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23 year-old Saskatoon, SK native Evan Biddell was named the first-ever winner of Slice's Project Runway Canada.(CNW Group/Alliance Atlantis Commmunications Inc.)


    Saskatchewan's Evan Biddell wins Project Runway Canada

    TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Slice(TM) viewers across the country tuned in
last night to watch as 23 year-old Saskatoon, SK native Evan Biddell was named
the first-ever winner of Project Runway Canada by host Iman. In a two-hour
special finale episode, Biddell beat out Lucian Matis of Toronto and Marie
Genevieve Cyr of Montreal, after showing collections in front of Canadian
fashion elite at Toronto's L'Oréal Fashionweek.
    Along with his rightful place in the spotlight, Biddell was awarded the
top prize, including $100,000 to begin his own fashion line, a professional
portfolio photo shoot provided by L'Oréal Paris, a retail mentorship with
Winners and a cover and feature spread showing his winning collection in ELLE
Canada's February 2008 issue.
    "It was apparent from the beginning that Biddell had the skill - not to
mention attitude - necessary to win Project Runway Canada. The secret was
getting him to tap into that potential week after week to really show us what
he was capable of. He has grown so much through this process, presenting a
collection at L'Oréal Fashionweek that was inspired, well constructed,
stunning and wearable and the judges and I were immensely impressed with his
work. I am incredibly proud of Biddell. I believe he is not only the next "It"
Canadian designer, but that he has the ability to make a name for himself on
an international level," says Iman.
    "Winning Project Runway Canada, Who'd've thunk? When I arrived in
Toronto, I figured it was a business trip. Then after meeting the other
designers, it became more like pleasure. They are some of the most amazing
people from all walks of life. All 12 of us deserved to win this competition,
but there could only be one - and it's The Biddell!," adds Biddell. "The
inspiration behind my final collection came from an extremely chaotic place. I
channeled a very curious energy through the cut, and to be quite honest I
wasn't sure if the message would be received. I'm ecstatic that the judges
understood my line and appreciate the faith they have in me. When Iman called
me a "visionary" it was like she stripped off a heavy layer of insecurity.
Being the youngest guy there, the only self taught designer in the competition
and coming from Saskabush, I know ANYTHING is possible. I'm living proof."
    Respected fashion designer Brian Bailey served as Mentor for the series
and judges Rita Silvan, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Canada, and Shawn Hewson,
co-founder of leading Canadian sportswear label Bustle Clothing, joined Iman
on the runway to make the final decision that Biddell did measure up.
    Of the 12 models that joined the designers on their journey toward
fashion's "promised land", Ashley Hart, who modeled most of Biddell's
challenge outfits and was his lead model in his finale collection, has won the
model's top prize. Ashley will appear wearing Biddell's winning collection on
the cover and in the feature spread in the February 2008 issue of ELLE Canada.
    Produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. the highly-anticipated
Canadian adaptation of the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed U.S.
series, developed by Miramax and The Weinstein Company for Bravo, debuted with
Slice's(TM) fall 2007 season. The Project Runway format is licensed to Insight
Production Company Ltd. by FremantleMedia Enterprises, the commercial division
of FremantleMedia, one of the largest creators, producers, distributors and
licensors of programmes brands in the world. L'Oréal Paris is the lead sponsor
and official beauty partner and Winners is the exclusive retail partner of
Project Runway Canada.

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    Insight Production Company Ltd.

    Insight Production Company Ltd. is firmly established as one of Canada's
foremost television producers in comedy, variety, drama, music, documentaries
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become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and
production of highly rated television programs in every genre. It has been
recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous
International awards, including 59 Gemini Awards. The company has created
thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast
over major networks worldwide. Recent hits include Canadian Idol, Canada's
homegrown version of the hugely successful international format, now in its
fifth season; the JUNO Awards, which plays a key role in the Canadian music
industry; and Deal or No Deal Canada, the hit primetime game show, which
delivered The Global Television Network's highest ratings of all time for a
Canadian program. For more information please visit www.insighttv.com

    FremantleMedia Enterprises

    FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) is the commercial arm of FremantleMedia
and comprises of Fremantle International Distribution (FID), FremantleMedia
Licensing Worldwide (FLW) and Fremantle Home Entertainment (FHE).
    FID has a network of international sales offices and licenses over 20,000
hours of programmes to 150 countries worldwide. FID's programming comes from
in-house UK producer, talkbackTHAMES and from an increasing number of
independent producers in the UK and internationally. Recent international
successes include US ratings-toppers The Apprentice: Donald Trump and The
Apprentice: Martha Stewart, hugely successful fashion reality series, Project
Runway starring Heidi Klum, exquisite Brook Lapping production Catherine the
Great and the music event special, Britney Spears: In the Zone.
    FLW is the licensing division of FremantleMedia and exploits the
company's many strong brands including the award winning international format,
Idols and the cult children's classics, Rainbow and DangerMouse, across
multiple off-screen platforms including merchandising campaigns, interactive
and wireless support and music publishing. FHE is the home entertainment arm
of FremantleMedia.
    FremantleMedia is one of the largest international creators and producers
of programme brands in the world, with leading prime time entertainment,
drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programming produced in over 25
territories. International drama programmes include Germany's top rated serial
drama, Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten (Good Times Bad Times), the UK's most
successful police drama, The Bill, and Australia's top serial drama,
Neighbours. The company's entertainment and factual entertainment hits range
from the award winning international format, Idols, broadcast as the prime
time show, American Idol, on FOX in the US, to the grime-busting format, How
Clean is Your House? and factual entertainment series starring celebrity chef,
Jamie Oliver, Jamie's Kitchen, as well as long-running gameshows like The
Price Is Right.
    FremantleMedia is the production business of the RTL Group, Europe's
largest television and radio broadcast company.
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    L'Oréal Paris

    L'Oréal Paris is a lead sponsor of Project Runway Canada. L'Oréal Paris
is a division of L'Oréal Canada, the leader in the Canadian cosmetics market.
The company, which is headquartered in Montreal, had sales of $760.7 million
in 2006 and employs 1,200 people, representing 44 different nationalities.
L'Oréal Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of L'Oréal Group, the world's
leading cosmetics company, offers its customers a wide range of choices with
its diverse portfolio of brands and encompasses all aspects of beauty. For
more information on L'Oréal Paris visit www.lorealparis.ca.

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