​CFC Launches Canada’s First Actors' Conservatory with Canwest and the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation

Groundbreaking program to offer collaborative, in-depth, professional-level training for onscreen acting talent

Toronto, September 7, 2008 – CFC (Canadian Film Centre), in collaboration with Canwest and the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of Canada's first professional level training program for on-screen acting talent. The CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY presented by Canwest and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, announced today at the CFC Annual BBQ, is the first of its kind in Canada and will launch in Fall of 2009.

The CFC Actors Conservatory will offer up to eight experienced Canadian actors advanced on-screen performance training including: exploring the technical side of screen-acting; empowering one's vocal and physical instrument for the screen; real on-camera experience designed to strengthen critical on-screen skills; exposing actors to real project development along with advanced scene study; engaging actors in the creative process and business considerations of film/TV ; and provide actors with a significant body of produced on-screen work in a variety of formats to showcase their talent.

"Over the last 20 years, CFC productions and our alumni's work has given emerging actors a launching pad for their skills,” said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, CFC. “The addition of an actor's conservatory is a natural extension and complement to CFC's training activities. Through the generous support of our collaborators, we believe that we can foster a Canadian star system that will enable Canada's stars to shine brighter both nationally and abroad.”

“Canwest is committed to championing the success of the Canadian entertainment industry on all levels, and as such is thrilled to partner with the CFC on this extraordinary project,” said Christine Shipton, SVP Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “As the Canadian television landscape continues to grow and evolve, it is programs like the CFC Actors Conservatory that will strengthen Canada's voice in the industry and generate an appetite for new Canadian talent across all platforms.”

"Brian Linehan understood the value of star power and treated Canadian artists of exceptional merit with the same dignity and respect afforded to international stars,” said Michael A. Levine, executor of the estate of Brian Linehan and trustee of the The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation. “He dreamed that, like the CFC's programs for emerging writers, producers and directors, we could create first class training, work and promotional opportunities for emerging acting talent at home. As a longtime friend of Norman Jewison's, he would be delighted to know about the creation of this program at CFC as an important step in realizing that vision".

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 which ensure professional on-screen opportunities for CFC actor graduates, a goal of the program is to systematically build a Canadian star system through a series of star building initiatives. Full criteria and application details will be available online at www.cfccreates.com.

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, web sites and radio stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About Canwest Broadcasting
Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks, Global Television and E!, and twenty 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 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.

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