Endemol nabs ‘Canada Sings’ format

Show challenges co-workers to form glee clubs

LONDON — Endemol has nabbed worldwide format rights to Shaw Media’s talent show “Canada Sings.”

The deal involves the entertainment giant selling the format internationally and producing local versions of the show via its regional production hubs.

“Canada Sings” was originally produced for Shaw Media network Global Television by Insight Production Company, which created and owns the format.

When the skein bowed in Canada last summer it was watched by 6.5 million viewers, according to Endemol.

Shaw Media last week greenlit a second season of “Canada Sings,” which takes ordinary folk from workplaces across the nation and challenges them to form glee clubs with co-workers.

The teams, coached by professionals, compete in a nationwide talent contest with the winner donating the prize money to a nominated charity.

Global head of format acquisitions at Endemol Grant Ross said: “This is an unabashed feel good format packed with adrenalin, bravado, teamwork, courage and jeopardy.

“The show’s performance in Canada speaks for itself and the elements that have driven that success can be translated in any territory.”