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CHUM Television Announces "Canada’s Next Top Model" Cycle 2, Jay Manuel to Host


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CHUM Television Announces Cycle 2 of “Canada’s Next Top Model”

Jay Manuel From “America’s Next Top Model” Signs on as Host

Recruiting Begins October 31st, 2006

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October 31, 2006 -- (Toronto, ON) – CHUM Television announced today that “Canada’s Next Top Model” will return for Cycle 2 with Jay Manuel (“America’s Next Top Model”, “Style Her Famous”) as Host/Executive Producer. The hugely popular Canadian reality series, based on the phenomenally successful “America’s Next Top Model” franchise, will hit the airwaves on Citytv in the spring of 2007.

We’ve had tremendous ratings success and viewer response with both “America’s Next Top Model” and “Canada’s Next Top Model”, said Roma Khanna, Senior Vice President Content and Co-Head, CHUM Television. “Not only does Jay provide us with natural synergies with the flagship show he is also a fan favourite. We are absolutely thrilled that he will be coming home to Canada to take on the role of Host. He will be an integral part of the success of both shows.”

“Working with numerous celebrities over the past 14 years including Tyra, and collaborating with her on seven cycles of ”ANTM“, I have developed a strong sense of a model’s needs and the challenges of making it in the fashion industry,” said Jay Manuel, Host/Executive Producer. “Fans of both shows can get ready to see a more encouraging, nurturing side of Jay.”

“There’s no one I trust more as an arbiter of fierce than Mister Jay Manuel,” said Creator/Executive Producer/Judge Tyra Banks, “America’s Next Top Model”. “He directs all the Top Model photo shoots and fashion shows and no one knows more about how to put it all together than Jay.”

A favourite of “ANTM” fans everywhere, Jay Manuel ( made his debut on the first cycle of “America’s Next Top Model” in 2003, as Makeup Artist and Photo Director, offering colorful commentary and industry expertise to the girls. In Cycle 2, he took the reins as Photo Shoot Art Director and Producer, pushing the girls through the rigors of the fashion industry. Three years and seven cycles later, Jay’s popularity with fans has become an integral part of the ratings success of “America’s Next Top Model”™. In addition to his role on “ANTM”, Jay is also the Host of the Style Network’s hottest new show “Style Her Famous”. He is Fashion Correspondent on the E! Network’s Red Carpet Shows, including the Golden Globes, the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards. With an eye for creating stunning conceptual direction, his superb makeup skills are highly sought after. He has worked with countless celebrities including Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Silverstone, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Natalie Cole, Kim Cattrall, Naomi Campbell, Iman, David Bowie and Pink as well as legendary photographers Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz.

Beginning October 31st, 2006, “Canada’s Next Top Model” begins its nationwide search to find 10 participants --- 10 young women who think they can make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of modelling. Do you think you have what it takes to be “Canada’s Next Top Model”? To enter, you must be female, between the ages of 18-27 and be prepared to spend five weeks away from your family and friends. Participants are invited to go to to download the official application kit. Deadline for applications is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2006.

The eight-part series will return to air on Citytv in the spring of 2007 and will provide dramatic twists and turns as participants compete to master the skills that are essential in the profession. The aspiring models will live together as they learn the ins-and-outs of the fashion industry from leading fashion experts.

Each one-hour episode is built around an important aspect of the modelling profession. Participants must demonstrate both inner and outer beauty as they learn to master the catwalk, fashion photo shoots and deal with the glare of the media, all under the watchful eye of surveillance cameras that chronicle every move. One cast member will be eliminated each week and the last model standing will win the coveted title of “Canada’s Next Top Model”.

“Canada’s Next Top Model” is produced by Temple Street Productions, Executive Producers Sheila Hockin, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, in association with CBS Paramount International Television and CHUM Television. “America’s Next Top Model” is produced by 10x10 Entertainment and Bankable Productions. The series airs on The CW in the U.S. Executive Producers are Tyra Banks, Ken Mok and Anthony Dominici. “ANTM” is licensed in over 110 countries. “America’s Next Top Model” and the “America’s Next Top Model” format are distributed internationally by CBS Paramount International Television.

CHUM Television is a division of CHUM Limited (TSX: CHM/CHM.B,, one of Canada’s leading media companies and content providers which owns and operates 33 radio stations, 33 television stations, as well as an environmental music distribution division. CHUM’s original content is seen in over 130 countries worldwide and is distributed via new media platforms, including interactive television, wireless services and exclusive CHUM-branded Internet properties.

Temple Street Productions is an established, privately held production and distribution company based in Toronto, Canada. Temple Street Productions is the producer of Emmy and WGA award-winning cable features, prime time series and factual programming, including the hit series “Queer as Folk” and “Billable Hours”.

CBS Paramount International Television is one of the most diverse suppliers of current and library programming to the international television marketplace featuring drama, comedy, talk, court, game shows, reality, entertainment news, news and movies of the week from a catalog of over 70,000 hours. Programming from CPITV can be seen in over 200 countries and in more than 30 languages. Additionally, the Division supervises the development and production of television programming customized for the international marketplace and producing product with international partners. CPITV offers programming from CBS Paramount Network Television, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Productions, King World Productions, CBS News and Spelling Television. CBS Paramount International Television is a division of CBS Television Distribution Group, a unit of CBS Corporation.


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