High-Stakes Drama Flashpoint Premieres July 11 on CTV



    
                       One Moment Changes Everything:
                   High-Stakes Drama Flashpoint Targets CTV

       - Stars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson and David
                                  Paetkau -
     - First series since Due South to air in "reverse" simulcast in the
                               United States -
      - New episodes available post-broadcast on iTunes and at CTV.ca -
    

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Explosive scenarios, defused in a flash! Follow
the exploits of a highly-skilled tactical team trained to get inside the heads
of the most dangerous suspects, in the world premiere of the new CTV Original
Series Flashpoint, airing Fridays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning July 11 on CTV and
CTV HD East/West (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Flashpoint
will also be available on demand on iTunes and the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca
following its television broadcast.

    Picked up by CBS for "reverse simulcast" with CTV, Flashpoint is a drama
which depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a
group of cops in Toronto's Strategic Response Unit (SRU), trained to rescue
hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, climb the sides of buildings and talk down
suicidal teens. Set proudly in Toronto, the 13-part series will become the
first Canadian series since CTV's Due South to air in network primetime in
both Canada and the U.S. Flashpoint continues production in Toronto until
August 25, 2008.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download all-new photos from Flashpoint at
    ctvmedia.ca. View the Flashpoint trailer <a href="http://review.ctv.ca/w.aspx?id=2024690625_flashpointtrailer_.wmv">here</a>.

    "Flashpoint is an edge-of-your-seat drama full of excitement, with
well-written, beautifully performed characters and a sleek look," said Susanne
Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "We're looking
forward to sharing this compelling series with a North American audience."

    
    Flashpoint Timeline:
    --------------------
      -  2005 - Project originates from CTV's Writer-Only Development Program
      -  2006 - CTV brings on Anne-Marie La Traverse to produce
      -  July, 2007 - Flashpoint pilot shot along with three other
         productions as part of CTV's Pilot Production Program
      -  December, 2007 - CTV picks up pilot with financing in place for Pink
         Sky Entertainment (Anne Marie La Traverse) and Avamar Entertainment
         (Bill Mustos), to be produced solely for CTV.
      -  January, 2008 - CBS becomes production partner in series
      -  April 17, 2008 - Production begins in Toronto.
      -  July 11, 2008 - Flashpoint becomes first Canadian series since
         Due South to air in network primetime in the United States
    

    Starring Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham County),
Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) and David Paetkau (Whistler), Flashpoint follows a
unique group of cops that can do what ordinary police officers can't. Members
of a highly-skilled SWAT team (inspired by Toronto's Emergency Task Force),
they're trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subject's
head at the very emotional breaking point (the "flashpoint") that triggered
the crisis. They'll do whatever it takes to defuse the situation to try to
save lives - all in a day's work.

    It takes years on the street, intense physical conditioning and elite
marksmanship to make it in the SRU. They handle state-of-the art equipment -
sniper rifles, snake-cameras, robots, flash-bangs, night vision and Tasers.
But beyond all of the cool gadgetry, the most important weapon in their
arsenal is human intuition, a gift for words and an ability to read emotion.

    "We have produced a high-adrenaline drama series that will take viewers
on an emotional journey while keeping them on the edge of their seats," said
Executive Producers Anne-Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. "We're thrilled
that Flashpoint will soon be seen across North America and beyond."

    Flashpoint stars an impressive list of talent, including Enrico Colantoni
as Gregory Parker, the team sergeant and head negotiator; Hugh Dillon as Ed
Lane, team leader and lead sniper; Amy Jo Johnson as Julianna "Jules"
Callaghan, sniper and rappelling expert; David Paetkau as Sam Braddock, the
newest sniper on the team; Michael Cram (Stargate: Atlantis) as Kevin "Wordy"
Wordsworth, who specializes in close quarter combat; Sergio Di Zio (Just
Buried) as Mike "Spike" Scarlatti, explosives and tactical toys expert; Mark
Taylor (Doomstown) as Lewis "Lou" Young, specializing in less lethal
solutions; and Ruth Marshall (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Dr. Amanda
Luria, the forensic psychologist.

    Each episode of Flashpoint will be made available on demand on The CTV
Broadband Network at CTV.ca following its television broadcast on Saturdays
beginning July 12 at 9 a.m. ET. Episodes will also be made available the day
after broadcast from the iTunes Store in Canada. Flashpoint joins other
original CTV programs on iTunes including Corner Gas, Degrassi: The Next
Generation, Instant Star and Robson Arms.

    In the series premiere "Scorpio" (Friday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET), Ed
Lane's the best sniper and the toughest cop on SRU Team One. So when an
enraged gunman takes a hostage in a public square at rush hour, it's Ed who
ends up in position to take the lethal shot from a nearby rooftop. Parker
struggles to pacify the volatile gunman, but the situation escalates when it
looks like he's about to kill again.

    In the second episode entitled "First in Line" (Friday, July 18 at 10
p.m. ET), Jack Swanson's (Henry Czerny; Mayerthorpe, The Tudors) teenaged
daughter desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. When he is told that
a heart is finally available, he races his girl to the hospital, only to find
the heart's been allocated to someone else - a bureaucratic screw-up that
could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policeman's gun on
a surgical team, forcing Ed and Jules to face the chilling possibility of a
lethal solution.

    Flashpoint is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment
in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television. The series was
co-created and written by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. Anne Marie La
Traverse and Bill Mustos serve as executive producers. Tassie Cameron is
co-executive producer and head writer. Louise Clark and Virginia Rankin are
the CTV production executives working with the series. Louise Clark is
Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. Alchemy TV and Tele Munchen are the
international distributors.

    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; Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or arinaldo@ctv.ca


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