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May 4, 2016

Bon Appétit! Bell Media Acquires Gusto Brand to Launch its First Food and Lifestyle Channel

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TORONTO (May 4, 2016) – Bell Media announced today that it is acquiring the Gusto brand to launch a new food-centric cooking and lifestyle network later this year, its first-ever foray into this genre. Bolstering the company’s already successful suite of English and French-language specialty channels, the new network’s slate of exclusive programming will feature a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home design, fashion, travel, and lifestyle shows.

Gusto will also feature appetizing homegrown hit programming, all in 4K, as well as some of the highest-rated, first-run food and lifestyle series from around the globe.

The new Gusto network will join Bell Media’s leading specialty channel portfolio, which delivers more weekly reach, both full-day and primetime, than any other broadcaster for total viewers and all key demos. The lifestyle brand is the perfect complementary ingredient to Bell Media’s vibrant slate of specialty networks catering to women, including Bravo, E!, Animal Planet, and Investigation Discovery.

In addition to launching the new channel, Bell Media has also secured a production arrangement with industry veteran Chris Knight to supply exclusive programming for the network through Gusto Worldwide Media. This includes ONE WORLD KITCHEN currently airing in more than 30 countries. ONE WORLD KITCHEN shines a spotlight on five global cuisines that are arguably just as “Canadian” as tourtière and poutine. The production commitment will allow Bell Media to grow Gusto’s roster of hit series with new original Canadian programming, all in 4K.

“We’re delighted to enter the food and lifestyle television space with Gusto,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to showcasing this brand to Canadians via the Bell Media megaphone, and working with Chris Knight  on developing new, highly stylized, culinary and lifestyle Canadian programming that appeals to both viewers and advertisers.”

“Gusto’s unique blend of experiential and creative programming will provide new opportunities to develop dynamic and innovative partnerships with brands, especially those that target both female and millennial viewers,” said Darryl Coburn, Vice-President, National Television Sales, Bell Media. “We are looking forward to presenting this entertaining channel to long-time clients as well as new potential advertisers.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Bell Media to ramp up production on a new slate of creative and engaging lifestyle and culinary programming – all in stunning 4K,” said Chris Knight, President and CEO, Gusto Worldwide Media. “Our team includes some of the best non-fiction producers in this country, and we look forward to crafting Canada’s next favourite lifestyle show!”

Bell Media will license Gusto Worldwide Media’s existing creative cooking and food series, including marquee original Canadian series:
ONE WORLD KITCHEN: This series shines a spotlight on five global cuisines (Indian, Thai, Italian, South American, and Japanese) and features five passionate and Canadian cooks, each with a unique background and culinary expertise to share.
A IS FOR APPLE: This series explores the world of food and ingredients by challenging chefs to create recipes based on letters of the alphabet
CRATE TO PLATE: This creative and entertaining series meets the people whose lives are shaped by the food that others grow, sell, and eat
FISH THE DISH: A playful and delicious 30-minute series following Chef Spencer Watts as he cooks up some of his favourite seafood dishes

There will be no changes to the current Gusto TV channel until the transition is complete. Additional announcements about Gusto will be made in the coming weeks.

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May 4, 2016

GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Premieres Returns Triumphantly as Most-Watched Episode Ever on HBO Canada, with More Than 1.6 Million Viewers

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TORONTO (April 25, 2016) – HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning epic fantasy series GAME OF THRONES delivered record-shattering final audiences of more than 1.6 million viewers* for its Season 6 premiere (April 24), making it not only the most-watched GAME OF THRONES episode ever on HBO Canada, but the most-watched airing of any episode of any series in HBO Canada history. Winning the coveted Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/MT timeslot, the Season 6 debut was up 5% among total viewers compared to the Season 5 premiere, which previously held the record as the highest-rated season premiere in HBO Canada’s history.

In Sunday’s shocking second episode, the moment fans have been waiting for was finally realized, with the return of Jon Snow. Next week, Sunday, May 8 at9 p.m. ET/MT, Daenerys meets her future; Bran meets the past; Tommen confronts the High Sparrow; Arya trains to be No One; Varys finds an answer; and Ramsay gets a gift.

HBO Canada subscribers can catch up on all previous seasons of GAME OF THRONES on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. For two more weeks, the entire 10-episode first season of GAME OF THRONES is available for free on TMN GO, on demand, and with participating television providers

Click HERE for a look inside the making of Season 6 of GAME OF THRONES.

*P2+ (SOURCE: Numeris)

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May 4, 2016

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Premieres on Disney XD with an Action-Packed Week of New Episodes Starting July 4 at 10 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. PT

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(May 4, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will sneak peek on Monday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on Disney XD. The series will officially launch the week of July 4, with new episodes airing Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. PT, leading into the show’s regular time slot, Mondays at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT,  beginning July 11.  Set between the events of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. The series will also feature familiar characters and locations from the filmed Star Wars saga.

The series stars three Freemaker siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan, the spunky Force-sensitive 12-year-old with a thirst for adventure, is voiced by newcomer Nicolas Cantu. His quick-witted older sister, Kordi, voiced by Vanessa Lengies (Glee), manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together. Ace pilot and charming rogue Zander, voiced by Eugene Byrd (Arrow), is the oldest brother and the family's self-proclaimed starship connoisseur. Lucasfilm's Matthew Wood voices R0-GR, also known as Roger, a refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars adopted by the Freemaker family.

The humorous and action-packed tale of good versus evil begins when Rowan discovers the Kyber Saber, an ancient artifact with a powerful connection to the Force. Their world is turned upside down as they are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers learn the true value of what it means to be a family.

LEGO® Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a production of Wil Film, the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm and is the first television series created in partnership with the LEGO Group, Disney and Lucasfilm. Developed for television by executive producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Penguins of Madagascar), Torsten Jacobson (LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales) and Jill Wilfert (The LEGOTM Movie) also serve as executive producers, alongside producers Carrie Beck (Star Wars Rebels), Jason Cosler (LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!), Jake Blais and John McCormack.

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May 4, 2016

NEWSTALK 1010 Welcomes Veteran News Personality Gord Martineau

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TORONTO (May 4, 2016) – NEWSTALK 1010 announced today that award-winning veteran Toronto news personality Gord Martineau will join MOORE IN THE MORNING as a weekly contributor, providing insight and opinions on the latest breaking news and social issues of the day. Starting this Monday, May 9, listeners across the Greater Toronto Area can tune in to hear Martineau’s familiar voice, along with his perspective on the issues making headlines, continuing the dialogue he has shared with Torontonians for close to four decades.

“Gord is deeply woven into the fabric of Toronto as a trusted voice of news as it unfolds in the city and beyond,” said Mike Bendixen, Program Director, NEWSTALK 1010. “One of Toronto’s most familiar news personalities, Gord is a terrific addition to our lineup, and we are excited to welcome this exceptional talent to the NEWSTALK 1010 family.”

“From breaking news, engaging commentary, and riveting conversation, NEWSTALK 1010 has earned its role as a vital and trustworthy information source for residents across the GTA to deliver the stories and issues that matter most,” said Martineau. “I’ve long admired and respected the work of NEWSTALK 1010, and am deeply honoured to join its ranks. And I’m excited about reconnecting with Torontonians – the very people who have welcomed me into their homes and lives for decades.”

Born and raised in Montréal, Martineau started his on-air career with City in 1977, and went on to host the station’s evening newscast for nearly four decades, covering stories from Terry Fox’s run in 1980 and the Toronto Blue Jays World Series wins in the 1990s, to Canada’s troops on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Martineau has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for the newscast he fronted, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and a Gemini Award for Canada’s Best News Anchor in 2012. Prior to joining City, Martineau worked in various roles in radio and television news in Halifax, Montréal, and Toronto.

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May 3, 2016

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) Debuts New Drama Series, Greenleaf in a Two-Night Exclusive Event on June 21 and 22

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(Toronto, Canada) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) announced today that the highly anticipated series Greenleaf, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by two all-new back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The Lionsgate drama will air day-and-date with the U.S. Featuring Oprah Winfrey’s first recurring scripted television role in two decades, the family drama is set against the backdrop of a sprawling Memphis megachurch and the family who runs it. After the two-night premiere, the 13-episode series will air in its regular timeslot on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.

From award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters), Greenleaf takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf’s and their family-built church, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.  Beneath the Greenleaf family’s loving exterior lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry, and conflicting values — that threaten to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.

The series centers on the journey of the Greenleafs’ estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace (Merle Dandridge, The Night Shift) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith.  As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David, Enlisted, Community) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield, The Josephine Baker Story), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

Greenleaf also stars Kim Hawthorne (Rake) as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker (Meet the Browns) as Jacob Greenleaf; Tye White (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) as Kevin Satterlee; Deborah Joy Winans (Whitney) as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee; Desiree Ross (Falling Skies) as Sophia; and Oprah Winfrey (Selma) in a recurring role as Mavis McCready.  Greenleaf is produced for OWN by Lionsgate.  Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright and Clement Virgo (The Book of Negroes).

Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) will be offered as a national Free Preview, including On Demand service, this June with participating Broadcasters. Greenleaf episodes will be available On Demand following their premiere.

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May 3, 2016

It’s Another Summer Showstopper as CTV Acquires THE 70TH ANNUAL TONY® AWARDS, June 12

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TORONTO (May 3, 2016) – With nominations announced today, CTV now heads into summer with a triple-threat of big acquisitions as the network confirmed today it has acquired the exclusive Canadian rights to THE 70TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, airing Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and on the CTV GO app. Broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York, THE TONYS joins previously announced new series AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (Summer 2016) and O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (June 11) as early headliners of CTV’s big-buzz summer slate. Celebrating achievement in Broadway production, THE TONYS meets its match this year as breakthrough late night host and Tony Award-winner James Corden takes the stage as host of the Awards, bringing more of his signature British charm and LATE LATE SHOW laughs to The Big Apple.

“The inherent energy of THE TONYS, coupled with the winning talents of James Corden, is a powerhouse combination and one that is perfectly aligned with CTV’s dynamic summer of entertainment offerings,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “There’s something magical about Broadway that captivates an audience. We’re excited to be able to bring that New York magic right to Canadian viewers to experience.”

In his first engagement as host of the event, Corden controls the bright lights of Broadway for the night. He’ll guide viewers through the performances, (with perhaps a peek at some of his very own signature song and dance), and the handing out of the coveted hardware.

It’s a history-making year for fan and critic fave Hamilton, whose 16 nominations become the most in Broadway history. Pulitzer prize-winning creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the founding fathers of the United States looks to grab the night’s most coveted Tony – Best Musical – against fellow nominees Bright Star, School of Rock – The Musical, Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, and Waitress.

In more critically competitive categories, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof,She Loves Me, and Spring Awakening face off for Best Revival of a Musical, while Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans, and King Charles III make a run at Best Play. In the Best Revival of a Play category, Blackbird, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Noises Off, along with reinterpretations of both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and A View from the Bridge, also received nominations.

Home to the biggest live events and awards shows in Canada, CTV celebrates the best in television, film, and now theatre with the addition of THE 70TH ANNUAL TONY® AWARDS to its star-studded awards show roster. The theatrical celebration takes its place in the summer awards season alongside THE 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (May 23) and THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (June 19).

With THE 70TH ANNUAL TONY® AWARDS acquisition, it’s curtains up forETALK as Canada’s most-watched entertainment news team gets set to deliver exclusive coverage of the night and all the red carpet anticipation onMonday, June 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.

The Fremantle Corporation is the worldwide distributor of THE 70TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, outside of the U.S.A. Market.

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May 3, 2016

SUMMER FORECAST PROMISES SIZZLING SOUNDS ACROSS CANADA WITH THE RETURN OF FAMILY CHANNEL’S BIG TICKET SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

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Toronto, 3 May 2016 – Drumroll please! It’s the moment kids and their families have all been waiting for: Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert returns this August with seven sensational shows! A perfect way to close out the summer and a show jam-packed with performances and collaborations from the biggest Family stars, the tenacious tour runs from August 19 – August 28 making stops in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Summerside, Moncton, Halifax and Ottawa before heating up the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto. In celebration of the concert’s 5th anniversary, five stellar acts are set to ignite the stage with breakout star Daya as the concert’s headliner, and bringing together the network’s most notable performers including homegrown hit-maker Shane Harte, and talented newcomers Mckenzie Small, Josh Bogert and Aviva. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. (local time), and for a limited time fans can take advantage of the special anniversary pricing at $20 each for selected seats. For more information, please visit Family.ca

“The Big Ticket Summer Concert series continues to be the ultimate family entertainment experience and it’s hard to believe this is the fifth anniversary of the tour,” said Paul Cormack, Vice President, Marketing, DHX Television. “Family is known for introducing legions of fans to artists on the brink of breakouts and this year is no different. After the incredible reaction to Shane Harte on the 2015 tour, adding three new Cardinal Point Music artists to the 2016 tour was an easy decision; they’ll be an incredibly engaging lineup for our audience heading into music dynamo Daya – our main event.”

Full routing for the 2016 Big Ticket Summer Concert tour is as follows:

DATE

CITY

VENUE

Friday, August 19

Edmonton, AB

Winspear Centre

Sunday, August 21

Winnipeg, MB

Pantages Playhouse Theatre

Tuesday, August 23

Summerside, PE

Credit Union Place

Wednesday, August 24

Moncton, NB

Casino New Brunswick

Thursday, August 25

Halifax, NS

Scotiabank Centre

Saturday, August 27

Ottawa, ON

Canadian Tire Centre

Sunday, August 28

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Offering the best in family entertainment, the highly anticipated end-of-summer event provides first time concert-goers and Big Ticket veterans alike, with an unforgettable concert experience filled with upbeat music, high-tempo dancing and everything in between. Headlining this year’s tour is 17-year-old Pittsburgh native Daya, whose multi-instrumental talent and powerhouse vocals are sure to have the crowd on their feet. The breakout star is a force to be reckoned with – her certified-platinum debut single “Hide Away” has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube and peaked at #7 on the Top 40 Canadian mediabase radio chart, and her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, titled “Don’t Let Me Down,” recently topped the list of most-Shazaam’d songs in the USA.

This year’s concert also marks the triumphant return of alternative-pop artist Shane Harte, star of Lost & Found Music Studios, whose international appeal was recently cemented with his standout performance on the international The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour. After signing with Cardinal Point Music in 2015, Shane Harte took the Canadian music scene by storm, and his hit single “Left Standing” can be heard on radio stations across the country.

Making their touring debuts this summer are three brand new Canadian artists: Toronto songstress and lyricist Mckenzie Small, Vancouver-based pop phenomenon Josh Bogert, and soulful singer-songwriter Aviva. Mckenzie released her debut single “Caught Feelings” in late April, soon to be followed by new original tracks from both Josh and Aviva. Known for their starring roles on the popular Family Channel series Backstage, each of these emerging young stars will bring their own unique and energetic sounds to the lineup. 

Of course, no Big Ticket Summer Concert would be complete without performances from stars of the network’s hit series. Each stop will include special appearances by fan-favourite cast members from fan-favourite series Backstage and The Next Step, bringing intricate and eye-popping dance routines to the stage, as well as special musical performances from the melodious Lost & Found Music Studios. Plus, this year Trevor Tordjman (“James” from The Next Step) will charm audiences with his sophisticated swagger and unique sense of humour, acting as concert host alongside Family Channel’s very own Deepa Prashad.

To commemorate the Big Ticket Summer Concert’s 5th anniversary, Family Channel is offering special anniversary-priced tickets to all seven shows. Beginning Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. (local time) fans can visit Family.ca, to find out how to purchase their tickets. Fans will want to act fast as anniversary tickets will be available for a limited time, on a first-come, first-serve basis. A one-stop online shop for everything Big Ticket Summer Concert-related, the dedicated website also features details about the hosts and artists, offers music videos from the concert’s performers and allows fans to pre-order concert t-shirts at the online merchandise store

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May 3, 2016

One of These Moms is Not Like the Others. Odd Mom Out Premieres Only on shomi, May 6

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TORONTO (May 3, 2016) – It’s strollers, stilettos, and sass as one woman deals with the world of uber-wealthy momzillas in New York's Upper East Side. Premiering only on shomi, on Friday, May 6, Odd Mom Out stars acclaimed author Jill Kargman as a version of herself — an “alternative” mom in the Upper East Side world of perfect mommy robots. Comically capturing upper-class anxiety, this Bravo original series satirizes social status and the pressure to fit in. Thrust by marriage into a new tax bracket, Jill Weber (Kargman) struggles to stay true to herself while enjoying the perks of wealth and status. Can the odd mom out survive critical in-laws and cruel frenemies with humour, heart, and a platinum credit card?

With three kids, a loving husband (Andy Buckley, The Office), and a best friend who shares her love of dougnuts and snarky retorts (KK Glick, College Humor), Jill embraces her quirky and somewhat unconventional life. However, the posh world of her husband’s blue-blooded family slowly starts to take over. Jill’s frenemies and in-laws pressure her to conform, including the status-obsessed Weber family matriarch, Candace (Joanna Cassidy, Six Feet Under), brother-in-law Lex (Sean Kleier, Madam Secretary), and Lex’s wife, Brooke (Abby Elliott, Saturday Night Live), the queen bee of a group of quintessential Upper East Side momzillas.

The Bravo original series is created by Jill Kargman. Julie Rottenberg (Smash), Elisa Zuritsky (Sex and the City), Jill Kargman, Ken Druckerman, Tony Hernandez, Tim Piper and Daniel Rosenberg serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Left/Right Production, Piro Vision, and Jax Media.

Other series available in Canada only on shomi include Playing House, Transparent, and Catastrophe; prior seasons of high-class comedy, such as Jane the Virgin, New Girl, and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce; and full-season iconic hits, including The O.C., One Tree Hill, and Gossip Girl. Members will also discover great movies, hand-picked shomi Collections, kids’ shows and family favourites to enjoy together. Canadians can visit shomi.com to learn more about the streaming service, to subscribe and to start their 30-day free trial.

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May 2, 2016

STINGRAY EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH COMCAST

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Montreal, May 2, 2016 – Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX: RAY. A; RAY. B.), a leading business-to-business multiplatform music solutions provider, announced the expansion of their distribution deal with Comcast to bring thousands of new music selections to Xfinity On Demand platforms. 

“We are extremely pleased to be expanding our relationship with Comcast, a key client and longstanding partner from our earliest days,” said Eric Boyko, President, Co-founder and CEO of Stingray. “Our continued global success is partially due to leveraging the trust clients have placed in us and providing them with the highest level of service. This agreement with Comcast is an important showcase for the quality and diversity of Stingray’s product portfolio.”

Xfinity TV customers will soon be able to access thousands of music videos from Stingray across devices on Xfinity On Demand. Under the terms of the agreement, Stingray’s other music services such as Stingray Ambiance, Stingray Brava, and Stingray DJazz are available to Comcast to offer on the platform in the future. In addition, Comcast has extended its existing deal with Stingray to continue offering the KARAOKE Channel’s extensive song library and Stingray Concerts’ catalog of exhilarating live shows on Xfinity On Demand.

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May 2, 2016

DHX TELEVISION ENHANCES SUBSCRIBER VIEWING EXPERIENCE WITH THE FAMILY CHANNEL APP, LAUNCHING TODAY

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Toronto, 2 May 2016 – DHX Television is bringing its high-quality family entertainment brand to viewers on the go as it launches the Family Channel App today. A one-stop destination for the entire family, the Family Channel App delivers programming from Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and F2N to audiences on mobile devices, tablets and via an extended desktop experience, giving them the freedom to catch their favourite programming whenever and wherever they want. Free to Family subscribers and offering more than 900 episodes across 40 series, the Family Channel App makes it convenient for Canadian families to access a live linear programming stream along with on demand content and downloadable episodes for offline access at their fingertips. To commemorate the launch of the Family Channel App, the series premiere of Raising Expectations, Family’s new sitcom starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestley, is available now for on demand viewing on the App ahead of its network debut on May 8.

“Our existing offering of top quality, award-winning programming is further enhanced by the Family Channel App, as it makes programming suitable for the entire family available in one place creating a premier destination for family entertainment,” said Joe Tedesco, General Manager and Senior Vice President, DHX Television. “Giving viewers further flexibility to watch the Family Channel content they love whenever they want and through the screen that best suits their lifestyle not only adds value but provides a customizable viewing experience that subscribers can take advantage of.”

The Family Channel App complements the current Family subscriber experience and is avaialble at no additional charge. With a comprehensive list including more than 40 top-rated series that are regularly refreshed, fans can tune into their favourite programs on demand including The Next Step and Backstage for Family Channel, Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) and Slugterra for Family CHRGD viewers, Teletubbies and Justin Time for preschoolers on Family Jr. and Degrassi: Next Class is among the F2N programming for teens.

Viewers will have access to full-length episodes on demand, as well as the freedom to store episodes for viewing without an internet connection via the Offline Downloads feature. Also available to subscribers on the Family Channel App is the option to watch the entire schedule for all four channels live as it airs.  

To use the Family Channel App:
Subscribers can visit the Apple App Store or Google Play to download the Family Channel App for iOS or Android phones or tablets.
Subscribers will be asked to enter their TV subscription credentials.
For desktop/laptop access, subscribers can visit FamilyGO.ca.

Ahead of the television broadcast premiere, the new family sitcom Raising Expectations starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestley has been released exclusively on the Family Channel App today. Viewers who want to experience the chaotic Wayney family household can do so now by visiting the Family Channel App and logging in. The series is set to premiere on Family Channel this coming Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

To develop and launch the Family Channel App for iPhone and Android platforms, DHX Television partnered with media app solutions company Digiflare. The Family Channel App provides Canadians with a simplified and easy-to-navigate interface that leads to exceptional video streaming and OnDemand functions that secure the best video quality available for each user.  

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May 2, 2016

BCE announces agreement to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS)

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MONTRÉAL and WINNIPEG, May 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - BCE Inc. (Bell) (TSX: BCE) (NYSE: BCE) today announced that it will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) (TSX: MBT) in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.

"Welcoming MTS to the Bell group of companies opens new opportunities for unprecedented broadband communications investment, innovation and growth for urban and rural Manitoba locations alike. Bell is excited to be part of the clear growth opportunities inManitoba, and we plan to contribute new communications infrastructure and technologies that deliver the latest wireless, Internet, TV and media services to residents and businesses throughout the province," said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. "Bell and MTS have a shared legacy of service and innovation that spans more than a century. We are honoured to join with the MTS team in this all-Canadian transaction to deliver the benefits of new infrastructure investment, technology development and the best of broadband communications to Manitobans."

Bell plans to invest $1 billion in capital over 5 years after the transaction closes to expand its broadband networks and services throughout Manitoba, including:

Gigabit Fibe Internet availability, delivering Internet speeds on average up to 20 times faster than those currently offered to MTS customers, within 12 months after the transaction closes.

the rollout of Fibe TV, Bell's innovative broadband television service.

accelerated expansion of the company's award-winning LTE wireless network throughout the province, with average data speeds twice as fast as those now available to MTS customers.

integration of MTS's Winnipeg data centre with Bell's existing national network of 27 data and cloud computing centres, Canada's largest, and the country's most extensive broadband fibre network footprint.

"This transaction recognizes the intrinsic value of MTS and will deliver immediate and meaningful value to MTS shareholders, while offering strong benefits to MTS customers and employees, and to the province of Manitoba," said Jay Forbes, President and CEO of MTS. "We are very proud of what the MTS team has accomplished. Now, enabled by Bell's national scale and commitment to broadband investment, Bell MTS will be very well-positioned to accelerate service innovation, customer support and community investment to the benefit of Manitobans like never before."

The combined company's Manitoba operations will be known as Bell MTS in recognition of the powerful brand presence the MTS team has built across in the province. Winnipeg becomes Western Canada headquarters for Bell and, with the addition of MTS's 2,700 employees, Bell's Western team grows to 6,900 people.

Bell Media's TV, radio and digital platforms will continue to offer opportunities for local artists and entertainers along with ongoing support for the Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the national TSN sports network and TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg. Bell Media assets in Manitoba also include CTV Winnipeg, Virgin 103.1 and BOB FM 99.9 in the capital city and BOB FM 96.1 and The Farm 101.1 in Brandon.

Bell MTS will continue the company's sponsorships and community investments in Manitoba, including a shared commitment to United Way and programs for students and new grads, and launch a new Bell Let's Talk initiative supporting aboriginal communities inManitoba, to be chaired by Clara Hughes, Bell Let's Talk national spokesperson and legendary Canadian Olympian who was born and raised in Winnipeg.

Details of the transaction
"With its immediate free cash flow accretion and significant operational synergies and tax savings, the transaction fully supports Bell's broadband leadership strategy and our dividend growth objective. The balanced transaction financing structure maintains our strong investment-grade balance sheet with substantial financial flexibility," said
Glen LeBlanc, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BCE and Bell Canada. "Bell has proven experience in completing similar transactions and successfully integrating them into our national operations, as with Bell Aliant in Atlantic Canada."

The transaction will be completed through a plan of arrangement under which BCE will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of MTS for $40 per share, which will be paid with a combination of BCE shares and cash.

MTS shareholders will be able to elect to receive $40 in cash or 0.6756 of a BCE common share for each MTS common share, subject to pro-ration such that the aggregate consideration will be paid 45% in cash and 55% in BCE common shares. The share consideration is based on BCE's 20-day volume weighted average price of $59.21.

Creating significant immediate and long-term value for MTS shareholders, the transaction values MTS at approximately 10.1 x 2016E EBITDA, based on the latest analyst consensus estimates, and 8.2x including tax savings and operational synergies. This represents a 23.2% premium to the weighted-average closing share price on the TSX for the 20-day period ending April 29, 2016. The offer price represents a 40% premium to MTS's closing price of $28.59 on November 20, 2015, the business day prior to the announcement of the sale of its Allstream business communications division.

As part of the agreement, MTS will not declare any further dividends on its common shares after its upcoming second-quarter 2016 dividend, expected to be declared in May and paid in July. Taxable Canadian shareholders who receive BCE shares as consideration under the transaction will generally be entitled to a roll-over to defer Canadian taxation on capital gains.

BCE will fund the cash component of the transaction from available sources of liquidity and will issue approximately 28 million common shares for the equity portion of the transaction, which offers MTS shareholders access to BCE's dividend growth potential. The BCE dividend has been increased 12 times, representing an aggregate increase of 87%, since Q4 2008 and currently delivers an attractive 4.6% yield. When the transaction is completed, MTS shareholders will own approximately 3% of pro forma BCE common equity.

The Board of Directors of MTS has approved the transaction and recommends that MTS shareholders vote in favour of it. TD Securities, Barclays and CIBC World Markets, financial advisors to the Board of Directors of MTS, provided an opinion that, as of the date of the opinion and subject to the assumptions and limitations stated therein, the consideration proposed to be received by MTS shareholders is fair from a financial point of view.

The agreement between BCE and MTS provides for a non-solicitation covenant on the part of MTS and a right in favour of BCE to match any superior proposal. If BCE does not exercise its right to match, BCE would receive a termination fee of $120 million in the event the agreement is terminated as a result of a superior proposal.

Expected to close at the end of 2016 or early 2017, the transaction will be effected through a plan of arrangement and is subject to customary closing conditions, including court, shareholder, regulatory approvals and other conditions set forth in the transaction agreement, a copy of which is available under MTS's SEDAR profile at Sedar.com. A reverse break fee of $120 million would be payable by BCE to MTS if the transaction does not close in certain circumstances.

A proxy circular will be prepared and mailed to MTS shareholders in the coming weeks providing important information about the transaction. MTS shareholders are expected to vote on the transaction in late June.


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May 2, 2016

DHX Media closes bought deal offering to raise CDN$65 million

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HALIFAX, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), the world's leading independent, pure-play kids' content company, is pleased to announce it has closed its previously announced bought deal public offering of shares of the Company (the "Offering"), comprised of both variable voting shares and common voting shares (collectively, the "Shares") through a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. DHX issued 8,667,000 Shares of the Company at a price of CDN$7.50 per Share for aggregate gross proceeds of CDN$65.0 million.

DHX has granted to the Underwriters an over-allotment option exercisable at any time up to 30 days after closing of the Offering to acquire up to an additional 1,300,050 Shares. In the event that the over-allotment option is exercised in full, the aggregate gross proceeds of the Offering will be approximately CDN$74.8 million.

As previously disclosed, the net proceeds from the Offering will be used to repay borrowings under the Company's term credit facility maturing July 31, 2019, fund branded content properties and associated global distribution plans as well as to pursue additional brand opportunities, and for general corporate and working capital purposes, including potential acquisitions.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this news release. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying final short form base shelf prospectus may be obtained by sending a request to Canaccord Genuity Corp., Attention: Syndication, 161 Bay Street, Suite 3000, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2S1,ecm@canaccordgenuity.com. Alternatively, you may get these documents for free by visiting www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov.

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May 2, 2016

Kraft Heinz and TSN Inspire Communities Across Canada to Build Better Places to Play With The Return Of Kraft Heinz Project Play, Launching Today

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TORONTO (May 2, 2016) – Vibrant communities start from the ground up. From soccer fields to basketball courts to playgrounds, the places where Canadians play bring communities to life. That’s why Kraft Heinz Project Play, together with Bell Media’s TSN and RDS, are encouraging Canadians to start building a better future by building better places to play. Kicking off today,Kraft Heinz Project Play invites Canadians nationwide to nominate a local recreation project – be it new or existing – at KraftHeinzProjectPlay.com for a chance to win infrastructure upgrades. The Grand Prize winner will receive $250,000 towards a recreational facility upgrade, and the three second-prize winners will each receive $20,000.

“With crumbling facilities, fields, and equipment, combined with growing financial pressures, our country’s places to play are in desperate need of upgrades,” said Joanna Milroy, Marketing Director, Kraft Heinz. “Kraft Heinz Project Play is a wonderful opportunity for us to rally behind communities, and leave a lasting impact on the vital places we play in our local cities and towns.”

Kraft Heinz Project Play is once again partnering with Bell Media’s TSN and RDS, marking the eighth consecutive year of their partnership. TSN and RDS will amplify Kraft Heinz Project Play by integrating the program across their industry-leading platforms, with TSN showcasing Kraft Heinz Project Play on SPORTSCENTRE – Canada’s most-watched sports news and information show, on TSN.ca, as well as on TSN’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat accounts.

New this year, TSN’s James Duthie is joining the Kraft Heinz Project Playteam as a Program Ambassador, alongside SPORTSCENTRE hosts Jennifer Hedger and Tessa Bonhomme, TSN soccer analyst Jason deVos, and CFL ON TSN analyst Milt Stegall. Through their passion for sport, TSN’s roster of Program Ambassadors will encourage Canadians to build better places to play in their communities, and will also be featured in a series of testimonial videos that will debut at KraftHeinzProjectPlay.com and on TSN’s social media in the coming weeks.

“It’s an honour to join this year’s Kraft Heinz Project Play as a Program Ambassador alongside my friends Jen, Jason, Milt, and Tessa,” said James Duthie. “As a dad of some very active kids, there’s nothing better than seeing them play outside. Kraft Heinz Project Play is all about building more places to play for our kids and for our communities, and that’s something I’m proud to be a part of.”

Over the past eleven years, Kraft Heinz has supported 157 communities, contributing more than $4.5 million dollars to play-based infrastructure projects across Canada. Nominate Your Community Today! Beginning today (May 2) through June 12, Canadians can nominate the places, spaces, and projects that keep our communities playing, active, and united atKraftHeinzProjectPlay.com.

The top four Kraft Heinz Project Play finalists will be announced July 8 on TSN. Canadians can then vote for their favourite community project atKraftHeinzProjectPlay.com beginning July 25 at 12 p.m. ET through to July 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Kraft Heinz Project Play grand prize winner will be announced in August (date TBC) on TSN, winning a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) for a recreation facility upgrade. Three second-prize winners will each receive $20,000.

Learn more, share your story, and encourage others to nominate their own towns and cities on Facebook and Twitter using #PLACETOPLAY.

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May 2, 2016

TELUS Strikes Deal to Expand Customer Base in Manitoba

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) has reached an agreement in principle with BCE that will see approximately one-third of MTS' postpaid wireless customers become TELUS customers once the purchase of MTS by BCE announced today concludes. As part of the agreement, Bell will also assign one-third of MTS' dealer locations in Manitoba to TELUS.

Thanks to the skill and passion of our team members, TELUS has earned one of the world's best levels of customer loyalty. TELUS intends to bring the same outstanding customer service it offers across Canada to the benefit of clients in Manitoba.

The agreement is subject to approval from the Competition Bureau and other conditions. TELUS reports its first quarter results on Thursday, May 5 and is currently in a quiet period. 

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May 2, 2016

Team Jones and Team Carruthers Sweep Up at the Humpty’s Champions Cup in Sherwood Park, AB

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SHERWOOD PARK, AB (May 1, 2016) Wrapping up six days of intense curling competition, Team Jones (Winnipeg) and Team Carruthers (Winnipeg) have captured the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup crowns, bringing a close to the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season.

In the women’s final, Team Jones clinched the Humpty’s Champions Cup title in an exciting 7-5 victory over world-ranked No.1 Team Homan (Ottawa). With their win in Sherwood Park, Team Jones takes home $24,500 of the $100,000 women’s prize purse and skip Jennifer Jones becomes the first woman to win six career Grand Slam of Curling events.

“It’s a great event,” said Jones. “We love that they’re adding new events for the players and to be the first ones to win is something special.”

On the men’s side, Team Carruthers captured the inaugural tournament title with a rare double extra end 4-3 victory over Meridian Canadian Open winners Team Epping (Toronto) on Sunday night. Along with the Humpty’s Champions Cup title, Team Carruthers receives $24,500 of the $100,000 men’s purse.

“Obviously, winning this event is an unreal feeling,” said skip Reid Carruthers. “It’s the last spiel of the year, so we’re peaking a little late but at the same time it’s never a bad thing to go out at the end of the season with a nice, big win.”
For full scoring and event details, visit www.thegrandslamofcurling.com.

Following a hugely successful 2015-16 campaign, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tour is set to return for the 2016-17 season. Kicking off in October 2016, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tour event stops include:
·         Masters* – Okotoks, AB (October 25 – 30, 2016 at Pason Centennial Arena)
·         Tour Challenge – Cranbrook, BC (November 8-13, 2016 at Western Financial Place & Memorial Arena)
·         National* – Sault Ste. Marie, ON (December 6-11, 2016 at Essar Centre)
·         Canadian Open* – North Battleford, SK (January 3-8, 2017 at Civic Centre)
·         Elite 10 – Port Hawkesbury, NS (March 16-19, 2017 at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre)
·         Players’ Championship* –  Toronto, ON (April 11-16, 2017 at Mattamy Athletic Centre)
·         Humpty’s Champions Cup – Calgary, AB (April 25-30, 2017 at Winsport Arena Canada Olympic Park)

*Major event             

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April 29, 2016

Guild seeks union certificate for VICE Canada employees

TORONTO, April 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) applied today to the Canada Industrial Relations Board for the right to represent employees at VICE Canada.

"A strong majority of employees at VICE across Canada have signed a union card and we are delighted to welcome them into our union," says Carmel Smyth, national president of the CMG. "We look forward to supporting them to find their collective voice in the workplace and to negotiate the kinds of progressive working conditions and benefits that digital media workers expect in 2016."

The workers seeking to form a union at VICE Canada work in the editorial, marketing and production/post-production departments. They create the innovative digital and television content that has made VICE a successful media company in Canada and around the world.

Martin O'Hanlon, president of CWA Canada, the CMG's parent union, called it a "tremendous day for digital media workers in Canada."

"We've heard from creative and digital media workers that they want fair pay, benefits, and sustainable working conditions," O'Hanlon said. "The decision by Vice Canada staff to unionize is a first step to a better life for them, and it is a beacon for others to follow."

In the coming days, the labour board will organize a secret ballot vote of employees to confirm their right to form a union.

Vice Canada joins a growing list of digital media companies where employees have unionized including Huffington Post, Gawker, Salon, and the Guardian's online service. Vice Media was founded in Montreal and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. It has Canadian offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) is 6000 journalists, hosts producers, technicians, videographers, editors, librarians, programmers, sales reps, administrative staff and freelancers.

A union at VICE: fast facts
VICE brands itself as "world's leading youth media company", founded in Montreal as a magazine in 1994, now based in Brooklyn, New York.
Has international network of digital channels, TV and film studio, magazine, record label, book publishing division. Launched VICE News in 2014.
Revenue $915 million (US), assets $2.5 billion (US). 20% stake held by A & E
Formed a partnership with Rogers to launch VICE Studio Canada in 2015; specialty TV network VICELAND was launched inCanada in February 2016
Has operations in 35 countries including Canada, with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver
US editorial employees joined Writers Guild of America East in 2015, UK employees now seeking union recognition through the National Union Journalists
Vice employees in the US who recently unionized just negotiated a 29% pay increase
Issues important to Canadian employees seeking representation by CMG: fair pay, sustainable hours of work and overtime, clear journalistic rules and policy, rights for people on contract
Certifying the union: the CMG has applied to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) and must demonstrate that at least 40% of employees in the proposed Canada-wide bargaining unit have signed a card to apply for membership in the union. Given the 40% threshold has been met, the CIRB will hold a vote of employees in 12 days' time.

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April 29, 2016

CANADIANS SHOWED UP IN A BIG WAY FOR NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY

Canadian film was EVERYWHERE on April 20th: 417 events across the country, countless broadcast & online offerings, and 24 million people chatting Canadian film on Twitter
TORONTO, April 29, 2016 – National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) united the nation in a massive and very Canadian way last week, ensuring every Canadian had access to a Canadian film on April 20. In its third year, NCFD, along with its supporters and partners, facilitated a whopping 417 movie screenings – more than double compared to last year – in 217 communities in every province and territory. Movie lovers of all ages attended NCFD screenings across the country, with almost 100 filmmakers and special guests addressing audiences nationwide including The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario. NCFD 2016 provided access to Canadian film across all major platforms: in-theatre, broadcast and online, and the CanCon conversation reached 24 million people on Twitter.

Presented with the generous support of Cineplex Entertainment and CBC, NCFD is a one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canada and its homegrown cinema.

“We certainly hoped this day would take off when we launched three years ago, but we didn’t quite realize Canadians would show up in such a massive way – and so quickly,” said Jack Blum Executive Director, REEL CANADA. Added Sharon Corder, Artistic Director, REEL CANADA: “It doesn’t surprise me that Canadians love our homegrown cinema. We make great films here, and on National Canadian Film Day, Canadians had mountains of opportunities to see one.”

In addition to providing robust access to Canadian film on April 20, NCFD caused a widespread frenzy on social media. The official hashtag #CanFilmDay trended on Twitter Canada for 12 hours on the day. Canadian film conversation dominated Twitter for three weeks leading up to the day and on NCFD itself, reaching 24 million people with 76.5 million impressions worldwide. NCFD also landed a Twitter Moment spot, elevating engagement to an international level. Industry heavyweights joined in on the social conversation including filmmakers Jay Baruchel, Paul Gross, Allan Hawco, Sarah Gadon, Brent Butt, Vinay Virmani, Sook-Yin Lee and many more.

NCFD 2016 Highlights
·      417 public and private screening events (up from 170 last year) in every province and territory, featuring more than 150 Canadian film titles – from new theatrical releases to recent faves and well-loved classics

·      Canadian films programmed on major broadcast outlets, including Bell Media, Shaw Media, Hollywood Suite, Corus, Sundance Channel, Shomi, APTN

·      Free online offerings at cbc.ca, nfb.ca, cfccreates.com, cfmdc.org and mubi.com

·      60+ high schools across Canada – almost 5,000 students – participated in a bilingual LIVE stream Q&A with actors Colm Feore and Patrick Huard after students watched BON COP, BAD COP

·      The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario, attended a screening of SLEEPING GIANT hosted by OMDC with director Andrew Cividino

·      Tremendous support from filmmakers, actors and industry leaders lent their voices for press interviews, including Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar, Paul Gross, Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, Allan Hawco, Stephen Lack, Andrew Cividino, Jackson Martin, John Fawcett, Emily Perkins and Zaib Shaikh

·      Dozens of directors and actors attended screening events either in person or by Skype, including Stephen Lack, who participated in a Q&A at the 35th anniversary screening of SCANNERS in Toronto; Don McKellar, who addressed a crowd of 300 new Canadians at the CBC Atrium; Nadia Litz, who walked the red carpet at the North American premiere of her film PEOPLE GARDEN in Vancouver; Guillaume Cyr, who flew in to remote Hearst, Ont., to attend a community screening; and Atom Egoyan and Deepa Mehta, who joined their fans via Skype

·      NOMADlive united the nation through LIVE interactive coverage, featuring interviews with filmmakers, industry leaders, and enthusiastic #CanFilmDay supporters from all across the country

·     Spontaneous participation from EVERY pocket of the country, including Bay Street Video, which offered their entire catalogue of Canadian titles (800+) for free; Toronto-based Snakes & Lattes, which showcased the in-house crafted Canadian film trivia game, T’Aboot, on 130 café tables; Video View in Red Deer Alberta jumping in and offering $2 Canadian film rentals; almost 5,000 Canadians who tested their Canadian film skills with NCFD quizzes; and six chefs and influencers who crafted film-inspired recipes, all of which is available at canadianfilmday.ca/fun-stuff

·     And, so much more! Follow the official hashtag #CanFilmDay & check out the website for more information at canadianfilmday.ca

National Canadian Film Day is also made possible by the generous support of our many industry partners, including Telefilm Canada, Entertainment One, National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Media Producers Association and Landmark Cinemas. Major broadcasters that are programming Canadian films in support of the day include Bell Media, Shaw Media, Corus, Sundance Channel and Hollywood Suite. Jack Blum, executive director, REEL CANADA and Sharon Corder, artistic director, REEL CANADA are available for press interviews. 

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April 29, 2016

YMA announces the nominees for the French-Language Awards of Excellence

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Montreal, April 29, 2016 – Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to announce the television and web series as well as interactive productions in the running for an Award of Excellence. The winners will be revealed at the awards gala to be held on May 17, at 7:15 p.m. at Maison de Radio-Canada, in Montreal. Based on the YMA’s statement of quality, jury members selected the following nominees:

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Acquisition of Knowledge and Critical Thinking Skills
·         100% Animal II (Phalangers volants) – produced by Attraction Images Productions, aired on Télé-Québec
·         L’Académie secrète (Voler) – produced by Trio Orange, aired on Yoopa
·         BRIGADE ANIMO III (Râpage de dents) – produced by Zone3, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé
·         C’est Wow! (Cônes) – produced by Apartment 11 Productions, aired on Groupe Média TFO
·         Dis-moi tout (Mylène Paquette) – produced by Pamplemousse Média, aired on Télé-Québec
·         Jérémie (Épisode 10) – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak 2

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Stimulation of Imagination and Creativity
·         Les Argonautes 3 (Princesse Shaolanne) – produced by Productions Pixcom, aired on Télé-Québec
·         Les Hipaloulas (Le pirate et le trésor) – produced by Les Productions Point de mire, aired on Groupe Média TFO
·         YaYa & Zouk (Le placard) – produced by ToonDraw Animation, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé and Yoopa

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Commitment, Openness and Respect
·         Le Bulletin A+ (Les attentats de Paris) – produced by Océan Télévision, aired on Zone Jeunesse Radio-Canada
·         Mini TFO Ma famille et moi (Holden et sa famille) – produced by Groupe Média TFO, aired on Groupe Média TFO
·         Salmigondis (Le Secret de Liliwatt) – produced by Téléfiction Productions, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé and Télé-Québec

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Advancement of Personal Growth and Self-Transcendence
·         Le Chalet (La fois sur un million) – produced by Passez Go, aired on Vrak TV
·         Mia (Le Ballon Kangourou) – produced by Sardine Productions, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé
·         Mix 4 (Épisode 3) – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV
·         Motel Monstre IV (Zombisou d'adieu) – produced by SLALOM productions, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé and Groupe Média TFO
·         Toc Toc Toc (L’Ordre des Grands Enfants) – produced by Téléfiction Productions, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé and Télé-Québec
·         Vrak Attak (Vrak Attak à New York) – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Emancipation through Game and Humour
·         Boum, c’est canon! (Épisode 175) – produced by Trio Orange, aired on Groupe Média   TFO
·         FLIP Google Translate – Reprise musicale (Happy) –  produced by Groupe Média TFO, aired on Groupe Média TFO
·         Karv l’anti.gala 2015 – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV

Award of Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Acquisition of Knowledge
·         Apprendre les 5 sens avec Charlie – produced by Groupe Média TFO and Tobo
·         La Francomobile – produced by TV5 Québec Canada
·         Le petit Champlain – produced by Groupe Fair-Play and SLALOM productions

Award of Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Commitment and Community
·         J’aime les patates – produced by Office national du film du Canada and Minority Media
·         Pana – Cycle secondaire – produced by  Les Affranchis and le CFORP

Award of Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Entertainment
·         100% Animal – produced by Attraction Images Productions
·         Drôles de Blagues – produced by Kondolole Films
·         Les Chroniques de Miam! – produced by Écho Média and Tobo
·         Motel Monstre – saison 5 – produced by mbiance and SLALOM productions
·         YaYa & Zouk – produced by ToonDraw Animation

Award of Excellence  for Digital Personality
·         Noémie Lacerte
·         PL Cloutier

Award of Excellence – Best Crossmedia Project
·         Les Argonautes – produced by Productions Pixcom
·         Code Max – produced by Productions Pixcom
·         Mix 4 – produced by Zone3 and Turbulent Média
·         Le rêve de Champlain – produced by Groupe Fair-Play and SLALOM productions

Kids’ Choice Award
 (Best Television or Web Series – Ages 9-12)
·         100% Animal II (Phalangers volants) – produced by Attraction Images Productions, aired on Télé-Québec
·         L’Appart du 5e (Épisode 10) – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV
·         Le Bulletin A+ (Les attentats de Paris) – produced by Océan Télévision, aired on Zone Jeunesse Radio-Canada
·         Les jumelles III (Prescott-Russell) – produced by Balestra Productions, aired on Groupe Média TFO
·         Vrak Attak (Vrak Attak à New York) – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV

YMA Parents’ Award
(Best Interactive Content – Ages 6-8)
·         Drôles de Blagues – produced by Kondolole Films
·         Les Chroniques de Miam! – produced by Écho Média and Tobo
·         Salmigondis – produced by Téléfiction Productions

On gala night, YMA will be presenting the Outstanding Achievement Award to Johanne Guidotti, the Emerging Talent Award to Thomas Gauthier, and the prestigious Grand Prize.

We look forward to seeing all of you on May 17! Tickets to attend the gala are on sale on the YMA website – just click here: http://www.ymamj.org/page/119/prix-d-excellence-2016

 The 2016 French Awards of Excellence are made possible through the participation of our valued sponsors: Principal – Radio-Canada; Prestige – Châtelaine, the Canada Media Fund, the Independent Production Fund, Frima Studio, Groupe Média TFO, Télé-Québec, VRAK TV; Excellence –  Les Affranchis, Apartment 11 Productions, CTVM, Bell Fund, PMT, Téléfiction, Télétoon, Trio Orange, Vue sur le Canada, Zone3.

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April 29, 2016

Space Original Series KILLJOYS Season 2 Premieres July 1

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Space announced today that Season 2 of its #1 original series KILLJOYS premieres Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Space. Space also revealed today an exclusive first look from Season 2 of the smash hit series, available for download here. In the image below, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) is found in a compromising position as she and fellow Killjoy Johnny (Aaron Ashmore, SMALLVILLE) continue their search for D’avin (Luke Macfarlane, BROTHERS AND SISTERS).

Season 2 of the sci-fi adventure series KILLJOYS follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters (Ashmore, John-Kamen, Macfarlane) as they hit the ground running to uncover Khlyen’s (Rob Stewart, SUITS) secret agenda. As shocking truths are revealed, they realize the galaxy’s notorious criminals are no match to the threat that comes from within the RAC. Dutch, Johnny, and D’avin’s loyalties are tested as they struggle to find the balance between politics, family, and doing what’s right for the good of The Quad. With so much on the line, the trio start to wonder if the warrant is still all.
Season 1 of KILLJOYS is available now on CraveTV™ 

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April 29, 2016

Bell Media Becomes Exclusive Media Partner of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017, Airing on TSN

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TORONTO, April 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Bell Media announced today it has reached an agreement to become the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of the Invictus Games, including INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 and the upcoming INVICTUS GAMESORLANDO 2016. Established by Prince Harry in 2014, the INVICTUS GAMES is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill active duty and veteran service members.

Prince Harry visits Toronto on Monday, May 2 – marking his first visit to the city in 25 years – to officially launch the countdown to INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017. Bell Media covers the day's special launch events with exclusive access, beginning with the official Launch Ceremony live at 10:30 a.m. ET (see below for more details).

Taking place in September 2017, the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 will be broadcast exclusively on TSN – the latest addition to the network's diverse roster of championship events. TSN will also broadcast exclusive coverage of this year's INVICTUS GAMESORLANDO 2016 from May 8-12 (see below for more details).

"As the official broadcast partner of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017, Bell Media is proud to play a leading role in bringing this international sporting event to viewers across the country," said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. "We are deeply humbled to showcase the unbreakable spirit of those who bravely serve their countries."

"The INVICTUS GAMES embody the transformative power of sport, and TSN is proud to be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of such an inspiring event," said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. "We are proud to say that Champions Live Here on TSN, and today, this takes on a whole new meaning with the addition of the INVICTUS GAMES. The courage and resiliency of these extraordinary service members makes them the ultimate champions."

INVICTUS GAMES Launch
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Monday, May 2, Prince Harry will participate in a series of special launch events for INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 hosted by Bell Media personalities:

10:30 a.m. ET: TSN's Brian Williams hosts the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 Launch Ceremony at Toronto's Royal York Hotel, where Prince Harry will join dignitaries, Michael Burns, CEO of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 and members of the Canadian 2016 Invictus Team.

12:15 p.m. ET: TSN's Cabral "Cabbie" Richards and THE SOCIAL's Melissa Grelo host a scrimmage with the Canadian national sledge hockey team at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre. Prince Harry is joined by special guests including Marc Kielburger of Free The Children, motivational speaker Spencer West, and a special interview with athletes Natacha Dupuis and Steven Daniels, who will compete for Team Canada at INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016, airing exclusively on TSN.

INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 on TSN
TSN delivers exclusive coverage of the
INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 from May 8-12, airing live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a state-of-the-art multi-sport facility at Walt Disney World. The event features 500 competitors from 15 nations will take part in 10 sports, including track and field, wheelchair basketball, swimming, sitting volleyball, and powerlifting.

TSN platforms deliver live coverage beginning with the two-hour INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 OPENING CEREMONY on Sunday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET, as well as daily live coverage of multiple events on TSN GO and recap shows each night of the Games. TSN platforms also deliver the INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 CLOSING CEREMONY on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Throughout the INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016, TSN's industry-leading platforms, including SPORTSCENTRE, TSN.ca, and TSN official social media accounts, will feature news and updates on key Team Canada performances.

About the INVICTUS GAMES
The
INVICTUS GAMES is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.

The inaugural INVICTUS GAMES, held in London in September 2014, saw more than 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine sports. The event attracted crowds of more than 65,000 spectators, with more than 10 million tuning in to watch the Games on the BBC.

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