ER, Third Watch star Michael Beach joins cast of VisionTV's SOUL

    HALIFAX, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The producers of the six-part drama series SOUL
(formerly titled Mahalia) are thrilled to announce that Michael Beach (ER,
Third Watch) has joined the cast in a guest starring role.
    SOUL, one-hour drama series produced by Halifax Film for multi-faith and
multicultural broadcaster VisionTV, is currently in production in Halifax, NS.
    SOUL stars Juno Award-winning recording artist Keshia Chanté as Mahalia
Brown, a gifted young gospel singer on the verge of leaving behind the safety
of church and family for the fast track to pop stardom.
    Michael Beach will appear as Reverend Isaiah Hunter, a major player in
the worlds of both gospel music and televangelism.
    Said Executive Producer Floyd Kane of Halifax Film: "Michael Beach is a
classy, intelligent actor whom we are proud to have on board. He will take the
character of Isaiah Hunter to a whole new level."
    Added Joan Jenkinson, VisionTV's Director of Independent Production and
Executive Producer of SOUL: "It is extraordinarily gratifying to work on this
project with professionals of such talent, both in front of and behind the
camera. This series will showcase the work of some of Canada's best performers
and filmmakers, and will demonstrate the calibre of television production
expertise to be found in Atlantic Canada."

    Halifax Film develops and produces original film and television
programming. Halifax Film manages and co-ordinates all aspects of a program's
life, including developing original ideas; purchasing literary rights;
arranging production financing; carrying out production and post-production;
and exploiting worldwide distribution rights. Halifax Film is a subsidiary of
DHX Media Ltd., a leading international producer and distributor of television
programming and interactive content with an emphasis on children, family and
youth markets.

    VisionTV, an S-VOX company, is Canada's multi-faith and multicultural
broadcaster, dedicated to entertaining and insightful programming that
celebrates diversity and promotes understanding and tolerance among people of
different faiths and cultures. VisionTV celebrates its 20th anniversary in
2008-2009. Visit VisionTV on the Web at:

For further information:

For further information: or artwork: Renee Pye, Communications Director,
Halifax Film, a DHX Media company, Phone: (902) 423-0260, Email:; David Todd, Media Relations Manager, VisionTV, Phone:
(416) 368-3194, ext. 207, Email:

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