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Shaw Media and Insight Productions Announce Casting Details for Big Brother Canada

Monday, July 30, 2012

Shaw Media and Insight Productions Announce Casting Details for Big Brother Canada08:00 EDT Monday, July 30, 2012National Casting Call Opens August 1 First Canadian Installment of Endemol's Worldwide Hit Franchise Coming Winter 2013 Exclusively to SliceTMCasting Details and Applications Available atwww.bigbrothercanada.ca. Tweet This Release:http://bit.ly/NMOmSxTORONTO, July 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Shaw Media and Insight Productions announced today that a national casting call for the first Canadian edition of the international smash-hit reality series, Big Brother, will begin on August 1, 2012. This announcement comes on the heels of Shaw Media sealing a deal with Endemol to produce the first-ever Canadian installment of the wildly popular international sensation. Canadians 19 years and older will have the option to apply online and in person at open casting calls at select cities across Canada. Online applications will be available at www.bigbrothercanada.ca. The submission deadline is October 16, 2012.Big Brother Canada is in search of extroverts, conformists, risk takers, adventurers, romantics, leaders, plotters and planners, and those who don't mind a little healthy competition. If you're ready to strategize with fellow Canadians living in a house packed with cameras watching your every move, Big Brother Canada wants to hear from you."Big Brother has been a top performer on Global for over a decade. Canadians love this format and we are so excited to offer them the chance to participate in the newest edition right here on our own turf," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "By offering applicants the option to apply online and in person, we're ensuring that no matter where you live, everyone has an opportunity to apply."Applicants can either apply online with the option to include a short video proving why they should be chosen to live in the Big Brother Canada house, in person at open casting calls throughout September and October, or can opt to do both. Additional information about open casting call locations will be announced in the coming weeks.Open casting calls will be held in the following cities on these dates:Vancouver - September 23Calgary - September 30Halifax - October 7Montreal - October 7Toronto - October 14"I've never had so many people contact me about participating in a TV show in my entire career.  Canada's whipped up into a frenzy over Big Brother Canada," said John Brunton, Chairman & CEO, Insight Production Company Ltd. "All of us at Insight can hardly wait to begin casting for this terrific format".Coming exclusively to SliceTM winter 2013, similar to the US format, Big Brother Canada will hand pick a diverse group of contestants to live in the Big Brother house outfitted wall to wall with cameras and microphones to capture all the action. Week to week the house guests compete in a series of challenges and vote each other out until one claims victory and takes home the grand prize.Fans can tune in to Big Brother14 Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Global. This season, SliceTM is bringing Big Brother After Dark to viewers across the country seven days a week from 2-5am ET/11pm-2am PT.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@BigBrotherCA@Slice_TVFacebook:Big Brother Canada https://www.facebook.com/BigBrotherCASlice https://www.facebook.com/SliceSlice is a Shaw Media network.About Shaw Communications Inc.Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.About Insight ProductionsInsight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and production of highly rated television programs and cutting edge multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous international awards, including multiple Gemini's. The company has created thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast over major networks worldwide. Broadcast Magazine International claims that "when it comes to adapting formats for Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears to have the Midas touch." Recent hits include Canada's Got Talent, the JUNO Awards, which plays a key role in the Canadian music industry; Insight's original formats Canada Sings &Battle of the Blades, and Intervention Canada which is currently in production on its second season.  For more information visit www.insighttv.com. SOURCE: Shaw MediaFor further information: Julia Wilkinson Publicist, Slice and Twist TV julia.wilkinson@shawmedia.ca 416.966.7700 @ShawMediaTV_PR Jaclyn Atwood-Powell Publicity Manager, Lifestyle Channels jaclyn.atwood@shawmedia.ca 416-966-7293 @ShawMediaTV_PR