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May 28, 2016

ATN reports a net income of $200,653 on revenues of $6,091,874 for the 3 months ended March 31, 2016

TORONTO, May 27, 2016 /CNW/ - Asian Television Network International Limited (ATN) Toronto Stock Exchange Venture (TSXV-SAT) Canada's Pioneer South Asian Broadcaster is pleased to announce its first quarter 2016 consolidated financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2016, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

Summarized Consolidated Financial Results

Three months ended March 31, 2016

Three months ended March 31,

2016

2015

Operating revenue

$6,091,874

$6,226,883

Total operating expenses

5,798,262

5,730,755

Income before taxes

293,612

496,128

Income tax expense

92,959

134,682

Net income for the period

$200,653

$361,446

Basic and Diluted Earnings per share

$0.01

$0.01

EBITDA

$507,983

$685,224

For details please refer to the MD&A and the Complete Financial Statements filed with Sedar.

We are a Canadian media company. ATN serves Canada's diverse cultural communities with 54 premium specialty television channels. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture (TSXV-SAT). For more information please visitwww.asiantelevision.com.

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May 27, 2016

Bell customers to receive up to $11.82 million as part of Competition Bureau agreement

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Agreement also requires Bell to donate approximately $800,000 to support public interest advocacy groups
OTTAWA,
May 27, 2016 /CNW/ - As a result of a Competition Bureau investigation into unwanted "premium text messaging" charges on customers' wireless phone bills, Bell will issue rebates to certain current and former customers totaling up to $11.82 million and donate approximately $800,000 to support digital media research and awareness. The amount of money available for consumer rebates is the most obtained to date under a Bureau agreement.

In 2012, the Bureau began an investigation into whether Rogers, Bell, Telus and the CWTA were making or permitting false or misleading representations to be made to customers in third party advertisements relating to premium text messaging services and placing charges for these services on wireless phone bills without prior authorization from their customers. These services included trivia questions and ringtones. The representations appeared in pop-up ads, web pages and social media promoting premium text messaging services.

Under the terms of today's agreement, Bell will:
Issue up to
$11.82 million in rebates to current and former customers;
Donate an estimated
$800,000 to support digital media research and awareness;
Publish a notice to affected customers;
Enhance their corporate compliance program; and
Develop a consumer awareness campaign to educate consumers about how charges can be incurred on wireless devices and how to avoid unwanted charges.

As part of the same investigation, the Bureau has also settled with the CWTA. The CWTA will also develop a consumer awareness campaign, as well as issue a public notice to affected customers and implement an internal corporate compliance program with a specific focus on "billing on behalf of" practices.

Today's settlements with Bell and the CWTA conclude the Bureau's inquiry into this matter. The Bureau reached similar agreements with both Rogers and Telus last year. The resolution of this matter brings total refunds to consumers to over $24 million while over $1 million in donations will go to leading consumer advocacy and research groups dedicated to supporting public interest in the digital economy.

Quick facts
The amount of money available for consumer rebates as part of the Bureau's agreement with Bell is the most obtained to date under a Bureau settlement.
Rebates will be issued to certain former and current customers charged for certain premium text messaging services betweenJanuary 1, 2011, and
August 31, 2013.
Eligible current customers will receive a rebate in the form of a credit to their wireless account by
July 25, 2016.
Eligible former customers will be notified with details on how to claim their rebate by mail or email by
July 25, 2016

Quotes
"We are pleased that the agreements reached with Bell and the CWTA bring an end to the legal proceedings initiated by the Competition Bureau. Trust in the digital economy is vital for Canadians in the 21st
century. As with the settlements reached with Rogers and Telus, Bell's settlement represents a significant win for consumers and will deter others from engaging in misleading advertising that results in unauthorized charges to consumers."
John Pecman,Commissioner of Competition

Associated Links
Telus customers to receive $7.34 million in rebates as part of Competition Bureau agreement
Rogers agreement with Competition Bureau nets record refunds for wireless consumers
Competition Bureau Sues Bell, Rogers and Telus for Misleading Consumers: Bureau Seeks Customer Refunds and $31 Million In Penalties
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May 26, 2016

Astral Out of Home Announces Montréal Winners of the CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES Contest

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MONTRÉAL (May 26, 2016) – Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, announced tonight the Montréal winners of the 7th edition of its CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES contest, which honours the best out-of-home ads designed by creatives from local agencies.

Grand prize: “Noix mélangées” – lg2 Montréal
Design: Marc Guilbault and Guillaume Bergeron
Client: Krispy Kernels

Second prize: “Dans les patates” – lg2 Québec
Design: Luc Du Sault and Nicolas Boisvert
Client: Yum Yum

Third prize: “Petit lait” – FCB Montréal
Design: Sébastien Robillard and Joël Letarte
Client: Oreo

Launched last March, the annual CARTE BLANCHE AUX CRÉATIFS contest set a new record, receiving 341 entries from across Canada, including 159 from Québec. This celebration of out-of-home creativity culminated during the C2 conference in Montréal, as part of a joint final event for CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES and the C’EST DANS’ CANNES contest.

“Carte Blanche started in 2010 right here in Montréal, and after seven editions the contest has remained undeniably popular among the city’s exceptional creative community,” said Michael Alexandor, Vice-President, Marketing and Innovation, Bell Media. “The amount of entries and their quality continue to be world-class. These projects, which showcase great ideas for the best brands, are created specifically for Astral Out of Home. I extend my thanks to the jury for their tremendous work. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!”

The winning teams from each market will attend the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, while their clients will be offered a $50,000 campaign on Astral Out of Home’s network.

Click here for details about the Toronto and Western Canada markets’ winners, which were announced on May 11 and 12, respectively.

The winning campaigns and finalists can be viewed on the competition website or on Facebook and Twitter.

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May 26, 2016

SHOWTIME® DROPS THE NEW TRAILER FOR ITS MUSIC SERIES ROADIES,

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NEW YORK – May 26, 2016 – SHOWTIME has debuted the new trailer for its highly-anticipated comedy ROADIES, the first original series from creator, executive producer, writer and director Cameron Crowe. With an ensemble cast headed by Luke Wilson (Old School, Enlightened) and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Carla Gugino (San Andreas), the one-hour music series will premiere on Sunday, June 26th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on air, on demand and over the internet. ROADIES gives an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of roadies who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and pays homage to the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band.

To watch and share the official trailer, go to: https://youtu.be/bpcn9G7sj5w

The ensemble cast of ROADIES also includes series stars Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Academy Award® nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (Beyond the Lights) and Ron White (Blue Collar Comedy Tour). Luis Guzmán (Code Black), Jacqueline Byers (The Strain), Finesse Mitchell (Saturday Night Live), Branscombe Richmond (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Tanc Sade (Matador, Gilmore Girls) guest star. ROADIES is currently in production on ten episodes in Los Angeles. Emmy® and Tony® Award nominee Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked) serves as writer and executive producer, along with Emmy winners J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Lost),  Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest) and Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie). Kathy Lingg (Person of Interest, Fringe) is co-executive producer. Kelly Curtis, Pearl Jam’s manager and a regular collaborator with Crowe, serves as producer. ROADIES is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

For more information about ROADIES, follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and join the conversation using #SHORoadies.

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May 26, 2016

Are They Just Gadgets or Are They More? Humans Streams Exclusively on shomi Beginning June 10

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TORONTO (May 26, 2016) — Imagine a world with a robot helper: no more cooking, laundry, or taking out the trash – just more time to stream your favourite shows. The new drama Humans blurs the lines between human and machine when the latest must-have gadget is a Synth – a highly developed robotic AI (Artificial Intelligence) servant who is eerily similar to its live counterpart. Streaming exclusively on shomi beginning June 10, Humans explores the increasingly realistic impact of AI technology, challenging both the concept of humanity and what sharing a life with a machine could really mean.

In a parallel present, Synths are helpful, intelligent and maybe more than they appear. Humans follows four concurrent story lines between human characters and their Synths with the central focus on the Hawkins family. Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) purchases a Synth to help his busy family. The new Synth, Anita (Gemma Chan), is an immediate hit with the family except Joe’s wife, Laura (Katherine Parkinson), who suspects something is not quite right with the machine.

Other story lines include: a widower, George Millican (William Hurt), and his out-of-date Synth, Odi (Will Tudor), whom he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery; Leo (Colin Morgan) and his Synth, Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), who are on a desperate journey to find someone from Leo’s past; and Special Technologies Task Force agent, D.S. Pete Drummond (Neil Maskell), whose job of solving Synth-related issues leads to a case that defies all possibilities.

Written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is produced by Kudos (Broadchurch) for Channel 4 UK and AMC. Humans is produced by Kudos in association with Matador Films. Executive producers are Derek Wax (The Hour, Occupation, Lip Service) and Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Utopia, The Hour) with Chris Fry (The Smoke, Spooks) as Producer for Kudos, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Endemol Shine International distribute the series internationally.

Other series streaming in Canada exclusively on shomi include Wayward Pines, 12 Monkeys, and Between. shomi also offers titles unavailable anywhere else in Canada, such as Young Doctor’s Notebook, Mad Dogs, and Dead Rising: watchtower prior seasons of dramatic hits, such as Mr. Robot, Fargo, and The Blacklist; and day-and-date shows, including Empire, The Originals, and iZombie. Members will also discover great movies, handpicked shomi Collections, kids’ shows and family favourites to enjoy together. Canadians can visit shomi.com to learn more about the streaming service, subscribe and start their 30-day free trial.

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May 26, 2016

SENSTIVE SKIN Season 2 Premiere the Most-Watched Canadian Broadcast Ever on HBO Canada and The Movie Network, with More Than 350,000 Viewers

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TORONTO (May 26, 2016) – HBO Canada announced today that its critically acclaimed, award-winning original series SENSITIVE SKIN delivered a record-breaking final audience of 366,200 viewers for its Season 2 premiere (May 15), making it the most-watched broadcast of a Canadian program ever on pay networks HBO Canada and The Movie Network. It’s also the second most-watched program overall on HBO Canada this broadcast year, behind GAME OF THRONES.

With final data now in, the Season 2 debut more than doubled its total audience versus the Season 1 premiere (143,700 P2+). More than 1 million viewers watched some part of the episode.

Starring Canadian superstar Kim Cattrall (SEX AND THE CITY), and directed by one of the most acclaimed figures in Canadian film and television, Don McKellar (The Grand Seduction), SENSITIVE SKIN picks up after the highly emotional cliff-hanger ending of the first season and sees Cattrall’s Davina enter a new phase of her life. In the first episode, Davina searches for a new home but discovers that moving on isn’t as easy as she’d hoped, and soon finds herself in the picturesque Toronto Islands.

Episode 3 of SENSITIVE SKIN airs Sunday, May 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET on HBO Canada. In this week’s episode, Davina unwittingly catches the eye of a handsome stranger on the island. HBO Canada subscribers can watch both seasons of SENSITIVE SKIN on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.

Click HERE for a look inside the making of Season 2 of SENSITIVE SKIN.

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May 26, 2016

CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Welcomes Returning and New Sponsors for Season 4

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TORONTO (May 26, 2016) – The race is on! THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is set to return for a fourth season this summer and CTV welcomes back leading sponsors Chevrolet and BMO, as well as Mentos. This is Chevrolet’s fourth straight year, while BMO returns for a second year. New sponsors this season include Hotels.com and MEC Canada.

“We are tremendously pleased to have a dynamic set of sponsors that will help push the pace this season,” said Laird White, Director, Brand Partnerships, Bell Media. “Their presence will be integrated in-show and online, in organic and original ways we haven’t done before. We look forward to sharing this incredible adventure with our partners.”

Last summer, Season 3 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA headlined CTV’s summer schedule and was the most-watched program of the summer for the third straight year, with an average audience of 2.6 million viewers each week. Season 3 winners, Hamilton-born brothers Gino and Jesse Montani, took home the grand prize, which included $250,000 in cold hard cash and two Chevy Colorado trucks. Canadians can tune in to Season 4 Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning June 28 on CTV and CTV GO.

This year, the hit series will see two sponsors contribute to the grand prize. Chevrolet is back with a twist – instead of a pre-determined prize vehicle, each winner will take home their choice of any Chevrolet vehicle they drive during the race.

Additionally, Hotels.com will provide hotel accommodations for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two around the world. Each Leg Prize (which is awarded to the first place team for that leg of the race) is also provided by Hotels.com. The Leg Prize includes a five-night stay at a pre-determined exotic destination. Finally, along with the Chevrolet and Hotels.com prizes, the grand prize will also include $250,000 cash.

CTV Brand Partnerships is working diligently with these clients to create innovative content across all broadcast, digital, and social platforms. Season 4 will kick off the race with all-new teams and nail-biting challenges that push the limits. Canadians will be in for an adventure of a lifetime!
Source: Numeris, Summer 2015 (May 25-Sept 13), Summer 2014 (May 26-Sept 14), Summer 2013 (May 27-Sept 15)

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May 26, 2016

DHX Media & Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. Strike Global Deal On New Animated Mega Man™ Series

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HALIFAX and SANTA MONICA, CA, May 26, 2016 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX") (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), the world's leading independent, pure-play kids' content company, and Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. have struck a global deal to develop, co-produce, distribute and jointly manage licensing for a new Mega Man™ animated series based upon the legendary Capcom Mega Man video game franchise. The deal was announced today by Yuichi Kinoshita, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc., and by Asaph Fipke, Chief Content Officer of DHX.

Under the terms of the deal, Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX will manage all global rights for the new Mega Man animated series. Distribution and licensing in the United States will be handled by DHX in collaboration with Dentsu Entertainment USA. Dentsu Inc., parent company of Dentsu Entertainment USA, will manage distribution and licensing in Asia. DHX will manage distribution and licensing in all other territories. Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX will both participate in all revenue streams related to this agreement.

DHX's Chief Content Officer, Asaph Fipke, said, "We're very excited to be working with Dentsu on Mega Man. This is yet another deal born of our strategy of teaming up with leading companies on high-profile kids' brands that we can leverage across our platform of production, distribution, licensing and broadcast. We see this as an excellent opportunity to build on the rich legacy of the Mega Manvideo game series and introduce the famous boy robot to a whole new generation of kids worldwide."

Dentsu Entertainment USA's Kinoshita said, "Mega Man has a rare, nearly three-decade-long tradition with fans. We are excited to work with DHX to bring this newly imagined version of a long-beloved character back to the global marketplace."

Aimed at kids 6 to 9, as well as their parents who grew up loving the videogames, the animated series will feature exciting new technologies and robots, as well as the introduction of Mega Man's alter-ego, Aki Light, a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot. When activated, his skin re-forms – in a flurry of computer code and visual pyrotechnics – into a suit of impenetrable nanocore armor, including the iconic Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet. Beloved characters, like Rush, will return - while new characters, like Mega Mini™, will make their debut!  The new Mega Man animated series has a target air date of 2017, coinciding with the franchise's 30th anniversary.

Man of Action Entertainment are creators of the $4.5 billion franchise Ben 10, Generator Rex, the team and characters in the Academy Award®-winner Big Hero 6, and the executive producers/writers who launched Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Man of Action will executive produce the all-new Mega Man.

Man of Action's Duncan Rouleau said, "The best thing about Mega Man is his unflinching wide-eyed optimism and an over-the-top sense of humor. This show reflects both qualities. We've got it all in here, it's hopeful, forward-leaning, action-packed… It's full-on fun ahead!"

About Mega Man
The
Mega Man franchise is grounded in a series of video games, first launched in 1987 by Capcom, featuring battles fought by the eponymous blue robot protagonist and an ongoing cast of allies and enemies. The Mega Man multiverse has spawned over 130 video games on multiple gaming systems, selling over 30 million copies worldwide, as well as a plethora of toys, comics and collectibles. A highly-rated Mega Man TV series was popular in the USA in the mid-1990s and aired on ABC Family. The new animated Mega Manseries focuses on a normal, upbeat schoolboy robot, who discovers that deep within his programming lies secret protocols that can transform him into the powerful Mega Man. And, as the world's first robotic super-hero, Mega Man must face the threats of Silicon City, while trying to preserve his secret identity and maintain a regular robot boy life.

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May 25, 2016

GLOBAL’S SUMMER LINEUP STAYS COOL WITH A RED HOT SLATE OF SERIES

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TORONTO, May 25, 2016 – Global celebrates summer with the ultimate primetime lineup chock-full of brand new dramas, a star-studded variety show, and returning fan favourite series.

Headlining the summer schedule is the previously announced new Canadian original drama Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson, debuting Thursday, May 26 at 9 pm ET/PT. Joining the new detective drama is a new comedic powerhouse duo, the multi-talented Maya Rudolph and Canadian icon Martin Short, in the new comedy variety show Maya & Marty premiering Tuesday, May 31 at 10 pm ET/PT. Global also welcomes two new event series BrainDead, a comic thriller from Executive Producers Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) premiering Monday, June 13 at 10 pm ET/PT and American Gothic, a suspenseful new murder mystery beginning Wednesday, June 22 at 10 pm ET/PT.

Along with the new series joining Global’s schedule, summer’s must-see favourites are back. Global gears up for more houseguest hijnks as long-standing, powerhouse reality series Big Brother is back with its 18th season. Promising more drama, scheming, and chaos Big Brother premieres in a special two-hour episode at 8 pm ET/PT on Wednesday, June 22. Also returning to Global is summer’s most sizzling live event the Teen Choice 2016 honouring the year’s stars from the best films, most-loved TV shows, fiercest music, and the top moments in fashion, digital, and comedy. The coveted Teen Choice Surfboards will be handed out live Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm ET/PT.

Viewers can watch their favourite episodes from Global’s primetime lineup at GlobalTV.com and Global Go. For more details on Global’s summer schedule please see below.

GLOBAL'S 2016 SUMMER SCHEDULE:

Private Eyes – Thursday, May 26 at 9 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
The original crime-solving series Private Eyes is a 10-episode procedural drama that follows ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) who irrevocably changes his life when he decides to team up with fierce P.I. Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse. Through their new partnership, Shade is forced to examine who he has become and who he wants to be. Ongoing episodes find Shade and Angie investigating high-stakes crimes in the worlds of horse racing, fine dining, Toronto’s vibrant hip-hop scene, scandalous literature, magic clubs, and more.

Maya & Marty – Tuesday, May 31 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
From Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, the incomparable Maya Rudolph and Martin Short join forces for an all-new comedy show jam-packed with music, stars, and the unique characters and charisma of two of the biggest icons in SNL history. Stars of stage and screen, Maya and Marty are beloved by audiences of all ages. With Kenan Thompson and a dream team of surprise celebrity guests joining them each week, this dynamic duo is ready to unleash the full range of their talents and bring down the house like never before.

The Night Shift – Wednesday, June 1 at 10 pm ET/PT (Season premiere)
The Night Shift is back for Season 3 with the overnight crew navigating wildly different paths. Relationships are changing, new doctors are arriving and everyone is looking at their lives from a fresh perspective.

BrainDead – Monday, June 13 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
From Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed creators and executive producers of The Good Wife, Braindead is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, DC politics that follows Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members and Hill staffers.

American Gothic – Wednesday, June 22 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
American Gothic follows a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart. American Gothic stars Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Elliot Knight, Stephanie Leonidas, and Gabriel Bateman.
BrainDead and American Gothic are internationally distributed by CBS Studios International.

Big Brother, Season 18 – Wednesday, June 22 at 8 pm ET/PT (Two-hour season premiere)
Hosted by Julie Chen, Big Brother follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with more than 53 cameras and 97 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, the House Guests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining House Guest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.

You, Me & The Apocalypse – Wednesday, June 29 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere new to Global)  
You, Me and the Apocalypse follows an unusual assortment of mismatched characters, each coping with the impending end of the world in his or her own bizarre way. Perhaps the most complex is Father Jude (Rob Lowe), a rebellious and foul-mouthed priest who is tasked with being the “devil’s advocate” with the aid of his new timid assistant, Sister Celine Leonti (Gaia Scodellaro). Rhonda (Jenna Fischer), a mild-mannered librarian, finds herself dangerously out of her depth when she is sent to a maximum security prison for a crime she did not commit. She unwillingly befriends Leanne (Megan Mullally), an unhinged white supremacist who takes a deeply reluctant Rhonda under her wing. Then there is Jamie (Mathew Baynton), a humble bank manager who is hopelessly stuck in a rut and still in mourning over the mysterious disappearance of his wife seven years ago. There are 34 days until the comet collides with Earth and some of these misfits are destined to make it to a bunker deep beneath the English suburbs of Slough. As a result, they will become the incredibly unlikely, and totally unsuitable, future of mankind.

Teen Choice 2016 – Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm ET/PT (Two-hour live event)  

The two-hour live event honours the year’s iconic stars from the best films, most-loved TV shows, fiercest music, and the top moments in fashion, digital, and comedy with coveted Teen Choice Surfboard awards.

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May 25, 2016

Packed with Exclusive New and Returning Dramas, Bravo Nationwide Freeview Begins June 1

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TORONTO (May 25, 2016) – The home of hot drama, Bravo turns up the heat with a Freeview stacked with new and returning fan-favourite series, beginningWednesday, June 1. Available for the entire month of June, Bravo’s nationwide Freeview features a lineup stacked with exclusive dramas including all-new series ANIMAL KINGDOM and GUILT; the much-anticipated Season 3 premiere of Bravo’s award-winning original series 19-2; Season 3 of MURDER IN THE FIRST; and the debut of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season 7, now on Bravo. The Bravo Freeview is available on over 30 TV service providers across Canada, including Bell, Rogers, Eastlink, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Cogeco, Telus, Sasktel, Tbaytel, Videotron, and MTS.

Family crime drama ANIMAL KINGDOM joins Bravo’s lineup with a special two-hour premiere event Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode, hour-long series stars Emmy® winner Ellen Barkin (HAPPYISH) as Janine “Smurf” Cody, the intense matriarch of a dangerous family living an indulgent and excessive lifestyle funded by violent crime. Canadian actor Scott Speedman (Underworld) stars alongside Barkin as “Smurf’s” relatively level-headed right-hand man, Baz.

ANIMAL KINGDOM moves to its regular Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot beginning June 21, following the premiere of all-new mystery series GUILT at9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode, hour-long thriller follows Grace (Daisy Head, THE SYNDICATE), an exchange student living in London who becomes the lead suspect in the brutal murder of her roommate. Billy Zane (Zoolander) stars as Stan Gutterie, the ethically questionable lawyer who helps Natalie (Emily Tremaine, VINYL) defend her sister Grace.

Winner of three Canadian Screen Awards including Best Dramatic Series, 19-2returns to Bravo’s premium drama roster for a third season, Monday, June 20at 10 p.m. ET. The critically acclaimed original drama finds beat partners Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso) back on the streets of Montréal, navigating the blurred-lines between politics and organized crime.

Leading into 19-2’s return, Bravo has the Season 3 premiere of crime-dramaMURDER IN THE FIRST, premiering June 20 at 9 p.m. ET. Season 3 follows detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs, PRIVATE PRACTICE) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson, BOSS) deep into the centre of another complex murder investigation.

Joining the dramatic Tuesday night roster, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS brings more mystery and twists when Season 7 of the cult-favourite premieres exclusively on Bravo, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET. This season sees the Liars working together to find Hanna (Ashley Benson, Spring Breakers), who was abducted at the end of last season, and find the answers to the remaining secrets that haunt them.

On the lighter side of drama, Bravo premieres two, all-new installments from fan-favourite movie franchises GARAGE SALE MYSTERY and MURDER SHE BAKED. Lori Loughlin (FULLER HOUSE) returns as Jennifer Shannon to investigate a new crime in GARAGE SALE MYSTERY: THE NOVEL MURDERS on Thursday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. Then on Thursday, June 30at 9 p.m. ET, viewers head back to The Cookie Jar, Hannah Swensen’s (Alison Sweeney, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) bakery, where she finds herself caught up in another mystery in MURDER SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE.

See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times.

Bravo Freeview Programming Includes:

ANIMAL KINGDOM (Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Series Premiere; Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 21)
ANIMAL KINGDOM centres on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole, PEAKY BLINDERS), as he moves to a Southern California beach town to live with his estranged grandmother,  Janine “Smurf” Cody (Barkin) and “her boys”, after his mother suffers a fatal overdose. Led by the hardened and tenacious “Smurf” and her right-hand, adopted son Baz (Speedman) who runs the business and calls the shots, the family includes the menacing Pope Cody (Shawn Hatosy, SOUTHLAND), the eldest and fresh out of prison; hyperactive middle son Craig Cody (Ben Robson, VIKINGS) who is considered the most fearless; and the troubled and suspicious “baby” of the family,  Deran Cody (Jake Weary,
It Follows). Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than J might be able to handle.

GARAGE SALE MYSTERY: THE NOVEL MURDERS (Thursday, June 16 at9 p.m. ET- Movie Premiere)
Jennifer Shannon (Loughlin) is a garage sale shopping expert whose sharp observation skills allow her to uncover valuable antiques, as well as help her local police department investigate crimes and solve mysteries. When Jennifer finds a customer murdered, she cannot help but think there is something familiar about the details of the killing, and soon realizes that the victim’s cold-blooded demise is a re-enactment of a murder in a classic mystery novel.

MURDER IN THE FIRST (Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET – Season 3 Premiere)
Homicide inspectors Terry English (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson) are thrust into the tangled world of sports and celebrity when a pro-football player is murdered. As their investigation becomes increasingly more complex, the inspectors are faced with their own personal tribulations, complicating the pressures of the case.

Seasons 1 and 2 of MURDER IN THE FIRST are available for streaming on CraveTV™.

19-2 (Monday, June 20 at 10 p.m. ET – Season 3 Premiere)
Season 3 of 19-2 sees a fragmented squad reeling from the revelation that Sergeant Julien Houle (Conrad Pla), once the glue that held them together, was a pedophile and a mole for organized crime. As Commander Gendron (Bruce Ramsay) scrambles to save his own career in the wake of this blight on the force, the patrollers strengthen their bond to help them through this shocking news. Meanwhile, Nick (Holmes), still rocked by guilt over his involvement in a murder, seeks closure by trying to find out what happened to his missing cousin Kaz. Ben (Keeso) finds love and happiness with Nick’s sister, Amelie (Tattiawna Jones), but struggles with the family he thought he’d left behind.
Click here for a sneak peek at Season 3 of 19-2.

Seasons 1 and 2 of 19-2 are available for streaming on CraveTV™.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET – Season 7 Premiere)
In the upcoming season of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, the Liars band together to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets and take down “Uber A” for good.

GUILT (Tuesday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)
When Natalie’s (Emily Tremaine) sister Grace (Daisy Head) becomes the prime suspect in her roommate’s murder, and a popular target for the press and in social media, Natalie leaves her life in Boston and heads to London to defend her. With the help of an ethically questionable ex-pat lawyer Stan Gutterie (Billy Zane), Natalie starts to question how innocent her sister may really be as more ugly truths start to emerge.

MURDER SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE (Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen (Sweeney) just can’t keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose. The closer Hannah gets to the truth, the closer she gets to finding the murderer with a deadly recipe for silencing people.

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May 25, 2016

Darts Out, Tarps Off! Production Begins on Season 2 of CraveTV’s Smash Hit Series LETTERKENNY

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SUDBURY (May 25, 2016) – Pertnear just in time to hit the May Two-Four hair of the dog, CraveTV announced today that production has begun on Season 2 of smash hit original series LETTERKENNY. CraveTV’s first ever original series, the six-part, half-hour small town comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media, and shoots on location in and around Sudbury, ON.

Created by Jared Keeso of Bravo’s hit Canadian Screen Award-winning original drama 19-2, Season 1 of LETTERKENNY had the biggest debut of any series on CraveTV since the premium TV streaming service launched in 2014, with more CraveTV users watching LETTERKENNY than any other series or title on CraveTV.

Season 2 of LETTERKENNY sees the return of The Hicks: Wayne (Keeso) and his best bud Daryl (Nathan Dales), “Squirrely” Dan (K Trevor Wilson), and Wayne’s sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), and their epic rivals The Skids starringTyler Johnston as “lead skid” Stewart, and Alexander De Jordy as side-skid Devon. Also back for another season of chirping and checking, Dylan Playfairand Andrew Herr lace up as The Hockey Players, Reilly and Jonesy.

Modeans may be tinder but bartender Gail (Lisa Codrington) is still around to lust after Wayne and executive producer, director, and co-writer Jacob Tierney brings back creepy Preacher Glen. Season 2 also introduces new cast members including Melanie Scrofano (WYNONNA EARP) as the no-BS Mrs. McMurray, along with Alex Spencer (THE EXPANSE) and Stephen Huszar (SHADOWHUNTERS) as Senior Hockey Players Barts and Yorkie.

“Foulmouthed, madcap, but very familiar, LETTERKENNY is one of the most authentic comedies to come out of Canada in many years,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We’re honoured that we can continue to expand upon this offbeat and hilarious world with Jared, Jacob, and our outstanding production partners, New Metric Media.”

“LETTERKENNY consists of Hicks, Skids, Hockey Players, and the best team in the league,” said creator and star Jared Keeso. “The cast, the crew, and our friends at Bell Media are First Team All-Stars. Look at the hustle. Love the hustle.”

“Went to the Jays game with the LETTERKENNY gang to celebrate a great Season 1 and toss a few down the hatch,” said Mark Montefiore, New Metric Media. “Then I got a venison hot dog but ain’t no goddam way that was venison. My point is: Season 2. Get after it!”

LETTERKENNY is based on the Internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, a series of shorts which have raked in more than 14 million views. Since the series announcement last November, views for all of the new digital content released on both the CraveTV and LETTERKENNY YouTube pages have totalled more than 5 million. Created by Jared Keeso, LETTERKENNY is executive produced, directed, and co-written by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky). Still not sure what all the fuss is about? Season 1 is currently streaming on CraveTV.

LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media (What Would Sal Do?), in partnership with DHX Media in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Montefiore (Cas & Dylan) are executive producers for New Metric Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executives for Bell Media are Bill Lundy and Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

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May 25, 2016

The Weather Network Delivers Its Summer Forecast That Looks Just Right

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Near to above normal temperatures expected across most of Canada
OAKVILLE,
ON, May 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, The Weather Network released its Summer Forecast for the months of June, July and August, predicting what Canadians can expect for the most anticipated season of the year. Overall, most Canadians can expect a typical start to the season with stretches of near to above normal temperatures blanketing the country, sandwiched between bouts of cooler weather.

The Weather Network's forecast shows that Western Canada will not be experiencing as hot or as dry a summer as the last several years, while Eastern and Central Canada will experience slightly warmer temperatures than previous years. Parts of northern Quebecand Labrador may see an extended period of below seasonal temperatures.

"This summer, we don't see any strong signals for one part of the country to be consistently hot while another is consistently cool as we've seen in some past summers.  Mother Nature looks to be spreading the warmth around pretty evenly over the next few months," said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network. "This means the majority of Canadians should experience a good dose of typically warm summer weather once we get into the heart of the season. On the other hand, precipitation will be highly variable, with the locations of individual thunderstorms determining who will get soaked and who will be dry."

Summer's changeable weather patterns bring an increased threat for severe thunderstorm activity, including the potential for tornadoes and localized heavy rain. As this is the time of year where active weather develops quickly and dangerous weather can rapidly progress, Canadians should pay close attention to the daily forecasts to stay safe and updated on the latest weather news.

The Weather Network: Summer 2016 Forecast

Region

Temperature Outlook

Precipitation Outlook

British Columbia

Above normal except near normal for the south coast

Near normal except above normal for extreme northwest areas

Alberta

Above normal

Near normal except below normal for portions of the north

Saskatchewan

Above normal

Near normal except below normal for portions of the north

Manitoba

Above normal for southern half, near normal for northern half

Near normal

Ontario

Above normal except near normal for extreme northern areas

Near normal

Québec

Above normal for parts of the southern regions, near normal through central regions and below normal in the north

Near normal except above normal in parts of central region

The Maritimes and Newfoundland

Above normal for the Maritimes, near normal for Newfoundland and below normal for Labrador

Near normal

Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Above normal for Yukon, Northwest Territories, near normal for Nunavut except below normal for Hudson Bay region

Near normal except above normal for portions of Yukon

Complete Summer Forecast details, including regional breakdowns, maps and charts are available atwww.theweathernetwork.com/summer. Canadians can be prepared for changeable weather patterns by visitingwww.theweathernetwork.com or by downloading The Weather Network App.

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May 25, 2016

Update Archaic Broadcasting Rules - C.D. Howe Institute

TORONTO, May 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's communications and broadcasting world has changed dramatically in recent decades, but its communications and broadcasting statutes and regulations have not kept pace, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Changing the Channel on Canadian Communications Regulation," authors Benjamin Dachis and Daniel Schwanen say the federal government should replace ineffective Canadian content regulations with direct subsidies, introduce more legal and economic rigour in regulatory hearings, and eliminate ownership restrictions on communications companies and wireless spectrum.

"Canada's legislative framework reflects an outdated structural separation between broadcasting and communications," state Dachis and Schwanen. They add that "the regulatory model for communications providers is ill-suited to current technology that allows users to access whatever they want, however they want, and wherever they want."

Dachis and Schwanen provide four recommendations for the fast-approaching federal government review of Canadian communications and broadcasting policies:

1.     The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) should eliminate Canadian content exhibition quotas, and the Department of Canadian Heritage should take the helm on promotion of cultural programming. Specifically, it should replace broadcasters in financing Canadian content through general government revenues, and not through a tax on internet subscribers.

2.     The CRTC should defer to the Competition Bureau for enforcement against anti-competitive conduct. A sector-specific regulator like the CRTC will still have a role in the future, but changing technologies mean that it should not have a heavy hand in setting prescriptive regulations.

3.     The CRTC should be required to adopt a more rigorous legal and economic approach to its own regulatory interventions.

4.     The Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development should allocate spectrum to maximize public benefit without any pre-determined policy aim for industry structure. It should also remove foreign ownership limits on firms in communications and broadcasting.

The authors note that the federal government must reform Canada's communications regulatory regime to recognize the sector's rapid technological change. "Regulation should move beyond outdated presumptions of the sector being a natural monopoly and focus instead on enabling new kinds of competition among service providers," state the authors. "The mandate of Canada's communications regulator should be to intervene only in the case of demonstrable market failures that warrant a sector-specific intervention," they conclude.

For the report go to: https://www.cdhowe.org/public-policy-research/changing-channel-canadian-communications-regulation

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May 24, 2016

CRTC continuing to monitor implementation of new basic television package and pick-and-pay

Calls television service providers to a public hearing in September 2016
May 24, 2016 – Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it is calling certain television service providers to a public hearing to discuss how the new basic television package and flexible packaging options are being implemented across Canada. The hearing will begin on September 7, 2016, in the National Capital Region.

As part of the process to renew the licences of certain television service providers, the CRTC wants to ensure that they are offering the new options to Canadians in a manner that is consistent with its regulations and the spirit of its policy. In April, the CRTC asked companies to provide information on their basic packages and flexible packaging options, including on any additional products or services that Canadians have to purchase to receive the package.

The CRTC today published the updated responses it has received, as well as the applications for the companies whose licences were set to expire on August 31, 2016.

Canadians have until June 23, 2016, to submit their comments in one of the following ways:
filling out the online form,
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2, or
sending a fax to (819) 994-0218.

At this time, the CRTC intends to only call the following television service providers to the hearing: Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Vidéotron.

Quick Facts
Since March 1, 2016, all licensed television service providers must offer a basic package priced no higher than $25 a month (not including equipment).
Since March 1, 2016, Canadians also have more options to add to that service as TV service providers must offer channels either individually or in packages of up to 10 channels.
Starting on December 1, television service providers will have to offer pick-and-pay and small packages.
Nearly 100,000 Canadians signed up for the new basic package since March 1st, 2016.
A majority of these Canadians have also taken advantage of the new flexible packaging options by subscribing to individual channels, small packages or both.
Canadians have multiple options to obtain television services, which can include a combination of the new basic package, individual channels, small packages, free over-the-air stations and Internet streaming services.
Canadians also can continue to subscribe to large packages that include their favourite channels.
In order to have sufficient time to hold this hearing, the CRTC has administratively renewed until November 30, 2016, the licences of television service providers whose licences were expiring September 1, 2016.
Through this process, the CRTC will also impose conditions of licence relating to the Wholesale Code, which will ensure that viewers continue to discover and enjoy access to a diversity of programming, and the Television Service Provider Code, which will help Canadians make informed choices about their television service providers. Both codes will come into force in 2017.

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“The new basic package and new flexible packaging options were introduced to give Canadians the ability to tailor their television services to their needs. Concerns have been raised, however, about how some television service providers have been implementing these new options. As we prepare for the full implementation of pick-and-pay, we will have an opportunity at the public hearing to verify whether their actions are in keeping with our objective.”
- Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC

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May 24, 2016

National Campus and Community Radio Association Starts Free Radio On My Phone Campaign

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Ontario Tuesday, May 24, 2016...Major Canadian telecommunication and mobile companies have blocked access to the FM receiver chip installed in most android smartphones. A new campaign has launched to rally public support to get the companies to unlock this feature, which would allow consumers to listen to FM radio over their phone for free.

National Campus and Community Radio Association, a collective of 95 non-profit stations across the country, have teamed up to launch freeradioonmyphone.ca.

“Our goal is to put pressure on the four national and four regional telecom carriers to get them to unlock the FM chip for public use,” said Barry Rooke, executive director of the NCCRA. “There was a successful campaign in the United States in 2015, with four of the five major telecom’s bowing down to public pressure. Our goal is to have all eight Canadian wireless providers allow access to the FM chip by the end of 2016.”

Some of the highlights to why the FM chip needs to be turned on:
? Saves 3x the battery life of your phone - compared to streaming services
? Saves 20x the data use on your phone - compared to streaming services
? Allows for emergency broadcasting and public safety alerts as mandated in the NPAS system
? Allows individuals with hearing and other disabilities to access technology to aid in communication

“FM technology is still the most popular format of our stations and the sector as a whole,” Rooke said. “This opportunity offers a great way to expand our listenership, and the options available to the public to access content. We are looking to expand our industry partners to work on enabling these chips. Specifically we are contacting individuals, groups and organizations who will join the growing list of supporters located on the www.FreeRadioOnMyPhone.ca website and help us get the word out through social media, public service announcements, and other forms of promotion that encourage the public to get involved.

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May 24, 2016

CraveTV Acquires Exclusive Canadian Streaming Rights to Buzzworthy Event Series ROOTS

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TORONTO (May 24, 2016)CraveTV today announced it has exclusively acquired the highly anticipated eight-hour event series ROOTS, the reimagining of the classic miniseries from A+E Studios®. With an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin, Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne, Golden Globe® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, ROOTS is a multifaceted, compelling and emotional story about the triumph of the human spirit, about identity, family, dignity and courage – seen through the lens of slavery-era America. ROOTS recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive, and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. ROOTS will stream this fall on CraveTV in the popular Historic TV Collection.

“We’re thrilled to add this star-studded miniseries to CraveTV, introducing ROOTS to a whole new generation of viewers,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV, Bell Media.

“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer and the original Kunta Kinte. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever.”

In 1977, millions of viewers tuned in to watch the first episode of the new miniseries ROOTS; a multi-generational exploration of author Alex Haley’s family tree that traversed more than a century of the African American experience, from the colonial-era slave trade through Reconstruction. Over the course of eight nights, the series captivated the nation. Movie theaters shut down, while bars and living rooms filled; dozens of civic leaders across the country declared a celebratory ROOTS week in honour of the program; millions of Americans were inspired to trace their own lineages; and America was forced to confront the brutal reality of slavery and the lingering scars it had left on the nation. Nearly 40 years later, the reimagining of ROOTS is set to introduce the series to an entirely new generation.

Click here for a sneak peek at ROOTS.

Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery. Throughout the series, Kinte’s family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and eventual emancipation. The story of Kunta Kinte and the women and men who came after him echoes through the history of millions of Americans of African descent, and reveals powerful truths about the universal resilience of the human spirit.

The incredible ROOTS cast includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”); Anna Paquin (“Nancy Holt”); Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne (“Alex Haley”); Golden Globe®Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tom Lea”); Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose (“Kizzy”); Grammy Award® winnerTip “T.I.” Harris (“Cyrus”); Chad L. Coleman (“Mingo”); Emayatzy Corinealdi(“Belle”); Matthew Goode (“Dr. William Waller”); Derek Luke (“Silla Ba Dibba”);Mekhi Phifer (“Jerusalem”); James Purefoy (“John Waller”); Erica Tazel(“Matilda”) and introduces Regé-Jean Page (“Chicken George”) and Malachi Kirby (“Kunta Kinte”). In addition, the series is executive produced by originalROOTS cast member LeVar Burton and Questlove, of the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots, is the executive music producer.

 ROOTS is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original “Roots.” Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossen serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer.ROOTS is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller serve as Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.  A+E Networks handles international distribution for “Roots.

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May 20, 2016

TSN and RDS Announce Multi-Year Media Rights Extension for IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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TORONTO (May 20, 2016) – With Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Patrik Laine making headline news around the hockey world at the 2016 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, TSN and RDS announced today they have reached a multi-year media rights extension with Infront Sports & Media, exclusive media and marketing partner for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), that will see the networks deliver exclusive live coverage of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP through to 2023.

“Nothing unites fans across the country like cheering for Team Canada, and we are proud to deliver expanded coverage of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP for years to come,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN. “With many of hockey’s biggest stars competing on the international stage, viewers have connected with this marquee annual tournament, one of the biggest of the 60+ championship events that live on TSN. We’re excited to continue to showcase the best of international hockey on TSN’s five national feeds.”

“The continuous popularity of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is reflected through this long-term agreement with TSN and RDS,” said Bruno Marty, Executive Director Winter Sports, Infront Sports & Media. “The additional commitment to the CHAMPIONS HOCKEY LEAGUE demonstrates the growing popularity of international hockey, and I am pleased that Canadian fans will now have access to Europe’s preeminent club hockey competition.”

Exclusive live coverage of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will continue to be broadcast across TSN’s five national feeds, with live streaming and on-demand viewing available to TSN subscribers through TSN GO. RDS delivers live coverage across its suite of platforms, including RDS, RDS2, RDS Info, and RDS GO.

The new extension will also see TSN platforms deliver live coverage of the semi-finals and final from Europe’s preeminent club hockey competition, the CHAMPIONS HOCKEY LEAGUE, for the first time ever in Canada.

Hockey on TSN
TSN is the exclusive broadcaster of Hockey Canada, delivering marquee international events such as the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF U18 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE, as well as domestic events including the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE, TELUS CUP, ESSO CUP, RBC CUP, ALLAN CUP, and the Order of Hockey in Canada.

TSN is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Winnipeg Jets as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games. TSN delivers a package of 26 Leafs games available in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region on TSN4, 50+ Senators games in the Senators designated broadcast region games on TSN5, and 50+ Jets games in the Jets’ designated broadcast region on TSN3.

TSN’s slate of live hockey programming also features exclusive coverage of the SPENGLER CUP, as well as NCAA Division I coverage including the FROZEN FOUR.

TSN complements its live hockey coverage with Canada’s fan-favourite hockey news and information programming, featuring the hockey world’s most trusted team of Hockey Insiders and analysts. TSN’s industry-leading hockey programming includes SPORTSCENTRE, TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, and the network’s slate of signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT RANKING.

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May 19, 2016

YTV’s Original Live Action Comedy, Some Assembly Required Takes Its Final Bow in Two-Part Series Finale on May 30 and June 6

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(May 19, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) After three seasons of kooky schemes, outrageous inventions and one never-ending bouncy ball, the gang from YTV’s hit series Some Assembly Required are saying goodbye to Knickknack Toys in a two-part series finale. As Knox (Dylan Playfair, Letterkenny) helps Jarvis (Kolton Stewart, The Next Step) rehearse for a walk-on role in the new Captain Indestructible movie, Piper (Charlie Storwick, winner of YTV’s The Next Star, Season 4) protests the closing of the historic Punk club, the Viper Pit. After a truly selfless act and a surprise offer, the team is forced to make a big decision that could change their lives. Part one of the finale airs Monday, May 30 at 7 p.m. ET/PT followed by part two on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Click here to watch fans react to the most anticipated moment of the series!

Beginning Monday, May 23 during the final three episodes, YTV will air special vignettes of the most iconic, bizarre and hilarious moments that made Some Assembly Required a fan favourite. Viewers are invited to share their favourite moments using the hashtag #BESTOFSAR.  Fans can also tune into a marathon of the casts’ favourite episodes on Saturday, June 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET/PT and a catch up marathon of the last six episodes of Season 3 before the finale on Monday, June 6 beginning at 4 p.m. ET/PT.

Some Assembly Required is a YTV original series produced by Thunderbird Films. The series is created by Dan Signer (A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) and Howard Nemetz (Mr. Young, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody). The series also stars Harrison Houde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Sydney Scotia (Haunted Hathaways), Travis Turner (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years) and Ellie Harvie(The New Addams Family). 

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May 19, 2016

MUSIC, DANCE AND FASHION ENTWINE WITH THE BACKSTAGE STUDIO POP-UP TOUR, PRESENTED BY FAMILY CHANNEL

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Toronto, 19 May 2016 – Family Channel brings the ultimate fan experience to shopping malls across Canada with The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour. Centered around the network’s hit original series Backstage, the weekend-long event kicks off in Pickering on Saturday, May 28 and gives fans an all-access pass to Keaton School of the Arts, with interactive stations built around the school’s programs including dance, music and fashion. Plus, fans will get a sneak peek at what’s in store for this year’s Big Ticket Summer Concert with live musical performances by the series’ stars at every stop. The tour continues throughout the month of June with stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Fredericton and Mississauga. For full tour information, please visit Family.ca.

“Family Channel is committed to bringing high-quality, one-of-a-kind events to fans across the country which can be seen by the tremendous success we’ve had over the past five years with our Big Ticket Summer Concert series, mall tours and international stage tours,” said Paul Cormack, Vice President, Marketing, DHX Television. “Giving fans the opportunity to interact with our stars is just as important to our stars as it is to our fans, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this incredibly talented group of singers and dancers – who are on the cusp of superstardom – to five shopping malls across Canada with The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour.”

A full weekend of singing, dancing, fashion and fun, The Backstage Pop-Up Studio Tour brings the popular tween drama to life. Mall-goers will be transported to Keaton School of the Arts where they can learn Vanessa, Carly and Sasha’s favourite dance moves; listen to Miles, Ayla and Scarlett’s hottest tracks; and step up their fashion game with tips and styles inspired by the show.

In addition to the interactive stations, each stop will feature morning and afternoon musical performances by some of this year’s Big Ticket Summer Concert performers, followed by autograph signings with various cast members. The first 250 fans in line for each performance, will receive a wristband to take part in the autograph signing.

The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour stops are as follows:

Date

Location

City

Saturday, May 28

Pickering Town Centre

Pickering, ON

Sunday, May 29

Pickering Town Centre

Pickering, ON

Saturday, June 4

Coquitlam Centre

Vancouver, BC

Sunday, June 5

Coquitlam Centre

Vancouver, BC

Saturday, June 10

West Edmonton Mall

Edmonton, AB

Sunday, June 11

West Edmonton Mall

Edmonton, AB

Saturday, June 18

Regent Mall

Fredericton, NB

Sunday, June 19

Regent Mall

Fredericton, NB

Saturday, June 25

Erin Mills Town Centre

Mississauga, ON

Sunday, June 26

Erin Mills Town Centre

Mississauga, ON

For tour details including mall hours, performance and autograph times, and wristband distribution locations, please visit Family.ca.

Backstage follows the lives of a group of talented teenagers who attend the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts. Cast members that will be appearing at various stops on The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour include: Josh Bogert (“Miles”), Aviva Mongillo (“Alya”), Mckenzie Small (“Scarlett”), Devyn Nekoda (“Vanessa”), Alyssa Trask (“Carly”), Julia Tomasone (“Bianca”), Matthew Isen (“Jax”) and Colin Petierre (“Sasha”). New episodes of Backstage air regularly Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family.

Commissioned by DHX Television, and with international distribution handled by DHX Media, Backstage was created and developed by Fresh TV. Executive Producers are Brian Irving, who also serves as producer; Jennifer Pertsch, also the co-creator; Lara Azzopardi, the series’ co-creator, show runner, writer and director; Tom McGillis and George Elliott. 

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May 19, 2016

TSN Follows the Toronto Marlies on the Chase for the Calder Cup, Beginning Tomorrow

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TORONTO (May 19, 2016) – After the Toronto Marlies posted the American Hockey League’s best regular season record, TSN delivers live coverage of the Marlies throughout their Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals playoff series against the Hershey Bears. Live coverage begins tomorrow (Friday, May 20) with Game 1: Toronto at Hershey at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2.

TSN subscribers can also access live streaming and on demand viewing of the Toronto Marlies playoff series against the Hershey Bears through TSN GO.

The Marlies, the top development affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, are vying for their second trip to the Calder Cup Finals in five seasons. The Bears, the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals, are looking to reach the Finals for the first time since winning three championships in five years between 2006 and 2010.

The broadcasts will be produced by LeafsTV and will feature Todd Crocker, Bob McGill, and Paul Hendrick on the call.

Broadcast Schedule

TSN’s broadcast schedule for the Toronto Marlies-Hershey Bears series is as follows*:
Game 1: Toronto @ Hershey
– Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Game 2 : Toronto @ Hershey
– Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Game 3: Hershey @ Toronto
– Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
Game 4: Hershey @ Toronto
– Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
**Game 5: Hershey @ Toronto
– Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN2
**Game 6: Toronto @ Hershey
– Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
**Game 7: Hershey @ Toronto
– Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
*Schedule subject to change
**If necessary

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