The Movie Network and Movie Central present HBO's Generation Kill A Raw and Gritty Exposé of Modern Warfare



    
    -   Premieres day-and-date with HBO on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at
        9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central

    -   New seven-part miniseries from The Wire's David Simon and Ed Burns

    -   Based on the award-winning non-fiction book by Rolling Stone
        contributor Evan Wright
    

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Generation Kill, HBO's new seven-part miniseries
event that chronicles the brutality, heroism and humanity behind modern
warfare, comes to Canada exclusively on Astral Media's The Movie Network
(eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western Canada).
Premiering day-and-date with HBO on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET on The
Movie Network and 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central, the miniseries follows the first
40 days of the Iraq war as seen through the eyes and actions of the U.S. First
Recon Marines of Bravo Company.
    Generation Kill gives a candid, gritty and vivid account of the Iraq war
- aka "Operation Iraqi Freedom" - from the U.S. Marines who rode alongside
Evan Wright, an embedded journalist working for Rolling Stone magazine. The
marines of Bravo Company face the challenges of overzealous commanding
officers, ever-changing rules of engagement, a cryptic combat strategy and
severe deficiencies in necessary armour -- and the reality that their actions
can directly and tragically affect the Iraqi citizens who they are there, in
part, to protect.
    After spending two months in 2003 embedded with Bravo Company, writer and
consulting producer Evan Wright wrote a series of articles for Rolling Stone
magazine. Recognized as some of the best examples of war reporting on the
current conflict in Iraq, the articles became the basis of the 2004 book
Generation Kill, which won a PEN USA Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times
Book Award.
    Generation Kill is produced by the award-winning team led by David Simon
and Ed Burns, the creative forces behind HBO's critically acclaimed series The
Wire. The miniseries introduces an ensemble cast including Alexander
Skarsgard, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Rey Valentin and Bully Lush, and also
features performances from Rudy Reyes, Eric Kocher and Jeffrey Carisalez,
several of the First Recon Marines profiled in Wright's book.
    Subsequent installments of Generation Kill can be seen Sunday nights at
9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will also be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie
Central's High Definition channels. New episodes will also be available each
week on The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand.

    The Movie Network is a pay television service 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.
    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media is
a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay 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.

    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.
    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://pressroom.corusent.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com; Movie Central
(western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,
Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com

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