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."