UP Faith & Family Sets Launch Dates For Two Scripted Series



A still from Mystic

ATLANTA (May 18, 2022) – UP Faith & Family, the leading streaming service for uplifting entertainment, announced two scripted series premiere dates today. The service will debut Mystic by releasing three episodes on Thursday, May 19, with new episodes rolling out weekly. Based on the popular book series Pony Club SecretsMystic is a fun and adventurous show about a London girl who forms a deep connection to a mysterious horse who is trying to warn her of danger. Stacy Greggthe author of the series, will be doing a Facebook Live for fans on Thursday, May 19, at noon ET. The interview will be on Facebook.com/UPFaithandFamily. Additionally, UP Faith & Family is the first U.S. streamer to debut season two of the Canadian series Hudson & Rex, which was a breakout hit on the service when season one debuted last year. Three episodes will be released on Thursday, July 28, with a new episode added each subsequent week. Hudson & Rex is an action-packed one-hour procedural focused on Detective Charlie Hudson and his German Shepherd K9 partner Rex who work within the St. John’s Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit.

“We’re thrilled about these new additions to our summer offering,” said Angela Cannon, UP Faith & Family’s Vice President/Channel Manager. “We’ve found two great international series that truly speak to the heart of families. Many of our subscribers are Heartland enthusiasts so it’s a treat for us to bring viewers Mystic, a great new option for those who love horses. Additionally, Hudson & Rex has been a top performer on the service, so we are thrilled to premiere an all-new season in July.”

Set on the fictional peninsula of Kauri Point, New Zealand, Mystic tells the story of Issie Brown and her new-found friendships with the town’s teen horse riders, and their efforts to save Kauri Point from an industrial development that threatens it. Originally launched internationally in 2020, Mystic stars Macey Chipping, Laura Patch, Cathy Downes, Kirk Torrance, Antonia Robinson and Max Crean.

In Hudson & Rex, Detective Charlie Hudson (John Reardon) teams up with Rex (Diesel vom Burgimwald), whose heightened senses keep Charlie hot on the trail of his suspects. This season, Detective Hudson and his intrepid German Shepherd partner Rex return to solve another batch of cases in the streets of St. John’s. From catching a would-be-killer before their victim succumbs to poisoning, to crossing international lines on the trail of a sinister conspiracy, the stakes have never been higher for Hudson & Rex. Charlie’s deft detective work, combined with Rex’s keen canine senses, make this crime-fighting pair unstoppable. 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. Behind the scenes, Executive Producer and veteran Canadian Dog Master 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, Nataline Rodrigues and Paul Pope. Lisa Porter is Producer.

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.

About UP Entertainment

UP Entertainment, home to UPtv, AspireTV, AspireTV Life, UP Faith & Family and Cine Romántico, is the destination for uplifting 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 culture and urban lifestyle programming featuring original productions in food, home and fashion. AspireTV Life is the first free ad supported streaming television (FAST) channel dedicated to sharing the experiences of the multicultural audience through cooking, fashion, travel, design and more. UP Faith & Family is the leading streaming service in uplifting entertainment and includes 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 streaming television (FAST) channel featuring the best of Hollywood TV romance movies in Spanish.

UP Faith & Family is available via Apple iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Cox, Dish, Google Play, Prime Video Channels, Roku, Roku Channel, Samsung TVs, Sling, Xbox, Xfinity and YouTube TV.

Follow UP Faith & Family on the Web at UPFaithandFamily.com on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/upfaithandfamily, Twitter @UPFaithFamily and Instagram @upfaithandfamily.

About Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, and digital, established in 1987 by Christina Jennings, Chairman and President. Shaftesbury’s current Primetime slate includes 15 seasons of the international hit series Murdoch Mysteries and five seasons of Hudson & Rex, which are both available in over 120 countries worldwide. Other projects include five seasons of the critically acclaimed horror anthology series Slasher, starring Eric McCormack and David Cronenberg, and three seasons of Departure, starring Emmy® Award-winner Archie Panjabi and the late Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer. 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 a St. John’s based media production company founded by the late Paul Pope, and now helmed by producer Lisa Porter. The production company’s current television project is the fifth season of Hudson & Rex for Citytv, which is now seen in over 120 territories worldwide. The company’s 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 Productions’ rich repertoire reflects its deep commitment to a vibrant production industry both in Newfoundland and nationally. www.popeproductions.com

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