Formats

Endemol picks up global format rights for “Canada Sings”

As part of the worldwide deal, the international producer/distributor will aim to produce local versions of the Shaw Media series, in which workplace colleagues team up as "glee club" performers.
November 22, 2011

Global producer/distributor Endemol has picked up the worldwide format rights for the Shaw Media singing competition series Canada Sings.

The series, which airs on Shaw’s Global Television in Canada, is produced by Toronto-based Insight Productions Ltd., which created and owns the format. Shaw Media announced last week that Canada Sings would be picked up at home for a second season.

The series transforms work colleagues into singing and dancing groups that compete against other companies for a weekly cash prize of CDN$10,000 that goes to the winners’ charity of choice. The teams are aided in their quest by top choreographers and vocal coaches.

“This is an unabashed feel good format packed with adrenalin, bravado, teamwork, courage and jeopardy,” said Grant Ross, global head of format acquisitions at Endemol. “The show’s performance in Canada speaks for itself and the elements that have driven that success can be translated in any territory. We’re delighted to be in business with Insight and very much look forward to taking their format to the market internationally.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Endemol on Canada Sings,” added Jane Rimer, head of international creative and business development for Insight Productions. “This fresh format mixes charity and performance in a unique and very heartfelt way, giving new meaning to the term ‘everyday hero.’ We are very excited to see what each country’s local talent can do and are pleased to bring another Insight Productions Format to the world stage.”

In other news, reports emerged Monday that Endemol had rejected Time Warner’s takeover bid for the company. Thus far, no official comment on the matter has come from either party.

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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