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TORONTO - A half-dozen projects have been selected to move on to the next stage in the development of CBC Television's half-hour serial drama.

They are:
* Beaumonde Heights, Protocol Entertainment, Toronto
* Changing Germain, Dream Street Pictures, Moncton
* North/South, The Halifax Film Company/Inner City Films, Halifax/Toronto
* Power and Pride, Wilbo Entertainment/Defiant Entertainment, Toronto
* Regency, Breakthrough Films and Television, Toronto
* 49th and Main, Raging Ruby Pictures/William B. Davis Productions, Vancouver

This announcement follows six months of intense creative work by members of the independent production community, says the CBC press release.

In May of this year, CBC Television called for submissions for a half-hour serial drama "that would change the face of daytime TV in Canada - a popular series that would portray life as it might unfold in a Canadian neighbourhood, and reflect the nation's unique diversity."

In July, CBC Television selected 12 'stage one' projects, from about 350 submissions, to further develop their concepts and creative teams.

"The twelve presentations we received were just terrific," said executive director of network programming, Slawko Klymkiw. "It made it very difficult to narrow the field, but it tells us we're definitely on the right track."

The daytime drama project is part of a larger CBC Television initiative titled 'Express Diversity' or 'Ed'. Leading the initiative is senior director of network programming for CBC Television, Rae Hull.

"The spirit of Ed seeks to build an even wider variety of backgrounds and perspectives into CBC Television's programming," said Hull of Ed. "In our call for daytime concepts, we wanted to see both storylines and creative teams that reflect contemporary Canada. With today's announcement, we move another step closer to our overall goal."

The six projects will now go to work on a new script and revised series bible. In early December, one or two scripts will be chosen for trial episode production in early 2005.

More information and concept synopses can be found on the Daytime Project web site at
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