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DOES CANADA HAVE TALENT?

July 12, 2011

News Releases

NATIONWIDE CITYTV TALENT SEARCH BEGINS NOW

CANADA’S GOT TALENT AUDITIONS THIS FALL IN SIX CANADIAN CITIES:
Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax

Sign up for local auditions online at www.canadasgottalent.com

TORONTO, July 12, 2011 /CNW/ – Rogers Media is calling Canadians of all
ages with unique skills and outstanding talents! The Citytv original
series, Canada’s Got Talent, is launching a nationwide search to find Canada’s most talented
performers.  This September, the all-new Canadian version of the
international hit Got Talent format will make stops for auditions in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax.  Full details, rules and regulations, and sign-up forms are available
at www.canadasgottalent.com. Canada’s Got Talent premieres on Citytv in Spring 2012.

“We are looking for a wide range of entertaining Canadians from every
region, age and cultural experience,” commented Ed Robinson, Executive
Producer, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.  “We welcome singers, dancers,
jugglers, cyclists, fire breathers, illusionists, acrobats,
ventriloquists, musicians, and anyone who has a talent they want to
share.”

The nationwide search celebrates the diverse and eclectic home-grown
talent from across the country. With no age limitations and every kind
of talent welcome – anything goes. Much more than just a song and dance
competition, Canada’s Got Talent showcases exceptional acts from magicians to trapeze artists, clowns to
contortionists, animal entertainers to marching bands, plate spinners
and comedians… and everything in between. Top performers compete to
impress an expert panel of judges in front of a live studio audience in
the hopes of moving forward to the next round.

“We are very excited to produce the Canadian version of this successful
international format”, said Executive Producer John Brunton, Insight
Production Company Ltd. “Watch out Britain & America, Canada’s about to
embark on the largest talent search in Canadian history unearthing
home-grown talent that Canadians have never seen before.  We can hardly
wait to see what Canada’s going to bring to the stage”. 

City Date Venue
Winnipeg, MB September 9 & 10 Winnipeg Convention Centre
375 York Ave.
Edmonton, AB September 14 & 15 Mayfield Inn & Suites
16615 – 109th Avenue
Vancouver, BC September 19 & 20 Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Dr.
Montreal, QC September 23 & 24 Palais De Congrès
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Toronto, ON September 27, 28, 29, 30 Venue TBC
Halifax, NS October 11, 12 World Trade & Convention Centre 1800 Argyle St.

*all venues are subject to change

To be eligible to enter the competition, participants must be a Canadian
citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.  For a complete list of
rules, regulations and pre-registration forms, visit www.canadasgottalent.com.  Plus, follow us on Twitter @CGTCitytv and like us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements. Then, stay tuned to Citytv, Breakfast Television and Rogers radio stations across Canada for audition details in a city near you.

Canada’s Got Talent , the Canadian version of the hit Got Talent format from FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment, will be produced by
multiple award-winning Insight Production Company Ltd.  John Brunton
and Barbara Bowlby are the Executive Producers. Mark Lysakowski and Sue
Brophey are the Supervising Producers for the series.

Citytv is the Canadian broadcaster of the hit summer series America’s Got Talent, which continues to set record ratings.

Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and
Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented,
culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to
other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with
dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news,
local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine;
as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment
programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a
division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which
is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more
information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.Citytv.com

Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby has become an industry leader
in the creative development, financing and production of highly rated
television programs and cutting edge multiplatform content for the
global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognized for
its reputation for outstanding quality as the recipient of numerous
International awards, including multiple Gemini’s. The company has
created thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues
to be broadcast over major networks worldwide. Broadcast Magazine
International claims that “When it comes to adapting formats for
Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears to have the Midas
touch.” Recent hits include Insight’s original format Battle of the
Blades; Canadian Idol; Top Chef Canada; the Juno Awards, Canada’s
national music award show; Project Runway Canada, hosted by International Supermodel Iman; and The Jon Dore Television
Show, currently airing on the Independent Film Channel.  Insight has
recently wrapped production on their exciting new format Canada Sings
which will hit the airwaves in 2011. For more information visit www.insighttv.com.

About FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of
entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL
Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which
is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s major
media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide
production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated
prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment
programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of
FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing,
Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The
FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA,
talkbackTHAMES, FremantleMedia Australia and Original Productions
amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most
comprehensive global networks, creating nearly 10,000 hours of
programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over
300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most
sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally,
produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in
the US), Hole In The Wall, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK
and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Take Me
Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten
Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.

About Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment is a global joint venture between Simon Cowell and
Sony Music Entertainment focused on the production and exploitation of
music, television, film and digital content. Syco TV and Music includes
the global television franchises ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Got Talent’ which
currently air in over 60 countries. Syco Music roster includes
superstar artists such as Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and Il Divo. In
2009, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ launched the global music career of Susan
Boyle
, whose debut album is world’s fastest selling album in history.
Syco Entertainment is based in London and Los Angeles with a staff of
30+.