Celebrity Designer Dee Dee Eustace is guest judge on W Network’s Biggest Competition Show ‘Game of Homes’ on March 31st

The Promotion People - Game of HomesGuest celebrity judge Dee Dee Eustace joins Emmy® nominated actor and host Cameron Mathison on the Game of Homes premiere on W Network Tuesday, March 31st at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Vancouver-based series follows four teams of two amateur home renovators as they compete for the prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land to put it on.

Four teams of amateurs transform four tear downs into their dream homes in Vancouver in their pursuit of a once in a lifetime final prize. The show features contestants with larger-than-life personalities for whom this prize means a lot more than just a great renovation, it will truly be life changing. The action-packed series pits each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. Every week, two expert judges, Cheryl Torrenueva (Home To Go, Restaurant Makeover) and Jeremy MacPherson (The Re-Inventors) assess the design and workmanship of each team’s room transformation and each week they are joined by a celebrity guest judge.

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Teams have a mind-blowing 24 hours to transform a spare bedroom into anything but a bedroom. Creativity runs wild and tempers run hot, but with only 24 hours each team begins to buckle under the pressure and a sleepless night doesn’t help as they rush to complete their bonus room. The judges must decide who has executed an imaginative use of space to near perfection.

Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is a Toronto-based architect and interior designer. Establishing Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. in 1992, Dee Dee specializes in high-end residential architecture and interior design and has completed over 100 high-profile residential and commercial projects across Canada and the United States.

Dee Dee has also The Promotion People - Game of Homeshosted HGTV’s Love By Design, that aired both in Canada and the U.S.A., and was one of the four hosts for the Canadian HGTV Designer’s Christmas Special. She was a feature designer on HGTV’s Real Designing Women and has appeared on numerous other television and radio shows, including three visits to The Oprah Winfrey Show most recently a celebrity judge on the new show Game of Homes. Her writing credits include a weekly design advice column for The Globe and Mail, Constructive Criticism an architectural critique in the National Post and her e-book Dee Dee’s Rules.

Dee Dee supports charities in NYC that include Chair of Council Canadian American Relations, International Chair of International Art & Antique Fair and Designer Holiday House 2014.  In Canada she is a Past Committee member for Governor General Awards, President Out of the Cold and Curator of 12 Trees Gardiner Museum.

 

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THUNDER ROAD AND FILM HOUSE GERMANY ACQUIRE THE ADAPTATION RIGHTS OF PETER LINEY’S DYSTOPIAN NOVEL

The Promotion People - The DetaineeTHUNDER ROAD and FILM HOUSE GERMANY have optioned THE DETAINEE, a brilliant dystopian adventure by author and playwright Peter Liney in a deal negotiated by Penny Karlin, of The Karlin Connection, Literary Manager Daniaile Jarry of Open Entertainment and Jonathan Fuhrman of Thunder Road.

THE DETAINEE is the first of a trilogy described as ‘a Hunger Games for adults’.

Published in Britain and America by Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint of Quercus, part of the Hachette group, the US release of the mass-market paperback edition took place on February 3, 2015. The second book in the series, INTO THE FIRE, had its US hardback release on March 17, 2015.

Basil Iwanyk (John Wick, Clash of Titans franchise) of Thunder Road is producing with Christian Angermayer of Film House Germany. Grant Myers (The Maze Runner) is set to adapt the novel. The Maze Runner has grossed over 340 million dollars worldwide. Grant is repped by Paradigm and Gotham\Principal. Erica Lee will oversee for Thunder Road.

Synopsis:
Clancy is an ageing ‘big guy’, someone whose physical stature once guaranteed him respect in the community – but no more: now he, along with the rest of society’s ‘waste’, has been shipped out to live on the Island. Yet another victim of the calamitous collapse of the financial institutions, changing demographics, and the state’s inability to continue supporting its weaker members.

Punishment satellites watch over this outpost of hell 24/7, meting out instant judgement on those who commit crimes, including trying to escape back to the Mainland. But worse than that are the nights when the fogs rolling in off the sea are so thick that the satellites can’t function: it’s then that the sick and elderly are subjected to terrifying raids by young garbage urchins manipulated through drugs and controlled by the Wastelords.

No situation could be bleaker or more desolate . . . until Clancy discovers Lena, a young blind woman, living alone in the old subways, and with her comes hope.

THE DETAINEE is part love story, part adventure, but most of all, a testimony to the human spirit: the truth that no matter how grim the situation, given the tiniest drop of hope, we will find a way to survive.

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PETER LINEY:
Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail whilst writing for German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio.

In THE DETAINEE, his first published novel, he has created a gripping dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members, peopled with strong characters facing incredible threats.

Open Entertainment is a talent and literary management company based in LA and Vancouver, with a number of feature films and television projects – scripted and unscripted – in various stages of development.

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Meet ‘Game of Homes’ celebrity guest judge this week Realtor Todd Talbot from ‘Love It or List It Vancouver’ March 24 on W Network 10 pm et/pt

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Celebrity guest judge Todd Talbot from Love It or List It Vancouver joins Emmy® nominated actor and host Cameron Mathison on the Game of Homes that airs on W Network Tuesday, March 24 at 10 p.m. et/pt. The Vancouver-based series follows four teams of amateurs as they transform four tear downs into their dream homes in their pursuit of a once in a lifetime final prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land to put it on.

The show features contestants with larger-than-life personalities for whom this prize means a lot more than just a great renovation, it will truly be life changing. The action-packed series pits each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. Every week, two expert judges, Cheryl Torrenueva (Restaurant Impossible, Restaurant Makeover, Colin & Justin’s Home Heist) and Jeremy MacPherson (The Re-Inventors) assess the design and workmanship of each team’s room transformThe Promotion People - Game of Homesation and each week they are joined by a celebrity guest judge.

This week Kitchen Crisis premieres at Tuesday, March 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
 Todd Talbot is the guest judge. Teams have just 72 hours to completely transform their kitchen – the heart of the house. Disa and Russell bite off more than they can chew; Char and Sean’s design may not be everyone’s taste; and Crystal and Ray’s popular decision in the first challenge may be their downfall in the second challenge.

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In W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver, co-host Todd Talbot is best known for his real estate savvy, keen sense of style and quick wit. A native of Vancouver, this is Todd’s latest venture in a long and diversified journey that has brought together his passion for real estate, investing, renovations and design, as well as film, television and live theatre performance.

A real estate entrepreneur at a young age, Todd has owned and renovated multiple properties. He has also created and operated several real estate companies in marketing, design and staging and has worked with many clients to buy and sell homes. His other calling as a performer came when he was a teenager with a starring role on the hit TV series Fifteen. A veteran of the Canadian theatre community for more than two decades, he has starred in dozens of award-winning productions, a path that helped set the stage for his latest role as TV personality.

With his many accomplishments and interests, Todd is never happier than with his family or when he has been tasked with renovating or building his next project. Recently, he launched a new website, toddtalbot.ca, where he takes visitors on a journey through his own home renovation and offers a behind the scenes glimpse into his life both on and off the screen.

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DONNA LEWIS RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW DAY, FEATURING DAVID KING, REID ANDERSON AND ETHAN IVERSON

Platinum Singer-Songwriter Reimagines Her Own Material and Songs by David Bowie, Neil Young, Damian Rice, Gnarls Barkley, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chocolate Genius,Burt Bacharach and Harry Nilsson

Donna Lewis will be performing at The Falcon in Marlboro, New York on March 26 and 
at Turning Point in Piermont, New York on March 27

The Welsh-born singer Donna Lewis is one of those rare artists whose immense success on the pop radio charts disguises an exceptional and serious musicianship and breadth of repertoire. Lewis’ new album, Brand New Day, reveals the range of her artistry, and may surprise listeners who know her only for her pop hits “I Love You Always Forever,” “At The Beginning,” “I Could Be The One” and “Love Him.” Produced and arranged by Lewis’ longtime friend David Torn, the genre-busting composer and producer, Brand New Day is an intoxicating set of jazz-inflected covers and Lewis originals in which she is joined by the eminent progressive jazz musicians Ethan Iverson (piano), Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums). Palmetto releases the album March 10, 2015.

With her distinctive, breathy voice and unique phrasing, Lewis brings a fresh immediacy to the covers on Brand New Day, including David Bowie‘s infrequently heard “Bring Me the Disco King,” Neil Young‘s “Helpless,” Damien Rice‘s “Amie,” and Chocolate Genius‘ “My Mom,” among others. The album also features two new Lewis originals, “Sleep” and “Brand New Day,” as well as a powerful remake of “I Love You Always Forever.”

For an artist used to the do-and-do-again perfectionism of pop music recording sessions, returning to the improvisational nature of jazz was an exciting prospect. It took nerve for Lewis to take on songs so deeply etched in the pop consciousness in such a stripped-down setting, but she recorded most of them in a single take. As a result, the record has live, organic, nearly ambient feel.

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“I Love You Always Forever” was such a hit for Lewis that, for many listeners, it will always be the thing for which she is remembered. Atlantic Records Chairman Doug Morris had been so enamored with the demo for that song that he flew Lewis to New York to meet him and perform her material, and offered her a deal on the spot. It became the first song ever to get a million spins on American radio and the third best-selling song in the history of Atlantic Records. The record also was an international sensation, topping charts all over the world. Lewis’ second album for the label, Blue Planet (1998), spawned two hits: “Love Him,” which topped the Billboard Dance charts, and “I Could Be the One.”

She soon began to reveal other dimensions of her creativity. While on hiatus to start a family, she left her mark on such projects as The Art of Noise’s The Seduction of Claude Debussy. She began her longtime collaboration with David Torn, a guitarist and studio wizard known for his film scores including Friday Night Lights, The Order and Lars and the Real Girl, as well as for his work with rock legends such as David Bowie and Jeff Beck. In 2001, five electronically textured songs Torn and Lewis wrote and recorded for the Chute project were among the most requested on Los Angeles’ KCRW for three weeks running. She released the acoustic Be Still in 2002 and the high-energy In the Pink in 2008.

Still, the aptly titled Brand New Day is both a striking departure from anything she has done before, and the fullest realization of qualities that have always set her apart. As Time Out NY said before a recent NYC performance, “If you really listened past the earworm chorus and bubbly beat of Lewis’s debut hits, you quickly sensed that she was no flash in the pan. The classically trained…Lewis had a breathy coo that could recall Kate Bush, and used it with a flexibility that few pop princesses could muster.”

Donna Lewis – Brand New Day

  • Sleep
  • Bring Me The Disco King
  • Crazy
  • Waters of March
  • Brand New Day
  • Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me
  • Helpless
  • Amie
  • I Love You Always Forever
  • Walk On By
  • My Mom

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Celebrity Designer Jillian Harris from ‘Love It or List It Vancouver’ is guest judge on W Network’s Biggest Competition Show ‘Game of Homes’ Premiere March 17

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Guest judge Jillian Harris from Love It or List It Vancouver joins Emmy® nominated actor and host Cameron Mathison on the Game of Homes premiere on W Network Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Vancouver-based series follows four teams of two amateur home renovators as they compete for the prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land to put it on.

Four teams of amateurs transform four tear downs into their dream homes in Vancouver in their pursuit of a once in a lifetime final prize. The show features contestants with larger-than-life personalities for whom this prize means a lot more than just a great renovation, it will truly be life changing. The action-packed series pits each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. Every week, two expert judges, Cheryl Torrenueva (Home To Go, Restaurant Makeover) and Jeremy MacPherson (The Re-Inventors) assess the design and workmanship of each team’s room transformation and each week they are joined by a celebrity guest judge.

Episode 1: Welcome To My Nightmare premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT Jillian Harris is the guest judge. As the competitors enter the Game of Homes site for the first time they race to determine who will get which house to transform – but the exteriors are deceiving. When the teams win entry, they realize these disheveled, run down houses will be nearly impossible to make livable and their time constraints become clear. The teams have just 72 hours to transform the living room, but before they can get started on transforming their rooms, the contestants size up their competition, and settle into living amidst a disastrous construction site.

Jillian Harris first charmed audiences with her irrepressible humour and emotional honesty on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Now she has her chance to share her wealth of experience in the design industry as co-host of W Network’s Love it or List it Vancouver. Having previously hosted Canada’s Handyman Challenge and working as a designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the show is a natural fit for Jillian.

Growing up in the picturesque Peace River Valley in Alberta was a catalyst for Jillian’s creativity and vivacious character. A self-proclaimed ‘polished redneck’, she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty or climb a ladder with heels on. In design and daily life, she carefully combines elements of city and country, lowbrow and high class. From ATVing and campfires to perusing the shops of the Merchandise Mart for design trends, Jillian’s motto about ‘doing it all’ rings true.

While this lifestyle makes her the quintessential ‘busy bee,’ those close to Jillian would say her passion to make others happy is the highlight to her multi-faceted personality. Outside of her work in television, Jillian jets between the U.S. and Canada to run her firm Jillian Harris Design, pours her heart and soul into her website jillianharris.com and prides herself at always putting family and personal life first. She loves traveling, hosting dinners at her home in Kelowna, taking in fine fashion and, of course, cuisine.

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MEET EXPERT JUDGE JEREMY MacPHERSON on W Network’s Biggest Competition Show Ever Gives Away a House and the Land to put it on Game of Homes Premieres March 17

The Promotion People - Game of HomesHosted by Emmy® nominated actor Cameron Mathison (All My Children54), the Vancouver-based series follows four teams of two amateur home renovators as they compete for the prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land to put it on. Produced by Great Pacific Media in association with W Network, Game of Homes premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network. The action-packed series pits each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. Every week, two expert judges, Cheryl Torrenueva  (Restaurant Impossible, Restaurant Makeover, Colin & Justin’s Home Heist) and Jeremy MacPherson (The Re-Inventors) assess the design and workmanship of each team’s room transformation.

As president and chief creative at JMAC Productions Ltd. for the past 15 years, Jeremy MacPherson always takes a hands-on approach, whether he and his team are building a custom-designed kitchen for a major client, or in his studio—based in Toronto’s trendy Leslieville neighbourhood—honing handcrafted furniture.

Jeremy is hands-on in front of the camera too: He made his foray into television as co-host of The Re-Inventors, where he built and tested historic inventions. It was a perfect fit for Jeremy, tapping into his carpentry skills, as well background as special effects artist for television and film, including blockbusters X-Men, Chicago, Resident Evil and The Incredible Hulk. The Re-Inventors ran for three seasons on History Television in Canada and was picked up by Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. It now airs around the globe in several languages and on Netflix.

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Jeremy landed a gig as an online host with Innovation Nation TV, where he starred in a popular segment testing the latest and greatest tech devices for the home. Armed with a keen eye, wry humour and easy-going attitude, Jeremy is hit both on and off screen.

Designers and clients turn to JMAC for his creative and carpentry talents: Jeremy’s custom kitchens, unique built-ins and inspiring furniture are regularly featured in top design magazines, including House & Home; Style at Home; and Cottage Life.

This spring, catch Jeremy back on screen, as he joins the cast of W Network’s big competition series, Game of Homes.

What I enjoyed most about judging GOH?
I loved seeing how well the teams dealt with the amazing amount of pressure ..

What surprised you most about the teams?
My biggest surprise was seeing the teams tackle some very difficult and complex style choices and in some cases pulling it off.

Were you impressed by the teams creativity and workmanship?
The creativity from the teams very surprising! They had some very strong design ideas and they stuck to em.

What was the best advise that you gave the teams renovating?
The advise that a would tell anyone on covering a Reno is work to completion! Unfinished details drive me crazy. It’s really hard to enjoy a newly finished room if there is a hole in the wall.

You have been dubbed ‘Cheremy’ by all the teams, was it hard to give criticism to the contestants?
I found it difficult to criticize the teams only when I new it was becoming a sore spot. It was hard to see them upset by our decisions.

How did you enjoy working with Cameron and the rest of the cast and crew?
Working with Cameron on GOH was such an awesome experience. His energy level is out of this world and he would keep that enthusiasm going from dean till dusk.

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Meet Expert Judge Cheryl Torrenueva on W Network’s Biggest Competition Show Ever Gives Away a House and the Land to put it on. Game of Homes Premieres March 17

The Promotion People - Game of HomesHosted by Emmy® nominated actor Cameron Mathison (All My Children, 54), the Vancouver-based series follows four teams of two amateur home renovators as they compete for the prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land to put it on. Produced by Great Pacific Media in association with W Network, Game of Homes premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network. The action-packed series pits each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. Every week, two expert judges, Cheryl Torrenueva  (Restaurant Impossible, Restaurant Makeover, Colin & Justin’s Home Heist) and Jeremy MacPherson (The Re-Inventors) assess the design and workmanship of each team’s room transformation.

Designer, Cheryl Torrenueva has become a hot commodity in the TV design world! She graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University and could have never predicted what was yet to come.

On a whim she entered HGTV’s Superstar Challenge, made it to the finals, and the rest is TV history. Cheryl’s big break came when she was chosen to be the feisty on-camera Design Manager for HGTV’s Colin & Justin’s Home Heist. A few years later, she started working in the USA as a design producer for HGTV USA’s Secrets From A Stylist, with her work featured on The Rachel Ray Show. She holds the throne as one of the top on-camera designers in demand on Food Network USA’s uber-successful Restaurant Impossible and Food Network Canada/Cooking Channel USA’s Restaurant Takeover.

For the past decade, she has continued her TV career as a designer, creating both elegant and innovative spaces for HGTV Canada’s hit shows Home To Go, Rooms That Rock, and Food Network’s Restaurant Makeover; art directed for HGTV’s Disaster DIY, Design Interns and SLICE’s Superstar Hair Challenge. In between shows, she is a regular contributor to The Marilyn Denis Show, Blanco Canada’s Kitchen Design Council, Metrie’s Design Council, and has designed feature spaces for IDS Toronto, Sony Canada and various Home + Interior Design Shows.

What did yThe Promotion People - Game of Homesou enjoy most about being judges on Game of Homes?
I think the best part about being a judge was the fact that I could share some of the lessons that I have learned from my past design projects during the evaluations each week, and watch each team take those concepts, apply them and make it their own.

What surprised you most about the teams?
I was really impressed with how they managed to complete each task within the time frame, and basically living in a parking lot. They were taken out of their element, their normal daily routines and had to overcome a lot of obstacles. Imagine having to wake up every day to over 100 strangers with cameras in your face? That takes a lot of guts, determination and patience to be on our show. And in such a competitive atmosphere, I was surprised that all the teams seemed to get along with their neighbours, how Canadian! But then again, I haven’t seen the episodes yet, so I can’t wait to hear what all the contestants have to say!

Where you impressed by the teams creativity and workmanship?
Absolutely! I would think about the short timelines that they had to complete a challenge and think to myself, there’s no way that they can finish this on time. I’m used to having a large team of people help me when I’m renovating, so to be able to watch each team do everything from the design, to the build to the final accessorizing is completely mind blowing.

What is the best advise that you gave the teams renovating.
Communication is key! This is the best skill to have because even with the best design in the world, if your team doesn’t have a cohesive game plan, then you will never succeed. Even now, after a decade of working in television and design, I need to make sure that I’m always communicating with my trades, figuring out the best possible solutions and checking my ego at the door.

What can the audience expect watching Game of Homes?
Prepare to be shocked! Each week, the teams really surprised us with their renovations. There was never a clear winner, and I think that’s what is going to make this show great. I can only imagine the stress that they are under to produce high quality designs while living through the renovation, and knowing that your biggest competition is next door.

You have been dubbed ‘Cheremy’ by all the teams, was it hard to give criticism to the contestants?
When I heard that we were dubbed “Cheremy”, I had a good laugh.  It’s way better than “Jerryl”. LOL. Among my friends, when you get a nickname, you know that you’re family. It was definitely hard to give our comments to the contestants, especially at the beginning because they don’t know us personally. Both Jeremy and I are super fun, but when we are in our Judging zone, we are serious, passionate and focused on trying to make sure that we are giving the best possible advice. Yes, it may come across as harsh, but it was all about “tough love”. We really wanted to make sure that we pushed them as much as possible because at the end of the day, they could be the team that wins their own house.

How did you enjoy working with Cameron and the rest of the cast and crew?
First of all, to work with Cam (he’s such a pro) and my hilarious co-judge Jeremy was an absolute dream. They are both so down to earth and I learned so much from them both professionally and personally. Coming from Toronto, I knew that I would be able to experience the West Coast hospitality and I was excited to come to set every morning and feel like I was seeing my Game of Homes family. Even when it rained, we managed to find time to laugh and have fun.

What did you take away from being on Game of Homes?
I learned that even after years of mastering your own craft, there is still so much more that you can learn from others. I loved hearing all the guest judges comments, being inspired by the contestants, and being able to figure out what my core values are as a designer.

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W Network Launches New Digital Series Cameron’s House Rules Starring Game of Homes Host and Emmy®-Nominated Actor Cameron Mathison

Cameron’s House Rules premieres Tuesday, March 17 on com, W View and W Network’s YouTube channel to compliment the broadcast series Game of Homes

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  • All five webisodes available on March 17

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 On Tuesday, March 17, W Network launches Cameron’s House Rules, a digital series starring Game of Homes host Cameron Mathison. Produced by Great Pacific Media, Hodgee Films and developed in association with W Network and with the participation of the Bell Fund, Cameron’s House Rules gives fans a behind-the scenes look at the Canadian actor’s home life as he takes on a difficult renovation of his own. The web series complements Game of Homes and gives fans even more access to Game of Homes host Cameron, with an inside look at his Los Angeles home. All five 3 to 5 minute webisodes of Cameron’s House Rules premiere Tuesday, March 17 on WNetwork.com, W View and W Network’s YouTube channel, the same day as W Network’s biggest competition series ever, Game of Homes, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

“I was so inspired and I had so much fun on Game of Homes that I wanted to do some work myself, on my own home. I knew that my family would love the idea, so I brought them in on it and we tackled the home renovation together,” said Cameron Mathison, star of Cameron’s House Rules and host of Game of Homes. “I’m very excited to have people see this side of me, unscripted and working at home with my family”.

In the digital series, Cameron’s House Rules, Cameron Mathison rolls up his sleeves and takes on a renovation of his own. Challenged by the toughest of clients – his wife Vanessa and children Lucas and Leila – Cameron sets out to transform their dilapidated garage into a beautiful family room for their weekly movie nights. Before Cameron became a TV host, a regular on All My Children and a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, he received a university degree in Structural Engineering from McGill, so he is definitely up for the challenge. But with only five days to get the renovation done, Cameron gets a taste of what the contestants faced on Game of Homes as he handles surprises, tight deadlines, and an unexpected living situation.

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W Network is the leading destination for Canadian women delivering/with a range of compelling entertainment from original programming to lifestyle series, blockbuster movies and popular dramas. W Network’s online offerings include WNetwork.com, W Dish and W View. With its extensive research capabilities and consumer insights, W Network is recognized as a leading expert in marketing to women. W Network is owned by Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment. For more information, visit WNetwork.com and corusent.com.

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Meet W Network Game of Homes Contestants Vancouver Couple Charlotte Fenton and Sean Duncan TO PREMIERE ON MARCH 17TH 10 PM EST/PST

The Promotion People - Game of HomesW Network’s biggest competition series yet, Game of Homes hosted by Emmy® nominated actor Cameron Mathison (All My Children54), follows four teams of two amateur home renovators as they compete for the prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land to put it on premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 10p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

If you had to describe Charlotte and Sean in two words you would probably start with “Hot and Awesome.”

Charlotte is a sassy, vibrant and confident 29-year-old with an amazing sense of style. She runs a business with her girlfriend selling up cycled vintage furniture.

Known as “The two Fleas” they rummage flea markets for trash to turn into treasure and they do it very successfully! What started as upcycling furniture has now evolved 2 Fleas into interior styling and design.

Sean may work in finance but he works equally as hard coming up with zingy one-liners to put Charlotte in her place. He’s the first to admit that he “barks” at Char if she bosses him around, especially under stressful situations with time constraints.

Sean and Char are the couple at the top of your invite list. They bring the dance moves, they pour the drinks and they’ll start the epic game of drunken charades. This power couple isn’t necessarily looking to make friends, they have a ton of those, but people will fight to get on their “friend roster” or alternatively, plot their demise.

Was the production what you expected?
The production was way more then we expected. We really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and it was such a major operation that totally blew us away. The amount of hardworking production and crew involved on an everyday basis was totally unexpected but so cool to see. They all seemed to truly love their jobs; they were a great group of people to work with and made us feel so comfortable.

How was living in the home while it was under renovation?
Surprisingly not as bad as we thought it would be. We might have been the only team whose air mattress didn’t leak so that definitely helped. The smell of the old carpet in the master bedroom was a bit pungent but once renovated it was fine. Each week the house got better and better to live in. We don’t mind a little ‘glamping.’ from time to time.

What did you like most about being on Game of Homes?
During the entire taping we felt like we were living out our dream! We felt in our element and loved all of the designing and hands on work! We already had such a close relationship but found we grew even closer throughout this whole process – we had such a blast together.

Has your life changed since being on the show?
This experience definitely confirmed to Char that this is what she wants to do. Prior to the show Char ran a small furniture upcycling company called 2Fleas and wants to gear this more towards interior design and styling spaces. She is currently enrolled in an Interior design program and is excited to get her career started.

What room did you enjoy renovating the most?
The Kitchen. It is such a hub of our home and we spend all of our time in it cooking, entertaining and dance parties. We have a karaoke machine in our kitchen at home!!

Of the guest judges, which judges were you most excited to meet?
Of course always great to see our local gal Jillian! Also Colin and Justin, such characters with spunk and we love that! We’re very enthused to have them over for a dinner party.

What did you learn about home renovation while you were on the show?
That it is not easy but it is do-able if you put your mind to it. Such respect gained for such physically and mentally exhausting work. And Char will never paint another ceiling or wall again.

What would you tell others who are considering applying to be a participant on a reality show?
Do it! But brace yourself and seriously… remember to have SO much fun and love every moment of it. It flies by.

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MEET W NETWORK GAME OF HOMES CONTESTANTS ENGAGED COUPLE DISA (HJORDIS) OTTOSDOTTIR and RUSSELL SCHAPER-KOTTER
 TO PREMIERE ON MARCH 17TH 10 PM EST/PST

W Network’s biggest competition sThe Promotion People - Game of Homeseries yet, Game of Homes hosted by Emmy® nominated actor Cameron Mathison (All My Children54), follows four teams of two amateur home renovators as they compete for the prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land to put it on premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 10p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Disa (Hjordis) Ottosdottir is originally from Reykjavik, Iceland and Russell Schaper-Kotter was born and raised in Vancouver. Putting the “U’R” in Quirky is Disa and Russell. They may look all business but these two are young, playful and full of idiosyncrasies. Recently engaged they are SO excited to begin their lives together.

Disa is a commercial designer who admits she can be too structured and too 
focused on the tiny details. That’s where Russell comes in! Loud, gregarious and full of gusto he has no problem telling Disa to start having fun! He’s the hard working muscle of the duo and will binge watch YouTube DIY Videos all night long if that’s what it takes to get the job done!

You can’t help but root for these two and you become emotionally invested in the pair from the very moment they introduce themselves and their Rhyme Time last names. It’s cuteness overload but without the sugar coma, proving that you can be sweet but still possess the drive to destroy the competition!

What attracted you to apply to be on Game of Homes?
It was honestly at the suggestion of one of Disa’s coworkers to apply. Supposedly we were the perfect couple for the job! I ended up pushing Disa to apply because I thought we might have a chance to get on with our combined skills. We have always wanted to take on a project together but hadn’t found the time to. This was the perfect opportunity!

How was living in the home while it was under renovation?
It was like camping! We slept on air mattresses, used flashlights and portable heaters. Haha, it was kind of eerie in the beginning, being in a very empty, dirty and smelly house that was scheduled for demolition.

What did you miss the most when you were on set for the month?
We definitely missed having some personal space. It can be quite exhausting having cameras and crew constantly around, in our faces, in our spaces. We barely had a minute to just breath. We also really missed our families. We are so close with our families and not being able to speak with them for weeks was really hard. It felt like forever when we finally got to see them!

What room did you enjoy renovating the most?
The kitchen, by far, was the most fun to renovate. We had a lot of limitations to work around so we really needed to tap into our creativity. Those limitations ended up driving our design decisions. We had the most inspired ideas and our creativity really shined through…we never thought late nights and lack of sleep could bring us such creative last minute ideas!

Which room was the most challenging?
The most challenging room was probably the bathroom. We had a very short amount of time to finish it and some large challenges along the way. We will never look at grouting tiles the same again….nor will we ever grout again! Another major challenge was our living room…we had to spend a full day reinforcing our ceiling as it nearly collapsed on Russell. A huge delay we didn’t expect.

What did you learn about home renovation while you were on the show? 
Well, neither of us have ever done the actual hands on reno work before. So every part, excluding the design stage and painting, of the renovation was completely new to us. It was sometimes embarrassing to have the cameras on us while we were trying to figure out the most simple task like changing a drill bit! We also learned that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Especially with a limited budget and time constraint. It truly inspires creativity. Would I renovate a house again, you bet! We’re hooked!

Have you done any home renovations since the show finished production? 
Yes, we built a kitchen island and some great counter stools. We are currently in the process of building a wall mounted credenza for our living room…and then we’ll tackle our bedroom!

What would you tell someone considering applying for a renovation show?
Be ready for the curve balls. Be ready for the challenge and don’t be afraid to dive in head first. Being on a reality show is nothing you can prepare for. You just have to take it all in, make good choices, and hope for the best!

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Contact The Promotion People

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