Corkscrew Media

November 26, 2010 14:04 ET

Corkscrew Media Begins Production on New Paul Brandt Series Build it Forward

Award-winning country singer to host new show about helping families in need by building homes in Canada and abroad

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - Seven families will have the opportunity to have their lives changed, and in turn, change the lives of others, in a new television series BUILD IT FORWARD, hosted by Paul Brandt, the most awarded male Canadian Country Artist in history. Produced by Corkscrew Media in association with CMT (Canada), BUILD IT FORWARD is scheduled to launch on CMT in 2011.

BUILD IT FORWARD will chronicle the emotionally challenging journeys of seven separate 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 first hand 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.

"BUILD IT FORWARD provides families in need with the opportunity to create a better life for themselves while giving them the chance to help a family in need in another country," says Paul Brandt, host of the show. "It's very rewarding for me to see the tremendous impact this project has on everyone involved, from the participating families to the project volunteers. It's a feel good show that demonstrates how truly blessed we are in Canada, and the opportunity we all have to give back in so many ways."

The show, produced by Corkscrew Media, is scheduled to air on CMT beginning in 2011, and will be available in over nine million homes across Canada.

"Corkscrew Media has been a long time producer of quality television programs, and we're thrilled to be working with Paul Brandt, CMT and our other partners and sponsors on this exciting project," says Scott Henuset, Owner of Corkscrew Media. "This program will be educational, inspirational, and demonstrate the success we can achieve when we work together for a greater good."

BUILD IT FORWARD will be filmed in the Calgary area, and sponsorship, donation and volunteer opportunities are still available. Individuals or companies may inquire about volunteering or providing products or services by visiting www.builditforward.ca, which will be live soon.

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 and FM Systems.

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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