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Keatley MacLeod Productions and Alliance Atlantis announce start of principal photography on seventh season of Cold Squad for CTV
    TSX:     AAC.A, AAC.B

    -  Thirteen new, one-hour episodes now in production in Vancouver
    -  Starring Julie Stewart, Matthew Bennett, Joely Collins, Garry Chalk,
       Sonja Bennett and Tahmoh Penikett
    -  The longest running Canadian drama series currently on Canadian
       television with an impressive following

TORONTO,Aug. 13 2003 --Seaton McLean, President, Production of ALLIANCE
ATLANTIS Entertainment Group, and Julia Keatley, President of Keatley MacLeod
Productions, announced the start of principal photography, in Vancouver, on 13
new one hour episodes of the drama series, COLD SQUAD bringing the total
number of episodes to 98. The Gemini Award winning series, produced by Keatley
MacLeod Productions and ALLIANCE ATLANTIS, will broadcast on CTV in the
2003/04 season.
    "We're very happy to have a seventh season of COLD SQUAD," said Ms.
Keatley. "The success of the show is due to the extremely talented cast, the
incredible crew and the fans who have made it one of the highest rated
Canadian dramas on television."
    "COLD SQUAD is one of the most successful Canadian dramas ever," said Mr.
McLean. "Going into production this year marks it as the longest-running
Canadian produced drama currently on air."
    "From the ever-talented and dedicated cast and crew to our partners at
Keatley MacLeod Productions and Alliance Atlantis, COLD SQUAD's return to
CTV's primetime schedule is a success story everyone is proud of," said
Susanne Boyce, President of Programming for CTV and Chair of the Media Group.
    Julie Stewart returns as lead investigator, "Ali McCormick" with Matthew
Bennett as "Detective Len Harper", Joely Collins as "Christine Wren", and
Garry Chalk as "Inspector Andrew Pawlachuk". The seventh season continues to
be fresh and provocative, with the addition of award winning actress Sonja
Bennett (Punch) as "Detective Samantha Walters". The season presents an edgier
look at Vancouver as it takes to the streets with new beat cop "Ray Chase"
played by hot new find Tahmoh Penikett.
    Executive Producers of COLD SQUAD are Matt MacLeod and Julia Keatley of
Keatley MacLeod Productions, Steve Ord of ALLIANCE ATLANTIS and Peter
Mitchell. Gary Harvey is Co-Executive Producer and Gigi Boyd is Producer.
    Previous seasons of COLD SQUAD also air on ALLIANCE ATLANTIS' specialty
channel, Showcase, weekdays at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT and 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
    COLD SQUAD is a Keatley MacLeod/ALLIANCE ATLANTIS production in
association with CTV, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund,
created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry,
CTF: Licence Fee Program, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program, CanWest
Western Independent Producers Fund, the Independent Production Fund, the
Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, the Canadian Film or Video
Production Tax Credit, and is also developed and produced with the
participation of Rogers Telefund. ALLIANCE ATLANTIS has worldwide distribution
and merchandising rights except in the U.S., where it is distributed by
Keatley MacLeod Productions.
    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 27 conventional television stations
across Canada and has interests in 15 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
    Keatley MacLeod Productions focuses on the development and production of
dramatic films and series for television. Partners Julia & Phillip Keatley and
Matt MacLeod bring more than thirty years of experience in development and
production to their firm.
    Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. is a leading vertically integrated
broadcaster, creator and distributor of filmed entertainment. The Company's
common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange - trading symbols
AAC.A, AAC.B and on NASDAQ - trading symbol AACB. The Company's Web site is


For further information: Julie Andaloro, Publicist, ALLIANCE
ATLANTIS Entertainment Group, Tel. (416) 934-7144, Email:; Bill
Vigars, Unit Publicist,
COLD SQUAD, Tel: (604) 790-2721, Email:; Laura Heath,
Manager, Publicity, CTV, Tel. (416) 332-5076, Email:


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