Cameras rolling on Shaftesbury Films, Media Headquarters and Power's highly anticipated new miniseries The Summit

    Coming to CBC and Global Television in 2008

    With an all-star cast featuring: Bruce Greenwood, James Purefoy, Rachelle
    Lefevre, Mia Maestro, Stephen McHattie and Lisa Ray with Wendy Crewson
    and Christopher Plummer

    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Filming has begun on The Summit, a Shaftesbury
Films/Media Headquarters co-production, in association with Power Corporation,
CBC and Global Television. A four-hour, two-part miniseries scheduled to air
next season on CBC and Global Television, The Summit is about a North American
military-engineered smallpox virus smuggled into Canada as world leaders
gather for the G8 Summit. This partnership between CBC and Global Television
has provided the unique opportunity to support a production of this magnitude,
with its wide scope and international all-star cast. Filming continues on the
seven-week shoot until November 21, 2007 in and around Toronto, Hamilton,
Huntsville, Parry Sound, Sudbury, London, England and Ecuador.
    "We're very excited about The Summit," said Kirstine Layfield, Executive
Director of Network Programming for CBC TV. "This is yet another example of an
exciting story that we think is really going to resonate with Canadians, and
at the same time bring to our audiences lots of international cachet in terms
of its storyline and stars."
    "With its timely, gripping story and Canadian star power, we expect The
Summit will be a huge television event," said Christine Shipton, Vice
President, Original Programming for Global Television. "By partnering with the
CBC on this unique project, we ensure a miniseries of this magnitude is
enjoyed by audiences across both national networks."
    As Canadian Prime Minister Adderly (Bruce Greenwood - Thirteen Days),
U.S. President Aimes (Christopher Plummer - A Beautiful Mind) and other world
leaders gather to meet at the G8 Summit, Leonie Adderly (Rachelle Levefre -
Life on Mars), grad student and daughter of the PM, and Columbian union
organizer Maria (Mia Maestro - Alias) are preparing to release an explosive
documentary about the conditions of the Columbian flower industry.
    Meanwhile, a U.S. military-engineered strain of smallpox is smuggled into
Canada and finds its way within the walls of the summit. With leading CDC
investigator Dr. Thom Lightstone (James Purefoy - Rome), U.S. Chief of Staff
Ellie Bruckner (Wendy Crewson - ReGenesis), head of the U.S. Black Ops, Tate
(Stephen McHattie - 300), and reporter Rebecca Downey (Lisa Ray - Water)
on-site, a search gets underway for the bio-terrorist before the results turn
    Directed by Nick Copus (The 4400), The Summit is produced by Robert Cohen
and Shari Cohen for Media Headquarters and Adam Haight for Shaftesbury Films.
It is Executive Produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for
Shaftesbury Films and Justin Bodle for Power Corporation. Written by John
Krizanc (H2O), the Director of Photography is Alwyn Kumst (The Dresden Files),
and Production Designer is Tim Bider (Terry).
    CBC's Production Executives are Sally Catto, Creative Head, Drama TV Arts
and Entertainment, and Helen Asimakis, Executive in Charge of Production.
Global Television's Production Executives are Rachel Nelson, Production
Executive, Original Programming, Drama and Christine Shipton, Senior Director,
Dramatic Programming. Power's Production Executive is Ewa Radwanska, Director
of Development and Production.
    The Summit is produced by Shaftesbury Films and Media Headquarters, in
association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canwest Global and
Power Corporation, with the participation of The Northern Ontario Heritage
Fund, the COGECO Program Development Fund, Nickel Basin Federal Development
Corporation, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production
Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.

    About Shaftesbury Films

    Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury Films has established a reputation as one of
Canada's leading producers of high quality film and television programming.
Recent productions include the TV series ReGenesis for The Movie Network,
Movie Central and Showcase, currently shooting its fourth season; the TV
movies In God's Country and Eight Days to Live, both featuring Kelly Rowan and
both delivering record breaking ratings for CTV; and The Robber Bride, the
Emmy-nominated TV movie starring Gemini award-winner Mary-Louise Parker for
CBC. Shaftesbury Films also produces a variety of kids' programming, including
the highly successful kids' series Life with Derek, currently airing on Family
Channel and Disney Channel, and broadcast in over 100 countries worldwide.
Shaftesbury's large format division, SK Films, released the multi-award
winning box-office success Bugs! (IMAX 3D). Visit the Shaftesbury website at

    About Media Headquarters

    Lead by partners Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen, Media Headquarters has
developed a global reputation for producing high quality and innovative film
and television projects. Recent productions include the Emmy-nominated,
Gemini-winning family special The Great Polar Bear Adventure, featuring Howie
Mandel and Megan Follows; the acclaimed feature documentary Souvenir of
Canada, based on the bestselling books by celebrated author Douglas Coupland;
and the high-rated reality series Outlaw In-Laws. Media Headquarters produces
a range of factual, dramatic and family programming and is the recipient of
dozens of international awards and nominations.

    About CBC/Radio-Canada

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television,
the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record
and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services,
CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.
    Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse
regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in
English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its
international Radio service, Radio Canada International, and in eight
languages on its Web-based Radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and
aspiring immigrants to Canada.

    About Global Television

    Global Television is owned by CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. (CanWest) (TSX: CGS and
CGS.A, In addition to owning the Global Television
network, CanWest, an international media company, is Canada's largest
publisher of English language daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or
holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, Web sites and radio networks in Canada,
New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and
the United States.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews with the cast and
on-set visits please contact: Sue Baldaro, Communications/Unit Publicist,
Shaftesbury Films/The Summit, (416) 363-1411 ext. 154, (416) 573-8481 mobile,

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