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Teens 13 to 15 wanted for TV show and obstacle course

by David Meyer

ORANGEVILLE - Matt Hornburg is returning to home territory and is offering teens in the area a chance to attack the largest obstacle course in Canada.

Hornburg, who grew up in Fergus and went to Centre Wellington District Secondary School, runs marblemedia with his buddy Mark Bishop. They have created an award winning production company and now they are bringing the show here.

Hornburg said in an interview recently that they have come up with Splatalot, “inspired by Camelot, and that time period.”

It is a huge outdoor, physical game show for teens aged 13 to 15, and the company is casting this month, with plans to shoot near Orangeville in August and September.

They are building a medieval fortress with a sludge-filled moat and crashes, side-splitting splashes, and splat-tacular spills.

Contestants will be seen all over the world when the show airs in 2011. It will be broadcast on YTV in Canada, the BBC in Great Britain, and ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Hornburg and Bishop started as a two-man company in 2001 after meeting at Ryerson, and now it has 30 employees. He said the company has been doing a lot of children’s shows, and now it is moving into prime time.

Hornburg said he and Bishop knew televisions stations were considering shows with action for children and teens and, “Those types of shows work well. That’s how we came up with the contest.

The company is looking for daring kids of all shapes, sizes and skills to compete in this extreme obstacle course chal­lenge series.

He said anyone who is a thrill seeker is someone the company is interested in having on the show.

The company will shoot 26 shows this year, and launch them next spring. He said they plan to start work in the third week of August, and anyone interested in being a contestant should email splatalotcasting­ for more information.

Contestants will be selected this month so applications should be sent soon.

Those who want to participate should submit their names and a blurb about themselves to that email address.


Vol 43 Issue 29


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