Are You Smarter Than A Canadian 5th Grader?

Friday, March 27 – 8pm ET/PT

Colin Mochrie, the famed comedian and actor from Canada, hosts this five-episode special. Based on the US primetime game show hit, ordinary Canadians try their luck at a series of questions targeted at the fifth-grade level. Two more contestants face off against the Canadian 5th Graders.

Friday, March 20 – 8pm ET/PT on E!

Colin Mochrie, the famed comedian and actor from Canada, hosts this five-episode special. Based on the US primetime game show hit, ordinary Canadians try their luck at a series of questions targeted at the fifth-grade level. In the first episode, contestants include Ian, a lawyer from Ottawa, and April, a marketing coordinator from Sudbury.

‘ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5th GRADER?’
MOST WATCHED CANADIAN SERIES THIS FALL IN KEY DEMO

– PLUS –

BIGGEST CASH PRIZE WIN IN CANADIAN GAME SHOW HISTORY

(TORONTO – November 23, 2007) – School’s out and Global Television’s Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? finishes at the head of the class… the special 5-part series tops the list as the country’s number one homegrown series amongst viewers 18-49, on TV’s most competitive night.

§ The five special episodes averaged almost 1.2 million total viewers
§ #1 Canadian show season-to-date for key demo Adults 18-49; out-pacing Corner Gas by 19% (551,840 vs. 465,710); and Little Mosque (314,600) by 75%
§ One of the most popular shows for kids and teens nationally, with an average of nearly 120,000 tuning in to support their peers
§ In total, nearly 7 million* Canadians watched the series during its five week run

– PLUS –

Canadian 5th Grader Makes Game Show History…

“What is the term for two lines that intersect at a right angle?” The answer: Perpendicular

26-year old veterinarian, Andrew Oster knew the answer, and he now leaves his mark in the record books as the highest paid primetime game show contestant in Canadian history – with a cash prize totaling $300,000.

‘ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5th GRADER?’
MOST WATCHED CANADIAN SERIES THIS FALL IN KEY DEMO

– PLUS –

BIGGEST CASH PRIZE WIN IN CANADIAN GAME SHOW HISTORY

(TORONTO – November 23, 2007) – School’s out and Global Television’s Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? finishes at the head of the class… the special 5-part series tops the list as the country’s number one homegrown series amongst viewers 18-49, on TV’s most competitive night.

§ The five special episodes averaged almost 1.2 million total viewers
§ #1 Canadian show season-to-date for key demo Adults 18-49; out-pacing Corner Gas by 19% (551,840 vs. 465,710); and Little Mosque (314,600) by 75%
§ One of the most popular shows for kids and teens nationally, with an average of nearly 120,000 tuning in to support their peers
§ In total, nearly 7 million* Canadians watched the series during its five week run

– PLUS –

Canadian 5th Grader Makes Game Show History…

“What is the term for two lines that intersect at a right angle?” The answer: Perpendicular

26-year old veterinarian, Andrew Oster knew the answer, and he now leaves his mark in the record books as the highest paid primetime game show contestant in Canadian history – with a cash prize totaling $300,000.

With 1.5 million total viewers, and 778,000 viewers 18-49, “Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader” roared in, rated as the most-watched premiere of any new Canadian show on any network this season.

The much-loved quizzer topped the recent premiere of Corner Gas by 69% among viewers 18-49 and by 21% for total viewers…and that of Little Mosque by 124% and 88% respectively.

(All data BBM Nielsen Media Research based on Adults 18-49 unless otherwise indicated.)

CONTESTANT BIO: PETER HAZELTON, Air Traffic Controller

At age 36, Peter is the youngest brother in a family of 6 boys that grew up in small town Nova Scotia. He is an air traffic controller which is his 3rd major career choice and he plans to stick with it.

Peter Hazelton

He has been married to his wife Kelly for 12 years and has a 15-month-old son, Jack. Friends and family describe Peter as a bit silly but loveable.

If he won some money on the show he would love to allow his wife to stay home with their son.

CONTESTANT BIO: SANDRA ZICHERMANN, Professor

Sandra is a 29-year-old single woman who is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a very confident and sassy person with a great sense of humour. She is a first generation Canadian, her father is from Transylvania and her mother is from Hungary.

Sandra Zichermann

She talks of her parents inspiring her to go after what she wants in life. Sandra is very proud of her accomplishments. She has 3 degrees, a BA from York University, a Corporate Communications Post Grad degree and a Masters degree in Communication and Culture. Sandra is currently working towards a Doctorate Degree in Sociology at the University of Toronto.

CONTESTANT BIO: MICHELLE KENNEDY, Nuclear Engineer

Michelle is a 33-year-old nuclear engineer and the mother of two young boys. Born in Sackville, New Brunswick, Michelle has lived in Winnipeg, Kingston, and now resides in Pembroke, Ontario. She holds two degrees from the Royal Military College of Canada and is described by her husband as the smartest person he has ever met.

Michelle Kennedy

Growing up, she always wanted to be an astronaut but decided to settle on being a nuclear engineer so she could have time for a family.

If she wins money on the show she would like to take her family on a vacation to New Zealand and donate a portion to the cancer community who has been so supportive in her husband’s fight against cancer.

CONTESTANT BIO: MARK SZLIARD, Environmental Engineer

Mark is a 30-year-old Environmental Engineer who lives in Toronto. He got his Bachelors degree in Engineering from McMaster University. He says that he loves to solve problems and that protecting the environment is very important to him.

Mark Szliard

His job involves helping businesses “go green” with energy conservation. Mark loves adventure and travel. He has a music studio in his house where he plays the keyboard, drums and guitar. Mark’s friends describe him as one of the smartest people they know as well as a charming and handsome man.

Mark would donate some of his prize money to charities in developing countries and then buy a house.

CONTESTANT BIO: IAN CLARKE, Lawyer

Ian is 30 years old, single and originally from Lindsay, Ontario. He now lives in Ottawa, where he practices law. He describes himself as up-and-coming in his field. Ian has been practicing law for 1-year. He jokes that he has been in school for 24 years; he has 3 degrees – an Honours Biology Degree, Masters in Philosophy and a Law Degree.

Ian Clarke

He says that when he was a child he wanted to be the Prime Minister, then a doctor, he finally realized being a lawyer was he wanted to do. His mother taught Grade 3 for 38 years.

If he won money on the show he would love to take his entire family – mother, father and his 44 year old brother to Disney World.