The Movie Network and Movie Central Announce Start of Principal Photography on Whizbang Films' Gripping Series ZOS: Zone of Separation

    Starring Colm Meaney, Lolita Davidovich, Michelle Nolden, Rick Roberts,
    Enrico Colantoni & Allan Hawco and Executive Produced by Paul Gross,
    Frank Siracusa, Mario Azzopardi & Malcolm MacRury

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Whizbang Films, in association with The Movie
Network and Movie Central, announced today that production has begun on ZOS:
Zone of Separation, an eight-part drama series about the life and death
struggle to enforce a United Nations-brokered ceasefire, as peacekeepers face
the harsh reality of living in Jadac, a fictional, Sarajevo-like town. ZOS:
Zone of Separation shoots in Tuzla, Bosnia, through June 28 before returning
to Canada where production will continue in Toronto, Ontario, through
October 1, 2007.

    Executive produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, Mario Azzopardi and
Malcolm MacRury, the original series stars Colm Meaney, (Star Trek: The Next
Generation & Deep Space Nine) Lolita Davidovich (Gods and Monsters, The
L Word, The Agency), Michelle Nolden (Men With Brooms, Hemingway vs.
Callaghan, Street Time) and Rick Roberts (Angela's Eyes, Man of the Year, This
is Wonderland) along with Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Just Shoot Me,
Galaxy Quest) and Allan Hawco (Closing the Ring, Above and Beyond). Mario
Azzopardi (Still Small Voices, The Outer Limits, Savage Messiah) will direct
the series, with Malcolm MacRury as writer and show-runner.

    "ZOS: Zone of Separation is a concept that emerged from the fact that
Canada is a peacekeeping nation with a peacekeeping force," said executive
producer Frank Siracusa. "Thematically, ZOS: Zone of Separation is about the
warfare of peace, where we get to see a society rise from the ashes of war
through the eyes of the peacekeepers assigned there, and the Christians and
Muslims who live there. By fictionalizing the story, we can draw from all
kinds of real-world conflicts and events, such as Kosovo, 9/11, Afghanistan
and Iraq."

    ZOS: Zone of Separation also stars Nick Mancuso (Lives of the Saints,
Total Recall, Ticket to Heaven), Paul Doucet (October 1970, The Rocket), Jim
Codrington (Da Vinci's City Hall, Odyssey 5), Peter Mooney (Falcon Beach, Run
Robot Run!), Joanne Boland (Slings and Arrows, King of Sorrow) and Alan C.
Peterson (Smallville, Obituary). Additional cast members include Lisa Ray
(Water, Bollywood/Hollywood) and Paulino Nunes (The State Within, The Trojan
Horse, At the Hotel).

    Each episode follows the Zone's protagonists in their tortured and
tenuous jockeying for influence and advantage - from unarmed United Nations
Military Observers (UNMOs) and armed UN soldiers to Christians and Muslims.

    "The series honours the absurdist reality of living in a violent Zone of
Separation; as well as the real costs to the peacekeepers literally dropped in
to police it," said executive producer and director Mario Azzopardi. "It's
fast-paced, gritty and heartfelt."

    ZOS: Zone of Separation was written by Malcolm MacRury (Deadwood, Canada
Russia '72, Lives of the Saints), Peter Mitchell (Cold Squad, October 1970,
Traders), Jason Sherman (ReGenesis), John Krizanc (The Trojan Horse, H2O) and
Paul Aitken (North/South, The Associates). Andrea Raffaghello (Post Impact,
Lexx: The Dark Zone) is producer. Director of Photography is John Dyer (Lies
and Crimes, The One) and Gavin Mitchell (Touch of Pink, The Wives He Forgot)
is the Production Designer. Michelle Marion from Astral Media's The Movie
Network and Shelley Gillen, from Corus Entertainment's Movie Central are the
production executives overseeing this series.

    ZOS: Zone of Separation is developed and produced by Whizbang Films and
Sulari Productions Inc and The Movie Network and Movie Central developed,
commissioned and invested in the series. It is produced with the participation
of the Canadian Television Fund Independent Production Fund, the Canadian Film
or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
Alive Entertainment will hold worldwide sales and distribution rights with
Philip Von Alvensleben and James Veres acting as Executive Producers on behalf
of Alive.

    Whizbang Films is a dynamic producer and distributor of high quality,
award-winning dramatic TV series, feature films, and made-for-television
Movies. Headed by Paul Gross and Frank Siracusa, Whizbang recently completed
the mini-series The Trojan Horse, a political thriller starring Paul Gross,
Tom Skerritt and Greta Scacchi, directed by Charles Binamé. The company is
also currently in production on the World War I feature film Passchendaele.
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    The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada.
With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and
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, MMore, 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 and MMore HD, two dedicated
high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie
Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in
select areas across eastern Canada. As a major supporter of Canadian original
programming, The Movie Network has contributed over $315 million toward
Canadian content since the launch of the channel in 1983. For more
information, please visit

    Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty, pay and pay-per-view television, radio and outdoor advertising.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences.

    Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay TV service
available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with
major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination
for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to
the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence
fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is
recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television
production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central
High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being
first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie
Central website at

    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, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and
radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at

For further information:

For further information: or images, please contact: Penny McDonald,
Whizbang Films Inc., (416) 420-0967,; (after July 7)
Lisa Ghione, Unit Publicist, ZOS, (416) 520-8031,

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