. Season 2 will begin production in fall 2017.