Canada Sings Around The World

Endemol Acquires Rights to Produce International Versions of Global's Original Series

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TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Shaw Media announced today that its production partner, Insight Productions, has sold the worldwide format rights for Global's original series Canada Sings to Endemol, the largest independent television and digital production company in the industry. Under the deal, Endemol will sell the Canada Sings format internationally and draw on its network of production companies to produce locally adapted versions of the show in major territories across the globe.

"There's absolutely nothing like Canada Sings and we couldn't be more proud," said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. "It proves that Canada continues to create programming that resonates far beyond our borders. Insight has done a masterful job to establish a new spin on the singing competition genre and we look forward to seeing the many interpretations around the world."

Canada Sings challenges Canadians to form glee clubs with their co-workers and compete in a head-to-head battle against another workplace glee team for their charity of choice. Global and Insight Productions recently announced season two of the one-hour original series.

"Insight is very proud of Canada Sings. We could never have created this wonderful new format without the support from our friends and partners at Shaw Media" said Insight's CEO and the show's Executive Producer, John Brunton. "Endemol, Insight and Shaw Media have been successful partners in the past on Deal or no Deal Canada - one of the highest rated show's in Shaw Media's history. We feel confident this new endeavor will yield another successful partnership and look forward to bringing our home grown format to the world stage."

The worldwide format deal for Canada Sings was brokered by Grant Ross and Philippe Maigret at Endemol and Jane Rimer at Insight Production Company Ltd.

Grant Ross, Global Head of Format Acquisitions at Endemol comments:  "This is an unabashed feel good format packed with adrenalin, bravado, teamwork, courage and jeopardy.  The show's performance in Canada speaks for itself and the elements that have driven that success can be translated in any territory. We're delighted to be in business with Insight and Shaw Media and very much look forward to taking their format to the market internationally."

Further information about season two of Canada Sings to be announced in the New Year.

Global Television is a Shaw Media network.

About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc. 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 (TSX: SJR.B) (NYSE: SJR).  For more information about Shaw, please visit

About Insight Production Company Ltd

Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and production of highly rated television programs and cutting edge multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous International awards, including multiple Gemini's. The company has created thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast over major networks worldwide. Broadcast Magazine International claims that "When it comes to adapting formats for Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears to have the Midas touch." Recent hits include Insight's original format Battle of the Blades; Top Chef Canada; Canada's Got Talent; THE JUNO AWARDS, Canada's national music award show; Canadian Idol; Intervention Canada and Deal or No Deal Canada, the hit primetime game show, which delivered Global's highest ratings of all time for a Canadian program.

About Endemol

Endemol is the largest independent television and digital production company in the world. It comprises a global network of over 80 companies in 31 countries and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  Endemol works with approximately 300 broadcasters, digital platforms and licensees worldwide and covers all elements of the entertainment spectrum including development, production, marketing, distribution and franchise management. The company annually produces 10,000 hours of content across genres, including entertainment, reality TV, game shows, comedy, drama, sport, docu-dramas, animation, features and feature films.  Its credits include international hits such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 1 vs. 100, Star Academy, Wipeout and The Money Drop. Its growing drama portfolio includes Hell on Wheels, Hot in Cleveland, Home and Away, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Rush, Nini and Penoza.

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