July 27, 2009 - Whizbang Films and Canwest Announce Start of Production on New Original Canadian Drama Series, Cra$h & Burn


Whizbang Films and Canwest Announce Start of Production on New Original Canadian Drama Series, Cra$h & Burn - Series to air on Showcase Fall 2009 -

Toronto, ON (Monday, July 27, 2009) – Whizbang Films, in association with Canwest, announced today that principal photography is underway for 13 one-hour episodes of the new original Canadian drama series, Cra$h & Burn. Filming will take place at a Mississauga, ON soundstage and on location in the Hamilton vicinity until December 10, 2009. The series will air on Showcase this November, 2009.


Described as a cross between The Office and The Sopranos by the show’s creator, Malcolm MacRury (ZOS: Zone of Separation, Deadwood), Cra$h & Burn follows Jimmy Burn, a young claims adjuster for a cut-throat, bottom-line insurance corporation. Jimmy maneuvers his way around insurance scams and the criminal underworld as he tries to escape his past and make a better life on the gritty post-industrial streets of Hamilton.


Cra$h & Burn is executive produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, and Malcolm MacRury, and stars Luke Kirby (Tell Me You Love Me, Slings and Arrows) as Jimmy Burn, the cocky yet charming up-and-comer looking to claim a piece of the corporate pie as an insurance adjuster. Casting also features Leela Savasta (Battlestar Galactica, Intelligence) as Lucia Silva, Jimmy’s live-in girlfriend; Caroline Cave (The L Word, This Beautiful City) as Catherine Scott, a shrewd yet practical in-house insurance lawyer; Clark Johnson (The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street, also an Emmy-nominated director on The Shield) as Walker Hearn, a veteran insurance investigator and Steve Bacic (The Guard, Andromeda) as Korkov, a conman and Mafioso hustling to scam the system.


Slated to direct the series are Gemini Award winner Anne Wheeler (DaVinci’s Inquest); two-time Gemini Award nominee Ken Girotti (Rescue Me); Gemini Award winner Peter Wellington (Slings and Arrows); one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 directors to watch, Kari Skogland (50 Dead Men Walking); and Leo Award winner, Rachel Talalay (Terminal City). Creator Malcolm MacRury is also the series showrunner. Director of Photography is Milan Podsedly (Jozi-H). The writing team includes, Malcolm MacRury, Jackie May (The Foundation), John Krizanc (The Summit), Jeremy Boxen (The Listener) and Bobby Theodore (Murdoch Mysteries). Production designer is Andrew Stearn (Chicago).


Overseeing the series at Canwest are VP of Showcase and Drama Content Tara Ellis and Production Executive Susan Alexander. Cra$h & Burn is developed and produced by Whizbang Films in association with Canwest. It is produced with the participation of the Cogeco Program Development Fund, The Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.


A companion website for the series, www.crash-and-burn.com in association with the Bell New Media Fund is being produced concurrently and will launch with the show to give viewers an unprecedented interactive experience with the show and its characters.


About Whizbang Films


Whizbang Films is a dynamic producer and distributor of high-quality, award-winningdramatic TV series, feature films, and made-for-television movies. Headed by PaulGross and Frank Siracusa, Whizbang released the World War I feature filmPasschendaele in 2008 which received five Genie Awards including the Golden ReelAward for highest box office for a Canadian Film.


Visit: www.whizbangfilms.com.


About Canwest Originals:


Canwest is the proud home of the most diverse slate of Canadian Original programs across the Dramatic, Lifestyle and Entertainment genres. As a steadfast supporter of the Canadian production community, Canwest is dedicated to bringing the best of the country to audiences nationwide – including award winning shows such as; The Guard, Howie Do It, Sarah’s House, Holmes on Homes, X-Weighted, Kenny vs. Spenny, and the nation’s number one entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight Canada.


About Canwest Broadcasting:


Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks, Global Television and E!, and eighteen of the country’s most popular specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase, History Television, Food Network and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media Inc.


About Canwest Media Inc.


Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.


- 30 - 


For further information, please contact: 

Adrienne Kakoullis, Katherine Holmes 

Holmes Creative Communications.

Ph: 416-628-5610, 416-628-5604

Ph: akakoullis@hccink.com kholmes@hccink.com