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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

TeenNick USA And YTV Canada To Premiere "Open Heart" On Tuesday 20th January 2015

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, and the Canadian media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment Inc. have announced the exciting news in the following press releases that TeenNick USA, Nickelodeon USA's 24-hour network exclusively for and about teens and tweens, and Corus' children's channel YTV will start to premiere and show the brand-new original teen live-action drama series "Open Heart" from Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 9:00pm (ET), beginning with the hour-long series premiere episode titled "Last Things First"!



From left to right: Elena Juatco (Dr. Scarlet McWhinnie), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Seth Park), Kevin McGarry (Dr. Timothy “Hud” Hudson), Demore Barnes (Dr. Dominic Karamichaelidis "Dr. K"), Jonathan Whittaker (Edward Blake), Tori Anderson (Dr. London Blake), Sherry Miller (Helena Blake),Karis Cameron (Dylan Blake), Justin Kelly (Wes Silver), Jenny Cooper (Dr. Jane Blake), Jeff Douglas (Richard Blake), Cristine Prosperi (Mikayla Walker), Mena Massoud (Jared Malik), Dylan Everett (Teddy Ralston). Courtesy of Epitome Pictures

Original TeenNick Press Release via NickPress.com:

SECRETS, LIES AND DRAMA UNFOLD IN TEENNICK'S BRAND-NEW LIVE-ACTION MYSTERY SERIES, OPEN HEART, PREMIERING TUESDAY, JAN. 20, AT 9 P.M. (ET)

Series From the Producers of Degrassi Stars Newcomer Karis Cameron and Degrassi Alums Cristine Prosperi and Justin Kelly

NEW YORK – Dec. 9, 2014 – TeenNick combines suspense with relatable teen drama in the brand-new live-action mystery series, Open Heart, debuting Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. (ET). Produced by Epitome Pictures, a DHX Media company, in association with marblemedia, Open Heart follows 16-year-old Dylan Blake (Karis Cameron), the rebellious daughter of a fractured family of doctors, as she uses her stint as a youth hospital volunteer to secretly investigate the disappearance of her father. Open Heart will air regularly on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET) on TeenNick.

In the wake of her father's disappearance, 16-year-old Dylan Blake falls in with the wrong crowd, gets arrested, and earns court-ordered community service volunteering at Open Heart Memorial, the hospital where her mother and sister are doctors and where her grandparents are board members and benefactors. All Dylan has to do is follow the rules. The hospital is the last place her father was seen alive and while most people think it's a straightforward case of abandonment, Dylan doesn't believe that and sets out to prove something bad happened to her father. Putting her old delinquent skills back into service, Dylan and her new friends--the bright and gossipy Mikayla (Cristine Prosperi) and the handsome charmer Wes (Justin Kelly)—start looking into her dad's disappearance, unearthing a trail of clues that lead them to some very unexpected places.

In the hour-long series premiere, “Last Things First,” Dylan starts community service at Open Heart Memorial. She begins a covert investigation into her dad's disappearance and tries to get her hands on hospital security footage from the day he disappeared. Meanwhile, Dylan's sister London struggles with the pressure her mother, Dr. Jane Blake, puts on her at work.

Open Heart reunites Degrassi stars and introduces a crop of newcomers with a cast that includes: Karis Cameron as Dylan Blake, Tori Anderson as Dr. London Blake, Justin Kelly as Wes Silver, Cristine Prosperi as Mikayla Walker, Kevin McGarry as Dr. Timothy "Hud" Hudson, Patrick Kwok-Choon as Seth Park, Jenny Cooper as Dr. Jane Blake, Demore Barnes as Dr. Dominic Karamichaelidis, Elena Juatco as Scarlet, Mena Massoud as Jared, Dylan Everett as Teddy and Jeff Douglas as Richard Blake.

Viewers can immerse themselves in the narrative with a unique digital component that extends their on-air involvement with immediate and exclusive content that places them in the center of the mystery. The Open Heart: Unlocked! app, launching January 2015 on iOS and Android, allows fans to join the plot during and in between episodes to keep up with Dylan's ongoing investigation. The app unlocks Dylan's phone so viewers can scour her text messages, photo gallery and social media accounts to learn more about her private life and study the clues she collects. The Open Heart website (www.open-heart.com) continues the journey with exclusive character confessions and episodic bonus features. Viewers can also visit TeenNick.com, TeenNick's Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for additional Open Heart content.

TeenNick, Nickelodeon's 24-hour TV network exclusively for and about teens and tweens, is available in almost 73 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite. Featuring a roster of ever-popular Nick favorites, original programming and award-winning series, the brand presents an authentic teen experience, with all its emotional intensity, energy and humor, across multiple platforms and integrated social media. TeenNick and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Original Corus Entertainment Inc. Press Release via CorusEnt.com:

12/9/2014

YTV Prescribes a Dose of Mystery with New Teen Drama Series Open Heart

From the producers of Degrassi, series debuts with a special one-hour premiere episode on Tuesday, January 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on YTV

Viewers uncover clues to series' mystery with an immersive mobile and web experience

(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment's YTV will kick off the New Year with an exciting new drama series, Open Heart, produced by Epitome Pictures in association with marblemedia. Open Heart is a gripping mystery series, folded into a sprawling family saga, set against the high-stakes workplace drama of a hospital. At the centre of the story is Dylan Blake, the rebellious daughter of a fractured family of doctors, who uses her stint as a youth hospital volunteer to secretly investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. The 12 x 30-minute series premieres Tuesday, January 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on YTV and will also debut day-and-date in the U.S. on TeenNick. For a sneak peek of the series, visit www.open-heart.com.

"YTV is witnessing a strong desire from teens who want to participate in the same serialized, high-stakes dramas that adults are currently enjoying, but with content that speaks to them; "Open Heart" is the perfect series to bring this to life on YTV," said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. "With the production team behind Degrassi and a stellar cast, Open Heart offers our teen fans a thrilling story to tune into every week with the added bonus of taking viewers beyond each episode and into Dylan's world through engaging digital content."

In the wake of her father's disappearance, 16-year-old Dylan Blake falls in with the wrong crowd, gets arrested, and earns court-ordered community service volunteering at Open Heart Memorial, the hospital where her mother and sister are doctors and where her grandparents are board members. All Dylan has to do is follow the rules. But the hospital is the last place Richard was seen alive, and while most think it's a straight up case of abandonment, Dylan doesn't believe it. Something bad happened to her father, if she can only prove it. Putting her old delinquent skills back into service, Dylan and her new friends, the bright and gossipy Mikayla and the handsome charmer Wes, begin a covert investigation into her dad's disappearance, unearthing a trail of clues that lead them to some very unexpected places.

"In addition to being part of Dylan's adventures on television each week, fans will also get to join her in the digital world, following her every step of the way and in real time," said executive producer, show-runner and writer Ramona Barckert. "The best part? No waiting between episodes for more content - the Open Heart experience happens all week long. I've never seen anything like this before. It's really cool!"

Exciting newcomer Karis Cameron (Signed, Sealed, Delivered; The Haunting Hour) stars as Dylan Blake with the series also starring Tori Anderson (The L.A. Complex, Warehouse 13, Flashpoint), Justin Kelly (Degrassi, Lost Girl, Latest Buzz), Cristine Prosperi (Degrassi, Nicky Deuce), Kevin McGarry (Being Erica, Saw 7), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Nikita, Rookie Blue, Being Erica), Jenny Cooper (Hemlock Grove, Scandal, NCIS, C.S.I. Miami, 24), Demore Barnes (Hemlock Grove, The Listener, Flashpoint), Jeff Douglas (Lost Girl, Rookie Blue), Elena Juatco (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Breaking the Rules, Sorority Surrogate), Mena Massoud (King, Combat Hospital, Poser) and Dylan Everett (King, Combat Hospital, Poser).

Viewers can immerse themselves in the narrative with a unique digital component that extends the on-air experience with immediate and exclusive content that places them in the centre of the mystery. The Open Heart: Unlocked! app, launching January 2015 on iOS and Android, invites fans to join the plot during and in-between episodes to keep up with Dylan's ongoing investigation. The app unlocks Dylan Blake's phone so viewers can scour her text messages, photo gallery and social media accounts to learn more about her private life and study the clues she collects. The Open Heart website continues the journey with exclusive character confessions and episodic bonus features.

Open Heart is executive produced by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn, Ramona Barckert, Matt Hornburg and Mark Bishop. Directors are Stefan Brogren and Samir Rehem. Writers include Ramona Barckert, Chris Pozzebon, Scott Oleszkowicz, Brendan Gall, Brendon Yorke and Barbara Haynes. Production Executives for Corus Entertainment are Jamie Piekarz and Chris Bell and for TeenNick, Kim Powers. The series is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Cogeco Program Development Fund, Bell Fund and RBC Royal Bank.

About Epitome Pictures
Toronto-based Epitome Pictures has produced award-winning youth and family drama for more than 34 years. Its flagship programs, including The Kids Of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, and the current series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, now known simply as Degrassi, have been honoured with multiple Gemini Awards, Teen Choice Awards, the Television Critics Association Award, The Peabody Award, two International Emmy© Awards and three Primetime Emmy© nominations. Past Epitome series include The L.A. Complex, Instant Star, Riverdale, and Liberty Street. In August 2014, Epitome began production on a new family mystery series, entitled Open Heart, slated for international broadcast in 2015. Epitome Pictures is part of DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B).

About marblemedia
marblemedia develops, produces and distributes engaging multiplatform entertainment experiences for audiences around the world. With nearly 250 hours of programming distributed in more than 200 territories, marblemedia has been honoured by Playback Magazine with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, in addition to being named Transmedia Producer of the Year (2011) by the publication. marble has won a Canadian Screen Award, two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch and operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff, and an L.A. office. The company was co-founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001. www.marblemedia.com.

About YTV
Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc.


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