BUMP! TRIPLE PLAY
3rd Season Start of Production for Canada’s
most successful gay TV show export
Major Expansion into Europe including VOD and Mobile services
TORONTO (Canada) - June 22, 2007 – Bump! The world’s most watched gay and lesbian travel series co-produced by Peace Point Entertainment Group and Pink Triangle Press has quite a few exciting developments this month:
The series started filming its third season in June with new producer Rowan Nielsen, a seasoned producer of lifestyle programming, whose most recent credits include Life Network’s “Renovate My Wardrobe” and CTV Travel’s luxury show “Living the Life.”
Spain’s ONO cable company has acquired the series for its VOD service. Bump’s current roster of international networks will also pick up the third season including here! TV (U.S.A.), EGO (Israel), Pink TV (France & Belgium) , and OUTtv (Canada), which plans to debut the new season in October.
Europe’s ohm:tv Mobile will launch mobisodes of Bump this month, to be available on their Mango TV channel in Austria. Mango TV launched in August 2005 in Austria with Hutchinson 3G, as the first GLBT mobile channel pioneering the idea of a lifestyle, gay-friendly 24-hour mobile TV station.
Pink Triangle Press, co-producer of Bump, recently acquired Boston-based international gay travel magazine, The Guide. For more than 20 years, The Guide has delivered an edgy mix of travel, entertainment and current affairs, distinguishing the monthly publication as one of the most recognized and widely read US gay publications. Bump will now have increased exposure and cross-promotional opportunities across Pink Triangle Press’ media properties, reaching more than half a million people in Canada, the U.S. and several international markets.
Hosts Shannon McDonough and Charlie David are back for Season Three, beginning shooting in Denver, Portland, Calgary (featuring the gay rodeo), Vancouver, Seattle, and Chicago. The series then shifts focus to international destinations, with the crew heading to Italy, followed by a swing down the Danube River, with episodes planned for Vienna, Prague and Budapest. The remaining episodes of the 3rd season are slated for filming in Australia, South America, Scandinavia and Europe.
The show’s website www.bumptv.com includes streaming video clips from selected episodes, behind-the-scenes postcards from Shannon and Charlie and practical travel information. The site is a gay travelers’ companion to all of the Bump episodes, and includes tips on unique things to see, places to eat, shop and have fun as well as links to gay and gay-friendly attractions, events and accommodations. The website will be continually upgraded and expanded as new Season III episodes go to air on OUTtv.
In Canada, Pink Triangle Press (PTP), one of the world’s largest gay media companies will promote Bump on various platforms including its Xtra (www.xtra.ca) gay community newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver as well as The Guide (www.guidemag.com) its internationally distributed gay travel magazine and on OUTtv, Canada’s national digital gay television network. In addition, there will be ongoing contests and promotions for Bump, working with select travel partners and sponsors, supported by both PTP and OUTtv.
About Peace Point Entertainment Group
Peace Point Entertainment Group, founded by Les Tomlin is a Toronto-based independent producer of award-winning television content for the worldwide market. To date, the company has produced well over 300 hours of television content with distribution in over 35 international markets. Current shows airing include Ed’s Up (OLN), Food Jammers (Food) and Fanatical (TVtropolis/ E!) as well as new shows gearing up for production for FOOD (Canada), Discovery Science (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada). The company creates, finances, produces and distributes popular television programming in a variety of genres including doc, lifestyle, reality and drama. Additionally, Peace Point is a shareholder of OUTtv Canada where Tomlin also sits on the board. www.peacepoint.tv
About Pink Triangle Press (PTP)
PTP is Canada’s leading gay and lesbian media group, a not-for-profit organization and a driving force in the gay and lesbian community for over 30 years. As one of the world’s largest gay media companies, PTP has a long history of speaking across and expanding borders for gays and lesbians. PTP’s stable of media properties, which reach a monthly international audience of more than 500,000 includes Xtra gay community newspapers and Ultimate Pride Guides in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, Index business directories in Toronto and Ottawa, and The Guide, an international gay travel magazine. PTP is also a shareholder and managing partner of OUTtv. www.pinktrianglepress.com
OUTtv is a digital specialty network providing programming of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (“GLBT”) community and GLBT-positive viewers across Canada. Originally launched in September 2001, it is the world’s first GLBT network to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will celebrate its 7th Anniversary this September 7th, 2007. www.outtv.ca
About Mango TV:
Mango TV pioneers the idea of a lifestyle, gay friendly 24-hour mobile TV station. Mango TV launched in September 2005 in Austria on Hutchison 3G. The channel is airing via UMTS and DVB-H and is currently available to 350 000 subscribers. Mango was the first “made for mobile” channel in Europe and is now also operating a VOD portal with Hutchison 3G. www.mango-tv.net
Ohm:tv defines the relationship between powerful programming ideas, excitement, current programming needs and resistance against boring TV. Ohm:tv is based in Cologne and Barcelona, provides innovative TV formats, animation and mobile applications. www.ohmtv.com
Portfolio Entertainment Inc. is the exclusive international distributor of Bump. www.portfolioentertainment.com
Charlie David has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Life Network on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Bump! and Crash Test Mommy. Charlie’s writing has been published by National Youth Ambassador, Adventure Women, Outlooks and BoyCrazy! magazines. A celebrated writer in Vancouver, the Cold Reading Series awarded Charlie ‘Best Feature Screenplay’ for Mulligans and ‘Best Short Screenplay’ for Narcissus. In 2005 Out Magazine recognized Charlie in the ‘Out 100’ for Outstanding contributions to arts and culture at their gala in New York. Formerly in a rock band, Charlie opened for Destiny’s Child, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Rick Sprinfield and Black Eyed Peas. Charlie is now focused on film and TV with recent roles in the films, A Four Letter Word and Kiss the Bride, and on ABC’s Ugly Betty, Bravo!’s Godiva’s, Showtime’s Reefer Madness, Movie Central/Movie Channel’s award winning Terminal City and starring in a third season of here! TV’s gothic soap opera, Dante’s Cove. www.charliedavid.com
Shannon McDonough has appeared recently in ReGenisis, Angela’s Eyes and commercials for H&R Block, and the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board as well as the upcoming film “Camille” staring Sienna Miller, David Carradine and James Franco. Shannon grew up in Toronto and trained with famed comedy troupe The Second City before branching out into television, film and voice work. Shannon is a performer, writer, and producer who devotes her time to seeing the funnier side of life. Her writing debut, the dark comedy Ring – about working in a phone sex office – met with critical acclaim, as did And Every Night’s Hot At the Va Va Voom, a brash a sassy musical about lesbian love in a 1940’s New Jersey Burlesque house. Her other plays, Talking To Mom in Colour and Southern Belle were audience favorites at The New Ideas Festival at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre. Shannon ahs been seen on stage in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, and recently, Criminal Hearts. www.offstage.ca/shannon
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