CanWest MediaWorks Announces Original Production Slate for 2007-2008

    Global Television and E! Debut All-New Network Offerings

    With 20 Original Series Premieres...Over 100 Hours of Scripted
    Content...Over 80 Hours of Premiere Documentaries, and Nearly 200 Hours
    of Entertainment News...

    Broadcaster Continues To Grow Critically-Acclaimed Development &
    Production Commitments

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    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - CanWest MediaWorks today announced details of its
Original Production slate at their annual Upfront Presentation to advertisers
and industry in Toronto.
    Across primetime on Global Television and the all-new E! network, CanWest
has positioned over 100 debut hours of scripted content, over 80 hours of
showcased documentaries and nearly 200 hours of entertainment news. Building
on what industry and press have tagged as a 'turnaround' year for CanWest's
Original Productions, the focus remains on expanding the commitment to
developing and producing the best of Canadian drama, comedy, documentary and
more - and integrating these into the nation's most critically acclaimed
primetime schedules.

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    "We're incredibly proud of our team, and the wide range of work that is
being commissioned," said Barbara Williams, CanWest MediaWorks Senior Vice
President of Programming and Production. "Our promise to build on quality,
diversity and the country's leading edge creative alliances remains strong,
and is at the core of all of our 2007-2008 original product. We're looking
forward to a fantastic new season."
    As the CanWest commitment to original programming grows, the
broadcaster's creative partnerships with a myriad of producing partners - from
across Canada and around the world - have formed a strong foundation for an
exciting roster of new content, set to debut this season and in the months to
come. Premiere strategic partners include Movie Central, The Movie Network,
The NFB, APTN, The BBC, Lifetime, USA Sci-Fi Network, and ABC Family.
    Told with passion, these CanWest stories take audiences from coast to
coast - each delivering a powerful cultural snapshot.
    New titles debuting on Global Television for the 2007-2008 season
include: West coast action-drama, SEARCH AND RESCUE: From Halifax Film Company
and Brightlight Pictures with Exec Producers Ray Storey, Michael Donovan,
Charles Bishop (Bowling for Columbine)...Neighbourhood comedy 'DA KINK IN MY
HAIR: From Barna Alper Productions, Exec Producer Laszlo Barna, Damian Nurse,
Ngozi Paul and trey anthony - based on anthony's multi-award winning play of
the same name...Coming-of-age college comedy, ABOUT A GIRL: From Brightlight
Pictures and Exec Producer Steve Hegyes, starring Chiara Zanni, Jesse
Hutch...Oil industry thriller, BURN UP: From Producers Tom Cox and Jordy
Randall - a BBC co-production from Kudos Film and TV (UK) and Seven 24 Films
Inc., (Alberta)...Psychological thriller, DURHAM COUNTY: From Exec Producers
Janis Lundman, Adrienne Mitchell, Michael Prupas. Co-Developed and
Commissioned by CanWest, DURHAM COUNTY is now set for its conventional network
    In addition, all-new original documentaries arrive on the Global
Television slate for 2007-2008, as GLOBAL CURRENTS with Host Kevin Newman
marks its third season. A weekly, original strand that explores social issues
and perspectives relevant to Canadians, GLOBAL CURRENTS is a showcase for
independent producers from every corner of the country. Select titles are
profiled below.
    Continuing the CanWest commitment to documentaries - now in true E! style
- the network is proud to announce an all-new showcase, "ON E!", featuring a
variety of entertainment-focused documentary series including:
Musical-moms-on-a-mission, SHAYE: From Breakthrough Film & TV and Exec
Producer Ira Levy, featuring Kim Stockwood, Damhnait Doyle and Tara
MacLean...On set in Hollywood North with adrenaline junkies, STUNT STARS: From
Montreal's CMJ Productions and Exec Producer John Kuyk...Never call them
"cover bands", TRIBUTE - THE NEXT BEST THING: From Fall From Grace Prod's and
Exec Producers Michelle Metivier and Allison Grace...And the dangerous world
of celebrity diets, break-ups and breakdowns, INSIDE HOLLYWOOD: From Producer
Larry Day at Pyramid Productions.
    Also this Fall, E! network original debuts include...A look at homegrown
legends on E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY: CANADIAN EDITION... An unconventional,
in-depth take on celebrity news, trends and lifestyles, E! LIVE...And over 20
homegrown MOWs, E! MOVIES WE LOVE: From CanWest, with Lifetime Network and a
wide range of Canadian Producing Partners including Shaftesbury Films,
ThunderBird Films, Insight Film Studios and Muse Entertainment.

    For complete 'Original Production' release:

For further information:

For further information: Grace Park, Global Television, (416) 543-5869,
(416) 446-5331,; Adrienne Kakoullis, Global Television,
(416) 450-6637, (416) 446-5565,; Yvonne Chiang, Global
News, (778) 241-0143, (604) 422-6736,; Nicole Starker,
E!, (403) 512-8976, (403) 235-7743,

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