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January 13, 2010

Republic of Doyle Garners Positive Ratings and Reviews

Since last week's debut of the new CBC-Television series Republic of Doyle, the film and television industry has been abuzz with reports of record-breaking ratings and positive reviews for the new show, filmed exclusively in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Honourable Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, today noted the show�s debut episode attracted almost one million viewers (969,000), the highest ratings ever recorded for a new CBC Television drama.

"I attended the Republic of Doyle premiere event at the Majestic Theatre in St. John's last week, and the excitement and enthusiasm for the show was very evident," said Minister French. "I encourage all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to tune into CBC-TV again tonight to witness for themselves the incredible talent, superior production values, and good old-fashioned television storytelling that has made Republic of Doyle an example of the kind of high-quality show that will help cement Newfoundland and Labrador's growing reputation as a desired location for film and television production."

The show airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. on CBC (9:00 p.m. in Labrador).

Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation provided $1.5 million in film equity funding to Republic of Doyle. The size of the production will also enable producers to avail of up to $3 million through the Newfoundland and Labrador Film and Video Tax Credit. The value of economic spin-off resulting from the production is estimated at about $11 million.

In the past six years, from 2004 to 2009, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has invested more than $24 million to film production activity which, in turn, has enabled approximately $67 million to be leveraged from other public and private sources.

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Media contact:
Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061

2010 01 13                         9:50 a.m.


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