Halfire-CORE Entertainment and Shaw Media Announce Production and Casting Details for Working the Engels

Azura Skye and Benjamin Arthur Join Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl
Production Begins in Toronto on Working the Engels

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TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Halfire-CORE Entertainment and Shaw Media announced today the addition of Benjamin Arthur (Less Than Kind) and Azura Skye (American Horror Story, Grimm) to the cast of Global Television's new half-hour original comedy series Working the Engels. Arthur and Skye join previously announced cast members Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl. Commissioned by Shaw Media's original content team, produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment and written by Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality, Desperate Housewives) and Jane Ford (Listen Missy, Material World), the 12-episode series has begun production in Toronto.

In this laugh-out-loud comedy, a family of ne'er-do-wells must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad's storefront law firm, with one minor problem - daughter Jenna Engel (Rohl) is the only one who is qualified to practice law. Unfortunately for Jenna, this also means taking on her eccentric relatives as co-workers, including her self-involved mother Ceil (Martin), her pill-popping sister Sandy (Skye) and her bad boy brother Jimmy (Arthur).  Jenna, the youngest sibling, becomes the unlikely family patriarch, running the law firm and keeping her crazy family together.

Azura Skye joins the cast as Sandy Engel, the law firm's receptionist and a recently divorced, recovering pill-popper, now on a self-help kick and mission to save humanity. Skye is best known for her television performances in American Horror Story, Grimm and American Dad!, and can be seen in the upcoming films Explosion and The Factory.

Benjamin Arthur portrays Jimmy Engel, a bad boy and petty criminal with a heart of gold who would do anything for his sisters and his mother. He's just returned from a stint in prison for embezzling money from his own parents and much to Jenna's reluctance, begins working as an investigator at the law firm. The award-winning Arthur most recently starred as Josh Blecher in the highly acclaimed dramedy Less Than Kind.

Working the Engels is produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment with Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall and Noreen Halpern serving as Executive Producers.

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About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.3 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

About Halfire-CORE Entertainment
Noreen Halpern founded Halfire Entertainment in 2012 to develop, produce, and finance television series and mini-series for the Canadian, U.S., and international marketplace.  Earlier this year, Halfire Entertainment launched a joint venture with CORE Media Group to co-finance new scripted programming, forming Halfire-CORE Entertainment.  By investing in content and partnerships, Halfire-CORE Entertainment is producing exceptionally creative and commercial programming and employing non-traditional financing resulting in straight-to-series orders.  Prior to Halfire, Halpern oversaw all scripted programming for Entertainment One, where she launched series including Rookie Blue (ABC, Global) and Hell on Wheels (AMC) among many others. Recently, Stephanie Fontana, Director of Development and Production, and Ben Murray, Director of Business Development, joined the team.  The company has a robust development slate including Billy The Kid − a limited series for Fox; Me & The Mrs. from Bob Martin; and a three-for-one deal at NBC, in addition to Working the Engels for Shaw.  Halfire-CORE Entertainment has offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Allison Barber
Unit Publicist (for Engels 1 Productions)
416-801-6963
barber.allison@gmail.com

Gabrielle Free
Free Publicity (for Halfire-CORE Entertainment)
416-220-0201
gabfree.publicity@gmail.com

Katia Houde
Publicist, Global Television
416-934-7053
Katia.Houde@ShawMedia.ca

Ashley Applebaum
Senior Publicist, Global Television
416-934-8481
Ashley.Applebaum@ShawMedia.ca


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