CFC launches Canada's first Actor's Conservatory with Canwest and the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation

    Ground-breaking program to offer collaborative, in-depth, professional-
    level training for on-screen acting talent

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - CFC (Canadian Film Centre), in collaboration
with Canwest and the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation is pleased to
announce the creation of Canada's first professional level training program
for on-screen acting talent. The CFC ACTOR'S CONSERVATORY presented by Canwest
and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, announced today at
the CFC Annual BBQ, is the first of its kind in Canada and will launch in Fall
of 2009.
    The CFC Actor's Conservatory will offer up to eight experienced Canadian
actors advanced on-screen performance training including: exploring the
technical side of screen-acting; empowering one's vocal and physical
instrument for the screen; real on-camera experience designed to strengthen
critical on-screen skills; exposing actors to real project development along
with advanced scene study; engaging actors in the creative process and
business considerations of film/TV; and provide actors with a significant body
of produced on-screen work in a variety of formats to showcase their talent.
    "Over the last 20 years, CFC productions and our alumni's work has given
emerging actors a launching pad for their skills," said Slawko Klymkiw,
Executive Director, CFC. "The addition of an actor's conservatory is a natural
extension and complement to CFC's training activities. Through the generous
support of our collaborators, we believe that we can foster a Canadian star
system that will enable Canada's stars to shine brighter both nationally and
    "Canwest is committed to championing the success of the Canadian
entertainment industry on all levels, and as such is thrilled to partner with
the CFC on this extraordinary project," said Christine Shipton, SVP Drama and
Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "As the Canadian television landscape
continues to grow and evolve, it is programs like the CFC Actor's Conservatory
that will strengthen Canada's voice in the industry and generate an appetite
for new Canadian talent across all platforms."
    "Brian Linehan understood the value of star power and treated Canadian
artists of exceptional merit with the same dignity and respect afforded to
international stars," said Michael A. Levine, executor of the estate of Brian
Linehan and trustee of The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation. "He dreamed
that, like the CFC's programs for emerging writers, producers and directors,
we could create first class training, work and promotional opportunities for
emerging acting talent at home. As a longtime friend of Norman Jewison's, he
would be delighted to know about the creation of this program at CFC as an
important step in realizing that vision".
    Participants will collaborate with industry experts through a series of
workshops and master classes with internationally acclaimed
actors/directors/writers/producers with a primary focus on the acting process.
Designed to build strategic relationships which ensure professional on-screen
opportunities for CFC actor graduates, a goal of the program is to
systematically build a Canadian star system through a series of star building
initiatives. Full criteria and application details will be available online at

    About CFC

    CFC celebrates 20 years of launching Canada's most creative ideas and
voices in film, television and new media to the world. As Canada's largest
institution for advanced training in film, television and new media, CFC
proudly has more than 1000 alumni working in Canada and abroad. A leader in
the rapidly changing entertainment landscape, CFC is committed to promoting
and investing in Canada's diverse talent and during this anniversary year will
launch new programs that will continue to bring inspiring storytellers to the
world. For more information please visit:

    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, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

    About Canwest Broadcasting

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

    About The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation

    The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation was established from the proceeds
of the Estate of the late Brian Linehan, one of Canada's great journalists and
on-air interviewers. Brian left his entire Estate for the purpose of creating
a Star system in Canada including training, providing work opportunities and
promoting young Canadians of exceptional talent. To date, its range of
activities have included support for various programs at NSI, scholarships at
Humber College, support of the Soulpepper Academy, the Company Theatre, The
Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) and the Canadian Film

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Tamara
MacKeigan, Communications Manager, CFC (416) 445-1446 x304,; or Barry Patterson, Director, Communications, CFC
(416) 445-1446 x314,

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