February 26, 2013
The house 'Big Brother' built
By Bill Harris, QMI Agency
Big Brother Canada is about the "where" and the "who."
At least, that's the case from a production standpoint, as the elaborate series debuts Wednesday on Slice and Global.
"We have never in our 30-some years of being in business ever come across a show quite like Big Brother Canada," says John Brunton, the chairman, CEO and executive producer of Insight Productions, whose reality-competition resume includes Battle of the Blades, Top Chef Canada, Canada's Got Talent, Canada Sings, Canadian Idol, Project Runway Canada and forthcoming The Amazing Race Canada.
"We have 80 cameras in the Big Brother Canada house," Brunton continues. "Building that house was like building a house on an empty lot in the real world.
"It has to have working bathrooms, working showers, working kitchens, air conditioning, temperature control, swimming pools, hot tubs, you name it. And all of it has to be inside a studio."