November 19, 2014
shomi™ has fun for the whole family, signing content distribution agreement with Disney
November 19, 2014 – The popcorn and magic of shomi™ meets the magic of Disney, as
another monumental content distribution agreement is announced for Canada’s premier
subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. shomi continues to stack up on goodies
with a little something for entertainment lovers of all ages – especially the younger
ones – with popular family-friendly film and TV titles, as part of content distribution
agreements with The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group.
offers a selection of classic Disney family favourites, including 102 Dalmatians,
The Parent Trap (1998), Race to Witch Mountain, Muppets Treasure Island, Sky High,
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
shomi is the only SVOD in Canada to carry these classic and sought-after kids titles.
Once the kids go to bed, mom and dad can kick back with popular movies like Gone
in Sixty Seconds, Ladder 49, Pearl Harbor, The Prestige, Remember the Titans, Sweet
Home Alabama, Tombstone, and The Waterboy – also exclusive to shomi in SVOD in Canada.
addition, shomi is offering its subscribers a selection of current and past hit
TV shows from ABC, ABC Family and ABC Studios. shomi is the exclusive Canadian SVOD
home of hit series Scandal and Revenge, making prior seasons available now, as well
as new episodes following the completion of each subsequent season. Looking for
some teen drama and a little mystery? shomi has the ABC Family thriller Twisted.
Missed it the first time around, or just want to watch it again from the beginning?
shomi customers can catch all season episodes of Alias, Boy Meets World, Bunheads,
The River, Felicity, Reaper, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
if the kids are in the mood for Super Heroes?
shomi’s got it with access to all seasons of the popular Marvel Animation
series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and
The Super Hero Squad Show.
this new Disney content, we are going back to the days when families watched entertainment
together,” said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. “We look
forward to offering our customers a first-rate selection of Disney’s diverse library
– titles families can get excited about and gather ‘round to watch together. It
offers a little something for everyone.”
is available now in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or cable customers, while
conversations continue with other BDUs. With an all-star lineup of exclusive past-seasons
of many of the hottest shows on television as well as movie favourites, Canadians
are able to enjoy shomi online and on select tablets, mobile devices, and set top
boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu). shomi will also
be coming soon to Xbox 360 and Chromecast.
November 19, 2014
Corus Entertainment Partners with Fingerprint to Develop a Global Mobile Entertainment Platform for Preschoolers
19, 2014) Corus Entertainment announced
today that it has partnered with Fingerprint, the San Francisco-based mobile technology
company, to create a mobile entertainment platform for kids aged two to seven. Set
to launch globally in 2015, the platform will offer preschoolers a safe, fun
and branded environment to enjoy videos, games, music and eBooks featuring their
favourite Nelvana characters Max
thrilled to partner with Fingerprint to develop our first global digital offering
for kids,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “Leveraging
Fingerprint’s expertise to create compelling and fun mobile applications for children
will enable our Nelvana brands to be enjoyed by even more kids in multiple languages
and territories around the world.”
2012 and 2014
as part of
Corus' strategy to expand into new markets and unlock additional value in Nelvana’s
rich library of branded content.
been our dream to bring Corus’ family of great brands to life on mobile devices,”
said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO of Fingerprint. “By creating this new platform, families
will have peace of mind as they encourage their children to experience favourite
brands on the family’s personal mobile devices. After all, mobile is where people
of all ages are spending their time. Corus will expand its brands via mobile and
further grow its fans.”
November 19, 2014
Corus Entertainment Announces TV Everywhere App for its Kids Channels
and families have access to hundreds of hours of Treehouse, YTV and TELETOON programming
Nov. 19, 2014 /CNW/ -Corus Entertainment announced today that it is launching apps
across its popular kids channels Treehouse, YTV and TELETOON for a TV Everywhere
experience. The TV Everywhere apps will be available to subscribers of the linear
services in Canada on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to
hundreds of hours of new programming that they can view, download and live stream.
Fans can look forward to content from their favourite series anytime, anywhere including,
Dora and Friends,Mike the Knight, SpongeBob Square Pants and Adventure Time, to
mention a few.
preschool Treehouse app will launch in spring 2015 as the first phase of the rollout,
with YTV and TELETOON apps launching soon after. The TELETOON app will also be offered
part of Corus' expanding digital content strategy, these apps will offer viewers
an opportunity to sample shows and engage with new content on their portable devices,"
said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. "These apps
will give our Corus Kids subscribers the flexibility to enjoy some of their favourite
shows whether they're at home or on the go."
app has been designed specifically for its core audience, ensuring a fun, entertaining
experience for Treehouse preschoolers and YTV and TELETOON fans. Key features include
download-to-go, parental controls and interactive environments. The apps are built
using You.i Engine software, developed by Ottawa-based startup You.i TV, which powers
the user experience across all platforms.
apps will be made available on more devices and digital platforms to subscribers
in the coming months.
November 19, 2014
Nelvana Teams Up With World Class Studios Brown Bag Films and Candy Bear to Develop Cozy Island
Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana together with Brown Bag Films (Peter Rabbit,
Doc McStuffins, Octonauts) and Candy Bear (Zack & Quack) are entering into a
development agreement for a new girls preschool series, Cozy Island. The CG-animated
series, created by Gili Dolev and Yvette Kaplan and designed by Erez Gavish of Candy
Bear, follows the adventures of Naya who lives on Cozy Island with her family.
Island is a dream project. Working with brilliant original designs from Candy Bear
and the great minds at Brown Bag we have an incredible partnership that will really
bring Cozy Island to life,” said Irene Weibel, Vice President, Head of Nelvana Studio.
. "We can't wait for kids to have the opportunity to meet Naya and her friends."
Island follows the adventures of an imaginative little girl named Naya who has moved
to the island with her family for her mother’s new job as mender-in-chief. Naya
discovers that Cozy Island is a very bouncy place filled with amazing new friends,
like Velly, Fluff Monster and lots of other characters who leap, roll and slide
their way from one adventure to the next. There are no cookie cutter solutions on
Cozy Island and Naya and her friends figure out that sometimes the best answers
are one of a kind.
thrilled to be partnering on Cozy Island with the prestigious Nelvana and Candy
Bear studios. Brown Bag Films is focused on developing original content and co-producing
with world-leading studios to bring a wealth of creativity and experience into making
new and exciting series that we believe will truly resonate with our audiences,”
said Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director at Brown Bag Films.
delighted for the opportunity to collaborate with such inspiring studios,” said
Ronen Shani, Candy Bear Head of Productions. “Cozy Island has a great combination
of heart, endearing character and bouncy spirit that are sure to put a big smile
on any kid’s face.”
November 18, 2014
AMI partners with BBC to bring In Touch radio program to Canada
Nov. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has partnered
with BBC to broadcast BBC Radio 4's In Touch program on AMI-audio and stream it
are very pleased to be working with BBC, an institution that shares AMI's corporate
mandate to produce and deliver programming that improves the universe of relevant
media for people with disabilities," explainsJohn Melville, AMI Vice-President
of Programming and Production. "In Touch is perfectly suited to our AMI-audio
audience and we're thrilled to offer this program for the first time in Canada."
Touch is a long-running radio program that airs weekly on BBC Radio 4. Host Peter
White, who is blind, delivers news and information geared towards people who are
blind or partially sighted. Some of the topics covered most recently on In Touch
include the need for audible pedestrian signals, accessible healthcare and tandem
Touch airs Saturdays at 8:30 am, 1 pm and 9 pm and Sundays at 11 am and 4:30 pm,
EST on AMI-audio with parallel live streaming on AMI.ca. Check your local listings for the AMI-audio channels
in your area.
further information on AMI and its programs and initiatives, please visit www.AMI.ca.
November 18, 2014
CTV Toronto Brings Holiday Cheer with 19th Annual Toy Mountain Campaign, Now Underway
CTV Toronto and The Salvation Army set goal to collect 150,000 new, unwrapped toys
for distribution to families in need across the GTA –
CTV NEWS TORONTO’s Tom Brown leads campaign for 10th year in a row –
(November 18, 2014)
– With Santa’s
Workshop still fast at work, CTV Toronto is now collecting a mountain of toys for
19th Annual CTV Toy Mountain
of The Salvation Army. Launching this week and running through to December 22, the annual
campaign provides thousands of toys to children throughout the GTA. After surpassing
last year’s goal of 150,000 new unwrapped toys, Toy Mountain hopes to do it again this year. Toy Mountainencourages
donations to all age groups, but highlights Girls Aged 7-9, Boys and Girls Aged
10-13, and Teens Aged 14-17 as the children with the greatest need.
his 10th year in a row,
Tom Brown leads the collection effort, providing live reports throughout the campaign
during Toronto’s most-watched news broadcast, CTV NEWS AT SIX. On Friday, Nov. 21, Brown
will report live from the
International Centre, where attendees who bring a toy from 5 - 7 p.m.have a chance
to win a gift basket with $500 worth of merchandise from some of the show’s vendors.
has been an incredible experience to be a part of Toy Mountain for the past 10 years,”
said Tom Brown. “The generosity of our viewers blows me away and makes me proud
to be a Torontonian.”
Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, Brown
hits the road and reports live, Monday to Friday, from various collection stops
across the GTA. Brown returns to the CTV NEWS TORONTO studio on Monday, Dec. 22 to mark the official close
Toy Mountain campaign during that evening’s CTV NEWS AT SIX.
the past 19 years, Toy Mountain has ensured that families throughout the GTA have
a happy holiday, regardless of fortune,” said Paul Rogers, Senior Vice-President,
CTV. “We at CTV Toronto are forever grateful to our viewers that contribute to the
incredible success of Toy Mountain year after year.”
Mountain’s dedicated website Toronto.CTVNews.ca/ToyMountain features a list of drop-off locations, a live
remote calendar, social media feeds, and more. Users are able to donate onlineand receive a tax receipt
from The Salvation Army. Supporters can also receive updates from the campaign by
joining the campaign’s
Facebook page. Corporations and individuals
can get involved with
Toy Mountain by visiting SalvationArmy.ca or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
The Toy Mountain campaign consists of a
strong partnership between CTV Toronto and The Salvation Army. The campaign is promotionally
Salvation Army providing collection and distribution logistics. CTV Toronto thanks
Toronto Area Ford Dealers, Marshalls Canada, and Mattel for their generous support
year, The Salvation Army is thrilled to partner with our wonderful friends at CTV
Toronto. Without their support, we would not be able to assist thousands of families
in the GTA every holiday season,” said Neil W. Leduke, Divisional Director of
Marketing and Communications, The Salvation Army. “Together, along with the generosity
of our supporters, we are able to make sure our city’s children are given the Christmas
In 2013, The Salvation Army in Toronto provided thousands
of children with toys and other practical items, and over 30,000 families with assorted
food hampers through its Christmas assistance program.
November 18, 2014
Nelvana teams up with Bob the Builder Creator on New Preschool Series, Camp Yeti
Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is pleased to announce that it has entered
into a development agreement for a new preschool CG animated series, Camp Yeti.
Nelvana is teaming up with the newly formed Abominable Snowman, led by Keith Chapman
(Bob the Builder) and Ian Liddell from Studio Liddell (Cloudbabies) to develop the
52 x 11-minute series about a summer camp with a yeti twist. Chapman and Liddell
have previously worked together on Chapman Entertainment’s preschool hits including
Roary the Racing Car and Fifi and the Flowertots.
excited to be working with Keith Chapman and Ian Liddell on this new series,” said
Irene Weibel, Vice President, Head of Nelvana Studio. “Keith has a strong history
of creating compelling series that kids love, such as the iconic Bob the Builder,
and we know that Camp Yeti will be a world that kids won’t be able to resist.”
Yeti follows the adventures of a sweet yeti named Pigtail Poppy and her friends
at a special sleepaway summer camp high in the mountains. The young yetis spend
their camp days trekking through snowy peaks, making yeti crafts, eating spag-yeti
and singing yeti songs around the campfire. And what would camp be without the coolest
camp leaders in the world, Big Hair Blair and Beehive Bea, to guide them through
the secret caves, splashy streams and hidden waterfalls. Things don’t always go
according to plan, but together with her camp friends, Pigtail Poppy always makes
it a great day at Camp Yeti.
are thrilled to be collaborating with Nelvana on developing the world of Camp Yeti,”
said Keith Chapman, Partner, Abominable Snowman. “With the experience and skill
sets between us, our aim is to produce a world class show and create a unique place
where all children will want to go."
on Camp Yeti will begin immediately with an anticipated delivery for Fall 2016.
November 18, 2014
Highlighting the Coolest Got-to-Have-it Gear, DAILY PLANET’s Annual “High-Tech Toys” Week Returns December 8-12 on Discovery
(November 18, 2014) – Answering the perennial question, “what do you get for
the gadget geek who has everything?” Discovery’s DAILY PLANET is on the cutting-edge of holiday gift-giving
during its annual tech toy fest: “High-Tech Toys” Week! Premiering Monday, Dec.
8 at 7 p.m. ET and running through Friday, Dec. 12, Canada’s favourite science
program spotlights the world’s wackiest high-tech bling just in time for the
holiday season! Anchored by co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan
Riskin, the always-anticipated theme week offers an all-access pass
to the world’s most inspired and impressive gifts – which this year includes
bionic boots; a hovercraft and longboard hybrid; battle bots; a rocket bike;
and yes, George Jetson, even a flying car!
highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys” Week include:
Mountain Horse Snow
With the agility of a dirt bike and the winter-gripping power of a snowmobile,
the Mountain Horse snow bike makes easy work of extreme terrain and deep
powder. Sold as a conversion kit, it bolts onto a regular dirt bike. DAILY
PLANET follows a trio of female dirt-bike racers from Southern California as
they try to master the tricky skill of snow biking for the first time.
by ostriches, inventor Keahi Seymour dreams of running at speeds greater than
40km per hour. Seymour is the creator of Bionic Boots, which use the same
“spring” principals found in the Achilles tendon of superfast land animals –
and he is determined to demonstrate new speed records with this latest
supercool hovercraft and longboard hybrid, the HoverSkater is decked out with
LED lights and a 1/8th scale turbine engine, allowing skaters to switch between
using their feet to hovering around with the help of a remote control. DAILY
PLANET catches up with the inventor and a skilled skateboarder to give it a
fiction made real, the Megabot is a giant piloted robot, built to eventually
battle other ‘bots in a new combat sport. But first, users must learn to master
the Megabot, which stands at 4.5 meters tall, weighs 6,800kgs, and has a weapon
Kermani loves bumper cars, skateboarding, and Super Mario... and when these
obsessions collide, the result is one free-wheeling, drifting, spinning cart
ride! First developed for kids, now Kermani wants to take the Crazy Cart
full-size. DAILY PLANET is there as the “XL” version is put to the test against
its pint-sized predecessor. And that’s one head-spinning ride!
designer John Hunter from Escondido, California, wondered what would happen if
you wrapped an airplane wing into a ring shape. The result was the Moonshot.
Hunter has designed a launcher that sends 23-centimetre diameter rings more
than a football field in distance with minimal energy. Where Frisbees have a
lift-to-drag ratio of 3:1; the Moonshot’s is 10:1. They fly twice as far with
double the hang time and half the weight. The ring can even be thrown just like
Gissy likes to go fast. Really, really fast. So he’s teamed up with a Swiss
rocket engineer, to create the world’s fastest bicycle. Now, he’s out to take
his Rocket Bike on a ride for the ages, looking to smash the world speed record
on a bike, of more than 300km per hour!
B Flying Car
a unique remote-controlled hybrid car-quad copter with a patented design. On
flat surfaces, B can reach high speeds using its rear wheel drive. Due to its
large wheel diameter, it achieves outstanding performance in driving across
difficult terrain. But when the obstacles are too big to roll over, it can
simply take off and fly over them.
the moment it lifts off the surface of the water and flies forward on
retractable hydrofoils, it’s clear this is no ordinary pleasure boat. The HY-X
is the prototype for a new class of luxury hydrofoil yachts, built from carbon
fiber. DAILY PLANET follows the boat’s Swiss designers as they put the HY-X
through its paces on Lake Geneva to test a new high-tech propeller and noise
Speedy Golf Cart
to Guinness World Records, Robby Steen is the creator and driver of the world’s
fastest golf cart – clocking an astounding 191km per hour! But even that’s not
good enough for this brash inventor. He’s now out to!! DAILY PLANET rides along
as Steen makes some last-minute tweaks before racing to break his own record.
November 18, 2014
CMT Reveals New Original Reality Programming for 2015
ON – November 18, 2014) - Corus Entertainment is thrilled to announce today, an
exciting slate of new original reality programming to premiere on CMT (Canada) in
the coming year. Beginning in spring 2015, CMT will introduce three new original
series including Almost Genius, a sketch comedy show with a twist, Yukon For Sale,
about northern real-estate hunters, and Ice Road Racers, an adrenaline-fuelled competition
series. Additionally, Canada’s own psychic medium Carmel Baird, will return to the
network for a second season of Mom’s A Medium.
excited to be commissioning a number of new original programs for CMT to continue
to build momentum after successful spring and fall launches,” said John MacDonald,
Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women and Family, Corus Entertainment.
“We’re very pleased to be working with talented Canadian producers to create engaging
series that will resonate with our audiences.”
Road Racers - Spring 2015
12 x 60 minutes, Reality Competition Series
Ice Road Racers is a driving competition that is taken to icy new levels as five
drivers with diverse driving backgrounds go head to head through three demanding
and intense courses to win a cash prize and the title of Ice Road Racer. In each
adrenaline-fueled, one-hour episode, hockey moms and pizza delivery guys will face
off tough talkin’ truckers and cab drivers as they battle each other and some of
the coldest conditions on earth.
for Sale - Spring 2015
13 x 30 minutes, Lifestyle Series
Yukon For Sale puts the "real" in real estate, as it follows hopeful home
buyers embarking on an adventure of a lifetime, staking a claim in the Yukon. In
each episode, we meet a new set of Yukoners looking for new digs with a new set
of parameters. Whether it’s a young couple seeking an off-the-grid existence, hunters
with their sights set on a backyard full of game, or urban professionals wanting
a condo in the middle of town, finding the perfect pad is always an adventure in
Genius - Fall 2015
20 x 30 minutes, Viral video sketch comedy series
Almost Genius is a new and unique viral video sketch comedy series. The best viral
videos from around the world are paired with talented comedians, who are inserted
right into the action using innovative digital production techniques. The comedians
become characters in the videos, adding an extra layer of fun to the proceedings
– and the resulting clips are quirky, wacky, oddball…and always hilarious.
A Medium Season 2 - Spring 2015
10x 30 minutes, Character Driven Reality Series
Carmel Baird is a highly sought after spiritual medium who helps people communicate
with the dead, while juggling her busy family life on a farm in Alberta. In Season
Two of this hit series, life gets even more complicated as Carmel strives to help
more and more people with her gift while the Baird family takes on new challenges,
new adventures and even some new pets.
November 18, 2014
Corus Entertainment Announces Development Slate of Corus-Owned Original Unscripted Reality Series
18, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) – As part of Corus Entertainment’s content
strategy, the company announced today a
slate of new, original Corus-owned series currently in development for 2014/15.
These projects build on the company’s existing roster of original, unscripted
and owned series, including Cash Mob and Mississippi Snake
Grabbers, which premieres spring 2015 on CMT (Canada).
Corus’ new reality-based series are being developed
for the company’s women and family networks, namely, W Network, CMT, OWN: Oprah
Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV and ABC Spark, with a number of Canada’s
leading production companies, including Temple Street Productions, Tricon Films
& Television and Our House Media.
“As part of Corus’ growth strategy, we are committed
to developing and owning more content, which will enable us to maximize the
value of our programs across all platforms and territories,” said John
MacDonald, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women & Family, Corus
Entertainment. “We are excited about the slate of unscripted reality series we
are developing, which complement our current stable of hit series and will feed
our audience’s appetite for new, innovative programming.”
Productions) – Follows the southern men of
GrabUone Outfitters, who take groups of thrill seekers into the bayou for
adrenaline-inducing snake hunting expeditions.
development for 2014/15
Restaurant Revolution (Temple Street) - An
hour long, food competition series that each week pits three different Chefs
and Sous Chefs in a three-course meal cook off. Celebrity or guest diners will
watch the cooking action in a dining room set with a revolving kitchen. The
diners are the judges and decide the winner by paying however much they think
each meal is worth.
(Tricon) - Ten couples offer up their own homes to enter a renovation game that
could change their lives forever. In this competition, the last team standing
will live their dream – total mortgage freedom.
in a Barn
(Our House Media) - Each episode of this inspiring series will feature two sets
of home owners who have gambled big on converting farm buildings, churches
schoolhouses, and other unique rural structures into dream homes.
(Our House Media) - Lavish and highly aspirational, this half hour format lets
viewers follow one realtor and one buyer on the hunt to buy the perfect luxury
House for your Buck (Our House Media) – In this series, couples trade up
their current house for the home of their dreams – at no extra cost. Our
dynamic realtor and contractor team will show them how to buy a new property
and transform it into the perfect home – all for the money they get for their
November 18, 2014
It’s an Ooey-Gooey Holiday Season with the Dairy Farmers of Canada and W Network’s Holiday Films
18, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) This holiday season Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has
partnered with W Network to sponsor the network’s popular and beloved slate of holiday
movies airing Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in December. The unique initiative
features hosted interstitials with W Network personality Josie Dye (Oh So Cosmo,
102.1 the Edge) and will drive awareness for the ‘All You Need Is Cheese’ campaign
and the website Allyouneedischeese.ca. The sponsorship
kicks off Thursday, December 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the film, Surviving Christmas.
is the perfect time of year for W Network to work with Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Our seasonal films have always performed very well with our viewers and the titles
we are airing this year offer the perfect opportunity for Dairy Farmers of Canada
to reinforce their product’s connection with the holiday season,” said Lynn Chambers,
Vice President, Client Marketing, Corus Entertainment. “As a trusted resource for our viewers, W Network
worked with m2 to develop the campaign to cut through the clutter of holiday promotions
and offer ideas for recipes and exciting new cheese varieties to taste over the
national multi-tiered, on-air campaign was secured for Dairy Farmers of Canada’s
by their media agency m2 and targets Women 25-54. The interstitials, hosted by Josie Dye, will push
viewers to Allyouneedischeese.ca for even more
recipes, tips and articles.
know our target, “Zestfuls” are W Network viewers who love to cook and entertain,
especially around the holidays.” said Ishma Alexander-Huet, Manager Communications
Strategies, m2. “We are tapping into her
holiday spirit, in her downtime, in order to introduce her to new varieties of Canadian
cheeses and recipes for holiday cooking and gatherings with friends and family.”
partnership will include on-air billboards, sponsorship of closed captioning, and
90-second hosted segments during the films. The segments will include Josie discussing
the films, giving holiday tips and testing out delicious holiday recipes using Canadian
Cheese, such as Parmesan and Caramel Popcorn. Film
titles include Last Holiday, The Holiday, Holiday Baggage, The Family Man, Santa
Baby, Under the Mistletoe and Four Christmases.
week, the campaign will feature a recipe on WNetwork.com’s food section and within
the weekly ‘Dinner and a movie’ e-newsletter, relating to the sponsored movies.
The digital elements will be supported through W Network e-newsletters, social media
and organic links on our sites. Dairy Farmers of Canada branding will be present
on all sponsored content with links driving users to Allyouneedischeese.ca.
November 17, 2014
HBO Canada Just Got Even Better. Expanded Multiplatform Offering Launches with All Episodes of GAME OF THRONES, TRUE BLOOD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE NEWSROOM, GETTING ON, and THE COMEBACK
(November 17, 2014) – Subscriptions to premium pay television services The Movie
Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada) now include multiplatform
access to entire seasons of some of the most popular and acclaimed series on television,
including GAME OF THRONES, TRUE BLOOD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE NEWSROOM, GETTING ON, and THE COMEBACK. As originally announced in September, 2014, for
the first time, every episode of every season of all current HBO scripted programming
will be available on HBO Canada linear and non-linear platforms. By adding hundreds
of episodes to the service over the coming weeks, HBO Canada will bring subscribers
fully up-to-date with the complete on-air offering of entire past seasons, before
the end of the year. In mid-December, the next batch of series to be added include
GIRLS, STRIKE BACK, VEEP,
BANSHEE, EASTBOUND & DOWN, TREME,
additional content includes all episodes from past seasons of current programs,
in addition to the episodes of HBO series that are already available, immediately
strengthening HBO Canada’s consumer offering. In Eastern Canada, episodes are available
on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In
Western Canada, episodes are available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell
TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada
November 17, 2014
DISNEY junior CANADA commissions a third season of emmy-nominated preschool series just in time
November 17, 2014 – Disney Junior has ordered a third season of the popular
Canadian preschool series Justin Time from Guru Studio. The imaginative
adventure show follows three friends as they travel to historical places and
will see season three air exclusively on Disney Junior Canada’s English- and
French-language channels in 2016. Production on the latest installment of the
animated series, which includes
26 x 11-minute episodes, begins next month.
Junior is home to acclaimed Canadian preschool programming and we’re thrilled
to be able to deliver more Justin Time to our viewers,” said Michael Goldsmith,
Director, Original Productions, DHX Television. “Having Canadian producers
create shows that resonate not only with Canadian families but also with a
global audience is an aspect of our domestic production landscape that we hold
in high regard and make us proud to invest in such vibrant content. The success
of these series and the recognition they receive is a testament to our talented
the first two seasons of the show, Justin Time garnered industry recognition
and was the recipient of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Preschool Program
or Series in 2014. In 2013, the series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for
Outstanding Preschool Animated Program, as well as six Annie Awards and the
Youth Media Alliance Award of Excellence for Best Television Program, Animation
for children aged 3-5. Justin Time is currently nominated for the Shaw Rocket
Prize in the preschool category; winners will be announced next
very excited to be heading back into production on another season of Justin
Time with our partners at Disney Junior Canada,” said Frank Falcone, President
and Creative Director, Guru Studio. “Our ability to create more episodes for a
preschool series that has clearly resonated with viewers is a result of Disney
Junior championing the show. Their support and commitment to making series in
Canada is what has contributed to the show’s success on an international
Time follows Justin and his make-believe friend, Squidgy, as their imagination
takes them on bite-size adventures to historical places. From riding rockets
into space to building a giant stone monolith, these pals stumble upon exciting
challenges and put their problem solving skills to the test with every
opportunity. Each episode features two 11-minute stories where Justin and
Squidgy are joined by their friend Olive who acts as their congenial tour guide
offering a wealth of knowledge to help them reach their goal.
made in Canada by Guru Studio (The Backyardigans, Paw Patrol, Ever After High),
Justin Time was created and developed by Brandon James Scott, Frank Falcone and
Mary Bredin. The Justin Time voice cast features Gage Munroe (Lucky Duck, Paw
Patrol) as Justin, Jenna Warren (The Next Step, Doozers) as Olive and Scott
McCord (Camp Lakebottom, Paw Patrol) as Squidgy.
Junior is a commercial-free channel available in English and French to
subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering the best in engaging and
development-based programming for younger children, Disney Junior showcases
series with a focus on magical, musical and heartfelt stories that feature
beloved classic and contemporary characters. Presenting exclusive, first-run
programs from Disney together with celebrated Canadian series, Disney Junior is
also available through Disney Junior OnDemand and Disney Junior OnLine.
November 17, 2014
CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Returns for 48th Year, Giving Christmas to Kids Across the GTA
(November 17, 2014)
– Bell Media
proudly announces the launch of the 48th annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish campaign, kicking off
today with a generous donation of $20,000 from the RBC Foundation. Running now through Wednesday,
at 12 noon
ET, listeners and viewers of 104.5 CHUM FM and CP24 can drop off a toy or make a
financial donation at any RBC branch across the GTA, in the lobby of CP24 and CHUM
headquarters (299 Queen Street W., Toronto), or
at the Wish Warehouse (1366 Blundell Road, Mississauga).
Financial donations can also be made online through the TheWish.ca,
with proceeds distributed among registered agencies currently gearing up to provide
a “holiday experience,” including dinners and celebrations, to children and families
in need. All financial donations of $20 or more are eligible for an income tax receipt.
kick-off this year’s
host a special launch event at the newly renovated St. Clair and Yonge branch. To celebrate,
RBC will serve refreshments as they accept toys and financial donations for The Wish, with the first
200 visitors to make a donation receiving a ballot to enter to win a $250 VISA gift
card, courtesy of RBC.
The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish is one of the largest
distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. The program
provides financial assistance to hundreds of charitable organizations, social services
agencies, churches, and community centres. In 2013, with help from The Royal Bank
of Canada and in conjunction with Toronto Social Services, theCP24 CHUM Christmas
hundreds of thousands of individuals with toys and financial assistance.
“Year after year, the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish
proves to be an example of Torontonians’ boundless generosity,” said Chris Gordon,
President, Bell Media Radio and Local TV and President of the CHUM Charitable Foundation.
“We are humbled by the contributions from our community of listeners and viewers.
This is an annual tradition that truly honours the spirit of Christmas.”
on the success of last year’s debut, CP24 will continue to feature Wish Wednesdays, running November 19 through to
December 17. The weekly segment features Bell Media employees coming together to
create unique fundraising activities to encourage toy and financial donations in
support of the campaign. As a proud partner of the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish,
Panera Bread will cater lunch for all Wish Wednesday participants throughout the campaign. CP24 will
also run Donor of the Day segments every day between today and December 23, highlighting
the amazing support of partners, companies, and individuals who support the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish.
On Friday, December 12, CHUM FM’s Wish Breakfast returns with exclusive
performances and special guests at the Park Hyatt Toronto. Hosted by 104.5 CHUM FM’s
Roger, Darren & Marilyn, the live breakfast broadcast takes place from 5:30 – 9 a.m. Listeners can tune into
CHUM FM beginning November 24 for performance details and ticket prices.
The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish would like to acknowledge the generosity
of community partners RBC Royal Bank, Budget Car and Truck Rental, Panera Bread,
Lindt Chocolates, LoyaltyOne, owner and operator of the AIR MILES Reward Program.
November 17, 2014
2014 WIFT-T CRYSTALS INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ANNE DORVAL
ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Anne Dorval as the recipient of the
2014 WIFT-T Crystal Award for International Achievement, presented to a Canadian
woman working in screen-based media for her significant and well-recognized body
of work in Canada and abroad.
award will be presented on December 2, 2014 at a sold-out gala luncheon in Toronto,
hosted by Hélène Joy, star of CBC’s hit series, Murdoch Mysteries, now in its 8th season.
are thrilled to honour Anne Dorval’s work,” says Heather Webb, Executive Director.
“She has been a force in the Quebec and international screen industry for decades,
and now the world is taking note of her stunning performances in I Killed My Mother and Mommy.”
a career spanning 25 years, Anne Dorval is well known in Quebec and Europe for her
comedic roles in Quebec television series such as Le Coeur a ses raisons (winning two Gémeaux awards for Best Actress-Comedy
in 2005 & 2006); and since 2008, the
role of Nathalie in
Les Parent (winning a Gémeaux for
Best Actress-Comedy in 2010 and 2 Golden Nymph nominations for Outstanding Actress
in a Comedy Series, Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 2012 & 2013).
has appeared in four out of five feature films directed by Xavier Dolan—I Killed My Mother (2009), Heartbeats (2010), Laurence Anyways (2012) and Mommy (2014). For her role in I Killed My Mother, she won three
Best Actress awards—2010 FIPRESCI Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival;
Golden Bayard Award, Namur International Festival for French-Speaking Film (Belgium);
and a Jutra Award.
Anne in a compelling leading role, was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in
the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury
Prize and it is Canada’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy
in 1988, the
WIFT-T Crystal Awards celebrate and promote Canadian excellence in film,
television and digital screen-based media. To date, more than 120 industry leadershave been honoured with a WIFT-T Crystal Award.
thanks the 2014 WIFT-T Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon Presenting Partners, Deluxe
Toronto, NBCUniversal and Shaw Media, and Supporting Partner, Entertainment One.
November 17, 2014
CRTC seeks comments on setting penalty amounts for violations
17, 2014 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today
invited Canadians to comment on the factors that should be considered when
setting the penalty amounts for violations of the Voter Contact Registry.
part of recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the
Telecommunications Act, the CRTC will be responsible for establishing and
maintaining a Voter Contact Registry during federal elections.
entities, including candidates and political parties, corporations, trade
associations and other persons or groups using calling service providers to
make voter contact calls, either live or using an automatic dialing and
announcing device (automatic dialer), will need to register with the CRTC
within 48 hours of making the first call. The calling service provider will
also need to register.
addition, anyone using their own internal services to make voter contact calls
using an automatic dialer will have to register with the CRTC. With the exception of third parties who are
corporations or groups, those who make live voter contact calls using their own
internal services will not have to register.
will be required to complete a registration notice, providing certain
identifying information that may include their name, address and telephone
number, as well as information on the types of calls they intend to make or
have made. They will also be required to
file a piece of identification authorized by the CRTC at the same time.
CRTC will work to ensure compliance with these requirements, and will be able
to impose monetary penalties, ranging from a maximum of $1,500 for individuals
to $15,000 for corporations for each violation. Possible factors that would
help determine the amount of a penalty could include:
• the nature of the violation
• the number and frequency of complaints and violations • the relative
disincentive of the penalty
• the potential for future violations
• whether the person or group has a history of previous violations, and
• the person’s or group’s ability to pay the penalty.
Canadians are invited to share their views on these factors, as well as suggest
others, by December 17, 2014. They may do so by:
• filling out the online form https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-defaut.aspx?EN=2014-598&Lang=eng
• writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, or • sending a
fax at 819-994-0218.
• The CRTC is responsible for establishing and maintaining a Voter Contact
Registry during federal elections.
• The CRTC is seeking comments on the factors that should be considered when
setting monetary penalties for violations of the Voter Contact Registry.
• Certain entities engaged in voter contact calls using an automatic dialer
will have to register with the CRTC within 48 hours of the first call being
“The CRTC is looking forward to doing its part to help protect Canadians from
rogue or misleading calls during a federal election. While our main objective
is to ensure those making calls are familiar with the new requirements, we will
have the ability to impose monetary penalties for violations. Based on our
experience in enforcing the telemarketing and anti-spam rules, we have set out
a list of factors that could be considered in setting the amounts. We look
forward to receiving comments on the proposed factors.”
Blais, Chairman of the CRTC
Compliance and Enforcement Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-598 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-598.htm
It’s Your CRTC: Here’s How to Have Your Say! http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/g10.htm
For more detail on potential violations, please consult the Fair Elections Act http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/AnnualStatutes/2014_12/FullText.html
November 17, 2014
Holiday Homecoming: More Than Five Years After the Series Finale, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE Makes Super-Simulcast Network Premiere Dec. 17 on CTV and CTV Two
(November 17, 2014) – Ten years after the debut of one of Canadian television’s
most beloved comedy series, CORNER GAS returns to CTV Dec. 17, it was announced
today. CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE makes its super-simulcast network premiere
just in time for the holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV
Two, and CTV GO. In the not-to-be-missed two-hour film, the fine folks of Dog River,
Saskatchewan return home to the network that made them household names as they face
their biggest crisis ever. CORNER GAS returns to CTV following its series finale
on April 13, 2009 when more than 3 million viewers said goodbye to the hit comedy
– five years later, still the largest audience on record for a Canadian scripted
up to the network premiere of the movie is an all-new ETALK preview special, ETALK
PRESENTS CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE, premiering Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
and CTV GO. And if that isn’t enough to fill the tanks of viewers craving more “Gas”,
CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE debuts Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network,
following an all-day marathon of fan favourite episodes, starting at 6 a.m. ET.
A special sneak peek of the movie is also airing on The Movie Network Monday, Dec.
8 at 9 p.m. ET.
“CORNER GAS holds a very special place in our hearts, both at CTV and The Comedy
Network, and with the loyal and passionate fans who followed the series for six
remarkable seasons,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment
Programming. “Released on multiple screens just before the holidays, CORNER GAS:
THE MOVIE is a tremendous thank you to viewers who made the hit comedy one of the
most successful Canadian TV series ever.”
can’t wait to share this special movie with our fans on our 10th anniversary,” said
Virginia Thompson, Executive Producer. “Our goal was to give Canadians an opportunity
to be part of this film. The response has been overwhelming. It’s been a tremendous experience.”
anticipation of CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE, a look back at where we left the Dog River
gang in the series finale episode and what’s ahead in the new feature film, hitting
theatres December 3.
“You’ve Been Great, Goodnight!” (April 13, 2009)
CORNER GAS series finale will be available on CTV GO before the movie premieres
in theatres on Dec. 3.
(Brent Butt) has the gang wondering where he’s sneaking off to every Wednesday night.
Is he a double spy? Does he have a girlfriend? Eventually, they find out he’s pursuing
a lifelong dream of doing stand-up comedy and is offered a chance to go on a national
tour. Fearing this shot at stardom might lead to a permanent move to Toronto, the
gang have mixed emotions. In the end, Brent surprises everyone by announcing he’s
No Laughing Matter: Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) gets caught up in all the rumours.
Hank: “It’s like Brent’s got this whole other life. I mean he’s a stand-up comedian.
He’s got a girlfriend…”
Lacey: “There is no girl!”
Hank: “Let it go Lacey - you had your chance.”
“Jackass” Count: 1. Oscar (Eric Peterson) calls almost everyone a “jackass” at least
once. No surprise, Oscar’s still his usual self right to the very end. His series
average is just over one “jackass” mention per episode.
Barry Kennedy guest stars as Kelly, owner of the Chuckle Bar, where Brent would
sneak off to every Wednesday night. During the entire six-season run, over 60 guest
stars appeared in the series, including actors Kiefer Sutherland and Gordon Pinsent,
musicians Michael Bublé, The Tragically Hip, and Jann Arden, and two prime ministers.
Quips and Quotes:
(Fred Ewanuick; at The Ruby): “Hey… Can I get a skinny frap?”
Lacey: “I don’t do skinny fraps.”
Hank: “How about a venti mocha-chatti?”
Lacey: “I don’t do made up drinks either.”
Hank: “Just coffee then…”
Wanda (Nancy Robertson): “Brent hasn’t had a date since grade 11. He’s saving himself
CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE
(Dec. 17 on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV GO)
An Even Bigger No Laughing Matter: Brent and the gang discover that the town’s been
badly mismanaged, leaving residents with little choice but to pack up and leave.
“Jackass” Count: 1. Same old Oscar that fans know and love.
Guest Stars: Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Dances with Wolves), Don Lake (LIFE
WITH BONNIE, Waiting for Guffman), Jon Montgomery (Host of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA,
Olympic gold medal champion), Reagan Pasternak (BEING ERICA, Welcome to Mooseport),
Will Sasso (MADtv, Best in Show), Darren “Dutchy” Dutchyshen (TSN SPORTSCENTRE),
Jay Onrait (FOX SPORTS LIVE), and Dan O’Toole (FOX SPORTS LIVE).
Quips and Quotes:
(Tara Spencer-Nairn; shoots a sponge arrow at Davis): “Okay, three, two fire!”
Davis (Lorne Cardinal): “You were too low. You didn’t allow for droppage”.
Davis: “Droppage. Gravity. Whatever.”
Karen: “Yeah, I think gravity was the one that caught on.”
Brent and Lacy at a town hall meeting:
Brent: “Okay, let’s just all pipe down alright. Don’t draw attention. No questions,
no comments, everyone just zip up and lay low so this thing can wrap up A-SAP.”
Lacey: “A-SAP? What, are you from the 80s?”
Brent: “My formative years, yes.”
of the background players in CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE are actually avid fans of the
TV series. They got the opportunity to be in the movie thanks to the CORNER GAS
Kickstarter campaign. The full list of Kickstarter Backers appears in the special
end credits in movie theatres, Dec. 3 to 7.
interior of the Foo Mart is never revealed in the TV series. In the movie, viewers
will finally get a glimpse inside the Foo Mart and meet the owner for the first
the series went off the air in 2009, the CORNER GAS sign has been residing inside
CTV’s Queen St. head offices in Toronto. It was specially packaged and travelled
5,346 km (round trip) to be seen again in the movie.
words “Dog River” were painted on the side of the grain elevator in Rouleau, SK,
years ago during shooting of the TV show and they remain there to this day. The
grain elevator can be seen in the background of scenes shot at the gas station in
both the movie and the series.
you make a special request, the Post Office in Rouleau, SK, will stamp your postcard
with a Dog River cancellation stamp.
CORNER GAS returns to its familiar home on CTV, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE is set to
open Dec. 3 to 7, 2014 at select Cineplex and Landmark theatres across the country
with a new, exclusive, in-theatre experience for moviegoers.
Tickets for the Cineplex Front Row Centre Event go on sale Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. ET.
Fans can visit cornergasthemovie.com to purchase
tickets or check local theatre listings.
by creator and comedian Brent Butt, CORNER GAS THE MOVIE stars the original award-winning
ensemble cast including Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright,
Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson. Written by Brent Butt,
Andrew Carr, and Andrew Wreggitt, and directed by David Storey, who served as key
director on the series, the movie was shot in Saskatchewan from June 22 to July
About CORNER GAS
GAS the television series was originally developed by Brent Butt, Mark Farrell,
David Storey, and Virginia Thompson for CTV and The Comedy Network. It premiered
January 22, 2004 on CTV with 1.15 million viewers and was a runaway hit. Dog River
soon became a favourite Canadian television destination. During its entire six-season
run, CORNER GAS was the #1 Canadian sitcom in Canada, maintaining an impressive
average audience of 1.4 million viewers over its 107-episode run. The series finale
made television history when a record-breaking 3.02 million viewers tuned into the
series finale on April 13, 2009. It was a new audience high for CORNER GAS and is
still the largest audience on record for a Canadian scripted television series.
series received over 80 nominations for numerous awards, including an International
Emmy nomination. It won seven Gemini Awards including Best Comedy and Best Comedy
Ensemble, as well as nine Canadian Comedy Awards, four Writers Guild of Canada Awards,
three Directors Guild of Canada Awards and 12 Leos.
aired in over two dozen countries worldwide and became a Canadian cultural phenomenon,
spawning two chart-topping books, sold-out comedy tours, a successful line of clothing
and merchandise, a top-selling series of DVDs, a Christmas special and song, dozens
of notable guest stars, including two Prime Ministers and a thriving tourist industry
in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, where CORNER GAS was filmed on location.
CORNER GAS THE MOVIE is an inter-provincial co-production
produced by Corner Gas The Movie (ON) Inc. and Corner Gas The Movie (SK) Inc. in
association with Bell Media, Telefilm Canada, Cineplex Entertainment, Tourism Saskatchewan,
Creative Saskatchewan, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell Fund, Cogeco and Prairie
Pants Distribution Inc. CORNER GAS is distributed worldwide by Prairie Pants Distribution
Inc. The Collectors DVD will be distributed across Canada by Video Services Corp.
November 17, 2014
TVA Group Acquires 15 Magazines From TC Transcontinental
QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 17, 2014) - TVA Group (TSX:TVA.B), a subsidiary of
Quebecor Media (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B), announced today that it has reached an
agreement with TC Transcontinental to acquire 15 magazines for a cash
consideration of $55.5 million. The transaction is subject to Competition
the transaction closes, TVA Group will become the sole owner of 11 of the newly
acquired titles: Coup de pouce, Canadian Living, Vero Magazine, Decormag, Style
at Home, Fleurs Plantes Jardins, Canadian Gardening, Quebec Vert, The Hockey
News, MaisonNeuves.com, Condo Maison Direct, along with the recettes.qc.ca,
Quoi manger, and On the Table websites. TVA Group will also hold an effective
51% shares in Les Publications Transcontinental-Hearst Inc., publisher of Elle
Canada and Elle Quebec magazines, in partnership with Hearst Group, which holds
a 49% share. As well, TVA Group and Bayard Group will each hold a 50% share in Publications
Senior Inc., publisher of Le Bel Age and Good Times magazines.
media is facing growing competition from digital media and new technological
platforms," noted Pierre Dion, President and CEO of Quebecor and Quebecor
Media. "And bear in mind that the competition notably comes from
increasingly powerful foreign players. In this landscape, print magazines, just
like newspapers, need to be consolidated to ensure these traditional media
survive and allow them to compete with digital media."
acquisition is in line with the Corporation's strategy of investing in the
production and distribution of high-quality, rich, diverse entertainment and
news media content," said Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of Media Group
and TVA Group. "We are therefore very pleased to acquire these strong
brands, which are amongst the most popular magazine titles in Canada, and
complementary to those of TVA Publications titles."
Group has extensive experience in magazine publishing. This transaction will
enable us to capture significant operational synergies and secure the segment's
long-term profitability and viability. We anticipate that after these magazines
are acquired they will contribute between $10 million and $14 million to
operating earnings annually," concluded Julie Tremblay.
Until the transaction receives final approval from the
Competition Bureau, TC Transcontinental will continue to operate those
November 14, 2014
Bryan Adams To Be Honoured with Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at CMW 2015
Music Week is pleased to announce Bryan Adams as the 2015 recipient of the Allan
Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The award - bestowed to the singer-songwriter
in recognition of his social activism and benevolent support of humanitarian interests
and causes - will be presented on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Canadian Music &
Broadcast Industry Awards gala in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2015.
a music career spanning more than four decades, singer-songwriter and Canadian icon
Bryan Adams has stood as an ambassador of humanitarian causes and relief. His participation
in such concerts as Live Aid, Amnesty International's "A Conspiracy of Hope"
tour, Rock for Amnesty, and Live 8 has brought awareness to human rights, poverty,
and famine while his advocacy of PETA and Greenpeace has supported animal rights
and the protection and conservation of the environment.
performances on the annual Prince's Trust Charity Concert, Farm Aid and Save The
Rainforest, Adams has helped raise funds to support disadvantaged youth in the UK,
assist American family farmers and preserve tropical rainforests. A social activist,
he took part in Freedomfest; Rock the World for Greenpeace; Peace, Freedom and Democracy
for Georgia; and helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall with Roger Waters'
acclaimed producer David Foster and longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, Adams
co-wrote "Tears Are Not Enough", raising more than $3 million for famine
relief in Ethiopia. In 2004, he appeared
on the Canada for Asia benefit concert in Toronto in support of victims of the 2004
Indian Ocean tsunami. Two years later, Adams became the first western artist to
perform in Pakistan, taking part in a benefit concert to raise funds and rebuild
schools for those devastated by the 2005 earthquake.
a more direct channel for his philanthropic work, Adams established the Bryan Adams
Foundation with an aim of improving the quality of people's lives around the world.
Since 2006, the foundation has been providing support and financial grants to projects
and organizations advancing education and learning opportunities for children in
need, funding medical research, training, treatment and access and much more.
work - as a songwriter, composer, musician,
recording artist, performer, and photographer - has touched millions of lives around
the world," said Gary Slaight. "Add
to that the countless number of causes and disadvantaged struggling around the world
that his foundation has directly supported, protected and enriched - it's remarkable.
My father and I couldn't be more proud of Bryan's benevolence, and it is our privilege
to honour him with this year's Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award."
An internationally recognized and celebrated musician, Bryan Adams has released
more than a dozen recordings, sold more than 65 million albums and garnered 21 top
ten hits worldwide. His music has appeared in a number of box office films including
The Guardian, Bobby, Old Dogs, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Three Musketeers,
Don Juan DeMarco, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. He has received numerous
awards and nominations including multiple JUNOs, Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes,
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, and Academy Awards.
is an inductee of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Wembley's Square of Fame.
In 2010 he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences and was recognized with the Governor General's Performing
Arts Award for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Canada. He is an Officer
of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of British Columbia and has a star
on both Canada and Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
is also an acclaimed photographer. Amongst
the books he has released are "Exposed" a collection of portraits and
fashion work chronicling his photographic work to date, and "Wounded - The
Legacy of War", a collection of intimate photographs documenting the personal
sacrifice of war. A photo exhibition from the "Wounded" collection is
currently running at the Somerset House in London until January 2015.
outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world's best rock singers
of our time, performing over 120 concerts a year for audiences around the globe.
attend the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, visit the Canadian Music
Week website at www.cmw.net
to purchase tickets and get additional details.
November 14, 2014
DHX Media announces Teletubbies publishing deal
Nov. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company")
(TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for
families and children, announced today that it has signed a deal with Egmont Publishing
granting it international rights, excluding China and North America, to produce
a range of children's books and magazines based on the upcoming series of Teletubbies.
of consumer product internationally is expected to begin spring or summer 2016,
and will feature a variety of published formats including Teletubbies themed story
books, as well as colouring, sticker and activity books, annuals, novelty books
and sound books, along with a stand-alone Teletubbies magazine.
new 60-episode series of Teletubbies has been commissioned by the UK's CBeebies,
the children's arm of the BBC, and is being produced by award-winning UK production
company, Darrall Macqueen Ltd. It will feature the same well-loved characters but
will bring a refreshed, contemporary look to one of the world's most well-known
pre-school properties, ensuring that it is relevant for a new generation.
was launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children's
brands of all time. The original episodes have aired in more than 120 territories
in 45 languages, and it was the very first western pre-school property to air on
China's CCTV. Its enduring resonance with children is further underscored by the
brand's postings on YouTube, which garnered more than 40 million views per month
through the first half of 2014.