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TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Force Four Entertainment and Remedy Canada Productions, in association with Shaw Media, are proud to announce the start of production on First Dates Canada, a new Canadian documentary series scheduled to air on Slice in 2015. Based on the hit format from Warner Bros. International Television Production, First Dates Canada brings viewers a compulsively watchable look at the attractions, the heartaches, the connections, and the perils of a first date.
Filmed on location in Vancouver, each episode of First Dates Canada documents a restaurant of single men and women who have been paired up for a first date with someone they've never met. The restaurant is fitted with more than 40 hidden cameras capturing every moment of the ensuing, and sometimes cringe-worthy, conversational foreplay. Honest and observational at its core, First Dates Canada is a real-life romantic comedy where the players direct themselves.
"First Dates Canada is an innovative, entertaining, and incredibly addictive take on the world of modern dating," said Toby Dormer, President, Remedy Productions Ltd. "We're sending real singles on real first dates and documenting the drama that unfolds."
"Our production team is already casting Vancouver singles genuinely looking for love," said John Ritchie, Chief Creative Officer, Force Four Entertainment. "This is a golden opportunity for people of all types, ages, and orientations to have us find their perfect match."
Online applications for First Dates Canada can be filled out by visiting www.Slice.ca/First-Dates-Canada. Applicants must be 19 years of age or older, available for filming in the Vancouver area, and must provide a headshot of themselves. The casting site also allows people to nominate friends or family for the show through the same online application process.
Originally produced in the U.K. by Twenty Twenty for Channel 4, First Dates has become an international hit, with local versions produced in a number of other territories including Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.
First Dates Canada is a co-production between Force Four Entertainment and Remedy Canada Productions, in association with Shaw Media and Slice.
SliceTM is a Shaw Media network.
About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
About Force Four Entertainment
Vancouver-based Force Four began operations in 1983, and has grown to be one of Canada's most successful and respected television production companies, producing more than five hundred hours of television and earning accolades on the national and international stage. Force Four was acquired by international entertainment leader Entertainment One (eOne) in 2014.
The company's highly successful television programs include lifestyle, reality and scripted programming that have sold and aired around the world. Force Four's most popular series include Border Security: Canada's Front Line, The Cupcake Girls, Shannon and Sophie, Village on a Diet, Murder She Solved, and the scripted sitcom Seed. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and remains helmed by its previous owners President Rob Bromley, Chief Creative Officer John Ritchie, and Chief Operating Officer Gillian Lowrey.
Force Four can be found on the web at www.forcefour.com.
About Remedy Canada
Remedy Canada is a Vancouver-based production company founded by Toby Dormer in 2012 and supported by investment from international super indie Argonon, Headed up by Dormer, founding partner of London based Remedy Productions Ltd, Remedy Canada delivers the same exciting and entertaining programming with which Remedy has become synonymous in the UK.
In 2014 Remedy Canada secured it's first major commission, a documentary series called Cabin Truckers for Blue Ant Media's Cottage Life Network. Each 30 minute episode follows the trials and tribulations of Wade's Movers, a family run business that trucks dream homes hundreds of miles to dream locations against the stunning backdrop of Western Canada.
London based Remedy Productions Ltd has been the UK's largest producer of entertainment programming for the past 4 years. It's key titles include game show 15 to One, BBC's Teen Awards and around a thousand hours of programming annually for MTV as part of a long running output deal. www.remedyproductions.tv
Warner Bros. International Television Production
Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) is a leading global producer of local scripted and non-scripted television programming, with production companies in major television territories around the world.
With producers in the group including Warner Bros. International Television U.K., BlazHoffski and Eyeworks, WB has operations in a total of 15 countries, producing over 1500 hours of television annually, from the following territories: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
In those territories where WBITVP has a production company, it produces both original programming and local versions of scripted and non-scripted formats controlled by Warner Bros., including The Bachelor, Celebrity Splash, Who Do You Think You Are?, Supernanny, ER, Gossip Girl and Nip/Tuck. Where WBITVP has no local production capability, it licenses Warner Bros. formats to third parties.
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