Canadian TV Production Community and Fans Pay Tribute to FLASHPOINT as CTV
Prepares for Final Send-Off, December 13
- Producers from SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE, BOMB GIRLS, and others comment on
series' contribution to the Canadian television industry in advance of
FLASHPOINT's series finale this Thursday -
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TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - As CTV says thanks to FLASHPOINT for an
incredible thrill ride, the Canadian television production community pays
tribute to the trailblazing series. In addition, fans across the country are
preparing their final farewell before Team One signs off one last time during
FLASHPOINT's series finale this Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
(visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
From the Canadian TV production community:
Tassie Cameron, Executive Producer, ROOKIE BLUE
"FLASHPOINT opened the door for a new era of Canadian television: smart,
polished, emotional storytelling that not only attracted Canadian viewers, but
crossed borders. It looked great, it sounded great - and it raised the bar for
everyone working in Canadian television today. "
Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, Back Alley Film Production Ltd., BOMB
"FLASHPOINT has become the definition of high-adrenaline episodic television
that proudly shows its Canadian roots and is proof positive that Canadian
viewers will strongly embrace home grown hits."
Tom Cox, Managing Partner, SEVEN24 Films, HEARTLAND
"FLASHPOINT was not just a critical and ratings success, it was a game changer
for Canadian dramatic series, opening a crucial door to the U.S. for other
Canadian series. That door remains open, more widely now than ever before. The
Canadian television industry owes FLASHPOINT a huge debt of gratitude."
David Wellington, Executive Producer, SAVING HOPE and ROOKIE BLUE
"FLASHPOINT raised the bar for the entire country. The production community
realized that, despite our more modest budgets, a Canadian show could thrive
on both sides of the border. Every single domestic show that's had success
internationally owes FLASHPOINT a debt. And they went out a winner. Way to go,
Ilana Frank, Executive Producer, SAVING HOPE and ROOKIE BLUE
"FLASHPOINT set a new standard for Canadian television. It proved that we can
and do compete with network shows in any country. FLASHPOINT gave every
production the challenge of achieving world class standards and as a result
elevated the overall quality of Canadian television."
Louise Clark, Executive Producer, MOTIVE
"Stephanie, Mark and ultimately FLASHPOINT emerged after much simmering in
CTV's talent driven writers program. The wonderful success of the series
continued to attract, expose, and break Canadian talent on every possible
front and we will all reap those benefits for years to come."
Tecca Crosby, SVP Creative Affairs, eOne
"FLASHPOINT is nothing short of a miracle. It's a powerful story conceived and
executed by untried writers that attracted the best Canadian talent to
transform those pages into a letter perfect piece of television. FLASHPOINT
continued that way throughout its 75 episodes, muscling its way tomake a
place for Canadian television makers on the world stage. Maybe it's not so
much a miracle as a miraculous testament to the fierceness and tenacity of
Michael MacLennan, Executive Producer, BOMB GIRLS
FLASHPOINT was a revelation to this country. It showed audiences that Canadian
television could handily produce the best show in its timeslot, if not the
whole schedule — and it showed Canadian televisionmakers that if weaim
high and spend boldly, we can craft a series that captures the
world'sattention. Thanks toFLASHPOINT, audiences have come to expect more
from their country's television shows... and producers have found the audacity
to think big."
Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Co-Presidents, Temple Street Productions /
Executive Producers, BEING ERICA
"FLASHPOINT has been transformative for the Canadian television industry.The
series validated a new co-funding model between Canadian and U.S. networks
that continues to gain traction and has helped make Canadian-made series more
relevant in the U.S. (the most important English language market in the
world). It has also reminded international markets that Canadian producers can
make first-class dramas that can be sold around the world alongside the best
series coming out of the United States and the U.K.But perhaps most
importantly, FLASHPOINT's success has helped reinvigorate Canadian
broadcasters and producers, starting a period of renewed growth and domestic
and international relevance for Canadian-produced television.Congratulations
to Bill Mustos, Anne Marie La Traverse, Mark Ellis, Stephanie Morgenstern, all
the cast and crew, and everyone at CTV from all of us here at Temple Street
Productions on five incredible seasons."
Michael Souther, Executive Producer, Amaze, CALL ME FITZ
"The success of FLASHPOINT in the U.S. and international markets helped
re-ignite a confidence in Canadian programming that has benefitted the whole
Julia Keatley, President, Keatley Entertainment, COLD SQUAD
"The astonishing success of all the talented people behind FLASHPOINT in the
nurturing of creative talent, winning countless awards, and killer ratings is
a milestone that the entire Canadian production community celebrates. Bravo!"
Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
"After five years of compelling stories filled with emotion and action, an
immense success with millions of Canadian and international audiences alike,
more than 51 Gemini nominations and 11 Gemini awards, it is clear that
FLASHPOINT, and the talent behind the show, has contributed immensely to
positioning Canada as a creative television force. Entertaining audiences for
five years is no easy task. You have done the country proud and the Canada
Media Fund was delighted to play a role in your success."
From FLASHPOINT fans:
Last month, CTV.ca invited viewers to share their reflections on what the
series has meant to them. Since then, hundreds of messages have poured in from
across Canada, the United States, and around the world, including the
Teresa Kim Nguyen, Ottawa, Ontario
"This show makes me so proud to be Canadian and I'm going to miss it dearly."
Sarah Moore, Ajax, Ontario
"You'll be truly missed and it hurts to see such an amazing journey come to an
end, but please know that the feeling of loss only symbolizes how you've
touched our minds and hearts each week. Thank you."
Allison Mo, Thornhill, Ontario
"Thank you for leaving me and the fans with a better understanding of the men
and women who serve us and put so much of themselves on the line for us,
physically and emotionally."
Danielle Palmer, Colorado Springs, Colorado
"FLASHPOINT really demonstrates many different aspects of life scenarios when
we are faced with difficult situations. The bottom line is that life happens
and when situations arise we need to face those no matter what. FLASHPOINT has
demonstrated how we can deal with these situations and learn to balance life."
Anita McAllister, Queensland, Australia
"As a military member, we live in a life similar to Team One.We have to be
ready in a moment's notice and make a sacrifice to leave our families behind
because duty calls… Thank you for making a show that not only shows how hard
and emotional it is to be on the force but that they are also humans with
families and loved ones. The show is brilliant andI will miss watching it
every week. Enormous pats on the back to everyone involved and good luck with
all your future works."
CTV says farewell to FLASHPOINT:
On Thursday, the entire cast of FLASHPOINT will be in Toronto to say goodbye
to adoring fans that have welcomed them into their homes for the past five
seasons. Here is what CTV has in store for this Thursday, Dec. 13:
CANADA AM - 8:30 a.m. ET Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, David
Paetkau, and Sergio Di Zio visit CANADA AM to look back at five spectacular
seasons of the ground-breaking series and preview the final episode in a
special 30-minute segment in front of a live studio audience.
THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW - 10 a.m. ET Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni and Sergio
Di Zio join Marilyn to chat about the gripping and emotional series finale.
FLASHPOINT: THE FINAL SALUTE - 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
ETALK's Ben Mulroney sits down with the series' stars Hugh Dillon, Enrico
Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, and Sergio Di Zio on their last day
on set together as a group. Shot on set at "SRU Headquarters", the cast
reflect on the past five seasons, their most memorable moments, what
FLASHPOINT means to them, and more in the poignant 30-minute CTV special.
FLASHPOINT Series Finale Screening - 7 p.m. ET at the TIFF Bell Lightbox,
CTV hosts the ultimate FLASHPOINT series finale screening experience at the
TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Fans selected earlier this week by random draw
will watch the final two episodes hours before the live broadcast, followed by
a special Q & A session with the cast and the producers. The screening will be
preceded by red carpet cast arrival at 5:30 p.m. ET.
FLASHPOINT - 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
In the sensational, not-to-be-missed series finale, "Keep the Peace," it's all
hands on deck as Team One joins forces with firefighters, paramedics, and the
military to contain a threat that's gone amiss. As Jules (Amy Jo Johnson) and
Parker (Enrico Colantoni) learn the true dark origins of the bomber, they
realize this is not a man that can be talked down. In the Team's final
showdown, tragedy and triumph collide as peace is kept at a painful cost.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter: @CTV_PR @CTV_Television @FlashpointTeam1 @Flashpoint_TV (co-creator's
Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern's popular feed)
Facebook: facebook.com/CTV.Flashpoint facebook.com/FPTOne
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
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