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"Deal or no Deal" travels to Toronto

(TORONTO – October 23, 2006) Global Television today confirmed an agreement with Endemol USA to produce a Canadian version of the international hit, "Deal or No Deal." Five special editions of Canada’s favourite primetime gamer will be produced on-location in Toronto, in January 2007.

Produced expressly for Global Television by Insight Productions and Endemol USA, the 5 hour-long episodes will be broadcast exclusively in Canada. Airing on Global Television in the Spring of 2007, the special series – led by Host Howie Mandel – will bring all the thrills and excitement of the "Deal or No Deal" experience direct to its most loyal fans, right here at home.

"We’re delighted to confirm we’re bringing this high-profile format deal to Canada," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for CanWest MediaWorks. "Every aspect of the project and the production – from the creation of the dynamic "Deal or No Deal" on-air signature look, to opening up an opportunity for Canadians nationwide to get involved in the fun – is a challenge that we are eager to take on, and one that’s sure to generate buzz with audiences and industry alike."

Details on casting, related contesting, and the opportunity to be part of the studio audience for the special Canadian 5-night engagement will be revealed in the days to come.

"’Deal or No Deal’ is one of Endemol’s top grossing formats and an instant hit wherever it airs," said Endemol USA President, David Goldberg. "We’re thrilled about our partnership with Global Television, and that Canadians will now have their own version. Howie Mandel has proven to be a terrific host of the U.S. version of ‘Deal or No Deal’ and I am quite confident that he will be equally successful in Canada, his native country."

"Deal or No Deal" with Host Howie Mandel airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on Global Television.

Howie Mandel in new holiday movie

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Howie Mandel is set to narrate the USA Network holiday movie THE GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS, it was announced today by Jeff Wachtel, USA’s executive vice president, original programming. THE GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS is a groundbreaking unscripted movie from executive producers Gary Auerbach and Julie Auerbach, the creative minds behind MTV’s breakout series "Laguna Beach." The special will premiere on Tuesday, November 28.

A break-through collaboration from USA’s Alternative and Longform teams, THE GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS will examine our nation’s biggest holiday through the eyes of six extraordinary families, each hand-picked for their distinctive and interesting take on celebrating Christmas. Executive produced by Gary and Julie Auerbach, THE GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS will showcase the same incredibly rich look, style, music, casting and storytelling that the Auerbachs have famously achieved on their inventive MTV hit series "Laguna Beach."

"Howie Mandel was our first choice," explained Wachtel. "We knew that whoever would narrate this film would need to be both comedic and warm — someone who people of all ages and backgrounds would feel good about."

Scripted holiday movies are a longstanding television tradition but no script can capture the magic, the anxiety and the expectations of the real thing. THE GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS will follow the lives of six very different families. Together, these families paint a truly unforgettable, often funny and moving holiday portrait to which all viewers can relate in one way or another. 

The storyline for each family is unique and connected to each other only by their overall expectations of the holiday. While the participating families hail from various parts of the country and are of diverse backgrounds, the project will illustrate that everyone shares the same hopes, dreams and fears that come at holiday time. The featured families, including the Schullers of Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral, were filmed on location in 2005 celebrating the holidays in various cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Park City, UT.

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