Little Mosque On The Prairie

Little Mosque On The Prairie

September 25, 2007 14:50 ET

Award-Winning Little Mosque on the Prairie Adds Israel, West Bank, Gaza, Finland and Turkey to Growing List of Countries to Air Hit Sitcom

- Announcement comes on the heels of the launch of the breakout hit comedy's second season

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - Little Mosque On The Prairie, the award-winning CBC breakout hit situation comedy that looks into the lives of a small Muslim community in the fictional prairie town of Mercy, will soon air in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Finland and Turkey, announced the show's executive producer Mary Darling of WestWind Pictures.

Beginning on October 23, Little Mosque On The Prairie will begin airing season one in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza on the country's paid satellite channel, Stars 3. The show will air in English with Hebrew subtitles.

"This is a really exciting distribution deal for the show and for the viewers in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank who will be able to view the show for the first time ever. Since debuting last season, we have received numerous emails from people in this region asking when the show will be coming to their country. We are delighted that we can finally announce an air date in this region," said Darling.

Little Mosque On The Prairie's producers also secured a distribution deal with one of Finland's largest television broadcasters, YLE Teema, a free-to-air channel. The broadcaster obtained licensing rights for seasons one and two for a three-year period. The show's first season will begin airing in 2008. It is expected that Little Mosque On The Prairie will air in English with subtitles.

"YLE has been extremely proactive in bringing this series to air and we are thrilled that the show will air in this marketplace," said Darling.

Finally, Little Mosque On The Prairie will also be aired in Turkey on Kanal 7, a free-to-air channel. The broadcaster has secured the license to air season one and five episodes of season two with an option for the remaining episodes of second season. No date has been provided when the show will debut in this marketplace.

"It is clear to us that there is a strong appetite for innovative programming in the international broadcasting arena. Our goal is to continue reaching out to broadcasters overseas while producing Canadian television shows that have universal appeal and positive messaging," said Darling.

Little Mosque On The Prairie's new season debuts on the CBC on Wednesday, October 3 at 8 p.m.

WestWind Pictures is a film and television production company that develops products for a global marketplace, focusing on themes that resonate throughout the world. Productions include Little Mosque on the Prairie, Designer Guys, Time & Place, English Teachers, Trash to Treasure, This Small Space and The Perfect Divorce. With over 15 years of experience, WestWind has developed a reputation for delivering high-quality products in a variety of genres for diverse audiences. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.westwindpictures.com.

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