- 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
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
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
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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 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
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.
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 email@example.com
Carolyn Fell, CTV, 416.384.2817 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan Hardy, Proper Television, 416.598.2500 x.485 or email@example.com