The Movie Network's Slings & Arrows Sweeps Top Gemini Awards for Drama



    Slings & Arrows wins five Gemini Awards including Best Dramatic Series

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Astral Media's The Movie Network is celebrating
today after the Network's Canadian original series Slings & Arrows took home
the top three Drama honours at last night's 22nd Annual Gemini Awards Gala in
Regina, Saskatchewan. The third and final season of the critically-acclaimed
series was honoured for Best Dramatic Series, Best Performance by an Actor in
a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Paul Gross) and Best Performance by an
Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Martha Burns), and also took
home the prize for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series.
    In addition to last night's honours, Slings & Arrows won an award for
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic
Series (Stephen Ouimette) at the Gemini Drama, Variety and Comedy Gala
presented on Wednesday, October 17.
    The Movie Network was also honoured with three Geminis for its drama
series ReGenesis (Season 3) at the Gemini Drama, Variety and Comedy Gala on
October 17 including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic
Series (Stephen Amell), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured
Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (Wendy Crewson) and Best Performance by
an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series (Ingrid Kavelaars).
    "We want to congratulate Rhombus Media, Shaftesbury Films and the teams
involved with Slings & Arrows and ReGenesis, and thank them for another
groundbreaking year in Canadian television," said Michelle Marion, Director,
Canadian Independent Production, The Movie Network. "The Movie Network has
become the home for risk-taking Canadian creators to produce high-quality pay
television drama. We look forward to the year ahead as we continue to develop
the innovative and riveting original programming that appeals to our
subscribers and sets our network apart in the marketplace."
    The Movie Network's upcoming slate of Canadian original drama programming
includes ZOS: Zone of Separation, an eight-part drama series scheduled to
premiere in Spring 2008 about the life and death struggle to enforce a
U.N.-brokered ceasefire in a fictional, Sarajevo-like town; The Weight, an
eight-part drama from George F. Walker and Dani Romain, about a collection of
cops, criminals and everybody in between as they all come together in a
suburban wasteland; and a fourth season of ReGenesis.

    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 $350 million toward
Canadian content since the launch of the channel in 1983. For more
information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca.

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and the Internet.
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.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Nicolle Balen, Publicist, The
Movie Network, Mpix & Viewers Choice, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com

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