March 2007

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.

Saturday March 24
12:30 PM

Watch Canada’s finest freestyle skiiers in action at the World Championships this weekend. Jenn Heil leads Canada’s talented group of freestylers to the Italian ski resort at Madonna di Campiglio. Lets see how many golds we can get!

The auditions for the fifth season of Canadian Idol have begun, with more than 1200 people showing up in Metrotown for the event. Canadian Idol has said to have been voted the most popular television show across Canada.

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It caused big controversy in the US and the UK – and now it is looking very likely that this new TV Channel will be hitting Canadian screens. The channel – dedicated to the under three age bracket – has been approved by the CRTC (federal regulator for TV) and Rogers Cable is currently in discussions regarding taking it on.

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TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ – This is the real deal, case closed. Global
Television’s original production of Deal or No Deal Canada is 2007’s biggest
TV success story, finishing its five-episode run as the country’s number one
new series and top Canadian series, with audiences larger than last summer’s
Canadian Idol.
On TV and online, Canadians embraced the Deal or No Deal Canada

<< DEAL OR NO DEAL CANADA - No.1 New Series in total viewers of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 2,020,000 viewers (Global) 2. Heroes - 1,320,000 (Global) 3. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader - 1,313,000 (Global) - No.1 New Series in key demo Adults 18-49 of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 898,000 viewers (Global) 2. Heroes - 894,000 (Global) 3. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader - 746,000 (Global) - No.1 Canadian Show in total viewers of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 2,020,000 viewers (Global) 2. Corner Gas - 1,424,000 (CTV) 3. Little Mosque - 1,069,000 (CBC) - No.1 Canadian Show in A18-49 of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 898,000 viewers (Global) 2. Corner Gas - 576,000 (CTV) 4. Little Mosque - 367,000 (CBC) - Deal or No Deal Canada's total viewership was higher than last summer's edition of CTV's Canadian Idol (1.8 million). - In all 3 major markets (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary), Deal or No Deal Canada ranks as one of the spring's Top 20 programs among total viewers and the only Canadian program in the Top 20 for A18-49. - 'Canada's Case Game', the mobile and online game broadcast during 4 episodes of Deal or No Deal Canada, received over 750,000 entries overall.