CTV Premieres ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING, December 14



    
             A CTV Major Television Event - ANNE OF GREEN GABLES:

                A NEW BEGINNING Premieres Sunday, December 14

           Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Hershey and Rachel Blanchard
                       Star in World Premiere Broadcast

       Three-Hour, CTV Original Movie Celebrates Anne's 100th Birthday

        - Newcomer Hannah Endicott-Douglas brings a young Anne Shirley to
                 life prior to her arrival at Green Gables -
    

    TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - Revered by generations of fans from around the
globe, CTV announced today that Canada's red-headed sweetheart, Anne Shirley,
returns to television screens this holiday season. A CTV major television
event, the world premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING airs
Sunday, December 14 from 7-10 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local
broadcast times). Written and directed by the Emmy Award-winning Kevin
Sullivan, the force behind the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES movies, the
three-hour telefilm stars screen legend and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award
winner Shirley MacLaine and Oscar Nominee/Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner
Barbara Hershey, alongside Canadians Rachel Blanchard and Hannah
Endicott-Douglas. The highlight of CTV's 2008 Holiday Programming lineup, the
timely CTV Original Movie honours the 100th anniversary of the publication of
Anne of Green Gables.

    In addition, CTV and 'A' will present a collection of titles from
Sullivan Entertainment to complement the premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A
NEW BEGINNING, including the original three ANNE OF GREEN GABLES mini-series,
additional episodes from the Emmy Award-winning series ROAD TO AVONLEA, and
more. The complete CTV and 'A' 2008 Holiday Programming lineup will be
unveiled soon.

    (*)Media Note(*) - Download photos from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING
at ctvmedia.ca.

    Anne Shirley is one of the world's most heartwarming iconic characters -
but what happened before her surprising arrival at Green Gables in Prince
Edward Island? This expansive new movie, which is both a prequel and a sequel
to the original films, answers that question. Audiences will learn about the
foundations of Anne's childhood that shaped her life and haunted her in later
years: the origins of her carpet bag; the source of her expression, "kindred
spirits"; the development of her intense imagination as a means of survival;
and most profoundly, many of the relationships with adults and peers that
structured her character so distinctively, prior to her arrival at Green
Gables.

    "Based on details from Lucy Maud Montgomery's own diary and descriptions
from the original novel, Kevin Sullivan has fashioned a moving and complex
glimpse into the circumstances that created one of the most beloved fictional
characters of our time," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc.

    "I wanted to create a film that would offer a rare insight into Anne
Shirley's personality," said Kevin Sullivan, President, Sullivan
Entertainment. "I tried to imagine what Anne would have become if she had
grown up to be an author like Montgomery herself; a gifted storyteller who was
haunted by her childhood her whole life."

    Produced, written and directed by Sullivan, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW
BEGINNING is set as the Second World War is winding down. Anne Shirley (played
by Barbara Hershey, Beaches, Portrait of a Lady) is now a successful,
middle-aged writer who has returned to Prince Edward Island for an extended
visit. While writing a play for the summer theatre season, she discovers a
long-hidden secret under the floorboards at Green Gables.

    As Anne struggles to complete her play, she delves into long-buried and
long-forgotten memories, reliving her troubled years before she arrived as an
orphan at the Cuthbert farmhouse. Over the course of one remarkable summer,
Anne discovers the truth about her parents, the origins of her quest for
"kindred spirits" and the genesis of her brilliant, magical imagination.

    As the movie flows between present-day discoveries and past memories,
Hannah Endicott-Douglas (THE GOOD WITCH, SAMANTHA: AN AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY)
portrays the young Anne Shirley alongside Rachel Blanchard (Where the Truth
Lies, 7TH HEAVEN, CLUELESS) as Louisa Thomas, Shirley MacLaine (In Her Shoes,
Terms of Endearment, Bewitched) as Amelia Thomas, and Ron Lea (RACE TO MARS,
THIS IS WONDERLAND) as Gene Armstrong.

    Casting for the young Anne Shirley involved an expansive search to find
an actress who could play the role made famous by Megan Follows. The quest for
the ideal actress involved a cross-Canada audition tour and an open casting
call on YouTube. More than 1,000 young girls from Canada, the United States,
England and Australia auditioned for the coveted role in the film. After three
months of searching, 12-year-old Hannah Endicott-Douglas from Toronto was
chosen to carry on the legacy of Anne Shirley.

    Filmed in studio in Toronto, ON and on location in Dundas, ON, and
Rockwood, ON, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING recreates, with vivid
detail, the setting for Anne Shirley's tumultuous childhood. The production
crew and special effects team were able to re-construct a number of locations
made famous in the previous films, including some of the more well-known
locations from the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES trilogy.

    ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING is produced by Sullivan
Entertainment in association with CTV. Trudy Grant (BUTTERBOX BABIES, Under
the Piano, Sleeping Dogs Lie) is the executive producer of the film. Ray Sager
(THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES, WIND AT MY BACK, THE ELEVENTH HOUR) is the executive
in charge of production and Yuri Yakubiw (1-800-MISSING, SUE THOMAS: F.B. EYE)
is the director of photography. Martha Mann (LANTERN HILL, ROAD TO AVONLEA) is
the costume designer, and was also the costume designer on the original, multi
award-winning ANNE OF GREEN GABLES mini-series.

    ABOUT SULLIVAN ENTERTAINMENT

    Now in its 29th year, Sullivan Entertainment continues to be an
internationally recognized and award-winning producer of television series,
feature films and mini-series. Established in 1979 by Kevin Sullivan and Trudy
Grant, Sullivan Entertainment quickly became the producer of Canada's most
watched television, with the GREEN GABLES-AVONLEA franchise. Great successes
for Sullivan Entertainment have included the critically-acclaimed television
series WIND AT MY BACK, BUTTERBOX BABIES - the highest-rated Canadian
television movie of all time - and THE PIANO MAN'S DAUGHTER, starring Stockard
Channing and Christian Campbell based on the novel by Timothy Findley.
Sullivan Entertainment productions have been praised for their visual beauty,
their strong storytelling and the fine acting through which they weave their
unique spell. Sullivan Entertainment has expanded into several additional
successful business ventures, including the Sullivan Boutique, Sullivan
Entertainment International, Sullivan Home Entertainment and Sullivan
Animation.

    Visit www.anneofgreengables.com for updates about ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A
NEW BEGINNING as well as for other exciting film and television projects from
Sullivan Entertainment.

    ABOUT CTV

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, and is the
number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Sonia Brum, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5374 or
sbrum@ctv.ca; Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or jquan@ctv.ca


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