ReelzChannel Unveils More Original Programming
Another Epic Mini-Series, a Docu-Series and a Scripted Drama All Join the Lineup
A Story Rooted in the Bible, Pawn Stories From the Rich and Famous and a 1940s War-Time Drama
(Albuquerque, NM) Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - ReelzChannel - TV About Movies(R), telling big stories with big stars in major television events, today announced that additions to its programming lineup which begins this fall will feature another monumental mini-series, a docu-series and a scripted series.
The mini-series Barabbas will take viewers on a journey of biblical proportions continuing the story of the man whose life was spared by the decision to crucify Jesus Christ. To be shot on location in Tunisia, this sweeping epic will pick up where the Bible left off, following Barabbas in a powerful story of redemption. Beverly Hills Pawn is the first series born out of the network's development deal with Asylum Entertainment announced last May and is the docu-series that goes inside the world of an extraordinary pawn shop where Hollywood's elite go for quick cash. Beverly Hills Pawn revolves around shop owner Yossi Dina - a master businessman and former army captain who runs his luxury shop with an iron fist and is known for his savvy negotiating and his superior taste. The scripted drama Bomb Girls, starring Oscar(R)-nominee and Golden Globe(R)-winner Meg Tilly, takes place during World War II and captures a period when society was experiencing fundamental changes in the workplace and at home. At the heart of Bomb Girls are the stories of women who risk their lives in a munitions factory in support of the European front. Liberated from social and cultural restrictions, they embrace their newfound freedom, changing their lives - and the world around them - forever. Bomb Girls marks the network's second original series premiere with Muse Entertainment Enterprises, the first being the Emmy(R)-winning The Kennedys.
"REELZ is a network on the move with year to year prime time growth that no cable network could top. We're excited keep investing in our momentum for the benefit of our viewers, advertisers and distributors, packing our fall schedule with big stories, compelling and unforgettable characters and our first foray into reality programming," said Stan E. Hubbard CEO of ReelzChannel.
These three new series join the previously announced eight-part mini-series Ken Follett's World Without End, the second season of Steven Seagal's True Justice and the spy thriller series XIII which premieres Friday, June 29th. Fall also marks the return of the mini-series that started it all - The Kennedys. Boasting an all-star cast led by Emmy(R)-nominee Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Barry Pepper who won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie for his portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy, The Kennedys also features powerful performances from Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy and Emmy-nominated Tom Wilkinson OBE as Joseph Kennedy, Sr. Nominated for 10 Emmy Awards, the mini-series won a total of four as well as three Gemini Awards, a History Makers International Award, a Directors Guild of America Award and a New York Festivals International TV & Film Grand Trophy Award. The Kennedys is a Muse Entertainment Enterprises production in association with Asylum Entertainment.
Added Hubbard, "With each new series, we'll showcase our network's TV About Movies approach with more original programming to take viewers behind the scenes of our series, into the careers of the casts and creators and deep into the vast world of movies that are inspired by the timeless intrigue of politics and religion, the lives of the rich and famous, and life during wartime."
REELZ unveils more original programming:
Based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist, winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature, Barabbas is a four-part mini-series that explores the story of a man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To be shot on location in Tunisia, this sweeping epic is an ultimate story of redemption that will pick up where the Bible left off. Barabbas is produced by Compagnia Leone Cinematografica.
Beverly Hills Pawn
This new half-hour docu-series from Asylum Entertainment explores Yossi Dina's extraordinary pawn shop in the heart of world famous Beverly Hills. The master businessman and former army captain runs his luxury shop with an iron fist and is known for his savvy negotiating and his superior taste. When Hollywood's elite fall on hard times, they know exactly where to go to find a lot of cash...fast. Yossi makes multi-million dollar pawn deals at a moments notice for masterpieces, gems, antiques, and priceless Hollywood treasures only attainable by the rich and famous. Each episode follows Yossi and his loyal team as they dole out massive pawn loans to the wealthy for their incredible collectibles.
From Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions, Bomb Girls takes place during World War II and captures a period when society was experiencing fundamental changes in the workplace and at home. At the heart of Bomb Girls are the stories of women who risk their lives in a munitions factory in support of the European front. Liberated from social and cultural restrictions, they embraced their newfound freedom, changing their lives - and the world around them - forever. Bomb Girls stars Oscar(R)-nominee and Golden Globe(R)-winner Meg Tilly (Agnes of God, The Big Chill), Jodi Balfour (The Sinking of Laconia), Sebastian Pigott (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Being Erica) and multiple Gemini(R) Award-nominee Peter Outerbridge (The Listener, Nikita).
About Compagnia Leone Cinematografica
Compagnia Leone Cinematografica was founded in 1970 by Elio Scardamaglia and Federico Fellini to produce the TV movie The Clowns which was directed by Fellini. From that moment Compagnia carried on continuously production activities.
The Company produced lots of movies that had a great success both in Italy and all over the world, and in the latest years it has been involved principally in TV fiction productions. Recently it has been lunched an animation line with the pilot of Little Jesus (that attended Pulcinella Award for Best Pilot at Cartoons on the Bay 2004).
About Asylum Entertainment
Los Angeles-based Asylum Entertainment is a diversified production company committed to groundbreaking original programming - narrative, documentary, and commercial. Its integrated divisions and capabilities encompass development; production and postproduction for film, television, commercials, branded entertainment, music and live shows; and marketing, licensing, design, and talent management. Its original programming includes a number of award-winning series. www.asylument.com
About Muse Entertainment Enterprises
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 150 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films and has won 95 awards and garnered 299 award nominations!
Muse Entertainment's most recent television series is Bomb Girls. In 2011, its topical, 8-hr. historical drama, The Kennedys, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations. Its Pillars of the Earth also won awards. Muse's other award-winning programs are Being Human (Seasons 1 & 2), Durham County (Seasons 1, 2, 3), Ben Hur, The Last Templar, Impact, Human Trafficking, Answered by Fire, This is Wonderland and Tales from the Neverending Story.
The company's head office and its Quebec production centre are in Montreal. Muse also maintains development and production operations in Toronto and Los Angeles. www.muse.ca
About Back Alley Film Productions
Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. has been creating and producing entertaining and cutting edge original film and television for over 20 years. Founded by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, the company is synonymous with high-quality, innovative productions for both domestic and international audiences. Their most recent television series is the one-hour drama hit Bomb Girls. Back Alley's award-winning televisions series include the critically acclaimed Durham County, Bliss, and Drop the Beat which have garnered a multitude of awards and nominations nationally and internationally. Back Alley Films has offices in Toronto and Montreal. www.backalleyfilms.ca
ReelzChannel - TV About Movies(R) is the only cable and satellite network delivering entertaining and informative programming that is all about movies, including the celebrities, fashion, music and stories behind the stories. The network is also home to ambitious television events, mini-series and series featuring big stories and big stars as seen with the Emmy(R)-winning mini-series The Kennedys. With shows featuring movie and entertainment experts, including Leonard Maltin, Richard Roeper and Sam Rubin, viewers get trusted insight into movies wherever they're playing, whether in theaters or at home.
ReelzChannel reaches more than 63 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, AT&T U-verse channels 799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find ReelzChannel in your area by entering your zip code at www.reelz.com/watch. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, ReelzChannel is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with an entertainment bureau in Los Angeles.