November 25, 2015
DANIEL NEGREANU STARS IN ‘KIDPOKER’ DOCUMENTARY PREMIERING IN CANADA ON DECEMBER 1
broadcast feature-length film on poker’s biggest-winning player
TORONTO – November 25, 2015 – The world’s most famous poker player, Daniel
Negreanu, is the subject of a new documentary called ‘KidPoker’ that will
receive its worldwide premiere on December 1 at 8.30pm ET on TSN4 in
feature-length film, which has been produced by PokerStars – an Amaya Inc.
(Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand and the online poker room that Negreanu has been
an ambassador of since 2007 – chronicles the life and career of the Canadian
player who has six World Series of Poker bracelets, a place in the Poker Hall
of Fame and, with more than $30 million in live tournament winnings, the number
one spot on the all-time money list.
takes viewers on an intimate journey, beginning with Daniel’s childhood in
Canada and following him through the pool halls of Toronto to the high stakes
tables of Las Vegas. The story, told through video footage and interviews with
Negreanu, his family and friends, charts his success in televised events and
documents his evolution from poker player to poker star and one of the few
players who has transcended the sport to gain mainstream recognition
to video highlights that showcase Negreanu’s famous table chatter and uncanny
ability to read opponents, viewers will get to see a different side of the
outspoken pro through exclusive home video footage from Negreanu’s childhood.
The precocious youngest child of Romanian emigrants, Negreanu credits much of
his success to his parents and the values they instilled in him. In fact,
family is a central theme of the documentary, particularly the special bond
Negreanu had with his late mother.
anything I’ve always wanted to make my parents proud,” says Negreanu. “I knew
from a fairly early age that I wanted to play poker professionally. It wasn’t
an easy road to get here, and it’s even harder to stay on top. I think this
movie gives viewers an inside look at the journey I took to get here and
introduces them to the people who played an important role along the way.”
TSN4’s broadcast of ‘KidPoker’ at 8:30 p.m. ET on December 1, Daniel will host
an hour-long Twitter chat about the documentary between 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
ET. Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) will be online to respond to questions and
comments submitted using the hashtag #KidPoker.
trailer for KidPoker here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME4cGOczR_o.
November 25, 2015
W Network Hears Wedding Bells as Say Yes to the Dress Canada Returns January 6
25, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario) Corus Entertainment’s W Network kicks off the new
year with a brand-new season of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. Season 2 features
bigger budgets, more designers and lots of new dresses as wide-eyed brides from
across Canada shop for their dream wedding dress to match their style, image
and budget. Say Yes to the Dress Canada Season 2 premieres with back-to-back
episodes Wednesday, January 6 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.
the new season, brides from across the country continue the search for the
perfect gown. It’s not always easy with family and friends at their side
offering their unfiltered opinions. Filmed at one of Canada’s leading bridal
destinations, Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Toronto, the series goes
behind-the-scenes and uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to ensure
each bride feels happy and beautiful in her dress on one of the most important
days of her life.
Say Yes to
the Dress Canada brings the heart of the U.S. series north to our beautiful
Canadian brides. This season, bridal fashion expert and “bride whisperer” Tyrel
joins the series as Fashion Director, alongside bridal boutique owners Sam and Rachelle,
seamstress Maria and Amanda-Lina’s team of seasoned bridal
season’s brides include a Raptors Dance Pak performer in a scandalously low
back; a feisty divorce lawyer in a fairy-tale gown; a fitness competition
athlete keen to show off her buff bod; a romance novelist striving to realize
her fantasies; and follows Say Yes to the Dress Canada’s consultant,
Dimitra, as she changes roles to become a bride herself, slips into her gorgeous
gown and shares her magical day. This season, Michael Hill Jewellers
returns as a lead sponsor of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. Say Yes to the Dress
Canada is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with W Network
and based on Say Yes to the Dress produced by Half Yard Entertainment for TLC,
distributed by Discovery Studios Group.
For more information on these series, please visit wnetwork.com/shows/say-yes-dress-canada
November 25, 2015
STINGRAY’S DJAZZ.tv CHANNEL NOW Available on the Freebox
November 25, 2015 –Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX: RAY. A; RAY B.), a leading
business-to-business multiplatform music provider, today announced that its
Djazz.tv television channel is now available in HD on the Freebox (a
triple-play set-top box for voice, video, and data) of French Pay-TV provider
included in the Freebox’s basic package at position 77. The French version of
DJAZZ.tv offers varied international and French programming. This integration
represents a new phase of expansion for the Dutch channel, launched in 2012 on
CANALSAT, which has seen an increase in its international distribution since
the recent acquisition by Stingray. At the time of the transaction, DJazz.tv
was distributed in 42 countries in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
The Importance of France for DJAZZ.tv
Since its launch in
2012, Djazz.tv has earned widespread acclaim in France where jazz is more
popular than anywhere else in Europe. The channel’s programming is therefore
oriented towards French content and presents performances filmed at the most
renowned jazz clubs and festivals such as the New Morning Jazz Club, the Casino
de Paris and Lyons’ Hot Club. The programming also focuses on French events
such as the Fête de la Musique. For several years now, DJazz.tv cameras have
been present at international festivals such as Jazz à Vienne, Nancy Jazz
Pulsations and Jazz en Baie where they have filmed more than 250 interviews
with some of jazz’s biggest names. DJazz.tv has its own premises in Paris and
develops alliances and partnership from a first regional hub (Rhône-Alpes)
region). For more information about DJazz.tv, please visit www.djazzfr.tv.
DJAZZ.tv: Living the World of Jazz
Developed under the
motto “Living the World of Jazz”, Djazz’s programming is fully dedicated to
jazz and related genres. The programing includes all jazz genres including
world music, tango, reggae, soul, gospel, funk and blues. The channel is a mix
of performances filmed at jazz festivals, in clubs, in studios and at concerts,
and of music documentaries. The channel is broadcast in 100% HD and 100% Dolby
November 25, 2015
PATTISON Onestop Partners With CBC/Radio-Canada as Their News Provider for Their Digital Office Networks
ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2015) - PATTISON Onestop, a division of
PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, has chosen the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
to become their news content provider for their Digital Office Network.
than 75 years, CBC/Radio-Canada has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep
them informed about their communities, their country and their world.
CBC/Radio-Canada's bilingual news service offers a diversity of stories
covering key areas such as national, local and political news, as well as
sports and entertainment. This content partnership ensures that Canadians have
access to the best-in-class news coverage with CBC/Radio-Canada's digital news
Network interface will continue to provide consumers with relevant content.
Finance, weather, time and Pelmorex Media Inc.'s Beat The Traffic content will
remain on-screen in addition to CBC/Radio-Canada's news content.
with Canada's leading national public radio and television broadcaster is
another exciting milestone for our company and ensures the highest level of
coverage on our Digital Networks," said Cam Milne, Vice President and
General Manger, PATTISON Onestop. "We're excited to partner with the
CBC/Radio-Canada and provide Canadians with real-time breaking news and issues
that matter. Being able to offer local content 24 hours a day, seven days a week
on our Digital Networks enhances our customer's experience with our
of CBC/Radio-Canada news content takes effect today and will be available on
the Digital Office Network nationally as well as the Edmonton Transit Network and
Residential Network. These products make up over 3.8 million impressions each
November 24, 2015
FX, FXX, and OLN Announce 2016 Mid-Season Premieres
some of the biggest names in the biz, FX, FXX, and OLN are ringing in the New
Year right with a lineup of this season’s most anticipated new series and
returning favourites. Follow Chip Baskets on his journey to become a French
clown, and revisit the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers
with the series premieres of Baskets and American Crime Story: The People v.
O.J. Simpson, respectively, on FX; unwind with new side-splitting seasons of
hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Man Seeking Woman on FXX;
and get up close and personal with some of the weirdest and wildest insects on
the planet with a new season of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on OLN.
below broadcast details for the FX, FXX, and OLN 2016 winter premieres.
Thursday, Jan. 21
Baskets: Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning Jan. 21
From executive producers Louis C.K. (Louie), Zach Galifianakis (Between Two
Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night
Live, Man Seeking Woman), comes the new half-hour comedy series, Baskets.
Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) wants to follow his dream of being a French clown –
only reality keeps interfering. Saddled with financial difficulties and facing
an impenetrable language barrier, he moves back home to Bakersfield, California
with high hopes. There, he is forced to confront his past while working as a
rodeo clown and competing with his siblings for his mother's approval and
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson: Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT
(check local listings), beginning Feb. 2
Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey
Toobin, the new limited series from executive producer Ryan Murphy (American
Horror Story franchise, Scream Queens) is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told
from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes
dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of
prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the
city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
The series boasts an all-star cast, including Cuba Gooding Jr. (Selma) as O.J.
Simpson, John Travolta (The Forger) as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David
Schwimmer (Friends) as defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson (American
Horror Story franchise) as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance (Flashforward)
as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, and Bruce Greenwood (The Captive) as Los
Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti. Sterling Brown (Army Wives),
Nathan Lane (Modern Family), Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy), and Christian
Clemenson (CSI: Miami) also star.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local
listings), beginning Jan. 6
**Season 11 Premiere**
Get ready for more misguided dreams leading to blundered schemes from
everyone’s favourite bar owners. Last season, the gang crushed Wade Boggs’
cross-country flight drinking record, killed Mac’s dad, and started a cult.
This season, the gang – Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie
(Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny Devito) – got involved in
even more insane adventures, including a move to the suburbs, shooting a smut
film, defending themselves in court, and playing another deranged round of the
legendary board game Chardee MacDennis.
Woman: Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning Jan. 6
**Season 2 Premiere**
Man Seeking Woman’s surreal new season about the life-and-death stakes of
dating follows Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) as he soldiers through foolish
texts, awkward dates, cloning disasters, man-on-car sex, hundreds of deaths,
and, worst of all, a season-long love triangle with his best friend, Mike (Eric
Andre). The series also stars Britt Lower as Liz, Josh’s intimidating older
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 5
**OLN Original Series**
**Season 3 Premiere**
Exploring some of the most remote corners of the globe – Bolivia, Madagascar,
Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and the Philippines, just to name a few – the series
follows actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) as he takes viewers
along on an intimate, action-packed quest to get up close and personal with
some of the weirdest and wildest creatures alive. This season, Monaghan expands
his quests to include some of the most rare and life-threatening creatures on
the planet, including the Indian Cobra, the flying lizard, giant whale sharks,
and the rare and very creepy Aye-aye of Madagascar.
November 24, 2015
ABC Spark to Premiere New Series Recovery Road and Fan Favourite The Fosters on January 25
– November 24, 2015) – New scripted drama Recovery Road and fan favourite
series The Fosters will premiere on January 25, 2016 on Corus Entertainment’s
ABC Spark. These series join previously announced February premieres for Young
& Hungry and Baby Daddy.
critically-acclaimed family drama, The Fosters, returns with new episodes on
Monday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. As the third season of The Fosters
continues, the family settles into a new dynamic now that Callie is permanently
adopted. Callie and Brandon share a significant secret, but focus on their
interests to help them move on with their lives. A serious medical issue for
Stef results in a clash of opinion between her wife Lena and her mother,
Sharon. Jude must deal with his boyfriend’s decision to move away, while Jesus
and Mariana are surprised when an old friend returns. Loyalties are questioned
while new relationships develop, and family ties bring love and support amid
the chaos of life. The series stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, Noah
Centineo, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci, and Cierra Ramirez. Guest
stars this season include Rosie O’Donnell, Annie Potts, Rob Morrow, and Kelli
Road, premieres on Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Based on the
popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, focuses on a teenage girl dealing
with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she
has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor
and is forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie makes the difficult
decision to live with other recovering addicts at a sober living facility while
facing the daily pressures of her teenage life. Recovery Road stars Jessica
Sula, Alexis Carra, Sebastian De Souza, Daniel Franzese, Sharon Leal, Kyla
Pratt, and David Witts.
ABC Spark Winter Schedule:
January 25 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT – Winter premiere of The Fosters.
Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT – Series premiere of Recovery Road
Wednesday, February 3 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT – Winter premiere of Young &
Wednesday, February 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT– Winter premiere of Baby
November 24, 2015
AMI to air TSN's broadcast of the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw with live described video
Nov. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today
that it has once again partnered with the CFL and TSN to broadcast the
103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg with
live description, making the game accessible to Canadians who are blind or
very pleased to be airing the Grey Cup again this year after being so well
received in 2014," explains Brian Perdue, Director of Programming for
AMI-tv. "The Grey Cup is a Canadian tradition and we're proud to provide
the blind and partially sighted community with a means to enjoy a live broadcast
of the game."
coverage of the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw begins Sunday, November
29 at 4 p.m. EST. Veteran broadcasters Rob Simpson, Norma Jean Wick and Randy
Urban will deliver all of the game action as well as the half time performance,
using the art of live described video to explain any key visual elements of the
broadcast for Canadians living with vision loss.
Check your local listings
for the AMI-tv channels in your area. For further information on AMI and its
programs and initiatives, please visit www.AMI.ca.
November 24, 2015
TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of Canada’s Biggest Party: the 103rd GREY CUP Presented by Shaw, Featuring the Edmonton Eskimos vs. the Ottawa Redblacks, November 29
24, 2015) – TSN is Canada’s home for the country’s
biggest party: the
103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw. This
year’s CFL championship game features the Edmonton Eskimos vs. the Ottawa Redblacks
live from Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field on Sunday, Nov.
29 at 6 p.m. ET, live on TSN, TSN GO, and TSN Radio’s
Grey Cup Radio Network presented by Mark’s. TSN’s live coverage begins
with the network’s five-hour pre-game show, GREY CUP
SUNDAY, at 1 p.m. ET.
live coverage of the
103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers
viaTSN GO. RDS delivers live French-language coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET. TSN’s coverage of the game will also air live on ESPN2
in the United States.
TSN’s all-star team of broadcasters is on-site at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg
for the 103rd GREY CUP presented
Host: James Duthie
Game Analyst:Glen Suitor
Features Host: Brian
Panel: Rod Smith, Matt
Chris Schultz, Jock
and Mike Benevides
CFL Insiders: Dave Naylor and
Reporters: Sara Orlesky, Farhan
and Matthew Scianitti
Grey Cup Saturday and Grey Cup Sunday Pre-Game Show Hosts:Darren Dutchyshen and
TSN The Reporters:
Bruce Arthur, Steve
As well, CTV’s THE SOCIAL co-hosts
Melissa Grelo, Cynthia
Lainey Lui, and Traci
join TSN in Winnipeg, taking
centre stage at Investors Group Field to introduce multi-platinum rockers Fall Out Boy during the
Nissan Titan Halftime Show.
feature a comprehensive slate of programming surrounding the103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw. Click HERE.
November 24, 2015
Irreverent. Inspiring. Incomparable. shomi Presents the Exclusive Canadian Season 2 Premiere of Transparent, December 12
24, 2015) – Risk-taking, change-making, and – at times – heartbreaking, Transparent
explores the messy and marvelous dynamics of family, identity, sex, and love. Returning
exclusively to shomi™ on December 12 for a highly-anticipated 10-episode second
season, Amazon Studios’ Transparent stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Jeffrey
Tambor (Arrested Development) as Maura, a 70-year-old transgendered woman early
in her transition. As she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone else’s secrets
finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Judith
Light, The Exes), and their adult children: meandering Ali (Gaby
Hoffmann Girls), record producer Josh (Jay
Duplass, Togetherness), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy
Landecker, Louie). Each family member spins off in a different direction as
they figure out who they are – and who they aren’t. Transparent is written and directed
by multi-award-winner Jill Soloway.
The entire Pfefferman
family returns for the second season of Transparent as they continue on their journey
of exploration and revelation. Season 2 begins with a big, white wedding for Sarah
and Tammy – but is it happily ever after? Post nuptials, Sarah gets in touch with
her deeper desires, which isn’t always comfortable. Now out of the closet, Maura
discovers the hardest part of her transition is still ahead, and faces some tough
personal decisions about her future. Josh and Rabbi Raquel navigate their new relationship,
and the complexity of being an instant family for Josh’s recently returned son,
Colton. Ali zeroes in on her future, captivated by a new connection with Syd and
a prolific feminist mentor. Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica
Huston (Medium) and Emmy Award-winner Cherry
Jones (24) are among the guest stars joining this season.
The second season
of Transparent is executive produced by Jill
Soloway (Six Feet Under) and Andrea
Sperling (Like Crazy). Season 1 of Transparent is streaming on shomi now, and
to the delight of fans everywhere, the series has been renewed for a third season
that will stream in 2016.
To watch Transparent
and other exclusive TV shows about complicated families, including Catastrophe,
Modern Family, Jane the Virgin and Shameless, Canadians can visit shomi.com to learn more about the streaming service, to subscribe,
and start their 30-day free trial. Members will also discover great movies, entertaining
Collections, plus hand-picked kids and family content to enjoy together.
shomi is now
available to all Canadians! Entertainment lovers can enjoy shomi online, on select
tablets, mobile devices, set top boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw
On Demand menu), Xbox 360, Apple TV, and Chromecast.
November 24, 2015
BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL SIGNS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION OUTPUT DEAL WITH CREAM PRODUCTIONS
November 24, 2015) – Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and leaders
in premium unscripted content, announced today its exclusive distribution output
deal with globally-recognized factual producer Cream Productions. The multi-year
deal shores up a new global production partnership with another high quality factual
“Blue Ant International’s
non-fiction catalogue continues to grow exponentially and adding Cream Productions’
top-tier content to our offering emphasizes our promise to deliver a reliable pipeline
of high quality content,” said Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International. “Cream
Productions has a track record of delivering unscripted global hits and we look
forward to representing their content with this exclusive deal.”
impressive slate of factual content includes key titles such as Wild Things with
Dominic Monaghan, a docu-adventure series showing Monaghan’s take on the most perilous,
amazing places on earth, from jungle swamps to pitch-black caves, vertigo-inducing
mountain tops to treacherous deserts. The Weapon Hunter, another one of Cream’s
key titles, follows expert swordsman Paul Shull on his mission to unearth the wildest
weapons of historic warfare.
“Cream is thrilled
to be entering this new distribution relationship with Blue Ant International,”
said David Brady, CEO, Cream Productions. “Blue Ant International’s ability to make
deals across diverse types of platforms allows us to exploit our content in many
new ways. Their trailblazing and forward thinking in the new realities of the business is right in line with Cream’s corporate vision
and growth strategy.”
Blue Ant International
is a leading global content distribution company and a leader in native 4K nature
and wildlife programming. Its diverse catalogue of over 1,700 hours includes award-winning
factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats. Headquartered in
Toronto, Canada, the company’s catalogue includes The Weapon Hunter (Cream Productions;
6×60’ HD), Wild Ride (Nomadic Nation; 16×30’ HD) and Live Here, Buy This (JV Productions;
52×30’ HD). Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media. blueantinternational.com
November 23, 2015
STAR POWER IGNITES GLOBAL’S NEW CRIME DRAMA SHADES OF BLUE, PREMIERING JANUARY 7 AT 10 PM ET/PT
- Global turns up the heat
this January as this edgy new police drama, Shades of
Blue, joins the midseason schedule premiering Thursday, January
pm ET/PT on
Global. Starring and executive
produced by the iconic Jennifer Lopez in her first foray into dramatic television, Shades of Blue follows Lopez
as an NYPD detective turned informant who must carefully straddle the line between
work and family. Featuring an all-star cast, including Emmy Award-winning actor
Ray Liotta and Emmy Award-winning actress Drea de Matteo, viewers can get a sneak
peek of this compelling, new crime drama, here.
In Shades of
Blue, Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez) is a charismatic
single mother and resourceful New York detective, who falls in with a tight-knit
crew of Brooklyn detectives. Led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta), he
often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively
protect their precinct and their own. As a big illegal job looms on the horizon,
the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly
turned informant, Harlee struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid
arrest in order to stay with her daughter. Harlee engages in a perilous dance with
her FBI handler, Special Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an unhealthy obsession
with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit's patriarch, begins an all-consuming
hunt for the informant. Pressure mounts as the crew struggles to perform their brand
of street justice under FBI watch.
The cast also
includes Warren Kole (The Avengers), Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), Hampton Fluker
(The Blind Side), Vincent Laresca (Graceland), and Sarah Jeffery (Descendants).
Viewers who miss
the premiere can also catch up on Shades of
Blues following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV.com and the Global Go app.
November 23, 2015
SAVE THE DATE: BCAB 2016 - May 17th to 19th, 2016
The 69th Annual BCAB Conference will be taking place next year from May 17th to 19th, 2016, at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.
will open on December 8, 2015.
Please visit the Conference website for more information!
BCAB 2015 Excellence Awards
At next year’s
69th Annual BCAB Conference,
May 17th to 19th, our goal
is to put the celebration of the best in our industry back on the map!
Each year, the
BCAB Conference wraps up with the awards gala.
Our plan is to keep that tradition alive. To be perfectly transparent we need more member
stations to nominate the incredible talent they have for a BCAB Award. This is an award with a rich heritage, that celebrates
the best from every part of our province. Past winners read like a list of the who’s who in B.C. broadcasting
history, with each of them being recognized for their incredible work.
Lately, our nomination
process has been lacking, which has resulted in some categories having little to
no competition for the award.
This year, we want to change
that. We need to make the BCAB Awards important again,
and relevant to our industry. To accomplish
this, your BCAB Board will be accepting suggestions regarding each category to ensure
it is truly reflective of today’s broadcasters. We are asking that you forward this
request to members of your team who are responsible for submitting awards.
Any comments, concerns or suggestions
to categories or criteria must be submitted by December 1st, 2015 to BCAB Awards
Co-Chair, Rod Schween.
The BCAB Board
will then review all comments and announce any changes in January, before online
submissions go live in February. Our goal is to encourage all members to submit
your best work in any or all of the categories, which will lead to a healthy competition
to honour the best we have working with us.
Frankly, if we don’t think it’s important, no one else will either.
And it IS important!
So prepare to
celebrate the best from your team, and put it up against the best from others. Our industry needs to celebrate the incredible
work that is done each and every day, and it starts with a nomination.
Thank you for
your support, and here’s to your success!
Rod Schween and
BCAB Awards Chairs
November 23, 2015
DAILY PLANET Unwraps Tech-Filled Holiday Wish List During “High-Tech Toys Week”, December 7-11 on Discovery
TORONTO (November 23, 2015)
– Go go gadget! Everything high-tech is back as DAILY PLANET reveals out-of-this-world, mind-blowing,
and ingenious gadgets and gear just in time for the holidays with its most anticipated
annual theme week,
“High-Tech Toys Week”. Airing Monday,Dec. 7 – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
ET on Discovery, DAILY PLANET Co-Hosts Ziya
Tong and Dan
track down (and play with)
the most technologically advanced and buzzed-about toys on the planet.
Be it a $28,000
Batman-inspired golf cart, a flying R2-D2 in honour of Star Wars,
or a four-metre humanoid
robot, these high-tech toys are among the most sought-after big ticket items of
the 2015 holiday season.
DAILY PLANETscours the world
to find the most elite and modern gadgets on the planet – and some of the most expensive
– including a deluxe submarine starting at $3.5 million and a $28,500 watch using
components sourced by the U.S. Aerospace Industry. It’s a week where innovation,
imagination, and dreams have no limits!
DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys Week” include:
“Gotham Golf Cart”
Inventor Marc Irvin is helping golfers hit the links in style with a $28,000 “Batmobile”
inspired by the Tumbler – the vehicle driven by Batman throughout the Dark Knight
movie series. Irvin has just finished building his latest and greatest Gotham Golf
Cart, and DAILY PLANET is behind the scenes as he takes it to the links for the
The Seabreacher is the ultimate high-tech toy and diving machine. Part submarine,
part sea creature, it can ride waves like nothing before it. DAILY PLANET joins
in on the action as the team tests their latest model – one that can do barrel rolls
and extreme stunts.
Otto Dieffenbach, a master drone builder, assembles the most impressive remote-controlled
flying creations. From a flying Superman to a flying witch, Dieffenbach’s wonders
turn heads when they take to the sky. His latest? A flying R2-D2 in honour of the
upcoming seventh installment of the iconic Star Wars series. As it soars into the
skies of San Diego, R2-D2 is joined by DAILY PLANET to discover whether the design
can hold its own after leaving the ground.
Ah, the man cave! A safe place for buddies to hang out and get away from the stresses
of everyday life, complete with a half-eaten bag of chips and a 15-year-old mini
fridge. But what if the bros want to literally get away from it all? Invented in
the Netherlands, the man cave on wheels lets “bros” take their “bro time” to places
beyond the basement…big screen and all!
November 23, 2015
Space’s THE EXPANSE Soars with Multi-Platform Digital Debut, Available Now
23, 2015) – Space announced today a ground-breaking
multi-platform series premiere strategy for the new galactic drama THE EXPANSE.
Beginning today, and nearly three weeks before its exclusive broadcast debut on
Space on Monday, Dec. 14 at
10 p.m. ET, the premiere
episode of this highly anticipated series is available for streaming on Space.ca, and Space’s Youtube channel and
Facebook. For a look at THE EXPANSE premiere, click here.
To amplify the
launch strategy for
THE EXPANSE, Space has teamed
up with Shazam for an exciting, Canadian-first initiative making the debut episode
accessible via television integration within the popular mobile app. The partnership
marks the first time ever in Canada that Shazam has premiered a full episode in
advance of its television broadcast, and the second ever activation of its kind
in North America. Viewers can access the premiere episode of THE EXPANSE
by activating a Shazam-enabled,
Space-produced, on-air promo spot of the much-anticipated series.
as a companion to this mind-bending sci-fi adventure, Space’s flagship series INNERSPACE
delivers INNERSPACE: AFTER THE EXPANSEnow available
exclusively at Space.ca.
Hosted by INNERSPACE’s Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman,
and Teddy Wilson, the after-show features exclusive interviews with the cast, episode
recaps, Canadian-exclusive sneak peeks, and more. The broadcast debut of INNERSPACE:
AFTER THE EXPANSEalso airs
on Monday, Dec. 14 at
11 p.m. ET, following the
television premiere of
THE EXPANSE, exclusively
“As viewing habits
continue to evolve, Bell Media continues to explore innovative new ways to deliver
programming to our viewers,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty
and Pay, Bell Media. “With its multi-platform premiere release, including a first-of-its-kind
Canadian partnership with Shazam, and INNERSPACE’s brand new after-show, viewers
have unparalleled access to this remarkable new series, THE EXPANSE.”
in Canada on Space, the 10-episode, one-hour drama THE EXPANSE
debuts with a two-night broadcast
premiere event Monday, Dec. 14and Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET, before moving into its regular Tuesdays at
10 p.m. ET timeslot beginning Dec. 22.
Based on the
international best-selling book series of the same name, THE EXPANSE
takes place 200 years in
the future after humankind has colonized the solar system. Shot in Toronto, THE EXPANSE
Jane (HUNG) as a hardened detective who must
join together with a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, MAGIC
CITY) for what begins as the case of a missing young woman, and evolves into a race
across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. Emmy®
winner and Oscar®-nominated Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) also stars as a smart and cunning politician
who has risen through the ranks of Earth’s governing body. Rounding out the principal
cast are Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy), Cas Anvar (OLYMPUS),
Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), and Florence Faivre (THE FOLLOWING). Guest stars in Season 1 include Jonathan Banks
(BETTER CALL SAUL, BREAKING BAD), Paulo Costanzo (ROYAL PAINS), and Jay Hernandez
THE EXPANSE is produced and financed by Alcon Television Group and distributed
by Legendary Television Distribution, a business unit of Legendary Entertainment.
November 23, 2015
MTV and Host Demi Lovato Inspire Youth with WE DAY 2015, This December on MTV and CTV
23, 2015) – It’s time to be the change, Canada! MTV empowers youth with the special
premieres of WE DAY 2015 on Saturday, Dec.
5 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and Monday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. The one-hour special
captures the most inspiring moments from the live WE Day event in Toronto this past
October, which brought together 20,000 students from across Ontario to celebrate
their commitment to make a difference in their local and international communities.
Hosted by the “Confident” hit-maker, Demi Lovato, the high-energy
special features performances by multi-talented recording artist and actor Nick Jonas, international breakout sensation
Shawn Mendes, GRAMMY® nominated
singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen,
multi-platinum hit-makers Hedley, singer-songwriter
Hozier, and retro-electro dance starlet Kiesza. Additionally, actress Nina Dobrev and NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson deliver inspirational
messages on the WE DAY 2015 stage.
Viewers can check
out MTV.ca for exclusive content featuring
some of the best moments from WE Day Toronto (October 1, 2015).
WE Day is an
internationally renowned educational and youth-empowerment movement led by global
children’s rights activists and WE Day co-founders,
Craig and Marc Kielburger.
“We are proud
to once again team up with WE Day and Free The Children to celebrate educators and
the young people of our country who are taking action and making a difference both
locally and globally,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and
Pay, Bell Media. “MTV is happy to play a part in sharing the incredible passion
and energy of WE DAY 2015 with viewers across Canada.”
“We believe that
today’s youth can conquer anything they put their minds to, if given the right tools,”
said WE Day co-founder Craig Kielburger. “Annually, 200,000 students coast-to-coast
and around the world, from over 10,000 schools, earn their tickets to WE Day by
creating tangible benefits for their communities. By bringing together thousands
of change-makers, young people from across the country will know that they’re not
alone and that collectively, they are making their voices heard.”
WE DAY 2015 encores Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. ET on E!.
November 23, 2015
NABA RESPONDS TO ALLEGATION OF “MISINFORMATION” AT WRC-15
November 23, 2015 / GENEVA, Switzerland - As the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15)
enters its final week, the North American Broadcasters Association is gratified
by the continued broad, multi-country appreciation of the ongoing importance of
free over-the-air (OTA) broadcasting. At the start of the conference, some 34
nations spanning all ITU regions and all continents, had voiced support for
maintaining the present UHF spectrum allocation for free-to-air television
broadcast. The number of nations now expressing support for maintaining the
present UHF allocation has more than tripled to about 125.
the face of this overwhelming support, one wireless industry trade group is in
full spin mode, frantically claiming the support is based on “misinformation.”
In fact, it is the wireless industry that has been spreading misinformation
concerning its proposals. While wireless interests argue that adding a primary
mobile allocation in the band would result in “harmonization,” the truth is
that it would result in confusion, disruption, and fragmentation. Studies show
the two services to be incompatible, with massive separation distances required
to avoid interference between them. In border regions, no operation by either
service would be allowed. This would result in inefficient use of radio
spectrum – an important natural resource.
around the world plainly recognize and soundly reject the position of the
mobile broadband interests to shift from a free one-to-everyone model to a paid
one-to-one model. A large and diverse group of countries continues to recognize
the importance of broadcasting as an instrument of freedom of expression and
the most effective and efficient means of using spectrum to deliver educational
and emergency information to an entire population.
and its global partners are dedicated to ensuring that free-to-air television
continues to provide public service and creative content to all. Despite the
efforts by the wireless industry to persuade countries to support their view
they have not been successful. A much larger group of nations recognizes the
continued importance of OTA television including its spectrum efficiency, its
prospects of continued technological advancement, and its delivery of new
NABA remains firmly committed to addressing the preservation of the
terrestrial and satellite broadcasting spectrum and protection of it from
November 20, 2015
STINGRAY PROVIDES CUTTING-EDGE DIGITAL INNOVATIONS TO A NEW GENERATION OF SPORTS EXPERTS STORES
November 20, 2015 - Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading
business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions
provider, today announced that is has completed the pioneering project of
converting Sports Experts stores in Laval and Quebec City into hubs of digital
Stingray Business, its in-store media solutions division, was given the mandate
of transforming the customer experience in both Sports Experts locations with
cuttting-edge content and technologies including:
Tactile display cubes with transparent screens
Synchronised multi-screens videowalls
Shoe display cases with RFID chips (in
collaboration with Orckestra)
Ringboard LED screen (a Quebec-first in a retail
Tablets for each sales representatives
Stingray Business was
selected as an official Sports Experts supplier. As such, all franchisees
wishing to take the leap into the digital era will benefit from Stingray
“We are excited to
reach another milestone in our plan to become the leader in the field of
in-store music and digital experiences for businesses,” said Pierre Gendron,
President of Stingray Business’ Digital Experience Group. “The objective of
this digital makeover is to evoke the same powerful emotions customers
get from sports and outdoor activities. It was a pleasure working closely with
the Sports Experts team, finding ways to engage customers through the use of
innovative technologies and original content.The end result truly represents
our vision for the store of the future.”
With the acquisition in
February 2015 of Groupe Viva, a key player in digital signage solutions for businesses throughout
Canada, Stingray has added a
range of digital signage solutions for businesses to its offering, which now
includes LCD, LED,
projection, transparent LCDs, interactive or static screens, mobile devices and
Business’ recent projects span a range of industries such as retail,
restaurants and hospitality. Stingray
Business has recently
complete digital signage projects for Olivier Ford, Videotron and Molson Coors.
For more information: http://business.stingray.com/digital-experiences
November 20, 2015
Rogers Media Inc. agrees to pay $200,000 for allegedly violating Canada's anti-spam law
2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
today announced that Rogers Media Inc. has paid $200,000 as part of an undertaking
to resolve alleged violations of Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL).
launched by the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer alleged that Rogers
Media failed to comply with various requirements
of the law between July 2014 and July 2015. During this period, the company allegedly
sent commercial emails containing an unsubscribe mechanism that did not function
properly or which could not be readily performed by the recipient.
in some instances, the electronic address used to unsubscribe was allegedly not
valid for the required minimum of 60 days following the sent message. Rogers Media
also allegedly failed to honour, within 10 business days, requests from some recipients
to unsubscribe from receiving future commercial emails.
As part of the
undertaking, Rogers Media will improve its existing compliance program to ensure
that its activities are fully compliant with CASL. Since CASL came into force on
July 1, 2014, enforcement efforts have resulted in payments of close to $400,000
further to undertakings and issued monetary penalties totalling $1.1 million. These
amounts are payable to the Receiver General of Canada.
About the CRTC's
The CRTC assesses complaints submitted to the Spam Reporting Centre that are under
its mandate and a number of investigations are currently underway. Canadians are
encouraged to report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre.
To ensure the CRTC has enough information to conduct an investigation, the report
should include the full commercial electronic message (CEM) (including the message's
header) and a description of why the CEM is considered to be spam. Information sent
to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the
Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada's anti-spam legislation.
Rogers Media has voluntarily
entered into an undertaking with the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer
to resolve alleged non-compliance with Canada's anti-spam legislation.
As part of the undertaking, Rogers Media has made a $200,000 payment, and agreed
to comply with Canada' anti-spam legislation and improve its existing compliance
Rogers Media cooperated fully with the CRTC during its investigation.
During the CRTC's investigation, Rogers Media took steps to better comply with the
To help businesses comply with the law, the CRTC has provided numerous information
sessions across the country and made guidance materials available on its website.
Canada's anti-spam legislation protects Canadians while ensuring that businesses
can continue to compete in the global marketplace.
Canada's anti-spam legislation was adopted by Parliament in December 2010 and came
into force on July 1, 2014.
respect the choices of Canadians who do not wish to receive commercial emails, and
must make it easy for them to unsubscribe from their mailing lists. We are satisfied
that Rogers Media Inc. made the necessary changes to comply with Canada's anti-spam
law. Today's announcement is a direct result of the information provided by Canadians
and we continue to encourage them to report suspected violations to the Spam Reporting
Manon Bombardier, CRTC Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Undertaking 2015 – Compliance
and Enforcement of CASL
Spam Reporting Centre
How do I know if Canada's
Anti-spam legislation applies to my business or organization?
Information session on
Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
Guidelines to help businesses
develop corporate compliance programs: Information Bulletin CRTC 2014-326
Guidelines on the use
of toggling as a means of obtaining express consent under Canada's anti-spam legislation:
Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-549
Guidelines on the interpretation
of the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations: Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-548
November 20, 2015
CRTC publishes a summary of protection options currently offered for spoofed and unsolicited calls
can comment on the available solutions by December 4
November 19, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today published a summary
list of features and options
currently available in the Canadian market to help Canadians protect themselves
from unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls. Interested
parties are invited to share their views on this information, which was provided
by the telecommunications industry, by December 4, 2015.
The CRTC had
requested that telephone and wireless telephone companies, as well as other vendors,
provide information on the options and features currently available to Canadians
to manage unwanted spoofed and unsolicited calls. Their responses are available
on the public record. They have been compiled into a format that can be consulted
and searched in order to assist interested parties in formulating their comments.
The CRTC is also
exploring new and innovative solutions, including those that may reduce illegitimate
caller identification (caller ID) spoofing.
be submitted until December 4, 2015 by:
filling out the online
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, or
sending a fax to 819-994-0218
In July 2015, the CRTC
launched a public consultation to better understand the solutions that are currently
offered to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications illegitimate telemarketing
The National Do Not Call List was established in 2008 to help Canadians protect
their privacy and, to date, over 12.9 million numbers have been added to the list.
Since that time, more than one million complaints of alleged violations to the Unsolicited
Telecommunication Rules have been lodged by Canadians.
It is estimated that over 40% of complaints involve an element of illegitimate Caller
Caller identification spoofing occurs when telemarketers hide or misrepresent their
identity by displaying fictitious phone numbers when making calls.
“We recognize that Canadians are affected by unsolicited
and spoofed phone calls on a daily basis. We encourage the industry to pay special
attention to the comments being submitted by their customers who want help to reduce
illegitimate caller ID spoofing.”
- Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman
Compliance and Enforcement
Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-333
Compliance and Enforcement
Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-333-1
Telemarketing and Unwanted
Statement by the London
November 19, 2015
Bell Media and HBO Sign Historic Agreement Bringing Canadians Unprecedented Access to HBO Programming
NEW YORK (November 19, 2015) – Bell Media, Canada’s leading broadcaster, and
HBO, the world’s most successful pay TV service, announced today an
unprecedented agreement in which Bell Media will become the exclusive Canadian
home of all HBO programming on all subscription platforms into the next decade.
comprehensive, long-term agreement, the first of its kind for HBO in Canada,
Bell Media will have the ability to deliver current-season, past-season, and
library HBO programming exclusively on its linear, on-demand, and over-the-top
(OTT) platforms in English and French. The agreement also marks the first time
HBO has granted exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights for
first-run programming throughout Canada. As a result, Bell Media will have the
flexibility to provide current HBO content such as GAME OF THRONES, GIRLS, and
VEEP over-the-top in Canada on its platforms. Financial terms of the deal were
BCE announced today
that Bell Media will expand The Movie Network into a national pay TV service
and become the sole operator of HBO Canada. As a result, all HBO content will
be delivered nationwide by one company for the first time ever in Canada.
French-language HBO programming will continue to be seen on Bell Media’s Super
Écran pay service.
and HBO also announced today a new original production development program,
with the goal of co-producing premium, made-in-Canada content for the world
and HBO enjoy a partnership of shared respect and admiration,” said Charles
Schreger, President, Programming Sales, HBO. “Together, we secured a deal that
will allow both our businesses to continue to grow and evolve.”
delighted to have the opportunity to bring all HBO programming to Canadians on
whatever platform they choose,” said Mary Ann Turcke, President, Bell Media.
“With this agreement, HBO’s incredible premium content will power subscriptions
to Bell Media brands for many years to come.”
“This is an
extensive deal that could only exist with a trusted partner like Bell Media,”
said Glenn Whitehead, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs,
HBO. “The Canadian audience will have access to HBO programming in more ways
than ever before.”
privileged to strengthen our relationship with one of the world’s great
television brands,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and
Pay, Bell Media. “HBO has been our extraordinary partner for many years, and we
look forward to taking that partnership to a whole new level.”
and HBO will further bolster their new partnership with a landmark programming
and production arrangement. The two companies will co-develop original,
Canadian drama, comedy, and factual productions for their platforms and for
distribution around the world. Several projects have already been selected for
development from production companies Inverted Pictures/Artists Studio, Rhombus
Media, and Force Four Entertainment. Additionally, new HBO Comedy specials
featuring established and emerging Canadian comedians will also be considered.
of talent in Canada is extraordinary and we are excited about the opportunity
to tap into this creative community,” said Michael Lombardo, President of
Programming, HBO. “In Bell Media, we have a great partner with a history of
strong relationships and together I believe we will be positioned to further
elevate our programming.”
enhanced partnership with HBO will open doors for Canadian creators to one of
the world’s most-respected innovators in the development of original content,”
said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell
Media. “We can’t wait to get to work on developing the next great TV series for
Canada and the world.”
year, Bell Media announced its premium TV streaming service CraveTV would
become available to all Canadians with an Internet subscription in January,
2016. In September, 2014, Bell Media announced it had exclusively acquired the
national multi-platform rights for the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic
programming catalogue, which is now featured on CraveTV.