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CBC REVEALS THE 32 PARTICIPANTS WHO WILL BATTLE IT OUT TO BE NAMED CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

September 15th, 2014

From doctors to teachers, an electrician to a fighter pilot, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will show the nation a new way to look at ’smart’

Tune-in to the special two-hour season premiere on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

CBC’s new competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has narrowed down the field to 32 remarkable Canadians who will put themselves to the test, squaring off every episode for their chance to take home the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.” Each week, Jessi Cruickshank, along with co-host Jeff Douglas, will guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, which explores how Canadians are smart, based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each episode four competitors go head-to-head in a series of entertaining and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale. Then, in the climactic season finale, the eight weekly finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. Audiences can join the fun and take on every challenge from home by downloading the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app or playing along online at cbc.ca/smarterstperson.

Hailing from the east to the west coast and everywhere in between, this diverse group of Canadians range from 16 to 71 years old and includes an artist, scientist, fire fighter and musician to name a few, each demonstrating that intelligence is about much more than IQ.

Introducing the competitors who will compete for the chance to become CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:

• Yahaya Baruwa, 26, author and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON

• Alisia Bonnick, 20, novelist and psychology student from Stouffville, ON

• Max Cameron, 31, fighter pilot from Calgary, AB

• Brian Charbonneau, 33, drag artist and screenwriter from Sainte-Geneviève, QC

• Alea Ciecko, 23, psychiatric nursing student from Winnipeg, MB

• Mith Das, 29, copywriter from Toronto, ON

• Daryl Dillman, 24, orthopedic surgery resident from Cole Harbour, N.S.

• JP Doiron, 30, cheese salesman from North Rustico, P.E.I.

• Brent Hayden, 30, Olympian, private swim coach, and photographer from Vancouver, B.C

• Dipna Horra, 39, audio-visual artist from Ottawa, ON

• Jennifer Hurd, 21, doctorate student from Ottawa, ON

• Cat Jahnke, 33, musician from Winnipeg, MB

• Rhiannon Jones, 30, stay-at-home mom from Chilliwack, B.C.

• Kaveh Kavoosi, 27, doctor from Aurora, ON

• Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, 30, actor and law student from Toronto, ON

• Kate LaFrance, 28, middle school teacher from Fredericton, N.B.

• Braden Lauer, 22, law student from Vancouver, B.C.

• Victoria Leenders-Cheng, 33, magazine editor from Montreal, QC

• Kiel Lemmen, 31, high school teacher from Port Coquitlam, B.C.

• Johnny MacRae, 27, poet from North Vancouver, B.C.

• Melanie Martin, 40, physicist and associate professor of physics and radiology from Winnipeg, MB

• George Millar, 71, teacher from Edmonton, AB

• Nader Nadernejad, 16, high school student from Peterborough, ON

• Nick Nickerson, 49, retired naval communicator and cryptographer from Merrickville, ON

• Norm Odjick, 42, Algonquin Nation tribal council director general from Anishinabeg, QC

• Lisa Preston, 39, radio host from Mississauga, ON

• Mary Rose, 39, Ayurvedic cleaner from Victoria, B.C.

• Chris Sensenig, 37, master electrician from Welland, ON

• Tova Sherman, 52, CEO from Bedford, N.S.

• Ellen Snider, 48, executive director from Quispamsis, N.B.

• Albert Tam, 25, MBA candidate and arts administrator from Woodbridge, ON

• Chris Tessaro, 51, firefighter and poker player from Mississauga, ON

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON online:

Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/

Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson

Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:

Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist

Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca

416.205.7976


DISTRIBUTION360 SELLS THE CANADIAN DOCU-SERIES TESSA & SCOTT TO NAT GEO PEOPLE

September 11th, 2014

TESSA & SCOTT to air in over 11 countries including France and Italy

Toronto, Canada (September 11, 2014) – Distribution360, a marblemedia company with a focus on international sales to both traditional and emerging platforms, has announced that the series Tessa & Scott (7×30’), produced by Media Headquarters, has been sold to 11 European countries through a deal with Nat Geo People. The series, which provides a personal look into the lives of Canada’s ice-dancing sweethearts, is set to air in France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland.

“We are very excited to be sharing the story of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir with the world,” said Kirsten Hurd, Director, International Sales and Acquisitions at D360. “Audiences worldwide know the pair from their skating competitions, but now they will have the chance to get to know them personally, in this fascinating documentary series.”

Tessa & Scott takes Nat Geo People viewers into a world usually only seen every four years at the Olympics,” said Ben Noot, Manager of Global Acquisitions for Nat Geo People. “Elite access to the skating pair make for a compelling series.”

The heartwarming docu-series follows Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s roller-coaster life, on and off the ice, as they experience both the highs and lows on their unforgettable journey to regain their title as the world’s best ice dancers.

Tessa & Scott was acquired from Media Headquarters by D360 earlier this year as part of the company’s Lifestyle and Factual catalogue expansion. The series debuted earlier this year on W Network in Canada.

About Distribution360

Distribution360, a marblemedia company, is a forward-thinking distribution company that focuses on traditional media sales, while actively pursuing growth in the digital space. Its mandate is the full monetization of television and interactive content on traditional and emerging platforms worldwide, with a focus on kids, drama and factual programming. Distribution360.com

About Media Headquarters Film & Television

Toronto-based Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning television, film and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. Recognized for producing popular and innovative content for worldwide markets, the company’s slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

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For more information, please contact:

Mary Powers | 416-767-8692 | mpowers@mpowers.ca

Stephan Petar | 416-646-2711 ext. 232 | stephan-petar@marblemedia.com

Distribution360.com| www.facebook.com/Distribution360| @Distribution360


Jessi Cruickshank to host Canada’s Smartest Person

May 29th, 2014

CBC today announced its 2014-15 television broadcast schedule, featuring a season full of quality Canadian programming, including eight new series, returning hits, premier cultural live events, sports and award-winning news and investigative programs.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON returns as a nine-part Sunday-night series. Hosted by beloved TV personality and former host of The Hills After Show, Jessi Cruickshank, and co-hosted by CBC Radio One’s As it Happens, Jeff Douglas.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is a one-hour unscripted television series that takes audiences on an inspiring journey to uncover a new definition of smart. Canadians from all walks of life compete in revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond your average IQ test or trivia quiz to earn the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person”.   Applications to compete are available online until June 15.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON launches in fall 2014.  For all the latest news and updates visit http://www.cbc.ca/smartestperson/ and follow us on Facebook.com/canadassmartestperson and on Twitter @CanadasSmartest.

About Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc.

Toronto-based Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning television, film and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. Recognized for producing popular and innovative content for worldwide markets, the company’s slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net


Tessa & Scott has been nominated for a 2014 Rockie Award

May 6th, 2014

Media Headquarters is pleased to announce that its fan favourite series Tessa & Scott has been nominated for the prestigious 2014 Rockie Award in the category Best Arts and Performing Arts Program.

This year’s Rockie Awards include 156 nominees over 26 categories honouring excellence in television and digital content from around the globe.   Nominees are chosen by more than 250 independent industry executives from around the world.

Winners will be announced during the Banff World Media Festival taking place June 8 – 11 in Banff, Alberta.

About Tessa & Scott

Tessa & Scott (7×30) goes behind closed doors and into the exhilarating non-stop lives of Canada’s irresistible duo. As the series premieres the charismatic couple is faced with challenges they could have never imagined following their Olympic win in Vancouver in 2010. They are tasked with negotiating their insane schedules and staying connected with each other while fighting their way back to the top of the podium after placing second at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships®. From training in Canton, Michigan where they share a coach with their biggest on-ice rivals, to public appearances, to skating in competitions in Saint John, New Brunswick, Paris, France and Fukuoka, Japan, the series gives audiences a unique window into the stressful and highly competitive world of ice dancing.

The series also captures Tessa and Scott’s unique personal relationship. Partners since primary school, their intimate connection on the ice has inspired millions of fans. The series accompanies them to costume fittings, skate camps, cocktail parties and coaching sessions. Audiences will meet Tessa and Scott’s friends and family and witness the thrilling highs and devastating lows of their incredible journey as they strive to fulfill their dream.

About Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc.

Toronto-based Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning television, film and digital media production company co-founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. Recognized for producing popular and innovative programming for worldwide markets, the company’s slate includes factual, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net


Canada’s Smartest Person is coming back to CBC!

April 4th, 2014

Media Headquarters is pleased to announce that it’s hit original format CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, is coming back to CBC in the Fall of 2014.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON redefines what it means to be smart.  We’ll shatter the myth that to be smart you need to have a high IQ, be a math whiz or trivia buff.

It’s not about how smart you are, rather how you are smart!

According to the internationally embraced Theory of Multiple Intelligences, there are actually several different kinds of smarts. Six main areas of intelligence are: Logical, Visual, Physical, Linguistic, Musical and Social.

Every week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON four new hopefuls undergo fun and spectacular tests in each category of smarts. In the series finale, eight finalists battle it out to earn the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

Stay tuned for more information.

For all the latest news and updates on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, visit http://www.cbc.ca/smartestperson/ and follow us on Facebook.com/canadassmartestperson and on Twitter @CanadasSmartest.

Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning television, film and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. Recognized for producing popular and innovative content for worldwide markets, the company’s slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.


Media Headquarters on Realcreen’s Global 100 list

March 31st, 2014

Media Headquarters is delighted to announce that for the second year in a row it has been named one of the top 100 independent production companies behind the best non-fiction content of the past year.

The annual Global 100 list is chosen by Realscreen readers, international programming execs, producers, distributors and agents.

No matter the genre or style, Media Headquarters is committed to delivering exceptional content that entertains viewers around the world, including this year’s hit series Tessa & Scott.

Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning television, film and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. Recognized for producing popular and innovative content for worldwide markets, the company’s slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.


W Network’s Final Two Episodes of Fan Favourite and Critically-Acclaimed Series Tessa & Scott air back-to-back Tomorrow Evening

February 5th, 2014

The dramatic two-episode finale airs Thursday, February 6 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT

“More fly-on-the-wall chronicle than generic reality show, it’s sharp and illuminating.” – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

(February 5, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) This Thursday, Corus Entertainment’s W Network presents the premiere of the final two episodes of the miniseries Tessa & Scott, which follows World Figure Skating champions and Olympic Gold medalists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The series wraps Thursday, February 6 with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, but viewers can also catch every episode from the beginning with a marathon on Sunday, February 16 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Tessa & Scott (7×30) gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of world ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. In episode six, Tessa contemplates her future as she visits friends, and the pair competes in Paris, but their final score leaves them as the underdogs. Then, in the series finale, Tessa and Scott travel to Japan to compete in the Grand Prix of Figure Skating final. It’s the first time they’ll be up against on-ice rivals Meryl and Charlie prior to the Olympics. For weekly recaps of each episode, check out www.iVillage.ca.

Fans have been flooding the Wall of Well Wishes with over 18,000 messages of support for the beloved duo. The Wall of Well Wishes can be found at WNetwork.com/TessaAndScott and allows fans to submit inspirational messages and photos for Tessa and Scott, contributing to a larger online community-based photo mosaic. The Tessa & Scott content on WNetwork.com is produced with the participation of The Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and the Canada Media Fund.

The series gave W Network an audience increase of 112% in its timeslot, versus the same period last year. Produced by Media Headquarters in association with W Network with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Rogers Cable Network Fund and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, the final two episodes of Tessa & Scott premiere back-to-back on Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

To download high-res image click here. For more information about the series, please click here.

Source: BBM Canada TV Meter; Thursday 8-8:30p 1/2/14-1/30/14 (overnight data 1/30) vs. 1/3/13-1/31/13; Total Canada; W Network; W25-54; Average Minute Audience.

About W Network

Watched by over 10 million viewers in an average month, W Network delivers compelling entertainment for women, ranging from blockbuster movies to popular dramas and lifestyle series. W has built a leadership position as “marketing to women experts” through its various research initiatives, including The Her Report.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

About Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc.

Toronto-based Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning television, film and digital media production company co-founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. Recognized for producing popular and innovative programming for worldwide markets, the company’s slate includes factual, dramatic and children’s programming. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

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Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPR

Follow W Network on Twitter @W_Network, #TessaandScott and Facebook facebook.com/wnetwork

Follow Tessa & Scott the series on Twitter @TessaScottonW

For more information please contact:

Danielle Sefton

Corus Entertainment

416.479.6094

danielle.sefton@corusent.com


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