Toronto-based Proper Television has begun production on Redemption Inc., the first series version of the format created by UK-based Wide-Eyed Entertainment and announced in April of this year. The 8 x 60-minute series is expected to air on Canada’s CBC in winter of 2012.
Redemption Inc. stars Kevin O’Leary, a multimillionaire businessman and judge on the Canadian version of Dragons’ Den and U.S. version Shark Tank, and gives ex-offenders the opportunity to launch a business under his mentorship with a CDN$100,000 investment from the straight-talking entrepreneur.
More than 100 ex-convicts from across Canada applied for a spot in the series, and while it will be predominantly shot in the greater Toronto area, the production will stop in other provinces too.
“With Kevin’s wealth of knowledge, practical business advice and brutally honest style, Redemption Inc. is sure to challenge perceptions and excite debate across the country,” said Proper Television president Guy O’Sullivan.
Redemption Inc. is executive produced by Cathie James. Dean Palmer is series producer, and Wayne Moss and Michelle Metivier are directing.