CTV's MOTIVE Spins Off Exclusive Digital Series

- 8-part digital series THE DARK CORNER ordered for CTV digital platforms -
- All episodes to be available at once beginning Thursday, March 28 -

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TORONTO, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - CTV announced today the premiere of THE DARK CORNER, an original digital series spun-off from its hit Canadian drama MOTIVE. Ordered exclusively for CTV's digital platforms, including CTV.ca/Motive, CTV App, and CTV Mobile, THE DARK CORNER will premiere in its entirety together with this week's episode of MOTIVE on Thursday, March 28. The new digital drama takes viewers through both past and present timelines in the same gripping format as its television companion. For the first time, all eight episodes will debut simultaneously, allowing viewers to watch the entire series immediately.

THE DARK CORNER is CTV's latest digital spin-off reflecting the network's commitment to commission and launch companion digital series. In 2013, CTV premiered THE SWITCH (THE LISTENER) and ASK GAVIN (SAVING HOPE) on digital platforms.

"With an ongoing strategy to create engaging digital companion series, we knew from the beginning we wanted to do something innovative with MOTIVE in the digital space that would drive appetite for new and existing fans," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice President, Programming, CTV Networks.

"Digital extensions to favourite television programs provide opportunities for fans to experience insider stories, said Andra Sheffer, Executive Director of the Bell Fund which partially funded this project, and THE DARK CORNER offers MOTIVE fans something very special."

THE DARK CORNER takes audiences deeper into the world of MOTIVE when a cold case comes to light with unexpected results. Each episode is a piece of a larger puzzle, allowing viewers to explore one intriguing aspect of the cold case that still torments MOTIVE's Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom (Roger Cross, ARROW). Also featuring MOTIVE's Detective Brian Lucas (Brendan Penny, THE ASSISTANTS) and Dr. Betty Rogers (Lauren Holly, Any Given Sunday, NCIS), the story revolves around an incident in Bloom's past where he was injured by the gunfire that killed his rookie partner. This injury sidelined him to the desk job he has today. The case was never solved and Bloom wasn't permitted access to the case files. Ten years later, Lucas, a junior detective, stumbles upon a possible present-day lead in this old case. He is keen to dig into the past and Bloom seizes the opportunity to finally put this case to rest, but before Lucas and Bloom can solve the case, they have to figure out if they can even work together.

MOTIVE airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca/Schedule to confirm local broadcast times). New episodes of MOTIVE are available on demand the day following their television broadcast at CTV.ca/Motive, the CTV App and CTV Mobile. Fans can also visit the MOTIVE Facebook page and follow on Twitter @MotiveTV, #Motive) for show updates and the latest news.

MOTIVE's THE DARK CORNER is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are Daniel Cerone (DEXTER, THE MENTALIST), Louise Clark (CORNER GAS,THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER), Rob Merilees (Capote, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), Erin Haskett (GASTOWN GAMBLE, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER), Rob LaBelle (MENTAL), Lindsay Macadam (Battle in Seattle), and James Thorpe (LOST GIRL). Producers are Andrew Williamson and John G. Lenic. Written by Travis MacDonald.

Chris Skinner is the Executive Producer of CTV.ca. Production Executives from Bell Media, are Rebecca DiPasquale, Title, Independent Production and Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.

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For further information:

Emily Alonzo, Bell Media Digital, 416.384.2664 or emily.alonzo@bellmedia.ca
Carolyn Fell, Bell Media Digital, 416.384.2817 or carolyn.fell@bellmedia.ca