Wide-Eyed Entertainment and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have collaborated on a format, Redemption Inc., to air on the network’s 2011/12 line-up.
The flagship series will be hosted by Canadian entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star, Kevin O’Leary. This will mark the first airing of WEE’s original format series.
In a statement, Jasper James, CEO, Wide-Eyed Entertainment said, “This format deal is another step-change for the company. Wide-Eyed is all about stand-out television with edge and now we’re applying the same philosophy to factual entertainment. This also represents the beginning of a relationship with CBC. Canada has always been a massively rewarding territory for Wide-Eyed by getting behind all of our most ambitious projects, so this is an all-round big deal for us.”
The deal follows the recent announcement of WEE’s The Egyptian Job, a co-production with NGCI and NGC. The 90-minute feature-length factual comedy looks at the most daring heist of the ancient world. Other recent projects include a fully-animated special, March of the Dinosaurs – a 90-minute film following a 1,000-mile march made by ancient Arctic dinosaurs and Werewolves – a docudrama that dares to imagine that werewolves aren’t a myth, but live unseen amongst us.