October 30, 2014
Sportsnet Delivers Highest World Series Audience in Network History
(October 30, 2014) – Sportsnet garnered its largest audience ever for a World
Series broadcast last night with an average of 1.25 million viewers tuning into
see the San Francisco Giants defeat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7.
4.3 million Canadians watched some part of the Game 7 showdown on Sportsnet,
with audience levels peaking at 2.1 million viewers in the ninth inning.
1.25 million average audience marks a 19% increase over the previous
most-watched World Series game on Sportsnet, which attracted an average of 1.05
million viewers (Game 7 of the 2011 World Series featuring Texas @ St. Louis).
Numeris (BBM Canada), October 30, 2014 Overnights Data, 2+ Average Minute
Audience & Reach, Total Canada
October 30, 2014
John Cassaday Announced As 2015 Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall Of Fame Inductee
ON - (October 30, 2014) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce John Cassaday
as the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.
Cassaday has enjoyed a decorated career in the broadcast industry for 25 years.
As the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc.,
he has piloted the company to a leadership position in radio, specialty television
and content creation in Canada. Corus' diverse
portfolio of assets encompass more than 20 television properties including YTV,
TELETOON, W Network, CMT and HBO Canada; Nelvana, one of the world's leading producers
of animated programming and related products; Kids Can Press, Canada's largest children's
publisher; ToonBoom, an Emmy® award-winning animation software company; and 39 radio
stations in eight out of the top 10 Canadian markets.
Cassaday is a true trailblazer in the broadcast industry," said Neill Dixon,
President of Canadian Music Week. "From television to radio, he has influenced
several generations of industry professionals and advanced Canada's media landscape.
He is fully deserving of his place in the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame."
foresight and strategic agility have driven exceptional growth and success. Under
his leadership, Corus has vitalized Canada's media and entertainment industry, through
the acquisition, development and delivery of great Canadian content, as well as
the investment of millions of dollars in original Canadian productions. Through
Corus' talent initiatives, it has encouraged and recognized some of Canada's best
emerging artists. Embracing the digital sphere, Corus was the first Canadian broadcaster
to feature an iPhone streaming application and the first to offer Apple iTunes integration
through its radio station websites. The company's headquarters, Corus Quay, has
gained recognition as one of the most technologically advanced media and broadcast
centres in the world.
the launch of Corus, Cassaday was President of CTV Television Network. Under his
leadership, CTV invested heavily in news with new talent, the opening of additional
news bureaus and an innovative new set design. This resulted in strong ratings increases
driven by audience growth in news and special event programming, which included
the successful carriage of two Olympic Games. Cassaday also held senior management
positions at Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K. where he became well known
for his marketing acumen.
Cassaday is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen's Diamond
Jubilee Medal. His commitment to Canadian broadcasting has been recognized with
the Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence, a top honour by the Canadian Association
of Broadcasters. He was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends in 2006 and
received the Gold Medal from the Association of Canadian Advertisers in 2004. During
his tenure, Corus has been honoured for its excellence in investor relations, its
corporate culture and its commitment to diversity. Notable recognition includes
Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Canada's Best Diversity Employers,
Greater Toronto's Top Employers, Canada's Top Employers for Young People, as well
as one of Canada's Top 100 Canadian Brands.
Cassaday's leadership, Corus has also supported educational institutions across
Canada including establishing the Chair in Women in Management at Ivey School of
Business, Western University, and the Chair in Communications Strategy at Rotman
School of Management, University of Toronto.
strong believer in giving back to the community, Cassaday has been instrumental
in raising awareness and funds for numerous charitable causes, through corporate
fundraising initiatives as well as his own personal commitments. In addition to
championing Corus' corporate giving strategy, Corus Feeds Kids, he served as Chair
of the United Way campaign for Metro Toronto in 1995, and has also co-chaired successful
fundraising campaigns for St. Michael's Hospital Foundation and Rotman School of
sits on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial, Sysco Corporation and Irving
Oil Limited. He is a member and Director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
He has also served on the Board of Directors of Masonite International Corporation,
J. M. Schneider Corporation, Canadian Airlines and Loblaw Companies Limited and
on the Advisory Boards of Nestle Canada and IBM Canada. John was the Chair of the
Dean's Advisory Board of the Rotman School of Management and Chair of the Board
of St. Michaels Hospital from 2004 to 2006.
holds an M.B.A. (Dean's List) from the Rotman School of Management, and was honoured
in 1998 as their most Distinguished Alumni. He has a Bachelors Degree from the University
of Western Ontario.
To attend the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards
or for additional details, visit the Canadian Music Week website: www.cmw.net.
October 30, 2014
Bell Media to Launch New Streaming Service Devoted Exclusively to Exceptional TV
(October 30, 2014) – Bell Media announced today it will soon launch a new video
streaming service devoted exclusively to the best content on television. From the
company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and
most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, and Network TV
landscapes, the on-demand subscription service, currently code-named “Project Latte”,
will feature thousands of hours of content representing TV’s top premium brands
including, it was confirmed today, HBO. With
content from all key Hollywood major and independent studios, “Project Latte” does
not duplicate existing services, but instead features additive and exclusive programming.
available to every TV provider in Canada, “Project Latte” is designed to enhance
the value of the subscription television ecosystem. “Project Latte” will therefore
be made available to all TV subscribers in the country, pending agreements with
participating TV providers, on their traditional set-top box, as well as via mobile
apps, the web, and other platforms including game consoles and Smart TVs. Additional
details will be announced in the weeks to come.
built Project Latte as a complementary service that will delight and amaze viewers
with thousands of hours of premium entertainment available on-demand and on the
device of their choice,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “Project Latte
addresses a significant gap in the Canadian TV system and allows TV providers to
greatly enhance the value they provide to their clients. We are incredibly excited
about the potential for this product and how it fits into our overall portfolio
of Canada’s best television brands and programs.”
you like TV, you will love Project Latte’s program lineup,” said Mike Cosentino,
Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “Our singular focus on TV series,
along with our established studio relationships in Hollywood and beyond, means we
are uniquely positioned and hyper-focused on delivering the best TV programs to
the most-devoted TV lovers. While our extensive HBO deal is a game-changer and instantly
makes us a viewer favourite, HBO content comprises only 10% of our planned inventory
at launch. Stay tuned as Project Latte’s complete lineup is revealed in the weeks
is the first of many world-class content partners announced for “Project Latte”,
which, further to Bell Media’s previously announced agreement, will
be the Canadian home of the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue.
As confirmed today, “Project Latte” will feature the entire HBO scripted library,
featuring some of the most-celebrated television programming of all time. In addition
to THE SOPRANOS and SEX AND THE CITY, additional Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning
HBO classic series to be available on “Project Latte” include SIX FEET UNDER, BAND
OF BROTHERS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, BIG LOVE, ENTOURAGE, OZ, IN TREATMENT, HUNG,
ROME, and DEADWOOD, among others. “Project Latte” will also feature creator David
Simon’s newly re-mastered version of THE WIRE, which will be presented in HD for
the first time.
Latte” will also showcase the complete HBO Films catalogue of nearly 100 titles
that have been the recipients of countless Academy®, Golden Globe, Peabody, and
Emmy Awards, as well as the Palme d’Or and other film festival accolades. Among
the selections are ELEPHANT, AMERICAN SPLENDOUR, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, GAME CHANGE,
TEMPLE GRANDIN, CONSPIRACY, THE GATHERING STORM, THE NORMAL HEART, and GREY GARDENS.
well, “Project Latte” is the home to more than 150 titles from the HBO Documentaries
library, including Academy Award-nominated 4 LITTLE GIRLS, the Emmy and Peabody
award-winning WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS, SIX BY SONDHEIM, and
the recent festival favourite SEDUCED AND ABANDONED.
“Project Latte” will exclusively feature HBO’s lineup of close to 160 iconic stand-up
comedy specials featuring some of the biggest names in comedy of all time, including
George Carlin, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Maher, Dennis Miller,
Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, and more.
October 30, 2014
THE SLAIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THE NEXT GENERATION OF RADIO PROFESSIONALS AND ENTREPRENEURS AT RYERSON UNIVERSITY
October 30, 2014 --- Ryerson University today celebrates the
visionary generosity of the Slaight family. The Slaight Family Foundation has made
a $3 million gift to support the next generation of radio innovators and entrepreneurs,
creating the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at the RTA School of Media in the Faculty
of Communication and Design.
Allan Slaight Radio Institute – named for broadcasting pioneer and former President
and CEO of Standard Broadcasting Corporation, Allan Slaight – will be a state-of-the-art
broadcast and teaching facility that will strengthen Ryerson’s position as the educational
leader in radio broadcast and production. The Allan Slaight Radio Institute will
also foster excellence through newly created student awards, support for independent
student productions, and hands-on practical experience for students at Ryerson’s
digital radio station, ‘Spirit Live.’
Yaffe, Ryerson’s former Board Chair, said, “This generous donation was led by foundation
trustee Gary Slaight to celebrate his father’s legacy. We are deeply grateful to
Allan and Gary for that spirit of giving.”
Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University, noted that “Allan Slaight
is an inspiring figure for people passionate about radio. The family’s gift will
be transformational for Ryerson students working to follow in his footsteps in developing
the industry. We are honoured and thrilled to celebrate Allan’s groundbreaking contribution
to radio in Canada in this way.”
dad was a true trailblazer in Canada’s broadcasting industry,” said Gary Slaight,
President, The Slaight Family Foundation. “The Allan Slaight Radio Institute is
a fitting tribute to his contributions and will ensure solid support to students
wishing to pursue careers in radio and broadcasting. Our family is very pleased
to provide this support to Ryerson University, and Allan looks forward to visiting
the new facilities.”
Slaight name,” says Briana Todd, Ryerson RTA School of Media student, “is synonymous
with radio in this country and now it is part of RTA, which is fantastic.”
Ryerson community is grateful for the longstanding generous support of the Slaight
family, who initiated and has continued to support the annual Slaight Business Plan
Competition, now in its twelfth year of encouraging excellence in student entrepreneurship
with two $25,000 awards.
thanks the Slaight family for creating this milestone moment in our Make Your Mark
campaign, a $200-million fundraising initiative focused on strengthening the University’s
research agenda and providing students with the very best opportunities for a distinctive
and career-oriented education.
School of Media is built on a 60-year history of being Canada’s preeminent school
of broadcasting and media production. The School regularly consults with senior
media executives from across Canada’s broadcast sector to ensure that what RTA teaches
reflects best industry practices. Gaining practical experience through its four-year
undergraduate programs and its Master of Arts in Media Production – the first degree
of its kind in North America – RTA graduates are some of the most respected broadcasting
and communications professionals in Canada.
October 30, 2014
LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian Set The Record Straight This November On CMT
30, 2014 - Toronto, ON) – Every story has two sides. This November, Corus Entertainment’s
CMT gets inside the world of celebrity couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian with
their reality series LeAnn & Eddie. Famous in their own right for years, it
wasn’t until the country music star and seasoned actor became a couple that the
tabloids and public became enamored with their every move. Premiering Friday, November
7 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT in 8 x 30 minute episodes, the series will unveil the
truth behind their lives and navigate the gossip that surrounds them.
the sanctity of their world, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are a typical normal
modern family — a married couple, who both have careers and are also learning how
to navigate the co-parenting of Eddie's two sons. But life outside the home for
them is very different – as they live in a fishbowl where the paparazzi stalk them,
tabloids report on any detail and the public gets only part of the real story.
a multiple Grammy Award-winning artist, LeAnn Rimes first burst onto the music scene
at the age of 13. Since then she has gone on to sell more than 40 million albums,
has scored 13 Top 10 hits and has won numerous music awards. Her latest album, the
critically acclaimed Spitfire, debuted at #9 on the Billboard Country Charts and
#4 on iTunes. Eddie Cibrian is a versatile actor who got his start in daytime television
but moved to primetime with the hit series Third Watch. Since then he has gone on
to star as a lead actor in various television series, including Invasion, The Playboy
Club, CSI Miami and Tilt among others. Cibrian has also starred in numerous films
including Living Out Loud, Good Deeds, But I'm A Cheerleader, The Cave, Single Moms
Club, and Best Man Holiday.
& Eddie premiered on VH1 in July 2014.
October 29, 2014
I want to be a broadcast engineer. What will my salary be?
Warth was interviewed for this article in the Globe & Mail.
October 29, 2014
Sportsnet and Pinty’s Sign Three-Year Grand Slam of Curling Title Sponsorship Agreement
(October 29, 2014) Sportsnet today announced a three-year sponsorship agreement
with Pinty’s as the official title sponsor of the Grand Slam of Curling. The deal,
which begins January 1, 2015 and runs through to 2018, will be a significant cornerstone
in growing the game of curling across Canada and creating an exciting in-venue experience
at Grand Slam of Curling events.
curling community is vibrant and continually expanding, and we are committed to
growing right along with it,” said Anthony Attard, Vice President, Integrated Sports
Sales, Rogers. “The new deal with Pinty’s is the perfect way to kick off Sportsnet’s
third season of the Grand Slam of Curling, which is bigger and better than ever.
Pinty’s is known for their commitment to supporting curling athletes, and we have
a common and important goal of serving curling fans with a premium experience.”
an active sponsor of curling, this was an excellent opportunity to build our equity
in this Canadian sport,” said Tony Spiteri, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Pinty’s.
“We are thrilled to work with Sportsnet and the Grand Slam of Curling, to help grow
the game and further connect with all curling communities across Canada.”
of the sponsorship deal include:
Title sponsor of Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling
In-venue sponsorship including rinkboards, in-ice logos and on-site activations
Broadcast commercial spots, sponsor billboards and verbal on-air mentions
Integration across Sportsnet’s platforms including digital and magazine
addition, the deal includes the creation of the Pinty’s Pub and Grill Zone, an in-venue
ice-level VIP lounge area at all Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events. The area
will be made available to VIP’s, curlers as well as curling fans, allowing them
to get up-close and personal with the game and their favourite curling stars.
and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is a premium
series of men’s and women's curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour
and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. In 2014-15,
Sportsnet will broadcast up to 200 hours of curling coverage, including all Grand
Slam of Curling events, as well as the Alberta, B.C., Manitoba and Ontario Provincial
October 29, 2014
Take Her Picture, Please. THE COMEBACK, Starring Lisa Kudrow, Returns November 9 on HBO Canada
(October 29, 2014) – B-list star and pioneer of reality television Valerie
Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) returns to the small screen when HBO’s THE COMEBACK comes back, Sunday,
Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Starring Lisa Kudrow (FRIENDS),
co-creator and co-executive producer with Michael Patrick King (SEX AND THE
CITY), THE COMEBACK, returns as an eight-episode comedy series following its
original 2005 run on HBO in the U.S. and The Movie Network and Movie Central in
Canada. Beginning Nov. 4, viewers can catch up on the original series on HBO
Canada TV Everywhere platforms. As previously announced, HBO Canada
also welcomes back HBO’s THE NEWSROOM and GETTING ON on November 9 at 9 p.m. ET/MT and 10:30 p.m. ET/MT
COMEBACK follows Valerie Cherish, a fading TV “It Girl” who was once so
desperate to stay in the spotlight that she allowed cameras to follow her every
move as she appeared on a new sitcom, resulting in disaster. Now, 10 years
later, there’s more TV than ever and she wants back in. Valerie has hired a
student film crew to shoot footage she hopes will get network attention and put
her back on the map. When she discovers that her former nemesis Paulie G.
(Lance Barber, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) has a new HBO series called
SEEING RED based on his experiences working with her, an irate Valerie crashes
the HBO offices crying defamation but ends up getting the role based on
the first season of THE COMEBACK, the series explored the madness of
television, a Beverly Hills lifestyle, the dual roles of wife and stepmom, the
trouble with growing older in Hollywood, and the bravery of a 40-year-old
actress who was determined to look like she was keeping her head above it all.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, subscribers can catch up on the entire 13-episode first season
of THE COMEBACK in Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand,
and in Western Canada with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell
TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and
HBO Canada On Demand.
addition to Kudrow, cast regulars include Lance Barber as Paulie G., Robert
Michael Morris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) as Valerie’s devoted hairstylist Mickey,
Laura Silverman (BOB’S BURGERS) as producer Jane, and Damian Young
(CALIFORNICATION) as Valerie’s husband Mark Berman. Seth Rogen (Take This Waltz)
guest stars as Mitch, the fictional Paulie G.
COMEBACK was created by Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow. The new season is
written by King, Kudrow, Amy B. Harris (SEX AND THE CITY), and John Riggi (30
ROCK). The series is executive produced by King, Kudrow, and Bucatinsky.
Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
October 28, 2014
Don Shafer Announced as 2015 Recipient of Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award
ON - (October 28, 2014) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Don Shafer
as the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator
and veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Shafer will be honoured
for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters
Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during
the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon being presented by Bell Media, on Friday,
May 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
am both humbled and honoured to be the recipient of this award and be in the company
of so many good friends, mentors and colleagues," said Shafer.
broadcaster, entrepreneur and community activist, Don Shafer has dedicated more
than 50 years to the broadcasting industry, earning respect and recognition for
his strategic ability to turn around radio stations, revive their image, restore
their profitability and make a difference in their local communities. Working both
on and off the air, he has collaborated with many of Canada's best broadcasters
developing legendary brands such as CHOM FM, CHUM FM, The Fox, Rock 101, SUN FM
spent some great years with us at CHUM and is highly respected throughout the Canadian
broadcast industry," said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. "Shafe is a
most deserving recipient of the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award."
has been at the helm of various broadcasting properties including the TorStar Media
Group where he helped create Toronto Star TV - a direct response TV enterprise -
and developed the company's television production facilities to extend the Toronto
Star newspaper brand into television. He was one of the primary drivers of the successful
transition of Standard/Astral/Bell Media's radio and television properties in the
BC interior. A true visionary, Shafer was a proponent and one of the early supporters
of webcasting and programming over the Internet.
contract with the Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group in Winnipeg, Shafer assisted with
the acquisition of QX104 and FAB 94 before engaging in his latest project "Roundhouse
Radio". As President and CEO of the station, along with his team and an independent
B.C. ownership group, Shafer will be launching a new "urban" talk radio
station in Vancouver in early 2015.
is an active member in the broadcasting community and has served on a number of
boards and committees including the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Radio
Marketing Bureau, Television Marketing Bureau, the Small Market Independent Television
Group, the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters and FACTOR and is a past
President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters.
is a community activist and a strong supporter of local community organizations.
He has served on the boards of Variety Club International in Vancouver and Toronto,
The Canadian Culinary Championships and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.
He is presently working with PFLAG and Qmunity Vancouver, the Canadian Red Cross,
the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the BC Chiefs of Police Association.
To attend the Canadian Radio Music Awards or for additional
details, visit the Canadian Music Week website: www.cmw.net.
October 28, 2014
CBC/Radio-Canada secures broadcast rights for PyeongChang in 2018 and Tokyo in 2020
Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Public Broadcaster announces partnership with Bell Media and
broadcast relationship with Rogers Media to bring unprecedented coverage to Canadians.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that CBC/Radio-Canada has
been awarded the Canadian broadcast rights for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter
Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
and the IOC have extended the ground-breaking relationship the two established in
its agreement to broadcast the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, furthering the public
broadcaster's commitment to promoting and showcasing amateur sport in Canada.
lead broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada will be working with broadcast partner Bell Media,
along with Rogers Media, to provide Canadians with full access to all the excitement
of the Olympic Games, allowing all of us to cheer on Canada's best athletes.
making the announcement from Toronto, CBC/Radio-Canada President and CEO Hubert
T. Lacroix said, "This is clear recognition
of the exceptional coverage CBC/Radio-Canada provided for the Sochi 2014 Olympic
Winter Games – the most watched in history. The agreement also reflects the IOC's
belief that we will continue to provide relevant, compelling Canadian experiences
to Canadians by building on our accomplishments, as well as what we promise to bring
with our coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. "
broadcast partnership model we've put forward is both respectful of the stature
of the Games and fiscally responsible. Partnering with Bell Media, along with Rogers
Media, shows the public broadcaster can play a role in bringing together the larger
broadcast community in the interest of the Canadian audience."
and RDS are proud to join with CBC/Radio-Canada in delivering PyeongChang 2018 and
Tokyo 2020 to Canadians on our TV, radio, and digital properties as Official Sports
Specialty Partners," said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. "TSN and
RDS have been part of Canada's Olympic tradition for the past three decades, and
with our long legacy of production expertise and leading on-air talent, we look
forward to contributing to showcasing the next generation of Canadian Olympic heroes
as we enhance our roster of the biggest events in sports."
Olympic Games have a remarkable way of galvanizing the country. It's compelling content at its finest, and delivers
on our strategy of offering premium content on multiple platforms," said Keith
Pelley, President, Rogers Media. "We
have a strong roster of passionate sports experts – both in front of and behind
the camera – who have vast experience in delivering world-class sports content. We are enjoying a terrific partnership with the
CBC, and are pleased that Sportsnet will continue its rich history of being an Olympic broadcaster and delivering the Games to Canadians."
October 28, 2014
CTV Presents Exclusive Broadcast Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES, November 4
Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The odds are in CTV's favour! As fans await the highly anticipated
theatrical release of the next instalment of The Hunger Games, the first film of
the worldwide phenomenon receives its broadcast premiere Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.
ET/PT exclusively on CTV, CTV.ca, and CTV GO (visit CTV.ca
to confirm local broadcast times). Then, one week before the latest film is set
to premiere,ETALK offers viewers exclusive Canadian access during the 30-minute
Original Special, ETALK PRESENTS: THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART 1, premiering
Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.
Media Note ** – Download photography for THE HUNGER GAMES at BellMediaPR.ca
in a futuristic world in which every year a teenaged boy and girl from each district
are chosen to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match, The Hunger
Games, the 2012 blockbuster movie starring OSCAR®-winner Jennifer Lawrence (American
Hustle), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are Alright), Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song),
Woody Harrelson (TRUE DETECTIVE), and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect).
a Canadian television exclusive, ETALK PRESENTS: THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART
1, features interviews with the stars of the box office hit franchise including
Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland, as they
sit down with ETALK's Danielle Graham(McGimsie). Premiering Friday, Nov. 14 at 7
p.m. ET on CTV, just one week before the theatrical debut onFriday, Nov. 21, 2014,
ETALK prepares viewers for the rebellion in the next instalment of The Hunger Gamesfilm
October 28, 2014
Rogers Appoints Deepak Khandelwal to Chief Customer Officer
Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Rogers President and Chief Executive Officer, Guy Laurence
announced today the appointment of Deepak Khandelwal to the position of Chief Customer
Officer, effective November 10, 2014.
joins Rogers from Google Inc. where he is currently VP, Global Customer Experience
with customers in over 100 countries world-wide. He joined Google in 2010 and led
the transformation of its customer experience operations. Prior to Google he worked
at McKinsey & Company from 1994 to 2010 becoming a Principal in 2001. He founded
McKinsey's global customer care practice in 1998 and worked with more than 200 customer
care centres to address service strategy and process improvements. An engineer by
trade, Khandelwal is a disciplined, process oriented problem solver who brings a
deep passion for technology and a customer first approach.
brings a unique combination of management consulting and customer operations experience
that we need to turn the customer experience around," said Guy Laurence. "Improving
customer experience is a journey not a destination, but this is a big step in the
right direction. Deepak has a proven track record of transforming service operations
and he will be a great addition to the team."
Chief Customer Officer, Khandelwal will be responsible for overhauling the customer
experience as part of the company's multi-year Rogers 3.0 strategy. He will be responsible
for all customer experience functions including service strategy, customer call
centres, field operations, go-to-market and online customer channels. Khandelwal will report to CEO Guy Laurence and
play a key role on the Rogers Executive Leadership Team.
is a great Canadian company and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to significantly
improve the experience for Rogers' customers," said Deepak Khandelwal. "Bringing
all customer facing roles together onto one team reporting to the CEO showed me
just how serious they are about getting this right. I share Guy's vision for the
customer and I look forward to working with him and the team to make it happen."
has a Master's of Business Administration from Ivey Business School (Western University)
and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University
of Saskatchewan. He started his career at IBM in 1989.
Adams, who agreed to serve as the interim Chief Customer Officer, will continue
to report to Guy Laurence leading a number of key files until he retires and moves
back to the United States in June 2015.
"Mike has made a number of important contributions
to Rogers over the past ten years," said Laurence. "He has served in several
key leadership roles during his tenure and most recently built the team and the
plan to take our customer experience efforts forward. I'd like to thank Mike for
his many years of service and wish him the best in his retirement next year."
October 28, 2014
TSN Launches TSNShop.ca: Canada’s Newest Online Destination for Licensed Sports Merchandise and Memorabilia
(October 28, 2014) – TSN today announced the launch of TSNShop.ca
– the newest online destination for licensed merchandise from major sports
leagues and associations including the CFL, Hockey Canada, NFL, curling, and
more. Also featuring an extensive variety of TSN Lifestyle products and
exclusive sports fan merchandise, TSNShop.ca launches just in time for the
is a one-stop online destination for licensed team jerseys, apparel, and
accessories. The shop is home to a wide range of collector’s items including
limited edition jerseys and memorabilia, as well as the largest selection of
‘man cave’ must-haves for sports fans.
is also the prime destination for official TSN Lifestyle items, including
t-shirts, toques, and exclusive products like the retro Gino
Reda mug, for which a portion of the proceeds will go to support Movember.
can also look forward to special Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and holiday
shopping deals in the coming weeks.
launch of TSNShop.ca follows last month’s premiere of the rebuilt and redesigned
Canada’s #1 sports website. Over the past year, TSN Digital has set a new
standard for serving Canadian sports fans with the launches of TSN GO,
BarDown, and the TSN Hockey app, which continue to
set new benchmarks for user engagement.
October 27, 2014
The Directors Guild of Canada Honours the Best in the Business at the 13th Annual DGC Awards
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2014 /CNW/
- The Directors Guild of Canada handed
out 19 awards tonight honouring the best work created by Members this past year
in a star-studded, elegant event. Two special career acknowledgments were also handed
out during the evening.
Arisa Cox hosted the
Awards Gala which was held at The Carlu in Toronto. Broadway, film and television star Eric McCormack returned
to the stage with a dazzling opening number and comedian Sean Cullenclosed
the show with a comedic performance.
a full list of the awards presented at the 2014 DGC Awards Gala:
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
LIFE MEMBER AWARD
– FEATURE FILM
Presented by Gold Sponsor, Deluxe
Don McKellar – The Grand
– TELEVISION MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
Presented by Gold Sponsor, Panavision
Jerry Ciccoritti – Holidaze
– TELEVISION SERIES
Presented by Gold Sponsor, William F. White International
Fawcett - Orphan Black; Endless
Forms Most Beautiful
Presented by Lead Sponsor, Technicolor
The Best Laid Plans; Raise a Little Hell
SERIES – DRAMA
Presented by Gold Sponsor, PS Production Services Ltd. and SIM Digital
Orphan Black; Endless Forms Most Beautiful
SERIES – FAMILY
Heartland; Darkness and Light
SERIES – COMEDY
Presented by Silver Sponsor Meridian Artists
Call Me Fitz; O-Rigins
ALLAN KING AWARD FOR
EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY
Presented by Silver Sponsor, Rogers Group of Funds
The Golden Ticket
DESIGN – FEATURE FILM
Presented by Silver Sponsor, Pinewood Toronto Studios
Patrice Vermette – Enemy
DESIGN – TELEVISION MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
André Chamberland – Time of Death
DESIGN – TELEVISION SERIES
Blackie – Copper; Children
of the Battlefield
EDITING – FEATURE FILM
Hannam – Enemy
EDITING – TELEVISION MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
Winestock – The Best Laid Plans;
Here's the Deal
EDITING – TELEVISION SERIES
Lawrence – Orphan Black; Variation
EDITING – FEATURE FILM
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Kevin Banks, Stephen Barden, Alex Bullick, Nelson Ferreira, J.R. Fountain, Rose Gregoris, Jill Purdy,Nathan Robitaille and Tyler Whitham
EDITING – TELEVISION MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
The Best Laid Plans; Raise a Little Hell
Emilie Boucek, Mark Gingras, Adam Stein and James Robb
EDITING – TELEVISION SERIES
Claire Dobson, Andrew Jablonski, David McCallum, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Dale Sheldrake andJane Tattersall
use the hashtag
#DGCAwards to join the conversation!
to thank the SPONSORS of the 2014 DGC Awards:
Lead Sponsor: Technicolor
Gold sponsors: BellMedia,
Canadian Media Production Association, Deluxe, Panavision, PS Productions Services
Ltd., SIM Digital and Canada Film Capital, EP Canada and William F. White International
Silver sponsors: Cinespace, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Meridian Artists,
Pinewood Toronto Studios, Rogers Group of Funds and Shaftesbury
Bronze sponsors: ACTRA, Canada Media Fund, Canadian Film Centre,
Don Carmody Productions, Tattersall Sound & Picture, Telefilm Canada and the
Writers Guild of Canada
Patron sponsors: Entertainment One, Epitome Pictures and Great-West
Contra sponsors: Jason Jennings, Production
Canada and Thistle Printing.
also wishes to thank Ernst & Young the official auditor of the 2014 DGC Awards.
October 27, 2014
Bell receives Gold Award from Excellence Canada for Mental Health at Work
Oct. 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell has received Excellence Canada's 2014 Gold Award
for Mental Health at Work for its leadership in promoting mental health across corporate
Canada, a key action pillar of the Bell Let's Talk initiative.
is tremendously honoured to be recognized by Excellence Canada for our ongoing work
with health care, business and government leaders to develop best practices in workplace
mental health and adopt them in our own workplaces," said Mary Deacon, Chair
of Bell Let's Talk. "We congratulate Bell Let's Talk partner the Mental Health
Commission of Canada, which also received the Gold Award for Mental Health at Work
for its success in supporting workplace mental health."
Canada Awards for Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements by organizations
across a range of categories focused on quality, innovation, health and wellness.
Bell will be presented with the award on October 30 as part of Excellence Canada's
annual awards ceremony in Toronto. For more information, please visit www.excellence.ca.
recent achievements, Bell has adopted the National Standard for Psychological Health
and Safety in the Workplace and worked closely with Queen's University and management
solutions provider Morneau Shepell to develop Canada's first workplace health certificate
training program. The accredited program builds on mandatory mental health training
already in place for all Bell managers, and is available to all Canadian businesses
to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), mental health issues have a growing
impact on the workplace. On any given day, more than 500,000 Canadians will be absent
from work due to mental health issues, and more than 70 per cent of workplace disability
costs are attributable to mental illness.
Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is based on 4 action pillars: Anti-stigma,
care and access, research, and workplace mental health. Bell has implemented programs
to help foster a mentally healthy work environment, building awareness about the
stigma of mental illness and equipping team leaders with the right tools and resources
to support employees.
October 27, 2014
From Geeked Out to Creeped Out - INNERSPACE: HALLOWEEN WEEK Begins Tonight!
(October 27, 2014) – Space’s flagship series INNERSPACE celebrates the spooky season with a full week of
haunted programming leading up to Halloween with INNERSPACE: HALLOWEEN WEEK. It
all kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. ET as Canada’s acclaimed pop
multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award-winner Lights
joins Teddy Wilson in the INNERSPACE
studio as co-host. Then, all week long, INNERSPACE hosts Ajay, Morgan, and
Teddy have lined up five days of bloody good treats including visiting a
haunted lighthouse (Oct. 27); meeting a collector of creepy dolls (Oct. 28);
walking the streets with a hoard of zombies (Oct. 29); and howling at the moon
after a werewolf transformation (Oct. 31). Also joining INNERSPACE: HALLOWEEN
WEEK are stars Chris Hadfield and George A. Romero, revealing what they love about Halloween.
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some scary stories, and the INNERSPACE
hosts are serving up their fair share of horror tales through spooky video
shorts. Teddy Wilson’s worst nightmare comes true when he is transformed into
another INNERSPACE host; Morgan Hoffman is haunted by Ajay Fry; and Ajay’s
second-hand cell phone causes some supernatural changes to his interior
over one million Canadians tuning in to INNERSPACE each week, INNERSPACE airs
Weeknights at 6 p.m. ET, only on Space.
Numeris (Formerly BBM), 9/1/2014 to 10/12/2014
October 27, 2014
YANGAROO TO WORK WITH MEDIA 360 PARTNERS TO EXPAND PRESENCE IN L.A. AND WEST COAST MARKETS
CANADA October 27, 2014 - YANGAROO Inc. (TSX-V: YOO, OTC: YOOIF), the industry's
leading secure digital media management company, today announced a
strategic relationship with Media 360 Partners to expand YANGAROO services
and visibility in Los Angeles and other key West Coast Markets.
360 Partners is a full service ad management and business development
company in the media and advertising space, which functions as a completely
integrated part of the internal sales and business development teams at
partner companies, while also providing executive level advisory services;
specifically working with ad clients, media agencies and related services
to optimize advertising platform solutions. In this new partnership,
YANGAROO will directly benefit from Media 360 Partners' extensive domain
and market knowledge, and direct access to established relationships to
increase YANGAROO's customer base with advertising firms, post-production
houses and client brands.
patented platform enables users to manage and deliver online, high quality
audio and video content securely, quickly, and cost effectively to over
15,000 radio and television broadcast destinations in North America.
YANGAROO's proven technology and track record aligns with Media 360
Partners' focus on delivering a "best-in-class" approach and enables
them to expand the professional services they provide their clients.
in Toronto, with a dedicated Advertising Division office in New York City,
YANGAROO's partnership with Media 360 Partners will strengthen the
company's visibility in L.A. and other West Coast Markets, that are major
centers for the advertising industry.
are excited about working with YANGAROO in what we feel is another solid
win-win partnership with a leading "best-in-class" ad solution
provider," said Court Shannon, Principal and Founder, Media 360
Partners. "We are committed to creating value and ROI for each of our
ad platform clients and YANGAROO will be a complementary strategic fit to
expanding those efforts."
are continuing to grow and expand our presence and services and Media 360
Partners provides us with an accelerated opportunity to do just that in the
L.A. and other key Markets," said Gary Moss, President and CEO,
YANGAROO, Inc. "We look forward to cultivating a mutually beneficial
relationship that will enable growth for both our companies."
more information, visit www.yangaroo.com.
October 27, 2014
Canada’s Fashion Authority Jeanne Beker Joins The Shopping Channel
ON (October 27, 2014) Fashion trailblazer Jeanne Beker embarks on her latest
fashion milestone with an all-new apparel and accessories capsule collection
exclusively on The Shopping Channel (TSC). Beginning this November, Beker
– 27-year host of Fashion Television, editor, journalist, speaker, and author –
will debut her self-titled collection Jeanne Beker to TSC shoppers across the
country with a raw, honest, and unmatched take on today’s hottest trends that
only she can deliver.
has spent half her life in fashion’s trenches and draws on her years of
experience reporting in the field to bring shoppers a skillfully edited
collection of pieces for women with real lives. From fashion jewellery and sunglasses,
to apparel, cold-weather accessories, and fabulous fashionable gift ideas just
in time for the holidays, shoppers can get closer to Canadian fashion royalty
with Beker’s first show on Sunday, Nov. 16 on TSC (broadcast times below).
Beker’s collection will also be available online at tsc.ca.
talked about fashion on television for 30 years, so what a natural place for me
to be. Dressing for this juggling act we call life isn’t always easy, but
partnering with The Shopping Channel has given me an incredible opportunity to
share my editorial viewpoints with all kinds of women from across the country,”
said Beker. “I built this collection as a way to give Canadians a piece of my
sensibility and to help us all get through fashion’s maze effortlessly and with
aplomb. With so many options, and so little time, we’ve got to have strong
instincts about what we want and what we need to make our wardrobes make
has rubbed shoulders with some of the most fashionable people on the planet and
has picked the brains of some of world’s most brilliant fashion minds,
including Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, and the late Oscar de
la Renta. Throughout her career, Beker has savoured the creative process of
designers and stylists and exercised her own editorial tastes to build a
selection of separates and accessories to help TSC customers update their
wardrobe, be inspired to new fashion heights, and ease through each season in
is truly one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry –
both in Canada and around the world – and we are honoured to have her join The
Shopping Channel’s roster of celebrity fashion brands,” said Steven Goldsmith,
President, The Shopping Channel. “Jeanne is a treasure trove of fashion history
with the insight and experience to influence the trends of tomorrow. Our
customers will experience not only an incredible new brand, but will also get a
chance to see Jeanne in her element like never before.”
reviewing all the trends and analyzing which pieces work most effectively
together, Beker has developed a collection exclusive to TSC that makes sense
for work or play and day or night. Highlights from the collection available at
TSC include digital print blouses illustrated by her daughter Bekky, flattering
chunky knit sweaters, high-quality stretch denim, and a rich salt-and-pepper
menswear-inspired jacket. The stylish collection ranges in price from
cold-weather accessories for $19.90, and gem-tone silk blouses for $99.90, to a
holiday dress for $129.90 and an outerwear jacket for $239.90. Sizes range from
2-16 for pants and XS to XL for tops.
in to see Beker live on The Shopping Channel Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. ET, 11
a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET, or shop the collection online at tsc.ca.
started her career as an actress, but moved into radio and then television as
co-host of the ground-breaking program, The NewMusic, and entertainment anchor
on CityPulse News. She went on to become the host of Fashion Television (FT),
which aired for 27 years with viewers across Canada and in more than 140
countries. Beker is the former editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines, and
author of five books, including her latest autobiography, Finding Myself in
Fashion. Beker was a contributing editor of The Toronto Star, The Kit, and a
columnist for Metro, and is currently a featured style columnist for The Globe
and Mail, and writes for a number of lifestyle publications. Her fashion and
design credits include her clothing line, Edit by Jeanne Beker. Her many awards
include her recent appointment to the Order of Canada in 2014 for her support of
the Canadian fashion industry; the 2012 Canadian Award of Distinction from the
Banff World Media Festival; and being honoured with a Canadian Screen
Achievement Award for the role she played in changing the way Canadians watch
October 27, 2014
The New Voice of Indie88 Announced
ON (October 27, 2014) – Get ready to hear a lot more of “Jen” on Indie88! After
nearly 1,500 auditions from listeners, thousands of votes for the five chosen
finalists, Indie88 (CIND-FM) has announced the winner in the “Be The Voice of
Mercer will be the new voice of the radio station (you know, that voice you
hear in-between songs that says the name of the station) and win a cash prize
of $1,000 every month for a year. Jen is a Torontonian who has held a variety
of part-time jobs, including being a Katy Perry impersonator – a job she said
she is anxious to put behind her now that she’s won. She’s also a copywriter,
graphic design professor and plays in a band.
you SO much for this wonderful opportunity. I'm beyond touched that people
would vote for me to work at my dream job,” Jen said after finding out that she
was announced as the grand prize winner this morning at 8:10am on The Morning
After with Brian, Matt & Candice, live on Indie88.
carefully listening to all 1,435 auditions, the radio station narrowed the
field down to five finalists and then turned it over to Indie88’s listeners to
decide the new voice of their radio station. Thousands of listeners voted for
their favourite voice at Indie88.com and in the end, Jen was the fan favourite,
winning a one-year contract, including coaching, studio time, production and a
$1,000 cash prize each month.
can hear more of Jen at Indie88.com.
isn’t the first time Indie88 has given away such an unconventional prize.
Earlier this year the station made international headlines when it gave away a
giant billboard in downtown Toronto in another contest where the winner was
selected by fans.
October 24, 2014
Rogers launches LTE-Advanced: New technology that delivers even faster speeds to mobiles and tablets
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2014 /CNW/ -
Today, Rogers Communications announced that it is rolling out LTE-Advanced, the
next evolution of wireless technology that combines its 700MHz and AWS spectrum,
so customers can download and live stream video even faster on mobiles and tablets.
Starting today Rogers customers in 12 cities will be the first customers in
Canada to benefit from LTE-Advanced.
"This new network technology
allows us to combine our 700MHz beachfront spectrum with AWS, the backbone of our
LTE network, to give our customers an even better and faster video experience. It's like putting the highways in a major city
together to make a superhighway, allowing more traffic at faster speeds," said
Guy Laurence, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Rogers was the only carrier to secure two blocks of contiguous
700MHz spectrum across the country's major geographic markets. This 700 spectrum
is located in the key rural and urban locations across Canada and carries wireless signals across longer distances,
while the AWS spectrum has greater capacity and is suited for high density towns
Mobile video consumption is skyrocketing
and likely to be more than half of all online video views within a year. In the
first two weeks of the season, hockey fans streamed 650 terabytes (that's 650 million
megabytes) of data on Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and on average 80,000 hockey
fans are using their mobiles or tablets to live stream or watch special camera angles
on the app each game night since the start of the season. Our investment in LTE-Advanced
will allow Rogers to meet its customers' growing demand for data.
"This is just the first step,"
says Laurence. "In the future, we'll be able to combine even more spectrum
to further enhance the video experience for our customers. We are the only network
focused on bringing customers the ultimate video experience on mobile."
LTE-Advanced is launching today
in Vancouver, Edmonton,
Toronto, Kingston,Moncton, Fredericton,
Halifax and Saint John, with more markets across the country to follow.