A Global Television Exclusive - Colin Mochrie To Host 'Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader?'


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    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Class will now begin. Global Television today
announced that multi-award winning actor/writer/comedian Colin Mochrie will
serve as host of the highly anticipated run of 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A
    With a variety of hit series to his credit, Toronto-based Mochrie is no
stranger to TV and comedy fans of all stripes. With uproarious stints on both
the British and stateside version of the improv smash, 'Whose Line Is It
Anyway?' in addition to his starring roles on Canadian productions including
'This Hour Has 22 Minutes,' 'Blackfly' and 'Getting Along Famously', the
Second City veteran is also acclaimed for his tours with the Improv All-Stars,
and his two-man shows with 'Whose Line' co-star, Brad Sherwood.
    "We're delighted to have Colin on board as our Canadian quizmaster," said
Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for
CanWest MediaWorks. "His unrivalled wit and ability to engage and entertain
audiences will be front and centre, and we look forward to all of the fun."
    "Our coast-to-coast search for the kids has been fantastic," said John
Brunton, President of Insight Productions. "I can hardly wait to see the
chemistry between our kids and one of Canada's greatest improv artists of all
time. Like Deal or No Deal Canada, the show's going to have it's own unique
Canadian personality."
    Additionally, Mochrie will donate a portion of his earnings from 'ARE YOU
SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?' to CanWest Raise-a-Reader, an initiative
which raises funds, resources and awareness for family literacy programs
across Canada. (www.raiseareader.com).
    "I have been from one end of this country to the other and met adults of
all ages," said Mochrie, "and let me tell you...those 5th Graders have nothing
to worry about."
    Produced expressly for Global Television by Insight Productions, and in
agreement with Mark Burnett Productions, five homegrown editions of "ARE YOU
SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?" will be taped on location in Toronto and
broadcast nationally this fall.
    'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?' is presented by Nintendo of
Canada's, Big Brain Academy(tm): Wii Degree.
    More key details, including news on '5TH GRADER's' studio audience
ticketing and primetime tuning schedule will be outlined in future media
releases, coming soon.

    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: Grace Park, Global Television,
gpark@globaltv.com, (416) 446-5331; Dan Kenning, Global Television,
dkenning@globaltv.com, (416) 446-5565; Chris McDowall, Holmes Creative
Communications, cmcdowall@hccink.com, (416) 628-5648

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