HOLLYWOOD SUITE TAKES A BITE OUT OF GLOBAL VIRAL VAMPIRE CULT SENSATION CARMILLA WITH FEATURE FILM PREMIERE JANUARY 3
Exclusive world television premiere of THE CARMILLA MOVIE airs during Hollywood Suite’s nationwide, month-long free preview
Close your blinds! Hollywood Suite kicks off the feeding frenzy at 2am with seasons 1-3 of the hit viral vampire web series Carmilla before the movie premiere
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TORONTO (November 29, 2017) – Hollywood Suite rolls out the blood-red carpet Wednesday, January 3 at 8pm ET, for the exclusive worldwide broadcast premiere of Shaftesbury’s global sensation The Carmilla Movie. The film grew out of the hugely popular three-season web series, and premieres during Hollywood Suite’s cross-Canada freeview (December 1–January 5). Blood-thirsty fans can catch-up on Seasons 1-3 of the viral web series Carmilla with an 18-hour marathon, presented by U by Kotex®, starting at 2am ET leading up to the world broadcast premiere at 8pm ET on Carmilla’s new lair: the Hollywood Suite 00s Movies channel (HS00).
The Carmilla Movie is based on the vampire romance web series Carmilla that has generated over 69 million views and 233 million minutes of watch time across all three seasons since its launch in 2014. The film stars Elise Bauman and 2017 Canadian Screen Awards Fan’s Choice winner Natasha Negovanlis.
“We’re thrilled to bring this Canadian-made global web hit to our viewers this January,” said David Kines, President, Hollywood Suite. “The Carmilla series is a worldwide phenomenon that challenges traditional storytelling, and fits right into our expansive slate of groundbreaking movies through the decades.”
“It is exciting that The Carmilla Movie now has a linear television home, opening the door to more Canadians being able to discover the world of Carmilla,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury / executive producer, Carmilla. “There continues to be a growing appetite for Carmilla, and pairing the film’s television release with a special marathon broadcast of all three seasons of the webseries gives fans and newcomers alike a chance to binge-enter the Carmilla world.”
Additional cast members include Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wynonna Earp, Murdoch Mysteries), Grace Lynn Kung (Frankie Drake Mysteries, Star Trek: Discovery), and Cara Gee (The Expanse, Inhuman Condition) as well as returning Carmilla cast Annie Briggs (Luvvie, Murdoch Mysteries), Kaitlyn Alexander (Couple-ish, Full Out), Nicole Stamp (The Handmaid’s Tale, First Round Down), and Matt O’Connor (Murdoch Mysteries, Ozion).
In the film, it has been five years since Laura (Bauman) and Carmilla (Negovanlis) vanquished the apocalypse and Carmilla became a bonafide mortal human. They have settled into a cozy apartment in downtown Toronto; Laura continues to hone her journalism skills while Carmilla adjusts to a non-vampire lifestyle. Their domestic bliss is suddenly ruptured when Carmilla begins to show signs of “re-vamping” – from a fondness for bloody treats to accidental biting – while Laura has started having bizarre, ghostly dreams. Enlisting their old friends from Silas University, the couple must now uncover the unknown supernatural threat that’s tied to Carmilla’s past.
The Carmilla Movie is produced by Shaftesbury with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, and Hollywood Suite, with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and with the assistance of The Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit and The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
The Carmilla Movie is directed by Spencer Maybee (Carmilla, Letterkenny); story by Alejandro Alcoba (Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Next Step), screenplay by Alcoba and Jordan Hall (Carmilla, Run Dry). The movie is based on Carmilla the digital series, written by Hall, and co-created by Hall, Jay Bennett, and Steph Ouaknine. The Carmilla Movie is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, and Bennett, and produced by Ouaknine, and Melanie Windle.
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Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and two seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon Carmilla, mystery series V Morgan Is Dead, supernatural drama Inhuman Condition, and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac, U by Kotex®, and RBC.
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