CTV Orders Two, New One-Hour Canadian Drama Series



    
             - Sniper is a high-stakes police drama with heart -
     - The Listener spotlights the life of a telepathic young paramedic -
    

    TORONTO, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - CTV announced today that it has ordered two new,
one-hour original drama series for the network. The first is Sniper (working
title), a high-stakes ensemble drama that delves into the world of one of
Canada's elite police forces and the critical incidents it faces on a daily
basis. The second is The Listener, a fast-paced, compelling drama about a
young paramedic with the power to read minds. Both series received orders from
the network for 13, one-hour episodes with production scheduled to begin in
Spring 2008.
    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download photos from Sniper and The Listener and at
ctvmedia.ca.

    "Whether it's the adrenaline rush of saving a life or the
thought-provoking notion of being able to read someone's mind, both Sniper and
The Listener are drama series built on the foundation of entertaining and
compelling storytelling," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc.

    Sniper and The Listener were both part of CTV's first venture into pilot
production this past summer. It was the first time CTV had ordered pilots as
part of its development of new Canadian television series. The pilot order
reinforced the network's priority in delivering critically-acclaimed Canadian
programming enjoyed by the biggest audiences possible.

    Sniper stars Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham
County) and Whistler's David Paetkau in a tense, emotional police drama that
takes us into the lives of the team members of the Strategic Response Unit
(SRU). They're unique cops who can do what ordinary cops can't: rescue
hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, handle state-of-the-art weaponry, always
putting their own lives at stake to save others. Sniper is written and created
by the emerging writing team of Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, both
accomplished actors, and executive-produced by multiple Gemini Award-winner
Anne Marie La Traverse (Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story, Tripping
the Wire) for Pink Sky Entertainment and Bill Mustos for Avamar Entertainment
in association with CTV.

    In The Listener, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, In God's Country) is a young
paramedic with the power to listen to people's most intimate thoughts. Our
hero soon realizes: With great power comes great responsibility. Still, he's
got to admit that this telepathy can be pretty cool. Aided by his paramedic
partner Osman Bey (Ennis Esmer, host of The Toronto Show), Toby walks a
dangerous line between his calling as a telepathic sleuth and his regular life
as an urban twentysomething. Toby's adrenaline-fuelled job and his active
social life complicate the hell out of his destiny - or maybe it's the other
way around. The Listener was created by Michael Amo (Blessed Stranger: After
Flight 111) and the pilot was directed by Clement Virgo (The Wire, Poor Boys
Game). The Listener is produced by Shaftesbury Films, (producers of CTV's No.1
and No.2 highest-rated TV movies, Eight Days to Live and In God's Country) in
association with CTV. Executive producer is Emmy and Gemini award-winning
Christina Jennings (ReGenesis).

    CTV has firmly established itself as the home of hit original programming
in Canada. The Listener and Sniper join a powerhouse line up of Canadian
programming that includes Corner Gas, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant
Star, Robson Arms, Canadian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Comedy
Inc., Comedy Now!, and Canada's original and top-rated entertainment brand,
eTalk.

    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: Laura Heath, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4633 or
lheath@ctv.ca


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