CTV Schedules Timely Encore of Shades of Black, March 23rd

Feb 27th 2007

Encore Broadcast Comes as Black's Real-Life Trial Begins March13

CTV announced today it has scheduled an encore broadcast of its original movie about Conrad Black, Shades of Black, on Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The announcement comes as Black's real-life trial is set to begin in Chicago on March 13. Inspired by true events and based on the book by Richard Siklos, Shades of Black is a dramatic snapshot taken from the life of Canada's own Lord Black of< Crossharbour. In the movie, the character of Conrad Black represents one of the world's most notorious business tycoons, whose complexity and charm have fascinated Canadians for years. The two-hour movie originally aired in December, 2006 on CTV, delivering an audience of 888,000 viewers.

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Starring acclaimed actor Albert Schultz, as the legendary Conrad Black and Hollywood actress Lara Flynn Boyle as his equally famous wife Barbara Amiel Black, Shades of Black co-stars Jason Priestley as fictionalized reporter Jeff Sargeant. The two-hour movie is set in the fall of 2004 before Black - business tycoon, financier and biographer - was charged with civil fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In Shades of Black, Conrad Black has already been removed as CEO of Hollinger International, and is holed up in his Toronto mansion as he copes with the personal and professional fallout from fraud allegations that surfaced in 2003. As Black, Schultz delivers a cunning character portrait of a man who - betrayed by friends and attacked by business partners - steadfastly maintains his innocence in the face of enormous legal challenges and social exile. As Black's glamorous second wife, Barbara Amiel, Lara Flynn Boyle portrays a woman of style and substance who unfailingly stands beside her embattled husband as he confronts the biggest challenge in his life.

Central to the two-hour movie is Black's provocative love/hate relationship with the media, represented through fictionalized reporter Jeff Sargeant. Through a series of flashbacks prompted by interviews with Sargeant, Black reflects on his rise to power and fame and ultimately the events leading up to his removal as Chairman and CEO of Hollinger. The flashbacks also detail his relationship with lifelong business partner and friend David Radler (Jason Schombing). The film concludes as the story fast forwards to September, 2005, when Black learns that Radler has pled guilty to fraud charges and agreed to cooperate with the U.S. prosecution.

CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.


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