New Original Series Premieres on Global in Early 2011

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TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - WANTED: Canada Sings! (working title), an all-new homegrown series, seeks out talented singing enthusiasts and their harmonizing workmates to battle it out in a fun and exciting competition.

Starting today, Monday, August 30 through until Wednesday, September 22, Canada Sings!, a Global original, opens its virtual casting doors at

"Canada Sings! is an opportunity to unveil the hidden performer that exists within each of us," said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "We're calling out to these talented voices simmering within the workplace to come forward and show us what they've got."

Scouring the country for these budding talents, the series focuses on finding talent on the job, encouraging participants to form glee clubs with their workmates and go head-to-head against another team. From firemen to nurses, chefs to CEOs - gleeful Canadians are everywhere and Canada Sings! is on the hunt.

"We're looking for dynamic everyday people with extraordinary talent," said John Brunton, Executive Producer, Insight Productions. "From the person whistling on the assembly line next to you, to the nurse in pediatrics that sings the children to sleep and the waiter that can really sing happy birthday to the guests, we're so excited to see what Canada brings to the table."

Each week Canada Sings! will travel to two Canadian workplaces that will be ready with their new glee clubs to audition, rehearse and ultimately perform in front of a live studio audience - all within a few days. With the help of world class choreographers and vocal coaches, each group will prepare for the musical performance of their lives and battle each other in a high-stakes competition. A panel of celebrity judges will award the winning glee club with a donation to the charity of their choice.

Canada Sings! will premiere on Global in early 2011, produced expressly for Canwest Broadcasting by Insight Productions. Upcoming announcements including show host, judging panel and celebrity judges to rollout closer to broadcast.

Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

About Canwest Broadcasting

Canwest Broadcasting operates Global Television and 19 of the country's most popular specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase, History Television, Food Network and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media Inc.

About Canwest Originals

Canwest is the proud home of the most diverse slate of Canadian Original programs across the Dramatic, Lifestyle and Entertainment genres. As a steadfast supporter of the Canadian production community, Canwest is dedicated to bringing the best of the country to audiences nationwide - including shows such as: Rookie Blue, Family Restaurant, Holmes Inspection, Ice Pilots: NWT, 16:9, Re-Vamped and Canada's most trusted entertainment news show, Entertainment Tonight Canada.

About Canwest Media Inc.

Canwest Media Inc. is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp. ( (TSX-V; CGS and CGS.A), one of Canada's largest broadcasting companies. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, Canwest operates 19 industry-leading specialty channels and more than 20 online properties.

About Canwest Global Communications Corp.

Canwest Global Communications Corp. (, (TSX-V: CGS and CGS.A) is Canada's largest media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, operating 19 industry-leading specialty channels and having ownership in five specialty channels, Canwest is Canada's largest publisher of English language paid daily newspapers and owns and operates more than 80 online properties.

About Insight Production Company Ltd

Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and production of highly rated television programs and cutting edge multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous International awards, including multiple Gemini's. The company has created thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast over major networks worldwide. Broadcast Magazine International claims that "When it comes to adapting formats for Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears to have the Midas touch." Recent hits include Insight's original new format Battle of the Blades, Canadian Idol, Canada's homegrown version of the hugely successful international format; THE JUNO AWARDS, which plays a key role in the Canadian music industry; Project Runway Canada, hosted by International Supermodel Iman; The Jon Dore Television Show, currently airing on the Independent Film Channel, 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.

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