Strong creative talent drives Movie Central and The Movie Network's production slate



    BANFF, AB, June 11 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Movie Central and Astral
Media's The Movie Network announced today that two new original drama series
will start production this summer - ZOS: Zone of Separation and The Weight. In
addition, a fourth season of the Gemini award-winning dramatic series
ReGenesis will also resume production this summer.

    The eight-part series ZOS: Zone of Separation explores the life-and-death
struggle to enforce a United Nations-brokered ceasefire, as peacekeepers face
the harsh reality of living in a violent Zone of Separation. Produced by
Whizbang Films (H2O and Men With Brooms), the series' creative team includes
executive producers Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, Mario Azzopardi (The Outer
Limits) and Malcolm MacRury (Deadwood, Canada Russia '72, Lives of the
Saints), with Mario Azzopardi directing and Malcolm MacRury as writer and
show-runner. Screenwriters include Peter Mitchell (Cold Squad), Paul Aitken
(North/South) and screenwriter/playwrights John Krizanc (The Trojan Horse,
H2O), and Jason Sherman (ReGenesis, An Acre of Time). ZOS: Zone of Separation
begins shooting in Bosnia in mid-June, before returning to Canada where
production will continue in Toronto, Ontario, through October 2007. Movie
Central and The Movie Network, which developed, commissioned and invested in
the series, will premiere the series in spring/summer 2008.

    The Weight is an eight-part series that tells the story of Max and Donny,
two cops who are often as morally ambiguous as the criminals they pursue.
Created and written by playwright/screenwriter George F. Walker (This Is
Wonderland, Criminals in Love) and Dani Romain (This Is Wonderland), The
Weight is being produced by the Nightingale Company. The series creative team
includes executive producers George F. Walker, Dani Romain and Debbie
Nightingale, producer Norman Denver, director Gail Harvey and executive story
editor/associate producer Joseph Kay. Shooting in Toronto in mid-August, The
Weight was developed and commissioned by Movie Central and The Movie Network,
and will debut on Movie Central and The Movie Network in spring/summer 2008.

    Also this summer, ReGenesis - the highly successful drama series that
explores the threat of science on society - goes back into production in
Toronto for 13 new episodes, bringing the series to 52 episodes to date.
Produced by Shaftesbury Films with head writer Tom Chehak and actors Peter
Outerbridge and Wendy Crewson among the creative talent, ReGenesis has sold in
over 100 countries around the world, including the U.S. Movie Central and The
Movie Network developed, commissioned and invested in the series. The fourth
season of ReGenesis will premiere on Movie Central and The Movie Network in
spring 2008.

    In addition to these three series, Movie Central and The Movie Network
have an active and robust drama series development slate with some of Canada's
finest creative teams. Projects include a series written and created by Alex
Epstein (Naked Josh, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) with producer Robin Cass, from Triptych
Media; an adaptation of Vincent Lam's Giller Prize winning book Bloodletting
and Miraculous Cures to be produced by Shaftesbury and written by Jason
Sherman (ZOS, ReGenesis), and another series from writer/creator Angus Fraser
and producer Jayme Pfahl, the team behind the networks' critically-acclaimed
series Terminal City.

    "Canadian pay TV's world-class drama series result from working with this
country's best creative teams and allowing creators the freedom to realize
their unique vision, while providing broadcaster support and direction," said
Shelley Gillen, Head of Creative and Business Affairs for Movie Central. "In
four short years, our dramas have met with both critical and commercial
success, including most recently, Durham County. Just as HBO and Channel 4
dramas broke new ground, by pushing the boundaries of conventional television,
we are equally ambitious and excited by what's to come."

    "The past and recent successes of our Canadian original series such as
Durham County, Slings & Arrows, Terminal City, and ReGenesis reinforce the
fact that Canadians are looking for sophisticated, bold, high-quality
television drama," said Michelle Marion, Director of Canadian Independent
Production, The Movie Network. "As a network, we are proud to be attracting
innovative producers, writers, directors and actors who recognize
pay-television as the ideal platform for telling stories that test boundaries,
break rules and convey strong points of view."

    Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service
available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with
major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination
for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to
the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence
fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is
recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television
production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central
High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being
first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie
Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.

    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and
radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

    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. As a major supporter of Canadian original
programming, The Movie Network has contributed over $315 million toward
Canadian content since the launch of the channel in 1983. For more
information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca.

    Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty, pay and pay-per- view television, radio and outdoor advertising.
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. www.astralmedia.com.





For further information:

For further information: Movie Central (Western Canada): Sally Tindal,
Mobile: (416) 821-7876, sally.tindal@corusent.com; The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada): Roopa Shah, Mobile: (416) 856-2666, rshah@tv.astral.com

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