*************************CTV's Corner Gas secures U.S. distribution deal with Superstation WGN Goes international with sale to 26 more countries
TORONTO, Nov. 24 - Canada's No. 1 comedy has gone international. CTV announced today that smash hit original comedy series Corner Gas
has secured a U.S. distribution deal with American cable network Superstation WGN.
The series will be available in nearly 70 million U.S. homes beginning in 2007.
The deal was secured by Arthur Hasson's Multi-Platform Distribution Company (MPDC), which began shopping Canada's No. 1 comedy and most-watched Canadian series in May,
With today's announcement, Corner Gas
follows in the footsteps of several CTV original series which have gone on to premiere in the US.
The list includes Comedy Inc., Comedy Now!, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star
The two-year, 88-episode deal provides exclusive rights to the series in cable and broadcast.
Superstation WGN is the national flagship of Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting Company and is available coast-to-coast in the United States to nearly 70 million homes via cable and satellite.
Known for its diverse, family-friendly and young adult programming, Superstation WGN's powerful lineup includes Sex and the City, 24, America's Funniest Home Videos, American Idol Rewind, The Cosby Show
and Home Improvement
CTV also announced that Corner Gas
has now been licensed internationally to broadcasters serving 26 countries - across 5 continents in all - countries
including Australia, Iraq, Finland, Morocco and more.
UK-based Minotaur International Ltd. brokered these international deals for CTV.
A complete list of countries now licensing Corner Gas
is detailed below.
"We're thrilled at the opportunity to share Corner Gas
with the U.S. and so many other international markets," said Susanne Boyce, CTV's president of programming and chair of the CTV Media Group. "Canadians by the millions are uniquely aware of this program's endearing universal appeal, something that will resonate with audiences anywhere. Congratulations to the talented cast, crew and creative forces behind the series on another benchmark achievement."
"I'm very excited about both the international and the U.S. deals," said Corner Gas
creator/ star/ director/ writer and executive producer Brent Butt. "We get so much American programming up here in Canada, it's nice to be able to give a little something back. Something besides Celine Dion, I mean."
"This sitcom is very well written and the ensemble cast is very funny!" said Bill Shaw vp/president, Superstation WGN. "Corner Gas
will be a perfect fit for Superstation WGN. It will surely be a hit once the audience in the U.S. is exposed to the series and it can only be found here, on us."
"Superstation WGN was smart in not only recognizing this program's huge hit status, but also the benchmarks that marked its assent; its writing, characters and acting. Corner Gas
will work perfectly with the other strong comedies WGN has in their lineup," said MPDC's Hasson.Corner Gas Around the world
Canada (on originating Network CTV)
USA (on Superstation WGN)
- Abu Dhabi
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
A critical and audience favourite, Corner Gas is an ensemble comedy series chronicling the adventures of a bunch of nobodies in the middle of nowhere who get up to a whole lot of nothing in the fictional prairie town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Nominated for an International Emmy Award in 2004, Corner Gas
has won the 2005 and 2006 Gemini Award (Canada's version of The Emmy Awards) for Best Comedy Series. Corner Gas
is the most-watched comedy series (Canadian or American) on Canadian television, besting not only The Simpsons
and Family Guy
but My Name is Earl, The Office, American Dad
and The War at Home
Every single original telecast of Corner Gas
has achieved over one million viewers in Canada, a record feat in Canadian broadcasting.Corner Gas
has also spawned a multi-million dollar merchandise line, available online at CornerGas.com
and at over 250 retailers across Canada.Tales from Dog River,
a companion book to the hit series, recently debuted at No. 2 on the Canadian bestseller list.
Meanwhile, the DVD release of Corner Gas: Season 3
is currently in the Top 10 on Canada's DVD sales charts.
Boasting an award-winning creative team, Corner Gas
features directors David Storey, Robert de Lint, Jeff Beesley, Mark Farrell and Brent Butt.
Paul Mather is aupervising producer and writer.
Mark Farrell is consulting producer and writer.
Kevin White is executive story editor and writer, Andrew Carr and Rob Sheridan are story editors and writers.
The series was developed for television by Brent Butt, Mark Farrell, David Storey and Virginia Thompson.
Executive producers are Brent Butt, David Storey and Virginia Thompson.Corner Gas
is produced in association with CTV by Prairie Pants Productions, comprised of Virginia Thompson (Incredible Story Studio, renegadepress.com)
of Vérité Films and 335 Productions, a partnership of Brent
Butt and David Storey (Blackfly, The Sean Cullen Show)
Louise Clarke is CTV's director, Western independent production.
Brent Haynes is director of programming for The Comedy Network.
Ed Robinson is senior-vice president, comedy and variety programming, CTV Inc.
Susanne Boyce is president, CTV programming and chair of the CTV Media Group.
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