CTV thinks Canada can 'Dance'


TORONTO – Canadian broadcaster CTV on Tuesday said it plans to step out with 19 Entertainment, and Dick Clark Productions to produce and air a Canadian version of "So You Think You Can Dance."

Toronto-based CTV, which already airs Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" during the summer, said it acquired the Canadian format rights to bring the TV dance competition franchise north of the border.

Terms of the deal were not available. The announcement was made at MIPCOM by Susanne Boyce, president, creative, content and channels at CTV, and 19 Entertainment's Simon Fuller, who has already collaborated with CTV on its successful "Canadian Idol" franchise.

CTV said "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" will follow the "Canadian Idol" model, complete with a nationwide search for aspiring dancers followed by performance, judging and elimination during weekly episodes.

News of "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" marks the latest format deal for Canadian broadcasters as they embrace international reality TV franchises to help drive their ratings and ad revenues.

Rival Global Television produces "Deal or No Deal Canada" under a license from Endemol USA, and Slice, Canada's lifestyle channel, airs "Project Runway Canada" after grabbing the Canadian format rights to the U.S. series from Miramax and the Weinstein Co.

And the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. last month said it will produce a reality TV competition series to cast the lead role of Maria von Trapp in a Toronto revival of "The Sound of Music" co-produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The CBC deal came about after Canada's public broadcaster secured the format rights to the original BBC reality series "How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?"