Cashing In shooting in Winnipeg



    
             NEW SIX-PART ORIGINAL SERIES FROM CANWEST AND APTN
                            PREMIERES SPRING 2009
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Canwest, in partnership with Aboriginal Peoples
Television Network (APTN), has begun production in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the
new Original series Cashing In.
    Scheduled to debut on APTN and Showcase in Spring 2009, Cashing In is a 
6 x 30 minute dramatic comedy about casino life on a fictional Aboriginal
reserve in southern Manitoba. Card sharks, fast dealers, high rollers and an
eclectic crew of local characters make up the scene at North Beach Casino, a
successful gaming palace recently purchase by Matthew Tommy. Embarking on his
mission to make it North America's No.1 First Nation Casino, Matthew quickly
finds out some members of the community have other ideas.
    "Having partnered with APTN on a number of projects over the years, it's
a delight to be on-board for yet another series with the network," said
Christine Shipton, SVP Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "With
strong writing, smart creative and a great cast, this Original has the right
combination to keep viewers tuning in each week."
    The series is directed by Norma Bailey, and stars Eric Schweig (Bury My
Heart At Wounded Knee, Last of the Mohicans) as Matthew Tommy; Wesley French
as his son Justin Tommy;  Karen Holness (jPod, Smallville) as Liz McKendra;
Glen Gould (Elijah, Into the West, Da Vinci's Inquest) as John Eagle; Sarah
Podemski (The Border, Moccasin Flats) as Cheyenne Blueweed; Gregory Dominic
Odjig as Trevor Blueweed; Stephen Eric McIntyre (The Lookout, Falcon Beach) as
Eddie Slane; Jenny Pudavick as Stacy Peltier;  Nancy Sorel as Claire Eastman;
John B. Lowe as William Eastman; and Kate Todd as Chrissy Eastman.
    Cashing In was developed through a joint training program between the
National Screen Institute (NSI) and APTN, produced by Buffalo Gal Pictures, a
Winnipeg-based company that was part of the production team for the Hollywood
blockbuster Chilled in Miami and the film adaptation of The Stone Angel, in
association with Animiki See Digital Productions Inc.
    "Buffalo Gal and Animiki See are collaborating on some of the best
quality and innovative new Aboriginal programming today," said Jean LaRose,
APTN Chief Executive Officer. "Canwest is a great partner and a leader in
original programming. They have been tremendously supportive of this series
and we're looking forward to bringing this story to life with them."

    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, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

    About APTN

    September 1, 2008 marked the nine-year anniversary of the launch of the
first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by,
for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers
around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian
households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite
(DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN
does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue
through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN
broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in
Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please
contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the
website at www.aptn.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: RoseAnna Schick, Unit
Publicist, (204) 783-7600, rascreative@yahoo.ca; Sylvia Kolopenuk, Manager of
Communications, APTN, (204) 947-9331 ext. 339, skolopenuk@aptn.ca; Amy Waters,
Senior Publicist, Showcase, (416) 934-7079, awaters@canwest.com

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