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PPI Releasing to Distribute WestWind’s "Little Mosque"
in the United States
Los Angeles, CA – March 28, 2012 One of the highest-rated comedies in the history of Canadian television has never aired in the U.S. But that’s about to change WestWind Pictures, producer of the CBC original series, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and PPI Releasing, LLC, one of the largest independent U.S.TV distributors, are teaming up to sell the series to American broadcasters. The series is distributed worldwide by WestWind Releasing and has aired in over eighty countries. "We think the timing is right for something different on American television," said PPI principal, Josh Raphaelson. "Above all, what sells this show is that it is very, very funny."
"Laughter is a great way to build bridges," said Mary Darling, Executive Producer of Little Mosque "And let’s face it, our relationship with Muslims and Islamic culture is still a hot-button issue. Little Mosque is as relevant today as it ever was, especially in the United States."
Little Mosque is the hit comedy that takes an affectionate, warts-and-all look at a small Muslim community trying to fit into a rural town. The series’ production team has featured writers and directors from "Everybody Loves Raymond", "The Office" and "Kids in the Hall". While the series hasn’t aired in America, it has certainly garnered lots of attention, from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who wrote the producers to thank them for helping "to foster cross-cultural unity and understanding through comedy".
PPI’s announcement comes as the CBC wraps the sixth season of the internationally-acclaimed comedy. Little Mosque premiered on the CBC in January 2007 with record setting ratings, drawing the largest audience for the network in over a decade. Since then, Little Mosque has garnered worldwide attention and received countless awards, including four Gemini Award nominations and two Rose d’Or nominations for Best Sitcom at The Global Entertainment Television Festival.
About PPI Releasing, LLC PPI Releasing, LLC is a television and new media distribution company led by industry veterans Ritch Colbert, Josh Raphaelson and David Hutchinson. PPI Releasing brands feature innovative programming and high production values, developed in partnership with advertisers, broadcasters and online networks. For more info about PPI, visit www.ppi.tv.
About WestWind Pictures WestWind Pictures is an independent television production company with offices in Toronto and Boston. The company is currently involved in scripted series, lifestyle programming, documentary films and children's media. Its diverse product line reflects a commitment to produce imaginative, entertaining, and insightful programming.