Powerful and Poignant Medical Drama Set to
Begin Airing in Simulcast Summer 2011
TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - Global Television announced today that its latest original drama series Combat Hospital has been picked up by ABC. The 13 episode series, the second Global
series to be picked up by the US network, will air in simulcast with
ABC this summer (airdates TBC).
Set in a hospital inspired by the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit
(MMU) at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, Combat Hospital charts the frantic lives of the hospital's resident doctors and nurses
from Canada, America, the UK and other allied countries. This candid,
entertaining and sometimes brutal series follows Canadian trauma
surgeon Rebecca Kincaid as she experiences relentless life and death
battles on the surgeon's table that transcend politically-charged
stereotypes and is confronted with making the tough decisions that come
with the realities of frontline medicine
"With the record setting success of Rookie Blue, we're looking forward to partnering with ABC on another winning
series," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. "The appeal of Combat Hospital will cut across all demographics and many nationalities. It'll provide
the flip side to an international conflict that comes into our homes
Combat Hospital is a joint production of Canada's Sienna Films and the UK's Artists
Studio with Carrie Stein at 3 Arts Entertainment and Simon Vaughan at
Lookout Point heading up international sales. Executive Producers are
Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny for Sienna Films (The Cry of the Owl—with BBC Films, MACT Productions, Diamonds—CBC/ABC, with Buffalo Gal Pictures, Alchemy Television and Philo Films,
How She Move—Paramount Vantage/MTV Films/Mongrel Media), Gub Neal, Justin
Thompson-Glover and Patrick Irwin for Artists Studio; Executive
Producer/ Showrunner Dan Petrie Jr. will head up the writing room on
the show originally created by Jinder Chalmers and Douglas Steinberg.
"We are thrilled to be working with Shaw and ABC - excellent
broadcasting partners - as well as the team we've assembled, from Dan
Petrie Jr. to our co-producing partners in the UK," said Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, Executive Producers, Sienna Films.
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 19 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 (TSX: SJR.B) (NYSE: SJR). For more information
about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
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