HAMILTON – BASED CANADIAN HOCKEY DRAMA PICKED UP BY U.S. NETWORK FOR PRIME TIME

Alliance Atlantis announces that UPN will broadcast up to 13 episodes of the drama series Power Play this summer, starting Monday, June 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT). The series follows the exploits of a powerful New York sports agent who returns to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to run its professional hockey team – the least successful in North America – then struggles to turn its fate around and stop the embattled team owners from selling the franchise to a Houston conglomerate.

“We are pleased to bring this Canadian drama to U.S. prime time, ” said Alliance Atlantis Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael MacMillan. “The dramatic content of Power Play, intertwined within the context of the sports world will appeal to a broad base of viewers.”

“This is the first in a series of announcements we’ll be making about original summer programming,” said UPN Entertainment President Tom Nunan. “It’s critical to both our affiliates and our viewers that we keep the lights on during the summer months with first-run, alternative fare. Power Play is a terrific production that’s a cross between Jerry Maguire and Providence and I think it will take a lot of people by surprise.”

“It’s great that a Hamilton hockey team will be playing on a U.S. network in prime time and that Don Cherry will be introduced to U.S. audiences, albeit as a Philly coach,” said Executive producer Robert Lantos.

Power Play celebrates hockey as it takes a behind-the-scenes look into the dynamic and exciting world of the Hamilton Steelheads hockey organization, focusing on hot shot sports agent, Brett Parker. To preserve the team, Parker must now integrate the ruthlessness he applied as a sports agent and contend with temperamental sports superstars, a team president who dislikes him, frustrated fans and battling owners. All the while, Parker’s personal life seems to unravel as he copes with the beautiful girlfriend he’s left behind in New York and the recent reconciliation with his teenage daughter Michele.

Starring are award-winning film, television and stage actor Michael Riley Amistad, French Kiss as Brett Parker; multiple award-winning actor/writer/director Gordon Pinsent Due South as team owner Duff McCardle; actor/director Al Waxman Cagney and Lacey as the team’s coach Lloyd Gorman; Kari Matchett Marriage of Convenience as team president Colleen Blessed.

Power Play is an Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Serendipity Point Films/NDG production Executive producers are Robert Lantos, William Laurin and Glenn Davis. Wendy Grean produces. The series is broadcast on CTV in Canada and produced in association with CTV with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, the Independent Production Fund Developed with the Assistance of the Cogeco Program Development Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit.