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Barbara Bowlby honoured by WIFT-T

Barbara Bowlby, president and COO of Insight Productions, will be presented with the outstanding achievement in business Crystal Award at the 2014 Women in Film and Television Awards gala. The awards, to be presented on Dec. 2 at Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto, recognize the extraordinary achievements of Canadian men and women in the television, film and digital media industries.

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The Amazing Race Canada & Big Brother Canada Reach #1

Insight Productions produced two of the biggest ratings hits of the year with CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada and Shaw Media’s Big Brother Canada.

With confirmed numbers now in, blockbuster hit The Amazing Race Canada is the most-watched Canadian program of the year with an average audience of 2.8 million viewers on CTV; the #1 Summer series overall; and the #2 television series in Canada behind only CTV’s The Big Bang Theory.* More than three million Canadians tuned in to see Mickey & Pete’s pantless victory lap in the season finale.

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The amazing race Canada season 2 wraps, and Season 3 announced!

It took a flawless final leg in the nation’s capital to win THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and best friends Mickey Henry and Pete Schmalz did just that, capping a remarkable second season for Canada’s #1 summer series. With delayed viewing data still to come, the nail-biting season finale was Sunday’s most-watched program with a preliminary overnight audience of 2.7 million viewers on CTV.  Immediately following the finale, host Jon Montgomery announced that casting for a third season has begun!

For more information and specifics, check out the official application form!

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Canada’s walk of fame announces the 2014 inductees

Musician Jeff Healey, actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Reynolds, and Olympic hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser are among the latest inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Americana innovators the Band will also get a star, as will Louise Arbour, former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The inductees will be celebrated at a red carpet and awards show at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 18, which will be televised on Global and Slice on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

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Big Brother Canada Season 3 casting call!

Big Brother Canada returns for a 3rd season with a new home on Global TV!

Over the second season’s 10-week run, it reached more than 6.4 million viewers, making it the No. 1 specialty reality program of the year in key demographics. Canadians 19 years of age and older can apply online here, and in person this fall at open casting calls across Canada. The online submission deadline is November 24, 2014.

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Joke or Choke Digital Pilot released on CTV EXTEND

What happens when you give stand up comedians a topic for a new bit, with little time to prepare and no opportunity to test their material? Find out in the digital pilot Joke or Choke, a half-hour stand-up comedy competition show that takes four of Canada’s funniest comics and pits them against one another on stage in front of a live studio audience in a no-holds barred comedic throwdown. Watch the pilot!

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