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INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED CANADIAN ENTERTAINER MARTIN SHORT NAMED AS JUDGE FOR CANADA'S GOT TALENT ON CITYTV

- Hamilton, Ont. native is the first to join judges’ panel on original Canadian production, launching March 2012 -
- Remaining judges and host to be announced in the coming days - 

TORONTO (October 13, 2011) –With more than 40 years in show business, Emmy® and Tony Award®-winning Canadian icon Martin Short will take a seat at the judges’ desk for Citytv’s original series, Canada’s Got Talent. The announcement was made earlier this morning on Breakfast Television and Rogers Radio stations across the country.

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Short, who grew up in Hamilton, Ont., has entertained millions around the world in movies, on stage and on television. He is one of Canada’s funniest exports, and now he’s coming home to help find Canada’s most talented performer. Short’s versatility is outstanding, successfully portraying dramatic and musical characters throughout his illustrious career. As part of the judging panel, he will provide invaluable advice to the competitors. 
 
"Don't take it personally…it's only show business,” said Short of his new role as a judge on Canada’s Got Talent. “And if you've ever seen me perform, you'll know that my personal motto is ‘always leave the audience wanting less.’”
 
From his early years in Toronto with The Second City and SCTV, Short has created a collection of hilarious and unforgettable characters, some of which were later immortalized during his tenure on Saturday Night Live. In addition to his impersonations of celebrities, such as Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn, memorable characters include the wonderfully nerdy Ed Grimley and the lovably odd Hollywood interviewer Jiminy Glick. Short has won two Emmy Awards for his work with SCTV and was most recently nominated for his role on the hit FX series Damages.
 
On the big screen, Short has starred in countless hit films, such as Three Amigos, Father of the Bride, Captain Ron, Mars Attacks! and Innerspace. He is also a highly-praised Broadway star, receiving a Tony Award in 1999 for Best Actor in the musical Little Me. Short has achieved great success influencing a generation of performers, both in Canada and around the world.
 
In 2000, Short received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and in 1994 he was awarded this country’s highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada.
 
"Martin Short is one of Canada’s all-time favourite artists and his quick wit, enthusiasm and comedic ingenuity are legendary," said Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Canada’s Got Talent, Rogers Media Television. “He is an influential and proud Canadian who never forgot his roots, and we are ecstatic to have him as a judge on Canada’s Got Talent.”
 
“Marty’s the classic triple threat,” said John Brunton, Executive Producer, Canada’s Got Talent, Insight Productions. “He’s one of the most accomplished comedians in history. He’s conquered Broadway and Hollywood, winning Emmys and Tonys, and he has one of the funniest wits in showbiz. We’re thrilled that Marty will be coming home for Canada’s Got Talent.”
 
Short will be joined on Canada’s Got Talent by two additional high-profile judges and a well-known host, all of whom will be announced in the coming days.

Tim Hortons is proud to be a founding partner of Canada’s Got Talent.  Tim Hortons’ sponsorship components are multiplatform in their execution and extend across a myriad of Rogers media platforms.
 
Canada’s Got Talent is the largest national talent search in Canadian television history and will feature a colourful array of hopeful stars, including comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists, dancers and singers all vying for a chance to perform on national television and win the coveted title. This original series is part of the hit international franchise and a tribute to the rich talents that define and characterize Canada’s diversity. 
 
Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.citytv.com
 
Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and production of highly rated television programs and cutting edge multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognized for its reputation for outstanding quality as the recipient of numerous International awards, including multiple Gemini’s. The company has created thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast over major networks worldwide. Recent hits include, Battle of the Blades, Top Chef Canada, Canadian Idol, The Juno Awards and Canada Sings.  For more information visit www.insighttv.com
 
About FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. For more information, visit www.fremantlemedia.com.
 
About Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment is a global joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment focused on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content. Syco TV and Music includes the global television franchises The X Factor and Got Talent which currently air in over 60 countries. Syco Music roster includes superstar artists such as Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and Il Divo. In 2009, Britain's Got Talent launched the global music career of Susan Boyle, whose debut album is world's fastest selling album in history. Syco Entertainment is based in London and Los Angeles with a staff of 30+.
 
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For more information, please contact: 
Cary Mignault, Unit Publicity Manager, Canada’s Got Talent, Insight Productions,
Cary.Mignault@rci.rogers.com, 416.435.9295
 
Stephanie Perron, Publicity Coordinator, Canada’s Got Talent, Rogers Media Television,
Stephanie.Perron@rci.rogers.com, 647.278.6799

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