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
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 www.themovienetwork.ca.
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 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 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.
The Movie Network (eastern Canada) Ellery Ulster (416) 956-8638
Movie Central (western Canada) Owen McCorquodale (416) 479-6068
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