ET Canada Unveils Festival Central Headquarters for TIFF 2009



    
         Red Carpet Rolls Out in a Spectacular New Yorkville Location

         ET Canada Hosts Multiple Star-Studded Exclusive Gala Events

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    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Global Television's Entertainment Tonight Canada
today unveiled the new location of its famed Festival Central headquarters, in
the heart of Yorkville for the 34th Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF).
    After two successful years at the historic Casa Loma, ET Canada and
Liberty Entertainment Group are once again teaming up to throw the most
glamorous and celebrity-filled VIP festival parties around - this time at a
hot new location on Yorkville's bustling Cumberland Street.
    The "reel" celebration with ET Canada begins September 10th - 7pm
ET/7:30pm PT on Global. With its new exclusive location in combination with
amazing films, Hollywood's A-list talent and the outstanding ETC crew, fans
are guaranteed the continuation of the very best in entertainment reporting
throughout the Festival. Audiences nationwide can join Host Cheryl Hickey,
Co-Host Rick Campanelli, Correspondents Roz Weston, Kim D'Eon and Rosey Edeh
as they expertly bring the unique "Festival Central" coverage to life each
evening.
    Located across the road from ET Canada's exclusive Studio Lounge
Interview Suite at the Hazelton Hotel, a simple city parking lot rooftop will
transform into a magical indoor/outdoor urban wonderland, complete with floor
to ceiling white décor, crystal chandeliers, an elevated DJ booth and a wrap
around rooftop balcony overlooking all of Yorkville. Guests of the lavish red
carpet event will celebrate with the stars while under the stars at what's
sure to be the Festival destination of 2009.
    "Yorkville has an extra special magnetism during Film Fest, so to
continue our Festival Central gala parties in this fabulous new space puts ET
Canada at the centre of it all," said Tamara Simoneau, Senior Executive
Producer, ET Canada.
    ET Canada's 'Festival Central' film celebrations will include top tier
sponsors AIR MILES, Ketel One, Grand Marnier, Stella Artois, and Moroccanoil
Hair Care.
    "This year we look forward to taking our partnership with ET Canada to
new heights, in the heart of the city, above Yorkville. Festival Central will
be the most sought after ticket of the 2009 Toronto International Film
Festival," said Nick Di Donato, President & CEO of Liberty Entertainment
Group.
    Platinum sponsor, AIR MILES will gather 11 of their AIR MILES
Mile-ionaire finalists in Toronto on Sunday, September 13th at ET Canada's
Festival Central exclusive event and award one lucky Collector 1,000,000
reward miles and the title of the first ever AIR MILES Mile-ionaire. Each
finalist and their guest will be photographed on the red carpet as they arrive
and will relax inside the official AIR MILES Lounge with the option to enjoy a
'Mile-ionaire-tini', the night's signature cocktail, while an ET Canada host
draws the name of the grand prize winner. Viewers can tune-in to ET Canada on
Monday, September 14th to find out who is the first ever Mile-ionaire.
    Another Festival Central first, ET Canada, partners with Playback
Magazine for the induction of film and television heavyweights into Playback's
Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame.
    Continuing its stylish tradition, ET Canada will host three consecutive
nights of exclusive Festival events. Previous parties have featured celebrity
guests like Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Rose
McGowan, Sir Ben Kingsley, Scott Speedman and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Festival-goers can expect the industry's hottest movie stars and VIPs to grace
the red carpet.
    The gala film partnerships along with a complete rundown of ET Canada's
exclusive-access shooting locales will be announced in the weeks to come.
    ET Canada encores weeknights at 11pm ET/8pmPT on SLICE(TM), with regular
highlights featured On Demand at www.ETCanada.com.

    About Entertainment Tonight Canada:

    Entertainment Tonight Canada is the country's most trusted entertainment
newsmagazine, delivering in depth and breaking up-to-the minute celebrity,
film, television and music news. Together with trusted global powerhouse,
Entertainment Tonight, ET Canada delivers the Most Watched Hour of
Entertainment News to Canadians every night, every week, coast to coast.
Hosted by Cheryl Hickey, ET Canada is produced by Canwest for Global
Television in association with Paramount Domestic Television. Tamara Simoneau
serves as Senior Executive Producer.

    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; The Guard, Howie Do It, Sarah's House, Holmes on Homes,
X-Weighted, 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,
History and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media
Inc.

    About Liberty Entertainment Group:

    For over two decades, Liberty Entertainment Group has been redefining
Toronto's special event and nightlife experience. As creators of such landmark
establishments, as Liberty Grand, Rosewater Supper Club, Spice Route,
Rosewater Room, C Lounge, Courthouse, Phoenix and Tattoo Rock Parlour to name
a few, Liberty Entertainment Group has become recognized as one of the most
successful and innovative companies in the industry. www.libertygroup.com




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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact Jacqueline
Kendall, Publicist, Canwest Broadcasting, (416) 934-7850,
jkendall@canwest.com; Grace Park, Publicity Manager, Canwest Broadcasting,
(416) 967-2484, gpark@canwest.com


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