Electus Picks Up U.S. Rights to 'Canada's Smartest Person'

The TV competition series about brainiacs battling for top honors is being shopped to American networks.

Electus has secured the U.S. format rights to produce an American version of Canada's Smartest Person.

The reality competition series that sees brainiacs battle to be named the country's smartest person first aired on the CBC in Canada and is produced by Toronto-based Media Headquarters, in association with Group M Entertainment.

Now Electus has pacted with Media Headquarters and Barracuda Television Productions to produce a U.S. version. Electus International in 2012 first picked up the worldwide format rights to Canada’s Smartest Person from the CBC and Media Headquarters.

Electus has already licensed Canada’s Smartest Person to Turkey’s TRT and Sera Film for production, and also has deals for France, Norway, Sweden and Portugal. Barracuda's Barry Poznick (Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?) will executive produce the U.S. adaptation of the Canadian format now being shopped to American networks.

"I love this format because it's revolutionizing the way we judge who is smart. IQ scores don't mean anything anymore. This is the new way to test intelligence," said Poznick in a statement.