May 24, 2013
Congratulations to the winners of the Carte Blanche for Creatives contest - Montréal market !
Montréal, May 24, 2013 — Last night at an evening event held as part of the C2-MTL business conference on creativity, the jury of the 2013 edition of the Carte Blanche for Creatives contest announced the big winner in the Montréal market: Luc Du Sault and Vincent Bernard from the lg2 agency for their “Honda électrique” concept.
The winning team of creatives will travel to France to attend the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and their client wins a campaign across the Astral Out-of-Home network in the Montréal region.
Composed of a creative team member from each participating agency, the jury voted between May 7 and 10 to select the winning piece. The shortlisted pieces had been voted on by members of the creative community on carteblancheforcreatives.ca.
“Once again this year, the Carte Blanche contest brilliantly showcased local talent by giving free rein to creatives wanting to push back the limits of creativity in out-of-home advertising”, said Nathalie Doré, Vice President, Marketing and Media Creativity, Astral Out-of-Home. “We warmly congratulate the winners and thank all of the participants who created incredible works of art.”
Launched in March, the Carte Blanche for Creatives contest set a record by receiving the highest number of pieces ever submitted in the Montréal and Toronto markets. In its first year, the Vancouver market also received an impressive number of submissions.
Winners in the Toronto and Vancouver markets will be announced on May 28 and June 4 respectively.
Take a look at the winning and shortlisted pieces on the contest website at carteblancheforcreatives.ca, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
May 23, 2013
TELUS Acquisition Plan approved at meeting of Mobilicity debtholders on Thursday, May 23, 2013
TORONTO, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Holdings Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, Mobilicity) today announced that debtholders approved the Acquisition Plan under the terms of the Interim Order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) dated Friday, April 26, 2013 (the TELUS Acquisition Plan). Under the TELUS Acquisition Plan, TELUS Corporation (TELUS) will acquire Mobilicity as a going concern for a purchase price of $380 million, subject to a working capital adjustment. The TELUS Acquisition Plan remains subject to satisfaction of certain conditions precedent, which include court and regulatory approval. A hearing for court approval of the TELUS Acquisition Plan has been scheduled for May 28, 2013.
Stewart Lyons, Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer, said, "We are pleased to have received the support of our debtholders for the TELUS Acquisition Plan. This is a significant step towards final approval of the Plan through which the business, combined with the financial strength of TELUS, can be continued in a way that will benefit our customers and employees."
If approved, the TELUS Acquisition Plan will ensure continued service to Mobilicity's 250,000 customers without the risk of disruption and provide the Company's employees with the potential for new opportunities as part of a larger organization.
Mobilicity also announced that a vote on the Recapitalization Plan was postponed to a date to be announced. Mobilicity plans to pursue an alternative Recapitalization Plan only in the event that the TELUS Acquisition Plan does not proceed. With the positive result of today's debtholder vote, the TELUS Acquisition Plan remains the best way forward for Mobilicity.
For more information on the TELUS Acquisition Plan and Recapitalization Plan, please visit Mobilicity's website at www.mobilicity.ca/investorrelations.
May 23, 2013
TELUS team to once again Give Where We Live
VANCOUVER, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - On Saturday, May 25, thousands of TELUS team members and retirees, friends and family, across Canada will take part in the eighth annual TELUS Day of Giving.
"TELUS Day of Giving is always an exceptional opportunity for our TELUS team members, retirees, their friends and family members to make a meaningful difference in their local communities across Canada," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "Guided by our deeply rooted philosophy - we give where we live - our 13,000 volunteers will be undertaking more than 500 activities nationwide such as helping at children's hospitals, feeding homeless citizens, sorting thousands of pounds of food bank donations and completing ecological face lifts at community parks."
This year, TELUS is extending its Give Where We Live philosophy to its customers and business partners by inviting them to join in for TELUS Day of Giving. Additionally, Canadians are invited to show us how they give where we live. Now until June 15, take a photo, upload, tweet or Instagram it with the hashtag #givewherewelive to givewherewelive.ca and tell us how you give back to your community. At the end of the campaign, you could be one of 10 Canadians who will receive $10,000 to make a donation to your favourite charity and truly make a difference.
"Since its inception in 2006, TELUS Day of Giving has mobilized more than 65,465 TELUS team members, retirees, family and friends to volunteer at 1,650 activities benefiting the communities where we live, work and serve," continued Mr. Entwistle. "That adds up to 192,545 hours of painting, gardening, planting trees, landscaping, cooking, serving lunch, sorting cans of food, sewing and much more for citizens in need of a helping hand."
We Give Where We Live
TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. In 2012 alone, TELUS contributed over $44 million to charities and non-profit organizations across Canada, equaling almost 2.5% of our pre-tax profit. TELUS' heartfelt efforts in this regard focus on educating and empowering youth to improve their quality of life and to enable them to reach their full potential.
· Since their inception in 2005, the eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada have contributed more than $35 million to grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 2,800 grassroots projects across Canada that have positively impacted more than 2 million youth across our country.
· Through our TV for Good and Phones for Good campaigns, TELUS donates to local grassroots community projects for every new TELUS TV and/or smartphone customer in specific communities. Since 2009, TELUS has contributed more than $9.5 million to 64 local community projects through our Phones for Good and TV for Good campaigns.
· Through our Team TELUS Charitable Giving program, TELUS matches team member and retiree donations made to Canadian registered charities, dollar for dollar. In 2012 alone, the TELUS team donated $6.8 million through this program. Since 2000, this annual workplace campaign has provided TELUS and our team members with an opportunity to contribute more that $63 million to charitable organizations in Canada.
· The TELUS Community Ambassadors program provides a vehicle for retiree and team member volunteerism. The program maintains the tradition of community giving that has been part of the telecommunications industry for more than 100 years. In 2012 alone, our Community Ambassadors assembled and distributed nearly 12,000 Comfort Kits for homeless people and displaced families, nearly 10,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need, and 3,000 heart pillows to comfort patients who have undergone open heart surgery.
To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit telus.com/community.
May 23, 2013
Tubetime launches Android TV app and strengthens engagement with fast growing Canadian TV audience
MONTREAL, May 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Tubetime today announces the launch of the Android version of its all-in-one TV app, now available on Google Play. Tubetime delivers a unique second screen TV experience, including a complete TV guide and universal remote features. A majority of Canadian TV lovers can now enjoy Tubetime by downloading the free app either on the App Store or Google Play.
Tubetime's interactive program guide extends the TV experience before, during and after the user's favourite shows. The guide makes show discovery intuitive through the search tool, category filters or by seeing what is popular with other Tubetime users. By customizing their TV guide with favourites and setting reminders, users will never miss their must-see shows. Following and participating in the Twitter conversation around what's on TV is simplified as hashtags for each program are integrated in the app as is sharing on Facebook, seeing what friends are liking and even what they are watching. Interactivity on Tubetime goes beyond social media as users can participate and discover, in real-time, unique content, contests, offers and games related to shows they like.
Tubetime also transforms into a Universal Remote control when used with the optional Connector. Once plugged-in the audio jack of a mobile device, the Connector turns the app into a universal remote control for the TV, cable or satellite box, DVD, home theatre and more. The Connector can be purchased directly from the app or at www.Tubetime.com. The Connector works with both Apple and Android devices.
TV show producers, advertisers and networks alike can access the Tubetime platform to deliver customized interactivity in real-time, directly to their audiences. The Tubetime platform delivers targeted second screen experiences that can be deployed rapidly while offering flexible creative options. The platform removes expensive technology investments and accelerates time to market, allowing the industry to focus on creating great TV experiences.
Commenting on the Android launch of Tubetime, Marc Belanger, CEO of Tubetime, said: "We are seeing rapid adoption across Canada since our recent launch on the App Store, great user feedback and growing levels of engagement on a daily basis. The launch of the Android version will bring the second screen experience to a wider Canadian audience, making Tubetime the must have TV app."
The Tubetime App is available for free on Google Play and on the App Store.
May 23, 2013
Top Chef Canada renewed for fourth season
National Casting for Food Network Canada's Top Rated Series Open Now Until June 11 - Casting Details and Applications Available at www.topchefcanada.ca
For more information about Top Chef Canada including bios and high resolution photos visit our media site at: www.shawmediatv.ca
TORONTO, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Shaw Media is thrilled to announce today the renewal of its highest rated Food Network Canada series, Top Chef Canada. Since the launch of season one in April, 2011, the Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit has consistently been Food Network's top ranked series. A national casting call for Canada's next Top Chef has begun, with applications available at www.topchefcanada.ca. The deadline for submitting applications is June 11, 2013.
The country's best and brightest up-and-coming culinary stars, aged 19 years and older, are encouraged to visit www.topchefcanada.ca to be directed to the application form. In addition to the online form, applicants must create a short video of themselves in action, showing off their cooking ability and on-camera personality.
Staying true to the original show format, Top Chef Canada challenges competitors' culinary skills to see who can cut it as Canada's Top Chef, taking home the grand prize including $100,000. The intensity builds each week as the competitors vie for their shot at stardom and avoid elimination. Shaw Media will continue to work with Canadian production powerhouse, Insight Productions, for the fourth season, which will premiere in 2014 exclusively on Food Network Canada.
Viewers can continue watching the third season of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT. Canada's third Top Chef will be crowned in the exciting, Calgary-based season finale airing Monday, June 10th at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network Canada.
May 23, 2013
APTN ANNOUNCES 7TH ANNUAL ABORIGINAL DAY LIVE & CELEBRATION
May 6, 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) announced today it will host Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, an annual celebration of National Aboriginal Day on Saturday June, 22, 2013.
APTN will host a day-long celebration with a variety of family-friendly activities suitable for all generations and people, followed by free concerts in Winnipeg (The Forks) and Iqaluit (Arctic Winter Games Arena). The concerts will be broadcast LIVE on APTN and APTN HD featuring some of the biggest names in Aboriginal music and television, including award-winning and up-and-coming artists.
The national audience will join host Don Kelly, star of the APTN hit series Fish out of Water, at the main stage performance in Iqaluit alongside co-host Madeleine Allakariallak. Michelle Thrush, star of the APTN hit series Blackstone will host the main stage performance in Winnipeg while co-host, Derek Miller, interviews each artist post-performance in the Guilt Free Zone. For those social media savvy, APTN’s own Chantelle will be reporting on the national conversation as the online host. Audiences will be delighted as this star-studded group takes us through the three-and-a-half hour exclusive national broadcast and talented line-up.
· Artcirq: Based in Igloolik, Nunavut, Artcirq is a youth collective utilizing a unique creative process integrating theatre, music, video and circus arts with traditional and modern Inuit performance styles.
· Kathia Rock: Innu singer-songwriter. Her warm voice delivers melodies drawing upon her people’s ancestral repertory and contemporary music.
· Leela Gilday: Passionate, soulful, singer-songwriter from Yellowknife. Her lyrics, reflective of her northern roots, embrace the essence of Dene life from an urban perspective.
· Nelson Tagoona: Multitalented musician and throat-boxer (a novel blend of traditional Inuit throat-singing and hip-hop beat-boxing) from the small community of Baker Lake, Nunavut.
· Saali: Inuit singer/songwriter, described as a lyrical genius, presents an alternative folk fusion style. His incredible vocal range, passion for music, and gentle personality come together in a powerful performance.
· Saina: Siberian ethno singer who will take you on an enthralling journey back in time among the indigenous peoples of Siberia.
· Sinuupa: Singer-songwriter – Born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik and raised in Northern Quebec, Sinuupa’s first album Nunaga, is folk-based. His latest and third album Culture Shock was voted Best Rock CD by the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.
· Susan Aglukark: Inuk singer-songwriter – One of Canada’s most unique and most honored artists.
Winnipeg performers will be announced at a special press conference on May 23, 2013.
Aboriginal Day Live Broadcast:
APTN will bring the celebration to Canada via the LIVE broadcast, radio waves, online and mobile devices. The exclusive three-and-a-half hour broadcast of Aboriginal Day Live will air on APTN and APTN HD at 9:00 p.m. ET. For more information on APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration 2013, visit aboriginaldaylive.com.
May 23, 2013
Nickelodeon Announces First-Ever Spongebob Squarepants Global Film Competition, Spongebob Squareshorts: Original Fan Tributes
(May 23, 2013 – Toronto, Canada) Nickelodeon, one of the world’s leading recognized entertainment brands for kids and families, today announced the first-ever global SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired short film competition, SpongeBob SquareShorts: Original Fan Tributes. SpongeBob fans and filmmakers of all ages from around the world are invited to create original, SpongeBob-inspired short films for a chance to win a cash prize and trip for four people to a screening event in Hollywood, California. The call for Canadian entries will run until Friday, June 28, 2013 and can be submitted in two categories (under 18 years of age, and 18 and over) to www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com.
Films submitted to the SpongeBob SquareShorts: Original Fan Tributes competition should be themed around SpongeBob, his world and/or his friends, while celebrating his endearing attributes: humor, overflowing happiness and persistent positivity. The short films can be live-action, animation, stop-motion and should run no longer than three (3) minutes. Videos will be judged on originality and creativity, incorporation of SpongeBob’s attributes, and overall appeal.
Following the entry period, finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and the top 10 in each of the two categories will be announced on Thursday, July 18 as finalists. From July 18 through Friday, August 2, fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite of the finalists at www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com. The winner from each category will be announced in August. For additional details on the submission process and official rules, please visit www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com.
To complement the global prize offering, for which Canadians are eligible, Nickelodeon and Corus Entertainment Inc. have teamed up to award a prize for one additional Canadian film entry within the ‘Under 18’ age group category. The winning ‘Under 18’ short film, selected from all eligible Canadian entries, will take the spotlight with their film airing on the Nickelodeon channel in Canada. The judging criteria are the same as the global competition; however the winner will be selected by a panel of Canadian judges, not online votes. The Canadian winner will be announced in August. For more information, visit www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com/Canada
SpongeBob SquarePants is a world-renowned and beloved character-driven cartoon that chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. The series is seen in more than 170 countries and territories and in more than 35+ languages. SpongeBob SquarePants is the #1 program on YTV in Canada. The series consistently ranks as the #1 program in its time slot vs. all other kids’ channels in Brazil, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Mexico, and the Netherland, and is a top 10 program on Nickelodeon in markets including the UK, Russia, Australia, Germany and Italy. It is the most widely distributed property in Viacom Media Networks history.
SpongeBob SquarePants is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon’s animated series Rocko’s Modern Life. Paul Tibbitt served as a director and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants for its first three seasons and is currently executive producer. The series is a Nicktoons Production and is produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
May 23, 2013
Heavy Hitters Headline Sportsnet’s Coverage of UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva
TORONTO (May 23, 2013) Bring on the big boys. Sportsnet, Canada’s official home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, heads to Las Vegas for heavy-hitting coverage of UFC 160 as Cain Velasquez looks to defend his heavyweight title against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. Sportsnet’s coverage of the preliminary fights begins Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.
Saturday’s UFC 160 main event will be a rematch of UFC 146, where Velasquez dominated Silva with a TKO victory. Silva, however, earned a shot at the heavyweight title following an upset knockout win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 156. Meanwhile, Canadian lightweight T.J. Grant (Cole Harbour, NS) could steal the show with a win over Gray Maynard, which would earn him a shot at lightweight champion Benson Henderson – making him the sixth Canadian ever to fight for a UFC title.
The preliminary fights on Sportsnet will deliver plenty of premium bouts, including a welterweight showdown between Mike Pyle and Rick Story. Pyle has recorded three straight knockout victories, and a strong victory over Story could move him among the UFC’s welterweight contenders.
In addition to the prelims, Sportsnet’s coverage of UFC 160 includes:
· Official Weigh-ins: streamed live on sportsnet.ca, Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
· Early Preliminary Fights: streamed live on sportsnet.ca, Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT
· Post-Fight Press Conference: streamed live on sportsnet.ca following the main event
· UFC Central: “Showdown” Joe Ferraro hosts the show from Las Vegas, featuring an in-depth recap of the entire fight card, Monday, May 27 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Sportsnet ONE, West and Pacific and at 11:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet East and Ontario
Talent Quotes and Interviews:
· Ferraro on the UFC 160 Main Card:
"While much of the focus with be on the main and co-main events, all Canadians should keep their eyes on Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia lightweight T.J. Grant. If he defeats Gray Maynard, he officially earns a title shot vs champion Ben Henderson.
· Ferraro on the UFC 160 Prelims:
"By far, these are the very best prelims that have ever aired on the network. Every matchup is pivotal in their respective divisions. In fact, every bout is worthy of being on the pay per view portion of the card."
· Showdown Joe Ferraro is available for interviews to discuss all things UFC 160
May 23, 2013
CBC’s independence at risk if Bill C-60 passes as is
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 May 2013 -
Joe Schlesinger, Hugh Winsor, Don Newman and other eminent authorities in journalism believe CBC’s independence is at risk
Many of Canada’s leading authorities and practitioners of journalism are calling for changes to Bill C-60 so that the government’s Omnibus Budget legislation does not do irreparable harm to the editorial independence of the CBC.
A letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed by thirteen eminent Canadians from the worlds of journalism and academia expresses deep concern that “Bill C-60 would undermine the arms-length relationship between the CBC, our national public broadcaster, and the federal government.”
The letter was tabled this morning at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance by Ian Morrison, spokesperson for the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, during his appearance before the Committee.
“Without change, Bill C-60 will give government the power to remove the conditions which underpin the integrity of CBC’s journalists, editors, producers, writers and broadcasters and empower them to provide independent coverage of the government. The government would do this by directly manipulating their working conditions, collective agreements, pay and benefits – a degree of interference with a public broadcaster that is unheard of in the free world today,” Morrison said.
Morrison also tabled a legal opinion Friends commissioned from leading media lawyer Brian MacLeod Rogers which observes that Bill C-60 could negate all of the protections put in place in the Broadcasting Act by the Mulroney government to safeguard the CBC’s independence.
“Eight-one years ago, a Conservative Prime Minister introduced public broadcasting in Canada. Fifty-nine years later a Progressive Conservative Prime Minister updated Broadcasting Act for the 21st Century, Morrison told the Finance Committee.
The Rogers opinion concludes that the provision of Bill C-60 related to the CBC will provoke legal action.
“We recommend that the government steer clear of this morass by removing the CBC from Bill C-60, or failing that, making the clauses referencing CBC explicitly subject to the protection from interference afforded by sections 35(2) and 52 of the Broadcasting Act,” Morrison said.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent watchdog for Canadian programming and is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party.
The letter to the Prime Minster and the Rogers legal opinion are available at www.friends.ca
May 22, 2013
Good Things Come in Threes as MuchMusic and Coca-Cola Announce the Top 3 Finalists for 2013 MuchMusic and Coca-Cola Covers
TORONTO (May 22, 2013) – The competition is heating up as MuchMusic and Coca-Cola announced the Top 3 finalists for the 2013 MuchMusic and Coca-Cola Covers competition on a special episode of NEW.MUSIC.LIVE., earlier today. Chosen with the help of fans across Canada, the Top 3 finalists are: the Oducado twins (23) from Toronto, ON, Neil Pranjivan (20) from Surrey, BC, and Kirstyn Johnson (17) from Strathmore, AB. These talented competitors have scored a VIP trip to the 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS on June 16, and their very own, 30-second commercial.
Starting right now, fans can view and rate the latest Covers submissions from the Top 3 finalists at muchmusic.com/covers, as they compete for the grand prize of being crowned the winner of the Covers MuchMusic Video Award presented at this year’s 2013 MMVAs. The winner, or winners, also get to sign a Singles Deal with Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., which includes a song release and music video funded by MuchFACT.
Beginning in March, Much viewers were given the chance to submit their own versions of select hit songs and post them on muchmusic.com/covers. After more than 1,600 submissions, and multiple rounds of judging by fans and an expert panel including Sony Music and MuchMusic representatives, the Top 3 were chosen.
Canada, meet the Top 3 Covers finalists!
Oducado twins (23) – Toronto, ON
Music has always been an integral part of Genevieve and Jasmine’s lives. From an early age music has been a source of happiness and has always been a way for them to share their joy with others. The Oducado twins are notorious for bursting out in song at work and their co-workers agree it's contagious. They sing wherever and whenever they can and hope it will bring a smile to peoples’ faces.
Neil Pranjivan (20) – Surrey, BC
Before discovering his true passion for singing he began to convey it by becoming a dancer at the age of five. Known for entertaining and captivating audiences with his talent and enthusiasm, Neil is always ready to deliver a memorable performance.
Kirstyn Johnson (17) – Strathmore, AB
Hailing from a small town in Alberta, Kirstyn’s dreams of one day performing with some of her idols including Lights, and Amy Lee of Evanescence. Her keenness for singing had her performing in front of audiences since the age of three.
For more information, go to muchmusic.com/covers.
May 22, 2013
Montreal Natives Alyson Lozoff and Wilder Weir to Co-Host Montreal Connected, Premiering May 30 on City Montreal
TORONTO (May 22, 2013) City Montreal expands its homegrown content with the launch of the new 30-minute weekly sports magazine show Montreal Connected, premiering Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. ET. Co-hosted by Sportsnet reporter Alyson Lozoff and television personality Wilder Weir, both Montrealers, the English-language program takes audiences beyond the game highlights for an in-depth look at the city’s professional and amateur teams, along with athlete profiles and feature stories on local, national, and international sports.
Following the May 30 premiere, Montreal Connected will air Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET with encores on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 6 p.m. ET on City Montreal. Beginning June 1, Sportsnet East will air Montreal Connected on Saturdays at noon ET.
"Montreal is a great sports city, and Montrealers support not only their pro teams but embrace amateur and collegiate sports as well,” said Scott Moore, President, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “With in-depth coverage and exclusive access to the city’s illustrious sports scene, Montreal Connected offers audiences a unique perspective on professional and amateur sports with a Montreal-centric view, plus a look at stories of interest at the national and international levels.”
Sportsnet reporter Alyson Lozoff was born and raised in N.D.G. She first discovered her passion for sports broadcasting when she worked as an in-game host during Montreal Canadiens games. Officially hooked on the gig after reporting live from the Red Bull Crashed Ice finish line, Lozoff joined Sportsnet in 2012, regularly covering the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Alouettes, and Montreal Impact. A lawyer in Ontario and Quebec, Lozoff received a Civil Law Degree, a Common Law Degree, and a Masters Degree in Law at l’Université de Montréal. She also studied at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, where she obtained a Chinese Law Study Certificate.
Wilder Weir, raised in Beaconsfield, is the son of retired professional hockey player, Wally Weir. The puck was passed to Weir who continued his father’s legacy playing senior hockey for Lower Canada College and making the varsity team at Queen’s University. A budding hockey star, in 2005 Weir made his television debut as a hockey player in the Canadian reality series Making the Cut: Last Man Standing, a program that pitted Canada’s top 60 amateur hockey players against each other. His transition to an on-air television personality occurred in 2008 as host of national television series Oh So Cosmo, where Weir then worked on-air for six consecutive seasons. He returns home to Montreal with countless celebrity interviews, live event hosting, and on-air experience under his belt.
In addition to Lozoff and Weir, the roster of talent joining Montreal Connected also includes Sportsnet’s award-winning Stephen Brunt, considered one of Canada’s top sports journalists; Sean Gordon, Globe and Mail sports reporter; Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette sportswriter; and Arpon Basu, managing editor at NHL.com.
Montreal Connected will be produced by three-time world water ski champion and member of the Order of Canada and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, George Athans, alongside Kelly Greig, a former producer in Montreal. Bob Babinski is Executive Producer and Local Content Manager, City Montreal, Jordan Schwartz is Vice-President, In-House Production, Rogers Media, Scott Woodgate is Vice-President, News & Information, Sportsnet, and Scott Moore is President of Broadcast, Rogers Media.
May 22, 2013
Two international distinctions for TFO's educational apps
TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Appolicious, named "the most useful of the app search engines," by the New York Times, along with its educational ranking website, www.appoLearning.com, have named two applications by Le Groupe Média TFO: Mini TFO and La Cible, as Top-5 'best in class.' These recognitions place TFO, a multiplatform digital content company, among world leaders in education, where it stands out as the only Canadian producer in any of the French-language categories.
The Appolearning website lets parents know which educational apps they should encourage their kids to use, while also detailing the skills that are taught within each recommended application.
"With these latest awards, TFO has once again been recognized as a digital education leader, praised for delivering engaging, relevant and innovative products for the whole family," explains Glenn O'Farrell, President and CEO of Groupe Média TFO. "Our teams of creative designers and educators work diligently to deliver world-class products to Ontario's Francophone and Francophile audiences."
The winnings apps are as follows.
-- Mini TFO - The single highest rated app (Score 96) in the Early Childhood > French category, it was loved by reviews because it "combines preschool videos with simple games like coloring pages and jigsaw puzzles, all in a French interface." Appolearning believes it will help "give your child a head start towards bilingualism."
-- La Cible - Named among the Top-5 highest rated apps in the Middle School > French category. It is heralded for being "the most advanced app on the list and is easily suited to older kids as well as middle schoolers. The games do not teach French as a second language, but rather just build vocabulary and general knowledge. There are math, science, ancient civilizations and other general topics."
All of the apps endorsed by Appolearning are curated and evaluated by a panel of teachers, parents, and app gurus. Every app that appoLearning showcases is given a Report Card based on our proprietary appoLearning Rubric, based on a number of factors, including Educational Content, Kid Appeal, Assessment, Features and Design, Value, and Safety and Privacy.
May 22, 2013
YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE
TORONTO, May 22, 2013: ichannel, a national television information service, has launched a unique website designed to help newcomers to Canada access much-needed medical care.
The site, http://ymoyl.ichannel.ca, is a companion to ichannel’s ground-breaking documentary Your Money Or Your Life, which sheds light on the Canadian health care system’s failure to meet the needs of immigrants and refugees.
In addition to featuring the complete documentary, the site offers a wealth of complementary materials, including web-exclusive interviews with people like midwife Manavi Handa, who speaks about the shocking lack of care women in Canada receive when they lack health insurance. She recalls, heartbreakingly, the case of one uninsured pregnant woman whose infant died – possibly because a hospital refused her timely care. “She will always feel like her baby died because she didn’t have money,” Ms. Handa says.
In addition, the new site boasts a first-of-its-kind interactive “clinic finder” designed to help new Canadians locate medical clinics that will provide them with treatment, for little or no money, even if they lack a provincial health card.
“Our research on the documentary revealed an overwhelming need for such a resource,” says the film’s producer Kevin O’Keefe (Milk War, Bad Habits). “We felt it wasn’t enough to shine a light on the problems new Canadians face accessing health care: we want to contribute to solving those problems.”
Many immigrants and refugees, Mr. O’Keefe explains, don’t know how to find practitioners who will treat the uninsured, or provide care under the IFH (Interim Federal Health plan), which covers medical expenses for refugees. Exclusive to the new website, the comprehensive “clinic finder” enables users to identify immigrant- and refugee-friendly doctors and clinics anywhere in Canada, simply by entering a postal code.
First broadcast in November 2012, Your Money Or Your Life powerfully makes the case that new arrivals to Canada are being let down by our health care system. ichannel is proud to launch ymoyl.ichannel.ca – a valuable resource for new Canadians.
ichannel will present a special encore presentation of Your Money Or Your Life on Monday June 17 at 9 pm and Midnight ET, to coincide with the National Day of Action organized by Canadian Doctors For Refugee Care, an association of health care providers committed to speaking out against federal government cuts to medical care for refugees.
The documentary film Your Money Or Your Life was produced with the support of the Canada Media Fund.
The complementary website was created with the support of the CMF’s Convergent Digital Incentive Program.
May 21, 2013
Netflix To Premiere Ricky Gervais' Original Series "Derek" Thursday, September 12, 2013
Ricky Gervais writes/directs/executive-produces and stars in bittersweet comedy-drama
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Netflix will premiere "Derek," an original series starring, written, directed and executive-produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM PT. All seven 30-minute episodes in the series will be available at launch.
Netflix members will have access to "Derek" in all territories where Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics – except for the UK, where the series premiered on Channel 4 and was recently renewed for a second season. David Earl, Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman star in "Derek" along with Gervais. "Derek" is produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix.
"Ricky Gervais is one of the most distinctive comedy voices of his generation," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. "With 'Derek,' Ricky takes on new territory and mixes comedy with drama that is sometimes touching and sometimes heartbreaking. We are proud to partner with Ricky to present this unique and wonderful series to our members"
A bittersweet comedy-drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins, "Derek" centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. Derek cares deeply for the home's residents, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Working alongside Derek is Dougie (Pilkington), his landlord who is one of life's unlucky individuals; Kev (Earl), a loveable train wreck; and Hannah (Godliman), a care worker in the home and Derek's best friend. She is smart, witty and hard-working, but unlucky in love, and, like Derek, always puts other people first.
Creator and star of 'The Office' and 'Extras', Ricky Gervais has won three Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys, and seven BAFTAS. 'The Office' is the most successful British comedy of all time, shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes.
The NBC version is the most successful US remake of a British show in more than 30 years. Considered the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin, Gervais is an award-winning stand-up, and his tour 'Fame' became the fastest selling UK stand up show in history.
Gervais is also featured in The Guinness Book of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time. He has written, directed, produced and starred in 'Cemetery Junction', 'The Invention of Lying' and starred in 'Ghost Town'. In 2010, Gervais was asked to be the first host of the 'Golden Globes' since 1995, for a broadcast seen by an estimated audience of 250 million. He was named in 'Time' magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and awarded the 'Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award' from the Banff World Television Festival.
Ricky has since hosted the 'Golden Globes' in 2011 and was invited back for a third time in January 2012. His HBO show 'Life's Too Short' premiered on February 19th, 2012 while the third season of his show 'An idiot Abroad' premiered on January 19th, 2013 on The Science Channel. Most recently, Gervais has been cast as the lead in 'The Muppets' sequel.
May 21, 2013
A lovely gift for the 25th anniversary of the FrancoFolies! - Bell becomes the major presenting sponsor of the FrancoFolies de Montréal
MONTREAL, May 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - A fresh wind is blowing over the FrancoFolies… In fact, the organizers of the FrancoFolies de Montréal are delighted to announce the arrival of Bell as primary presenting sponsor of the largest French-language music event in the world! The two partners have signed a major four-year agreement that will cover the years 2013 through 2016 and enable the FrancoFolies to pursue their mission with even more energy and brilliance! This announcement is greeted with all the more enthusiasm as this year will be the 25th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal, a special event that will take place from June 13 to 22, 2013, and one that calls for a great celebration! To proudly mark this 25th anniversary and in tandem with this partnership, the FrancoFolies have also adopted a brand new logo that fits with a modern, more youthful image.
Alain Simard, president and founder of the FrancoFolies de Montréal, says he is delighted with this alliance between the French-language song festival and the leading communications company in Québec. "We are extremely pleased to be able to count on the support of a partner as prestigious as Bell to help us continue the adventure we embarked upon 25 years ago: that of promoting, and making accessible to the general public, French-language music by performers ranging from the biggest names to young artists on their way up. More than ever, such broadcasting calls for communication media that are both effective and innovative. Our partnership with Bell is therefore all the more fitting, since its technological expertise and position at the forefront of the media are invaluable advantages when it comes to broadcasting the festival content and bolstering the event's visibility. With the collaboration of Ford, which was already co-sponsoring the FrancoFolies, among others, the event can rely on several faithful and strong partners to help it grow and extend its influence in the years to come."
Martine Turcotte, Bell's Executive Vice-President, Québec, added: "Having been a partner of L'Équipe Spectra for over 20 years, namely as a supporter of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, among others, Bell is thrilled to be supporting the organizers of the FrancoFolies de Montréal once again. Our commitment to Québec and French-language culture is expressed through events that rally the communities that we serve. The FrancoFolies de Montréal festival is the must-do event, and one that helps promote Québec artists and emerging talents. Like thousands of Quebecers, we are very pleased to be at the heart of the festivities and vibrate to the rhythm of the 25th edition of the Francofolies."
The beginning of a new era for the FrancoFolies!
With the best partners imaginable, the FrancoFolies now have the wind in their sails more than ever! This is a very good piece of news, offering hope that the financial troubles of recent years—which in no way affected the growing popularity of the event—will soon be a thing of the past. The FrancoFolies can now look to the future with renewed optimism, especially since they have indisputably scored a real coup by shifting their timing to June, starting off the summer festival season.
This special partnership is a particularly happy one because the FrancoFolies de Montréal and Bell largely reach the same audience: a young, trendy crowd that's in step with all the latest technological innovations and artists. A cutting-edge leader in communications, Bell has the desire and the wherewithal to shine a light on this major event that reflects our culture and to promote French music around the globe. Bell's participation will constitute a spectacular contribution to the lasting success of the FrancoFolies, enabling them to take their primary mission even further.
Bell in the spotlight
As primary presenting sponsor of one of the largest cultural events in Québec, Bell will lend its name to the prestigious Les Grands spectacles series taking place at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts. The main stage of the FrancoFolies at the Place des Festivals, where some of the largest crowds gather every year, will also bear the company's name. And to give added spice to the celebration, Bell has confirmed it will make a special contribution to be sure this anniversary edition of the FrancoFolies is even more remarkable: it will sponsor a free show on June 17, specially designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the FrancoFolies, with 25 artists performing 25 songs!
The 25th edition of the festival, presented by Bell in collaboration with Ford of Canada, will be held from June 13 to 22.
May 21, 2013
And the Nominees Are….
MuchMusic Announces the 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS Nominees
TORONTO (May 21, 2013) – Earlier today audience members joined the NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. team to announce that Vancouver’s own pop-rockers Marianas Trench lead the pack with an incredible six nominations for the 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Toronto’s homegrown hero Drake nabbed five nods, while East Coast rapper Classified scored four, and previously announced performer, Demi Lovato, is nominated in two categories this year.
First-time nominees include co-host PSY, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phillip Phillips, and Canadians The Weeknd, Serena Ryder, and 2012 Coke Covers award winner Tyler Shaw.The nominees join the biggest street party on the planet, the 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, airing live on MuchMusic Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. The 2013 MMVAs are also simulcast live in the U.S. on Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company. The MMVAs RED CARPET SPECIAL kicks off the night at 8 p.m. ET.
“We have an incredibly diverse list of MMVA nominees this year, and we congratulate each of them on their achievements,” said Sheila Sullivan, Executive Producer, 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. “From international superstars to homegrown talent, this year’s list of nominees proves that the MMVAs highlight the best artists from across the country and around the world.”
Also announced today were this year’s Wildcard nominee winners for the Your Fave categories. They are:
Your Fave Video of the Year – Billy Talent, “Surprise Surprise”
Your Fave International Artist or Group – P!NK
Your Fave Artist or Group – Marianas Trench
Viewers can get involved behind the scenes by helping pick the winner in each Your Fave category. Fans can vote by “liking” their faves at mmva.muchmusic.com.
Fans can stay tuned to Much, muchmusic.com, and follow @muchmusic to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, the chance to win big prizes, and updates on the all-important Your Fave Wildcard voting.
May 21, 2013
Space’s #1 Series, DOCTOR WHO, Shatters Own Record with Most-Watched Finale Ever on Saturday
TORONTO (May 21, 2013) – Space-time coordinates aligned on Saturday night, as the head-spinning conclusion of Doctor Who Season 7B became the most-watched finale in series history with 584,000 viewers. Complete with secrets, revelations, and mysterious twists, “The Name of the Doctor,” made Space the #1 network – conventional or specialty – in the series’ 9 p.m. timeslot with total viewers and in the key demos A25-54 and A18-49. Featuring a surprise appearance by John Hurt (THE ADVENTURES OF MERLIN), who will resurface for the 50th Anniversary Special, the finale reached nearly 1 million total viewers. The DOCTOR WHO finale was also the most-watched entertainment specialty program of the day on Saturday, capping off a strong Season 7 for the Doctor and “the impossible girl” with a season average audience of 608,000.
Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK at 9 p.m. ET, and the premiere episode of the three-part zombie series IN THE FLESH at 10 p.m. ET, also made Space the #1 entertainment specialty network from 9 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. ET in the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos. With only two episodes left, ORPHAN BLACK was watched by 287,000 viewers, while 152,000 viewers watched IN THE FLESH.
In next week’s episode of ORPHAN BLACK, “Unconscious Selection,” premiering Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET, after Kira’s life is threatened, Sarah is on the warpath, but Dr. Leekie makes her think twice about her plans for revenge. Meanwhile, Cosima faces the truth about Delphine, forcing her to choose sides. Now, it’s up to Sarah to decide the killer's fate, but the truth about her past might end up putting all of their lives in jeopardy.
Then, at 10 p.m. ET in Part Two of In The Flesh, Kieren escapes to his grave, where he is reunited with his old hunting partner Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan, THE THICK OF IT). He also discovers that his former best friend Rick (David Walmsley, DOCTORS) is back in town. Kieren finds himself on a hunting mission in the woods, where the night patrol has reported live rabid zombies are roaming free.
Source: BBM Canada
May 21, 2013
ABC Spark’s Summer is Stacked with New Series and Returning Favourites
(May 21, 2013 – Toronto, Canada) Mystery, drama, comedy, reality and a docu-soap series have all been added to Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark’s most exciting summer line-up yet. The fresh new slate boasts the premiere of four new original series including family drama The Fosters, mystery drama Twisted, docu-soap The Vineyard and reality competition series Dancing Fools. Returning original series include Melissa & Joey, Baby Daddy and Switched at Birth.
In addition to this slate of summer premieres, ABC Spark fans can look forward to a new one-hour drama series, Chasing Life (former working title Terminales), currently in production and scheduled to premiere on ABC Spark in early 2014. Richmond Hill, Ontario native Italia Ricci (Unnatural History) stars.
DANCING FOOLS – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres (day-and-date) Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 29
Dancing Fools is a half-hour comedy clip show features the funniest, most outrageous and memorable dances caught on camera. The dancers from the top two clips of the week compete on stage for a chance to win $10,000. The series is hosted by Melissa Peterman, who also stars in ABC Spark's Baby Daddy.
THE FOSTERS – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres (day-and-date): Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning June 3
From executive producer Jennifer Lopez, (American Idol, What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Back-Up Plan) and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (Queer As Folk), The Fosters is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school vice-principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and their adopted twins, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin). Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it's just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found. Click here for a sneak peek.
TWISTED – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres (day-and-date): Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/ PT beginning June 11
Twisted is a one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that follows Danny Desai, played by Vancouver actor Avan Jogia, a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past who returns to his hometown after spending five years in juvenile detention. Immediately branded an outcast, Danny attempts to reconnect with his two childhood best friends, Jo (Maddie Hasson) and Lacey (Kylie Bunbury), and to smooth over tensions with his mother, Karen (Denise Richards), whose socialite status plummeted after her son's imprisonment and the mysterious disappearance of her husband, Danny's father. Robin Givens also guest stars. Click here for a sneak peek.
THE VINEYARD – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres (day-and-date): Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 23
The Vineyard is a dramatic coming-of-age docu-soap that follows a handful of 20-somethings on Martha's Vineyard for the summer. Tight quarters, new friends and new rivals, all living, working and playing together, make this picturesque playground ripe for mischief and romance.
MELISSA & JOEY – Season 3 Premiere
Premieres (day-and-date): Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/ PT beginning May 29
Starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, the Season 3 premiere of Melissa and Joey, entitled "Works for Me," Joe pursues a new job opportunity, sending Mel into a panic when she realizes he may actually leave. But the job isn't quite what Joe expected, causing him to reevaluate his place in the house and Mel's scheming to prove how much everyone needs him. Meanwhile Lennox thinks her artist boyfriend, Zander, may have found another muse, and Ryder's class trip has an unexpected outcome. Guest stars in the premiere episode include Sterling Knight and Hayley Erin, plus an appearance by OMG Insider hosts Thea Andrews and Kevin Frazier.
BABY DADDY – Season 2 Premiere
Premieres (day-and-date): Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 29
Following Melissa & Joey, the laughs continue in the Season 2 premiere of Baby Daddy starring Vancouver actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Ben and Chelsea Kane as Riley. In the episode, entitled "I'm Not That Guy," Ben thinks he might like Riley and tries to convince her he's changed his playboy ways. Riley invites Ben to be her date at a work party, but Ben's efforts to prove he's dependable fall short. Danny hopes to come to Riley's rescue, but arrives only to find Riley getting friendly with another man (guest star Matt Dallas). Meanwhile, Tucker (Tahj Mowry), schemes to go out with a model, and Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), attempts to get to know a handsome stranger with a little help from Emma.
SWITCHED AT BIRTH – Season 2 – New Episodes
Premieres (day-and-date): Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning June 10
Following the Switched at Birth marathon, the season premiere begins with Regina (Constance Marie) returning from rehab and trying to transition back to life at the Kennish house. While Regina has been away at rehab, Daphne (Katie Leclerc) has grown closer to the Kennish family, spending her days at their country club and her nights in their guest room. This new family dynamic does not sit well with Regina, who unexpectedly returns home early in hopes of spending more time with Daphne. Bay (Vanessa Marano) begrudgingly starts working at her dad's office and, when her car breaks down near a local carnival, runs into her ex-boyfriend, Ty (guest star Blair Redford, The Lying Game), who has returned from serving in Afghanistan. The groundbreaking drama was recently honored with a Peabody Award.
May 21, 2013
OLN Announces Cast and Start of Production on Original Series, Storage Wars Canada
TORONTO (May 21, 2013) After auditioning hundreds of bidders looking to score big, OLN today announced cast and production details for the highly anticipated original reality series Storage Wars Canada. With principal filming on the 36-episode, half-hour series now underway in Ontario, the cast features a seasoned auctioneer and six determined professional bidders, each with the same amount of motivation, but all with their own unique strategy. Commissioned by OLN’s original programming team, produced by Proper Television, and licensed by FremantleMedia, Storage Wars Canada is slated to premiere on OLN this summer. Full broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
“OLN consistently delivers outrageous real life stories loaded with uncensored, unapologetic, and off-the-cuff characters,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “In Storage Wars Canada, viewers can expect to see a group of fiercely competitive players with distinct personalities, ready to battle it out for the next locker.”
Storage Wars Canada is a modern-day treasure hunt, as professional bidders use their combined knowledge, expertise, and wit to bid on the contents of abandoned, repossessed, and forgotten storage containers. Second-generation auctioneer Don Reinhart is joined by six fierce bidders, including: Roy Dirnbeck – “The Instigator”; Cindy Hayden and Rick Coffill – “The Veterans”; Ursula Stolf – “The Knock Out”; and father-and-son duo Paul and Bogart Kenny – “High Roller and The Kid.”
“We were surprised at the number of high-calibre candidates who applied for Storage Wars Canada,” said Guy O’Sullivan, President, Proper Television. “From veterans to beginners, I honestly didn’t think we would have this many great contenders to choose from. The cast members really impressed us and we can’t wait to watch them go into battle and score big.”
Coming together with different levels of experience and knowledge, these buyers only have one thing in common: they will do anything to get what they want, and what they want is to find the next big deal. See below for full cast biographies.
Storage Wars Canada Cast
Don Reinhart – Auctioneer
Hometown: Caledon, ON
Auctioneering Experience: Setting up auctions for 48 years, Don has auctioned off everything from smashed up cars to houses.
Words to Live By: “If you don’t play the rules my way, you don’t play.”
Born into a family of auctioneers, Don is self-taught and has been conducting auctions since 1965. Crediting his success to strict work ethic and his broad range of knowledge, Don’s loyal following of bidders guarantees that wherever he goes, he always draws a crowd.
Roy Dirnbeck – “The Instigator”
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Best Deal: He bought a locker for $3,200 that contained a $17,000 Rolex.
Words to Live By: "You know what, Canada? Start paying your bills or I'm gonna own your s%*t!"
Not looking to make new friends, Roy will risk everything to be the top bidder. Dirty tricks, intimidation, sheer determination, and the occasional disguise are all part of his strategy. As the owner of a successful courier company, Roy has deep pockets and is “not interested in dealing in the garbage.”
Ursula Stolf – “The Knock Out”
Hometown: Woodbridge, ON
Best Deal: She bought a pair of $1,500 Mui Mui boots for $65, and re-sold them for $600.
Words to Live By: "Don't tell me I can't, 'cause I can; and don't tell me don't, 'cause I will."
With the success of her online business re-selling high-end clothing and accessories, Ursula sees great potential in the storage locker scene. Her late father introduced her to the idea of storage auctions when she was a child.
Cindy Hayden and Rick Coffill – “The Veterans”
Hometown: Newmarket, ON
Best Deal: They bought a $1,350 locker and found an antique diamond ring worth $50,000.
Words to Live By: "I'm usually a good girl, but if you cross that line at an auction, I'm coming after you." - Cindy
These fierce competitors are veterans of the storage locker auction scene and are well-known for being aggressive bidders. On a mission to fill their store with whatever high-end antiques and collectables they come across, Cindy and Rick use a variety of unseemly tactics to scare off other bidders, and have no fear of fighting dirty.
Paul and Bogart Kenny – “High Roller and The Kid”
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Best Deal: They bought a set of china for $750 and re-sold it for $30,000.
Words to Live By: "My wife says 'don't be caustic, sarcastic, or demeaning to anybody today.' Sometimes I make it through the day, sometimes I don't." – Paul
A born hustler, Paul made a living as a professional poker player for more than 30 years, and parlayed his winnings into a very successful side business of buying and selling collectibles. With Paul’s uncanny ability to “make a dollar out of 15 cents,” he knows the true re-sale value of most finds, and is now teaching his son, Bogart, the tricks of the trade. Bogart seems to be the only one not intimidated by Paul, and argues with him about everything.
Storage Wars Canada is an OLN original series produced by Proper Television and based on a format created by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company. Guy O’Sullivan (Come Dine with Me Canada) and Allison Grace (Tribute Bands) serve as executive producers, and Geoff Siskind (Canada’s Worst Driver) is the series producer. Claire Freeland is director of original programming for Rogers Media and an executive producer of Storage Wars Canada. Malcolm Dunlop is the executive vice-president of programming, Rogers Media. Scott Moore is the president of broadcast, Rogers Media.
May 20, 2013
Canadian and Australian Independent Producers to Forge Closer Ties
CANNES, France, May 20, 2013—The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU establishes a framework of cooperation and is intended to enhance co-production opportunities between Canadian and Australian independent screen-based producers.
“Excellent content knows no borders, especially in the digital economy. It just has to resonate with consumers,” says Michael Hennessy, President and CEO, CMPA. “The co-production model is the path to supporting quality productions as the industry at large focuses on audiences around the globe.”
Both Association Presidents complimented their respective governments for encouraging economic and cultural exchanges between Australia and Canada.
“There is a natural linguistic, cultural, production and regulatory affinity between our two countries,” says Matthew Deaner, Executive Director of SPAA. “Combine that with two strong story-telling traditions, and you have a winning formula for on-screen content that will engage internationally.”
About the CMPA:
The CMPA is a national non-profit organization that represents the interests of over 350 leading screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media content in all regions of Canada.
SPAA represents Australian independent screen content producers on all issues affecting the business and creative aspects of screen production. SPAA members include television, feature film, animation, documentary, television commercial and interactive media production companies as wellas services and facilities providers such as post‐production, finance, distribution and legal companies.
For more information please contact:
Anne Trueman, Director Communications & Media,
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Rachelle Gibson, Manager, Marketing & Communications,
T: (02) 9360 8988