"E! News Weekend" Debuts Friday, March 7 Direct From The Heart Of Canada's Entertainment Capital

E! News Weekend Co-hosts Jason Ruta and Arisa Cox. (CNW Group/E! Everything Entertainment)


    E! - Canada's Destination for Everything Entertainment

    START YOUR WEEKEND IN THE KNOW WITH "E! NEWS WEEKEND" FROM THE HEART OF
    CANADA'S ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL

    CANADA'S HOTTEST NEW WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM BROADCASTING FROM
    CANADA'S HOTTEST ENTERTAINMENT LOCATION - THE HARD ROCK CAFE AT DUNDAS
    SQUARE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

    INDUSTRY INSIDERS ARISA COX AND JASON RUTA BRING VIEWERS THE CELEBRITY
    NEWS, TRENDS AND INTERVIEWS THEY CRAVE

    WE ARE YOUR WEEKLY SOURCE FOR EVERYTHING ENTERTAINMENT DELIVERED IN
    SPARKLING E! STYLE

    DEBUTS FRIDAY, MARCH 7 - 7:30PM ET/PT
    WITH ENCORES SATURDAYS - 12:30am ET/PT and SUNDAYS - 7pm ET/PT

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    CALGARY, March 3 /CNW/ - E!, the network that brings Canadians everything
entertainment is proud to announce the launch of "E! News Weekend". We'll get
your weekend started with a weekly re-cap of entertainment events from Canada,
the U.S. and around the world.
    The new studio location set against the bustling backdrop of Toronto's
downtown core is the perfect fit for the E! network and this energetic new
show. "The E! Studios at Dundas Square located in the middle of Canada's
entertainment capital at the Hard Rock Cafe really represent what the E! brand
is," said Zev Shalev, Vice President, E!, Strategic Programming. "Canwest is
thrilled to be the first broadcaster to set up shop in Dundas Square".
    This weekly half hour, round up of the week's hottest entertainment news,
interviews and celebrity inside information will be hosted by Arisa Cox and
Jason Ruta from the new E! Studios at Dundas Square located inside the
Hard Rock Cafe. This dazzling duo will keep viewers connected to the world of
entertainment in trademark E! style with the fresh, hip flair that only E! can
bring.
    "We are so pleased to add a weekly entertainment magazine show to our
Canwest stable of programming. The network has assembled a top-notch team of
some of the best talent in the business to produce and deliver this flagship
program," said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content,
Canwest Broadcasting. "As Canada's premiere entertainment network, E! News
Weekend is an essential piece of the E! programming slate and our pledge to
deliver everything entertainment".
    In the debut installment, "E! News Weekend" will bring viewers a profile
of Canadian "it" girl and Academy Award(R) nominee Ellen Page, all of the
winners from the 2008 Genie Awards and an interview with crooner k.d. lang
discussing her new release "Watershed".

    Meet the E! News Weekend Team...

    Co-host Jason Ruta has spent a decade in the entertainment business
including radio, film, television and theatre. His resume includes network
experience with YTV and CMT as well as acting in films and commercials.
    Co-host Arisa Cox is no stranger to the world of entertainment. She has
earned credits as both host and producer on shows like "ET Canada", "The
A-List", "Road to Rockstar" and "The Gill Deacon Show".
    Behind the camera, pop culture guru, MuchMusic veteran Kim Clarke
Champniss serves as Executive Producer. His body of work includes
host/producer of MuchMusic's rock and roll desk, productions for Bravo and
Canadian Learning Television and recipient of the Canadian Music Industry's
Awards for Television Personality of the Year (1994). Writer/Director
David Hyde has won numerous awards including a Gold Broadcasting Design Award,
two MuchMusic Video Awards and the 2005 Best of the Fest at the Palm Springs
International Film Festival. Producer Jay Armstrong has a resume that includes
work on "Canadian Idol", "ET Canada", "CBC News" and "CTV News".
    "E! News Weekend" is produced by Canwest Broadcasting for the E!
television network in Canada. Visit us online at www.eonline.com.
    E! is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one of the country's most popular
specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel,
Showcase, Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of
Canwest Media Inc.

    About Canwest Media Inc.

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

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