Global Television today confirmed an agreement with Mark Burnett Productions to produce a Canadian version of the popular quiz show, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?. Five homegrown editions of the primetime hit will be taped on-location in Toronto, in October 2007.
Produced expressly for Global Television by Insight Productions, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER? will be broadcast exclusively here at home.
Airing this fall, the Global Original Series will introduce an all-Canadian batch of 5th Grade panellists, along with a new celebrity Host to stump the class, and the country – all for a chance at up to a million dollars in prize money.
“This exciting format announcement is the perfect kickoff to one of CanWest’s most dynamic fall seasons on record,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for CanWest MediaWorks. “Our entire team, along with our production partners, is eager to take audiences from coast-to-coast inside this terrific concept, and truly make it our own. It’s a great chance to test our kids, our contestants, and get families in on the fun as we take Canada back to school.”
In addition, the network confirmed that producers will conduct regional ’5th Grader Kid-Castings’ in five Canadian cities – Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax – offering Canadian children the exclusive opportunity to become a part of television’s toughest know-it-all team. Fans can stay tuned to Global Television and visit www.globaltv.com for information on the tour, including dates and exact locations, which will be revealed in the days to come.