HBO Canada Takes Viewers IN STUDIO with Some of Canada’s Biggest and Brightest TV and Film Stars, July 1

— June 25, 2014

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TORONTO (June 25, 2014) – This July 1, HBO Canada celebrates Canada Day with a third instalment of the in-depth, home-grown interview series with Canadian film and television talent. IN STUDIO: Up Close and Personal at the Canadian Screen Awards is directed by Barry Avrich (FILTHY GORGEOUS: THE BOB GUCCIONE STORY) and hosted by award-winning actor, writer, and producer Bob Martin (SENSITIVE SKIN). In the one-hour special, Martin engages in vibrant conversation with Canadian stars including SENSITIVE SKIN director Don McKellar (The Grand Seduction); writer/director Gavin Crawford (GAVIN CRAWFORD’S WILD WILD WEST); actor Dave Foley (SPUN OUT); actor Sarah Gadon (Enemy); writer/director Deepa Mehta (Midnight’s Children), writer/actor SEÁN CULLEN (ALMOST NAKED ANIMALS), and more. The one-hour special premieres Tuesday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada.


IN STUDIO is pure entertainment,” said Helga Stephenson, CEO, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “It gives audiences an insider glance into the lives of our country’s top talent and this edition is especially funny. Prepare to laugh, learn, and cap off your Canada Day with an hour of unique insight from some of the biggest names in Canadian film and television.”


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Filmed in front a live audience at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the 2014 Canadian Screen Week, the full list of talent featured on IN STUDIO: Up Close and Personal at the Canadian Screen Awards includes:




•        DAVE FOLEY, Actor, SPUN OUT

•        SARAH GADON, Actress, Enemy

•        KEN GIROTTI, Director, VIKINGS

•        BRONWEN HUGHES, Director, MOTIVE

•        ELAN MASTAI, Screenwriter, The F-Word

•        SHANNON MASTERS, Screenwriter, Empire of Dirt

•        DON MCKELLAR, Director, The Grand Seduction

•        DEEPA METHA, Director, Writer, Producer, Midnight’s Children

•        JENNIFER PODEMSKI, Actress, Producer, Empire of Dirt

•        ANNE WHEELER, Director, Cracked, The Horses of McBride


IN STUDIO: Up Close and Personal at the Canadian Screen Awards is executive produced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and Melbar Entertainment Group in association with Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, and TIFF.


In Eastern Canada, the special will also be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.


In Western Canada, the special will also be available on HBO Canada HD, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.















About HBO Canada

HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).


About Movie Central

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For more information:

For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada):

Nicolle Balen, 416.384.4061 or


For Movie Central (Western Canada):

Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or