Jackpot! CTV Inks Deal With Mark Burnett Productions For The Casino, Premiering June 14 on CTV
May 10, 2004
by -- CTV Inc.
-- Created and Executive-Produced by Mark Burnett --
-- Series to Provide Unique Access Inside Las Vegas Casino --
Toronto, Ontario (May 10, 2004) - CTV has signed a deal with reality titan
Mark Burnett for The Casino, a new unscripted drama series created and
executive-produced by Burnett. The announcement was made today by Susanne
Boyce, CTV's President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group, and
signals a new relationship between CTV and Mark Burnett Productions. The 13
episode series will make its Canadian television debut Monday, June 14 at 9
p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV. The series provides an extraordinary
24/7, behind-the-scenes look at the real-life dramas unfolding at the Golden
Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as its new owners, Tim Poster and Tom
Breitling, take over the business and attempt to bring back the glory of its
"Rat Pack" heyday.
"Mark has a unique ability to create appointment television," said Boyce.
"We look forward to a fruitful relationship and are excited to showcase The
Casino with the spirit and energy it deserves. Like Vegas itself, this
series is poised to deliver unpredictable drama and a roller coaster of
emotions in a world offering the rarest of access."
"Las Vegas is like a magnet," said Burnett. "The city attracts people from
all over the world with two things on their mind -- getting rich quick and
having as much fun as possible in a short period of time. It is the
magnetism of Las Vegas that we will try to capture on camera, as we tell the
story of two young entrepreneurs who found remarkable success during the
Internet boom and are now living out their dreams of owning a Las Vegas
casino. We will watch them take a seat at the table of the world's most
exciting business as they take over one of the most legendary of all Las
Vegas casinos, the Golden Nugget."
At the center of The Casino are entrepreneurs and long-time friends Poster
and Breitling, whose start-up "Travelscape.com" revolutionized the travel
industry. The company's sale to Expedia in 2000 made the pair
multimillionaires, and Poster and Breitling used part of their fortunes to
fulfill their lifelong dream by purchasing the Golden Nugget Hotel and
Casino on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, as well as its sister
property on the Colorado River in Laughlin, NV. They are now betting that
they can create the same sort of classic Las Vegas experience that was so
prevalent in Vegas' glory days.
Conceived by Burnett (The Apprentice, The Restaurant, Survivor and Discovery
Channel Eco-Challenge) and production partner Conrad Riggs, The Casino will
go beyond the challenges facing Poster and Breitling to explore the personal
dramas unfolding among some of the three thousand employees inside this
world -- from cocktail waitresses, to pit bosses, to security, management
and entertainers. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, this real-life
cast of characters runs an elaborate high-stakes operation that caters to
visitors from around the world seeking the thrill of Las Vegas.
Riggs serves as Co-Executive Producer for Mark Burnett Productions along
with Jamie Bruce (The Restaurant).
On behalf of Poster and Breitling, Trent Othick of Las Vegas-based Insomnia
Entertainment and Rob Lieberman will executive-produce, and Perry Rogers of
Alliance Sports Management will produce and coordinate the production for
Poster and Breitling.
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the
number-one national newscast, CTV 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 14 specialty
channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is
owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More
information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca
For more information, contact:
Mike Cosentino, CTV Inc., 416.332.5048, email@example.com
Margaret Sirotich, CTV Inc., 416.332.5057, firstname.lastname@example.org
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