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2007-08-02

Global Signs Up for Canadian Version of Burnett Game Show

TORONTO, August 2: CanWest MediaWorks-owned Global Television has struck an agreement with Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) to pr

TORONTO, August 2: CanWest MediaWorks-owned Global Television has struck an agreement with Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) to produce a Canadian version of the U.S. prime-time quiz show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? for a fall debut.

 

Produced for Global Television by Insight Productions, five editions of Are You Smarter Than a Canadian Fifth Grader? will be taped on-location in Toronto in October. Insight also produced the Canadian version of Deal or No Deal for Global.

 

Producers will conduct regional “5th Grader Kid-Castings” in five Canadian cities—Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax—to allow local children to become a part of the show.

 

"This exciting format announcement is the perfect kickoff to one of CanWest's most dynamic fall seasons on record," said Barbara Williams, the senior VP of programming and production for CanWest MediaWorks. "Our entire team, along with our production partners, is eager to take audiences from coast-to-coast inside this terrific concept, and truly make it our own. It's a great chance to test our kids, our contestants, and get families in on the fun as we take Canada back to school."

 

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