CTV Announces MASTERCHEF CANADA Casting Details

- Online application tool now open at CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada -

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TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Get online and get cooking Canada! Aspiring chefs and foodies across the country have been salivating at the prospect of being crowned Canada's first MasterChef since the announcement that CTV ordered MASTERCHEF CANADA for a winter 2014 debut. Beginning today, Canadians can go to ctv.ca/MasterChefCanada and submit an application for their chance to be a part of the Canadian version of the internationally acclaimed series. Deadline for entries is Thursday, July 25.

"Given the overwhelming success of MASTERCHEF CANADA's international counterparts, we couldn't be more excited to put a Canadian garnish on the world's #1 culinary television format," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "Canadians have been waiting for an opportunity like this and we look forward to discovering the diverse culinary talent from across the country."

Auditioning for MASTERCHEF CANADA is as easy as pie! Potential hopefuls can visit ctv.ca/MasterChefCanada and follow the links for full casting details and FAQs. A recent photo is required, and applicants are welcome to submit a video that demonstrates skill, while expressing their passion for cooking.

Among the eligibility requirements that should be noted for MASTERCHEF CANADA applications:

  • Applicants must be amateur chefs, and cannot ever have worked as a professional chef.
  • Competitors must be at least 19 years of age by September 1, 2013.
  • Competitors must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

MASTERCHEF CANADA provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. Thousands of applicants will be whittled down to 50 semifinalists who will then present their signature dish to the judges in hopes of winning one of the coveted MASTERCHEF aprons. In keeping with the MASTERCHEF format, the contestants will face individual and team-based cooking challenges, which result in one or more home cooks being eliminated each week, until finally Canada's first MASTERCHEF is crowned.

MASTERCHEF is recognized as one of the most-successful primetime entertainment formats in the world. Now produced in over 40 countries, the series is watched in more than 200 territories worldwide. "This is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate Canada's vibrant and multicultural food scene and the home cooks that feed it (and us!)," said Cathie James, Vice-President and Creative Director for Proper Television.

With production starting this fall, President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan will executive produce the series, along with Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James. Shine America's Paul Franklin will serve as a Creative Consultant. 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.




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 dramas BITTEN and 19-2, as well as reality series PANIC BUTTON and BRAVE NEW GIRL. In total, Bell Media ordered 27 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

About Shine International:
Shine International is the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group and focuses on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and non-scripted formats and tape. The company distributes programming from Shine Group's growing library of programming along with an array of programming acquired from independent producers and major primetime broadcasters, to more than 150 countries worldwide. Shine International is a leader in handling global rights to unscripted formats including The Biggest Loser (airing in 30 countries), One Born Every Minute, Minute To Win It, Clash of the Choirs and MasterChef, which is now licensed in over 40 countries and airs in 200 territories; and a scripted catalogue that boasts the critically-acclaimed Broadchurch, Utopia and In the Flesh, new sit-com Vicious and the forthcoming Shine America and FX co-production of The Bridge.

About Proper Television
Proper Television is a leading provider of factual entertainment, reality, documentary and docu-dramas for Canadian, American, and International markets. Headed by former BBC director Guy O'Sullivan, Proper Television has earned a distinguished reputation for creating original series and hit versions of international formats including CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, COME DINE WITH ME CANADA, and FOUR WEDDINGS CANADA. Proper Television's shows and formats are sold internationally by newly formed Proper Distribution.

About CTV
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 Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.


For further information:

Emily Alonzo, CTV, 416.384.2664 or emily.alonzo@bellmedia.ca
Carolyn Fell, CTV, 416.384.2817 or carolyn.fell@bellmedia.ca
Meghan Hardy, Proper Television, 416.598.2500 x.485 or mhardy@propertelevision.com


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