Sports and History Collide in New HBO Canada Original Series SPORTS ON FIRE, Premiering January 9

— December 17, 2014

“I [saw] him going this way so I hunted himdown. I mean I knew where I was swinging the stick when I swung it.” – BobbyClarke

“As much as we love to say that hockeybuilds character or sports builds character, to a great extent, sports revealscharacter.” – Ken Dryden 

“I would have drank gasoline if it hadmade me go faster.” ­­– Bill Romanowski

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TORONTO (December 17, 2014) – Untoldperspectives from moments when history and sports collide are revealed inSPORTS ONFIRE, a six-part, half-houroriginal documentary series from Movie Central and The Movie Network debutingFriday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m.ET/MT on HBO Canada. Each episode of SPORTS ONFIRE brings a fresh angle and new insight into iconic moments in sport,through interviews and archival footage presented in a rapid-paced, hard-hittingstyle.



Bill Romanowski, four-time SuperBowl Champion, in SPORTS ON FIRE on HBO Canada

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“In our new series SPORTS ON FIRE, director PeteMcCormack uses his sophisticated lens to get a different perspective on pivotaland controversial moments in history that we all thought we knew, throughexclusive interviews with athletes and coaches,” said Maria Hale, VicePresident, Head of Content Distribution & Pay TV, Corus Entertainment. “Theseries is sure to resonate with our audience as it opens up a window into eventsthat have shaped sports culture and beyond, told in a way that can only be doneon HBO Canada”.

“What makes this series unique is its ability to uncover rare insightfrom experts, family members, and most importantly from the athletes who livedthese monumental experiences,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President,Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Whether viewers are sports lovers, historybuffs, or a fans of documentary film, SPORTS ON FIRE iscompelling, must-watch television”.

Directed and created by Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, I Am BruceLee), SPORTS ON FIRE digs deep into moments where some ofthe world’s greatest athletes are caught up in monumental events that change thecourse of history. These powerful stories are told from the pointof view of elite athletes, key witnesses, experts, and historians including,nine-time gold-medalist and Olympic legend Mark Spitz, Daytona 500 winner RyanNewman, gold-medalist and Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton, and four-timeSuper Bowl champion Bill Romanowski.

In the series premiere, SPORTS ONFIRE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes lookinto the 1972 Summit Series, played at the height of the Cold War, as rememberedby journalists, Russian historians, and three unforgettable hockey legends.Canadian greats Paul Henderson, Bobby Clarke, and Ken Dryden reflect on theSeries, questioning the boundaries and the potential glory of thewin-at-any-cost mentality that ultimately led to a stunning victory inMoscow.

In subsequent episodes, premiering Friday nights at9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, the series delves intotopics such as: the myths surrounding African American athlete Jesse Owens,winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Hitler’s Germany; thestory of Ankie Spitzer, who recalls the terror, secrets, and incompetence thatcame to light after her husband, André Spitzer, along with 10 otherIsraeli athletes, was slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the confusion,hypocrisy, and challenges surrounding nearly a century of gender testing offemale athletes; Prohibition and bootlegging’s roots in NASCAR; andthe inside world of performance enhancing drugs.  

Also on Jan. 9, HBO Canada welcomes back REAL TIMEWITH BILL MAHER for its 13th Season at 10 p.m.ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of BANSHEE at 11 p.m.ET/MT.

SPORTS ON FIRE is produced byProject 10 Productions Inc. and Two 4 The Money Media, in association with TheMovie Network and Movie Central. Pete McCormack is director and executiveproducer. Andrew Barnsley (SPUN OUT), Jeff Aghassi (The Games of 1940),Kim Arnott (Emmy Award® winner, R.L. Stine’s TheHaunting Hour), and Kevin Foley (Four Days In April: The Mike WeirStory) serve as executive producers. The series is distributedinternationally by Entertainment One and is produced with funding support fromthe Rogers Cable Network Fund. Production Executives for Bell Media are KaraHaflidson and Robin Johnston. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, IndependentProduction, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty andPay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. Chris Bellis production executive for Movie Central. Maria Hale is Vice President,Television, Pay TV, Corus Entertainment, and Doug Murphy is Executive VicePresident and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. HBO Canada is amultiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and CorusEntertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

In Eastern Canada, SPORTS ONFIRE  will be available on TMNGO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In WesternCanada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie CentralappBellTV appTelus Optik on thego, and HBO Canada On Demand.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network(Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (WesternCanada).

 

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HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramaticand comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programmingincluding comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenescontent and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut andcommercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBOCanada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online whereavailable by service provider. For more information, please visitwww.hbocanada.com.In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCEInc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In WesternCanada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (WesternCanada).

About Movie Central

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc.(CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is amarket leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in paytelevision, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’sanimation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

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