UP FAITH & FAMILY TO PREMIERE POLICE/K9 PROCEDURAL HUDSON & REX STARRING JOHN REARDON
The first three episodes of the hit drama series will drop November 5
ATLANTA (Oct. 5, 2021) – UP Faith & Family, the streaming service featuring the best in faith affirming and family-friendly entertainment, will be the first U.S. streamer to debut the hit Canadian series Hudson & Rex. Three episodes will be released on Friday, Nov.5, with a new episode added each subsequent week. Hudson & Rex is an action-packed one-hour procedural focused on Detective Charlie Hudson (John Reardon) and his German Shepherd K9 partner Rex (Diesel vom Burgimwald) who work within the St. John’s Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit. Supported by Dr. Sarah Truong’s (Mayko Nguyen) forensics expertise, Superintendent Donovan’s (Kevin Hanchard) leadership and Jesse Mills’ (Justin Kelly) tech skills, this team is unstoppable as they resolve the complex cases they’re faced with each week.
“At UP Faith & Family, we are always searching for the best in family programming from around the world and are very excited to bring this hit series from Canada to our subscribers.” said Angela Cannon, UP Faith & Family’s Vice President/Channel Manager. “UP Faith & Family provides a vast amount of family-friendly series for the entire family to enjoy and adding this light-hearted, police procedural starring Detective Hudson and his incredible crime fighting dog, Rex, will be a perfect shared viewing night for families.”
UP Faith & Family grew over 100% in paid subscribers in 2020. The streaming service recently launched on YouTube TV and is also available on Apple iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Cox, Dish, Google Play, Prime Video Channels, Roku, Roku Channel, Samsung TVs, Sling, Xbox and Xfinity.
In Hudson & Rex, Detective Charlie Hudson teams up with Rex, whose heightened senses keep Charlie hot on the trail of his suspects. In the premiere episode, Rex proves himself as a member of the Major Crimes Unit as he trails a kidnapper; and the clock is ticking as Charlie and the team realize that the abduction is part of an elaborate plan. Charlie’s deft detective work, combined with Rex’s keen canine senses, make this crime-fighting pair unstoppable. Behind the scenes, veteran Canadian dog trainer Sherri Davis directs Diesel for all of his performances as Rex.
Shaftesbury and Pope Productions Ltd. Produces Hudson & Rex in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Sports and Media, and Beta Film GmbH. Executive Producers are Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Oliver Bachert, Friedemann Goez and Nataline Rodrigues. Paul Pope is Producer.
About UP Entertainment
UP Entertainment, home to UPtv, AspireTV, UP Faith & Family and Cine Romántico, is the destination for positive entertainment for passionate and diverse audiences across the leading cable, satellite and streaming platforms. UPtv is the trusted network for adults seeking positive programming with relatable stories of love, laughter and relationships, through exclusive premiere movies, box-office hit films and beloved series. AspireTV is the premier network for Black and urban lifestyle programming featuring original productions in food, home and fashion. The streaming service, UP Faith & Family, features the best in faith affirming and family-friendly entertainment anytime, anywhere, including exclusive access to original productions from the UP Entertainment family of brands. Additionally, UP Entertainment in partnership with PixL Dos, manages and distributes Cine Romántico, a free ad-supported television (FAST) channel featuring the best of Hollywood TV romance movies in Spanish.
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Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, and digital. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 15 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, Acorn TV, and UKTV, four seasons of critically acclaimed horror series Slasher, four seasons of Hudson & Rex for Citytv/Rogers Sports and Media, and two seasons of Departure for Global/Corus Entertainment, starring Emmy® Award-winner Archie Panjabi and the late Academy Award®-winner Christopher Plummer. Building on a library of award-winning kids’ programs, Shaftesbury also has an extensive slate of new kids and family programming including The Solutioneers, Miikshi, What the Stink?, and Emerald Code. Shaftesbury’s in-house, Emmy® Award-winning immersive and branded entertainment studio, Shaftesbury XR, works with broadcasters and brands to create ground-breaking stories and games in digital, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. www.shaftesbury.ca
About Beta Film
A leading independent Film & Television group, Beta Film produces, finances and distributes high-end content for the global market, nurturing extensive partnerships spanning from public to private broadcasters, streaming platforms to special interest channels, production companies and top international talent, theatrical and video distributors to major film and TV festivals. Furthermore, the group focuses on strategic alignment in new business areas via acquisitions and joint ventures. Beta Film has stakes in production companies across Europe as well as renowned brands such as Beta Cinema (international sales and distribution of feature films) and Autentic (international sales, production and distribution of documentary and factual content), to name a few. Founded by Leo Kirch in 1959 and owned by Jan Mojto since 2004, Beta Film is based in Munich, Germany, with offices in the US, Latin America, Asia and throughout Europe.
About Pope Productions
Pope Productions is an award-winning St. John’s based media production company, helmed by producer Paul Pope. Current productions include the international hit series Hudson & Rex, now in in its 4th season and Departure 3, co-produced with Shaftesbury. Select features and MOWs include the CBC comedy A Christmas Fury and festival favourites Hunting Pignut, Beat Down and Grown Up Movie Star, which scored a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for Tatiana Maslany. Documentaries include It’s Mental, Heavy Weather Presents, the multi award winning My Left Breast, Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic and Going the Distance. From the historical dramatic miniseries Above and Beyond, to the classic comedy Rare Birds and the outrageous series Drunk and on Drugs: The Happy Funtime Hour, Pope’s rich repertoire reflects its deep commitment to a vibrant production industry both in Newfoundland and nationally.
Beta Film GmbH holds worldwide distribution rights of Hudson & Rex. The series is produced with the participation of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Rogers Cable Network Fund, Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Rogers Telefund, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
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