Canwest commissions 4 new drama pilots



    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - The Guard, Rent- A- Goalie, Billable Hours,
Howie Do It, Kenny vs. Spenny, 'da Kink In My Hair, Bob & Doug, Producing
Parker, The Best Years, Project Runway Canada... and that is just the 'sample'
list of the 'best in Canadian show' tradition at Canwest.

    Building on that pedigree, the broadcaster announced the commissioning of
four new drama pilots today.

    "Without question, we are ramping up the activity in drama at Canwest and
it's great fun to collaborate with such spectacular home grown talent," said
Christine Shipton, SVP Dramatic and Factual Content.

    Casting, Directing and additional production developments will be made in
the weeks to come.

    
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    CANWEST COMMISSIONED PILOTS
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    Title:          Clean
    Genre/length:   Drama; 1-hour
    Production:     House of Films Inc./Four Seasons Productions Inc.
    Producers:      Ilana Frank, Bill House
    Writer:         Adam Pettle (Toronto Theatre Award nominee;
                    Playwright-in-Residence at Canadian Stage Company)
    Synopsis:       A darkly comedic one-hour drama set in rehab - at the
                    centre of the show is Bobby, an addiction counselor and
                    a lone wolf, who's teetering on the edge of the
                    same thing he's so brilliant at treating.

    Title:          Lawyers, Guns & Money
    Genre/length:   Drama; 1-hour
    Production:     Whizbang Films Inc.
    Producers:      Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa and Malcolm MacRury
    Writer:         Malcolm MacRury (Z.O.S., Deadwood)
    Synopsis:       Jimmy Shea, a young claims adjuster for a
                    faceless corporation, maneuvers his way around
                    insurance scams and the criminal underworld as he tries
                    to escape his past and make a better life on the
                    gritty post industrial streets of Hamilton.

    Title:          Lost Girl
    Genre/length:   Drama; 1-hour
    Production:     Prodigy Pictures
    Writer:         Michelle Lovretta (Instant Star, Mutant X)
    Synopsis:       Heroine Bo has a secret: she is not one of us. Born of an
                    ancient race of supernatural beings and raised by humans,
                    she must now use her new-found superhuman powers to
                    protect the world she knows from the one she needs.

    Title:          Shattered
    Genre/length:   Drama; 1-hour
    Production:     Force Four Films Ltd./Blueprint Film and Television Ltd.
    Producers:      Debra Beard, Hugh Beard, Noreen Halpern, John Morayniss,
                    Laszlo Barna
    Writer:         Rick Drew (Lonesome Dove, Twilight Zone)
    Synopsis:       Kyle Logan, once the best cop in the force and now a
                    damaged recluse, solves crimes with the help of his
                    unconventional forensic squad - who just happen to be
                    facets of his multiple-personality-disorder.

    About Canwest Originals:
    

    Canwest is the proud home of the most diverse slate of Canadian Original
programs across the Dramatic, Lifestyle and Entertainment genres. As a
steadfast supporter of the Canadian production community, Canwest is dedicated
to bringing the best of the country to audiences nationwide - including award
winning shows such as; Project Runway Canada, 'da Kink In My Hair, The Guard,
Sarah's House, Holmes on Homes, Restaurant Makeover, Billable Hours, Kenny vs.
Spenny, and the nation's number one entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment
Tonight Canada.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and eighteen 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, and
the United States.





For further information:

For further information: and media inquiries, please contact: Deborah
Lewis, Vice President Communications, Canwest Broadcasting, (416) 934-8748,
delewis@canwest.com

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