Eh-mazing! CTV Greenlights THE AMAZING RACE CANADA

— December 2, 2012

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Toronto, ON (Dec. 2, 2012) – Getready for the race of a lifetime, Canada. In an exclusive on-air message to Canadiansduring tonight’s episode of THE AMAZING RACE, host Phil Keoghan announced onbehalf of CTV that the network has ordered THEAMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of thehit international series. CTV has licensed the Canadian format rights fromDisney-ABC Domestic Television and has selected Insight Productions to producethe series in Canada, with the support of Bertram van Munster and EliseDoganieri’s Profiles Television.


Casting, the host, and other show details for #RaceCDA will be announced inthe coming months at are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV Facebook page.


Set to anchor CTV’s Summer 2013 schedule, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will provide a uniquelyCanadian take on the original series, with competitors discovering the worldwithin the borders of Canada. Though the series' specific destinations won't berevealed until it airs, Canada offers divergent topography and disparatelocales that are bound to add to the excitement and complexity of the show andits challenges, from Vancouver Island’s tropical rainforest, Alberta’s parchedBadlands, the peaks of the Rockies, and the barren tundra of the Great WhiteNorth, to the Boreal forests of Ontario and Quebec, the sea-faring ports of theMaritimes, the fjords of Newfoundland, and the teeming metropolises andundiscovered towns in between.


**Media Note** Downloadartwork for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA at To view Phil Keoghan’s taped messagevisit



THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is a bigshow for a big network,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports.“Canadians deserve their own summer version, distinct from what is seen in falland winter. With the incredible diversity, scope, beauty, and sheer land massthat Canada has to offer, THEAMAZING RACE CANADA will explorethe world within Canada. It’s a perfect extension to anincredible brand, and a huge opportunity for racers, viewers, and advertisers.”


Added van Munster, “Canadians have embraced the franchise for over adecade, and also have been wildly enthusiastic about having a version producedin Canada. With the world’s second largest country as its backdrop, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will offer a uniqueglimpse of the broad and diverse Canadian landscape and culture, whilemaintaining all of the excitement, spontaneity and challenge inherent in ‘TheRace.’”


With the knowledge that most Canadians have nottravelled beyond their own province, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA gives Canadians the opportunity to race around Canada anddiscover the country they love in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. With potentialstops in all 10 provinces and three territories, teams will race to the finishline, criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres. A stunning depiction of theCanadian fabric, the teams will travel through both the country’s urban centresas well as the most remote outposts in the land, all while exploring its broad cultural and ethnic diversity, wildlife, andiconic landmarks.


“We have been fans of THEAMAZING RACE for the last 21 seasons and are beyond thrilled tobe bringing this format to Canada, giving Canadians the chance to run the raceof a lifetime,” said John Brunton, Chairman and CEO, Insight Productions. “Wecan’t wait to start working with the Emmy® award-winning format creators,Profiles Television, and CTV on this exciting new adventure.”


THEAMAZING RACE CANADA is based on THE AMAZING RACE, the nine-time, Emmy®award-winning, hit program created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganierithat premiered in 2001 in the United States. Van Munster, Doganieri, and MarkVertullo are executive producers for Worldrace Productions, a division ofProfiles Television. Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executiveproducers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The program is produced inassociation with ABC Studios.  The U.S. version of THE AMAZING RACE is aTop 3 series this fall on CTV and is this season’s #1 reality program in Canadawith an average audience of 2.7 million viewers.


THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will bethe 12th international version to launch outside of the UnitedStates, joining Asia, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America,Norway, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam as territories with an original THEAMAZING RACE production.

Complete details for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, including the host, nation-wide audition process, andbroadcast info, will be announced in the coming months.


Commissioned by CTV, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be produced by Insight Productions in association with CTVand with the support of Profiles Television. Executive Producers for InsightProductions are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, and Supervising Producer isMark Lysakowski. Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri executive produce for ProfilesTelevision. Robin Johnston is the CTV Production Executive. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, IndependentProduction, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming,CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.










About CTV

CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster.Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainmentprogramming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimediacompany with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media isowned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at


AboutDisney-ABC Domestic Television

Disney-ABC Domestic Television (DADT) is the content distribution arm forThe Walt Disney Company within the United States and Canada.  The division provides top tier motionpictures and television programming across electronic home videolicense, video-on-demand (residential and hotel), subscription video-on-demand,pay television, basic cable, broadcast television, online and other digitaltechnologies.  One ofthe industry’s premier distributors, DADT distributes theatrical propertiesfrom The Walt Disney Studios including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios,Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Touchstone Pictures;and television content from ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, ABC Family andDisney Channel. 


About Profiles Television
Profiles Television is an award-winning, full-service production companythat develops and produces programming for the worldwide marketplace. Foundedin 2003, Profiles Television is run by nine-time Emmy® award-winning producersBertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, the executive producers best known forcreating and producing CBS’s long-running reality juggernaut THE AMAZING RACE,now in production on its 22nd season. (THE AMAZING RACE is producedthrough World Race Productions, a subsidiary of Profiles Television.) Sincelaunching in 2001, THE AMAZING RACE has aired more than 180 episodes, withSeason 21 premiering on CBS in September 2012. The series is seen in more than80 countries, with local versions of the show also produced in Asia, Australia,South America, and Israel. In addition to THE AMAZING RACE, Profiles Televisionis in production on DASH FOR CASH for A&E, and an MMA competition seriesfor Spike, and has various projects in development across a wide range ofbroadcast and cable networks. Other Profiles Television series include THEGREAT ESCAPE for TNT, and OPRAH’S BIG GIVE, TAKE THE MONEY & RUN, andPROFILES FROM THE FRONT LINE for ABC. The company also produced for Ford theinteractive branded-entertainment programs, FOCUS RALLY: AMERICA for Hulu, andESCAPE ROUTES for NBC.


AboutInsight Productions

Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & BarbaraBowlby has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing andproduction of highly rated television programs and cutting edge multiplatformcontent for the global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognizedfor its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous internationalawards, including multiple Gemini’s. The company has created thousands of hoursof groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast over major networksworldwide. Broadcast Magazine International claims that "when it comes toadapting formats for Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears tohave the Midas touch." Recent hits include THE JUNO AWARDS, which plays akey role in the Canadian music industry, TOP CHEF CANADA, INTERVENTION CANADA, CANADA’SGOT TALENT and Insight’s original formats CANADA SINGS & BATTLE OF THEBLADES.  Insight is currently in production on the Canadian editions of NEVEREVER DO THIS AT HOME and BIG BROTHER CANADA. For more information visit:



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For more information, please contact:

LauraHeath Potter, CTV, 416.384.4633 or

Jim Quan, CTV, 416.384.5311 or

Leslie Oren, Babygrande PR (for Profiles Television), 310.300.3195 or

Bridget Osterhaus, Disney-ABC Domestic TV, 818.560.5252 or


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