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Canadian Television Fund Successfully Supports Industry’s Cultural and Commercial Goals

From a media release:

The Canadian Television Fund (CTF) today presented an overview of the organization’s successes in funding popular, critically acclaimed television programming in its opening presentation at the CRTC’s public hearing on the future of the Fund.

“Canadians are watching CTF-funded programs,” said Valerie Creighton, President of the CTF. “Shows like The Rick Mercer Report and Little Mosque on the Prairie, regularly attain audiences of over one million. Les Boys, Annie et ses hommes, and Destinées all have drawn from one to one and a half million viewers. New shows, such as The Border, Sophie, Heartland, and The Guard are attracting 500,000 to 800,000 viewers. And a recently launched success story in the French market, Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire, averaged over two million viewers in its first two episodes.”

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In the news: Flashpoint picked up by CBS

From the Hollywood Reporter:

  • Flashpoint sparks at CBS
    “‘The writers room is all Canadian; it’s Canadian produced,’ said [CTV’s Susanne Boyce]. ‘There are no WGA issues. And this is the first time that a Canadian-developed original series has aired on a Big Four network since Due South.’ Boyce hinted at a second U.S. network deal in the works.” Read more.

From the Canadian Press:

  • Strike-beleaguered CBS picking up CTV made-in-Canada drama
    “One of the biggest television networks in the U.S. is set to air at least 13 episodes of a made-in-Canada CTV police drama in the wake of a prolonged Hollywood screenwriters strike that’s prompting every American broadcaster to explore new programming options.” Read more.

From the New York Times:

From Variety:

  • CBS teams with Canada’s CTV
    “In another sign of how the WGA strike is reshaping network TV’s development process, CBS Paramount Network TV is planning to team with Canada’s CTV to produce at least 13 episodes of a police drama dubbed Flashpoint.” Read more.
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CTV Series Flashpoint Picked Up by CBS for U.S. Broadcast

From a media release:

  • New CTV drama becomes first Canadian series since Due South to air on network television in both Canada and U.S.
  • CBS Paramount Network Television Partners with CTV and Toronto-Based Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment

A new CTV original Canadian drama series currently in pre-production has been picked up by CBS for broadcast later this year in the United States. Flashpoint (working title, a.k.a. Sniper) is a new police drama about an elite, big city Strategic Response Unit (SRU). CBS has picked up 13 episodes of the one-hour drama series, which was green-lit by CTV in December. When it premieres later this year, Flashpoint will become the first Canadian series since CTV’s Due South in 1994 to air in network primetime in both Canada and the United States. Production begins in Toronto in April.

“Today’s announcement is a significant achievement for CTV’s development team and Canada’s independent production community,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Written and created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, Flashpoint evolved from CTV’s Writer-Only development program in 2005 to a pilot (entitled Sniper) that was produced by Pink Sky Entertainment for CTV in July, 2007. The series is executive produced by multiple Gemini Award-winner Anne Marie La Traverse (Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story, Tripping the Wire) for Pink Sky Entertainment and Bill Mustos for Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television.

Starring Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham County) and Whistler’s David Paetkau, Flashpoint is an emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the SRU (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force). They’re unique cops that can do what ordinary cops can’t: rescue hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, climb the sides of buildings and talk down suicidal teens. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they’re also trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the suspect’s head at the very emotional breaking point (the “flashpoint”) that triggered the crisis. They’ll do whatever it takes to diffuse the situation to try to save lives – all in a day’s work.

“It’s an exciting privilege to be able to reach so many people, and we’re thrilled that we have a chance to do it with Flashpoint,” said La Traverse and Mustos. “It’s the brainchild of two brilliant creators, Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, and showcases the superb visual work of director David Frazee, and the spellbinding talent of Hugh Dillon and Enrico Colantoni.”

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CTV Orders Two, New One-Hour Canadian Drama Series

From a CTV media release:

CTV announced today that it has ordered two new, one-hour original drama series for the network. The first is Sniper (working title), a high-stakes ensemble drama that delves into the world of one of Canada’s elite police forces and the critical incidents it faces on a daily basis. The second is The Listener, a fast-paced, compelling drama about a young paramedic with the power to read minds. Both series received orders from the network for 13, one-hour episodes with production scheduled to begin in Spring 2008.

“Whether it’s the adrenaline rush of saving a life or the thought-provoking notion of being able to read someone’s mind, both Sniper and The Listener are drama series built on the foundation of entertaining and compelling storytelling,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Sniper and The Listener were both part of CTV’s first venture into pilot production this past summer. It was the first time CTV had ordered pilots as part of its development of new Canadian television series. The pilot order reinforced the network’s priority in delivering critically-acclaimed Canadian programming enjoyed by the biggest audiences possible.

Sniper stars Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham County) and Whistler’s David Paetkau in a tense, emotional police drama that takes us into the lives of the team members of the Strategic Response Unit (SRU). They’re unique cops who can do what ordinary cops can’t: rescue hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, handle state-of-the-art weaponry, always putting their own lives at stake to save others. Sniper is written and created by the emerging writing team of Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, both accomplished actors, and executive-produced by multiple Gemini Award-winner Anne Marie La Traverse (Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story, Tripping the Wire) for Pink Sky Entertainment and Bill Mustos for Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV.

In The Listener, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, In God’s Country) is a young paramedic with the power to listen to people’s most intimate thoughts. Our hero soon realizes: With great power comes great responsibility. Still, he’s got to admit that this telepathy can be pretty cool. Aided by his paramedic partner Osman Bey (Ennis Esmer, host of The Toronto Show), Toby walks a dangerous line between his calling as a telepathic sleuth and his regular life as an urban twentysomething. Toby’s adrenaline-fuelled job and his active social life complicate the hell out of his destiny – or maybe it’s the other way around. The Listener was created by Michael Amo (Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111) and the pilot was directed by Clement Virgo (The Wire, Poor Boys Game). The Listener is produced by Shaftesbury Films, (producers of CTV’s No.1 and No.2 highest-rated TV movies, Eight Days to Live and In God’s Country) in association with CTV. Executive producer is Emmy and Gemini award-winning Christina Jennings (ReGenesis).

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