THe Movie Network, Movie Central and QVF Inc. announce start of production on Transporter

  • Canadian Rachel Skarsten joins the series alongside Chris Vance, Andrea Osvart, Francois Berléand and Delphine Chanéac
  • International co-production with Canadian all-star team shoots in Toronto until November 2011

TORONTO, Aug. 10, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - QVF Inc., together with Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) announced today that the 12-part action series Transporter has begun production in Toronto. The series will shoot until November 2011 and is set to premiere on HBO Canada in 2012. Canadian Rachel Skarsten (Servitude) is the newest addition to the cast in the role of Delia, alongside already announced cast members Chris Vance (Prison Break), Andrea Osvart (Duplicity), Francois Berléand (The Transporter 1,2, 3) and Delphine Chanéac (Splice).

Transporter is produced by Canadian Susan Murdoch (Dan for Mayor) for QVF Inc. and Klaus Zimmermann (Borgias) for Atlantique Productions. The series features an all-star Canadian production team that will take the helm in Toronto, including Executive Producers Fred Fuchs (Camelot), Robert Cooper (Stargate), Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate) and directors Stephen Williams (Lost), Bruce McDonald (Trigger) and Andy Mikita (Stargate), alongside international partners, including Executive Producers Alexander Ruemelin (The Volcano) and Luc Besson.

Transporter is a France/Canada international treaty co-production produced by Atlantique Productions SA and QVF Inc. in association with broadcast partners The Movie Network and Movie Central as well as M6 (France), RTL (Germany), and HBO/Cinemax (US). 

The fast-paced, action-packed series is based on the popular film franchise of the same name created by Europacorp's Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. Transporter follows the adventures of professional transporter Frank Martin (Vance), who can always be counted on to get the job done. Operating in a seedy underworld of dangerous criminals and desperate players, Frank plays by three rules: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. In order to do the job with minimal personal interaction, Frank must rely on his trusted handler, Carla (Osvart), a former CIA Operative, who organizes Frank's missions and acts as his eyes and ears on the outside. Sometimes it is hard to elude personal interaction altogether, especially when the package is a person, as in the case of Delia (Skarsten) - a surprise package from Frank's past. Frank's good friend, Inspector Tarconi (Berléand), once charged with the task of investigating Frank, now keeps himself blissfully unaware of Frank's law-skirting escapades, even when he is being questioned by Juliette (Chanéac), a young enthusiastic reporter working on a story about the underground world of Transporters.

QVF Inc. is a boutique entertainment company with a legacy of excellence in the production of long form and series television.  Headed by Susan Murdoch, QVF has been a trusted production partner and originator of award-winning, high quality television product.  More information about QVF can be found on the company's website at www.qvfinc.com.

Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films. 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, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically-acclaimed 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, HBO Canada, 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, HBO Canada HD, MExcess HD and MFun! HD, four dedicated high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across eastern Canada; and, TMN OnLine an Internet-based content streaming service available to BellTV, Rogers and Videotron subscribers. For more information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca .

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral (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 digital 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.

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 The Movie Network

For further information:

Media contacts:
The Movie Network (eastern Canada)    
Nicolle Balen
(416) 956-8638
nbalen@astral.com
Movie Central (western Canada)
Owen McCorquodale
(416) 479-6068
owen.mccorquodale@corusent.com
Follow us at @CorusPR
Transporter
Beverly Warren
Unit Publicist
(416) 726-4771
vebco@rogers.com

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