Calling All Pop Culture Junkies! E! Orders New Original Canadian Game Show POP QUIZ

— April 26, 2013

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TORONTO (April 26, 2013) – Bell Media’s E! announced today that it has ordered the new Canadian game show POP QUIZ from Montreal’s Pixcom Production and Incendo. The 60-episode, 30-minute, pop culture-testing series is based on LE CERCLE, the successful game show seen on TVA in Quebec. Production of the rapid-fire series begins this summer in Toronto and is set to premiere on E! this fall. 

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Played at lightning-fast speed, POP QUIZ pits contestants against one another in rapid succession. In each episode, 10 contestants positioned in a circle begin the challenge by answering random, pop culture questions. A wrong answer leads to elimination, while each round of questions becomes increasingly difficult – and increasingly hilarious. As the fun escalates and more contestants are eliminated, the remaining two face-off in the final round for a cash prize. 

“We’re excited to add this homegrown production to E!’s already dynamic lineup,” said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “We’re confident that the fun of POP QUIZ will resonate with our viewers across the country.”

"We're extremely excited to partner with E! and bring this game show to a national audience" said Executive Producers Jacquelin Bouchard and Jean Bureau.

Casting is currently underway for a host as well as a judge to confirm the answers to the pop culture questions. Potential contestants and pop-culture junkies are encouraged to visit julescasting.com to audition to be a part of the show. 

POP QUIZ is coproduced by Pixcom Production and Incendo in association with E! and Bell Media. Producers are Nicola Merola and Melanie Riendeau. Executive Producers are Jacquelin Bouchard, Sylvie Desrochers, Carole Dufour, Jean Bureau, and Ian Whitehead. Kara Haflidson is Production Executive for Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. 

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About Pixcom Production and Incendo 
Pixcom is one of Canada's leading independent television producers, creating over 20 series per year including quiz, fiction, documentary, lifestyle, and kids programming. Incendo is a Canadian company that specializes in the production and distribution of high quality programming for the worldwide marketplace.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, ORPHAN BLACK, and upcoming drama BITTEN, as well as reality series PANIC BUTTON. In total, Bell Media ordered 27 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

About E! 
E! is television’s top global destination for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 6.5 million cable and satellite subscribers across Canada. E! content is available anytime and anywhere, including eonline.ca, @EOnlineCanada, Facebook and other emerging platforms. The pulse of pop culture, E! features a variety of programming including hit reality series, fascinating profiles of the world's biggest stars, up-to-the-minute entertainment news, witty talk series, and the best live red carpet coverage from Canada and around the world. E! is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. 

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For more information, please contact:
Laura Catania, Entertainment Specialties, Bell Media, 416.384.3173 or laura.catania@bellmedia.ca
Amy Doary, Entertainment Specialties, Bell Media, 416.384.2593 or amy.doary@bellmedia.ca
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