Original miniseries from Movie Central and The Movie Network premieres Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada
TORONTO, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Corruption, greed, violence, betrayal…and
recess. HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) brings the mean streets to the schoolyard in The Yard, a mockumentary series from The Movie Network and Movie Central,
debuting Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/MT with two back-to-back episodes.
"Only on Pay TV can we provide a platform for a series that is as
entertaining, and boundary pushing as The Yard," said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids,
Comedy, Drama, Corus Entertainment. "We're pleased to be working with
Paul Gross and the talented team at Whizbang Films, who produced an
original Canadian series that is unlike anything else on television".
"The Movie Network is known for working with distinctly Canadian voices
to deliver bold, risk-taking original series for our subscriber and The Yard fits squarely into this framework," said Aubie Greenberg, Director,
Original Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television Networks.
"Michael Mabbott and David Eddie and the entire team at Whizbang are to
be congratulated for creating such a unique vision."
In the six-part, half-hour miniseries viewers are taken inside a
schoolyard by an unseen Documentarian (voiced by Paul Gross) who
records students' behaviour during recess. Through interviews with the
kids, he sees adult-world scenarios played out by two schoolyard gangs:
12‐year‐old leader Nick; his idealistic younger brother J.J., the
brains of the outfit; weird pal Johnny, his lieutenant; big girl Suzi,
the muscle; and his six-year-old little brother Adam, who just wants to
play. Nick's crew tries to keep the peace while defending their turf
against: Frankie Miladic, leader of his gang of self-indulgent, cruel
bullies; "Pork Chop" and his brother Mickey; while also fighting his
affection for Frankie's popular and influential sister Mary, leader of
Starring kids between the ages of 10 and 13, The Yard was created and written by Michael Mabbott (The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico) and David Eddie (House Broken, Globe & Mail's Damage Control). The series stars Quintin Colantoni, Keana Bastidas,
Sarah Cranmer, Daniel Lupetina, Alex Cardillo, Shemar Charles and is
Executive Produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, David Eddie and
The Yard is developed and produced by Whizbang Films. The Movie Network and Movie
Central developed, commissioned and invested in the series. It is
produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Cable
Network Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the
Ontario Media Development Corporation and distributed by Entertainment
Following its special two-part premiere, subsequent episodes of The Yard will debut Fridays at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. All episodes will
be broadcast in High Definition. In Eastern Canada The Yard will also be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand
OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron's Illico Web and in Western Canada
via HBO Canada Online with Shaw Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.
Michael Mabbott and David Eddie are available for interviews leading up the series' premiere. For more
information, please contact Nicolle Balen (The Movie Network) or Owen
McCorquodale (Movie Central).
The Yard will be available before its premiere from Friday, June 24 - Friday,
July 8 online in Western Canada on www.moviecentral.ca
HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO
Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic
programs for which HBO is known, together with new and
never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials,
sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's
extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment.
HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and
programming is accessible on demand where available by service
provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral (TSX:
ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates
several 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.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is
a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional
assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book
publishing and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com
SOURCE Movie Central
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