The Movie Network and Movie Central's new original series Sanctuary explores the extraordinary using cutting-edge technology

    -  A series from some of the innovative talents behind Stargate SG-1 and
       Stargate Atlantis
    -  Sanctuary premieres Friday, October 3 on The Movie Network and
       Movie Central, day-and-date with SCI FI Channel in the U.S.

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Astral Media's The Movie Network (eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western Canada) delve deep
into an incredible and breathtaking new world in Sanctuary, a new original
drama that is one of the first ever television series to be conceived from an
Internet-based concept. Premiering day-and-date with SCI FI Channel, Sanctuary
debuts with a two-hour premiere on Friday, October 3 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie
Network and 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central. Subsequent episodes of the series will
air at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
    Initially developed as eight broadcast-quality webisodes, Sanctuary is
breaking new ground by becoming the first television series in North America
to use the RED camera system, a digital camera that provides the latest in
technology by capturing images at more than four times the resolution of a
high definition camera. The series is also produced using an extraordinary
amount of visual effects with green screen technology and virtual sets.
    Sanctuary catapults audiences into the mysterious and electrifying
adventures of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping), an enigmatic medical doctor
and researcher who has devoted her life to science and cutting-edge medicine,
and her reluctant protégé Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), a forensic
psychiatrist and master in behavioural profiling. Together with Helen's
fearless and somewhat reckless daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), the team's
quirky tech-whiz Henry (Ryan Robbins), and even the sinister John Druitt
(Christopher Heyerdahl), the group explores and ultimately protects the
strange and mysterious creatures that secretly populate the world. Within the
walls of the Sanctuary, all of nature's creations and species are respected,
helped and studied.
    "Following Sanctuary's tremendous success launching online, The Movie
Network is thrilled to have been the first network on board and see the
project evolve into a compelling and ground-breaking premium television
series," said Michelle Marion, Director, Canadian Independent Production, The
Movie Network. "The series' imaginative storytelling, strong creative force
and innovative green screen and RED camera technology will bring our
subscribers a never-before-seen visual experience that is sure to complement
The Movie Network's robust fall programming line-up."
    "A first in Canadian television, Sanctuary has all the components of
great drama - exceptional writing, strong character development, complex
narrative structure - and it just happens to be sci-fi," said Erica Benson,
Vice President, Programming, Movie Central. "The Movie Central premium pay
audience expects intelligent, engaging stories with cinematic production
values, and this series delivers on all those fronts."
    Commissioned by The Movie Network and Movie Central, in partnership with
SCI FI Channel, the series is helmed by creator, executive producer and writer
Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), executive producer and lead
actor Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), executive producer
and director Martin Wood (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), executive
producer and writer Sam Egan (Jeremiah, The Outer Limits); and executive
producers John Smith (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis) and Keith Beedie as
well as producer George Horie (Stargate Atlantis). Sanctuary is produced by
Vancouver-based Sanctuary 1 Productions Ltd. and distributed by Tricon Films
and Television.
    Sanctuary will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central's High
Definition channels and new episodes will also be available each week on The
Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand.

    The Movie Network is a pay television service 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. For more information, please visit

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media is
a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television,
radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. 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 access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit or

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: The Movie Network (eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638,; Movie Central
(western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,

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