CTV Release: Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... Announces Guest Line-up For September



    
               Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp,
       Norah Jones and James Taylor - Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...
           Announces Guest Line-up for Remaining Episodes Taping in
                                  September

       - Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Jakob Dylan, Herbie Hancock,
         She & Him, Jenny Lewis and Renée Fleming complete impressive
                          list of Season 1 guests -
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    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The final set of guests to appear on Spectacle:
Elvis Costello with... was announced today. The new talk/performance series is
set to premiere later this year on CTV in Canada, Sundance Channel in the U.S.
and Channel 4 in the U.K., with FremantleMedia Enterprises launching the
series for international sale at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, in October 2008.

    Confirmed guests for episodes taping over the next two weeks at Harlem's
world famous Apollo Theater in New York City are: iconic American
singer-songwriter James Taylor; jazz legend, and winner of this year's Grammy
Award for Album of the Year, Herbie Hancock; one of the most acclaimed new
artists of the past decade, Canadian Rufus Wainwright; the brilliant
singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash; actor/singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson;
jazz superstar Diana Krall; recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John
Mellencamp; singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan; indie duo She & Him, comprised of
actress Zooey Deschanel and musician M. Ward; international sensation Norah
Jones; singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis; and from the world of opera, the
renowned American soprano Renée Fleming.

    As previously announced, the Canada/United Kingdom co-production also
features The Police, former president Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed,
Smokey Robinson and Sir Elton John, who is also one of the program's Executive
Producers.

    Fusing the best of talk and music television, the 13, one-hour episodes
feature everything from intimate one-on-one interviews with legendary
performers and notable newcomers to unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime musical
performances and collaborations.

    "Rarely are TV viewers given such a delicate collision of artistic
genius," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV
Inc. "With Elvis at the helm and an eclectic, star-studded line-up of guests,
each episode promises to decode the magic of a musician's creative process."

    Consistent with Sir Elton John's long-standing commitment to philanthropy
and music, the series producers have struck an exciting association with the
(Product) RED (www.joinred.com) campaign created to raise awareness and money
for the Global Fund (www.theglobalfund.org) to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria in Africa. Select program excerpts and performances will be
distributed in a variety of new media and conventional platforms, with a
portion of the profits directed to the Global Fund.

    Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... is produced by Rocket Pictures, SpyBox
Pictures, Prospero Pictures and reinvention entertainment, in association with
CTV, Sundance Channel, Channel 4 and FremantleMedia Enterprises. Executive
Producers are Sir Elton John, Elvis Costello, David Furnish, Steve
Hamilton-Shaw, Jordan Jacobs, Martin Katz and Stephen Warden. Co-Executive
Producer is Alex Coletti. For CTV, Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President,
Programming, CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels,
CTV Inc.

    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 Hughes, CTV Inc., (416) 591-7400 x2746 or
laura.hughes@ctv.ca; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or apage@ctv.ca


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