2008/09 BROADCAST

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Global Television announced today the renewal
of three Canadian Original drama series - The Guard, 'da Kink in my Hair and
The Best Years for their sophomore year.
    Slated for the network's 2008-09 broadcast schedule, the entertaining,
proven performers will be gearing up for production on their respective second
seasons in the coming weeks, and based on solid statistics of the first
seasons, fans nationwide are ready for more.
    "It takes real talent to make great stories into great television, and we
have it all here within our amazing writing and production communities," said
Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "Our
commitment to bringing Canadian drama back to Canwest remains firm, and we
couldn't be more excited to continue our support and growth of these drama
    The Guard, shot in Squamish, B.C. and produced by Halifax Film and
Brightlight Pictures, is a dramatic action series focusing on four compelling
characters who risk their lives daily working in the Canadian Coast Guard.
Audiences were immediately attracted to these west coast heroes, strongly
launching with over 800,000 viewers, The Guard was the No.1 new Canadian
Original in the key demo Adults 18-49.

    'da Kink in my Hair, produced by Barna-Alper, trey anthony, Ngozika and
Defiant Entertainment and shot in Toronto, Ontario, is a comedic drama set in
a bustling hair salon in Toronto's Caribbean community. Making the jump from
stage to screen, 'da Kink in my Hair resonated strongly with urban audiences,
showing particularly strong numbers in the Toronto market - appealing to the
largest percentage of Adults 18-49 in the largest urban centre amongst
Canadian original comedies. 'da Kink was the No.1 new comedy of the season,
topping Sophie and Jpod in Toronto by 16% and 88% respectively; even
outranking new episodes of the competing network's comedy, Corner Gas, for key
demos in the market in January 2008.

    The Best Years, produced by Blueprint Entertainment and shot on location
in Toronto, Ontario, was created by Aaron Martin (Degrassi: The Next
Generation) and follows six compelling young characters as they encounter
"firsts' at University. The Best Years struck a chord with viewers in the
Summer of 2007 with increased viewership from the premiere to finale by 30%
for 2+ and by 54% in the key demo Adults 18-49 nationally.
    All data from BBM Nielsen Media research.

    Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one 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 Inc.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Jacqueline Kendall, Global
Television, (416) 934-7850,

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