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APTN and OMNI Television Start Production on Original Series, Mohawk Girls

APTN and OMNI Television Start Production on Original Series, Mohawk Girls

– Production on half-hour series is now underway in Montreal and the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec –
– Principal cast includes Jenny Pudavick (Cashing In) and Glen Gould (Da Vinci’s City Hall) –

TORONTO (May 8, 2013) – APTN, OMNI Television, and Rezolution Pictures today announced thatprincipal shooting has begun on the seven-episode, 30-minute original series Mohawk Girls. The edgy new dramedy is both filmed and set in Montreal, and the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec. Slated to premiere in 2014, Mohawk Girls will air in English on both APTN and OMNI Television, in Mandarin on OMNI, and in Mohawk on APTN. Full broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
 
Mohawk Girls follows four, sexy twentysomethings, as they try to figure out what it means to be a modern day Mohawk woman. From battling family pressure, tradition, and the intoxicating freedom of the “outside world,” to trying to find love on a reserve where everyone has dated everybody, this fabulous foursome is on a mission to find happiness…and themselves.
The cast features Jenny Pudavick (Cashing In) and Glen Gould (Da Vinci’s City Hall) who are joined by Christian Campbell (Big Love),Kyle Nobess (Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil), Rachelle White Wind (Moccasin Flats), Ashley Michaels (Snare), and Meegwun Fairbrother (The Time Traveler). New Canadian talent Brittany LeBorgne, Heather White, and Maika Harper round out the key cast.
 
Mohawk Girls is directed by Gemini Award-winning Tracey Deer (Club Native), who also serves as executive producer. Mohawk Girls is inspired by Deer’s 2005 acclaimed feature-length documentary of the same name, about the trials and tribulations of teenage girls growing up on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake. Cynthia Knight (Sophie) is the showrunner; and executive producers for Rezolution Pictures include Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, and Ernest Webb, all of whom were involved in producing the multiple-Gemini and Peabody Award-winning film, Reel Injun. From Rogers Media, Paritosh Mehta is the director of independent production development for OMNI Television Ontario, Malcolm Dunlop is executive vice-president, programming and operations, and Scott Moore is president of broadcast.
About Rezolution Pictures
Rezolution Pictures International is an award-winning film, television and interactive media production company which plays a vital role in bringing cultural diversity to the North American broadcasting landscape. Since 2001 it has built itself a reputation for creating acclaimed series and one-of-a-kind productions as one of Canada’s leaders in social issue documentaries.
About APTN
September 1, 2012, marked the 13-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information visit the website at www.aptn.ca 
About OMNI Television
OMNI is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system committed to reflecting Canada's diversity by delivering an array of ethnocultural programming, serving multiple language communities. With five television stations in B.C.; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2), OMNI has a combined reach of 16.5 million households in major market areas. In addition to weeknight newscasts and weekly community magazine programs, OMNI is also home to well-known international series and films, including Bollywood Movies, Asian Cinema, Italian and Portuguese telenovelas. OMNI Television is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information visit www.OMNItv.ca.
Social Media Links
Follow Mohawk Girls: @mohawkgirls
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Follow APTN: @APTN 
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Like Rezolution Pictures: Facebook.com/RezolutionPictures

Media Contacts
Meghan Hardy, OMNI Television, Meghan.Hardy@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3197         
Jacqueline Jubinville, APTN,
jjubinville@aptn.ca, 204.947-9331 ext. 339
Leisa Lee, Unit Publicist, Mohawk Girls,
leisa@leisaleegroup.com, 514-946-2010

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