- CTV strikes partnership for English language Canadian Exclusive -
- Lloyd Robertson helms revealing one-on-one interview-based special -
- World Television premiere timed to the release of the hotly
anticipated Brian Mulroney: Memoirs in bookstores, September 10 -
TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Leading Canadian broadcaster CTV announced a
landmark political special, with the exclusive English television broadcast of
Triumph & Treachery: The Brian Mulroney Story. The 90-minute timely special
will make its television premiere Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 7 p.m. (check
local listings) on CTV, just one day before the hotly anticipated book launch
of Brian Mulroney: Memoirs, landing September 10 in stores across Canada.
The CTV exclusive production follows an innovative partnership between
CTV and publisher McClelland & Stewart. French-language TVA will air the
special in conjunction with Quebecor's Les Editions de l'Homme. It's the first
time The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney has granted such a comprehensive
interview since leaving office in 1993. And helming the interview and guiding
viewers through the special is CTV Chief Anchor and Editor Lloyd Robertson.
Triumph & Treachery: The Brian Mulroney Story will be broadcast in HD (High
Definition) television, the first time a prime ministerial documentary program
has been presented in this format.
"This is a Brian Mulroney Canadians have never seen before," said
Robertson. "He opens up and shares intimate details about world leaders such
as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela. He also lashes out at
his political opponents and deals with the controversies that have followed
him through the years."
In both his 1,100-page memoirs, which spans the years from 1939 to 1993,
and his interviews with Robertson, Mr. Mulroney talks frankly about his
political career - sharing, often for the first time, his personal views on
the momentous events that transpired during his tenure as prime minister. He
reflects on his great political triumphs such as leading the Progressive
Conservatives to back-to-back majority governments, guiding the country
through a recession and leading the global opposition to apartheid in South
Africa. He also openly discusses the emotional failure of the Meech Lake
Accord, the rise of the Bloc Québécois and shares his personal opinions on
some of the people who openly betrayed him throughout his political career.
Outside of politics, Mr. Mulroney shares intimate stories about his
triumphs in early life - including his personal struggles with alcohol and
growing up as one of six children in the working-class community of
Baie-Comeau, on Quebec's North Shore.
"Politics aside, Mr. Mulroney's rise from poverty to the highest office
in Canada is an incredible story of drive and determination," said Doug
Gibson, the editor of Mr. Mulroney's Memoirs at McClelland & Stewart.
The CTV special features rare photos and archive footage of Mr. Mulroney
as a child and private family videos during his time in office. CTV captures
his emotional return to the streets of Baie Comeau where he visits the house
he grew up in for the first time in 50 years. The former prime minister also
travels to Parliament Hill - and returns to the floor of the House of Commons
for the first time since he retired from politics in 1993.
"CTV and TVA are industry leaders and these candid documentaries continue
the tradition of launching important political memoirs with works of honest
and revealing journalism," said McClelland & Stewart President Doug Pepper.
Award winning Journalist Anton Koschany, is Executive Producer of Triumph
& Betrayal: The Brian Mulroney Story, a presentation of CTV News. Robert Hurst
is President of CTV News. TVA producer is Marc Gilbert, director is Pauline
Payette. Serge Fortin is TVA Vice-President of News and Current Affairs.
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.
About McClelland & Stewart
McClelland & Stewart was founded in Toronto, Ontario in 1906 and has
published the works of an incredible variety of authors including Margaret
Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Christopher Hitchens, Rohinton Mistry, Farley Mowat,
Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler, Jeffrey Simpson, Paul
Theroux, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Guy Vanderhaeghe. The company also owns
respected children's publisher Tundra Books. More information about McClelland
& Stewart can be found at www.mcclelland.com.
For further information:
For further information: Greg McIsaac, Communications Manager, CTV Inc.,
(416) 332-5180, email@example.com; Luc Lavoie, Executive Vice President,
Corporate Affairs, Quebecor Inc., (514) 380-1974, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Josh Glover, Publicity Manager, McClelland & Stewart Ltd., (416) 598-1114