Who Will Be The Next Star? New YTV Talent Series Premieres Friday, July 18 At 6 P.M. ET/PT

    The First Talent Series in Canada for Kids 15 and Under

    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - After an intense cross-Canada search, host Adamo
Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and a panel of judges - musician
Suzie McNeil (Rockstar: INXS), songwriter Christopher Ward and music marketing
exec Steve Cranwell - have chosen 12 young hopefuls to participate in YTV's
highly anticipated talent series, The Next Star, premiering on Friday, July 18
at 6 p.m. ET/PT.

    "We were thrilled with the response we received at the casting calls.
Parents and kids turned up in droves in cities all across Canada to audition
for The Next Star," said Jocelyn Hamilton, VP Content, Corus Kids Television.
"This is going to be a programming event that will keep Canadian kids and
their families tuned in throughout the summer to witness the journey of these
young talented singers."

    Produced by leading Toronto distributor and producer Tricon Films and
Television in association with YTV, the first two episodes feature young
hopefuls from across the country. Twelve singers will continue to participate,
with six chosen to be mentored throughout the remaining 10 episodes, but only
one will be The Next Star. The six featured performers will receive guidance
from a panel of industry professionals on how to tackle the music industry as
they are challenged in every aspect of the biz - from vocal exercises to
participating in media interviews to perfecting a signature look.

    "YTV is thrilled to be bringing its viewers this original series that
takes a fresh approach to the talent search process," said Scott Dyer, EVP and
General Manager, Corus Kids and Nelvana Studios. "The kids don't just compete;
they're learning every step of the way. There may only be one Next Star at the
end of the summer but everyone is going to leave the show a winner."

    Viewers at home will vote for their favourite performer via www.YTV.com
and text message, determining who will receive a recording contract with
Canada's leading music company Universal Music Canada, have their single
included on YTV's Big Fun Party Mix 10, plus a professional music video and
personal guidance from music industry hit-makers. All six singers will have a
song included on The Next Star CD, scheduled to be released after the show's
September finale.

    Fans can also find loads of entertaining content on www.YTV.com, from
bios and photos of the host, judges, and participants, to exclusive streamed
clips and personal moments with the 12 singers, to inside looks at upcoming
episodes. Viewers can also join the community of fans through The Next Star
message boards and sign up to receive a Next Star newsletter which will
feature the freshest news and show developments.

    YTV, now in its 20th year, is a leading entertainment brand for kids in
Canada. The network is seen in over eight million homes. As a major force in
kids' entertainment, YTV has triggered over $1 billion in Canadian independent
production; has a highly interactive website that averages over 90 million
monthly page views; publishes a successful kids' magazine, Whoa!; and conducts
a highly respected annual survey, The YTV Tween Report.

    YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and
entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and
radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio
services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's
animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV,
Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio
stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

    Tricon Films & Television is one of Canada's largest independent
production and distribution companies. Tricon has established itself as a
leader of high quality factual and scripted content and remains committed to
producing and distributing programming that performs both domestically and
around the world. For more information on our programming please visit

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For further information:

For further information: Molly Merrick, Publicist, Corus Entertainment
Inc., (416) 530-2247, molly.merrick@corusent.com; Samantha Taus, Unit
Publicist, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5612, staus@hccink.com

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