CTV Orders New Comedy Pilot Dan for Mayor



    
       CTV Casts its Ballot and Orders New Comedy Pilot Dan for Mayor

           -- Corner Gas co-star Fred Ewanuick cast in lead role --
       -- Pilot created, written and produced by Gemini Award-winning
                               creative team --
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - While politicians are stumping for votes across
the country, CTV has thrown its support behind a new mayor. CTV announced
today it has commissioned a new scripted, half-hour comedy pilot, Dan For
Mayor, starring Corner Gas co-star Fred Ewanuick. This is the second comedy
pilot ordered in as many weeks, following last week's announcement that CTV
has commissioned a pilot for Brent Butt's latest project, Hiccups. Dan For
Mayor is created by three of Canada's most respected comedy writers and
producers - Mark Farrell (Corner Gas, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Paul Mather
(Corner Gas, Rick Mercer Report) and Kevin White (Corner Gas, This Hour Has 22
Minutes). The pilot for Dan for Mayor is slated to begin production outside
Toronto on October 20.

    In Dan for Mayor, Gemini Award-winning actor Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas,
Robson Arms) plays Dan, a 30-something bartender who lives and works in the
fictional city of Wessex, Ontario. Dan's had the same friends since grade
school, his most prized possession is a vintage Ms. Pac-Man game, and his last
serious relationship was with a girl who is now engaged to someone else. His
life seems to be firmly on the path to more of the same... until a chance
comment suddenly puts him in the running for mayor of Wessex. Dan for Mayor
charts Dan's voyage of self-discovery as he, along with best friend Jeff and
ex-girlfriend Claire, stumble their way towards election night.

    "Dan for Mayor is a project with an award-winning creative team behind
the scenes and an accomplished comedic actor in front," said Susanne Boyce,
President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Dan is an easily likable
character that resonates with anyone who has suddenly found themselves on a
brand new career path."

    The pilot for Dan for Mayor is produced by Sad Glasses and QVF Inc. in
association with CTV and The Comedy Network. Creators and executive producers
are Mark Farrell, Paul Mather and Kevin White. Sue Murdoch (Doomstown) is the
producer and Ron Murphy (Billable Hours, Heartland, ReGenesis) is the
director.

    Farrell, Mather and White also worked together on the award-winning
Corner Gas creative team. Mark Farrell was the Supervising Producer for
Seasons 1 and 2 of Corner Gas and has continued to write and produce for the
show, winning a Gemini Award for Best Comedy Writing last year. Gemini and
Canadian Screenwriting Award winner Paul Mather was the Senior Story Editor on
Season 1 before becoming Supervising Producer for Seasons 2-4. Gemini nominee,
and winner of a Canadian Screenwriting Award (with Brent Butt), Kevin White
was the Supervising Producer on Seasons 5 and 6.

    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: Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or
jquan@ctv.ca


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