SPACE Begins Production on Groundbreaking Original Reality Series, PANIC BUTTON

− From Canadian-based 11 Television, PANIC BUTTON is set to premiere on SPACE in 2013 -

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TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - SPACE and 11 Television Canada announced today that production is underway on the new groundbreaking original reality series, PANIC BUTTON. The innovative new format developed by Kevin Healey (DESTINATION FEAR, BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS, SCARE TACTICS) and Jonathan Dueck (DESTINATION FEAR, PAWNATHON) follows real people as they face their innermost fears. Filming runs until Oct. 19 in Toronto, with 10 episodes of the one-hour reality series set to air in 2013 on SPACE.

PANIC BUTTON is a high-impact, bone-chilling, reality series where a group of select participants become brave subjects in an elaborate and daunting maze. Each week, six people are confronted by the thing that terrifies them most, including: confinement, fear of the unknown, germs, snakes, spiders, or swarming. The Panic Button maze presents them with four ever-escalating and ever-changing levels of fear. Only the most courageous will get to the end without hitting their panic button.

"The PANIC BUTTON arena is a multi-phased, ever-changing labyrinth of fear that is customized for each person," said series Co-Creator and Executive Producer Kevin Healey. "PANIC BUTTON is different from every other reality show because it's not a contest against other people - subjects are playing only against themselves."

"PANIC BUTTON is both gripping and frightening," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "As the participants work their way through increasingly scary and eerie situations, the audience experiences the fear and bravery of the participants through their eyes."

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PANIC BUTTON is produced by 11 Television Canada in association with Bell Media. Entertainment One (eOne) is selling the series in all media as well as format rights. Directed by Leo Scherman (SCREWED OVER), editing by Aren Hansen (CANADA'S GOT TALENT, SCARE TACTICS), and production design by Andy Barry, Joel Klein (FEAR FACTOR) serves as a creative consultant, and Dr. Steven J. Stein, Ph.D, provides consultation. Jonathan Dueck is Producer. Kevin Healey and Jesse Fawcett are Executive Producers. Robin Johnston is Director, Independent Production, Factual and Reality, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

About 11 Television Canada
11 Television Canada is a Toronto-based production company headed by Executive Producers Kevin Healey and Jesse Fawcett. The production company is part of Essential 11 Media, an international partnership that also includes 11 Television USA and leading Australian production company Essential Media and Entertainment. The group develops and produces entertainment content across a range of genres and represents a strategic production footprint in three key English speaking markets: the US, Australia and Canada.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has produced some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming in partnership with Canadian independent producers, including, most recently, ratings success stories FLASHPOINT, SAVING HOPE, and THE LISTENER, Emmy® Award-winning period drama THE BORGIAS, two-time Emmy nominated hit DEGRASSI, and the critically acclaimed original drama series THE L.A. COMPLEX. Bell Media has also ordered 13 hours of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS, the television feature THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE, 60 episodes of the classic game show MATCH GAME, and new original scripted series BITTEN, ORPHAN BLACK and MOTIVE for 2013.

SPACE is Canada's national science fiction, horror and fantasy channel. SPACE is truly the station for all those who dare to challenge their imagination. SPACE is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more information about SPACE, visit


For further information:

Natalie Cole, SPACE, 416.384.2140 or
Cynthia Amsden, Unit Publicist, 416.910.7740 or

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