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May 29, 2015

CTV Morning Live and Bell Media Radio Stations Announce “Manitobaville”, a Contest Awarding $25,000 for One Worthy Community Project

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WINNIPEG (May 29, 2015) – Bell Media Manitoban properties including CTV MORNING LIVE, 103.1 Virgin Radio, TSN 1290, 96.1 BOB FM, 101 The Farm, and 99.9 BOB FM, along with sponsors Westoba Credit Union, SAFE Work Manitoba, Robertson College, Chicken Chef, Star Building Materials Ltd., and Recycle Everywhere, announced today the launch of Manitobaville®, a contest offering communities the chance to win $25,000 to support a local project.

Entrants are tasked with filming a short video explaining their dream project and the difference it will make for their community. Projects can include a park, a monument, a building upgrade – the sky’s the limit. The successful entrant will receive a $25,000 cheque towards the Manitobaville project of their community’s choice, with the winning community being crowned Manitobaville 2015.

The Top 10 finalists will be announced August 7, 2015 across participating media outlets to give viewers and listeners the chance to vote for their favourite project. The winning submission will be announced two weeks later on August 21, 2015 after final voting results are tallied.

For complete rules and regulations, click here.
Presenting Sponsors:
SAFE Work Manitoba:  www.safemanitoba.com
Westoba Credit Union:  www.westoba.com
Supporting Sponsors:
Chicken Chef: www.chickenchef.ca
Recycle Everywhere:  www.recycleeverywhere.ca
Robertson College:  www.robertsoncollege.com
Star Building Materials Ltd.: www.starbuilding.ca

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May 29, 2015

Season 4 of CTV’s Hit Original Drama SAVING HOPE Starts Production on June 1

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TORONTO (May 29, 2015) – CTV announced today in association with Ilana Frank’s ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne), that production is set to begin Monday, June 1 on Season 4 of its hit original drama SAVING HOPE. The start of production announcement comes ahead of CTV’s 2015 Upfront presentation taking place June 4 in Toronto, where the 18-episode fourth season will shoot until December 2015. A finalist for a Golden Screen Award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, SAVING HOPE stars Erica Durance as Dr. Alex Reid.

SAVING HOPE ranked in the Top 30 of Canada’s most-watched programs in key adult A18-49 and A25-54 demos last fall, and ended its third season in February as the #1 Canadian drama series in the key adult demos, as 1.7 million viewers watched the shocking Season 3 finale. All past episodes of SAVING HOPE are streaming now on CraveTV™.

“The Season 3 finale was shocking and gripping, and left fans wanting more. We can't wait to begin a new season of engaging twists and turns, and emotional highs and lows, featuring both our exceptional returning cast, and intriguing new characters,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “With such a talented team, led by ICF Films and eOne, Season 4 is looking to be another remarkable season for SAVING HOPE.”

SAVING HOPE’s emotional Season 3 finale saw life and death collide as Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) became a new mom, delivering a healthy baby boy named Luke Reid. In a shocking turn of events, the episode culminated in a devastating accident at an off-site army base, which saw the death of one of Hope Zion’s own. Season 4 picks up nine months after the devastating accident, as the Hope Zion staff continue to deal with the aftermath of the death of their colleague and friend, Dr. Joel Goran. Alex (Durance) is back at work following maternity leave, trying to balance motherhood and a busy O.R. Meanwhile, Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) continues to be haunted by his ghost-seeing abilities and the looming question of whether or not he is Baby Luke's biological father.

Joining the cast this season in recurring roles are Kim Shaw (THE GOOD WIFE) as Dr. Cassie Williams, a book smart intern learning how to practice medicine, not just read about it, and Max Bennett (Anna Karenina) as Dr. Patrick Curtis, a surgical fellow who has been filling in during Alex’s mat leave. Travis Milne (ROOKIE BLUE) will also appear in a four-episode arc. Canadian Screen Award-winner Jason Priestley (CALL ME FITZ), series star Michael Shanks, and Peter Stebbings (THE LISTENER) return to direct episodes this season.

SAVING HOPE stars 2013 Canadian Screen Award nominee Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS), 2013 Canadian Screen Award-winner Wendy Crewson (REVENGE), Michelle Nolden (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), Benjamin Ayres (LESS THAN KIND), Julia Taylor Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), and Huse Madhavji (CALL ME FITZ).

SAVING HOPE is produced by ICF Films with eOne, in association with CTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The series is executive produced by Ilana Frank, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for eOne. Adam Pettle is Executive Producer and Showrunner. All distribution rights are handled by eOne. For Bell Media, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy is Production Executive, Drama, Independent Production; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV; Phil King is President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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May 28, 2015

SOCIALLY SAVVY SARAH HANLON WINS SEASON THREE OF BIG BROTHER CANADA IN LANDSLIDE VOTE

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Watch the Full Cast Reunion Thursday Live on Global’s The Morning Show

TORONTO, May 28, 2015 – In the most merciless season of Big Brother Canada yet, Sarah Hanlon, the 27 year-old free spirit from Toronto, was crowned the winner in tonight’s dramatic season three finale on Global. Sarah competed as a socially savvy houseguest, earning the respect of the jury, and winning the crown title in a landslide 7-2 vote against runner-up Godfrey Mangwiza. Sarah takes home a grand prize of $100,000, a $25,000 home shopping spree from The Brick, and a $10,000 trip of a lifetime courtesy of Twistos. As runner-up, Godfrey takes home $20,000 cash, in addition to a $5,000 prize he picked up while in the house. Big Brother Canada’s third season quickly became the most shocking, twisted, and dramatic season yet, captivating Canadians across the country. The show’s third season, and its inaugural run on Global, grew its audience by 40% over its sophomore season on Slice.

“I honestly felt like I was going to be out every single week. It turned around when Brittnee used the Have Not super power and I won HOH right after – that's when I thought that I might have a shot to get to the end. I still can't believe it though, it's so surreal!” said Sarah Hanlon.

With the house narrowed down to its final three – made up of Sarah Hanlon (Toronto), Godfrey Mangwiza (Toronto), and Ashleigh Wood (Calgary) – the remaining houseguests competed in a three-part HOH competition that secured one person a spot in the final two. Godfrey won the first leg of the competition, while Ashleigh won the second, knocking out Sarah from competing in the third leg of the race. In a tie-breaking trivia challenge, Godfrey won his first HOH of the season, securing himself a spot in the final two. Godfrey chose to take Sarah to the finals, sending Ashleigh out the door to join the jury.

After the jury vote was locked, Big Brother revealed its final twist of the season. The final three houseguests had been given a first-of-its-kind vote to unanimously eliminate one jury member. Arisa revealed to the jury that super fan Jordan Parhar had been evicted from the jury, canceling out his previously cast vote. This season’s houseguests were hand-picked from across the country, representing provinces, cities, and towns from coast-to-coast. But most of all, this season consisted of more BBCAN super fans than ever before, bringing a concoction of knowledge in a house full of game-altering surprises.

Based on Endemol’s worldwide hit franchise and in association with Shaw Media, Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd., an award-winning production company most recently honoured with an Academy Icon Award on its 35th anniversary by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

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May 28, 2015

TVO's educational children's programming wins three Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence

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TORONTO, MAY 28, 2015 /CNW/ - Three TVOKids programs have been honoured with Awards of Excellence by the Youth Media Alliance.

"Congratulations to all of TVO's production partners on winning the Youth Media Alliance Awards for their outstanding work. As a learning organization, we are very proud of this national recognition, and pleased to work together to provide high-quality educational media to Ontario's youngest minds, helping children to succeed in school and in life," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer at TVO.

TVOKids' programming received a total of 14 Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence nominations, resulting in three wins:

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Annedroids
Grand Prize for Best Production, All Categories

Hi Opie!
Best Convergent Website
For: Opie! Interactive

Odd Squad
Best Television Program, All Genres, Ages 6–8
For: Zero Effect/Bad Luck Bears

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May 28, 2015

DHX Media Licenses Dr. Dimensionpants to Hulu For US Exclusive

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HALIFAX, May 28, 2015 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has signed a deal to premiere its animated action series Dr. Dimensionpants in the US on Hulu. The series will debut exclusively in the US on the streaming service beginning June 13th.

Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media, said: "The unique comic style of this series has won fans acrossCanada, Europe, Latin America, Australia and the Middle East and we are very pleased to now add the US to this growing list of broadcast territories. With Hulu on board to premiere the show to its audiences we are strongly positioned to engage with the core demographic and draw legions of new fans to Dr. Dimensionpants."

Hulu subscribers will be able to stream Dr. Dimensionpants in the safe, commercial-free Kids section of Hulu. Recommended programming within the Kids section of Hulu are restricted to other commercial-free children's programming so children can quickly and securely jump to their favorite shows. Commercial-free kids programming is available to subscribers on all Hulu-compatible devices.

Originally commissioned by TELETOON, the series follows the adventures of Kyle Lipton and his alter-ego, Dr. Dimensionpants - a cosmic superhero with powers of space, time, and a moustache. Kyle was your everyday go-with-the-flow, somewhat average kid. But all that changed when an inter-dimensional portal opened in his backyard and dropped a strange pair of glowing pants in his lap: The Dimensionpants. Thanks to this cosmic clothing, young Kyle now has all the crazy-weird superhero powers he ever wanted… and a rocking mohawk. Way more responsibility than he can handle!

Dr. Dimensionpants is created and executive produced by Brad Peyton, who is best known for directing the upcoming San Andreas, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.  Peyton, along with Executive Story Editors Alex Galatis (Rocket Monkeys and Jimmy Two-Shoes) and Jeremy Winkels (Almost Naked Animals, and Total Drama: Revenge of the Island), and with Director Jon Izen (Yam Rolland Pet Squad) shape this unbelievable out-of-this-universe comedy show.

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May 28, 2015

TSN and Bell Media Announce Launch of TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton and New Partnership with Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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HAMILTON (May 28, 2015) – TSN announced today that the network is further extending its industry-leading sports brand this fall with the launch of TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton – marking the first time an all-sports radio station is available in the Hamilton market.

The Bell Media radio station also confirmed today 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.

In the lead-up to the official rebrand to TSN Radio this fall, Hamilton’s Classic Hits 1150 CKOC delivers live coverage of every Tiger-Cats game, kicking off this month with news and analysis from the team’s training camp. The station continues in its current format through the summer. Broadcast teams for Tiger-Cats games on the station will be confirmed in the coming days.

In addition to every Tiger-Cats game, TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton will deliver live coverage of the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs. Additional programming details surrounding TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton will be announced in the coming months.

“We are thrilled to announce this new expansion of TSN Radio, which now allows us to deliver the trusted news and analysis that fans have come to expect from TSN,” said Robert Gray, National Program Director, TSN Radio. “Hamilton sports fans are passionate and knowledgeable, and there is no better way to celebrate the addition of TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton than to become the home of their pride and joy, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.”

“TSN represents the preeminent sports media brand in Canada, and entering into a historic partnership to bring TSN Radio and the all-sports radio format to Hamilton is something the Tiger-Cats are extremely proud of,” said Scott Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Tiger-Cats. “This partnership will provide an unprecedented platform to connect with Tiger-Cats fans across Hamilton and regionally around southern Ontario in unique and meaningful ways. From game broadcasts to specialty programs to contests and promotions, TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton will be the voice of the Tiger-Cats."

With this announcement, TSN Radio is now available in seven major Canadian markets: Hamilton, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton.

The acquisition of radio rights to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats complements TSN Radio’s extensive slate of live CFL broadcast coverage, which includes the Toronto Argonauts on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, the Montreal Alouettes on TSN Radio 690 in Montréal, the Ottawa Redblacks on TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, and the B.C. Lions on TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver.

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May 28, 2015

DISNEY XD GIVES PHINEAS AND FERB THE ULTIMATE SEND-OFF WITH AN EPIC 2-DAY EPISODE MARATHON IN HONOUR OF THE SERIES FINALE

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Toronto,  May 28, 2015 – With 104 days of summer vacation right around the corner, Disney XD bids farewell to Phineas and Ferb, the greatest backyard adventurers of all time, with a 37-hour marathon featuring every episode ever from the fan-favourite series. Kicking off at the crack of dawn on Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. ET, fans can relive the stepbrothers’ greatest summer escapades, Candace’s biggest brother-busting attempts and the infamous rivalry between Perry the Platypus and Dr. Doofenschmirtz. The marathon culminates with the hour-long series finale on Sunday, June 14 at 7 p.m. ET.

In the final episode, “Last Day of Summer,” Candace has one final chance to bust her brothers before the summer season comes to a close. As usual, her efforts are thwarted until she gets the chance to redo the day with Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s newest machine: the Do-Over-Inator. Suddenly everything turns topsy-turvy and as the dastardly device rips into the space-time continuum, the days get shorter and Phineas and Ferb disappear entirely. Fans that miss the original broadcast won’t need a Do-Over-Inator to watch the episode – the series finale will be also available on Disney XD OnDemand beginning June 15.

Highlights from the Phineas and Ferb Weekend event include: a 2-hour celebration of the series’ zany original music beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. ET; Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars airing Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET; the Disney Channel Original Movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET; Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, featuring guest appearances by superheroes, airing Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET and much more! For a complete schedule of events, please visit DisneyXD.ca

The farewell bash continues at DisneyXD.ca where fans can play the nostalgic new game “Replay Rush.” Dr. Doofenschmirtz’s Do-Over-Inator will take gamers on a journey back through time as they revisit mini versions of their favourite Phineas and Ferb games, unlock new games and collect points. Adding to the excitement, every Phineas and Ferb game ever made – 42 to be exact – will also be available on the website for a limited time.  

Featuring a remarkably talented voice cast, Phineas and Ferb stars Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris) as Phineas Flynn; Thomas Sangster (Game of Thrones) as Ferb Fletcher; Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Candace Flynn; Mitchel Musso (Pair of Kings) as Jeremy; Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) as mom Linda Flynn-Fletcher; Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as dad Lawrence Fletcher; Dee Bradley Baker (Miles from Tomorrowland) as Perry the Platypus; Alyson Stoner (Step Up) as Isabella; Jeff “Swampy” Marsh as Major Monogram and Dan Povenmire as the nefarious Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Created and executive produced by Dan Provenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (Rocko’s Modern Life, The Simpsons), the three time Emmy-Award winning series follows the daily adventures of Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher, two highly imaginative and resourceful step-brothers who aim to make the most of their summer vacation by building crazy contraptions and going off on exciting escapades. Meanwhile, their pet platypus, Perry, moonlights as a secret agent battling the diabolical Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz. The beloved animated comedy has seen 126 episodes, five hour-long specials and a full length movie. The series has welcomed over 150 guest stars including: Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Jon Stewart, Patrick Dempsey, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, JK Simmons, Seth MacFarlane, Jay Leno, Kelly Clarkson, George Takei, Simon Pegg, Anna Paquin, Josh Gad and Stan Lee.

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May 28, 2015

Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy, Mia Martina Featuring Waka Flocka, Scott Helman, and Tori Kelly Confirmed to Perform on the 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, June 21

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TORONTO (May 28, 2015) – Much “really, really, really” likes the next round of performers for the 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, as GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, multi-platinum rock band Fall Out Boy, international chanteuse Mia Martina featuring Waka Flocka, singer-songwriter Scott Helman, and vocal powerhouse Tori Kelly are confirmed to rock the stage. The stellar line-up joins previously announced performers, co-host Ed Sheeran, Jason Derulo, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd.  The 2015 MMVAs kicks off live coast-to-coast-to-coast, Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Much and Much.com (check local listings to confirm broadcast times).

It was also confirmed today that ETALK reporter and Much VJ Liz Trinnear, along with Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards, are set to co-host the 2015 MMVAs, for the first-time ever, alongside previously announced internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Starting the night in style is the notorious MMVA RED CARPET SPECIAL, Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Much and Much.com, hosted by E!’s Chloe Wilde  and ETALK’s Devon Soltendieck who welcome the always unique, and down-right outrageous, red carpet arrivals. Joining Chloe and Devon on the red carpet is comedian and Much Digital Studios creator Jus Reign who delivers irreverent comedy from his location embedded among hundreds of screaming fans.

In advance of the live awards, fans can get an in-depth look at all the MMVA action in the 30-minute original special 2015 MMVA FIRST LOOK, premiering Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. ET on Much. Hosted by MMVA co-hosts Trinnear and Edwards, 2015 MMVA FIRST LOOK provides an exclusive sneak peek at the incredible MMVA stages, show-stopping performers, and A-list presenters set to rock this year’s awards at Much HQ.

The sought-after wristbands for the 2015 MMVAs are set to be handed out Wednesday, June 10 at 12 p.m. ET from Much HQ in Toronto. For all the latest info, fans can check out Much.com, Twitter, and Facebook. Fans across the country can tune into their local radio stations for a chance to win wristbands.

Official sponsors of the 2015 MMVAs include: Bud Lime Ritas, Coca-Cola®, Procter & Gamble®, SUBWAY® Restaurants, and Virgin Mobile Canada™.

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May 27, 2015

Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund celebrated the audiovisual industry at C2 Montréal

MONTREAL, May 27, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund celebrated the audiovisual industry yesterday as part of the C2 Montréal business conference. During the afternoon at Arsenal, people from the industry gathered under the Big Top BDC to attend the event, which was highlighted by a lively discussion between Alec Baldwin and Patrick Huard on their different experiences as producer and actor. In addition, the round table, How to Reach a Target Audience in a Complex Media Landscape, brought together panellists David Cormican (executive vice-president, business development and production, and partner at Don Carmody Television) and Corey Vidal (founder and president of ApprenticeA Productions).

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May 27, 2015

MEDIASET ITALIA TV Channel #1 in Canada - Now in over 4.5 million homes

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Toronto, May 27, 2015 - With its launch earlier this month in freeview to all 1.6 million Videotron Quebec digital TV subscribers, Telelatino Network Inc.’s all Italian language TV channel, Mediaset Italia (Canada), has further solidified its #1 position as the most distributed dedicated foreign language channel in Canada. Mediaset is available at little or no additional charge with a subscription to the TLN TV channel. The TLN TV channel itself can be seen in over 6 million homes. Authoritative sources report that between 600,000 and 1.1 million Canadians speak Italian, making Italian the second most spoken foreign language in Canada (see appended chart entitled “Canada’s Most Spoken Foreign Languages”).

Telelatino Network Inc. President, Aldo Di Felice commented, “We are delighted and proud about the growth and popularity of our Mediaset channel. Nowhere in the world outside Italy has an Italian language TV channel achieved such broad availability at such low cost to consumers. Since Rogers first launch in 2010, the past year has been especially successful with new launches on Bell Satellite TV, Bell Fibe and now Videotron, giving the channel both full national satellite coverage and high visibility in the key Quebec market where a significant proportion of Canada’s Italian speakers reside. Italian Canadians represent a multi-billion dollar consumer market and they continue to identify strongly with Italian cultural content, whether it’s movies, music or their many traditions in all areas of life.”

Mr. Di Felice added, “This is also a great example of the value of international partnerships when it comes to ethnic television in Canada. Our collaboration with Mediaset S.p.A. has ensured the localized version of the channel is scheduled and tailored to meet the needs, tastes and interests of Italian Canadians with the best TV that Italy produces together with locally produced Canadian programs and community personalities.”

Read and see more about Mediaset Italia (Canada) at www.mediasetitalia.ca and TLN at www.tln.ca

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May 27, 2015

CraveTV Renews Its Hit Supernatural Comedy DEADBEAT for Season 3

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TORONTO (May 27, 2015) – Canada's premium TV streaming service CraveTVTM confirmed today that its hit slacker comedy DEADBEAT has been renewed for Season 3. DEADBEAT, starring Brampton, Ont. native Tyler Labine, launched with Seasons 1 and 2 in April and is now one of the streaming services most popular comedies. DEADBEAT is one of many CraveTV exclusive series, including MANHATTAN, BOSCH, and HAPPYISH.  From the same studio that delivered MAD MEN and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, DEADBEAT Season 3 will debut on CraveTV at a later date.

“Not surprisingly, Tyler Labine and DEADBEAT have made an instant impact on CraveTV since the series premiered exclusively in Canada last month,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CraveTV. “We’re happy to announce the return of this supernatural slacker series and an all new Season 3 roster of ghostly episodes.”

In the half-hour comedy, Labine stars as deadbeat pothead and medium-for-hire Kevin “Pac” Pacalioglu. There is no request too strange for “Pac” who puts in the least amount of effort to help even the most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business – as long as he makes a quick buck.

DEADBEAT also stars Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) as Roofie, Kevin’s drug dealer and only friend, and Cat Deeley (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) as the commercially successful medium Camomile White.

DEADBEAT Season 2 guest stars included James Franco and Danny DeVito, along with Fred Armisen (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Michael Ian Black (THE STATE, ED), Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin), Jim Norton (LOUIE, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER), Zachary Levi (CHUCK), and Finn Wittrock (Unbroken).

DEADBEAT is produced by Lionsgate Television Inc. in association with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Dakota Pictures. 

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May 27, 2015

Women Aren’t Not Funny. Season 3 of The Comedy Network’s INSIDE AMY SCHUMER is Most-Watched in Series History

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Audiences grow 70% for total viewers compared to Season 2

Toronto, ON (May 27, 2015) – Sassier and more subversive than ever, Season 3 of critically acclaimed comedy series INSIDE AMY SCHUMER is the most-watched in series history, The Comedy Network confirmed today. With edgy and star-studded sketches including a “12 Angry Men” send-up and “Last F…able Day” igniting the Web, and Schumer’s ability to  tackle tough subjects and tickle critics, Season 3 of INSIDE AMY SCHUMER proves it is more than just a viral sensation with audiences up 70% for total viewers and 86% for A18-49 compared to Season 2. Averaging 171,000 viewers in its Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, the May 12 episode “I’m Sorry” drew a series-high audience of 260,000 total viewers.

In the next episode of INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, “Fight Like a Girl”, (Tuesday, June 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT), Amy gets a mail-order husband, trains men in the art of female emotional combat, and strips for dogs. INSIDE AMY SCHUMER airs exclusively on Comedy in Canada, Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. For those who have yet to get into Amy Schumer, Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on CraveTV, and beginning Saturday, May 30 at midnight, Season 3 gets a reboot with an INSIDE AMY SCHUMER marathon.

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May 27, 2015

Milton Approved!

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Milton, Ontario – May 27, 2015 - MBC is pleased to announce that the CRTC has approved our application to launch a brand new local radio station to serve Milton, Ontario. The new station will broadcast at 101.3 FM.

“Milton will make an excellent addition to our group! We’re extremely pleased that the Commission continues to support the growth of small market broadcasters in Canada. We look forward to being heavily involved in the Milton community, and producing great local content for many years to come!” said Jon Pole, President of MY BROADCASTING CORPORATION.

No official launch date has been set, but work will begin shortly! Expect more updates to follow! THE ALL NEW 101.3 myFM in Milton is COMING SOON! 

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May 27, 2015

Make Some Room, Canada. We're Moving In! shomi is Coming to All Canadians this Summer

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TORONTO (May 27, 2015) - Canada, make room on your couch and time in your schedule - shomi™ is moving in! Following a successful beta launch in November 2014 to Rogers and Shaw Internet or cable customers, shomi  is now coming to all Canadians across the country this summer! We're moving in and unpacking great stuff to watch - including exclusive series not available on other streaming services, celebrated Canadian content, human-curated  collections, plus fun kids and family programming. And we know it's not just  about the living room TV experience: shomi is accessible  on the platforms Canadians want - tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360, Apple TV, Chromecast, as  well as set-top boxes for Rogers and Shaw TV subscribers; the service is also on offer to other distributors.

Want something sweet with your popcorn and magic experience? Like an awesome roommate, shomi's got the first month covered for new subscribers - and shomi doesn't leave dishes in the sink! Planning your first binge already? shomi has teamed up with Twitter so followers will be the first to know when shomi is ready to move in. Head over to www.shomi4everyone.com and  retweet the message to receive an alert the moment you can sign up for shomi and get your first month free. Not on Twitter? Go to www.shomi.com enter your  email address and we will let you know the instant shomi is available to  everyone.

"The beta has been a huge success and we're excited to now bring it to all Canadians. We've taken the time to work out the kinks so members can enjoy a  great user interface and viewing experience," said David Asch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, shomi. "We know more Canadians want the bleary-eyed but oh-so-satisfying experience of an epic entertainment binge, and that they want the freedom to choose how they access the service. This exciting next step gives them that  opportunity and we're excited to share shomi with everyone."

From The Americans to Outlander and everything in Between, there's  something for every Canadian on shomi. shomi has exclusive content deals for some of the most buzz-worthy and binge-able TV series being produced today. When we move in this summer, we're bringing the coolest shows - stuff the other guys don't have. Canadian exclusives such as Golden Globe®-winner Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and Catastrophe; exclusive day-and-date releases of hot new series including iZombie and multiple award-winning Jane The Virgin; top-notch Canadian content including Vikings, Rookie Blue, and Mr. D; and past-seasons of some of the most popular shows on  television, featuring Modern Family and Sons of Anarchy - these are just a  few of the series that call shomi home. Beyond TV binges, shomi offers hand-picked movie favourites plus great kids-and-family content, including Thomas and Friends, Blue's Clues, Johnny  Test, Scooby Doo, and Boy Meets World.
Stay tuned for more details on the nationwide launch of shomi! 

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May 26, 2015

Racial bias and news media reporting: New research trends

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A University of Illinois study published in Communication Research highlights how portrayals of racial minorities are changing in television news.

To read the article click HERE

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May 26, 2015

A whole new level of accessibility for the connected life - Introducing "Winston" - Eastlink's dramatically evolved Security and Automation service

HALIFAX, May 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Consumers looking for simplicity in their connected life at a truly affordable price are in luck as Eastlink dramatically evolves its Security and Automation service.

The idea of the smart or intelligent home has been around for a while but has been largely unattainable for most households. Eastlink's newly re-engineered service – called "Winston" is so much more than the typical alarm monitoring system delivering the industry's most advanced automation at a price the average household can now afford.

"We've learned a lot since we launched home security and automation a couple of years ago," says Eastlink CEO Lee Bragg. "Customers have been clear about what they want – and they want simple and accessible."

Bragg explains that technology partner Alarm.com – recently highlighted in the Apple watch launch - has helped the company bring a highly evolved product to the market that has full smartphone capability while being very affordable.

Along with the peace-of-mind that comes from the ability to automatically receive updates and photos on your mobile device, Winston also offers highly advanced services like Geofencing.

"Geofencing sounds complicated but it's really quite simple," explains Jason Brunt, Eastlink's Director of Home Automation. "For example, if you've programmed your home's personal settings to activate at 6:00 p.m. and you happen to be headed home earlier than that, Winston detects when you are a certain distance away and begins preparing for your arrival by adjusting things like the thermostat and turning on the outdoor lights."

This, and other advanced features, makes Winston a highly desirable service for many households.

Brunt goes on to say that: "With our new system, customers can issue unique access codes to anyone who needs to enter their home on a day-to-day basis. That means kids, the dog walker, even the babysitter can all have their own code, and the customer can control which times of the day the codes are active. This eliminates the need for multiple keys and the risk associated with those keys falling into the wrong hands."

Early feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Here's what some customers are enjoying:

"I love the fact that I get an email alert with a picture when my kids come home for lunch or arrive home after school."

"A few years ago, we came home from a weekend away to find our family room flooded. I feel better knowing that now I can receive an alert if and when the system detects water on the floor."

"Sometimes we leave our garage door open by mistake. We really like that our new system sends us an alert when we've left the neighborhood to let us know the door is still open so we can close the door remotely."

"I thought that having this level of sophisticated home connectedness came at too steep a price for our family's budget. So happy that's not the case and that we can actually afford to give ourselves peace of mind when we're not home."

For more information about Eastlink's Security and Automation services, please visit eastlink.ca .

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May 26, 2015

Welcome To Ben’s World In The Series Premiere of Becoming Us Debuting on ABC Spark Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET

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Executive Produced by Ryan Seacrest

(Toronto, ON  May 26, 2015) – Meet Ben and his family, going through an extraordinary situation, in a new episode the groundbreaking unscripted drama Becoming Us, premiering on Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

Ben is an ordinary Midwestern teenager, going through a unique situation. After his parents’ recent divorce, Ben learned that his dad is transitioning into a woman, Carly. In the series’ opener, “#WelcomeToMyWorld,” Ben is struggling in school, and his parents, Suzy and Carly, are not happy about it. Ben’s girlfriend, Danielle, would like to introduce Carly to her father, who is also transgender, leading to an awkward shopping trip for the four of them. And Ben’s sister, Sutton, returns home to Evanston to plan her upcoming wedding. 

Becoming Us is produced by Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, and George Moll for Ryan Seacrest Productions, as well as Paul Barosse.

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May 26, 2015

It’s Not Just the Game, It’s the Hustle. BALLERS, the New HBO Comedy Tackling the World of Pro Football, Premieres Sunday, June 21 on HBO Canada

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TORONTO (May 26, 2015) – It’s kickoff time. BALLERS, one of the most anticipated new premium comedies of the summer, comes to HBO Canada on Sunday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Exploring the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players, the new ten-episode, half-hour comedy follows retired football superstar Spencer Strasmore, played by former Calgary Stampeder and University of Miami college football player Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7), who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami, Florida.

In BALLERS, Spencer’s inner circle includes: talented but volatile wide receiver Ricky Jerret (John David Washington), who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles Greane (Omar Miller, CSI: MIAMI), a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon Littlefield (Donovan Carter), a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to ‘never forget where he came from’ brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble.

The series also stars: Troy Garity (Barbershop); Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine); London Brown (The Hustle); and Jazmyn Simon (THE SLICE).

Also on Sunday, June 21 on HBO Canada, the eagerly awaited second season of TRUE DETECTIVE, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, debuts at 9 p.m. ET/MT, along with the premiere of the new political comedy series THE BRINK, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT.

BALLERS is created by Stephen Levinson (ENTOURAGE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), and executive produced by Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, and Denis Biggs. Hiram Garcia is co-executive producer.

In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

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

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May 26, 2015

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party

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Special appearance by Cyndi Lauper

(TORONTO – May 22nd, 2015) boom 97.3 is thrilled to celebrate Pride Toronto 2015 with boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 26th.

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party will be the ultimate interactive and visual dance party of Pride!  In addition to DJ Thomas Hall pumping out the most iconic and memorable music videos and pride anthems of the 80’s, attendees will be treated to a live performance by Canadian rock singer Carole Pope of Rough Trade and a very special appearance by music legend, Tony-Award winner for KINKY BOOTS and recently announced Pride Toronto Grand Marshal - Cyndi Lauper.

DJ Alain will take over the ones and twos to close the night with the hottest retro hits as heard at his weekly residency Sunday nights at Zipperz.

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s began in 2014 as a spin-off of our Totally 80’s Long Weekend specialty programming. boom 97.3 was the soundtrack of the World Pride parade with non-stop pride anthems dominating the airwaves from such artists as: Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and Boy George. For Pride Toronto 2015, boom 97.3 is thrilled to bring the magic of Totally G’80s to the Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 26.

boom 973 will also be commercial free during the Pride Parade on June 28th from 1pm to 4p playing non-stop pride anthems.

Early bird tickets go on-sale this Friday through Ticketweb.com for only $9.73 plus convenience charges. Regular tickets go on sale Saturday, May 30 for $15.00 plus convenience charges.

All the fabulous info is online now at boom973.com

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party is proud to be an official affiliate event of Pride Toronto.

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May 26, 2015

TEMPLE STREET PRODUCTIONS AND FAMILY CHANNEL BRING THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE TO THEATRES ACROSS CANADA SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH

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TORONTO – May 26, 2015 – Leading Toronto and LA-based production company, Temple Street Productions and Family Channel are pleased to announce, THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE, will receive a theatrical release premiering in 80 Cineplex theatres across Canada. The documentary chronicles the on-stage and backstage experience of eight cast members from the popular tween drama The Next Step as they travel across the country performing on their first-ever stage tour. The limited-time Cineplex feature will take place Saturday, June 27th at 12:55pm with an encore screening on Sunday, June 28th at 12:55pm. Fans can visit www.cineplex.com/events to see participating theatre locations and to purchase tickets now.

"We're thrilled to deliver even more access to  The Next Step for our unwavering fans by bringing it to the big screen," commented Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, producers of THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE and co-presidents of Temple Street Productions. "This is an exciting initiative that solidifies our commitment to build The Next Step brand and extend it across multiple platforms."

The 80-minute documentary follows the dancers of the popular tween drama series The Next Step as they travel cross-country to perform in front of sold-out crowds during the two-month long The Next Step Live on Stage tour. The film, which was shot earlier this year, features exclusive footage of the dancers as they prepared for their inaugural tour, including behind-the-scenes on the bus, backstage, live performances and meeting fans, as well as exclusive interviews with cast members.

“The Next Step Live on Stage received such an incredible reaction from fans when it toured across Canada this past spring; we knew we had to share these never-before-seen moments with a wider audience,” said Paul Cormack, Vice President, Marketing, DHX Television. “Knowing the connection that our fans have with these talented young stars, we wanted to continue to deliver on Family’s mandate to provide access to as many viewers as possible.”

The Next Step series follows the lives of an elite group of dancers who train at The Next Step dance studio. The first half of season three, which airs on Family Channel, saw the dancers compete to secure a spot on the Internationals team. When new episodes return later in 2015, fans will see the culmination of the Internationals competition.

THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Family Channel and is produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Orphan Black, X Company, The Next Step). 

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