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February 26, 2015

Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott and Game of Homes’ Cameron Mathison set to take over W Network’s Social Media


(February 26, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s W Network announces the social media takeover by W series stars Drew and Jonathan Scott (Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers) and Cameron Mathison (Game of Homes). On Monday, March 2 starting at 8 a.m. ET, Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott will take over W Network’s social media feeds for a day of posts and interactions with the popular duo, leading up to the premiere of their new season of Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Following the Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers takeover, W Network newcomer Cameron Mathison will control W Network’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds on Tuesday, March 17, leading up to the premiere of W Network’s biggest competition show ever, Game of Homes, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers takeover starts at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 2 and will run until 6 p.m., in the lead-up to the premiere of the new season of Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers at 9 p.m. ET/PT on W Network. The brothers will control W Network’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with exclusives photos, videos and posts. Jonathan and Drew will be online responding to viewer comments and questions across the social platforms and may just have a surprise or two in store, including a contest on W Network’s Facebook page.

Hot on the heels of Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers, Game of Homes host, Cameron Mathison will take over W Network’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday, March 17 at 8 a.m., offering fans insight and info on the new series with exclusive photos, videos and posts. Cameron will also be hosting a live chat during the premiere where fans can use the hashtag #GameOfHomes to engage with Cameron and W Network. Game of Homes premieres March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network. 

February 26, 2015

THE LOOP is Canada’s #1 Online Destination for Lifestyle and Entertainment Content

TORONTO (February 26, 2015) – Canada’s social, lifestyle, and online entertainment destination THE LOOP announced today that following its re-brand in July 2014, the site has seen an increase in desktop and mobile visitors and engagement metrics, including social shares and video consumption. THE LOOP now attracts close to 1 million unique visitors each month, and is #1 among shareable content sites such as ViralNova, The Huffington Post, and Refinery29 in both average pages consumed and visits per visitor, as well as average videos watched per session. One in three visitors now use their mobile device to browse THE LOOP, tripling its mobile traffic since last Spring. Social shares to Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter have also grown by 15%.

“Canadians continue to flock to THE LOOP to satisfy their hunger for social, lifestyle, and entertainment content,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Thanks to the greatly improved experience and shareability for our thousands and thousands of daily visitors, THE LOOP is Canada’s premium digital destination for users and advertisers alike.”

THE LOOP also announced today a new content partnership with BuzzFeed, which allows the site to feature BuzzFeed’s complete video catalogue in its own player across various platforms within Canada. BuzzFeed joins CTV News, ETALK, and PopSugar in providing original content to the platform.

THE LOOP covers an always fresh array of topics, including celebrity, style, health, humour, everyday how-tos, and life hacks from a unique Canadian perspective. Since its re-brand, some of THE LOOP’s most popular galleries, articles, and videos include: its 2015 GOLDEN GLOBES® red carpet coverage, which garnered more than 850,000 page views in one week, and a round-up of Americans’ ridiculous questions about Canada that has received more than 313,000 page views, and has been shared more than 5,500 times on Facebook. Plus, with over 39,000 streams, Kevin O’Leary’s Top 3 dumbest money mistakes is the most-watched original video on THE LOOP.

Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform, Sep-Nov 2014, selected competitors include:,,,,,,, and; Facebook Insights, Fall 2014; Gigya, Fall 2014.

February 26, 2015

CRTC releases the results of its fact-finding process on the role of payphones in the Canadian communication system


February 26, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released the results of its fact-finding process on the role of payphones in the Canadian communications system.

The report, Results of the fact-finding process on the role of payphones in the Canadian communications system,clearly shows that the use of payphones by Canadians is decreasing steadily. Compared to 2004, when 50% of Canadians reported occasionally using these services, today only 32% of Canadians report having used a payphone at least once over the course of the year.

However, the CRTC recognizes that payphones are important in society because of their accessibility, their one-time per-use cost and unlimited time for local and toll-free calls. To protect the public interest, the CRTC is proposing that all incumbent telephone companies be obligated to notify communities affected, including municipalities and First Nations, before removing the last public telephone. Companies would also have to notify communities before removing a public telephone where wireless service is not available. Canadians living in rural and urban communities would have the opportunity to give their opinions to local authorities regarding the removal of certain payphones.

Furthermore, the CRTC wants to ensure that the notices regarding charges for calls made by credit card, telephone card or another non-cash method are sufficiently clear.

Canadians are invited to submit their comments on these issues by March 30, 2015. The CRTC encourages Canadians to participate by:
- completing the online form;(
- writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0N2;
- sending a fax to 1-819-994-0218.

In 2013, the CRTC imposed a moratorium preventing large telephone companies from removing the last payphone in a community. The moratorium will be maintained until the CRTC has made its decision.

Quick facts
- Payphones still play an important role in Canadian society, though their use continues to decrease steadily.
- The CRTC is proposing that all incumbent telephone companies be obligated to notify communities affected, including municipalities and First Nations, before removing the last public telephone. Canadians living in rural and urban communities would have the opportunity to give their opinions to local authorities regarding the removal of certain payphones.
- The CRTC wants to ensure that the notices regarding the charges for non-cash calls are sufficiently clear.

    "Although payphones are no longer used as much as in the past, they continue to play an important role in society and serve the public interest. For this reason, we want to make sure that Canadians are notified when certain payphones are removed in their communities, and that they have the opportunity to share their concerns with local authorities. These authorities will be empowered to respond to the needs of their communities."
    Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC

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Results of the fact-finding process on the role of payphones in the Canadian communications system
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Telecom Decision 2013-327
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Telecom Notice of Consultation 2013-337
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Telecom Regulatory Policy 2013-708


February 26, 2015

BravoFACTUAL Partners with Documentary Organization of Canada on New Festival Concierge Consultation Service


TORONTO (February 26, 2015) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today it has partnered with Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) to offer the innovative consultation service,Festival Concierge. In an effort to help shine a spotlight on Canadian filmmakers, DOC’s Festival Concierge, the first member-based film organization in Canada that provides this type of service, connects industry professionals with filmmakers to assist in the navigation of the festival submission process. The next two cycles of BravoFACTUAL award recipients will automatically gain complimentary access to the Festival Concierge service, a monthly e-newsletter, and priority access to all Festival Concierge webinars and workshops.

“We are thrilled to partner with industry champions DOC to offer this accessible and incredibly useful service,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Continuing to establish relationships that strengthen BravoFACT’s web of supportive networks allows us to provide increased value to the Canadian filmmakers we work with.”

“The BravoFACTUAL program is a wonderful opportunity for documentary filmmakers to get their work produced and out there,” said Pepita Ferrari, DOC’s Interim Director.

“We’re thrilled BravoFACTUAL felt as we did, that this is a natural collaboration that will help shine a light on the great work being done by Canadian documentary filmmakers.”

Since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT-supported films have enjoyed success both at home and abroad. Most recently, it was announced that BravoFACTUAL funded documentary I Thought I Told You To Shut Up! by Director Charlie Tyrell is set to make its world premiere at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

The next submission deadline for BravoFACTUAL is April 1, 2015. The next submission deadline for BravoFACT is June 12, 2015.

For information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit


February 26, 2015

New board directors reflect WCT’s expansion and growth

OTTAWA, February 25, 2015. Women in Communications and Technology today announced the appointment of seven new board members and a new executive committee. This adds exciting new input to WCT’s activities and direction, underscoring its commitment to grow and engage more women in a variety of industries whose work roles involve information, communication and technology.

“I've been privileged to be a part of the WCT community for several years and have seen firsthand how passionately and effectively it works to advance all women in the digital economy,” says Lynda Partner, Vice President, Marketing at Pythian, WCT’s new chair of the board of directors. “I am honoured to lead the board as WCT enters into this next phase, expanding our community so that even more women can benefit.”

WCT is a not-for-profit Canada-wide association that advances women in ICT careers through a network of industry support and recognition, leadership and skills development and mentoring.

“With directors from different backgrounds and sectors, our board can more effectively support our commitment to reach more women who are doing knowledge-base jobs and include them in the innovation process,” says Joanne Stanley, WCT’s Executive Director.

WCT’s new board members are:
Kristine Emmet, Vice President, Organizational Development, Bell Canada
Sandra Pasquini, Vice President Human Resources, IT & Network, Rogers Communications
Denise Shortt, Vice President, Industry Development, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
Staci Trackey Meagher, Vice President, Enterprise Canada, Microsoft Canada
Nilufer Erdebil, Founder and CEO, Spring2 Innovation
Robyn Heaton, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Media and Design, Algonquin College
Fawn Annan, CEO, IT World Canada

WCT’s new executive committee members are:
•    Chair:
Lynda Partner, Pythian
•    Vice-Chair:
Dervla Kelly, Shaw Media
•    Past Chair:
Janice McDonald, This Space Works
•    Corporate Secretary and Chair, Governance & Nominations:
Hatty Reisman, Reisman Law Offices
•    Treasurer and Chair, Audit Committee:
Nancy Chase, KPMG Advisory Services
•    Chair, Strategy & Marketing Committee:
Dee Ann Lama, Xerox Canada
•    Chair, Membership Committee:
Jane Todd, Saga Consulting
•    Chair, HR & Compensation Committee:
Robin Hildebrand, Golden West Broadcasting
•    Chair, Sponsorship:
Shannon Gorman, Telus
•    Chair, Regions:
Nilufer Erdebil, Spring2 Innovation
•    Co-Chairs, Annual Awards and Gala:
Julie Cork, Artex Environmental Group & Robin Hildebrand, Golden West Broadcasting


February 26, 2015

Bell Media and Its Partners Take Home 43 Awards During the First Two Nights of the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards


TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Bell Media congratulated today its internal production team and industry partners on being honoured with 43 wins during the first two nights of the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. With 140 television nominations overall, more than any other broadcaster, Bell Media once again demonstrates its leadership in the development and creation of Canadian original content.

"Congratulations to everyone involved in these award-winning productions," said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. "We are very proud to have the extraordinary efforts of our team and partners honoured in this way."

Notable Bell Media Wednesday night wins included Space's acclaimed hit original series ORPHAN BLACK, from Temple Street Productions, which won eight awards on Wednesday night, more than any other program. Canadian television institution DEGRASSI garnered four wins, while The Movie Network's SENSITIVE SKIN earned three. The Movie Network's CALL ME FITZ garnered two awards, and CTV's hit series MOTIVE, Discovery's DON'T DRIVE HERE host Andrew Younghusband, CTV EXTEND's GUIDESTONES: SUNFLOWER NOIR, VRAK's JAPANIZI: GOING, GOING, GONG!, and award shows THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS and THE 2014 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS received one trophy each.

On Tuesday, the first night of the Canadian Screen Awards, CTV News received the award for Best Reportage,National for "They Would Bury the Children Last," a report from the frontlines during last summer's Gaza war. Additionally, W5, Canada's most-watched documentary series, received two awards, Best News or Information Segment and Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series for Tom Kennedy.

Also on Tuesday, The Movie Network documentary OUR MAN IN TEHRAN, which explores the events of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, was the most decorated program on Tuesday night, taking home five awards, including Best Documentary Program. CTV's THE AMAZING RACE CANADA won three awards and Discovery took one prize for MAYDAY.

TSN won five awards on Tuesday, highlighted by Michael Landsberg receiving the prestigious Humanitarian Award for his ongoing efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. TSN also won two awards for its broadcast of the 101st GREY CUP.

Canadian Screen Week concludes on Sunday, March 1 with a live broadcast where additional awards for film and television will be handed out. A number of Bell Media programs are in the running for 13 of these awards, including Space's ORPHAN BLACK and The Movie Network's CALL ME FITZ, with two nominations apiece.

Bell Media winners for the first two nights of the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards are:


Insight Productions Company Ltd.

Best Direction in a Reality/Competition Program or Series
Rob Brunner – "What's it Take to Get a Cup of Tea"

Best Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series
Jonathan Dowler, Al Manson, Kyle Martin, Seth Poulin, Michael Tersigni – "What's it Take to Get a Cup of Tea"

Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series
Rob Brunner, Mark Lysakowski – "What's it Take to Get a Cup of Tea"

Foundation Features and Lark Productions

Best Performance in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series
Callum Keith Rennie – "Pitfall"

Insight Productions Company Ltd.

Best Photography in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Alex Nadon

Chanci Ventures

Best Entertainment Special
Bruce Allen

Project 10 Productions Inc.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Lauren Ash – "Stalkblocker"


Temple Street Productions

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
TJ Scott – "Mingling its Own Nature With It"

Best Original Music Score for a Series
Trevor Yuile
– "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series
Aaron Morton
– "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series
D. Gillian Truster – "Governed As It Were By Chance"

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series
Liz Calderhead,
John Dondertman – "Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done"

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series
Graeme Manson
– "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"

Best Achievement in Casting
Sharon Forrest,
Susan Forrest – "Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Jordan Gavaris – "Mingling its Own Nature With It"


Rhombus Media Inc., Film House Inc.

Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series
Drew Taylor,
Larry Weinstein

Best Documentary Program
Sponsor bravoFACTUAL

Nic Fichman,
Drew Taylor, Larry Weinstein

Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series
John Minh Tran

Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Factual Series
Steve Weslak

Best Sound in a Documentary, Factual or Lifestyle Program or Series
Martin Lee,
David McCallum, Sanjay Mehta, Brennan Mercer, Jane Tattersall

Rhombus Media, Baby Cow Productions

Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series
Don McKellar
– "The Return Of The Other Davina"

Best Photography in a Comedy Program or Series
Douglas Koch
– "The Three Sisters"

Best Picture Editing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series
Matthew Hannam
– "The Return Of The Other Davina"

Entertainment One Television International, Amaze Film + Television, Big Motion Pictures

Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety, or Animated Program or Series
Fred Brennan,
Alexis Eskandari, Matthew Harrold, Allen Ormerod, Paul Shikata – "A Very Special Fitzmas"

Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series
Derek Schreyer
– "Baby's First Brothel"



Best Reportage, National
Janis Mackey Frayer
– "They Would Bury the Children Last"


Best News or Information Segment
Mary Dartis,
Garry Dwyer-Joyce, Paul Freer, Denis Langlois, Victor Malarek, Jerry Vienneau "The War Zone"

Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series
Tom Kennedy


Proper Television

Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series
Andrew Younghusband

Cineflix Productions

Best Picture Editing in a Factual Program or Series
Daniel Hawkes


Epitome Pictures Inc.

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series
Stefan Brogren,
Sarah Glinski, Matt Huether, David Lowe, Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Stephanie Williams

Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Phil Earnshaw
– "Hypnotize"

Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Matt Huether
– "Unbelievable"

Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Aislinn Paul
– "My Own Worst Enemy"

WE DAY 2013
Bell Media In-House Productions

Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
John Keffer


Bell Media In-House Productions

Best Music Program or Series
Steve Jarman, John Kampilis,
Sheila Sullivan


Humanitarian Award: Michael Landsberg

Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or Series
Ray Ferraro – NHL Playoffs Game 7 LA @ Anaheim May 16, 2014

Best Sports Feature Segment
Brent Blanchard,
Mike Farrell, Paul Harrington, Josh Shiaman, Ken Volden, Aaron Ward

101st GREY CUP

Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event
Paul Hemming
– 101st Grey Cup

Best Sports Opening/Tease
Matt Dunn,
Owen Ewers, Michael Farber, George Hupka


Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series

Mark J.W. Bishop, Susan Edwards, Matthew Hornburg, Stephen J. Turnbull


iThentic, 3 o'

Best Performance in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media
Supinder Wraich

Secret Location, Bell Media, Back Alley Film Productions

Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction
Ryan Andal,
Lisa Collings, Melonie de Guzman, Marty Flanagan, Pietro Gagliano, Janis Lundman, James Milward,Greg Nelson, Chris Skinner, Lindsay Zier-Vogel

SOURCE Bell Media


February 26, 2015

DHX Media Appoints Australian Licensing Agent for Teletubbies


HALIFAX, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has appointed Haven Licensing as the agent for all new Teletubbies licensing and merchandising activity in Australia. Haven will represent the preschool property across the territory, beginning at the Australian Toy Fair, in Melbourne, March 3-6, 2015.

Peter Byrne, EVP, DHX Brands, said: "Teletubbies has a huge heritage in the Australian market and Haven are superbly placed, as one of the leading agents worldwide, to capitalize on this phenomenon. Their appointment is a strategic step ahead of the international broadcast roll-out as we gear up globally on the brand."

More than 20 licensees have been previously announced for the new Teletubbies, including Character Options as global toy master, VTech for interactive electronic toys (ELAs), Egmont (Books), Worlds Apart (Furniture & Accessories), Aykroyds (Nightwear and Underwear), Character World (Bedding), Amscan (Partyware), Bon Bon Buddies (Confectionary), Posh Paws (Bags), GB Eye (Posters), and Zak UK (melamine tableware).

The new 60-episode series of Teletubbies has been commissioned by the UK's CBeebies and is being produced for DHX Media by award-winning UK production company, Darrall Macqueen Ltd. It will feature the same well-loved characters but will bring a refreshed, contemporary look to one of the world's most well-known pre-school properties, ensuring that it is relevant for a new generation.

Teletubbies was launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children's brands of all time. The original episodes have aired in more than 120 territories in 45 languages, and it was the very first western pre-school property to air on China's CCTV. Its enduring resonance with children is further underscored by the brand's postings on YouTube, which averages more than 50 million views per month.


February 26, 2015

SiriusXM Canada and Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC enter new long-term agreement

Pre-paid subscriptions to SiriusXM Canada included with all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, and Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC today announced a new long-term factory installation agreement. As part of the multi-year agreement, a three-month complimentary audio subscription to SiriusXM Canada will come with all new SiriusXM- equipped Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles, giving customers more than 120 channels of commercial-free music, major league sports, news, exclusive talk and entertainment.

"Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle owners have long enjoyed SiriusXM's unrivaled content, and we are now very pleased to give them a complimentary pre-paid subscription when they purchase a new vehicle," said Mark Redmond, President and CEO, SiriusXM Canada. "It's an exciting addition to the driver experience, and we're very happy to expand this important partnership."

"Enhancing our customer's driving experience is so vital to us," said Lindsay Duffield, President, Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC. "By pairing a first-rate driving experience with SiriusXM's exclusive content, we are able to offer up even more value and enjoyment to our valued customers."

For more information about SiriusXM Canada, please visit


February 25, 2015

Global's powerhouse series NCIS continues to own Tuesday night with 2.3M viewers


NCIS: New Orleans Clocks In with 1.9M Viewers

TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - There was nothing covert about the audiences Global drew on Tuesday night for another exciting night of the blockbuster NCIS franchise. NCIS was the #1 show of the night, with a whopping 2.3 million (2+) and 710,000 (25-54) Canadians joining Gibbs in his race to figure out who activated his old undercover alias and, more importantly, how that person wound up dead. Sprinkle in some of NCIS' trademark humour and this blast-from-the-past episode had audiences glued to their screens. Not to be outdone, NCIS: New Orleans earned nearly 1.9 million viewers (2+), making it a non-stop night of NCIS action.

NCIS wins the night with 2.3 million viewers (2+), besting CTV's MasterChef Junior finale by 56% (2+)
NCIS wins the night with 710,000 viewers (25-54), besting CTV's MasterChef Junior finale  by 6% (25-54)
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on Global.
Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Feb 24/15, Total Canada


February 25, 2015

Viola Davis Confirms Exclusively to CTV’s ETALK She Will Star in Toronto-Shot Suicide Squad, and the News Goes Viral


TORONTO (Feb. 25, 2015) – Canada’s #1 entertainment news program, CTV’s ETALK, once again affirmed its status this week as the destination for breaking news! During their live red carpet special, ETALK AT THE OSCARS on Sunday night (Feb. 22), ETALK broke major worldwide casting news as Academy Award® nominee, and star of CTV’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Viola Davis, confirmed exclusively to Anchor Ben Mulroney that she will star in the latest DC film, Suicide Squad, set to shoot in Toronto later this year. Days later, the news continues to go viral as outlets across the world pick up the casting news, including Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Time, Oh No They Didn’t!, Digital Spy, Daily Mirror, Indie Wire,, and more.


February 25, 2015

GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION: W5 Investigates Booming Trade in Illegal Wildlife Products, This Saturday, February 28 on CTV


TORONTO (February 25, 2015) – Across Africa, some of the most majestic creatures on earth have roamed the wilderness for millions of years. But now, elephants and rhinos are vanishing at breathtaking speed. This Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and, W5 delivers the Canadian broadcast premiere of international co-production GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION, turning the lens on the war between poachers and wildlife in Africa. A war which the most-endangered species are losing, as demand for illegal wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn drive a thriving, multi-billion dollar underground industry.

This week’s all-new, special one-hour W5 episode airs amidst a blockbuster 49th season, which has attracted an average of close to one million viewers on Saturday nights – a 20% increase over last year in the program’s season-to-date audience, consistently winning Saturday nights in its timeslot among non-sports programing.

As W5 Host and Chief Correspondent Lloyd Robertson reports, with ivory worth $500 per kilogram to the poacher and a single rhino horn commanding as much as $60,000 USD, the staggering profits have attracted organized crime syndicates and terrorist organizations, which have quickly taken over the supply and trade in this illegal, booming enterprise. With control of the money and logistics to move thousands of tonnes of contraband around the globe, organized crime has propelled wildlife trafficking such that it now ranks right behind drugs and guns, worth an estimated $20 billion per year.

W5’s GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION features interviews with wildlife activists, park rangers, and other environmental agencies to reveal that an average of 33,000 elephants are killed each year in Africa for their ivory – one every 15 minutes. And in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, home to the largest rhino population on earth, rhino poaching has exploded from 50 rhinos in 2007, to more than 1,000 per year in 2014. W5 examines the immense popularity and availability of highly sought after ivory and rhino horn in China and Vietnam, alongside the growing trade in illegal wildlife parts, despite severe anti-poaching laws meant to protect wildlife in Africa (including a 1989 ban on all trade in ivory levied by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

While investigators struggle to stop criminals, conservationists are appealing to consumers to be part of the solution. Celebrities like Chinese actor Jackie Chan are raising their voices in an effort to change the hearts and minds of their countrymen to stop them from buying wildlife products.

A complementary documentary broadcast, also entitled GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION, airs Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT on Animal Planet.

GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION is German-Canadian treaty co-production by Reel to Reel Productions and a&o buero filmproduktion gmbh, in association with international partners W5 and Animal Planet (Canada), ZDF (Germany), ARTE (France), SBS (Australia), SVT (Sweden), DR/SE TV (Denmark), Radio Canada (Canada), NRK (Norway), VRT (Belgium), YLE (Finland), TG4 (Ireland), YES Docu (Israel), TVI (Portugal), TVP (Poland), Ceská televize (Czechoslovakia), ORF Austria (Austria).


February 25, 2015



TORONTO, February 25, 2015 HGTV Canada expands its royal family this spring with the new series Carver Kings, a captivating and entertaining look at the unique world of chainsaw carving. A companion to the hit Timber Kings series, Carver Kings follows a passionate crew of elite chainsaw mavericks based out of Williams Lake, B.C. as they turn raw wood into stunning custom art for the owners of the world’s most spectacular log homes. Carver Kings premieres with back-to-back episodes Sunday, April 5 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

Part of the team at Pioneer Log Homes, these chainsaw experts are challenged with creating extraordinary, one-of-a-kind carvings for the Timber Kings’ most prestigious clients. Faced with near impossible deadlines, demanding clientele, last minute changes and work yard egos, theCarver Kings will stop at nothing to make sure their works of art are the crown jewel of some of the most magnificent log homes on the planet.

“HGTV Canada is home to the country’s most talented, captivating craftsmen and the brilliant Carver Kings epitomize the brand’s commitment to authentic and entertaining lifestyle programming,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “This spring, we introduce a new group of fascinating characters who have the rare ability to use powerful chainsaws for extremely detailed carvings that will leave Canadians in awe.”

As some of the best carvers in the world, the Kings know every detail about the subjects they carve – from the number of feathers on a bird’s wing to the exact angle at which a bear’s claw curves. Each incredible carving comes with a unique story and viewers get an up-close look at the precise work required to create a range of carvings. Whether it’s an eagle, a mountain lion, a family tree, a gazebo or even a tiki bar, every carving becomes a striking focal point in homes across North America. 

 “After seeing the incredible fan base that Timber Kings has developed in its first two seasons, we think viewers are going to be thrilled to experience another aspect of the log home building industry,” said David Paperny, President, Paperny Entertainment. “Some people create art with paint and canvas, others with stone and chisel. Carver Kings will showcase the incredible artistry that can come from the unlikely chainsaw. We’re excited for viewers to meet this talented bunch of characters living in the high-pressure world of chainsaw carving.”

The premiere episode follows the Carver Kings as they create a modern totem pole for a Colorado log stunner that Timber King Peter Arnold needs to complete the build. The homeowner requested a piece that stands 13 feet tall and represents the native animals of Colorado – but they only have five days to complete the work. In this high-stakes job where timing and quality are everything, one mistake could prove very costly to the whole project.  Meanwhile, across the work yard at Pioneer Log Homes, the most seasoned carver of the bunch gives Pioneer’s rookie carvers a surprise job to cut their teeth on.

For exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, full episodes after they air, photo galleries and more, visit


February 25, 2015

AMI's Robert Pearson appointed as a Disability Advisory Committee subcommittee representative


TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Robert Pearson, the organization's recently designated Accessibility Officer, has been appointed as a representative on one of the subcommittees overseen by the Federal Communications Commission's Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) in the United States.

The subcommittee to which Robert has been appointed will focus on video programming access and will cover initiatives including Closed Captioning, Described Video programming, access to video programming apparatus, and access to televised emergency information, among others. As a representative, Robert will share AMI's viewpoints on accessibility issues and help develop recommendations for the DAC's consideration.

"It's an honour to be appointed to this subcommittee," says Robert. "The DAC will be a highly influential committee and I look forward to collaborating with likeminded professionals regarding accessibility initiatives in the media industry, while sharing the progress that we have achieved at AMI."

The DAC was established in December 2014 in order to provide information and advice to the Federal Communications Commission regarding a range of accessibility issues within the media industry. The DAC will operate on a two-year term, providing a forum for disability advocates and experts to share ideas regarding current and evolving accessibility issues, and facilitate the participation of individuals living with a disability in future Commission proceedings.

"At AMI we strive to be a leader in accessibility not just in Canada but worldwide," explains David Errington, President and CEO of Accessible Media. "Robert's appointment to this DAC subcommittee reaffirms our commitment to ensuring access to media is a right, not a privilege."

Robert was appointed to the role of Accessibility Officer in December 2014 and has worked at AMI since April 2011. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining AMI as a leader in media accessibility by setting and influencing accessibility standards and best practices, shaping organization policies and encouraging the development of technology and industry solutions that contribute to creating an inclusive environment within the organization and with external partners. In March Robert will travel to Washington to participate in the preliminary subcommittee meetings with the DAC.

For further information about AMI and its various programs and initiatives, visit


February 25, 2015

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN Joins CTV Two’s Late-Night Lineup, March 23


TORONTO (February 25, 2015) – CTV announced today it has acquired the new late-night series THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN for CTV Two’s late-night schedule from CBS Studios International. James Corden (Into the Woods, GAVIN AND STACEY) is set to take the late-night stage by storm with his signature British charm and comic sensibility. Bolstering CTV Two’s late-night lineup beginning Monday, March 23, THE LATE LATE SHOW will air weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO, following THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON. THE LATE LATE SHOW will also air the following day at 7 p.m. ET/PT and 2 a.m. ET/PT on M3, beginning Tuesday, March 24, and will be available on demand following each new CTV Two broadcast on and the CTV GO app.

Taped in Los Angeles, the hour-long THE LATE LATE SHOW joins the ranks of Canada’s top late-night franchises on CTV Networks, including THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON on CTV TWO, and THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, and CONAN on CTV. The innovative musician and comedian, Reggie Watts, has been named bandleader.

"James Corden is a versatile entertainer with endless comedic talents,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “His unique British humour, creative instincts, and quick-wit is sure to make late-night even funnier, as viewers catch this star on the rise."

Originally from England, James Corden attracted international attention as the lead in the hit comedic play, One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway, earning him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. Corden earned the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance for his portrayal of “Smithy” in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy series GAVIN AND STACEY, which he co-created and co-wrote. Corden hosted the Brit Awards, the biggest event in the British music industry, from 2010 to 2014. Most recently, Corden appeared in the Golden Globe®-nominated film Into The Woods and Begin Again this past year. He also had a recurring role in the popular science fiction series DOCTOR WHO as Craig Owens, the Doctor's roommate.

Corden succeeds Craig Ferguson, the critically acclaimed host of THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, who stepped down this past December after ten years. Ben Winston (One Direction: This Is Us) has been named executive producer, alongside Rob Crabbe (THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON) who will also serve as writer. 


February 25, 2015

BNN Audience Swells to 23-Month High and Attracts Record Audience in January


TORONTO (February 25, 2015) – Canada’s only 24-hour business and financial news channel posted a record month online and, according to final data from Numeris (BBM Canada), its best television audiences in nearly two years. Business News Network (BNN) saw a 24% increase in adult viewers (18+) during the business day and a 16% bump overall in January compared to the same month in the previous year. BNN’s digital platforms led by grew exponentially, powered in part by the spectacular mobile growth of BNN GO

“BNN continues to reach 1 million of the most engaged, powerful, and affluent viewers in Canada every week, while speaking to personal investors with features like February’s YOUR MONEY MONTH,” said Grant Ellis, General Manager, BNN. “After 15 years on the air, BNN is stronger than ever and reaching more and more Canadians through TV, radio, and multiple popular digital platforms.”

More highlights of BNN’s January audience metrics include:
BNN’s overall full-day average A18+ audience was up 16% year-over-year to its highest level in 23 months.
While the North American markets were open (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET), BNN averaged more than 25,000 adult viewers (18+) per minute – a 24% increase over the previous January.
BNN’s online video views were up 70% versus the 2014 monthly average and visits were up 79% against last year.

Source: Numeris (BBM Canada); Omniture


February 25, 2015

Discover Executive Producer Barbie Kligman's SECRETS AND LIES


Special two-hour premiere Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO

SECRETS AND LIES executive producer Barbie Kligman provides exclusive insight to CTV into the quiet little neighborhood’s confidences and deceits, and what’s in store for viewers of the new series, premiering this Sunday.

1. What about this series intrigued you and made you want to make a U.S. version?
Executive Producer Aaron Kaplan (who is very good at finding and developing projects) was the one who knew of the Aussie version and initially fell in love with the project, which he and Hoodlum sold to ABC.  Aaron then brought it to me and I was immediately captivated.  I found the format to be incredibly intriguing… having written both serialized dramas and straight procedurals, the idea of a character drama with a procedural spine was super interesting to me.  Additionally, the fact that the story is told from the point of view of the prime suspect and not the investigator — that felt really innovative and fresh.  And the self-contained story over a season allows the audience to achieve closure — we basically tried to make a 10-episode movie.

2.  How does it differ from the Australian series?
There are quite a few differences between the Aussie and American versions.  While we relied on the original, they made six episodes and we made ten — so our version has more secrets, more lies and delves deeper into all the characters, including Detective Cornell.  Additionally, in the Australian version, Detective Cornell was actually male — Detective Ian Cornielle.  We also changed the ending so that people who do see both can get different things out of each version.

4.  How do you keep the morale up on set since it’s a very somber story?
Tim Busfield, our producing director, did a great job of establishing a camaraderie on the set which I believe really contributed to enhancing morale.  And it was globally a great group involved in making this project.  Also, there are many themes and issues touched upon that go beyond just the murder story.

5.  How do you think viewers can relate to the characters?
I think the characters are very relatable because they are all flawed, like us.  And they are all guilty of something.  Ben feels guilty about many things — the question is whether or not one of those things is Tom’s murder.  Ben is the “everyman.”  And so are the people that surround him.

6.  No matter what Ben (Ryan Phillippe) does, he keeps digging himself into a hole. Why do you think it’s so hard for Ben to maintain his innocence?
A big reason Ben can’t maintain his innocence is because he doesn’t recall what happened the night Tom died.  It’s hard to insist on something you yourself are not entirely sure of.  As for digging himself deeper into a hole, that also felt very human to us.  Very few civilians know how to act when faced with a tragedy, and then immediately afterward they become the accused.  There’s no rule book.  He’s not a cop or a CSI. He’s just a regular guy.

8.  What are the underlying themes of the show?
There are quite a few underlying themes.  The biggest one I’d say is how well we really know anyone.  We all live our lives, keeping certain secrets and telling certain lies… but when tragedy strikes, and someone starts digging, the truth tends to bubble to the surface.

9.  It seems like Ryan Phillippe’s character, Ben, is in every scene. Does it make shooting the show harder since every scene ultimately relies on one actor?
Ryan is in every scene until episodes 9 and 10 when we split point of view between him and Cornell.  That is extremely difficult — mostly for him, especially since about 95% of the scenes are pretty intense.  But Ryan was a pro and a champion.  And production worked very hard to try to maintain a 12-hour shooting schedule.

10. What can we expect from season two? Will it be the same cast or will you change it up?
At the end of Season 1, the audience will get closure on the Tom Murphy case and say goodbye to the Crawford family and the neighbors on Chelsea Bay Drive.  Season 2 will be a new case, again investigated by Detective Cornell, but again, not from her point of view.


Starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, the suspenseful one-hour drama follows Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe), a handsome and decent family man, whose life will never be the same after he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son in the woods. Pegged as a “person of interest” by Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis), the case unfolds from Ben's unique perspective, whether he is guilty or not. In trying to clear his name, Ben peels back the layers of these suburbanites' lives in their quiet cul de sac, revealing their dirty little deceptions, and all-too-crowded closets overflowing with skeletons.

Following its broadcast premiere, viewers can catch up on episodes of SECRETS AND LIES, available on and CTV GO. Additional information on the series, including cast bios is available at


February 25, 2015

Shaw Communications commits to healthy kids in a digital world as a Platinum Sponsor of MediaSmarts


OTTAWA, Feb 25, 2015 /CNW/ - MediaSmarts, a leading Canadian centre for digital and media literacy, is pleased to welcome Shaw Communications Inc. as its first Platinum sponsor. The Platinum Sponsorship represents a $75,000contribution in 2015 to the charitable organization.

"Shaw has taken a leadership role in digital and media literacy in Canada with this new sponsorship," says Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts. "Our involvement with Shaw goes back to our earliest days when it was a founding sponsor and we welcome its renewed commitment to our organization. We both have a vested interest in supporting the healthy development of Canadian children and youth in our rapidly changing digital world."

"Technology and accessibility have created an exciting digital age for our children and youth, and it's vital they understand the possibilities of growing up in an online world," says Katherine Emberly, Vice President, Operations, Shaw. "Our partnership with MediaSmarts helps provide our customers and their families with the tools they need to live their lives online in the smartest and safest way possible." 

MediaSmarts provides parents and educators with the information and tools they need to help young people safely and effectively navigate their digital lives. MediaSmarts works closely with its sponsors and partners to advance education around important issues such as cyberbullying, online hate, privacy and Internet safety. It also conductsCanada's largest research study looking at children and teens' Internet use – Young Canadians in a Wired World. To find out more about these programs, visit:


February 24, 2015

Victoria Gets A Lot More KiSS-able, Beginning Today


VICTORIA (February 24, 2015) All KiSS and “Commercial Free Mondays” make JACK a new station! Beginning today at 4 p.m., 103.1 JACK FM rebrands to the hottest new top-40 hit station – KiSS 103.1, kicking off the switch with commercial free music until Tuesday, March 3.

KiSS listeners can expect the best in top-40 music featuring hit artists like Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Ariana Grande. Plus, cure a case of the Mondays fast with  “Commercial Free Mondays” on KiSS – sure to keep listeners dancing all day long.

Listeners can to tune-in and connect with the gang from the “Matt Soper Radio Show”, on the re-named “KiSS Mornings with Matt and Vanessa” from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m., every weekday morning. Additionally, Randi Chase will keep listeners dancing during the middays, with fan-favourite Crash Davis getting them through the afternoon drive.  After the drive, dynamic duo Blake & Wylde have KiSS listeners covered evenings from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information please visit


February 24, 2015

YouTube Darling Brings “Firsts” to W Network’s New Digital Series, Get Ready with Rachel, premiering exclusively on W View


(February 24, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario) Corus Entertainment’s W Network welcomes a first with the premiere of Get Ready with Rachel, a new eight-episode digital series co-written and hosted by Canadian YouTube personality, Rachel Cooper. Rachel has shared many of her own memorable first moments with her YouTube audience – her engagement, her wedding, her first home and the birth of her first child. In her new series, Get Ready with Rachel, Rachel helps her fans celebrate major milestones and life’s firsts by sharing her expertise and advice. The series premieres today, with a new episode available every Tuesday exclusively on the recently-launched W View, to preview the season check out the trailer.

Whether it’s a first apartment, first day on the job or first baby, Rachel helps a fan prepare by sharing advice on all things lifestyle – beauty, fashion, décor, DIY, food and entertaining. In each episode, Rachel shares a new tutorial and at the end of each series, the fan’s fabulous new look is revealed and the event takes place.

Get Ready with Rachel is inspired by on the successful YouTube channel RachhLoves. Rachel Cooper started the channel in 2009 and it now boasts more than 430,000 subscribers and 39 million views. The channel is in the top 100 Canadian YouTube channels and has become a go-to destination for millennials online. In the series Rachel will be working with Kayley Melissa, who currently has over 600,000 subscribers.

Get Ready with Rachel is produced by RTR Media. RTR has several YouTube channels, including the fastest growing food channel on YouTube in Canada, The Domestic Geek and Coral tv Both channels are part of Kin Community, the #1 women's lifestyle network on YouTube. RTR is a forward-thinking Toronto production company passionate about digital content. The series is being executive produced by Kit Redmond, RTR's CEO, who also co-chairs the CMPA's Digital Opportunities committee. Rachel Cooper is represented by Melrose and Park and is a member of Style Haul.  Get Ready with Rachel is produced in association with W Network with the participation of the Bell Fund's TV Development Online Program. The series is the first project associated with Kin Community and Corus Entertainment’s W Network.

SARAH: Rachel meets Sarah, a self-proclaimed tomboy preparing to tie-the-knot with her fiancé Jake. Sarah wants to ditch her sweats for some sweeter style in time for her bridal shower.
Episode 1 premieres Tuesday, February 24
Rachel meets Sarah, a yoga instructor who is scared that her sporty style isn’t quite right for her bridal shower. Rachel takes Sarah shopping for the perfect party dress.

Episode 2 premieres Tuesday, March 3
Sarah’s hair is always in a bun or ponytail so she wants to wow her guests with a brand new do. Rachel invites a fellow YouTuber to help her give Sarah a more romantic look.

Episode 3 premieres Tuesday, March 10
Sarah barely wears any makeup but knows that there will be tons of photos snapped at her upcoming bridal shower. Rachel gives her a picture perfect look that’s still soft and natural.

Episode 4 premieres Tuesday, March 17
Rachel helps Sarah create an adorable DIY thank you gift for her bridal shower guests.  She sees her off to her shower but still has one BIG surprise up her sleeve.
CHELSEA: Chelsea is a bright and ambitious student heading to Singapore on exchange for her final semester of school. With less than a week to go before she flies, she still hasn’t packed. Chelsea needs Rachel to help her pack her whole life into a suitcase.

Episode 5 premieres Tuesday, March 24
Rachel meets Chelsea, a glamour girl who is having trouble getting all of her beauty gear into a single suitcase. Rachel shows Chelsea three great hairstyles that don’t require any tools.

Episode 6 premieres Tuesday, March 31
Rachel shows Chelsea a fuss-free makeup look that can be achieved with less than ten products and is super easy to travel with.

Episode 7 premieres Tuesday, April 7
Rachel shows Chelsea a fashionable but functional mix and match wardrobe that won’t weigh her down on her travels.

Episode 8 premieres Tuesday, April 14
Rachel shares her favourite hacks for making packing light a total breeze and sees Chelsea off to her big trip abroad.


February 24, 2015

Steering Forward in a Disruptive Media Marketplace Prime Time provides context, fresh thinking and tangible business models for an ever evolving industry

OTTAWA, February 24, 2015 - At a time when content production and distribution face disruption from technology, changing consumption patterns and evolving regulatory policy,  the industry is being forced to steer a new course. Prime Time in Ottawa 2015 brings together some of the most forward-looking players in today’s industry, to share their insights on how to thrive in this time of change.

Well-known author and columnist, Michael Wolff, kicks it off by challenging many assumptions about the relationship between digital and legacy media. Known for his work at The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine and USA Today, Wolff has chronicled the diverging paths of old and new media over the past twenty years. His latest book, Television is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in a Digital Age, will be published this spring.

On Friday, Prime Time will hear from Michael Gubbins, a respected international speaker and expert in the future of feature film and digital media. He is the founder of international media consultancy SampoMedia and has chaired or keynoted at conferences around the world including at Cannes, Berlin, the Media Business School, European Parliament events, Power to the Pixel and TIFF. Gubbins chairs the film fund Ffilm Cymru Wales and is the former editor of Screen International and Music Week.

To reflect the growing importance of foreign markets for Canadian content, Prime Time has  more international speakers than ever before, with executives from BBC America, Endemol, eOne, ITV, The CW and others. And as digital becomes more crucial, we are focusing on new opportunities in the digital marketplace with representatives from Crave, shomi, Vice, Kin and more.

Prime Time will also release the much anticipated study Content Everywhere (2): Securing Canada’s Place in the Digital Future. Led by Catherine Tait of Duopoly Inc., the report is a follow-up to the original 2011 paper and provides a comprehensive overview of the eight common characteristics of successful digital-first content from Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. markets.

Other hot topics to be explored throughout the conference include the recent Let’s Talk TV proceedings and imminent decision, how broadcasters and producers can get ahead of shifts in regulation and the marketplace; strategies to monetize and migrate audiences; and the industry’s collective role in promoting Canada to the world, as a key player in the content market.

Panelists include:
Adam Beach, Actor and Founder, Adam Beach Film Institute
David Brown, Country Lead, YouTube Canada
Heather Conway, Executive Vice President of English Services, CBC
Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media
Richard DeCroce, Senior Vice President, Programming, BBC America
Steven Denure, President and COO, DHX Media
Michael MacMillan, CEO, Blue Ant Media
Philippe Maigret, CEO, Endemol Studios
Julie Meldal-Johnsen, Senior Executive Vice President, Scripted and Business Development, ITV Studios America
John Morayniss, CEO, eOne Television
Doug Murphy, COO, President and CEO Designate, Corus Entertainment
Liz Wise, Vice President, Current Programming, The CW

Prime Time runs from March 4-6 in at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. For more information and to register, please visit,


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