HBO CANADA TAKES MOB RULES TO THE PLAYGROUND IN THE YARD, A NEW SIX-PART ORIGINAL MINISERIES

  • 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 the girls.

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 Michael Mabbott.

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 One.

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.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
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).

PREVIEW OPPORTUNITY
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

For further information:

Media contacts:      
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)       Movie Central (Western Canada)  
Nicolle Balen          Owen McCorquodale 
(416) 956-8638          (416) 479-6068 
nbalen@astral.com         Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com

 

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