|MOVIE CENTRAL PARTNERS WITH WILLIAM SHATNER TO PRODUCE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY – THE CAPTAINS
Movie Central acquires Canadian broadcast rights to William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet
(Banff, Alberta) – Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) announced today that it has partnered with William Shatner’s production company Melis Productions and Ballinran Productions Limited to produce The Captains (working title), a feature length documentary on the life of William Shatner.
Movie Central has also acquired the Canadian broadcast rights to the critically-acclaimed documentary William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet, a documentary about the legendary Tony® Award-winning choreographer Margo Sappington’s journey to create a ballet set to the music of William Shatner’s critically acclaimed album Has Been (produced and co-written with Ben Folds).
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the legendary William Shatner to produce a unique and never-before-seen view of his life,” said Erica Benson, Vice President, Programming, Movie Central. “Both The Captains and the acquisition of the Canadian broadcast rights for Gonzo Ballet are going to be a great fit for both our pay TV network Movie Central and specialty network Sundance Channel (Canada).”
THE CAPTAINS (working title)
WILLIAM SHATNER’S GONZO BALLET
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
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 services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI, 98,5 FM, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. 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 www.corusent.com.
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