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December 17, 2014

Pelmorex Media's Weather Company,, Recognized as Best and Most Popular Website in Spain

OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Pelmorex Media Inc. is proud to announce has been awardedSpain's "Best" and "Most Popular" website of 2014 in the category of weather and traffic services.  Pelmorex acquired, Spain's leading multi-platform weather information provider, in 2012.

These awards, offered by MetrixLab reward the best websites of the year as evaluated by content, usability and design. With over 230 nominees in over 19 categories, MetrixLab received more than 142,000 votes to determine the best the internet has to offer in Spain.

"This is a huge honour and accomplishment for," said Susana Rodriquez Urgel, Managing Director, "We are proud to be Spain's most popular site for weather and weather-related content including our popular weather blog authored by meteorologist José Antonio Maldonado."

Since launching in 2008, has become one of Spain's most recognized websites offering visitors daily and long-range forecasts and weather-related content for Spain.  The site also provides specialized weather reports including ski conditions, football forecasts, pollen readings during the summer months and live radar maps. was previously awarded "Most Popular Website" by MetrixLab in 2013.


December 17, 2014

Statement from Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on monetary penalties and paper bill fees


Bill C-43, the Economic Action Plan Act, No. 2, recently received Royal Assent. Some of the amendments adopted by Parliament grant new tools and responsibilities to the CRTC.

In particular, the CRTC can now issue monetary penalties to any company or person that violates the Telecommunications Act as well as related CRTC decisions or regulations. Monetary penalties are an addition to our toolkit. They will promote compliance with telecommunications laws and regulations. This will ensure Canadians have access to a world-class communication system—one in which there is sustainable competition and a choice of innovative content and services.

Monetary penalties also give the CRTC greater flexibility to tailor its enforcement approach to each situation and to the facts before it. In some cases, a monetary penalty might be the right approach. We will be providing further guidance in the coming weeks on how and when the CRTC intends to use this new power.

Changes to the Telecommunications Act and Broadcasting Act, under Bill C-43, have also prohibited providers from charging customers a fee to receive paper bills for wireless, Internet, telephone and television services. This includes undertakings that the CRTC has exempted from holding a broadcasting licence.

We are, however, conscious that some service providers may need to update their billing systems to automatically remove these charges. In the meantime, the Commission will consider operators to be in compliance if they manually make adjustments to customer bills in the earliest available billing cycle, through rebates or otherwise, thus reversing charges for paper bills. We encourage providers to work proactively with their customers to ensure the most efficient transition to implement this new legislative requirement.


December 17, 2014

Sports and History Collide in New HBO Canada Original Series SPORTS ON FIRE, Premiering January 9


TORONTO (December 17, 2014) – Untold perspectives from moments when history and sports collide are revealed in SPORTS ON FIRE, a six-part, half-hour original documentary series from Movie Central and The Movie Network debuting Friday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Each episode of SPORTS ON FIRE brings a fresh angle and new insight into iconic moments in sport, through interviews and archival footage presented in a rapid-paced, hard-hitting style.

“In our new series SPORTS ON FIRE, director Pete McCormack uses his sophisticated lens to get a different perspective on pivotal and controversial moments in history that we all thought we knew, through exclusive interviews with athletes and coaches,” said Maria Hale, Vice President, Head of Content Distribution & Pay TV, Corus Entertainment. “The series is sure to resonate with our audience as it opens up a window into events that have shaped sports culture and beyond, told in a way that can only be done on HBO Canada”.

“What makes this series unique is its ability to uncover rare insight from experts, family members, and most importantly from the athletes who lived these monumental experiences,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Whether viewers are sports lovers, history buffs, or a fans of documentary film, SPORTS ON FIRE is compelling, must-watch television”.

Directed and created by Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, I Am Bruce Lee), SPORTS ON FIRE digs deep into moments where some of the world’s greatest athletes are caught up in monumental events that change the course of history. These powerful stories are told from the point of view of elite athletes, key witnesses, experts, and historians including, nine-time gold-medalist and Olympic legend Mark Spitz, Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, gold-medalist and Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton, and four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski.

In the series premiere, SPORTS ON FIRE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the 1972 Summit Series, played at the height of the Cold War, as remembered by journalists, Russian historians, and three unforgettable hockey legends. Canadian greats Paul Henderson, Bobby Clarke, and Ken Dryden reflect on the Series, questioning the boundaries and the potential glory of the win-at-any-cost mentality that ultimately led to a stunning victory in Moscow.

In subsequent episodes, premiering Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, the series delves into topics such as: the myths surrounding African American athlete Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Hitler’s Germany; the story of Ankie Spitzer, who recalls the terror, secrets, and incompetence that came to light after her husband, André Spitzer, along with 10 other Israeli athletes, was slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the confusion, hypocrisy, and challenges surrounding nearly a century of gender testing of female athletes; Prohibition and bootlegging’s roots in NASCAR; and the inside world of performance enhancing drugs.  

Also on Jan. 9, HBO Canada welcomes back REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for its 13th Season at 10 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of BANSHEE at 11 p.m. ET/MT.

SPORTS ON FIRE is produced by Project 10 Productions Inc. and Two 4 The Money Media, in association with The Movie Network and Movie Central. Pete McCormack is director and executive producer. Andrew Barnsley (SPUN OUT), Jeff Aghassi (The Games of 1940), Kim Arnott (Emmy Award® winner, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour), and Kevin Foley (Four Days In April: The Mike Weir Story) serve as executive producers. The series is distributed internationally by eOne Distribution and is produced with funding support from the Rogers Cable Network Fund. Production Executives for Bell Media are Kara Haflidson and Robin Johnston. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. Chris Bell is production executive for Movie Central. Maria Hale is Vice President, Television, Pay TV, Corus Entertainment, and Doug Murphy is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

In Eastern Canada, SPORTS ON FIRE  will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).


December 16, 2014

McNulty Remastered! CraveTV Launches Critically Acclaimed HBO Drama THE WIRE in High Definition, January 4


TORONTO (December 16, 2014) – Named by Entertainment Weekly in 2013 as the #1 all-time greatest TV show ever, there’s no better way to start the New Year than with THE WIRE – in all its remastered glory. CraveTVTM, Canada’s new premium TV subscription on-demand video streaming service, announced today the release of all 60 episodes of the award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO drama THE WIRE in remastered, 16x9, full-frame, high definition on Sunday, January 4. CraveTV is the exclusive Canadian home to HBO’s entire off-air library and is now available for just $4/month.

Leading up to the release of all five seasons of THE WIRE on CraveTV, viewers can preview Season 1 for the first time in HD in a Bravo holiday marathon from Wednesday, Dec. 31 through Saturday, Jan. 3, every night starting at 9 p.m. ET. The next day, viewers can begin to relive the entire series on-demand on CraveTV.

“There is no doubt that THE WIRE is one of the greatest television series ever created,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “Now in HD, we are providing the best possible viewing experience for fans who have always loved THE WIRE, and for viewers who have never gotten the chance, they can watch from beginning to end, on demand.”

Created by David Simon (GENERATION KILL, TREME), and starring Dominic West (THE AFFAIR, THE HOUR)  and Michael Kenneth Williams (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, 12 Years A Slave) THE WIRE takes place in Baltimore, Maryland depicting the city as a place where institutional prerogatives, economic equalities, and a brutalizing drug war confound the efforts to advance the city and its people. The first season lays out the futility of the drug war, while Season 2 highlights the deindustrialization and death of the working class. Season 3 introduces Baltimore’s political culture and reveals the forces that stand in the path of actual reform; Season 4 addresses the educational system and the actual opportunities that remain for younger generations; and the fifth and final season examines the media and its role in perpetuating the status quo.


December 16, 2014

New study finds the "always-on" marcom profession resembles a high stakes all-or-nothing sports game

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - According to a new study, The Draper Effect, comprised exclusively of Canadian marketing communications professionals, the glamour of the marketing and advertising world is a myth.  Rather, the majority of executives (59 per cent) liken their profession to a high stakes all-or-nothing sports game.

"The marketing and advertising world is often glamourized on TV and in Hollywood, but this poll gives us a candid view into the real lives of executives in this field," said Louise Bérubé, director allocations and services, The National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), which commissioned the poll on the Angus Reid Forum in December 2014.  "The marketing communications industry has changed greatly over the past decade, and many industry executives are overworking themselves just to keep up and win in today's increasingly competitive business environment."

Indeed, an overwhelming majority of respondents (94 per cent) said that a marketer's creative brain has no off-switch.  Work ideas come to them at all times of the day and night.  Perhaps this is also why the majority of those polled (65 per cent) admitted they routinely answer work-related emails well after midnight and during "off-hours". Four in 10 respondents (39 per cent) revealed that they've gotten stuck at the office and ended up missing a significant family occasion such as an anniversary or birthday within the past year.

"People often think that NABS' services are reserved for life and work crises, and they presume that we're here for the industry only when problems reach a critical stage," explained Bérubé.  "However, much of our work is focused on proactively supporting our industry personnel in dealing with the hiccups that arise in work and in life – before they turn into emergencies."

Based on the survey findings, the need to support life's little bumps may be greater than it first appears.

Despite being professional communicators, at least four in ten Canadian industry executives (41 per cent) admit that they need help communicating with family or their better half.   But many feel they can't readily turn to their social circles for immediate support: 45 per cent of respondents said they would prefer to seek help on work or life issues anonymously first, before revealing trouble to family or friends.

Yet 76 per cent of survey respondents said they were unfamiliar with the NABS organization, a dynamic support system that provides services to all Canadian professionals in the marketing communications industry.

"We want to spread the word within the industry that NABS offers support services including private and anonymous career and financial counseling, a 24-hour toll-free helpline, and our new LIFESPEAK series – an on-demand library of streaming video modules on topics including parenting, elder care, physical and mental health, and professional development," explains Bérubé. "Users are just a click away from speaking confidentially to a counselor, or they have the option to meet a counselor through the NABS helpline."

From November 24th, 2014 to December 1st, 2014 an online survey was conducted among 170 randomly selected English speaking Canadian adults 18+ who have an advertising, marketing, communications and/or PR role and who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error, which measures sampling variability is +/- 7.5%, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.


December 16, 2014

AMI-télé, television that includes everyone, goes on air today!


MONTRÉAL, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - AMI-télé, the world's first French-language network to present its entire schedule with open described video, goes on air today.  "It is a big day for the blind or partially sighted, a defining moment in the journey towards media accessibility for all of those who cannot enjoy television in its traditional format," says David Errington, President of Accessibilité Média Inc.

Beginning today, AMI-télé will offer a rich and varied schedule made up of popular recent television programs and major classics from here and abroad.  In the spring, AMI-télé will add original public service and information programming. "Our mission is to both listen and to give a voice. Our programming will meet the clearly expressed need for an entirely accessible television schedule that is varied and includes both information and entertainment as well as the best of what various local and international networks have to offer. Major networks, producers, the UDA, everyone has been very generous and welcomed the arrival of AMI-télé enthusiastically. Thanks to these partners, AMI-télé will be able to offer a rich and varied schedule," said Philippe Lapointe, Vice-President, Programming and Production, AMI-télé.

"On the other hand, AMI-télé's original programming has the specific mandate to serve and inform our community about the issues that are of concern to them. It is essential for us to provide a place for expression to those in our society who have less of a voice," Lapointe says.  


AMI-télé's schedule offers a significant number of the most popular programming that will finally be accessible to all thanks to open described video for the visually impaired and to closed captioning for the hearing impaired.


December 16, 2014

Michener Awards Foundation announces 2015 deadlines

OTTAWA, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Michener Awards Foundation is alerting news organizations and journalists to deadlines for the 2014 Michener Award and two fellowships that will be available next year.

Governor General David Johnston will present the 2014 Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism at a ceremony next year at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Entries may be submitted from January 2 until the February 20, 2015 deadline.

The Foundation is also offering two fellowships in 2015, with the same deadline, February 20, for applications. The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism, supported by  BMO Financial Group, allows an eligible journalist time to complete a reporting project that serves the public interest.   The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education enables a journalist-in-residence at a Canadian journalism school for a project that enhances the education of the recipient and journalism students.  Both fellowships provide $30,000 and $5,000 in expenses.

Videos about the 2013 Michener Award and the 2014 fellowships are available on YouTube and may be accessed, along with full details about entries and applications, on the Foundation's website,


December 16, 2014

Two Groundbreaking New Series Come To ABC Spark


Scripted drama Recovery Road and docu-series My Transparent Life Set To Air

(December 16, 2014 – Toronto, ON) – Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark announces two brand new groundbreaking series set to come to the network including the scripted drama Recovery Road and docu-series from Ryan Seacrest Productions, My Transparent Life.

Based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, Recovery Road focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and is forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie makes the difficult decision to live with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility, while facing the daily pressures of her teenage life. The pilot was written by Bert V. Royal (Easy A) and Karen DiConcetto (Ruby & The Rockits) who will also serve as executive producers alongside Craig Piligian (Abducted: The Carlina White Story) and Beth Miller (Revenge of the Bridesmaids) from Pilgrim Studios, and Danielle VonZerneck (Left to Die). Cast to be announced at a later date.

The groundbreaking new reality series My Transparent Life centers on a teenager named Ben who learns his parents are not only getting a divorce but also that his dad is becoming a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and watch Charlie slowly become Carly, as she experiences the many stages of her transition from male to female. The show is a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends supporting one another through this unfamiliar and unexpected situation. The series will be produced by Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, and George Moll for Ryan Seacrest Productions, as well as Paul Barosse. 


December 16, 2014

Paul Ski Retires from Rogers Radio; Rogers Media Appoints Three to Senior Leadership Team


TORONTO (December 16, 2014) Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media, announced today that Paul Ski will retire from his position as SVP & CEO of Radio and Regional Broadcast Operations, effective December 31, and will be an advisor to Rogers for the next three years.  Pelley also announced today the appointment of three new members to the Rogers Media Senior Leadership Team:  Julie Adam as SVP of Radio, Navaid Mansuri as VP of Content Partnerships, and Colette Watson as VP of Television & Operations.

With more than 30 years of experience, the last seven of which have been with Rogers, Ski is an industry trailblazer who was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame and honoured with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award last May. 

“With Paul at the helm, our radio brands have remained a market leader and are primed for continued success  We greatly appreciate Paul’s thoughtful leadership and look forward to working with him in an advisory role,” said Pelley.  “During a time of significant change in the media industry, we have identified three proven leaders that inspire creativity and will build on our vision of delivering compelling content and innovation across multiple platforms.  Julie, Navaid and Colette’s collective experience and passion position our existing and expanding media portfolio for continued success.”

Adam, Mansuri and Watson will report to Pelley and join the Rogers Media Senior Leadership Team.

Adam assumes her new role on January 1 and will work together with Ski to ensure a seamless transition.  Adam joined Rogers in 1999 as Program Director for KiSS 92.5 and has held increasingly senior roles during her 15-year tenure with the company.  Most recently, Adam served as VP of Programming, Radio, and Program Director at 98.1 CHFI, where she developed the programming strategy for the company’s 51 radio stations across Canada.  In 2011, Adam received The Rosalie Award, which is presented to influential women in Canadian broadcasting. 

In a newly created role following the company’s recent partnership announcement with VICE, Mansuri is responsible for overseeing all facets of VICE in Canada, including content, advertising, marketing, and finance, and will act as the liaison between VICE Studio and Rogers.  Mansuri will work closely with the Consumer Business Unit, Customer Experience and IT at Rogers to build and deliver world-class content.  A CPA with more than 20 years of media, business and accounting experience, Mansuri has been with Rogers the last six years as VP of Finance & Programming at Sportsnet and most recently as interim leader of Television & Broadcast Operations.  Mansuri’s appointment is effective immediately.

Watson will set the strategic direction for the company’s non-sports conventional, specialty and community television assets, overseeing programming, production and operations while innovating the viewer experience.  Watson, who will relocate to Toronto from Ottawa, has been with Rogers for 24 years, most recently as VP, Rogers TV, focusing on the company’s 42 local community television stations.  Her experience with the company also includes roles in regulatory, programming, and communications.  For the last 13 years, Watson served as President and GM of CPAC, and is a past recipient of the Trailblazer of the Year award by Canadian Women in Communications.  Watson’s appointment is effective immediately.


December 16, 2014

W Network Launches Two Sneak Peeks of Say Yes to the Dress Canada on YouTube


(December 16, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) W Network offers fans an advanced look at the anticipated series Say Yes to the Dress Canada with exclusive sneak peek clips on W Network's YouTube channel leading up to the premiere. The series features brides from across Canada as they shop for their dream dress with loved ones and premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network. To view the trailer, please click here. Produced by Temple Street Productions in association with W Network and based on the popular format created by Half Yard Productions for TLC.

Sneak Peek Clips:

Episode 1: Men on Deck – The clip previews the first episode of Say Yes to the Dress Canada.

Episode 3: Fashion Forward – The clip previews the third episode of Say Yes to the Dress Canada which features Canadian fashion icon, Jeanne Beker.

In Say Yes to the Dress Canada, brides-to-be are on a search for the perfect gown to match their style, image and budget. It’s not always easy with family and friends at their side offering their unfiltered opinions. Filmed at one of Canada’s leading bridal destinations, Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Toronto, the series goes behind-the-scenes and uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to ensure each bride is completely satisfied on what may be the single most important day of her life. The series stars bridal stylist and fashion dynamo, Joseph, who brings his extensive experience working for some of Canada’s top fashion retailers and A-list celebrities to the show. It also features bridal boutique owners Sam and Rachelle, seamstress Maria and Amanda-Lina’s team of seasoned bridal consultants.​

This season features Canadian bridal appointments including Olympic Bobsledder Emily Baadsvik and fiancé, CFL star Dimitri Tsoumpas; Lily, whose entourage includes her godmother, fashion icon Jeanne Beker; Sharon, whose 88 year-old Matron of Honour and grandmother helps to pick out the perfect dress; best friends who fulfill a childhood dream of shopping for dresses together; and the bride who has tried on 50 gowns before coming to Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique.

Episode 1: Men on Deck airs Wednesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
When men join the entourage for dress shopping, things can get very interesting! Natalie arrives with her stylish best friend Leo who is tasked with giving her the male perspective on each dress, while Amber brings her brother, who has offered to pay for her dream dress.

Episode 2: Preconceived Notions airs Wednesday, January 7 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Brides come to the salon everyday knowing exactly what they want - or do they? Amy arrives set on a fitted dress but gets confused when she tries on a ball gown. Ainsley arrives with eyes for lace but no lace dresses wow her. Can they let go of their original visions to find the one?

Episode 3: Fashion Forward airs Wednesday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Fashion forward entourage members hit the sofa to help the brides in their lives find the perfect dress. Lily brings her godmother and fashion icon Jeanne Beker to weigh in on her dress possibilities, while Qwyn takes advice from her mom, a fashion stylist, who lives in Milan. 

Episode 4: Kids at Play airs Wednesday, January 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Bringing kids to a bridal appointment makes wedding dress shopping a family affair. Janie has traveled across the country with her fiancée and their two children to find her dream dress.  Alyssa needs to find a wedding dress that suits her and her two-year-old daughter.

To view a trailer of Say Yes to the Dress Canada, please click here. To download high-res images click here. For more information about the series, please click here


December 16, 2014

Bravo’s Acclaimed Original Drama 19-2 Returns With Emotionally-Charged Episode, January 19


TORONTO (December 16, 2014) – Bravo announced today that Season 2 of its gripping original drama 19-2 premieres Monday, Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. ET. In the stirring Season 2 premiere “School”, the entire squad is embroiled in an intensely tragic school shooting with consequences that will profoundly impact all of their lives. The episode has been recreated for English audiences by renowned director Podz, who directed the same episode of the original French-Canadian version of 19-2 to critical acclaim. The tragic events that unfold in the premiere episode set the stage for Season 2’s overarching themes of introspection, trust and loyalty. A first look at the premiere episode is available here.

Season 1 of 19-2 was Bravo’s #1 original series, drawing an average of nearly 200,000 viewers per episode. Throughout its entire run, the series attracted 3.4 million unique viewers. For viewers looking to catch up on 19-2, Bravo is marathoning Season 1 of 19-2 in its entirety, beginning Sunday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. ET. All episodes from Season 1 are also immediately available on demand on CraveTV.

“19-2’s first season showcased the quiet intensity of this series, with carefully crafted characters and dramatic storylines that resonated with viewers,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Season 2, including the emotional season premiere, raises the bar on this compelling drama, and we are confident it will continue to recruit fans.”

Picking up where Season 1 left off, Season 2 sees Ben under pressure from the Sécurité du Québec (SQ) to uncover the identity of a mole at Station 19. Ben begins to secretly investigate his own squad, further complicating both his partnership with Nick, and their burgeoning friendship. As previously announced, Season 2 introduces two, new characters; Cassius Clement a.k.a. Kaz (Richard Chevolleau, SAVING HOPE), Nick’s charming, career-criminal cousin; and Rita (Lisa Berry, NIKITA), Kaz’s girlfriend.

19-2 also sees the return of Nick’s ex-wife, Isabelle Latendresse (Maxim Roy, HEARTLAND); Nick’s former lover, officer Audrey Pouliot (Laurence Lebeouf, DURHAM COUNTY); angry beat-cop and Nick’s antagonist, J.M. Brouillard (Dan Petronijevic, SAVING HOPE); officer Tyler Joseph (Benz Antoine, THE LISTENER), the good-humoured beat cop struggling with alcohol addiction; Tyler’s brazen, no-nonsense partner Béatrice Hamelin (Mylène Dinh-Robic, THE LISTENER); straight-shooting Sergeant Julien Houle (Conrad Pla, THE LISTENER); and Marcel Gendron, the manipulative District Commander (Bruce Ramsay, CONTINUUM).

19-2 is co-produced by Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschênes and Virginia Rankin from Sphère Média Plus, and Luc Châtelain from Echo Media. Executive Producer Bruce Smith (DURHAM COUNTY) also acts as showrunner and writer. Jesse McKeown (DAVINCI’S INQUEST) is co-executive producer. 19-2 is an English-adaptation of the hit Québec series from the creators and stars of the original, Réal Bossé and Claude Legault and director Podz. Directors are Louis Choquette, Érik Canuel, and Podz (Daniel Grou.) Production Executives for Bell Media are Michele McMahon and Tom Hastings. Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

Source: Numeris (Formerly BBM), BY13/14


December 16, 2014

Cineflix’s New Documentary Explores The Quest for Gold

-  Special documentary chronicles humankind’s insatiable and often bloody quest for one of the most precious metals on Earth -

MONTREAL – December 16, 2014 – The history of gold on Earth began eons ago when gold-rich meteorites bombarded the planet. Billions of years later, we're still obsessed with the glittering metal. Ever since we first laid eyes on it, we’ve been trying to unearth as much gold as humanly possible. Recounting this astonishing and often violent saga, Cineflix’s all-new two-hour documentary special The Quest for Gold premieres Sunday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel in the US.

Combining state-of-the-art CGI with archival footage and cinematic historical drama, The Quest for Gold travels through time to revisit some of the most significant chapters in our quest. It also reveals today’s techniques for finding, mining, and refining gold, and interviews key players like the legendary tycoon Donald Trump, experts at Barrick Goldstrike Mine in Nevada, and London art and antique dealer Wartski to help understand our obsession with the metal that never loses its luster.

“The Quest for Gold uncovers the painstaking efforts we undertake to get our hands on the most prized precious metal,” said Jacqueline Bynon, Executive Producer, Cineflix. “From the panhandlers of the Great California Gold Rush to today’s massive mines, The Quest for Gold brings this epic story to life.”

Produced by Cineflix, the two-hour documentary will also air on ICI Explora in French Canada during Summer 2015.

The Quest for Gold is a Cineflix (Gold) Inc. production, in association with National Geographic Channels and ICI Explora. Alex Bystram and Jacqueline Bynon are among the Executive Producers for Cineflix. The documentary is based on the book Gold by Matthew Hart and is distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights. 


December 16, 2014

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund Issues First Call for Letters of Intent

Ottawa, December 16, 2014 – The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) today announced it has issued its first “Call for Letters of Intent”, an initial step for those interested in applying to the Fund, which is mandated to provide financial support for initiatives that advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities.

“The Fund has elected to take an approach which will request that anyone interested in applying for a grant first tell us about their proposed initiative,” said Board of Directors Chair Allister Byrne. “We’re interested in finding out about their ideas through a brief letter to us, to ensure that specific initiatives are in line with the Fund’s mandate.”

“Over the past several months, we’ve heard some great ideas from a number of groups, organizations, researchers and others about ways of improving access to broadcasting content across various platforms,” said the Fund’s CEO/Funding Officer Richard Cavanagh. “It seems logical to ask for a brief summary of any proposal before taking on the work of a full application to the Fund.”

“This way, we’ll be able to let anyone who’s interested in applying for a grant know whether they’re on the right track, very early in the process,” said Mr. Cavanagh.

Mr. Byrne added, “Once the Grant Committee of the Board has reviewed a Letter of Intent, we’ll get in touch with the potential applicant to let them know whether their proposal fits our mandate, or perhaps needs a bit of work, or is simply not a match for our objectives. We’ll request a full application from those we wish to proceed with.”

Anyone interested in submitting a Letter of Intent to the Fund, in English or French are invited to visit and follow the links to Call for Letters and How to Apply. Alternative formats are welcome; simply contact the Fund’s office.

The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent to the Fund is March 12, 2015.

The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund was established as an independent and impartial funding body supporting innovative projects to increase the accessibility of broadcasting content in Canada.  The fund was created as part of the tangible benefits package associated with Bell Canada’s acquisition of CTV.  The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved its creation together with initial funding of $5.7M. 

Contact: Richard Cavanagh, CEO/Funding Officer, Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, (613) 729-1891,


December 16, 2014

Sportsnet To Broadcast Two-Part Original Series: Road To The NHL Winter Classic and Road To The NHL Stadium Series


TORONTO (December 16, 2014) Sportsnet takes hockey fans off the ice and behind the scenes to experience the drama and grit of the National Hockey League with the two-part, eight-episode original series, Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ and Road To The NHL Stadium Series™.  The first episode of Road To The NHL Winter Classic makes its exclusive Canadian television premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet Now.

Created by Rogers and the NHL, and produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, the first part of the series, Road To The NHL Winter Classic, narrated by actor Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave, Lincoln) gives fans an all-access look at the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they get ready to face off in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.

Road To The NHL Stadium Series - the second part of the series - shifts its focus to the west coast, as the reigning Stanley Cup® Champion Los Angeles Kings® and the San Jose Sharks® get ready for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ in Santa Clara, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 21.

As the home of hockey in Canada, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Thursday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on CBC, and the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (channel allocation to be determined).

Broadcast schedule for remaining episodes will be announced at a later date. All episodes will be available on Video-On-Demand and paired with exclusive video content available on


December 15, 2014

Risky Business: High-Flying Daredevils Realize With No Risk, There’s No Business in Breathtaking New Series AIRSHOW, Premiering January 26 on Discovery


TORONTO (December 15, 2014) – From the ground, it can look rather glamorous, but every year more airshow pilots are tragically killed than in any other job in entertainment. Pilots who survive on the airshow circuit need to be part salesman, part stuntman, and partly unhinged! A 12-episode original Canadian series produced exclusively for Discovery, AIRSHOW airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 26. The series is the uniquely-told story of courage and danger in a world fueled by a volatile mix of skill, bravado, and science. Using the latest camera technology to take viewers on an unforgettable ride, AIRSHOW is a perfect mix of eye candy and stomach-churning story, showcasing these incredible personalities driven to follow their dreams in pursuit of one of the most dangerous part-time professions on the planet.

Produced for Discovery by Great Pacific TV – the makers of the highly successful HIGHWAY THRU HELL franchise which is coming off a landmark season as the network’s most-watched of any series in the past four years – AIRSHOW reveals a world where crews know the harder they push, either on the ground and in the air, the more likely they are to succeed. But push too hard and they’ll crash. Money is always tight, and there are never enough bookings to pay the bills, as a steady stream of newbies are constantly trying to undercut the veterans. AIRSHOW follows the lives of pilots, performers, producers, and technicians through an airshow season, as they face breakdowns, bad weather, and each other’s egos, leaving viewers sure to ask themselves how this can be a job people are dying to do.

The exhilarating AIRSHOW experience continues at with exclusive video, photo galleries, and episode information – updated throughout the run of the series. Viewers can extend their experience on mobile via the Discovery App, and join the AIRSHOW conversation on show-specific social platforms Facebook and Twitter.

Highlights from the first two episodes of AIRSHOW:

AIRSHOW: “Cleared for Take Off”
Monday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
In the series premiere, a new AIRSHOW season begins with tragedy striking early. Former bush pilot and airline owner ‘Super Dave’ Mathieson has cashed in everything to chase his high-flying dreams. Piloting a half-million-dollar aerobatic plane, Mathieson is willing to risk it all to become an AIRSHOW star. Meanwhile, tornados threaten to destroy wing walker Carol Pilon’s vintage biplane before her season even gets off the ground. 

AIRSHOW: “Light the Fires”
Monday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
The Patriots Jet Team, the only private, all-volunteer jet team in North America, fires up for its most ambitious AIRSHOW season ever! Owner Randy Howell hasn’t flown for the team in two years but is forced to climb back into the cockpit of one of the team’s jets just days before their first show. Meanwhile, superstar Sean D. Tucker struggles with thin air and deadly flying conditions on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. 

AIRSHOW is produced by Great Pacific TV in association with Discovery Canada. Executive Producer is Mark Miller (HIGHWAY THRU HELL). The series producer is Neil Thomas (PYROS). Bruce Glawson is Production Executive, Discovery Networks. Edwina Follows is Director of Commissioning, Discovery Networks. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President, Programming, Discovery Networks.


December 15, 2014

Archer Gets Back To Business


(December 15, 2014 – Toronto, ON) –  The world’s ‘greatest’ spy Sterling Archer and his fellow covert team get back to business in Season 6 of Archer premiering on a new night, Thursday, January 8, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT in the Fred at Night programming block; day-and-date with the U.S.

The Emmy-Award nominated series follows the international spy agency and the lives of its employees in the half-hour animated comedy. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain. In Season 6, the irreverent adventures continue as the spy team returns to their duties at office headquarters and Sterling Archer attempts to navigate fatherhood.

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the highly skilled and incredibly vain master spy Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler as Archer’s fellow agent and ex-girlfriend, Lana Kane; Jessica Walter as Archer’s domineering mother and spy agency director, Malory Archer; Chris Parnell as the easily intimidated comptroller-turned secret agent Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer as Malory’s loquacious, dingbat secretary, Cheryl; Amber Nash as the discordant director of human resources, Pam Poovey; Adam Reed as the gay voice of reason, Ray Gillette; and Lucky Yates as the spy agency’s possibly mad scientist/possibly clone of himself, Krieger.

Leading up to the epic return of the series, TELETOON at Night will air a lineup of favourite Archer episodes every weeknight starting December 29 to January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Season 6 episodes will be available for viewers to stream every Friday on the TELETOON at Night video player, following their premiere each week. 

Fans can join the social conversation with TELETOON at Night (@teletoonatnight) and other viewers on Twitter during a special live-tweeting event during the season premiere on Thursday, January 8 from  9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET using #Archer and #toonatnight.

The launch of Archer Season 6 will be supported by an extensive four week marketing campaign, which includes out-of-home transit, fitness centres, restaurants and taxi tops, along with a television and extensive digital buy.

TELETOON at Night – Best of Archer Programming

Airs from December 29 to January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
 “Baby Shower” airs Monday, December 29
 “On The Carpet” airs Tuesday, December 30
 “Legs” airs Wednesday, December 31
 “Filibuster” airs Thursday, January 1
 “Fugue & Riffs” airs Monday, January 5
 “A Debt of Honor” airs Tuesday, January 6
 “Rules of Extraction” airs Wednesday, January 7
The Holdout” (Season 6 Premiere) airs Thursday, January 8*


December 15, 2014

Five New Series and Six Returning Hits Bolster CTV’s 2015 Mid-Season Schedule as Hit Original Series MASTERCHEF CANADA, SPUN OUT, and MOTIVE all Return with New Seasons


TORONTO (December 15, 2014) – CTV is set to deliver TV’s top series week-after-week in the new year, as the network announced its 2015 mid-season schedule today. Kicking off the season is the new, big-buzz, Captain America-inspired, seven-part television event MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (Jan. 6), which joins a heroic line-up of the fall’s returning ‘super’ hits, including new breakout series GOTHAM and THE FLASH, as well as Top 10 hits  ARROW and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

The new year also features a delicious trio of some of the best in Canadian reality, comedy, and drama as brand new seasons of three CTV Original Series return: Season 2 of hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA (Feb. 8); Season 2 of workplace sitcom SPUN OUT (March 5); and Season 3 of crime drama MOTIVE (March 8). Viewers can also look forward to the return of new Season 3 episodes of the #1 Canadian drama SAVING HOPE, beginning with a special two-hour event Jan. 7. SPUN OUT, MOTIVE, and SAVING HOPE mid-season debuts will also be made available as CraveTVTM First Looks, one day prior to their television broadcast premieres.  

Also headlining CTV’s mid-season schedule, and loaded with star power, is new murder-thriller SECRETS AND LIES (March 1) starring Ryan Phillippe (DAMAGES); cyber-crime procedural CSI: CYBER (March 4), starring Emmy® Award winner and Golden Globe® nominee Patricia Arquette (MEDIUM); Oscar® winner John Ridley’s new TV drama AMERICAN CRIME (March 5), starring Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Felicity Huffman (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Timothy Hutton (LEVERAGE); and new comedy THE ODD COUPLE (Feb. 19), starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Perry (GO ON). 

Also returning to the CTV line-up with new seasons are culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Jan. 6 on CTV Two), Emmy Award-winning singing competition THE VOICE (Feb. 23 on CTV Two), and the 26th installment of THE AMAZING RACE (Feb. 25).

Following last week’s Golden Globe nominations, THE 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (Jan. 11) kicks off a long list of big ticket events on CTV this winter, including SUPER BOWL XLIX (Feb. 1), THE 87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (Feb. 22), and THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS (March 15).

Viewers can catch up on full episodes of CTV series live and on demand on the CTV GO app and at (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

“On the heels of our best fall season in a decade, CTV heads into its mid-season schedule packed with the winter’s heaviest-hitters,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “Loaded with returning fan favourites that consistently deliver huge audiences, and now bolstered with the seasons most-anticipated new and returning series including some of the best in Canadian television, CTV is set to deliver yet another line-up of not-to-be-missed television all season long.”

Highlights of CTV’s mid-season schedule:

New to the Schedule:

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (Special two-hour premiere airs Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; moves to regular Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT timeslot beginning Jan. 13 on CTV)

Starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell, MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER is a seven-part television event following the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt secret agent Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. The series is inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. Written by Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, executive producers are Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT), Christopher Markus, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Chris Dingess (CHAOS), and Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee, and Jeph Loeb (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.).

THE ODD COUPLE (Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Feb. 19 on CTV)

THE ODD COUPLE stars Matthew Perry (GO ON) as endearing slob Oscar Madison, and Thomas Lennon (We’re The Millers) as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. It’s not long after Oscar lets Felix move in that Oscar fears he’s made a monumental mistake. However, despite how exasperated they make each other, these mismatched friends agree they can help each other move on from their divorces and somehow make this crazy living arrangement work. Wendell Pierce (TREME), Lindsay Sloane (WEEDS), and Yvette Nicole Brown (COMMUNITY) also star. Perry, along with Bob Daily (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), Sarah Timberman (UNFORGETTABLE), Carl Beverly (UNFORGETTABLE), Eric Tannenbaum (TWO AND A HALF MEN), and Kim Tannenbaum (TWO AND A HALF MEN) are executive producers. THE ODD COUPLE is a reboot of Neil Simon’s series of the same name.

SECRETS AND LIES (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 1 with a special two-hour premiere on CTV)

Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe, DAMAGES) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbour's young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis, THE FIRM) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from writer Barbie Kligman (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) based on the original Australian series of the same name. Executive producers are Kligman, Aaron Kaplan (THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA), Tracey Robertson (THE STRANGE CALLS), and Nathan Mayfield (THE STRANGE CALLS).

CSI: CYBER (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 4 on CTV)

CSI: CYBER stars Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Patricia Arquette (MEDIUM) in a drama inspired by the advanced technological work of real-life Cyber psychologist Mary Aiken. Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. She also knows firsthand how today’s technology allows people to hide in the shadows of the Internet and commit serious crimes of global proportion. While other agents search for criminals in dark homes and alleys, Ryan searches the “dark net,” a place deep in the bowels of the Web where criminals are anonymous, money is untraceable, and where everything is for sale with just a keystroke. CSI: CYBER also stars James Van Der Beek (FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES), Peter MacNicol (GREY’S ANATOMY), Shad Moss (ENTOURAGE), Charley Koontz and Hayley Kiyoko. Emmy Award winner Ann Donahue (CSI), Carol Mendelsohn (CSI), Anthony Zuiker (CSI), Pam Veasey, and Emmy Award winners Jerry Bruckheimer (THE AMAZING RACE), and Jonathan Littman (THE AMAZING RACE) are executive producers. CSI: CYBER is the third CSI spin-off joining CSI: MIAMI and CSI: NY. 

AMERICAN CRIME (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Beginning March 5 on CTV)

Written, directed, and produced by John Ridley, the producer and writer of the Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning film 12 Years A Slave, and starring Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Felicity Huffman (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Timothy Hutton (LEVERAGE), AMERICAN CRIME follows a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on. Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines – from the point of view of the victims.

Returning CTV and CTV Two Series:

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season 3) (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 6 on CTV Two)

A spin-off culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 who love to cook, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is based on the hugely successful U.K. format and extends the MASTERCHEF brand in the U.S. to include a younger group of aspiring masterchefs. Produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives budding cooks the exciting opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts, and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Similar to MASTERCHEF, Ramsay is joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed Chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

judging panel. Together, the celebrated food experts coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like a pro, and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.

MASTERCHEF CANADA  (Season 2) (Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Feb. 8 on CTV)

One year after its smash-hit debut on CTV, MASTERCHEF CANADA is back to dish out a second helping of food-driven drama and excitement. The ultimate culinary competition offers home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate their skill and passion, as they compete for $100,000 and the title of Canada’s next MasterChef. Esteemed judges Michael Bonacini (O&B restaurant empire), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Origin Restaurants) return to the kitchen to take home cooks on a culinary journey through a series of Mystery Box, Pressure Test, and team challenges. Averaging 1.8 million viewers in its inaugural season, MASTERCHEF CANADA became the most-watched Canadian series in the country for the 2013/14 broadcast season, and is the first and only homegrown series in more than a decade to land in the Top 10 list for A25-54 and A18-49*.

THE AMAZING RACE (Season 26) (Special 90-minute premiere airs Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; moves to regular Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, beginning Feb. 27 on CTV) 

The 26th installment of THE AMAZING RACE makes its winter premiere in February, with a special 90-minute episode. THE AMAZING RACE is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series hosted by Emmy-nominated host Phil Keoghan, which pits teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team competes in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed do they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind are gradually eliminated as the competition progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

THE VOICE (Season 8) (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Feb. 23 on CTV Two)

The Emmy Award-winning singing competition THE VOICE returns with a special two-hour premiere on CTV Two, featuring the strongest vocalists invited to compete on the blockbuster vocal competition show's eighth season. Internationally acclaimed artist Christina Aguilera makes her return in the red chair, alongside returning mega-stars Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell Williams as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host. The show's innovative format features five stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts, the live playoffs and, finally, the live performance shows.

SPUN OUT (Season 2) (Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 5 on CTV)

One of the most-watched new comedies last season, original workplace sitcom SPUN OUT centres on Dave Lyons (Dave Foley, KIDS IN THE HALL), the head of an established PR firm, staffed with people who can spin everyone’s problems but their own. Season 2 of SPUN OUT brings a whole new set of adventures for the DLPR gang. Beckett (Paul Campbell, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) tries to execute the perfect casual relationship with a documentary filmmaker, Nelson (Al Mukadam, RADIO FREE ROSCOE) questions his ability to keep up on trends, and Dave goes head to head with his ex-wife from a rival PR firm. Also in store this season, Gordon (Darcy Michael) gets trapped in an elevator, Bryce (J.P. Manoux, COMMUNITY) develops an internet addiction, Stephanie (Rebecca Dalton, THE L.A. COMPLEX) realizes Abby (Holly Deveaux, LESS THAN KIND) is a conversation ninja and exploits it by making her a brand influencer, and the team tries to piece together the details after a night of debauchery.  

MOTIVE (Season 3) (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 8 on CTV)

The dramatic Season 2 finale of original Canadian crime drama MOTIVE saw Detective Angie Flynn’s (Kristin Lehman, THE KILLING) past and present fatally collide when her involvement in a new trial about an old case called everything she stood for as a detective into question. With Sergeant Cross (Warren Christie, ALPHAS) at the centre of it all, and the personal toll he paid as the price in the end, viewers were left wondering if Angie was calling it quits as a member of the homicide team. The third season picks up six months later – with a burnt-out Angie having left the homicide team. But a case with direct personal implications for her beloved partner Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira, SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE) draws her back into the fold. MOTIVE also stars Brendan Penny (THE ASSISTANTS) as the team’s ambitious Detective Brian Lucas and Lauren Holly (NCIS) as the team’s lead medical examiner, Dr. Betty Rogers.

In addition to exciting series debuts and the return of fan favourites hits, viewers can also look forward to all-new episodes of the fall’s biggest hits on CTV, including; THE MENTALIST (Jan. 1), before the series bows out with a two-hour series finale Feb. 18, RESURRECTION (Jan. 4), GOTHAM (Jan. 5), FOREVER (Jan. 5), PERSON OF INTEREST (Jan. 6), HOT IN CLEVELAND (Jan. 6 on CTV Two), ANGER MANAGEMENT (Jan. 6 on CTV Two), THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (Jan. 7 on CTV Two), THE BIG BANG THEORY (Jan. 8), and SHARK TANK (Jan. 9). Following their winter hiatus GREY’S ANATOMY (Jan. 29) is back Thursdays nights in its new 7 p.m. ET/PT timeslot; plus HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (Jan. 29), ONCE UPON A TIME (March 1), and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (March 3) all return. Family sitcom, THE GOLDBERGS (Feb 25), moves from Thursday nights to its new Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT timeslot on CTV.

CTV officially kicks off awards season in January with THE 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (Sunday, Jan. 11 live across the country at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CTV). Hosted by Golden Globe Award winners Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third year in a row, the ceremony celebrates the best in television and film and is broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. CTV is also home to the biggest night in Hollywood as award-winning star of the stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris hosts THE 87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (Sunday, Feb. 22 live across the country at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on CTV) for the first time. The star-studded ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. Meanwhile, THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS (Sunday, March 15 on CTV) will broadcast from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre, featuring performances by Hedley, Kiesza, MAGIC!, Shawn Mendes, and more.

High profile and big-buzz events continue on CTV with SUPER BOWL XLIX (Sunday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. ET on CTV), featuring a performance by global superstar Katy Perry, who headlines the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLIX HALFTIME SHOW from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The big ticket event determines the NFL champion for the 2014 season.


December 15, 2014

BravoFACTUAL Announces Award Recipients from December 11 Jury Meeting


TORONTO (December 15, 2014) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the eight BravoFACTUAL award recipients from the December 11 jury meeting. A total of $360,000 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short documentary films. This month, BravoFACT is also pleased to announce the addition of CTV’s W5 award-winning investigative reporter Victor Malarek as a guest juror.

Continuing to establish itself on both national and international platforms, it was announced earlier this week that David Ridgen’s BravoFACT-funded film Love Song for the Apocalypse, will have its world premiere at Utah’s Slamdance 2015 in January. Recent successes by BravoFACT-funded shorts also include five BravoFACT-funded films –  Julia Julep, The Portal, The Match, Bastards, and Detention – that were represented at the 2014 Edmonton International Film Festival in September.

The BravoFACTUAL fund recipients from the December 11, 2014 jury meeting are:

The Carollers –Theresa Wynnyk (Director/Producer)
Conversations With A Dead Prime Minister – Daniel Roher (Director), Kristy Neville (Producer), Jamie Kastner (Producer)
The Mennonite Joke – Orlando Braun (Director), Jorge Requena (Producer)
My Brother The Outlaw – Adam Gray (Director/Producer), Andrew Gray (Director)
The Night I Shot Marilyn – Matt Zimbel (Director/Producer), JF Graton (Director)
One Big Breath – Duncan McDowall (Director/Producer)
Terranova Matadora – Carolyn Hayward – Rhonda Buckley (Director/Producer)
Tilting At Windmills – Matt Gallagher (Director), John Doherty (Director), Cornelia Principe (Producer)

The next submission deadline for BravoFACTUAL is April 1, 2015. The next submission deadline for BravoFACT is May 15, 2015.

Beginning his career in 1968, Victor Malarek has been a prominent figure in the world of journalism for 46 years. Malarek made a name for himself as police reporter for The Montreal Star. Joining The Globe and Mail in 1981, Malarek won three Michener Awards over his 14-year career with the paper. During that period, he also wrote the autobiographical Hey Malarek, depicting the journalist’s turbulent early years, and life under Quebec’s child protection system, inspiring a feature film Malarek. Malarek earned a Gemini Award in 1997 and a fourth Michener Award for his work as host/reporter for the CBC program THE FIFTH ESTATE. Malarek moved to CTV’s W5 in 2000 as Senior Reporter, and continues to be an advocate for societal change over his 14 years with W5. Malarek has also penned the non-fiction books Haven’s Gate, Merchants of Misery, Gut Instinct, The Natashas – Inside The Global Sex Trade, The Johns – Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It, and most recently published his first novel Orphanage 41 which was inspired by his reporting on trafficked women.

For information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit


December 15, 2014


Veteran journalist appointed to the Faculty of Communication & Design

TORONTO, December 15, 2014 --- Steve Paikin, Canadian journalist, author, producer, and anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin, has been appointed a distinguished visiting professor in The RTA School of Media and The School of Journalism in the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University. His appointment begins January 1st, 2015.

Over the course of his more than three-decades-long career, Paikin has held reporting jobs in private radio and print media and is best known as the face of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Since joining TVO in 1992, he has produced several feature documentaries and has sat in the anchor chair for more than two decades. Paikin is a leading media figure on the Canadian political landscape; he is the author of four books on Canadian politics and has acted as moderator for six federal and provincial election leaders’ debates.

“As a seasoned, well-respected journalist, Steve Paikin brings a wealth of insight and expertise that will be of tremendous benefit to our students,” said Mohamed Lachemi, provost and vice president academic. “His real world experience will give students an understanding of the ever changing media industry.”

“The opportunity to engage with a leader in Canadian public broadcasting with a unique perspective on Canada, current affairs and politics, is something that both journalism and RTA students look forward to,” said Gerd Hauck, dean, FCAD. 

As a distinguished visiting professor Paikin will meet with faculty members and students to offer advice and information, and will participate in workshops, events and discussions on the latest developments in the world of broadcast journalism and current affairs. He will also deliver guest lectures and be available to advise students in both schools on their potential career trajectories.

“I’m very pleased to take on this role with Ryerson,” said Paikin. “I’ve enjoyed offering students advice over the years, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences at a time when journalism is undergoing some pretty profound changes.”

Paikin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and his master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. In 2013, Paikin was appointed chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury. The same year, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, invested into the Order of Ontario, and elected to the Hamilton (Ontario) Gallery of Distinction. He holds honorary doctorates from Victoria University, Laurentian University and Humber College.

Distinguished visiting appointments enable Ryerson students, faculty and staff to connect with highly regarded leaders in various fields. Learn more about Ryerson’s distinguished visiting appointments at


December 12, 2014

A New Guinness World Records® Title! CraveTV Cravers Reach 91 Hours and Break the Guinness World Records® Title for Longest Marathon Watching TV


TORONTO (December 12, 2014) – Success! Bell Media’s promotional campaign for the launch of its new subscription on-demand video streaming service, CraveTVTM – available now – saw four “Cravers” break the Guinness World Records mark for the Longest Marathon Watching TV. Blake Cronyn, Jasmin Shim, Cam Healy, and Lisa Matlock successfully completed a 91-hour marathon viewing session in a highly visible, fully-functional living space situated at Bell Media headquarters in Toronto earlier today. After starting Monday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET, the Cravers officially beat the world record at 7:01 a.m. ET this morning, but continued until 8 a.m. ET with another episode of SEINFELD. Earlier this week, Devon Ferguson, a filmmaker from Vancouver, left the CraveTV House after watching almost 44 hours of CraveTV content and Monique Redhead bowed out this morning at 1:02 a.m. ET, after watching 84 hours. @CraveTVCanada is now available on set-top box, apps, and for just $4/month. .

In all, the Cravers watched 169 complete episodes of some of CraveTV’s best programming, including ORPHAN BLACK, CHEERS, SEX AND THE CITY, and more.

“What better way to launch CraveTV than with a celebration of some of the best TV around,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “Congratulations to all the Cravers – you have definitely proven to be true TV lovers.”

An official Guinness World Records adjudicator was present this morning when the record was broken. Previously, the record-holder for longest marathon-watching television was Erik Pettersson from Stockholm, Sweden who reached 90 hours earlier this year. 


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