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WGN America secures the U.S. rights to Muse Entertainment and Back Alley films' Gripping original series 'Bellevue'

Star Anna Paquin Executive Produces Original Series, Alongside Creators Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell, with Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas, Morwyn Brebner and Jesse Prupas

Los Angeles, CA – WGN America announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to the compelling original drama series “Bellevue,” starring Academy® and Golden Globe® winner Anna Paquin (“True Blood,” “Roots”), who executive produces alongside creators/showrunners Jane Maggs (“The Offering”) and producer/director Adrienne Mitchell (“Bomb Girls,” "Durham County”). The eight-episode, one-hour drama is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions and also stars Shawn Doyle (“House of Cards,” “Fargo”) and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey,” The Imitation Game). “Bellevue” will premiere in early 2018 on WGN America.

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Anna Paquin drama Bellevue heading to WGN America

Entertainment Weekly - July 31, 2107

Anna Paquin’s run on True Blood as Sookie ended in 2014, but American audiences can expect to see her lead another show very soon. WGN America has acquired the rights to the Paquin-lead series Bellevue, the network announced Monday. After its February debut in Canada, the original series commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will premiere on its new network in early 2018.

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Anna Paquin Drama 'Bellevue' Acquired by WGN America

The Hollywood Reporter - July 31, 2017

The cable network is transitioning out of scripted originals and into low-cost acquisitions. WGN America 2.0 is starting to take shape. The cable network, which is exiting the scripted originals space, has acquired linear rights to Canadian drama Bellevue, starring Anna Paquin. Fresh off canceling all of its scripted originals — including the well-rated critical darling Underground — WGN America is turning instead to low-cost acquisitions like the Muse Entertainment drama, which marks its first pickup since seeing network president Matt Cherniss exit.

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'True Blood's Anna Paquin stars in new CBC drama series Bellevue

Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) and Shawn Doyle (House of Cards) also star

Monday, August 29, 2016 – CBC, Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions today announced that Academy® and Golden Globe® award-winning actress Anna Paquin (True Blood, Roots, Margaret, Alias Grace) will star in BELLEVUE, a new 8 x one-hour drama series premiering on CBC in winter 2017. Actors Allen Leech (Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, Rome) and Shawn Doyle (House of Cards, Big Love, Fargo) will star alongside Paquin in the series. Created by exciting new voice Jane Maggs and veteran producer/director Adrienne Mitchell, BELLEVUE is commissioned by CBC and produced by Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys, Tut) and Back Alley Film Productions (Durham County, Bomb Girls). Filming begins September 19 in and around Montreal.

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Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy added to Netflix US

Back Alley is pleased to announce that Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy is coming to Netflix US in late November. The MOW joins Seasons 1 and 2 of the series on the streaming service.


'EXTRA! EXTRA! Bomb Girls - Facing the Enemy airs March 27 on Global

Shaw Media - March 6

Following tonight’s ET Canada Live reveal, Global is pleased to announce that the final chapter of the beloved series Bomb Girls, Bomb Girls – Facing the Enemy, airs on Thursday, March 27 at 8 pm ET/PT.

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'Bomb Girls' movie debut set: Will there be more?

TV Guide Canada - March 6

Bomb Girls fans can finally lower their save-the-show propaganda placards because the big movie finale finally has an air date: March 27. But will a 90-minute MOW really satiate fans? Judging by the campaigns, letters and phone calls, not to mention the custom made Lego art sent to series showrunner Adrienne Mitchell, probably not.

While the film offering is better than fans of most cancelled shows get, it’s not going to tie up all of the loose ends left wide open in Season 2 due to time constraints and the limitations of scripting an actual feature project. “In 88 minutes, you’re not going to be able to give everybody fair due and there will be disappointments,” Mitchell tells TV Guide Canada. “There will be people who will be thrilled, but we wanted to stay with the main core cast.”

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Bomb Girls wins Gracie Award for Outstanding Drama

February 27, 2013

Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions are proud to acknowledge that Bomb Girls won the Gracie Award for Outstanding Drama in recognition of the show’s superior quality in writing and production. Bomb Girls along with other national and grand award winners will be honored at the 38th Annual Gracie Awards Gala to be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

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Q&A with “Bomb Girls” Executive Producer Janis Lundman

York University Alumni Archive - January 24, 2013

Q: Over the past three decades Back Alley Films has created, produced and financed award-winning film and television. What is the secret to your success?

I’m very curious about the world around me, about people, politics, religion, art and music. I’m always trying to understand what makes the world tick, and what makes people tick. Also if something interests me or grabs my attention I try to learn more about it. That’s how I form different ideas and content. I follow that instinct.

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Bomb Girls Nominated for Seven Canadian Screen Awards

January 15th 2013 - Back Alley has brought in a whopping 6 nominations (plus 1 digital nomination) at the Canadian Screen Awards for Bomb Girls. The new award, given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television is a merger of film's Genie Awards with television's Geminis. The awards that celebrate the best and brightest in Candian cinema, televisions and digital media will be presented at a live broadcast, Sunday March 3rd at 8pm on CBC.

Bomb Girls garnered nominations in the following categories:

Best Dramatic Series
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series – Adrienne Mitchell
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series - Eric Cayla
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series - Aiden Leroux
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role – Meg Tilly
Best Costume Design – Joanne Hansen
Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction – Bomb Girls Interactive

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CTV Orders Original Edgy, New Original Scripted Drama 'Played'

From Back Alley Film Productions and Muse Entertainment Enterprises

January 10, 2013 - Welcome to the world of highly skilled and brave detectives who give the word "undercover" a whole new meaning. Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports, announced today that CTV has ordered a new Canadian drama series from award-winning Back Alley Film Productions and critically acclaimed Muse Entertainment Enterprises. CTV has ordered thirteen, one-hour episodes of PLAYED (working title), an ensemble, procedural police drama that follows the activities of the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit), a Toronto-based police unit that goes undercover to infiltrate criminal organizations. In each episode, the detectives perform a high-wire, nerve-wracking act that requires a serious confidence game as they go undercover and convince the bad guys that, they too, are criminals - all the while trying to prevent their jobs from corroding their own lives.

PLAYED is developed for television by Gemini Award winning executive producers Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman (BOMB GIRLS, DURHAM COUNTY), Emmy®-Award nominated Michael Prupas (THE KENNEDYS, BEING HUMAN), and Greg Nelson (SAVING HOPE), who is creator and co-showrunner with Mitchell. PLAYED is set to begin production in Toronto this spring.

"PLAYED is a suspenseful, adrenaline-filled ride," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports "This ensemble series will show viewers a gritty and modern take on the gruelling life of undercover cops."

"PLAYED is a contest of wits between undercover cops and their targets. It's about selling yourself as authentic, the anticipation of whether or not the target buys you, and the threat of what they'll do to you if they don't," said executive producers Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell of Back Alley Films.

"PLAYED will bring audiences into the world of undercover cops in a way that they have never seen before. It is completely original and explosive. We are extremely appreciative of the enthusiastic support of CTV in launching this series in a very competitive scheduling environment," said Michael Prupas, President and CEO of Muse Entertainment.

PLAYED sees the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit) take on a new case and target each week. The unit designs the operation and executes each case undercover as they infiltrate criminal worlds, collect evidence, and make arrests. The undercover CIU detectives build relationships with bad guys, whether coaxing confessions, buying drugs and guns in covert sting operations, infiltrating high finance scams, or immersing themselves with a crew of bank robbers. Today's fast-paced times demand equally rapid detective work: these cops work quickly, plunging into the deep end and into high stakes scenarios with short, intense timeframes. Then, after posing as various criminals, the members of the CIU flip the switch and try and go home to their "normal" lives as spouses and parents.

PLAYED is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are Adrienne Mitchell, Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas, and Greg Nelson, who is also creator of the series. Adrienne Mitchell and Greg Nelson are co-showrunners. 

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Bomb Girls Season 1 DVD Released in Canada

October 31st 2012- The DVD of Bomb Girls Season 1 is now available online and in stores for Canadian fans. The 6 episode, 3 DVD set includes the following bonus features:

Trailer
Audio Commentaries:
- EPISODE 1, Adrienne Mitchell, co-creator and director
- EPISODE 6, Michael MacLennan, co-creator and writer
Making of

The french version will be available in Canada starting November 6th 2012.

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Bomb Girls Hits Its Target with Critics

REELZ - The reviews are in, and Bomb Girls is being shown the love by critics including four stars from the New York Daily News. Bomb Girls premieres tonight at 10p ET and 10p PT.

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Bomb Girls Heads Back Into Production

Amber Dowling, TV Guide Canada Online- 8/15/2012

New character added for second season of Canadian drama.

It’s official—Canadian series Bomb Girls is back in production on its second season in and around Toronto, with one notable addition. Gemini-winner Michael Seater (Life with Derek) joins the cast as Ivan, an outgoing and charming factory worker at Victory Munitions who is bound to catch the eye of several ladies working the line. He joins returning Season 1 stars Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Lorna Corbet, Antonio Cupo, Ali Liebert, Charlotte Hegele and Vera Burr.

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ReelzChannel picks up Bomb Girls

May 30th 2012 - US cable network ReelzChannel has added Bomb Girls to their Fall Lineup.

From Deadline Hollywood: "The network just picked up the Ken Follett miniseries World Without End and now is adding another mini, a docu-series and a scripted series to the lineup beginning in the fall. The newly announced miniseries, Barabbas, is a four-parter that follows the life of the man who in the Bible was spared because of the crucifixion of Christ. The docu-series Beverly Hills Pawn, from Asylum Entertainment, is set at a luxury shop where Hollywood’s elite go for cash. The original series Bomb Girls, meanwhile, stars Meg Tilly and takes place during World War II when women risked their lives in a munitions factory in support of the war."

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Meg Tilly takes home Leo Award for Bomb Girls

VANCOUVER, May 27th 2012 - Meg Tilly earned the award for the Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series in Bomb Girls but couldn't be in Vancouver because of theatrical commitments. Her award was accepted by Bomb Girls costar Ali Liebert.

But Tilly, who is a BC mainstay sent a note. "I am in Toronto raging around the stage in my second show of the day in a restricting garment getting a bit pungent," she wrote before going on to praise this province's film and television community.

The Leo awards recognize artistic excellence in British Columbia's film and television performers and programs.

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Bomb Girls Actresses Nominated for Leo Awards

VANCOUVER - British Columbia based actresses Meg Tilly and Ali Liebert have been nominated for their performances in Bomb Girls at the Leo Awards. Created by the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of BC, the Leo awards recognize artistic excellence in British Columbia's film and television performers and programs. Meg Tilly is nominated for Best Lead Performance in a Dramatic Series for her portrayal of factory matron Lorna, and Ali Liebert is nominated as Best Supporting Performance in a Dramatic Series for her work as Betty. The winners will be announced at the Leo Awards Gala Ceremony on May 26th.

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Two Nominations for Bomb Girls at Monte Carlo TV Festival

MONACCO - Bomb Girls has been nominated for two Golden Nymph awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. The international competition has recognized Bomb Girls in the "Best Mini Series" category, and star Meg Tilly has been nominated as "Outstanding Actress." The ceremony and announcement of winners will take place in Monte Carlo during the Television festival from June 10th - 14th.

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Shaw Media Renews Global Original Miniseries, Bomb Girl

TORONTO, February 7, 2012 – Today, Shaw Media announced the renewal of the country’s breakout original hit, Bomb Girls. With the initial six-part miniseries concluding tomorrow on Global at 8pm ET/PT, the Canadian wartime drama has been green lit for 12 new episodes. Development on the additional episodes will begin shortly and start of production will be announced at a later date

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Shooting Bomb Girls With Eric Cayla csc

Fanen Chiahemen, The Canadian Society of Cinematographers- 4/02/2012

"To me it’s not just about the look and the lighting when you're a cinematographer for television, it's to tell the story. You're there to support the directors, writers, producers, and give them ideas on how you can shoot a scene and have all the shots needed to tell the story and to give a scene a lot of rhythm. So if you spend hours on lighting, you're beside the track, and it’s not worth it. To me that's the challenge of a cinematographer on a television series more than on a feature," Cayla says....

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Bomb Girls

from The Mind Reels - 06/01/2012

It’s amazing. I was just saying last night how fantastic Canadian television has been of late. We have Lost Girl, Flashpoint, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, Degrassi, Rookie Blue. The list goes on. And tonight it just got bigger. Global television and Shaw Media took us back in time to the Toronto of the 1940s. There’s a war on, and most of the men have gone to the front, leaving a gap in the work force, and women, who weren’t allowed to fight found other ways to join the war effort and make money to help their family survive.

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Press Release - Canada Loves Bomb Girls

9/01/2012

Bomb Girls, Global’s latest original production made a huge impression last night garnering over 1.4 million viewers (2+, national) for its premiere broadcast. The first episode of the six-part miniseries won its timeslot nationally, 2+ and in the key Adults 18-49 (455,400) demographic, marking a triumphant start to the New Year.

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TV Wednesday: Bomb Girls

CHRIS LACKNER, Post Media News. 4/01/2012

Bomb Girls blasts away all the negative cliches that exist about Canadian television. Ambitious, intelligent and rewarding, the miniseries is exactly what our original TV should strive for: high-end production values, great storytelling, sharp casting, and the exploration of something that is definitively our own.

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The Firm, Bomb Girls topline Global’s winter sked

KATIE BAILEY, Playback, 13/12/2011

Premiering Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Bomb Girls follows the lives of Canadian women working in munitions factories during WWII. The series was produced by Montreal prodcos Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films.

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TV series honours work of Canada's 'bomb girls'

HILLARY DUFF, Postmedia News, 13/12/2011

Former 'bomb girl' Helen Rapp attends the screening for the upcoming six-part series Bomb Girls in Ottawa, Dec. 6, 2011.

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Airdate for 'Girls'

GREG DAVID, TV Guide, 6/12/2011

Global Television has finally got a target date for its home-grown project Bomb Girls. The network revealed Monday that the six-part period piece about Canadian women working in a Second World War munitions factory will debut Jan. 4.

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From baking apple pies to making bombs

JESSICA SMITH, Metro, 6/12/2011

“It’s a fascinating time in our history, when we came into our own as a country and women came into their own as understanding the power that they wielded in society,” said producer and head writer Michael MacLennan.

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Women  and TV: They've Come a Long Way - Maybe

KATE TAYLOR, The Globe and Mail, 10/8/2011

Co-creator and Executive Producer on the award-winning series Durham County, Janis Lundman is currently Executive Producer on her new series, Bomb Girls that will air on Global Television in early d international markets. Back Alley Films’ latest series Bomb Girls is co-produced with Muse Entertainment Enterprises.

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Award Winning Director Adrienne Mitchell at the Helm Directing New Series BOMB GIRLS

TOUCHWOOD PR PRESS RELEASE, 10/9/2011

TORONTO – Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. is pleased to announce that DGC Winner and2011 DGC nominee, Adrienne Mitchell will be at the helm directing both the premier and second episode of BOMB GIRLS, a new six-part mini series about WOrld War lll women at work in a munitions factory.

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Meg Tilly

HUFFPOST LIVING, 10/6/2011

It's been busy. So much has happened since I last wrote I barely know where to start. I guess I'll just dive right in. Here I sit, am back in Toronto. It was still dark outside when I awoke. I had hoped that it was a temporary awakening and that I would be able to roll over and go back to sleep, but my mind started spinning on a million things and the next thing I knew I had left the cozy warmth of my bed and the symphony of my husbands gentle snores, to come into the kitchen and write an email to a friend about a book he lent me....
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Durham County Season 3 receives Gemini Award for Best Achievement in Casting

AUGUST 31, 2011

Congratulations to MArissa Richmind, Libby Goldstein, Andrea Kenyon, Suzanne Smith, and Randi Wells

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Bomb Girls in TVguide.ca

AUGUST 29, 2011

I expect the same reception to Bomb Girls, which takes the unique angle of..".We've got the Playboy Club, Pan Am, and Now Bomb Girls..."

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Shaw Media Announces Casting and Production Details For Global's Original Drama Series Bomb Girls

SHAW MEDIA, AUGUST 25, 2011

TORONTO – Today Shaw Media announced casting and production details for Global Television's original drama series, Bomb Girls. Starring Oscar® nominated actress Meg Tilly (Agnes of God, The Big Chill), the series begins production in Toronto on September 12 and runs through November 16, 2011. Commissioned by Shaw Media's original content team and produced by Muse Entertainment/Back Alley Films, the six-part, one-hour series is scheduled to premiere on Global in January 2012.
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Shaw Media Sets new Benchmark for Canadian Original Dramas

SHAW MEDIA, MAY 31, 2011

TORONTO – May 31, 2011 /CNW/ – Illustrating its continuing commitment to the Canadian television production industry, Shaw Media announced today that it has 15 new scripted dramas planned for the next year - more than any other Canadian broadcaster. This ongoing focus on outstanding Canadian productions, co-productions and partnerships delivered record audiences during the 2010/11 season with homegrown programs Rookie Blue, Lost Girl and The Kennedys.
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