Big Brother Canada Fans Sign In, Play Along, and Impact The Show with Enhanced Interactive Digital Platform

Registered Users on BigBrotherCanada.ca Instantly Earn Points for Prizes and Power to Impact the Show

In a Series First, Fans Play For a Chance to Compete in a Big Brother Canada Challenge Inside the House and Unbeknownst to the Houseguests

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TORONTO, March 19, 2015 /CNW/-  On March 23, Big Brother Canada's third season brings its biggest premiere yet on Global TV and introduces some of the most integrated web and mobile extensions in Canadian television. Last season, the series saw 46 million total page views* on BigBrotherCanada.ca, over 1.4 million combined votes** for the season's online twists and fan votes, and over 46.5 million minutes*** of live feeds streamed. This year, registered users who log in before the March 23rd series premiere are automatically granted more power, earning 1000 bonus points making their vote three times more powerful. The Big Brother Canada digital platform, created by Emmy® award-winning interactive agency Secret Location, in partnership with Insight Productions and Shaw Media, has been lauded for its leading engagement per capita of countries where Big Brother franchises are produced.

"BigBrotherCanada.ca is a truly high-quality and cutting-edge digital platform that offers our fans one of the most fun and immersive media experiences in Canadian television," said Christine Shipton, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. "We elevated the show by putting it on Global, and are taking the online experience to new heights, giving viewers even more ways to log on, play along, and influence the show."

While season three's twists are still top secret, Canada plays an integral role in the lives of the Big Brother Canada houseguests. The more users log on to watch the show's free, 24/7 live feeds, play the eviction prediction game, and peruse endless amounts of exclusive content, the more points and  influence they earn to wield in the season's online votes. Canada won't miss a moment of #BBCAN3 with complete mobile accessibility, taking full episodes and free live feeds everywhere they go and keeping real-time tabs on the houseguests' alliances, maneuvers, and plotting. Plus, this year, a special Fan Feed gives viewers camera control, allowing them to vote which room will appear on this fifth feed.

In a series first, Big Brother Canada is running a contest for fans to win a chance to enter the Big Brother Canada house this season. While in the house, and with the houseguests locked away, the lucky contest winners will compete in a custom challenge to win prizes, earning the ultimate #BBCANSuperfan bragging rights by going where no fan has gone before. In order to be eligible for the contest, fans need to play along online and earn points for entry. Fans who reach the Brass level will receive an automatic entry into the contest, and those who keep playing will receive one extra entry for each additional level they reach, up to a maximum of three entries – the more fans play, the better their odds are.

"The goal with each season is to make the show's digital platform more exciting and engaging and I can say with confidence that this audience has never had more opportunity to influence and impact a television series," said James Milward, President and Executive Producer at Secret Location. "Fans who want to be in the know on Big Brother Canada will be logging in early and often as they rack up points to get their say in the outcome of this season's game-changing moments."

Having just earned the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project, Nonfiction, Big Brother Canada's digital success has been noted beyond the borders of the nation. The Canadian digital platform for Big Brother Canada has been sought out by other Big Brother franchises internationally and used as a model to establish the same level of engagement and creative integration. Digital engagement on the series' site has grown exponentially each season, with Big Brother Canada leading engagement per capita for Big Brother internationally.

Big Brother Canada's third season premieres on Monday, March 23 at 8pm ET/PT on Global. Big Brother Canada airs three nights a week, on Sundays at 7pm ET/PT, Mondays at 8pm ET/PT and Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT. The Big Brother Canada Side Show airs on Slice Thursdays at 10pm ET starting March 26 in a new, one-hour format. Big Brother After Dark will also air Monday through Sunday from 3am to 6am ET on Slice starting March 26.

*Source: Adobe Omniture Site Catalyst 02/24/1405/9/14
**Source: Secret Location's Database 3/5/145/9/14
*** Source: LiveStream Platform Data 3/5/145/9/14

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter: @BigBrotherCA | @Global_TV | #BBCAN3
Instagram: @BigBrotherCA | #BBCAN3
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BigBrotherCA | www.Facebook.com/GlobalTV

Global Television is a Shaw Media Network.

About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 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 Secret Location
Secret Location is an Emmy® and Cannes Lion Award-winning interactive agency that launches products and solves problems through storytelling for brands, ad agencies, producers and broadcasters. Just six years old and with a team of 50 full time staff, the company is a three-time Webby and four-time SXSW Interactive Award Nominee and a Canadian Screen /Gemini, AToMiC, Creativity International, CASSIES, Marketing Awards and Banff World Media festival winner. Secret Location is based in Toronto, Canada, and is led by President, Executive Producer & Founder James Milward, along with partners Pietro Gagliano, VP / Creative Director, and VP /Technical Director, Ryan Andal. To find out more about Secret Location visit www.thesecretlocation.com.

SOURCE Global Television

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For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Michelle McTeague, Senior Publicist, Showcase, Slice, and Big Brother Canada, T: 416.966.7724, C: 647.535.4714, E: michelle.mcteague@shawmedia.ca; Alina Duviner, Unit Publicist, C: 416.574.1098, E: alina@alinapublicity.com; Emily Blake, Unit Publicist, C: 647.291.6097, E: emilyblakepr@gmail.com

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