Canada’s CityTV returns to ‘Got Talent’ after decade hiatus

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CityTV in Canada has ordered a second season of competition format Got Talent, almost a decade after the show last aired in the country.

The new nine-part version is again from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, and will follow a new batch of Canadian hopefuls as they get their shot at fame in front of a celebrity judging panel.

McGillivray Entertainment Media is also attached, with the show starting filming this Autumn. It will premiere in Spring 2022.

The Fremantle-distributed format last aired in Canada in 2012 on CityTV, but it was cancelled after one season.

Michela Di Mondo, EVP of distribution & sales for Canada at Fremantle, said “This is a testament to the strength of the Got Talent format and we are absolutely thrilled to be introducing a local version of this globally renowned format into the region.”

The expanded partnership also gives advertisers access to the Got Talent YouTube inventory in Canada, which garners 250 million views annually. The US version of the format, which is into its 16th season, also airs on CityTV.

“The Got Talent franchise has stood the test of time and has consistently held massive audiences across all platforms and we’re excited to connect fans – and advertisers – more deeply with both the Canadian and American versions of the show,” said Hayden Mindell, VP of programming at CityTV.

The format was created by Cowell and is co-owned by Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, which has sold the show into 75 countries including the US, China and France.

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