September 2, 2014
GameTV refreshes brand for Fall
Network unveils new tagline, Playful When You Are, along with refreshed branding
Toronto, ON (September 2, 2014) – GameTV refreshes its brand this Fall with a new tagline:
“Playful When You Are”. The branding, hot on the heels of GameTV’s revitalized website
(www.igametv.com) last Spring, will be reflected
through new animated logos and station IDs, along with revamped promos that complete
GameTV’s new look both on-air and online.
“‘Playful When You Are’ allows
us to convey the overall spirit of GameTV’s programming line-up, which includes
blockbuster movies, competition-based series and classic game shows,” said Devon
Allistone, Creative Director, GameTV. “Like our programming, ‘Playful When You Are’
is versatile and provides us with an intriguing brand proposition and platform to
build awareness for the network, while giving us the freedom to use other iterations
like “Romantic when you are” “Heroic when
you are” “Cooking when you are” when promoting specific programs.”
Creative was produced entirely
in-house. GameTV will support the brand refresh
with a television ad campaign for its Fall Season line-up, to be announced at the
end of September 2014.
September 2, 2014
Canadians Get Another Chance to Break into Bollywood as OMNI Television Greenlights Production on Season 2 of Original Series Bollywood Star
(September 2, 2014) Bollywood boot camp is back in session, as OMNI Television
and Makan Media greenlight production on Season 2 of the dynamic original
reality series Bollywood Star. Equal parts talent search and documentary, the
six-part, half-hour series follows Canadian would-be Bollywood stars on their
quest for the opportunity of a lifetime: a role in a Bollywood film, and a
chance to become the next Bollywood sensation. Canadians can submit their
auditions online at OMNITV.ca/BollywoodStar
beginning today. Additional production and broadcast details will be announced
at a later date.
was clear from last season that Canada boasts an
immense wealth of talent across all cultures and communities,” said Paritosh
Mehta, Director of Independent Production Development for OMNI Television Ontario, Rogers
Media. “OMNI Television has always celebrated the Bollywood film industry, and we
look forward to once again offering viewers this life-changing opportunity and
delivering a fresh new season of this captivating series.”
Television’s nationwide search is open to all talented Canadian hopefuls over
the age of majority. Beginning today, applicants can visit OMNITV.ca/BollywoodStar for more
information on how to submit their application form and video audition.
are very excited to produce another season of Bollywood Star and to share the
real-life experiences of Canadians trying to make it in biggest movie industry
in the world,” said Shaam Makan, Executive Producer, Makan Media. “This season,
our Bollywood hopefuls will not only experience the glamorous sights and sounds
of India, but
they’ll also tackle some of the hard-hitting issues that affect Indian society
Surrey, B.C.’s 25-year-old Simran Sidhu
was crowned Bollywood Star’s Season 1 winner in April. Beating out talented
hopefuls from all over the country, Sidhu’s stunning performances during the
competition’s Indian leg dazzled industry experts and led her to the ultimate
prize: a role in an upcoming Bollywood film.
Bollywood Star follows the format of the successful
Bollywood Star Australia and United Kingdom. The series is commissioned by OMNI
Television’s original content team and produced by Makan Media Inc, with Shaam
Makan (Restaurant Makeover, The Next Star, Bollywood Star) serving as executive
producer. Paritosh Mehta is Director of Independent Production Development for
OMNI Television Ontario, Rogers Media.
September 1, 2014
Laptops May Do More Harm than Good in the Classroom, according to new research.
PRINCETON, NJ, Sept. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - If you want your child to do better in school
you might consider taking away their laptop.
A series of studies from Princeton
University and the University of California found that students retain less information
taking lecture notes on laptops, rather than by hand.
"Laptops lead to mindless
transcription and worse performance. Handwriting consistently leads to better memory
encoding," says Pam Mueller, the lead author.
In the ongoing debate about laptops
in the classroom, some professors have called for "kill switches" to disable
WiFi during lectures. However, the problem isn't only distracted students on the
internet, according to the studies.
"The act of writing makes
students process information more deeply," says Mueller.
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard - Psychological
August 29, 2014
CRTC requires broadcasting industry to relay emergency alert messages to Canadians
OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 29, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) today acted to ensure that, in the event of an emergency situation,
Canadians receive timely warnings over the radio and through their televisions.
The CRTC is requiring the broadcasting industry to participate and relay emergency
alert messages to Canadians.
Cable and satellite companies,
radio stations, over-the-air television stations and video-on-demand services must
begin issuing such messages by March 31, 2015. Campus, community-based and Native broadcasters have
untilMarch 31, 2016 to comply with this new requirement.
Emergency alert messages are issued
by emergency management officials such as fire marshals, police officers and public
health personnel to warn the public of dangers to life and property. For example,
alerts could be issued to warn Canadians of Amber Alerts, tornadoes, forest fires,
floods, meteors, water contamination and industrial disasters.
Currently, participation in the
National Public Alerting System is voluntary.
- The CRTC is requiring the broadcasting industry to
participate in the National Public Alerting System to enhance the safety and
security of Canadians.
- Starting in 2015, Canadians will receive timely warnings
over the radio and through their televisions in the event of an emergency situation.
- Emergency alert messages are issued by public officials
to warn of dangers to the public and could include notifications about severe
weather, wildfires, hazardous chemical spills, train derailments or water contamination.
- Messages issued under the system must follow specific
guidelines to ensure they are easily recognized by members of the public.
"During an emergency situation, important information can be relayed quickly
to Canadians over the radio and through their televisions. We are making sure that
broadcasters and television service providers play their part in improving the security
and safety of Canadians. Today's decision ensures that Canadians will have access
to important local safety messages when these notifications are issued by authorities."
Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman
Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-444
How the CRTC
helps protect Canadians
Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-85
August 29, 2014
Carrey, Guimond, Myers, O'Hara and Short Recognized on Comedian Stamp Series
OTTAWA, Aug. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Today Canada Post is honouring Great Canadian Comedians by issuing a series of stamps featuring
them and some of their most memorable roles. The stamps honour the work of Jim Carrey,
Olivier Guimond, Mike Myers, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short, all chosen for their
talent in entertaining and making us laugh.
"Canada is the birthplace of some of the world's most successful
comedians and our series is about some of the many Canadian comedians who keep us
laughing," says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post.
Jim Carrey: Born in Newmarket (Ontario),
Carrey was a natural entertainer, giving his first stand-up performance at the age
of 14. It wasn't long after Carrey became a staple on Toronto's comedy circuit. He then moved to Los Angeleswhere he
appeared on An Evening at the Improv and The Tonight Show and as a regular on the
sketch comedy seriesIn Living Color. Carrey then starred in some of the most successful
movies of all time, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber,
Liar, Liar, The Truman Show, Bruce Almighty and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Olivier Guiond: Rising to fame on Quebec's burlesque scene, Guimond continued to shine at the Théâtre
National, the Théâtre des Variétés, the Théâtre Odéon-Mercier, the Comédie-Canadienne
and Place des Arts. Guimond starred on the popular TV series Cré Basile and appeared
on the well-known Radio-Canada comedy review Bye Bye. He will always be remembered
for his portrayal of Basile Lebrun on Télé-Métropole, which stands as one of Guimond's
Mike Myers: Born in Scarborough (Ontario), he learned to love Monty Python and Benny Hill from
his father. In the early 80s, he joined Toronto's Second City ensemble before making his mark as a cast member of Saturday
Night Live, where some of his characters vaulted from the TV sketch to the big screen.
He also created memorable characters, from Wayne Campbell in Wayne's World to Austin Powers/Dr. Evil and voiced the green
ogre in the Shrekmovies. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Supermensch:
The Legend of Shep Gordon.
Catherine O'Hara: O'Hara's first appearance on stage was with
Toronto's Second City troupe. She moved on to television on the SCTV show, where
she is remembered for playing a range of hilarious characters. Her film career took
off with After Hours followed by Beetlejuice. She was memorable in the Home Alone
movies, and lent her comedic talent as a voice actor in The Nightmare Before Christmas,
Chicken Little, Over the Hedge andFrankenweenie.
Martin Short: A native of Hamilton (Ontario),
Short's comedic career kicked off by joining Toronto's Second City troupe. He moved on to the SCTV show, creating several
memorable characters that would later reappear in The Completely Mental Misadventures
of Ed Grimley and I, Martin Short, Goes Home. When SCTV ended, he jumped to the
big screen, co-starring in Three Amigos. He also lent his voice to hit animated
movies, including Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and more recently, Frankenweenie.
About the stamps
The stamps measure 40 mm x 26 mm and are available booklets of 10. The five separate
Official First Day Covers measure 191 mm x 113 mm and the souvenir sheet featuring
all five comedians measures 130 mm x 95 mm. The stamps were printed by the Canadian
Bank Note. Kosta Tsetsekas, Mike Savage and John Belisle of the Signals design group
designed the stamps. The Official First Day Cover cancellation sites are: Jim Carrey,
Newmarket, Ont.;Olivier Guimond, Montréal, Que.; Mike Myers
and Catherine O'Hara, Toronto, Ont. and Martin Short, Hamilton, Ont.To download images of the stamps or to purchase
philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.
August 29, 2014
ETALK Kicks Off New Season with Canada’s Most-Watched Coverage of The Toronto International Film Festival®, Beginning September 2 on CTV
TORONTO (August 29, 2014) – Just
as Hollywood’s elite make their way to the 39th annual Toronto International Film
Festival® (Sept. 4-14), Canada’s most-watched and most-trusted entertainment show,
ETALK, kicks off its lucky 13th season. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, ETALK returns
with unparalleled entertainment coverage, including exclusive access to one of the
world’s biggest film festivals, airing weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO,
and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm
local broadcast times). ETALK begins a new season on a high, coming off a successful
summer that saw the program firmly hold its position as Canada’s #1 choice for entertainment news. Reaching 4.3 million
viewers every week, ETALK is averaging 556,000 viewers this summer, 76% ahead of
ET CANADA (317,000), and 20% ahead of ET (462,000). ETALK’s most-watched
episode this summer brought in an overnight audience of 757,000 viewers on Aug.
Before all the glitz and glamour
of the film festival invades Toronto, ETALK presents HOLLYWOOD AT HOME: 12 YEARS OF ETALK AT
TIFF. Airing Monday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two, this
30-minute special features ETALK's best TIFF moments, with anchors Ben Mulroney
and Tanya Kim, along with senior reporter Danielle Graham (McGimsie), reporter Lainey,
ETALK Executive Producer/Co-Creator Morley Nirenberg, and TIFF Artistic Director
Cameron Bailey revisiting the Toronto International Film Festival® of years past.
An encore presentation airs Friday, Sept. 5 at on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca
to confirm local broadcast times).
“Covering TIFF is always the perfect
way to begin a new season of ETALK,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive
Producer, ETALK. “For 12 straight years, viewers have selected us as their undisputed
favourite because we consistently deliver the most comprehensive TIFF coverage,
including exclusive access to both homegrown talent and international stars. We
can’t wait to start Season 13 and share all of our exciting plans with our viewers.”
Presenting Canadian viewers with
the best seats in the house, the entire ETALK team reports from various celebrity
hotspots across Toronto during the 11-day festival. The ETALK team will also host
celebrities from their ETALK Lounge and Gifting Suite at the InterContinental Toronto
Centre Hotel. For a second year in a row, ETALK is the exclusive Broadcast Partner
of Twitter Canada. Located throughout the duration of TIFF in the ETALK
Interview Lounge, The Twitter Mirror
will deliver a behind-the-scenes, celebrity experience allowing stars to Tweet autographed
selfies directly from the lounge, using the hashtag #etalkTIFF.
ETALK will also live tweet each
broadcast on CTV every day of the festival, including
the latest festival headlines and Instagram photos from red carpets, parties, and
celebrity sightings. Fans can follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) and Instagram (@ETALKCTV) with the hashtag #etalkTIFF,
as well as on Facebook (facebook.com/etalkctv).
And Etalk.ca/tiff will feature daily photo galleries
of the latest celebrity sightings and red carpet arrivals, extended ETALK interviews,
movie trailers, and additional festival coverage. Back for a second year, ETALK
reporter Devon Soltendieck will document his insider view of the Festival daily
through video diaries.
For the fourth straight year,
ETALK returns as the official Red Carpet Media Sponsor of gala central at Roy Thomson
Hall. From their coveted position, the team will produce 20, separate, live, half-hour
red carpet shows featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Robert
Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo,
Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and many more. Viewers across the country can view
the red carpet shows stream live at etalk.ca/tiff.
Once again, festival goers can
keep cool with the ETALK-branded ice cream truck, as it roams the streets of Toronto, handing out free ice cream to fans during the Festival.
New this year, ETALK presents The Great Canadian Talent Faceoff with Telefilm Canada on Festival Street (King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue), where this year’s TIFF
Rising Stars compete against well-known Canadian talent in hilarious games to
put their knowledge of Canadian cinema to the test. The talent participating this
year includes Zoie Palmer (LOST GIRL), Ray Ablack (DEGRASSI), Vinay Virmany (Dr.
Cabbie), and Katie Boland (REIGN).
In advance of all the exclusive
TIFF events, ETALK kicked off the party circuit as co-sponsor of the #TWIFF Party
(August 27) at The Fairmont Royal York. ETALK also continues to give viewers exclusive
behind-the-scenes party access including the most anticipated pre-TIFF bash, the
9th Annual Canadian Filmmakers Party on September 3. Hosted by ETALK’s Tanya Kim,
Tatiana Maslany (ORPHAN BLACK), and David Alpay (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), ETALK is
a co-sponsor with The Spoke Club and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Viewers can catch up on highlights of ETALK following
the television broadcast on CTV’s digital platforms, including CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.
August 28, 2014
Statement by Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on paper bill fees
OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Aug. 28, 2014
/CNW/ - "Today, the two CRTC Vice-Chairpersons hosted a meeting with nearly
a dozen telecommunications and broadcasting distribution companies, including the
largest communication companies in the country, on paper bill fees. The Vice-Chairpersons
have reported back to their colleagues, including myself, on today's outcomes. While
the companies agreed to adopt consistent exemptions to such fees, they were unable
to reach a consensus to eliminate them entirely.
Many Canadians who will not benefit
from the exemptions will be disappointed with the outcome so far.
Finally, I would like to commend
Cogeco Cable, MTS Allstream, SaskTel and Shaw Communications for not charging their
customers for paper bills. This business decision ensures that their customers can
make reasonable and informed choices about how they are billed for their communication
services. Canadians should keep this in mind when they select service providers."
August 28, 2014
CRTC Vice-Chairs report on outcome of paper bills meeting
OTTAWA and GATINEAU,QC, Aug. 28,
2014 /CNW/ - The CRTC's Vice-Chairpersons of Broadcasting and Telecommunications
today hosted a meeting with nearly a dozen telecommunications and broadcasting distribution
companies to discuss charges for paper bills.
Further to this meeting, those
companies that charge paper bill fees have agreed to provide exemptions for customers
who have no personal or home broadband connection, persons with disabilities who
need a paper bill, seniors aged 65 and over and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Companies that choose to charge for paper bills have committed that the exemptions
will take effect by January 1, 2015.
The Vice-Chairpersons are of the
view that while this agreement addresses the concerns of some Canadians, it does
not go far enough to meet the concerns of all Canadians. They have recommended to
their fellow Commissioners that the CRTC reinitiate a public process to seek the
views of Canadians.
- The Government of Canada stated in the 2013 Speech
from the Throne that it would end "pay-to-pay" policies associated
with paper bills.
- Citizens, consumer groups and Members of Parliament
have also expressed concern over such "pay-to-pay" practices.
- In July 2014, the CRTC conducted a fact-finding exercise
on the practice of charging additional fees to customers who wish to receive
paper bills in the communication industry. Following that exercise, the CRTC
challenged the industry to meet and address the issue of paper bill fees.
- Some communications companies currently charge as
much as $6 per month to consumers who wish to receive paper bills; others do
not charge any fees. Still others provide exemptions to certain groups, such
as consumers who do not have Internet access.
- The CRTC hosted a meeting on paper bills that was
attended by Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, Cogeco Cable, Eastlink, Globalive, MTS Allstream,
Québecor, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw Communications and Telus.
"We would like to thank the
companies that participated at the meeting on paper bills. The discussion was frank
and wide-ranging, and we appreciate that the participants were able to find common
ground with respect to exemptions for some Canadians, including seniors, veterans,
persons with disabilities and those without Internet access.
We are very disappointed, however,
that they were unable to reach a broader consensus that would have taken into account
the concerns of all Canadians. We have recommended to our colleagues that the CRTC
seek the views of Canadians to verify whether this approach would enable them to
make informed choices regarding how they are billed for their communication services.
We note that the companies that
charge paper bill fees have stated that, in the coming days, they will be evaluating
Tom Pentefountas, Vice-Chairman of Broadcasting,
and Peter Menzies, Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications
August 28, 2014
BNN Celebrates 15 Years of Delivering Business and Finance News to Canadians, Tuesday, September 2
TORONTO (August 28, 2014) –
Canada’s only 24-hour all business and financial news channel BUSINESS NEWS
NETWORK – BNN is poised to celebrate its 15th anniversary this Tuesday, Sept. 2
at 12 noon ET. During a special celebratory noon broadcast of THE BUSINESS
NEWS, network pioneer and anchor Michael
Hainsworth will host an on-air salute to BNN, delivering interviews with
some of the network’s original reporters and anchors, including Janis Mackey Frayer, Bruce Sellery, and Kim Parlee, as well as a look back at
the past 15 years of the top headlines and stories that captivated the business
“For 15 years, BNN has given
Canadians a place to speak with the business community, learn of impending
financial storms and opportunities, and build for their retirements,” said
Grant Ellis, General Manager, BNN. “BNN is a mainstay in thousands of homes and
offices across the country, with one of the most-informed and engaged audiences
in Canada. Our growing online and radio presence is expanding
that reach even further.”
“From opening bell to market
close, BNN is the go-to destination for Canadians to catch up on breaking
business, financial news, and market updates when they need it,” said Wendy
Freeman, President, CTV News. “Congratulations to the many talented and
hard-working individuals that have contributed to the channel, and their
steadfast commitment to producing unmatched business news content.”
“For the past 15 years, BNN
has kept Canadians informed of the latest in business news from Canada and around the world,” said Joe Oliver, Minister of
Finance. “Congratulations on this impressive milestone. I wish your team all
the best as you continue to strive for excellence in broadcasting and
Launched on Sept. 1, 1999, BNN was originally known as Report on Business
Television (ROBTv), and was associated with The Globe and Mail’s financial
section. Previously housed at 720 King St. West, BNN moved to Bell Media’s flagship downtown Toronto headquarters at 299 Queen St. West on December 6, 2010.
Today, BNN is stronger than
ever, reaching more than 1 million viewers weekly and ranking as the
most-watched news station for A24-54 viewers during weekday business hours*.
Over its 15-year span, BNN
has provided sound advice and valued financial information to viewers through
long-running in-house programs MARKET CALL and BUSINESS DAY, as well as special
programming like YOUR MONEY MONTH, which has guided viewers annually through
the stressful tax and RSP season. Additionally, BNN has covered an array of the
top business stories including the rise and fall of Nortel Networks, the Conrad
Black trial, the global financial crisis, and the return of stocks to record
highs over the past several months.
Home to some of the nation’s most-trusted
business experts and journalists, the network has earned its place as a lasting
staple in the financial industry, boasting a list of past contributors that
includes Amanda Lang, Ali Velshi, Howard Green, Hilary Doyle, Tony Keller, and
the late Jim O’Connell. BNN has also profiled some of the most successful
global entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business insiders, and investors in the
industry, having previously featured interviews with Alan Greenspan, Tony
Blair, Sir Richard Branson, and Warren Buffett.
August 28, 2014
A Sky Full of Stars! Discovery Spotlights Iconic Jets with the Double-Bill Presentations of 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES, Sept. 28 on Discovery
TORONTO (August 28, 2014) – Move over stars and socialites of TIFF – the
superstars this September are Hercules and Jumbo! Discovery buckles up for a
Sunday night in-flight extravaganza with back-to-back original Canadian
specials 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES.
Premiering Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at /, the first hour tells
the definitive story of the planet’s most iconic plane – the plane that has
shaped the world of travel more than any other – the 747 or Jumbo Jet. Then at 9 p.m.
ET/10 p.m. PT, a special two-hour installment of hit series MIGHTY PLANES takes
viewers on a journey with the most flexible airlifter in the world – the
C130J Hercules – fresh off the Lockheed Martin production line.
Descriptions of 747: THE
DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES as follows:
747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE
Sunday, Sept. 28 at /
It’s the most famous
passenger airplane ever to take to the skies: the Boeing 747 or Jumbo Jet. With exclusive
behind-the-scenes access, never-before-seen archival footage, super life-like
CGI and gripping dramatic reconstructions – this one-hour special reveals just
what makes the 747 one of the most ground-breaking and awesome aircraft in the
sky, a jet that has carried the equivalent of 80% of the world’s population.
Travelling to Boeing’s Seattle HQ, the biggest building in the world – 747: THE
DEFINITIVE GUIDE reveals the mind-blowing technical effort that goes into
putting together a 747 – millions of parts, six storeys high, and wings the
size of a parking lot. Then, meet Colonel Mark Tillman, the pilot who flew Air
Force One for President George W. Bush on the morning of 9/11.
MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES
Sunday, Sept. 28 at /
The Hercules is the most
flexible airlifter in the world. With more than 70 variants, the C130J or
“Super” Herc is the newest model in the longest continuous production run of
any plane in aircraft history. This medium-range bird is the tactical cargo and
personnel transporter for the U.S. Air Force, and serves multi-mission
capabilities. Its many jobs include: special operations; search and rescue;
aerial refueling; medevac; natural disaster relief missions; fire fighter;
maritime surveillance; and hurricane hunter. In this two-hour special, MIGHTY
PLANES takes flight with the delivery of a brand-new C130J fresh off the
Lockheed Martin production to the Little Rock Air Force base in Arkansas. Then, meet Tim Nguyen, a Lockheed Martin Aviation
Engineer who has dedicated his life to protecting the mighty Hercules from
attack. He journeys to Little
Rock to visit
the very Herc that saved his life 40 years ago during the fall of Saigon.
747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE is
produced by Handel Productions in co-production with Arrow Media U.K. Canadian
Screen Award-winners Alan Handel and Tom Brisley are executive producers.
MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES is produced by
Exploration Production Inc. Gemini-Winner Kathryn Oughtred is Executive
August 28, 2014
TSN Radio Hits the Air in Vancouver on Monday, Sept. 8
VANCOUVER (August 28, 2014) –
TSN announced today that the network is further extending its industry-leading
brand with the launch of TSN Radio in Vancouver – making TSN Radio available in
six Canadian markets. With a continued focus on local sports and programming,
TEAM Radio 1040 and 1410 will be rebranded to TSN Radio 1040 and 1410 beginning
Monday, Sept. 8 at 6 a.m. PT. TSN also announced today that Don Taylor joins
the TSN Radio family on a full-time basis (see below for more details).
TSN 1040 and 1410 join TSN’s
family of local radio stations in Toronto (TSN
1050), Montreal (TSN 690), Winnipeg (TSN 1290), Ottawa (TSN 1200), and Edmonton (TSN 1260).
This announcement comes on
the heels of TSN’s
expansion to five national feeds – TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 – that debuted across Canada on Monday.
“We are thrilled to be
officially joining the TSN Radio roster,” said James Stuart, Regional
Vice-President, Radio and Local Television, B.C, Bell Media. “Vancouver sports fans have been turning to our stations for
many years. With the strength of the TSN brand, we will continue to serve our
loyal listeners with the sports coverage they know and trust.”
TSN Radio in Vancouver will continue to be the exclusive home of every game
from the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Vancouver Giants,
and Seattle Seahawks. The stations also deliver coverage of the Vancouver
Canadians and Vancouver Stealth, as well as live coverage of TSN’s slate of
major sporting events, including the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship,
FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, golf and tennis majors, and more.
TSN’s all-star team of
Insiders, experts and analysts will be featured regularly on both stations.
Fans can listen to the
stations live on AM 1040 and AM 1410 in the greater Vancouver area and via the TSN
Synonymous with sports in Vancouver, Don Taylor has covered the city’s sports scene for
nearly 20 years. Taylor will continue hosting TSN 1040’s afternoon drive show,
B-MAC & TAYLOR, weekdays from 2-6 p.m. PT alongside Barry MacDonald. Taylor will also contribute to TSN Radio stations across the
August 28, 2014
Adrenaline-Fuelled Original Drama TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES Returns on The Movie Network and Movie Central, October 5
TORONTO (August 28, 2014) – Frank Martin returns to deliver the package at any
cost when TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES gears back into action for its second season.
Premiering with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on The
Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada), new episodes
of the 12-part, one-hour original drama series transport audiences across the globe,
from historic Prague to Morocco’s Sahara Desert to the streets of Toronto. Subsequent
episodes premiere Sunday nights at /MT.
Based on award-winning director
Luc Besson’s Transporter film franchise, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES is a France/Canada
international co-production produced by Atlantique Productions and QVF Inc. in association
with broadcast partners The Movie Network, Movie Central, and Super Écran in Canada, and M6 in France. The first season of TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES was the most-watched
Canadian series on HBO Canada and the #3 Canadian Pay series overall in 2013.
Filmed in Morocco, the Czech Republic and Toronto, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES second season follows Frank
Martin (Chris Vance, PRISON BREAK, DEXTER) around the world as he delves deep into
danger and mystery to deliver a diverse range of packages, from pop princesses to
priceless paintings. As an ex-Special Forces operative, Frank has acquired the driving,
fighting, and survival skills to make his deliveries on schedule, and never quits
until he’s reached his final destination. In the season opener, Frank must protect
and safely deliver a 12-year-old boy to a Rome courthouse to testify against his father’s killer.
Joining the cast this season are
Canadian actor Mark Rendall (30 Days of Night) as Jules Faroux, a computer and mechanical
whiz, and Italian actress Violante Placido (The American), as Caterina Boldieu,
a former French intelligence officer who works for Frank as a strategist and risk
assessor. Returning cast members include François Berléand (JUSQU’ICI TOUT VA BIEN)
who reprises his role from the Transporter film franchise as Inspector Tarconi,
a police inspector in Nice and Frank’s contact inside the system, and Charly Hübner
(Unter Nachbarn) as Dieter Haussmann, Frank’s friend, confidante and the mastermind
mechanic who outfits Frank’s car with the state-of-the art technology needed to
get his jobs done.
Directors for Season 2 include
Canadians Erik Canuel (19-2, FLASHPOINT, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and Stefan Pleszczynski
(MOTIVE, BEING HUMAN, FLASHPOINT).
TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES is produced
by Gemini Award winner Susan Murdoch (DOOMSTOWN) for QVF Inc. and Olivier Bibas
(BORGIA) for Atlantique Productions. Chris Vance and Fred Fuchs (The Godfather:
Part III) serve as executive producers.
Production Executive for Bell Media is Kathleen Meek,
Independent Production, Bell Media. Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent
Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production,
Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay. Phil King
is President, CTV, Sports and Entertainment Programming. 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,
August 28, 2014
London Doesn’t Know Jack – Until Now!
Launching Today, The New 102.3 JACKfm Brings Big Hits and No Repeats
LONDON (August 28, 2014) Today
at 6 a.m., current classic hits station 102.3 BOBfm changed to the new 102.3 JACKfm,
playing London’s widest variety of popular music from the ‘80s right up to today’s
With five established sister stations
in cities across Canada – the successful JACK Rogers Radio brand features hit music
from such artists as Maroon 5, Adele, and P!nk, mixed with classic favourites from
Queen, The Rolling Stones, and AC/DC.
“Appealing to a broad cross-section
of audiences, JACKfm is the only station in London where listeners can hear Van Halen, Madonna, Nirvana,
and Bruno Mars all mixed together,” said Mike Collins, General Manager, Rogers Radio
The new station will also feature
“JACK’s No Repeat Work Day,” offering listeners no repeats between and
Audiences will hear favourite
on-air hosts Stax and Pete (formerly on 102.3 BOBfm) as they continue to entertain
listeners each weekday morning from to on JACK Mornings with Stax
Beginning Tuesday, September 2,
listeners can win up to $25,000 with JACK’s Big Bag of Cash Contest, played at and with Stax and Pete.
The new station format will also
be promoted through an out-of-home external media campaign, and across select Rogers
August 27, 2014
Production Begins on W Network’s Biggest Ever Competition Series Game of Homes in downtown Vancouver
(August 27, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) This September, production begins in Vancouver on W Network’s new event series Game of Homes renovation-reality
show with the biggest prize of all – an entire house. This epic series follows
four teams as they renovate four houses over four weeks to compete for the
grand prize of a home and a plot of land to put it on. Produced by Great
Pacific Media in association with W Network, Game of Homes includes eight
one-hour episodes and is scheduled to air in March 2015 on W Network.
Game of Homes gives skilled
amateur home renovators a chance to trade their skills for the prize of a
lifetime. The teams, which include romantic couples, siblings and parent-child
duos compete against each other in a major outdoor venue in downtown Vancouver. The amateur renovators save rundown houses that are
marked to be torn down and revive them into dream homes. Living on site 24/7,
each team must redo the houses room by room, as they cope with small budgets,
tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces.
Each Game of Homes episode
features a challenge introduced by the series host (to be announced at a later
date) followed by a reno-project. The action-based challenges pit each team’s
skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. In each episode, judges vote
for their favourite room renovations based on design and workmanship. In the
finale, in addition to the judges, the public will cast their vote. The
winners will be revealed and awarded with the house they have renovated.
“Game of Homes delivers an
extraordinary life-changing opportunity with an awe-inspiring twist and we’re thrilled
to partner with Great Pacific Media to bring that excitement alive for Canadian
viewers,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Women's
and Family Television, Corus Entertainment.
“For Game of Homes we’ve
rescued four houses from the wrecking ball. It will take every ounce of
energy and design savvy for our teams to transform them into show homes. And
for one team, they will have turned a worthless knock down into a stylish new
home for themselves,” said Blair Reekie, President, Great Pacific Media.
Signed on as sponsors for
series, The Brick and Benjamin Moore will supply teams with renovation and
design materials throughout the competition. The Brick is the official retail
sponsor supplying all four teams with furniture, appliances, electronics and
mattresses. Benjamin Moore products will be available throughout the series to
the teams from a custom paint and supply station. All of the paint will be
supplied by Benjamin Moore with additional colour consultations and product
selection advice provided to the teams.
Game of Homes is produced by
Great Pacific Media, in association with W Network.
August 27, 2014
CMPA Leads Producers into the Future of Digital Sales
Ottawa, August 27, 2014- The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is excited
to announce the launch of the Prime Time Anytime Digital Sales Initiative, exclusive
to CMPA producer members. As markets for
online content grow, CMPA is creating a set of tools to help producers maximize
the revenues of their productions.
Wendy Bernfeld of Rights Stuff
will present intensive workshops in Vancouver and Toronto, live-streamed to CMPA production company members across
Canada. She will provide
in-depth analysis of new revenue opportunities, discussing strategies, best practices,
principles and deal points involved in selling content to online buyers around the
world. New business models will be explored,
including SVOD, TVOD, ADVOD, EST, cross-platform and more.
Concurrent with the workshops,
a robust database of international online buyers will be released to members on
the CMPA’s website. Authored by Bernfeld,
the database will list a multitude of international platforms and services looking
for content, including what they are looking for in genres and formats, the territories
in which they operate and unique angles a producer needs to know to approach them
successfully. The database will be a continuously
expanding product, as both Bernfeld and producers will update it based on current
To complete the toolbox, Bernfeld’s
consulting services will be made available at a member discounted rate, so producers
can benefit from her expertise as they navigate this new and evolving marketplace
“The Prime Time Anytime Digital
Sales Initiative is part of the CMPA’s larger digital strategy for the Canadian
production industry” said Michael Hennessy, President and Chief Executive Officer
of the CMPA. “As viewing habits change, revenue opportunities change as well, and
the CMPA is working aggressively to help production companies reach their revenue
This initiative builds upon Bernfeld’s
keynote address at Prime Time in Ottawa 2014, during which she highlighted the emerging
opportunities in these new platforms around the world.
August 27, 2014
BravoFACT Announces Award Recipients from August 26, 2014 Jury
TORONTO (August 27, 2014) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today
the eight award recipients from the August 26 jury meeting. Selected
from 85 submitted applications, a total of $243,000 was awarded to Canadian
filmmakers for the production of short films.
Since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT-supported films have enjoyed
success both at home and abroad. Most recently, three, BravoFACT-funded shorts,
Burnt Grass, Entagled, and Red Alert, have been selected
to screen at the 39th Toronto
International Film Festival, running from September 4-14.
BravoFACT fund recipients from the August 26, 2014 jury meeting are:
AFK – Jonathan Bronfman
Dating Cartoons – Smash and Marcus - Chris Fassbender
The Date – Svet Doytchinov
Eligible – Inga Dievulyte
A Love Story - Vincent Ethier
One Last Dream - Noam Rabinovitch
Payment – Aubrey Arnaso
Reset - Jeremy Lutter
In May, BravoFACT announced the BravoFACT
Passport Program, a first-ever partnership with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF), inviting
BravoFACT alumni to apply for Official Artist status, and the opportunity to
attend 10th annual New York Television Festival to showcase their work. The six
projects selected to attend the festival taking place Oct. 20-25 in New York
City, as announced by the NYTVF today, are; Let it Ride, The Portal, Siren,
Parachute, Marshall Law and Prairie Dogs.
Upcoming application deadlines for BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL are:
Monday, Sept. 8 (BravoFACTUAL)
Friday, Nov. 7 (BravoFACT)
For information about program requirements and
application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.
August 27, 2014
Rdio Teams Up With Toronto International Film Festival as Official Music Partner
TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ -
Rdio, one of the largest music streaming services in the world, joins forces with
the Toronto International Film Festival as its official music partner for the 11-day
film fest. The powerhouse partnership features a free concert by international recording
sensation Ellie Goulding.
Rdio kicks off the Festival's
opening weekend with a high-octane lineup of local and international musicians performing
free public shows on the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage in the Rdio Music Zone
at 335 King St. W fromSeptember 4 – 7. On Saturday, September 6, Rdio proudly
presents triple platinum singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding live in concert at Toronto's historic Massey Hall.
Free tickets to Rdio presents
Ellie Goulding will be made available to the public at Rdio House (335 King St. W) and through surprise social media giveaways starting
Thursday, August 28. Fans can find out how to get their exclusive wristband to see
Ellie Goulding by following @RdioCA
on Twitter and using #RDIOTIFF.
"Rdio is teaming up with
the Toronto International Film Festival to provide an unforgettable listening experience
that amplifies all the exciting activities on Festival Street," said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio. "Canada is our second largest market and we continue to invest
in creating powerful connections to music here. We're thrilled to be part of the Festival, one
of the country's most important cultural organizations."
Rdio's interactive presence at
the Festival begins on Festival Street with a listening station near the intersection of Simcoe St. and King St. where fans can check out music from Rdio's
catalogue of more than 25 million songs. The soul of the Rdio experience is Rdio
House at 335 King St. W, a musical hub for industry leaders and Festival-goers to
relax and recharge with live music, giveaways, Rdio product demos, and free food
and drink right next door to the Festival's home base at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
For those who can't make it to Toronto for the film fest, TIFF.net will host an Rdio music player from the festival's
official site, complemented by TIFF-curated playlists available atRdio.com.
"The Festival's unique partnership
with Rdio allows us to bring exciting music experiences to our Festival-goers and
Torontonians, changing the way they'll experience the city and our 11-day celebration
of film," said Howard Kerbel, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Sponsorship,
The Rdio Music Zone will feature
free performances on the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage by Absolutely Free,
Adrian X, DJ Misty, Elaquent, Jason Collett, John Kong, Maylee Todd, and Rich Aucoin.
Performers co-presented by Festival Music House include BADBADNOTGOOD, Bobby Bazini,
Diana, Eon The Soul Proprieter, and Reuben And The Dark. With more to be announced
August 27, 2014
AMI's fall schedule mixes comedy, drama and reality with original content and special presentations
TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ -
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today its programming schedule for the 2014
fall season, featuring an array of new comedies, dramas and reality shows, special
broadcasts, returning classics and popular AMI Original programs.
AMI will kick off the fall season
Monday, September 1 with a special Murdoch Mysteries marathon. Starting at , kick back and catch 18 straight hours of Detective Murdoch
and his mysterious cases from the entire seventh season.
On Friday, September 5 at Eastern and Pacific time, AMI is proud to present a special
live described broadcast of the Stand Up to Cancer Canada fundraising telecast. Host Katie Couric will be joined
by Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller,
Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon and more to raise money for cancer research. Also,
tune in for live performances by The Who, Jennifer Hudson and Dave Matthews, plus
interact with participating celebrities via phone and social media.
AMI-tv truly has something for
everyone with a wide variety of shows making their AMI debut this fall. Comedies,
dramas, reality and children's programs including The Little Couple, Dogs with Jobs,
Twice in a Lifetime, The Berenstain Bears and Ultimate Survival Everest begin the
week of September 15.
Fan favourites returning to AMI
this fall include: CSI: NY, Being Human, All in the Family, Matlock, Corner Gas
andMantracker. On weekends grab the popcorn and settle in on the couch for afternoon
and evening movies. Or, if you're more of a sports fan, catch live-described Blue
Jays baseball every Sunday in September.
AMI's original program Sports
Access will return with all new episodes this fall starting with a one hour special
about Beep Baseball on September 27 at 6 and Join host Mark DeMontis as he travels to Minnesota to learn the art of 'blind' baseball at the 2014 Beep
Baseball World Championships. The new season of Sports Access will continue on October
4 at and 11 pm. AMI This Week and AMI Originals Presents will
also return with new episodes starting September 15.
The full AMI-tv schedule is available
For a complete list of available programming with described video visit www.ami.ca/dvguide or call
the DV Guide Call Centre at 1-855-855-1114. To find the AMI-tv channel with your
cable provider please use our online
August 27, 2014
Gotta Gotta See It: TELETOON Launches 2014 Fall Slate
National free preview available
until September 30
(August 27, 2014 – TORONTO,
ON) This fall, TELETOON viewers are in for a treat as the network announces its
fall lineup with the anticipated return of the Emmy® award-winning original animated
series, Adventure Time (52 x 15 minutes) on Thursday, September
4 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. In Season 6, Finn discovers his father is alive leading
him and his best friend Jake on an expedition to find him.
TELETOON kicks off its fall launch at FAN EXPO Canada™
in Toronto from August 28 to 31 bringing Adventure Time’s Land
of Ooo to life. Fan favourite characters and voice actors, John DiMaggio
(Jake) and Hynden Walch (Princess Bubblegum) will take part
in the TELETOON screening and panel Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m. (South
building screening room 701), followed by an exclusive autograph session. Fans of
the series will also have a chance to snap photos in the Ice King’s throne, spin
the Peppermint Butler prize wheel and experience much more in the TELETOON booth
located in the South building #1448 on level 800.
fall Gotta Gotta See It campaign captures the excitement of our slate,” said
Anne Kane Jeffries, Vice President, Marketing, Corus Kids. “Launching the
fall season at FAN EXPO gives fans an opportunity to interact with the #1 TELETOON
series Adventure Time.”
The channel will also debut new Canadian original animated
series Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, produced by Fresh TV, Dr.
Dimensionpants, produced by DHX Media and series shorts Chop Chop
Ninja, produced by Sardine Productions and Gamerizon Studio.
thrilled to be delivering a jam-packed schedule anchored by Adventure Time
to lead in to new series Clarence and Total Drama: Pahkitew Island,”
said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Original Productions,
Corus Kids. “TELETOON is building on the success of its summer programming with
the strength of its new original series and returning favourites this fall.”
New episodes of returning hit series will
continue with Annoying Orange, The Amazing World of Gumball, Johnny Test,
The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Camp Lakebottom, Legends of Chima, Teen Titans Go!, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors,
HULK & the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Beware the Batman, The Tom & Jerry Show,
Totally Spies! and Packages From Planet X.
The Gotta Gotta
See It programming slate will be supported by an extensive four week marketing campaign that includes out-of-home transit and mall
advertising, along with cinema and digital support. TELETOON will also be available
on free preview until September 30.
CLARENCE (52 x 15 minutes) – NETWORK PREMIERE
Premieres: Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 4
creator Skyler Page, Clarence is a new, original animated series about an
optimistic boy who wants to do everything. Because everything is amazing! Clarence
was conceived as part of the prolific shorts development program at Cartoon Network
Studios, which has resulted in six original series for the network: Regular Show,
Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe, Clarence, Over the Garden Wall and We Bare
DRAMA: PAHKITEW ISLAND (13 x 30 minutes) – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning September
island! All-new cast! Same old disregard for human safety! The Total Drama
series returns as Chris and Chef put the newest generation of contestants through
the craziest challenges yet—all for a chance to win one million dollars!
DIMENSIONPANTS (26 x 22 minutes) – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres: November 2014
Kyle Lipton was a normal,
impulsive, 12-year-old kid. But all that changed when an interdimensional portal
opened in his backyard and dropped a strange pair of glowing pants in his lap: The
Dimensionpants. Kyle put on the pants and was transformed into Dr. Dimensionpants,
a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache and powers over space and time. Thanks
to the Dimensionpants, young Kyle now has all the crazy-weird superhero powers he
ever wanted… and more responsibility than he can handle! With the help of his talking
unicorn mentor Philip, Dr. Dimensionpants must learn to master his powers as he
saves the universe from unspeakable horrors on a semi-regular basis, all the while
still having to deal with his normal, day-to-day kid issues -- homework, girls,
and his annoyingly smart 7 year-old sister.
CHOP CHOP NINJA (40 X 1.5 minutes) –
stand-alone short episodes, our lively ninjas use all their resources to complete
a challenge in three tries. They leave it all on the floor, yet never succeed in
completing even the simplest challenge. These non-verbal, highly cartoony stories
allow the audience to see their favourite characters in action and learn (or not)
that mistakes are always the best teachers.
Premiere date: November 2014
August 27, 2014
Showtime’s Sexy and Emotionally Gripping Drama THE AFFAIR Premieres on Movie Central and The Movie Network, October 12
TORONTO (August 27, 2014) – Movie
Central (Western Canada) and The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present Showtime’s
new, provocative, and suspenseful one-hour drama, THE
AFFAIR. Following the emotionally charged stories of a married man and woman
who embark on an extramarital affair, the series features a unique narrative technique
that tells the story from both sides of the relationship. THE AFFAIR premieres Sunday,
Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/MT on Movie Central and The Movie Network, day-and-date with
Showtime in the U.S., and stars Golden Globe® nominees Dominic West (HBO’s THE WIRE)
and Ruth Wilson (LUTHER), Emmy® nominee Maura Tierney (ER), and Canadian SAG Award®
nominee Joshua Jackson (FRINGE).
for a behind-the-scenes look at THE AFFAIR.
THE AFFAIR explores the emotional
and psychological effects of an extramarital affair, and is told separately from
both perspectives, using distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue.
Ruth Wilson stars as Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake
of a tragedy. Her husband Cole (Joshua Jackson), struggles to keep it all together,
both with his wife and the financially strained ranch that has been in his family
for generations. Their emotionally charged marriage becomes even more complicated
when Alison begins an affair with Noah (Dominic West), a New York City public school
teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate.
Maura Tierney stars as Helen, Noah's wife and the mother of his children.
THE AFFAIR is written by award-winning
playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (IN TREATMENT, HOUSE OF CARDS), who wrote
the original script from a story created with Hagai Levi (IN TREATMENT). Treem and
Levi also serve as executive producers, alongside executive producer and director
Jeffrey Reiner (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and executive producer Eric Overmyer (THE WIRE,
In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN
GO and The Movie Network OnDemand.
Canada, episodes will be available on Movie Central HD, on the go with Shaw
Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app,
Telus Optik on the go,
and Movie Central On Demand.