The Final Season of AMC’S Western Drama “Hell on Wheels” Rolls Onto Digital Platforms Following Its Season Five Premiere This July

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Episodes from the First Half of the Fifth Season, Exploring the Battle between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, Will be Available to Download or Stream Beginning July 19

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Credited for helping to modernize the Western genre when it premiered in 2011, the top-rated AMC mainstay, “Hell on Wheels”, enters its fifth and final season this July. In the first seven episodes being aired in 2015, the rough and tumble drama delves into the conflicts between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, as they race toward completion. And as the series itself races towards a finale five years in the making -- with seven new episodes airing this summer, and the final seven following in 2016 -- the new season pulls out of the station on Saturday, July 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The next day, co-producer Entertainment One (eOne) will begin to release each episode for purchase on leading digital platforms the day after their premieres.

Starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney, “Hell on Wheels” examines the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of America’s Transcontinental Railroad as loyalties are abandoned and the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines intensifies. In season 5, Cullen Bohannon (Mount) finds himself a stranger in a strange land – the mountain town of Truckee, Calif., home to the Central Pacific Railroad. This rough railroad town teems with thousands of Chinese workers, foreign in language, culture and traditions. Despite the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads the Herculean effort to tunnel through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sometimes achieving only inches a day in the race to complete the first Transcontinental Railroad. In addition to Mount and Meaney, “Hell on Wheels” stars Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin McLeavy, Jennifer Ferrin, Phil Burke and Dohn Norwood, and welcomes new series regulars Tim Guinee, Reg Rogers, Byron Mann and Tzi Ma.

“Hell on Wheels” is executive produced by showrunner John Wirth (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Falling Skies,” “The Cape”); Paul Kurta (“Veronica Mars,” Empire Records); Michael Rosenberg (“Hung”); and Jeremy Gold, EVP Creative Affairs, for Endemol Shine Studios. eOne's Debra Curtis, SVP Current Programming, and Armand Leo, VP Production, oversee production in partnership with producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes from Nomadic Pictures.

“Hell on Wheels” was developed by Endemol USA. The series is produced by eOne and Nomadic Pictures. eOne is the worldwide distributor and licensed television rights in Europe to Endemol. As a leading international content distributor, eOne also handles worldwide rights for DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and digital distribution.

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

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Digital street date(s): Beginning July 19, 2015    
Running time Episodes approx. 60 mins. each
Genre: Drama

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