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June 26, 2015

Advanced TV Advertising – a discussion


Be sure to read Laurie Kennedy’s feature coverage on Advanced TV Advertising. The discussion involved major players from agencies, broadcasting, vendors and the CRTC. One significant question posed related to how much longer a fragmented 500-channel universe can continue being sold. To read the article click HERE


June 26, 2015

TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2


Toronto (June 26, 2015) – TSN delivers exclusive live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT on Monday, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2.

THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE’s Glenn Schiiler hosts the network’s 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT coverage from the TSN Studio and is joined by analysts Craig Button and Dave Poulin. SPORTSCENTRE’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia contributes reports live from the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto.

TSN’s live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.

Along with exclusive live broadcast coverage of the announcement, TSN Radio stations across the country deliver in-depth news and analysis on the 2015 induction class: TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton, and TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver

The 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT will be hosted by John Davidson, Chairman of the Selection Committee, alongside Lanny McDonald, Member of the Selection Committee and Chairman of the Board (effective July 1, 2015). Among the first-year eligible players for the Hockey Hall of Fame are Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, and Sergei Fedorov.

As announced earlier this month, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie is set to receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism during the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards presentations in November.

McKenzie and TSN’s industry-leading lineup of Hockey Insiders and experts continue their hockey coverage with FREE AGENT FRENZY on Wednesday, July 1 at 12 noon ET.


June 26, 2015

Investigation Discovery Offers Free Preview Beginning July 15


TORONTO (June 26, 2015) – From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries, the entire Investigation Discovery (ID) schedule will be available for free preview from Wednesday, July 15 to Monday, Aug. 31. Announced today, Investigation Discovery’s free preview delivers a strong summer slate of programming, including two compelling new series premieres and five returning hits, all of which are available to sample during a six-week period for subscribers of participating television service providers.

The extended preview window coincides with a newly refreshed logo design for the intrepid channel, which continues to bring justice to television with a deeper look into the world of crime, forensics, paranormal investigation, and modern mysteries. Since rebranding from Court TV in 2010, Investigation Discovery has seen double-digit percentage audience growth each year*, offering entertainment that delivers remarkable insight into the thrilling twists and turns of real-life investigations.

Below is a chronological listing of Investigation Discovery programming highlights during the free preview period. All programming is subject to change.

DEAD ON ARRIVAL – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the series premiere of DEAD ON ARRIVAL, naïve newcomers quickly learn that the city streets are not only teeming with excitement and opportunity, but also riddled with crime and violence. Caught in the hustle of city living, these innocent young adults are set on a dangerous trajectory the moment they set foot in a new territory. Click here to screen Episode 1. New episodes airing throughout the free preview window.

DISAPPEARED – *Season 5 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the Season 5 premiere of DISAPPEARED, missing persons are profiled in the hopes that fresh leads or new information might come forward.

MURDER BOOK – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Narrated by Geoff Pierson (THE BRINK, DEXTER), MURDER BOOK turns the pages on the deadliest stories of the most gruesome crimes. From the moment a homicide is reported, a file is assembled to document every facet of the investigation. The new one-hour series opens the MURDER BOOK to tell the haunting stories buried within the pages. Lead investigators take viewers through the book, unraveling the mystery of former cold cases page by page - ultimately uncovering what broke the case wide open. Click here to screen Episode 1.

DEAD OF NIGHT – *Season 2 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
There's just something about darkness that awakens primal fears. Providing vivid insight into a night on the town that turned fatal in an instant, each episode of DEAD OF NIGHT recounts the dark, deadly deed and the daytime investigation that followed. The series proves that sometimes it’s not only wishes that come true…but nightmares too.

DEADLY WOMEN – *Season 7 Premiere*
Monday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Female murderers are often more horrifying and intriguing than their male counterparts. Their worlds can be defined by obsession, greed, and revenge. DEADLY WOMEN fuses bone-chilling storytelling, sumptuous drama, and forensic fact in a bid to explore history's most alluring female killers.

SWAMP MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Monday, August 17 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Hot, humid swamps make great hiding places…for bodies that is. SWAMP MURDERS provides the details of a murder committed by the least expected – families with respected reputations or people with long-standing values to uphold. These crimes involve victims left to rot in the marshy waters of a bog, bayou, river, or lake. Each case involves re-enactments and interviews with law-enforcement personnel, family members, and attorneys.

BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Friday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS reveals the not-so-glamourous side of the typical beauty pageant. Each episode recounts the chilling story of one beauty queen’s rise and fall, interwoven with commentary from loved ones and law enforcement officials who helped solve the crime. They were all so young, so beautiful, and held so much promise – and they were all killed before their time in the spotlight was up.
*Source: Numeris (BBM Canada)


June 25, 2015



TORONTO, June 25, 2015 Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada are teaming up to help busy parents create easy, delicious, and healthy options for their kids with a robust multi-platform campaign. Coinciding with the re-brand of Walmart’s fresh foods section, the partnership includes sponsorship of the resourceful Cooking for Kids Guide, which features inspiring meal ideas and tips for Canadian families, Walmart custom content, and product integration.The campaign also encompasses integration into the new original series The Incredible Food Race as well as sponsorship of the show.

Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible Food Race features two families battling it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: the family versus family cook-off of a kid-approved meal. As the official show sponsor, Walmart is integrated into every episode and provides each winning family free Walmart fresh groceries for a year. Campanelli is joined by Food Network Canada Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (Restaurant Takeover, Dinner Party Wars) as chef mentor and commentator during the main event. Over the summer, Walmart and Chef Corbin will also host eight tailgate events at sites across Canada featuring a barbecue, cooking demonstrations with local Walmart Mom Ambassadors and Chef Corbin, with a ninth tailgate event created for the series.

An additional piece of the partnership includes four broadcast spots featuring Chef Corbin inviting Canadians to Discover Another Side of Walmart and promoting the Cooking for Kids conversation online using #KidApprovedMeals. The spots will run on Food Network Canada as well as various Shaw Media broadcast properties including Global, HGTV Canada, Showcase and Slice. The vignettes include Chef Corbin offering advice on cooking meals for kids, introducing fresh produce and meat from Walmart fresh groceries into kid favourites, and tours of Walmart’s distribution centres. Extended vignettes will live online on the Walmart sponsored Cooking for Kids Guide on, in addition to Walmart sites and Walmart Mom Ambassador blogs.

“There is an appetite for quick, delicious and healthy meal options for families, and the partnership between Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada provides both the resources and the inspiration to make this easier for parents,” said Barb McKergow, Head of Marketing Ventures, Shaw Media.

”At Walmart, our mission is to help Canadians save money so they can live better,” said Jennifer Holgate, Vice President, Marketing Communications at Walmart Canada. “This is why we are excited  to be partnering with Food Network Canada to showcase our enhanced fresh food offering and inspire Canadian families to create delicious, healthy and affordable kid-approved meal solutions.”

Beginning today, and running until December 16, Walmart is sponsoring Walmart Wednesday’s on Food Network Canada during primetime, with co-branded promos to run throughout the schedule.


June 25, 2015



TORONTO, June 25, 2015 – Family, food, and fun are racing to Food Network Canada’s Fall schedule as production begins on the new Canadian original series, The Incredible Food Race. Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible Food Race features two families battling it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: the family versus family cook-off of a kid-approved meal.

“I come from a family that is very passionate about cooking and enjoying meals together,” said Rick Campanelli. “I’m thrilled to be part of such an amazing project where families come together to cook and compete in a fun and adventurous way, and alongside each other.”

Food Network Canada’s Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (Restaurant Takeover, Dinner Party Wars) joins the series as chef mentor and commentator for each episode’s main cook-off event. In each episode, the competing families will battle for the grand prize of a year’s supply of free groceries, courtesy of series sponsor, Walmart Canada.

“As a chef and father I’m passionate about cooking with my kids; it’s a chance for us to come together and have fun as a family”, says Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. “The Incredible Food Race is taking families on a crazy food adventure and I’m excited to be on board to mentor families through the wild ride.”

The Incredible Food Race shoots its six episodes across Toronto and the GTA this summer, with stops at some of the city’s most buzzed about food events. Production gets underway this weekend at Toronto Ribfest 2015. The Incredible Food Race will premiere on Food Network Canada in Fall 2015 – broadcast details to be announced at a later date. 


June 25, 2015

The Scandal Specialist and The Sexual Revolution: SHOWTIME Dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX Return to Movie Central and The Movie Network with New Seasons, July 12


TORONTO (JUNE 25, 2015) – Scandal, sex, family, and fame: the critically acclaimed, award-winning dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX return with all-new, 12-episode seasons on Movie Central and The Movie Network this summer, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S. Starring two-time Golden Globe®  and Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber (The Butler) as L.A.’s best professional fixer, RAY DONOVAN Season 3 premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of MASTERS OF SEX, starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Emmy nominee Lizzy Caplan (The Interview), at 10 p.m. ET/MT.

Previous seasons of RAY DONOVAN are streaming now on CraveTV (Season 1 & 2), and The Movie Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2); audiences can watch past seasons of MASTERS OF SEX now on CraveTV (Season 1) and The Movie Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2).

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

Click HERE for a sneak peek of RAY DONOVAN Season 3, and HERE for a sneak peek of MASTERS OF SEX Season 3.

Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season 3 finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning role), after narrowly escaping last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.

Joining the series this season as guest stars are Golden Globe Award-winner Ian McShane (DEADWOOD) as prominent movie producer and billionaire Andrew Finney who hires Ray to get his family out of a potentially catastrophic situation, and Katie Holmes (THE KENNEDYS) as Andrew’s daughter Paige, a shrewd, cut-throat businesswoman.

RAY DONOVAN also stars Paula Malcolmson (The Hunger Games), Eddie Marsan (JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL), Dash Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Bauer (Awakened), Katherine Moennig (THE L WORD), Pooch Hall (THE GAME), Kerris Dorsey (BROTHERS & SISTERS), and Devon Bagby (Ironside).

The series was created by Ann Biderman and is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, and Bryan Zuriff.

Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 10 p.m. ET/MT
Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, real-life pioneers of human sexuality research, Season 3 finds the famed duo dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It’s 1966 and the beginning of the Sexual Revolution, and Masters and Johnson’s work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving partnership with Masters’ wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald, GOSSIP GIRL).

Joining the cast for Season 3 in a guest-starring role is Emmy-nominee Josh Charles (THE GOOD WIFE), as Daniel Logan, a self-made businessman working in the scent industry. In an attempt to bottle the smell of sex and market an aphrodisiac to the general public, Daniel seeks out Masters and Johnson’s expertise on desire. MASTERS OF SEX also stars Beau Bridges (THE MILLERS), Allison Janney (MOM), Teddy Sears (666 PARK AVENUE), Annaleigh Ashford (Top 5), and Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County). In addition to Charles, Tate Donovan (DAMAGES) appears as a guest star this season.

MASTERS OF SEX is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love. The series was developed for television by Michelle Ashford (THE PACIFIC) who also serves as executive producer.  The series is also executive produced by Sarah Timberman, Amy Lippman, Dave Flebott, Carl Beverly, and Judith Verno. Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen, and Thomas Maier are producers. The series is produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.


June 25, 2015

CRTC revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR)


June 25, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a decision today to help improve radio service for urban Aboriginal listeners.

The CRTC revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), which operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa under radio call sign CKAV.

AVR has held these licences since the early 2000s. Since then, at each renewal, the CRTC has found numerous, repeated and serious instances of non-compliance with several sections of the Radio Regulations and with conditions of licence.  

These non-compliances have accumulated over the years, despite the CRTC’s flexibility and measures taken. For example, several short-term licence renewals were granted to give AVR the opportunity to rectify the situation.

Furthermore, it is clear that over the years, AVR has not honoured its commitments as set out in its original applications and, as a result, has not fulfilled its mandate to reflect the distinctive place of the Aboriginal community in Canadian society. For example, the Ottawa station has not broadcast anything since fall 2014; as such that market has not been receiving the music and spoken word programming that ought to have been offered by AVR.

Also contrary to its commitments, AVR was not providing the local programming or news required and relevant to the Aboriginal communities in the other four urban centers.

Public hearing
On May 13, 2015, AVR appeared before the CRTC to explain why the Commission should not suspend or revoke its licences. AVR failed to demonstrate its ability to rectify or resolve its numerous instances of non-compliance. Furthermore, AVR acknowledged in the hearing that its instances of non-compliance were serious, and indicated that it accepted responsibility for them. It could not commit to re-establishing the compliance of its stations before the end of the current licence term (August 31, 2015). It is important to note that many interveners said that AVR was not adequately serving the Aboriginal listeners in the communities targeted by these stations.

Serving urban Aboriginal communities
The CRTC believes that the presence of Aboriginal services in markets where AVR held licences would benefit those urban communities and complement existing services. Accordingly, in the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications for the operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of this decision. Proposals by services looking to serve Aboriginal communities will receive priority.

Quick facts
The CRTC takes non-compliance with the Radio Regulations and with conditions of licence seriously.
The CRTC has revoked the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), which operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa under radio call sign CKAV.
AVR was found in non-compliance each of the four times it appeared before the CRTC to renew its licences over the past 15 years.
AVR did not fulfil its commitments and mandate, which was to reflect the distinctive place of the Aboriginal community in Canadian society.
In the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications for the operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of this decision.
The CRTC will give priority to proposals for services that will serve Aboriginal communities.

 “Having a broadcasting licence in Canada is a privilege, and having a mandate to serve Aboriginal communities is particularly significant. The CRTC notes with regret that AVR has been in non-compliance since its beginning, and has not fulfilled its commitments or the specific mandate given to it. AVR let its listeners down by failing to inform them on issues important to them. We find ourselves in an unfortunate situation where licence revocation is not only necessary; it is the only option.

The CRTC firmly believes that Aboriginal communities in Canada must have access to radio stations that address their realities and keep them informed of events that impact them. For that reason, we will be issuing a call for licence applications as soon as possible. We will open the door and invite applicants to submit projects aiming to serve and inform these urban Aboriginal communities – services that we hope will be by, for and about the Aboriginal communities.

It is also important to emphasize that all Canadian broadcasters are responsible for giving the appropriate attention to such issues as missing Aboriginal women, land claims and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. These topics not only affect Aboriginal communities, but all Canadians.”
Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman

Related links
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.’s non-compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-84 - Notice of hearing


June 25, 2015

White Pine Pictures' statement re their documentary on Premier Wynne and the Government of Ontario

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - White Pine Pictures' president Peter Raymont announced today that he will shortly conclude negotiations regarding the broadcast of his company's much anticipated documentary, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, cabinet members and senior advisors. A fall airdate is anticipated.

Raymont also expressed his frustration that the Toronto Star published clips from an unauthorized, copyrighted version of the documentary. He pointed out that releasing clips from this film does injustice to the work of the filmmakers and to potential viewers.

Raymont said, "Apart from the fact that this is theft and re-use of stolen property on the part of the Star, it also misrepresents what viewers will see in the documentary itself. As a news organization that has long defended itself against similar theft of its creative product I am disappointed that the Star has behaved so cavalierly toward another professional with a demonstrated commitment to serious journalism."

"The editorial claims made by Star reporter, Robert Benzie are inaccurate", he added. "The Premier's Office is not blocking the airing of the documentary and has arranged for all remaining releases to be signed to facilitate a prompt broadcast."

"TVO decided to abandon the production while editing was still in progress. We dispute TVO's assertions that White Pine Pictures was deficient in fulfilling the delivery requirements of the film, which was in post-production. TVO has twice issued statements that impugn my professional reputation and integrity", says Raymont. "It is not uncommon for creative differences to arise during the production and editing of a documentary, particularly one with political themes. In my experience, such difficulties have always been resolved."

Raymont urged viewers interested in this long-form candid documentary about the Premier and politics inOntario to wait to see the real thing. "It's a terrific film", says Raymont, "We are very proud of it and look forward to its premiere."

Peter Raymont and White Pine Pictures have produced over 100 documentary films and TV dramas, honoured with 46 Canadian and international awards including an Emmy for Best Documentary. White Pine Pictures recently released its highly-anticipated documentary on Omar Khadr, featuring exclusive access, broadcast to high ratings on the CBC and SRC.


June 25, 2015

Statement from TVO regarding the documentary "Premier: the Unscripted Kathleen Wynne"


TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - On May 22, TVO formally advised White Pine Pictures that we were terminating the Agreement to commission a documentary about Premier Kathleen Wynne and the lead up to the 2015 Ontario provincial budget.

In its notification to White Pine Pictures, TVO noted that:

A completed documentary with a director attached to the project was not delivered. Director Roxana Spicer formally resigned in writing from the White Pine Pictures' project. The lack of a director is a fundamental deficiency for a documentary production;
A documentary consistent with TVO's journalistic standards for editorial integrity, independence and quality, as required by the Agreement, was not delivered;
A documentary fully cleared as required by the Agreement was not delivered. As White Pine Pictures informed TVO, signed access agreements and accompanying releases for several figures who participated were not obtained;
A documentary with Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance as required by the Agreement was not delivered. White Pine Pictures informed TVO that it would not be seeking E&O insurance without the signed access agreements and accompanying releases, and;
A finished documentary which met the terms of our Agreement in a timely manner to allow for our scheduled air date as agreed was not delivered.

White Pine Pictures continues to be the owner of the content of the project. TVO does not have copies of the project in our possession.

As part of TVO's broadcast license, TVO is required to operate independently and at arm's length from government and to exercise full editorial independence. This requirement is strictly adhered to in all cases.

For more on how TVO commissions documentaries:

June 25, 2015

Bell Gigabit Fibe bringing the fastest Internet to Toronto residents with a billion-dollar+ network investment, creation of 2,400 direct jobs


TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada today announced it will deliver gigabit-per-second Internet speeds to homes and businesses across the City of Toronto with the new Gigabit Fibe service. Coupled with Bell's single largest infrastructure expansion project, creating approximately 2,400 direct jobs and significant economic and innovation benefits, Gigabit Fibe will bring North America's fastest Internet speeds to more than a million Toronto premises – starting with approximately 50,000 homes and businesses that will have first access this summer.

"Bell Canada has served Toronto since 1880, and we're proud to continue our legacy of communications leadership by bringing the fastest Internet speeds to consumers and businesses across Canada's largest city. Gigabit Fibe is a revolutionary broadband communications service that puts Toronto out front as a world-class Smart City," said George Cope, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. "Network leadership has been the bedrock of Bell's rapid transformation in recent years. Our existing high-speed fibre network is already driving fast Fibe TV and broadband Internet growth, and Canada's largest 4G LTE wireless network is supporting tremendous increases in smartphones and mobile data usage. Gigabit Fibe is key to accelerating Bell's leadership in home and business Internet services, and to supporting widespread access, innovation and economic benefits for Canadians into the future."

"As we plan for the future, we need to invest in our city and put in place the infrastructure required to keep Torontocompetitive," said Mayor John Tory. "The rollout of Gigabit Fibe is a testament to Bell's commitment to investing in Toronto. This is Canada's largest gigabit Internet infrastructure project, creating 2,400 jobs for our city. I'd like to thank Bell Canada for investing in Toronto and delivering services that meet the needs of today and the future."

Part of Bell's plan to invest $20 billion in its broadband fibre and wireless networks across Canada by the end of 2020, Gigabit Fibe will ultimately be available to 1.1 million homes and businesses across the city. Bell will launch Gigabit Fibe in other cities in Ontario, Québec and the Atlantic provinces as soon as this summer in some locations.

As with all other gigabit services, like the Google Fiber project in some US cities, service will initially be available at a maximum 940 Megabits per second and rise to a full 1000 Megabits per second or faster in 2016 as modem equipment suppliers catch up to gigabit speeds. To learn more about Gigabit Fibe, please visit

"Bell's existing fibre network already delivers both the best television experience anywhere with Fibe TV and fast broadband Internet. With Gigabit Fibe, we're boosting Internet speeds to blazing fast levels that open up incredible new online opportunities for consumers and business users alike," said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential Services. "Consumers can share and access the great content they want faster than ever before -- with Gigabit Fibe, you can download 100 photos or songs in 3 seconds, an entire HD movie in 7 seconds, or the whole 14 GB of Orphan Black in HD – shot right here in Toronto – in less than 2 minutes. Small businesses and major enterprises, technology innovators, manufacturers, resource companies, governments, healthcare providers, educators and utilities, all will have incredible new opportunities to share ideas and opportunities, and take full advantage of next-generation cloud data solutions such as Bell's national network of data hosting centres, including 3 state-of-the-art facilities in the City of Toronto."

A public partnership without public funding
Fully funded by Bell, Gigabit Fibe in
Toronto is supported by the company's single largest infrastructure buildout. Bell's long-term agreements with Toronto Hydro to share utility poles across the city are accelerating the Gigabit Fibe project's efficiency and speeding up deployment. When the project is complete, Bell teams will have upgraded 27 Bell Central Office facilities across the city and installed over 9,000 kilometres of new fibre, both underground via more than 10,000 manholes and on approximately 80,000 Bell and Toronto Hydro poles around the city. Approximately 70% of the network will be aerial and 30% underground.

"Bell stays ahead of the game in communications by investing the capital and planning required, building the best technology teams and working with great partners, like the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro in the Gigabit Fibe project," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Chief Technology Officer. "Our engineers, technicians and field crews are energized about this incredible undertaking and we're working cooperatively with our partners, suppliers and contractors, residents and businesses to make Toronto North America's Gigabit leader as quickly and efficiently as possible."

Bell is building Gigabit Fibe on a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood basis and will advise residents in advance if Bell crews may need to access their property. Torontonians can visit for updates and Gigabit Fibe availability. Bell will have a dedicated customer service process for Gigabit Fibe and work with Toronto's 3-1-1 information service to answer any questions about the infrastructure project.

Bell suppliers and contractors working on the Gigabit Fibe buildout in Toronto include Aecon, AGIR, Alcatel-Lucent, Asplundh, Corning, Davey Tree, Distinct Tech, Effigis, Expertech, Huawei, Infrastructel, MMM, Somerville, Sentrex, Telecon Group, Teranet and TRJ  Telecom.

Bell's industry-leading capital investments in Canada's newest broadband networks have a significant positive economic effect, enabling businesses to better innovate, compete and create high value jobs with the fastest Internet access. Including 2,400 direct jobs created in Toronto, Bell estimates Gigabit Fibe Toronto will create more than 8,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ontario and $2.5 billion in economic activity over the next 2 years.

Gigabit support for the United Way
As part of its ongoing support for the United Way Toronto Community Hub initiative, Bell will contribute Gigabit Fibe service to each the charity's city-wide Community Hubs initiative, including Access Point on the Danforth,
Bathurst-Finch, Dorset Park, Jane Street, Mid-Scarborough, Rexdale Community Hub, Victoria Park Hub, and the planned Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre serving the Steeles L'Amoreaux community.

United Way Community Hubs are focused on building healthy neighbourhoods, and currently host more than 50 community organizations. The Hubs bring together targeted health and social services with essential mixed-use community space under one roof.

"There's no question that in 2015, the most powerful access to online resources and services is a major factor in supporting opportunity and healthier, more vibrant communities," said Susan McIsaac, President and CEO of United Way Toronto. "Bell and United Way Centraide are close partners here in Toronto and across Canada. Welcoming our Community Hubs into the infrastructure that will make Toronto one of the world's smartest cities again demonstrates Bell's genuine community spirit and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians."

Bell matches employee donations to United Way Centraide across Canada. In 2014, the Bell team and Bell Let's Talk gave more than $1.1 million to United Way Toronto alone, supporting projects such as the United Way mental health crisis response agencies that answer almost 360,000 calls each year. In 2012, George Copeserved as Chair of the United Way Toronto Campaign Cabinet, which led that year's charity campaign to record donations of $117 million.

Bell remains Canada's broadband leader
Canada's largest Internet service provider, Bell serves approximately 3.3 million total high-speed Internet customers. Bell will make Gigabit Fibe available in other cities across
Ontario, Québec and the Atlantic provinces over the next year, some also as early as this summer. Cities primed for Gigabit Fibe include Québec City, locations in Montréal, Laval, Blainville, Gatineau, Joliette, Saint-Jérôme, Chicoutimi, Sherbrooke,Vaudreuil/Valleyfield, St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Sudbury, North Bay,Peterborough and Kingston. Gigabit Fibe infrastructure rollouts are under way in even more cities and service availability will be announced over the next year.

In April, Bell unveiled plans to invest $20 billion across the country from 2015 to the end of 2020 to continue expanding its broadband fibre and 4G LTE mobile networks, one of the largest capital projects in any industry inCanada.

Investing more than anyone in Canada's modern communications infrastructure and R&D, in urban, rural and remote locations including the North, Bell is dedicated to ensuring Canada remains competitive at the global level in next-generation broadband communications.


June 25, 2015



TORONTO, June 25, 2015 – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) and Shaw Media are pleased to announce the new Shaw Media Management Accelerator intensive program, designed to provide screen-based professionals who aspire to be strong and effective managers with the skills they need to set themselves apart in today’s highly competitive and global industry.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Shaw Media to introduce this new intensive training program for emerging management professionals,” said Heather Webb, Executive Director, WIFT-T. “This program epitomizes WIFT-T’s ongoing commitment to cultivate screen-based industry leaders of tomorrow by providing high quality professional development programs and mentoring opportunities.”

“The Shaw Media Management Accelerator program is a fantastic forum for industry professionals to hone their management skills and receive vital training,” said Barb Williams, President, Shaw Media. “In an ever-evolving media landscape, we are excited to be partnering with WIFT-T to help foster innovation.”

The Shaw Media Management Accelerator program, jointly developed by WIFT-T with Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, is formulated to accelerate participants’ careers by helping them become  effective managers, decision makers and communicators—foundations for becoming future leaders. The program will launch in October, 2015.

“The Chang School is pleased to partner with WIFT-T to extend our expertise to those who aspire to stand out as strong and effective managers in the film and television industry,” said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean, The Chang School, Ryerson University.  "The Shaw Media Management Accelerator (SMMA) embodies The Chang School's commitment to engaging with community partners to develop and deliver relevant, industry-focused training programs to adult learners.”

The unique program covers key managerial principals including: business communications, project management, essential financial concepts, marketing and strategic planning. Following completion of the program, each participant will be placed in a customized mentoring group, led by an industry leader who will provide additional learnings and guidance. Successful participants will receive a Recognition of Completion award from The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
For more information visit


June 25, 2015

The Weather Network launches its new app for Apple Watch


Canada's #1 weather app enters into growing wearable technology market

OAKVILLE, ON, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Pelmorex Media Inc., parent company of The Weather Network and MétéoMédia, announced the launch of The Weather Network app for Apple Watch, available for free on theApp Store. Designed specifically for Apple Watch, the app provides users with quick and easy access to localized weather forecasts and relevant content.

The Weather Network's app for Apple Watch is the most recent addition to the company's iOS app family, which includes the popular iPhone app, used by over 4.5 million Canadians every month.

"The Apple Watch is one of the must-have tech accessories this year and as Canada's leading weather provider, we strive to remain on the forefront of where our users are headed," said Naomi Lipowski, Director TV Apps & Emerging Technologies, Pelmorex Media Inc. "It's a priority for us to be available on the newest technologies so Canadians have access to the information they need to plan their day. This is another example of the continuous innovation that reinforces The Weather Network's position as a leader in the technology industry."

Leveraging its multi-platform success with past weather applications, The Weather Network's inaugural Apple Watch app provides users with the ability to receive forecasts and more at a glance. This easy-to-use app appeases Canadians' need for up-to-date weather information, with features such as:
Detailed localized forecasts – Current weather conditions and "feels like" temperature are available on the glance screen.
Secondary weather data – By simply tapping on the glance screen and swiping upwards, additional weather information including wind, humidity, yesterday's high/low and atmospheric pressure are easily accessible.
Push notifications – Severe weather and storm alerts are always visible on the glance screen or in the app when applicable. A quick tap on the alert icon provides additional details on the approaching storm.
Precip Start Stop – Forecasting the start and stop times of precipitation within a 10-minute period. Precip Start Stop will be displayed on the top screen if rain is expected in the next hour or so.
Visually dynamic weather backgrounds – Beautiful images reflect the users' current weather conditions and location, providing a more stimulating user experience.
Multiple saved locations – By simply swiping left, detailed weather information for favourite locations can be easily retrieved.

The Weather Network also offers weather apps for mobile and tablet devices such as Android, Blackberry and Windows, PC and Mac computers, as well as interactive and Connected TV apps.


June 25, 2015

Acclaimed Miniseries JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, Based on Susanna Clarke’s Bestselling Novel, Premieres Sunday, July 5 on The Movie Network


TORONTO (June 25, 2015) – Following the fantastical and dark adventures of two magicians in 19th century England, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, the new seven-part adaptation of the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, debuts Sunday, July 5 at 8 p.m. ET on The Movie Network with a special two-episode premiere. Subsequent one-hour episodes premiere Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET. Shot in Canada, England, and Croatia, the miniseries is a Canada/U.K. co-production produced in partnership with BBC One, BBC America, and Bell Media.

Set in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars in England when centuries have passed since practical magic faded into the nation’s past, one magician remains: the reclusive and skillful Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan, RAY DONOVAN). His displays of magic soon thrill the nation when he raises the beautiful Lady Pole (Alice Englert, Ginger & Rosa) from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.

Soon Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel, RESTLESS). Young, handsome, and daring, Strange is the antithesis of Norrell. As a dangerous battle ensues between the two great men, their obsessions and secret experimenting with the dark arts causes more trouble than they can imagine.

Also starring: Charlotte Riley (WUTHERING HEIGHTS); Paul Kaye (GAME OF THRONES); Marc Warren (THE GOOD WIFE); Samuel West (MR. SELFRIDGE); Enzo Cilenti (ROME); and Ariyon Bakare (The Dark Knight).

The miniseries has been adapted from Susanna Clarke’s bestselling novel by Peter Harness (DOCTOR WHO). Director is Toby Haynes (DOCTOR WHO) and producer is Nick Hirschkorn (Five Children and It).

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL is produced by Cuba Pictures Limited in association with Feel Films for BBC, and co-produced with BBC America in association with Attraction Images for Bell Media, Far Moor Productions Ltd, and Screen Yorkshire.

In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and The Movie Network OnDemand. 


June 25, 2015



TORONTO (June 25, 2015) – Corus Entertainment’s YTV is pleased to confirm it has renewed its hit show The Stanley Dynamic, from Amaze Film + Television with animation by 9 Story Media Group. The hybrid live action/animated series focuses on the fun-loving Stanleys, a close-knit family with one big twist: their son Luke is an animated cartoon character. Production on the second season of 26x30 minute episodes begins this summer. The first season of The Stanley Dynamic ranks in the top 5 shows for kids 6 to 11 on YTV. 

The first season of The Stanley Dynamic focuses on teenaged twin brothers Larry and Luke entering high school. In the second season, the world of the Stanley family will include even crazier antics from the twins, their sister Lori’s ever expanding insect menagerie, and misadventures with their parents, Lane and Lori. Just when viewers thought they had the Stanleys all figured out, some new additions to the household — including pets and extended family members — will totally shift the Stanley dynamic. Season 2 of the series is set to premiere in Fall 2016.

Today also marks the launch of The Stanley Dynamic Adventure Game, available now on and coming soon to fans via iTunes and Google Play mobile apps. Created by Relish Interactive, the game allows players to control Luke as he prepares for the most epic LARPing (live action role-playing) event the neighbourhood has ever seen! By exploring The Stanley Dynamic world, interacting with characters, solving puzzles, and using Luke's animated abilities, players can move the story forward. The game features 30 unique missions, as well as three mini-games that are integrated into the story, making it fun for both avid and casual gamers.

 “We’re so thrilled to see how kids and their families have responded to this innovative and hilarious hybrid live-action/animated sitcom,” said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content. “In the second season we will be pushing Luke’s animated antics even more to see how he bounces through his tween years with the help of his challenging, yet loving, twin brother, his eccentric friends and his off-the-wall family.”

 “We are delighted with a season two order for The Stanley Dynamic,” said Teza Lawrence, Co-Founder, Amaze Film + Television. “We are very fortunate to have such great partners in Corus and 9 Story Media Group, and of course, the Stanley family!"

The Stanley Dynamic brings family viewers together to laugh along with the Stanleys. Cartoon Luke and his flesh-and-blood twin brother, Larry, are navigating high school and trying to fit in. Luke prefers to stay under the radar, but his ability to stretch his body like a wad of gum keeps him in the spotlight, while Larry’s love of attention is constantly getting him into trouble. Luckily, the twins have the support of their cartoonist dad, who chronicles the family’s adventures in his comic strip, their overworked mom, and their bug-obsessed, genius sister. Despite the fact that Luke is a cartoon, in the eyes of the Stanleys and the world around them, Luke is just a regular kid, living in a three-dimensional world.

The Stanley Dynamic was created by Ken Cuperus, Jocelyn Hamilton, and Jamie Piekarz. Ken Cuperus (Total Drama Action, Mr. Young) is executive producer/showrunner with Michael Souther (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) and Teza Lawrence (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) also serving as executive producers. Alice Prodanou (My Babysitter’s a Vampire, The Fresh Beat Band) is co-executive producer and Victoria Hirst (Mr. Young, Away From Her) is the Producer.

The Stanley Dynamic Adventure Game was created by Relish Interactive. Executive Producers are Paul Pattison and Jayson Flick. The creative team includes Jonathan Wong, Aaron Worrall, Jason Ziebarth, and Andrew Miller. The technical development team includes Jack Ront, Javier Mora, and Rocco Briganti.


June 24, 2015

Lloyd Robertson: Trust and integrity


"From as early as I can remember, and certainly from the age of 12, the love of the business took control of me and I've been a fan and a practitioner of the craft for over 60 years."

An address by Lloyd Robertson to the Radio-Television Digital News Association in Toronto on the occasion of his being presented with the RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read it HERE


June 24, 2015

Statement from Shaw Communications


CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 24, 2015) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B)(NYSE:SJR) confirmed that Rogers Communications Inc. today announced its intention to exercise its option to acquire Shaw's spectrum licenses for advanced wireless service in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Rogers acquired the option as one of a number of transactions announced on January 14, 2013.

On exercise of the option, Rogers would pay Shaw $100 million. With the $50 million purchase price for the option and $200 million down payment, each paid by Rogers to Shaw in 2013, the total proceeds for the sale of Shaw's spectrum would be $350 million.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of June 2015.

June 24, 2015

Statement by Industry Minister James Moore

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 24, 2015) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today made the following statement:

"Today our government approved a series of spectrum licence transfers between Rogers, Shaw, Mobilicity and WIND. These transfers will result in at least four wireless firms in every region of the country being able to offer the latest technology, world-class service and more choice to all Canadians and their families.

"Wireless spectrum is a vital public resource, and our government has released more of it than all other previous governments combined. Our objective in doing so has been to promote more competition in Canada's wireless sector. In 2006, 98 percent of available spectrum was held by Canada's largest wireless firms. Today, thanks to our policies and recent spectrum auctions, new wireless companies now hold approximately 25 percent of the total wireless spectrum available-creating the conditions for more competition in our wireless sector than ever before.

"The approval of these spectrum licence transfers is a win for Canadian consumers. A new wireless competitor has secured valuable spectrum it needs, and high-quality spectrum that went unused for almost a decade will now be deployed for the betterment of all Canadians.

"Our government has one goal: to take deliberate, concrete steps to create more choice, lower prices and better wireless service for Canadians and their families. Today's approval of these licence transfers delivers on this objective."
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AWS Spectrum Licences Transfer
What is the deal?
Industry Canada approved a request to transfer 18 spectrum licences from Shaw Communications to Rogers Communications. Rogers will keep two of these licences, which were acquired by Shaw in the 2008 AWS spectrum auction, and provide the other 16 licences to WIND Mobile.

A transfer of Mobilicity's 10 spectrum licences-acquired in 2008-to Rogers, which will provide all of those 10 licences to WIND in exchange for a portion of WIND's current spectrum, was also approved.

Why have we approved this deal?
Recent spectrum assignments in the 700 MHz, AWS-3, AWS-4 and 2500 MHz bands have provided all current and potential wireless service providers with multiple opportunities to access additional spectrum licences in the affected licence areas to meet their spectrum needs. These assignments have had a notable effect on the landscape of spectrum holdings in these areas.

These transfers, which were evaluated under Industry Canada's Spectrum Licence Transfer Framework, will not result in an excessive concentration of spectrum in one company's hands, nor will they adversely affect future competition.

Industry Canada notes that the requested licence transfers involve some spectrum that is currently not being used to provide services and will provide an opportunity to Rogers and WIND to put such spectrum to use for the benefit of Canadians.

In addition, Mobilicity's customers will benefit from continued service.

What are the benefits to WIND?
As a new competitor, WIND Mobile will benefit greatly from this deal. In most of its key areas of service, WIND will now have enough spectrum to deploy the next generation of wireless services, known as long-term evolution or LTE.

This transaction will support competition by increasing WIND Mobile's spectrum holdings in key markets in British Columbia, Alberta and Eastern Ontario. Access to sufficient spectrum is a key element in enabling wireless carriers to deploy the latest LTE data service. In addition, the transaction also provides Mobilicity with funding to make restitution to creditors. It also involves some spectrum that is currently not being used to provide service, and the transfers will provide an opportunity to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of Canadians. 


June 24, 2015

BravoFACTUAL Announces Award Recipients for June 23 Jury


TORONTO (June 24, 2015) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the 12 BravoFACTUAL award recipients from the June 23 jury meeting. Selected from 142 applications, a total of $562,541 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short documentary films. The jury was anchored by guest juror, short film and documentary expert, and Hot Docs programmer, Angie Driscoll. Continuing with the BravoFACT Year Of The Female Filmmaker initiative, more than half of the awards granted at the June 23 jury were awarded to female-led projects. Furthermore, as part of the previously announced partnership with Documentary Organization of Canada, the award recipients are the first group to access the innovative and complementary consultation service, Festival Concierge

Since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT-supported films have enjoyed success both at home and abroad. Most recently, three BravoFACTUAL-funded films have received accolades at prestigious film festivals around the world. The Match picked up awards for Best Documentary at the Plymouth Film Festival and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Yorkton Film Festival; Fred Heads received the Rising Star Award at the recent Canada International Film Festival; and I Thought I Told You To Shut Up won Best Documentary Short at the Arizona International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and received an honourable mention in the Short Documentary category at the DOXA Film Festival.

The BravoFACTUAL fund recipients from the June 23, 2015 jury meeting are:
The Bone Stocks – Sonya Di Rienzo (Producer), Tessa Lai (Director)
Car racing fanatics get the chance to build and race their own cars in a highly entertaining grassroots league at a rural Ontario speedway. With its increasing popularity, the Bone Stocks may be the only hope for the fading racetrack to return to its former glory.

Derby – David Ridgen (Producer/Director)
Derby is a short documentary that follows a few, impassioned characters through a season of an intensely competitive demolition derby circuit in English and French Canada.

How to Recruit a Terrorist – Nadine Pequeneza (Producer/Director)
How to Recruit a Terrorist is a satirical exposé on how ISIS is seducing youth from around the world. Similar to the film How to Make Money Selling Drugs, this short film is a five-step guide that unveils the deceptively simplistic techniques used to recruit fighters on the internet, which has become a gateway to Jihad. Canadian Mubin Shaikh, a former Islamic extremist turned undercover Jihadist, narrates and explains the process of radicalization. Sweeping aerials, graphic animation, dramatic recreations, actual posts, and tweets are used to illustrate the recruiting process. 

House of Falconer – Mark Staunton (Producer, Director)
House of Falconer deals with ideas of memory and loss. Alex Fida, son of the late pioneering chef, Willie Fida, rescues a badly worn and forlorn architectural gem, The House of Falconer, which was destined for demolition in the heart of Prince Edward County.

The Hundred Year Old Whale – Tony Wosk (Producer), Mark Leiren-Young (Director)
The world’s longest-living killer whale deserves her own short film. Surviving the era when whales were on everyone’s menu, were harpooned, shot, and put on display, “Granny” has miraculously survived in the west coast waters for over a century, as the world of whales evolved. The Hundred Year Old Whale introduces the audience to the oldest killer whale, and explores her past and her future.

Invading Giants ­– Melani Wood (Producer), Kevin Fraser (Director)
Each year residents of Newfoundland and Labrador look to the North hoping the Atlantic Ocean will deliver them a parade of ancient icebergs. Invading Giants is a short documentary about the people who depend on these majestic icebergs as a way of life and the breathtaking geographical region they all share.

The Legendary Jerry Greben: Professional Stand In ­– Sonia Hosko (Producer), Kelly Makin (Director)
The Legendary Jerry Greben: Professional Stand In is a 15-minute docudrama about the career and life of Jerry Greben, who has worked as a film and television stand-in for nearly 30 years.

Over the Top ­– Cynthia Banks (Producer/Director), Sky Saunders (Producer)
Peculiar and compulsive, Lindsay, Ont. resident Rick Harding has been entertaining himself and his hometown for more than 50 years with his wild and outrageous antics. The question is: Why does he do it?

Pollock & Pollock – Janelle Wookey (Producer), Jeremie Wookey (Director)
Pollock & Pollock is a 15-minute short documentary about siblings Ron and Natalie Pollock. The documentary examines their colourful past in the international spotlight and as local celebrities in Winnipeg. The documentary also follows them today; with a look at their YouTube channel the Pollock and Pollock News Channel, which recently reached 5 million views.

Short Round Up – Nobu Adilman (Producer/Director)
Short Round Up is a 15-minute documentary that follows Nobu Adilman as he finds all the Asian men who, as boys, auditioned for the role of Short Round, in Steven Spielberg’s 1983 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Teriano – Gordon Henderson (Producer), Leora Eisen (Director)
Teriano is a story of hope, against all odds. It follows the unlikely journey of a young Maasai woman from a remote Kenyan village to a digital hub in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Untitled Thorold Tornado Project – Dan Montgomery (Producer), Jay Cheel (Director)
In 1996, an urban legend was born when the Can-View Drive-In in Thorold, Ont., was hit by a tornado during a screening of Twister. The story spread throughout town and the unbelievable event was covered by the national media. But what’s most amazing is - it didn’t happen.

Providing funding for short films since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT awards grants on four cycles per year: two grant cycles per year for scripted shorts via BravoFACT, and two grant cycles for short documentary projects via BravoFACTUAL. The next submission deadline for BravoFACTUAL is September 25, 2015.

For information about BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL program requirements, and application guidelines, visit


June 24, 2015

Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan Headline the Cast of Global's New Original Supernatural Adventure Drama Houdini & Doyle


TORONTO, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Michael Weston (Six Feet Under, House) and Stephen Mangan (Episodes) have been cast in the lead roles of Houdini & Doyle, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut onGlobal in 2016. Inspired by true events, the series will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of "Sherlock Holmes" and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant in collaboration with New Scotland Yard.

The 10-episode drama was ordered straight to series for ITV Encore in the UK and Global in Canada and licensed in the US on FOX. Award-winning director, Stephen Hopkins (24, Californication), will be directing the series.

Also joining the cast is breakout Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard (Between, MsLabelled) as ConstableAdelaide Stratton, whose character is the first female constable ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force.

"I've long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. But the idea that these two, seemingly so different, could have been friends is almost too perfect." says David Shore, Executive Producer. "In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that embody the intelligence, humor and mystique of these men, who even when viewed through the lens of history, are larger than life."

American television and film actor Michael Weston will play the role of Harry Houdini. Weston is best known for his roles on House and Six Feet Under. He has also appeared on Elementary, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Office and Burn Notice among others.  His feature film credits include Garden State, Wish I Was Here,The Dukes of Hazard and Coyote Ugly.

Stephen Mangan is an English actor, best known for his television roles on Episodes, Green Wing and I'm Alan Partridge. He is an acclaimed stage actor, having been Tony-nominated for his portrayal of Norman in The Norman Conquests on Broadway. Mangan made his feature film debut in the hit movie Billy Elliot, appearing most recently on the big screen in Ron Howard's Rush.

Produced in association with Shaw Media, Houdini & Doyle is a UK/Canada treaty co-production from Big Talk Productions (U.K.) and Shaftesbury (Canada) in association with Shore Z Productions. The series is executive produced by David Shore, David Titcher (The Librarians) and David Hoselton along with Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Luke Alkin for Big Talk and Christina Jennings, Maggie Murphy, and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury. The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.


June 24, 2015

Rogers inks deals to immediately boost speed and quality for wireless customers in BC, Alberta and Southern Ontario


Purchase of Mobilicity brings continuity of service and certainty to over 150,000 wireless customers
Will exercise option to acquire Shaw's unused AWS-1 spectrum to meet growing mobile video needs
24, 2015 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications will immediately boost speed and quality for wireless customers in BC, Alberta and Southern Ontario as part of a series of transactions announced today. The transactions mean Rogers is completing the previously announced acquisition of Shaw's AWS-1 spectrum and acquiring 100% ownership of Mobilicity. The company is also divesting, post transaction, certain AWS-1 spectrum to WIND Mobile that is contiguous to their spectrum holdings.

"We're basically adding multiple lanes on our wireless highway in three key markets overnight," said Guy Laurence, President and CEO of Rogers Communications. "This means faster speeds and better quality for our customers as they use more and more mobile video."

"The transaction with Rogers provides the best possible outcome for Mobilicity's customers, dealers and employees," said Anthony Booth, President of Mobilicity. "Rogers ensures certainty of service for Mobilicity customers, provides a great network, national coverage and high quality products and services. At the same time, Mobilicity employees will have the opportunity to work at a great Canadian company in Rogers."

The transactions mean Rogers gains significant, previously unused spectrum capacity that works with all LTE devices today.

"This agreement is great news for our customers and for Canadians. We're pleased to have worked with the government to put this unused valuable resource to work," said Laurence. "We got the spectrum we needed where we needed it for our customers and this keeps Rogers in the leading competitive position across the country."

The purchase of Mobilicity is subject to approval by the Competition Bureau and the Court. The transactions have been approved by Industry Canada.

As per the previously announced terms to complete the Shaw spectrum acquisition, Rogers will pay $100 million in addition to the down payments made when the agreement was originally announced in January 2013.

The transaction with Mobilicity is supported and was facilitated by The Catalyst Capital Group Inc., on behalf of investment funds managed by it, working closely with Rogers on the structuring of the transaction. The $440 million purchase price is offset by tax losses valued at approximately $175 million which Rogers will acquire. The transaction is subject to working capital adjustments.

Following the acquisition of spectrum from Shaw and Mobilicity respectively, Rogers and WIND will undertake an AWS-1 spectrum swap in Southern Ontario to create contiguous spectrum for Rogers. Rogers will also divest certain non-contiguous AWS-1 spectrum to WIND Mobile in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario and Eastern Ontario.


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