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September 4, 2015

Telefilm Canada and Birks pay tribute to nine Canadian women directors and actors at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

MONTREAL, Sept. 4, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - For the third year in a row, Telefilm Canada and Birks have partnered to celebrate Canadian women in film during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Nine Canadian women, film directors and actors who have made their mark this year have been selected by a pan-Canadian jury of arts, culture and entertainment journalists. The 2015 honourees of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year's Women in Film are directors Sophie Deraspe; Anne Émond; Patricia Rozema; Kari Skogland; and Ingrid Veninger, as well as actors Katie Boland; Suzanne Clément; Catherine O'Hara; and Karine Vanasse. The recipients will be honoured on September 15 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto.

"2015 is another great year for Canadian women in film! These are remarkable individuals with major talent, who are much admired and who bring honour to our country," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm. "They have greatly distinguished themselves across the country and around the world in a variety of genres. We are proud to continue our partnership with Birks in order to spotlight the important contribution of Canadian women to the film industry."

"It is an honour for Birks to highlight the talent and important contribution of Canadian women in film again this year," said Eva Hartling, Vice President, Marketing & Communications of Birks Group Inc. "Much like Canadian diamonds who allow our country to shine beyond its borders, the nine women we recognize this year are a great example of Canada's talent and leadership in the arts."

Katie Boland, actor, was one of four Canadian actors named a TIFF Rising Star at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. In 2013, she appeared in Gerontophilia by Bruce LaBruce, which had its world premiere at the opening night of Venice Days (Venice Film Festival), and in the award-winning comedy Sex After Kids by Jeremy LaLonde. In 2015, Katie most notably appears in Born to Be Blue by Robert Budreau, which has its premiere at TIFF.

Suzanne Clément, actor, won Best Actress for her role in Laurence Anyways by Xavier Dolan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, she received a Jutra and a Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mommy. She appears in Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre by Philippe Falardeau, which is screening at TIFF following its world premiere on the Locarno International Film Festival's Piazza Grande, and in Early Winter by Michael Rowe, which will have its world premiere at Venice Days in September 2015.

Sophie Deraspe, director, recently completed The Amina Profile, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. It has since screened at more than 10 film festivals, including Hot Docs, where it won the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary.The filmmaker also directed Missing Victor Pellerin (2006) and Les Signes Vitaux (2009), which won 15 prizes from around the world.

Anne Émond, director, filmed Les Êtres chers, which recently premiered at Locarno. For her first film, Nuit #1 (2011), she took home the Claude-Jutra Award for best debut feature. It premiered at TIFF, where it received a Special Mention from the jury for Best First Canadian Feature Film, and was named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Catherine O'Hara, actor, started her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of Second City Television. An Emmy Award winner (1982), she has more than 90 TV and film credits to her name—including After Hours, Home Alone and Beetlejuice. In 2007, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2015, she appears in Schitt's Creek and What Lives Inside.

Patricia Rozema, director, has directed some 20 films. This year she is presenting Into the Forest at TIFF. Her feature film debut, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987), won the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight. The film was released worldwide becoming one of Canada's most successful films, both critically and commercially. Her award-winning films include Mansfield Park(1999), When Night Is Falling (1995) and White Room (1990).

Kari Skogland, director, has more than 40 directing credits, among them the feature films Stone Angel (2007) and 50 Dead Men Walking (2008). Her impressive TV credits include major international coproductions such as Vikings and The Borgias. This year she directed the mini-series The Sons of Liberty and episodes for the Tyrant and Penny Dreadful series.

Karine Vanasse, actor, is popular on both sides of the border. In 2015, she appeared in Forbidden Room by Guy Maddin, which had its world premiere at Sundance. Her award-winning film roles include Polytechnique (2009), which she also produced; Séraphin: Heart of Stone (2002); and Set Me Free (1998). On television, she is well known for roles in the U.S. series Pan Am and Revenge.

Ingrid Veninger, director, began her career as an actor before writing and directing her own shorts and features. Ingrid most notably directed The Animal Project (2013), which screened at some 20 international festivals and won the EDA Award at the Whistler Film Festival; i am a good person/i am a bad person (2011), which won the Toronto Film Critics Association's Jay Scott Prize; and Modra(2010), which was selected to TIFF's Canada's Top Ten for the year.

Jury
The pan-Canadian jury is made up of renowned journalists covering arts, culture and entertainment:
Jason Anderson (Cinema Scope),Katie Bailey (Playback), Linda Barnard (Toronto Star), Richard Crouse (Metro), Maxime Demers (Le Journal de Montréal), Manon Dumais (freelance journalist), Noreen Flanagan (Elle Canada), Teri Hart (Entertainment City), Tanya Lapointe (Radio-Canada), Marc-André Lussier (La Presse), Bernadette Mora (Fashion Magazine), Katherine Monk (The Ex-Press), Herby Moreau (herby.tv), Andrea Nemetz (The Chronicle Herald), Ingrid Randoja (Cineplex Magazine), Kiva Reardon (freelance journalist), Johanna Schneller (The Globe and Mail), Cassandra Szklarski (The Canadian Press) and Odile Tremblay (Le Devoir).

The jury selected the women to be honoured based on the impact of their work and their talent, the recognition they have received from respected organizations and their peers, and the visibility they generated for Canada this past year. Nominees were also required to have either directed or appeared in a production during that year.

Collaboration between Telefilm and Birks
This is the fifth event organized by Telefilm and Birks to honour Canadian women directors and actors. In 2012,
they paid tribute to Canadian women in film at the Toronto International Film Festival in an event held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. Also in 2012, theBirks Canadian Diamond was awarded at Telefilm's Tribute to Canadian Talent event at the Cannes Film Festival. And in 2013, the inaugural Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year's Women in Film was launched at the Toronto International Film Festival. This year is the third edition of the Birks Diamond Tribute.

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September 4, 2015

Season 2 of Hit Action-Horror Series Z NATION Premieres September 11 on Space

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TORONTO (September 4, 2015) – Zombies continue to reign supreme in the genre world and Space dives deep into the post-apocalyptic foray with the Season 2 premiere of Z NATION. Produced by The Asylum, the braaaaiiiinnns behind SHARKNADO, the 15-episode, one-hour season premieres Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on Space in Canada. The horror-drama continues to follow a group of ordinary citizens tasked with transporting the only known human to have been bitten and not succumb to a zombie plague across the United States, in hope of finding a cure. The Season 2 premiere picks up where Season 1 left off, moments after the launch of the tactical nuclear weapons triggered by Murphy (Keith Allan, ZOMBIE NIGHT). This season, it’s every person for themselves.

Season 1 of Z NATION helped make Space the top entertainment specialty network in the Friday at 10 p.m. ET timeslot for total viewers as well as A25-54 and 18-49.  As well, the series is a Top 10 program on Space this BYTD for A25-54 and A18-49. Viewers who missed out on Season 1 can catch-up on the gore-fest with an all-day Z NATION marathon, Friday, Sept. 4 beginning at 11 a.m.

In the Season 2 premiere of Z NATION, “The Murphy” (Friday Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. ET), the heroes split up as they try to outrun the impending blast. Citizen Z (DJ Qualls, PERCEPTION) finds himself battling thawed zombies and unable to communicate with the team. In a desperate attempt to help them out on their quest to get to California and the CDC, Citizen Z issues an on air bounty for Murphy. Suddenly everyone wants a piece of the Murphy, including a mysterious and deadly bounty hunter, Vasquez (Matt Cedeño, DEVIOUS MAIDS).

Z NATION also stars Kellita Smith (THE FIRST FAMILY) as Warren, Michael Welch (NCIS: NEW ORLEANS) as Mack, Anastasia Baranova (The Sublime and Beautiful) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc, Pisay Pao (The Whole Truth) as Cassandra, Nat Zang as 10K, and Emilio Rivera (SONS OF ANARCHY) as Escorpion.

Source:  Numeris (BBM Canada), Z NATION aired 9/12/2014 to 12/5/2014; BYTD 14/15: 9/1/2014 to 8/16/2015

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September 4, 2015

Rogers Radio and YouTube Canada Shine a Spotlight on Emerging Artists with New Radio Show, YouTube Hits

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TORONTO (September 4, 2015) Rogers Radio is teaming up with YouTube, the world's most popular online video community, to give fans across the country a weekly rundown of the hottest music, trends, and topics in the worlds of entertainment, fashion, gaming, and music. Each week, the show will spotlight appearances from Canadian and international YouTube stars, and feature a blend of established and emerging artists based on YouTube viewership to reveal what Canadians and the world are watching online.

Hosted by Rogers Radio personalities Blake Carter and Adam Wylde (Blake & Wylde, KiSS 92.5), the one-hour show, YouTube Hits on Rogers radio stations, will air every weekend across the country on Rogers's top-rated youth brands, beginning Saturday, Sept. 5 (check local listings). This marks YouTube’s first Canadian radio partnership.

“This partnership with YouTube was a natural marriage with our Rogers Radio youth brands as we continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of our audiences,” said Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Radio, Rogers. “YouTube has emerged not only as the delivery platform for some of the world’s biggest trendsetters, but also as a powerful incubator for new talent. Curating and condensing the best of this content in one place for our audiences is top of mind for us in giving our listeners a unique experience when tuning to our stations.”

Curating the best of the best in music and entertainment, the show will deliver a weekly roundup of YouTube’s most-talked-about viral events and emerging talent, and feature the week's top songs, biggest chart debut, best cover song, and top entertainment news from around the world, through YouTube's global network of influencers. The premiere show, airing Saturday, Sept. 5, will include on-air appearances by four Canadian YouTube stars: Daniela Andrade (700,000 subscribers), ConvosWith2YrOld (790,000 subscribers), MakeUpByEman (350,000 subscribers), and Corey Vidal (225,000 subscribers).

“YouTube is fundamentally about connecting fans and artists, anytime and anywhere. YouTube Hits on Rogers radio stations will help showcase the diversity and breadth of talent on YouTube, and support great new music from today’s biggest names and emerging stars,” said Brian Mandler, Music Content Partnerships Manager, YouTube Canada. “Together we’re connecting more Canadians with their favourite artists and YouTube stars, and helping fans discover new music from Canada and all over the world.”

YouTube Hits on Rogers radio stations will air on the following stations across Canada:
KiSS – Toronto, Kingston, ON, Ottawa, North Bay, ON, Sudbury, ON, Timmins, ON, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria
CHYM 96.7 – Kitchener, ON
91.7 The Bounce – Edmonton
107.7 The River – Lethbridge, AB
Star 98.3 – Chilliwack, B.C.
Mountain FM – Squamish, B.C.

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September 3, 2015

HACKED: MR. ROBOT CAMPAIGN CAUSES MAJOR “INTERRUPTION”

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TORONTO, September 3, 2015  -This fall the buzzed about cyber-hacking drama Mr. Robothits the schedule and Showcase is spreading the message of the series' fsociety hackers that, "society is about to get hacked". Showcase's innovative, multiplatform promotional campaign for Mr. Robot ramps up this week leading into the highly anticipated series premiere on September 4 at 10pm ET/PT.

Designed to spark intrigue and drive mass awareness for Mr. Robot, the national campaign's creative is inspired by the cyber thriller's premise that privacy no longer exists. Wide reaching elements including out of home, cinema and on-air cross-promotion target a broader adults 25-54 audience, while a second layer of promotional executions including cross-platform hactivist interruption stunts and an activation at Fan Expo, are built to attract a younger-skewing audience that are fans of the genre.

"By essentially hacking the public space, this campaign brings the series premise to life," said Daniel Eves, Vice President, Content, Specialty Brands and Digital, Shaw Media. "Our use of unexpected, curiosity-evoking media choices including wild postings and on-air hactivist interruptions combined with mass reach vehicles, ensures audiences take notice and from there, tune in."

Built to fuel the initial intrigue for the series, on-air and online promotion began in early August. To date, a series of on-air promos teasing the premiere have been running across all Shaw Media channels culminating with an on-air domination beginning in primetime on September 3 through series launch on September 4. Post-launch will see a myriad of episodic promos roll out throughout the season.  Online promos are spread across multiple online touch points to target both the masses as well as a more niche demographic of gamers and cyber thrill-seekers.

As curiosity around the series began to build, Showcase kicked their pre-promotion into high gear, releasing the first episode of the series online as part of a massive digital pre-release strategy for the channel. The digital pre-release is available to Canadians for mass sampling across 13 platforms until September 3 at 11:59pm ET.

Showcase has brought the show's premise to life through hack-like interruption stunts occurring on-air, in cinema and in Toronto's high-traffic, high-visibility locale, Yonge and Dundas Square. During last night's primetime programming, Showcase scheduled a series of mock 'service-interruption' promos that feature a member of the series' hactivist fscociety hacking into and interrupting a normal promo. The interruption stunt ran across all  Shaw Media channels around the same time, generating the impression that TV's had been hacked. The similar execution is used in cinemas across the GTA during their pre-roll announcements. Yonge and Dundas Square's multiple digital boards allow for a unique outdoor digital interruption where onlookers witness the interruption occur across five digital boards at the top of each hour.

Also turning heads are the out-of-home creative executions. Wild postings up in 60 locations across Toronto include mock posters promoting E-Corp, the fictional company featured in the series, with Mr. Robot posters paired alongside them. Continuing to play on the premise that privacy no longer exists, E-Corp branded posters include copy like, "proud to own your privacy" and "your sharing drives our shares".  One week after the E-Corp posters went up they were seen to have been vandalized with the #MrRobotIsHere hashtag spray painted across them. Additional campaign creative can also be seen on bus kings and streetcars across the GTA.

On series launch day, the campaign targets fans of the genre at the internationally popular fan convention - Toronto's Fan Expo. Fans are invited to attend a screening, appearance and autograph signing by Mr. Robot star, Christian Slater. Throughout the weekend expo, Showcase will be handing out Mr. Robot black hoodies and show posters from their branded booth. Visit showcase.ca for a full Fan Expo schedule.

All off-air creative executions for this campaign and the hack-like interruption promos were developed in house at Shaw Media. Additional on-air promo materials derive from USA network.

Mr. Robot is a techno thriller that follows Elliot (Rami Malek, The Pacific), a young programmer, who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroad when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group (Christian Slater, The Adderall Diaries) recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world. This contemporary and culturally resonant drama also stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallström. Showcase presents the Canadian series premiere of Mr. Robot on Friday, September 4 at 10pm ET/PT.

To view a sample of the off-air creative executions and the on-air hactivist interruption stunt click here.

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September 3, 2015

Canada’s Favourite Coverage of The Toronto International Film Festival® Returns as ETALK Kicks Off Season 14, September 8 on CTV

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TORONTO (September 3, 2015) – As the world’s filmmakers get set to invade Toronto for the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 10-20), Canada’s #1 choice for entertainment news ETALK kicks off its 14th season with complete coverage of TIFF®, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. Canada’s most-watched and most-trusted entertainment show returns and once again presents Canadian viewers with the best seats in the house. With a spotlight on homegrown presence throughout TIFF and Canadian filmmakers, ETALK is set to capture defining Canuck moments, as the team reports from various celebrity hotspots across Toronto during the 11-day festival. ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two and CTV GO, and 6:30 p.m. ET on E! (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Click here to see what Season 14 signifies for the ETALK team.

“TIFF is always the perfect season starter for ETALK,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “With all hands on deck, it’s non-stop adrenaline. For 13 straight years, Canadians have chosen ETALK for their TIFF fix and we can’t wait to once again bring our viewers the country’s most comprehensive coverage.”

ETALK AT TIFF:

The Canada Party at TIFF 2015 & The Canadian Filmmakers’ Party
This year, ETALK is a sponsor of The Canadian Film Fest and The Directors Guild of Canada’s “The Canada Party at TIFF 2015” event on Sept. 13, with an exclusive lounge inside the party and red carpet access to the stars and film industry’s elite. ETALK also gives viewers exclusive access to the 10th annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party happening on Sept. 9, hosted by ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney, Jason Priestley (CALL ME FITZ), and Zoie Palmer (DARK MATTER). ETALK is a co-sponsor of the party with The Spoke Club and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT).

ETALK AT TIFF on Fibe TV1
For the first time, on Fibe TV1, viewers will also be taken behind-the-scenes at TIFF as ETALK’s hosts and producers give viewers a glimpse of all the behind-the-scenes action, and what it takes to cover one of the world’s biggest film festivals. From exclusive interviews to parties and red carpet events, this two-part documentary-style ETALK at TIFF special will be available as of Sept. 25 only on Fibe TV, channel 1.

ETALK Sephora Lounge
As viewers always expect, the ETALK team will continue to host A-list celebrities from the ETALK Sephora® Lounge at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel, where stars can help themselves to beauty products courtesy of Sephora plus other swag.

ETALK on Social Media
For a third year in a row, ETALK partners exclusively with Twitter Canada to bring behind-the-scenes content to film fans worldwide. Located in the ETALK Sephora® Lounge throughout the duration of the festival, The Twitter Mirror delivers a unique perspective on TIFF excitement that allows stars to Tweet autographed selfies directly from the lounge, using the hashtag #etalkTIFF. ETALK will also live tweet each 7 p.m. ET 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 Snapchat (etalk_CTV).

ETALK Ice Cream Truck
ETALK’s branded ice cream truck is also back – helping festival goers keep cool with free ice cream. Stationed at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto and other locations within the downtown core, ETALK is expected to hand out 15,000 ice cream cones to fans during the festival who follow and interact with ETALK over social media. Ice cream cone wrappers will also contain prize giveaways such as branded ETALK swag. Follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) for updates on ETALK’s ice cream truck locations and to obtain a ticket for a free cone.

TIFF on etalk.ca
An essential online destination, etalk.ca is also home to exclusive TIFF coverage, including extended celebrity interviews, photos, breaking festival news, fashion roundups, and live streams of red carpet premieres and press conferences. The star-packed hub will also be home to additional video content leading up to the Festival, including a series of new web segments titled “Fit for TIFF,” featuring 10 different workout routines with Ben Mulroney. From Kettlebell to boxing and Lagree Fitness, one routine will be posted daily leading up to the Festival (Sept. 1-10), as Ben showcases viewers how to train for TIFF. With names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Johnny Depp, Rachel McAdams, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Eddie Redmayne, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, and many more expected to hit TIFF, etalk.ca is bound to be an online destination during the Festival.

Reaching 4.2 million viewers every week on CTV, ETALK is averaging 553,000 P2+ viewers this summer, 56% ahead of ET CANADA (354,000), and 10% ahead of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (505,000). ETALK’s most-watched episode this summer brought in an overnight audience of 757,000 P2+ viewers on Aug. 4. The program’s average weekly reach on CTV, CTV Two, and E! is 6.1 million viewers combined. 

Viewers can catch up on highlights of ETALK following the television broadcast on etalk.ca and the CTV GO app. 

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September 3, 2015

TELETOON Goes Back To Cool This Fall!

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(September 3, 2015 - Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment's TELETOON goes back to cool this fall with an extensive weeknight lineup starting September 7 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. The lineup will include the new reboots of Inspector Gadget and ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks along with the Australian hit series Get Ace, and new episodes of Lego Ninjago. Later this fall, TELETOON continues to bring modern spins on beloved classics with the iconic carrot-loving rabbit, Bugs Bunny, in Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production as well as the all new Be Cool Scooby-Doo! TELETOON's superhero programming block continues Fridays with Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.SH and Avengers Assemble.

“TELETOON has had an incredibly successful summer and we anticipate the new fall schedule will build on that momentum,” said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. “Viewers can look forward to modern reboots of series like ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks, Be Cool Scooby Doo! and Inspector Gadget as well as a slew of beloved retro series.”  

Fans of classic retro series like The Bugs & Tweety Show, The Smurfs, Tom & Jerry Tales, The Flintstones and  Looney Tunes can look forward to their favourites Monday to Friday from 7 - 9 a.m. ET/PT, 12- 1 p.m. ET/PT and 7-8 p.m. ET/PT as well as programming on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

TELETOON at Night returns at a brand new time this fall, starting September 7, Monday to Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Bob's Burgers will make its network debut at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by encore episodes of Archer at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT and a TELETOON at Night movie at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Thursday evenings, Fred at Night moves to 10 p.m. ET/PT with host Fred Kennedy.

NEW SERIES
INSPECTOR GADGET (26 x 22 minutes) – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Mondays at 6 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 7.
Everyone's favourite bionic policeman returns! In this new CGI series, Inspector Gadget battles the evil Dr. Claw with all new gadgets - and all new gadget-related chaos! But our loveable, bumbling, accidentally-destructive Inspector's not alone in the fight to take down MAD. His ever trusty police-dog, Brain, is still by his side; and he's getting extra crime fighting help from his new partner: Inspector-in-training Penny! It's a MAD-cap romp as our heroic trio chases crime all over the globe (and tries to keep Gadget's collateral damage to a minimum). From the streets of Paris to the rainforests of Brazil, from the lost city of Atlantis to the moon, there's nowhere they won't go to get their man! And with MAD more powerful than ever with the arrival of Dr. Claw's evil-genius (and totally crush-worthy) nephew - Penny and Brain will need to use every ounce of their training to keep the world safe from Dr. Claw… and Gadget!

GET ACE (52 x 15 minutes) – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 8
Think Ace McDougal is just your average, everyday nerdy school kid? Well he was, until he happened to be in the wrong dentist's chair at the wrong time and accidentally said the wrong secret codeword... next thing he knew he'd been fitted with a set of top secret, ultra high-tech experimental braces. From that moment on he's catapulted - teeth-first - into one hair-raising adventure after another! Now he's the kid proving you're never too nerdy to be cool! Get Ace is the highest rated children's animated show in the history of Australian network TEN's ELEVEN's commissions. In France, it has become a fan favourite as lead character Ace was voted 'favourite' hero by Boing! viewers.

ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS (52 x 11 minutes) – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Wednesdays at 6 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 9
The new animated series, ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, created by Janice Karman, takes us on a roller coaster ride of music, laughter and stories geared to entertain The Chipmunks' four generations of fans.  Presented for the first time in glorious CGI, the series features ground-breaking animation and a new, original Chipmunk song in every episode. The series is an animated version of a prime-time sitcom and reflects the trials and tribulations of a single parent, David Seville, trying to raise six hyper-active Chipmunks. Like most parents, Dave's patience will be pushed to the limit, forcing him to end most sentences in "ALVINNN!!!"

BE COOL SCOOBY-DOO! (26 x 22 minutes) – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Thursdays at 6 p.m. ET/PT beginning October 8
From Warner Bros. Animation, Be Cool Scooby-Doo! is 26 episodes of an all-new 22-minute animated comedy series featuring the Scooby gang, back with a modern comedic twist on the beloved classic. With high school over and one last summer to live it up, the gang hits the road in the Mystery Machine, chasing fun and adventure. But monsters and mayhem keep getting in the way. This time, the gang is working as hard to solve their own personal problems as they are in solving the endless, mind-bending mysteries that await them.                            

WABBIT – A LOONEY TUNES PRODUCTION (26 x 22 minutes) – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: November 2015
With Wabbit -  A Looney Tunes Production, the hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny you love is back. The new 26 episode, half-hour animated series from Warner Bros. Animation features Bugs starring in all-new shorts that find the iconic carrot-loving rabbit matching wits against -- and getting the best of -- classic characters like Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote. Along the way, Bugs will encounter brand-new foes ... and he'll have some help from new friends like Bigfoot and Squeaks the squirrel.

BOB'S BURGERS (88 x 22 minutes) – NETWORK PREMIERE
Premieres: Monday to Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 7. 
Bob's Burgers follows a third-generation restaurateur named Bob as he runs Bob's Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob and his quirky family have big ideas about burgers, but fall short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and a dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make Bob's "grand re-re-re-opening" a success.

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September 3, 2015

Corus Entertainment's Cartoon Network Expands Distribution to Over 5 Million Subscribers

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(September 3, 2015 - Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment's Cartoon Network is the destination for kids and families seeking hilarious animated content. As of today, the network is now widely available to over 5 million subscribers with existing distribution partners and for the first time on Rogers, Shaw and Shaw Direct. Cartoon Network will be the exclusive home for Canadian viewers to enjoy fan-favourite series like Adventure Time, Clarence, Steven Universe and Teen Titans Go! Fans are encouraged to check local listings and contact their service provider for network availability. To find Cartoon Network in your area, visit www.cartoonnetwork.ca.

"We're thrilled to partner with our distributors to extend Cartoon Network's powerhouse brand in more households," said Maria Hale, Executive Vice President, Head of Content Distribution and Pay Television. "Over 5 million TV subscribers will now have access to the network's top-tier programming."

"This is an exciting time for viewers across a wide range of demographics who embrace Cartoon Network's uniquely hilarious shows," said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. "Fans and new subscribers can look forward to a stellar fall lineup of all the best new and returning series exclusively on Cartoon Network.”

Airing day-and-date with the U.S., new episodes of Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, Teen Titans Go!, The Amazing World of Gumball and Steven Universe return Thursdays on Cartoon Network. Also, on Thursdays, the recently launched animated series, We Bare Bears, about three bear brothers trying to make their way into human society, continues with new episodes. Later this fall, an all-new season of the acclaimed award-winning series, Adventure Time will premiere on the network.

Highlights of the Fall 2015 schedule include:
CARTOON NETWORK – NEW EPISODES
Uncle Grandpa airs
Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT starting September 3
Clarence airs
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT starting September 3
Teen Titans Go! airs
Thursdays at 6 p.m. ET/PT starting September 3
We Bare Bears airs
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT starting September 3
The Amazing World of Gumball airs
Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT starting September 3
Regular Show
airs Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT starting September 3
Steven Universe airs
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT starting September 17

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September 3, 2015

BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES U.S. SALES OF OVER 75 HOURS OF PREMIUM UNSCRIPTED CONTENT AHEAD OF MIPCOM

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(Toronto, ON, September 3, 2015) – Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and the producers and distributors of one of the world’s leading native 4K nature libraries, announced today its latest U.S. sales ahead of MIPCOM. More than 75 hours of content from its diverse catalogue of factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats will land on channels across the U.S.

“Blue Ant International has had an exceptional year placing premium unscripted content across U.S. networks,” said Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International. “We are thrilled to provide these market leaders with award winning series and documentaries in advance of MIPCOM.”

Scripps Networks (U.S.) has purchased an array of series from Blue Ant International, including Rebel Without A Kitchen (26 x 30’ HD) for Cooking Channel which follows Matt Basile who takes his roving food truck on the road, popping up in the most unlikely spots to deliver his culinary take on the Cuban sandwich. For GAC, Scripps has also purchased a season of Lake Guys (original title: Brojects; 26 x 30’ HD), produced by Farmhouse Productions. The series follows quirky brothers Kevin and Andrew as they brainstorm extreme build ideas for their family cottage. Lake Docks & Decks (original title: Decks, Docks & Gazebos; 26 x 30’ HD), focuses on a one-of-a-kind builds by the lake, was acquired for both GAC and DIY Network.

A+E Networks® (U.S.), for FYI™ Network, has opted for Cabin Truckers (13 x 30’ HD), produced by Remedy Productions, a factual series following the incredible exploits of hauling colossal cabins to remote, picturesque locations. Watch as an expert team navigates through extremely rocky, mountainous terrain, delivering precious cargo to thrilled homeowners.

Earlier this year, two series were picked up by Discovery Communications’ stable of U.S. networks including Our House Media’s Paranormal Survivor, Season 1 (10 x 60’ HD), a series that shares terrifying real-life encounters with the supernatural for Destination America and; Summerhill International’s My Dog’s Crazy Animal Friends (original title: Dog’s Best Friend; 13 x 30’ HD) which follows the cutest of these uncanny canine acquaintances, for Discovery Family Channel.

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September 3, 2015

It’s #HereForReal Canada! Corus Entertainment Launches Disney Channel in 10 Million Households Today

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(September 3, 2015 - Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Disney Channel has officially launched for the first time ever in Canada this week and is pleased to announce that Disney Channel is available in 10 million households today with the following distribution partners: Bell Aliant, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, CCSA members including Eastlink and Access, Cogeco Cable Canada, MTS, Rogers, Shaw, Shaw Direct, TELUS and Videotron. SaskTel customers will have access to the new service in the coming weeks. Subscribers are encouraged to check with their IPTV, cable and satellite providers to confirm their local channel listings and visit here.

“We are thrilled to partner with all of our distributors who recognize the power and value of the Disney Channel brand,” said Maria Hale, Executive Vice President, Head of Content Distribution and Pay Television. “The network offers subscribers an extensive slate of world-class content delivered across multiple platforms.” 

To celebrate the channel’s debut, Disney Channel created larger-than-life activations across Canada in Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. In select markets, unsuspecting kids and families were surprised by visits from the network’s biggest stars including Debby Ryan, star of Jessie; Mick, the loveable dog named Stan from Dog With A Blog, Calum Worthy and Raini Rodriguez, who play Dez and Trish on Austin & Ally. Disney Channel gave Canadian fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favourite stars and be part of the channel’s #HereForReal launch celebration. Watch the Disney Channel celebration, here.

The network is the destination to watch premieres, new episodes of fan favourite series and original movies. Today, actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter will host a day of programming, which will feature a world premiere episode from Girl Meets World, then on Friday, September 4,  Calum Worthy and Raini Rodriguez take over the network, debuting another world premiere episode of Austin & Ally.

“We’re excited about the enthusiasm for Disney Channel’s debut in Canada,” said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. “For the first time, Canadian kids and families can  enjoy the full Disney Channel experience with an exceptional lineup of Disney stars, world premieres and day-and-date airings.”

In addition to Disney Channel programming, audiences get exclusive access to Disney Junior series like Sofia the First, Miles from Tomorrowland and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, daily from 9 a.m. until noon. The newly announced fairytale-inspired animated series Goldie & Bear debuts later this fall. Saturday evenings feature the best of Disney XD series including new episodes of Gravity Falls, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and new series Pickle and Peanut. Fans can catch a sneak peek of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy during the premiere week on Saturday, September 5.

The WATCH Disney Channel app will launch later in September, giving users premium access to live, linear streams along with a select offering of on-demand episodes. More details on the app will be announced shortly. 

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September 2, 2015

FIVE NEW RECIPIENTS OF SHAW MEDIA-HOT DOCS FUNDS ANNOUNCED

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Toronto, September 2, 2015 - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that five projects have been chosen to receive a total of $120,000 in grants from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its fifteenth round of disbursements. Established in April of 2008, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund that aim to provide Canadian documentary filmmakers with much needed financial support at critical stages in their projects.

"The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Fund's legacy is in the powerful stories it has supported over the years. The talented recipients in this round are a brilliant addition to that family of films," said Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw.

With these five projects, a total of 143 projects have received funding via Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $3,270,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the next round of funding will open in May 2015. For further information on the application process, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit www.hotdocs.ca/shawmedia.

Hot Docs is pleased to showcase Shaw Media-Hot Docs Fund projects Watermark (D: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky) and The World Before Her (D: Nisha Pahuja) at two free matinee screenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, on Sunday, September 27, as part of Culture Days 2015. Special guests will be in attendance for engaging post-screening Q&As. Free tickets (limit two per person) are now available at the Bloor box office (506 Bloor Street West). Culture Days at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is presented as part of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub for Culture Days. For more information please visit www.bloorcinema.com.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund
Eligible projects were considered by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included: Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director, Original Factual Content - Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and John Ritchie, Chief Creative Officer, Force Four Entertainment.

Three completion grants totalling $100,000 were awarded to the following projects:

HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE
Production Company: Primitive Entertainment
Director: Jay Cheel
Producer: Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon, Kevin McMahon
Executive Producer: Michael McMahon
 Inspired by H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, two men set out on a quest to build their own time machines.

SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE
Production Company: Spirit Unforgettable Films Ltd.
Director: Pete McCormack
Producer: Ben Murray
Executive Producers: Pete McCormack, Andrew Barnsley
Following Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann since his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's, the film will culminate with the band's final show at Toronto's Massey Hall.

LIVING WITH GIANTS
Production Company: MC2 Communication Média
Directors: Sébastien Rist, Aude Leroux-Lévesque
Producer: Jean-Simon Chartier
LIVING WITH GIANTS delves into the imagination of Paulusie, a young Inuk facing the difficulties of adulthood. Between the infinite ocean and prison walls, he must learn to find hope in a world of ever-growing complexity.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund
Eligible projects were considered by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included: Craig Baines, Production Executive, Original Factual Content - Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Aynsley Vogel, Director of Development, Paperny Entertainment.

Two development grants totaling $20,000 were awarded to the following projects:

SEND US YOUR BROTHER
Production Company: P & P Films
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Producer: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja
SEND US YOUR BROTHER is   an exploration of masculinity in India and how manhood is currently being re-defined. We know what it means to be a woman in India, but what does it mean to be an Indian man?

THE FORBIDDEN REEL
Production Company: Loaded Pictures
Director: Ariel Nasr
Producers: Sergeo Kirby, Noelle Sorbara
THE FORBIDDEN REEL uses a vast reserve of unseen footage to explore the richness of Afghanistan's once thriving film industry-almost destroyed by war and extremism-revealing the resilience of a country and its culture.

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September 2, 2015

TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton Debuts on Labour Day, Announces New Slate of Local Programming

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HAMILTON, ONT. (September 2, 2015) – TSN announced today that TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton will officially debut on Labour Day (Monday, Sept. 7), making it the city’s first all-sports radio station. TSN 1150 also unveiled two brand new locally-focused shows: TICATS AT NOON with host Jim Tatti, and MARSH & MILTON, the station’s daily drive home show featuring veteran Hamilton Spectator sports columnist Steve Milton and former McMaster Marauders quarterback Marshall Ferguson.

The station makes its debut on Labour Day (Monday, Sept. 7), live from Tim Hortons Field in downtown Hamilton, Ont., beginning with a live broadcast of MARK’S LABOUR DAY WEEKEND featuring the Hamilton Tiger-Cats taking on the Toronto Argonauts, as the longtime rivals battle for first place in the CFL’s East Division.

The station’s slate of daily programming including TICATS AT NOON and MARSH & MILTON begins the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 8.

TSN 1150 listeners can expect extensive live sports talk with a focus on Hamilton’s teams, including the Ticats and McMaster Marauders, as well as the Toronto and Buffalo sports scenes. Fans can listen to the station live on AM 1150 in the greater Hamilton area, online at TSN.ca, and via the TSN GO app. 

“We are thrilled to officially launch TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton, and there is no better day to introduce Hamiltonians to their new all-sports station than the Labour Day Classic,” said Mike Nabuurs, Program Director, TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton. “Launching with TICATS AT NOON and MARSH & MILTON will allow us to connect with Hamilton sports fans on one of the city’s biggest sports days. It’s a wonderful time to be a Hamilton sports fan.”

“Am I excited to hit the airwaves and spend each day breaking down Hamilton’s pride and joy, the Ticats? Yes Guy!” said Jim Tatti, host, TICATS AT NOON. “TICATS AT NOON will be fans’ #1 source for news, analysis, and discussion surrounding the team.”

“I’ve been part of the local sports scene longer than I care to mention, and I’m honoured to begin a new era for sports in Hamilton with the launch of TSN 1150,” said Steve Milton, co-host, MARSH & MILTON. “I look forward to discussing the key issues that matter to Hamilton sports fans and celebrating the best of this great sports city.”

In May 2015, the Bell Media Radio confirmed a new multi-year partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) that includes live broadcasts of all Tiger-Cats games as well as additional programming.

With the Labour Day launch of TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton, TSN Radio is now available in seven major Canadian markets: Hamilton, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton.

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September 2, 2015

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW Kicks Off its Sixth Season with Special Segments from Across the Country and Around the World, Beginning September 7 on CTV

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – Canada’s reigning queen of daytime returns weekdays at 10 a.m. ET, as THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (@TheMarilynShow) kicks of its sixth season Monday, Sept. 7 on CTV and CTV GO (check local listings). New this season, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is set to take viewers on a special travel adventure, delivering a series of lifestyle segments from across Canada and around the world all season long. For the first time ever, the #1 Canadian lifestyle series goes international as Marilyn teams up with famed interior designer and TV personality Debbie Travis to travel to Debbie’s historic Italian villa and farm in the heart of Southern Tuscany. The Sept. 7 episode features Travis co-hosting THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW live in-studio, as the duo takes viewers on their Tuscan adventure, showing highlights of the region, and sharing personal anecdotes, authentic recipes, and more.

What happens in Vegas also ends up on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, as the program heads to “Sin City” this season (Sept. 10) to give viewers a tour of Wayne Newton’s million dollar ranch, courtesy of design expert Tommy Smythe. Tommy also jets to Copenhagen, Demark and Älmhult, Sweden this season to talk Scandinavian design influence (Nov. 12). Back on home soil, Marilyn’s experts go on a road trip across Canada as Chef Rodney Bowers surprises one lucky viewer in Bedford, Nova Scotia with a pantry makeover (Sept. 8); celebrity chef Lynn Crawford heads east to Charlottetown for the program’s first-ever live on-location cook-off between two local chefs (Sept. 17); Tommy Smythe also travels to Vancouver to showcase the latest décor trends stemming from the Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) (Oct. 1), and more.

In a career first, Marilyn Denis trades in her broadcasting skills for editorial thrills as the daytime host adds the title of guest editor to her resume for the November 2015 issue of Canadian Living magazine. Denis teams up with the nation’s largest magazine for Canadian women in celebration of the magazine’s 40th anniversary – which hits newsstands nationwide on Oct. 1. The celebration continues on-air in a special Canadian Living themed episode of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (Oct. 6) that pays tribute to the iconic magazine’s 40th anniversary milestone and features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the issue by Editor-In-Chief Sandra E. Martin. The special episode also takes viewers on a tour of Marilyn’s Toronto home and features holiday entertaining tips from the magazine’s Home & Garden Contributor Brett Walther, Fashion & Beauty Director Julia McEwen, and Food Director Annabelle Waugh, as well as etiquette tips from resident butler Charles MacPherson (a.k.a Charles the Butler).

Viewers can also look forward to additional lifestyle and celebrity guests this season including  QUEER EYE hairstylist Kyan Douglas (Sept. 11); Canadian singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw (Sept. 15); Olympian and humanitarian Clara Hughes (Sept. 16); GOTHAM’s David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova (Sept. 21); MASTERCHEF CANADA judge Michael Bonacini (Sept. 21); GREY’S ANATOMY’s James Pickens Jr. and Caterina Scorsone (Sept. 22); SAVING HOPE’s Erica Durance and Michael Shanks (Sept. 24); celebrity stylist, author, and fashion designer Carson Kressley (Sept. 29); CODE BLACK’s Benjamin Hollingsworth and Bonnie Somerville (Sept. 30); realtors Hilary Farr and David Visentin (Oct. 1); home renovation and real estate experts  Drew and Jonathan Scott (Oct. 5); veteran contractor and DIY expert Bryan Baeumler and Sarah Baeumler (Oct. 8); British TV personality and food writer Nigella Lawson (Nov. 3), and more. Plus, MARILYN’s annual fan favourite “Halloween Spooktacular” special and “10 Days of Giveaways” holiday gift guide also return this season.

Since its debut in January 2011, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW has been the #1 Canadian lifestyle series for five straight years. Its highest-rated season to date, Season 5 of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW averaged 275,000 viewers, up 22% versus its previous season, and up 37% versus Season 1. With a strong loyal following tuning in each week, the program’s average weekly reach on CTV and CTV Two is 3.7 million combined. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW also continues to attract new viewers and has seen double-digit percentage growth year-over-year among all key adult and female demos. Last season also delivered a series-high audience of 419,000 viewers (Feb. 16, 2015). THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is set to celebrate an additional record this season, when it marks its 1,000th episode this November on CTV.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs live weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV.ca, and CTV GO; then again at 11 a.m. ET on CTV Two, and on demand at Marilyn.ca. The following is a breakdown of broadcast times in each province on CTV. 

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September 2, 2015

Space Returns to FAN EXPO Canada™ with Must-See Exclusive Panels and Autograph Sessions

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – FAN EXPO Canada™ is back for another long weekend of genre fanfare in Toronto and Space and INNERSPACE are at the epicenter of it all. Hosted by Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, fans can look forward to INNERSPACE LIVE panels featuring Q&As with the stars of Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, recently renewed for a second season; Canadian sci-fi series DARK MATTER; and the much-anticipated new series THE EXPANSE. As always, the iconic Space booth (#1238) will be the go-to spot for exclusive celebrity autograph sessions and much-anticipated giveaways including the highly sought-after #SpaceDeck trading cards. For fans not able to make it in person, INNERSPACE has all the highlights from the weekend on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. ET, as they kick off their new season.
The INNERSPACE LIVE action kicks off Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. ET with an exclusive DARK MATTER panel featuring cast members Jodelle Ferland, Anthony Lemke, and Alex Mallari Jr.
Then, on Saturday, Sept. 5, Space presents the exclusive Canadian premiere screening of THE EXPANSE at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a Q&A with series stars Steven Strait and Florence Faivre.
Capping off an action-packed weekend on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. ET, Space’s KILLJOYS triumphantly return to Fan Expo with series creator and showrunner Michelle Lovretta, series star Aaron Ashmore, and the voice of Lucy, Tamsen McDonough.

Widely seen as Canadian genre ambassadors, the INNERSPACE hosts have also been tapped to helm Fan Expo’s most highly-anticipated panels including “An Evening with The Doctor’s Companions” featuring a Q&A with DOCTOR WHO’s current companion Jenna Coleman and past companion Karen Gillen; “Hogwarts Reunion: An Evening with the Stars Of Harry Potter” featuring a Q&A with Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and twins, James and Oliver Phelps; and a Q&A with famed X-FILES star Gillian Anderson. The INNERSPACE hosts will also lead Q&As with Hayley Atwell from CTV’s MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, the cast of THE WALKING DEAD, Aquaman’s Jason Momoa, and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s kick-@ss “Agent May,” played by Ming-Na Wen.

Fans will also want to stop by the Space booth for the latest info on Space programming, and all the details on how to collect the exclusive new #SpaceDeck trading cards, returning after a hugely successful launch at last year’s convention. Click here for the full rules & FAQ for the #SpaceDeck mission.

Follow all the Fan Expo action as @SpaceChannel live-tweets the INNERSPACE LIVE panels and news from the convention floor. For a behind-the-scenes look, fans can follow Space on Instagram and Snapchat. For outlets looking for comment from inside Fan Expo, the INNERSPACE hosts are available for interviews at the convention centre for the duration of Fan Expo.

SPACE’s FAN EXPO CANADA’s™ SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Sept. 3
7 p.m.             INNERSPACE LIVE with DARK MATTER
Location: Room 714
8 p.m.             Space autograph session with the cast of DARK MATTER
Location: Space Booth (#1238)

Friday, Sept. 4
5 p.m.             Space photo op with the hosts of INNERSPACE

Saturday, Sept. 5
11 a.m.           Space autograph session with the hosts of INNERSPACE
Location: Space Booth (#1238)
2 p.m.             INNERSPACE LIVE with the cast of THE EXPANSE
Location: Room 701A
3:30 p.m.       Space autograph session with the cast of THE EXPANSE
Location: Space Booth (#1238)

Sunday, Sept. 6
2 p.m.             INNERSPACE LIVE with the cast of KILLJOYS
Location: Room #701A
3 p.m.             Space autograph session with the cast of KILLJOYS
Location: Space Booth (#1238)

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September 2, 2015

FX and FXX Debut an All-Star Lineup of Premium Fall Programming, Starting Sept. 9

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) Epic dramas, nail-biting thrillers, and gut-busting comedies complete FX and FXX’s prime-time lineup this fall, bringing audiences the most-anticipated titles and high-profile talent of the season, beginning Sept. 9.

FX

Debuting Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) is Kurt Sutter’s new period piece, The Bastard Executioner. From emotional pitfalls to political upheavals, this 10-episode, blood-soaked season follows 14th Century warrior Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones, Magical Tales) who lays down his sword and is forced to become a journeyman executioner. The show also stars Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), who plays a mystical healer named Annora, and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) as the devious chamberlain, Milus Corbett.

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave, as the fifth installment of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning series, American Horror Story: Hotel, premieres Wednesday Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Set in modern-day Los Angeles, Hotel chronicles the story of the mysterious characters that work and visit the haunted Hotel Cortez. Joining series regulars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates are singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, actor Max Greenfield (New Girl), and model and actress Naomi Campbell (Empire).

Rounding out the FX lineup is a new season of the investigative and thrilling anthological crime-drama Fargo, airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning October 12 (check local listings). With an all-new cast – including Ted Danson (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), Jesse Plemons (Battleship), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) – Season 2 tracks a true crime case in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota.

FXX

FXX kicks off its fall lineup with the final season fantasy football hit The League, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Sept. 9 (check local listings). This clever comedy follows friends Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi), Ruxin (Nick Kroll), Pete (Mark Duplass), Taco (Jon Lajoie), and Andre (Paul Scheer) as they compete in a fantasy football league and pull pranks on each other for the last time in order to win the league trophy.

Immediately following The League, hilarity continues with Season 2 of You’re the Worst premiering Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Fall head over heels with the dark and twisted romantic-comedy that follows Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) and Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) as they learn how to live with each other when they can barely live with themselves.

Viewers can catch up on their favourite FX and FXX shows American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, You’re the Worst, The League and Fargo (available Sept. 12) on shomi before their eagerly awaited premieres dates this fall.

FX FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES
All dates are subject to change. All times ET. (s) = simulcast

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10 p.m. – The Bastard Executioner (s) **NEW – Two-hour Premiere**

Wednesday, Oct. 7
10 p.m. – American Horror Story: Hotel (s), Season 5

Monday, Oct. 12
10 p.m. – Fargo (s), Season 2

FXX FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES
All dates are subject to change. All times ET
Wednesday, Sept. 9
10 p.m. – The League (s), Season 7
10:30 p.m. – You’re The Worst (s), Season 2

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September 2, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris hosts BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – The countdown to fall premieres is on, and CTV announced today its new, live, anything-can-happen series BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS has been upgraded to air across CTV for its first three weeks, before moving to CTV Two on Oct. 6 (see scheduling details below). The series will now receive its highly anticipated broadcast premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT across Canada in all CTV markets. Hosted by the multi-talented, five-time EMMY and Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris, the eight-episode, one-hour, live series is based on the popular hit British television series ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY, produced by ITV Studios America and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

“We’re seizing an opportunity to make this hot new series available to the largest possible audience, coupled with a desire to drive on-demand awareness and digital uptake when it moves to CTV Two,” said Mike Cosentino, Head, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “And of course the series will be available to all Canadians via CTV GO and CTV.ca.”

Already generating a lot of buzz, the genre-busting series promises stunts, sketch comedy, pranks, musical performances, magic, audience interaction and giveaways, celebrity appearances, and unlimited surprises. BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS airs Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, before continuing in its regular Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot on CTV Two beginning Oct. 6 (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

“We are thrilled to have CTV on board as our Canadian TV partner for this exciting live entertainment series. Audiences truly have not seen anything like this!” said Craig Bohland, VP Sales, North America, ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The celebrity guests confirmed to appear on the series so far this season include Academy Award®-winning actress Reese Witherspoon (Hot Pursuit) and Grammy Award-winning singer Ricky Martin, who will participate in a game with viewers at home. Each episode of BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS features a celebrity guest announcer and will conclude with a segment dubbed the “End of the Show Show,” which will be a production number similar to the musical performances Harris is known for from his roles as host for THE OSCARS®, Tony Awards®, and EMMY Awards.

The wildly popular U.K. series ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY has been on the air for 12 seasons, and will return in 2016 for its thirteenth. In 2014, the series took to the road to give fans the chance to experience it live on stage with the touring show Takeaway on Tour. ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY and its hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly received BAFTA Awards in 2014 and 2015 for Best Entertainment Programme and Best Entertainment Performance respectively and both Ant and Dec serve as executive producers for BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. The duo will travel to New York, where BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is being filmed, for the series’ premiere.

BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is produced by ITV Studios America and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Executive Producers are Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), Siobhan Greene (THE X FACTOR), David A. Hurwitz (FEAR FACTOR), Anthony McPartlin (ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY), Declan Donnelly (ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY). The series is written by Mason Steinberg (87TH ACADEMY AWARDS®) and Jim Wise (THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO). 

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September 1, 2015

Sportsnet Delivers Historic Ratings in August, Powered by Record Blue Jays Audiences

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TORONTO (September 1, 2015) Sportsnet, home of everything Blue Jays, continues its 16-month reign as Canada’s #1 sports brand on TV, bolstered by the team’s winningest month in franchise history.  For August, Sportsnet delivered a network record 6.8 audience share and an average minute audience of 266,000 – 113% higher than its closest competitor.

Sportsnet was also Canada’s highest-ranked specialty channel in August (three spots higher than its closest competitor) and the third most-watched of all Canadian networks (conventional or specialty).

Highlights from Sportsnet’s audience growth in August is as follows:

How about ‘dem Blue Jays?
Sportsnet’s Blue Jays broadcasts in August delivered an average audience of 1.29 million, which represents an increase of 112% over the average audience of the same month in 2014 (609,000)
23 Blue Jays broadcasts in August surpassed the one million viewer mark, marking a total of 26 Blue Jays broadcasts to eclipse the one million viewer mark, season-to-date
Blue Jays Central , the pre-game show hosted by Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun, delivered an average audience of 422,000 in August, marking a 139% increase year-over-year
Jays in 30, the popular condensed-replay of Sportsnet’s game broadcasts, attracted an average audience of 137,000 viewers in August, up 213% year-over-year
Season-to-date, Sportsnet is delivering an average audience of 793,000 for its Blue Jays broadcasts in 2015, up 36% over the average audience, season-to-date in 2014

MLB on Sportsnet
For the month of August, MLB coverage on Sportsnet (non-Blue Jays) is up 94% vs. same time last year, delivering an average audience of 189,000

Tim & Sid
In its second full month on the air, Tim & Sid have experienced an 18% increase (2+) and currently sit as the most-watched sports program in the country during the 6–7 p.m. ET timeslot

Sportsnet Central (Prime-Time Edition)
The prime-time edition of Sportsnet Central delivered an average audience of 278,000 in August – 191% higher than its closest competitor

*Sportsnet channels include Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific; Sportsnet ONE; and Sportsnet 360
**Sportsnet channels include Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific; Sportsnet ONE; and Sportsnet 360
TV Source: Numeris, AMA(000) & Share of Total TV English, Jan 1/15 – August 31/15 for YOY (confirmed up to August 23/15), Apr 6 – Aug 31/15 v. same time last season for Blue Jays, Total Canada. All audiences are 2+, unless otherwise noted. Comparisons based on all Sportsnet stations unless otherwise noted.

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September 1, 2015

It’s #HereForReal Canada! Corus Entertainment Launches Disney Channel in 10 Million Households

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(September 1, 2015 - Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce that Disney Channel has officially launched for the first time ever in Canada. The network is the destination to watch premieres, new episodes of fan favourite series and original movies. Disney Channel launches today in most markets and will be available in 10 million households by September 3 with the following distribution partners: Bell Aliant, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, CCSA members including Eastlink and Access, Cogeco Cable Canada, MTS, Rogers, Shaw, Shaw Direct, TELUS and Videotron. SaskTel customers will have access to the new service in the coming weeks. Subscribers are encouraged to check with their IPTV, cable and satellite providers to confirm their local channel listings. 

“We are thrilled to partner with all of our distributors who recognize the power and value of the Disney Channel brand,” said Maria Hale, Executive Vice President, Head of Content Distribution and Pay Television. “The network will offer subscribers an extensive slate of world-class content which will be delivered across multiple platforms.” 

Canadian viewers will get a first look at Disney Channel world premieres every day of the launch week, beginning with the one-hour special of K.C. Undercover tonight, featuring series star Zendaya and  Raven-Symoné (That's So Raven). Additional world premiere episodes include Jessie on Wednesday, September 2, Girl Meets World on Thursday, September 3 and Austin & Ally on Friday, September 4.

“We’re excited about the enthusiasm for Disney Channel’s debut in Canada,” said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. “For the first time, Canadian kids and families can look forward to the full Disney Channel experience with an exceptional lineup of Disney stars, world premieres and day-and-date airings.”

In addition to Disney Channel programming, audiences can look forward to exclusive access to Disney Junior series like Sofia the First, Miles from Tomorrowland and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, daily from 9 a.m. until noon. The newly announced fairytale-inspired animated series Goldie & Bear debuts later this fall. Saturday evenings will feature the best of Disney XD series including new episodes of Gravity Falls, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and new series Pickle and Peanut. Fans can catch a sneak peek of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy during the premiere week on Saturday, September 5.

The WATCH Disney Channel app will launch later in September, giving users premium access to live, linear streams along with a select offering of on-demand episodes. More details on the app will be announced shortly.

 About Disney Channel (Canada)
Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Disney Channel is available in Canada through a license agreement between Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment Inc. and Disney/ABC Television Group. For more information, please visit DisneyChannel.ca and corusent.com.

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September 1, 2015

La chaîne Disney : in your TV today!

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Finally! La chaîne Disney, the French-language version of Disney Channel is now available. It's sure to become a favorite among francophone families across the country! In free preview throughout the month of September, La chaîne Disney will feature popular shows that the Disney Channel is famous for, including comedies, series, cartoon and original movies with headliners that young people go crazy for!

La chaîne Disney's entertaining programming presents shows that kids, teenagers and families will love, including : Agent K.C. starring Zendaya as a secret agent; Liv et Maddie, twins that are anything but average; Le monde de Riley starring Sabrina Carpenter; Austin et Ally, two musicians on their way to international stardom, Star Wars Rebels and #doggyblog about a dog named Stan who can talk and writes a blog about his family. Younger children will enjoy preschool programming with shows like Docteur la peluche, Princesse Sofia and La maison de Mickey.

La chaîne Disney will be showing original movies, such as the long awaited Teen Beach 2, where Mack and Brady reunite with the characters from Wet Side Story who leave the '60s and step into the present day. Meanwhile in Descendants, which was broadcast this summer in the U.S. and became an immediate hit with viewers, the offspring of Disney's classic villains take center stage. Ma pire journée, directed by Quebecois film-maker Erik Canuel and shot in Montreal, tells the story of how a young girl's prom day spirals completely out of control!

In free preview throughout the month of September, families across the country can now watch La chaîne Disney. Viewers can contact their cable provider to know the availability of La chaîne Disney at home and how to subscribe. Later this fall, fans will also be able to access the best of this new channel —live and on demand—through the channel’s app.  For more information on La chaîne Disney, go to : www.DisneyLaChaine.ca

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September 1, 2015

GLOBAL BC ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW ANCHOR LINE-UP

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Chris Gailus and Sophie Lui to Anchor News Hour at 6 p.m.
VANCOUVER, September 1, 2015, Global BC is pleased to announce a brand-new lineup of hosts and personalities as it builds on its number one position for news with British Columbians*. Joining award-winning anchor Chris Gailus on Global's News Hour at 6 p.m. is Sophie Lui, a well-known journalist much loved by audiences in BC during her time as co-anchor of the Morning News and as a backup anchor for News Hour and Global National. Together, Chris and Sophie’s vast experience will provide in-depth context to the issues and events that affect viewers across the province, further strengthening our newscasts as we move to a dual anchor team.

"This change will give us more flexibility to have our best-known, most experienced anchors on scene at major events and take the strength of the News Hour across multiple platforms by providing content for BC 1 and online," said Jill Krop, News Director and Station Manager, Global BC. " With a passion for telling the stories that matter most in the community, Sophie Lui will make a great addition to News Hour alongside veteran anchor, Chris Gailus."

"This is an historic step in the evolution of the News Hour, the province's top-rated news program*. We love that more British Columbians trust us as their source for news. With more demand than ever for immediate, live coverage of breaking news events, the addition of Sophie to the anchor team allows us to be more flexible in how we cover the province's top stories." said Chris Gailus, News Hour anchor.

In addition to the move to News Hour, Sophie Lui will also join Jay Durant as co-anchor of Global News at 11, formerly News Hour Final. The 35 minute newscast will be followed by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Morning News' Steve Darling will continue his hosting duties as we start the search for a new co-host. He will be joined by a number of prominent guest hosts who will take a deeper dive into cultural and social issues until a permanent co-host is chosen.

Robin Stickley will continue to anchor Early News at 5 p.m. and will also join Noon News Hour. Lynn Colliar is returning to weekends to anchor the Saturday and Sunday Morning News and Noon News and Anne Drewa will be a passionate advocate for consumer rights across multiple newscasts, as she embarks on a new role as Global BC's consumer reporter.

The changes will start rolling out Tuesday, September 8 and will be phased in throughout the week.
*Source: Numeris PPM, Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (Sep 15-Dec 21/14 & Jan 5-May 31/15), Vancouver-Victoria EMA, A18+.

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September 1, 2015

Space Orders Second Season of its #1 Original Series, KILLJOYS

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TORONTO (September 1, 2015) – Space confirmed today that it has ordered 10 additional, one-hour episodes of its most-watched original series of all time, KILLJOYS, with production slated to begin in Toronto this winter. Created by showrunner Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL) and produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Syfy, KILLJOYS follows a trio of reclamation agents - or “Killjoys” - as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war. Season 2 of the Canadian series will see the return of  Hannah John-Kamen, (THE HOUR) as Dutch, a cunning and deadly assassin with a fierce dedication to her killjoy family; Aaron Ashmore, (SMALLVILLE), as her loyal partner John, the witty tech wizard with a vulnerable heart; and Luke MacFarlane (BROTHERS AND SISTERS) as D’avin, a former soldier and John’s hot-headed brother whose quick-tempered decisions often land him in precarious situations.

“It’s a testament to the excellence of KILLJOYS that the series gained more loyal viewers week after week in its debut season,” said Tracey Pearce, Head, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to working with our partners at Temple Street Productions and Syfy to give our engaged, genre-loving viewers what they want in Season 2 – an expanded KILLJOYS universe.”

“We are proud that KILLJOYS has connected so well with viewers to become a ratings and critical success,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions and Executive Producers of KILLJOYS. “We are thrilled to partner with Space again for a second season and look forward to building on this unique world for our stellar cast to continue the captivating journey."

Season 1 of KILLJOYS debuted with an impressive audience of 395,000 viewers and continued to attract more viewers each week, claiming a mid-season audience high of 526,000 for Episode 6 (July 24) and with its finale set to surpass 560,000 (Aug. 21). Throughout its run, KILLJOYS averaged nearly 450,000 viewers in its premiere timeslot, making it Space’s most-watched original series of all time.

Hosted by INNERSPACE’s Morgan Hoffman, and Ajay Fry, Space presents an exclusive KILLJOYS panel at FAN EXPO Canada™ taking place Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Fans will be treated to an insider’s look at the debut season and a Q&A with Aaron Ashmore, creator Michelle Lovretta, and Tamsen McDonough, the voice of the Killjoy’s artificially intelligent spaceship. For more information about the KILLJOYS panel, click here.

KILLJOYS was created by Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl, The Secret Circle) who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Executive producers are David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, and Karen Troubetzkoy. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide.

KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Syfy. Production Executives for Bell Media are Rebecca DiPasquale and Kathleen Meek. Tom Hastings is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Head, Specialty and Pay. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting.

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