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TORONTO (September 4, 2013) – Bell Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) announced today that Canadian original documentary FILTHY GORGEOUS: THE BOB GUCCIONE STORY will make its television debut Friday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The latest film from Barry Avrich in a series of revealing projects about powerful entertainment icons and moguls, FILTHY GORGEOUS will make its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival® on Monday, Sept. 9.
Commissioned by The Movie Network and Movie Central, FILTHY GORGEOUS chronicles the rise and fall of Bob Guccione, founder of notorious magazine Penthouse. Boasting archival and home video footage, the film profiles Guccione’s rise to success as an unlikely revolutionary who challenged social mores and rose to become a dominating and influential force in the media landscape of his time. Giving rival magazine Playboy a run for its money, Guccione was one of America’s richest men by the early 80s, but passed away penniless at the age of 79 in the small city of Plano, Texas.
FILTHY GORGEOUS features candid interviews with colleagues, lovers, family members, and pundits including two of Guccione’s sons, Nick and Bob Jr., the founder of Spin and Gear magazines, and many of his closest confidantes and Penthouse Pets. Notable appearances include: Alan Dershowitz, Penthouse’s 1st Amendment Lawyer and confidante; Xaviera Hollander, aka The Happy Hooker, Penthouse columnist for 30 years; Al Goldstein, publisher of competitor Screw magazine; Jane Homlish, Guccione’s personal assistant for 35 years, and Victoria Johnson, Guccione’s lover and Penthouse Pet of The Year, 1978.
Produced, written and directed by Barry Avrich, FILTHY GORGEOUS is a Melbar Entertainment Group production in association with EPIX and produced by The Movie Network and Movie Central, with funding from Rogers Telefund, Shaw, CAVCO, and the OMDC.
In Eastern Canada, the film will be available in High Definition and on TMN GO, The Movie Network OnDemand, and TMN OnLine.
In Western Canada, the film will be available in High Definition on Movie Central HD and On Demand via mobile and online with participating service providers.
About The Movie Network:
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest. All five multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service available in select areas across eastern Canada; and TMN OnLine, an Internet-based content streaming service. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca.
About Movie Central
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across eight 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
For more information:
For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Ellery Ulster, 416.956.8638 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Movie Central (Western Canada):
Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com