Global Television Premieres an All-New Canadian Original Production "The Guard"

    Gripping, High-Action Drama Promises to Heat Up Primetime

    Featuring Special Guest Star, David James Elliot ("JAG")

    Premieres Tuesday, January 22 - 10PM ET/PT Following Canada's Number One
    Hit Show "House"

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    TORONTO, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - Beginning this January 2008, Global Television
presents the sure-fire hit, THE GUARD, an all new original drama series - the
story of four members of the Canadian Coastguard's Search and Rescue team, and
their daily battles both in and out of the water.
    Premiering Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10pm ET/PT, and following Canada's
number one hit show, "House", this 13-part, one-hour action series was shot in
the scenic wilderness of Squamish, British Columbia. THE GUARD follows the
high action drama of a skilled crew of rescue workers as they face the dangers
of the Pacific Northwest while searching for meaning in their own lives.
    Starring Steve Bacic (Andromeda) as Duty Captain, Miro Da Silva; Jeremy
Guilbaut (Edgemont) as Rescue Specialist, Andrew Vanderlee; Zoie Palmer
(Instant Star) as Rescue Specialist Carly Greig; and Claudette Mink (The Days)
as Rescue Specialist Laura Nelson, featuring regular guest appearances by
Canadian David James Elliot. Elliott, well known to television fans for "JAG"
and "Closer to Home", guest stars as David Nelson, a recurring character on
the series.
    "Global television is kicking off the new year with this amazing, sexy
drama series, a guaranteed adrenaline rush for thrill seekers," said
Christine Shipton, VP, Original Production, Global Television. "Series
creator, Raymond Storey expertly captures the complex nature of each of our
perfectly flawed heroes, while proudly paying tribute to the noble work of the
Canadian Coast Guard - a combination fans are sure to embrace."
    Karen King-Chigbo is Production Executive and Christine Shipton is
Vice President, Original Programming for Global Television.

    HALIFAX FILM, a DHX Media company
    Halifax Film, co-founded by Michael Donovan and Charles Bishop develops
and produces original film and television programming. Halifax Film manages
and co-ordinates all aspects of a program's life, including developing
original ideas; purchasing literary rights; arranging production financing;
carrying out production and post-production; and exploiting worldwide
distribution rights. Halifax Film is a subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., a leading
international producer and distributor of television programming and
interactive content with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets.

    Founded in 2001 by producing partners Stephen Hegyes and Shawn
Williamson, Brightlight Pictures is a feature film and television production
company that develops, finances and produces feature film and television
projects for the international marketplace. Brightlight has successfully
completed thirty feature film and television projects in the past six years,
working with such stars as Justin Timberlake, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Morgan
Freeman, Al Pacino, Anne Hathaway, Kevin Spacey, Elijah Wood, Jaime King,
Mandy Moore and Nicholas Cage among others. Brightlight is committed to
developing diverse high-quality feature film and television projects with
solid commercial appeal.

    Global Television is owned by CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. (CanWest) (TSX: CGS and
CGS.A, In addition to owning the Global Television
network, CanWest, an international media company, is Canada's largest
publisher of English language daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or
holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, Web sites and radio networks in Canada,
New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and
the United States.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jacqueline Kendall, (416)
443-6036,; Grace Park, (416) 446-5331,; For interviews, please contact: Bill Vigars, (604)

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