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The Beat Goes On! OLN’s Original Series The Beat Returns with 24/7 Coverage of Vancouver’s Elite Police Squad, July 29

- Season 2follows the Beat Enforcement Team (B.E.T.) as they patrol Vancouver’s dangerous downtown eastside-
 

TORONTO (July 10, 2012) OLN heads back to the downtown streets of Vancouver’s eastside with the highly-anticipated return of original series The Beat.  Premiering Sunday, July 29 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on OLN, The Beat follows the gritty, high-octane action of the Vancouver Police Department’s elite squad: the Beat Enforcement Team (B.E.T.).  In 10, all-new, 30-minute episodes, The Beat delivers in-your-face confrontations as the B.E.T. patrols, serves, and protects the city’s downtown eastside community – a hotbed of drug abuse, prostitution, mental illness, and violent crime.  Maintaining order will not be easy, and to do so takes tireless work with a ready supply of courage and compassion.  Is the B.E.T up to the challenge?

Led by 20-year veteran Sgt. Toby Hinton and adrenaline junkie Sgt. Mark Steinkampf, The Beat follows the intersecting stories of six police officers who live for the street.  The squad includes Const. Hobbs, a third generation police officer who spends his free time volunteering; Const. Addison, an ex-journalist who blogs on the side; and Const. Brown, the longest-serving female officer on the force – up for a promotion any day.  The newest member to the team, Const. Smith, is no rookie and has quickly become the go-to guy for large scale drug busts. Followed by cameras 24/7, each episode of The Beat provides an in-depth look at the professional lives of the officers. 
 
In the Season 2 premiere episode, “Welcome to the Downtown Eastside,” the officers take time out from their busy street patrol to give a group of teenage hockey players a tour of “skid row” where they encounter the harsh realities of addiction, homelessness and crime.  At a nearby rooming house, other B.E.T. members are hot on the heels of a drug bust, but hidden cameras, fortified doors, and escape routes help the dealers stay a step ahead.
 
The Beat is an OLN original series.  Arnie Gelbart (18 to Life) serves as executive producer for Galafilm Inc.  Claire Freeland is Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media Broadcasting, and Carol Commisso is Production Executive for Rogers Original Programming.
 
About Galafilm Inc.
For 20 years, Galafilm has been at the forefront of independent film and television production in Canada. Founded and helmed by Arnie Gelbart, the company is synonymous with high-quality production values and built its reputation by producing cutting edge documentaries along with award-winning children’s programming, features and successful television dramas, including Tripping The Wire starring Clark Johnson, Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story featuring Wendy Crewson, John Corbett, and William Hurt, Race to Mars, starring Michael Riley, Lothaire Bluteau, and Pascal Bussiéres, and Mordecai Richler’s classic novel St. Urbain’s Horseman. Galafilm’s latest success is the multi-generational comedy 18 To Life. Galafilm is a board member of the CMPA (Canadian Media Producers Association) as well as of the APFTQ (Association des producteurs de film et de television du Québec).

About OLN
OLN is a specialty television station in Canada offering viewers a one-stop destination for adrenaline pumping action and adventure entertainment. Larger than life personalities take viewers on intense and rugged journeys across Canada and the world in pursuit of knowledge, competition and prey. Original Canadian reality, adventure, and travel series along with US acquired programming provides viewers with different perspectives on the world around them unearthing new and exhilarating adventures at every turn. OLN 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. For more information visit www.OLN.ca.
 
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Media Contacts

Meghan Hardy, OLN, 416-764-3197, meghan.hardy@rci.rogers.com
Shannon Hall, OLN, 416-764-3078,
shannon.hall@rci.rogers.com


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