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Riveting 10-part docu-drama series set to premiere on CBC in 2017

TORONTO, CANADA – July 7, 2016 – Leading global content creation company Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM), announced today that production is underway on CBC’s recently announced docu-drama series CANADA: THE STORY OF US. Based on the internationally successful format created by Nutopia, the 10 X 60-minute series is shooting until July 22 and will air exclusively on CBC in 2017 as part of the national public broadcaster’s robust lineup of original programming commissioned to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“We’re delighted to be working with CBC on CANADA: THE STORY OF US to celebrate Canada’s heroes through dramatic re-enactments and interviews with iconic Canadians, and ignite a national conversation about what it means to be Canadian,” said Julie Bristow, President and CEO, Bristow Global Media Inc.

The epic adventure history series tells the extraordinary tale of the people, places and events that shaped Canada, including the stories of Indigenous peoples and immigrants, pioneers and rule breakers, and scientists and entrepreneurs who forged a nation in a vast and harsh land. The series will combine fact-based drama with stunning CGI animation, and feature interviews with prominent Canadians.

“It is always incredible to see how the STORY OF US format is translated across continents and it couldn’t be in better hands than with Julie and her team,” said Jane Root, CEO, Nutopia. “Nutopia looks forward to seeing the amazing stories that the history of Canada holds.”

John English, renowned Canadian historian and acclaimed author, and Gerald McMaster, curator, author, artist and Indigenous Studies educator, are the primary consultants on the series, with several notable Canadian scholars also providing historical expertise including Margaret MacMillan, Tim Cook and Rick Hillier among others.

CANADA: THE STORY OF US is executive produced by Julie Bristow and Claire Adams with Marlo Miazga and Janice Tufford as co-executive producers for BGM as well as, Jane Root, Ben Goold and Phil Craig for Nutopia. The STORY OF US format has aired in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

About Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM)

Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) is a Toronto-based content creation company, specializing in creating multi-platform content across all genres, including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The company was launched in 2013 by leading broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC included the creation of award-winning entertainment divisions, the launch of national digital media platforms and the stewardship of iconic sports brands. BGM boasts a successful roster of linear and non-linear content, including: NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (CBC, NBCSN, Rogers), Pressure Cooker (W Network), Hockey Wives (W Network),Canada: The Story of US (CBC), Canadian Country Music Association’s CCMA Awards (CBC and CMT),  Pardon My French (YouTube) and YTV’s daily interstitial brand-driven content. In addition, BGM is partnered with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in the UK for content development.




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