E! Orders New Unscripted Canadian Series BRAVE NEW GIRL

- Vancouver transgendered model Jenna Talackova stars in new reality series from Peacock Alley Entertainment -

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TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - First she took on Donald Trump. Now she's taking on the world. Bell Media's E! announced today that it has ordered the new Canadian entertainment documentary series BRAVE NEW GIRL (working title) from Peacock Alley Entertainment. The eight-episode, 30-minute, unscripted series follows the glamorous and headline-grabbing life of model and former Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova, as she moves from Vancouver to Toronto to pursue her career and start a new life in the big city. Joining her for the ride are Jenna's fun and fearless friends, level-headed documentary filmmaker Elena and outspoken model and student, Dajana. BRAVE NEW GIRL begins production this summer and is set to premiere on E! in the fall.

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"This latest announcement offers yet another example of Bell Media's deep commitment not only to its Specialty brands, but also to Canada's independent production community," said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. "BRAVE NEW GIRL presents E!'s pop culture-hungry audience the opportunity to enter the wildly entertaining world of reality television, all from a uniquely Canadian perspective."

"I'm so happy to be sharing my life with the E! viewers," said Jenna. "It will be fun letting the world watch as I take the next steps in pursing my dreams."

"Jenna's glamorous life, unique voice and pop culture relevance is a perfect fit for E!'s fabulous brand of entertainment," said Carrie Mudd, President, Peacock Alley, and producer. "We're thrilled to be working with such a strong broadcast partner."

In the entertainment documentary series BRAVE NEW GIRL, star Jenna Talackova may have been born with the name Walter, but make no mistake, the beautiful knockout is all woman. After the Vancouver beauty skyrocketed to notoriety as the transgendered girl with the gall to take on Donald Trump for the right to compete in Miss Universe Canada, Jenna won't let anything keep her from her dreams. Each episode follows Jenna as she moves her life across the country and attempts to build her career in modelling, television, and fitness. The series also focuses on her eclectic entourage of fun-loving family members and close friends, including mother hen Elena who wants Jenna to get serious about her career, and the gorgeous and outspoken Dajana, who is always ready for the next adventure.

BRAVE NEW GIRL is produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment in association with E! and Bell Media. Carrie Mudd is President, Peacock Alley and Producer. Kara Haflidson is Production Executive for Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

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About Peacock Alley Entertainment
Peacock Alley is in international entertainment production house and bespoke distributor. The company creates, develops, finances, and produces innovative and entertaining prime time factual and scripted television content for both the domestic and international marketplace. Company President Carrie Mudd and Chairman Neil Court launched Peacock Alley in 2012 and together bring their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience to packaging premium content and working with global broadcast and production partners, from the inception of the creative process and financing stages, through production and delivery across multiple platforms.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, ORPHAN BLACK, and upcoming series BITTEN. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series PANIC BUTTON, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and LAST CAR STANDING. In total, Bell Media ordered 27 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

About E!
E! is television's top global destination for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 6.5 million cable and satellite subscribers across Canada. E! content is available anytime and anywhere, including eonline.ca, @EOnlineCanada, Facebook and other emerging platforms. The pulse of pop culture, E! features a variety of programming including hit reality series, fascinating profiles of the world's biggest stars, up-to-the-minute entertainment news, witty talk series, and the best live red carpet coverage from Canada and around the world. E! is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.

SOURCE: E!

For further information:

Laura Catania, Entertainment Specialties, Bell Media, 416.384.3173 or laura.catania@bellmedia.ca
Amy Doary, Entertainment Specialties, Bell Media, 416.384.2593 or amy.doary@bellmedia.ca