City, Netflix, and shomi™ Collaborate To Bring Viewers Between, A New Premium Original Drama Series

– Series will premiere on City and shomi in Canada, and on Netflix in the rest of the world –

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series.   

The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canada and on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

"We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between offers just that," said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. "Showcasing Michael McGowan's cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment."  

"Teaming up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative partner in Canada to bring our global viewers top-notch content," said Erik Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. "We're thrilled to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions of Netflix viewers will enjoy."

Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

"With the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming to our subscribers," said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. "Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect fit for the shomi brand." 

"Speaking on behalf of DCTV, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., we are very excited to be announcing our first series production deal which is doubly historic as a Canadian first between Netflix and Rogers," said Executive Producer Don Carmody." We have assembled an outstanding team led by Michael McGowan, as show runner who has given us a bold and riveting narrative; director Jon Cassar, who will bring this thriller to life; and starring the beautiful and talented Jennette McCurdy. Between is backed by three of the best content behemoths in the business."

Between stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces along with Don Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy® award-winning director Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton's Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal. Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution.  From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid Mansuri is Interim Senior Vice President of Broadcast.

About Don Carmody Television (DCTV)
Don Carmody Television (DCTV) is a division of Don Carmody Productions (DCP), one of North America's most successful producers of premium content since 1980. By enlisting top talent and participating in partnerships across the USA and worldwide, DCP has produced 100+ projects for cinema and television, including Best Picture Academy Award-winner® Chicago.  Recent productions include Pompeii, Goon, Resident Evil: Retribution, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. DCP's productions have garnered over 100 national and international awards, including wins at the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and Emmys.

About Mulmur Feed Co.
Mulmur Feed Co. is a leading Canadian film and television production company. Recent credits include Still Mine, Score: A Hockey Musical and One Week

About Elevation Pictures Corp.
Founded in 2013, with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has already established itself as one of Canada's leading film and television distribution companies. Elevation's team of seasoned production and distribution executives, including co-presidents Laurie May and Noah Segal, are committed to bringing a robust film and television slate to audiences with both commercial and critical appeal. For more information, visit elevationpictures.com

About shomi
shomi is a brand new subscription video streaming service that makes getting video entertainment nearly as enjoyable as watching it, offering members exclusive television series and movies they will always love. Curated by people who love popcorn and magic, shomi combines the passion and knowledge of our entertainment experts with the power of technology to offer recommendations and collections that help our members always find something good to watch. We are made in Canada. shomi is a joint venture owned equally by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. Want more information? Visit www.shomi.com.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 50 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For a low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About City 
City™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Saskatchewan offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming.  A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, City engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats, such as Breakfast Television and Cityline, as well as local Canadian and acquired prime-time entertainment programming.  City is part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI), which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on City stations and programming, visit Citytv.com.

Image with caption: "City (CNW Group/City)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141020_C3264_PHOTO_EN_6873.jpg

Image with caption: "shomi (CNW Group/City)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141020_C3264_PHOTO_EN_6874.jpg

Image with caption: "Netflix (CNW Group/City)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141020_C3264_PHOTO_EN_6875.jpg

SOURCE: Rogers Media

For further information: Stephanie Leslie, City, Stephanie.Leslie@rci.rogers.com, 647.244.3166; Cynthia Amsden, Unit Publicist, Between, RoundstonePR@me.com, 416.910.7740; Karen Barragan, Netflix, kbarragan@netflix.com, 310.975.8664; Catherine Simmonds, Elevation Pictures, csimmonds@elevationpictures.com, 416.583.5800 x2003

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