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As announced last night on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, production on the MTV/CTV television movie TURN THE BEAT AROUND is now underway in Toronto and Hamilton. Produced by Protocol Entertainment for MTV in association with CTV, the two-hour telefilm focuses on one girl’s struggle to realize her dreams – no matter how out of reach they may be.  Starring SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1 competitor Romina D’Ugo in the lead role and choreographed by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge Tré Armstrong, the cast also features Season 1 Top 4 finalists Miles Faber and Natalli Reznik, alongside Top 20 competitors Caroline Torti, Bre Wong and Tamina Pollack-Paris.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND features dance sequences combining cutting-edge hip hop with the sensual vibe of classic disco. The dance numbers are brought to life with a fresh soundtrack of remakes of classic disco songs by today’s hottest new artists, including Cobra Starship and Sing It Loud.  The film also features a performance by recording artist Jason Derulo

“With the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA talent, brilliant choreography, a energetic script and appealing characters, TURN THE BEAT AROUND tells a story that is the true embodiment of the diversity and power of dance,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.  “This coming-of-age story doesn’t miss a beat!”

TURN THE BEAT AROUND follows dancer Zoe Benjamin (Romina D’Ugo) who is determined not to end up like her mother — an ex-dancer from the disco era who didn’t have the drive to follow her own dreams. Zoe has dedicated herself to making it in the cutthroat L.A. scene.  Along with her boyfriend Chris (Adam Taylor Brooks, 90210) and an assortment of friends, these young dancers spend their lives going from classes to auditions, waiting for that one break that will catapult them to fame.

When Zoe decides that, despite what people may say, disco is not dead, she sets out to bring it back to life by opening an old-school disco in downtown Los Angeles. Partnered up with a wealthy club impresario with whom she shares undeniable chemistry, Zoe soon learns that her relationships were not as strong as they may have seemed. When her personal and professional lives collide, Zoe finds herself caught between the club’s young owner, her dancer boyfriend and the sexy, ambitious choreographer (played by Brooklyn Sudano (90210), real life daughter of Disco Queen Donna Summer) she might be about to replace. Featuring classic disco music as well as some new and interesting twists on the hits, Turn the Beat Around is the story of one woman’s determination to follow her dream — no matter what the risks.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND also stars David Giuntoli (Without a Trace, Privileged), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Shauna MacDonald (AARON STONE), David Keeley (TERRY), Jennifer Miller, Dewshane Williams (FLASHPOINT), Simin Aamin (FORBIDDEN SCIENCE), Kevin McGarry, Shawn Byfield (Hairspray), Ofilio Portillo, Natalie Krill (M.V.P.) and Raquel Gil-Jimenez.

Executive Producers are: Steve Levitan (KAYA) for Protocol Entertainment and Tony Krantz (WONDERLAND) for Flame Ventures. Bradley Walsh is director.  Andrea Raffaghello (ZOS) is producer and Jessica Sharzer (Freud’s Magic Powder) is the writer. Tre Armstrong (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA) is choreographer and Evan Bogart (Beyonce’s “Halo”) is music supervisor. Lisa Silfen, Chris Linn and Robin Palmer serve as executives for MTV. Brett Burlock is Director, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

One of many major projects SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA competitors have been involved with, TURN THE BEAT AROUND is another great example of the success dancers have achieved since appearing on the show.

Nico Archambault, the winner of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1, has continued to build on his dance career and has also established himself as a choreographer, model and actor. Archambault will appear as the legendary ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev in the upcoming Bravo! biopic Nureyev and makes an appearance in the  pilot of the new /A\ series, THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE. In addition to the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 tour, he has also been on a national tour with his group Pinup Saints, was a presenter at the MuchMusic Video Awards and performed in the opera Starmania in Quebec City. Along with his creative partner Wynn Homes, Archambault formed the choreography company Street Parade and choreographed the 2009 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. Archambault is also set to star as a modern-day Johnny Castle in the new Family Channel film Vacation With Derek.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND star D’Ugo also has a supporting role in the feature film Funky Town with fellow Season 1 competitors Danny Arbour and Francis Lafrèniere, who will be performing choreography by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge Jean Marc Genereux. Arassay Reyes has also dipped into the film industry with a role in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA guest judge and choreographer Paul Becker’s film Sorority Wars along with Reznik and Pollack-Paris. Reyes will also be working with Becker as his choreographic assistant in the upcoming MGM movie, Cabin in the Woods.

In addition to acting, Season 1 competitors have performed with notable pop stars including Lady GaGa, Sarah McLachlan, K’naan, Deborah Cox and Danny Fernandez.

The Much MTV Group is proud to announce an impressive five Gemini nominations honouring MuchMusic, MuchMore, and MTV. Being acknowledged include MuchMore Host Matt Wells, MTV Original production THE AFTER SHOW and MuchOriginal productions DISBAND and the 2008 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.

Congratulations to all those nominated!

MTV

THE AFTER SHOW

Best Talk Series

Garrett Wintrip, Pam de Montmorency, Alex Sopinka

MUCHMORE

Matt Wells

Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series for WHERE YOU AT BABY? HUEY LEWIS

MUCHMUSIC

2008 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

Best Music, Variety Program or Series 

John Kampilis, Bob Pagrach, Sheila Sullivan 

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or Series 

Michael “Spike” Parks

DISBAND – THE HOMECOMING

Best Reality Program or Series 

Mark Myers, Chris Barrow, Jason Ford, John Kampilis

MTV has announced that JAY-Z and Lady Gaga will join the already impressive list of VMAs performers that includes Green Day, P!nk, Taylor Swift and Muse. Critically acclaimed artist JAY-Z, a “Best Male Video” and “Best Hip Hop” nominee for “D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune),” will hit the stage to perform a song from his highly anticipated upcoming album The Blueprint 3. International sensation Lady Gaga, known for her over the top live performances and fashion forward style is sure to bring the crowd to their feet with a single from her multi-platinum debut album, The Fame. Gaga will vie for an outstanding nine moonmen including the coveted “Video of the Year.” In addition, Nelly Furtado, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove have joined Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Chace Crawford to present. As previously announced, comedian Russell Brand will host the show. The “2009 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT) and on Sunday, September 20 at 5pm ET with Spanish subtitles on MTV Tr3ìs.  MTV will announce additional performers and presenters on a later date.

“I’m simply gutted to be both a performer and nominee at the 2009 VMAs. In fact, I’m so happy, I could die.” – Gaga

Run for cover! MTV2 is one-year-old and we’re going to break some stuff to celebrate. On Saturday, August 1, MTV2 takes over its big brother MTV for a day with programming that will make you cry for your mommy. Beginning at 12 p.m. ET/PT, MTV2’S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON MTV is a special seven-hour block starring MTV2’s signature outrageous programming. Featured are a unique take on pop culture in HOW’S YOUR NEWS?, roommate payback in HOMEWRECKER, the ultimate makeover in TRAILER FABULOUS, extreme sports followed by extreme pain with SCARRED, and record-breaking bad-asses in the CALL TO GREATNESS. The party continues on MTV2 with the Canadian television premiere of the BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD for the 21st century, the new animated slapstick series DJ & THE FRO at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“After all the unruly programming we have launched in the past year, its hard to believe we are still on the air,” said Brad Schawrtz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, MuchMTV Group, CTV Inc. “Even though this channel is all sorts of wrong, the audience has gravitated to its wild and inventive programming, making MTV2 one of the fastest-growing digital channels in Canada. So look out Canada – here come the terrible twos!”

MTV2’S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON MTV

HOW’S YOUR NEWS?
Saturday, August 1 at 12 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

HOMEWRECKER

Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

TRAILER FABULOUS
Saturday, August 1 at 2 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

SCARRED
Saturday, August 1 at 3 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

CALL TO GREATNESS

Saturday, August 1 at 4 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

BULLY BEATDOWN
Saturday, August 1 at 5 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

FIST OF ZEN
Saturday, August 1 at 6 p.m. ET/ PT (2×30 min.)

MTV2 EXCLUSIVE

DJ & THE FRO
Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 1 (30 min.)
In the cubicle maze of Oppercon Industries sit DJ & THE FRO, who spend their days blowing off work while they find and mock the sickest and most hilarious videos ever to grace the Internet. When they’re not slacking off, DJ & FRO kill time by doing things like coaxing co-workers into doing their work for them, pulling attention seeking stunts, and sexually harassing one another by carrying on an awkward bromance. For more information visit mtv.ca/djandthefro.

16 AND PREGNANT, the documentary series which tackles one of the most controversial and thought-provoking topics today – teenaged pregnancy – made MTV the #1 destination last night for P12-34 across all of Canadian English Specialty Television from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT for the second week in a row. Last night’s episode pulled in 113,000 viewers in the P12-34 demographic, a 48% increase from last week’s premiere which saw 77,000 viewers in the same demo. Last night’s episode was also the #1 program across all of Canadian English Specialty for the entire day for both P12-34 and A18-34.*

Next week’s episode (Monday, August 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV) visits Amber, a typical high school senior, hanging with her friends and stirring up trouble in her small town of Anderson, Indiana. She spends most of her time with her boyfriend Gary, who she’s been with for almost three years. She loves him very much, despite her family’s less-than-warm feelings toward him. They never really got over the fact that she snuck behind her older brother’s back and stole his best friend as her sweetheart. They’re going to have to get used to Gary, though, because… that’s right… Amber’s pregnant with his baby.

16 AND PREGNANT follows the lives of teenaged girls for 5-7 months as they navigate the unfamiliar territory and uncertainty of being pregnant.  MTV captures every moment and reaction in real time, including several of the births and how the young mothers and fathers dealt with new parenthood. The series tackles a variety of issues including marriage, adoption, attending school and dealing with gossip. Cameras continued to follow the teens for a significant amount of time after they gave birth to document how they coped with taking care of their infants in addition to balancing adult responsibilities with teenage life. The series was embraced by U.S. audiences garnering record ratings for the entire season, resulting in a second season pick-up.

16 AND PREGNANT airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and is available on demand on mtv.ca.

What happens when the MTV Live hosts are let loose? These dumb specials! MTV’S LIVE DUMBEST YEAR SO FAR airs in four parts, beginning Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET. Host Daryn Jones and co-hosts Nicole Holness and Paul “The Intern” Lemieux count down the top 50 moments of the year so far for MTV’s flagship show. Be sure to catch Jon Dore chasing Paul in a penis costume, Daryn rolling-up the rim as he “travels” across the country, and Nicole attending an open call for CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

MTV took top honours in key demos last night as it turned up the heat from 8 -11 p.m. ET with three hours of star-studded, powerhouse programming. Together, THE 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS and the Season 5 finale of THE HILLS were the most-watched programs in their timeslot for demos P12-17, F12-17, F12-24, and F18-24 across all of Canadian television including both conventional and English specialty channels.  MTV was also the #1 channel from 8-11 p.m. ET for demos P12-24, P12-34, P18-24, P18-34, F12-34, F18-34, F18-49, M12-24, and M18-24 across all English Specialty Television, including both Canadian and US Specialty channels.*

For those who missed out on all the action, THE 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS and THE HILLS are available now on demand at mtv.ca.

A total of 262,000 viewers watched as Twilight dominated THE 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS, winning five Golden Popcorn statues, including Best Movie. Other highlights include Eminem storming out in a heated rage after Brüno put him into a compromising position by landing face down into the rapper’s lap, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker singing the spoof song “Dick In A Box,” and viewers getting exclusive sneak peeks of 2009’s most anticipated films. This year’s show brought in the largest MTV MOVIE AWARD audience on MTV since 2006, and was two times larger than last year’s audience.

The awards were preceded by the Season 5 finale of THE HILLS, which drew in 177,000 Viewers 2+ as Lauren Conrad made her last appearance on the popular series. The fifth season of THE HILLS saw Lauren and Heidi’s almost-reconciliation, Spencer’s almost-indiscretion, and a whole lot of Audrina and Justin Bobby drama. And with Speidi’s wedding on the horizon, viewers get another HILLS fill with The Hills Presents: Speidi’s Wedding Unveiled on Monday, June 8 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV, a behind-the-scenes look as the tabloid-loving duo finally tie the knot. THE HILLS is the most-watched series on demand at mtv.ca with more than 12.7 million video streams this year, and half a million streams of last night’s drama-filled finale.

If you missed last night’s 2009 MTV Movie Awards – let me tell you what went on – Twilight won EVERYTHING. (well, 6 of the 7 categories they were nominated for), including Best Movie. With host Andy Samberg, the A-List crowd at the award show were lightly picked on during the opening speech, and ultimately, Sacha Baron Cohen’s named rear ended up in Eminem’s face, who after making his big return to the MTV stage, fled the auditorium with his pose in anger.

Of course, beyond all the antics which are characteristic of the MTV award shows, there were a few serious moments, although few and far between. Kings of Leon performed and was warmly received by the star-packed crowd, and Eminem hit the MTV stage for the first time in years, performing his latest single which had the celebrity crowd on their feet. Interesting how Eminem still relies on his characteristic celebrity bashing style in his songs, yet he can’t take it when he is the butt of the joke (in this case, quite literally).

In addition to all the laughs and drama, a few movie previews from some of the most popular series were shown – including a trailer for the next Harry Potter movie, Transformers 2, and New Moon (the Twilight sequel).

Instead of a presenters’ break for an on-stage “smoke,” this year’s “2009 MTV Movie Awards” promises to get movie fans high on star power alone! Sure to make movie-lovers and celeb-watchers everywhere green with golden popcorn envy, a bevy of the hottest stars in Hollywood are confirmed to hand out awards as Denzel Washington, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Vanessa Hudgens , Leighton Meester, Jonah Hill  and Lil Wayne are the first to be announced in the growing list of presenters. With a stage this hot, viewers can expect another year of incredible pairings and extreme moments. They join previously revealed performer Eminem, who will take the stage to perform music from his anticipated new album Relapse, available May 19, and give one of the captivating and unconventional live MTV performances fans live for. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the “2009 MTV Movie Awards” will be broadcast LIVE from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, May 31st at 9p.m./8p.m.C.

The “2009 MTV Movie Awards” marks the first year in which the final nominees were decided on by the fans. A movie megabattle between devotees of “Twilight” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” both movies are neck-in-neck as each film has nominations in six award categories. MTV will up the cinematic fun quotient this year by debuting the two new categories “BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE” and “BEST WTF MOMENT.” Fans will get the chance to vote on their favorite movie soundtrack hit and pick year’s most jaw-dropping “WTF” movie moment that left audiences speechless. Viewers can decide the golden popcorn destiny of their favorite flicks by visiting MovieAwards.MTV.com (www.MovieAwards.MTV.com) before May 27 to vote for their favorite film moments and actors but the category of “BEST MOVIE” will be a fight to the end as voting for favorite film of the year will remain open throughout the LIVE show.

MovieAwards.MTV.com is the official site for the “MTV Movie Awards” where fans can visit to vote and stay to check out show promos starring Andy Samberg and some of today’s hottest celebs, get up-to-date info and watch MTV News nominee interviews.  During the voting window fans can also head over to facebook.com/mtv, myspace.com/mtv, Flixster and IMDB.com for a special “Movie Awards” social module that will enable them to cast their votes, take polls, watch promo videos, get special news and tweets about the show and special links to “Movie Awards” contests.

MTV in New York announced earlier today that smoldering modern rockers Kings of Leon will perform at the 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS.  Viewers in Canada can rock out to the chart-toppers at home as the 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS, hosted by Andy Samberg, air Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV in Canada.

Peforming live on MTV for the first time, the band will set the stage on fire with their hit single “Use Somebody” from their latest album Only By The Night. They add to an already star-studded show, that also features a performance from Eminem, off his highly anticipated new album Relapse.

For more info on the show, go to mtv.ca/movieawards

The 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS Peformers release, which was distributed by MTV International earlier this morning, is included below for your reference.