- Teams to race for more than half a million dollars in prizes including
$250,000 cash, free Executive First Class airfare for a year courtesy
of Air Canada, two 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays, as well as
special pit stop prizes -
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TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The stakes have just been raised. The teams
on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will kick-off the race of a lifetime in pursuit of the biggest prize
ever awarded for a Canadian competition television series. Set to
anchor CTV's Summer 2013 schedule, it was confirmed today that THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 15 on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). It was also
announced today that THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will also air on RDS, TSN, and TSN2, as well as on demand across CTV's
digital platforms: CTV.ca, the CTV App, and through video on demand
partners. Thousands of teams have entered, but only one team will run
away with the historic grand prize for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. Including a $250,000 cash payout, the prized also features the opportunity to fly free for a year for two anywhere Air Canada flies worldwide (175 destinations) in Executive First Class (based on
10 trips for two), and two 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays. In total, the prize is valued at 167,224 hockey pucks, 178,572 cans of
beer, and 33,356 half-liter jars of pure Canadian maple syrup. Teams
will also be competing for special pit stop prizes with details to be
announced in the coming weeks.
**Media Note** Download artwork for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA at BellMediaPR.ca"Teams will need to bring their A-game in a race for one of the most
lucrative prizes in television and largest in Canadian television
history," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "With
the stakes now raised, we can't wait to see how hard teams will push
themselves to cross the finish line first."
Added John Brunton, Chairman and CEO, Insight Productions: "This is all
so exciting. The stakes are real, the grand prize is eye-popping, and I
fully expect teams to lay it all on the line from the start of the race
to the finish line." In addition to winning one quarter of a million dollars in cold hard
cash, the winning team also receives:
The Trip of a Lifetime
The opportunity for two to fly free for a year anywhere Air Canada flies
worldwide (175 destinations) in Executive First Class.
Winners get a luxurious international travel experience with Air Canada
Executive First Class's refurbished cabin interiors with personal seat
back entertainment at every seat with hundreds of hours of movies, TV
programs, and music available on demand, as well as standard 110V
electrical outlets at arm's reach for all customers.
Air Canada has also recently become the only international network
carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to
independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.
"The winners of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will have to display performance, leadership, and courage," said Craig
Landry, Vice President of Marketing, Air Canada. "We want to recognize that excellence - a value we share - with the opportunity to
really experience the whole world after the race."
Two 2014 Chevrolet Stingrays, the seventh-generation Corvette, the most powerful standard model
ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of
torque (610 Nm).
It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from
0-60 mph (96 km/h) in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g
in cornering grip.
It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the 7.7
L/100km on the highway of the current model.
"The Corvette evokes a truly passionate response from customers," said
Kevin Williams, President and Managing Director, General Motors of
Canada. "The team that wins THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is going to have to bring a passion for life and adventure to the race
and we think that this car will be a great fit for those winners."
Following the casting announcement in December 2012, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA has received thousands of applications. Applicants have come in from
all across the country, comprised of pairings from all kinds of
relationships. The host, and other show details for #RaceCDA will be
announced in the coming weeks. Fans are also encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV Facebook page for updates.
Set to anchor CTV's Summer 2013 schedule, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will provide a uniquely Canadian take on the original series, with
competitors discovering the world within the borders of Canada.
With the knowledge that most Canadians have not travelled beyond their
own province, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA gives Canadians the opportunity to race around Canada and discover the
country they love in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Teams will race to
the finish line, criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres. A stunning
depiction of the Canadian fabric, the teams will travel through both
the country's urban centres as well as the most remote outposts in the
land, all while exploring its broad cultural and ethnic diversity,
wildlife, and iconic landmarks.
The four top-tier sponsors for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are Air Canada, BlackBerry®, INTERAC®, and Chevrolet Canada.
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is based on THE AMAZING RACE, the nine-time, Emmy® award-winning, hit
program created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri that
premiered in 2001 in the United States. van Munster, Doganieri, and
Mark Vertullo are executive producers for Worldrace Productions, a
division of Profiles Television. Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman
are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The program
is produced in association with ABC Studios. The U.S. version of THE
AMAZING RACE was a Top 3 series last fall on CTV and is this season's
#1 reality program in Canada with an average audience of 2.7 million
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be the 12th international version to launch outside of the United States, joining
Asia, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America, Norway,
Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam as territories with an original THE
AMAZING RACE production.
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and with
the support of Profiles Television. Executive Producers for Insight
Productions are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, and Supervising
Producer is Mark Lysakowski. Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri
are executive producers for Profiles Television. Robin Johnston is the
CTV Production Executive. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President,
Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior
Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV
Programming and Sports.
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About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's
most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working
with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV
series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, and THE
LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for
2013 on CTV are the drama series PLAYED, relationship comedy
SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and THE AMAZING RACE
CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit
international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty
channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, ORPHAN BLACK,
and upcoming series BITTEN. Bell Media specialty channels are also home
to reality series PANIC BUTTON, entertainment documentary BRAVE NEW
GIRL, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series like
HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and LAST CAR STANDING. In total, Bell Media ordered
27 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of
quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV
has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years
in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia
company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell
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