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When cocky young tennis prodigies dream, they dream of Cascadia. Who wouldn’t? This ace sports academy is a place to thrive, with top-notch coaches and an idyllic location in the Quebec countryside. That’s what the brochure says, but sometimes brochures tell only half the story—the sunny half… Tennis is the backdrop to 15/Love, an edgy teen drama about coming-of-age in a fishbowl of raw ambition, talent and hormones. Armed with their wits and instinct, over 90 students from around the world attend Cascadia to play-out their futures. One minor detail: tuition is $48,000. Ouch. Pressure mounts, as students vie for fame and endorsement deals while handling the bittersweet torment of teen-age crushes, pizza cravings and midnight curfews. Can love and camaraderie really bloom in a cutthroat sports school? Unexpected alliances form and dissolve as the kids try to outsmart their pint-size nemesis. 15/Love follows a group of young tennis hopefuls who bond over contraband junk food, illegal birthday bashes and a tragedy that truly tests the school’s resilience.

YTV TAKES CENTRE COURT WITH 15/LOVE – ARE YOU GAME? Comedy Meets Drama in This Fresh and Original Canadian Series, Premiering on YTV Monday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

(August 5, 2004 - Toronto, Canada) This fall YTV takes game-set-match with its new tween series, 15/Love. Premiering Monday, September 6 at 7 p.m., 15/Love combines the high stakes world of competitive tennis with the bittersweet torment of being a teen, when seven students at a top-rated tennis academy vie for fame and endorsement deals, trying to get ahead, while making, and staying, friends.

Filmed in Québec’s picturesque Eastern Townships, this impressive Canadian series follows the hotheaded drama and sometimes hilarious antics of gifted young athletes who laugh, love, cry and dream their way through adolescence at the internationally renowned Cascadia Tennis Academy. But tennis is often just the backdrop to the real stories that take place courtside - in the dorms, and in the locker rooms. Through it all, the students bond over illegal birthday bashes, curfew-busting excursions, contraband junk food and tough competition.

15/Love is a unique concept about kids who are friends but also competitors, and are learning how to deal with the pressures of the adult world,” said Bonita Siegel, Director Original Productions, Children's Television. “With strong characters and storylines, and intelligent and humourous writing that will appeal to both kids and adults, 15/Love represents a new level of high calibre production being created in Canada.”

Cascadia’s dream team includes hard-headed, big-hearted Squib (Max Walker), artsy anti-jock Cody Myers (Laurence Leboeuf), runway diva Adena Stiles (Meaghan Rath) and her best friend, type ‘A’ overachiever, Megan O’Connor (Jaclyn Linetsky). Charmer Sébastien Dubé (Vadim Schneider), dubbed the ‘French Prince of Cascadia,’ Sunny Capaduca (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse), Québec’s spoiled young tennis prodigy and slightly geeky B-list player, Rick Geddes (Kyle Switzer), round off the cast.

The soundtrack is a driving force in the series, including the show’s theme song, Standing All Alone, by popular Canadian pop-punk band Not By Choice. A long list of indie artists, including: Urban Surf Kings, Spek, The Shooting Rubies, and Andrew Walker are also featured throughout the series.

Created by Derek Schreyer (Madison, I was a Sixth Grade Alien) and Karen Trobetzkoy (The Magician’s House, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes), 15/Love is a Canada/France co-production with Québec’s Galafilm, Ontario’s Telefactory and France’s Marathon S.A. in association with YTV. The first season features 26 half-hour episodes, with season two already in production in Montréal.

In the premiere episode of 15/Love, a new year of Cascadia begins with a Survivor-style boys versus girls tournament to determine who gets the best dorm rooms, while Cody, the school’s newest member, discovers her role as the academy’s scribe and shutterbug. As an outsider, she is quick to jump to the conclusion that the students are all wealthy, arrogant jocks, but she soon realizes there is more to her new peers than meets the eye.

Beginning September 6, 15/Love will air on YTV every Monday night at 7 p.m., with repeat airings Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

YTV, Canada’s #1 youth network, is seen in over eight million homes across Canada. As a major force in Canadian kids’ entertainment, YTV has triggered over $870 million in Canadian independent production; developed a Web site that averages over 9 million page views each week; published a successful kids’ magazine, Whoa!; and conducts a highly respected annual survey, The YTV Tween Report.

YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children’s programming and products. The Company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus’ Web site can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.

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15/Love Monday nights 7:00 YTV.