– CORNER GAS fans encouraged to Light Up the Map of Canada and bring the movie to their hometown theatre –
– Milestone feature film will be distributed on multiple screens across Canada this holiday season beginning with Cineplex Front Row Centre Events theatrical debut, followed by premieres on The Movie Network, CTV, and The Comedy Network, then a DVD release –
To tweet this release:http://bit.ly/CGpremiere
TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Corner Gas: The Movie will roll out as a multi-platform event beginning with an exclusive Cineplex Front Row Centre Events theatrical debut across Canada, December 3 to 7, 2014, it was announced today. The theatrical premiere will feature in-theatre cast appearances across the country, a CORNER GAS Tweet Up, giveaways and a special pre-event show including a special message from Brent Butt, CORNER GAS trivia, and excerpts from the Canada-wide CORNER GAS Sing-a-long.
Fans are encouraged to show off their hometown's CORNER GAS pride. Beginning today fans can visit cornergasthemovie.com and Light Up the Map of Canada. By casting their vote online, fans have the opportunity to bring Corner Gas: The Movie to their hometown theatre.
Immediately following its theatrical release, the 90-minute feature will make its network broadcast debut in December on CTV and CTV GO, following a special preview for The Movie Network and TMN GO subscribers. The movie will also air on The Comedy Network in December (all broadcast dates to be announced), complemented by a special collector's edition DVD available for purchase before the holidays.
Headlined by creator and comedian Brent Butt, Corner Gas: The Movie stars the original award-winning ensemble cast including Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson. Written by Brent Butt, Andrew Carr, and Andrew Wreggitt, and directed by David Storey, who served as key director on the series, the movie was shot in Saskatchewan from June 22 to July 22, 2014.
It's been five years, and there's still not a lot going on 40 kilometers from nowhere. But that's all about to change as the fine folks of Dog River, Saskatchewan face their biggest crisis ever. Brent and the gang discover that the town's been badly mismanaged, leaving residents with little choice but to pack up and leave. As residents make one last rally to save Dog River as they know it, they discover a devious plan by a corporate giant that would change life for Dog Riverites forever.
CORNER GAS the television series was originally developed by Brent Butt, Mark Farrell, David Storey, and Virginia Thompson for CTV and The Comedy Network. It premiered January 22, 2004 on CTV with 1.15 million viewers and was a runaway hit. Dog River became a favourite Canadian television destination. During its entire six-season run, CORNER GAS was the #1 Canadian sitcom in Canada, maintaining an impressive average audience of 1.4 million viewers over its 107-episode run. The series finale made television history when a record-breaking 3.02 million viewers tuned into the series finale on April 13, 2009. It was a new audience high for CORNER GAS and is still the largest audience on record for a Canadian scripted television series.
Corner Gas: The Movie is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Corner Gas The Movie (ON) Inc. and Corner Gas The Movie (SK) Inc. in association with Bell Media, Telefilm Canada, Cineplex Entertainment, Tourism Saskatchewan, Creative Saskatchewan, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell Fund, Cogeco and Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. CORNER GAS is distributed worldwide by Prairie Pants Distribution. The Collectors DVD will be distributed across Canada by Video Services Corp. (VSC).
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
@VirginiaTV – Virginia Thompson
@BrentButt – Brent Butt
@MillerGabrielle – Gabrielle Miller
@FredEwanuick – Fred Ewanuick
@janetwstorm – Janet Wright
@LorneCardinal – Lorne Cardinal
@TSpencerNairn – Tara Spencer Nairn
About Cineplex Front Row Centre Events
Brought to you by Cineplex Entertainment, Front Row Centre Events bring world-class entertainment to local Cineplex Entertainment theatres and other participating locations. Presented in high-definition with digital surround sound, guests can experience the best in original one-night only and series-based programming. With the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series, Broadway productions, live broadcasts direct from the stage of London's National Theatre, dance performances, classic films, concerts, live sporting events and documentaries, Front Row Centre Events put guests in the centre of the action on the big screen. Front Row Centre events also serves as a Canadian distributor for select genre titles. Visit www.cineplex.com/Events/ for more information.
About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO, holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
About Prairie Pants Distribution
Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. is the world-wide distributor of Corner Gas: The Movie. The company is owned and operated by CORNER GAS Executive Producers Brent Butt (Sparrow Media: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS and NO CLUE), David Storey (Aslan Entertainment: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY, BLACKFLY) and Virginia Thompson (Vérité Films: CORNER GAS, INSECURITY, RENEGADEPRESS.COM and INCREDIBLE STORY STUDIO).
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada's audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada or on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada.
Source: Numeris (formerly BBM Canada)
CTV electronic audience databases incorporate data beginning in 1994.
Audience prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.
Image with caption: "Corner Gas: The Movie (CNW Group/Corner Gas: The Movie)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141002_C1347_PHOTO_EN_6244.jpg
SOURCE: Corner Gas: The Movie
For further information: Andréa Grau, Touchwood PR, 416.593.0777 x201 or [email protected]; Jim Quan, CTV Networks, 416.384.5311 or [email protected]; Margaret Sirotich, Unit Publicity, 647.466.1746 or [email protected]