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November 19, 2014

shomi™ has fun for the whole family, signing content distribution agreement with Disney

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TORONTO, November 19, 2014 – The popcorn and magic of shomi™ meets the magic of Disney, as another monumental content distribution agreement is announced for Canada’s premier subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. shomi continues to stack up on goodies with a little something for entertainment lovers of all ages – especially the younger ones – with popular family-friendly film and TV titles, as part of content distribution agreements with The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group.

shomi offers a selection of classic Disney family favourites, including 102 Dalmatians, The Parent Trap (1998), Race to Witch Mountain, Muppets Treasure Island, Sky High, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian. shomi is the only SVOD in Canada to carry these classic and sought-after kids titles. Once the kids go to bed, mom and dad can kick back with popular movies like Gone in Sixty Seconds, Ladder 49, Pearl Harbor, The Prestige, Remember the Titans, Sweet Home Alabama, Tombstone, and The Waterboy – also exclusive to shomi in SVOD in Canada.

In addition, shomi is offering its subscribers a selection of current and past hit TV shows from ABC, ABC Family and ABC Studios. shomi is the exclusive Canadian SVOD home of hit series Scandal and Revenge, making prior seasons available now, as well as new episodes following the completion of each subsequent season. Looking for some teen drama and a little mystery? shomi has the ABC Family thriller Twisted. Missed it the first time around, or just want to watch it again from the beginning? shomi customers can catch all season episodes of Alias, Boy Meets World, Bunheads, The River, Felicity, Reaper, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

And if the kids are in the mood for Super Heroes?  shomi’s got it with access to all seasons of the popular Marvel Animation series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and The Super Hero Squad Show.

“With this new Disney content, we are going back to the days when families watched entertainment together,” said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. “We look forward to offering our customers a first-rate selection of Disney’s diverse library – titles families can get excited about and gather ‘round to watch together. It offers a little something for everyone.”

shomi is available now in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or cable customers, while conversations continue with other BDUs. With an all-star lineup of exclusive past-seasons of many of the hottest shows on television as well as movie favourites, Canadians are able to enjoy shomi online and on select tablets, mobile devices, and set top boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu). shomi will also be coming soon to Xbox 360 and Chromecast.

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November 19, 2014

Corus Entertainment Partners with Fingerprint to Develop a Global Mobile Entertainment Platform for Preschoolers

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(November 19, 2014) Corus Entertainment announced today that it has partnered with Fingerprint, the San Francisco-based mobile technology company, to create a mobile entertainment platform for kids aged two to seven. Set to launch globally in 2015, the platform will offer preschoolers a safe, fun and branded environment to enjoy videos, games, music and eBooks featuring their favourite Nelvana characters Max & Ruby, Little Bear, Franklin, The Berenstain Bears and more.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Fingerprint to develop our first global digital offering for kids,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “Leveraging Fingerprint’s expertise to create compelling and fun mobile applications for children will enable our Nelvana brands to be enjoyed by even more kids in multiple languages and territories around the world.” 

In 2012 and 2014 Corus invested in Fingerprint as part of Corus' strategy to expand into new markets and unlock additional value in Nelvana’s rich library of branded content. 

“It’s been our dream to bring Corus’ family of great brands to life on mobile devices,” said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO of Fingerprint. “By creating this new platform, families will have peace of mind as they encourage their children to experience favourite brands on the family’s personal mobile devices. After all, mobile is where people of all ages are spending their time. Corus will expand its brands via mobile and further grow its fans.”  

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November 19, 2014

Corus Entertainment Announces TV Everywhere App for its Kids Channels

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Kids and families have access to hundreds of hours of Treehouse, YTV and TELETOON programming anytime, anywhere

TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2014 /CNW/ -Corus Entertainment announced today that it is launching apps across its popular kids channels Treehouse, YTV and TELETOON for a TV Everywhere experience. The TV Everywhere apps will be available to subscribers of the linear services in Canada on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to hundreds of hours of new programming that they can view, download and live stream. Fans can look forward to content from their favourite series anytime, anywhere including, Dora and Friends,Mike the Knight, SpongeBob Square Pants and Adventure Time, to mention a few.

The preschool Treehouse app will launch in spring 2015 as the first phase of the rollout, with YTV and TELETOON apps launching soon after. The TELETOON app will also be offered in French.

"As part of Corus' expanding digital content strategy, these apps will offer viewers an opportunity to sample shows and engage with new content on their portable devices," said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. "These apps will give our Corus Kids subscribers the flexibility to enjoy some of their favourite shows whether they're at home or on the go."

Each app has been designed specifically for its core audience, ensuring a fun, entertaining experience for Treehouse preschoolers and YTV and TELETOON fans. Key features include download-to-go, parental controls and interactive environments. The apps are built using You.i Engine software, developed by Ottawa-based startup You.i TV, which powers the user experience across all platforms.

The apps will be made available on more devices and digital platforms to subscribers in the coming months.

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November 19, 2014

Nelvana Teams Up With World Class Studios Brown Bag Films and Candy Bear to Develop Cozy Island

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(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana together with Brown Bag Films (Peter Rabbit, Doc McStuffins, Octonauts) and Candy Bear (Zack & Quack) are entering into a development agreement for a new girls preschool series, Cozy Island. The CG-animated series, created by Gili Dolev and Yvette Kaplan and designed by Erez Gavish of Candy Bear, follows the adventures of Naya who lives on Cozy Island with her family.

“Cozy Island is a dream project. Working with brilliant original designs from Candy Bear and the great minds at Brown Bag we have an incredible partnership that will really bring Cozy Island to life,” said Irene Weibel, Vice President, Head of Nelvana Studio. . "We can't wait for kids to have the opportunity to meet Naya and her friends."

Cozy Island follows the adventures of an imaginative little girl named Naya who has moved to the island with her family for her mother’s new job as mender-in-chief. Naya discovers that Cozy Island is a very bouncy place filled with amazing new friends, like Velly, Fluff Monster and lots of other characters who leap, roll and slide their way from one adventure to the next. There are no cookie cutter solutions on Cozy Island and Naya and her friends figure out that sometimes the best answers are one of a kind.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering on Cozy Island with the prestigious Nelvana and Candy Bear studios. Brown Bag Films is focused on developing original content and co-producing with world-leading studios to bring a wealth of creativity and experience into making new and exciting series that we believe will truly resonate with our audiences,” said Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director at Brown Bag Films.

“We’re delighted for the opportunity to collaborate with such inspiring studios,” said Ronen Shani, Candy Bear Head of Productions. “Cozy Island has a great combination of heart, endearing character and bouncy spirit that are sure to put a big smile on any kid’s face.” 

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November 18, 2014

AMI partners with BBC to bring In Touch radio program to Canada

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TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has partnered with BBC to broadcast BBC Radio 4's In Touch program on AMI-audio and stream it on AMI.ca.

"We are very pleased to be working with BBC, an institution that shares AMI's corporate mandate to produce and deliver programming that improves the universe of relevant media for people with disabilities," explainsJohn Melville, AMI Vice-President of Programming and Production. "In Touch is perfectly suited to our AMI-audio audience and we're thrilled to offer this program for the first time in Canada."

In Touch is a long-running radio program that airs weekly on BBC Radio 4. Host Peter White, who is blind, delivers news and information geared towards people who are blind or partially sighted. Some of the topics covered most recently on In Touch include the need for audible pedestrian signals, accessible healthcare and tandem traveling.

In Touch airs Saturdays at 8:30 am, 1 pm and 9 pm and Sundays at 11 am and 4:30 pm, EST on AMI-audio with parallel live streaming on AMI.ca.  Check your local listings for the AMI-audio channels in your area.

For further information on AMI and its programs and initiatives, please visit www.AMI.ca.

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November 18, 2014

CTV Toronto Brings Holiday Cheer with 19th Annual Toy Mountain Campaign, Now Underway

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– CTV Toronto and The Salvation Army set goal to collect 150,000 new, unwrapped toys for distribution to families in need across the GTA –

– CTV NEWS TORONTO’s Tom Brown leads campaign for 10th year in a row –

TORONTO (November 18, 2014) – With Santa’s Workshop still fast at work, CTV Toronto is now collecting a mountain of toys for the 19th Annual CTV Toy Mountain Campaign in support of The Salvation Army. Launching this week and running through to December 22, the annual campaign provides thousands of toys to children throughout the GTA. After surpassing last year’s goal of 150,000 new unwrapped toys, Toy Mountain hopes to do it again this year. Toy Mountainencourages donations to all age groups, but highlights Girls Aged 7-9, Boys and Girls Aged 10-13, and Teens Aged 14-17 as the children with the greatest need.

For his 10th year in a row, CTV NEWS TORONTO Weather Anchor Tom Brown leads the collection effort, providing live reports throughout the campaign during Toronto’s most-watched news broadcast, CTV NEWS AT SIX. On Friday, Nov. 21, Brown will report live from the Seasons Christmas Show at Toronto’s International Centre, where attendees who bring a toy from 5 - 7 p.m.have a chance to win a gift basket with $500 worth of merchandise from some of the show’s vendors.

“It has been an incredible experience to be a part of Toy Mountain for the past 10 years,” said Tom Brown. “The generosity of our viewers blows me away and makes me proud to be a Torontonian.”

Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, Brown hits the road and reports live, Monday to Friday, from various collection stops across the GTA. Brown returns to the CTV NEWS TORONTO studio on Monday, Dec. 22 to mark the official close of the Toy Mountain campaign during that evening’s CTV NEWS AT SIX.

“For the past 19 years, Toy Mountain has ensured that families throughout the GTA have a happy holiday, regardless of fortune,” said Paul Rogers, Senior Vice-President, CTV. “We at CTV Toronto are forever grateful to our viewers that contribute to the incredible success of Toy Mountain year after year.”

Toy Mountain’s dedicated website Toronto.CTVNews.ca/ToyMountain features a list of drop-off locations, a live remote calendar, social media feeds, and more. Users are able to donate onlineand receive a tax receipt from The Salvation Army. Supporters can also receive updates from the campaign by following @toymountain and joining the campaign’s Facebook page. Corporations and individuals can get involved with Toy Mountain by visiting SalvationArmy.ca or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The Toy Mountain campaign consists of a strong partnership between CTV Toronto and The Salvation Army. The campaign is promotionally driven by CTV NEWS TORONTO with The Salvation Army providing collection and distribution logistics. CTV Toronto thanks Toronto Area Ford Dealers, Marshalls Canada, and Mattel for their generous support of the Toy Mountaincampaign.

“Every year, The Salvation Army is thrilled to partner with our wonderful friends at CTV Toronto. Without their support, we would not be able to assist thousands of families in the GTA every holiday season,” said Neil W. Leduke, Divisional Director of Marketing and Communications, The Salvation Army. “Together, along with the generosity of our supporters, we are able to make sure our city’s children are given the Christmas they deserve.”

In 2013, The Salvation Army in Toronto provided thousands of children with toys and other practical items, and over 30,000 families with assorted food hampers through its Christmas assistance program.
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November 18, 2014

Nelvana teams up with Bob the Builder Creator on New Preschool Series, Camp Yeti

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(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is pleased to announce that it has entered into a development agreement for a new preschool CG animated series, Camp Yeti. Nelvana is teaming up with the newly formed Abominable Snowman, led by Keith Chapman (Bob the Builder) and Ian Liddell from Studio Liddell (Cloudbabies) to develop the 52 x 11-minute series about a summer camp with a yeti twist. Chapman and Liddell have previously worked together on Chapman Entertainment’s preschool hits including Roary the Racing Car and Fifi and the Flowertots.

“We’re excited to be working with Keith Chapman and Ian Liddell on this new series,” said Irene Weibel, Vice President, Head of Nelvana Studio. “Keith has a strong history of creating compelling series that kids love, such as the iconic Bob the Builder, and we know that Camp Yeti will be a world that kids won’t be able to resist.”

Camp Yeti follows the adventures of a sweet yeti named Pigtail Poppy and her friends at a special sleepaway summer camp high in the mountains. The young yetis spend their camp days trekking through snowy peaks, making yeti crafts, eating spag-yeti and singing yeti songs around the campfire. And what would camp be without the coolest camp leaders in the world, Big Hair Blair and Beehive Bea, to guide them through the secret caves, splashy streams and hidden waterfalls. Things don’t always go according to plan, but together with her camp friends, Pigtail Poppy always makes it a great day at Camp Yeti.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with Nelvana on developing the world of Camp Yeti,” said Keith Chapman, Partner, Abominable Snowman. “With the experience and skill sets between us, our aim is to produce a world class show and create a unique place where all children will want to go."

Development on Camp Yeti will begin immediately with an anticipated delivery for Fall 2016.

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November 18, 2014

Highlighting the Coolest Got-to-Have-it Gear, DAILY PLANET’s Annual “High-Tech Toys” Week Returns December 8-12 on Discovery

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TORONTO (November 18, 2014) – Answering the perennial question, “what do you get for the gadget geek who has everything?” Discovery’s DAILY PLANET is on the cutting-edge of holiday gift-giving during its annual tech toy fest: “High-Tech Toys” Week! Premiering Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. ET and running through Friday, Dec. 12, Canada’s favourite science program spotlights the world’s wackiest high-tech bling just in time for the holiday season! Anchored by co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin, the always-anticipated theme week offers an all-access pass to the world’s most inspired and impressive gifts – which this year includes bionic boots; a hovercraft and longboard hybrid; battle bots; a rocket bike; and yes, George Jetson, even a flying car!

Segment highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys” Week include:

Mountain Horse Snow Bike
With the agility of a dirt bike and the winter-gripping power of a snowmobile, the Mountain Horse snow bike makes easy work of extreme terrain and deep powder. Sold as a conversion kit, it bolts onto a regular dirt bike. DAILY PLANET follows a trio of female dirt-bike racers from Southern California as they try to master the tricky skill of snow biking for the first time.

Bionic Boots
Inspired by ostriches, inventor Keahi Seymour dreams of running at speeds greater than 40km per hour. Seymour is the creator of Bionic Boots, which use the same “spring” principals found in the Achilles tendon of superfast land animals – and he is determined to demonstrate new speed records with this latest prototype.

HoverSkater
A supercool hovercraft and longboard hybrid, the HoverSkater is decked out with LED lights and a 1/8th scale turbine engine, allowing skaters to switch between using their feet to hovering around with the help of a remote control. DAILY PLANET catches up with the inventor and a skilled skateboarder to give it a try.

Megabots
Science fiction made real, the Megabot is a giant piloted robot, built to eventually battle other ‘bots in a new combat sport. But first, users must learn to master the Megabot, which stands at 4.5 meters tall, weighs 6,800kgs, and has a weapon launcher.

Crazy Carts
Ali Kermani loves bumper cars, skateboarding, and Super Mario... and when these obsessions collide, the result is one free-wheeling, drifting, spinning cart ride! First developed for kids, now Kermani wants to take the Crazy Cart full-size. DAILY PLANET is there as the “XL” version is put to the test against its pint-sized predecessor. And that’s one head-spinning ride!

Moonshot
Airplane designer John Hunter from Escondido, California, wondered what would happen if you wrapped an airplane wing into a ring shape. The result was the Moonshot. Hunter has designed a launcher that sends 23-centimetre diameter rings more than a football field in distance with minimal energy. Where Frisbees have a lift-to-drag ratio of 3:1; the Moonshot’s is 10:1. They fly twice as far with double the hang time and half the weight. The ring can even be thrown just like a football!

Rocket Bike
Francois Gissy likes to go fast. Really, really fast. So he’s teamed up with a Swiss rocket engineer, to create the world’s fastest bicycle. Now, he’s out to take his Rocket Bike on a ride for the ages, looking to smash the world speed record on a bike, of more than 300km per hour!

B Flying Car
B is a unique remote-controlled hybrid car-quad copter with a patented design. On flat surfaces, B can reach high speeds using its rear wheel drive. Due to its large wheel diameter, it achieves outstanding performance in driving across difficult terrain. But when the obstacles are too big to roll over, it can simply take off and fly over them.

Hydros HY-X
From the moment it lifts off the surface of the water and flies forward on retractable hydrofoils, it’s clear this is no ordinary pleasure boat. The HY-X is the prototype for a new class of luxury hydrofoil yachts, built from carbon fiber. DAILY PLANET follows the boat’s Swiss designers as they put the HY-X through its paces on Lake Geneva to test a new high-tech propeller and noise reduction system.

Speedy Golf Cart
According to Guinness World Records, Robby Steen is the creator and driver of the world’s fastest golf cart – clocking an astounding 191km per hour! But even that’s not good enough for this brash inventor. He’s now out to!! DAILY PLANET rides along as Steen makes some last-minute tweaks before racing to break his own record. 

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November 18, 2014

CMT Reveals New Original Reality Programming for 2015

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(Toronto, ON – November 18, 2014) - Corus Entertainment is thrilled to announce today, an exciting slate of new original reality programming to premiere on CMT (Canada) in the coming year. Beginning in spring 2015, CMT will introduce three new original series including Almost Genius, a sketch comedy show with a twist, Yukon For Sale, about northern real-estate hunters, and Ice Road Racers, an adrenaline-fuelled competition series. Additionally, Canada’s own psychic medium Carmel Baird, will return to the network for a second season of Mom’s A Medium.

“We’re excited to be commissioning a number of new original programs for CMT to continue to build momentum after successful spring and fall launches,” said John MacDonald, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women and Family, Corus Entertainment. “We’re very pleased to be working with talented Canadian producers to create engaging series that will resonate with our audiences.”

New Series

Ice Road Racers - Spring 2015
Corkscrew Media
12 x 60 minutes, Reality Competition Series 
Ice Road Racers is a driving competition that is taken to icy new levels as five drivers with diverse driving backgrounds go head to head through three demanding and intense courses to win a cash prize and the title of Ice Road Racer. In each adrenaline-fueled, one-hour episode, hockey moms and pizza delivery guys will face off tough talkin’ truckers and cab drivers as they battle each other and some of the coldest conditions on earth.

Yukon for Sale - Spring 2015
Proper Television
13 x 30 minutes, Lifestyle Series 
Yukon For Sale puts the "real" in real estate, as it follows hopeful home buyers embarking on an adventure of a lifetime, staking a claim in the Yukon. In each episode, we meet a new set of Yukoners looking for new digs with a new set of parameters. Whether it’s a young couple seeking an off-the-grid existence, hunters with their sights set on a backyard full of game, or urban professionals wanting a condo in the middle of town, finding the perfect pad is always an adventure in the Yukon.

Almost Genius - Fall 2015
Zone 3
20 x 30 minutes, Viral video sketch comedy series 
Almost Genius is a new and unique viral video sketch comedy series. The best viral videos from around the world are paired with talented comedians, who are inserted right into the action using innovative digital production techniques. The comedians become characters in the videos, adding an extra layer of fun to the proceedings – and the resulting clips are quirky, wacky, oddball…and always hilarious.  

Returning Series

Mom’s A Medium Season 2 - Spring 2015
Lark Productions
10x 30 minutes, Character Driven Reality Series
Carmel Baird is a highly sought after spiritual medium who helps people communicate with the dead, while juggling her busy family life on a farm in Alberta. In Season Two of this hit series, life gets even more complicated as Carmel strives to help more and more people with her gift while the Baird family takes on new challenges, new adventures and even some new pets.

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November 18, 2014

Corus Entertainment Announces Development Slate of Corus-Owned Original Unscripted Reality Series

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(November 18, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) – As part of Corus Entertainment’s content strategy, the company announced today a slate of new, original Corus-owned series currently in development for 2014/15. These projects build on the company’s existing roster of original, unscripted and owned series, including Cash Mob and Mississippi Snake Grabbers, which premieres spring 2015 on CMT (Canada).

Corus’ new reality-based series are being developed for the company’s women and family networks, namely, W Network, CMT, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV and ABC Spark, with a number of Canada’s leading production companies, including Temple Street Productions, Tricon Films & Television and Our House Media.

“As part of Corus’ growth strategy, we are committed to developing and owning more content, which will enable us to maximize the value of our programs across all platforms and territories,” said John MacDonald, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women & Family, Corus Entertainment. “We are excited about the slate of unscripted reality series we are developing, which complement our current stable of hit series and will feed our audience’s appetite for new, innovative programming.”

In Production
Mississippi Snake Grabbers (CMT/Dockside Productions) – Follows the southern men of GrabUone Outfitters, who take groups of thrill seekers into the bayou for adrenaline-inducing snake hunting expeditions.

In development for 2014/15
Restaurant Revolution (Temple Street) - An hour long, food competition series that each week pits three different Chefs and Sous Chefs in a three-course meal cook off. Celebrity or guest diners will watch the cooking action in a dining room set with a revolving kitchen. The diners are the judges and decide the winner by paying however much they think each meal is worth.

Mad House (Tricon) - Ten couples offer up their own homes to enter a renovation game that could change their lives forever. In this competition, the last team standing will live their dream – total mortgage freedom.

Born in a Barn (Our House Media) - Each episode of this inspiring series will feature two sets of home owners who have gambled big on converting farm buildings, churches schoolhouses, and other unique rural structures into dream homes.

A Penthouse View (Our House Media) - Lavish and highly aspirational, this half hour format lets viewers follow one realtor and one buyer on the hunt to buy the perfect luxury penthouse property.

More House for your Buck (Our House Media) – In this series, couples trade up their current house for the home of their dreams – at no extra cost. Our dynamic realtor and contractor team will show them how to buy a new property and transform it into the perfect home – all for the money they get for their existing home.

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November 18, 2014

It’s an Ooey-Gooey Holiday Season with the Dairy Farmers of Canada and W Network’s Holiday Films

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(November 18, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) This holiday season Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has partnered with W Network to sponsor the network’s popular and beloved slate of holiday movies airing Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in December. The unique initiative features hosted interstitials with W Network personality Josie Dye (Oh So Cosmo, 102.1 the Edge) and will drive awareness for the ‘All You Need Is Cheese’ campaign and the website Allyouneedischeese.ca. The sponsorship kicks off Thursday, December 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the film, Surviving Christmas.

“This is the perfect time of year for W Network to work with Dairy Farmers of Canada. Our seasonal films have always performed very well with our viewers and the titles we are airing this year offer the perfect opportunity for Dairy Farmers of Canada to reinforce their product’s connection with the holiday season,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Client Marketing, Corus Entertainment.  “As a trusted resource for our viewers, W Network worked with m2 to develop the campaign to cut through the clutter of holiday promotions and offer ideas for recipes and exciting new cheese varieties to taste over the holidays”.

The national multi-tiered, on-air campaign was secured for Dairy Farmers of Canada’s by their media agency m2 and targets Women 25-54.  The interstitials, hosted by Josie Dye, will push viewers to Allyouneedischeese.ca for even more recipes, tips and articles. 

“We know our target, “Zestfuls” are W Network viewers who love to cook and entertain, especially around the holidays.” said Ishma Alexander-Huet, Manager Communications Strategies, m2.  “We are tapping into her holiday spirit, in her downtime, in order to introduce her to new varieties of Canadian cheeses and recipes for holiday cooking and gatherings with friends and family.” 

The partnership will include on-air billboards, sponsorship of closed captioning, and 90-second hosted segments during the films. The segments will include Josie discussing the films, giving holiday tips and testing out delicious holiday recipes using Canadian Cheese, such as Parmesan and Caramel Popcorn. Film titles include Last Holiday, The Holiday, Holiday Baggage, The Family Man, Santa Baby, Under the Mistletoe and Four Christmases.

Each week, the campaign will feature a recipe on WNetwork.com’s food section and within the weekly ‘Dinner and a movie’ e-newsletter, relating to the sponsored movies. The digital elements will be supported through W Network e-newsletters, social media and organic links on our sites. Dairy Farmers of Canada branding will be present on all sponsored content with links driving users to Allyouneedischeese.ca.

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November 17, 2014

HBO Canada Just Got Even Better. Expanded Multiplatform Offering Launches with All Episodes of GAME OF THRONES, TRUE BLOOD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE NEWSROOM, GETTING ON, and THE COMEBACK

TORONTO (November 17, 2014) – Subscriptions to premium pay television services The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada) now include multiplatform access to entire seasons of some of the most popular and acclaimed series on television, including GAME OF THRONES, TRUE BLOOD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE NEWSROOM, GETTING ON, and THE COMEBACK. As originally announced in September, 2014, for the first time, every episode of every season of all current HBO scripted programming will be available on HBO Canada linear and non-linear platforms. By adding hundreds of episodes to the service over the coming weeks, HBO Canada will bring subscribers fully up-to-date with the complete on-air offering of entire past seasons, before the end of the year. In mid-December, the next batch of series to be added include GIRLS, STRIKE BACK, VEEP, BANSHEE, EASTBOUND & DOWN, TREME, and VICE.

The additional content includes all episodes from past seasons of current programs, in addition to the episodes of HBO series that are already available, immediately strengthening HBO Canada’s consumer offering. In Eastern Canada, episodes are available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, episodes are available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand. 

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November 17, 2014

DISNEY junior CANADA commissions a third season of emmy-nominated preschool series just in time

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Toronto, November 17, 2014 – Disney Junior has ordered a third season of the popular Canadian preschool series Justin Time from Guru Studio. The imaginative adventure show follows three friends as they travel to historical places and will see season three air exclusively on Disney Junior Canada’s English- and French-language channels in 2016. Production on the latest installment of the animated series, which includes
26 x 11-minute episodes, begins next month.

“Disney Junior is home to acclaimed Canadian preschool programming and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver more Justin Time to our viewers,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Productions, DHX Television. “Having Canadian producers create shows that resonate not only with Canadian families but also with a global audience is an aspect of our domestic production landscape that we hold in high regard and make us proud to invest in such vibrant content. The success of these series and the recognition they receive is a testament to our talented production partners.”

Following the first two seasons of the show, Justin Time garnered industry recognition and was the recipient of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Preschool Program or Series in 2014. In 2013, the series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Preschool Animated Program, as well as six Annie Awards and the Youth Media Alliance Award of Excellence for Best Television Program, Animation for children aged 3-5. Justin Time is currently nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize in the preschool category; winners will be announced next week.  

“We’re very excited to be heading back into production on another season of Justin Time with our partners at Disney Junior Canada,” said Frank Falcone, President and Creative Director, Guru Studio. “Our ability to create more episodes for a preschool series that has clearly resonated with viewers is a result of Disney Junior championing the show. Their support and commitment to making series in Canada is what has contributed to the show’s success on an international scale.”

Justin Time follows Justin and his make-believe friend, Squidgy, as their imagination takes them on bite-size adventures to historical places. From riding rockets into space to building a giant stone monolith, these pals stumble upon exciting challenges and put their problem solving skills to the test with every opportunity. Each episode features two 11-minute stories where Justin and Squidgy are joined by their friend Olive who acts as their congenial tour guide offering a wealth of knowledge to help them reach their goal.

Proudly made in Canada by Guru Studio (The Backyardigans, Paw Patrol, Ever After High), Justin Time was created and developed by Brandon James Scott, Frank Falcone and Mary Bredin. The Justin Time voice cast features Gage Munroe (Lucky Duck, Paw Patrol) as Justin, Jenna Warren (The Next Step, Doozers) as Olive and Scott McCord (Camp Lakebottom, Paw Patrol) as Squidgy.

Disney Junior is a commercial-free channel available in English and French to subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering the best in engaging and development-based programming for younger children, Disney Junior showcases series with a focus on magical, musical and heartfelt stories that feature beloved classic and contemporary characters. Presenting exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with celebrated Canadian series, Disney Junior is also available through Disney Junior OnDemand and Disney Junior OnLine.

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November 17, 2014

CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Returns for 48th Year, Giving Christmas to Kids Across the GTA

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TORONTO (November 17, 2014) – Bell Media proudly announces the launch of the 48th annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish campaign, kicking off today with a generous donation of $20,000 from the RBC Foundation. Running now through Wednesday, December 24 at 12 noon ET, listeners and viewers of 104.5 CHUM FM and CP24 can drop off a toy or make a financial donation at any RBC branch across the GTA, in the lobby of CP24 and CHUM headquarters (299 Queen Street W., Toronto), or at the Wish Warehouse (1366 Blundell Road, Mississauga). Financial donations can also be made online through the TheWish.ca, with proceeds distributed among registered agencies currently gearing up to provide a “holiday experience,” including dinners and celebrations, to children and families in need. All financial donations of $20 or more are eligible for an income tax receipt.

To kick-off this year’s CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish, RBC will host a special launch event at the newly renovated St. Clair and Yonge branch. To celebrate, RBC will serve refreshments as they accept toys and financial donations for The Wish, with the first 200 visitors to make a donation receiving a ballot to enter to win a $250 VISA gift card, courtesy of RBC.

The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish is one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. The program provides financial assistance to hundreds of charitable organizations, social services agencies, churches, and community centres. In 2013, with help from The Royal Bank of Canada and in conjunction with Toronto Social Services, theCP24 CHUM Christmas Wish supported hundreds of thousands of individuals with toys and financial assistance.

 “Year after year, the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish proves to be an example of Torontonians’ boundless generosity,” said Chris Gordon, President, Bell Media Radio and Local TV and President of the CHUM Charitable Foundation. “We are humbled by the contributions from our community of listeners and viewers. This is an annual tradition that truly honours the spirit of Christmas.”

Based on the success of last year’s debut, CP24 will continue to feature Wish Wednesdays, running November 19 through to December 17. The weekly segment features Bell Media employees coming together to create unique fundraising activities to encourage toy and financial donations in support of the campaign. As a proud partner of the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish, Panera Bread will cater lunch for all Wish Wednesday participants throughout the campaign. CP24 will also run Donor of the Day segments every day between today and December 23, highlighting the amazing support of partners, companies, and individuals who support the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish.

On Friday, December 12, CHUM FM’s Wish Breakfast returns with exclusive performances and special guests at the Park Hyatt Toronto. Hosted by 104.5 CHUM FM’s Roger, Darren & Marilyn, the live breakfast broadcast takes place from 5:30 – 9 a.m. Listeners can tune into CHUM FM beginning November 24 for performance details and ticket prices.

The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish would like to acknowledge the generosity of community partners RBC Royal Bank, Budget Car and Truck Rental, Panera Bread, Lindt Chocolates, LoyaltyOne, owner and operator of the AIR MILES Reward Program.

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November 17, 2014

2014 WIFT-T CRYSTALS INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ANNE DORVAL

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Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Anne Dorval as the recipient of the 2014 WIFT-T Crystal Award for International Achievement, presented to a Canadian woman working in screen-based media for her significant and well-recognized body of work in Canada and abroad.

The award will be presented on December 2, 2014 at a sold-out gala luncheon in Toronto, hosted by Hélène Joy, star of CBC’s hit series, Murdoch Mysteries, now in its 8th season.

“We are thrilled to honour Anne Dorval’s work,” says Heather Webb, Executive Director. “She has been a force in the Quebec and international screen industry for decades, and now the world is taking note of her stunning performances in I Killed My Mother and Mommy.”

With a career spanning 25 years, Anne Dorval is well known in Quebec and Europe for her comedic roles in Quebec television series such as Le Coeur a ses raisons (winning two Gémeaux awards for Best Actress-Comedy in 2005 & 2006);  and since 2008, the role of Nathalie in Les Parent (winning a Gémeaux for Best Actress-Comedy in 2010 and 2 Golden Nymph nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 2012 & 2013).

She has appeared in four out of five feature films directed by Xavier Dolan—I Killed My Mother (2009), Heartbeats (2010), Laurence Anyways (2012) and Mommy (2014). For her role in I Killed My Mother, she won three Best Actress awards—2010 FIPRESCI Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival; Golden Bayard Award, Namur International Festival for French-Speaking Film (Belgium); and a Jutra Award. Mommy, featuring Anne in a compelling leading role, was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize and it is Canada’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

Established in 1988, the WIFT-T Crystal Awards celebrate and promote Canadian excellence in film, television and digital screen-based media. To date, more than 120 industry leadershave been honoured with a WIFT-T Crystal Award.

WIFT-T thanks the 2014 WIFT-T Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon Presenting Partners, Deluxe Toronto, NBCUniversal and Shaw Media, and Supporting Partner, Entertainment One.

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November 17, 2014

CRTC seeks comments on setting penalty amounts for violations

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November 17, 2014 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today invited Canadians to comment on the factors that should be considered when setting the penalty amounts for violations of the Voter Contact Registry.

As part of recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the Telecommunications Act, the CRTC will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a Voter Contact Registry during federal elections.   

Political entities, including candidates and political parties, corporations, trade associations and other persons or groups using calling service providers to make voter contact calls, either live or using an automatic dialing and announcing device (automatic dialer), will need to register with the CRTC within 48 hours of making the first call. The calling service provider will also need to register. 

In addition, anyone using their own internal services to make voter contact calls using an automatic dialer will have to register with the CRTC.  With the exception of third parties who are corporations or groups, those who make live voter contact calls using their own internal services will not have to register. 

Registrants will be required to complete a registration notice, providing certain identifying information that may include their name, address and telephone number, as well as information on the types of calls they intend to make or have made.  They will also be required to file a piece of identification authorized by the CRTC at the same time.

The CRTC will work to ensure compliance with these requirements, and will be able to impose monetary penalties, ranging from a maximum of $1,500 for individuals to $15,000 for corporations for each violation. Possible factors that would help determine the amount of a penalty could include:
• the nature of the violation
• the number and frequency of complaints and violations • the relative disincentive of the penalty
• the potential for future violations
• whether the person or group has a history of previous violations, and
• the person’s or group’s ability to pay the penalty.
Canadians are invited to share their views on these factors, as well as suggest others, by December 17, 2014. They may do so by:
• filling out the online form https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-defaut.aspx?EN=2014-598&Lang=eng
• writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, or • sending a fax at 819-994-0218.

Quick facts
• The CRTC is responsible for establishing and maintaining a Voter Contact Registry during federal elections.
• The CRTC is seeking comments on the factors that should be considered when setting monetary penalties for violations of the Voter Contact Registry.
• Certain entities engaged in voter contact calls using an automatic dialer will have to register with the CRTC within 48 hours of the first call being made.

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“The CRTC is looking forward to doing its part to help protect Canadians from rogue or misleading calls during a federal election. While our main objective is to ensure those making calls are familiar with the new requirements, we will have the ability to impose monetary penalties for violations. Based on our experience in enforcing the telemarketing and anti-spam rules, we have set out a list of factors that could be considered in setting the amounts. We look forward to receiving comments on the proposed factors.”

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC
Related product
Compliance and Enforcement Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-598 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-598.htm

Related links
It’s Your CRTC: Here’s How to Have Your Say! http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/g10.htm
For more detail on potential violations, please consult the Fair Elections Act http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/AnnualStatutes/2014_12/FullText.html

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November 17, 2014

Holiday Homecoming: More Than Five Years After the Series Finale, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE Makes Super-Simulcast Network Premiere Dec. 17 on CTV and CTV Two

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TORONTO (November 17, 2014) – Ten years after the debut of one of Canadian television’s most beloved comedy series, CORNER GAS returns to CTV Dec. 17, it was announced today. CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE makes its super-simulcast network premiere just in time for the holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV GO. In the not-to-be-missed two-hour film, the fine folks of Dog River, Saskatchewan return home to the network that made them household names as they face their biggest crisis ever. CORNER GAS returns to CTV following its series finale on April 13, 2009 when more than 3 million viewers said goodbye to the hit comedy – five years later, still the largest audience on record for a Canadian scripted series.

Leading up to the network premiere of the movie is an all-new ETALK preview special, ETALK PRESENTS CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE, premiering Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. And if that isn’t enough to fill the tanks of viewers craving more “Gas”, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE debuts Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network, following an all-day marathon of fan favourite episodes, starting at 6 a.m. ET. A special sneak peek of the movie is also airing on The Movie Network Monday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. ET. 
“CORNER GAS holds a very special place in our hearts, both at CTV and The Comedy Network, and with the loyal and passionate fans who followed the series for six remarkable seasons,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, an‎d Entertainment Programming. “Released on multiple screens just before the holidays, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE is a tremendous thank you to viewers who made the hit comedy one of the most successful Canadian TV series ever.”

“We can’t wait to share this special movie with our fans on our 10th anniversary,” said Virginia Thompson, Executive Producer. “Our goal was to give Canadians an opportunity to be part of this film. The response has been overwhelming.  It’s been a tremendous experience.”

In anticipation of CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE, a look back at where we left the Dog River gang in the series finale episode and what’s ahead in the new feature film, hitting theatres December 3.

Series Finale, “You’ve Been Great, Goodnight!” (April 13, 2009)

The CORNER GAS series finale will be available on CTV GO before the movie premieres in theatres on Dec. 3.

Brent (Brent Butt) has the gang wondering where he’s sneaking off to every Wednesday night. Is he a double spy? Does he have a girlfriend? Eventually, they find out he’s pursuing a lifelong dream of doing stand-up comedy and is offered a chance to go on a national tour. Fearing this shot at stardom might lead to a permanent move to Toronto, the gang have mixed emotions. In the end, Brent surprises everyone by announcing he’s not leaving.
No Laughing Matter: Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) gets caught up in all the rumours.
Hank: “It’s like Brent’s got this whole other life. I mean he’s a stand-up comedian. He’s got a girlfriend…”
Lacey: “There is no girl!”
Hank: “Let it go Lacey - you had your chance.”
“Jackass” Count: 1. Oscar (Eric Peterson) calls almost everyone a “jackass” at least once. No surprise, Oscar’s still his usual self right to the very end. His series average is just over one “jackass” mention per episode.
Barry Kennedy guest stars as Kelly, owner of the Chuckle Bar, where Brent would sneak off to every Wednesday night. During the entire six-season run, over 60 guest stars appeared in the series, including actors Kiefer Sutherland and Gordon Pinsent, musicians Michael Bublé, The Tragically Hip, and Jann Arden, and two prime ministers. 

Quips and Quotes:
Hank (Fred Ewanuick; at The Ruby): “Hey… Can I get a skinny frap?”
Lacey: “I don’t do skinny fraps.”
Hank: “How about a venti mocha-chatti?”
Lacey: “I don’t do made up drinks either.”
Hank: “Just coffee then…”
Wanda (Nancy Robertson): “Brent hasn’t had a date since grade 11. He’s saving himself for Catwoman.”

CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE (Dec. 17 on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV GO)
An Even Bigger No Laughing Matter: Brent and the gang discover that the town’s been badly mismanaged, leaving residents with little choice but to pack up and leave.
“Jackass” Count: 1. Same old Oscar that fans know and love.
Guest Stars: Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Dances with Wolves), Don Lake (LIFE WITH BONNIE, Waiting for Guffman), Jon Montgomery (Host of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, Olympic gold medal champion), Reagan Pasternak (BEING ERICA, Welcome to Mooseport), Will Sasso (MADtv, Best in Show), Darren “Dutchy” Dutchyshen (TSN SPORTSCENTRE), Jay Onrait (FOX SPORTS LIVE), and Dan O’Toole (FOX SPORTS LIVE).

Quips and Quotes:
Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn; shoots a sponge arrow at Davis): “Okay, three, two fire!”
Davis (Lorne Cardinal): “You were too low. You didn’t allow for droppage”.
Karen: “Droppage?”
Davis: “Droppage. Gravity. Whatever.”
Karen: “Yeah, I think gravity was the one that caught on.”
Brent and Lacy at a town hall meeting:
Brent: “Okay, let’s just all pipe down alright. Don’t draw attention. No questions, no comments, everyone just zip up and lay low so this thing can wrap up A-SAP.”
Lacey: “A-SAP? What, are you from the 80s?”
Brent: “My formative years, yes.”

Fun Facts:

Many of the background players in CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE are actually avid fans of the TV series. They got the opportunity to be in the movie thanks to the CORNER GAS Kickstarter campaign. The full list of Kickstarter Backers appears in the special end credits in movie theatres, Dec. 3 to 7.

The interior of the Foo Mart is never revealed in the TV series. In the movie, viewers will finally get a glimpse inside the Foo Mart and meet the owner for the first time.

Since the series went off the air in 2009, the CORNER GAS sign has been residing inside CTV’s Queen St. head offices in Toronto. It was specially packaged and travelled 5,346 km (round trip) to be seen again in the movie.

The words “Dog River” were painted on the side of the grain elevator in Rouleau, SK, years ago during shooting of the TV show and they remain there to this day. The grain elevator can be seen in the background of scenes shot at the gas station in both the movie and the series.

If you make a special request, the Post Office in Rouleau, SK, will stamp your postcard with a Dog River cancellation stamp.

Before CORNER GAS returns to its familiar home on CTV, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE is set to open Dec. 3 to 7, 2014 at select Cineplex and Landmark theatres across the country with a new, exclusive, in-theatre experience for moviegoers. Tickets for the Cineplex Front Row Centre Event go on sale Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can visit cornergasthemovie.com to purchase tickets or check local theatre listings.

Headlined by creator and comedian Brent Butt, CORNER GAS THE MOVIE stars the original award-winning ensemble cast including Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson. Written by Brent Butt, Andrew Carr, and Andrew Wreggitt, and directed by David Storey, who served as key director on the series, the movie was shot in Saskatchewan from June 22 to July 22, 2014.

About CORNER GAS
CORNER GAS the television series was originally developed by Brent Butt, Mark Farrell, David Storey, and Virginia Thompson for CTV and The Comedy Network. It premiered January 22, 2004 on CTV with 1.15 million viewers and was a runaway hit. Dog River soon became a favourite Canadian television destination. During its entire six-season run, CORNER GAS was the #1 Canadian sitcom in Canada, maintaining an impressive average audience of 1.4 million viewers over its 107-episode run. The series finale made television history when a record-breaking 3.02 million viewers tuned into the series finale on April 13, 2009. It was a new audience high for CORNER GAS and is still the largest audience on record for a Canadian scripted television series.

The series received over 80 nominations for numerous awards, including an International Emmy nomination. It won seven Gemini Awards including Best Comedy and Best Comedy Ensemble, as well as nine Canadian Comedy Awards, four Writers Guild of Canada Awards, three Directors Guild of Canada Awards and 12 Leos.

It aired in over two dozen countries worldwide and became a Canadian cultural phenomenon, spawning two chart-topping books, sold-out comedy tours, a successful line of clothing and merchandise, a top-selling series of DVDs, a Christmas special and song, dozens of notable guest stars, including two Prime Ministers and a thriving tourist industry in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, where CORNER GAS was filmed on location.

CORNER GAS THE MOVIE is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Corner Gas The Movie (ON) Inc. and Corner Gas The Movie (SK) Inc. in association with Bell Media, Telefilm Canada, Cineplex Entertainment, Tourism Saskatchewan, Creative Saskatchewan, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell Fund, Cogeco and Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. CORNER GAS is distributed worldwide by Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. The Collectors DVD will be distributed across Canada by Video Services Corp. (VSC).
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November 17, 2014

TVA Group Acquires 15 Magazines From TC Transcontinental

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 17, 2014) - TVA Group (TSX:TVA.B), a subsidiary of Quebecor Media (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B), announced today that it has reached an agreement with TC Transcontinental to acquire 15 magazines for a cash consideration of $55.5 million. The transaction is subject to Competition Bureau approval.

When the transaction closes, TVA Group will become the sole owner of 11 of the newly acquired titles: Coup de pouce, Canadian Living, Vero Magazine, Decormag, Style at Home, Fleurs Plantes Jardins, Canadian Gardening, Quebec Vert, The Hockey News, MaisonNeuves.com, Condo Maison Direct, along with the recettes.qc.ca, Quoi manger, and On the Table websites. TVA Group will also hold an effective 51% shares in Les Publications Transcontinental-Hearst Inc., publisher of Elle Canada and Elle Quebec magazines, in partnership with Hearst Group, which holds a 49% share. As well, TVA Group and Bayard Group will each hold a 50% share in Publications Senior Inc., publisher of Le Bel Age and Good Times magazines.

"Print media is facing growing competition from digital media and new technological platforms," noted Pierre Dion, President and CEO of Quebecor and Quebecor Media. "And bear in mind that the competition notably comes from increasingly powerful foreign players. In this landscape, print magazines, just like newspapers, need to be consolidated to ensure these traditional media survive and allow them to compete with digital media."

"This acquisition is in line with the Corporation's strategy of investing in the production and distribution of high-quality, rich, diverse entertainment and news media content," said Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of Media Group and TVA Group. "We are therefore very pleased to acquire these strong brands, which are amongst the most popular magazine titles in Canada, and complementary to those of TVA Publications titles."

"TVA Group has extensive experience in magazine publishing. This transaction will enable us to capture significant operational synergies and secure the segment's long-term profitability and viability. We anticipate that after these magazines are acquired they will contribute between $10 million and $14 million to operating earnings annually," concluded Julie Tremblay.

Until the transaction receives final approval from the Competition Bureau, TC Transcontinental will continue to operate those magazines.
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November 14, 2014

Bryan Adams To Be Honoured with Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at CMW 2015

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Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Bryan Adams as the 2015 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The award - bestowed to the singer-songwriter in recognition of his social activism and benevolent support of humanitarian interests and causes - will be presented on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2015.

Alongside a music career spanning more than four decades, singer-songwriter and Canadian icon Bryan Adams has stood as an ambassador of humanitarian causes and relief. His participation in such concerts as Live Aid, Amnesty International's "A Conspiracy of Hope" tour, Rock for Amnesty, and Live 8 has brought awareness to human rights, poverty, and famine while his advocacy of PETA and Greenpeace has supported animal rights and the protection and conservation of the environment.

Through performances on the annual Prince's Trust Charity Concert, Farm Aid and Save The Rainforest, Adams has helped raise funds to support disadvantaged youth in the UK, assist American family farmers and preserve tropical rainforests. A social activist, he took part in Freedomfest; Rock the World for Greenpeace; Peace, Freedom and Democracy for Georgia; and helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall with Roger Waters' The Wall.

With acclaimed producer David Foster and longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, Adams co-wrote "Tears Are Not Enough", raising more than $3 million for famine relief in Ethiopia.  In 2004, he appeared on the Canada for Asia benefit concert in Toronto in support of victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Two years later, Adams became the first western artist to perform in Pakistan, taking part in a benefit concert to raise funds and rebuild schools for those devastated by the 2005 earthquake.

Seeking a more direct channel for his philanthropic work, Adams established the Bryan Adams Foundation with an aim of improving the quality of people's lives around the world. Since 2006, the foundation has been providing support and financial grants to projects and organizations advancing education and learning opportunities for children in need, funding medical research, training, treatment and access and much more.

"Bryan's work  - as a songwriter, composer, musician, recording artist, performer, and photographer - has touched millions of lives around the world," said Gary Slaight.  "Add to that the countless number of causes and disadvantaged struggling around the world that his foundation has directly supported, protected and enriched - it's remarkable. My father and I couldn't be more proud of Bryan's benevolence, and it is our privilege to honour him with this year's Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award."
An internationally recognized and celebrated musician, Bryan Adams has released more than a dozen recordings, sold more than 65 million albums and garnered 21 top ten hits worldwide. His music has appeared in a number of box office films including The Guardian, Bobby, Old Dogs, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Three Musketeers, Don Juan DeMarco, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. He has received numerous awards and nominations including multiple JUNOs, Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, and Academy Awards.

Adams is an inductee of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Wembley's Square of Fame. In 2010 he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and was recognized with the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of British Columbia and has a star on both Canada and Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Adams is also an acclaimed photographer.  Amongst the books he has released are "Exposed" a collection of portraits and fashion work chronicling his photographic work to date, and "Wounded - The Legacy of War", a collection of intimate photographs documenting the personal sacrifice of war. A photo exhibition from the "Wounded" collection is currently running at the Somerset House in London until January 2015.

Adams' outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world's best rock singers of our time, performing over 120 concerts a year for audiences around the globe.

To attend the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, visit the Canadian Music Week website at www.cmw.net to purchase tickets and get additional details.

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November 14, 2014

DHX Media announces Teletubbies publishing deal

HALIFAX, Nov. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announced today that it has signed a deal with Egmont Publishing granting it international rights, excluding China and North America, to produce a range of children's books and magazines based on the upcoming series of Teletubbies.

Roll-out of consumer product internationally is expected to begin spring or summer 2016, and will feature a variety of published formats including Teletubbies themed story books, as well as colouring, sticker and activity books, annuals, novelty books and sound books, along with a stand-alone Teletubbies magazine.

The new 60-episode series of Teletubbies has been commissioned by the UK's CBeebies, the children's arm of the BBC, and is being produced by award-winning UK production company, Darrall Macqueen Ltd. It will feature the same well-loved characters but will bring a refreshed, contemporary look to one of the world's most well-known pre-school properties, ensuring that it is relevant for a new generation.

Teletubbies was launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children's brands of all time. The original episodes have aired in more than 120 territories in 45 languages, and it was the very first western pre-school property to air on China's CCTV. Its enduring resonance with children is further underscored by the brand's postings on YouTube, which garnered more than 40 million views per month through the first half of 2014.

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