Global Television To Produce Five Special Episodes of Smash Hit
Family Gamer On Location In Toronto
5-City Casting Tour Goes In Search of Canada's Own 5th Grade Kid Panel
Contestants Play for 'A+ Grade'... and a Million Dollars
TORONTO, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Global Television today confirmed an agreement
with Mark Burnett Productions to produce a Canadian version of the popular
quiz show, "ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?". Five homegrown editions of
the primetime hit will be taped on-location in Toronto, in October 2007.
Produced expressly for Global Television by Insight Productions, "ARE YOU
SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?" will be broadcast exclusively here at
Airing this fall, the Global Original Series will introduce an
all-Canadian batch of 5th Grade panellists, along with a new celebrity Host to
stump the class, and the country - all for a chance at up to a million dollars
in prize money.
"This exciting format announcement is the perfect kickoff to one of
CanWest's most dynamic fall seasons on record," said Barbara Williams, Senior
Vice President of Programming and Production for CanWest MediaWorks. "Our
entire team, along with our production partners, is eager to take audiences
from coast-to-coast inside this terrific concept, and truly make it our own.
It's a great chance to test our kids, our contestants, and get families in on
the fun as we take Canada back to school."
In addition, the network confirmed that producers will conduct regional
'5th Grader Kid-Castings' in five Canadian cities - Vancouver, Calgary,
Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax - offering Canadian children the exclusive
opportunity to become a part of television's toughest know-it-all team. Fans
can stay tuned to Global Television and visit www.globaltv.com for information
on the tour, including dates and exact locations, which will be revealed in
the days to come.
"Insight had a great time working with Global on Deal or No Deal Canada
hosted by Howie Mandel," said John Brunton, President of Insight Productions.
"It was a huge ratings success and we're all excited to take on the new
challenge of producing 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?'. It's
going to be a blast."
"ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?" and "The Global Television
Canadian 5th Grader Kid-Casting" are presented by Nintendo of Canada's, Big
Brain Academy(TM): Wii Degree.
A wide range of key details, from news on '5TH GRADER's' Canadian
celebrity Host, to contestant casting, and studio audience ticketing will be
outlined in featured 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 States.
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
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