Elvis Costello and Elton John to Make a Television Spectacle for CTV

    New Talk/Music Series Conceived in Canada to also air on Sundance
    Channel in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K.

    Series producers partner with (Product)RED to raise money and awareness
    for the Global Fund to fights AIDS in Africa

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - Two of the most respected musicians in the world
will collaborate on an extraordinary new television series, it was announced
today. Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... will be hosted by its namesake and
produced in conjunction with Sir Elton John's Rocket Pictures. Elton John will
be one of the program's Executive Producers. Conceived and developed in
Canada, the Canada/United Kingdom co-production will start shooting soon for
broadcast later this year on CTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the UK and Sundance
Channel in the US. FremantleMedia Enterprises will handle sales of the show to
the rest of the world.

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    Designed to provide a forum for in-depth discussion and performance with
the most interesting and influential artists and personalities of our time,
the show fuses the best of talk and music television.

    Explaining his approach to the program, Elvis Costello said, "I'm not
interested in extracting some dark secret. I'd rather hear about a bright
secret, a deep love or a curiosity that might be otherwise obscured by fame.
This is a wonderful opportunity to talk in complete thoughts about music,
movies, art or even vaudeville, then frame it with unique and illustrative

    "Elvis Costello is the foremost expert on popular music," added Executive
Producer Sir Elton John. "I thought it would be sensational to use his
knowledge and intelligence to explore the artistry of musicians and other
fascinating people involved in making great music, as well as true music

    "The extraordinarily versatile Elvis Costello and the legendary Elton
John have joined forces to bring viewers an unprecedented window into the
world of music," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc. "Spectacle will be spectacular - providing a platform for
the most acclaimed artists of our time to discuss and demonstrate their craft
in a unique setting."

    Co-produced by Toronto's reinvention entertainment, SpyBox Pictures and
Prospero Pictures, along with London-based Rocket Pictures, Spectacle: Elvis
Costello with... promises to be an unpredictable and unprecedented television
experience. The series of 13 one-hour programs will feature everything from
intimate one-on-ones with legendary performers and notable newcomers to
thematic panel discussions.

    Spectacle will also feature a variety of performance elements including
unique collaborations, acoustic and impromptu "illustrative" demonstrations of
the creative process, and some original interpretations of others' songs by

    The program's eclecticism and depth reflect its uniquely qualified host.
Elvis Costello is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a Grammy and Ivor
Novello Award-winning (and Oscar-nominated) songwriter and performer
comfortable in almost every genre imaginable; a musicologist of formidable
breadth and knowledge; a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine; and a noted wit
whose stint as guest host on The Late Show with David Letterman won rave

    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 (www.theglobalfund.org) to fight AIDS 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.

    The producers of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... are Stephen Warden,
former music journalist and artist manager (Remy Shand) of reinvention
entertainment; entertainment lawyer Jordan Jacobs (numerous Grammy and JUNO
winners) of SpyBox Pictures; and film producer Martin Katz (Hotel Rwanda) of
Prospero Pictures. The three, based in Toronto, formed Tri-Fi Productions to
produce the series in partnership with David Furnish and Steve Hamilton-Shaw
of Rocket Pictures. The series is produced in association with CTV, Sundance
Channel, Channel 4 and FremantleMedia. 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 Inc.

    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 www.ctv.ca

For further information:

For further information: Scott Henderson, Vice-President,
Communications, CTV Inc., (416) 985-8474 or shenderson@ctv.ca; Donna Rouzaud,
Tri-Fi Productions Inc., (416) 923-3991 or donna@jordanjacobslaw.com

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