​Kiefer Sutherland Announced as Chair of CFC Actors' Conservatory

By CFC Staff September 13, 2009 20:20


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Presenting partner Canwest and supporter The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation continue commitment to Canadian talent. New program to offer collaborative, in-depth, professional on-screen training for actors.

Toronto, September 13, 2009CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is delighted to name esteemed Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland as Chair of the CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY.

The CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY, presented by Canwest and supported by The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, is Canada's first professional level, cross collaborative on-screen training program for actors. The inaugural five-month session will launch September 21, 2009. Conservatory participants and accomplished mentors will be announced shortly.

“As Chair of CFC Actors Conservatory, Kiefer's experience will greatly enrich this program,” said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, CFC. “His belief in and encouragement of our acting talent is evident through his strong support of his fellow Canadian actors.”

“I am honored to contribute to Norman Jewison's legacy by offering the CFC my passion for storytelling, for Canada and its talent,” said Kiefer Sutherland. “The Actors Conservatory will have significant influence on the professional and creative lives of the actors attending and on our industry.”

Kiefer Sutherland is the son of Canadian acting royalty Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland. An actor, producer and director, Kiefer Sutherland's film and television career spans 27 years and 75 films as he enters the eighth season of the hit TV series, 24. His impressive body of work has earned him recognition with the Genie Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, and SAG Awards.

“Canwest's investment in the CFC Actors Conservatory is part of a long-term strategy to nurture Canadian acting talent and enhance the quality of home-grown programming,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “With Kiefer Sutherland's commitment, the Conservatory will not only generate renewed enthusiasm for Canadian actors but will help take our Canadian programming efforts to the next level.”

“Brian Linehan is smiling today. He loved Kiefer Sutherland who he thought was a great actor, a very generous and intelligent young man,” said Michael A. Levine, executor of the estate of Brian Linehan and trustee of the The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

The CFC Actors Conservatory will offer gifted actors a unique, transformative professional on-screen experience. Participants will collaborate with industry experts through a series of workshops and master classes with internationally acclaimed actors/directors/writers/producers with a primary focus on the acting process. Designed to build strategic relationships that ensure professional film and television opportunities for CFC actor graduates, a goal of the Conservatory is to systematically build a Canadian star system through a series of star building initiatives.

About Canwest Broadcasting
Canwest Broadcasting operates Global Television and eighteen of the country's most popular specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase, History Television, Food Network 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. (www.canwest.com; 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 and web sites in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation
The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation was established from the proceeds of the Estate of the late Brian Linehan, one of Canada's great journalists and on-air interviewers. Brian left his entire Estate for the purpose of creating a Star system in Canada including training, providing work opportunities and promoting young Canadians of exceptional talent. To date, its range of activities have included support for various programs at NSI, scholarships at Humber College, support of the Soulpepper Academy, the Company Theatre, The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) and the Canadian Film Centre.