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Wide-Eyed partners with CBC on new format

Wide-Eyed Entertainment and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have collaborated on a format, Redemption Inc., starring Dragon's Den's Kevin O'Leary (pictured), to air on the network's 2011/12 line-up.
April 6, 2011

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.

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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