Corkscrew Media

December 21, 2010 09:00 ET

Build It Forward Comes to Life With Launch of Website

Builditforward.ca gives fans the opportunity to help build a home for families in need

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2010) - BUILD IT FORWARD, the new television series that will give seven families the opportunity to have their lives changed, and in turn, change the lives of others, now has an online home at www.builditforward.ca. The program, which will be hosted by Paul Brandt, the most awarded male Canadian Country Artist in history, is currently being produced by Corkscrew Media in association with CMT (Canada). BUILD IT FORWARD is currently scheduled to launch on CMT in 2011.

BUILD IT FORWARD will chronicle the emotionally challenging journeys of seven families at risk of homelessness who will be receiving a new home. BUILD IT FORWARD moves beyond all other home-building and home makeover shows by pushing the "giving back" envelope. While the recipient family works firsthand and receives the goodwill and grace of donations and volunteers in the creation of their new home, they are also required to help build a new home for another family – this time in a developing country.

The anticipation and interest in the show from fans and the community has been steadily building since the show's concept was announced this fall. At www.builditforward.ca, fans may contribute firsthand to the cause, giving them the opportunity to donate to each home being built.

"The idea behind BUILD IT FORWARD is about giving people the chance to pay it forward, and build it forward, whether it's by giving to the cause, volunteering at a home site, or being a good corporate citizen. In turn, we are able to support seven amazing families, by giving them the opportunity to change their lives, and positively affect the lives of others," said Paul Brandt, host of the show. "We look forward to keeping all of our fans engaged through the new website, and bringing the show to homes across Canada next year on CMT."

BUILD IT FORWARD is currently being filmed by Corkscrew Media in the Calgary and Cochrane area. The show is scheduled to air on CMT in 2011, and will be available in over nine million homes across Canada.

"Calgary is known for having a strong community spirit, and that has been evident as we embark on this adventure," added Brandt. "I can't wait to show the entire country the warmth, spirit and compassion that Calgarians are sharing with BUILD IT FORWARD."

Donation and volunteer opportunities are still available. Please visit www.builditforward.ca for more information; donations may be made directly through the website by clicking the "Build It Forward Now" button. 

Partners of BUILD IT FORWARD include CMT (Canada), Corkscrew Media, Habitat for Humanity Calgary, Samaritan's Purse and the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Sponsors of the project include Stepper Custom Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT, Baywest Homes, Carma Developers, The Vintage Fund, Bennett Jones LLP, Harmony Park Developments Corp., Broadview Homes, Qualico Developments, Government of Alberta, Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP, Kohler, Direct Energy, RBC Foundation, Husky Energy, The Ensuite, Idea Den, Fan Torrent, Keller Williams Realty South, FM Systems and ATCO Gas.

About Build It Forward

Hosted by country music star Paul Brandt, BUILD IT FORWARD is an exciting and inspirational new documentary series on CMT (Canada). The biggest television initiative in CMT history, BUILD IT FORWARD is an exceptional program chronicling the emotionally challenging journey of 14 separate families who will be receiving a brand new home. BUILD IT FORWARD inspires individuals and communities to give of themselves and create a better world for everyone in it. Each hour of BUILD IT FORWARD documents the life-changing impact of 'giving back' and the poignant experience of not one, but two families being handed the keys to a previously only dreamed of, brand new home.

About Paul Brandt

Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian Country Artist in history. He first made his mark on the country music charts in 1996 with the single "My Heart Has A History", which hit number one in Canada and made him the first Canadian male country artist to reach the Billboard Top Ten in the US since 1974. In 2001, Paul founded how own recording label, Brand-T Records, and to date, every album that Brandt has released on the label has garnered an Album of the Year award. Paul has nine albums to his credit and a new collection scheduled for release in mid-2011. Paul is actively involved in charitable work for numerous organizations, providing him the opportunity to give back and improve the lives of others. Please visit www.paulbrandt.com.

About Corkscrew Media

Founded in 2001, Corkscrew Media Inc. is a full service, independent television production house, and has produced world-class awards shows, concert performances, documentary series and one-hour specials for national and international television broadcast. Corkscrew Media productions can be found on networks such as Global Television, CBC, CMT, TSN, NBC and Rogers Television. With a focus on compelling stories told through beautiful, high definition and leading edge 3D photography, Corkscrew's work is widely recognized and seen by millions of viewers worldwide. Visit www.corkscrewmedia.net.

About CMT (Canada)

CMT Canada, available in over 9.5 million homes, is Canada's source for country music lifestyle programming. Exploring themes relevant to country music and country music fans, the network offers an exciting mix of comedy and dramatic series, movies and country music news, videos, concerts and specials. CMT's Video Advantage Program, established in 2000, supports the production of original music videos for Canadian artists. The station's website, www.cmt.ca, is Canada's number one website dedicated to country music.

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