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Corus to debut Geek Girl on StackTV May 30

2024-04-23 12:10 ET - News Release

Mr. Troy Reeb reports

GOODBYE HIGH SCHOOL, HELLO HIGH FASHION! CORUS' ORIGINAL SERIES GEEK GIRL DROPS EXCLUSIVELY ON STACKTV IN CANADA MAY 30

Geek Girl (10 episodes; 30 minutes per episode) hits the streaming runway as the highly anticipated new series debuts May 30 exclusively on StackTV, Corus Entertainment Inc.'s premium multichannel streaming service, in Canada. Based on the beloved, bestselling YA (young adult) novel by British author Holly Smale, the live-action adaptation of Geek Girl is a co-production between Aircraft Pictures and RubyRock Pictures, with creative support from Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, a world-leading international producer, distributor and licensor of children's animated and live-action content. The series was filmed in the United Kingdom and Ottawa last summer.

The coming-of-age series follows 16-year-old Harriet Manners, whose life is turned upside down after she is thrust headfirst into the world of fashion. Tightly wound agents, reclusive designers, impossibly high heels and a cute supermodel boy with a great smile -- socially awkward Harriet has no idea what she's in for. Emily Carey (House of The Dragon, Wonder Woman) stars as Harriet. The all-star cast also includes Emmanuel Imani (Riches, The Wheel Of Time) as Wilbur Evans, Sarah Parish (Industry, Stay Close) as Jude Paignton, Liam Woodrum (Love In Zion National) as Nick Park, Tim Downie (Outlander, Paddington) as Richard Manners, Zac Looker (A Kind of Spark) as Toby Pilgrim, Jemima Rooper (Flowers in the Attic: The Origin) as Annabel Manners, Sandra Yi Sencindiver (Foundation, The Wheel of Time) as Yuji Lee, Daisy Jelley (London Kills) as Poppy Hepple-Cartwright and introduces Rochelle Harrington as Natalie Grey.

Modelled after Smale's personal story, Harriet's character is an innovative take on neurodivergent representation. Geek Girl champions being different, while challenging the traditional assumptions of what people who occupy glamorous spaces are like.

"The story of Geek Girl resonates with many people. High school is often a place of constant struggle for acceptance and Holly Smale offers a unique perspective on the experience," said Troy Reeb, Executive Vice President of Broadcast Networks for Corus Entertainment. "We're proud to deliver this Corus Original on STACKTV - the perfect streaming home for this binge-worthy series - which will not only engage fans of the novel but introduce this heartwarming story to new fans across Canada."

Declan O'Dwyer ( Miss Scarlet & The Duke , Merlin, and Flowers In The Attic: The Origin) is the series director. Lead writer Jess Ruston joined forces with Sameera Steward, Sarah Morgan, and author Holly Smale to adapt the best-selling novel from page to screen, with additional material written by Zoe Rocha and Georgie Armour. The show is creatively produced by Zoe Rocha for RubyRock Pictures and by Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen for Aircraft Pictures. Nelvana is distributing the series internationally.

Following the premiere on STACKTV, Geek Girl will also air on Corus' iconic kids' channel, YTV, in Canada this September.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. Engaging audiences since 1999, the company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 33 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, digital and streaming platforms, and technology and media services. Corus is an internationally-renowned content creator and distributor through Nelvana, a world class animation studio expert in all formats and Corus Studios, a globally recognized producer of hit scripted and unscripted content. The company also owns full-service social digital agency so.da, lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada, and children's book publishing house, Kids Can Press. Corus' roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Magnolia Network Canada, The HISTORY(TM) Channel, Showcase, Adult Swim, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX, along with streaming platforms STACKTV, TELETOON+, the Global TV App and Curiouscast. Corus is the domestic advertising representative and an original content partner for Pluto TV, a Paramount Company, which is the leading free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service.

About STACKTV

STACKTV is Corus Entertainment's premium multi-channel television streaming service that offers thousands of hours of exclusive hit content from 16 of Canada's top TV networks, all on one platform. All series, movies and specials that air on Global Television, Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network, The HISTORY(TM) Channel, Adult Swim, Slice, Showcase, National Geographic, Lifetime, Cartoon Network, Treehouse, YTV, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD are available to stream on STACKTV live and on demand with new content added daily. STACKTV is available via Amazon Prime Video Channels, Bell Fibe TV app, Fubo, Rogers Ignite TV and Ignite Streaming.

About Nelvana Entertaining kids for over 50 years, Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children's animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and action series, and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana's content airs on Corus Entertainment's kids channels in Canada and in over 180 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 5,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmystrademark and Canadian Screen Awards.

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