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MIPTV Picks: Battle of the Blades

You may think that Battle of the Blades, which pairs hockey stars with figure skaters in an ice dancing competition, is a quintessentially Canadian concept.
March 31, 2010


You may think that Battle of the Blades, which pairs hockey stars with figure skaters in an ice dancing competition, is a quintessentially Canadian concept. Well, the show did originate in Canada – a country that takes both sports extremely seriously – and it did rack up serious numbers for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. But as we know, there are lots of countries around the world that love their ice sports, and for whom this format could be a winner.

Partners: Insight Productions for the CBC, distributed by Sparks Network (world, except Canada & U.S.) and Insight Production Company Ltd. (Canada, U.S.)

Lengths: 6 x 60 mins, 6 x 30, 1 x 90

Aired: Oct/Nov. ’09 (CAN)

Rights available: All media

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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