It's a Glee Club Showdown at Work - Global Presents an All-New Original
Series "Canada Sings!"

Coming in Early 2011

TORONTO, July 26 /CNW/ - Team building at work strikes a new chord…Canwest Broadcasting announced today it will develop and broadcast an all-new original production, Canada Sings! (working title). The reality series will target budding talents within workplaces nationwide, encouraging glee clubs to come together and perform in competition.

Premiering on Global in early 2011, Canada Sings! is a one-hour original series that will challenge ordinary Canadians to form extraordinary glee clubs with their co-workers and compete in a head-to-head battle against another workplace team. From firemen to nurses, chefs to CEOs - gleeful Canadians are everywhere and Canada Sings! is on the hunt.

"Canada Sings! will uncover the talent that is hiding in the cubicle next to you. It will expose the big voice inside the colleague you never thought could carry a tune," said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "The series will take everyday people out of their comfort zones and onto the stage for a high-voltage performance audiences won't soon forget."

Each week Canada Sings! will travel to two Canadian workplaces to scout out talent for a glee club that will 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 glee-off. A panel of celebrity judges will award the winning glee club with a donation to the charity of their choice. Canada Sings! will be produced expressly for Canwest Broadcasting by Insight Productions.

"This is an original Insight format and it's always exciting for us to break new ground," said John Brunton, President, Insight Production Company Ltd. "With heartfelt storytelling, electric performances and fierce competition, it's got all the elements we love and we're looking forward to capturing the imaginations of Canadian audiences."

Complete details for Canada Sings! including the show host and judging panel will be announced 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. ( href=""> (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. ( href="">, (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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