Save the Date for Four Weddings Canada

First Canadian Edition of the International Hit Series Premieres January 4 Exclusively On SliceTM

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TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Four competing Canadian brides-to-be, four fabulous weddings to scrutinize and one ultimate honeymoon getaway at stake. Shaw Media, in partnership with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Proper Television, is bringing the first Canadian edition of the international hit series Four Weddings to Canada, premiering on SliceTM on Wednesday, January 4 at 10 pm ET/PT.

For the first time ever, Canadian brides have the opportunity to pit their weddings against one another in a matrimonial showdown and SliceTM viewers have a front row seat to all the action. In each episode, four outspoken brides attend and judge each other's weddings and rate them out of 10 in four categories - the venue, the food, the overall experience and of course - the dress. The bride with the highest total score wins a luxurious honeymoon for her and her new hubby.

"The Four Weddings franchise has already had a tremendous response among international audiences," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "And now, for the first time ever, we're offering our viewers the opportunity to take in the styles and tastes of fellow Canadian brides tying the knot on home soil. Four Weddings Canada is an ideal addition to our wide range of fresh, fun winter programming on SliceTM."

In the January 4th premiere, four very diverse brides compete for top prize. Drama-loving Chantal has an elegant soap-opera themed wedding while fiery tomboy Melissa, hosts guests at a fusion of South American and Latin cultures. Girly-girl Kristen's wedding is a fairytale day fit for a princess, the polar opposite of country gal Jori's wedding - complete with a buffet, cash-bar, and live animals. Tune in and watch as these four feisty brides step up to the altar to claim their prize - a honeymoon fit for a princess, or maybe a cowgirl? Or even a tomboy?

Produced by ITV Studios and originating in the United Kingdom, Four Weddings has captured audiences in 17 territories across the globe. Comprised of Canadian contestants and exclusive to SliceTM, Four Weddings Canada is sure to become an audience favourite.

"Four Weddings Canada has been a blast to make and it's even more fun to watch. It's witty, wise and warm-hearted and a great showcase for the many different kinds of marriages we have in Canada today," said Guy O'Sullivan, President, Proper Television.

Beginning in mid-December, visit www.slice.ca for a selection of wedding related articles, web-exclusive behind the scenes video footage and photographs and fun tips on recreating each episode's winning wedding. Join the Four Weddings Canada conversation on Facebook at Four Weddings Canada and on Twitter at @4weddingscanada.

SliceTM is a Shaw Media network.

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

About Proper Television
Proper Television is one of Canada's strongest and most sought-after creators of factual programming. Recognized as a leading provider of factual entertainment, reality, documentary and docu-dramas, Proper Television has earned a reputation for both original series and for adapting international formats for the Canadian market. Proper Television is headed by former BBC director Guy O'Sullivan. Since opening Proper in 2004, O'Sullivan has steadily grown the company, adding top-notch production staff that turn out Proper Television's growing slate of award-winning productions.

About ITV Studios
ITV STUDIOS is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the United Kingdom, creating over 2,000 hours of original programming each year. Building on a heritage of over 50 years of quality programme-making, ITV Studios produces across a wide range of genres - from drama and entertainment, to factual and lifestyle including Coronation Street, I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Emmerdale, This Morning, Vera, Marchlands, Dancing on Ice and Come Dine With Me. ITV Studios has six international production companies encompassing ITV Studios America, ITV Studios France, ITV Studios Spain, Granada Australia, Granada Germany and Silverback, ITV Studios' Scandinavia based production business. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is ITV's international distribution arm representing a portfolio of ITV Studios produced and acquired finished programmes and formats.

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