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HBO Canada Puts a Spotlight on Malaria Awareness with HBO Films' Mary and Martha and Screening Event with Spread the Net

HBO Canada Puts a Spotlight on Malaria Awareness with HBO Films' Mary and 
Martha and Screening Event with Spread the Net 


    --  Hilary Swank stars in Mary and Martha, debuting April 20 on HBO
        Canada
    --  Spread the Net, The Belinda Stronach Foundation's malaria
        prevention initiative, to host special screening in Toronto on
        April 18

TORONTO, April 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Oscar(®) winner Hilary Swank and 
Oscar(®) nominee Brenda Blethyn star in HBO Films' Mary and Martha, the story 
of two mothers who find a way to make a difference by dedicating themselves to 
the cause of malaria prevention. The film premieres Saturday, April 20 at 8 
p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network 
(Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada), 
day-and-date with HBO in the U.S., and re-airs on Thursday, April 25 to 
commemorate World Malaria Day.

To help increase awareness about malaria prevention, Spread the Net, in 
participation with HBO Canada, is inviting supporters to A Night Out for Nets 
on Thursday, April 18. The event is an exclusive screening of Mary and Martha 
hosted by Spread the Net Co-Chair Rick Mercer. Space is limited and supporters 
can visit www.spreadthenet.org for more details. A Night Out for Nets aims to 
raise awareness about malaria in the days leading up to World Malaria Day.

Mary and Martha is a fictional story inspired by real events starring Swank as 
Mary, an American interior designer who takes her little boy on an extended 
trip to Africa, and Blethyn as Martha, an English housewife whose own son 
heads to Africa as a volunteer. When malaria strikes both of their sons, the 
lives of these very different women change forever as they forge a deep 
friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, 
dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild 
their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire 
positive change in the process.

In addition to Swank and Blethyn, the film also stars Sam Claflin, Frank 
Grillo and James Woods.

Mary and Martha is an HBO Films Presentation of a WTTV Working Title 
Television Production, in association with BBC and NBC Universal. The film is 
executive produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Juliette Howell and Liza Chasin 
and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Genevieve Hofmeyr.

InEastern Canada, the film will be available in High Definition, on demand, 
on TMN GO, and on HBO Canada OnLine.

In Western Canada, programming will be available in High Definition on HBO 
Canada HD; on demand, via mobile and online with participating service 
providers.

About Spread the Net
Spread the Net is a grassroots campaign designed to motivate, educate and 
inspire Canadians to help end preventable malaria deaths by raising funds and 
awareness to support the purchase and distribution of bed nets to children and 
families in Africa.

Spread the Net was founded after Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer traveled to 
Africa in 2006 with Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth 
Institute at Columbia University and at that time, the Director of the UN 
Millennium Project.It was there that they saw first-hand the devastating 
effects of malaria, and the shockingly simple bed net solution so out-of-reach 
for many thousands of African families.

Thanks to the generosity of Canadian supporters Spread the Net has raised 
enough funds to help facilitate the distribution of over 545,000 bed nets to 
children and families in Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, Guinea and Tanzania. For 
more information please visit www.spreadthenet.org.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network 
(Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO 
Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for 
which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming 
including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes 
content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and 
commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO 
Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand and online where available 
by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX: 
ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several 
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 
nbalen@astral.com

Movie Central (Western Canada) Owen McCorquodale (416) 479-6068 
Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com  Spread the Net Katie Agostino 416-531-1945 
Katie.agostino@tbsf.ca

SOURCE: The Movie Network

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