October 9, 2015
2.35 Million Viewers Watch Blue Jays vs Texas ALDS Game 1 on Sportsnet, Delivering Highest Audience in Network History
(October 9, 2015) Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the
Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers set a network record for Sportsnet as the
most-watched program in its history, as an average audience of 2.35
million viewers (2+), tuned into the broadcast. Sportsnet’s previous all-time
most-watched program was the Blue Jays / New York Yankees showdown at Rogers
Centre on September 22, which delivered an average audience of 2.05 million.
million Canadians watched some part of the record-setting ALDS Game 1 on
Sportsnet, as the Blue Jays fell to the Rangers, 5-3. Audience levels peaked at
3.75 million viewers at 6:29 p.m. ET in the bottom of the 9th inning, as
Russell Martin was at bat with 2 out.
million average audience marks a 15% increase over the previous record (Blue
Jays/Yankees on Sept. 22) and a 740% increase over last year’s ALDS Game 1
featuring Detroit @ Baltimore (Game A) on October 2, 2014 (280,000 average
the 58th Blue Jays broadcast to eclipse the one million viewer mark, and the 3rd
Blue Jays broadcast to eclipse the two million viewer mark in 2015. Yesterday’s
edition of Blue Jays Central Postseason, the pre-game show hosted by Jamie
Campbell and Gregg Zaun, delivered an average audience of 807,000 marking a 178%
increase over the Blue Jays Central average audience during the 2015 regular
Numeris, October 9, 2015 overnights data & October 2, 2014 confirmed data,
Ind. 2+ & A25-54 AMA (000), Cume Reach (000), DlyRch (000), Total Canada.
All audiences are 2+, unless otherwise noted.
October 9, 2015
CTV Presents Behind-the-Scenes Look at Fall’s #1 New Series in ETALK PRESENTS: QUANTICO, Tomorrow
(October 9, 2015) – Feast on this! This Thanksgiving weekend, CTV’s ETALK heads
to the Montréal set of Canada’s #1 new fall series QUANTICO for an exclusive
behind-the-scenes look at the new blockbuster drama. ETALK PRESENTS: QUANTICO premieres
tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV, and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 6:30
p.m. ET on CTV Two. The half-hour special dives right into the drama’s
conspiracy and brings viewers even closer to the action, as ETALK Reporter Liz
Trinnear sits down with the cast on-set in Montreal, including series breakout
lead and Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra. Click here to view a sneak
peek from ETALK
of Sunday night’s all-new episode of QUANTICO (Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
and CTV GO), ETALK PRESENTS: QUANTICO introduces viewers to the series’ stellar
roster of recruits and agents, including new cast member Josh Hopkins (COUGAR
TOWN), who also stars in the series as Deputy Director Liam O’Connor. The
special gives viewers the inside scoop on stunts, training, the importance of
secrets, and even the cast’s take on the identity of the terrorist so central
to the series’ plot. Complete with an exclusive tour of the Montréal set, the
special exposes all the elements that make the series this Fall’s can’t-miss
all-new episode of QUANTICO (Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV
GO), entitled “Cover,” Alex (Priyanka Chopra) finally receives information
about her father and his FBI past. However, in the future, it’s her mother,
Sita (Anna Khaja, SILICON VALLEY), who plays a key role when Liam (Josh
Hopkins) convinces her to participate in a press conference on national television
begging Alex to turn herself in. Also at Quantico, the NATS learn the art of
profiling and focus on their classmates’ strengths and weaknesses, ultimately
challenging their confidence and comradery. QUANTICO airs Sundays at 10 p.m.
ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO (visit CTV.ca to
confirm local listings).
weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and 6:30
p.m. ET on E! (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).
October 9, 2015
Giraffes – The Forgotten Giants: The fight against the silent extinction of Africa’s gentle giants
9, 2015: Nomad Films is pleased to announce
the world broadcast premiere of its new documentary, Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants,
co-written and directed by award winning Mark Johnston (To Bee or Not to Bee; The
Climb; The Al Qaeda Code and Empire of the Word).
Everyone on the
planet knows what a giraffe is. “G” is for
Giraffe in the alphabet and “Sophie” the Giraffe teething toys can be found in the
hands of practically every newborn baby.
But, most people don’t know much about giraffes, or that these iconic creatures
of wild Africa, with their long necks, cinnamon spotted coats, flirty lashes and
loping gait are disappearing at an alarming rate. Two hundred years ago there were a million giraffes,
in 2000 there were 140,000 roaming Africa’s plains and forests. Now, fifteen years later, their numbers have plummeted
to less than 80,000.
And, yet there
has been a bewildering lack of awareness and recognition of the threat to the survival
of these gentle giants, especially compared to the other large mammals of Africa. Giraffes: The Forgotten
into the reasons behind this “silent extinction” and introduces us to the scientists,
and biologists who are making remarkable headway gathering new information in labs,
universities and in the field, that may stave off their impending demise.
Until the ground
breaking work carried out by University of Waterloo’s Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, nothing
was known about giraffes. After earning
her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto, she went alone to Africa in 1956–57
to study the behavior of giraffes in the wild – a study which was the first of its
kind for any animal in Africa. Her 1976 book,
The Giraffe: its Biology,
Behavior and Ecology.’ is
the bible in the field.
“Anne is the
Jane Goodall of giraffe research” says Anne’s friend, co-worker and contemporary,
John Doherty who is the Coordinator of the Reticulated Giraffe Project in Samburu,
Africa where much of ‘Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants was filmed this past spring.
with other scientists, including wildlife biologist Dr. Zoe Muller, is carrying
out ground breaking studies in the areas of infrasound (low frequency sound humans
can’t hear), and biometrics, using the most current research and state of the art
technology. Because they have very little
experience of the technical work of recording this low frequency soundscape in the
field, Forgotten Giants’ sound recordist Jason Milligan spent months putting together
the necessary equipment to do the delicate recording featured in the film. At Samburu, they made recordings that may prove
giraffes use infrasound to communicate. It
is potentially a world first that could give a voice to these seemingly silent creatures.
Also using cutting
edge FLIR THERMAL CAMERA TECHNOLOGY, Doherty and Muller are able to observe giraffes
at night, in a natural, relaxed manner, without scaring them away. Giraffes are shy, skittish creatures, and DOP
Russell Gienapp built platforms on Toyota Land Cruisers, filming behind blinds built
by locals in the style of a Samburu home, to keep them running away from his cameras.
Forgotten Giants also introduces us to a number of individual giraffes - both in
the wild in Africa and in captivity in Canada.
We learn from
Dr. Zoe Muller that giraffes who were previously thought to be bad mothers, in fact
have a very strong social bond with their young. They not only take care of their own infants,
but also those of other mothers – displaying babysitting behaviors, shared nursing,
grieving, and dedicated guarding of their young at night.
a young zookeeper at African Lion Safari in Hamilton, Ontario introduces us to the
first giraffe born by artificial insemination.
He and his team are developing assisted reproductive techniques for a highly
endangered subspecies of giraffe. Their research
has garnered them the award for Outstanding Achievement from the Canadian Association
of Zoos and Aquariums and holds great promise towards bolstering the giraffe population.
At African Lion
Safari, the crew were able to film with no problem, since the giraffes are used
to interacting with Jason and his team, especially during their regular ultrasounds
to monitor the pregnancies of the females they have artificially inseminated in
their world leading program.
The more that
is revealed about their biology and behaviors, the more we can do to help giraffes. We know they are killed for their meat, and are
threatened by environment encroachment by the locals. We know they are at risk from the large predators
they live amongst. But is there more to the
Right now, more
than any time in their history, we need to listen to these seemingly silent giants. Through the work of the scientists in Giraffes:
The Forgotten Giants, that might soon be possible
Director, Co-Writer, Executive Producer is the founder of Nomad Films. Twenty-five
years in the factual television business, Mark has worked in a producer or director
capacity on over sixty films. Some titles produced and/or directed by Mark Johnston
include: Ken Wiwa’s In the Shadow of a Saint (BBC, CBC and SBS Australia); The Man
Who Became King (CBC, Sundance Channel and National Geographic International); The
Life and Times of Sarah McLachlan (CBC); Jean’s Marines (W Network); Beetalker (CBC’s
Nature of Things/ARTE France); Riddle of the Polar Sky, (Discovery; WDR/ARTE; National
Geographic; WDR); The Climb (CBC/National Geographic/Discovery HD Theater); The
Al Qaeda Code (CBC and WDR/ARTE); Empire of the Word (TVO, TFO, SBS and TG4); The
Jungle Prescription (CBC’s Nature of Things); To Bee or Not to Bee (also known as
the Mystery of the Disappearing Bees) (CBC’s Nature of Things/ARTE France); and
Glenn Anderson’s To Russia with Love (CTV). His recent work included the ten part
documentary series, Fight Xchange (for Superchannel and Globo’sCombate in Brazil).
Nomad Films develops
and produces factual programming for film and television that focuses on a wide
range of compelling stories about social and political change, adventure, the environment,
the arts, indigenous culture and science.
Known for its international treaty co-production work, Nomad has successfully
produced films such as the award-winning Ken Wiwa’s In the Shadow of a Saint, an
official Canada-UK Co-Production.
Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants was made in association with
the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with the participation of the Canadian Media
Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Rogers Telefund and with the assistance of The Canadian
Film or Video Production Tax Credit, The Ontario Film and Video Tax Credit and the
cooperation of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.
October 9, 2015
EMMY®-WINNING SERIES BANSHEE TO RETURN FOR FOURTH AND FINAL SEASON JAN. 29, 2016, EXCLUSIVELY ON CINEMAX
NEW YORK, Oct.
9, 2015 – BANSHEE will return for its eight-episode fourth and final season Jan.
29, 2016,exclusively on CINEMAX. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter
Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen will executive produce.
“BANSHEE is a
unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming
for CINEMAX,” says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “The show’s exceptional
blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not be
disappointed in BANSHEE’s final season.”
season achieved record ratings for CINEMAX, as well as critical acclaim. Yahoo!
named it “TV’s best action show,” while the A.V. Club described the series as “one
of the bestthings on television, period.” The Huffington Post called the show “wildly
witty,” and Grantland said BANSHEE is “a whole hell of a lot of fun.”
“BANSHEE has been an incredible ride, and we continue
to break new ground in season four,” notes co-creator and executive producer Jonathan
Tropper. “While we certainly considered returning for a fifth season, I always said
that when the story was told, it would be time to move on, and that time has come.
I am grateful to CINEMAX for making BANSHEE the great success it has been and for
supporting our creative decision to wrap things up.”
Debuting in Jan.
2013, BANSHEE stars Antony Starr (“Wish You Were Here”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con
and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where
he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice.
Other cast members
include Ivana Milicevic (“Aloha,” HBO’s “Mind of the Married Man”) asCarrie Hopewell,
a notorious jewel thief who lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her
newfamily, which has recently learned of her criminal past; Ulrich Thomsen (“The
Celebration”) as Lucas’ arch-enemy, Kai Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy businessman
who believes he is above the law; Hoon Lee (“The Blacklist”) as Job, a dangerous
transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas and Carrie in their criminal enterprises;
Frankie Faison (“The Good Wife,” HBO’s “The Wire”) as Sugar Bates, a wise and powerful
former boxer who owns the local watering hole and serves as confidante to Lucas
and Job; Matt Servitto (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) as Brock Lotus, Lucas’ long-suffering
veteran deputy; Ryann Shane (“Lights Out”) as Deva Hopewell, Carrie’s teenage daughter,
who is rattled after learning Lucas fathered her; Lili Simmons (HBO’s “True Detective”)
as Rebecca Bowman, Proctor’s sexy niece, who has taken on a larger role in his criminal
activities; Matthew Rauch (“The Blacklist,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”) as Clay Burton,
Proctor’s multifaceted, complicated bodyguard and right-hand man; Tom Pelphrey (“The
Following”) as Kurt Bunker, a former skinhead who joins the Banshee sheriff’s department
as a deputy; and Chris Coy (“The Walking Dead,” HBO’s “Treme”) as Calvin Bunker,
Kurt’s unsavory brother, who has kept his Nazi ties.
New to the cast
are Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Veronica Dawson, a
tough, sexy and shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal demons,
who joins forces with Lucas; Ana Ayora (“The Big Wedding”) as Nina Cruz, a Banshee
deputy working as an inside plant for Proctor; and Casey LaBow (“The Twilight Saga;
Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2”) as Maggie, wife of a local Aryan Brotherhood leader,
who desperately wants a better life for herself and her son.
In Sept. 2013,
BANSHEE received a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects
in a Supporting Role.
Season four credits: BANSHEE was created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler;executive
producers, Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum,
OleChristian Madsen; producer, Robert F. Phillips.
October 9, 2015
Disney's The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar Primetime Television Movie Event Premieres Sunday, November 22 on Disney Channel
(October 9 –
Toronto, ON) The epic storytelling of Disney's The Lion King continues with The
Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a primetime television movie event premiering
Sunday, November 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Corus Entertainment’s Disney Channel.
The movie will be available on the WATCH Disney Channel app and Disney Channel
On Demand the following day, Monday, November 23. The Lion Guard television series will premiere in early
Set in the
African savanna, The
Lion Guard: Return of the Roar introduces Kion, the second-born cub of Simba
and Nala, who is destined to become leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals
comprised of the Pride Lands' fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest
of sight. As Kion looks to assemble the members of the new Lion Guard, he does
not call upon a group of lions to serve with him as tradition dictates, but
instead chooses some of
his friends whom he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities – Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a
confident cheetah; Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo; and Ono, an
the movie and subsequent series, the diverse team of young animals will learn
how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish
tasks to protect the Pride Lands and maintain balance within the Circle of
The Education and
Science experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants,
advising on the characteristics, behaviors and habitats of the African animal
species featured and inspiring original stories based on their first-hand
experiences. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural
Many of the beloved
characters from The Lion King will appear in the movie including Mufasa and
Pumbaa, voiced by James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella who reprise their original
roles. Rob Lowe (The Grinder) and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) star as
Simba and Nala, respectively; Max Charles (The Strain) as Kion; Joshua Rush
(The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Bunga; Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) as
Ono; Diamond White (Sofia the First) as Fuli;
and Dusan Brown (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Beshte.
Additional cast members
include: Eden Riegel (All My Children) as Kiara; Sarah Hyland (Modern Family)
as Tiifu; Madison Pettis (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) as Zuri; Khary
Payton (Teen Titans) as Rafiki; Jeff Bennett as Zazu (Jake and the Never Land
Pirates); Jonny Rees (Star Wars Rebels) as Mzingo; Andrew Kishino (Star Wars:
The Clone Wars) as Janja; Vargus Mason (Sofia the First) as Cheezi; and Kevin
Schon (The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa) as Chungu and Timon.
Both the movie and series
were developed by Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso) who also serves as executive
producer. Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) is director.
Christopher Willis (Mickey Mouse) is the composer and Beau Black (Miles from
Tomorrowland) is singer/songwriter. The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar is a
production of Disney Television Animation.
October 9, 2015
MICHAEL SERAFINI JOINS DHX TELEVISION AS VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING
Toronto, 9 October
2015 – Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television, announced
today that Canadian television veteran Michael Serafini has been appointed to the
position of Vice President, Programming, DHX Television, effective immediately.
With the recent
rebranding of DHX’s kids network Family CHRGD and preschool channels Family Jr.
and Télémagino under the iconic Family Channel name, Serafini’s appointment comes
as DHX Television’s suite of channels bring a wealth of newly commissioned and acquired
series to Canadian viewers. In his role, Serafini will overseeing the strategic
development, execution and promotion of the DHX Television channels and their digital
extensions, while enhancing the strength of the DHX’s distinctive brand.
“With more than
15 years in the Canadian media industry, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge, ingenuity
and expertise of the broadcast landscape to our team,” said Joe Tedesco, Senior
Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television. “His proven ability to engage
audiences and devise schedules that suit their lifestyles and viewing habits will
raise the bar as we continue to reinvigorate our programming lineups.”
most recently the Interim Executive Director of Content Planning for CBC Television,
after moving from the role of Senior Director, Content Planning and Acquisitions.
He was responsible for launching CBC’s top comedies including Mr. D and last winter’s
breakout hit Schitt’s Creek, as well as the popular miniseries Book of Negroes and
handling the overall navigation strategy for the broadcast of the Sochi 2014 Winter
Prior to Serafini’s
arrival to DHX Television, Michael Goldsmith, Vice President, Original Production
had assumed the additional responsibility for overseeing the strategic development
and scheduling for the suite of channels. Goldsmith will now return to focus his
attention on original content development and overseeing the vast original programming
slate that DHX Television currently has underway. Both Goldsmith and Serafini will
report directly to Joe Tedesco.
October 8, 2015
95.1 The Peak FM Celebrates 50 Years
2015 – Collingwood, Ontario) Corus Entertainment Inc.’s 95.1 The Peak FM
(CKCB-FM) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and are hosting an open house
with special programming on Tuesday, October 13 at its downtown studio. On
October 24, 95.1 The Peak FM also invites the community to formally celebrate
the milestone at The Peak’s 50th Anniversary Dinner & Dance.
thrilled to be celebrating 50 years in the community and on the air,” says Deb
James, Brand Director, 95.1 The Peak FM. “We’re proud to be the local leader
and heritage station for Collingwood and The Georgian Triangle. We’ve
experienced some big changes but one thing that hasn’t wavered is our loyal
listeners. To show our gratitude we invite them to join us and celebrate this
programming on October 13 will feature hosts John, Mel and Matt sharing viewer
stories and memories of the station over the past 50 years. That same day, the
general public is welcome to the open house running from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at
186 Hurontario Street. The dinner and dance hosted on October 24 at the
Collingwood Legion will be headlined by The Strange Potatoes, in support of the
Collingwood G&M Hospital foundation. Tickets are $25 if purchased online
and $30 at the door. For more information visit http://www.thepeakfm.com/events/24526.
inception on July 15, 1965, 95.1 The Peak FM (CKCB-FM) continues to be the
ultimate voice of Georgian Bay and its surrounding areas. The station offers
listeners local news, weather, community information and sports, and combines
the best of the current charts with hits from the ’80s and late ’70s, including
Sheryl Crow, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Matchbox Twenty, Eric Clapton and Shania
Tune in at
95.1 FM, online at www.thepeakfm.com or
download the 95.1 The Peak FM app to listen on the go.
October 8, 2015
CraveTV Celebrates Halloween with New Top 20 Collection
8, 2015) – CraveTVTM announced today its first themed “best of” collection with
the launch of Top 20 Halloween Episodes. From SOUTH PARK and THE BIG BANG THEORY
to THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE GOLDBERGS, the list of programs spans six decades and
features some of television’s most beloved Halloween episodes.
our inventory for the best Halloween-themed episodes ever made and curated our Top
20 picks in this fun and timely collection,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President,
Programming, CraveTV. “We invite all our subscribers to celebrate Halloween all
offers Halloween lovers more thrills and chills in its Sci-Fi & Fantasy collection,
which features SHOWTIME’s critically acclaimed series, PENNY DREADFUL, zombie mini-series
IN THE FLESH, one of Space’s highest-rated original series BITTEN, supernatural
witchcraft drama SALEM, MTV fan-favourite TEEN WOLF, and the CraveTV exclusive series,
Top 20 Halloween
SOUTH PARK: “A
Nightmare on Facetime”
Heeere’s Randy! When Randy Marsh purchases a Blockbuster store and forces his family
to work in it on Halloween, a chilling and torturous tale ensues. With the boys
dressed as The Avengers, there may be an opportunity for Kenny to speak.
ZONE: “The Howling Man”
When David Ellington seeks refuge in a castle in post-World War l Europe, he makes
a disturbing discovery. With a religious order claiming to have imprisoned the devil,
Ellington must decide if he should release the man they claim is pure evil.
THE BIG BANG
THEORY: “The Middle Earth Paradigm”
Penny invites the gang to her Halloween party and Leonard is confident this could
be a chance to further his relationship with her. Leonard dresses as Frodo, Sheldon
as the Doppler Effect, Howard as Robin Hood (he’s confused for Peter Pan), and Raj
as the Norse God Thor. Penny’s friends and ex-boyfriend make this a hilarious and
heartwarming Halloween narrative.
Tales Can Come True”
Scary or sexy? Initial greetings and post-breakup meetings take place as Cliff wonders
what will happen after he meets the women of his dreams at the bar. Will things
change when he is sans costume? Meanwhile, Sam and Diane are out together for the
first time after their breakup.
Great literary characters are out in full force as Niles hosts a costume party for
the Library Association. Things take an interesting turn when Roz lets Frasier in
on a little secret, which Frasier promptly leaks at the party.
Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps”
Britta gives the study group an anonymous psych quiz and the results alarm her.
Someone in the group could be homicidal. In an attempt to uncover who it is, Britta
tells a terrifying murder story, in hopes the homicidal person’s reaction will give
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM:
“Trick or Treat”
“They don’t deserve candy and I don’t deserve this!”
It’s Halloween night and Larry’s strict Trick or Treat rules will lead to a nasty
trick on him. But that’s not all; Larry runs into trouble with a screenwriter and
has his anniversary plans go awry.
“Who Are you Going to Telephone?”
It’s Halloween in the 1980s as a dynamic group of ghastly characters is led by Barry,
who is The Hulk. Also featured are ET, Star Wars characters, and the Ghostbusters.
They all have a role in this story which sees Adam refuse to go trick or treating
with Pops and Beverly dressing up to shield Barry from embarrassment.
"When someone dies young, it's like they stay that way forever. Like a vampire.”
Is the ghost of Nicky Driscoll haunting the hallowed halls of Liberty High? It’s
said he died a tragic, violent death in the school’s gym in 1961. Intrigued by the
story, Angela digs deeper into Nicky’s past.
Top 20 Halloween
Episodes – Full List
Stone Mountain (2009)
Fairy Tales Can Come True (1984)
Bar Wars V: the Final Judgement (1991)
Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps (2011)
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Trick or Treat (2001)
THE GOLDBERGS Who Are You
Going to Telephone? (2013)
HART OF DIXIE Walkin'
After Midnight (2012)
LOIS & CLARK Ghosts
MY SO-CALLED LIFE Halloween (1994)
SOUTH PARK Pinkeye
Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost
SOUTH PARK Hell
on Earth 2006 (2006)
SOUTH PARK A
Nightmare on Face Time (2012)
STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Catspaw
THE BIG BANG THEORY
The Middle Earth Paradigm (2007)
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
The Howling Man (1960)
October 8, 2015
With Motherhood and Much Much More Mayhem, Jane The Virgin Returns to shomi for an Epic Second Season, Beginning October 13
8, 2015) – Ahhh. Hello. Welcome back. Jane Villanueva has had quite a year, so before
we dive into Season 2 of Jane The Virgin – streaming exclusively in Canada on shomi
beginning Tuesday, October 13 (with new episodes weekly, the day after its broadcast
on The CW) – a bit of a recap is in order, yes?
O.K., let’s begin…
Jane Villanueva always lived by the rules, studying to become a teacher and working
her way through school by waitressing at a hot Miami hotel. She never forgot the
lesson her grandmother Alba taught her long ago about the importance of saving herself
for marriage. So far, so good, but hardly multiple-award-winning stuff. But then – major plot defining moment #1! – Jane
was accidentally artificially inseminated and her life became as outrageous as the
telenovelas she grew up watching. Hold on, everyone. Here we go…
The donor is
reformed playboy Rafael Solano, the owner of the hotel where Jane works, and her
teenage crush (a plot-point hat trick if ever there was one!). Although Jane is
engaged to her long-time love, Michael, a detective with the Miami Police Department,
and Rafael is married to the scheming Petra, she and Rafael are drawn closer by
the pregnancy and begin to fall for each other. The tension proves too much for
Jane and Michael, and they call off their engagement... and Jane and Rafael begin
to explore their new romance. With brilliant sunsets and a swell of music, this
would be a beautiful season finale, right? But no. That’s not how things work in
the twisty-turny world of Jane’s own telenovela!
ever after is interrupted by murder and mayhem, by scheming exes, and maniacal criminal
masterminds. Oh, and Jane’s discovery that her long-lost father is Rogelio De La
Vega, her favourite telenovela star! And now he’s back in her life... with a vengeance.
Amidst all the crazy, there are the Villanueva women – Jane, her mother Xiomara,
and her grandmother Alba, who support each other always, no matter what twists and
turns are thrown their way. At the end of Season 1, Jane gives birth and a new Villanueva
enters the world.
So, all caught
up on Season 1? If not, head to shomi immediately where every devious, decadent,
and dramatic moment is fully bingeable right now. Then, see what’s in store for
Season 2. Of course, we hate spoilers as much as the next fan, so we can’t reveal
too much, but you don’t want to miss it. Kidnapping and ransom, love triangles and
a wedding, more scheming, more plotting. Special guest stars include Kesha and Britney
Spears – but exactly how they’re connected to this epic Jane The Virgin plot? Well, that’s a story for another day…
Jane The Virgin
stars Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown, The Bold and the Beautiful) as Jane, Justin Baldoni
(Single Ladies, The Bold and the Beautiful) as Rafael, Brett Dier (Ravenswood) as
Michael, Andrea Navedo (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Golden Boy) as Xiomara,
Yael Grobglas (Reign) as Petra, Ivonne Coll (Switched at Birth, The Bold and the
Beautiful) as Alba, and Jaime Camil (Devious Maids, Que pobres tan ricos) as Rogelio.
Jane The Virgin
is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association
with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens, M.D.),
Ben Silverman (The Biggest Loser), Gary Pearl (10.5: Apocalypse) and Jorge Granier
(Que el Cielo Me Explique). The series is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.
Jane The Virgin
joins other complicated larger-than-life family stories on shomi, including Transparent,
Modern Family, Empire, and Catastrophe. Like Jane The Virgin, hot shows like iZombie
and The Originals stream day-and-date, joining top-notch Canadian shows like Rookie
Blue and Mr. D, as well as past seasons of hit network programs from The Blacklist
to 2 Broke Girls. Beyond TV binges, shomi offers hand-picked movie favourites plus
great kids-and-family content like Peppa Pig, Bubble Guppies, Pokemon: Ruby and
Sapphire, Scooby Doo, and Boy Meets World.
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), and Xbox 360, Apple TV, and Chromecast.
October 8, 2015
Cloak-and-Dagger Meets Guile and Gumption in New Spy Drama PARTNERS IN CRIME, Premiering October 26 on Bravo
(October 8, 2015) – This month, Cold War-era espionage squares off with sharp
English wit in the BBC adventure series Partners in Crime, debuting Monday,
Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. Based on Agatha Christie’s classic characters
Tommy (David Walliams) and
Tuppence Beresford (Jessica
Raine), the six-part, 75-minute miniseries follows a suburban married
couple who solve mysteries and foil plots in 1950s Britain. In a country facing
up to the looming threat of the Cold War, the adventure-seeking pair stumble
into a world of undercover agents, mysterious evil masterminds, and diabolical
political conspiracy. A sneak peak of PARTNERS IN CRIME is available
CRIME is an adaptation of two detective novels by Agatha Christie. The first
three episodes are an adaptation The Secret Adversary,
where the heroes search simultaneously for a missing girl and a recording that
could identify a Soviet hitman living within our midst. The last three episodes
are based on the novel N or M?,
where Tommy and Tuppence must identify which person in a guesthouse in Cromer,
England has stolen a nuclear bomb, before it’s too late. Viewers can catch up
with the accidental spies on Bravo.ca
following each episode premiere.
IN CRIME, Thomas “Tommy” Beresford (Walliams) is a clever and logical man whose
business ventures never quite work out. Though he tries to look after his
spirited wife and their son George (Miles
Roughley, Les Misérables) with various money-making schemes, he doesn’t realize
that he has no head for business. He does, however, have a knack for espionage
and crime-solving in a world full of double agents and assassins. His wife,
Prudence “Tuppence” Beresford (Raine), is a quick-witted, irrepressible woman
with a tendency to leap without looking. The daughter of a country archdeacon
and one of five children, she misses the sense of purpose she had as a nurse in
the war and cannot settle as a housewife, despite her love for Tommy and
George. When the opportunity is presented to aid British Intelligence in the
defence of her country, she jumps at the chance to put herself, and her less
willing husband, in harm's way.
kicks off with “The Secret Adversary: Part 1”, (Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET).
The year is 1952. Married couple Tommy and Tuppence have a chance encounter on
a Paris train with an agitated young woman named Jane Finn (Camilla Beeput,
BIRDS OF A FEATHER), who suddenly disappears. Back in England, Tommy is focused
on their fledgling honey business, while Tuppence is much more concerned about
the disappearance of Jane, and her investigations bring them into contact with
Tommy’s uncle, and head of “The Third Floor” a branch of British Military
Intelligence, Major Anthony Carter (James Fleet,
OUTLANDER). It turns out that Finn was carrying a secret recording that would
potentially reveal the identity of a legendary Soviet assassin, known only as
Mr. Brown, who Tuppence and Tommy believe will strike soon in Britain. Carter
believes Brown’s cronies must have kidnapped Finn, and can only hope she
managed to hide the recording before they got to her. Despite Carter’s attempts
to keep them out of it, Tommy and Tuppence soon find themselves compelled to
infiltrate Brown’s gang in the hopes of finding Jane Finn, the recording, and
foiling Brown’s next hit.
October 8, 2015
The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Brings New CINEMAX Series OUTCAST to HBO Canada in 2016
(October 8, 2015) – HBO Canada announced today that the greatly anticipated,
10-episode drama series OUTCAST, from Robert Kirkman – creator
Walking Dead graphic novels, and executive producer on THE WALKING DEAD –
and Chris Black (MAD MEN), is set to premiere on the channel in 2016. Based on
the Skybound/Image comic title of the same name by Kirkman and artist Paul
Azaceta, OUTCAST follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by
demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a
preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find
answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could
change his fate – and the fate of the world – forever.
for a sneak peek of OUTCAST.
Fugit (Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers and redemption,
who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt.
Philip Glenister (LIFE ON MARS) stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia
evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of
evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God
intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (STALKER) stars as
Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his
family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but
there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle
produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Channels. The pilot was directed by
Adam Wingard (The Guest).
October 7, 2015
NEW SERIES PLAYDATE LEADS FAMILY JR. TO SWEEP TOP 10 WITH PRESCHOOLERS
October 2015 – Family Jr.’s first original series, Playdate,
from Sinking Ship Entertainment, captured the attention of viewers across the
country on Saturday, October 3, when its premiere episode was the #1 show of
the day with the network’s target demo of kids 2-6.1 The series,
which debuted with four new episodes over the course of the day, took three of
the Top 10 spots, with the fourth episode appearing in the Top 20.2
This outstanding performance from the new Canadian show led DHX Television’s
recently rebranded English-language preschool network to claim every spot
in the Top 10 rankings for All Stations this past Saturday.3
highlights from Saturday, October 3 for Family Jr. include:
-- Playdate was also the #1 non-sports program
with the K2-11 audience.4
-- Family Jr. held the Top 10 spots for All Stations (sports excluded)
in the K2-6 demo and of these programs, eight were new acquisitions including The
Save-Ums!, Kate & Mim-Mim and Thomas and Friends properties or
episodes from the original series Playdate;5
-- Family Jr. dominated the Top 20 with K2-6, claiming 14 spots; of the
programs that appeared in the Top 20 belonging to Family Jr., 12 of the
listings were occupied by original series Playdate and Stella and Sam,
or newly acquired properties including The Save-Ums!, Kate & Mim-Mim,
Thomas and Friends, Twirlywoos, Sarah & Duck, Thomas and Friends: Sodor’s
Legend of the Lost Treasure and Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!;6
Family Jr. is a commercial-free channel available to
English-language subscribers across Canada. Committed to capturing young minds
and engaging young hearts, Family Jr., and its complementary French service,
Télémagino, inspires imagination and make-believe at every turn with renowned
Canadian series and popular preschool brands. Ensuring access is available to
subscribers when they want it, where they want it, Family Jr. is also available
through Family Jr. OnDemand and Family Jr. Online at no additional
cost. Visit us at FamilyJr.ca.
1-3. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Stations, excludes sports/Saturday,
October 3, 2015, 2am-2am, K2-6 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB
4. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Stations, excludes
sports/Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2am-2am, K2-11 AMA(000). Based on overnight
data with Live + PB 2 Days.
5-6. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Stations, excludes
sports/Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2am-2am, K2-6 AMA(000). Based on overnight
data with Live + PB 2 Days.
October 7, 2015
Hip Hop Legend Ja Rule Keeps The Fam In Check in All-New Series FOLLOW THE RULES, October 26 on MTV
(October 7, 2015) – It’s Ja’s way or the highway! Grammy®-nominated
rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule
and his boisterous brood keep it real in the comedic half-hour docu-series
co-produced by Queen Latifah,
FOLLOW THE RULES, premiering Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV. Living under
one not-so-quiet roof are Ja and his wife Aisha; their two, spirited sons,
Jeffery Jr. and Jordan; boundary-pushing daughter Brittney; and Ja’s mother and
mother-in-law. Through thick and thin, Ja and Aisha always manage to keep their
family together with love, laughter, and hijinks. Ultimately, Ja would do
anything for his family – whether they like it or not!
"Ja Rule" Atkins
Since his rise to fame in 1999, four-time Grammy-nominated rapper, Ja Rule has
sold more than 45 million records worldwide. With a successful music career
under his belt, he has since turned his attention to acting, appearing in more
than 17 feature films since his film debut in The Fast and Furious (2001).
But Ja's success, fame, and fortune would mean nothing without the love and
support of his family.
Ja's high school sweetheart Aisha has been by his side through thick and thin.
Since tying the knot in 2001, Ja and Aisha continue to enjoy wedded bliss, even
with the challenges of raising three children and living with their
mothers. Ja may be the man of the house, but Aisha has been holding down
the fort for years.
Brittney, a college junior at Hampton University, is the oldest of the Rule
children. With her own unique sense of style, Brittney is on a search for
independence and self-discovery. However, being daddy's little girl and big
sister to her younger brothers means that she will never be completely on her
"Lil' Rule" Atkins
Ja and Aisha's oldest son, Jeff, is the spitting image of his father, and not
just because of how he looks. With the personality and attitude to match, the
nickname "Lil Rule" is well-earned. Jeff is an ambitious star
athlete who is starting his freshman year of high school, and has already
launched a lifestyle brand. Always in pursuit of having a good time, Jeff
keeps his family on their toes while his family tries to keep him out of
Jordy may be the smallest of the Rules, but that doesn't stop him from having
the biggest personality. He is a middle school student and athlete, working
hard to be the best that he can be. Jordy is the first one to tell you
that growing up is serious business, except when playing a good prank on his
& Grandma Jean
Ja's mother, Debra, and Aisha's mother, Jean, moved in with the family a few
years ago to help Ja and Aisha look after the kids. However, now that the
kids are nearly grown up, Deb and Jean are content to stay right where they
are. With less responsibility, Deb and Jean are free to explore their
interests – such as wine and men.
October 7, 2015
2016 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Now Accepting Applications
(October 7, 2015) – Bell Media announced today that applications are now being
accepted for the 2016 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab. Part of
the $11.6 million
Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative, the two-part program
provides mid-level television producers with unique hands-on training to assist
their career advancement within Canada’s television industry. Those wishing to
apply should visit BellMedia.ca
and submit an application by Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. ET. The program begins Monday,
Jan. 11, 2016.
inception, the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab has helped more
than a dozen participants further their careers in the television industry,”
said Corrie Coe, SVP, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We are pleased to
once again provide aspiring Executive Producers with an inside look at the
operations of a Canadian broadcaster as well as honing the skills and knowledge
necessary to succeed in this role.”
participants have been enjoying busy and productive careers since completing
the Executive Producer Accelerator Lab. Following her apprenticeship at Shaftesbury
Films, Jennifer Pun (2014 participant) has been co-producing the feature film The
Void and working with Camillion Corp. on its development slate, which includes
a Will Sasso project currently in development with Bell Media. Joey Case (2015
participant) has been promoted to Creative Director and Executive Producer at
Essential Media Canada, and has become an equity partner in the company.
Jennifer Little (2015 participant) has been working in an Executive Producer
role at RTR pitching shows to broadcasters, digital arts portals, and working
on the business affairs side of the business as well.
Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab is comprised of two components:
The broadcaster internship trains up to six producers in a group-based
curriculum during a six-week internship at Bell Media’s Toronto headquarters.
Participants are exposed to the fundamental operations of a Canadian
multi-platform broadcaster while learning more about the business model and
economics of Canadian television production and its relationship to
broadcasting through hands-on sessions with internal departments, panel
discussions with industry experts, and exploration of case studies and coaching
Following the broadcaster internship, two participants will be selected for a
specialized 8-10 month apprenticeship with a top independent Canadian
production company or Bell Media In-House Productions. This placement will span
of the life of one program cycle and is intended to expose the participant to
the Executive Producer’s role and responsibilities, and provide meaningful
access to the day-to-day running of a large-scale series. Companies that have
hosted participants previously include Force Four Entertainment, marblemedia,
RTR Media, Shaftesbury, and Temple Street Productions.
for the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab must be Canadian citizens
or landed immigrants over the age of 19. Applicants must have a minimum of five
years’ experience in production, business affairs, legal, marketing,
distribution, and/or development, and a minimum of five production credits in
video, film, or other multimedia projects.
Bell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative
The $11.6 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a
suite of national mentoring and promotional programs, which ensure a
comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and
showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at different stages of
their careers. Currently, five of these multi-year initiatives are exclusively
funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media Festival, the Bell
Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and
mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a
Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film
Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media
Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential
broadcast and production experience for mid-level producers; the NSI Totally
Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training course for writers,
producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing a
development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm),
which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.
October 7, 2015
Week 1 Final Data Confirms CTV’s QUANTICO is the #1 New Series Premiere This Fall
(October 7, 2015) – With final data for Week 1 of the Fall TV Season now
available, Numeris data confirms CTV’s QUANTICO has had the biggest premiere of
any new series to date. With 2.6 million viewers for its Sunday, Sept. 27
debut, QUANTICO is the #1 fall series premiere with total viewers and also in
all key demos. Impressively, QUANTICO was also the second most-watched program
on Canadian television overall for the week for A18-49, and #3 with A25-54.
Final data from Week 1 also confirms a strong premiere for BLINDSPOT with 2.2
million viewers, making it the #2 series premiere in the key A25-54 and A18-49
demos behind QUANTICO, and among the Top 3 new series with total viewers and
look at Week 1 Final Data:
-- CTV remains the #1 network with more Top 10 and Top 20 series than any other
network with total viewers and in all key demos. CTV also has the Top 7
programs among A18-34 and A18-49.
-- THE BIG BANG THEORY returned as Canada’s most-watched TV series with total
viewers (2.8 million) and in all key demos.
-- CTV is home to the top returning dramas among the key demos, with GOTHAM #1
among A25-54 and A18-49, and GREY'S ANATOMY #1 with A18-34.
-- SAVING HOPE’s Season 4 premiere was watched by 1.5 million viewers on Sept.
24, up +11% with total viewers and +18% A18-34 over its Season 3 premiere,
ranking in the Top 20 with the key A18-34 demo.
With Week 2
preliminary data, which includes available playback, QUANTICO maintains its
status as the #1 new series with total viewers (2.1 million), while returning
series MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and GOTHAM are the Top 2 dramas in all
look at Week 2 Trends (preliminary data plus available playback):
-- CTV now has three of the Top 4 new shows among total viewers and in all key
demos with QUANTICO, BLINDSPOT, and CODE BLACK.
-- With five days of playback now available following its premiere on Sept. 30,
CODE BLACK (2 million) is pacing to land a spot in the Top 20 with total
viewers and in all key demos.
-- Following its Season 3 premiere on Sept. 29, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
is the #1 series among A18-34 and A18-49, and ranks in the Top 5 for A25-54
with six days of playback.
-- With seven days of playback, GOTHAM ranks #2 with A25-54 and #3 for A18-34
and A18-49. GOTHAM’s Week 2 audience is trending above Week 1 among A18-49 and
-- A Top 6 series among total viewers and all key demos with five days of
playback available, the season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS (Sept. 30) was
watched by 2.3 million viewers.
of Week 3 Preliminary Overnight Data:
-- The third episode of CTV’s BLINDSPOT on Monday climbed to 1.6 million
viewers, 3% higher than its series premiere, and a record-high overnight
audience for the series.
-- GOTHAM’s third episode on Monday (1.3 million) also saw an increase with
audiences, up 5% from its episode a week earlier.
premieres continue on CTV and CTV GO tonight (Oct. 7) with the season premiere
of ARROW at 8 p.m. ET/PT. On CTV Two, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is back on Thursday,
Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and the season premiere of REIGN airs Tuesday, Oct. 13 at
10 p.m. ET/PT.
(BBM Canada), Premiere Week: Sept 21-27 (Final Data), Week 2: Sept 28-Oct 4
based on preliminary data with playback (PB) up to Oct. 5, 2015: Monday
programs PB +7 days, Tuesday programs PB +6 days, Wednesday programs PB +5
days, Thursday programs PB +4 days, Friday programs PB +3 days, Saturday
programs PB +2 days, and Sunday programs PB +1 day.
October 7, 2015
TSN is Live from the New Sport Chek Studio Today with Seven Straight Hours from Maple Leaf Square
(October 7, 2015) – The doors to the new Sport Chek Studio in Maple Leaf Square
are open to the public today, with TSN broadcasting seven straight hours of
live coverage to kick off the Toronto Maple Leafs’ season opener. TSN is live
from the Sport Chek Studio today from 12 noon to 7 p.m. ET, beginning with a
special on-the-road edition of Leafs Lunch
with Bryan Hayes, Jeff O’Neill, and Jamie McLennan on TSN4.
broadcast schedule from the Sport Chek Studio runs from 12 noon ET through to
puck drop of the Leafs’ season opener:
LEAFS LUNCH – 12 noon to 2 p.m. ET on TSN4
THE BRYAN HAYES SHOW – 2 to 4 p.m. ET on TSN4
TSN DRIVE WITH DAVE NAYLOR – 4 to 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
consistently evolving the way we interact with our customers and finding new
ways to shift from a point of sale to a point of experience," said
Frederick Lecoq, Senior Vice-President of Marketing, FGL Sports "Our
strategic partnership with TSN allows us to give our customers a deeper
immersion into a sports environment. There is no other retail store in this
country where fans can get this authentic experience and we're excited to be
the first to bring this to Canadians."
exactly what we envisioned when we started working with Sport Chek on this
innovative new partnership,” said Ken Volden, Vice-President and Executive
Producer, Studio Production and News and Information, TSN. “With the Sport Chek
Studio we have the capability to broadcast live from the heart of major sports
events, bringing together both Sport Chek customers and sports fans in a unique
Sport Chek Studio
Overlooking Maple Leaf Square from the second floor of Sport Chek’s flagship
store in downtown Toronto, the Sport Chek Studio’s broadcast hardware has the
ability to send live video feeds to the airwaves within seconds. Built in collaboration with Sport Chek, the
world-class studio includes:
Nine-foot broadcast desk fully equipped with studio lighting, microphones, and
Sports ticker with 11 LED panels totalling 22,528 LEDs
Full colour LED system
48” TV screen
In May 2014,
Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) announced a multi-year media, content, and
digital partnership with TSN that included access to the network's suite of
assets to develop and produce branded content for CTC's marketing channels.
for more information.
October 7, 2015
REBRANDING COMPLETES DHX TELEVISION’S UPDATED NETWORK PORTFOLIO
October 2015 – Family CHRGD, the final network to be rebranded under DHX
Television’s iconic Family banner, is powering up on Friday, October 9, bringing
with it unexpected entertainment that will have viewers on the edge of their
seats. With an undeniable energy conveyed through striking colours and non-stop
action, Family CHRGD will target kids 6-12 with an ‘anything goes’ mantra
delivered through exciting series, specials and interstitial content unique to
the brand. Accompanied by an OnDemand platform and the dedicated website CHRGD.ca, the channel’s multiplatform offering
sets out to ensure subscribers get a daily dose of wacky, silly fun that keeps
boredom at bay.
enthrall viewers and immerse them in the brand promise of excitement and
entertainment that will blow their minds, Family CHRGD kicks things off with a
full-day marathon on Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET, stocked with new shows,
special episodes and homegrown hits. Series premieres for the day include: the
animated Kung Fu series Xiaolin Chronicles at 9:30 a.m. ET; Horrible Histories,
an unconventional take on history’s most gruesome yet funniest moments, at 10:30
a.m. ET; and Deadly 60 at 7:30 p.m. ET, which follows wildlife enthusiast Steve
Backshall on his search to find the creatures that others spend a lifetime
marathon will be rounded out with popular series including the original hit Gaming
Show (In My Parents’ Garage), Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, World of
Quest and Be the Creature. Also part of the schedule throughout the fall will
be Disney’s Mighty Med, Phineas and Ferb, Kickin’ It and Penn Zero: Part-Time
takes viewers to the next level later this month with the energetic new
CGI-animated series Sonic Boom. Based on the popular video game, where the
infamous blue blur and his trusty sidekick Tails set out to thwart arch nemesis
Dr. Eggman, the series is an action-adventure that delivers a burst of comedy
and plenty of adrenaline. The show debuts on Saturday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m.
ET following a triple-stack of Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) including a
new episode at 10 a.m. ET. Keeping fans plugged into the video game excitement,
three back-to-back episodes of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will also air
on October 24 beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
programs debuting on the channel later this year include specials from Mattel’s
Team Hot Wheels; the underwater animated adventure The Deep; new episodes of
the popular Canadian series Slugterra; and from Radical Sheep, the comedic Fangbone!
about a young barbarian from Skullbania.
the spirit of unexpected surprises from the network to everyday life, Family
CHRGD is giving gamers the chance to level up with the Go Gaming with CHRGD
Contest. Fans can win the awesome grand prize of a $2,500 gaming shopping spree
with Jesse Sukunda, host of Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage). The contest is
open from October 9 – November 13 and fans can enter by visiting CHRGD.ca.
CHRGD brand will be extended to Family CHRGD OnDemand – the channel’s dedicated
subscriber viewing platform – and the CHRGD.ca website beginning Friday. Both
destinations will be home to videos from popular series including Gaming Show
and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, plus Mighty Med and Phineas and Ferb will
be available throughout the fall. Family CHRGD OnDemand will be refreshed with
episodes from the new series as they debut on the network. Additionally,
CHRGD.ca will be stocked with games, schedule information and more contests to
keep site visitors curious and coming back.
is an advertising-supported digital specialty network that features animated
and live-action programming. Designed to surprise and entertain young viewers,
Family CHRGD showcases series, movies and specials that will blow kids minds
and keep boredom at bay. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they
want it, where they want it, Family CHRGD is also available through Family
CHRGD OnDemand and Family CHRGD Online at no additional cost. Visit us at CHRGD.ca.
October 6, 2015
Food Network Canada Launches All-Canadian Cookbook with Massive Multi-Platform Project Bursting with Flavour
/CNW/ - Great Canadian bacon,
butter tarts, beavertails, and beyond! Food Network
Canada, the country's #1 Entertainment channel*, has launched its largest multi-platform
project ever, beginning with an enhanced website and a new FoodNetwork.ca community tool. At the heart of this community is Food Network Canada's Great Canadian
Cookbook, an on-air and online project defining, documenting, and celebrating Canadian
Food Network Canada's Great Canadian Cookbook will serve
as the world's largest ever-evolving, all-Canadian cookbook, and will be complemented
by an on-air docu-series hosted by Noah Cappe with celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, premiering Monday, October
PT on Food Network Canada.
country's number one entertainment channel this Fall, and the premium destination
for food-related content on-air and online, Food Network Canada's new community
is a place for Canadians to explore, engage, create, and share their love of food," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President
and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. "This new, online community, coupled
with the extensive
Great Canadian Cookbook project, is a multi-platform initiative proudly built for, and
ultimate destination for all things food, is more robust than ever with its new
community tool, a place for Canadian food lovers to learn, celebrate, and be inspired
by our country's rich and diverse culinary landscape. Food Network Canada's online
community caters to the 60 per cent of Canadians** who search for their cooking
inspiration online and allows users to upload their own recipes, save their favourites
from the site into their very own recipe box, and share their own recipes with their
social circles. In addition to FoodNetwork.ca's robust library of over 10,500 recipes,
Canadians now have access to an additional 1,200 new and trusted recipes and video
tutorials from Food Network's roster of esteemed chefs including Bobby Flay,
Chuck Hughes, ReeDrummond,
Lynn Crawford, Alton Brown,
Anna Olson, Guy Fieri,
Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray
and more. The site also boasts over 100 hours of full episodes
of Food Network's most popular programs.
Canada's new multi-platform project, Great Canadian
Cookbook, explores the dishes and showcases the
recipes defining our nation. Online, GreatCanadianCookbook.ca hosts over 240 pieces of new and original content, specially curated
for Canadians, including videos, photo galleries, polls, and infographics featuring
Food Network Canada chefs and hosts. The site is a forum for food lovers from across
the country to share, learn, and contribute to the largest ever-evolving Canadian
cookbook by submitting their own personal recipes and food stories.
The Great Canadian Cookbook experience
extends on-air with a four-part docu-series hosted by Noah Cappe
and Food Network Canada celebrity
Chef Lynn Crawford, premiering with back-to-back
episodes starting at
12. From the picture-perfect
harbours of the East, to the lush and bountiful greenery of the West, Noah and Lynn
embark on a trans-Canada
journey, meeting with locals
in 11 Canadian cities and eating their way through Canada's
vast culinary landscape.
In between bites of some of the most delicious food that this country has to offer,
Noah and Lynn gather the recipes and document the storiesthat lay the foundation for the Great Canadian Cookbook which can
be found on GreatCanadianCookbook.ca.
kilometres and 125 meals later, I can truly say that this experience has opened
my eyes and my mouth to the best of Canadian cuisine," said Noah Cappe, Host of Food Network
Canada's Great Canadian Cookbook. "From Bannock tacos toCaribbean roti and the best Peking duck I've ever tasted, Canada's
culinary landscape is as
diverse as it is delicious."
a storybook in its own right, and hearing the incredible stories of everyday Canadians
through their own family recipes is one of my favourite parts of being a Chef,"
said Lynn Crawford, Food Network Celebrity
Chef. "This journey brought me even closer to the country I love and the diversity
of our people and the foods we've woven in to our cultural fabric."
Canada's Great Canadian Cookbook four-part television series is an original production
produced by Alibi Entertainment for Shaw Media and Food Network Canada.
PPM Data M-Su 2a-2a Total Canada A25-54 AMA (000) 8/31/15-9/20/15
**Source: Food Network Viewers Lounge, Cooking and
Online Habits Survey,
October 6, 2015
A Season and a September to Remember: Sportsnet Delivers Most-Watched Blue Jays Season Ever and Best Month in Network History
(October 6, 2015) They
pitched, they hit, they conquered. And we watched. The 2015 Blue Jays regular
season set a record for Sportsnet as the most-watched Blue Jays season in
network history, delivering an average audience of 973,000 viewers (2+).
This marks an increase of 68% over the 2014 regular season average
audience (580,000), the previous most-watched Blue Jays season on record.
It was also
a September for the ages on Sportsnet, as the Blue Jays clinched the 2015
American League East Division title, and bolstered Sportsnet to post its best
month in network history, delivering a record 7.9 audience share and an
average audience of 320,000 – a year-over-year increase of 114%.
September was also a record-setting month on the digital side, as Sportsnet.ca
delivered a 200% year-over-year increase in page views.
was the second most-watched Canadian network in prime time (conventional and
specialty combined) in September, second only to CTV. And, for the second month
in a row, Sportsnet was Canada’s highest-ranked specialty channel.
more audience highlights:
Sportsnet’s Blue Jays broadcasts in September delivered an average
audience of 1.61 million, representing an increase of 190% over
the average audience in September 2014 (555,000)
Blue Jays fans also flocked to radio as audiences for Sportsnet 590
The FAN’s Blue Jays broadcasts in August were up 159% year-over-year
For the 2015 regular season overall on Sportsnet TV, the following key
sales demos delivered significant year-over-year increases:
- Adults 18-34: 58% increase
- Adults 25-54: 75% increase
- Females 18+: 66% increase
57 Blue Jays
broadcasts surpassed the one-million viewer mark during the 2015 regular season
2 Blue Jays broadcasts surpassed the two-million viewer mark
Blue Jays Central , the pre-game show hosted by Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun,
delivered an average audience of 290,000 this season, marking a 90% increase
year-over-year (153,000 average audience in 2014)
in September – Sportsnet Central, NHL Pre-Season and Digital
Central (Prime Time Edition)
The prime time edition of Sportsnet
Central delivered an average audience of 341,000 in September,
an increase of 145% year-over-year
Pre-Season on Sportsnet
Sportsnet’s 2015-16 NHL pre-season audiences
delivered an average audience of 413,000, marking an increase of 19%
over the 2014-15 pre-season
Sportsnet’s historic month also extended online, with Sportsnet.ca
recording its highest month ever for page views – 200% higher than
Video views increased 450% year-over-year, while unique visits
increased 125% year-over-year
TV Source: Numeris, AMA(000)
& Share of Total TV English, Jan 1/15 – September 31/15 for YOY (confirmed
up to September 20/15), Apr 6 – Oct 4/15 v. same time last season for Blue
Jays, Total Canada. All audiences are 2+, unless otherwise noted.
Digital Source: Source: Adobe Analytics and Brightcove Sept 14 – Sept 15
October 6, 2015
Michael Wekerle Announced as CMW 2016 Opening Keynote
TORONTO, ON -
(October 6) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Michael Wekerle as our
2016 opening keynote on Thursday May 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Michael
is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting
in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant
bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful
growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media.
He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio
of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic
Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian
franchise of Wahlburgers -Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg's Boston-based burger chain.
in Toronto and is a doting father to six children. He donates millions of dollars to a wide variety
of philanthropic interests, including UHN, CAMH, SickKids and Holland Bloorview,
as well as the youth outreach organization Seeds of Hope and the acclaimed Baroque
opera company Opera Atelier. Michael is currently featured on CBC's Dragons' Den,
highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.