GLOBAL AND ABC TELEVISION NETWORK ANNOUNCE THE CAST OF THE TITANIC - Filming Begins May 9 in Budapest, Hungary

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TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - From the creative minds of Nigel Stafford Clark and Julian Fellowes, the highly anticipated production of the Titanic has announced that Linus Roache (Law & Order, Batman Begins) and Geraldine Somerville (The Harry Potter films, Survivors) will lead its stellar roster of performers. Titanic begins filming on Monday, May 9 in Budapest, Hungary, and this four-part miniseries will premiere in simulcast on Global and ABC in spring 2012.

"The pedigree of talent behind the Titanic is already outstanding," commented Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. "The addition of this rich and diverse cast illustrates the sheer calibre of this epic production for our television audiences, and we're looking forward to showcasing Titanic alongside our broadcasting partner, ABC."

Canadians Noah Reid (Three Inches, Jane and the Dragon), Linda Kash (Cinderella Man, Best in Show) and David Eisner (Flashpoint) are also featured alongside international cast mates Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones' Diary, Kingdom), Toby Jones (Captain America, W.), Perdita Weeks (The Promise, Four Seasons), Lee Ross (Centurion, EastEnders), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Waterloo Road, Emmerdale), Sophie Winkleman (Peep Show, The Palace), Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow, The Tudors), David Calder (The World is Not Enough, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), James Wilby (Gosford Park, Clapham Junction), Antonio Magro (Little Dorrit), Dragos Bucur (The Way Back, Youth Without Youth), Stephen Campbell Moore (Ben Hur, Ashes to Ashes), Lyndsey Marshal (Hereafter, Being Human, Rome), Mark Lewis Jones (Robin Hood, The Other Boleyn Girl, Troy), Ruth Bradley (Primeval), Peter McDonald (The Damned United, City Of Vice), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Amazing Grace, Northanger Abbey).

April 2012 sees the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic. To mark this significant centenary, BAFTA winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (Bleak House, Warriors, The Way We Live Now) has created Titanic, written by Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning screenwriter of the hit costume drama Downton Abbey as well as Gosford Park and The Young Victoria. Jon Jones (Going Postal, The Diary of Anne Frank, Northanger Abbey) will direct; Nigel Stafford-Clark and Chris Thompson (Love Actually, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency) serve as the producers for this miniseries.

Titanic is the extraordinary re-telling of that doomed voyage, cleverly weaving action, mystery and romantic plots featuring fictional and historical characters, before coming together in an explosive and unforgettable finale. Titanic will focus on different characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests. Each point of view will culminate in a cliff-hanger as the ship begins to flounder, building to an explosive conclusion which draws together each of the stories. Viewers will be taken on a heart wrenching journey through Titanic's last hours, as the drama reveals which of the characters they have come to know so well will survive…and who does not.

Produced in association with ITV Studios and Shaw Media who are partnered with Deep Indigo Productions and Lookout Point in the UK, Sienna Films Inc in Canada and Hungary based Mid Atlantic Films to produce this UK-Hungary-Canada co-production.

Titanic is executive produced by Lookout Point's Simon Vaughan (Ben Hur, Coco Chanel, The Hot Zone (working title)) together with ITV's Kate Bartlett (Marchlands, Identity, Vera), Sienna Films' Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny (Diamonds, The Hot Zone (working title)) and Mid Atlantic Films' Howard Ellis and Adam Goodman (The Borgias, Pillars of The Earth) and David Collins of Samson Films, Ireland.

Titanic is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

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About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging  programming content (through Shaw Media).  Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network.  Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase.  Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (TSX: SJR.B) (NYSE: SJR).  For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

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