- International hit franchise comes to Canada for summer run on CTV -
- Racers to discover the world's diverse cultures and terrain within Canada -
- CTV selects Insight Productions to produce series with the support of THE AMAZING RACE creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri and Profiles Television -
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TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Get ready for the race of a lifetime, Canada. In an exclusive on-air message to Canadians during tonight's episode of THE AMAZING RACE, host Phil Keoghan announced on behalf of CTV that the network has ordered THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. CTV has licensed the Canadian format rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and has selected Insight Productions to produce the series in Canada, with the support of Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri's Profiles Television.
Casting, the host, and other show details for #RaceCDA will be announced in the coming months at www.CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV Facebook page.
Set to anchor CTV's Summer 2013 schedule, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will provide a uniquely Canadian take on the original series, with competitors discovering the world within the borders of Canada. Though the series' specific destinations won't be revealed until it airs, Canada offers divergent topography and disparate locales that are bound to add to the excitement and complexity of the show and its challenges, from Vancouver Island's tropical rainforest, Alberta's parched Badlands, the peaks of the Rockies, and the barren tundra of the Great White North, to the Boreal forests of Ontario and Quebec, the sea-faring ports of the Maritimes, the fjords of Newfoundland, and the teeming metropolises and undiscovered towns in between.
"THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is a big show for a big network," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "Canadians deserve their own summer version, distinct from what is seen in fall and winter. With the incredible diversity, scope, beauty, and sheer land mass that Canada has to offer, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will explore the world within Canada. It's a perfect extension to an incredible brand, and a huge opportunity for racers, viewers, and advertisers."
Added van Munster, "Canadians have embraced the franchise for over a decade, and also have been wildly enthusiastic about having a version produced in Canada. With the world's second largest country as its backdrop, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will offer a unique glimpse of the broad and diverse Canadian landscape and culture, while maintaining all of the excitement, spontaneity and challenge inherent in 'The Race.'"
With the knowledge that most Canadians have not travelled beyond their own province, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA gives Canadians the opportunity to race around Canada and discover the country they love in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. With potential stops in all 10 provinces and three territories, teams will race to the finish line, criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres. A stunning depiction of the Canadian fabric, the teams will travel through both the country's urban centres as well as the most remote outposts in the land, all while exploring its broad cultural and ethnic diversity, wildlife, and iconic landmarks.
"We have been fans of THE AMAZING RACE for the last 21 seasons and are beyond thrilled to be bringing this format to Canada, giving Canadians the chance to run the race of a lifetime," said John Brunton, Chairman and CEO, Insight Productions. "We can't wait to start working with the Emmy® award-winning format creators, Profiles Television, and CTV on this exciting new adventure."
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is based on THE AMAZING RACE, the nine-time, Emmy® award-winning, hit program created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri that premiered in 2001 in the United States. Van Munster, Doganieri, and Mark Vertullo are executive producers for Worldrace Productions, a division of Profiles Television. Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The program is produced in association with ABC Studios. The U.S. version of THE AMAZING RACE is a Top 3 series this fall on CTV and is this season's #1 reality program in Canada with an average audience of 2.7 million viewers.
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be the 12th international version to launch outside of the United States, joining Asia, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America, Norway, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam as territories with an original THE AMAZING RACE production.
Complete details for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, including the host, nation-wide audition process, and broadcast info, will be announced in the coming months.
Commissioned by CTV, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and with the support of Profiles Television. Executive Producers for Insight Productions are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, and Supervising Producer is Mark Lysakowski. Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri executive produce for Profiles Television. Robin Johnston is the CTV Production Executive. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.
About Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (DADT) is the content distribution arm for The Walt Disney Company within the United States and Canada. The division provides top tier motion pictures and television programming across electronic home video license, video-on-demand (residential and hotel), subscription video-on-demand, pay television, basic cable, broadcast television, online and other digital technologies. One of the industry's premier distributors, DADT distributes theatrical properties from The Walt Disney Studios including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Touchstone Pictures; and television content from ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and Disney Channel.
About Profiles Television
Profiles Television is an award-winning, full-service production company that develops and produces programming for the worldwide marketplace. Founded in 2003, Profiles Television is run by nine-time Emmy® award-winning producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, the executive producers best known for creating and producing CBS's long-running reality juggernaut THE AMAZING RACE, now in production on its 22nd season. (THE AMAZING RACE is produced through World Race Productions, a subsidiary of Profiles Television.) Since launching in 2001, THE AMAZING RACE has aired more than 180 episodes, with Season 21 premiering on CBS in September 2012. The series is seen in more than 80 countries, with local versions of the show also produced in Asia, Australia, South America, and Israel. In addition to THE AMAZING RACE, Profiles Television is in production on DASH FOR CASH for A&E, and an MMA competition series for Spike, and has various projects in development across a wide range of broadcast and cable networks. Other Profiles Television series include THE GREAT ESCAPE for TNT, and OPRAH'S BIG GIVE, TAKE THE MONEY & RUN, and PROFILES FROM THE FRONT LINE for ABC. The company also produced for Ford the interactive branded-entertainment programs, FOCUS RALLY: AMERICA for Hulu, and ESCAPE ROUTES for NBC.
About Insight Productions
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 THE JUNO AWARDS, which plays a key role in the Canadian music industry, TOP CHEF CANADA, INTERVENTION CANADA, CANADA'S GOT TALENT and Insight's original formats CANADA SINGS & BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Insight is currently in production on the Canadian editions of NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME and BIG BROTHER CANADA.
For further information:
Laura Heath Potter, CTV, 416.384.4633 or [email protected]
Jim Quan, CTV, 416.384.5311 or [email protected]
Leslie Oren, Babygrande PR (for Profiles Television), 310.300.3195 or [email protected]
Bridget Osterhaus, Disney-ABC Domestic TV, 818.560.5252 or [email protected]