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
"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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Quan, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.5311
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