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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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