A CTV Holiday Television Event: New Original Movie THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE Premieres Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

A CTV Holiday Television Event: New Original Movie THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE 
Premieres Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV 
- Starring EMMY(®)-nominated actor Aidan Quinn, alongside Kari Matchett and 
MacKenzie Porter -
- Written and directed by Gemini Award-winning director Anne Wheeler -
- Executive produced by Gemini award-winning actor/director Paul Gross and 
Daytime EMMY(®) Award-winning producer Frank Siracusa -
- Filmed outside of Calgary and inspired by real-life events in McBride, B.C. 
and the Rockies - 
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TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Saddle up this holiday season with THE HORSES 
OF MCBRIDE, a new, heart-warming CTV original television movie about the hope, 
spirit, and conviction of the residents of McBride, B.C., who sacrificed their 
Christmas to pull together and miraculously rescue two starving horses trapped 
deep within the Canadian Rockies. A major CTV holiday television event, filmed 
outside of Calgary and inspired by real-life events, THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE 
premieres Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm 
local broadcast times). Written and directed by Gemini Award-winning director 
Anne Wheeler (BOMB GIRLS, Better Than Chocolate), and executive produced by 
Gemini award-winning actor/director Paul Gross (ZOS: ZONE OF SEPERATION, THE 
TROJAN HORSE) and Daytime EMMY(®) Award-winning producer Frank Siracusa (THE 
YARD, Hobo with a Shotgun, Passchendaele), the two-hour television movie stars 
EMMY(®)-nominated actor Aidan Quinn (ELEMENTARY, Unknown), Kari Matchett 
(COVERT AFFAIRS, 24) and up-and-comer MacKenzie Porter (R.L. Stine's THE 
HAUNTING HOUR, WILD ROSES). Encore presentations of THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE air 
Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT 
on CTV Two. THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE will also be available across CTV's digital 
platforms following its television broadcast on CTV.ca, the CTV App, and the 
CTV Mobile channel. 
**Media Note** Photography for THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE is available online at 
BellMediaPR.ca. 
"THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE brings to television one Canadian community's Christmas 
story that inspired a country," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and 
Sports. "A perfect fit for the holiday season, the story of McBride is a 
wonderful re-telling of how one family, and eventually an entire community, 
rallied together to save the lives of two helpless horses." 
"We're very proud and fortunate to be part of this beautiful story," said 
Executive Producer Frank Siracusa, Whizbang Films. "It's a story about real 
people with real courage and true spirit." 
Inspired by real-life events, in THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE (Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. 
ET/PT on CTV), cowboy-outfitter Matt Davidson (Aidan Quinn) has decided to 
sell his family ranch and find work in the city. His wife Avril (Kari 
Matchett) and son Kenny (Edward Ruttle, THREE WEEKS, THREE KIDS, HELLCATS) 
have embraced the move, but his daughter Nicki (MacKenzie Porter), who dreams 
of being an outfitter and mountain guide like her dad, is shocked and angry. 
It's late December 2008, when two starving horses are discovered high up on 
the Rockies, trapped in a six foot-deep prison of snow more than 30 miles from 
any road. After seeing the spirit in their eyes, Nicki commits to getting them 
off the mountain - somehow. With no other options, she picks up a shovel and 
starts to dig out the mile-long path in deep snow, inspiring her father, 
family, and an entire community to pitch in. 
The story came to Whizbang Films' attention on Boxing Day nearly four years 
ago when the horses' story appeared on the front page of newspapers and 
newscasts across the country. Anne Wheeler agreed to write and direct the 
project, and in researching the story, she spent considerable time with the 
Jeck family in B.C, who were instrumental in the horses' rescue. In casting 
the equine "stars" of the film, the producers found two emaciated horses with 
the support of the SPCA, and nurtured them back to health under the watchful 
eye of legendary wrangler John Scott. The mare's name is "Lady", rescued near 
Cochrane, Alberta. The gelding, "Slim", was found near Penticton, B.C. 
THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE is produced by Whizbang Films in association with Bell 
Media, and distributed internationally by Entertainment One (eOne). THE HORSES 
OF MCBRIDE is written and directed by Anne Wheeler and executive produced by 
Frank Siracusa (THE YARD, Hobo with a Shotgun, Passchendaele) and Paul Gross 
(ZOS: ZONE OF SEPERATION, THE TROJAN HORSE). Gosia Kamela is the Bell Media 
Production Executive working with the movie. Trish Williams is Director, 
Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior 
Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior 
Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV 
Programming and Sports. 
About Whizbang Films 
Whizbang Films is a dynamic producer and distributor of high-quality, 
award-winning feature films and dramatic TV series. Headed by Frank Siracusa, 
in 2011 Whizbang released Hobo with a Shotgun and Breakaway. In 2008, Whizbang 
released the World War I feature film Passchendaele, which received five Genie 
Awards including the Golden Reel Award for highest box office for a Canadian 
Film. For more information, visit whizbangfilms.com. 
About CTV 
CTV is Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality 
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's 
most-watched television network. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's 
premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and 
digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest 
communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the 
network's website at ctv.ca. 
Matthew Almeida, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.2629 
ormatthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca Jim Quan, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.5311 
orjim.quan@bellmedia.ca 
SOURCE: CTV 
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