Toronto, ON (JANUARY 26, 2011) –Toronto-based Lively Media announced the onset of production for two new projects on both sides of the border.

The company – owned and operated by President and Executive Producer Leanna Crouch – has been commissioned to produce run run revolution, a 2 x 60 documentary series for CBC’s Factual Entertainment Unit, and The Accused (working title) a 1 x 60 pilot for Investigation Discovery (ID) US and Canada.

A multiple award-winner and one of the most eclectic bright lights in television, Crouch has worked the medium from its most rarified programming as producer of TVO’s Imprint to its most broad-based – U.S. game shows, children’s shows, and Entertainment Now, the original incarnation of CTV’s flagship “showbiz magazine” series eTalk.

run run revolution™, a 2 x 60 television series for CBC Television began shooting on January 17th.  Part of CBC’s Live Right Now initiative which rolled out this January, the two-part series documents the rehabilitation of 10 unfit but feisty Grade Seven and Eight students from Ottawa as they train to participate in the Youth Section of the Boston Marathon. Lively will deliver in late spring.  Nadine Schwartz is directing. Jennifer Dettman is the executive in charge of production at CBC.

The Accused (working title) – Production will soon commence on a 1 x 60 special/pilot for Discovery (ID) US and Canada.  The series shows the personal toll and story behind two wrongful conviction cases in each hour.

“These two shows reflect not only variety of subject matter, but also the caliber of programming we’re determined to produce at Lively,” says EP Leanna Crouch. “All these projects are provocative, engaging and intense. They’re dream projects to produce, with the highest expectations imposed upon them from square one. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

About Leanna Crouch:

From Alex Trebek to Timothy Leary to Margaret Atwood, Leanne Crouch’s journey through the looking glass of television has been one of cultural touchstones and triumphs.

Educated at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California (Dean’s List), Crouch started at NBC in Burbank as an intern and went on to write for Alex Trebek on several American game shows. After moving back to Canada, she worked on a variety of award-winning programs, such as Enterprise and Canada AM, and, in 1989, became the producer of Imprint, TVOntario’s highly-regarded and innovative series on books, language and ideas. In 1994, Crouch authored One on One (published by Somerville House), a book based on Imprint, featuring interviews with Margaret Atwood, Germaine Greer, Leonard Cohen, Douglas Coupland and many others.

Crouch moved on to CTV in 1996, where she worked as Supervising Producer for 26 episodes of Roadcrew, a program for tweens, and as a Consulting Producer for programs and helped develop the TALK TV specialty channel. She then co-created the primetime entertainment program Entertainment Now, which debuted in the Fall of 1996. Crouch delivered 40 episodes of the animated and live-action program, Storytime with Thomas (with Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor) to the Fox Family Channel. Crouch has also been a catalyst and primary organizer for charitable benefits for PEN and the Writers Development Trust.

In 1999, along with Jesse Fawcett and Arnie Gelbart (Galafilm), Crouch became one of the founding partners of Telefactory, specializing in creating and producing both factual and dramatic series. She was the creator, supervising producer and executive producer on many of its programs. She is the recipient of multiple awards in both the United States and Canada

Crouch also acted as Supervising Producer for Stock & Awe, the acclaimed business comedy series currently airing on BNN and CTV. In 2007, Crouch became the President and Executive Producer of Lively Media.

About Lively Media:

Lively Media is a Toronto-based production company with credits including THE CHEF’S DOMAIN, GOLD MEDAL PLATES: QUEST FOR CANADA’S BEST CHEF and BREEDER OF THE PACK, which air on Travel + Escape and Animal Planet respectively. ENRAGED, the 1 x 60 pilot was produced and aired in 2010.  Crouch was also the Supervising Producer of Stock & Awe, the critically acclaimed business comedy series currently airing on BNN and CTV. www.livelymedia.ca