CTV’s Delectable New Original Series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH Begins Production

— October 3, 2018

– Produced by Proper Television (MASTERCHEF CANADA), MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH will premiere as part of CTV’s 2019 midseason schedule –
– Customized brand partnership opportunities available in the all-new cooking show featuring celebrity Canadian chef Mary Berg –

TORONTO (October 3, 2018) – CTV, in association with Boat Rocker Media, announced today that production has begun on MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH. The all-new, thirty-episode, half-hour series will air on CTV, Gusto, and ultimately stream on demand from the new CTV Super Hub, as part of the new lifestyle brand, CTV Life. The series will be distributed by Boat Rocker Rights.

MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH features Canada’s culinary sweetheart and MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 3 winner Mary Berg as she shares her delicious twists on home-cooked classics inspired by her family and friends. The series, produced by Boat Rocker's Proper Television, is currently shooting in Toronto and will premiere as part of CTV’s 2019 midseason schedule. MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is currently available for customized brand partnership opportunities.

MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is the latest example of our strategy to double down on the lifestyle category, creating new, sponsor-friendly programming that will drive linear ratings and digital demand,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media.

“Mary Berg’s passion for cooking is the most important ingredient in the culinary masterpieces that she creates,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to welcome MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH to our portfolio of original programming, and we are excited to share this 30-course celebration of food with our audience.  We know they will love it.”

“Since winning Season 3 of MASTERCHEF CANADA, Mary Berg has earned a committed and ever-growing culinary following with her creativity, skill, warmth, and humour,” says Cathie James, Co-President of Proper Television. “MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is inspiring, informative, and celebrates creativity and connection through food.”

MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is all about food, friends, family and having fun in the kitchen,” said host Mary Berg. “Food is the one thing that has a magical ability to bring people together and convey so much love in just a few bites. I’m so excited to share my table with everyone.”

Mary Berg has spent most of her life cooking and baking for those she loves and building a strong appreciation for the connective powers of beautiful, home-cooked food. In each episode of MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH, she demonstrates her culinary skill and creativity with three to four original recipes – inspired by someone who has made a meaningful impact on her life. The resulting meal is like an edible love letter for family members and close friends. We’ll hear about the memories that motivated her menu choices as she guides viewers clearly through her recipes, offering up plenty of illuminating tips, and take-aways.

Mary Berg’s meteoric culinary journey took off after capturing the Season 3 title of MASTERCHEF CANADA. She can be seen regularly as a food expert on CTV’s YOUR MORNING and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and can be found developing recipes for shows, food, beverage brands, and her blog A Small Stove. Berg has also started working on her first of two cookbooks to be released in September 2019 and Spring/Summer 2021.

MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is a CTV and Boat Rocker Media Co-Production, produced by Proper Television (MASTERCHEF CANADA). Cathie James, Allison Grace, and Lesia Capone serve as Executive Producers and Garrett Wintrip as Series Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos serves as Production Executive. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

About Proper Television Inc.
Since opening its doors in 2004, Proper Television has become one of Canada’s premier production companies. Proper works across a wide range of factual genres, creating more than 600 hours of reality, lifestyle, and documentary and specialist factual programming. The company’s ratings-grabbing slate includes a mix of originals like LAST STOP GARAGE, UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT, VEGAS RAT RODS, and TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS, along with big international formats such as MASTERCHEF CANADA, THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW, IRON CHEF CANADA, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER. In 2017, Proper became a division of Boat Rocker Media. ProperTelevision.com.

About Bell Media Original Programming
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED;  CraveTV’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. In addition to adventure drama FRONTIER, Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

About CTV
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.


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