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April 2, 2007

The 2007 JUNO Awards Attract 912,000 Viewers

Last night’s broadcast of The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV finished with a national audience of 912,000 viewers*. Broadcast in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the two-hour special reached 3.7 million Canadians who tuned in at some point in the broadcast.

At 9 p.m. ET, 1.08 million viewers watched a special two-hour episode of The Amazing Race out of simulcast and airing on CTV.

“We’re proud of bringing the best of Canadian music to a national audience. Congratulations to Nelly and all the performers who dazzled in this two-hour show,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV’s President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Up against a ratings juggernaut in The Amazing Race on CBS, The 2007 JUNO Awards delivered a program we are extremely proud of.”

CTV’s half-hour pre-show eTalk at the JUNOS attracted 550,000 viewers for its red carpet arrivals special at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, the star-studded special featured appearances by, among others, host Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Jim Cuddy, Billy Talent, Hedley, Three Days Grace, Alexisonfire, Tomi Swick, Mobile, DJ Champion, Sloan and Keshia Chanté. eTalk continues their exclusive coverage of the 2007 JUNO Awards – including interviews from backstage in the exclusive eTalk Pontiac Lounge – with a 30-minute wrap-up special tonight from Saskatoon at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

Highlights from the show are available now on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca.

Media Note – Download photos from last night’s red carpet and the eTalk Pontiac Lounge at www.ctvmedia.ca

* Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research (Note: The 2006 JUNO Awards on CTV last year attracted a national Nielsen audience of 1.225 million viewers).

CTV Named Exclusive Canadian Broadcaster of The Concert for Diana, July 1
(April 3, 2007)

— Day long concert celebrates the late princess’ 46th birthday on Canada Day —

Toronto, ON (April 3, 2007) – CTV announced today it will join an international list of broadcasters from around the planet – including NBC, BBC and RTL – telecasting a concert celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of Concert for Diana, CTV will connect Canadians with an expected worldwide audience of half a billion households when it broadcasts the day-long concert live from London’s Wembley Stadium on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1. The date would have been the late princess’ 46th birthday and comes as plans continue to unfold for events marking the Princess of Wales’ death 10 years ago on August 31, 1997.

Organized by Prince William and Prince Harry, Concert for Diana features a mix of their mother’s and their own favourite artists, including Elton John, Joss Stone, Pharrell Williams, Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran and The English National Ballet. Additional acts will be announced later this month.

“We wanted to have this big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted,” said Prince William when plans for the concert were announced last November. “It’s got to be the best birthday present she ever had.”

“It’s fitting that this very special and personal celebration of the life and work of the Princess of Wales will air on Canada Day on CTV,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “The Princess not only shared a birthday with Canadians but also an affinity for making this world a better place in which to live.”

Concert for Diana comes two years after CTV presented Live 8 on CTV in July, 2005, one of the network’s most ambitious broadcast initiatives ever and an unprecedented international event that also connected Canadians from coast to coast with viewers from around the world. A stunning 10.5 million viewers – or roughly one in three Canadians and 45 per cent of all Canadian households – watched some or all of the broadcast.

Concert for Diana will also be telecast by dozens of broadcasters around the world, including NBC and VH1 in the United States, BBC1 in the United Kingdom, RTL 2 in Germany, and Nine Network in Australia.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at ctv.ca.

CTV’s Whistler Clicks Online with Complementary Web Experience

Toronto, ON (June 29, 2006) – Canada’s newest drama is also Canada’s dramatic new online broadband experience.

CTV announced today that its highly-acclaimed drama series Whistler, which premiered last Sunday, will be supported with multiple online components including on-demand broadband broadcasts of each episode, original webisodes, character blogs and an interactive website. Whistler airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV and premieres in the United States this Friday, June 30 on The N.

Photos can be downloaded from Whistler at www.ctvmedia.ca.

Set in one of the world’s most glittering resort playgrounds, Whistler is a 13-part drama series that unravels the mystery surrounding the shocking death of Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Beck McKaye. In addition to 13, one-hour episodes, Whistler producers have also created 13 original, two to three minute “webisodes” that allow viewers to delve deeper into the mystery of Whistler. Shot on location in Whistler, BC, this bonus, original, web-only content consists of short scenes of events in the lives of the characters prior to the series’ storyline, scenes that could have taken place during the course of the episode or events that may have occurred between episodes.

Beginning today, two of the 13 Whistler webisodes – including a “prequel” webisode – are available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at www.ctv.ca. The remaining webisodes will be released weekly on Mondays at 9 a.m. ET on ctv.ca following the original broadcast of Whistler on CTV.

In addition to the webisodes, Whistler is the latest series to be made available for free and on- demand on The CTV Broadband Network. Complete, one-hour Whistler episodes will be available at www.ctv.ca Mondays at 9 a.m. ET following each television broadcast on CTV.

Additional online elements that will support Whistler include two separate websites. The first, www.whistlertheseries.com features information about the show including synopses, cast bios, character info and additional details about Whistler that will be continually updated as the series unfolds over the summer.

The supporting website www.afterthedrop.com features a fictional blog set up by Whistler characters Feeney and Quinn. The blogsite was set up for family and friends to keep track of the main character, Beck McKaye, during his successful run at the Olympics. A Flash player also lives on this site that showcases various musical artists featured in the series.

The musical selections will be updated from time to time, but currently include: Immaculate Machine, The Organ, The Waking Eyes, Death From Above 1979 and Pilate. Series-related products will be promoted on the site as they are launched, such as the upcoming Whistler soundtrack from Universal Music Canada.

In addition, Quinn and other characters from the show have online “accounts” set up with existing websites in cyberspace, including myspace.com (myspace.com/whistlerquinn) and blog.flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnmckaye) where Quinn “shares” his photos of his famous brother, family and friends.

The Web strategy was developed and executed by Bento Box, a Toronto and Vancouver-based Web strategy firm that provides complete management of Web projects from vision to design to production. While Bento Box’s clients range from political parties to land developers, they’re no strangers to the entertainment world. They developed street marketing and websites for long-running series Da Vinci’s Inquest, and motion graphics and identity for the award- winning Canadian documentary, The Corporation. They can be found on the Web at http://www.bentobox.net

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 16 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

Corner Gas Draws 2 Million in Record Setting Season Finale; “Dream Team” Story Department Unveiled as CTV Announces Production Order for Corner Gas Season V

– All-star collection of comedic writers now set for Season V –
– 19 new episodes begin production this spring –

Toronto, ON (March 13, 2007) – Last night’s highly anticipated season finale of Corner Gas drew a season-high 2 million viewers, the most successful season finale to date and the second largest audience ever for Canada’s #1 comedy. For CTV, the big-buzz-finale capped another memorable year for Corner Gas, which charted an astonishing 67 per cent audience growth since its season premiere last September. The series finishes its 19-episode run with an average audience of 1.52 million viewers, reaching as high as #16 on Canada’s Top 20 list of most watched programs. For the fourth consecutive year, Corner Gas remains television’s #1 comedy (Canadian or American) and the most watched Canadian scripted series (see “The Ratings” below for a complete ratings summary). The memorable finale will encore Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on The Comedy Network and is available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca.

With another successful season in the record books, CTV today confirmed to series producers a full 19-episode production order for a 5th season of Corner Gas. Production crews are now gearing up for a May, 2007 return to their Saskatchewan-based sets and soundstages. With their return, Corner Gas remains the only network comedy series to be entirely based and shot in Saskatchewan.

Armed with the new production order, Corner Gas executive producers Brent Butt, David Storey and Virginia Thompson today unveiled their Season V story department, a six-person team that now stands as the most formidable creative lineup the series has ever boasted. The newly assembled “dream-team” story department features:

Brent Butt – star/creator/writer/director/executive producer
Kevin White – supervising producer/writer (showrunner)
Mark Farrell – producer/writer
Norm Hiscock – consulting producer/writer
Gary Pearson – story editor/writer
Andrew Carr – story editor/writer
In addition to signing on the Emmy Award winning Norm Hiscock (Saturday Night Live, King Of The Hill, Kids In The Hall) and the highly acclaimed Gary Pearson (MadTV, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), the executive producing team today appointed Corner Gas veteran Kevin White as series show-runner. Together with star/creator/director/co-executive producer Brent Butt, producer/writer Mark Farrell (The Newsroom, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and story editor/writer Andrew Carr (Comics), it’s a virtual all-star collection of Canada’s most prolific comedy writers (See – “Addendum: The Season V Corner Gas Story Department” for bios on each).

“Congratulations to the entire Corner Gas creative team, cast and crew who together, continue to define the comedy genre in Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group. “Like its legions of fans who make a weekly appointment with the series, we look forward to finding out what’s in store for the residents of Dog River in Season 5.”

“I haven’t been this excited about starting a season since we went into development on Season 1,” said Butt. “We had our first writers meeting in Toronto and we just sat around laughing ourselves sick. As immature and obnoxious as that may sound, it really bodes well for scripts.”

“Building a team of this calibre was an exhilarating experience,” said Executive Producer Virginia Thompson. “There is so much mutual respect among these writers for their individual achievements and bodies of work. It’s going to make for a spectacular Season 5 of Corner Gas.”

The Ratings – Last Night
With 2 million viewers, the Corner Gas season finale charted 29 per cent more viewers than its season-to-date average.
It won the 8-8:30 time-period with 40% more viewers than House (Global, 1.4M, 8-9 p.m. ET).
Corner Gas outperformed the simulcast airing of 24 (Global/Fox, 9 p.m. ET) by 45 percent.
It also earned a statistical tie with CSI: Miami and together are the co-winners of the night. The Corner Gas lead in also provided CTV’s Robson Arms with its highest ever audience (747,000).
The Ratings – This Season
With 19 episodes now in the history books, Corner Gas finishes its fourth season:
With a 19-episode average of 1.52 million viewers,
Finishing as high as #16 on Canada’s Top 20 list of most-watched programs,
The only scripted series to earn a place in the Top 20,
As Canada’s #1 comedy (Canadian or U.S.),
With 67 per cent growth since it debuted in September, 2006
Corner Gas averaged 33 per cent more total viewers than the next most-watched comedy (up 33 per cent vs. The Simpsons on Global, up 34 per cent vs. Little Mosque on the Prairie on CBC).
The Ratings – The Series
Monday’s finale marked the series 69th consecutive million-plus episode, since its launch in January, 2004.
Last night’s finale was the second time the series has reached the 2-million mark, second only to the Season 3 Christmas Special, “Merry Gasmas”, which pulled in 2.2 million viewers (BBM).
In its four-year run, no Canadian or U.S comedy series has been more popular in Canada.
Addendum – The Season V Corner Gas Story Department:

BRENT BUTT – star/creator/director/executive producer/writer
Brent Butt has been thrilling audiences across the country with his depiction of small-town life for over 15 years. He has been a regular on the Just For Laughs TV show, as well as other programs on A&E, HBO, CBC, CTV, Global, and The Comedy Network. His one-hour Comedy Now! special earned him a Gemini Nomination in the category of “Best Comedy Performance”. He was named “Best Male Stand-Up’ at the 2001 Canadian Comedy Awards and was subsequently selected to represent his country on the World Comedy Tour in Australia. He followed that by hosting the “Just For Laughs – Asian Tour” in Singapore. His invitation to appear on the CBC 50th Anniversary Special entitled All-Star Comedy Homecoming secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, as he performed alongside the most noted comedic minds from the past five decades of Canadian entertainment.

KEVIN WHITE – supervising producer/writer
Kevin White adds writer to his supervising producer credit for Corner Gas and was formerly the show’s executive story editor. He is also the head writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and his stand-up material was featured in his own episode of Comics. White has won a Canadian Screenwriting Award for Best Comedy Writing (2002) and has received four Gemini nominations in the same category.

MARK FARRELL – producer/writer
Multi-talented comedian Mark Farrell returns as producer of Corner Gas and has directed four episodes of the hit comedy series. A five-time Canadian Screenwriting Award-winner and a seven-time Gemini Award-winner, Farrell’s writing credits include numerous episodes of Corner Gas, along with episodes of Made in Canada, the Rick Mercer special Talking to Americans and episodes of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, where he also serves as an Executive Producer. As an actor, Farrell appeared in the comedy series Married Life and The Newsroom, the pilot episode of Corner Gas and in the feature film Snow Falling on Cedars.

NORM HISCOCK – consulting producer/writer
Norm Hiscock returns home after getting his start as a writer for the critically acclaimed sketch comedy show Kids in the Hall, where he served as the show’s head writer for its last two seasons and helped co-write the Kids in the Hall film, Brain Candy. Hiscock’s writing credits also include three seasons on Saturday Night Live and almost six seasons as a writer for the animated series, King of the Hill, where he served as the show’s Co-Executive Producer for the last two seasons. Hiscock also won an Emmy Award and an Annie Award for “Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production” for his work on the series.

Recently, Hiscock worked as a consulting producer on the CTV series Alice, I Think. He also developed, wrote and executive produced two pilots, The Altar Boy Gang and The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, which is currently airing on Comedy Central in the U.S. He currently has a film in development with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

GARY PEARSON – story editor/writer
Gemini Award-nominated writer Gary Pearson brings his impressive list of writing credits to the Corner Gas writing team. For three seasons, Pearson worked as a writer on the news satire series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Other writing credits include Mad TV, Train 48, Just For Laughs with Ryan Belleville, Just For Laughs with Russell Peters, 50 Years of CBC Satire with Leslie Nielsen and The Juno Awards. Pearson was also a member of the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated comedy troupe “Chumps” and starred in CBC Radio’s Chumps Without A Net for two seasons. On television, Pearson appeared in episodes of Kids in the Hall, The Newsroom, Sketchcom, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Lissen Missy, Jonathan Cross’s Canada, Goosebumps, ENG, Sister Mary Explains it All and The War Next Door.

ANDREW CARR – story editor/writer
Andrew Carr has been a part of Corner Gas since the beginning, working as a writer and story editor for the past four seasons. Carr got his start in stand-up comedy and has over fifteen years of stand-up experience, he’s performed all across North America and toured with Brent Butt, who brought him to the Corner Gas team. Carr’s television credits include appearances on Comics, Animal Miracles and John Doe. His radio credits include Definitely Not the Opera and Madly off in All Directions.

Entitled “Gopher It,” the season final episode picks up as Dog River is run rampant with prairie dogs – or gophers – among other alarming events. When Prime Minister Stephen Harper becomes the second PM since Diefenbaker to visit Dog River, he wades into a local controversy which he blames on the previous Liberal government. As the episode unfolds, Brent closes shop, Lacey moves home, and the fate of Hank, Oscar, Emma, Wanda, Karen and Davis are put into question – not to mention Corner Gas itself. But in the end, Hank wakes up from what was one big bad dream and all is well again in Dog River.

Corner Gas is produced in association with CTV by Prairie Pants Productions, comprised of Virginia Thompson (Incredible Story Studio, renegadepress.com) of Vérité Films and 335 Productions, a partnership of Brent Butt and David Storey (Blackfly, The Seán Cullen Show). Louise Clarke is CTV’s Director, Western Independent Production. Brent Haynes is Director of Programming for The Comedy Network. Ed Robinson is Senior-Vice President, Comedy and Variety Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, CTV Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

Production Begins on CTV Original Movie To Serve and Protect: Tragedy at Mayerthorpe (Working Title)

– Henry Czerny and Brian Markinson star in two-hour telefilm –

Production will begin next week on a CTV original movie based on the circumstances leading up to the tragic deaths of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, AB, it was announced today by CTV in association with SEVEN24 Films (Formerly Alberta Filmworks Inc.) and Slanted Wheel Entertainment. To Serve and Protect: Tragedy at Mayerthorpe (working title) is based on the tragic events of March 3, 2005 that made national headlines and led to the RCMP’s greatest loss of life in a single day in over 100 years.

Produced with the cooperation of the surviving families of the tragedy, the film will undergo production in Calgary and the southern Alberta towns of Irricana and in and around Cochrane beginning March 8 through April 3. To Serve and Protect: Tragedy at Mayerthorpe stars Henry Czerny (The Tudors,Pink Panther, Clear and Present Danger) and Brian Markinson (Charlie Wilson’s War, Eight Days to Live, Angels in America).

To Serve and Protect: Tragedy at Mayerthorpe recounts the events of that day two years ago when four RCMP officers were ambushed and gunned down by a heavily-armed, habitual criminal named James Roszko (Markinson) on his farm near Mayerthorpe, Alberta. As an angry nation mourned, a picture began to emerge of a terrorized community and an RCMP force frustrated in its attempts to bring Roszko to justice. In the movie, Czerny plays a fictional character named Corporal Alex Stuart that is the protagonist of the story.

“We want to tell this story in honour of the four men who gave their lives in the line of duty,” said Executive Producer Jon Slan. “The creative team engaged in an extensive consultation process with the families of the slain officers and the RCMP, to ensure the accuracy of the story.”

“Having the input of the families in undertaking this project was paramount and we couldn’t have gone forward without their confidence in us,” added Executive Producer Jordy Randall.

“We are committed to presenting an honest portrayal of the incident at Mayerthorpe with the hope of furthering discussion about the events that led to this tragedy,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV’s President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

To Serve and Protect: Tragedy at Mayerthorpe is executive produced by Tom Cox (Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and Jon Slan (Wyatt Earp, Kissinger & Nixon). Executive Producer/Producer is Jordy Randall (Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and Rachel Rafelman (Plague City:SARS in Toronto, Alice I Think) is co-executive producer. The screenplay is written by Andrew Wreggitt (Shades of Black, One Dead Indian) and will be directed by Ken Girotti (3 Lbs, 24).

Director of Photography is Michael Storey, (Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story, Murder in the Hamptons) and John Blackie (Friend of the Family, Agent of Influence) is the production designer. Kathleen Meek is CTV’s production executive overseeing the movie. Tecca Crosby is Acting Senior Vice-President, Dramatic Programming for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

To Serve and Protect: Tragedy at Mayerthorpe is developed and produced by SEVEN24 Films and Slanted Wheel Entertainment in association with CTV. It is produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, the COGECO Program Development Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film & Television Tax Credits and Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program.

SEVEN24 Films (formerly Alberta Filmworks Inc.) is an independent Canadian film and television production company based in Calgary. In its 20 year history, the company has produced over 160 hours of high quality, prime time dramatic programming. SEVEN24 Films’ movies and series have been broadcast and distributed throughout the world, and have garnered over 100 Canadian and international nominations and awards.

Slanted Wheel Entertainment is an innovative film and television company dedicated to the acquisition and adaptation of literary properties and original published works for the big and small screen. In the four years of its existence, the company has accumulated an impressive list of film and television productions, including the multi-award-winning MOW Plague City: SARS in Toronto, and the half-hour comedy series Alice, I Think. Slanted Wheel has several feature films scheduled for production in 2007 as well as television series and movies in development.

Canada Answers “On The Lot” Challenge: 27 Canadians In the Running to Become “The Next Great Filmmaker” on CTV

— Producers visit Toronto and Vancouver tomorrow for invite-only casting sessions –

Mark Burnett Productions confirmed today that over one in three of all worldwide applicants for this summer’s blockbuster reality series On The Lot are from Canada. Twenty-seven Canadian filmmakers from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver are now in the running for the 16 competitor slots on the new series, set to debut this spring on CTV. The 27 Canadians have been invited to closed-door casting sessions tomorrow, Thursday, March 8 in Toronto and Vancouver. The Canadian cities are two of six North American locations holding auditions in addition to Los Angeles, New York and Chicago and Atlanta.

From Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, On The Lot is the search for the next great filmmaker – a filmmaker who just may be from Canada. With an overwhelming 4,000 submissions received by producers, Canadian filmmakers responded in droves to the open casting call. In addition to Canada and the United States, over 12,000 submissions were received from around the world, including Israel, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Denmark and France. Invite-only casting calls will also be conducted with applicants from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

“The thousands of Canadian submissions clearly demonstrates our country’s passion for filmmaking,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Good luck to all of our homegrown filmmakers in tomorrow’s casting sessions.”

After Thursday’s invite-only casting call, producers will winnow the applicants down to a group of 16 filmmakers and bring them to Hollywood, where they will be divided into teams. Each week over the course of the summer, the 16 filmmakers will produce short films in every genre. Viewers will vote on the productions and one filmmaker will be eliminated each week. The last filmmaker standing will take home a seven-figure development deal with DreamWorks – and the keys to a brand new office On The Lot. A host and judging panel for the series will be announced in the coming months.

On The Lot is produced by Mark Burnett Productions, DreamWorks Television and Amblin Television. Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg are creators and executive producers. Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Conrad Riggs are co-executive producers.

Ahoy Canada! CTV Snaps Up Mark Burnett’s Pirate Master: The Adventure Begins in Second NATPE Deal

– Swashbuckling Reality Series Joins CTV’s Blockbuster Summer Line-Up –

Toronto, ON (February 7, 2007)– In its second straight deal with Mark Burnett Productions, CTV has snapped up Canadian broadcast rights to Pirate Master: The Adventure Begins, a swashbuckling new reality series set to debut this summer, it was announced today. The deal was initiated at NATPE’s Las Vegas market in January by CTV President of Programming, Susanne Boyce and comes on the heels of CTV’s acquisition of On The Lot, also from Mark Burnett Productions. Pirate Master: The Adventure Begins is the latest addition to what is shaping up to be a treasure chest of blockbuster summer series on CTV, including On The Lot, Canadian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? The high-stakes, high-seas adventure will also debut on CBS when the network wraps up Burnett’s Survivor: Fiji, the 14th edition of the series.

“Pirate Master promises to be jolly good summer fun. It’s complete escapism and will make for rollicking summer viewing,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

“With high seas, high adventure and high stakes, our 16 pirates will decipher an old treasure map that leads them to a mysterious island,” said Mark Burnett. “To recover the booty, they will have to work together – but are always aware that in the cutthroat world of pirates, nobody is ever safe. Pirate Master is the type of adventure reality competition that our company was built upon.”

In Pirate Master: The Adventure Begins, 16 ordinary people living aboard a real pirate ship compete in an extraordinary Caribbean adventure in pursuit of hidden treasure – a bounty with a total value of one million dollars. Each week, one competitor is “set adrift” from the pirate ship that they have called home until only three remain in the hunt for the ultimate treasure of all.

Before that, the 16 contestants will compete to find hidden treasure while uncovering the secrets of a mysterious Caribbean island. Equipped with just a map and compass as their guide, the 16 pirates will embark on intense, physical expeditions as they use their wits to solve clues and riddles to find the treasure.

Casting for the series is currently underway and production will begin soon in the Caribbean. A host for the series will be announced at a later date.

W-FIVE Uncovers CN Involvement in a String of Freight Train Derailments

The romantic image of the Canadian railway is long gone. Over the past few years a string of major freight train derailments has devastated some communities throughout Canada. All too often the trains involved in the accidents have the familiar CN logo – Canadian National Railway. In a new episode, W-FIVE exposes CN’s shocking track record and investigates how the Canadian icon may have sacrificed rail safety. W-FIVE airs Saturday February 10 at 7 p.m. on CTV (check local listings).

Since new de-regulation rules took effect giving railway companies greater control of safety measures, CN trains have been coming off the tracks in alarming numbers. These train derailments have had devastating results including the evacuation of communities, polluting rivers and lakes, as well as the loss of life. W-FIVE’s Senior Reporter Victor Malarek talks to victims and railway insiders.

In the second half of the program, W-FIVE’s Sandie Rinaldo follows a British Columbia man halfway around the world on a quest for a new life. Facing up to an eight-year wait for a kidney transplant in Canada, he sets off on a controversial journey to buy a kidney from a live donor in Pakistan.

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories in all their shades of gray, W-FIVE continues its 41st season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV National News’ Lloyd Robertson and Sandie Rinaldo, the award-winning series is the most-watched current affairs program in Canada. Malcolm Fox is Executive Producer and Anton Koschany is Senior Producer of W-FIVE, a presentation of CTV News. Robert Hurst is President of CTV News.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca .

-CTV –

Toronto, ON (February 6, 2007) – The drum roll has begun! At the JUNO Awards press conference held today in Toronto, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the nominations for the 2007 JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the Canadian recording industry. The celebration will reach its pinnacle during Juno Weekend when winners will be announced. The 2007 JUNO Awards will air on CTV, Sunday, April 1, from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK.

“This is music at its best!” says Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “The diversity and calibre of home-grown talent represented across all 39 categories truly exemplifies the unparalleled artistry of Canada’s musicians and the distinction of the JUNO Awards.”

Leading the 2007 JUNO Award nominations are rock group Billy Talent, along with recording artists k-os and Nelly Furtado, all earning five nods each. Rock sensation Billy Talent shook Canadian audiences with the release of their debut self-titled album winning three JUNO Awards to-date. Continuing their red-hot success with their sophomore double-platinum album, Billy Talent II, the band is nominated for 2007 JUNO Awards in the categories of Single of the Year for “Devil In A Midnight Mass,” Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA), Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year as well as Video of the Year (sponsored by VideoFACT).

k-os, a nine-time JUNO Award nominee, swept all three of his nominations at the 2005 JUNO Awards winning Single of the Year, Rap Recording of the Year and Video of the Year. This year, Canada’s platinum-selling hip hop star is nominated in five categories for his critically acclaimed album Atlantis: Hymns For Disco that includes the hit single, “Sunday Morning.” He receives nods for Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year and Video of the Year (sponsored by VideoFACT).

Also receiving five JUNO Award nominations is Canadian and international superstar and Host of this year’s JUNO Awards, Nelly Furtado. Winner of five JUNO Awards to-date, she is nominated for the 2007 Juno™ Fan Choice Award (presented by Doritos), vying with fellow Canadian recording stars, Gregory Charles, Michael Bublé, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan. Nelly is also nominated for Single of the Year for “Promiscuous” featuring Timbaland, as well as Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA), Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for her hit album Loose.

Breakout artists nominated for New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) include Canadian Idol’s Eva Avila and Melissa O’Neil, Neverending White Lights, Patrick Watson and Tomi Swick. This year’s nominees for New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) include Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile and Stabilo.

Québec recording luminary Gregory Charles, mentioned earlier for a Juno™ Fan Choice (presented by Doritos) nomination, is also up for Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA) and Artist of the Year.

Other triple-nominees include Hedley (Album of the Year [sponsored by CRIA], Group of the Year and Music DVD of the Year); Malajube (Alternative Album of the Year, Francophone Album of the Year and CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year [sponsored by Ever-Reddy Packaging]); and Sarah Harmer (Songwriter of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Music DVD of the Year).

Alexisonfire is nominated for Group of the Year and CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year (sponsored by Ever-Reddy Packaging) for their album, Crisis Ltd. Edition. Rockers Three Days Grace will also contend for Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA) and Group of the Year.

Multiple JUNO Award winners, Diana Krall and Sam Roberts received two nominations each this year: Diana Krall for Artist of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year; Sam Roberts for Rock Album of the Year and Video of the Year (sponsored by VideoFACT) for the single “Bridge To Nowhere.”

Other artists receiving two nominations include Chantal Kreviazuk, David Braid, Garnet Armstrong, Harry Somers, Jim Cuddy, Loreena McKennitt, Mobile, Nickelback, Pierre Lapointe, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah McLachlan, Tomi Swick and Canadian Music Hall of Fame members, The Tragically Hip.

Heavy-hitters for this year’s JUNO Award International Album of the Year nominations include Dixie Chicks, Il Divo, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A complete list of 2007 JUNO Award nominees, including biographies can be found online at www.junoawards.ca.

Broadcast in High-Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, The 2007 JUNO Awards will be broadcast for the sixth year in a row on CTV, the official broadcast partner of the JUNO Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2001, the JUNO Awards has traveled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to million of Canadians. Since going live from St. John’s in 2002, CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005) and Halifax (2006).

In April 2006, 1.7 million Canadians watched Pamela Anderson host The 2006 JUNO Awards, 26 per cent more viewers than watched The Grammy Awards, making it the most-watched music awards program of the year. Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards include Brent Butt (2005), Alanis Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).

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The wait is over: Lost returns to the CTV schedule this Wednesday, Feb. 7 in its new 8 p.m. ET timeslot on CTV (check local listings). Following a 12-week hiatus, the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series returns with 16 greatly-anticipated new episodes that promise to reveal answers and pose more questions. It’s a blockbuster night on CTV that also includes a Lost review episode, a new episode of American Idol, and the primetime drama debut of Nelly Furtado in CSI: New York.

n the winter season premiere, entitled “Not in Portland,” Jack is in command as the fate of Ben’s life literally rests in his hands. Meanwhile, Kate and Sawyer find an ally in one of “The Others,” and Juliet endangers her standing when she makes a shocking decision. Following the death of Eko, Locke’s obsession to uncover the secrets of the island leads Sayid to believe that his intentions may not be in the best interests of his fellow survivors. Sun and Jin continue to celebrate their pregnancy – but is the child really Jin’s? Just as Charlie returns into the good graces of Claire and her baby, Aaron, Desmond drops a bombshell on him that could change the course of his life forever.