CTV Goes Mad for Mad Men



    
     - CTV acquires Seasons 1 & 2 of Golden Globe/SAG nominated series -

       - CTV becomes first conventional broadcaster in the world to air
                             critical favourite -

    - Golden Globe nominee Jon Hamm leads cast featuring John Slattery and
                               Robert Morse -
    

    TORONTO, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - CTV announced today that it has acquired the
conventional and specialty channel broadcast rights to the television series
that the New York Times says "breaks new ground" and the Wall Street Journal
says is "one of the best-written, all around sparkling works to come along in
many a season." Mad Men - recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best
Drama Series and frequently mentioned on 2007 year-end Top 10 lists - will
make its worldwide conventional network debut on CTV in Canada. Created by
Emmy Award winning The Sopranos writer and producer Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
joins a mid-season schedule on CTV already brimming with the premieres of
16 new shows and over 200 hours of fresh, new programming. Scheduling details
for Mad Men will be announced soon.

    CTV has acquired Seasons 1 and 2 of the 13-episode, one-hour series and
becomes the first conventional network in the world to broadcast the series
following its debut in July of 2007 on American cable network AMC. CTV has
also acquired Broadband and VOD rights for Season 2, which has yet to be
produced or broadcast.

    "It's fitting that this acquisition comes just days after CTV broadcast
the series finale of The Sopranos, which we first brought to conventional
television in 2000," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc. "With creator Matt Weiner, there's a real pedigree evident
in Mad Men that originates directly from The Sopranos. Weiner's years on The
Sopranos has manifested in the experience he brings to this next, great, big
buzz show."

    Set in 1960 on New York City's Madison Avenue, Mad Men is a daring new
series about the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Big
Apple advertising. The series depicts the sexual exploits and social mores of
this most innovative yet ruthless profession, while taking an unflinching look
at the ad-men who shaped the hopes and dreams of Americans on a daily basis.

    Mad Men has already been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, for "Best
Series, Drama" and for "Best Actor in a TV Drama" (Jon Hamm). Hamm was also
recently nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male
Actor in a Leading Role" while the entire cast was nominated for "Outstanding
Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series."

    Mad Men has taken the critics by storm, landing on dozens of Top 10 lists
including those from the American Film Institute and Entertainment Weekly. The
Toronto Star named it the No. 1 TV series of the year and The Globe and Mail
noted it was the "great and pleasant surprise of the year."

    Additional praise:

    "Mad Men is...must-see TV...Television's best new drama....Mad Men is out
    of this world...sumptuously filmed, you could turn down the volume and
    just watch the suits."
    - Newsweek

    "Unmissable...possibly the best new show you'll see this summer."
    - Time

    "A brilliant send-up of the sins of mid-century America."
    - Alessandra Stanley, New York Times

    "An evocative new drama."
    - Bill Carter, New York Times

    "The sophistication of a feature film..."
    - People

    "Gorgeous in every way... smart and tremendously attractive."
    - The New Yorker

    "So cool it will force you to turn off the air conditioning...The best
    new show of the summer."
    - New York Post

    "Wow...dazzling...sleek, sexy...9 out of 10."
    - TV Guide

    Created, executive produced and written by Weiner, Mad Men stars Jon Hamm
(We Were Soldiers), Elisabeth Moss (The West Wing), Vincent Kartheiser
(Angel), January Jones (We Are Marshall) and Christina Hendricks (Kevin Hill),
and guest stars John Slattery (Desperate Housewives), Rosemarie DeWitt
(Standoff), Talia Balsam (All the Kings Men) and legendary stage and screen
star Robert Morse ("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying").
Michael Gladis (Third Watch), Aaron Staton (The Nanny Diaries), Rich Sommer
(The Devil Wears Prada), Maggie Siff (Michael Clayton) and Bryan Batt ("La
Cage Aux Folles") round out the cast. Mad Men is produced by Lionsgate and
distributed by Toronto-based Maple Pictures.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Renée Horton, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5374 or
rhorton@ctv.ca; Laura Heath, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4633 or lheath@ctv.ca


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