A Global Television Exclusive - 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?' Contestants... Revealed


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    TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Global Television today announced the roster of
nine contestants on 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?'. Who will
rise to the challenge and who will need to confess that it's not as easy as it
    A professor, a lawyer, an air traffic controller and even a nuclear
engineer are put to the intellectual and emotional test... as 5 special
homegrown editions of the primetime hit debut October 25th @ 9pm ET/PT.
    Chosen from all hopefuls who made the first cut at globaltv.com, these
nine Canadians represent a highly qualified cross-section of the nation's top
careers - each with the guts to test their grey matter on the CANADIAN 5TH
GRADER stage, aided by a panel of seven kid classmates.
    Though each contestant is learned and accomplished, their degrees and
careers take a backseat to the basic schoolhouse questions doled out by
quizmaster Host, Colin Mochrie.
    "The wide range of professional occupations among our contestants is a
huge part of the fun of these shows," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice
President of Programming and Production for CanWest MediaWorks. "We know
audiences nationwide will tune in to support their favourites as they work
towards a million dollar prize, and the official bragging rights of being
smarter than a Canadian 5th Grader."
    Contestants Ian Clark (Lawyer) and April Whalen (Marketing Professional)
kick off the first of five special 1-hour episodes next week.


    Ian Clark - Lawyer, Ottawa, ON

    Peter Hazelton - Air Traffic Controller, Oshawa, ON

    Michelle Kennedy - Nuclear Engineer, Pembroke, ON

    Andrew Oster - Veterinarian, Midland, ON

    Alicia Roddy - Occupational Therapist, Ajax, ON

    Mark Szliard - Environmental Engineer, Toronto, ON

    April Whalen - Marketing Professional, Sudbury, ON

    Genevieve Wu - Pharmaceutical Sales Rep, Toronto, ON

    Sandra Zicherman - Professor, North York, ON

    'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?' is presented by Nintendo of

    About Global Television

    Global Television is owned by CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. (CanWest) (TSX: CGS and
CGS.A. www.canwestglobal.com). In addition to owning the Global Television
Network, CanWest an international media company, is Canada's largest publisher
of English language daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or holds
substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising,
specialty cable channels, Web sites and radio networks in Canada, New Zealand,
Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United

    About Mark Burnett Productions

    Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in content
for both primetime television and the Internet. MBP revolutionized television
with hits such as Survivor (CBS), The Apprentice (NBC), The Contender (ESPN),
Rock Star: INXS (CBS), the new smash hit Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
(FOX) and the co-production with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television,
On the Lot (FOX). Other MBP projects in 2007 include: Pirate Master (CBS) and
the 2007 MTV Movie Awards (MTV) for which Mark Burnett served as Executive
Producer. MBP also partnered with AOL in 2006 on the highly successful
interactive adventure Gold Rush, the first-ever unscripted project to be
produced exclusively for the Internet. In addition, MBP has established a
scripted division and is developing comedies and dramas for television as well
as feature films. MBP also successfully reintroduced product placement as an
integral part of each of its shows and has garnered a total of 48 Emmy
nominations since 2001.

    About Insight Productions

    Insight Production Company Ltd. is firmly established as one of Canada's
foremost television producers in comedy, variety, drama, music, documentaries
and sports. Since 1979, Insight, headed up by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby
has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and
production of highly rated television programs in every genre. It has been
recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous
International awards, including 59 Gemini Awards. The company has created
thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast
over major networks worldwide. Recent hits include Canadian Idol, Canada's
homegrown version of the hugely successful international format, now in its
fifth season; the JUNO Awards, which plays a key role in the Canadian music
industry; and Deal or No Deal Canada, the hit primetime game show, which
delivered The Global Television Network's highest ratings of all time for a
Canadian program. For more information please visit www.insighttv.com

For further information:

For further information: Samantha Taus, Holmes Creative Communications,
staus@hccink.com, (416) 628-5612; Grace Park, Global Television,
gpark@globaltv.com, (416) 446-5331; Dan Kenning, Global Television,
dkenning@globaltv.com, (416) 446-5565

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