December 17, 2014
Pelmorex Media's Weather Company, Eltiempo.es, Recognized as Best and Most Popular Website in Spain
OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/
- Pelmorex Media Inc. is proud to announce Eltiempo.es
has been awardedSpain's "Best" and "Most Popular" website of
2014 in the category of weather and traffic services. Pelmorex acquired Eltiempo.es, Spain's leading
multi-platform weather information provider, in 2012.
awards, offered by MetrixLab reward the best websites of the year as evaluated by
content, usability and design. With over 230 nominees in over 19 categories, MetrixLab
received more than 142,000 votes to determine the best the internet has to offer
is a huge honour and accomplishment for Eltiempo.es," said Susana Rodriquez
Urgel, Managing Director, Eltiempo.es. "We are proud to be Spain's most popular
site for weather and weather-related content including our popular weather blog
authored by meteorologist José Antonio Maldonado."
launching in 2008, Eltiempo.es has become one of Spain's
most recognized websites offering visitors daily and long-range forecasts and weather-related
content for Spain. The site also provides
specialized weather reports including ski conditions, football forecasts, pollen
readings during the summer months and live radar maps.
was previously awarded "Most Popular Website" by MetrixLab in 2013.
December 17, 2014
Statement from Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on monetary penalties and paper bill fees
C-43, the Economic Action Plan Act, No. 2, recently received Royal Assent. Some
of the amendments adopted by Parliament grant new tools and responsibilities to
particular, the CRTC can now issue monetary penalties to any company or person
that violates the Telecommunications Act as well as related CRTC decisions or
regulations. Monetary penalties are an addition to our toolkit. They will
promote compliance with telecommunications laws and regulations. This will
ensure Canadians have access to a world-class communication system—one in which
there is sustainable competition and a choice of innovative content and
penalties also give the CRTC greater flexibility to tailor its enforcement
approach to each situation and to the facts before it. In some cases, a
monetary penalty might be the right approach. We will be providing further
guidance in the coming weeks on how and when the CRTC intends to use this new
to the Telecommunications Act and Broadcasting Act, under Bill C-43, have also
prohibited providers from charging customers a fee to receive paper bills for
wireless, Internet, telephone and television services. This includes
undertakings that the CRTC has exempted from holding a broadcasting licence.
are, however, conscious that some service providers may need to update their
billing systems to automatically remove these charges. In the meantime, the
Commission will consider operators to be in compliance if they manually make
adjustments to customer bills in the earliest available billing cycle, through
rebates or otherwise, thus reversing charges for paper bills. We encourage
providers to work proactively with their customers to ensure the most efficient
transition to implement this new legislative requirement.
December 17, 2014
Sports and History Collide in New HBO Canada Original Series SPORTS ON FIRE, Premiering January 9
(December 17, 2014) – Untold perspectives from moments when history and sports
collide are revealed in SPORTS ON FIRE, a six-part,
half-hour original documentary series from Movie Central and The Movie Network
debuting Friday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Each episode of SPORTS
ON FIRE brings a fresh angle and new insight into iconic moments in sport,
through interviews and archival footage presented in a rapid-paced,
our new series SPORTS ON FIRE, director Pete McCormack uses his sophisticated
lens to get a different perspective on pivotal and controversial moments in
history that we all thought we knew, through exclusive interviews with athletes
and coaches,” said Maria Hale, Vice President, Head of Content Distribution
& Pay TV, Corus Entertainment. “The series is sure to resonate with our
audience as it opens up a window into events that have shaped sports culture
and beyond, told in a way that can only be done on HBO Canada”.
makes this series unique is its ability to uncover rare insight from experts,
family members, and most importantly from the athletes who lived these
monumental experiences,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty
and Pay, Bell Media. “Whether viewers are sports lovers, history buffs, or a
fans of documentary film, SPORTS ON FIRE is compelling, must-watch television”.
and created by Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, I Am Bruce Lee), SPORTS ON FIRE digs
deep into moments where some of the world’s greatest athletes are caught up in
monumental events that change the course of history. These powerful stories are
told from the point of view of elite athletes, key witnesses, experts, and
historians including, nine-time gold-medalist and Olympic legend Mark Spitz,
Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, gold-medalist and Lance Armstrong teammate
Tyler Hamilton, and four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski.
the series premiere, SPORTS ON FIRE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into
the 1972 Summit Series, played at the height of the Cold War, as remembered by
journalists, Russian historians, and three unforgettable hockey legends.
Canadian greats Paul Henderson, Bobby Clarke, and Ken Dryden reflect on the
Series, questioning the boundaries and the potential glory of the
win-at-any-cost mentality that ultimately led to a stunning victory in Moscow.
subsequent episodes, premiering Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada,
the series delves into topics such as: the myths surrounding African American
athlete Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in
Hitler’s Germany; the story of Ankie Spitzer, who recalls the terror, secrets,
and incompetence that came to light after her husband, André Spitzer, along
with 10 other Israeli athletes, was slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the
confusion, hypocrisy, and challenges surrounding nearly a century of gender
testing of female athletes; Prohibition and bootlegging’s roots in NASCAR; and
the inside world of performance enhancing drugs.
on Jan. 9, HBO Canada welcomes back REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for its 13th
Season at 10 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of BANSHEE at 11
ON FIRE is produced by Project 10 Productions Inc. and Two 4 The Money
Media, in association with The Movie Network and Movie Central. Pete McCormack
is director and executive producer. Andrew Barnsley (SPUN OUT), Jeff Aghassi (The
Games of 1940), Kim Arnott (Emmy Award® winner, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour),
and Kevin Foley (Four Days In April: The Mike Weir Story) serve as executive
producers. The series is distributed internationally by eOne Distribution and
is produced with funding support from the Rogers Cable Network Fund. Production
Executives for Bell Media are Kara Haflidson and Robin Johnston. Corrie Coe is
Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is
Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President,
CTV Programming and Sports. Chris Bell is production executive for Movie
Central. Maria Hale is Vice President, Television, Pay TV, Corus Entertainment,
and Doug Murphy is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus
Entertainment. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie
Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western
Canada, SPORTS ON FIRE will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.
In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell
TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and
HBO Canada On Demand.
Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
December 16, 2014
McNulty Remastered! CraveTV Launches Critically Acclaimed HBO Drama THE WIRE in High Definition, January 4
(December 16, 2014) – Named by Entertainment Weekly in 2013 as the #1 all-time
greatest TV show ever, there’s no better way to start the New Year than with THE
WIRE – in all its remastered glory. CraveTVTM, Canada’s new premium TV
subscription on-demand video streaming service, announced today the release of
all 60 episodes of the award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO drama THE
WIRE in remastered, 16x9, full-frame, high definition on Sunday, January 4. CraveTV
is the exclusive Canadian home to HBO’s entire off-air library and is now
available for just $4/month.
up to the release of all five seasons of THE WIRE on CraveTV, viewers can
preview Season 1 for the first time in HD in a Bravo holiday marathon from Wednesday,
Dec. 31 through Saturday, Jan. 3, every night starting at 9 p.m. ET. The next
day, viewers can begin to relive the entire series on-demand on CraveTV.
is no doubt that THE WIRE is one of the greatest television series ever
created,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media.
“Now in HD, we are providing the best possible viewing experience for fans who
have always loved THE WIRE, and for viewers who have never gotten the chance,
they can watch from beginning to end, on demand.”
by David Simon (GENERATION KILL, TREME), and starring Dominic West (THE AFFAIR,
THE HOUR) and Michael Kenneth Williams (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, 12 Years A
Slave) THE WIRE takes place in Baltimore, Maryland depicting the city as a
place where institutional prerogatives, economic equalities, and a brutalizing
drug war confound the efforts to advance the city and its people. The first
season lays out the futility of the drug war, while Season 2 highlights the
deindustrialization and death of the working class. Season 3 introduces
Baltimore’s political culture and reveals the forces that stand in the path of
actual reform; Season 4 addresses the educational system and the actual
opportunities that remain for younger generations; and the fifth and final
season examines the media and its role in perpetuating the status quo.
December 16, 2014
New study finds the "always-on" marcom profession resembles a high stakes all-or-nothing sports game
Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - According to a new study, The Draper Effect, comprised exclusively
of Canadian marketing communications professionals, the glamour of the marketing
and advertising world is a myth. Rather,
the majority of executives (59 per cent) liken their profession to a high stakes
all-or-nothing sports game.
marketing and advertising world is often glamourized on TV and in Hollywood, but
this poll gives us a candid view into the real lives of executives in this field,"
said Louise Bérubé, director allocations and services, The National Advertising
Benevolent Society (NABS), which commissioned the poll on the Angus Reid Forum in
December 2014. "The marketing communications
industry has changed greatly over the past decade, and many industry executives
are overworking themselves just to keep up and win in today's increasingly competitive
an overwhelming majority of respondents (94 per cent) said that a marketer's creative
brain has no off-switch. Work ideas come
to them at all times of the day and night.
Perhaps this is also why the majority of those polled (65 per cent) admitted
they routinely answer work-related emails well after midnight and during "off-hours".
Four in 10 respondents (39 per cent) revealed that they've gotten stuck at the office
and ended up missing a significant family occasion such as an anniversary or birthday
within the past year.
often think that NABS' services are reserved for life and work crises, and they
presume that we're here for the industry only when problems reach a critical stage,"
explained Bérubé. "However, much of
our work is focused on proactively supporting our industry personnel in dealing
with the hiccups that arise in work and in life – before they turn into emergencies."
on the survey findings, the need to support life's little bumps may be greater than
it first appears.
being professional communicators, at least four in ten Canadian industry executives
(41 per cent) admit that they need help communicating with family or their better
half. But many feel they can't readily turn
to their social circles for immediate support: 45 per cent of respondents said they
would prefer to seek help on work or life issues anonymously first, before revealing
trouble to family or friends.
76 per cent of survey respondents said they were unfamiliar with the NABS organization,
a dynamic support system that provides services to all Canadian professionals in
the marketing communications industry.
want to spread the word within the industry that NABS offers support services including
private and anonymous career and financial counseling, a 24-hour toll-free helpline,
and our new LIFESPEAK series – an on-demand library of streaming video modules on
topics including parenting, elder care, physical and mental health, and professional
development," explains Bérubé. "Users are just a click away from speaking
confidentially to a counselor, or they have the option to meet a counselor through
the NABS helpline."
From November 24th, 2014 to December 1st, 2014 an online survey was conducted among
170 randomly selected English speaking Canadian adults 18+ who have an advertising,
marketing, communications and/or PR role and who are Angus Reid Forum panelists.
The margin of error, which measures sampling variability is +/- 7.5%, 19 times out
of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
December 16, 2014
AMI-télé, television that includes everyone, goes on air today!
MONTRÉAL, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - AMI-télé,
the world's first French-language network to present its entire schedule with open
described video, goes on air today. "It
is a big day for the blind or partially sighted, a defining moment in the journey
towards media accessibility for all of those who cannot enjoy television in its
traditional format," says David
Errington, President of Accessibilité Média Inc.
today, AMI-télé will offer a rich and varied schedule made up of popular recent
television programs and major classics from here and abroad. In the spring, AMI-télé will add original public
service and information programming. "Our mission is to both listen and to
give a voice. Our programming will meet the clearly expressed need for an entirely
accessible television schedule that is varied and includes both information and
entertainment as well as the best of what various local and international networks
have to offer. Major networks, producers, the UDA, everyone has been very generous
and welcomed the arrival of AMI-télé enthusiastically. Thanks to these partners,
AMI-télé will be able to offer a rich and varied schedule," said Philippe Lapointe, Vice-President,
Programming and Production, AMI-télé.
the other hand, AMI-télé's original programming has the specific mandate to serve
and inform our community about the issues that are of concern to them. It is essential
for us to provide a place for expression to those in our society who have less of
a voice," Lapointe says.
SERIES, SOAPS, CINEMA, PUBLIC AFFAIRS MAGAZINES, A VARIETY OF PROGRAMMING GOES ON
schedule offers a significant number of the most popular programming that will finally
be accessible to all thanks to open described video for the visually impaired and
to closed captioning for the hearing impaired.
December 16, 2014
Michener Awards Foundation announces 2015 deadlines
OTTAWA, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/
- The Michener Awards Foundation is alerting news organizations and journalists
to deadlines for the 2014 Michener Award and two fellowships that will be available
General David Johnston will present the 2014 Michener Award for Meritorious Public
Service Journalism at a ceremony next year at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Entries may be submitted
from January 2 until the February 20, 2015 deadline.
Foundation is also offering two fellowships in 2015, with the same deadline, February
20, for applications. The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism,
supported by BMO Financial Group, allows
an eligible journalist time to complete a reporting project that serves the public
interest. The Michener-Deacon Fellowship
for Journalism Education enables a journalist-in-residence at a Canadian journalism
school for a project that enhances the education of the recipient and journalism
students. Both fellowships provide $30,000
and $5,000 in expenses.
about the 2013 Michener Award and the 2014 fellowships are available on YouTube
and may be accessed, along with full details about entries and applications, on
the Foundation's website,www.michenerawards.ca
December 16, 2014
Two Groundbreaking New Series Come To ABC Spark
drama Recovery Road and docu-series My Transparent Life Set To Air
16, 2014 – Toronto, ON) – Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark announces two brand new
groundbreaking series set to come to the network including the scripted drama Recovery
Road and docu-series from Ryan Seacrest Productions, My Transparent Life.
on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, Recovery Road focuses on a teenage
girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t
think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor
and is forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie makes the difficult
decision to live with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility, while facing
the daily pressures of her teenage life. The pilot was written by Bert V. Royal
(Easy A) and Karen DiConcetto (Ruby & The Rockits) who will also serve as executive
producers alongside Craig Piligian (Abducted: The Carlina White Story) and Beth
Miller (Revenge of the Bridesmaids) from Pilgrim Studios, and Danielle VonZerneck
(Left to Die). Cast to be announced at a later date.
groundbreaking new reality series My Transparent Life centers on a teenager named
Ben who learns his parents are not only getting a divorce but also that his dad
is becoming a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they
support one another through this unexpected journey and watch Charlie slowly become
Carly, as she experiences the many stages of her transition from male to female.
The show is a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends supporting
one another through this unfamiliar and unexpected situation. The series will be
produced by Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, and George Moll for Ryan
Seacrest Productions, as well as Paul Barosse.
December 16, 2014
Paul Ski Retires from Rogers Radio; Rogers Media Appoints Three to Senior Leadership Team
(December 16, 2014) Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media, announced today that
Paul Ski will retire from his position as SVP & CEO of Radio and Regional Broadcast
Operations, effective December 31, and will be an advisor to Rogers for the next
three years. Pelley also announced today
the appointment of three new members to the Rogers Media Senior Leadership Team: Julie Adam as SVP of Radio, Navaid Mansuri as
VP of Content Partnerships, and Colette Watson as VP of Television & Operations.
more than 30 years of experience, the last seven of which have been with Rogers,
Ski is an industry trailblazer who was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Industry
Hall of Fame and honoured with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul at the helm, our radio brands have remained a market leader and are primed
for continued success We greatly appreciate
Paul’s thoughtful leadership and look forward to working with him in an advisory
role,” said Pelley. “During a time of significant
change in the media industry, we have identified three proven leaders that inspire
creativity and will build on our vision of delivering compelling content and innovation
across multiple platforms. Julie, Navaid
and Colette’s collective experience and passion position our existing and expanding
media portfolio for continued success.”
Mansuri and Watson will report to Pelley and join the Rogers Media Senior Leadership
assumes her new role on January 1 and will work together with Ski to ensure a seamless
transition. Adam joined Rogers in 1999 as
Program Director for KiSS 92.5 and has held increasingly senior roles during her
15-year tenure with the company. Most recently,
Adam served as VP of Programming, Radio, and Program Director at 98.1 CHFI, where
she developed the programming strategy for the company’s 51 radio stations across
Canada. In 2011, Adam received The Rosalie
Award, which is presented to influential women in Canadian broadcasting.
a newly created role following the company’s recent partnership announcement with
VICE, Mansuri is responsible for overseeing all facets of VICE in Canada, including
content, advertising, marketing, and finance, and will act as the liaison between
VICE Studio and Rogers. Mansuri will work
closely with the Consumer Business Unit, Customer Experience and IT at Rogers to
build and deliver world-class content. A
CPA with more than 20 years of media, business and accounting experience, Mansuri
has been with Rogers the last six years as VP of Finance & Programming at Sportsnet
and most recently as interim leader of Television & Broadcast Operations. Mansuri’s appointment is effective immediately.
will set the strategic direction for the company’s non-sports conventional, specialty
and community television assets, overseeing programming, production and operations
while innovating the viewer experience. Watson,
who will relocate to Toronto from Ottawa, has been with Rogers for 24 years, most
recently as VP, Rogers TV, focusing on the company’s 42 local community television
stations. Her experience with the company
also includes roles in regulatory, programming, and communications. For the last 13 years, Watson served as President
and GM of CPAC, and is a past recipient of the Trailblazer of the Year award by
Canadian Women in Communications. Watson’s
appointment is effective immediately.
December 16, 2014
W Network Launches Two Sneak Peeks of Say Yes to the Dress Canada on YouTube
16, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) W Network offers fans an advanced look at the anticipated
series Say Yes to the Dress Canada with exclusive sneak peek clips on W Network's YouTube channel leading up to the premiere. The series
features brides from across Canada as they shop for their dream dress with loved
ones and premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. and
10:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network. To view the trailer, please click here. Produced by Temple Street
Productions in association with W Network and based on the popular format created
by Half Yard Productions for TLC.
Episode 1: Men on Deck – The clip
previews the first episode of Say Yes to the Dress Canada.
Episode 3: Fashion Forward – The clip
previews the third episode of Say Yes to the Dress Canada which features Canadian
fashion icon, Jeanne Beker.
Say Yes to the Dress Canada, brides-to-be are on a search for the perfect gown to
match their style, image and budget. It’s not always easy with family and friends
at their side offering their unfiltered opinions. Filmed at one of Canada’s leading
bridal destinations, Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Toronto, the series goes behind-the-scenes
and uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to ensure each bride is completely
satisfied on what may be the single most important day of her life. The series stars
bridal stylist and fashion dynamo, Joseph, who brings his extensive experience working
for some of Canada’s top fashion retailers and A-list celebrities to the show. It
also features bridal boutique owners Sam and Rachelle, seamstress Maria and Amanda-Lina’s
team of seasoned bridal consultants.
season features Canadian bridal appointments including Olympic Bobsledder Emily
Baadsvik and fiancé, CFL star Dimitri Tsoumpas; Lily, whose entourage includes her
godmother, fashion icon Jeanne Beker; Sharon, whose 88 year-old Matron of Honour
and grandmother helps to pick out the perfect dress; best friends who fulfill a
childhood dream of shopping for dresses together; and the bride who has tried on
50 gowns before coming to Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique.
1: Men on Deck airs Wednesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
When men join the entourage for dress shopping, things can get very interesting!
Natalie arrives with her stylish best friend Leo who is tasked with giving her the
male perspective on each dress, while Amber brings her brother, who has offered
to pay for her dream dress.
2: Preconceived Notions airs Wednesday, January 7 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Brides come to the salon everyday knowing exactly what they want - or do they? Amy
arrives set on a fitted dress but gets confused when she tries on a ball gown. Ainsley
arrives with eyes for lace but no lace dresses wow her. Can they let go of their
original visions to find the one?
3: Fashion Forward airs Wednesday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Fashion forward entourage members hit the sofa to help the brides in their lives
find the perfect dress. Lily brings her godmother and fashion icon Jeanne Beker
to weigh in on her dress possibilities, while Qwyn takes advice from her mom, a
fashion stylist, who lives in Milan.
4: Kids at Play airs Wednesday, January 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Bringing kids to a bridal appointment makes wedding dress shopping a family affair.
Janie has traveled across the country with her fiancée and their two children to
find her dream dress. Alyssa needs to find
a wedding dress that suits her and her two-year-old daughter.
view a trailer of Say Yes to the Dress Canada, please click here. To download high-res images
click here. For more information about
the series, please click here.
December 16, 2014
Bravo’s Acclaimed Original Drama 19-2 Returns With Emotionally-Charged Episode, January 19
(December 16, 2014) – Bravo announced today that Season 2 of its gripping original
drama 19-2 premieres Monday, Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. ET. In the stirring Season 2 premiere
“School”, the entire squad is embroiled in an intensely tragic school shooting with
consequences that will profoundly impact all of their lives. The episode has been
recreated for English audiences by renowned director Podz, who directed the same episode of the original French-Canadian
version of 19-2 to critical acclaim. The tragic events that unfold in the premiere
episode set the stage for Season 2’s overarching themes of introspection, trust
and loyalty. A first look at the premiere episode is available
1 of 19-2 was Bravo’s #1 original series, drawing an average of nearly 200,000 viewers
per episode. Throughout its entire run, the series attracted 3.4 million unique
viewers. For viewers looking to catch up on 19-2, Bravo is marathoning Season 1
of 19-2 in its entirety, beginning Sunday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. ET. All episodes from
Season 1 are also immediately available on demand on CraveTV.
first season showcased the quiet intensity of this series, with carefully crafted
characters and dramatic storylines that resonated with viewers,” said Tracey Pearce,
Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Season 2, including the emotional
season premiere, raises the bar on this compelling drama, and we are confident it
will continue to recruit fans.”
up where Season 1 left off, Season 2 sees Ben under pressure from the Sécurité du
Québec (SQ) to uncover the identity of a mole at Station 19. Ben begins to secretly
investigate his own squad, further complicating both his partnership with Nick,
and their burgeoning friendship. As previously announced, Season 2 introduces
two, new characters; Cassius Clement a.k.a. Kaz (Richard Chevolleau, SAVING HOPE),
Nick’s charming, career-criminal cousin; and Rita (Lisa Berry, NIKITA), Kaz’s girlfriend.
also sees the return of Nick’s ex-wife, Isabelle Latendresse (Maxim Roy, HEARTLAND);
Nick’s former lover, officer Audrey Pouliot (Laurence Lebeouf, DURHAM COUNTY); angry
beat-cop and Nick’s antagonist, J.M. Brouillard (Dan Petronijevic, SAVING HOPE);
officer Tyler Joseph (Benz Antoine, THE LISTENER), the good-humoured beat cop struggling
with alcohol addiction; Tyler’s brazen, no-nonsense partner Béatrice Hamelin (Mylène
Dinh-Robic, THE LISTENER); straight-shooting Sergeant Julien Houle (Conrad Pla,
THE LISTENER); and Marcel Gendron, the manipulative District Commander (Bruce Ramsay,
is co-produced by Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media in association with Bell Media.
Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschênes and Virginia Rankin from Sphère Média
Plus, and Luc Châtelain from Echo Media. Executive Producer Bruce Smith (DURHAM
COUNTY) also acts as showrunner and writer. Jesse McKeown (DAVINCI’S INQUEST) is
co-executive producer. 19-2 is an English-adaptation of the hit Québec series from
the creators and stars of the original, Réal Bossé and Claude Legault and director
Podz. Directors are Louis Choquette, Érik Canuel, and Podz (Daniel Grou.) Production
Executives for Bell Media are Michele McMahon and Tom Hastings. Trish Williams is
Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President,
Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty
and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.
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December 16, 2014
Cineflix’s New Documentary Explores The Quest for Gold
- Special documentary chronicles humankind’s insatiable
and often bloody quest for one of the most precious metals on Earth -
– December 16, 2014 – The history of gold on Earth began eons ago when gold-rich
meteorites bombarded the planet. Billions of years later, we're still obsessed with
the glittering metal. Ever since we first laid eyes on it, we’ve been trying to
unearth as much gold as humanly possible. Recounting this astonishing and often
violent saga, Cineflix’s all-new two-hour documentary special The Quest for Gold
premieres Sunday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel in
state-of-the-art CGI with archival footage and cinematic historical drama, The Quest
for Gold travels through time to revisit some of the most significant chapters in
our quest. It also reveals today’s techniques for finding, mining, and refining
gold, and interviews key players like the legendary tycoon Donald Trump, experts
at Barrick Goldstrike Mine in Nevada, and London art and antique dealer Wartski
to help understand our obsession with the metal that never loses its luster.
Quest for Gold uncovers the painstaking efforts we undertake to get our hands on
the most prized precious metal,” said Jacqueline Bynon, Executive Producer, Cineflix.
“From the panhandlers of the Great California Gold Rush to today’s massive mines,
The Quest for Gold brings this epic story to life.”
by Cineflix, the two-hour documentary will also air on ICI Explora in French Canada
during Summer 2015.
Quest for Gold is a Cineflix (Gold) Inc. production, in association with National
Geographic Channels and ICI Explora. Alex Bystram and Jacqueline Bynon are among
the Executive Producers for Cineflix. The documentary is based on the book Gold
by Matthew Hart and is distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights.
December 16, 2014
Broadcasting Accessibility Fund
Accessibility Fund Issues First Call for Letters of Intent
December 16, 2014 – The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) today
announced it has issued its first “Call for Letters of Intent”, an initial step
for those interested in applying to the Fund, which is mandated to provide
financial support for initiatives that advance accessibility to broadcasting
content for Canadians with disabilities.
Fund has elected to take an approach which will request that anyone interested
in applying for a grant first tell us about their proposed initiative,” said
Board of Directors Chair Allister Byrne. “We’re interested in finding out about
their ideas through a brief letter to us, to ensure that specific initiatives
are in line with the Fund’s mandate.”
the past several months, we’ve heard some great ideas from a number of groups,
organizations, researchers and others about ways of improving access to
broadcasting content across various platforms,” said the Fund’s CEO/Funding
Officer Richard Cavanagh. “It seems logical to ask for a brief summary of any
proposal before taking on the work of a full application to the Fund.”
way, we’ll be able to let anyone who’s interested in applying for a grant know
whether they’re on the right track, very early in the process,” said Mr.
Byrne added, “Once the Grant Committee of the Board has reviewed a Letter of
Intent, we’ll get in touch with the potential applicant to let them know
whether their proposal fits our mandate, or perhaps needs a bit of work, or is
simply not a match for our objectives. We’ll request a full application from
those we wish to proceed with.”
interested in submitting a Letter of Intent to the Fund, in English or French
are invited to visit www.baf-far.ca and follow the links to Call for Letters and
How to Apply. Alternative formats are welcome; simply contact the Fund’s
deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent to the Fund is March 12, 2015.
Broadcasting Accessibility Fund was established as an independent and impartial
funding body supporting innovative projects to increase the accessibility of
broadcasting content in Canada. The fund
was created as part of the tangible benefits package associated with Bell
Canada’s acquisition of CTV. The
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved its
creation together with initial funding of $5.7M.
Richard Cavanagh, CEO/Funding Officer, Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, (613)
December 16, 2014
Sportsnet To Broadcast Two-Part Original Series: Road To The NHL Winter Classic and Road To The NHL Stadium Series
(December 16, 2014) Sportsnet takes hockey fans off the ice and behind the scenes
to experience the drama and grit of the National Hockey League with the two-part,
eight-episode original series, Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ and Road To The NHL
Stadium Series™. The first episode of Road
To The NHL Winter Classic makes its exclusive Canadian television premiere on Tuesday,
Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet
by Rogers and the NHL, and produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg,
the first part of the series, Road To The NHL Winter Classic, narrated by actor
Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave, Lincoln) gives fans an all-access look at the Chicago
Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they get ready to face off in the 2015 Bridgestone
NHL Winter Classic® in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
To The NHL Stadium Series - the second part of the series - shifts its focus to
the west coast, as the reigning Stanley Cup® Champion Los Angeles Kings® and the
San Jose Sharks® get ready for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ in Santa
Clara, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 21.
the home of hockey in Canada, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver comprehensive coverage
of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Thursday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET / 10
a.m. PT on CBC, and the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ on Saturday, Feb. 21
at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (channel allocation to be determined).
schedule for remaining episodes will be announced at a later date. All episodes
will be available on Video-On-Demand and paired with exclusive video content available
December 15, 2014
Risky Business: High-Flying Daredevils Realize With No Risk, There’s No Business in Breathtaking New Series AIRSHOW, Premiering January 26 on Discovery
(December 15, 2014) – From the ground, it can look rather glamorous, but every
year more airshow pilots are tragically killed than in any other job in
entertainment. Pilots who survive on the airshow circuit need to be part
salesman, part stuntman, and partly unhinged! A 12-episode original
Canadian series produced exclusively for Discovery, AIRSHOW airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan.
26. The series is the uniquely-told story of courage and danger in a world fueled
by a volatile mix of skill, bravado, and science. Using the latest camera
technology to take viewers on an unforgettable ride, AIRSHOW is a perfect mix
of eye candy and stomach-churning story, showcasing these incredible
personalities driven to follow their dreams in pursuit of one of the most
dangerous part-time professions on the planet.
for Discovery by Great Pacific TV – the makers of
the highly successful HIGHWAY THRU HELL franchise which is coming off a
landmark season as the network’s most-watched of any series in the past four
years – AIRSHOW reveals a world where crews know the harder they push, either
on the ground and in the air, the more likely they are to succeed. But
push too hard and they’ll crash. Money is always tight, and there are never
enough bookings to pay the bills, as a steady stream of newbies are constantly
trying to undercut the veterans. AIRSHOW follows the lives of pilots,
performers, producers, and technicians through an airshow season, as they face
breakdowns, bad weather, and each other’s egos, leaving viewers sure to ask
themselves how this can be a job people are dying to do.
exhilarating AIRSHOW experience continues at Discovery.ca with exclusive
video, photo galleries, and episode information – updated throughout the run of
the series. Viewers can extend their experience on mobile via the Discovery
App, and join the AIRSHOW conversation on show-specific social platforms Facebook and Twitter.
from the first two episodes of AIRSHOW:
“Cleared for Take Off”
Monday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
In the series premiere, a new AIRSHOW season begins with tragedy striking
early. Former bush pilot and airline owner ‘Super Dave’ Mathieson has cashed
in everything to chase his high-flying dreams. Piloting a half-million-dollar
aerobatic plane, Mathieson is willing to risk it all to become an AIRSHOW star.
Meanwhile, tornados threaten to destroy wing walker Carol Pilon’s vintage biplane
before her season even gets off the ground.
“Light the Fires”
Monday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
The Patriots Jet Team, the only
private, all-volunteer jet team in North America, fires up for its most
ambitious AIRSHOW season ever! Owner Randy Howell hasn’t flown for the team in
two years but is forced to climb back into the cockpit of one of the team’s
jets just days before their first show. Meanwhile, superstar Sean D. Tucker struggles with
thin air and deadly flying conditions on the edge of the Rocky Mountains.
is produced by Great Pacific TV in association with Discovery Canada. Executive
Producer is Mark Miller (HIGHWAY THRU HELL). The series producer is Neil Thomas
(PYROS). Bruce Glawson is Production Executive, Discovery Networks. Edwina Follows
is Director of Commissioning, Discovery Networks. Ken MacDonald is
Vice-President, Programming, Discovery Networks.
December 15, 2014
Archer Gets Back To Business
15, 2014 – Toronto, ON) – The world’s ‘greatest’ spy Sterling Archer and
his fellow covert team get back to business in Season 6 of Archer premiering on
a new night, Thursday, January 8, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT in the Fred at Night
programming block; day-and-date with the U.S.
Emmy-Award nominated series follows the international spy agency and the lives
of its employees in the half-hour animated comedy. Although their work of
espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is
daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually
just another excuse for the staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other
for personal gain. In Season 6, the irreverent adventures continue as the spy
team returns to their duties at office headquarters and Sterling Archer
attempts to navigate fatherhood.
series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the highly skilled and
incredibly vain master spy Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler as Archer’s fellow
agent and ex-girlfriend, Lana Kane; Jessica Walter as Archer’s domineering
mother and spy agency director, Malory Archer; Chris Parnell as the easily
intimidated comptroller-turned secret agent Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer as
Malory’s loquacious, dingbat secretary, Cheryl; Amber Nash as the discordant director
of human resources, Pam Poovey; Adam Reed as the gay voice of reason, Ray
Gillette; and Lucky Yates as the spy agency’s possibly mad scientist/possibly
clone of himself, Krieger.
up to the epic return of the series, TELETOON at Night will air a lineup of
favourite Archer episodes every weeknight starting December 29 to January 7 at 10
p.m. ET/PT. Season 6 episodes will be available for viewers to stream every
Friday on the TELETOON at Night video player, following their premiere each
can join the social conversation with TELETOON at Night (@teletoonatnight) and
other viewers on Twitter during a special live-tweeting event during the season
premiere on Thursday, January 8 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET using #Archer
launch of Archer Season 6 will be supported by an extensive four week marketing
campaign, which includes out-of-home transit, fitness centres, restaurants and
taxi tops, along with a television and extensive digital buy.
TELETOON at Night – Best of Archer Programming
Airs from December 29 to January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
“Baby Shower” airs Monday,
“On The Carpet” airs Tuesday,
“Legs” airs Wednesday,
Thursday, January 1
“Fugue & Riffs” airs Monday, January 5
“A Debt of Honor” airs Tuesday, January 6
“Rules of Extraction” airs Wednesday, January 7
”The Holdout” (Season 6 Premiere) airs
Thursday, January 8*
December 15, 2014
Five New Series and Six Returning Hits Bolster CTV’s 2015 Mid-Season Schedule as Hit Original Series MASTERCHEF CANADA, SPUN OUT, and MOTIVE all Return with New Seasons
(December 15, 2014) – CTV is set to deliver TV’s top series week-after-week in
the new year, as the network announced its 2015 mid-season schedule today.
Kicking off the season is the new, big-buzz, Captain America-inspired,
seven-part television event MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (Jan. 6), which joins a
heroic line-up of the fall’s returning ‘super’ hits, including new breakout
series GOTHAM and THE FLASH, as well as Top 10 hits ARROW and MARVEL’S
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
new year also features a delicious trio of some of the best in Canadian
reality, comedy, and drama as brand new seasons of three CTV Original Series
return: Season 2 of hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA (Feb. 8);
Season 2 of workplace sitcom SPUN OUT (March 5); and Season 3 of crime drama MOTIVE
(March 8). Viewers can also look forward to the return of new Season 3 episodes
of the #1 Canadian drama SAVING HOPE, beginning with a special two-hour event Jan.
7. SPUN OUT, MOTIVE, and SAVING HOPE mid-season debuts will also be made available
as CraveTVTM First Looks, one day
prior to their television broadcast premieres.
headlining CTV’s mid-season schedule, and loaded with star power, is new
murder-thriller SECRETS AND LIES (March 1) starring Ryan Phillippe (DAMAGES);
cyber-crime procedural CSI: CYBER (March 4), starring Emmy® Award winner and Golden
Globe® nominee Patricia Arquette (MEDIUM); Oscar® winner John Ridley’s new TV
drama AMERICAN CRIME (March 5), starring Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Award
winner Felicity Huffman (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and Oscar and Golden Globe Award
winner Timothy Hutton (LEVERAGE); and new comedy THE ODD COUPLE (Feb. 19),
starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Perry (GO ON).
returning to the CTV line-up with new seasons are culinary competition series MASTERCHEF
JUNIOR (Jan. 6 on CTV Two), Emmy Award-winning singing competition THE VOICE (Feb.
23 on CTV Two), and the 26th installment of THE AMAZING RACE (Feb. 25).
last week’s Golden Globe nominations, THE 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (Jan.
11) kicks off a long list of big ticket events on CTV this winter, including SUPER
BOWL XLIX (Feb. 1), THE 87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (Feb. 22), and THE 2015 JUNO
AWARDS (March 15).
can catch up on full episodes of CTV series live and on demand on the CTV GO
app and at CTV.ca
(visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
the heels of our best fall season in a decade, CTV heads into its mid-season
schedule packed with the winter’s heaviest-hitters,” said Phil King, President
- CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “Loaded with returning fan favourites
that consistently deliver huge audiences, and now bolstered with the seasons
most-anticipated new and returning series including some of the best in
Canadian television, CTV is set to deliver yet another line-up of
not-to-be-missed television all season long.”
of CTV’s mid-season schedule:
to the Schedule:
MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (Special two-hour
premiere airs Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; moves to regular Tuesdays
at 9 p.m. ET/PT timeslot beginning Jan. 13 on CTV)
Captain America’s Hayley Atwell, MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER is a seven-part
television event following the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has
dealt secret agent Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself
marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the
covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing
administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while
trying to navigate life as a single woman in America in the wake of losing the
love of her life – Steve Rogers. The series is inspired by the feature films Captain
America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with
the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. Written by Captain America: The Winter
Soldier’s Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, executive producers are Tara
Butters and Michele Fazekas (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT),
Christopher Markus, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Stephen McFeely (Captain
America: The Winter Soldier), Chris Dingess (CHAOS), and Alan Fine, Joe
Quesada, Stan Lee, and Jeph Loeb (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.).
THE ODD COUPLE (Thursdays at 8:30
p.m. ET/PT, beginning Feb. 19 on CTV)
ODD COUPLE stars Matthew Perry (GO ON) as endearing slob Oscar Madison, and
Thomas Lennon (We’re The Millers) as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former
college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their
marriages. It’s not long after Oscar lets Felix move in that Oscar fears he’s
made a monumental mistake. However, despite how exasperated they make each
other, these mismatched friends agree they can help each other move on from
their divorces and somehow make this crazy living arrangement work. Wendell
Pierce (TREME), Lindsay Sloane (WEEDS), and Yvette Nicole Brown (COMMUNITY)
also star. Perry, along with Bob Daily (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), Sarah Timberman
(UNFORGETTABLE), Carl Beverly (UNFORGETTABLE), Eric Tannenbaum (TWO AND A HALF
MEN), and Kim Tannenbaum (TWO AND A HALF MEN) are executive producers. THE ODD
COUPLE is a reboot of Neil Simon’s series of the same name.
SECRETS AND LIES (Sundays at 9 p.m.
ET/PT, beginning March 1 with a special two-hour premiere on CTV)
Garner (Ryan Phillippe, DAMAGES) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder
suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbour's young son in the woods.
As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis, THE FIRM) digs for the truth, the
secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above
suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a
complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from writer
Barbie Kligman (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) based on the original Australian series of
the same name. Executive producers are Kligman, Aaron Kaplan (THE MYSTERIES OF
LAURA), Tracey Robertson (THE STRANGE CALLS), and Nathan Mayfield (THE STRANGE
CSI: CYBER (Wednesdays at 10
p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 4 on CTV)
CYBER stars Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Patricia Arquette
(MEDIUM) in a drama inspired by the advanced technological work of real-life
Cyber psychologist Mary Aiken. Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) heads the
Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal
activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world.
She also knows firsthand how today’s technology allows people to hide in the
shadows of the Internet and commit serious crimes of global proportion. While
other agents search for criminals in dark homes and alleys, Ryan searches the
“dark net,” a place deep in the bowels of the Web where criminals are
anonymous, money is untraceable, and where everything is for sale with just a
keystroke. CSI: CYBER also stars James Van Der Beek (FRIENDS WITH BETTER
LIVES), Peter MacNicol (GREY’S ANATOMY), Shad Moss (ENTOURAGE),
Charley Koontz and Hayley Kiyoko. Emmy Award winner Ann Donahue (CSI), Carol
Mendelsohn (CSI), Anthony Zuiker (CSI), Pam Veasey, and Emmy Award winners
Jerry Bruckheimer (THE AMAZING RACE), and Jonathan Littman (THE AMAZING RACE) are
executive producers. CSI: CYBER is the third CSI spin-off joining CSI: MIAMI
and CSI: NY.
AMERICAN CRIME (Thursdays at 10
p.m. ET/PT, Beginning March 5 on CTV)
directed, and produced by John Ridley, the producer and writer of the Oscar and
Golden Globe Award-winning film 12 Years A Slave, and starring Oscar nominee
and Golden Globe Award winner Felicity Huffman (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and Oscar
and Golden Globe Award winner Timothy Hutton (LEVERAGE), AMERICAN CRIME follows
a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt
Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely
hanging on. Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while
four suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the
community stirring up tensions across racial lines – from the point of view of
Returning CTV and CTV Two Series:
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season 3) (Tuesdays
at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 6 on CTV Two)
spin-off culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of 8
and 13 who love to cook, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is based on the
hugely successful U.K. format and extends the MASTERCHEF brand in the U.S. to
include a younger group of aspiring masterchefs. Produced by Shine America and
One Potato Two Potato, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives budding cooks the
exciting opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts, and passion for
food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Similar to
MASTERCHEF, Ramsay is joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del
Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed Chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot
Bistro) on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR
panel. Together, the celebrated food experts coach and encourage the promising
hopefuls to cook like a pro, and teach them the tricks of the trade along the
MASTERCHEF CANADA (Season 2)
(Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Feb. 8 on CTV)
year after its smash-hit debut on CTV, MASTERCHEF CANADA is back to dish out a
second helping of food-driven drama and excitement. The ultimate culinary
competition offers home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate
their skill and passion, as they compete for $100,000 and the title of Canada’s
next MasterChef. Esteemed judges Michael Bonacini (O&B restaurant empire),
Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Origin
Restaurants) return to the kitchen to take home cooks on a culinary journey
through a series of Mystery Box, Pressure Test, and team challenges. Averaging
1.8 million viewers in its inaugural season, MASTERCHEF CANADA became the
most-watched Canadian series in the country for the 2013/14 broadcast season,
and is the first and only homegrown series in more than a decade to land in the
Top 10 list for A25-54 and A18-49*.
THE AMAZING RACE (Season 26) (Special
90-minute premiere airs Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; moves to
regular Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, beginning Feb. 27 on CTV)
26th installment of THE AMAZING RACE makes its winter premiere in February,
with a special 90-minute episode. THE AMAZING RACE is an eight-time Emmy
Award-winning adventure reality series hosted by Emmy-nominated host Phil
Keoghan, which pits teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on
a trek around the world. At every destination, each team competes in a series
of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are
completed do they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest
behind are gradually eliminated as the competition progresses, with the first
team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.
THE VOICE (Season 8) (Mondays
and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Feb. 23 on CTV Two)
Emmy Award-winning singing competition THE VOICE returns with a special
two-hour premiere on CTV Two, featuring the strongest vocalists invited to
compete on the blockbuster vocal competition show's eighth season.
Internationally acclaimed artist Christina Aguilera makes her return in the red
chair, alongside returning mega-stars Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell
Williams as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Daly continues to serve as
host. The show's innovative format features five stages of competition: the
blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts, the live playoffs and,
finally, the live performance shows.
SPUN OUT (Season 2)
(Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 5 on CTV)
of the most-watched new comedies last season, original workplace sitcom SPUN
OUT centres on Dave Lyons (Dave Foley, KIDS IN THE HALL), the head of an established
PR firm, staffed with people who can spin everyone’s problems but their own. Season
2 of SPUN OUT brings a whole new set of adventures for the DLPR gang. Beckett (Paul
Campbell, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) tries to execute the perfect casual relationship
with a documentary filmmaker, Nelson (Al Mukadam, RADIO FREE ROSCOE) questions
his ability to keep up on trends, and Dave goes head to head with his ex-wife
from a rival PR firm. Also in store this season, Gordon (Darcy Michael) gets
trapped in an elevator, Bryce (J.P. Manoux, COMMUNITY) develops an internet
addiction, Stephanie (Rebecca Dalton, THE L.A. COMPLEX) realizes Abby (Holly
Deveaux, LESS THAN KIND) is a conversation ninja and exploits it by making her
a brand influencer, and the team tries to piece together the details after a
night of debauchery.
MOTIVE (Season 3) (Sundays
at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 8 on CTV)
dramatic Season 2 finale of original Canadian crime drama MOTIVE saw Detective
Angie Flynn’s (Kristin Lehman, THE KILLING) past and present fatally collide
when her involvement in a new trial about an old case called everything she
stood for as a detective into question. With Sergeant Cross (Warren Christie,
ALPHAS) at the centre of it all, and the personal toll he paid as the price in
the end, viewers were left wondering if Angie was calling it quits as a member
of the homicide team. The third season picks up six months later – with a
burnt-out Angie having left the homicide team. But a case with direct personal
implications for her beloved partner Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira, SGU
STARGATE UNIVERSE) draws her back into the fold. MOTIVE also stars Brendan
Penny (THE ASSISTANTS) as the team’s ambitious Detective Brian Lucas and Lauren
Holly (NCIS) as the team’s lead medical examiner, Dr. Betty Rogers.
addition to exciting series debuts and the return of fan favourites hits,
viewers can also look forward to all-new episodes of the fall’s biggest hits on
CTV, including; THE MENTALIST (Jan. 1), before the series bows out with a
two-hour series finale Feb. 18, RESURRECTION (Jan. 4), GOTHAM (Jan. 5), FOREVER
(Jan. 5), PERSON OF INTEREST (Jan. 6), HOT IN CLEVELAND (Jan. 6 on CTV Two), ANGER
MANAGEMENT (Jan. 6 on CTV Two), THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (Jan. 7 on CTV Two), THE
BIG BANG THEORY (Jan. 8), and SHARK TANK (Jan. 9). Following their winter
hiatus GREY’S ANATOMY (Jan. 29) is back Thursdays nights in its new 7 p.m.
ET/PT timeslot; plus HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (Jan. 29), ONCE UPON A TIME
(March 1), and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (March 3) all return. Family
sitcom, THE GOLDBERGS (Feb 25), moves from Thursday nights to its new Wednesdays
at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT timeslot on CTV.
officially kicks off awards season in January with THE 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE
AWARDS (Sunday, Jan. 11 live across the country at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CTV).
Hosted by Golden Globe Award winners Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third
year in a row, the ceremony celebrates the best in television and film and is
broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. CTV is also home to
the biggest night in Hollywood as award-winning star of the stage and screen
Neil Patrick Harris hosts THE 87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (Sunday, Feb. 22 live
across the country at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on CTV) for the first time. The
star-studded ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood &
Highland Center® in Hollywood. Meanwhile, THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS (Sunday, March
15 on CTV) will broadcast from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre, featuring
performances by Hedley, Kiesza, MAGIC!, Shawn Mendes, and more.
profile and big-buzz events continue on CTV with SUPER BOWL XLIX (Sunday, Feb.
1 at 6 p.m. ET on CTV), featuring a performance by global superstar Katy Perry,
who headlines the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLIX HALFTIME SHOW from University of
Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The big ticket event determines the NFL champion
for the 2014 season.
December 15, 2014
BravoFACTUAL Announces Award Recipients from December 11 Jury Meeting
(December 15, 2014) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist
Canadian Talent) announced today the eight BravoFACTUAL award recipients from the December 11 jury
meeting. A total of $360,000 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the
production of short documentary films. This month, BravoFACT is also pleased to
announce the addition of CTV’s W5 award-winning investigative reporter Victor Malarek as a guest juror.
to establish itself on both national and international platforms, it was
announced earlier this week that David Ridgen’s BravoFACT-funded film Love Song for the Apocalypse, will
have its world premiere at Utah’s Slamdance 2015 in January. Recent
successes by BravoFACT-funded shorts also include five BravoFACT-funded films
– Julia Julep, The Portal, The Match, Bastards, and Detention – that were
represented at the 2014 Edmonton International Film Festival
BravoFACTUAL fund recipients from the December 11, 2014 jury meeting are:
Carollers –Theresa Wynnyk (Director/Producer)
Conversations With A Dead Prime Minister – Daniel Roher (Director), Kristy
Neville (Producer), Jamie Kastner (Producer)
The Mennonite Joke – Orlando Braun (Director), Jorge Requena (Producer)
My Brother The Outlaw – Adam Gray (Director/Producer), Andrew Gray (Director)
The Night I Shot Marilyn – Matt Zimbel (Director/Producer), JF Graton
One Big Breath – Duncan McDowall (Director/Producer)
Terranova Matadora – Carolyn Hayward – Rhonda Buckley (Director/Producer)
Tilting At Windmills – Matt Gallagher (Director), John Doherty (Director),
Cornelia Principe (Producer)
next submission deadline for BravoFACTUAL is April 1, 2015. The next submission
deadline for BravoFACT is May 15, 2015.
his career in 1968, Victor Malarek has been a prominent figure in the world of
journalism for 46 years. Malarek made a name for himself as police reporter for
The Montreal Star. Joining The Globe and Mail in 1981, Malarek won three
Michener Awards over his 14-year career with the paper. During that period, he
also wrote the autobiographical Hey Malarek, depicting the journalist’s
turbulent early years, and life under Quebec’s child protection system,
inspiring a feature film Malarek. Malarek earned a Gemini Award in 1997 and a
fourth Michener Award for his work as host/reporter for the CBC program THE FIFTH
ESTATE. Malarek moved to CTV’s W5 in 2000 as Senior Reporter, and continues to
be an advocate for societal change over his 14 years with W5. Malarek has also
penned the non-fiction books Haven’s Gate, Merchants of Misery, Gut Instinct,
The Natashas – Inside The Global Sex Trade, The Johns – Sex for Sale and the
Men Who Buy It, and most recently published his first novel Orphanage 41 which
was inspired by his reporting on trafficked women.
information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.
December 15, 2014
STEVE PAIKIN APPOINTED DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR
journalist appointed to the Faculty of Communication & Design
December 15, 2014 --- Steve Paikin, Canadian journalist, author, producer, and
anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin,
has been appointed a distinguished visiting professor in The RTA School of
Media and The School of Journalism in the Faculty of Communication & Design
at Ryerson University. His appointment begins January 1st, 2015.
the course of his more than three-decades-long career, Paikin has held
reporting jobs in private radio and print media and is best known as the face
of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Since joining TVO in 1992, he has
produced several feature documentaries and has sat in the anchor chair for more
than two decades. Paikin is a leading media figure on the Canadian political
landscape; he is the author of four books on Canadian politics and has acted as
moderator for six federal and provincial election leaders’ debates.
a seasoned, well-respected journalist, Steve Paikin brings a wealth of insight
and expertise that will be of tremendous benefit to our students,” said Mohamed
Lachemi, provost and vice president academic. “His real world experience will
give students an understanding of the ever changing media industry.”
opportunity to engage with a leader in Canadian public broadcasting with a
unique perspective on Canada, current affairs and politics, is something that
both journalism and RTA students look forward to,” said Gerd Hauck, dean,
a distinguished visiting professor Paikin will meet with faculty members and
students to offer advice and information, and will participate in
workshops, events and discussions on the latest developments in the world
of broadcast journalism and current affairs. He will also deliver guest
lectures and be available to advise students in both schools on their
potential career trajectories.
very pleased to take on this role with Ryerson,” said Paikin. “I’ve enjoyed
offering students advice over the years, and I’m looking forward to sharing my
experiences at a time when journalism is undergoing some pretty profound
Paikin received his Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of Toronto and his master's degree in broadcast journalism
from Boston University. In 2013, Paikin was appointed chancellor of Laurentian
University in Sudbury. The same year, he was made an Officer of the Order of
Canada, invested into the Order of Ontario, and elected to the Hamilton
(Ontario) Gallery of Distinction. He holds honorary doctorates from Victoria
University, Laurentian University and Humber College.
visiting appointments enable Ryerson students, faculty and staff to connect
with highly regarded leaders in various fields. Learn more about Ryerson’s
distinguished visiting appointments at
December 12, 2014
A New Guinness World Records® Title! CraveTV Cravers Reach 91 Hours and Break the Guinness World Records® Title for Longest Marathon Watching TV
(December 12, 2014) – Success! Bell Media’s promotional campaign for the launch
of its new subscription on-demand video streaming service, CraveTVTM –
available now – saw four “Cravers” break the Guinness World Records mark for
the Longest Marathon Watching TV.
Blake Cronyn, Jasmin Shim, Cam Healy, and Lisa Matlock successfully completed a
91-hour marathon viewing session in a highly visible, fully-functional living
space situated at Bell Media headquarters in Toronto earlier today. After
starting Monday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET, the Cravers officially beat the world
record at 7:01 a.m. ET this morning, but continued until 8 a.m. ET with another
episode of SEINFELD. Earlier this week, Devon Ferguson, a filmmaker from
Vancouver, left the CraveTV House after watching almost 44 hours of CraveTV
content and Monique Redhead bowed out this morning at 1:02 a.m. ET, after
watching 84 hours. @CraveTVCanada is now
available on set-top box, apps, and CraveTV.ca for just
all, the Cravers watched 169 complete episodes of some of CraveTV’s best
programming, including ORPHAN BLACK, CHEERS, SEX AND THE CITY, and more.
better way to launch CraveTV than with a celebration of some of the best TV
around,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “Congratulations to all the
Cravers – you have definitely proven to be true TV lovers.”
official Guinness World Records adjudicator was present this morning when the
record was broken. Previously, the record-holder for longest marathon-watching
television was Erik Pettersson from Stockholm, Sweden who reached 90 hours
earlier this year.