Bravo! Celebrates Canada's Famous Faces with New Original Series STAR PORTRAITS, Premiering Sept. 12

    - Canadian celebrity muses include Alex Trebek, Ashley MacIsaac,
    Elvis Stojko, Enrico Colantoni, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Senator Pamela
    Wallin, and Colin Mochrie -

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Bravo! marries Canadian celebrity and Canadian
art in the new series STAR PORTRAITS. Part art, part bio, and wholly
captivating, the new 13-episode original Canadian series premieres Saturday,
Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, exclusively on Bravo! Hosted by Broadway star
Louise Pitre, and based on the hit BBC program, each episode of STAR PORTRAITS
brings together three Canadian painters to paint portraits of the same
celebrity. Art lovers can also enjoy the series online at
beginning at 1 a.m. ET, following each premiere broadcast.

    STAR PORTRAITS features an impressive line-up of celebrity guests,
including Alex Trebek, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Enrico Colantoni, Ashley MacIsaac,
Elvis Stojko, Senator Pamela Wallin, Margaret Trudeau, Measha Brueggergosman,
Romeo Dallaire, George Chuvalo and others, in addition to 39 talented Canadian
portrait artists.

    "With STAR PORTRAITS, Bravo! has not only delivered an entertaining and
revealing series about some of our most notable Canadians, but has also played
a key role in commissioning beautiful works of art," said Ismé Bennie, Vice
President/General Manger, Bravo!.

    In each 30-minute episode, three Canadian painters are brought together
to paint the same celebrity's portrait. With the clock ticking, the artists
have mere hours to get to know their subject. After meeting their celebrity
muse, the artists are left with only two weeks to create their masterpieces.
Pitre visits the artists' studios to get a glimpse of their process. When the
clock runs out, the paintings are revealed to the celebrity sitter, who must
choose only one portrait to add to their personal collection. Of the remaining
portraits, six are chosen by the Portrait Gallery of Canada for their
permanent collection and the rest are auctioned off at Joyner Waddington's
Auction of Important Canadian Art, with proceeds going to the celebrities'
charity of choice.

    The full list of episodes air as follows:

    Elvis Stojko - Sept. 12
    (artists: Daniel Hughes, Laurie McGaw, Alan Harding Mackay)

    Romeo Dallaire - Sept. 19
    (artists: Elaine Goble, Carrie Colton, Reid McLachlan)

    Measha Brueggergosman - Sept. 26
    (artists: Opal Dunbar-Adams, Veronica Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, Wageh Yassa)

    George Chuvalo - Oct. 3
    (artists: Brian Smith, Paul Robert Turner, Gertrude Kearns)

    Margaret Trudeau - Oct. 10
    (artists: Christina Sealey, Isabella Stefanescu, Manny Neubacher)

    Enrico Colantoni - Oct. 17
    (artists: Sara Sniderhan, Kristy Gordon, John Viljoen)

    Debbie Travis - Oct. 24
    (artists: Katherine Stone, Natalie Majaba Waldburger, Jamie Bradbury)

    The Amazing Kreskin - Oct. 31
    (artists: Catto Houghton, Stefan Galvanek, Marie Finkelstein)

    Alex Trebek - Nov. 7
    (artists: Heather Cooper, Juan Martinez, Daniel Ross)

    Roberta Bondar - Nov. 14
    (artists: Kim Van Stygeren Medland, Shannon Reynolds, Travis Shilling)

    Ashley MacIssac - Nov. 21
    (artists: Eric Dzenis, Maria Gabankova-Brezina, Tom Campbell)

    Senator Pamela Wallin - Nov. 28
    (artists: Jason Kronenwald, Judy Finch, Gabor Paul Mezei)

    Colin Mochrie - Dec. 5
    (artists: Natasha, Sean Damery, Mark Thompson)

    STAR PORTRAITS is produced by PTV Productions, in association with Bravo!
and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Portrait Gallery
of Canada, and Library and Archives Canada. STAR PORTRAITS is based on a
format created and devised by Hotbed Media. Executive Producers are Andrea
Nemtin and Ian Dunbar of PTV Productions. The series was directed and series
produced by Theresa Kowall-Shipp, and produced by Andrea Nemtin.

    PTV Productions Inc. is an established, diverse & innovative producer of
documentaries, lifestyle and factual series. It is owned and operated by
Andrea Nemtin and Ian Dunbar. PTV Productions works with broadcasters and
co-producers in Canada and around the world, and owns a growing library of
over 60 hours of award-winning and award-nominated documentaries and series.

    Bravo! is an oasis in the television landscape where viewers make a
regular appointment with the arts ( A proud supporter of the
Canadian independent production community, Bravo! has been a major contributor
to such productions as GODIVA'S, BALLET GIRLS, MANUFACTURING DISSENT and the
Gemini award-winning series BATHROOM DIVAS. Bravo! is owned by CTV Limited, a
division of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premiere multi-media company.

For further information:

For further information: Matthew Almeida, CTV Inc., (416) 384-2629,; Eleni Tenuta, CTV Inc., (416) 384-5057,

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