Canada’s national gay and lesbian television channel, OUTtv, announced today that they have entered into a programming and supply deal with here! Network in the U.S. The agreement will allow the two gay and lesbian networks to work together in producing a number of new television series that will air on both channels.
“Last year OUTtv and here! worked together to produce two feature films, the film noir gay detective Donald Strachey mysteries, “Ice Blues” and “On the Other Hand, Death”, as well as a documentary feature on the Strachey series entitled “Martinis & Murder: Inside the Donald Strachey Mysteries”, said James Shavick, President of OUTtv.
In addition, OUTtv recently sold nearly 60 hours of Canadian-produced programming to here!, including hit shows Chris and John To the Rescue and Cover Guy. OUTtv will begin airing episodes of the supernatural here! hit series Dante’s Cove (starring Canadian Charlie David co-star of OUTtv’s Bump!), as well as an assortment of movies from here!’s extensive feature film library.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with OUTtv. This programming partnership gives here! the opportunity to expand our slate and continue to provide our audience authentic and diverse images of gay and lesbian lives. We hope to continue to add more exciting and provocative entertainment to our already rich slate of films and series. We are confident that the best is yet to come,” says Mark Reinhart, General Manager and West Coast Executive Vice President of Distribution and Acquisitions for here! Films.
The finished programs produced via the teaming of these two networks will begin airing in the fall of 2008. It is expected that these new series will continue to add to a rich list of gay and lesbian programming available on both OUTtv and here!.
The programming output deal is one of a number of major initiatives completed by OUTtv over the past year. OUTtv is also launching a brand new website in conjunction with an exclusive first peek at video footage from the gay model contest documentary, “How Far Will You Go” at www.OUTtv.ca.
The finished programs will air on the network in the fall of 2008. “We have designed our new website as a fully functional broadcasting platform. We are excited about being able to deliver more exclusive content over the Internet to a greater audience both in Canada and around the world” said Brad Danks, Chief Operating Officer for OUTtv, “We are thrilled that the site was completed in time to deliver the fantastic footage from the gay model contest in Vancouver before the finals in March.”
OUTtv has been Canada’s fastest growing digital channel over the past two years. The channel has more than doubled its subscription base in the past two years and now has more than 500,000 subscribers across Canada, coast to coast.