REELZCHANNEL BUILDS ON THE SUCCESS OF RETURNING "BEVERLY HILLS PAWN" WITH NEW SLATE OF GROUNDBREAKING, DISTINCTIVE AND FUN ORIGINAL PROGRAMS THIS FALL AND WINTER
Network Committed to Producing More Original Programming
"JFK: The Smoking Gun" Shared Global Premiere on
Sunday, November 3, 2013 in U.S., Canada and Australia
Season Two of "Beverly Hills Pawn" Premieres Wednesday, November 6, 2013
"The Capones" Premieres Saturday, November 9, 2013
"Hollywood Hillbillies" Premieres January 2014
(Beverly Hills, CA) Sunday, July 28, 2013 - ReelzChannel, the fast growing cable and satellite network, today unveiled highlights to its 2013-14 season lineup with an emphasis on producing even more original programming.
"Building on the success we're enjoying with our first reality series Beverly Hills Pawn, we're introducing more series and characters for our viewers to enjoy," said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel. "With next season's slate of groundbreaking, distinctive and fun programs, we're committed to delivering untapped stories to give viewers a rich, emotional and entertaining experience when they tune in to Reelz."
With Kennedy programming clearly in the network's DNA, Sunday, November 3, 2013 marks the shared world premiere of JFK: The Smoking Gun, an explosive special investigative documentary based on the work of veteran Police Detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years on the forensic cold-case investigation of JFK's assassination. The docudrama special will air simultaneously in the U.S., Canada and Australia, and using modern ballistics and evidence analysis, promises to solve the case and actually name the second shooter.
Among the new productions announced by Mr. Hubbard is the launch of a new reality sitcom, Hollywood Hillbillies in January 2014, which follows the lives of viral YouTube sensations Michael "The Angry Ginger" and his grandma "Mema," along with their wild southern-fried family as they move the family, and their showbiz ambitions, from their home in rural Georgia to the entertainment capital of the world - Hollywood.
Additionally, Mr. Hubbard disclosed that Reelz's hit reality series Beverly Hills Pawn has been picked up for a second season and will return Wednesday, November 6, 2013 with new episodes slated to run through March of 2014. Beverly Hills Pawn, starring store owner Yossi Dina, delves into the wonder and values of Hollywood memorabilia, high-dollar collectibles and fine jewelry, where the people and stories behind these rare items are even more extraordinary.
Previously announced reality series The Capones follows the drama-filled lives of the family related to, and sharing the name with, infamous gangster Al Capone as they try to keep the peace while running the family restaurant and all living together under one roof in Chicago. The Capones premieres on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
About Hollywood Hillbillies
Hollywood Hillbillies chronicles the hilarious antics of internet superstars Michael "The Angry Ginger" and his "Mema" as they trade in their simple country living in Georgia for the bright lights of Hollywood. With the fame and fortune from more than 150 million YouTube views, Michael, his grandma Mema, aunt Dee Dee, uncle "Big" John and the rest of the clan are ready to take Hollywood by storm. The question is not whether they are ready for LA, but rather is LA ready for these outrageous Hollywood Hillbillies? Hollywood Hillbillies is produced for ReelzChannel by Asylum Entertainment.
About JFK: The Smoking Gun
JFK: The Smoking Gun is a two-hour docudrama special chronicling the work of veteran Police Detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years on the forensic cold-case investigation of JFK's assassination and believes he has found the "smoking gun" that killed the president. What he had, and other investigators did not, was modern technology and access to all the evidence, facts and eyewitness testimony, and he has managed to solve a crime that is every bit as shocking and incredible today as it was when it happened 50 years ago.
The docudrama is a Canada-Australia co-production and is produced by Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Cordell/Jigsaw/Zapruder (Go Back Where You Came From) for Discovery Canada, SBS Australia and ReelzChannel in the U.S. It is written by Steve Lucas (Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science), directed by Malcolm McDonald (The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley) and produced by Jesse Prupas (March to the Top) and Michael Cordell (Anatomy of a Massacre). Executive Producers are Michael Prupas (The Kennedys) and Simon Egan (The King's Speech).
About Beverly Hills Pawn
The workplace docuseries Beverly Hills Pawn explores Yossi Dina's extraordinary pawn shop in the heart of world famous Beverly Hills, where Hollywood's elite go to find a lot of cash... fast. 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. Yossi makes million dollar pawn deals at a moment's notice for masterpieces, gems, antiques and priceless Hollywood treasures only attainable by the rich and famous. Each episode follows Yossi and his loyal team of Cory, Aria and Dominique as they put hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake for incredible collectibles. Beverly Hills Pawn is produced for ReelzChannel by Asylum Entertainment.
About The Capones
In the new workplace docuseries, The Capones, the spirit of the infamous gangster Al Capone still lives on in the form of this drama-filled, lasagna-loving dysfunctional family who are living a true mash up of the American Dream as they run the family restaurant "Capone's Restaurant & Pizzeria." With a notorious family tree and larger-than-life personalities surrounding him, Dom Capone ("The Boss") runs his unkempt crew with an iron fist at the Capone mansion, where the entire clan lives together under one roof. No matter what happens, they always end the week with the traditional Sunday dinner, where the drama is always spicier than the pepperoni.
The Capones is produced for ReelzChannel by Asylum Entertainment. Executive producers include Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch from Asylum Entertainment, and Cara and Curtis Leopardo of Bonnie & Clyde Media.
About Asylum Entertainment
Emmy Award(R) winning Asylum Entertainment was established with the idea of producing diverse projects that are both creatively distinctive and commercially rewarding. From gritty documentaries and highly original reality series to scripted television and feature films, Asylum has produced over 700 hours of television in its 11 year history. Asylum Entertainment's most notable productions, include the epic 8-part miniseries The Kennedys for which they received 10 Emmy nominations and won four. Additionally, Asylum's scripted division was recently nominated for four Emmy Awards on the television film, Ring of Fire starring Jewel. Asylum's life blood is unscripted television. Their notable unscripted projects include the 10-time Emmy nominated Beyond the Glory, ESPN's 30 For 30, The Locator, Addicted, American Gangster, Beverly Hills Pawn and many more. Additionally, Asylum Entertainment is eagerly anticipating the Spring 2014 release of its first theatrical feature film Small Time, directed and produced by 24 creator, Joel Surnow. Currently Asylum Entertainment is in production on the much anticipated feature documentary Happy Valley, which focuses on the gripping scandal that has rocked Penn State University.
About Muse Entertainment
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and highquality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 170 TV movies and miniseries, television series and feature films and has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations! Muse Entertainment's most recent television series are Bomb Girls (Seasons I, II) and Being Human (Seasons 1, II, III). In 2011, its topical, 8-hr. historical drama, The Kennedys, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations. Its Pillars of the Earth also won an Emmy and many other awards. Muse's other award-winning programs are Durham County (Seasons I, II, III), 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. For more information please visit www.muse.ca
About ReelzChannel - Hollywood Happens Here(TM)
ReelzChannel is the only cable and satellite network devoted to delivering entertaining and fresh programming that explores, uncovers and lives inside the magic of Hollywood wherever it happens. The network is also home to ambitious television events, miniseries and series featuring big stories and big stars as seen with the Emmy(R)-winning The Kennedys, Ken Follett's World Without End and Barabbas, starring Billy Zane. And, building directly on The Kennedys, in addition to JFK: The Smoking Gun ReelzChannel is codeveloping a miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's highly acclaimed book, After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family from 1968 to the Present, with Muse Entertainment slated to premiere in late 2014. With 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 throughout the day, every day.
ReelzChannel reaches 67 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 national ad sales based out of New York City with offices in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles and an entertainment bureau in Los Angeles.