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Frank Spotnitz

Screenwriter and Producer
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Award-winning Executive Producer and writer, Frank Spotnitz is the Chief Executive and Founder of Big Light Productions, and began his 20+ year career with The X-Files.

Most recently, Spotnitz co-created and executive produced Ransom for CBS in the US, Corus’s Global in Canada, TF1 in France and RTL in Germany; the comedy-drama series The Indian Detective, starring international comedian Russell Peters, for Bell Media/CTV and Netflix; and Medici: Masters of Florence, starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman for RAI in Italy, SFR Play in France and Netflix in the UK, US and Canada. The second season of Ransom is currently airing in Canada and the second season of Medici is due to air later this year.

Spotnitz created, executive produced and wrote several episodes of the acclaimed Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle, based on the classic Philip K. Dick novel. Launched in the UK, US, Germany and Austria in 2015, the show quickly became Amazon’s most viewed drama series ever and is now in its third series.

Spotnitz’s other credits include: Crossing Lines Season 3, starring Goran Visjnic and Donald Sutherland; Transporter Season 2 (TNT); Hunted, which he created for BBC1 and HBO Cinemax; Strike Back: Project Dawn; Night Stalker; Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide Division; The Lone Gunmen; Harsh Realm; and Millennium.

Spotnitz shared three Golden Globes for Best Drama Series and a Peabody Award for his work on The X-Files. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and three times for Outstanding Drama Series.

Big Light Productions Limited is a London- and Paris-based production company, specializing in international television series, including drama, comedy and documentaries. 

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