New True-Crime Anthology Series THE ACT Announced as a STARZ Exclusive for Canada

TORONTO — March 15, 2019

– Season 1 of THE ACT stars Patricia Arquette and Joey King and follows the toxic story of mother and daughter duo Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard –

“…buckle up for a wild ride” – Collider

“…another stark transformation for Arquette” –

“…will leave viewers shook by (King and Arquette’s) haunting performances” –

TORONTO (March 15, 2019) – On the heels of Bell Media’s official launch of STARZ in Canada, it was announced today that Season 1 of THE ACT will be available as a STARZ exclusive in Canada. The new, seasonal, anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories will roll out in Canada as follows:
  • Episodes 1 and 2 drop on the STARZ streaming platform and On Demand on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 a.m. ET with subsequent episodes premiering weekly, Wednesdays at 6 a.m. ET
  • Episode 1 premieres on the STARZ linear channels on Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m. ET with subsequent episodes airing weekly, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET
Season 1 of THE ACT stars Golden Globe® award winner Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Chloë Sevigny, and AnnaSophia Robb, and is based on the 2016 BuzzFeed article “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered” by Michelle Dean who also serves as co-creator and executive producer. THE ACT follows Gypsy Blanchard (King) as she tries to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother Dee Dee (Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s Box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder. From Universal Content Productions (UCP), Nick Antosca is co-creator and executive producer, while Greg Shephard and Britton Rizzio also serve as executive producers. THE ACT joins an already stacked line up of must-see shows available to STARZ subscribers in Canada, including the new millennial comedy NOW APOCALPYSE, the highly anticipated spy-thriller THE ROOK, premiering this summer; past seasons of popular titles such as POWER, PARTY DOWN, and THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE; critical darlings VIDA and SWEETBITTER; hundreds of fan-favourite movies; and more. How to get STARZ in Canada:
  • On two linear channels and the on demand platforms of participating television providers.
  • Via the STARZ streaming service which is available directly to all Canadians with access to the internet as an add-on to Crave for an additional $5.99/month. It can be accessed at, and the Crave app on iOS and Android, and Apple TV Generation 4, with additional platforms rolling out in the coming months.

About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at

About Starz
Starz (, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ® brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly-rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 10,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.

About UCP
UCP is a premium content studio that operates with a highly curated indie sensibility, while simultaneously leveraging the power and scale of NBCUniversal. As fierce advocates for creators with an eclectic point of view, the UCP team develops pioneering and award-winning scripted programming with partners such as Amazon (“Homecoming”), Netflix (“The Umbrella Academy”), Hulu (“The Act”) and YouTube (“Impulse”), as well as NBCUniversal’s Bravo (“Dirty John”), USA (“Mr. Robot,” “The Sinner,” “The Purge,” “Suits”) and SYFY (“Happy!,” “The Magicians”). UCP’s content library also features more than 800 hours of award-winning and critically-acclaimed content, including “Monk,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Psych.”


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