FAMILY CHANNEL AND THE MARTIN TWINS DOUBLE THE EXCITEMENT WITH THE MARCH 25 PREMIERE OF THE SUITE LIFE MOVIE

Starring Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan, Matthew Timmons and Phill Lewis, The Suite Life Movie Premieres Day and Date with U.S. Premiere on Disney Channel

TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's Family Channel knows two heads are always better than one as Zack and Cody set out on a new adventure in the Disney Channel Original Movie The Suite Life Movie premiering Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Filmed on location in Vancouver, B.C., The Suite Life Movie stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse reprising their role as the mischievous Martin twins. Rounding out the television movie event is an afternoon marathon of The Suite Life on Deck, back-to-back premieres of new episodes of Family favourites and a sneak peek of Family Channel's new Canadian original series, Really Me.

The Suite Life Movie sees teenage twins Cody and Zack Martin participating in the prestigious Gemini Project at a high-tech research centre studying the dynamic between twins. They soon find themselves connected in a way they've never been before as when one twin experiences a sensation, thought or feeling, the other twin feels it too. While this new-found power helps the boys see eye to eye for the first time, it ultimately puts them in danger. The Suite Life Movie stars Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan, Matthew Timmons and Phill Lewis in the roles they made popular in the hit comedy series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck.   

The Suite Life Movie was written by Michael Saltzman (The Pink Panther, Murphy Brown) and Robert Horn (Broadway's 13, Designing Women and the upcoming Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure). The film is directed by Sean McNamara (Even Stevens, That's So Raven, Zeke and Luther). Pamela Eells O'Connell (The Suite Life on Deck, Family Matters), Irene Dreayer (The Suite Life on Deck, Sister, Sister), Jessica Rhoades (Den Brother), Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse serve as executive producers and Tracey Jeffrey (Psych) served as producer. The movie was created by Danny Kallis (The Suite Life on Deck, Who's The Boss?) and Jim Geoghan (The Suite Life on Deck, Family Matters) and developed by Danny Kallis and Pamela Eells O'Connell.

In honour of the Martin twins feature-length adventure, Family Channel is airing seven back-to-back episodes of The Suite Life on Deck beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 25. The marathon leads into a full night of premieres with new episodes of What's Up, Warthogs!, Shake It Up, and The Suite Life on Deck. Also in the lineup are a new episode of Wingin' It guest starring Canadian musical sensation Fefe Dobson and a new episode of Wizards of Waverly Place featuring Jackie Evancho, a young singer discovered on America's Got Talent.

Immediately following the premiere of The Suite Life Movie at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, Family Channel will sneak peek its newest Canadian original series, Really Me. The series follows the life of Maddy, the ordinary-turned-famous 15-year-old who wins the ultimate contest of landing her own reality TV show for a year.

Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in family television entertainment in over 6 million homes across Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family OnDemand, a television-based Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service and Family OnLine, an Internet-based, broadband service. Both of these services offer hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series and Playhouse Disney programming to subscribers when they want it, where they want it. Visit us at Family.ca.

Family Channel 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 more than 100 of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital 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.

SOURCE ASTRAL MEDIA INC.

For further information:

Jaime Werby at 416-956-8547 or jwerby@astral.com
Kate Dickson at 416-956-8584 or kdickson@astral.com

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