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PROFESSIONAL GAMER STEPHANIE HARVEY OF QUEBEC CITY CLAIMS THE TITLE OF CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

December 19th, 2016

A $20,000 donation will be made in Harvey’s name to her charity of choice, Operation Enfant Soleil, after she came out on top in the holiday-themed season finale of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON on CBC

A season full of mind-bending challenges and intense competition on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON came down to five worthy finalists vying for the title in Sunday’s holiday-themed season finale on CBC. In the end, 30-year-old Stephanie Harvey, a professional gamer from Quebec City, rose to the final challenge to take the crown and — in a CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON first — to have a $20,000 donation made to her charity of choice, Operation Enfant Soleil.

Harvey and her four fellow finalists did battle in festive versions of some of the show’s classic challenges that added holiday magic to the season finale, creating a winter wonderland complete with falling snow.  Edmonton’s Joshua Williams, a 25-year-old youth-program director, was the first competitor to be eliminated after registering the lowest score through the first three challenges. Mechanic Brittain Bancroft, 30, from Minto, N.B., bowed out next followed by Calgary’s Maria Samson, a 33-year-old former national team rugby player.

The grand finale, known as the Super Gauntlet, saw Harvey go head-to-head with Eric Yue, 40, a recreational hockey league commissioner from Victoria. The fast and festive face-off featured Christmas trees and snowmen as the key to the ultimate prize, the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person” and the $20,000 charitable donation. Yue leapt to an early lead in the first challenge of the Super Gauntlet, which tested linguistic intelligence, but struggled with the visual intelligence challenge that followed. Harvey took advantage of this opening and never looked back, flying through the visual, physical, musical and logical intelligence challenges to complete the Super Gauntlet and become the fourth person to be named “Canada’s Smartest Person.”

Harvey was moved to tears by her win and the knowledge that Operation Enfant Soleil, a foundation that raises funds for the care of sick children throughout Quebec, would receive the $20,000 donation in her name.

About Stephanie Harvey:
A 30-year-old pro gamer from Quebec City, Stephanie Harvey is nothing if not a focused competitor. Known as “missharvey” in the gaming community, she has been the female world-champion in the video game Counter-Strike five times over. Now part of an L.A.-based video game team that trains and competes worldwide, her talent has even landed her on the Forbes “30 under 30” list. Stephanie holds a BA in Architecture from Laval University and a Post Graduate Diploma (DESS) in Video Game Design from the University of Montreal.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Season 3:
Each week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guests and judges, guided competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which is based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors went head-to-head in a series of fun and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale.

New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers joined in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time during the broadcast, and CSP LIVE, an exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive show, hosted by Joe Motiki and streamed live Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET – both accessible via the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
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 by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

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:
Simon Bassett, publicist
simon.bassett@cbc.ca
416.205.8533


FIVE FINALISTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE READY TO FACE OFF IN CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON’S FIRST EVER HOLIDAY SPECIAL FINALE ON SUNDAY DEC 18 AT 8 P.M. (8:30NT)

December 12th, 2016

In a ground-breaking new twist each of the final competitors are fighting for more than just the title, with a $20,000 donation to be made in the winner’s name to a charity of their choice

Mr. D’s Gerry Dee to appear as celebrity guest

After an incredible season of mind-bending challenges and intense competition, Canada’s Smartest Person has crowned five final competitors who will go head to head in the series’ first ever spectacular holiday special finale, airing Sunday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT), on CBC and featuring fan-favourite challenges injected with seasonal spirit.

The show’s classic “Crosswalk” challenge will be transformed into a winter wonderland with falling snow and bustling holiday shoppers making their way across the stage. Special guest and star of CBC’s Mr. D, Gerry Dee, will test the competitors’ social intelligence in the “Lie-Detector” challenge, regaling them with his most over-the-top, hilarious holiday stories, both true and false. The grand-finale known as the “Super Gauntlet” will find the two last competitors in a fast and festive face-off where Christmas trees and snowmen become the key to the ultimate prize, the title of Canada’s Smartest Person. New this season, in the spirit of the holidays, a $20,000 donation will be made to a charity of the winner’s choice.

The five finalists who made it through the season to battle it out in Sunday’s finale are:

Eric Yue, 40, a recreational hockey league commissioner, was the fifth and final competitor to join the champions’ circle. High-energy and always ready to take on a challenge, Eric can’t wait to battle for his chosen charity, the BC Cancer Foundation.

Brittain Bancroft, 30, a mechanic from Minto, NB, is a goofy, friendly and happy-go-lucky powerhouse whose good nature may just lull his competition into complacency. Brittain is hoping to take the win for the The Canadian Red Cross to support their Refugee Crisis Appeal, as he specifically would like to contribute to their efforts to help Syrian refugees.

Maria Samson, 33, a former national team rugby player from Calgary, AB is a passionate sports advocate, with a determined drive to promote sport to young people. To this end she is excited to compete on behalf of Right To Play International, a charity that shares her goal of inspiring youth through sport.

Joshua Williams, 25, a program director from Edmonton, AB, learned personally the power of a helping hand in a young person’s life during his own struggles going from elite athlete and student to homeless youth. He battled his way back and will put that determination to good use in his fight to win on behalf of The Boys and Girls Club of Canada.

Stephanie Harvey, 30, a pro gamer from Quebec City, QC, is nothing if not a focused competitor. The gaming world is tough on women but Stephanie knows how to keep her eye on the prize, which she’ll to do as she competes for her chosen charity, Operation Enfant Soleil, a foundation that raises funds for pediatric care for sick children throughout Quebec.

Each week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guests and judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors went head-to-head in a series of fun and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale. In next week’s climactic season finale, the five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON and a $20,000 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice.

New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time during the broadcast, and CSP LIVE, an exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive show, hosted by Joe Motiki and streamed live Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET – both accessible via the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
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 by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

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:
Simon Bassett, publicist
simon.bassett@cbc.ca
416.205.8533


BRITTAIN BANCROFT OF MINTO, NB, IS THE FOURTH COMPETITOR TO ADVANCE TO THE FINALE OF CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON SEASON 3

December 5th, 2016

Six new competitors face off Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for their chance to get one step closer to the “Canada’s Smartest Person” title

New this season, a $20,000 donation will be made in the winner’s name to a charity of their choice

Sean O’Neill, host of CBC’s Crash Gallery, to appear as celebrity guest judge

Following another round of revealing intelligence challenges, Brittain Bancroft, a mechanic from Minto, NB, became the fourth competitor to advance on CBC’s hit series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. He will join Calgary’s Maria Samson, Edmonton’s Joshua Williams and Stephanie Harvey of Québec City in the finale, where he will continue to battle for the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person” and, new this season, a $20,000 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. The search will continue next week with six new competitors going head-to-head Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for the fifth and final spot in the season finale, with the help of celebrity guest judge Sean O’Neill, host of CBC’s Crash Gallery.

Next week’s competitors represent regions from across Canada, including: Tristan Campus, a registered nurse from Mississauga, ON; Dustin Herbison, 29, a high school shop teacher from Kelowna, BC; Wali Shah, 21, a speaker and spoken word poet from Mississauga, ON; Michelle Salt, 31, a Paralympian from Calmar, AB; Eric Yue, 40, a recreational hockey league commissioner from Victoria, BC; and Melissa DeCiantis, 25, an arborist from Mississauga, ON.

Each week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors will go head-to-head in a series of fun 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, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON and a $20,000 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice.

New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time during the broadcast, and CSP LIVE, an exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive show, hosted by Joe Motiki and streamed live Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET – both accessible via the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
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 by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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:
Simon Bassett, publicist
simon.bassett@cbc.ca
416.205.8533


CALGARY’S MARIA SAMSON ADVANCES TO THE FINALE OF CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON SEASON 3

November 27th, 2016

Six new competitors face off Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for their chance to win the “Canada’s Smartest Person” title and new this season, a $20,000 donation will be made in the winner’s name to a charity of their choice

Susan Kent of This Hour Has 22 Minutes to appear as celebrity guest

After another exciting evening of challenges, former women’s national rugby team player Maria Samson of Calgary became the third competitor to advance on CBC’s hit series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. She will join Edmonton’s Joshua Williams and Stephanie Harvey of Québec City in the finale, where she will continue to strive for the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person” and, new this season, a $20,000 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. The search will continue next week with six new competitors going head-to-head Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for the fourth coveted spot in the season finale, with the help of celebrity guest, comedian and Canadian Screen Award-winner Susan Kent of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Next week’s episode will feature six new competitors, representing regions from across Canada, including: Devon Jones, 37, a personal trainer from Winnipeg, MB; Brittain Bancroft, 30, a mechanic from Minto, NB;  Bruce Tsuji, 62, a university professor from Ottawa, ON; Michelle Zakrison, 33, a lawyer from Iqaluit, NU; Siera Bearchell, 23, a law student and reigning Miss Universe Canada from Moose Jaw, SK; and Darryl Gidyk, 42, a neuroscientist from Lethbridge, AB.

Each week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors will go head-to-head in a series of fun 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, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON and a $20,000 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice.

New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time during the broadcast, and CSP LIVE, an exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive show, hosted by Joe Motiki and streamed live Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET – both accessible via the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
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 by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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:
Simon Bassett, publicist
simon.bassett@cbc.ca
416.205.8533


EDMONTON’S JOSHUA WILLIAMS ADVANCES TO THE FINALE OF CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON SEASON 3

November 21st, 2016

Six new competitors battle it out Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for their chance to win the “Canada’s Smartest Person” title and new this season, a $20,000 donation will be made in the winner’s name to a charity of their choice

World-renowned film producer Ivan Reitman to appear as celebrity guest

Following an evening of mind-bending challenges, Edmonton youth program director Joshua Williams became the second competitor to advance on CBC’s hit series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. He will join Stephanie Harvey of Québec City in the finale, where he will continue to battle for the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person” and, new this season, a $20,000 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. The search continues next week with six new competitors going head-to-head Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for the third coveted spot in the season finale, with the help of celebrity guest judge, world-renowned film producer Ivan Reitman (Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters).

The third episode’s six new competitors, representing regions from across Canada, are: Rebecca Bromwich, 39, a lawyer from Calgary, AB; Frankie Cena, 24, an international speech and debate coach from Vancouver, BC; Ryan Coelho, 30, a millennial consultant from Toronto, ON; Gwyneth Foster, 16, a high school student from Uxbridge, ON; Maria Samson, 33, a national team rugby player from Calgary, AB; and Vanessa Vakharia, 35, a math tutor and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON.

Each week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors go head-to-head in a series of fun 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, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON and a $20,000 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice.

New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time during the broadcast, and CSP LIVE, an exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive show, hosted by Joe Motiki and streamed live Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET – both accessible via the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
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 by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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:
Simon Bassett, publicist
simon.bassett@cbc.ca
416.205.8533


QUÉBEC CITY’S STEPHANIE HARVEY ADVANCES TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE OF CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

November 14th, 2016

Six new competitors battle it out Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for their chance to win the “Canada’s Smartest Person” title and new this season, a $20,000 donation to charity

Four-time MMVA and JUNO Award Winner Kardinal Offishall to appear as celebrity guest

Following an intense night of competition and a race to the finish, Québec City pro video gamer Stephanie Harvey came out on top in the Season 3 premiere of CBC’s hit series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. She is the first competitor to advance to the season finale, where she will continue to battle for the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person” and, new this season, a $20,000 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. The search continues next week with six new competitors going head-to-head Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for the second coveted spot in the season finale, with the help of celebrity guest, hip-hop artist and producer Kardinal Offishall.

The second episode’s six new competitors, representing regions from across Canada, are: Christine Cho, 36, a makeup artist from Toronto; Donna Hartt, 46, a psychic medium from Cranbrook, BC; Jennifer Martin, 33, a copywriter from St. Phillip’s, NL; Chad “CJ” Studer, 38, a physical education teacher from Miscouche, PE; Chris Williams, 54, an innkeeper from Round Hill, NS; and Joshua Williams, 25, a youth program director from Edmonton.

Each week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors go head-to-head in a series of fun 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, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON and a $20,000 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice. New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time on the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
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 by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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:

Tanya Koivusalo, entertainment publicist
tanya.koivusalo@cbc.ca
416.205.6863


CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON NATIONWIDE CASTING NOW OPEN

March 19th, 2016

CBC’s competition series returns for Season 3 this fall

Canadians can apply or nominate someone online at cbc.ca/smartestperson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/8YBnu4Y

May 19, 2016 – A new hunt is on for CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON as CBC’s hit competition series returns for its third season. Starting today, Canadians coast to coast to coast are encouraged to apply or nominate someone online at cbc.ca/smartestperson for the chance to participate in the television event of the season.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is looking for enthusiastic and dynamic competitors from all backgrounds. “We’re thrilled to be back for another season. This series is really about acknowledging all the different ways we’re smart. You don’t have to be a trivia buff or math wizard. We’ve had athletes, artists, teachers and first responders shine on our stage,” said executive producer Robert Cohen. Successful competitors can expect to have their intelligence tested by new and exciting challenges. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older as of January 1, 2016 to apply. Casting kicks off today and will close on July 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON inspires and entertains Canadians with a new spin on the way to look at smarts. Each week, competitors from all walks of life go head-to-head in fun and revealing challenges that test six categories of intelligence: musical, linguistic, social, physical, logical and visual. Audiences can also join in on the action from home in an interactive play-along experience. Canadians will never look at smarts the same way again.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON returns with all-new episodes this fall on CBC Television. For more information on Season 3 of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON or to apply please visit cbc.ca/smartestperson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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.

About Media Headquarters
Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100′ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/.

For more information or media requests, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, publicist, CBC
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


ELECTUS ANNOUNCES MULTIPLE DEALS FOR SMARTEST PERSON FORMAT

January 27th, 2016

Deals Bring the Hit Series to France, Germany, Portugal and Argentina

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2016 – Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC), announced today that it has secured a host of global sales for Media Headquarters’ hit format Canada’s Smartest Person.

Created and Executive Produced by Robert Cohen, the factual entertainment format, originally developed in Canada for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), is a prime time competitive reality series in which competitors prove their smarts in unique challenges that go beyond trivia or IQ tests.

Deals have been reached with Fremantle in France, Constantin Entertainment in Germany and Fremantle Portugal. Additionally, a deal with Mandarina Television will see 16 episodes of the series produced for Argentinian broadcaster El Trece.

“We’re thrilled to see the Canada’s Smartest Person format successfully selling internationally,” said John Pollak, President of Electus International.The series is a hit in Canada and now audiences everywhere are seeing how entertaining the format is. Electus is committed to working with outstanding Canadian partners such as Media Headquarters and CBC on innovative formats that are in demand globally.”

In 2015, Electus licensed Canada’s Smartest Person to Turkey’s TRT and Sera Film for production, where it was broadcast last year.

Hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person is an original competition series that redefines what it means to be smart. Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, the program tests participants in six different categories of smarts: Visual, Musical, Logical, Linguistic, Physical and Social. Each week, viewers can play along with the groundbreaking Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices. The app syncs to every broadcast allowing viewers to participate with each challenge in the show in real time and receive their own intelligence profile.

Canada’s Smartest Person is produced by Media Headquarters in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For more information about Canada’s Smartest Person, visit www.cbc.ca/smartestperson/.

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 Electus
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus’ programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers. Electus is an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IAC]. For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.

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Amanda Hebert

High10 Media

Amanda@high10media.com


CBC DECLARES KATY WARREN OF ST. JOHN’S, NL WINNER OF CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

November 23rd, 2015

Katy Warren beat the seven finalists in the two-hour season finale to win the ultimate title

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November 23, 2015 – CBC’s CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has crowned Katy Warren of St. John’s, NL with the coveted title of Canada’s Smartest Person. Katy emerged victorious after beating out the seven remaining finalists in a series of new and exciting challenges that tested six areas of intelligence in the epic two-hour finale on Sunday night. The 21-year-old is an engineering student at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL.

Katy competed in the fourth episode of the season where she consistently finished in the top two in every challenge she faced. Katy is an engineering student who was awarded an entry scholarship at the largest university in Atlantic Canada. Her resume boasts a wide array of accomplishments including receiving the prestigious Chief Commissioner’s Gold Award from the Girl Guides of Canada, where she is a life-long member, and being the 2006 Provincial Spelling Bee champion. In her free time Katy rides the unicycle, plays the piccolo and ukulele, participates in roller derby and has a passion for improv and performing.

“Winning Canada’s Smartest Person pretty much feels like magic. It was a total surprise to me, and ever since I’ve been holding my head just a little higher,” said Katy Warren, season two winner of Canada’s Smartest Person. “I’ve always known I’m well-rounded, but until this experience didn’t associate that with being intelligent. Now I’m a proud dabbler.”

Hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is an innovative, original competition series that redefines what it means to be smart. Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, the program tests participants in six different categories of smarts: Visual, Musical, Logical, Linguistic, Physical and Social. Each week, viewers can play along in real-time with the ground-breaking CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, available for iOS and Android devices. The app syncs to every broadcast allowing viewers to participate with each challenge in the show in real time and receive their own intelligence profile. During the week, viewers can try their hand at a series of bonus challenges and new this season, is Head2Head, which allows players to dual against their family and friends.

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 http://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.

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For more information or media requests, please contact:

Cathleen Saville

publicist, CBC Publicity

Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976 (office)


CBC REVEALS SEVENTH ROUND OF PARTICIPANTS COMPETING ON CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

November 9th, 2015

Last week, CFL player Marco Iannuzzi of the B.C. Lions secured his place in the season finale

This week, celebrity judges include singer Jully Black and sports anchor Dan O’Toole

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November 9, 2015 – CBC’s competition series, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON unveils its seventh and last round of participants before the exciting two-hour season finale, including a high school teacher, a matchmaker, a tax collector and an insurance broker who will go head-to-head on Sunday, November 15 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) for the chance to take home the ultimate intelligence title. In last week’s episode, CFL player Marco Iannuzzi of the B.C. Lions earned a place in the season finale, and will have the chance to be crowned “Canada’s Smartest Person.”

In the seventh episode of the season, high school teacher Jason Vander-Hoek of Langley, BC, part-time matchmaker Alexandra Pascuzzi of Vancouver, BC, tax collector Anish Ahuja of Ottawa, ON and insurance broker Julie Francis of Halifax, NS will go head-to-head, competing for the final spot in the season finale. The participants were chosen after undergoing a rigorous application process including a series of tests to prove they have what it takes to compete for the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.” Appearing as judges in this episode are singer Jully Black and sports anchor Dan O’Toole.

This week’s logical challenge “Portfolio Pro” is brought to you by Questrade. Participants will put their math abilities to the test as they mentally calculate equations related to stock trading including dividend payouts, profit earnings and percentage gains. Questrade Financial Group Inc. and its affiliated companies provide financial products and services to Canadians including securities, foreign currency, investment and wealth management.

Hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is an innovative, original competition series based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Each week, four participants compete in a series of challenges in six areas of intelligence (linguistic, logical, visual, physical, musical and social) that redefines smart. This season features even more action-packed competition marked by bigger, bolder, mind-bending challenges that push participants to their limits. It also includes an all-star line-up of celebrity judges.

Each week, viewers can play along in real-time with the ground-breaking CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, available for iOS and Android devices. The app syncs to every broadcast allowing viewers to participate with each challenge in the show in real time. During the week, viewers can try their hand at a series of bonus challenges and new this season, is Head2Head, which allows players to dual against their family and friends.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON airs Sundays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

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.

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For more information or media requests, please contact:
Cathleen Saville
publicist, CBC Publicity
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976 (office)