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Targa Newfoundland names Patterson-Partington as TV producer

ST. JOHN'S - TV2GO, a subsidiary of Patterson-Partington Television Productions, will produce television coverage of North America's newest international motorsport event for TV audiences in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and beyond, the organizers of the Targa Newfoundland international car rally have announced.

TV2GO is the respected television sports production and satellite distribution company that currently produces the Canadian and international coverage of the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship presented by Yokohama. The company, based in Toronto, has a long history of producing televised sports, including auto racing, skiing and other action sports.

"This is a critical part of bringing the keen competition and the important Newfoundland and Labrador tourism message to the key markets of Canada, the U.S. and Europe," explained Targa Newfoundland organizer Robert Giannou. "Terrific action, spectacular island scenery and the hospitality of the people of Newfoundland are the ingredients for a great television program that will reach literally millions of homes."

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Tourism, Culture & Recreation has announced that it will head the list of local, regional and national sponsors of the inaugural Targa Newfoundland event in 2002.

An agreement between TV2GO and the organizers of Targa Newfoundland calls for the production of a one-hour TV special suitable for airing on network television in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. The company will negotiate placement of the program with key networks, beginning immediately.

Producer Lawrence Partington will head a crew of cameramen, technicians, editors and support personnel assembled for the seven-day event. The rally, the first of its kind in North America for historic, classic and sporting cars, starts and ends in the capital city of St. John's, and covers a 2,300 kilometre route through central and eastern Newfoundland. The event begins with special demonstration stages in St. John's on September 15, 2002, and returns to the city for its conclusion on September 21, 2002. The rally is expected to attract up to 200 cars from Canada and overseas.

Targa Newfoundland is organized by Newfoundland International Motorsports of St. John's in cooperation with the Octagon Motorsports division of Octagon International of London. Targa Newfoundland is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).



Ian Chaytor/Ruth Marks Doug Mepham
Prime Communications MacDonald & Co.
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website: www.targanewfoundland.com
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