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October 30, 2014

Sportsnet Delivers Highest World Series Audience in Network History


TORONTO (October 30, 2014) – Sportsnet garnered its largest audience ever for a World Series broadcast last night with an average of 1.25 million viewers tuning into see the San Francisco Giants defeat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7.

Overall, 4.3 million Canadians watched some part of the Game 7 showdown on Sportsnet, with audience levels peaking at 2.1 million viewers in the ninth inning.

The 1.25 million average audience marks a 19% increase over the previous most-watched World Series game on Sportsnet, which attracted an average of 1.05 million viewers (Game 7 of the 2011 World Series featuring Texas @ St. Louis).

Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), October 30, 2014 Overnights Data, 2+ Average Minute Audience & Reach, Total Canada


October 30, 2014

John Cassaday Announced As 2015 Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall Of Fame Inductee


TORONTO, ON - (October 30, 2014) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce John Cassaday as the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.

John Cassaday has enjoyed a decorated career in the broadcast industry for 25 years. As the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc., he has piloted the company to a leadership position in radio, specialty television and content creation in Canada.  Corus' diverse portfolio of assets encompass more than 20 television properties including YTV, TELETOON, W Network, CMT and HBO Canada; Nelvana, one of the world's leading producers of animated programming and related products; Kids Can Press, Canada's largest children's publisher; ToonBoom, an Emmy® award-winning animation software company; and 39 radio stations in eight out of the top 10 Canadian markets.

"John Cassaday is a true trailblazer in the broadcast industry," said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. "From television to radio, he has influenced several generations of industry professionals and advanced Canada's media landscape. He is fully deserving of his place in the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame."

Cassaday's foresight and strategic agility have driven exceptional growth and success. Under his leadership, Corus has vitalized Canada's media and entertainment industry, through the acquisition, development and delivery of great Canadian content, as well as the investment of millions of dollars in original Canadian productions. Through Corus' talent initiatives, it has encouraged and recognized some of Canada's best emerging artists. Embracing the digital sphere, Corus was the first Canadian broadcaster to feature an iPhone streaming application and the first to offer Apple iTunes integration through its radio station websites. The company's headquarters, Corus Quay, has gained recognition as one of the most technologically advanced media and broadcast centres in the world.

Before the launch of Corus, Cassaday was President of CTV Television Network. Under his leadership, CTV invested heavily in news with new talent, the opening of additional news bureaus and an innovative new set design. This resulted in strong ratings increases driven by audience growth in news and special event programming, which included the successful carriage of two Olympic Games. Cassaday also held senior management positions at Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K. where he became well known for his marketing acumen.

John Cassaday is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. His commitment to Canadian broadcasting has been recognized with the Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence, a top honour by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. He was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends in 2006 and received the Gold Medal from the Association of Canadian Advertisers in 2004. During his tenure, Corus has been honoured for its excellence in investor relations, its corporate culture and its commitment to diversity. Notable recognition includes Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, Greater Toronto's Top Employers, Canada's Top Employers for Young People, as well as one of Canada's Top 100 Canadian Brands.

Under Cassaday's leadership, Corus has also supported educational institutions across Canada including establishing the Chair in Women in Management at Ivey School of Business, Western University, and the Chair in Communications Strategy at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

A strong believer in giving back to the community, Cassaday has been instrumental in raising awareness and funds for numerous charitable causes, through corporate fundraising initiatives as well as his own personal commitments. In addition to championing Corus' corporate giving strategy, Corus Feeds Kids, he served as Chair of the United Way campaign for Metro Toronto in 1995, and has also co-chaired successful fundraising campaigns for St. Michael's Hospital Foundation and Rotman School of Management.

Cassaday sits on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial, Sysco Corporation and Irving Oil Limited. He is a member and Director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Masonite International Corporation, J. M. Schneider Corporation, Canadian Airlines and Loblaw Companies Limited and on the Advisory Boards of Nestle Canada and IBM Canada. John was the Chair of the Dean's Advisory Board of the Rotman School of Management and Chair of the Board of St. Michaels Hospital from 2004 to 2006.

John holds an M.B.A. (Dean's List) from the Rotman School of Management, and was honoured in 1998 as their most Distinguished Alumni. He has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

To attend the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards or for additional details, visit the Canadian Music Week website:

October 30, 2014

Bell Media to Launch New Streaming Service Devoted Exclusively to Exceptional TV


TORONTO (October 30, 2014) – Bell Media announced today it will soon launch a new video streaming service devoted exclusively to the best content on television. From the company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, and Network TV landscapes, the on-demand subscription service, currently code-named “Project Latte”, will feature thousands of hours of content representing TV’s top premium brands including, it was confirmed today, HBO.  With content from all key Hollywood major and independent studios, “Project Latte” does not duplicate existing services, but instead features additive and exclusive programming.

Now available to every TV provider in Canada, “Project Latte” is designed to enhance the value of the subscription television ecosystem. “Project Latte” will therefore be made available to all TV subscribers in the country, pending agreements with participating TV providers, on their traditional set-top box, as well as via mobile apps, the web, and other platforms including game consoles and Smart TVs. Additional details will be announced in the weeks to come.

“We built Project Latte as a complementary service that will delight and amaze viewers with thousands of hours of premium entertainment available on-demand and on the device of their choice,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “Project Latte addresses a significant gap in the Canadian TV system and allows TV providers to greatly enhance the value they provide to their clients. We are incredibly excited about the potential for this product and how it fits into our overall portfolio of Canada’s best television brands and programs.”

“If you like TV, you will love Project Latte’s program lineup,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “Our singular focus on TV series, along with our established studio relationships in Hollywood and beyond, means we are uniquely positioned and hyper-focused on delivering the best TV programs to the most-devoted TV lovers. While our extensive HBO deal is a game-changer and instantly makes us a viewer favourite, HBO content comprises only 10% of our planned inventory at launch. Stay tuned as Project Latte’s complete lineup is revealed in the weeks to come.”

HBO is the first of many world-class content partners announced for “Project Latte”, which, further to Bell Media’s previously announced agreement, will be the Canadian home of the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue. As confirmed today, “Project Latte” will feature the entire HBO scripted library, featuring some of the most-celebrated television programming of all time. In addition to THE SOPRANOS and SEX AND THE CITY, additional Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning HBO classic series to be available on “Project Latte” include SIX FEET UNDER, BAND OF BROTHERS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, BIG LOVE, ENTOURAGE, OZ, IN TREATMENT, HUNG, ROME, and DEADWOOD, among others. “Project Latte” will also feature creator David Simon’s newly re-mastered version of THE WIRE, which will be presented in HD for the first time.

“Project Latte” will also showcase the complete HBO Films catalogue of nearly 100 titles that have been the recipients of countless Academy®, Golden Globe, Peabody, and Emmy Awards, as well as the Palme d’Or and other film festival accolades. Among the selections are ELEPHANT, AMERICAN SPLENDOUR, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, GAME CHANGE, TEMPLE GRANDIN, CONSPIRACY, THE GATHERING STORM, THE NORMAL HEART, and GREY GARDENS.

As well, “Project Latte” is the home to more than 150 titles from the HBO Documentaries library, including Academy Award-nominated 4 LITTLE GIRLS, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS, SIX BY SONDHEIM, and the recent festival favourite SEDUCED AND ABANDONED.

Finally, “Project Latte” will exclusively feature HBO’s lineup of close to 160 iconic stand-up comedy specials featuring some of the biggest names in comedy of all time, including George Carlin, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, and more.


October 30, 2014


TORONTO, October 30, 2014 --- Ryerson University today celebrates the visionary generosity of the Slaight family. The Slaight Family Foundation has made a $3 million gift to support the next generation of radio innovators and entrepreneurs, creating the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at the RTA School of Media in the Faculty of Communication and Design.

The Allan Slaight Radio Institute – named for broadcasting pioneer and former President and CEO of Standard Broadcasting Corporation, Allan Slaight – will be a state-of-the-art broadcast and teaching facility that will strengthen Ryerson’s position as the educational leader in radio broadcast and production. The Allan Slaight Radio Institute will also foster excellence through newly created student awards, support for independent student productions, and hands-on practical experience for students at Ryerson’s digital radio station, ‘Spirit Live.’

Phyllis Yaffe, Ryerson’s former Board Chair, said, “This generous donation was led by foundation trustee Gary Slaight to celebrate his father’s legacy. We are deeply grateful to Allan and Gary for that spirit of giving.”

Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University, noted that “Allan Slaight is an inspiring figure for people passionate about radio. The family’s gift will be transformational for Ryerson students working to follow in his footsteps in developing the industry. We are honoured and thrilled to celebrate Allan’s groundbreaking contribution to radio in Canada in this way.”

“My dad was a true trailblazer in Canada’s broadcasting industry,” said Gary Slaight, President, The Slaight Family Foundation. “The Allan Slaight Radio Institute is a fitting tribute to his contributions and will ensure solid support to students wishing to pursue careers in radio and broadcasting. Our family is very pleased to provide this support to Ryerson University, and Allan looks forward to visiting the new facilities.”

“The Slaight name,” says Briana Todd, Ryerson RTA School of Media student, “is synonymous with radio in this country and now it is part of RTA, which is fantastic.”

The Ryerson community is grateful for the longstanding generous support of the Slaight family, who initiated and has continued to support the annual Slaight Business Plan Competition, now in its twelfth year of encouraging excellence in student entrepreneurship with two $25,000 awards.

Ryerson thanks the Slaight family for creating this milestone moment in our Make Your Mark campaign, a $200-million fundraising initiative focused on strengthening the University’s research agenda and providing students with the very best opportunities for a distinctive and career-oriented education.

RTA School of Media is built on a 60-year history of being Canada’s preeminent school of broadcasting and media production. The School regularly consults with senior media executives from across Canada’s broadcast sector to ensure that what RTA teaches reflects best industry practices. Gaining practical experience through its four-year undergraduate programs and its Master of Arts in Media Production – the first degree of its kind in North America – RTA graduates are some of the most respected broadcasting and communications professionals in Canada.


October 30, 2014

LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian Set The Record Straight This November On CMT


(October 30, 2014 - Toronto, ON) – Every story has two sides. This November, Corus Entertainment’s CMT gets inside the world of celebrity couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian with their reality series LeAnn & Eddie. Famous in their own right for years, it wasn’t until the country music star and seasoned actor became a couple that the tabloids and public became enamored with their every move. Premiering Friday, November 7 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT in 8 x 30 minute episodes, the series will unveil the truth behind their lives and navigate the gossip that surrounds them.

Inside the sanctity of their world, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are a typical normal modern family — a married couple, who both have careers and are also learning how to navigate the co-parenting of Eddie's two sons. But life outside the home for them is very different – as they live in a fishbowl where the paparazzi stalk them, tabloids report on any detail and the public gets only part of the real story.

As a multiple Grammy Award-winning artist, LeAnn Rimes first burst onto the music scene at the age of 13. Since then she has gone on to sell more than 40 million albums, has scored 13 Top 10 hits and has won numerous music awards. Her latest album, the critically acclaimed Spitfire, debuted at #9 on the Billboard Country Charts and #4 on iTunes. Eddie Cibrian is a versatile actor who got his start in daytime television but moved to primetime with the hit series Third Watch. Since then he has gone on to star as a lead actor in various television series, including Invasion, The Playboy Club, CSI Miami and Tilt among others. Cibrian has also starred in numerous films including Living Out Loud, Good Deeds, But I'm A Cheerleader, The Cave, Single Moms Club, and Best Man Holiday.

LeAnn & Eddie premiered on VH1 in July 2014.


October 29, 2014

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October 29, 2014

Sportsnet and Pinty’s Sign Three-Year Grand Slam of Curling Title Sponsorship Agreement


TORONTO (October 29, 2014) Sportsnet today announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Pinty’s as the official title sponsor of the Grand Slam of Curling. The deal, which begins January 1, 2015 and runs through to 2018, will be a significant cornerstone in growing the game of curling across Canada and creating an exciting in-venue experience at Grand Slam of Curling events.

“Canada’s curling community is vibrant and continually expanding, and we are committed to growing right along with it,” said Anthony Attard, Vice President, Integrated Sports Sales, Rogers. “The new deal with Pinty’s is the perfect way to kick off Sportsnet’s third season of the Grand Slam of Curling, which is bigger and better than ever. Pinty’s is known for their commitment to supporting curling athletes, and we have a common and important goal of serving curling fans with a premium experience.”

“As an active sponsor of curling, this was an excellent opportunity to build our equity in this Canadian sport,” said Tony Spiteri, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Pinty’s. “We are thrilled to work with Sportsnet and the Grand Slam of Curling, to help grow the game and further connect with all curling communities across Canada.”

Details of the sponsorship deal include:

-- Title sponsor of Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling

-- In-venue sponsorship including rinkboards, in-ice logos and on-site activations

-- Broadcast commercial spots, sponsor billboards and verbal on-air mentions

-- Integration across Sportsnet’s platforms including digital and magazine

In addition, the deal includes the creation of the Pinty’s Pub and Grill Zone, an in-venue ice-level VIP lounge area at all Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events. The area will be made available to VIP’s, curlers as well as curling fans, allowing them to get up-close and personal with the game and their favourite curling stars.

Owned and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is a premium series of men’s and women's curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. In 2014-15, Sportsnet will broadcast up to 200 hours of curling coverage, including all Grand Slam of Curling events, as well as the Alberta, B.C., Manitoba and Ontario Provincial Curling Championships. 


October 29, 2014

Take Her Picture, Please. THE COMEBACK, Starring Lisa Kudrow, Returns November 9 on HBO Canada


TORONTO (October 29, 2014) – B-list star and pioneer of reality television Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) returns to the small screen when HBO’s THE COMEBACK comes back, Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Starring Lisa Kudrow (FRIENDS), co-creator and co-executive producer with Michael Patrick King (SEX AND THE CITY), THE COMEBACK, returns as an eight-episode comedy series following its original 2005 run on HBO in the U.S. and The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada. Beginning Nov. 4, viewers can catch up on the original series on HBO Canada TV Everywhere platforms. As previously announced, HBO Canada also welcomes back HBO’s THE NEWSROOM and GETTING ON on November 9 at 9 p.m. ET/MT and 10:30 p.m. ET/MT respectively.

THE COMEBACK follows Valerie Cherish, a fading TV “It Girl” who was once so desperate to stay in the spotlight that she allowed cameras to follow her every move as she appeared on a new sitcom, resulting in disaster. Now, 10 years later, there’s more TV than ever and she wants back in. Valerie has hired a student film crew to shoot footage she hopes will get network attention and put her back on the map. When she discovers that her former nemesis Paulie G. (Lance Barber, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) has a new HBO series called SEEING RED based on his experiences working with her, an irate Valerie crashes the HBO offices crying defamation but ends up getting the role based on herself.

In the first season of THE COMEBACK, the series explored the madness of television, a Beverly Hills lifestyle, the dual roles of wife and stepmom, the trouble with growing older in Hollywood, and the bravery of a 40-year-old actress who was determined to look like she was keeping her head above it all.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4, subscribers can catch up on the entire 13-episode first season of THE COMEBACK in Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

In addition to Kudrow, cast regulars include Lance Barber as Paulie G., Robert Michael Morris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) as Valerie’s devoted hairstylist Mickey, Laura Silverman (BOB’S BURGERS) as producer Jane, and Damian Young (CALIFORNICATION) as Valerie’s husband Mark Berman. Seth Rogen (Take This Waltz) guest stars as Mitch, the fictional Paulie G.

THE COMEBACK was created by Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow. The new season is written by King, Kudrow, Amy B. Harris (SEX AND THE CITY), and John Riggi (30 ROCK). The series is executive produced by King, Kudrow, and Bucatinsky.

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


October 28, 2014

Don Shafer Announced as 2015 Recipient of Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award


TORONTO, ON - (October 28, 2014) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Don Shafer as the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator and veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Shafer will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon being presented by Bell Media, on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

"I am both humbled and honoured to be the recipient of this award and be in the company of so many good friends, mentors and colleagues," said Shafer.

A broadcaster, entrepreneur and community activist, Don Shafer has dedicated more than 50 years to the broadcasting industry, earning respect and recognition for his strategic ability to turn around radio stations, revive their image, restore their profitability and make a difference in their local communities. Working both on and off the air, he has collaborated with many of Canada's best broadcasters developing legendary brands such as CHOM FM, CHUM FM, The Fox, Rock 101, SUN FM and Q107.

"Don spent some great years with us at CHUM and is highly respected throughout the Canadian broadcast industry," said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. "Shafe is a most deserving recipient of the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award."

Shafer has been at the helm of various broadcasting properties including the TorStar Media Group where he helped create Toronto Star TV - a direct response TV enterprise - and developed the company's television production facilities to extend the Toronto Star newspaper brand into television. He was one of the primary drivers of the successful transition of Standard/Astral/Bell Media's radio and television properties in the BC interior. A true visionary, Shafer was a proponent and one of the early supporters of webcasting and programming over the Internet.

Under contract with the Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group in Winnipeg, Shafer assisted with the acquisition of QX104 and FAB 94 before engaging in his latest project "Roundhouse Radio". As President and CEO of the station, along with his team and an independent B.C. ownership group, Shafer will be launching a new "urban" talk radio station in Vancouver in early 2015.

Don is an active member in the broadcasting community and has served on a number of boards and committees including the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Radio Marketing Bureau, Television Marketing Bureau, the Small Market Independent Television Group, the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters and FACTOR and is a past President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters.

Don is a community activist and a strong supporter of local community organizations. He has served on the boards of Variety Club International in Vancouver and Toronto, The Canadian Culinary Championships and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. He is presently working with PFLAG and Qmunity Vancouver, the Canadian Red Cross, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the BC Chiefs of Police Association.

To attend the Canadian Radio Music Awards or for additional details, visit the Canadian Music Week website:

October 28, 2014

CBC/Radio-Canada secures broadcast rights for PyeongChang in 2018 and Tokyo in 2020


 TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Public Broadcaster announces partnership with Bell Media and broadcast relationship with Rogers Media to bring unprecedented coverage to Canadians.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that CBC/Radio-Canada has been awarded the Canadian broadcast rights for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

CBC/Radio-Canada and the IOC have extended the ground-breaking relationship the two established in its agreement to broadcast the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, furthering the public broadcaster's commitment to promoting and showcasing amateur sport in Canada.

As lead broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada will be working with broadcast partner Bell Media, along with Rogers Media, to provide Canadians with full access to all the excitement of the Olympic Games, allowing all of us to cheer on Canada's best athletes.

In making the announcement from Toronto, CBC/Radio-Canada President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix said,  "This is clear recognition of the exceptional coverage CBC/Radio-Canada provided for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – the most watched in history. The agreement also reflects the IOC's belief that we will continue to provide relevant, compelling Canadian experiences to Canadians by building on our accomplishments, as well as what we promise to bring with our coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. " 

"The broadcast partnership model we've put forward is both respectful of the stature of the Games and fiscally responsible. Partnering with Bell Media, along with Rogers Media, shows the public broadcaster can play a role in bringing together the larger broadcast community in the interest of the Canadian audience."

"TSN and RDS are proud to join with CBC/Radio-Canada in delivering PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 to Canadians on our TV, radio, and digital properties as Official Sports Specialty Partners," said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. "TSN and RDS have been part of Canada's Olympic tradition for the past three decades, and with our long legacy of production expertise and leading on-air talent, we look forward to contributing to showcasing the next generation of Canadian Olympic heroes as we enhance our roster of the biggest events in sports."

"The Olympic Games have a remarkable way of galvanizing the country.  It's compelling content at its finest, and delivers on our strategy of offering premium content on multiple platforms," said Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media.  "We have a strong roster of passionate sports experts – both in front of and behind the camera – who have vast experience in delivering world-class sports content.  We are enjoying a terrific partnership with the CBC, and are pleased that Sportsnet will continue its rich history of being an Olympic  broadcaster and delivering the Games to Canadians." 


October 28, 2014

CTV Presents Exclusive Broadcast Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES, November 4


TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The odds are in CTV's favour! As fans await the highly anticipated theatrical release of the next instalment of The Hunger Games, the first film of the worldwide phenomenon receives its broadcast premiere Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on CTV,, and CTV GO (visit to confirm local broadcast times). Then, one week before the latest film is set to premiere,ETALK offers viewers exclusive Canadian access during the 30-minute Original Special, ETALK PRESENTS: THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART 1, premiering Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.  

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Set in a futuristic world in which every year a teenaged boy and girl from each district are chosen to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match, The Hunger Games, the 2012 blockbuster movie starring OSCAR®-winner Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are Alright), Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), Woody Harrelson (TRUE DETECTIVE), and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect).

In a Canadian television exclusive, ETALK PRESENTS: THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART 1, features interviews with the stars of the box office hit franchise including Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland, as they sit down with ETALK's Danielle Graham(McGimsie). Premiering Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, just one week before the theatrical debut onFriday, Nov. 21, 2014, ETALK prepares viewers for the rebellion in the next instalment of The Hunger Gamesfilm series.


October 28, 2014

Rogers Appoints Deepak Khandelwal to Chief Customer Officer


TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Rogers President and Chief Executive Officer, Guy Laurence announced today the appointment of Deepak Khandelwal to the position of Chief Customer Officer, effective November 10, 2014.

Khandelwal joins Rogers from Google Inc. where he is currently VP, Global Customer Experience with customers in over 100 countries world-wide. He joined Google in 2010 and led the transformation of its customer experience operations. Prior to Google he worked at McKinsey & Company from 1994 to 2010 becoming a Principal in 2001. He founded McKinsey's global customer care practice in 1998 and worked with more than 200 customer care centres to address service strategy and process improvements. An engineer by trade, Khandelwal is a disciplined, process oriented problem solver who brings a deep passion for technology and a customer first approach.

"Deepak brings a unique combination of management consulting and customer operations experience that we need to turn the customer experience around," said Guy Laurence. "Improving customer experience is a journey not a destination, but this is a big step in the right direction. Deepak has a proven track record of transforming service operations and he will be a great addition to the team."

As Chief Customer Officer, Khandelwal will be responsible for overhauling the customer experience as part of the company's multi-year Rogers 3.0 strategy. He will be responsible for all customer experience functions including service strategy, customer call centres, field operations, go-to-market and online customer channels.  Khandelwal will report to CEO Guy Laurence and play a key role on the Rogers Executive Leadership Team.

"Rogers is a great Canadian company and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to significantly improve the experience for Rogers' customers," said Deepak Khandelwal. "Bringing all customer facing roles together onto one team reporting to the CEO showed me just how serious they are about getting this right. I share Guy's vision for the customer and I look forward to working with him and the team to make it happen."

Khandelwal has a Master's of Business Administration from Ivey Business School (Western University) and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He started his career at IBM in 1989.

Mike Adams, who agreed to serve as the interim Chief Customer Officer, will continue to report to Guy Laurence leading a number of key files until he retires and moves back to the United States in June 2015.

"Mike has made a number of important contributions to Rogers over the past ten years," said Laurence. "He has served in several key leadership roles during his tenure and most recently built the team and the plan to take our customer experience efforts forward. I'd like to thank Mike for his many years of service and wish him the best in his retirement next year."

October 28, 2014

TSN Launches Canada’s Newest Online Destination for Licensed Sports Merchandise and Memorabilia


TORONTO (October 28, 2014) – TSN today announced the launch of – the newest online destination for licensed merchandise from major sports leagues and associations including the CFL, Hockey Canada, NFL, curling, and more. Also featuring an extensive variety of TSN Lifestyle products and exclusive sports fan merchandise, launches just in time for the holiday season. is a one-stop online destination for licensed team jerseys, apparel, and accessories. The shop is home to a wide range of collector’s items including limited edition jerseys and memorabilia, as well as the largest selection of ‘man cave’ must-haves for sports fans. is also the prime destination for official TSN Lifestyle items, including t-shirts, toques, and exclusive products like the retro Gino Reda mug, for which a portion of the proceeds will go to support Movember.

Fans can also look forward to special Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and holiday shopping deals in the coming weeks.

TSN Digital

Today’s launch of follows last month’s premiere of the rebuilt and redesigned, Canada’s #1 sports website. Over the past year, TSN Digital has set a new standard for serving Canadian sports fans with the launches of TSN GO, TSN BarDown, and the TSN Hockey app, which continue to set new benchmarks for user engagement. 


October 27, 2014

The Directors Guild of Canada Honours the Best in the Business at the 13th Annual DGC Awards

TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Directors Guild of Canada handed out 19 awards tonight honouring the best work created by Members this past year in a star-studded, elegant event. Two special career acknowledgments were also handed out during the evening.

Arisa Cox hosted the Awards Gala which was held at The Carlu in Toronto.  Broadway, film and television star Eric McCormack returned to the stage with a dazzling opening number and comedian Sean Cullenclosed the show with a comedic performance.

Below is a full list of the awards presented at the 2014 DGC Awards Gala:

Peter Pearson

Rob Sim

Presented by Gold Sponsor, Deluxe
Don McKellar – The Grand Seduction

Presented by Gold Sponsor, Panavision
Jerry Ciccoritti – Holidaze

Presented by Gold Sponsor, William F. White International
John Fawcett - Orphan Black; Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Presented by Lead Sponsor, Technicolor

The Best Laid Plans; Raise a Little Hell

Presented by Gold Sponsor, PS Production Services Ltd. and SIM Digital
Orphan Black; Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Heartland; Darkness and Light

Presented by Silver Sponsor Meridian Artists
Call Me Fitz; O-Rigins

Presented by Silver Sponsor, Rogers Group of Funds

The Golden Ticket

Presented by Silver Sponsor, Pinewood Toronto Studios
Patrice Vermette – Enemy

André Chamberland – Time of Death

John Blackie – Copper; Children of the Battlefield

Matthew Hannam – Enemy

Paul Winestock – The Best Laid Plans; Here's the Deal

Stephen Lawrence – Orphan Black; Variation Under Nature

The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones
Kevin Banks, Stephen Barden, Alex Bullick, Nelson Ferreira, J.R. Fountain, Rose Gregoris, Jill Purdy,Nathan Robitaille and Tyler Whitham

The Best Laid Plans; Raise a Little Hell
Emilie Boucek, Mark Gingras, Adam Stein and James Robb

Vikings; Trial
Claire Dobson, Andrew Jablonski, David McCallum, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Dale Sheldrake andJane Tattersall

Follow us on Twitter @DGCnational and use the hashtag #DGCAwards to join the conversation!

The Directors Guild of Canada wishes to thank the SPONSORS of the 2014 DGC Awards:

·         Lead Sponsor:  Technicolor Canada Inc.

·         Gold sponsors:  BellMedia, Canadian Media Production Association, Deluxe, Panavision, PS Productions Services Ltd., SIM Digital and Canada Film Capital, EP Canada and William F. White International Inc.

·         Silver sponsors: Cinespace, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Meridian Artists, Pinewood Toronto Studios, Rogers Group of Funds and Shaftesbury

·         Bronze sponsors: ACTRA, Canada Media Fund, Canadian Film Centre, Don Carmody Productions, Tattersall Sound & Picture, Telefilm Canada and the Writers Guild of Canada

·         Patron sponsors: Entertainment One, Epitome Pictures and Great-West Life.

·         Contra sponsors: Jason Jennings, Production Canada and Thistle Printing.

The DGC also wishes to thank Ernst & Young the official auditor of the 2014 DGC Awards.


October 27, 2014

Bell receives Gold Award from Excellence Canada for Mental Health at Work


MONTRÉAL, Oct. 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell has received Excellence Canada's 2014 Gold Award for Mental Health at Work for its leadership in promoting mental health across corporate Canada, a key action pillar of the Bell Let's Talk initiative.

"Bell is tremendously honoured to be recognized by Excellence Canada for our ongoing work with health care, business and government leaders to develop best practices in workplace mental health and adopt them in our own workplaces," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "We congratulate Bell Let's Talk partner the Mental Health Commission of Canada, which also received the Gold Award for Mental Health at Work for its success in supporting workplace mental health."

The Canada Awards for Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements by organizations across a range of categories focused on quality, innovation, health and wellness. Bell will be presented with the award on October 30 as part of Excellence Canada's annual awards ceremony in Toronto. For more information, please visit

Among recent achievements, Bell has adopted the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and worked closely with Queen's University and management solutions provider Morneau Shepell to develop Canada's first workplace health certificate training program. The accredited program builds on mandatory mental health training already in place for all Bell managers, and is available to all Canadian businesses and organizations.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), mental health issues have a growing impact on the workplace. On any given day, more than 500,000 Canadians will be absent from work due to mental health issues, and more than 70 per cent of workplace disability costs are attributable to mental illness.

The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is based on 4 action pillars: Anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace mental health. Bell has implemented programs to help foster a mentally healthy work environment, building awareness about the stigma of mental illness and equipping team leaders with the right tools and resources to support employees.


October 27, 2014

From Geeked Out to Creeped Out - INNERSPACE: HALLOWEEN WEEK Begins Tonight!


TORONTO (October 27, 2014) – Space’s flagship series INNERSPACE celebrates the spooky season with a full week of haunted programming leading up to Halloween with INNERSPACE: HALLOWEEN WEEK. It all kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. ET as Canada’s acclaimed pop multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award-winner Lights joins Teddy Wilson in the INNERSPACE studio as co-host. Then, all week long, INNERSPACE hosts Ajay, Morgan, and Teddy have lined up five days of bloody good treats including visiting a haunted lighthouse (Oct. 27); meeting a collector of creepy dolls (Oct. 28); walking the streets with a hoard of zombies (Oct. 29); and howling at the moon after a werewolf transformation (Oct. 31). Also joining INNERSPACE: HALLOWEEN WEEK are stars Chris Hadfield and George A. Romero, revealing what they love about Halloween.

And Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some scary stories, and the INNERSPACE hosts are serving up their fair share of horror tales through spooky video shorts. Teddy Wilson’s worst nightmare comes true when he is transformed into another INNERSPACE host; Morgan Hoffman is haunted by Ajay Fry; and Ajay’s second-hand cell phone causes some supernatural changes to his interior décor. 

With over one million Canadians tuning in to INNERSPACE each week, INNERSPACE airs Weeknights at 6 p.m. ET, only on Space.

Source: Numeris (Formerly BBM), 9/1/2014 to 10/12/2014


October 27, 2014



TORONTO, CANADA October 27, 2014 - YANGAROO Inc. (TSX-V: YOO, OTC: YOOIF), the industry's leading secure digital media management company, today announced a strategic relationship with Media 360 Partners to expand YANGAROO services and visibility in Los Angeles and other key West Coast Markets.

Media 360 Partners is a full service ad management and business development company in the media and advertising space, which functions as a completely integrated part of the internal sales and business development teams at partner companies, while also providing executive level advisory services; specifically working with ad clients, media agencies and related services to optimize advertising platform solutions. In this new partnership, YANGAROO will directly benefit from Media 360 Partners' extensive domain and market knowledge, and direct access to established relationships to increase YANGAROO's customer base with advertising firms, post-production houses and client brands.

YANGAROO's patented platform enables users to manage and deliver online, high quality audio and video content securely, quickly, and cost effectively to over 15,000 radio and television broadcast destinations in North America. YANGAROO's proven technology and track record aligns with Media 360 Partners' focus on delivering a "best-in-class" approach and enables them to expand the professional services they provide their clients.

Headquartered in Toronto, with a dedicated Advertising Division office in New York City, YANGAROO's partnership with Media 360 Partners will strengthen the company's visibility in L.A. and other West Coast Markets, that are major centers for the advertising industry.

"We are excited about working with YANGAROO in what we feel is another solid win-win partnership with a leading "best-in-class" ad solution provider," said Court Shannon, Principal and Founder, Media 360 Partners. "We are committed to creating value and ROI for each of our ad platform clients and YANGAROO will be a complementary strategic fit to expanding those efforts."

"We are continuing to grow and expand our presence and services and Media 360 Partners provides us with an accelerated opportunity to do just that in the L.A. and other key Markets," said Gary Moss, President and CEO, YANGAROO, Inc. "We look forward to cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship that will enable growth for both our companies."

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October 27, 2014

Canada’s Fashion Authority Jeanne Beker Joins The Shopping Channel


MISSISSAUGA, ON (October 27, 2014) Fashion trailblazer Jeanne Beker embarks on her latest fashion milestone with an all-new apparel and accessories capsule collection exclusively on The Shopping Channel (TSC).  Beginning this November, Beker – 27-year host of Fashion Television, editor, journalist, speaker, and author – will debut her self-titled collection Jeanne Beker to TSC shoppers across the country with a raw, honest, and unmatched take on today’s hottest trends that only she can deliver.

Beker has spent half her life in fashion’s trenches and draws on her years of experience reporting in the field to bring shoppers a skillfully edited collection of pieces for women with real lives. From fashion jewellery and sunglasses, to apparel, cold-weather accessories, and fabulous fashionable gift ideas just in time for the holidays, shoppers can get closer to Canadian fashion royalty with Beker’s first show on Sunday, Nov. 16 on TSC (broadcast times below).  Beker’s collection will also be available online at

“I’ve talked about fashion on television for 30 years, so what a natural place for me to be. Dressing for this juggling act we call life isn’t always easy, but partnering with The Shopping Channel has given me an incredible opportunity to share my editorial viewpoints with all kinds of women from across the country,” said Beker. “I built this collection as a way to give Canadians a piece of my sensibility and to help us all get through fashion’s maze effortlessly and with aplomb. With so many options, and so little time, we’ve got to have strong instincts about what we want and what we need to make our wardrobes make sense.” 

Beker has rubbed shoulders with some of the most fashionable people on the planet and has picked the brains of some of world’s most brilliant fashion minds, including Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, and the late Oscar de la Renta. Throughout her career, Beker has savoured the creative process of designers and stylists and exercised her own editorial tastes to build a selection of separates and accessories to help TSC customers update their wardrobe, be inspired to new fashion heights, and ease through each season in style.

“Jeanne is truly one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry – both in Canada and around the world – and we are honoured to have her join The Shopping Channel’s roster of celebrity fashion brands,” said Steven Goldsmith, President, The Shopping Channel. “Jeanne is a treasure trove of fashion history with the insight and experience to influence the trends of tomorrow. Our customers will experience not only an incredible new brand, but will also get a chance to see Jeanne in her element like never before.”

After reviewing all the trends and analyzing which pieces work most effectively together, Beker has developed a collection exclusive to TSC that makes sense for work or play and day or night. Highlights from the collection available at TSC include digital print blouses illustrated by her daughter Bekky, flattering chunky knit sweaters, high-quality stretch denim, and a rich salt-and-pepper menswear-inspired jacket. The stylish collection ranges in price from cold-weather accessories for $19.90, and gem-tone silk blouses for $99.90, to a holiday dress for $129.90 and an outerwear jacket for $239.90. Sizes range from 2-16 for pants and XS to XL for tops.

Tune in to see Beker live on The Shopping Channel Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET, or shop the collection online at

Beker started her career as an actress, but moved into radio and then television as co-host of the ground-breaking program, The NewMusic, and entertainment anchor on CityPulse News. She went on to become the host of Fashion Television (FT), which aired for 27 years with viewers across Canada and in more than 140 countries. Beker is the former editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines, and author of five books, including her latest autobiography, Finding Myself in Fashion. Beker was a contributing editor of The Toronto Star, The Kit, and a columnist for Metro, and is currently a featured style columnist for The Globe and Mail, and writes for a number of lifestyle publications. Her fashion and design credits include her clothing line, Edit by Jeanne Beker. Her many awards include her recent appointment to the Order of Canada in 2014 for her support of the Canadian fashion industry; the 2012 Canadian Award of Distinction from the Banff World Media Festival; and being honoured with a Canadian Screen Achievement Award for the role she played in changing the way Canadians watch television. 


October 27, 2014

The New Voice of Indie88 Announced


TORONTO, ON (October 27, 2014) – Get ready to hear a lot more of “Jen” on Indie88! After nearly 1,500 auditions from listeners, thousands of votes for the five chosen finalists, Indie88 (CIND-FM) has announced the winner in the “Be The Voice of Indie88” contest.

Jennifer Mercer will be the new voice of the radio station (you know, that voice you hear in-between songs that says the name of the station) and win a cash prize of $1,000 every month for a year. Jen is a Torontonian who has held a variety of part-time jobs, including being a Katy Perry impersonator – a job she said she is anxious to put behind her now that she’s won. She’s also a copywriter, graphic design professor and plays in a band.

“Thank you SO much for this wonderful opportunity. I'm beyond touched that people would vote for me to work at my dream job,” Jen said after finding out that she had won.

Jen was announced as the grand prize winner this morning at 8:10am on The Morning After with Brian, Matt & Candice, live on Indie88.

After carefully listening to all 1,435 auditions, the radio station narrowed the field down to five finalists and then turned it over to Indie88’s listeners to decide the new voice of their radio station. Thousands of listeners voted for their favourite voice at and in the end, Jen was the fan favourite, winning a one-year contract, including coaching, studio time, production and a $1,000 cash prize each month.

Fans can hear more of Jen at

This isn’t the first time Indie88 has given away such an unconventional prize. Earlier this year the station made international headlines when it gave away a giant billboard in downtown Toronto in another contest where the winner was selected by fans.


October 24, 2014

Rogers launches LTE-Advanced: New technology that delivers even faster speeds to mobiles and tablets


TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Rogers Communications announced that it is rolling out LTE-Advanced, the next evolution of wireless technology that combines its 700MHz and AWS spectrum, so customers can download and live stream video even faster on mobiles and tablets.  Starting today Rogers customers in 12 cities will be the first customers in Canada to benefit from LTE-Advanced.

"This new network technology allows us to combine our 700MHz beachfront spectrum with AWS, the backbone of our LTE network, to give our customers an even better and faster video experience.  It's like putting the highways in a major city together to make a superhighway, allowing more traffic at faster speeds," said Guy Laurence, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Rogers was the only carrier to secure two blocks of contiguous 700MHz spectrum across the country's major geographic markets. This 700 spectrum is located in the key rural and urban locations across Canada and carries wireless signals across longer distances, while the AWS spectrum has greater capacity and is suited for high density towns and cities.

Mobile video consumption is skyrocketing and likely to be more than half of all online video views within a year. In the first two weeks of the season, hockey fans streamed 650 terabytes (that's 650 million megabytes) of data on Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and on average 80,000 hockey fans are using their mobiles or tablets to live stream or watch special camera angles on the app each game night since the start of the season. Our investment in LTE-Advanced will allow Rogers to meet its customers' growing demand for data.

"This is just the first step," says Laurence. "In the future, we'll be able to combine even more spectrum to further enhance the video experience for our customers. We are the only network focused on bringing customers the ultimate video experience on mobile."

LTE-Advanced is launching today in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston,Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Saint John, with more markets across the country to follow.


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