Katie Holmes to Star in 'The Kennedys-After Camelot' Miniseries

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Miniseries reunites REELZ, America’s truly independent cable network, with the Emmy Award-Winning production team of ‘The Kennedys’ Muse Entertainment, director Jon Cassar and writer Stephen Kronish. Production to begin in 2015 with a premiere on REELZ in 2016

REELZCHANNEL, America’s truly independent cable network, and Muse Entertainment will be presenting a new four-hour miniseries ”The Kennedys-After Camelot.” Based on the New York Times best seller, After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present, by best-selling author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli, it was announced today by Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ and Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment Enterprises.

Katie Holmes, who starred as Jackie Kennedy in “The Kennedys” will reprise that role as Jackie O in the new miniseries. Ms. Holmes will also direct one of the four episodes of the miniseries and serve as an executive producer. Jon Cassar, who directed all 8 episodes of “The Kennedys” will direct the other 3 episodes.

“The Kennedys-After Camelot” reunites REELZ with the very talented production team behind the Emmy Award-winning “The Kennedys” that includes Muse Entertainment, Director Jon Cassar (who won the DGA award for the production) and writer Stephen Kronish. Keri Selig, owner and founder of Intuition Productions, who brought the project to REELZ, also serves as an executive producer.

Production of “The Kennedys-After Camelot” is slated to begin in the spring 2015 in Canada with a premiere on REELZ (and Corus Entertainment) in 2016.

REELZ picked up U.S. rights to “The Kennedys” amid much controversy when it was dropped by another network and many critics said the project was never going to air. But REELZ defied critics and exercised its freedom as an independent voice. Not only did it air on REELZ but it went on to receive 10 Emmy nominations and won 4 Emmy Awards including best actor for Barry Pepper's portrayal of Robert Kennedy. In addition, the miniseries was recognized with 12 other awards and 18 nominations.

Muse Entertainment is responsible for the production of the miniseries and its international distribution.

Mr. Hubbard stated, “‘The Kennedys’ was a brilliant execution of storytelling based on the lives of one of the world's best known families. We are delighted that we were able to step up and acquire the broadcast rights to that property and we have every confidence that this new miniseries will be as enthusiastically received as the last one.”

He added, “Katie elegantly portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the first miniseries and now will continue the role as Jackie grows into the Jackie O that the world knows best. Katie is brave, committed and perfect for this role. She is a strong, talented woman who understands how special and respected Jackie Kennedy, and then Jackie Onassis was, as an international icon.”

Michael Prupas, president and CEO of Muse Entertainment commented, “Our miniseries ‘The Kennedys’ was a ratings hit all over the world and we expect ‘After Camelot’ to also be very well received. The Kennedy family made a lasting mark on America and the world even after John and Robert Kennedy’s assassinations by championing universal healthcare and by creating the Special Olympics and by continuing to act as international ambassadors for many other worthy causes.”

After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s extensive research, including hundreds of exclusive interviews and captures the wealth, glamour and fortitude for which the Kennedys are so well known. Like the book takes its readers, the miniseries will take its viewers on an epic journey of the ongoing saga of the nation's most famous and controversial family.

About Muse Entertainment
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse Entertainment has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 international award nominations. Muse Entertainment is currently shooting the 6-hour event series “Tut” in Morocco and the second season of the sci-fi series “Helix” in Montreal. Most recently the company produced four seasons of the supernatural dramatic series “Being Human”, the first season of the dramedy series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” two seasons of the wartime dramatic series “Bomb Girls” and several TV movies for Disney and Hallmark channels. Muse’s 8-hr. historical drama “The Kennedys,” sold to networks around the world by Muse Distribution International, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well as the DGA award for best director. Its 8-hour event series” Pillars of the Earth” also won an Emmy and many other awards. Muse’s other award-winning programs are “Cyberbully,” “Durham County” (Seasons I, II, III), “Ben Hur,” “The Last Templar,” “Impact,” “Human Trafficking,” “Answered by Fire,” “This is Wonderland” and “Tales from the Neverending Story.” Muse Entertainment maintains production and development operations in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. For more information, please visit http://www.muse.ca

About REELZCHANNEL—Hollywood Happens Here™
REELZ is a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network, connecting its viewers across America with the magic, wonder and excitement of Hollywood wherever it happens. The network is home to cutting-edge reality programs, compelling television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Programming ranges from the critically-acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys to Hollywood Hillbillies, TMZ Hollywood Sports, Beverly Hills Pawn, OK! TV, Hollywood Scandals and much more that connects directly to the world of entertainment. REELZ also showcases top movie and entertainment experts Leonard Maltin and Richard Roeper who provide specific on-air recommendations for movies viewers can watch at home.

REELZ reaches 70 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, AT&T U-verse channels 799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find REELZ in your area by entering your zip code at http://www.reelz.com/watch. REELZ is a High-Definition network and if a cable or satellite provider doesn’t carry it that way, we encourage viewers to call and ask for REELZ in HD. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, REELZ is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with national ad sales based out of New York City with offices in Boston and Chicago. As one of the last truly independent television networks remaining in today’s media landscape REELZ has created the Independence Happens Here™ website to help keep free thought and innovation alive by highlighting the importance of independent businesses. The website can be found at http://IndependenceHappensHere.com

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