2008.007 - 2008.007 accrual

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Reference code

CA ON00349 2008.007

Title

2008.007 accrual

Date(s)

  • 2005 - 2007 (Creation)

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6.3 m of textual records
51173 photographs
· 777 contact sheets (777 col.)
· 239 transparencies (239 col.)
· 50,157 digital images (in JPEG format) (50,157 col.)

5 graphic materials
· 5 posters/framed pictures

565 audio recordings
· 12 rolls ½ in. tape (57600 ft)
· 48 DAT cassettes (97 hr., 53 min.)
· 13 DA88 cassettes (22 hr., 36 min.)
· 30 DA113 cassettes (56 hr., 30 min.)
· 130 DPD113 cassettes (244 hr., 50 min.)
· 260 CDRs
· 33 audio cassettes (28 hr., 50 min.)
· 72 CDs

6745 Video recordings
· 1 VTR 2 in. (32 min.)
· 611 Digital Betacam cassettes (706 hr., 29 min.)
· 3227 Betacam SP (2731 hr., 4 min.)
· 43 Betacam SX (35 hr., 52 min.)
· 2 Betacam MPEG IMX (2 hr.)
· 20 CDR
· 8 CDs (7 hr., 41 min.)
· 162 DVCam cassettes (131 hr., 48 min.)
· 169 DVC Pro HD (185 hr., 54 min.)
· 153 DVD
· 366 DVDR
· 38 DVDROM
· 325 MiniDV cassettes (319 hr., 29 min.)
· 420 VHS cassettes (451 hr., 16 min.)

283 electronic records
· 18 3.5in. floppy disks (bearing textual records)

Context area

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(1970 -)

Administrative history

The Insight Production Company Ltd. is an independent production company based in Toronto. It was established in 1970 by Penray "Pen" Densham and John Kingsley Watson. In 1973, the company gained recognition for the documentary film Life Times Nine, which received two Academy Award nominations. In December 1978 John McLeod Brunton, Jr., assistant editor and director with Insight, bought the rights to the company from Densham and Watson, becoming President.

Born in Toronto (ca. 1954), Brunton was the youngest of three children and attended the Ridley School in St. Catharines, ON. Upon graduating, Brunton attended York University, Guelph University and Ryerson University. After being impressed by a short film produced by Insight in the mid1970s (Dazzled), Brunton called the company and expressed interest in their work. He began working for them in 1976. Working with Executive Vice President Barbara Bowlby (who joined the company in the mid 1980s), Brunton established a company that has fostered Canada’s domestic star system. Insight has created programs in several genres (documentary, drama, sports, variety, comedy, music, reality), and has adapted to shifting tastes, technology and formats. Canadian Idol, an Insight-produced iteration of the successful international format, aired between 2004 and 2008 to record-breaking audiences. Insight is also credited with revamping Canada’s national music awards, the JUNO Awards. By moving the show from a theatre to an arena setting, Insight was ultimately able to take the show on the road to cities across the country. The company has produced a number of award-winning programs for youth, including The Truth About Alex and the dramatic series Ready or Not. Insight is also recognized for producing Canada’s first successful late-night talk show, Open Mike with Mike Bullard, for six years.

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This accession consists of 17 series, divided by production: ‘Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader?’, ‘Canada’s Walk of Fame: 2006 & 2007’, ‘Canadian Idol: Season 4 & Season 5’, ‘Deal or No Deal Canada’, ‘Falcon Beach’, ‘Hatching, Matching and Dispatching: Pilot & Season 1’, ‘Icons and Rising Stars—Melissa and Rex: Let It Go!’, ‘Jon Dore Show, The Pilot & Jon Dore Show, Season 1’, ‘Juno Awards, 2006 & 2007’, ‘Mindtrip: Explorations of the Paranormal’, ‘MuchMusic VJ Search: Season 1’, ‘Project Runway Canada: Season 1’, ‘Star Racer’, ‘The Toronto Variety Show’.

The first series, ‘Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader?’ includes Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, and DVD recordings pertaining to the five-episode game show hosted by Colin Mochrie.

The second series, ‘Canada’s Walk of Fame: 2006 & 2007’, includes Betacam SP, Betacam SX, CDR, Digital Betacam, DVD, MPEG IMX, and VHS recordings pertaining to the annual two-hour variety awards presentation paying tribute to Canadiancelebrities. Footage from live ceremonies is combined with interviews and historic still and moving images. These two editions feature inductees Wayne Gretzky, Paul Anka, The Tragically Hip, Arthur Hiller, Alex Colville, Daniel Lanois, Jim Carrey and others.

The third series, ‘Canadian Idol: Season 4 & Season 5’, includes Betacam SP, 2” tape, Betacam SX, CD, Digital Betacam, DPD113, DV Cam, DVD, Mini DV and VHS recordings pertaining to the television show hosted by Ben Mulroney. By the time these seasons aired on CTV, the series had become Canada’s highest rated television series in history.

The fourth series, ‘Deal or No Deal Canada’, includes Betacam SP, CDR, DV Cam, DVD, HD Cam, Mini DV and VHS recordings pertaining to the game show hosted by Howie Mandel. The program, which consisted of five episodes, was aired on Global Television.

The fifth series, ‘Falcon Beach’, consists of textual records and DVD, CD and VHS recordings of the one-hour drama series featuring young people summering in the fictitious lakeside resort town of Falcon Beach. Shot in Gimli and Winnipeg Beach, Falcon Beach is a co-production between Insight and Manitoba-based Original Pictures.

The sixth series, ‘Hatching, Matching and Dispatching: Pilot & Season 1’, includes textual records and ¼ in. tape, Betacam SP, CD, DAT, Digital Betacam, DVD, Floppy disk and VHS recordings pertaining to a half-hour comedy series produced for CBC in 2005 and 2006. The program, which was set in Newfoundland, features Mary Walsh, Mark McKinney, Shaun Majumder, Rick Boland and Sherry White.

The seventh series, ‘Icons and Rising Stars—Melissa and Rex: Let It Go!’, includes Betacam SP, CD, Digital Betacam, DVD, Mini DV, and VHS recordings pertaining to the documentary about two Canadian singers (and ex-Canadian Idol competitors) Melissa O’Neil and Rex Goudie. The documentary includes footage from concerts in Brantford, ON, St. John’s, NF and Calgary.

The eighth series, ‘Jon Dore Show, The Pilot & Season 1’, features Betacam SP, CD, Mini DV, and DVD recordings of Canadian comedian Jon Dore’s 2007 show.

The ninth series, ‘Juno Awards, 2006 & 2007’, includes Betacam SP, CD, DA113, DA8, DAT, Digital Betacam, DPD113, DVC Pro HD, DV Cam, DVD, HD Cam, Mini DV, VHS and XD Cam HD recordings of the 2006 and 2007 Juno Award ceremonies. The 2006 show was held in Halifax and was hosted by Pamela Anderson. Featured performers included Divine Brown, Bedouin Soundclash, Broken Social Scene, Coldplay and the BlackEyed Peas. The 2007 show occurred in Saskatoon and was hosted by Nelly Furtado. Featured performers include Tragically Hip, Alexisonfire, Billy Talen, KOS, DJ Champion, City and Colour and Patrick Watson.

The tenth series, ‘Mindtrip: Explorations of the Paranormal’, includes Digital Betacam and CD recordings pertaining to the program Mindtrip (hosted by Hugh Dillon). The 2005 production includes an overview of the paranormal and descriptions of paranormalrich Canadian locations.

The eleventh series, ‘MuchMusic VJ Search: Season 1’ includes textual records, Betacam SP, CD, DVD, Mini DV, and VHS recordings pertaining to the 10-episode reality program hosted by Dina Pugliese. Produced in 2007, this program features judges comprised of industry insiders including Robin Black, Kardinal Offishall and Steve Anthony.

The twelfth series, ‘Project Runway Canada: Season 1’, includes textual records and CD, DVD and XD Cam HD recordings pertaining to the first season of Project Runway Canada. The series, hosted by model Iman, features Canadian fashion designers competing for the chance to be discovered as the ‘it’ Canadian.

The thirteenth series, ‘Star Racer’, includes textual records, Betacam SP, CD, Digital Betacam, DV Cam, DVD, HD Cam, Mini DV, and DA8
recordings. The program, hosted by Canadian actor Yannick Bisson, was a reality-based competition to find Canada’s best driver. It was shot at Le Circuit racetrack in Mont Tremblant, Quebec and aired on the Discovery Channel.

The fourteenth series, ‘The Toronto Variety Show’, includes textual records, Betacam SP, CD/CDR, DVC Pro HD, DV Cam, DVD/DVDR, Mini DV, and VHS recordings. This entertainment-focused program was shot on location in downtown Toronto in four fast-paced one-hour episodes. Hosted by opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, the series featured Jon Dore, Melanie Durrant, K’naan, DJ Zahra, the Doo Wops and Kenny Robinson.

The fifteenth series, ‘Alison Birk Archive’, consists of textual records created by and/or for Alison Birk.

The sixteenth series, ‘John Brunton Personal’, consists of textual records created by and/or for John Brunton.

The seventeenth series, ‘John Murray Development Files’, consists of records created by and/or for John Murray Development Files.

This fonds includes graphic and textual material relating to a number of productions, including:

Falcon Beach: Series 1 (Television, 2005)
Hatching, Matching and Dispatching : Pilot & Season 1 (Television, 2005)
Mindtrip: Explorations of the Paranormal (Television, 2005)
The Toronto Variety Show (Television, 2005)
Icons and Rising Stars – Melissa and Rex: Let It Go! (Television, 2006)
Falcon Beach: Series 2 (Television, 2006)
Canada’s Walk of Fame: 2006 (Television, 2006)
Star Racer (Television, 2006)
Juno Awards: 2006 (Television, 2006)
Canadian Idol: Season 4 (Television, 2006)
Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5-th Grader? (Television, 2007)
Canada’s Walk of Fame: 2007 (Television, 2007)
Canadian Idol: Season 5 (Television, 2007)
Deal or No Deal Canada (Television, 2007)
The Jon Dore Show: The Pilot (Television, 2007)
The Jon Dore Show: Season 1 (Television, 2007)
Juno Awards: 2007 (Television, 2007)
MuchMusic VJ Search: Season 1 (Television, 2007)
Project Runway Canada: Season 1 (Television, 2007)
This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to a number of productions, including:

Falcon Beach (Television, 2005)
Hatching, Matching, & Dispatching: Pilot & Season 1 (Television, 2005)
The Toronto Variety Show (Television, 2005)
Star Racer (Television, 2006)
Much Music VJ Search: Season 1 (Television, 2007)
Project Runway Canada: Season 1 (Television, 2007)

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