It’s time for Canada to go bid or go home as the popular Storage Wars franchise arrives north of the border. OLN, Proper Television, and FremantleMedia today announced that Storage Wars Canada (36 x 30 minutes) has been greenlit with production slated to begin May 2013, and filming to take place in locations across Ontario. Additional production and broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
Commissioned by OLN’s original content team and produced by Proper Television, Storage Wars Canada is a modern-day treasure hunt, as four professional buyers use their knowledge, expertise, and wit to bid on the contents of abandoned, repossessed, and forgotten storage containers. With only a matter of minutes to scan the contents of the locker using only the beam of a flashlight, the high stakes fun begins when the buyers have to out-bid each other for the locker, which could be full of trash…or treasure.
Storage Wars Canada is the latest original series commissioned by Rogers Media, following the successful launch of Seed earlier this year, and including the upcoming premieres of previously announced series Package Deal, The Project, and Mother Up!. Storage Wars Canada is part of the Storage Wars franchise from FremantleMedia’s Original Productions. Storage Wars currently airs weeknights at 8 p.m. ET on OLN (check local listings).
“The hit Storage Wars franchise is perfectly in tune with the outrageous characters and real-life stories that OLN’s viewers look forward to every night,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media, and Executive Producer of Storage Wars Canada. “Canada is filled with dynamic treasure hunters and passionate collectors that will bring this homegrown series to life, and we are excited to give Canadians this opportunity.”
Storage Wars Canada is currently casting in Ontario for treasure hunters, auctioneers, and appraisers for the original Canadian series. Interested applicants can send a resume, photo, and brief description of themselves to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Storage Wars Canada will allow Canadians to take part in one of television’s most successful franchises and we are very happy to be working with OLN on this amazing project,” said Guy O’Sullivan, President, Proper Television.
“With OLN and Proper Television on-board to produce Storage Wars Canada, we are confident that the new series will combine all of the entertainment and characters to appeal to the Canadian audiences,” said Lisa Honig, SVP, Program Distribution, North America, FremantleMedia International.
Storage Wars Canada is an OLN original series produced by Proper Television and based on a format created by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company. Guy O’Sullivan (Come Dine with Me Canada) and Allison Grace (Holmes Inspection) serve as executive producers, with Geoff Siskind (Canada’s Worst Driver) as a series producer. From Rogers Media, Claire Freeland is director of original programming and executive producer of the series, Malcolm Dunlop is executive vice-president, programming and operations, and Scott Moore is president of broadcast.