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May 30, 2011

News Releases

Citytv and Insight Productions to produce and broadcast Canadian version
of hit international Got Talent franchise celebrating the unique
talents of the nation

TORONTO, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ – Citytv today announced plans for Canada’s Got Talent, the Canadian version of the hit Got Talent franchise, from Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia.  Co-produced by
Rogers and Insight Productions, Canada’s Got Talent will be broadcast across Canada in Spring 2012 on Citytv.  The format
is licensed by FremantleMedia globally.

“Canada’s Got Talent is the perfect opportunity to showcase the strengths of Rogers Media
with its vast multiplatform offerings,” commented Scott Moore,
President, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. “A Canadian version of the series
allows us to tap into the expansive homegrown talents from across
Canada and engage viewers on a national scale like never before.”

Canada now joins more than 40 countries including America, Germany, and
the UK as markets with original Got Talent productions.

“Rogers Media is uniquely poised to utilize the power of its media
assets to bring this entertaining phenomenon to Canadian audiences”,
commented Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. 
“The show is a modern day version of the classic variety show that
appeals to viewers of all ages.  It will be exciting to see what
Canadians bring to the table through the auditions and beyond.”

Rogers Media will leverage all of its platforms (television, radio,
publishing, digital, and wireless), resources and talent, to produce,
promote and broadcast the new Canadian series to reach Canadians from

“The Got Talent franchise is a proven international ratings performer and we have seen
the results first hand with America’s Got Talent on Citytv,” commented Mitch Dent, Executive Vice President Sales, Rogers
Media Television.  “Maximizing our properties across Rogers’ brands
will create unique sponsorship opportunities and enhance the consumer

With no age limit and no act too obscure, Canada’s Got Talent will embark on a nationwide search for Canada’s favourite performer,
celebrating the diverse and eclectic homegrown talent from across the
country.  Much more than a singing or dancing competition, Canada’s Got Talent will showcase the top acts from magicians to jugglers, contortionists
to fire eaters, singers and dancers – anything goes.  Top acts will
compete to impress an expert panel of judges to move on to the next
round. The Canadian version will follow the format of the British
series that launched in 2007 and discovered stars like Susan Boyle and
Paul Potts.

Further announcements for Canada’s Got Talent, including host, judging panel and the nationwide audition process,
will be revealed shortly.

Canada’s Got Talent is executive produced by John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight
Production Company Ltd.

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

About FremantleMedia and FremantleMedia Enterprises
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
, whose debut album is world’s fastest selling album in history.
Syco Entertainment is based in London and Los Angeles with a staff of