- Cirque's Jacques Méthé to head new Montréal-based company -
- Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away opens nationwide Dec. 21 -
- New Cirque special to air on CTV and E! this holiday season -
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MONTREAL, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Cirque du Soleil and Bell Media today
announced the closing of their transaction to create a new joint
venture to develop Québec-based media content for television, film,
digital, and gaming platforms. Cirque du Soleil and Bell Media also
confirmed that Jacques Méthé has been appointed President of the new
company, to be named Cirque du Soleil Media. The announcement comes
just days before the December 21 nationwide premiere of the joint
venture's new 3-D feature film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.
Headquartered in Montréal, Cirque du Soleil Media will develop original
entertainment projects, leveraging Cirque du Soleil's creative
inventiveness and resources, consumer insight, and infrastructure, with
Bell Media's production experience, media platforms, and diverse
distribution capabilities. Cirque du Soleil Media is governed by a
board of directors including representatives from both Cirque du Soleil
and Bell Media, and managed by a programming team with input from both
"Cirque du Soleil and Bell Media together can deliver more incredible
content to more consumers than ever before," said Kevin Crull,
President, Bell Media. "We've got so many ideas just waiting to be
brought to life."
"With Cirque du Soleil Media, we are defining a new type of creative
platform for Cirque du Soleil combined with the expertise and
commitment of Bell Media," said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of
Cirque du Soleil.
"I am looking forward to get to work on developing original and
innovative creative content that is inspired by the Cirque du Soleil
spirit," said Jacques Méthé, President, Cirque du Soleil Media. "This
new venture is exciting and will focus on some very creative projects
in the near future."
Bell Media's multi-million dollar investment in Cirque du Soleil Media
is an extension of its strategy of investment in the development and
distribution of Québec content. Cirque du Soleil's investment also
includes its current slate of development projects, as well as Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.
The film, which Variety has called "A bona fide high-wire act…delivering towering thrills," and
The Hollywood Reporter has called a "3D spectacular", received its North American premiere in
Cirque's hometown of Montréal on Dec. 7 and is in theatres everywhere
December 21, 2012.
Bell Media has produced a new television special in celebration of the
creation of Cirque du Soleil Media and the new film. ETALK PRESENTS: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY premieres Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV in conjunction with the release of the film, and Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:30 p.m. ET on E!.
From the big top to the big screen, visionary Academy Award®-winning
filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson (Shrek; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) invite families on an all-new 3D adventure: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. A young couple who is separated must journey through the astonishing
and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other as
audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them
to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers. Written and
directed by Andrew Adamson and executive produced by James Cameron, the
film was produced by Adamson, Aron Warner, Cirque's Martin Bolduc and
Ed Jones and Cary Granat. Vince Pace oversaw the 3D stereo production
aspect of the film. The film is distributed by Paramount Pictures, a
division of Viacom, Inc. For additional information about the film,
please visit WorldAway3D.com.
About Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque
du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality
artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more
than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du
Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million
spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six
continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visitcirquedusoleil.com.
About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in
television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting
commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires
Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV,
Canada's #1 television network, and owns and operates 30 specialty
channels, including TSN, Canada's #1 specialty channel, and RDS,
Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33
radio stations, dozens of websites including the TheLoop.ca by
Sympatico, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc.
(TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on
Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
SOURCE: Bell Canada
For further information:
Amanda Rinaldo, Bell Media, 416.384.5325, email@example.com
Renée-Claude Ménard, Cirque du Soleil, 514.723.7646 (7366), firstname.lastname@example.org