From a media release:
Eh-mazing! CTV Greenlights THE AMAZING RACE CANADA
- International hit franchise comes to Canada for summer run on CTV
- Racers to discover the worldâ€™s diverse cultures and terrain within Canada
- CTV selects Insight Productions to produce series with the support of THE AMAZING RACE creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri and Profiles Television
Get ready for the race of a lifetime, Canada. In an exclusive on-air message to Canadians during tonightâ€™s episode of THE AMAZING RACE, host Phil Keoghan announced on behalf of CTV that the network has ordered THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. CTV has licensed the Canadian format rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and has selected Insight Productions to produce the series in Canada, with the support of Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieriâ€™s Profiles Television.
Casting, the host, and other show details for #RaceCDA will be announced in the coming months at www.CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV Facebook page.
Set to anchor CTVâ€™s Summer 2013 schedule, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will provide a uniquely Canadian take on the original series, with competitors discovering the world within the borders of Canada. Though the series’ specific destinations won’t be revealed until it airs, Canada offers divergent topography and disparate locales that are bound to add to the excitement and complexity of the show and its challenges, from Vancouver Islandâ€™s tropical rainforest, Albertaâ€™s parched Badlands, the peaks of the Rockies, and the barren tundra of the Great White North, to the Boreal forests of Ontario and Quebec, the sea-faring ports of the Maritimes, the fjords of Newfoundland, and the teeming metropolises and undiscovered towns in between.
â€œTHE AMAZING RACE CANADA is a big show for a big network,â€ said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. â€œCanadians deserve their own summer version, distinct from what is seen in fall and winter. With the incredible diversity, scope, beauty, and sheer land mass that Canada has to offer, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will explore the world within Canada. Itâ€™s a perfect extension to an incredible brand, and a huge opportunity for racers, viewers, and advertisers.â€
Added van Munster, â€œCanadians have embraced the franchise for over a decade, and also have been wildly enthusiastic about having a version produced in Canada. With the worldâ€™s second largest country as its backdrop, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will offer a unique glimpse of the broad and diverse Canadian landscape and culture, while maintaining all of the excitement, spontaneity and challenge inherent in â€˜The Race.â€™â€
With the knowledge that most Canadians have not travelled beyond their own province, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA gives Canadians the opportunity to race around Canada and discover the country they love in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. With potential stops in all 10 provinces and three territories, teams will race to the finish line, criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres. A stunning depiction of the Canadian fabric, the teams will travel through both the countryâ€™s urban centres as well as the most remote outposts in the land, all while exploring its broad cultural and ethnic diversity, wildlife, and iconic landmarks.
â€œWe have been fans of THE AMAZING RACE for the last 21 seasons and are beyond thrilled to be bringing this format to Canada, giving Canadians the chance to run the race of a lifetime,â€ said John Brunton, Chairman and CEO, Insight Productions. â€œWe canâ€™t wait to start working with the EmmyÂ® award-winning format creators, Profiles Television, and CTV on this exciting new adventure.â€
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is based on THE AMAZING RACE, the nine-time, EmmyÂ® award-winning, hit program created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri that premiered in 2001 in the United States. Van Munster, Doganieri, and Mark Vertullo are executive producers for Worldrace Productions, a division of Profiles Television. Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The program is produced in association with ABC Studios. The U.S. version of THE AMAZING RACE is a Top 3 series this fall on CTV and is this seasonâ€™s #1 reality program in Canada with an average audience of 2.7 million viewers.
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be the 12th international version to launch outside of the United States, joining Asia, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America, Norway, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam as territories with an original THE AMAZING RACE production.
Complete details for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, including the host, nation-wide audition process, and broadcast info, will be announced in the coming months.
Commissioned by CTV, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and with the support of Profiles Television. Executive Producers for Insight Productions are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, and Supervising Producer is Mark Lysakowski. Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri executive produce for Profiles Television. Robin Johnston is the CTV Production Executive. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.