Canwest and ABC join forces with E1 Entertainment on original series, COPPER

    Production on 13 episodes begins in Toronto, June 2009

    LOS ANGELES and TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - Leading independent studio, E1
Entertainment announced today the Canwest original drama series COPPER has
been picked up by ABC for broadcast in the United States. The 13 episode
series will air on Global Television in Canada.
    COPPER is a youthful, heartfelt, one-hour, character-driven workplace
drama about five rookie cops plunged into the high stakes world of big city
policing - a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death
consequences. The series follows them just out of the police academy where
they bonded together, fought together, drank together, worked together and
slept together. And now they're on the job together. They're kids with guns,
learning firsthand the hardest kind of policing there is. They are first
responders and they are about to learn that no amount of training prepares you
for life.
    "When we initially commissioned the pilot and then the series, we knew it
was a high-calibre production and worthy of international audiences." said
Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "We
could not be happier with the partnership and are confident that E1 will
deliver a great show for Global and ABC to simulcast."
    "This project, co-created with Morwyn Berbner,Ellen Vanstone and Tassie
Cameron, who will also serve as series showrunner, arose out of our overall
deal with Executive Producer Ilana Frank and her company, Thump, Inc." said
John Moryaniss, E1 Television's CEO. "Securing a 13 episode series order, from
two premier networks, is a testament to E1's position as a leading creative
supplier of programming. Our ability to combine our creative auspices,
business acumen and alternative sources of financing makes our shows very
appealing to US buyers."
    COPPER, a Thump Inc/E1 Entertainment Production is co-created by Morwyn
Berbner, Ellen Vanstone and Tassie Cameron, (Season 1 showrunner of the
CBS/CTV hit series Flashpoint). Cameron also serves as executive producer
along with Ilana Frank (Would be Kings) of Thump Inc and E1 Entertainment's
John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern. E1 Entertainment, the studio behind COPPER
is the worldwide distributor for the series.
    Continuing to build on its strategy to create high end television content
with great partners, COPPER is the fourth series from E1 including the
highly-anticipated HBO series HUNG, the recent CBS pick-up THE BRIDGE and F/X
comedy hit series, TESTEES.

    About Canwest Originals:

    Canwest is the proud home of the most diverse slate of Canadian Original
programs across the Dramatic, Lifestyle and Entertainment genres. As a
steadfast supporter of the Canadian production community, Canwest is dedicated
to bringing the best of the country to audiences nationwide - including award
winning shows such as; Project Runway Canada, Da Kink In My Hair, The Guard,
Sarah's House, Holmes on Homes, Restaurant Makeover, Rent-A-Goalie, Kenny vs.
Spenny, and the nation's number one entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment
Tonight Canada.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and eighteen of the country's most popular specialty
channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase,
History and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media

    About Canwest Media Inc.:

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, and
the United States.

    About E1 Entertainment:

    E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment
content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits
these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.
    The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and
Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1
Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's
extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music
production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.
    E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours
of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

For further information:

For further information: E1 USA, Pam Wilson, Ink Media Corporation, Tel:
(818) 655-6010, Cell: (310) 849-7303,; E1 Canada,
Julia Oosterman, E1 Entertainment, Tel: (416) 979-1120 ext 346,; Canwest Broadcasting, Deborah Lewis, Vice
President Communications, (416) 934-8748,; ABC, Alison
Rou, (818) 460-7798,

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