The Movie Network and Movie Central Announce 2013 Production Slate

The Movie Network and Movie Central Announce 2013 Production Slate 
BANFF, AB, June 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern 
Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) are pleased 
to announce the original series, comedy specials and documentaries that have 
been greenlit for production in 2013. The line-up includes the new half-hour 
comedy series, Sensitive Skin, slated to begin shooting in Toronto in October; 
returning stand-up series Funny as Hell; and documentaries Fanarchists: The 
Fan Film Phenomenon; Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story; Hip Hop 
Evolution and The DNA of GSP. 
"The Movie Network's latest crop of projects reflects our ongoing commitment 
to working with the finest Canadian talent, both in front and behind the 
camera," said Aubie Greenberg, Director Original Programming, Movie Services, 
Astral Television Networks. "We are proud to support Kim Cattrall's return to 
the small screen, another season of hilarity from Jon Dore and exciting new 
documentary projects that take on seminal figures and issues in popular 
"With daring films and series that can only be seen on PayTV, Movie Central 
continues to be home to top quality, boundary pushing Canadian original 
productions," saidJulie Di Cresce, Director, Original Programming, Drama & 
Comedy, Corus Entertainment. "We're thrilled to have the iconic Kim Cattrall 
join our schedule alongside our other home-grown talent including Jon Dore and 
Jason Priestley." 
The new and returning series and documentaries greenlit for 2013 join 
previously announced projects slated to air this fall, including the fourth 
season of the popular and acclaimed half-hour comedy Call Me Fitz and the 
inaugural season of six-part documentary series Reelside, 
In addition to these original series, specials and documentaries, The Movie 
Network and Movie Central continue to support the best in Canadian film. 
Notable up-coming films include Jeff Barnaby's Rhymes from Young Ghouls, The F 
Word from Mike Dowse, Atom Egoyan's Queen of the Night, Jason Priestley's Cas 
and Dylan, Enemy from Denis Villeneuve and Escape from Tehran from Larry 
Weinstein and Drew Taylor. 
New Canadian original productions from The Movie Network and Movie Central for 
Sensitive Skin (6 x 30 min; comedy) 
Kim Cattrallreturns to television in this half-hour comedy that revolves 
around a woman going through a mid-life crisis. Based on the acclaimed UK 
series, Sensitive Skin also stars Don McKellar, who will also direct. The 
series will be written by Bob Martin and produced by Rhombus Media. Series 
slated to begin shooting in Toronto in October and will air in 2014. 
Funny As Hell - Season 4 (10 x 30 min; comedy)
Produced by Just for Laughs Television, Funny As Hell is back for a hell of a 
fourth season. The half-hour comedy series mixes daring stand-up featuring 
some of the funniest rising stars in comedy, with musical comedy and digital 
shorts. Hosted by Jon Dore, Season 4 will be filmed during the 2013 Just for 
Laughs Festival in Montreal and will air in 2014. 
Fanarchists: The Fan Film Phenomenon (1 x 90 min; documentary) 
Directed by Donna Davies and produced by Ruby Tree Films (Nightmare Factory), 
Fanarchists delves in to the world of amateur-made films that play in the 
shadows of Hollywoods' greatest creations. Armed with the latest technology, 
rogue films fans take media into their own hands, jeopardizing Hollywood's 
place as the driving force in popular culture. Production scheduled to begin 
in summer of 2013. 
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story (1 x 90 min; documentary) 
From director/producer Barry Avrich comes the extraordinary story of the 
larger than legendary Bob Guccione. Visionary, public-relations master, 
recluse and self-destructive optimist, Avrich tracks Guccione from the 
pinnacle of power and wealth as publisher of Penthouse to his spectacular fall 
into personal debt in the tens of millions of dollars. Production is complete, 
with a broadcast tentatively slated for fall 2013. 
Hip Hop Evolution (2 x 90 min; documentary)
Produced by the renowned team at Banger Films (Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage; 
Metal Evolution), Hip Hop Evolution follows critically acclaimed MC and 
hip-hop scholar Shad as he realizes every hip-hop fan's dream: a global 
journey through hip hop's superstar artists, producers and moguls to unravel 
the music's complex DNA. Production slated to begin in summer 2013. 
The DNA of GSP (1 x 90 min; documentary)
The action-packed life story of Canadian Georges St-Pierre (GSP), UFC World 
Welterweight Champion and one of the most high-profile athletes in the world. 
Currently in production, The DNA of GSP is directed by Peter Svatek and 
Kristian Manchester and produced as a co-venture between Triplex Films, Upside 
Up Media Group and Jimmy Lee. 
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. 
With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, 
critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming, this 
pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the best television 
entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour 
multiplex channels - The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest - 
which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and 
commercial-free television environment. All five multiplex channels are also 
simulcast in High Definition and are joined by The Movie Network OnDemand, a 
Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across 
eastern Canada; TMN OnLine an Internet-based content streaming service 
available to Bell TV, Rogers and Videotron subscribers; and TMN GO, a video 
streaming service currently available to Bell TV, Rogers and Cogeco Cable 
subscribers. For more information, please visit 
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 
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western 
Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and 
Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated 
high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO 
content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime 
content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the 
Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, 
through The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports many critically-acclaimed and 
award-winning Canadian series and films. Visit the Movie Central website at 
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., 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 
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press site, 
please visit or 
The Movie Network (eastern Canada) Ellery Ulster (416) 956-8638 
Movie Central (western Canada) Owen McCorquodale (416) 479-6068   
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