-- Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland to tape television farewell
in New York City in August --
-- Motown legend Smokey Robinson also confirmed for new talk/music
TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - It was announced today that The Police will tape
an episode of CTV's Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... in August in New York
City. The television farewell will air as part of CTV's new talk/performance
series, set to premiere later this year in Canada, the United States (on
Sundance Channel) and in the U.K. (on Channel 4). FremantleMedia Enterprises
distributes the series internationally.
For this historic music television event, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart
Copeland will perform and discuss with Elvis their varied and respective
interests in music as individuals, as well as the remarkable chemistry
together that has made The Police one of the biggest bands in music history.
This exclusive engagement with Elvis follows an exciting spring and
summer for the host who has been touring with The Police on their massively
successful reunion tour, to widespread acclaim.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson will also tape an episode of CTV's
Spectacle in August, exploring with Elvis his extraordinary 50 year career as
a songwriter, singer and guiding light of soul/R&B.
"The Police and Smokey Robinson - it doesn't get any better than this,"
said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
"Spectacle continues to make good on its promise to deliver an unpredictable
and unprecedented television experience."
As previously announced, the Canada/United Kingdom co-production will
also feature as special guests Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, President Bill Clinton
and Sir Elton John, who is also one of the program's Executive Producers.
The remainder of CTV's Spectacle inaugural season line-up will be
announced later this summer.
The series of 13 one-hour episodes will feature everything from intimate
one-on-ones with legendary performers and notable newcomers to unprecedented,
once-in-a-lifetime musical performances and collaborations.
Consistent with Sir Elton John's long-standing commitment to philanthropy
and music, the series producers have struck an exciting association with the
(Product) RED (www.joinred.com) campaign created to raise awareness and money
for the Global Fund (http://www.theglobalfund.org) to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria in Africa. Select program excerpts and performances will be
distributed in a variety of new media and conventional platforms, with a
portion of the profits directed to the Global Fund.
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... is produced by Rocket Pictures, SpyBox
Pictures, Prospero Pictures and reinvention entertainment, in association with
CTV, Sundance Channel, Channel 4 and FremantleMedia Enterprises. Executive
Producers are Sir Elton John, Elvis Costello, David Furnish, Steve
Hamilton-Shaw, Jordan Jacobs, Martin Katz and Stephen Warden. Co-Executive
Producer is Alex Coletti. For CTV, Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President,
Programming, CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels,
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 National 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 http://www.ctv.ca
For further information:
For further information: Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or