GLOBAL ANNOUNCES 'THE FIRM' AS THE FIRST ADDITION TO ITS FALL 2011/12 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES BASED ON JOHN GRISHAM'S BESTSELLING NOVEL AND HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER

A High Profile Partnership with NBC Universal and Entertainment One

Executive Produced by Lukas Reiter (Law & Order, Boston Legal, The Practice)

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - Already a bestselling novel and a box office smash hit, John Grisham's The Firm has now been commissioned by Global, NBC Universal and Entertainment One for an original 22-episode x 60-minute series. The Firm will premiere midseason 2012 in tandem on Global and NBC as part of the networks' fall TV seasons.

"This series is an exciting extension of the popular Grisham brand and a key addition to Global's new fall midseason primetime lineup," said Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. "The Firm is an excellent opportunity to steadily build upon our growing number of high-profile network partnerships, joining the likes of Titanic, Combat Hospital and the #1 new Canadian drama, Rookie Blue."

Executive produced by Lukas Reiter (Law & Order, Boston Legal, The Practice) and John Grisham, The Firm continues the story of Mitchell Y. McDeere and his family, 10 years after the events of the popular film and novel.

As a young associate, Mitchell Y. McDeere brought down Bendini, Lambert & Locke, a prestigious Memphis law firm operating as a front for the Chicago Mob. His life was never the same. After a difficult 10 years, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection Program, Mitch and his family emerge from isolation determined to reclaim their lives and their future - only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

Lukas Reiter serves as the series show runner; Canadian Alyson Feltes (The Associates, Shattered) joins Peter Noah, David Feige, William Rothko, Vincent Angell and Jonathan Shapiro as part of the series' writing team.

The Firm is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures Television and Paramount Pictures.

The Firm will be shot on location in Toronto. More details to be released in the coming weeks.

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About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

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