Canada To Get 'Chopped'

Shaw Media Partners with Paperny Entertainment to Produce First Canadian Edition of Hit US Series

National Casting Call Opens Today

Series to Premiere in Winter 2014 on Food Network Canada

For more information about Chopped Canada visit our media site at: www.shawmediatv.ca

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TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Shaw Media announced today that the popular competitive culinary format, Chopped, will be developed into a Canadian series exclusively for Food Network Canada. Having inked a deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, the network is partnering with award-winning Paperny Entertainment on production of the series currently slated to premiere in winter 2014 on Food Network. The national casting call for Chopped Canada begins today with information available at foodnetwork.ca/castingcall.

The original Chopped series has consistently been a top performing series on Food Network in Canada since premiering in 2009, continually ranking as a top 10 program on the schedule. The Canadian edition promises to follow a similar formula to the original series, featuring four chefs per episode who must beat the clock to create a dish using a basket full of mystery ingredients. The competition consists of three rounds, challenging competitors to create an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert. A panel of judges critique each chef's offering based on presentation, taste and creativity, sending one chef home at the end of each round until one is named victorious.

"Since its premiere, Chopped has firmly established its position on the Food Network schedule as one of the channel's most-watched series," said Barb Williams, SVP Content, Shaw Media. "We're delighted to bring this popular format to Canada and give it its own local flavour."

"We are thrilled to produce the Canadian version of the hit series Chopped in collaboration with Shaw Media and Food Network," says Cal Shumiatcher, Paperny Entertainment. "We're dedicated to finding Canada's best chefs to go head-to-head in what will no doubt be a very compelling series."

Chopped Canada is looking for Canadian professional chefs with a competitive edge. Visit foodnetwork.ca/castingcall for more information on Chopped Canada's national casting call.

Chopped currently airs Tuesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT on Food Network Canada.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter: @FoodNetworkCA, #ChoppedCanada
Facebook: Food Network Canada

Food Network Canada 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 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 Paperny Entertainment
Paperny Entertainment Inc. is an independent, Vancouver and New York-based production company run by partners David Paperny, Audrey Mehler, and Cal Shumiatcher. It has garnered worldwide acclaim for its provocative, innovative, and entertaining television programming. From groundbreaking documentaries to reality television series to lifestyle programming, Paperny Entertainment excels in capturing the essence of human stories.

FOOD NETWORK is a trademark of Television Food Network G.P.; used with permission.

SOURCE: Food Network

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For media inquiries, please contact: 

Cathy Kurzbock
Senior Publicist, Food Network Canada
416-966-7501
cathy.kurzbock@shawmedia.ca
@ShawMediaTV_PR 

Sayurie Naidoo
Publicity Coordinator, Lifestyle Channels
416-934-7077
sayurie.naidoo@shawmedia.ca
@ShawMediaTV_PR

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