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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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