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HOW SMART ARE YOU, CANADA? PLAY ALONG WITH CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON SUNDAY, MARCH 18 AT 8 P.M. ON CBC-TV

March 16th, 2012

Viewers can go head-to-head with some of the country’s top minds, playing online in real time when CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON airs on CBC Television on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

Hosted by award-winning comedian and star of CBC Television’s MR. D., Gerry Dee, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is a groundbreaking two-hour television special that will reveal that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score or being a whiz at math or trivia.

Want to know how you measure up against the competitors? The CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Viewers can also experience CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON online at www.cbc.ca/smartestperson.

Drawing on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, this unique play-along experience allows viewers to test their own wits during the broadcast. Viewers can see how they compare to the four participants in studio competing for the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, as well as family members and friends.

Airing on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will feature Hamilton Tiger Cats offensive linesman, Peter Dyakowski; high school science teacher, Dr. Marshall Carroll; 23-year-old student and gamer, Laura Suen; and spoken word poet, Greg Frankson participating in a series of fun and spectacular challenges aimed at testing six areas of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The person who proves that they have the most versatile smarts will earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will also feature a lineup of special guest appearances by Arlene Dickinson (DRAGONS’ DEN), comedians Naomi Sniekus and Matt Baram, and more!

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON viewers can prepare for the broadcast by taking a “How Are You Smart?” Facebook test designed to identify primary and secondary intelligence strengths. Users can share their “intelligence identity” on social media platforms and invite others to take the test as well. ‘Like’ the show at Facebook.com/canadassmartestperson or follow us on Twitter for more information.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is an original Media Headquarters production produced in association with CBC Television and with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. Created by Robert Cohen, executive producers are Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Louise Wood is the producer and Jonas Diamond from Smiley Guy Studios is the digital producer.

ABOUT MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES THEORY

Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University, pioneered the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. The theory proposes all humans have several kinds of intelligence that reflect different ways of interacting with the world and solving problems. Each person has a unique combination or profile of intelligences. Today, the application of multiple intelligence theory is widely embraced around the world and has had a significant impact in the realms of education, work and personal achievement.

ABOUT MEDIA HEADQUARTERS

Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning independent production company founded in 1999 by brother-sister team Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Recognized for producing high-quality and innovative programming for worldwide markets, the company’s diverse slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary 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. 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, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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Gerry Dee on Canada’s Smartest Person: ‘There’s something to be said for competitiveness’

March 14th, 2012

Postmedia News – By Alex Strachan – March 14, 2012

Toronto comedian Gerry Dee — self-described “dummy” former teacher, creator and star of the CBC Monday-night comedy, Mr. D, and host of this weekend’s smarty-pants contest, Canada’s Smartest Person — has his own definition of “smart,” one that has little to do with book knowledge or dictionary definitions.

Canada’s Smartest Person presents “a new way of looking at ‘smart,’” Dee said, shouting into his cellphone, more than 2,000 miles of crackling static away. (That’s 3,200 kilometres in Canadian.) The cellphone was obviously invented by a smart person. The service provider — not so much.

The show’s definition is based on Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, which measures a person’s intelligence based on his or her ability to excel in six main areas of intelligence: logic ability, visualization and recognition, physical prowess, facility in language and communication, music intelligence and social aptitude.

It isn’t just about being a math geek, in other words. It helps to be able to fix a car.

Most people, scientists and educators agree, are strong in two or three areas of intelligence. The truly gifted person — the person in the room everyone learns to hate, or envy — is equally strong in all areas.

Such people are rare indeed, and Canada’s Smartest Person hopes to single out one such individual from four finalists this Sunday, March 18, on CBC.

The four, who have already shown aptitude in all six areas of intelligence (or they wouldn’t have made it to the final) include: a former CFL football lineman; a math geek and obsessive video gamer; a high-school science teacher who doubles — dabbles? — as a standup comedian and singer-songwriter; and a slam poet and spoken-word artist who once toiled as a policy analyst for the federal government. And you thought your taxes went to waste.

Dee says it’s important that Canada’s Smartest Person be interesting, but also fun.

“I’m a competitive person; I like trying the challenges myself and seeing if I could beat these people. It has a very sports feel to it, which is in line with what I like and do.

”There’s something to be said for competitiveness. Someone who’s competitive will find a way to win, find a way to succeed. I believe that. Some people are just quite happy to just be there, and others say, ‘I’ve got to be here and I’ve got to be the best.’”

“After meeting the four contestants, there are some that you would stereotypically say, ‘That is who I would always view as a smart person,’” Dee said. “There are others who you would not view as a stereotypically smart person. And then you would be surprised by the results, when you see them. Sometimes it’s the person you wouldn’t expect who does the best, and vice versa.”

Knowing the secret of the universe is one thing; being able to explain it in terms everyone can understand is quite another.

“For me, the skills that are probably more important in life are people skills and presentation skills and physical skills and logic and being able to read a person and looking at people who are kind of fraudulent. That’s always something I always felt I was good at, and that my dad was good at.”

“But my dad was a bus driver, you know? He sized people up every day, because he saw them every day. It’s just a different way of assessing smarts. And, for me, it’s a more valid way than someone who can solve the theory of relativity but can’t speak in front of five people without losing it and becoming really nervous. We’re looking for the well-rounded person.”



COMEDIA GERRY DEE TO HOST CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

February 21st, 2012

CFL player, scientist, poet and teacher vie for title; viewers can play along in real time with CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app

Gerry Dee, the award-winning comedian and star of CBC Television’s MR. D, will host CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, the groundbreaking two-hour television special that will reveal that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score or being a whiz at math or trivia. CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON airs on CBC Television on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

In 2011, Canadians had the opportunity to nominate themselves, or someone they know, as CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. Drawing on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, show producers used interviews and tests to narrow the field to four participants with well-rounded intelligence profiles.

Airing on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m., CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will feature Hamilton Tiger Cats offensive lineman, Peter Dyakowski; high school science teacher, Dr. Marshall Carroll; 23-year-old student and gamer, Laura Suen; and spoken word poet, Greg Frankson participating in a series of fun and spectacular challenges aimed at testing six areas of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The person who proves that they have the most versatile smarts will earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will also feature a lineup of special guest appearances by Arlene Dickinson (DRAGONS’ DEN), comedians Naomi Sniekus, Matt Baram and Sean Cullen!

Play along during the broadcast

On the night of the broadcast, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON viewers can put their own wits to the test and play along simultaneously with the challenges online at cbc.ca/smartestperson or with an innovative app (for Apple iOS) created for the show. Available in early March, the play along app will help audiences discover more about their own intelligence and see how they compare to the four TV participants.

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

Beginning today, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON viewers can prepare for the broadcast by taking a “How Are You Smart?” Facebook test designed to identify primary and secondary intelligence strengths. Users can share their “intelligence identity” on social media platforms and invite others to take the test as well. ‘Like’ the show at Facebook.com/canadassmartestperson or follow us on Twitter for more information.

Participant info

Vancouver-born Peter Dyakowski is a 27-year-old offensive linesman for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. The first Canadian-born athlete to sign a scholarship with Louisiana State University, Dyakowski balances his athleticism with his Mensa qualified intelligence.

At just 23 years old, Laura Suen from Mississauga already has a double major Honours BSc in physics and cellular and molecular biology as well as a minor in mathematics. In her free time, Suen plays video games competitively and has won over $30,000 in gaming competitions.

Dr. Marshall Carroll is a high school science teacher from Winnipeg who is educated as a theoretical quantum chemist. Also a singer-songwriter and a stand-up comedian, Carroll has been inspiring students for over 20 years.

With an ability to create poetry at the drop of a noun, Toronto’s Greg Frankson is a spoken word artist. Following a career in education in Montreal, Frankson moved to Ottawa where he became a policy analyst for the Federal Government before pursuing a full-time career as a performance artist, emcee, mental health advocate and arts educator.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is an original Media Headquarters production produced in association with CBC Television. Created by Robert Cohen, executive producers are Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Louise Wood is the producer.

ABOUT MEDIA HEADQUARTERS

Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning independent production company founded in 1999 by brother-sister team Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Recognized for producing high-quality and innovative programming for worldwide markets, the company’s diverse slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net.

ABOUT MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES THEORY

Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University, pioneered the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. The theory proposes all humans have several kinds of intelligence that reflect different ways of interacting with the world and solving problems. Each person has a unique combination or profile of intelligences. Today, the application of multiple intelligence theory is widely embraced around the world and has had a significant impact in the realms of education, work and personal achievement.

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, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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Renee Weekes

Veritas Communications

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Media Headquarters brings search for CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON to CBC Television, March 2012

December 6th, 2011

Gemini Award winning and Emmy Award nominated production company, Media Headquarters (The Summit, The Great Polar Bear Adventure, Modern Love, Outlaw In-laws), today announced that it is bringing the search for CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON to CBC Television in March 2012.

An original and groundbreaking new television special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will redefine what it means to be smart. The two-hour prime-time event will be taped in front of a live studio audience and draw upon the latest research to show that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score, or being a whiz at math or trivia.

“For too long, the concept of intelligence has been confined to a limited view of what it means to be smart,” says Robert Cohen, Executive Producer, Media Headquarters. “CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON showcases intelligence in all its forms, inspiring Canadians to embrace their unique strengths.”

“CBC Television is thrilled to work with Media Headquarters to bring this exciting original television event to Canadians across the country,” says Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President of English Services, CBC Television.

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.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will feature four top participants as they undergo fun and spectacular tests in each category of intelligence. The person who proves that they have the most versatile smarts in the country will earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON while audiences can play along at home. Whether it be uncovering lies in a sea of half-truths, navigating an obstacle course of lasers at break-neck speed, or composing a film score in less than five minutes, every kind of smarts will be challenged.

Play along at home during broadcast event using interactive app

During the telecast, viewers will be able to test themselves alongside the top TV participants from their smartphone or home computer using a new innovative and interactive app. The CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app will feature interactive challenges synchronized with the television event. Home audiences will be able to put their own wits to the test, discover more about their personal intelligence and see how they compare to the TV participants and the rest of the country.

Apply to participate on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON – Dec. 5 to Jan. 1

Show us your smarts! We are searching for the smartest person in the country and it could be you or someone you know. Canadians can apply themselves, or nominate someone they know, starting Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. EST to Jan. 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

For all the latest news and updates on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, follow us on Facebook.com/canadassmartestperson and on Twitter @CanadasSmartest.

CANADA’S SMARTESTPERSON is an original Media Headquarters production produced in association with CBC Television. Created by Robert Cohen, executive producers are Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Louise Wood is the producer.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning independent production company founded in 1999 by brother-sister team Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Recognized for producing high-quality and innovative programming for worldwide markets, the company’s diverse slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net.

About Multiple Intelligences Theory

Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University, pioneered the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. The theory proposes all humans have several kinds of intelligence that reflect different ways of interacting with the world and solving problems. Each person has a unique combination or profile of intelligences. Today, the application of multiple intelligence theory is widely embraced around the world and has had a significant impact in the realms of education, work and personal achievement.

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, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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For more information contact:

Shauna Simons

PraxisPR

shauna@praxispr.ca

O: 905-949-8255 x 232


Media Headquarters working with Smiley Guy Studios on interactive media

September 16th, 2011

Media Headquarters has partnered with Toronto-based Smiley Guy Studios on a major, groundbreaking new media and digital extension for their upcoming special, Canada’s Smartest Person, set to air on CBC next spring.

“This is the most ambitious interactive media project that Media Headquarters has undertaken to date. We’re very excited to be on the cutting edge of interactive media for television,” says Executive Producer, Robert Cohen.

The exciting cross-platform media strategy takes full advantage of today’s interactive capabilities to engage and entertain viewers.

For all the latest news and updates on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, follow us on Facebook.com/canadassmartestperson and on Twitter @CanadasSmartest.

Smiley Guy Studios (SGS) is an award-winning full-service production company with expertise in animation, design, writing, sound, music, and interactive media.


Award winning writer Avrum Jacobson will write Jonah Geller

June 10th, 2011

Media Headquarters announced today that award-winning writer/producer Avrum Jacobson has joined the Jonah Geller team.  Jacobson has been tapped to write and showrun the dramatic series currently in development.  Executive Producer and Creator of the hit Showcase series Endgame, Jacobson will adapt the story of Toronto P.I. Jonah Geller for the small screen.

The series, a twist on the traditional P.I. genre, is based on the critically acclaimed series of books by author Howard Shrier.

Rene Balcer (Executive Producer, Law & Order) and Media Headquarters Executive Producer Robert Cohen round out the creative team.


Media Headquarters at Banff World Media Festival

May 15th, 2011

Next month Media Headquarters’ Executives will travel to Banff for the Banff World Media Festival.  Every year this festival provides a key opportunity to meet with international broadcasters, buyers and producers to discuss the current slate of projects.

“Banff provides a unique environment to meet with industry leaders from across all media, whether to establish new business relationships or foster existing ones,” Robert Cohen, Executive Producer/Partner.

For over three decades, the Banff World Media Festival has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the Canadian Rockies.

To schedule a meeting email contact@mediahqs.net, please indicate Banff Festival meeting Request in subject line.


Large development slate and strategic growth plan

April 11th, 2011

For the last several months indie production company Media Headquarters has been keeping busy with a fast-growing slate of development projects.  After a successful trip to Realscreen earlier this year, during which several projects moved forward, Media Headquarters’ development slate has continued to expand as the company ramps up its strategy for corporate growth.

“Development is the heart of our company. I think our success is based around how much energy and how aggressively we pursue development across multiple genres. One of our key priorities has been and remains partnering with top talent and discovering new talent”, Robert Cohen, Executive Producer/Partner.

Media Headquarters three-year growth plan sees the company expanding across several genres of programming.  Upcoming projects include the dramatic series The Impostor; the nightly game show The Pulse; Hometown Hero, a youth drama series; and the docu-soap Animal House about a unique family and their animals.


Media Headquarters at RealScreen Summit

January 15th, 2011

Later this month Media Headquarters’ Executive Producer Robert Cohen will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with potential broadcast and distribution partners from around the globe. Cohen brings with him the company’s growing slate of factual and lifestyle programming, “Realscreen is an excellent opportunity to meet with the top industry executives. We’re looking forward to a busy and successful week”, says Cohen.

The Realscreen Summit is the industry’s most important non-fiction film and television event.

To schedule a meeting email contact@mediahqs.net, please indicate RealScreen Summit meeting Request in subject line.


THE SUMMIT WINS AT THE 2010 GEMINI AWARDS

November 15th, 2010

Saturday night at the Gemini Awards Gala THE SUMMIT took home top honours in the category of Best Dramatic Mini-Series, capping off what has been a successful awards season for the two-part mini-series.

“We’re thrilled by the success of The Summit and the recognition the team has received for their outstanding contributions,” says Producer Robert Cohen.

Media Headquarters would like to congratulate John Buchan and Jason Knight who took home the award for Best Achievement in Casting, and Tom Third who won in the Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Program, Mini-Series or TV Movie, for their work on The Summit.  These awards were presented earlier during the Industry Presentations.

THE SUMMIT received a total of nine Gemini Nominations. The Gemini Awards Gala was hosted by Glee’s Cory Monteith and recognizes excellence in Canada television.

THE SUMMIT is a Media Headquarters and Shaftesbury production. Produced in association with POWER, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Canwest, with the participation of The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, the COGECO Program Development Fund and the Nickel Basin Federal Development Corporation, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.