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, Canada) Ð Astral MediaÕs The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and Corus EntertainmentÕs 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 protŽgŽ Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), a forensic psychiatrist and master in behavioural profiling. Together with HelenÕs fearless and somewhat reckless daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), the teamÕs 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 natureÕs creations and species are respected, helped and studied. ÒFollowing SanctuaryÕs 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,Ó said Michelle Marion, Director, Canadian Independent Production, The Movie Network. ÒThe seriesÕ 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 NetworkÕs robust fall programming line-up.Ó ÒA 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. ÒThe Movie Central premium pay audience expects intelligent, engaging stories with cinematic production values, and this series delivers on all those fronts.Ó 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 CentralÕs 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 Ð M, MMore, MExcess, MFun! and MFest Ð 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 www.themovienetwork.ca. 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 MediaÕs solid and dynamic presence in the countryÕs 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 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 and digital audio services, television broadcasting, childrenÕs book publishing and childrenÕs animation. The companyÕs 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 www.corusent.com. For access to The Movie NetworkÕs media room or Movie CentralÕs press site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://pressroom.corusent.com. -30- Media contact: The Movie Network (eastern Canada) Nicolle Balen 416.956.8638 Movie Central (western Canada) Owen McCorquodale 416.530.2249