-- VICE-led delegation, including Dennis Rodman, members of the
Harlem Globetrotters and production crew, met with Kim Jong-un
before thousands of North Koreans at basketball game last week
TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - VICE, a new weekly series from HBO, premieres
Friday, April 5 at 11 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus
Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network
(Eastern Canada), day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Featuring groundbreaking
stories from around the world, VICE is hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the
new media company of the same name, and is executive produced by Bill Maher,
Smith and Eddy Moretti, VICE's chief creative officer. CNN's Fareed Zakaria
serves as a consultant on the series.
Hosted by Smith and two VICE correspondents - former intern Ryan Duffy and
"Dos & Don'ts" book editor Thomas "Baby Balls" Morton - VICE promises to smash
barriers of decorum to cover stories such as out-of-control political
assassinations in the Philippines, the sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has
swept Senegal, and the precarious nuclear stare-down in Kashmir.
Last week, VICE led a team of "Basketball Diplomats" to Pyongyang, North Korea
to engage in a cultural exchange mission. VICE series correspondent Ryan
Duffy,NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and select members of the Harlem
Globetrotters filmed segments for the series including a widely publicized
basketball game attended by Rodman and supreme leader of North Korea Kim
Jong-un. Other activities during the trip included visits to national sites
and monuments, the Pyongyang Skate Park, and the national animation
Founded in 1994 by Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi and launched as the "Voice of
Montreal" in MontrealQuebec, VICE now operates in 34 countries worldwide and
attracts tens of millions of viewers and readers to its network of online
channels dedicated to music, fashion, travel, news and sports. VICE's
international digital platforms and magazine are Gen Y's most popular and
entertaining source for news, part of a global media powerhouse that also
includes a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative
services agency and a book-publishing division.
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which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming
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of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home
advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in
community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To
learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television
broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. Experience
Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press site,
please visit http://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
Media contacts: The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Nicolle Balen (416) 956-8638
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