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01 Apr 2014

BRAVO’S #1 NEW SERIES, 19-2, RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON. CONTENT TELEVISION & DIGITAL TO INTRODUCE 19-2 TO INTERNATIONAL MARKET AT MIPTV NEXT WEEK

Toronto, April 1, 2014 After a break-through inaugural season, Bravo announced today a second season order of its hit character-driven drama, 19-2. The announcement comes in advance of the heart-stopping Season 1 finale airing this Wednesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Bravo, and just before Content Television & Digital introduces the series internationally at MIPTV next week. An additional 10, one-hour episodes have been ordered of the series that has become a critical and ratings success and that continues to attract social media buzz.

“New Canadian series #19Two is alarmingly good. Almost too much to handle.” Amber Dowling, TV Guide Canada

 “#19two just great tv. It Impresses and distresses. It’s real, honest, powerful, a triumph.” @dogmagayle

Since its premiere in January, 19-2 has averaged 190,000 viewers an episode, making it a Top 3 program on Bravo, just behind DALLAS and PERCEPTION this year, and making it Bravo’s #1 new series of the season. More than 800,000 unique viewers watch 19-2 a week, and the series has reached nearly 3 million Canadians to date. For viewers looking to get on 19-2’s beat, full episodes of 19-2 are available on Bravo.ca, and the Bravo GO app after their broadcast premiere.

“With brilliant acting and captivating storylines, 19-2 is as emotive as it is intense,” said Phil King, President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “This character-driven series resonates with Bravo viewers who have come to expect the best in drama. We’re extremely happy to work with such creative and dynamic partners as Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media for a second season.”

“We’re excited to introduce this fantastic new, original drama series to our international buyers. 19-2’s intelligent, character-driven storylines offer truly immersive primetime content which we are confident will engage viewers globally,” said Greg Phillips, President at Content Television & Digital. “The launch of this new English-language version on Bravo is already generating huge buzz, and we’re looking forward to expanding its success to the international stage.” 

In the climactic season finale of 19-2 entitled “Winter,” (premiering Wednesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET) Nick (Adrian Holmes) receives devastating news, and struggles to contain his explosive response. A surprise visitor lands in Ben’s (Jared Keeso) life, forcing him to make some very hard decisions.

On social media, 19-2 continues to attract positive conversation:

@ashleighdodds91 – “19-2 just keeps getting better!! #19two #addictingcanadiantv”

@accisseJessiica – “@verybravo I thoroughly love this show. #19two its a fantastic show with great actors, writers etc! I’m glad its on tv!”

@annemonyk – “can’t be series finale of #19two. People wake up! This show is an act of art, those actors are brilliant! Watch it, enjoy it! #renewseason2”

@nazmussyed – “This last @verybravo #19two episode just put the series over the top. Can’t wait for the finale! And too bad it’s over.

19-2 is co-produced by Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschênes and Carolyn Newman from Sphère Média Plus and Luc Châtelain from Echo Media. 19-2 is an English-adaptation of the hit Québec series from the creators and stars of the original, Réal Bossé and Claude Legault and director Podz. Executive Producer Bruce Smith (Durham County) also acts as showrunner and writer. Jesse Mckeown (Davinci’s Inquest, Rogue) and Virginia Rankin are co-executive producers. Directors are Louis Choquette, who also directed the series’ pilot episode, and Érik Canuel. Production Executives for Bell Media are Gosia Kamela and Tom Hastings. Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

#19Two

@PR_Bravo

Bravo on Facebook

Adrian Holmes on Twitter

Jared Keeso on Twitter

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories Saving Hope, The Listener, Motive, and The Amazing Race Canada, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international format Masterchef Canada and multi-cam office comedy Spun Out, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on bell media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit Degrassi, the internationally acclaimed Orphan Black, the most-watched original series in space history bitten, Bravo’s most-watched new drama 19-2, Transporter: The Series, and upcoming dramas Sensitive Skin, and Killjoys. Bell media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series Highway Thru Hell and Canada’s Worst Driver, among others. In 2013, bell media ordered 27 original Canadian series and currently has 84 projects in various stages of development.

About Bravo
Bravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

For further information contact:
Andrea Allen, Bravo, Comedy, and Space, 416.384.5375 or andrea.allen@bellmedia.ca
Mary Costa, Bravo, Comedy, and Space, 416.384.7702 or mary.costa@bellmedia.ca

About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation Ltd is a global entertainment media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, which owns and distributes a significant library of film, television and digital assets. Content Film, the film sales division, holds the rights to 255 titles and helps producers secure financing, marketing and distribution. The division also acquires top-tier documentaries. Content Television is the television sales division, which holds the library rights to 3,900 hours of TV programming incorporating major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series.  Content Digital licenses over 300 hours of bespoke digital properties, in addition to the existing library, to digital media platforms worldwide, including on-demand, broadband and mobile.  www.contentmediacorp.com.