October 22, 2014
TELETOON Travels To Another Dimension This November
22, 2014 – Toronto, ON) TELETOON journeys into another dimension this fall with
the launch of the new kid-adventure animated series, Dr. Dimensionpants. The series
follows 12-year-old Kyle Lipton, an ordinary kid who mysteriously receives a pair
of magical glowing trousers that turn him into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero
with a pointy moustache. The hilarious 26 x 30 minute animated series premieres
in TELETOON's Can't Miss Thursdays block starting November 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT,
following Clarence. On TÉLÉTOON in Quebec, the series will premiere day-and-date
in French as Dr.
can't wait to introduce our TELETOON audience to this fun-filled imaginative series,"
says Athena Georgaklis, Director of Content, TELETOON. "The characters are
vibrant and dynamic – we have no doubt kids will be enticed by Kyle, the 12-year-old
mustached and magic pant-wearing superhero and his unicorn best friend."
by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore, Journey 2: The Mysterious
Island) and produced by DHX Media and TELETOON, Dr. Dimensionpants showcases new
superhero, Kyle, with all the crazy-weird superhero powers he ever wanted…and
more responsibility than he can handle. With the help of his talking unicorn mentor
Philip, Dr. Dimensionpants must learn to master his powers as he defends his hometown
of Ganderville from the constant threat of inter-dimensional villains while still
having to deal with his normal, day-to-day kid issues like homework, girls, and
his annoyingly smart little sister.
are thrilled that TELETOON will be premiering this terrific new series from creator
Brad Peyton this fall," said Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media.
"Dr. Dimensionpants has that boisterous quirkiness that kids find hilarious,
so we think our mustachioed 12-year-old hero and his talking unicorn pal, Philip,
will be a big hit."
more on Dr. Dimensionpants, visit www.teletoon.com.
October 21, 2014
Corus Entertainment and Flink Unite Music Fans, Writers and Artists Globally on Publishing Platform
Cross' The Ongoing History of New Music Launches in the Flink Community
and TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Flink (www.flink.to), the crowd-sourced publishing platform and Corus
Entertainment Inc., a leading media and entertainment company in North America,
today announced a global content and promotional partnership agreement that will
see a growing selection of past and new episodes of The Ongoing History of New Music,
the world's longest-running radio program on new music, featured on Flink's storytelling
platform. Flink, which crowd sources content from writers, artists and fans, will
allow subscribers to gather and share their expertise about the program. In the
process, SuperFans become part of the biggest story on rock history itself.
by legendary music journalist Alan Cross and produced by Corus Entertainment, The
Ongoing History of New Music chronicles the evolution of new music through almost
700 episodes. The series profiles pioneering musicians and provides intimate insight
into topics including new music's conspiracy theories, festivals, censorship, bootlegs,
Ongoing History of New Music "flink" is a super-charged collection
of the program's episodes and its community of SuperFans. Flink and Corus are working
together to bring the most talked about episodes to a global audience. Released
monthly, they will include audio files and transcripts from episodes that will be
further enhanced with exclusive content such as video interviews with Alan.
have been searching for a spectacular way to showcase the radio series and Flink
is the disruptive platform that does justice to our vision," said Alan Cross,
host at 102.1 the Edge, Toronto's alternative rock station. "This represents
a revolutionary opportunity for new and longtime fans to engage with the show on
an unprecedented level. Now, episodes can grow and evolve and ultimately take on
a life of their own with contributions from myself, fans, and even the artists themselves."
Ongoing History of New Music is the type of legendary content Flink was designed
to nurture on a global scale," said Allison Sweeney, Sr. Vice President of
Content, Flink. "Now hundreds of thousands of SuperFans have an outlet, a community
through which to share their passion, interact with other fans and even intersect
with their music industry heroes like Alan Cross in a way that's never been done
to The Ongoing History of New Music flink can begin contributing
their expertise to episodes immediately and earn status. SuperFans will rise up
the flink's leaderboard based on votes to their contributions. Also, anyone who
successfully promotes the flink has the opportunity to earn a share of the flink's
you're a true music fan, there's just nothing like it...The Ongoing History of New
Music shaped my entire life path," said 28-year-old Canadian music journalist,
Julia Wallace. "From the age of seven, I spent every Sunday night sitting by
the radio with a notepad waiting for Alan Cross' newest episode. On Flink, fans
around the world will now have a voice in this ongoing history—it will get people
excited about music again."
is a great opportunity to extend The Ongoing History of New Music brand and grow
the series' popularity with existing and new music fans through an exciting new
platform," said David Farough, General Manager, Corus Radio Toronto.
the publishing industry, Flink is a crowdsourced publishing platform that delivers
a beautiful digital experience, eclipsing the coffee table book by offering talent,
writers and SuperFans
a new way to create stories that evolve with more depth than any other medium can
offer. Flink puts the focus back on great content by rewarding and recognizing those
who create it through an innovative revenue sharing model. It's a visually stunning,
ad-free storytelling platform where serious fans pay a small monthly subscription
fee to come together for the love of what they love, organized into collections
of stories known as "flinks."
October 21, 2014
CRTC GRANTS APPROVAL FOR CANADA’S FIRST NATIONAL BLACK AND CARIBBEAN TELEVISION STATION
October 21, 2014 – Fitzroy Gordon, Founder and President of Toronto based radio
station G98.7FM “The Way We Groove,” is pleased to announce that he has been granted
approval from the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
to operate a national television station focused on airing programs for the Black
and Caribbean population of Canada.
“For years the Black and Caribbean community in Canada has expressed the need to
have easier access to media that reflects their identity, culture, values and issues.
By obtaining approval to establish this television station we have taken a significant
step in bringing this shared vision to life,” said Gordon.
which is scheduled to begin broadcasting in fall 2015, will air a wide range of
local and international content, as well as originally produced programs, geared
toward the entire family. The station’s programming will include everything from
sitcoms to movies, drama series, documentaries, news, sports, talk shows, religious
programs, tourism, festivals, carnivals, weather reports, cooking and music shows.
the first time in the history of Canada, Black and Caribbean people will have a
national voice. It is also my desire to keep our distinct and authentic culture
alive in this nation for generations to come,” said Gordon.
launch, the station will be available through various cable providers nationwide
on a subscription basis for all Canadians to enjoy.
years ago I promised to work hard to deliver a radio station to serve the population,
as a result, G98.7FM was born. I then promised a television station, and now I am
delivering on that promise,” Gordon said.
October 21, 2014
Party Like it’s 1989! Much Celebrates Taylor Swift’s Album Release with MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT, October 27
(October 21, 2014) – On Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET, Much celebrates that day’s
release of Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, 1989, with
the premiere of the all-new 30-minute interview special, MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT.
Hosted by Much’s Liz Trinnear, the special focuses
on the seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner’s career, rise to fame, and music, including
her massive #1 hit single from 1989, “Shake It Off”. MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT
encores at 8:30 p.m. ET and streams on Much.ca immediately following the
broadcast. Click here for a sneak peek.
the intimate and fun sit-down interview, Liz gets up close and personal with Swift
as she dishes about her sound evolution on 1989, her style, and staying “open”.
In their interview, Swift comments:
a songwriter you’re supposed to stay very open to all the emotions and intuitions
and fleeting impulses you have as a person; as a celebrity you’re taught that you’re
supposed to put up all these emotional protective walls around yourself to make
sure that you keep all of the negativity out – so it’s kind of conflicting messages.
And for me, I just try to stay as open to change as possible.”
MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT, Much gives “Swifties” a chance to “Shake It Off” with
a videoflow special dedicated to the pop songstress, SPOTLIGHT: TAYLOR SWIFT, beginning
at 6 p.m. ET. The special 30-minute countdown features some of Swift’s mega-hits
including “Mine”, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and “Shake It Off”.
Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, seven-time GRAMMY
winner and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor,
the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles
(and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S.
with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious
The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her
one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever
Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honour twice. Taylor
has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song
downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts
around the globe. Taylor's album RED, released almost two years ago on Big Machine
Records, has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide to date, including more than
1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, scoring the highest first-week
sales debut of any album in over a decade. Taylor is the only female artist in music
history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2010's Speak Now
and 2012's RED) hit the 1 million plus first-week sales figure. ”Shake It Off” is
the first single off her fifth studio album 1989 (Big Machine Records), which will
be released on October 27, 2014. The single has topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and
Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales
of two million downloads in the U.S., and has peaked at No. 1 in 64 countries on
iTunes. For more information please visit TaylorSwift.com or follow her on Facebook, Google +, Instagram,
LINE/TaylorSwift, Tumblr, and Twitter
October 21, 2014
CORUS MEDIA AND A+E NETWORKS® REACH AGREEMENT TO ALIGN HISTORIA AND HISTORY® IN QUEBEC
York - October 21, 2014 — Corus Media and A+E Networks® have reached an
agreement to bring content and branding from HISTORY® to Historia in Quebec, it
was announced today by Mario Cecchini, President, Corus Media and Christopher
Barry, Sr. Vice President, International Strategy and Digital Media, A+E
to roll out this winter, Historia will carry a number of global hit franchises
from the HISTORY catalogue such as Mountain Men, Appalachian Outlaws, Down East
Dickering and No Man’s Land. Historia already broadcasts a number of series
from the History catalogue, including Pawn Stars, American Pickers, American
Restoration and Counting Cars, all of which rank among the channel’s top ten
most-watched shows. Historia will also incorporate the iconic gold HISTORY ‘H’
into its logo.
delighted to partner with one of the biggest players in the television
business,” said Cecchini. “This deal will enrich our broadcasting package with
shows produced by a world-renowned brand.”
takes viewers on a journey through the ages, connecting our modern world with
its historical roots in a way that is relevant, entertaining, and often
surprising. Globally, HISTORY is a leading destination for top quality,
award-winning original series and specials that challenge perceptions of the
past and tell compelling stories through new perspectives and vivid
reconstructions. The channel brings history to life; thrusting viewers into the
action, and challenging perceptions of what history is.
is a powerful brand with truly innovative content and compelling characters
that have struck a chord with viewers globally," said Barry. “We are
pleased to join forces with Corus Media to bring our content and branding to
agreement gives us access to shows that will thrill Historia viewers!” stated
Fabrice Brasier, vice-president, programming, at Historia. “These programs will
complement our distinctive existing content, which includes original
productions produced in Quebec and form the basis of our identity and success.”
is available in 180+ territories and 325+ million households worldwide.
October 21, 2014
Bell Media Congratulates TSN’s Michael Landsberg on 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Humanitarian Award
(October 21, 2014) – Bell Media is proud to congratulate TSN’s Michael
Landsberg on being honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015
Canadian Screen Awards. The host of TSN’s acclaimed daily sports debate show OFF THE RECORD will be recognized for his longstanding
dedication to promoting mental health awareness.
speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his
ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important
professional calling. He has been an ambassador for Bell
Let’s Talk, an initiative focused on raising awareness and
encouraging dialogue about mental health, since it launched in 2011.
Landsberg’s exemplary dedication to mental health awareness has encouraged
thousands of people across Canada to seek out and find help,” said Kevin Crull,
President, Bell Media. “We believe that talking about mental illness is the
first step towards making lasting change, and Michael’s tireless efforts to
start the conversation and reduce the stigma are a daily inspiration to all of
us at Bell Media. He really has made a difference.”
2013, Landsberg’s documentary, Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me,
was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary
Program or Series. In 2012, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental
Health also named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health. Landsberg
also takes to Twitter using the hashtag #sicknotweak to encourage
discussion around mental health and creating a forum for those needing help.
recognizable on-air personality since TSN launched in 1984, Landsberg began his
broadcasting career as one of the original anchors at SPORTSCENTRE (then called
SPORTSDESK), going on to host more than 5,000 episodes. In 1997, Landsberg left
SPORTSCENTRE to host OTR. He has twice been nominated for the Gemini Award for
Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast.
will be honoured at a Canadian Screen Awards ceremony in February 2015. Canadian
Screen Week is the annual celebration of excellence in Canadian film,
television, and digital media productions.
October 20, 2014
Ontario and Quebec are joining forces to oppose cuts to Radio-Canada and support Canadian Francophonie
TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ -
The Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian
Francophonie, Jean-Marc Fournier, and the Attorney General and Minister Responsible
for Francophone Affairs ofOntario, Madeleine Meilleur, met today to discuss issues
of common interest. They mainly discussed the waves of cuts occurring at Radio-Canada
and their impact on Francophone communities.
The two Ministers will continue
their hard work on this file. They intend to meet with certain stakeholders, such
as the leaders of Radio-Canada and the group "Amis de Radio-Canada," as
well as the Commissioner of Official Languages, to better determine the effects
of these recent cuts. They will then report on the outcome to the Ministerial Conference
on the Canadian Francophonie.
Radio-Canada plays an important
role in the development and vitality of Francophone and Acadian communities. Radio-Canada
ensures an essential French presence in all provinces and territories, and in many
parts of the country with an Anglophone majority, it is one of the only media outlets
to provide television and radio presence in French. The cuts in French-language
services at Radio-Canada have raised concerns across Canada.
In fact, at the last Ministerial
Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, last June, Minister Fournier discussed
the cuts with his colleagues and, at the same time, filed a preliminary impact study
on the effects that these cuts will have on the Francophone and Acadian communities
"Under the Broadcasting Act,
Radio-Canada has obligations to fulfill in order to reflect the situation and specific
needs of Francophone and Anglophone communities, particularly for the 2.5 million
Francophones living outside Quebec for whom Radio-Canada is often the only thread of communication
in French. By restricting access to programs and local news in French, these cuts
have a detrimental effect on the development and vitality of Francophone communities
across the country," said Minister Fournier.
significantly to the strengthening of the Canadian Francophonie and plays a key
role in the future of our country and our national identity. It is essential that
it be given the necessary resources and support to reach its full potential and
to fully reflect the reality of French-speaking minority communities in Ontario, Acadia and across Canada," stated Minister Meilleur.
October 20, 2014
All Rise! Hilarity is Now in Session with BENCHED, Premiering October 28, Exclusively on The Comedy Network
(October 20, 2014) – The Comedy Network is heading to court for the debut of
the all-new comedy series BENCHED, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 p.m.
ET/PT. In this 12-episode, single-camera, half-hour series, Eliza Coupe (HAPPY ENDINGS) stars
as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who after having spent her
career climbing to the top, hits a career low after a very public breakdown.
This turning point in Nina’s life lands her a new job in the public defender’s
office where she attempts to rise from the ashes of her old life surrounded by
criminals, the disenfranchised, and a group of eccentric coworkers.
Bell Media secured BENCHED in June as part of our big-ticket acquisitions, we
knew it fit right in with Comedy’s roster of premium comedy,” said Tracey
Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With the
charismatic Eliza Coupe at the helm of this quick-witted series, we’re
confident BENCHED will fast become a fan favourite.”
Nina in the courtroom are attractively scruffy public defender Phil (Jay Harrington, BETTER OFF TED);
co-workers Carlos (Oscar Nunez, THE OFFICE) and
Cheryl (Maria Bamford, ARRESTED
DEVELOPMENT); Nina’s dedicated intern, Micah (Jolene Purdy, UNDER THE DOME);
and Trent (Carter MacIntyre, DROP DEAD
DIVA), Nina’s ex-fiancé and professional nemesis.
the series premiere of BENCHED, Nina learns that her ex-fiancé is engaged,
three months after their breakup. When she finds out that she’s been
passed over as partner at her high-power corporate law firm, Nina loses it,
breaking vases and burning bridges. Shunned from the corporate world, the
only place Nina can find work is at the Public Defender’s office.
is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE,
TROPHY WIFE) and Damon Jones (HALFWAY HOME). John Enbom (PARTY DOWN) serves as
executive producer and showrunner. Mark Gordon (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Andrea
Shay (FAMILY TOOLS) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company.
BENCHED is from ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios.
October 20, 2014
WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CEO AND SECRETARY GENERAL, REV. DR. GEOFF TUNNICLIFFE, JOINS CROSSROADS GLOBAL MEDIA GROUP'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AS IT EXPANDS INTERNATIONALLY
ON—Oct. 20, 2014—Crossroads Global Media Group formally announced that
acclaimed global leader, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe will provide leadership on
Crossroads Canada’s and Crossroads USA’s Board of Directors effective
Tunnicliffe is best known for his leadership at the World Evangelical Alliance
(WEA), where he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General
since 2005, to support, connect, and represent over 600 million evangelicals
around the world. In the course of his work assignments, Dr. Tunnicliffe has
travelled to over 120 countries, served as the president of an international
agency, and acted as an advisor for the highly successful TV mini-series, The
Bible, and major motion picture, Son of God.
is one of the most globally connected leaders I know,” remarked Crossroads’
Global CEO, Dr. John Hull. “We have enjoyed more than twenty years of
friendship throughout which he has proven to be a man of great capacity and
great compassion. We look forward to him bringing all of his skills to
our board tables.”
Crossroads boards are honoured and privileged to welcome Dr. Tunnicliffe to
their Board of Directors in which his global experience aligns with Crossroads’
vision for expansion and global impact.
flagship television program, "100 Huntley Street," will air its
10,000th episode in October 2015 to audiences in Canada and the U.S.
Viewers can watch current episodes anytime at 100huntley.com or christianpost.com.
October 20, 2014
City, Netflix, and shomi™ Collaborate To Bring Viewers Between, A New Premium Original Drama Series
Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership
to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original
survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan
(Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam &
Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new,
first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City
and shomi in Canadaand on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available.
Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional
broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal
know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between
offers just that," saidNataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming,
Rogers. "Showcasing Michael McGowan's cinematic vision on the small screen,
this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our
promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment."
up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative
partner inCanada to bring our global viewers top-notch content," said Erik
Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. "We're thrilled
to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don
Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation
of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions
of Netflix viewers will enjoy."
is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out
everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum
that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left
the inhabitants to fend for themselves.
the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming
to our subscribers," said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming,
shomi. "Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working
with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect
fit for the shomi brand."
on behalf of DCTV, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., we are very excited
to be announcing our first series production deal which is doubly historic as a
Canadian first between Netflix and Rogers," said Executive Producer Don Carmody."
We have assembled an outstanding team led by Michael McGowan, as show runner who
has given us a bold and riveting narrative; director Jon Cassar, who will bring
this thriller to life; and starring the beautiful and talented Jennette McCurdy.
Between is backed by three of the best content behemoths in the business."
stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces
along withDon Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican
(The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President
and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy® award-winning director Jon
Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced
by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures
Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton's Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal.
Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution.
From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming,
Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid
Mansuri is Interim Senior Vice President of Broadcast.
October 20, 2014
C-Suite Quarterly Survey: Canada’s Foremost CEOs Assess Threat of Cyber-Attacks, Canadian Trade with China, and Canada’s Economic Outlook, Today on BNN
(October 20, 2014) – Commissioned by Business News Network (BNN) and The Globe
and Mail’s Report on Business, results from today’s release of the 36th C-Suite
Quarterly survey reveal that improving cyber-security has become increasingly
important for Canada’s top executives. Of those polled, 60% of executives
report they have increased investment to protect their companies against the
threat of cyber-attack, with 49% of executives also noting high-profile
cyber-attacks aimed at consumers have increased concern surrounding data
security. The C-Suite Quarterly survey is designed to enrich public debate in
Canada and help Canadians better understand the views of executives in the
country’s biggest companies.
coincide with today’s release of the survey results, BNN taps Canada’s top
business professionals to offer their opinions on this quarter’s findings. BNN’s
in-depth analysis of the latest edition of the survey includes exclusive
interviews with David Herle, Principal of The Gandalf Group, and Willy Kruh,
Partner, KPMG. BNN delivers these interviews and further analysis to viewers on
THE STREET at 7:50 a.m. ET, BUSINESS DAY AM at 11:15 a.m. ET, THE BUSINESS NEWS
at 12:20 p.m. ET, and BUSINESS DAY PM at 2:20 p.m. ET and at 4:20 p.m. ET.
BNN’s complete review of the findings are available online post-broadcast at BNN.ca.
findings of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey include:
28% of executives surveyed report that their businesses have already been a
victim of one or more cyber-attacks.
of executives surveyed believe that more open trade and investment between
Canada and China will result in a positive impact on their sector.
of respondents state that Canada should place a top priority on opening up
trade and investment with China.
of executives polled expect moderate growth from the Canadian economy over the
next 12 months.
C-Suite Quarterly survey is conducted by The Gandalf Group and sponsored by
October 19, 2014
The Man Who Would Be King: inside the ruthless battle for control of the $34-billion Rogers empire
October 17, 2014
TSN Announces New Partnership with College Hockey Inc. to Deliver More Live NCAA Hockey Coverage Than Ever Before, Including the FROZEN FOUR
(October 17, 2014) – With highly-rated prospect Jack Eichel looking to make his
mark on the collegiate hockey world, the game’s brightest young stars shine on
TSN as the network today announced a new partnership with College Hockey Inc.
to deliver expanded live coverage of the 2014-15 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice
Hockey season, including the FROZEN FOUR championship. With more NCAA Hockey
games available in Canada this season than ever before, TSN’s live coverage
consists of 37 games beginning with Notre Dame hosting Lake Superior State
today (Friday, October 17) at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2 (see below for complete
expanded coverage of NCAA Hockey is available for live streaming and on demand
viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.
partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the
excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey
Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and
currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in
Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey
players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing
development path to professional hockey.”
very excited to showcase so many of hockey’s emerging young stars with the
addition of live NCAA Hockey coverage, including the biggest event in college
hockey, the FROZEN FOUR,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming and
Marketing, TSN. “NCAA Hockey is an excellent addition to our comprehensive NCAA
coverage that also includes NCAA MARCH MADNESS and the all-new COLLEGE FOOTBALL
fans throughout Canada should be very excited,” said Andy Murray, longtime NHL
coach, Manitoba native, and current head coach of Western Michigan University.
“Obviously the quality of play in college hockey is exceptional, but I think it
will be the atmosphere in the rink and intensity of the games that will be the
biggest surprise to Canadians not familiar with NCAA Hockey. From the bands to
the student-sections to the historic rivalries, it's very special.”
live coverage of NCAA Hockey all season long, TSN’s five feeds shine the
spotlight on the game’s next generation of star players, among them Boston
University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, as
well as the best college hockey teams from across the United States, including
the #1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2014 FROZEN FOUR champion Union
addition to the network’s live broadcast coverage, TSN delivers news updates
and analysis of NCAA Hockey on multiple platforms including TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, SPORTSCENTRE, and TSN.ca.
Facts: NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey
2015 draft eligible players are playing NCAA Hockey this season, including three in the Top 11 according to
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button (Jack Eichel, Noah
Hanifin, and Zach Werenski)
former NCAA players played in the NHL last season, making up 31% of the league
(both all-time highs)
200 NHL draft picks are currently playing NCAA Hockey
NHL team has prospects playing NCAA Hockey, led by the Chicago Blackhawks (13)
than 30% of all NCAA Hockey players are Canadian
Five members of Canada’s gold medal winning team at
the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games played NCAA Hockey (Jonathan Toews, Patrick
Sharp, Martin St. Louis, Chris Kunitz, and Duncan Keith)
October 17, 2014
LAURA PEARCE JOINS BLUE ANT MEDIA AS VICE PRESIDENT, BRAND STRATEGY AND FAN ENGAGEMENT
ON) October 17, 2014 – Blue Ant Media announces the appointment of Laura Pearce
to Vice President, Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement. Laura comes to Blue Ant
with over 15 years of digital marketing experience in the media and technology
industry. Her expertise will be a key asset in growing the company’sten media
brands including Cottage Life, T+E, Oasis and Smithsonian Channel Canada.
are thrilled to welcome Laura to Blue Ant as we continue to evolve our
portfolio of brands and look to build them both domestically and
internationally,” said Jamie Schouela, EVP, Marketing and Communications, Blue
Ant Media. “Her deep digital marketing expertise and strong industry
relationships will be a major benefit as we form greater connections with the
audiences in our communities of interest.”
is exciting to be joining such a dynamic and innovative media company,” said
Laura Pearce, VP Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement, Blue Ant Media. “Blue Ant
has established its place as a strong developer and distributor of integrated
cross-platform content and I look forward contributing to their ongoing
comes from AOL Canada where she oversaw marketing and communications for their
consumer and trade brands including The Huffington Post Canada, AOL.ca,
StyleList Canada, Kitchen Daily Canada, Parentdish and AOL’s Platform products
including Adap.TV. Prior to that she was at Postmedia driving audiences to
their portfolio of newspaper websites as well as hubs like canada.com, working.com
She has also worked in digital marketing for Autotrader.ca & Dell Canada.
In her new role, Laura will lead marketing strategy for Blue Ant’s roster of
consumer brands to build greater engagement and affinity across all touch
joins the Blue Ant Media team on Monday, October 20th and will be working out
of the company’s head office in Toronto.
October 17, 2014
Rogers Appoints Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business Unit
Oct. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Guy Laurence, Rogers President and Chief Executive Officer,
today announced the appointment of Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business
Unit effective December 1. The appointment follows the recent unveiling of Rogers
3.0, a new, multi-year strategy that includes better serving the changing needs
of Canadian businesses.
joins Rogers from Cisco Systems Canada Co where he held the position of President
since 2008 with responsibility for all aspects of the Canadian operation including
sales, marketing, finance, distribution and services. He's been with Cisco since
1995 serving a variety of domestic and international roles including: Worldwide
Strategy and Worldwide Mobility as well as Cisco Canada executive roles in Enterprise,
Small and Medium Business, and Public Sector businesses. Under his leadership, Cisco
Canada has doubled in size becoming the third largest revenue producing country
for Cisco globally.
is a proven, accomplished executive who is well-known and respected in the business
space," said Guy Laurence. "Business customers in Canada are currently
underserved and we're going to change that. We're serious about helping businesses
use technology to be more productive and efficient. Nitin's track record for innovating
and building relationships across the business community will be key assets as we
execute on our Rogers 3.0 plan. He'll be a great contributor to Rogers and the executive
Rogers President, Enterprise Business Unit, Kawale will be responsible for the delivery
of the company's Enterprise business strategy and commercial plan covering Small
and Medium Business, Enterprise and Public Sector customers. Kawale will report
to CEO Guy Laurence and be a member of the Executive team. He holds a Bachelor of
Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto.
couldn't be a better time to join Rogers," said Nitin Kawale. "I've partnered
with Rogers for more than six years and have watched the dynamic and exciting changes
taking place within the company. From the small start-up to the large, enterprise
customer, it's clear Rogers is serious about helping Canadian businesses adopt technology
that will foster productivity and growth. They've brought wireless, wireline and
data-centre assets together to provide end-to-end solutions for business customers,
which is hugely exciting. I look forward to working with Guy and the team at Rogers
to better serve Canadian businesses of all sizes."
has been a high-profile public speaker and quoted source across Canada on the topics
of innovation and productivity. He was, in April 2014, named a Champion of Public
Education across Canada by The Learning Partnership and, in June 2011, he was honoured
as the Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce –
a national award that recognizes exemplary achievement in business by those of Indian
his leadership, Cisco was named Canada's Top Employer by HR consultant Aon Hewett
in 2014, 2013 and 2011. Likewise Cisco was listed as a 2014 Top Foreign Corporate
Citizen in Canada and named amongCanada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in
Baldachin, who agreed to serve as the interim President of the Enterprise Business
Unit, will continue in the interim role until Kawale arrives and will remain a key
executive on Kawale's team.
October 16, 2014
Commonwealth privacy regulators launch Common Thread Network
October 16, 2014 - Commonwealth privacy regulators met today in conjunction with
the 36th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference, attended by
data protection and privacy officials of United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore,
Malta, Mauritius, State of Victoria (Australia) and Ghana under the joint chairmanship
of the United Kingdom and Canada, with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
as an observer.
agreed the next steps in establishing a Commonwealth network, to be known as Common
Thread Network, aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, knowledge and
expertise amongst Commonwealth stakeholders, and promoting cross-border cooperation,
which is critically important in view of the growth of the cyberspace, data and
the delegates, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham drew attention to
the role of good privacy practices in assisting socio-economic development. “It
cannot be coincidence that a small nation such as Mauritius has both a growing information
and communications technology and process sub-contracting sector and a highly effective
data protection authority. Enterprise and consumer trust go hand in hand,” Mr. Graham
Thread Network was originally proposed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner
of Canada. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said: “Our aim is to leverage the
strengths available within the Commonwealth to support each other, in keeping with
the spirit of the Commonwealth. We will continue as a grouping of willing and committed
partners pursuing similar goals, which ultimately leads to better socio-economic
outcomes and social norms which treat data and privacy with the care and dignity
is being co-ordinated by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).
Lasantha De Alwis, Director-Operations of the CTO said: “Data protection and privacy
fits perfectly within the Cybergovernance and Cybersecurity agenda of the CTO, which
as the Commonwealth organisation mandated in the field of information and communications
technology (ICT), works to help Commonwealth countries leverage ICTs for socio-economic
information, please contact:
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
October 16, 2014
SiriusXM Canada launches Sarah McLachlan Radio
TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ -
SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR),
the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced it will launch
Sarah McLachlan Radio, a limited engagement channel featuring music, performances
and more from across the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter's career.
Starting on October 17th Sarah
McLachlan Radio will take over Iceberg (Sirius 161) and The Verge (XM 173) for four
days to showcase McLachlan's treasured music catalogue. In addition to the classic
singles and albums that made Sarah an international household name, subscribers
will hear rare tracks, acoustic recordings, a track-by-track walk through of her
new album Shine On and a special never-before-aired broadcast of this summer's SiriusXM Town
Hall with Sarah
"Sarah and her music are
such a powerful force around the world," said Jeff Leake, Director of Music
Programming, SiriusXM Canada. "With her incredible talent and incredibly giving
spirit, it's easy to see why she is so loved and why we are so happy to be able
to offer up this special programming to our subscribers."
"I am so blessed that I get
the opportunity to reach so many people with Shine On, my tour and now on SiriusXM,"
said Sarah McLachlan. "SiriusXM has been a great supporter of mine and the
Sarah McLachlan School of Music and I look forward to joining their subscribers
across North America with Sarah McLachlan Radio."
The SiriusXM Town
Hall with Sarah
McLachlan will air daily during the channel takeover. The performance was recorded
on September 18th at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free music
education for at-risk and underserved youth in Vancouver B.C. and is proudly supported by SiriusXM. Listeners will
be treated to an intimate acoustic performance from Sarah as well as a candid interview
with the superstar.
Listeners who have SiriusXM Internet Radio
access can also listen to Sarah McLachlan Radio on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App
Sarah McLachlan Radio and support
of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing
initiatives to provide exposure to and support Canadian talent. Through Canadian
indie music channels The Verge (XM 173) and Iceberg (Sirius 161), francophone channels
Influence Franco (XM 174) and Attitude Franco (Sirius 164), plus many more, SiriusXM
continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists.
Sarah's coast-to-coast SHINE ON
CANADIAN tour kicks off this Saturday in Victoria, BC. For more information on tour dates or to purchase tickets
please visit SarahMcLachlan.com.
For more information on Sarah
McLachlan Radio visit siriusxm.ca/sarah-mclachlan-radio.
October 16, 2014
Astral Out-of-Home to Install Digital Faces in its Toronto Transit Shelters
(October 16, 2014) – Astral Out-of-Home, a division of Bell Media, today
announced the exclusive deployment of 40 digital transit shelters in Toronto by
December 2014. The launch of this new street furniture product – the first of
its kind in downtown Toronto – enables Astral Out-of-Home to solidify its
leading position in the digital advertising market. Equipped with 84-inch LCD
screens, Toronto's transit shelters will be the first digital network in Canada
to offer advertisers the option to display their campaigns in brilliant 4K HD.
Out-of-Home thrives on innovation and its commitment to be a Canadian leader in
digital advertising,” said Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out-of-Home. “The
installation of digital faces in transit shelters will give an even more
dynamic and modern focus for transit shelters in Toronto.”
by Kramer Design Associates, the new digital transit shelters will be installed
in strategic locations throughout downtown Toronto. The digital faces are
programmed on demand and managed remotely from Astral Out-of-Home's
state-of-the-art broadcast control center.
faces will initially be installed and fully operational by December 2014, just
in time for the holiday season, the advertising community’s busiest time of
year. Plans to expand the network will continue throughout the year.
Out-of-Home is committed to regularly offering the advertising community new opportunities
to reach consumers,” said Jordana Fatsis, Vice-President, Sales, Astral
Out-of-Home. “We are doing just that by adding these digital faces in the
transit shelters of Canada's largest market.”
a partner of the City of Toronto, Astral Out-of-Home operates the city's street
furniture program by delivering practical street furniture elements, including
transit shelters, litter and recycling bins, newspaper boxes, information
pillars with neighbourhood maps, columns displaying public service announcements,
bike racks, automatic public washrooms, and benches across the City of Toronto.
October 16, 2014
The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Announce Sponsorship Agreement
- Oct. 16, 2014) - The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Inc.
announced today a multi-year agreement that will see the award-winning downtown
venue be named Shaw Centre, effective immediately
relationship will help position the Shaw Centre and our city for continued
growth in the lucrative national and international meetings and conventions
marketplace," said Centre Chair Marc Seaman. "Over the coming decade,
the Shaw Centre will leverage the strength of one of Canada's leading brands
and media organizations to enhance and increase its profile and standing as a
world class convention facility."
"We are privileged
to work with this world-class and award-winning facility, and are eager to
showcase the Shaw brand to hundreds of thousands of local, national and
international visitors that come to the Shaw Centre every year," said Brad
Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. "The Shaw Centre
reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence with our customers,
communities, regulatory and government stakeholders in the nation's capital. We
are honoured to be a partner of one of the world's greatest convention
"We are delighted
to partner with Shaw Communications and we look forward to working with
them," said Centre President and CEO Patrick Kelly. "Over the coming
weeks, we will be executing a comprehensive plan to communicate with clients,
stakeholders and suppliers across multiple channels to ensure broad awareness
of the name change in support of our strategic growth initiatives in Canadian
and international markets."
This agreement will
allow the Shaw Centre to elevate its existing profile and standing as one of Canada's
premier national and international convention facilities by leveraging Shaw's
strength as a leading Internet and content-experience company.
The partnership will
provide Shaw with the opportunity to showcase its leading media brands,
products, and services to guests from Canada and abroad. Notably, visitors to
the Shaw Centre will enjoy seamless access to Shaw Go WiFi - Shaw's
carrier-grade wifi network - throughout the building with complimentary access
available to all guests in recognized gathering areas.
In the coming months,
the Shaw brand will be visible on new interior and exterior signage and across
all communications platforms.
The Shaw Centre will continue to use 'Canada's
Meeting Place' as its descriptor, and will continue to partner closely with
Ottawa Tourism in all domestic and international marketing efforts to ensure
the Centre is positioned as the premier meeting venue in Canada's Capital. Shaw
has secured naming rights for a period of 10 years.
October 16, 2014
Corus Entertainment Gets Ready To “Shake It Off” With Global Superstar Taylor Swift
16, 2014 – Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment will be the destination for Taylor
Swift fans on Monday, October 27 with Taylor Swift 1989 - an exclusive,
in-depth, multi-platform music special that premieres nationally across four
Corus Television networks and 13 Corus Radio stations the same day Swift
releases her highly anticipated new album, 1989. CMT will kick off the
television broadcast premiere at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, followed by premieres on
ABC Spark, Cosmo TV and YTV. On Corus Radio, Canadian listeners can tune-in to
their favourite station to hear the special and fans can listen live
online. Corus Radio stations will also feature dedicated Taylor Swift
content on each of their websites. Full broadcast details are listed
is our biggest cross-platform initiative to date,” says Susan Schaefer, Vice
President, Head of Brands, Corus Entertainment. “Taylor is the perfect fit with
Corus’ portfolio of TV, radio and digital brands and we are thrilled the
mega-star is back at Corus Quay. We are equally excited to share this
compelling content to her diverse fan base across the country. This event
special will be the first of many.”
Swift 1989 captures the GRAMMY® winning star in one of her most candid
interviews to date. Profiling the evolution of her multi-platinum career and
life in the spotlight, Corus Entertainment’s Paul McGuire gets to the root of
Swift’s musical influence and personal inspiration behind her most highly
anticipated fifth studio album.
the special airs, fans will be able to stream the full 30-minute special online
via CMT.ca beginning Tuesday, October 28. Additional encore presentations will
air throughout November on Corus Television.
Swift 1989 is an original production developed by Corus Entertainment
Television in association with Corus Radio.
Swift 1989 - Program Listings
Corus Television: Taylor Swift 1989
television special will air on the following networks Monday, October 27
beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on CMT.
– Premiere – 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Spark – Premiere – 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
TV – Premiere – 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
– Premiere – 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT
Corus Radio: Taylor Swift 1989 radio
special will air on the following stations Monday, October 27.
(Barrie) – Airs at 8 p.m. ET
93.1 FM (Barrie) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
The Peak FM (Collingwood) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
New 104.5 Fresh FM (Cornwall) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
New 95.3 Fresh FM (Hamilton) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
The Beat (Kitchener) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
104 FM (London) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
New 103.1 Fresh FM (London) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
106.9 (Ottawa) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
105 (Calgary) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT
Country 103.9 (Edmonton) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT
New 92.5 Fresh FM (Edmonton) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT
New 99.1 Fresh FM (Winnipeg) – Airs at 7 p.m. CT