On the Lot: 27 Canadians in the running to become The Next Great Filmmaker

Canada Answers “On The Lot” Challenge: 27 Canadians In the Running to Become “The Next Great Filmmaker” on CTV

— Producers visit Toronto and Vancouver tomorrow for invite-only casting sessions –

Mark Burnett Productions confirmed today that over one in three of all worldwide applicants for this summer’s blockbuster reality series On The Lot are from Canada. Twenty-seven Canadian filmmakers from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver are now in the running for the 16 competitor slots on the new series, set to debut this spring on CTV. The 27 Canadians have been invited to closed-door casting sessions tomorrow, Thursday, March 8 in Toronto and Vancouver. The Canadian cities are two of six North American locations holding auditions in addition to Los Angeles, New York and Chicago and Atlanta.

From Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, On The Lot is the search for the next great filmmaker – a filmmaker who just may be from Canada. With an overwhelming 4,000 submissions received by producers, Canadian filmmakers responded in droves to the open casting call. In addition to Canada and the United States, over 12,000 submissions were received from around the world, including Israel, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Denmark and France. Invite-only casting calls will also be conducted with applicants from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

“The thousands of Canadian submissions clearly demonstrates our country’s passion for filmmaking,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Good luck to all of our homegrown filmmakers in tomorrow’s casting sessions.”

After Thursday’s invite-only casting call, producers will winnow the applicants down to a group of 16 filmmakers and bring them to Hollywood, where they will be divided into teams. Each week over the course of the summer, the 16 filmmakers will produce short films in every genre. Viewers will vote on the productions and one filmmaker will be eliminated each week. The last filmmaker standing will take home a seven-figure development deal with DreamWorks – and the keys to a brand new office On The Lot. A host and judging panel for the series will be announced in the coming months.

On The Lot is produced by Mark Burnett Productions, DreamWorks Television and Amblin Television. Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg are creators and executive producers. Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Conrad Riggs are co-executive producers.

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