CraveTV Expands Exclusive HBO Collection with the Launch of HBO Documentary Films, August 21


− Additionally, CraveTV to become exclusive home of GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF following its HBO Canada window -

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TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - CraveTVTM announced today it will expand its exclusive HBO Collection, as more than 180 documentaries begin streaming inside the newly launched HBO Documentary Films strand, beginning Friday, Aug. 21, as part of #iCraveFridays. The prestigious slate of HBO Documentary Films is the latest addition to join CraveTV's HBO Collection, following the launch of HBO Films and HBO Stand-Up earlier this summer. Along with award-winning scripted programs (such as THE SOPRANOS, THE WIRE, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and ENTOURAGE), the rapidly growing HBO Collection is one of the most popular on CraveTV.

As part of today's announcement, CraveTV also confirms the acclaimed HBO documentary GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF (premiering on HBO Canada Sunday, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. ET) will join CraveTV's HBO Documentary Films collection following its run on HBO Canada. Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright and directed by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) the film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent followers include A-list Hollywood celebrities, detailing their experiences and what they were willing to do in the name of religion.

"Documentaries are a key ingredient to the success of the CraveTV lineup and the addition of the HBO Documentary Films strand is a very welcome addition to our HBO Collection," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice President, Programming for CraveTV. "This is a vast and diverse collection of award winning titles that will continue to grow over time featuring a mix of entertaining, educational, topical, and informative stories, many of which have historical and cultural significance."

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Other titles that begin streaming this Friday include two Spike Lee films. The Emmy® Award- and Peabody Award-winning WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS offers devastating first-hand accounts of the scene in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. The Academy® Award-nominated 4 LITTLE GIRLS tells the story of four African-American girls who were murdered when a Birmingham, Ala. church was bombed in 1963.

New titles also include WISHFUL DRINKING, Carrie Fisher's one-woman show that covers everything from her Star Wars experiences to her addictions and famous family; WITNESS, a four-part series from Michael Mann (HEAT, MIAMI VICE) that follows four different war photographers at work in warzones; and PARADISE LOST 1: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS, PARADISE 2: REVELATIONS, and (Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated) PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, which focuses on the West Memphis Three, three teenagers who were accused of killing three boys.

The collection also includes Emmy Award winner GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, which delves into torture at the Iraq prison; HIS WAY, which tells the story of legendary producer Jerry Weintraub; IN VOGUE: THE EDITOR'S EYE, a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic fashion magazine, Vogue; MANHUNT, which showcases the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and SEDUCED AND ABANDONED, which follows Alec Baldwin and director James Toback as they try to get a film financed at the Cannes Film Festival, and includes interviews with Ryan Gosling, Martin Scorsese, and more.

CraveTV features more than 20 curated collections across multiple genres, including HBO's entire off-air library (THE WIRE, THE SOPRANOS, SEX AND THE CITY, ENTOURAGE, and more); the SHOWTIME collection (THE AFFAIR, RAY DONOVAN, PENNY DREADFUL, and more); and critically acclaimed comedies such as SEINFELD and SOUTH PARK.

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Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada's premium TV subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV's most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO's iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is currently available to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Nexicom, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, and Tbaytel, and will be available direct to consumers on Jan. 1, 2016. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, select Smart TVs, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada's premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit


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Eleni Tenuta, CraveTV or 416.384.3530

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