Canada Sings set to go worldwide

Shaw Media announced today that its production partner, Insight Productions, has sold the worldwide format rights for Global’s original series Canada Sings to Endemol, the largest independent television and digital production company in the industry.

Under the deal, Endemol will sell the Canada Sings format internationally and draw on its network of production companies to produce locally adapted versions of the show in major territories across the globe.

“There’s absolutely nothing like Canada Sings and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “It proves that Canada continues to create programming that resonates far beyond our borders. Insight has done a masterful job to establish a new spin on the singing competition genre and we look forward to seeing the many interpretations around the world.”

Canada Sings challenges Canadians to form glee clubs with their co-workers and compete in a head-to-head battle against another workplace glee team for their charity of choice. Global and Insight Productions recently announced season two of the one-hour original series.

“Insight is very proud of Canada Sings. We could never have created this wonderful new format without the support from our friends and partners at Shaw Media” said Insight’s CEO and the show’s Executive Producer, John Brunton. “Endemol, Insight and Shaw Media have been successful partners in the past on Deal or no Deal Canada – one of the highest rated show’s in Shaw Media’s history. We feel confident this new endeavor will yield another successful partnership and look forward to bringing our home grown format to the world stage.”

The worldwide format deal for Canada Sings was brokered by Grant Ross and Philippe Maigret at Endemol and Jane Rimer at Insight Production Company Ltd.

Grant Ross, Global Head of Format Acquisitions at Endemol comments:  “This is an unabashed feel good format packed with adrenalin, bravado, teamwork, courage and jeopardy.  The show’s performance in Canada speaks for itself and the elements that have driven that success can be translated in any territory. We’re delighted to be in business with Insight and Shaw Media and very much look forward to taking their format to the market internationally.”

Further information about season two of Canada Sings to be announced in the New Year.

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