Paramount+ takes flight with Canadian air ambulance drama


ViacomCBS-owned streaming service Paramount+ has ordered Skymed, a new medical drama following the work of the air ambulance service in remote Northern Canada.

The 10 x 60-minute series is created by Julie Puckrin and produced by Piazza Entertainment in association with Canadian pubcaster CBC, and CBS Studios, for a 2022 debut.

Puckrin will also serve as executive producer alongside Vanessa Piazza, Ron Murphy and Gillian Hormel. Steve Adelson will direct the pilot director, while, from Manitoba, Kyle Irving and Lisa Meeches serve as executive producers for Eagle Vision and Jennica Harper and Nikolijne Troubetzkoy serve as co-executive producers.

Outside of Canada, the series will be distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.

The series weaves together character journeys and high-stakes medical rescues, following the triumphs, heartbreaks and tribulations of budding nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in a remote part of the world. Its ensemble cast includes Natasha Calis, Ace Nadjiwan, Morgan Holmstrom, Praneet Akilla, Thomas Elms, Mercedes Morris, Kheon Clarke, Rebecca Kwan, Braeden Clarke and Aaron Ashmore.

“This show was inspired by the real-life experiences of my sister and brother-in-law, who met flying air ambulances in the north,” said Puckrin. “Together with a talented team of writers, we created relatable characters full of hope, compassion and resilience. I am thrilled to be working with such an incredible and diverse cast to bring these exciting, emotional stories to life.

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