Astral Media Behind the Best in Canadian Film



    All 23 Genie-Nominated Feature Films in Every Feature Film Award Category
    Supported by Astral Media

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Astral Media's The Movie Network, Super Ecran
and Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg are proud
to have backed every feature film in the Genie race with a total of 77 Genie
nominations for its supported films. The Genie nominations were announced by
the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television yesterday.
    The 23 Genie-nominated feature films - including top nominees Eastern
Promises, Shake Hands With the Devil and Away From Her - have all received
support from The Movie Network, Super Ecran or Astral Media The Harold
Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg through story optioning, script
development, equity investments and/or pre-buys.

    
    As a proud and long-standing supporter of Canadian film, Astral Media is
involved in the following Genie-nominated films:

    -   Away From Her
    -   L'Age des ténèbres/Days of Darkness
    -   Bluff
    -   Continental, un film sans fusil/Continental, a Film Without Guns
    -   Citizen Duane
    -   Eastern Promises
    -   Everything's Gone Green
    -   FIDO
    -   Les 3 P'tits Cochons/The 3 Little Pigs
    -   Ma fille mon ange
    -   Ma tante Aline/My Aunt Aline
    -   Nitro
    -   Partition
    -   Poor Boy's Game
    -   Roméo et Juliette
    -   Shake Hands With the Devil
    -   Silk
    -   Surviving My Mother/Comment survivre à sa mère
    -   That Beautiful Somewhere
    -   The Tracey Fragments
    -   Toi/You
    -   Who Loves the Sun
    -   Young Triffie's Been Made Away With
    

    Also nominated in the Best Documentary category is Sharkwater which has
been licensed by The Movie Network.

    The 28th annual Genie Awards will be presented on Monday, March 3, 2008
in Toronto. Please visit www.genieawards.ca for a complete list of nominees.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada.
With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and
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
- M, MMore, MExcess, MFun! and MFest - which deliver diverse and entertaining
programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The Movie
Network also offers The Movie Network HD and MMore HD, two dedicated
high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie
Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in
select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visit
www.themovienetwork.ca.

    Super Ecran is an Astral Media network. Super Ecran is Canada's only
French-language pay-television network offering first-run movies, exclusive
series and variety shows on four 24-hour channels, uncut and commercial free.
Super Ecran is also offering Super Ecran Sur Demande, a Subscription Video On
Demand service (SVOD) and Super Ecran HD, a high-definition movie channel. For
more information, please visit www.superecran.com.

    Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg is a
national funding organization established to contribute to the development and
production of high-calibre film and television productions while encouraging
the emergence of new talent. Supported by Astral Media, The Fund/Le Fonds has
invested close to $58 million in the Canadian film and television industry
since its inception in 1986. For more information, please visit
www.astralmedia.com.

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral
Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its
commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for
all its audiences.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Nicolle Balen,
nbalen@tv.astral.com, (416) 956-8638

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