VICE-led delegation, including Dennis Rodman, members of the Harlem
Globetrotters and production crew, met with Kim Jong-un before
thousands of North Koreans at basketball game last week
TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - VICE, a new weekly series from HBO, premieres Friday, April 5 at 11 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Featuring
groundbreaking stories from around the world, VICE is hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the new media company of the same
name, and is executive produced by Bill Maher, Smith and Eddy Moretti,
VICE's chief creative officer. CNN's Fareed Zakaria serves as a
consultant on the series.
Hosted by Smith and two VICE correspondents - former intern Ryan Duffy
and "Dos & Don'ts" book editor Thomas "Baby Balls" Morton - VICE promises to smash barriers of decorum to cover stories such as
out-of-control political assassinations in the Philippines, the
sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has swept Senegal, and the
precarious nuclear stare-down in Kashmir.
Last week, VICE led a team of "Basketball Diplomats" to Pyongyang, North
Korea to engage in a cultural exchange mission. VICE series correspondent Ryan Duffy, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and
select members of the Harlem Globetrotters filmed segments for the
series including a widely publicized basketball game attended by Rodman
and supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un. Other activities during
the trip included visits to national sites and monuments, the Pyongyang
Skate Park, and the national animation studio, SEK.
Founded in 1994 by Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi and launched as the
"Voice of Montreal" in Montreal Quebec, VICE now operates in 34
countries worldwide and attracts tens of millions of viewers and
readers to its network of online channels dedicated to music, fashion,
travel, news and sports. VICE's international digital platforms and
magazine are Gen Y's most popular and entertaining source for news,
part of a global media powerhouse that also includes a television
production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency
and a book-publishing division.
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 and online where available by
service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (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 interactive 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), 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://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
SOURCE: Movie Central
For further information:
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Movie Central (Western Canada)