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FX CANADA DELIVERS A NEW 'BRAND' OF LATE-NIGHT TALK WITH COMEDIAN RUSSELL BRAND, BEGINNING SPRING 2012

- Acclaimed actor/comedian Russell Brand to host and produce FX Canada’s first, unscripted, late-night talk series -
- Six half-hour installments will be shot in front of live studio audience -

(Toronto – January 11, 2012) Bringing a ‘brand’ new edge to late-night, FX Canada today announced the much-buzzed about unscripted talk series hosted by actor and comedian Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) will premiere on the channel this spring. The program will be the first unscripted talk series to launch on FX Canada.

During each of the six, half-hour installments, Brand will interact with a live studio audience and share his unvarnished take on topics ranging from politics to pop culture. Additional broadcast and series details to be announced at a later date.  

“The acquisition of this bold and edgy talk series is on ‘brand’ with FX Canada’s current roster of premium programming,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media Inc. “With one of Hollywood’s most unfiltered and original comedians at the helm, Russell Brand’s new talk series will revolutionize late-night with a daring, engaging and honest take on current events.”

Brand began his career as a stand-up comedian rising to fame in the U.K. with his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006. He then brought his comedy act to the United States in 2009 during his first worldwide tour. On the big screen, Brand is best known for his role as rocker Aldous Snow in the Judd Apatow-produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. Brand can soon be seen in the upcoming musical, Rock of Ages. His other film credits include the Disney hit, Bedtime Stories; Warner Bros.’ Arthur – which marked Brand's first role as a producer; and The Tempest. He has also lent his voice to animated films such as Hop and Despicable Me. An acclaimed author, Brand has written two books: My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up, which was on The New York Times best-seller list for five consecutive weeks, and the follow up, Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal.

This series is produced by FX Productions in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films. Executive producers are Russell Brand, Troy Miller, and Nik Linnen. Miller also serves as director of the series.

As previously announced, FX Canada is currently available in standard and high definition to Rogers Digital, EastLink, Cable Cable and TELUS Optik TV subscribers. Rogers Digital subscribers can find FX Canada on channel 318 (SD) and 565 (HD). Plus, viewers can also catch their favourite FX Canada programs on demand on Rogers On Demand Online. For additional carriage information, please contact local television providers.

Visit FXCanada.ca for clips, games and behind-the-scenes materials from marquee series including American Horror Story Horror House Calls videos and the “Family Portrait" game, exclusive Sons of Anarchy videos, and interviews with the cast and crew of Wilfred.

About FX Canada
FX Canada is a digital specialty channel that delivers critically-acclaimed dramas and hit comedies, including FX original series American Horror Story, Wilfred, The League, Lights Out, Terriers and Sons of Anarchy. Delivering compelling entertainment to Canadians, FX Canada’s unique content also features movies and original Canadian programming. FX Canada is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.

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Media Contact:
Sónia Brum, FX Canada, 416.764.3194, sonia.brum@rci.rogers.com
Michelle Lomack, FX Canada, 416.764.3194, michelle.lomack@rci.rogers.com


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