A Global Television Update - "ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?" Casting Details... Revealed

    National Kid-Casting Tour Kicks Off in Halifax Followed by Stops in
    Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg - DETAILS LIVE NOW AT

    Adult Contestant Casting Details, Application Form Available LIVE MONDAY,
    AUGUST 13 AT www.globaltv.com

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Global Television today announced both student
and adult contestant casting details for the highly-anticipated, five-episode
    Canada's own version of the smash primetime quizzer was announced last
week to overwhelming fan reaction. Now, both a national 'kid-casting' tour and
a call-to-action for adult contestants have been confirmed.
    Beginning August 20 through August 30, "The Global Television Canadian
5th Grader Kid-Casting Tour" will visit five Canadian cities - Halifax,
Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg - as producers look for kids with the
smarts and the heart to join the know-it-all panel on this fall's hottest
homegrown hit.
    "With this kind of game, big fun comes in small packages," said Barbara
Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for CanWest
MediaWorks. "In that spirit, and together with our producing partners, we're
seeking a dynamic group of kids who can captivate the nation, and adult
contestants ready to prove that Canada's got what it takes."
    Starting August 13, the search for 'CANADIAN 5TH GRADER' adult
contestants begins. Gutsy fans willing to match wits with Canada's brightest
schoolkids for a shot at up to $1 million should visit www.globaltv.com as
application forms - and up-to-date information on an in-person casting date to
be held in Toronto - go LIVE on the network's website.


    August 20 - Halifax - Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington Street
    August 24 - Toronto - The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West
    August 26 - Vancouver - Plaza 500 Hotel, 500 West 12th Avenue
    August 28 - Calgary - The Westin Calgary, 320 4th Avenue SW
    August 30 - Winnipeg - Delta Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Avenue


    -   Venues open one hour before registration, please check globaltv.com
        for times in each city;
    -   Every child must have a guardian to supervise them through the entire
        audition process;
    -   Children must be entering Grade 5 for the 2007/08 academic year and
        bring their Grade 4 report card to the audition;
    -   A full rundown of everything fans need to know about the '5th Grader
        Kid-Casting Tour' is posted at www.globaltv.com

    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?" and "The Global Television
Canadian 5th Grader Kid-Casting" are presented by Nintendo of Canada's, Big
Brain Academy(TM): Wii Degree.
    More key details, including news on '5TH GRADER's' Canadian celebrity
Host, and studio audience ticketing 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 and 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

    About Nintendo

    The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems.
For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Chris McDowall, Holmes Creative Communications,
cmcdowall@hccink.com (416) 628 5648; Dan Kenning, Global Television,
dkenning@globaltv.com, (204) 926 4839; Jacqueline Kendall, Global Television,
jkendall@globaltv.com, (416) 443 6036

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