ENTERTAINMENT ONE'S "THE YARD" TO DEBUT IN THE U.S. EXCLUSIVELY ON HULU AND HULU PLUS
LOS ANGELES/TORONTO (May 21, 2011) - Leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) announced today that its six-part series "The Yard" will be exclusively distributed in the U.S. on the free, ad-supported Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning June 7th, 2012. With more than 500 eOne episodes currently available on the service, this exclusive offering further enhances first-run premium programming offered by eOne on Hulu.
"We're excited to present 'The Yard' to U.S. audiences on Hulu," announced Jon Ferro SVP U.S. Program Sales, eOne. "Hulu and Hulu Plus provide a multi-tiered, innovative platform to reach today's audiences with high quality original content across multiple devices and over the Internet."
In the six-part, half-hour series viewers are taken inside a schoolyard by an unseen Documentarian (voiced by Paul Gross) who records students' behavior during recess. Through interviews with the kids, he sees adult-world scenarios played out by two schoolyard gangs: 12-year-old leader Nick; his idealistic younger brother J.J., the brains of the outfit; weird pal Johnny, his lieutenant; big girl Suzi, the muscle; and his six-year-old little brother Adam, who just wants to play. Nick's crew tries to keep the peace while defending their turf against: Frankie Miladic, leader of his gang of self-indulgent, cruel bullies; "Pork Chop" and his brother Mickey; while also fighting his affection for Frankie's popular and influential sister Mary, leader of the girls.
Starring kids between the ages of 10 and 13, "The Yard" was created and written by Michael Mabbott ("The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico") and David Eddie ("House Broken," Globe & Mail's "Damage Control"). The series stars Quintin Colantoni, Keana Bastidas, Sarah Cranmer, Daniel Lupetina, Alex Cardillo, Shemar Charles and is Executive Produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, David Eddie and Michael Mabbott.
"The Yard" is developed and produced by Whizbang Films. The Movie Network and Movie Central developed, commissioned and invested in the series. It is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne).
eOne currently has a robust presence in production and distribution of television programming in a wide-range of genres including, Rookie Blue on ABC and Shaw, Call Me Fitz on DIRECTV and HBO Canada, preschool-phenom Peppa Pig on Nick Jr., The Walking Dead on AMC, Hell on Wheels on AMC, Mary Mary on WeTV and the upcoming Saving Hope on NBC and CTV. Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne's original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including the major US networks and international pay TV channels.
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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.