A corrupt government, a deadly secret and a race against time all unravel in the mini-series The Summit coming to CBC TV this July 19 & 26 at 8pm



    
                       With an all-star cast featuring:
       Bruce Greenwood, James Purefoy, Rachelle Lefevre, Mia Maestro,
                        Stephen McHattie and Lisa Ray
                 with Wendy Crewson and Christopher Plummer
    

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - The highly anticipated four-hour, two-part
miniseries The Summit will air on CBC TV beginning with 'Night One' on Sunday
July 19 from 8pm-10pm and continuing with 'Night Two' on Sunday July 26 at
8pm-10pm. The Summit is an original screenplay by award-winning writer John
Krizanc (H2O, ZOS, Zone of Separation) about a North American
military-engineered smallpox virus smuggled into Canada as world leaders
gather for the G8 Summit. The international all-star cast for The Summit
includes, Bruce Greenwood, Christopher Plummer, James Purefoy, Rachelle
Lefevre, Wendy Crewson, Stephen McHattie, Mia Maestro and Lisa Ray. The Summit
is produced by Shaftesbury Films (The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries) and Media
Headquarters (The Great Polar Bear Adventure, Outlaw In-Laws).
    As Canadian Prime Minister Adderly (Bruce Greenwood - Star Trek), U.S.
President Aimes (Christopher Plummer - Syriana) and other world leaders gather
to meet at the G8 Summit, Leonie Adderly (Rachelle Levefre - Twilight), grad
student and daughter of the PM, and Columbian union organizer Maria (Mia
Maestro - Alias) are preparing to release an explosive documentary about the
conditions of the Columbian flower industry at the Alternate Summit, a
gathering of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists.
    Meanwhile, a U.S. military-engineered strain of smallpox is smuggled into
Canada and finds its way within the walls of the summit. With leading CDC
investigator Dr. Thom Lightstone (James Purefoy - The Philanthropist), U.S.
Chief of Staff Ellie Bruckner (Wendy Crewson - ReGenesis), head of the U.S.
Black Ops, Tate (Stephen McHattie - The Watchmen), and reporter Rebecca Downey
(Lisa Ray - Water) on-site, a search gets underway for the bio-terrorist
before the results turn deadly.
    Directed by Nick Copus (The 4400, The Days of the Triffids), The Summit
is produced by Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen for Media Headquarters and Adam
Haight for Shaftesbury Films and Robin Neinstein. It is Executive Produced by
Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films and Justin Bodle for
Power Corporation. Written by John Krizanc (H2O), the Director of Photography
is Alwyn Kumst (The Dresden Files), and Production Designer is Tim Bider
(Terry). The Summit shot on location in and around London, England, Toronto,
Ecuador, Hamilton, Huntsville, Parry Sound and Sudbury.
    CBC's Production Executives are Sally Catto, Creative Head, Drama TV Arts
and Entertainment, and Helen Asimakis, Executive in Charge of Production.
Global Television's Production Executives are Rachel Nelson, Production
Executive, Original Programming, Drama and Christine Shipton, Senior Director,
Dramatic Programming. Power's Production Executive is Ewa Radwanska, Director
of Development and Production.
    The Summit is produced by Shaftesbury Films and Media Headquarters, in
association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canwest Global and
Power Corporation, with the participation of The Northern Ontario Heritage
Fund, the COGECO Program Development Fund, Nickel Basin Federal Development
Corporation, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production
Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.

    About Shaftesbury Films

    Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury Films has established a reputation as one of
Canada's leading producers of high quality film and television programming.
Recent productions include, the drama series Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv and
UKTV; the drama series ReGenesis for The Movie Network, Movie Central and
Showcase; the highly anticipated drama series The Listener for CTV, NBC and
Fox International Channels; the record breaking TV movies In God's Country and
Eight Days to Live, starring Kelly Rowan for CTV; and The Robber Bride, the
Emmy-nominated TV movie starring Gemini award-winner Mary-Louise Parker for
CBC. Shaftesbury Films also produces a variety of kids' programming, including
70 episodes of the highly successful series Life with Derek, currently airing
on Family Channel and broadcast in over 120 countries worldwide and the
upcoming comedy series Overruled! for Family Channel. Most recently,
Shaftesbury has established a Digital Media division, Smokebomb Entertainment,
an award-winning developer of original multiplatform digital content. Visit
the Shaftesbury website at www.shaftesbury.ca.

    About Media Headquarters

    Lead by partners Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen, Media Headquarters has
developed a global reputation for producing high quality and innovative film
and television projects. Recent productions include the Emmy-nominated,
Gemini-winning family special The Great Polar Bear Adventure, featuring Howie
Mandel and Megan Follows; the acclaimed feature documentary Souvenir of
Canada, based on the bestselling books by celebrated author Douglas Coupland;
and the high-rated reality series Outlaw In-Laws. Media Headquarters produces
a range of factual, dramatic and family programming and is the recipient of
dozens of international awards and nominations. Visit www.mediahqs.net

    About Power

    Power has produced some of the most impressive feature-film quality
miniseries made over the last few years and has been distributing television
programming internationally for the past 11 years. The company supplies
primetime drama to more than 100 broadcasters and millions of TV viewers
across the world and has produced more than (pnds stlg)125 million worth of
high quality TV drama to date. Collaborating with some of the world's most
respected broadcasters, Power's productions to date include the International
Emmy award-winning miniseries Henry VIII (ITV), Power's original action-packed
epic disaster miniseries, Flood (ITV); International Emmy nominated Virgin
Queen (BBC), world war two epic Colditz (ITV), the adaptation of Robert
Harris' contemporary thriller Archangel starring Daniel Craig (BBC), lively
drama Casanova starring Peter O'Toole (BBC) and the double award-winning The
Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (ITV/Network TEN), Power's ongoing TV movie
productions, Power Thrillers, include six newly commissioned movies for the
Lifetime Channel in the US this year. Power's current slate includes the 13
part network series, Robinson Crusoe, for NBC. Visit www.powcorp.com





For further information:

For further information: photography or to arrange interviews with the
cast please contact: Sue Baldaro, Communications Director, Shaftesbury Films,
(416) 363-1411 ext. 154, (647) 802-0739 mobile, sbaldaro@shaftesbury.ca

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