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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: The Comedy Network Announces the Planet's Most Important Satirical News Series, THE BEAVERTON

BREAKING NEWS: The Comedy Network Announces the Planet's Most Important Satirical News Series, THE BEAVERTON

- Based on the popular website, Comedy to begin production on new half-hour satirical series this
summer -

- teams up with Comedy to deliver digital exclusive content -

- Anchored by Canadian comedians Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, THE
BEAVERTON is slated to begin production this summer -

To tweet this release:

TORONTO, June 1, 2016 /CNW/ - At last. News on television. The Comedy
Network announced today the incredibly important new television program
THE BEAVERTON, an incredibly important satirical news series with deep importance to
citizens living in the country with the most water in the world. A
so-called televised "adaptation" of the immensely popular online
satirical site, THE BEAVERTON guarantees to provide Canadians with the news they didn't even ask for.
The new half-hour series, produced by Pier 21 Films in association with
The Comedy Network, is scheduled to begin production in front of a live
studio audience in Toronto this summer and will be available in 4K.

Helmed by co-anchors Emma Hunter (MATCH GAME, JFL: ALL ACCESS and Miguel Rivas acclaimed sketch troupes Tony Ho, Get Some), and a rotating cast of correspondents featuring some of Canada's top
comedians, THE BEAVERTON files fake, but incredibly important stories informed by real events,
the cultural zeitgeist, and national news media.

The new partnership with and The Comedy Network will
fuel a consistently refreshed digital experience to coincide and
reflect the series, featuring exclusive digital-only content in the
form of podcasts, videos, and written articles.

"The has long been tapped into the political and social
zeitgeist in Canada and the razor-sharp and hilarious content it
consistently delivers is addictive," said Corrie Coe, Senior
Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "Together with's creative team and Pier 21 Films, there's no limit to
the subjects we can access or the content we can generate - that's what
makes this series so exciting."

"The Comedy Network is proud to be able to offer another incredibly
valuable service to our viewers - the news on television!" said Tracey
Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media.
" has already established itself as a distinctive voice
that resonates with young Canadians. Along with our partners at Pier 21
Films, we're looking forward to turning the volume way up with THE

"I have always praised and admired sharp satire. When the opportunity
arose to bring - a bastion of wit and satire - to
television, I leapt at the opportunity," said Executive Producer and
President of Pier 21 Films, Laszlo Barna. "With The Comedy Network on
board, we're excited to expand the content and the reach of this
extremely exciting program."

"The Beaverton was started by a band of misfits who believed that comedy
was the quickest path to truth and wanted to create a voice that was
angry, smart, and above all, funny," said Luke Gordon Field,
Editor-in-Chief, "To have the opportunity to work
with Pier 21 Films and The Comedy Network to develop and expand that
voice on television is a dream come true for all of us."

With more than 6 million views in 2015, has become a
go-to source for Canadian satire. Already known for its shareable
content online, has broken some of the decade's most
viral "news stories", including:

-- "Most Canadians can't name all nine provinces"
-- "PK Subban fined for swearing only in English"
-- "Closing of local Tim Hortons finally convinces residents their town is
-- "Police dog suspended after profiling several cats"

THE BEAVERTON is the brainchild of co-creators Luke Gordon Field and Jeff Detsky
(CALL ME FITZ, SEED) of, as well as website senior
editors Jacob Duarte Spiel and Alexander Saxton. Pier 21 Film's Laszlo
Barna andMelissa Williamson serve as Executive Producers.

THE BEAVERTON is produced by Pier 21 Films, in association with The Comedy Network,
with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, and the Canadian Film or
Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent
Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy.
Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell
Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell
Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and
Broadcasting, Bell Media.

About Pier 21 Films

Pier 21 Films is a television and film production company that builds on
founder Laszlo Barna's history of creating award-winning scripted and
non-scripted television series, mini-series, movies of the week, and
feature films. Pier 21's reputation for the development, production,
financing, and packaging of innovative top quality programming within
North America and for the international marketplace is growing
rapidly. Following the success of Pier 21's G-SPOT, DA VINCI'S
continuing their tradition of delivering innovative programming.

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 series commissioned by CTV
include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the
upcoming drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell
Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally
acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space's most-watched original series KILLJOYS,
Bravo's award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2,
award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV's first original series
LETTERKENNY, and Discovery's upcoming drama FRONTIER. Discovery is also
home to Bell Media's hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER

About The Comedy Network

Canada's first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy
of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a
revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an
eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy
- as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic
situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian
programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into
home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is
owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications
company, and is available in nearly six million households across the


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CONTACT: Natalie Cole, The Comedy Network, 416.384.2140 or
Mary Costa, The Comedy Network, 416.384.7702 or

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