December 8, 2008 – Welcome to Jacac – The Frontline Where Chaos And Civility Collide – Movie Central and The Movie Network Present The New Pay TV Drama ZOS: Zone of Separation

• Starring Enrico Colantoni, Lolita Davidovich, Colm Meaney, Michelle Nolden and Rick Roberts • Executive Produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, Mario Azzopardi and Malcolm MacRury • Premieres on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.

 

(December 8, 2008 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present the premiere of ZOS: Zone of Separation, a powerful eight-part Canadian original series premiering Monday, January 19 at 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.

 

ZOS: Zone of Separation catapults viewers into a world devoid of civility, where the complex and conflicting emotions and actions of those people caught in the chaos, and those trying to uphold peace, are exposed. This series is about the life and death struggle to enforce a U.N.-brokered ceasefire in the fictional, Sarajevo-like town ofJadac. The town and its age-old rivals, the Christians and Muslims, are on the brink of spiraling out of control. The only thing keeping them from each other is a frazzled contingent of international peacekeepers – made up of unarmed U.N. Military Observers (U.N.M.O.s) and armed U.N. soldiers – whose distrust in one another only augments the hardships they suffer as they try to police the chaos and maintain sanity in an absurd “war of peace” that is the Zone of Separation.

 

“ZOS: Zone of Separation is not a war story, but instead it’s about the people caught within a conflict zone, absent of law,” said writer, executive producer and show runner Malcolm MacRury. “Born from the fact that Canada is a peacekeeping nation, ZOS: Zone of Separation shows, in gritty detail – and through depth of character, surprising comedy and sheer wildness – a fictionalized version of just what our troops are up against in their peace keeping missions overseas.”

 

Led by a female commander, Captain Sean Kovacs (Michelle Nolden), the mission of this team of U.N.M.O.s is to try to defuse the crisis and maintain the fragile ceasefire between Muslim and Christian factions. The rival groups are led by westernized Muslim George Titac (Colm Meaney), a charming but ruthless coffee bar owner, and Mila Michailov (Lolita Davidovich), a beauty shop owner and widow of the Christian militia’s brutal warlord, along with her unpredictable side-kick, and gun-wielding leader of the Christian paramilitary fighters, “Speedo Boy” (Enrico Colantoni). The peacekeepers are always in danger and never trusted – even by the armed U.N. soldiers led by Major Gavin Hart (Rick Roberts), who are prepared to maintain order by any means possible.

 

“With the recent success of his feature film Passchendaele, Paul Gross and the talented creative team from Whizbang Films are back with a very timely, modern day take on international conflicts,” said Erica Benson, Vice President, Programming, Movie Central. “With a strong woman at the heart of this story and a colourful cast of complex characters, this series is, at its core, about relationships, dysfunctional love and surviving in extreme circumstances. It’s an extraordinarily powerful series that reflects the unmatched depth and cinematic possibilities that pay TV audiences have come to expect from our dramas.”

 

"There is nothing else like ZOS: Zone of Separation on TV – it is its own experience,” said Michelle Marion,Director, Canadian Independent Production, The Movie Network. “Far from a history lesson, ZOS: Zone of Separation is a rock 'n' roll journey, a peek behind the curtain of geopolitical conflict and peacekeeping to the madness, chaos, sex, greed and intrigue. This is not what you'd see on the nightly news. With the creative freedom enjoyed by pay TV, the voice and point of view of the show are highly original – agree or disagree with it, it is hard to not get drawn in."

 

ZOS: Zone of Separation also stars Allan Hawco, Nick Mancuso, Paul Doucet, Jim Codrington, Peter Mooney, Joanna Boland, Alan C. Peterson, Nicholas Campbell and Paulino Nunes. The series is executive produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, Malcolm MacRury and series director Mario Azzopardi and was written by Malcolm MacRury, Peter Mitchell, Jason Sherman, John Krizanc and Paul Aitken. Major John Russell, a retired officer in the Canadian Armed Forces served as the military advisor on the series. As a companion site to the series, ZOStv.com will launch on January 1, 2009, with three online components: a Virtual Jadac, an interactive cinematic experience in which visitors can find their way out of the Zone of Separation; general support information about the series; and a virtual journalist who provides deeper insight into the events as they unfold, with field reports and in-character interviews with cast members. Movie Central and The Movie Network will give viewers advance access to the first episode of ZOS: Zone of Separation on Movie Central On Demand and The Movie Network On Demand starting Tuesday, December 23 toTuesday, January 2. ZOS: Zone of Separation 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 On Demand and Movie Central On Demand. Following each episode premiere, the series will repeat on Fridays at 11 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada.

 

ZOS: Zone Of Separation, a high-definition production shot in Tulza, Bosnia, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, is developed and produced by Whizbang Films and Sulari Productions Inc. Movie Central and The Movie Network developed, commissioned and invested in the series. It is produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, The Independent Production Fund, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and The Rogers CableNetwork Fund. Alive Entertainment holds worldwide sales and distribution rights.

 

Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service available to WesternCanadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is thepreferred destination for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to the best of HBOand 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 Centralremains committed to being first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Centralwebsite 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 anddigital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’smultimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBOCanada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engagingbranded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corusis listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web atwww.corusent.com.

 

The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hitmovies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically-acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadianprogramming, 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, HBO Canada, 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 HBO Canada HD, two dedicated high definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video OnDemand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visitwww.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 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.

 

For access to The Movie Network’s media room or Movie Central’s press site, please visit http://tv.astral.com orhttp://pressroom.corusent.com.

 

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For further information, please contact: 

Movie Central (Western Canada)

Sally Tindal

(416) 530-5121

 

The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)

Nicolle Balen

(416) 956-8638