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October 9, 2015

2.35 Million Viewers Watch Blue Jays vs Texas ALDS Game 1 on Sportsnet, Delivering Highest Audience in Network History


TORONTO (October 9, 2015) Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers set a network record for Sportsnet as the most-watched program in its history, as an average audience of  2.35 million viewers (2+), tuned into the broadcast. Sportsnet’s previous all-time most-watched program was the Blue Jays / New York Yankees showdown at Rogers Centre on September 22, which delivered an average audience of 2.05 million.

Overall, 6.5 million Canadians watched some part of the record-setting ALDS Game 1 on Sportsnet, as the Blue Jays fell to the Rangers, 5-3. Audience levels peaked at 3.75 million viewers at 6:29 p.m. ET in the bottom of the 9th inning, as Russell Martin was at bat with 2 out.  

The 2.35 million average audience marks a 15% increase over the previous record (Blue Jays/Yankees on Sept. 22) and a 740% increase over last year’s ALDS Game 1 featuring Detroit @ Baltimore (Game A) on October 2, 2014 (280,000 average audience).

This marks the 58th Blue Jays broadcast to eclipse the one million viewer mark, and the 3rd Blue Jays broadcast to eclipse the two million viewer mark in 2015. Yesterday’s edition of Blue Jays Central Postseason, the pre-game show hosted by Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun, delivered an average audience of 807,000 marking a 178% increase over the Blue Jays Central average audience during the 2015 regular season (290,000).

Source: Numeris, October 9, 2015 overnights data & October 2, 2014 confirmed data, Ind. 2+ & A25-54 AMA (000), Cume Reach (000), DlyRch (000), Total Canada. All audiences are 2+, unless otherwise noted. 


October 9, 2015

CTV Presents Behind-the-Scenes Look at Fall’s #1 New Series in ETALK PRESENTS: QUANTICO, Tomorrow


TORONTO (October 9, 2015) – Feast on this! This Thanksgiving weekend, CTV’s ETALK heads to the Montréal set of Canada’s #1 new fall series QUANTICO for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new blockbuster drama. ETALK PRESENTS: QUANTICO premieres tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV, and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two. The half-hour special dives right into the drama’s conspiracy and brings viewers even closer to the action, as ETALK Reporter Liz Trinnear sits down with the cast on-set in Montreal, including series breakout lead and Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra. Click here to view a sneak peek from ETALK

In advance of Sunday night’s all-new episode of QUANTICO (Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), ETALK PRESENTS: QUANTICO introduces viewers to the series’ stellar roster of recruits and agents, including new cast member Josh Hopkins (COUGAR TOWN), who also stars in the series as Deputy Director Liam O’Connor. The special gives viewers the inside scoop on stunts, training, the importance of secrets, and even the cast’s take on the identity of the terrorist so central to the series’ plot. Complete with an exclusive tour of the Montréal set, the special exposes all the elements that make the series this Fall’s can’t-miss drama.

In Sunday’s all-new episode of QUANTICO (Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), entitled “Cover,” Alex (Priyanka Chopra) finally receives information about her father and his FBI past. However, in the future, it’s her mother, Sita (Anna Khaja, SILICON VALLEY), who plays a key role when Liam (Josh Hopkins) convinces her to participate in a press conference on national television begging Alex to turn herself in. Also at Quantico, the NATS learn the art of profiling and focus on their classmates’ strengths and weaknesses, ultimately challenging their confidence and comradery. QUANTICO airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO (visit to confirm local listings).

ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and 6:30 p.m. ET on E! (visit to confirm local listings).


October 9, 2015

Giraffes – The Forgotten Giants: The fight against the silent extinction of Africa’s gentle giants


Toronto, October 9, 2015:  Nomad Films is pleased to announce the world broadcast premiere of its new documentary, Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants, co-written and directed by award winning Mark Johnston (To Bee or Not to Bee; The Climb; The Al Qaeda Code and Empire of the Word).

Everyone on the planet knows what a giraffe is.  “G” is for Giraffe in the alphabet and “Sophie” the Giraffe teething toys can be found in the hands of practically every newborn baby.  But, most people don’t know much about giraffes, or that these iconic creatures of wild Africa, with their long necks, cinnamon spotted coats, flirty lashes and loping gait are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Two hundred years ago there were a million giraffes, in 2000 there were 140,000 roaming Africa’s plains and forests.  Now, fifteen years later, their numbers have plummeted to less than 80,000.  

And, yet there has been a bewildering lack of awareness and recognition of the threat to the survival of these gentle giants, especially compared to the other large mammals of Africa.   Giraffes: The Forgotten

Giants delves into the reasons behind this “silent extinction” and introduces us to the scientists, and biologists who are making remarkable headway gathering new information in labs, universities and in the field, that may stave off their impending demise.  

Until the ground breaking work carried out by University of Waterloo’s Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, nothing was known about giraffes.   After earning her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto, she went alone to Africa in 1956–57 to study the behavior of giraffes in the wild – a study which was the first of its kind for any animal in Africa.  Her 1976 book, The Giraffe: its Biology, Behavior and Ecology.’ is the bible in the field.

“Anne is the Jane Goodall of giraffe research” says Anne’s friend, co-worker and contemporary, John Doherty who is the Coordinator of the Reticulated Giraffe Project in Samburu, Africa where much of ‘Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants was filmed this past spring.

Doherty, along with other scientists, including wildlife biologist Dr. Zoe Muller, is carrying out ground breaking studies in the areas of infrasound (low frequency sound humans can’t hear), and biometrics, using the most current research and state of the art technology.   Because they have very little experience of the technical work of recording this low frequency soundscape in the field, Forgotten Giants’ sound recordist Jason Milligan spent months putting together the necessary equipment to do the delicate recording featured in the film.   At Samburu, they made recordings that may prove giraffes use infrasound to communicate.  It is potentially a world first that could give a voice to these seemingly silent creatures.

Also using cutting edge FLIR THERMAL CAMERA TECHNOLOGY, Doherty and Muller are able to observe giraffes at night, in a natural, relaxed manner, without scaring them away.  Giraffes are shy, skittish creatures, and DOP Russell Gienapp built platforms on Toyota Land Cruisers, filming behind blinds built by locals in the style of a Samburu home, to keep them running away from his cameras.

Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants also introduces us to a number of individual giraffes - both in the wild in Africa and in captivity in Canada.

We learn from Dr. Zoe Muller that giraffes who were previously thought to be bad mothers, in fact have a very strong social bond with their young.  They not only take care of their own infants, but also those of other mothers – displaying babysitting behaviors, shared nursing, grieving, and dedicated guarding of their young at night.

Jason Pootoolal, a young zookeeper at African Lion Safari in Hamilton, Ontario introduces us to the first giraffe born by artificial insemination.  He and his team are developing assisted reproductive techniques for a highly endangered subspecies of giraffe.  Their research has garnered them the award for Outstanding Achievement from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums and holds great promise towards bolstering the giraffe population.

At African Lion Safari, the crew were able to film with no problem, since the giraffes are used to interacting with Jason and his team, especially during their regular ultrasounds to monitor the pregnancies of the females they have artificially inseminated in their world leading program.

The more that is revealed about their biology and behaviors, the more we can do to help giraffes.   We know they are killed for their meat, and are threatened by environment encroachment by the locals.  We know they are at risk from the large predators they live amongst.  But is there more to the story?

Right now, more than any time in their history, we need to listen to these seemingly silent giants.  Through the work of the scientists in Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants, that might soon be possible

Mark Johnston: Director, Co-Writer, Executive Producer is the founder of Nomad Films. Twenty-five years in the factual television business, Mark has worked in a producer or director capacity on over sixty films. Some titles produced and/or directed by Mark Johnston include: Ken Wiwa’s In the Shadow of a Saint (BBC, CBC and SBS Australia); The Man Who Became King (CBC, Sundance Channel and National Geographic International); The Life and Times of Sarah McLachlan (CBC); Jean’s Marines (W Network); Beetalker (CBC’s Nature of Things/ARTE France); Riddle of the Polar Sky, (Discovery; WDR/ARTE; National Geographic; WDR); The Climb (CBC/National Geographic/Discovery HD Theater); The Al Qaeda Code (CBC and WDR/ARTE); Empire of the Word (TVO, TFO, SBS and TG4); The Jungle Prescription (CBC’s Nature of Things); To Bee or Not to Bee (also known as the Mystery of the Disappearing Bees) (CBC’s Nature of Things/ARTE France); and Glenn Anderson’s To Russia with Love (CTV). His recent work included the ten part documentary series, Fight Xchange (for Superchannel and Globo’sCombate in Brazil).

Nomad Films develops and produces factual programming for film and television that focuses on a wide range of compelling stories about social and political change, adventure, the environment, the arts, indigenous culture and science.  Known for its international treaty co-production work, Nomad has successfully produced films such as the award-winning Ken Wiwa’s In the Shadow of a Saint, an official Canada-UK Co-Production.

Giraffes:  The Forgotten Giants was made in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Rogers Telefund and with the assistance of The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, The Ontario Film and Video Tax Credit and the cooperation of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.


October 9, 2015


NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2015 – BANSHEE will return for its eight-episode fourth and final season Jan. 29, 2016,exclusively on CINEMAX. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen will executive produce.

“BANSHEE is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for CINEMAX,” says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “The show’s exceptional blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not be disappointed in BANSHEE’s final season.”

BANSHEE’s third season achieved record ratings for CINEMAX, as well as critical acclaim. Yahoo! named it “TV’s best action show,” while the A.V. Club described the series as “one of the bestthings on television, period.” The Huffington Post called the show “wildly witty,” and Grantland said BANSHEE is “a whole hell of a lot of fun.”

 “BANSHEE has been an incredible ride, and we continue to break new ground in season four,” notes co-creator and executive producer Jonathan Tropper. “While we certainly considered returning for a fifth season, I always said that when the story was told, it would be time to move on, and that time has come. I am grateful to CINEMAX for making BANSHEE the great success it has been and for supporting our creative decision to wrap things up.”

Debuting in Jan. 2013, BANSHEE stars Antony Starr (“Wish You Were Here”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice.

Other cast members include Ivana Milicevic (“Aloha,” HBO’s “Mind of the Married Man”) asCarrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her newfamily, which has recently learned of her criminal past; Ulrich Thomsen (“The Celebration”) as Lucas’ arch-enemy, Kai Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy businessman who believes he is above the law; Hoon Lee (“The Blacklist”) as Job, a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas and Carrie in their criminal enterprises; Frankie Faison (“The Good Wife,” HBO’s “The Wire”) as Sugar Bates, a wise and powerful former boxer who owns the local watering hole and serves as confidante to Lucas and Job; Matt Servitto (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) as Brock Lotus, Lucas’ long-suffering veteran deputy; Ryann Shane (“Lights Out”) as Deva Hopewell, Carrie’s teenage daughter, who is rattled after learning Lucas fathered her; Lili Simmons (HBO’s “True Detective”) as Rebecca Bowman, Proctor’s sexy niece, who has taken on a larger role in his criminal activities; Matthew Rauch (“The Blacklist,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”) as Clay Burton, Proctor’s multifaceted, complicated bodyguard and right-hand man; Tom Pelphrey (“The Following”) as Kurt Bunker, a former skinhead who joins the Banshee sheriff’s department as a deputy; and Chris Coy (“The Walking Dead,” HBO’s “Treme”) as Calvin Bunker, Kurt’s unsavory brother, who has kept his Nazi ties.

New to the cast are Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Veronica Dawson, a tough, sexy and shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal demons, who joins forces with Lucas; Ana Ayora (“The Big Wedding”) as Nina Cruz, a Banshee deputy working as an inside plant for Proctor; and Casey LaBow (“The Twilight Saga; Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2”) as Maggie, wife of a local Aryan Brotherhood leader, who desperately wants a better life for herself and her son.

In Sept. 2013, BANSHEE received a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
Season four credits: BANSHEE was created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler;executive producers, Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum, OleChristian Madsen; producer, Robert F. Phillips.


October 9, 2015

Disney's The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar Primetime Television Movie Event Premieres Sunday, November 22 on Disney Channel


(October 9 – Toronto, ON) The epic storytelling of Disney's The Lion King continues with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a primetime television movie event premiering Sunday, November 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Corus Entertainment’s Disney Channel. The movie will be available on the WATCH Disney Channel app and Disney Channel On Demand the following day, Monday, November 23. The Lion Guard television series will premiere in early 2016.

Set in the African savanna, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar introduces Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, who is destined to become leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals comprised of the Pride Lands' fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight. As Kion looks to assemble the members of the new Lion Guard, he does not call upon a group of lions to serve with him as tradition dictates, but instead chooses some of his friends whom he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities – Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret.

Throughout the movie and subsequent series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to protect the Pride Lands and maintain balance within the Circle of Life.

The Education and Science experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants, advising on the characteristics, behaviors and habitats of the African animal species featured and inspiring original stories based on their first-hand experiences. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.

Many of the beloved characters from The Lion King will appear in the movie including Mufasa and Pumbaa, voiced by James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella who reprise their original roles. Rob Lowe (The Grinder) and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) star as Simba and Nala, respectively; Max Charles (The Strain) as Kion; Joshua Rush (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Bunga; Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) as Ono; Diamond White (Sofia the First) as Fuli; and Dusan Brown (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Beshte.

Additional cast members include: Eden Riegel (All My Children) as Kiara; Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) as Tiifu; Madison Pettis (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) as Zuri; Khary Payton (Teen Titans) as Rafiki; Jeff Bennett as Zazu (Jake and the Never Land Pirates); Jonny Rees (Star Wars Rebels) as Mzingo; Andrew Kishino (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Janja; Vargus Mason (Sofia the First) as Cheezi; and Kevin Schon (The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa) as Chungu and Timon.

Both the movie and series were developed by Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso) who also serves as executive producer. Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) is director. Christopher Willis (Mickey Mouse) is the composer and Beau Black (Miles from Tomorrowland) is singer/songwriter. The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar is a production of Disney Television Animation.


October 9, 2015



Toronto, 9 October 2015 – Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television, announced today that Canadian television veteran Michael Serafini has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Programming, DHX Television, effective immediately.

With the recent rebranding of DHX’s kids network Family CHRGD and preschool channels Family Jr. and Télémagino under the iconic Family Channel name, Serafini’s appointment comes as DHX Television’s suite of channels bring a wealth of newly commissioned and acquired series to Canadian viewers. In his role, Serafini will overseeing the strategic development, execution and promotion of the DHX Television channels and their digital extensions, while enhancing the strength of the DHX’s distinctive brand.

“With more than 15 years in the Canadian media industry, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge, ingenuity and expertise of the broadcast landscape to our team,” said Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television. “His proven ability to engage audiences and devise schedules that suit their lifestyles and viewing habits will raise the bar as we continue to reinvigorate our programming lineups.” 

Serafini was most recently the Interim Executive Director of Content Planning for CBC Television, after moving from the role of Senior Director, Content Planning and Acquisitions. He was responsible for launching CBC’s top comedies including Mr. D and last winter’s breakout hit Schitt’s Creek, as well as the popular miniseries Book of Negroes and handling the overall navigation strategy for the broadcast of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Prior to Serafini’s arrival to DHX Television, Michael Goldsmith, Vice President, Original Production had assumed the additional responsibility for overseeing the strategic development and scheduling for the suite of channels. Goldsmith will now return to focus his attention on original content development and overseeing the vast original programming slate that DHX Television currently has underway. Both Goldsmith and Serafini will report directly to Joe Tedesco.


October 8, 2015

95.1 The Peak FM Celebrates 50 Years


(October 08, 2015 – Collingwood, Ontario) Corus Entertainment Inc.’s 95.1 The Peak FM (CKCB-FM) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and are hosting an open house with special programming on Tuesday, October 13 at its downtown studio. On October 24, 95.1 The Peak FM also invites the community to formally celebrate the milestone at The Peak’s 50th Anniversary Dinner & Dance.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating 50 years in the community and on the air,” says Deb James, Brand Director, 95.1 The Peak FM. “We’re proud to be the local leader and heritage station for Collingwood and The Georgian Triangle. We’ve experienced some big changes but one thing that hasn’t wavered is our loyal listeners. To show our gratitude we invite them to join us and celebrate this milestone.

The special programming on October 13 will feature hosts John, Mel and Matt sharing viewer stories and memories of the station over the past 50 years. That same day, the general public is welcome to the open house running from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 186 Hurontario Street. The dinner and dance hosted on October 24 at the Collingwood Legion will be headlined by The Strange Potatoes, in support of the Collingwood G&M Hospital foundation. Tickets are $25 if purchased online and $30 at the door. For more information visit

Since its inception on July 15, 1965, 95.1 The Peak FM (CKCB-FM) continues to be the ultimate voice of Georgian Bay and its surrounding areas. The station offers listeners local news, weather, community information and sports, and combines the best of the current charts with hits from the ’80s and late ’70s, including Sheryl Crow, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Matchbox Twenty, Eric Clapton and Shania Twain.

Tune in at 95.1 FM, online at or download the 95.1 The Peak FM app to listen on the go.


October 8, 2015

CraveTV Celebrates Halloween with New Top 20 Collection


TORONTO (October 8, 2015) – CraveTVTM announced today its first themed “best of” collection with the launch of Top 20 Halloween Episodes. From SOUTH PARK and THE BIG BANG THEORY to THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE GOLDBERGS, the list of programs spans six decades and features some of television’s most beloved Halloween episodes.

"We've mined our inventory for the best Halloween-themed episodes ever made and curated our Top 20 picks in this fun and timely collection,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CraveTV. “We invite all our subscribers to celebrate Halloween all month long.”

CraveTV also offers Halloween lovers more thrills and chills in its Sci-Fi & Fantasy collection, which features SHOWTIME’s critically acclaimed series, PENNY DREADFUL, zombie mini-series IN THE FLESH, one of Space’s highest-rated original series BITTEN, supernatural witchcraft drama SALEM, MTV fan-favourite TEEN WOLF, and the CraveTV exclusive series, DEADBEAT.

Top 20 Halloween Episodes highlights:

SOUTH PARK: “A Nightmare on Facetime”
Heeere’s Randy! When Randy Marsh purchases a Blockbuster store and forces his family to work in it on Halloween, a chilling and torturous tale ensues. With the boys dressed as The Avengers, there may be an opportunity for Kenny to speak.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: “The Howling Man”
When David Ellington seeks refuge in a castle in post-World War l Europe, he makes a disturbing discovery. With a religious order claiming to have imprisoned the devil, Ellington must decide if he should release the man they claim is pure evil.

THE BIG BANG THEORY: “The Middle Earth Paradigm”
Penny invites the gang to her Halloween party and Leonard is confident this could be a chance to further his relationship with her. Leonard dresses as Frodo, Sheldon as the Doppler Effect, Howard as Robin Hood (he’s confused for Peter Pan), and Raj as the Norse God Thor. Penny’s friends and ex-boyfriend make this a hilarious and heartwarming Halloween narrative.

CHEERS: “Fairy Tales Can Come True”
Scary or sexy? Initial greetings and post-breakup meetings take place as Cliff wonders what will happen after he meets the women of his dreams at the bar. Will things change when he is sans costume? Meanwhile, Sam and Diane are out together for the first time after their breakup.

FRASIER: “Halloween”
Great literary characters are out in full force as Niles hosts a costume party for the Library Association. Things take an interesting turn when Roz lets Frasier in on a little secret, which Frasier promptly leaks at the party. 

COMMUNITY: “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps”
Britta gives the study group an anonymous psych quiz and the results alarm her. Someone in the group could be homicidal. In an attempt to uncover who it is, Britta tells a terrifying murder story, in hopes the homicidal person’s reaction will give them away.

“They don’t deserve candy and I don’t deserve this!”
It’s Halloween night and Larry’s strict Trick or Treat rules will lead to a nasty trick on him. But that’s not all; Larry runs into trouble with a screenwriter and has his anniversary plans go awry.

THE GOLDBERGS: “Who Are you Going to Telephone?”
It’s Halloween in the 1980s as a dynamic group of ghastly characters is led by Barry, who is The Hulk. Also featured are ET, Star Wars characters, and the Ghostbusters. They all have a role in this story which sees Adam refuse to go trick or treating with Pops and Beverly dressing up to shield Barry from embarrassment.

MY SO-CALLED LIFE: “Halloween”
"When someone dies young, it's like they stay that way forever. Like a vampire.”
Is the ghost of Nicky Driscoll haunting the hallowed halls of Liberty High? It’s said he died a tragic, violent death in the school’s gym in 1961. Intrigued by the story, Angela digs deeper into Nicky’s past. 

Top 20 Halloween Episodes – Full List

Series                                                            Episode Title
30 ROCK                                                       Stone Mountain (2009)
CHEERS                                                       Fairy Tales Can Come True (1984)
CHEERS                                                       Bar Wars V: the Final Judgement (1991)
COMMUNITY                                                Epidemiology (2010)
COMMUNITY                                                Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps (2011)
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM                        Trick or Treat (2001)
FRASIER                                                      Halloween (1997)
THE GOLDBERGS                                      Who Are You Going to Telephone? (2013)
HART OF DIXIE                                           Walkin' After Midnight (2012)
LOIS & CLARK                                             Ghosts (1996)
MY SO-CALLED LIFE                                  Halloween (1994)
SMALLVILLE                                                Spell (2004)
SMALLVILLE                                                Thirst (2005)
SOUTH PARK                                              Pinkeye (1997)
SOUTH PARK                                              Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery (1999)
SOUTH PARK                                              Hell on Earth 2006 (2006)
SOUTH PARK                                              A Nightmare on Face Time (2012)
THE BIG BANG THEORY                          The Middle Earth Paradigm (2007)
THE TWILIGHT ZONE                                The Howling Man (1960)


October 8, 2015

With Motherhood and Much Much More Mayhem, Jane The Virgin Returns to shomi for an Epic Second Season, Beginning October 13


TORONTO (October 8, 2015) – Ahhh. Hello. Welcome back. Jane Villanueva has had quite a year, so before we dive into Season 2 of Jane The Virgin – streaming exclusively in Canada on shomi beginning Tuesday, October 13 (with new episodes weekly, the day after its broadcast on The CW) – a bit of a recap is in order, yes?  O.K., let’s begin…

Reliable, responsible Jane Villanueva always lived by the rules, studying to become a teacher and working her way through school by waitressing at a hot Miami hotel. She never forgot the lesson her grandmother Alba taught her long ago about the importance of saving herself for marriage. So far, so good, but hardly multiple-award-winning stuff.  But then – major plot defining moment #1! – Jane was accidentally artificially inseminated and her life became as outrageous as the telenovelas she grew up watching. Hold on, everyone. Here we go…

The donor is reformed playboy Rafael Solano, the owner of the hotel where Jane works, and her teenage crush (a plot-point hat trick if ever there was one!). Although Jane is engaged to her long-time love, Michael, a detective with the Miami Police Department, and Rafael is married to the scheming Petra, she and Rafael are drawn closer by the pregnancy and begin to fall for each other. The tension proves too much for Jane and Michael, and they call off their engagement... and Jane and Rafael begin to explore their new romance. With brilliant sunsets and a swell of music, this would be a beautiful season finale, right? But no. That’s not how things work in the twisty-turny world of Jane’s own telenovela!

Their happily ever after is interrupted by murder and mayhem, by scheming exes, and maniacal criminal masterminds. Oh, and Jane’s discovery that her long-lost father is Rogelio De La Vega, her favourite telenovela star! And now he’s back in her life... with a vengeance. Amidst all the crazy, there are the Villanueva women – Jane, her mother Xiomara, and her grandmother Alba, who support each other always, no matter what twists and turns are thrown their way. At the end of Season 1, Jane gives birth and a new Villanueva enters the world.

So, all caught up on Season 1? If not, head to shomi immediately where every devious, decadent, and dramatic moment is fully bingeable right now. Then, see what’s in store for Season 2. Of course, we hate spoilers as much as the next fan, so we can’t reveal too much, but you don’t want to miss it. Kidnapping and ransom, love triangles and a wedding, more scheming, more plotting. Special guest stars include Kesha and Britney Spears – but exactly how they’re connected to this epic Jane The Virgin plot?  Well, that’s a story for another day…

Jane The Virgin stars Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown, The Bold and the Beautiful) as Jane, Justin Baldoni (Single Ladies, The Bold and the Beautiful) as Rafael, Brett Dier (Ravenswood) as Michael, Andrea Navedo (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Golden Boy) as Xiomara, Yael Grobglas (Reign) as Petra, Ivonne Coll (Switched at Birth, The Bold and the Beautiful) as Alba, and Jaime Camil (Devious Maids, Que pobres tan ricos) as Rogelio.

Jane The Virgin is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens, M.D.), Ben Silverman (The Biggest Loser), Gary Pearl (10.5: Apocalypse) and Jorge Granier (Que el Cielo Me Explique). The series is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

Jane The Virgin joins other complicated larger-than-life family stories on shomi, including Transparent, Modern Family, Empire, and Catastrophe. Like Jane The Virgin, hot shows like iZombie and The Originals stream day-and-date, joining top-notch Canadian shows like Rookie Blue and Mr. D, as well as past seasons of hit network programs from The Blacklist to 2 Broke Girls. Beyond TV binges, shomi offers hand-picked movie favourites plus great kids-and-family content like Peppa Pig, Bubble Guppies, Pokemon: Ruby and Sapphire, Scooby Doo, and Boy Meets World.

shomi is now available to all Canadians! Entertainment lovers can enjoy shomi online, on select tablets, mobile devices, set top boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu), and Xbox 360, Apple TV, and Chromecast.


October 8, 2015

Cloak-and-Dagger Meets Guile and Gumption in New Spy Drama PARTNERS IN CRIME, Premiering October 26 on Bravo


TORONTO (October 8, 2015) – This month, Cold War-era espionage squares off with sharp English wit in the BBC adventure series Partners in Crime, debuting Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. Based on Agatha Christie’s classic characters Tommy (David Walliams) and Tuppence Beresford (Jessica Raine), the six-part, 75-minute miniseries follows a suburban married couple who solve mysteries and foil plots in 1950s Britain. In a country facing up to the looming threat of the Cold War, the adventure-seeking pair stumble into a world of undercover agents, mysterious evil masterminds, and diabolical political conspiracy. A sneak peak of PARTNERS IN CRIME is available here.

PARTNERS IN CRIME is an adaptation of two detective novels by Agatha Christie. The first three episodes are an adaptation The Secret Adversary, where the heroes search simultaneously for a missing girl and a recording that could identify a Soviet hitman living within our midst. The last three episodes are based on the novel N or M?, where Tommy and Tuppence must identify which person in a guesthouse in Cromer, England has stolen a nuclear bomb, before it’s too late. Viewers can catch up with the accidental spies on following each episode premiere.

In PARTNERS IN CRIME, Thomas “Tommy” Beresford (Walliams) is a clever and logical man whose business ventures never quite work out. Though he tries to look after his spirited wife and their son George (Miles Roughley, Les Misérables) with various money-making schemes, he doesn’t realize that he has no head for business. He does, however, have a knack for espionage and crime-solving in a world full of double agents and assassins. His wife, Prudence “Tuppence” Beresford (Raine), is a quick-witted, irrepressible woman with a tendency to leap without looking. The daughter of a country archdeacon and one of five children, she misses the sense of purpose she had as a nurse in the war and cannot settle as a housewife, despite her love for Tommy and George. When the opportunity is presented to aid British Intelligence in the defence of her country, she jumps at the chance to put herself, and her less willing husband, in harm's way.

The series kicks off with “The Secret Adversary: Part 1”, (Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET). The year is 1952. Married couple Tommy and Tuppence have a chance encounter on a Paris train with an agitated young woman named Jane Finn (Camilla Beeput, BIRDS OF A FEATHER), who suddenly disappears. Back in England, Tommy is focused on their fledgling honey business, while Tuppence is much more concerned about the disappearance of Jane, and her investigations bring them into contact with Tommy’s uncle, and head of “The Third Floor” a branch of British Military Intelligence, Major Anthony Carter (James Fleet, OUTLANDER). It turns out that Finn was carrying a secret recording that would potentially reveal the identity of a legendary Soviet assassin, known only as Mr. Brown, who Tuppence and Tommy believe will strike soon in Britain. Carter believes Brown’s cronies must have kidnapped Finn, and can only hope she managed to hide the recording before they got to her. Despite Carter’s attempts to keep them out of it, Tommy and Tuppence soon find themselves compelled to infiltrate Brown’s gang in the hopes of finding Jane Finn, the recording, and foiling Brown’s next hit.


October 8, 2015

The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Brings New CINEMAX Series OUTCAST to HBO Canada in 2016


TORONTO (October 8, 2015) – HBO Canada announced today that the greatly anticipated, 10-episode drama series OUTCAST, from Robert Kirkman – creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, and executive producer on THE WALKING DEAD – and Chris Black (MAD MEN), is set to premiere on the channel in 2016. Based on the Skybound/Image comic title of the same name by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, OUTCAST follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate – and the fate of the world – forever.

Click HERE for a sneak peek of OUTCAST.

Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers and redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister (LIFE ON MARS) stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (STALKER) stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.

OUTCAST is produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Channels. The pilot was directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest).


October 7, 2015



Toronto, 7 October 2015 – Family Jr.’s first original series, Playdate, from Sinking Ship Entertainment, captured the attention of viewers across the country on Saturday, October 3, when its premiere episode was the #1 show of the day with the network’s target demo of kids 2-6.1 The series, which debuted with four new episodes over the course of the day, took three of the Top 10 spots, with the fourth episode appearing in the Top 20.2 This outstanding performance from the new Canadian show led DHX Television’s recently rebranded English-language preschool network to claim every spot in the Top 10 rankings for All Stations this past Saturday.3

Ratings highlights from Saturday, October 3 for Family Jr. include:
-- Playdate was also the #1 non-sports program with the K2-11 audience.4
-- Family Jr. held the Top 10 spots for All Stations (sports excluded) in the K2-6 demo and of these programs, eight were new acquisitions including The Save-Ums!, Kate & Mim-Mim and Thomas and Friends properties or episodes from the original series Playdate;5
-- Family Jr. dominated the Top 20 with K2-6, claiming 14 spots; of the programs that appeared in the Top 20 belonging to Family Jr., 12 of the listings were occupied by original series Playdate and Stella and Sam, or newly acquired properties including The Save-Ums!, Kate & Mim-Mim, Thomas and Friends, Twirlywoos, Sarah & Duck, Thomas and Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure and Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!;6

Family Jr. is a commercial-free channel available to English-language subscribers across Canada. Committed to capturing young minds and engaging young hearts, Family Jr., and its complementary French service, Télémagino, inspires imagination and make-believe at every turn with renowned Canadian series and popular preschool brands. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they want it, where they want it, Family Jr. is also available through Family Jr. OnDemand and Family Jr. Online at no additional cost. Visit us at
1-3. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Stations, excludes sports/Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2am-2am, K2-6 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB 2 Days.

4. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Stations, excludes sports/Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2am-2am, K2-11 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB 2 Days.
5-6. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Stations, excludes sports/Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2am-2am, K2-6 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB 2 Days.


October 7, 2015

Hip Hop Legend Ja Rule Keeps The Fam In Check in All-New Series FOLLOW THE RULES, October 26 on MTV


TORONTO (October 7, 2015) – It’s Ja’s way or the highway! Grammy®-nominated rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule and his boisterous brood keep it real in the comedic half-hour docu-series co-produced by Queen Latifah, FOLLOW THE RULES, premiering Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV. Living under one not-so-quiet roof are Ja and his wife Aisha; their two, spirited sons, Jeffery Jr. and Jordan; boundary-pushing daughter Brittney; and Ja’s mother and mother-in-law. Through thick and thin, Ja and Aisha always manage to keep their family together with love, laughter, and hijinks. Ultimately, Ja would do anything for his family – whether they like it or not!

Meet the Rules

Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins
Since his rise to fame in 1999, four-time Grammy-nominated rapper, Ja Rule has sold more than 45 million records worldwide. With a successful music career under his belt, he has since turned his attention to acting, appearing in more than 17 feature films since his film debut in The Fast and Furious (2001). But Ja's success, fame, and fortune would mean nothing without the love and support of his family.

Aisha “Ish” Atkins
Ja's high school sweetheart Aisha has been by his side through thick and thin. Since tying the knot in 2001, Ja and Aisha continue to enjoy wedded bliss, even with the challenges of raising three children and living with their mothers. Ja may be the man of the house, but Aisha has been holding down the fort for years.

Brittney "B-Stacks" Atkins
Brittney, a college junior at Hampton University, is the oldest of the Rule children. With her own unique sense of style, Brittney is on a search for independence and self-discovery. However, being daddy's little girl and big sister to her younger brothers means that she will never be completely on her own.

Jeff "Lil' Rule" Atkins
Ja and Aisha's oldest son, Jeff, is the spitting image of his father, and not just because of how he looks. With the personality and attitude to match, the nickname "Lil Rule" is well-earned. Jeff is an ambitious star athlete who is starting his freshman year of high school, and has already launched a lifestyle brand. Always in pursuit of having a good time, Jeff keeps his family on their toes while his family tries to keep him out of trouble.

Jordan "Jordy" Atkins
Jordy may be the smallest of the Rules, but that doesn't stop him from having the biggest personality. He is a middle school student and athlete, working hard to be the best that he can be. Jordy is the first one to tell you that growing up is serious business, except when playing a good prank on his family. 

Grandma Deb & Grandma Jean
Ja's mother, Debra, and Aisha's mother, Jean, moved in with the family a few years ago to help Ja and Aisha look after the kids. However, now that the kids are nearly grown up, Deb and Jean are content to stay right where they are. With less responsibility, Deb and Jean are free to explore their interests – such as wine and men.


October 7, 2015

2016 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Now Accepting Applications


TORONTO (October 7, 2015) – Bell Media announced today that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab. Part of the $11.6 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative, the two-part program provides mid-level television producers with unique hands-on training to assist their career advancement within Canada’s television industry. Those wishing to apply should visit and submit an application by Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. ET. The program begins Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

“Since its inception, the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab has helped more than a dozen participants further their careers in the television industry,” said Corrie Coe, SVP, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We are pleased to once again provide aspiring Executive Producers with an inside look at the operations of a Canadian broadcaster as well as honing the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this role.”

Past participants have been enjoying busy and productive careers since completing the Executive Producer Accelerator Lab. Following her apprenticeship at Shaftesbury Films, Jennifer Pun (2014 participant) has been co-producing the feature film The Void and working with Camillion Corp. on its development slate, which includes a Will Sasso project currently in development with Bell Media. Joey Case (2015 participant) has been promoted to Creative Director and Executive Producer at Essential Media Canada, and has become an equity partner in the company. Jennifer Little (2015 participant) has been working in an Executive Producer role at RTR pitching shows to broadcasters, digital arts portals, and working on the business affairs side of the business as well.

The Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab is comprised of two components:

Broadcaster Internship
The broadcaster internship trains up to six producers in a group-based curriculum during a six-week internship at Bell Media’s Toronto headquarters. Participants are exposed to the fundamental operations of a Canadian multi-platform broadcaster while learning more about the business model and economics of Canadian television production and its relationship to broadcasting through hands-on sessions with internal departments, panel discussions with industry experts, and exploration of case studies and coaching sessions.

Production Apprenticeship
Following the broadcaster internship, two participants will be selected for a specialized 8-10 month apprenticeship with a top independent Canadian production company or Bell Media In-House Productions. This placement will span of the life of one program cycle and is intended to expose the participant to the Executive Producer’s role and responsibilities, and provide meaningful access to the day-to-day running of a large-scale series. Companies that have hosted participants previously include Force Four Entertainment, marblemedia, RTR Media, Shaftesbury, and Temple Street Productions.

Applicants for the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants over the age of 19. Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in production, business affairs, legal, marketing, distribution, and/or development, and a minimum of five production credits in video, film, or other multimedia projects.

About the Bell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative
The $11.6 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of national mentoring and promotional programs, which ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at different stages of their careers. Currently, five of these multi-year initiatives are exclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media Festival, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast and production experience for mid-level producers; the NSI Totally Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training course for writers, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing a development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm), which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.


October 7, 2015

Week 1 Final Data Confirms CTV’s QUANTICO is the #1 New Series Premiere This Fall


TORONTO (October 7, 2015) – With final data for Week 1 of the Fall TV Season now available, Numeris data confirms CTV’s QUANTICO has had the biggest premiere of any new series to date. With 2.6 million viewers for its Sunday, Sept. 27 debut, QUANTICO is the #1 fall series premiere with total viewers and also in all key demos. Impressively, QUANTICO was also the second most-watched program on Canadian television overall for the week for A18-49, and #3 with A25-54. Final data from Week 1 also confirms a strong premiere for BLINDSPOT with 2.2 million viewers, making it the #2 series premiere in the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos behind QUANTICO, and among the Top 3 new series with total viewers and A18-34.

A closer look at Week 1 Final Data:
-- CTV remains the #1 network with more Top 10 and Top 20 series than any other network with total viewers and in all key demos. CTV also has the Top 7 programs among A18-34 and A18-49.
-- THE BIG BANG THEORY returned as Canada’s most-watched TV series with total viewers (2.8 million) and in all key demos.
-- CTV is home to the top returning dramas among the key demos, with GOTHAM #1 among A25-54 and A18-49, and GREY'S ANATOMY #1 with A18-34.
-- SAVING HOPE’s Season 4 premiere was watched by 1.5 million viewers on Sept. 24, up +11% with total viewers and +18% A18-34 over its Season 3 premiere, ranking in the Top 20 with the key A18-34 demo.

With Week 2 preliminary data, which includes available playback, QUANTICO maintains its status as the #1 new series with total viewers (2.1 million), while returning series MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and GOTHAM are the Top 2 dramas in all key demos.

A closer look at Week 2 Trends (preliminary data plus available playback):
-- CTV now has three of the Top 4 new shows among total viewers and in all key demos with QUANTICO, BLINDSPOT, and CODE BLACK.
-- With five days of playback now available following its premiere on Sept. 30, CODE BLACK (2 million) is pacing to land a spot in the Top 20 with total viewers and in all key demos.
-- Following its Season 3 premiere on Sept. 29, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is the #1 series among A18-34 and A18-49, and ranks in the Top 5 for A25-54 with six days of playback.
-- With seven days of playback, GOTHAM ranks #2 with A25-54 and #3 for A18-34 and A18-49. GOTHAM’s Week 2 audience is trending above Week 1 among A18-49 and A25-54.
-- A Top 6 series among total viewers and all key demos with five days of playback available, the season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS (Sept. 30) was watched by 2.3 million viewers.

Highlights of Week 3 Preliminary Overnight Data:
-- The third episode of CTV’s BLINDSPOT on Monday climbed to 1.6 million viewers, 3% higher than its series premiere, and a record-high overnight audience for the series.
-- GOTHAM’s third episode on Monday (1.3 million) also saw an increase with audiences, up 5% from its episode a week earlier.

The premieres continue on CTV and CTV GO tonight (Oct. 7) with the season premiere of ARROW at 8 p.m. ET/PT. On CTV Two, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is back on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and the season premiere of REIGN airs Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), Premiere Week: Sept 21-27 (Final Data), Week 2: Sept 28-Oct 4 based on preliminary data with playback (PB) up to Oct. 5, 2015: Monday programs PB +7 days, Tuesday programs PB +6 days, Wednesday programs PB +5 days, Thursday programs PB +4 days, Friday programs PB +3 days, Saturday programs PB +2 days, and Sunday programs PB +1 day.


October 7, 2015

TSN is Live from the New Sport Chek Studio Today with Seven Straight Hours from Maple Leaf Square


TORONTO (October 7, 2015) – The doors to the new Sport Chek Studio in Maple Leaf Square are open to the public today, with TSN broadcasting seven straight hours of live coverage to kick off the Toronto Maple Leafs’ season opener. TSN is live from the Sport Chek Studio today from 12 noon to 7 p.m. ET, beginning with a special on-the-road edition of Leafs Lunch with Bryan Hayes, Jeff O’Neill, and Jamie McLennan on TSN4.

Today’s broadcast schedule from the Sport Chek Studio runs from 12 noon ET through to puck drop of the Leafs’ season opener:
LEAFS LUNCH – 12 noon to 2 p.m. ET on TSN4
THE BRYAN HAYES SHOW – 2 to 4 p.m. ET on TSN4

"We are consistently evolving the way we interact with our customers and finding new ways to shift from a point of sale to a point of experience," said Frederick Lecoq, Senior Vice-President of Marketing, FGL Sports "Our strategic partnership with TSN allows us to give our customers a deeper immersion into a sports environment. There is no other retail store in this country where fans can get this authentic experience and we're excited to be the first to bring this to Canadians."

“This is exactly what we envisioned when we started working with Sport Chek on this innovative new partnership,” said Ken Volden, Vice-President and Executive Producer, Studio Production and News and Information, TSN. “With the Sport Chek Studio we have the capability to broadcast live from the heart of major sports events, bringing together both Sport Chek customers and sports fans in a unique environment.”

About the Sport Chek Studio
Overlooking Maple Leaf Square from the second floor of Sport Chek’s flagship store in downtown Toronto, the Sport Chek Studio’s broadcast hardware has the ability to send live video feeds to the airwaves within seconds. Built in collaboration with Sport Chek, the world-class studio includes:
Nine-foot broadcast desk fully equipped with studio lighting, microphones, and four cameras
Sports ticker with 11 LED panels totalling 22,528 LEDs
Full colour LED system
48” TV screen

In May 2014, Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) announced a multi-year media, content, and digital partnership with TSN that included access to the network's suite of assets to develop and produce branded content for CTC's marketing channels. Click here for more information.


October 7, 2015



Toronto, 7 October 2015 – Family CHRGD, the final network to be rebranded under DHX Television’s iconic Family banner, is powering up on Friday, October 9, bringing with it unexpected entertainment that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. With an undeniable energy conveyed through striking colours and non-stop action, Family CHRGD will target kids 6-12 with an ‘anything goes’ mantra delivered through exciting series, specials and interstitial content unique to the brand. Accompanied by an OnDemand platform and the dedicated website, the channel’s multiplatform offering sets out to ensure subscribers get a daily dose of wacky, silly fun that keeps boredom at bay.

Set to enthrall viewers and immerse them in the brand promise of excitement and entertainment that will blow their minds, Family CHRGD kicks things off with a full-day marathon on Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET, stocked with new shows, special episodes and homegrown hits. Series premieres for the day include: the animated Kung Fu series Xiaolin Chronicles at 9:30 a.m. ET; Horrible Histories, an unconventional take on history’s most gruesome yet funniest moments, at 10:30 a.m. ET; and Deadly 60 at 7:30 p.m. ET, which follows wildlife enthusiast Steve Backshall on his search to find the creatures that others spend a lifetime avoiding.

The 13-hour marathon will be rounded out with popular series including the original hit Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage), Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, World of Quest and Be the Creature. Also part of the schedule throughout the fall will be Disney’s Mighty Med, Phineas and Ferb, Kickin’ It and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.

Family CHRGD takes viewers to the next level later this month with the energetic new
CGI-animated series Sonic Boom. Based on the popular video game, where the infamous blue blur and his trusty sidekick Tails set out to thwart arch nemesis Dr. Eggman, the series is an action-adventure that delivers a burst of comedy and plenty of adrenaline. The show debuts on Saturday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. ET following a triple-stack of Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) including a new episode at 10 a.m. ET. Keeping fans plugged into the video game excitement, three back-to-back episodes of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will also air on October 24 beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

Other programs debuting on the channel later this year include specials from Mattel’s Team Hot Wheels; the underwater animated adventure The Deep; new episodes of the popular Canadian series Slugterra; and from Radical Sheep, the comedic Fangbone! about a young barbarian from Skullbania.

Transforming the spirit of unexpected surprises from the network to everyday life, Family CHRGD is giving gamers the chance to level up with the Go Gaming with CHRGD Contest. Fans can win the awesome grand prize of a $2,500 gaming shopping spree with Jesse Sukunda, host of Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage). The contest is open from October 9 – November 13 and fans can enter by visiting

The Family CHRGD brand will be extended to Family CHRGD OnDemand – the channel’s dedicated subscriber viewing platform – and the website beginning Friday. Both destinations will be home to videos from popular series including Gaming Show and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, plus Mighty Med and Phineas and Ferb will be available throughout the fall. Family CHRGD OnDemand will be refreshed with episodes from the new series as they debut on the network. Additionally, will be stocked with games, schedule information and more contests to keep site visitors curious and coming back.

Family CHRGD is an advertising-supported digital specialty network that features animated and live-action programming. Designed to surprise and entertain young viewers, Family CHRGD showcases series, movies and specials that will blow kids minds and keep boredom at bay. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they want it, where they want it, Family CHRGD is also available through Family CHRGD OnDemand and Family CHRGD Online at no additional cost. Visit us at 


October 6, 2015

Food Network Canada Launches All-Canadian Cookbook with Massive Multi-Platform Project Bursting with Flavour


TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Great Canadian bacon, butter tarts, beavertails, and beyond! Food Network Canada, the country's #1 Entertainment channel*, has launched its largest multi-platform project ever, beginning with an enhanced website and a new community tool. At the heart of this community is Food Network Canada's Great Canadian Cookbook, an on-air and online project defining, documenting, and celebrating Canadian cuisine. Online, Food Network Canada's Great Canadian Cookbook will serve as the world's largest ever-evolving, all-Canadian cookbook, and will be complemented by an on-air docu-series hosted by Noah Cappe with celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, premiering Monday, October 12 at 3pm ET/12pm PT on Food Network Canada.

"As the country's number one entertainment channel this Fall, and the premium destination for food-related content on-air and online, Food Network Canada's new community is a place for Canadians to explore, engage, create, and share their love of food,"  said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. "This new, online community, coupled with the extensive Great Canadian Cookbook project, is a multi-platform initiative proudly built for, and by, Canadians.", the ultimate destination for all things food, is more robust than ever with its new community tool, a place for Canadian food lovers to learn, celebrate, and be inspired by our country's rich and diverse culinary landscape. Food Network Canada's online community caters to the 60 per cent of Canadians** who search for their cooking inspiration online and allows users to upload their own recipes, save their favourites from the site into their very own recipe box, and share their own recipes with their social circles. In addition to's robust library of over 10,500 recipes, Canadians now have access to an additional 1,200 new and trusted recipes and video tutorials from Food Network's roster of esteemed chefs including Bobby Flay, Chuck Hughes, ReeDrummond, Lynn Crawford, Alton Brown, Anna Olson, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray and more.  The site also boasts over 100 hours of full episodes of Food Network's most popular programs.

Food Network Canada's new multi-platform project, Great Canadian Cookbook, explores the dishes and showcases the recipes defining our nation. Online, hosts over 240 pieces of new and original content, specially curated for Canadians, including videos, photo galleries, polls, and infographics featuring Food Network Canada chefs and hosts. The site is a forum for food lovers from across the country to share, learn, and contribute to the largest ever-evolving Canadian cookbook by submitting their own personal recipes and food stories.

The Great Canadian Cookbook experience extends on-air with a four-part docu-series hosted by Noah Cappe and Food Network Canada celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, premiering with back-to-back episodes starting at 3pm ET/12pm PT on Monday, October 12. From the picture-perfect harbours of the East, to the lush and bountiful greenery of the West, Noah and Lynn embark on a trans-Canada journey, meeting with locals in 11 Canadian cities and eating their way through Canada's vast culinary landscape. In between bites of some of the most delicious food that this country has to offer, Noah and Lynn gather the recipes and document the storiesthat lay the foundation for the Great Canadian Cookbook which can be found on

"Over 16,000 kilometres and 125 meals later, I can truly say that this experience has opened my eyes and my mouth to the best of Canadian cuisine," said Noah Cappe, Host of Food Network Canada's Great Canadian Cookbook. "From Bannock tacos toCaribbean roti and the best Peking duck I've ever tasted, Canada's culinary landscape is as diverse as it is delicious."

"Food is a storybook in its own right, and hearing the incredible stories of everyday Canadians through their own family recipes is one of my favourite parts of being a Chef," said Lynn Crawford, Food Network Celebrity Chef. "This journey brought me even closer to the country I love and the diversity of our people and the foods we've woven in to our cultural fabric."

Food Network Canada's Great Canadian Cookbook four-part television series is an original production produced by Alibi Entertainment for Shaw Media and Food Network Canada.

*Source: Numeris PPM Data M-Su 2a-2a Total Canada A25-54 AMA (000) 8/31/15-9/20/15
Food Network Viewers Lounge, Cooking and Online Habits Survey, January 2015


October 6, 2015

A Season and a September to Remember: Sportsnet Delivers Most-Watched Blue Jays Season Ever and Best Month in Network History


TORONTO (October 6, 2015) They pitched, they hit, they conquered. And we watched.  The 2015 Blue Jays regular season set a record for Sportsnet as the most-watched Blue Jays season in network history, delivering an average audience of 973,000 viewers (2+). This marks an increase of 68% over the 2014 regular season average audience (580,000), the previous most-watched Blue Jays season on record.

It was also a September for the ages on Sportsnet, as the Blue Jays clinched the 2015 American League East Division title, and bolstered Sportsnet to post its best month in network history, delivering a record 7.9 audience share and an average audience of 320,000 – a year-over-year increase of 114%. September was also a record-setting month on the digital side, as delivered a 200% year-over-year increase in page views.

Sportsnet was the second most-watched Canadian network in prime time (conventional and specialty combined) in September, second only to CTV. And, for the second month in a row, Sportsnet was Canada’s highest-ranked specialty channel.

Here are more audience highlights:

OK, Blue Jays!
Sportsnet’s Blue Jays broadcasts in September delivered an average audience of 1.61 million, representing an increase of 190% over the average audience in September 2014 (555,000)
Blue Jays fans also flocked to radio as audiences for Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Blue Jays broadcasts in August were up 159% year-over-year
For the 2015 regular season overall on Sportsnet TV, the following key sales demos delivered significant year-over-year increases:
- Adults 18-34: 58% increase
- Adults 25-54: 75% increase
- Females 18+: 66% increase

57 Blue Jays broadcasts surpassed the one-million viewer mark during the 2015 regular season
2 Blue Jays broadcasts surpassed the two-million viewer mark
Blue Jays Central , the pre-game show hosted by Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun, delivered an average audience of 290,000 this season, marking a 90% increase year-over-year (153,000 average audience in 2014)

Sportsnet in September – Sportsnet Central, NHL Pre-Season and Digital

Sportsnet Central (Prime Time Edition)
The prime time edition of Sportsnet Central delivered an average audience of 341,000 in September, an increase of 145% year-over-year

NHL Pre-Season on Sportsnet
Sportsnet’s 2015-16 NHL pre-season audiences delivered an average audience of 413,000, marking an increase of 19% over the 2014-15 pre-season

Sportsnet’s historic month also extended online, with recording its highest month ever for page views – 200% higher than September 2014
Video views increased 450% year-over-year, while unique visits increased 125% year-over-year

TV Source: Numeris, AMA(000) & Share of Total TV English, Jan 1/15 – September 31/15 for YOY (confirmed up to September 20/15), Apr 6 – Oct 4/15 v. same time last season for Blue Jays, Total Canada. All audiences are 2+, unless otherwise noted. 
Digital Source: Source: Adobe Analytics and Brightcove Sept 14 – Sept 15


October 6, 2015

Michael Wekerle Announced as CMW 2016 Opening Keynote


TORONTO, ON - (October 6) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Michael Wekerle as our 2016 opening keynote on Thursday May 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Michael is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers -Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg's Boston-based burger chain.

Michael lives in Toronto and is a doting father to six children.  He donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of philanthropic interests, including UHN, CAMH, SickKids and Holland Bloorview, as well as the youth outreach organization Seeds of Hope and the acclaimed Baroque opera company Opera Atelier. Michael is currently featured on CBC's Dragons' Den, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.


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