February 8, 2016
Bell teams up with IBM to bring new hybrid cloud capabilities to Canadian market
Easy access to
IBM Cloud services over Bell's secure and reliable private broadband network
/CNW Telbec/ - Bell Business
Markets and IBM today announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing
services available through Bell Business Cloud. This partnership will give businesses
across Canada access to
the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell, simplifying
the way customers adopt and build out their hybrid clouds.
More and more
organizations are looking for a reliable and secure connection to the cloud, that
doesn't rely on sending data over the public Internet. Bell Business Cloud addresses
this issue by enabling enterprises to plug into the IBM Cloud, giving them direct
access to a wide range of on-demand computing and storage options.
These new services
Bell Cloud Connect: connecting the largest and most advanced
IP network in Canada to IBM Cloud
for end-to-end performance, security and reliability
Cloud Compute: running on IBM Cloud to offer a secure, scalable, self-serve
environment for managed virtual machines that improves operational performance while
& Restore: providing access to IBM Cloud to protect customer data and applications
through a secure backup location as well as ensuring availability of data and applications.
an established leader in data hosting and cloud computing, providing customers with
exceptional support from an expert nationwide team," said Tom Little, President, Bell Business Markets. "With businesses
of all kinds increasingly relying on cloud services for their mission critical applications,
adding IBM Cloud services to Bell Business Cloud provides customers with the seamless
integration, security and dependability they expect and require."
appetite for data is increasing and with this comes a greater need for organizations
to support cloud workloads. IBM Cloud is the leading platform for data-driven cloud
and analytics that enables organizations to open the doors to more responsive and
innovative ways of doing business," said Nevil Knupp,
VP of Cloud, IBM Canada. "IBM Cloud supports Bell's new client offerings to
help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance
and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs
and achieve greater efficiencies."
IBM is equipped
with one of the highest performing cloud infrastructures available to offer organizations
speed, power, and flexibility, while delivering a high degree of customization,
transparency, predictability, and automation. According to analyst findings from
Synergy Research around
Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and private cloud, IBM is positioned as a top performer and leader
in the private and hybrid cloud space.
IBM Cloud delivers
fast, easy and automated access to a public, private and hybrid cloud services that
enable companies to lower their overall IT costs while increasing agility and productivity.
IBM offers a complete portfolio of cloud services, with over 40 data centers in
every major financial market around the world, supporting a wide range of applications
including big data, analytics, mobile and cognitive.
As Bell's Business
Cloud ecosystem continues to evolve through new partnerships, customers will benefit
from additional solutions, enterprise applications and business tools, with the
ability to increasingly acquire their technologies on a utility basis.
Driven by industry-leading
innovation and supported by a strong expertise, Bell Business Markets offers a comprehensive
portfolio of products and services including data centre solutions, unified communications,
security and professional services supporting all the customer's ICT needs.
Cloud in partnership with IBM is available across the country to all mid and large
businesses. For more information, please visit bell.ca/businesscloud.
February 8, 2016
DHX Media Licenses Backstage to Disney Channel in the US & Internationally
New teen drama
an original Family Channel commission
HALIFAX, NS, Feb. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - DHX Media ("DHX" or the "Company")
(NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a global leader in kids and family entertainment
content, has licensed its new original performing arts drama, Backstage (30 x 30'),
to Disney Channel in the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Nordics, Benelux,
Germany, CEE, Turkey, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
created and developed by Fresh TV in association with DHX Television. The series
was filmed in Toronto and is slated to air on Family Channel in Canada in spring
2016, and Disney Channel in the UK and US in spring 2016, with international roll
out in 2016.
SVP Distribution, DHX Media, said: "There has been significant international
interest in Backstage. With Disney and Family Channel on board, we're building strong
international foundations for this new live action series. We are confident that
teens all over the globe will find the characters and storylines compelling viewing."
scripted series (shot docudrama-style), follows a group of outstandingly talented
teenagers as they live through the highs and lows that come with attending the prestigious
Keaton School of the Arts – from new friendships and crowning achievements to the
angst and disappointments of the high stakes competition. Through diary-style confessionals
and dramatic cliff hangers, Backstage lifts the curtain on these rising stars as
they chase their dreams and deal with the day-to-day reality of being a student,
a sister, a son, a girlfriend — a teen.
February 8, 2016
SUPER BOWL 50 is Second Most-Watched on Record in Canada with 8.3 Million Viewers on CTV and RDS
8, 2016) – Last night’s SUPER BOWL 50 on CTV and RDS is Canada’s second-most-watched
SUPER BOWL on record. Preliminary overnight data from Numeris confirms that the
game attracted an average audience of 8.3 million viewers on CTV and RDS (CTV: 7.3
million; RDS: 1 million), as the defensive juggernaut Denver Broncos rolled to a
24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. The game’s total audience is second only
to last year’s all-time record for SUPER BOWL XLIX (9.23 million viewers).
million unique viewers – or more than one in two Canadians (52%) – watched some
part of the 2015-16 NFL championship game on CTV or RDS.
With a technicolour performance
by Coldplay, an epic dance-off showdown between Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, and a “Believe
In Love” send-off, the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show captivated Canadians, as
audience levels for SUPER BOWL 50 on CTV and RDS peaked with an average minute audience
of 10.3 million viewers during the highly anticipated halftime show
The game on CTV received more than 50% or higher shares among all key adult demos
in all markets in English Canada
Total viewing of all SUPER BOWL programming on CTV and RDS, including pre-game and
post-game shows, was 39 million hours
Top 5 SUPER BOWL audiences on Canadian
television (CTV and RDS)
SUPER BOWL XLIX in 2015
– Patriots 28-Seahawks 24 – 9.23 million
SUPER BOWL 50 in 2016 – Broncos 24-Panthers 10 – 8.3 million
SUPER BOWL XLVI in 2012 – Giants 21-Patriots 17 – 8.18 million
SUPER BOWL XLVIII in 2014 – Seahawks 43-Broncos 8 – 7.94 million
SUPER BOWL XLVII in 2013 – Ravens 34-49ers 31 – 7.38 million
Sponsors and Advertising
Once again the
SUPER BOWL was the hottest television property for Canadian advertisers and a coveted
platform for key sponsors, including Labatt Breweries of Canada, Nissan Canada Inc.,
and Toyota Canada Inc. Key advertisers showcased during SUPER BOWL 50 included Doritos
Canada, Hyundai Canada, KitKat, Burger King, Mazda Canada, President’s Choice, President’s
Choice Financial, Scotiabank, Sun Life Financial, and Volkswagen Canada, BMO, Chartered
Professional Accountants, GlaxoSmithKline, Mackenzie Investments, and Wealthsimple.
TSN used the
massive SUPER BOWL 50 broadcast to launch the network’s newest multi-platform campaign
– aptly titled CHAMPIONS
LIVE HERE – underscoring the unrivalled range of iconic championships
that live on TSN, and the incomparable value that TSN’s five national feeds deliver
to subscribers. Following its debut, the campaign will be featured in heavy rotation
across Bell Media’s industry-leading TV, radio, digital, outdoor, and social platforms.
Bell Media also
delivered a multi-million dollar promotional campaign inSUPER BOWL 50 showcasing
original Canadian productions including LETTERKENNY, MASTERCHEF CANADA, ORPHAN BLACK,
SAVING HOPE, BITTEN, and JADE FEVER.
Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS are the official broadcasters of the NFL in Canada.
February 8, 2016
104.5 CHUM FM Announces Shaggy, Nick Jonas, and DNCE to Join BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS
– This morning, 104.5 CHUM
FM’s ROGER & MARILYN
announced that internationally
renowned “Boombastic” singer Shaggy, “Jealous”
hit-maker Nick Jonas, and American
pop rock band DNCE,
will join them for the 2016 edition of BREAKFAST IN
BARBADOS. The giveaway to
the hottest week-long party provides lucky listeners with the opportunity to witness
the concert of a lifetime, in an exclusive music event from April
9-16 on the spectacular beaches of Barbados along with ROGER
Each morning, ROGER
will announce the BREAKFAST
“Artist of the Day”, and
for every double play – two songs played in a row from that artist – the 104th caller instantly wins an all-inclusive trip for two to Barbados.
“We are happy
to unveil the list of hit-makers headlining BREAKFAST IN
BARBADOS, one of the most
anticipated contests of the year for 104.5 CHUM FM listeners,” said David Corey,
Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media Radio. “From Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull
to Maroon 5 and Katy Perry, some of the hottest musical artists performed for our
lucky listeners over the years, and this year’s lineup is no exception.”
CHUM FM’s longest-running
contest, more than 1,600 lucky winners have enjoyed a music-filled week on the beach
with BREAKFAST IN
BARBADOS. The grand prize
includes round trip airfare for two from Air
Canada Vacations, one week at the new, all-inclusive Sugar
Bay Barbados, and $1,500 spending money from CIBC
VISA AVENTURA® INFINITE™ card. For complete
contest details, please visit
MARILYN airs weekday mornings from 5:30 –
on 104.5 CHUM FM.
February 8, 2016
Portfolio Entertainment and Giggle Media Embark on New Mission to Develop Animated Series for Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON
(February 8, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) – Leading producer and distributor
Portfolio Entertainment and U.K-based Giggle Media are pleased to announce a development
deal with Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON for a new comedy animation series, Invasion
of the MooFaLoo! The kids 6-11 co-production comes hot on the heels of Portfolio-produced
Freaktown, an upcoming series commissioned by TELETOON.
Invasion of the MooFaLoo! (26 x 11’), created by Steve Garratt, follows
three genetically-modified, rocket-powered sheep – Fluffy, Byron and Telisa – as
they fight to protect the world from the MooFaLoo, a race of alien monk cows who
conquer planets with their duck-shaped battleships.
“We are thrilled
to be working on another animation series for TELETOON, this time with an extraordinary
flock of defiant sheep and marauding cows,” said Lisa Olfman, CEO and Co-Founder,
Portfolio Entertainment. “We are also pleased to be joining forces with U.K.-based
Giggle Media on this series which speaks to Portfolio’s continued strength in identifying
the right animation partners, nationally and internationally, and collaborating
with top talent from around the globe.”
the MooFaLoo! is an absurdly random and funny series bursting with colourful and
comical characters,” said Athena Georgaklis, Director of Content, TELETOON. “We
look forward to developing this series with Portfolio and Giggle Media and bringing
this concept to life.”
“To make a show
like Invasion of the MooFaLoo! really work you need creative collaborators who live
and breathe kids’ comedy,” said Steve Garratt, Creator & Creative Director of
Giggle Media. “That’s what we found at Portfolio and TELETOON.”
February 8, 2016
Canada builds on international reputation at Kidscreen Summit
February 8, 2016) – Canada will be well represented at Kidscreen Summit, one of
the world’s leading children’s entertainment content markets, to be held in
Miami, from February 8 to 11, 2016. Nine Canadian corporations, associations
and agencies have pooled their resources to feature Canadian productions and
foster business opportunities for Canadian producers. A branded meeting space,
a networking reception, a session featuring Canadian producers and support of
the Kidscreen awards will keep Canada top-of-mind at this important
international trade event.
of over 350 Canadian content creators and audiovisual industry leaders will
come together to promote Canada’s leading role in producing quality children’s
programming sold around the world, and to showcase Canada’s wealth of talent
A series of
initiatives designed to feature Canada has been developed as a collaborative
strategy between the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Youth Media Alliance, la Société
de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Creative BC, Ontario
Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Bell Fund, Canadian Media Production
Association (CMPA) – BC Producers’ Branch, Consulate General of Canada in
Miami, and Nova Scotia Business Inc. The strategy will be accentuated by a
unified and cohesive new design to Canada’s delegate booth on the trade room
On behalf of
the Canadian industry, the CMF will help celebrate the year’s best children’s
programming as sponsor of the Kidscreen Summit Awards Ceremony on Tuesday,
of the development and production of audiovisual content for Canadians and
world audiences, the Consulate General of Canada in Miami and Canadian partners
will host a networking reception on Wednesday, February 10.
Kidscreen program will include a panel discussion featuring Canadian projects
titled, “Igniting social awareness with kids.” Producers and creators will
share how they are using inventive storytelling to highlight global and local
social issues, engage kids and drive change. The session, which takes place
Tuesday, February 11, will include moderator, Amy Friedman (President, Redhead
Consulting), and speakers Judith Beauregard (Executive Producer, Tobo), Anthony
Leo (Co-President, Aircraft Pictures), Shabnam Rezaei (President, Big Bad Boo)
and Gerry Shirren (Managing Director, Cartoon Saloon Limited).
earned a reputation of producing compelling children’s programming for world
audiences to enjoy, in both English and French, and Canada’s strong presence at
Kidscreen Summit 2016 is set to build on this reputation.
Visit Kidscreen Summit
for further details.
February 5, 2016
Corus Entertainment Closes Over-Allotment Option on Public Offering of Subscription Receipts
Closes Over-Allotment Option on
Corus Entertainment Inc. (“Corus”) (TSX: CJR.B)
announced today that the underwriters for the company’s previously completed public
offering of 25,400,000 subscription receipts have elected to exercise their option
in full to purchase an additional 3,810,000 subscription receipts at a price of
$9.00 per subscription receipt. The sale of the additional subscription receipts
was completed today and increases the gross proceeds from the public offering by
an additional $34,290,000, resulting in total gross proceeds from the public offering
of $262,890,000, which is in addition to the gross proceeds from Corus’ previously
completed concurrent private placement of 3,560,000 subscription receipts to certain
members of the Shaw family and their related entities for total gross proceeds of
The public offering
was made through a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities.
offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended,
and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable
exemption from the registration requirements. This news release shall not constitute
an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any
offer, solicitation or sale of the securities in any state in which such offer,
solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
February 5, 2016
Zelda Williams, Eli Goree and Alberto Frezza Sign Up for Camp in ABC Spark Series Dead of Summer
Zelda Williams (Teen
Wolf), Alberto Frezza (Charlie’s Angels) and Eli Goree (The 100) have
been added to the cast of the highly anticipated series Dead
that will air on Corus
Spark this summer.
Summer creators and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis
will direct the first episode of the series. Williams, Frezza and Goree join already
announced cast members Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty), Ronen
New Black) and Paulina Singer (Gotham).
Set in the late
1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons
the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including
first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology
awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable
scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror
story, Dead of Summer
is a bold, new series that
mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other. Production on the series will begin in March.
be portraying a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest
in bonding with the rest of the group.
Frezza will be
playing the role of “Deputy Garrett Sykes,” a young deputy who has ties to Camp
Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don’t add
Goree will be
portraying “Joel,” an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as
a counsellor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening.
Summer will be produced by ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis/Horowitz.
Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis (Lost, Once Upon
a Time) and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a
Behavior) will write and
executive-produce the series.
February 5, 2016
STINGRAY WINS “BEST IR FOR AN IPO” AT THE 2016 IR MAGAZINE AWARDS - CANADA
February 5, 2016 — Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading
business-to-business multi-platform music provider, was awarded “Best IR for an
IPO” at the 2016 IR Magazine Awards - Canada held on February 4 at the Carlu in
Toronto. Stingray was shortlisted in November 2015 along with Cara Operations,
Seven Generations Energy and Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure.
thrilled to be recognized at the IR Magazine Awards - Canada for our dedication
to quality investor relations services during our 2015 IPO,” said Mathieu
Péloquin, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications at Stingray. “It
is an absolute honour to be acknowledged by the Canadian investor relations
community in our first year as a publicly-traded company. We wish to thank IR
Magazine and congratulate all other nominees and award winners.”
Awards - Canada is the country’s largest annual gathering of investor relations
officers along with their senior management, advisers and analysts. Award
nominees are selected by close to 300 Canadian analysts and portfolio managers.
For more information about Stingray’s Investor Relations: http://www.stingray.com/investors
February 5, 2016
Broadcasting Accessibility Fund Issues Second Call for Letters of Intent
3, 2016 – The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) today announced it has
issued its second Call for Letters of Intent, the initial step in its
application process. The Fund is mandated to provide financial support for
initiatives that advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians
recently announced the completion of its first round of applications, which
resulted in a commitment of $723,500 to seven different projects.
strong success with our first round of applications and have elected to follow
the same process as we launch the second round,” said Board of Directors Chair
Allister Byrne. “The Call for Letters of Intent allows anyone interested in
applying for a grant to first tell us about their ideas, to ensure that their specific
initiatives are in line with the Fund’s mandate.”
Grant Committee of our Board has reviewed a Letter of Intent, we’ll get in
touch with the potential applicant to let them know whether their proposal fits
our mandate, or perhaps needs a bit of work, or is simply not a match for our
objectives,” said CEO/Funding Officer Richard Cavanagh. “We’ll request a full
application from those that the Committee wishes to proceed with.”
interested in submitting a Letter of Intent to the Fund, in English or French is
invited to visit www.baf-far.ca and follow
the links to How to Apply and Call for Letters. Alternative
formats are welcome; simply contact the Fund’s office.
for submitting a Letter of Intent to the Fund is March 24, 2016.
Broadcasting Accessibility Fund was established as an independent and impartial
funding body supporting innovative projects to increase the accessibility of
broadcasting content in Canada. The fund
was created as part of the tangible benefits package associated with Bell
Canada’s acquisition of CTV. The
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved its
creation together with initial funding of $5.7M.
Contact: Richard Cavanagh, CEO/Funding Officer, Broadcasting Accessibility
Fund, (613) 729-1891, email@example.com
February 5, 2016
Profile 2015 - State of the Canadian On-Screen Media Production Industry
5, 2015—The latest edition of Profile 2015: An Economic Report on the Screen-Based
Media Production Industry in Canada will be available on the Canadian Media Producers
Association website this afternoon at 12:00 p.m. ET.
marks the 19th edition of the annual economic report published by the Canadian Media
Producers Association (CMPA) in collaboration with the Association québécoise de
la production médiatique (AQPM), Telefilm Canada, and the Department of Canadian
Media Producers Association is Canada's leading trade association for independent
producers, representing more than 350 companies engaged in the production and distribution
of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media. The CMPA works on behalf of members to promote
and stimulate the Canadian production industry. Our goal is to ensure the continued
success of Canada's independent production sector and a future for content that
is make up Canadians for both Canadian and international audiences.
February 5, 2016
TVO's social network, TeachOntario, receives 2015 Deloitte IPAC Public Sector Leadership Award
TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2016 /CNW/ - Yesterday evening, TVO was awarded the platinum 2015 Deloitte IPAC
Public Sector Leadership Award by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) for its social network for teachers, TeachOntario. Recognizing
organizations demonstrating outstanding leadership, the IPAC award highlights the
TeachOntario online community, which was created for Ontario teachers to explore, create, and share educational information.
honoured that TeachOntario has been recognized by IPAC for our role as Ontario's partner for digital learning inside and outside the classroom,"
said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer,
TVO. "Developing TeachOntario, TVO worked hand in hand withOntario's educators to create a place to share and collaborate so
that they can elevate their students' learning experience."
The social network
is available to teachers in all grades across the province. Some recent TeachOntario
activity includes sharing math problems for the classroom, webinars on cyber-bullying,
and establishing student pen pals across Ontario.
In addition to teacher-driven content, TeachOntario is administered by a professional
community manager and includes resources that are relevant to both teachers and
was created by TVO in partnership with the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF), its
Affiliates, and the Ministry of Education (EDU), and in consultation with teachers
from a variety of districts across the province. It is available at tvo.org/teachontario.
February 4, 2016
Corus Radio Hamilton’s AM900 CHML Now Available on HD Radio
Corus Radio Hamilton’s AM900
CHML Now Available on HD Radio
(Toronto, Ontario) Corus Entertainment Inc. is pleased to announce it has launched
another HD Radio station in Canada. Listeners with access to HD
Radio technology can now tune into the digital signal of Hamilton’s AM900 CHML (CHML AM), in addition to Talk Radio AM640 (CFMJ AM), found under Hamilton’s 95.3 Fresh Radio (CING FM).
“We are excited
to add AM900 CHML to our current list of HD Radio stations,” says Mario Cecchini,
Executive Vice President, President, Corus Radio and Corus Média. “We strive to
offer accessible content across multiple platforms, and as the first multi-market
radio operator to offer HD Radio in Canada, we look forward to expanding into this
format in the upcoming months.”
Given the strength
of 95.3 Fresh Radio’s signal, listeners can experience AM900 CHML in clear HD Radio
format by selecting the sub channel 95.3 HD3.
is committed to delivering dynamic and locally-driven content that moves with its
audiences. As the widespread availability of HD Radio receivers shows continued
growth, we’ve recognized this platform as another touch point we can leverage to
reach our listeners,” says Mario Cecchini.
To find out more
about HD Radio on AM900 CHML, visit www.900chml.com/hd.
February 4, 2016
Legendary Satirist Al Yankovic to Voice Title Role in Disney XD’s Animated Comedy Series Milo Murphy’s Law From Acclaimed Animation Producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
Legendary satirist and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Al Yankovic (professionally
known as “Weird Al”) will voice the title role in Disney XD‘s Milo Murphy’s Law(formerly
known as Mikey Murphy’s Law), an animated comedy series from creators and executive
producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh of the globally acclaimed animated
series Phineas and Ferb. Premiering this fall, Milo Murphy’s Law introduces Milo,
the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake. Yankovic
will also sing the opening theme song and throughout the series, will perform original
songs as his character Milo Murphy.
Yankovic are Sabrina Carpenter (Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World) and MeKai Curtis
(Disney XD’s Kirby Buckets) as Milo’s friends Melissa Chase and Zack Underwood.
Povenmire and Marsh will also voice pistachio protectors Vinnie Dakota and Balthazar
the cast are: Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) as school crossing guard and Milo’s foe
Elliot Decker; Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives) as Zack’s mom Eileen Underwood;
Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) as science teacher Mrs. Murawski; Jemaine Clement (Flight
of the Conchords) as popular television show character Dr. Zone; Mackenzie Phillips
(American Graffiti) as Principal Milder; Chrissie Fit (Disney’s Teen Beach Movie)
as classmate Amanda Lopez; Vincent Martella (Disney’s Phineas and Ferb) as classmate
Bradley Nicholson; Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) as Milo’s dad Martin Murphy;
Pamela Adlon (Californication) as Milo’s mom Brigette Murphy; Kate Micucci (“When
in Rome”) as Milo’s sister Sara Murphy; Dee Bradley Baker (Disney’s Phineas and
Ferb) as Milo’s dog Diogee; Gregory Michael Cipes (Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man)
as classmate Mort Schaeffer; Michael Culross (Disney’s Phineas and Ferb) as high
school teacher Kyle Drako; and Kevin Michael Richardson (Disney’s The 7D) as Coach
The series follows
Milo Murphy, who is the personification of Murphy’s Law where anything that can
go wrong will go wrong. Suffering from Extreme Hereditary Murphy’s Law condition
(EHML), Milo always looks to make the best of the cards he’s been dealt and his
endless optimism and enthusiasm can turn any catastrophe into a wild adventure.
Armed with knowledge, a backpack full of supplies and his fearless friends, Melissa
and Zack, Milo is always prepared for every possibility. Together, he and his friends
will learn that it’s all about a positive attitude and not to sweat the big stuff…
and it’s all big stuff.
Marsh’s creative team includes Phineas and Ferb colleagues – producer and director
Robert F. Hughes, story editor Scott Peterson, and staff writers Joshua Pruett,
Dani Vetere and Martin Olson. Milo Murphy’s Law is produced by Disney Television
February 4, 2016
Strategic Shift Key to Capitalizing Canada’s Content Business, New Study
February 4, 2016 — Canadian
content creators do not have the same access to venture capital (VC) financing as
their U.S. counterparts, and must think strategically about partnerships, acquisitions
and mergers to grow their businesses, according to a new industry study by Duopoly’s
Strengthening the Business:
Capitalizing Canada’s Content Business was released today at the Canadian Media Producers Association’s
annual Prime Time in Ottawa conference. The report received funding support from
the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).
It discusses how traditional content entrepreneurs can attract increased investor
activity by learning the basic “rules of the road” and reassessing the management
tools used by their companies.
“In order for
Canadian content businesses to reach their maximum growth potential, they must develop
and constantly refine a concerted corporate strategy,” says Catherine Tait. “Companies
need to set business objectives and execute upon them—everything from thinking about
expanding into global markets, finding new revenue streams or entering into new
lines of business.”
The study does
a comparative analysis of the current investment climate for media deals in the
U.S. and Canada. VC investment is more limited in Canada than the U.S. because investors
are largely interested in technology-based media opportunities, even if they are
content players. But companies like DHX, eOne and 9 Story are highlighted as recent
Canadian examples of success that have made acquisitions in other production financing
territories like the U.S, U.K and Europe.
study offers is a unique perspective of Canadian challenges in the global marketplace.
She offers best practices from dozens of production companies and financiers to
provide guidance and offer potential solutions for small and medium-sized companies
to grow their businesses,” says Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA.”
As a special
feature at Prime Time, business plans from three Canadian companies were pre-selected
to participate in a special interactive workshop to put this report to the test. The panel, led by Catherine with other industry
experts, will test the viability of their plans and look for hidden opportunities
for growth. The selected companies are; Bandwidth Digital Releasing —exploring new
feature film distribution models for Indigenous and First Nations communities not
currently served; Arcana, a successful IP developer looking to leverage their large library of graphic novels; and Relish
Interactive — a company that focuses on creating game changing digital content and
products for ambitious startups and innovative brands.
February 4, 2016
Name Change for the CMPA announced at Prime Time in Ottawa
Media Production Association (CMPA) announced today it is evolving its brand to
more accurately reflect its membership in its name. It will now be known as the
Canadian Media Producers Association. President and CEO Reynolds Mastin made
the announcement today during his opening remarks at the Prime Time in Ottawa
Association will now be using this name on all correspondence and
communications. Our logo has also been updated and can be downloaded here.
Media Producers Association is Canada's leading trade association for
independent producers, representing more than 350 companies engaged in the
production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature
films and digital media. The CMPA works on behalf of members to promote
and stimulate the Canadian production industry. Our goal is to ensure the
continued success of Canada's independent production sector and a future for
content that is make up Canadians for both Canadian and international
February 3, 2016
BIG BROTHER CANADA IS BACK WITH ALL THE 24/7 ACTION CANADIANS CAN HANDLE – SEASON 4 PREMIERES MARCH 2 ON GLOBAL
TORONTO, February 3, 2016
- Global's smash-hit original
series Big Brother Canada is back and bigger than ever with Season
4 premiering on
Wednesday, March 2 at 9 pm ET/PT. Hosted by Arisa Cox, the much-anticipated fourth season promises
more surprises, more challenges, and more houseguest shenanigans all under the watchful
eye of Big Brother.
for a sixth Canadian Screen Award, Big Brother Canada also welcomes the return of an all-new season of the Big Brother Canada Side Show, premiering on Friday, March 4 at 10 pm ET on Slice and Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm ET on Global. This year Arisa Cox is joined by panellists
Peter Brown (Season 1 houseguest) and Sarah Hanlon (Season 3 winner) who talk through
the exploits of the week, analyze game strategy, make predictions, and discuss those
oh-so important showmances.
fans, Big Brother Canada After
Dark is back seven days a
week where the cameras never stop rolling in the Big Brother Canada house. Viewers can catch all the late-night activity, secret conversations,
and backroom alliances beginning Friday, March 4 at 3 am ET on Slice. And for those who still want more #BBCAN4 action, free
live feeds from theBig
Brother Canada House will
also be available on
viewers have shown
Big Brother Canada over the
past three seasons has been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Content, Shaw
Media. “Last season was the
most-watched, most-talked about season yet and in season four we’re taking Canadians
on an even wilder ride.”
we look to raise the bar and give viewers of Big Brother Canada even more riveting surprises and unpredictable turns. Season
4 is no exception - viewers will love what we have in store for them," said
John Brunton, Chairman & CEO, Insight Production Company Ltd.
Following a coast-to-coast
casting call, a new group of houseguests are moving into an overhauled Big Brother Canada house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras
and microphones capturing their every move. The houseguests compete for a grand
prize of $100,000, a $25,000 gift card from The Brick, and an OxiCleanTM prize pack
valued at $10,000 that includes $500 of fabric care products and a $9,500 wardrobe
makeover. The upcoming season of the fan favourite series continues to offer unparalleled
digital extensions that augment the social dynamics and real-time momentum of the
24/7 television production.
Big Brother Canada extends
from series to site at
BigBrotherCanada.ca with exclusive content, full episodes, 24-hour live streams, and
a host of surprises and opportunities that allow fans to directly impact the show.
Based on Endemol
Shine Group's worldwide hit franchise and commissioned by Shaw Media, Season 4 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in
association with Shaw Media. Erin Brock and Sue Brophey serve as Supervising Producers.
John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby serve as Executive Producers.
Big Brother Canada premieres on Global, Wednesday, March
2 at 9 pm ET/PT and airs Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT (eviction
episode), and Sundays at 7 pm ET/PT. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up
on Big Brother Canada for free following the broadcast the
next day on BigBrotherCanada.ca and Global Go.
on new season of
Big Brother Canada will be
February 3, 2016
Beautiful From Head to Toe: Bell Media Sales Launches New Jergens® Campaign in Québec Featuring Comedian Korine Côté
3, 2016) – Bell Media Sales announced today the launch of a television
and digital campaign in Québec promoting Jergens® moisturizer. Commissioned by Toronto-based
firm Gaggi Media Communications, the initiative features three Bell Media-produced,
15-second TV spots starring stand-up comedian Korine Côté. The campaign is airing
now through September on Canal Vie, VRAK, Canal D, and Séries+ channels, and their
associated digital properties.
beauté c’est bien plus qu’un joli visage” (“You’re more than just a pretty face”)
was inspired by a similar campaign in the U.S. featuring actress Leslie Mann. The
spots take a light-hearted, self-deprecating approach to promote the importance
for women of taking care of their entire body. All three ads feature Korine Côté
sharing the benefits of hydrating the entire body, with a script written by the
“Bell Media developed
a great partnership with Gaggi Media Communications to create this turnkey media
initiative,” said Anouk Bourassa, Senior Director, Media Creativity. “With the power
and reach of our brands, the creativity of our team, and our deep knowledge of Québec
consumers, the campaign demonstrates how our resources can deliver results for Jergens®.”
February 3, 2016
GET READY TO FLIP OUT! SEASON FOUR OF THE NEXT STEP PREMIERES FEBRUARY 15 ON FAMILY
Toronto, 3 February
2016 – Killer choreography, dynamic dancing and non-stop drama are set to takeover
Family Channel on Family Day Weekend as the network’s flagship series The Next Step
returns for its fourth season. Starting at the crack of dawn, on Saturday, February
13, audiences can experience all the kicks, tricks and hair flips the popular tween
drama has to offer with a nonstop three-day, full series marathon which culminates
with the highly anticipated season four premiere on Monday, February 15 at 5:30
p.m. ET/PT. Following the Family Day festivities, new episodes will air regularly
Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Known for its
jaw-dropping dance routines and high-energy performances, The Next Step follows
the lives of an elite group of dancers who train at The Next Step dance studio.
Season four begins with A-Troupe returning home from their win at the International
competition. The studio is now considered one of the best in the world, but achieving
victory at the highest level has the dancers questioning their futures – some feel
they’ve reached their full potential, while others are still waiting for their chance
to shine. Riley is offered a surprising new position with A-Troupe, while James,
West and Eldon are swept off on a whirlwind escapade to London, England. Amidst
the changes a crop of talented but untested newbies are welcomed to the studio and
the team must use every ounce of their talent and determination to recapture the
old A-Troupe magic in time to defend their title at Regionals.
The Next Step
stars Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle; Brittany Raymond as Riley; Logan Fabbro as
Amanda; Myles Erlick as Noah; Trevor Tordjman as James; Lamar Johnson as West; Isaac
Lupien as Eldon; Jordan Clark as Giselle; Briar Nolet as Richelle and Skylar Alexis
Healey as Skylar. New to the cast this season are Giuseppe Bausilio as Alfie; Alexandra
Chaves as Piper; Erika Prevost as Sloane; Akiel Julien as LaTroy; Isaiah Peck as
Henry; Shelby Bain as Amy; and Allie Goodbun as Cassie. The new season will also
feature special appearances by fan-favourite characters from past seasons, cast
members from spin-off series Lost & Found Music Studios, and mark the directorial
debut for cast members Trevor Tordjman and Lamar Johnson.
Leading up to
the season premiere, fans won’t want to miss a full series marathon beginning Saturday,
February 13 at 6 a.m. ET/PT. In addition to every episode ever made, the 3-day event
(which will span the entire holiday weekend) will include an encore presentation
of The Next Step Live: The Movie and special extended episodes. In the premiere
episode, the fates of the current A-Troupe dancers will be revealed, and on February
19, when the series moves to its regular timeslot (Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT) auditions
begin as talented dancers from across the world flock to The Next Step studio in
hopes of landing a spot on the regionals team. Family OnDemand will also offer new
episodes as they become available weekly beginning March 1, with select episodes
available for viewing on Family.ca.
The news of the
series’ return comes as cast members prepares to take the stage tonight in London,
Ontario for the first stop of the international The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour.
The interactive live stage show features the amazing talents of the series’ stars
featuring group numbers, solos and duets alongside musical performances by cast
members from Lost & Found Music Studios. To find out if the tour is visiting
a city near you, for detailed ticketing information and VIP passes, and to learn
more about the series, please visit Family.ca.
The Next Step
is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association
with Family Channel and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken (Lost & Found
Music Studios, Wingin’ It, Kids in the Hall), Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier
(Orphan Black, Being Erica, Wingin’ It), and Laura Harbin (Lost & Found Music
Studios, Wingin’ It). BBC Worldwide handles the international rights to the series.
February 3, 2016
Rodeo FX Wins VES Award for Game of Thrones: City of Volantis
Quebec: Feb. 3, 2016 . . . Rodeo FX has won a Visual Effects Society (VES)
Award for its work on Season 5 of Game of Thrones. The award for Outstanding
Created Environment in an Episode honoured the studio’s creation of the city of
Volantis. Rodeo FX received the award last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in
Los Angeles and can add it to the VES Award it won last year for its work on Birdman.
The Rodeo FX
artists who created the Volantis environment and whose names are on the VES
Award are Dominic Piché, lead modeler, Christine Leclerc, lead texture artist,
Patrice Poissant, CG artist, and Thomas Montminy-Brodeur, digital compositor.
“We are very
proud that our work has been rewarded with this prestigious award,” said
Matthew Rouleau, VFX supervisor who led the Rodeo FX team. “Game of Thrones gives
us an opportunity to shine and it’s gratifying to have our VFX contribution
recognized by our peers.”
The city of
Volantis was created completely in CG, replete with a crowded market atop a
majestic bridge and surrounded by large buildings humming with activity.
Working from a live plate using a Roman bridge in Córdoba, Spain as a stand-in,
the Rodeo FX team created the buildings and market on the bridge, as well as
the background matte painting. The artists modeled everything in the scenes,
including gutters, roof tiles, and windows.
to Volantis, Rodeo FX relied on its proficiency in animation, crowd simulation,
and digital matte painting to build other key sequences, including the
destruction of the Harpy statue and the eerie Smoking Sea of Valyria as part of
the over 200 visual effects it delivered for the show. Rodeo FX worked closely
throughout the season with Joe Bauer, VFX supervisor, and Steve Kullback, VFX
producer on Game of Thrones. The popular TV series also won a VES Award in the
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode category for a fourth year in
”Our work on
Game of Thrones is the result of a complete team effort at Rodeo FX,” added
Sébastien Moreau, president of Rodeo FX. “Congratulations to our winners and to
all the VFX crew for this recognition of their achievements!”
Rodeo FX was
also nominated for The Walk (Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a
Photoreal Feature) and delivered visual effects for two other VES Award
nominees, Furious 7 (Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature), and In
the Heart of the Sea (Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal
to its two VES Awards, Rodeo FX has won two Emmys for its VFX artistry on Game
A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is produced by
HBO and stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams.
It is the most popular series on HBO. To read more about the contribution of
Rodeo FX to Game of Thrones, visit http://www.rodeofx.com/all-films/got5