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May 6, 2015

W Network’s Biggest Prize Winners, Charlotte Fenton and Sean Duncan, Take Home the House They Renovated in the Season Finale of Game of Homes

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(May 6, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario) The final episode of W Network’s Game of Homes aired last night awarding Charlotte Fenton and Sean Duncan the ultimate prize: their renovated house and a plot of land to put it on. With eight weeks to renovate four decrepit homes room-by-room, four teams of amateur renovators battled small budgets, tight deadlines, cramped quarters and each other for a chance to win their dream home. The competition came to a close as Charlotte and Sean impressed the judges and the public with the broad appeal of their West Coast-meets-modern-style home to beat out the other three teams.

Each week, Game of Homes host Cameron Mathison guided the teams as they competed for the biggest prize of its kind. The season finale was a breathtaking race to the finish as teams had only 24 hours to correct their renovation mistakes from previous challenges. Throughout the series, judges Cheryl Torrenueva (Home to Go, Restaurant Makeover) and Jeremy MacPherson (The Re-Inventors) assessed the design and workmanship of each team’s room transformation with guest celebrity judges. Teams faced weekly challenges that would prepare them for the final presentation. In the grand finale, Cameron welcomed the public to view the finished houses and cast their vote on which team achieved the most spectacular home renovation. The public vote, along with the views of the judges, changed the lives of the winning team by awarding them with the ultimate prize.

Competitors included father and daughter duo, Ray and Crystal Moon; family-focused PJ (Pawan) and Nina Johar; vibrant and confident couple, and recently engaged pair, Disa Ottosdottir and Russell Schaper-Kotter.

Weekly celebrity guest judges have included Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot from W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver; Drew and Jonathan Scott from W Network’s Property Brothers; Kortney and Dave Wilson from W Network’s Masters of Flip; Colin and Justin (Colin and Justin’s Home Heist, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here); Kelly Deck (Take it Outside); and Dee Dee Eustace (Love By Design, Real Designing Women).

For more information, to see the homes’ transformation from beginning to the final challenge, or to watch past episodes, please visit: www.wnetwork.com/shows/game-homes

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May 6, 2015

Fiction Meets Fact in the One-Hour Television Event Mind Control, May 12 on City

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Turn on the TV, operate machinery, even lift a truck… with only the power of your mind. What was once science fiction is now reality in the one-hour television event Mind Control, airing Tuesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City.

A partnership between Rogers, United Artists Media Group, Highway Entertainment, and produced by Good Human Productions, Mind Control combines cutting-edge EEG Technology, which measures and translates brainwaves into action, with mental focus and strength. Five teams of two will go head-to-head in a series of mental and physical challenges – from controlling objects to harnessing enough mind power to lift another person off of the ground – for a chance to take home the grand prize of $10,000 and the ultimate title of “Mind Control Masters.”

Mind Control is hosted by Matt Wells, who first found his roots in music before going on to become a TV host and interviewer for Much and MuchMoreMusic. A stage, web-series, television, and film actor, Wells has interviewed some of Hollywood’s biggest heavy-hitters, including Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Reese Witherspoon. Wells lives and breathes entertainment and is ready to bring audiences along for the reality defying ride on Mind Control.

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May 5, 2015

CRTC fosters sustainable competition, innovation and investment in the wireless services market

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May 5, 2015 - Ottawa–Gatineau –Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission -- The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced measures to ensure that Canadians benefit from sustainable competition among wireless service providers, as well as continued investments in high-quality networks. In particular, the CRTC will regulate certain wholesale rates that Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and Telus charge other Canadian wireless companies.

To provide mobile wireless services to their customers, companies enter into a wide variety of wholesale arrangements. The rates, terms and conditions under which wireless companies, in particular smaller carriers, are able to obtain wholesale services are critical to their ability to offer competitive retail services.

Wholesale roaming

The CRTC has found that there is an insufficient level of competition among the national wireless companies – Bell, Rogers and Telus – in the provision of wholesale roaming services. These companies can maintain rates and impose terms and conditions that would not prevail in a competitive market. Other Canadian wireless companies need to obtain these services under reasonable rates, terms and conditions in order to offer comparable broad or national wireless coverage to their own customers.

As such, the CRTC will regulate the rates that Bell, Rogers and Telus charge other companies for wholesale wireless roaming services. The CRTC has set interim rates for these services effective today, and is requiring the three companies to file final proposed rates by November 4, 2015.

These regulated wholesale rates will facilitate sustainable competition in the wireless market that will provide benefits to Canadians, such as reasonable prices and innovative services. They will also ensure that the wireless carriers continue to invest in high-quality networks.

Roaming caps

In June 2014, Parliament amended the Telecommunications Act to cap wholesale wireless roaming rates in Canada, while the CRTC conducted its public consultation. In light of today’s decision, the CRTC recommends that Governor in Council repeal this section of the legislation to allow the return to market forces for the provision of all other wholesale roaming services as soon as possible.

Other matters

The CRTC is also taking action to reduce barriers, such as removing certain restrictions in wholesale roaming agreements, faced by mobile virtual network operators to give them more flexibility in their commercial negotiations with wireless companies.  These operators can play a role in increasing choice and value for Canadians in the marketplace.

Finally, the CRTC will use its current processes to deal with issues related to the tower and site-sharing arrangements between wireless carriers. Tower and site-sharing agreements enable wireless companies to install their own equipment on another carrier’s tower or site and deploy their networks in a cost-effective and efficient manner. These agreements also minimize the number of towers in Canadian communities.

Today’s decision follows a public consultation, which included a public hearing that was held from September 29 to October 3, 2014.

Quick Facts
The CRTC has found that, under current market conditions, competition in the wireless market is likely not sustainable.
The CRTC will regulate the rates of the national wireless companies, Bell, Rogers and Telus for wholesale roaming services they provide to other carriers.
In light of the measures the CRTC is taking, it is recommending that the Government repeal the legislated roaming caps that remain in place.
The CRTC is taking action to reduce certain barriers faced by mobile virtual network operators.
The CRTC’s current processes are sufficient to address tower and site-sharing issues related to the rates, terms, and conditions of agreements.
The CRTC is fostering sustainable competition, innovation and investment in the wireless services market so Canadians can have access to increased choice.

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“With more than 28 million subscribers, the wireless sector is of tremendous importance to Canada’s economy. Innovation that leverages the use of wireless networks now forms part of our daily life and the important role of wireless technology increases each and every day. With microcomputers that fit in our palm, pocket or purses, we can do our banking, check up on our kids or elderly parents, apply for jobs, register for Government services or stay in contact with our friends, co-workers or clients. The measures that we are putting in place today in the wireless market will ensure that Canadians continue to have more choice as well as innovative high-quality services.”
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC

Associated Links
Technical Glossary Wholesale Wireless Decision
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-177 - Regulatory framework for wholesale mobile wireless services
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-76: Review of wholesale mobile wireless services

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May 5, 2015

Stand-Up for Side-Splitting Saturday Nights! The Comedy Network Original Series JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS Season 3 Premieres June 6

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TORONTO (May 5, 2015) – Comedy's elite take the stage in "La Belle Province" on Saturday, June 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the Season 3 premiere of original stand-up series JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS, exclusively on Comedy. Produced by Just For Laughs Television in association with The Comedy Network, and shot on location last July at Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival, each one-hour episode showcases the best Canadian and international stand-up comedians around. The-13 episode third season features hosts Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Gabriel Iglesias, Nick Offerman, Andy Samberg, and also features Much's BROAD CITY stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, a special appearance from Canadian comic Nathan Fielder, and more.

Following today’s announcement of the star-studded line up at this year’s Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival, including headliner and soon-to-be host of THE DAILY SHOW Trevor Noah, The Comedy Network has also confirmed it will be on the ground to capture the hottest acts at the festival as it orders a fourth season of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS. Filming on location July 8 - 28th in Montréal, The Comedy Network has an all access pass to the marquee galas and gritty club shows at the festival to produce an additional 13 one-hour episodes.

“The Just For Laughs Festival continues to be one of the world’s most prestigious comedy festivals, and The Comedy Network is thrilled to return to Montréal this July to capture the action,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty & Pay, Bell Media. “Our continued partnership with Just For Laughs illustrates our commitment to delivering the most sought-after comics and very best stand-up to our viewers.”

In the Season 3 premiere of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS, (Saturday, June 6 at 10p.m. ET/PT) Andy Samberg hosts a gala at the majestic Place des Arts in downtown Montréal and includes performances by SILICON VALLEY stars TJ Miller, and Kumail Nanjiani, comedians The Lucas Brothers, K Trevor Wilson, and a guest appearance from Nathan Fielder. Full episodes are available on TheComedyNetwork.ca after their broadcast premiere. TheComedyNetwork.ca is also the home web-exclusive extended sets from BROAD CITY’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Chris D’Elia, Gabriel Iglesias, Paul F. Tompkins, and more. Click here for detailed broadcast schedule.

JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS is produced by Just For Laughs Television in association with The Comedy Network. Executive Producers are Bruce Hills, Andy Nulman, and Gilbert Rozon. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty & Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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May 5, 2015

Hockey Wives Scores a Second Season on W Network

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TORONTO, May 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce that W Network's newest hit original series, Hockey Wives has been green lit for a second season. The docu-series from Bristow Global Media Inc. will continue to explore the wives and girlfriends of some of professional hockey's top players over the course of a season. Hockey Wives is part of the slate of original series including Property Brothers, the Love It or List It franchise, and Say Yes to the Dress Canada that has made W Network the top-rated network amongst women's networks in Canada.

"We are thrilled to bring back Hockey Wives for another season on W. The show is our #1 series this year, with fans watching in record numbers, tweeting along with our cast, and joining our Google Hangouts online. In addition, episodes of the series have ranked as the #1 reality series on iTunes Canada after they air," said John MacDonald, Vice President, Television, Head of Women & Family, Corus Entertainment. "Next season, promises even more excitement with new wives from across the league." 

Following the success of the first season the series will continue to have unmatched access to the off-the-ice lives of the women who are the captains of their families, careers and relationships.

The success of the first season of Hockey Wives has extended beyond the linear airings. Fans have engaged online with the no-holds-barred post-show Google Hangout, featuring the wives live talking with guests hosts including TV host Jessi Cruickshank, the edge's Josie Dye, sports reporter Monika Platek and more. The series has become a fan favourite with social media audiences; with #HOCKEYWIVES a repeat trending topic acrossCanada; user generated shareable content including Buzzfeed articles, YouTube reviews and memes. The finale of season one airs Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

Produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. in association with W Network, Hockey Wives airs on W Network. Executive Producers are Julie Bristow President & CEO Bristow Global Media and Claire Adams, Head of Content, Bristow Global Media and Megan Sanchez-Warner. John MacDonald is the Vice President of Television and Head of Women's and Family Television for Corus Entertainment.

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May 5, 2015

CTV Orders Up a Third Course of Hit Culinary Series MASTERCHEF CANADA for 2015/2016 Season - ### Casting is Now Open For Season 3 ###

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TORONTO (May 5, 2015) – As the timer runs out on the final three episodes of Season 2, CTV announced today an early Season 3 order for its hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA for the for the 2015/2016 broadcast season. Casting for home cooks is open now at CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada, and production is set to begin this fall in Toronto on a new 15-episode season from Proper Television. Esteemed Canadian judges Michael Bonacini (O&B restaurant empire), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Origin Restaurants) are set to return for Season 3 to again mentor and challenge everyday Canadians to help elevate their cooking and presentation to a professional level, as they cook to win a $100,000 cash prize and the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA.

Season 2 of MASTERCHEF CANADA remains the #1 Canadian series among the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos for the broadcast year to date, and has a season average of 1.6 million viewers. The culinary competition is a Top 20 show with total viewers and a Top 15 show in all key demos this spring.

“Canadian audiences have maintained a strong appetite for MASTERCHEF CANADA since it first debuted in 2014,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, an‎d Entertainment Programming. “We look forward to working with our talented partners at Proper Television on the third season of our homegrown version of the internationally recognized MASTERCHEF format to help a new batch of home cooks follow their food dreams.”

MASTERCHEF CANADA is looking for passionate and talented home cooks who want to pursue their culinary dream. Details on how to apply for MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 3 are available at CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada, and Canadian home cooks have until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 19, 2015 to show their interest. Interviews are slated to take place in June and July, and applicants are encouraged to apply early to meet producers when they are in their region. Casting will come to an end with an Open Casting Call in Toronto on July 18 and 19, with additional details to be announced this summer.

In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, airing Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. (9 p.m. CT) on CTV and CTV GO, the Season 2 Top 5 home cooks enter the kitchen and discover not one, but two Mystery Box surprises. One box is filled with ingredients, and the other huge box contains an inspiring, emotional message from their families back home. Emotions run even higher for the remaining home cooks when it’s revealed that their families are in the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen, ready to cheer them on. The winning home cook gets to assign a piece of culinary equipment to each of their competitors in a strategic, high-stakes Elimination Challenge. 

MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 2 airs Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Past episodes of MASTERCHEF CANADA stream on demand on CTV GO and CTV.ca, and episodes encore following their broadcast premieres Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on M3, Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

The MASTERCHEF format is represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan is executive producer, along with Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director, Cathie James. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive, Factual and Reality, Independent Production. Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Reality, Independent Production. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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May 5, 2015

CraveTV Now Streaming on Apple TV

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TORONTO (May 5, 2015) – Bell Media announced today that CraveTVTM  is now available directly on Apple TV. CraveTV customers who are Apple TV users can now access and stream their favourite CraveTV premium television programming in 1080p right from the Apple TV homescreen.

“Our push to bring CraveTV to as many Canadians as possible continues through Apple TV,” said Domenic Vivolo, Executive Vice-President, Content Sales, and Distribution Marketing, Bell Media. “Apple TV delivers an amazing user experience with its clean interface and famous user-friendly design, elevating the CraveTV experience for our subscribers.”

CraveTV on Apple TV delivers easy access to CraveTV’s entire library. Customers simply log in to Apple TV to browse premium programming such as HOMELAND, NURSE JACKIE, WEEDS, HAPPYISH, BOSCH, THE WIRE, SEINFELD and more.

“CraveTV delivers hit programs not found on any other streaming service,” said Mike Cosentino Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “We deliver thousands of hours of the mass-hit, episodic, serialized television that Canadians love and now they can use Apple TV to access it. It’s one more way we can bring great programming to Canadians.” 

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May 5, 2015

CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Welcomes Season 3 Sponsorship Partners

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TORONTO (May 5, 2015) – CTV announced today THE AMAZING RACE CANADA’s Season 3 lead sponsors with returning and new brands joining the amazingly good time. The advertising community has once again embraced the much-loved, crown jewel series with premiere partners Air Canada and Chevrolet returning for their third-straight season, joined by newcomer, BMO Financial Group. CTV also welcomed back today Dairy Queen, Mentos, and Petro-CanadaTM, a Suncor business. All brands will play an integral role in the adventure-filled series which premieres this summer on CTV. Last summer, Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA was once again the most-watched television program in Canada, and remained the #1 Canadian series of the year.

“It says a lot about a series when partners return year-after-year, and when new partners want to get in on that action,” said Laird White, Director, Brand Partnerships, Bell Media. “We can’t wait to collaborate once again with these iconic brands in new and innovative ways. I have no doubt we are poised for our best season yet.”

CTV Brand Partnerships is currently working with these brands on unique, custom activations, and original branded content across multiple broadcast, digital, and social platforms that will complement Season 3 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. Partners will be showcased organically via innovative brand extensions and various in-show integrations throughout the season, and with an online presence on CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada. Specific details will be announced closer to broadcast.

Hosted by Olympic champion Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA was once again the most-watched television program in Canada last summer and the second most-watched program of the entire broadcast year with an average audience of 2.8 million viewers. Anchoring CTV’s summer 2015 schedule, Season 3 returns with all-new teams, riveting challenges, and even more action-packed adventure. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV Facebook page for updates.

Commissioned by CTV, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and with the support of Profiles Television Productions. 

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May 4, 2015

TELETOON at Night Brings Back the Not-So-Super Hero Team The Awesomes May 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

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(Toronto, ON) The adventures of the not-so super troop, The Awesomes, continue for a second season starting Thursday, May 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on TELETOON at Night. New additions to the cast include Amy Poehler as Jaclyn Stone, Will Forte as Malocchio Jr., Maya Rudolph as Lady Malocchio and Kate McKinnon as Lola Gold.

For sixty years The Awesomes have been America’s favorite superteam. When founding hero Mr. Awesome retires and all the strongest members quit the team, his son Prock (Seth Meyers) is left in charge. In season two, Prock, must come to terms with the death of Hotwire while also chasing a new superhero vigilante, Metal Fella. Meanwhile, Dr. Malocchio’s son, Malocchio Jr. (Will Forte), follows in his father’s footsteps and tries to destroy The Awesomes.

The adult animated series made its North American television debut on TELETOON at Night this past September. The Awesomes is executive produced by Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Broadway Video and Bento Box. To voice the characters, the series assembles an A-list team that includes notable Saturday Night Live cast and alumni Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan and more. The Awesomes is a Hulu Original series.

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May 4, 2015

102.1 the Edge Launches the 2015 Edge Next Big Thing

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#edgenbt submissions can be uploaded starting today at edge.ca

(Toronto, Canada) Following the success of last year’s inaugural artist search, 102.1 the Edge is once again offering emerging, independent acts the chance to showcase their musical talent with the
2015 Edge
Next Big Thing. Beginning today through to June 21, 2015, artists can visit edge.ca and upload their best material along with photos and bios.

The Edge programming team and a panel of music industry experts will then select the top 20 artists to be featured on-air as part of a special series dedicated to emerging talent. Fans will then have the opportunity to vote for their favourites through a digital portal at edge.ca and catch performances, live at Bier Markt locations across the city.

The top six will be invited to a live showcase event in August where one artist will be crowned the 2015 winner.

The winning artist will receive:
$25,000 in cash
$10,000 in band gear from Long and McQuade Musical Instruments
Studio time at the world-renowned Metalworks Studios, 16-time winner of Canada’s Studio of the Year
Airplay on 102.1 the Edge, one of the most listened to modern radio stations in North America
25 hours of professional consulting from the award-winning A&R and promotion team at Dine Alone Records (home to City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Monster Truck, The Lumineers and many more)
The chance to open the 2015 Edge CASBY Music Awards in October

Full program details are available now at www.edge.ca/contest/3299/enterContest.

Having seen success since being chosen as the 2014 Edge Next Big Thing winners, JJ and the Pillars have performed non-stop since appearing at the 2014 CASBY’s. The band has performed at KOI Fest, Indie Week and the Toronto Festival of Beer, and recently at a sold out Live Nation booking at the Drake.

102.1 the Edge has earned a reputation as a major force in Canadian talent development through initiatives like  the CASBY’s (Canadian Artists Selected By You), Edgefest and the Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions featuring exclusive artist performances and interviews.

The Edge has also contributed to the commercial breakthrough of some of Canada’s most influential artists, including Metric, USS, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, The Tragically Hip and many more.

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May 4, 2015

DHX Media's Make It Pop Commissioned by Nickelodeon for Season Two

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HALIFAX, May 4, 2015 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has been commissioned by Nickelodeon to produce a second season of its hit live-action, tween series, Make It Pop. The 20-episode order will be filmed at DHX's Epitome Studio, in Toronto, Canada. Make It Pop season one will debut on Nickelodeon's international channels beginning this summer.

Make It Pop is Nickelodeon's #1 show with K6-11 and G6-11. The series ranks as the most-watched long-form content on Nick.com and on the Nick App.

Steven DeNure, President and COO at DHX Media, said: "This early commitment of a second season by Nickelodeon underscores that Make it Pop's energy and fun has clearly struck a chord with its audience. We are already brimming with ideas for new storylines which will take our fashionable and funny K pop-inspired band on many more music-based adventures."

Make It Pop is co-created by Thomas W. Lynch and Nick Cannon and produced by DHX Media. Lynch and Cannon also serve as executive producers with DHX Media's Steven DeNure and Anne Loi. DHX Media also handles global distribution and brand management for Make It Pop, as well as merchandising and licensing through appointed agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG). Music supervision is by Peter Coquillard and Pilar McCurry of Silva Music Publishing, and the show's band XO-IQ, is managed by Bill Silva Entertainment.

The show is a half-hour comedic, music-infused daily scripted series that follows three unique girls – social-media maven Sun Hi (Megan Lee), bookish Corki (Erika Tham), and fashion-forward Jodi (Louriza Tronco) – who come together with DJ hopeful Caleb (Dale Whibley) over their love of music to form their own K-pop inspired band. Each episode features original songs and performances with a K-pop twist and an EDM beat from the show's band, XO-IQ.

Filled with new songs, lots of laughs and heart, season two sees Sun Hi, Corki, Jodi and Caleb continue their coming-of-age journey.  After their triumph with the school musical, the band XO-IQ is called upon to represent Mackendrick Prep at a high stakes battle of bands and a new musical rival emerges.   

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May 4, 2015

Astral Out of Home Wins Indoor Advertising Contract for Halifax Stanfield International Airport

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HALIFAX (May 4, 2015) – Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media and one of Canada’s leading out-of-home advertising companies, announced it is expanding its operations to Atlantic Canada after having been awarded the indoor advertising contract for Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The 10-year contract, effective May 1, is part of an ongoing, cross-country development program for Astral’s airport network.

“We are absolutely thrilled to become the exclusive partner of Halifax Stanfield International Airport for its indoor advertising program,” said Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out of Home. “The Halifax airport is a key venue that offers great opportunities for clients in this market. We are looking forward to collaborating with other Bell companies, including Bell Aliant and CTV, to bring travelers a unique airport experience while also providing the best advertising platform for our clients."

“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with the dynamic team at Halifax Stanfield International Airport,” said Benjamin Mathieu, Director, Business Development, Transportation & Technologies, Astral Out of Home. “We are committed to our investment in this airport and will be offering an innovative line of digital advertising products scheduled for completion this fall.”

Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President & CEO added, “We are equally delighted to enter into this new agreement with Astral Out of Home. The new technology and innovation that Astral will bring to Halifax Stanfield aligns perfectly with our efforts to continually enhance the overall experience of our passengers and visitors.  We believe this partnership is truly win-win for the airport and its customers as well as Astral Out of Home.” 

Serving 49 non-stop destinations, Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the largest airport in the Atlantic provinces, with passenger traffic of over 3.6 million in 2014. The airport is a major player in the economy of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, generating more than 5,700 jobs and injecting some $1.3 billion into the region’s economy each year.

The contract awarded to Astral Out of Home calls for a progressive increase in the number of advertising faces, introduction of digital products, and a significant media creativity initiative inside the airport terminal. Astral Out of Home will also introduce its AeroTv concept to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. AeroTv is a one-of-a-kind digital network that broadcasts exclusive programming focused on entertainment and relaxation, featuring news, sports, weather, fashion, comedy, movies, culture, and more. AeroTv content for the airport will be created in partnership with CTV Atlantic.

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May 4, 2015

Noel Gallagher Looks Back in Anger on the BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Season as a Guest Analyst, Today at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN5

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TORONTO (May 4, 2015) – Rock icon, die-hard footy fan, and lifelong Manchester City supporter Noel Gallagher steps offstage to join TSN’s BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE pre-game show as a special guest analyst, airing today (Monday, May 4) at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN5.

Gallagher joins TSN’s acclaimed soccer panel of host Luke Wileman and analysts Jason deVos and Kristian Jack to break down the biggest stories of the current BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE season. The live broadcast leads into the BPL ON TSN matchup featuring Arsenal vs. Hull City, airing today (Monday, May 4) at 3 p.m. ET on TSN5.

In addition to his appearance as a guest analyst on TSN’s BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE pre-game show, the former Oasis bandleader sits down for a one-on-one interview on OFF THE RECORD, airing today (Monday, May 4) at 5 p.m. ET on TSN. Gallagher joins host Michael Landsberg for a wide-ranging conversation to discuss his life, career, and passionate soccer fandom.

Clips from Gallagher’s appearances on TSN’s BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE pre-game show and OFF THE RECORD will be available for streaming on TSN.ca.

Responsible for some of the most iconic rock anthems of the last 20 years, Gallagher has returned to the stage this year for a worldwide concert tour in support of Chasing Yesterday, the second album from his current solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

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May 4, 2015

KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS: ABOUT BRUCE TWO-PART SPECIAL TO AIR ON E!

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LOS ANGELES, CA – May 4, 2015 – E! will present a new two-part special “Keeping Up with the Kardashians:  About Bruce” that captures intimate conversations and intensely emotional moments that Bruce Jenner has with his Kardashian family as they discuss his transition.  The special will take an earnest look at the family’s struggle to process their own feelings as they work through hearing from Bruce directly about finally living life as the person he’s always known himself to be.   “Keeping Up with the Kardashians:  About Bruce” will premiere Sunday, May 17 at 9:00pm ET/PT, with part two following on Monday, May 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT on E! The special will also air on the E! channels internationally.

In the special Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie and Scott speak candidly with Bruce, ask many questions and begin to understand the tough journey he’s been on his entire life.  Through difficult and direct conversations, the family’s unfiltered reactions are surprising, thoughtful and ultimately compassionate and supportive. Through sharing their own family’s story, the Kardashians are hoping to help other families experiencing the same thing.  The special also includes family home video footage that reminds viewers and the family of the special times they spent with Bruce as a father, husband and friend, and serves as inspiration for the memories they’ll create as Bruce lives his “new normal.”

The special is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, a company that has documented LGBT stories for more than 20 years, and by Ryan Seacrest Productions. Bruce Jenner serves as Executive Producer, and Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Farnaz Farjam serve as Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Ryan Seacrest serves as Executive Producer for Ryan Seacrest Productions.  Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West and Khloé Kardashian also serve as Executive Producers.

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May 1, 2015

Dangerous, Fearless, and Bold – Discovery’s DEADLIEST CATCH Returns to Treacherous Waters with Special Two-Hour Premiere, May 5

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TORONTO (May 1, 2015) – Just another day at the office?! Fearless seafaring captains are set to return for another season on the Bering Sea’s unpredictable waters, risking life and limb in one of the world’s most dangerous jobs – crab fishing. It’s man vs. the sea as the 11th season of the 13-time Emmy Award-winning series DEADLIEST CATCH shoves off with a two-hour special episode, Tuesday, May 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. As the battle for Bering Sea crab continues, the courageous captains must lean on their brethren to survive. But just how far will they push their crabbing brotherhood to the edge before things fall overboard?

In anticipation of the 11th season, DAILY PLANET goes behind-the-scenes with the crew of DEADLIEST CATCH during “Insane Jobs Week”, Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery. In addition, viewers can catch missed episodes following their television broadcast on discovery.ca.

In the two-hour Season 11 premiere of DEADLIEST CATCH, after years of keeping a lid on Bairdi crab quota, new government regulations have increased the inventory by 400 percent. These changes mean the potential for huge paydays for captains and crew. But it's first come, first serve on the Bairdi grounds, forcing everyone to risk it all to grab their piece of the bounty.

On the Northwestern, the Bairdi bump won't just bring profit for the ever-controlling Captain Sig Hansen, it brings opportunity and a bigger stake in the claim for his brother Edgar. But will Sig loosen the reins on his aging crew? For Deckhand Jake Anderson, this season is a fight to prove to the world – and himself – his worth as a fisherman, father, and captain. Meanwhile on the Cornelia Marie, Josh Harris is trying to step out of his father's shadow, the late Captain Phil Harris, and earn the respect of his crew. But first, he needs to get out of the dock since his boat's engine won't start.

Every fisherman returns to Dutch Harbor, Alaska with a renewed hope to prove they belong among the brotherhood of the Bering Sea. For Wild Bill of the Cape Caution, it's about accepting his son for who really he is. On the Time Bandit, Johnathan Hillstrand must overcome his health and family issues, along with his substantial boat repair bills to turn his business around with a new group of young guns. On The Wizard, Captain Keith Colburn must re-examine his idea of the ultimate deckhand as he goes through several crewmen. And for Elliott Neese, it's the need to bridge the gap between his dreams of having a family and a successful business. But will he be able to put his old demons to rest?

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April 30, 2015

BCE announces election of directors

MONTRÉAL, April 30, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company, today announced that shareholders voted in favour of all items of business put forth by BCE at the company's Annual and General Shareholder Meeting today in Toronto, including the re-election of the Directors by a majority of the votes cast by shareholders present or represented by proxy:

Nominee

Votes For

% For

Votes Withheld

% Withheld

Barry K. Allen

303,092,965

99.01%

3,033,586

0.99%

Ronald A. Brenneman

302,458,485

98.80%

3,667,780

1.20%

Sophie Brochu

302,407,999

98.79%

3,718,485

1.21%

Robert E. Brown

300,308,231

98.10%

5,818,052

1.90%

George A. Cope

303,080,798

99.01%

3,045,485

0.99%

David F. Denison

303,156,472

99.03%

2,970,015

0.97%

Robert P. Dexter

300,337,986

98.11%

5,788,501

1.89%

Ian Greenberg

285,887,263

93.39%

20,238,868

6.61%

Gordon M. Nixon

303,680,632

99.20%

2,445,855

0.80%

Thomas C. O'Neill

(Chair of the Board)

298,436,308

97.49%

7,690,179

2.51%

Robert C. Simmonds

304,361,686

99.42%

1,764,801

0.58%

Carole Taylor

304,257,331

99.39%

1,868,961

0.61%

Paul R. Weiss

303,272,971

99.07%

2,853,513

0.93%

For Director biographies, please visit BCE.ca. Information regarding all matters subject to a vote during BCE's Annual and General Shareholder meeting is available on Sedar.com.

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April 30, 2015

Réseau de transport de la Capitale Enters into Major Business Agreement With Astral Out of Home

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QUÉBEC CITY (April 30, 2015) - The Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) and Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, announced today a major, 10-year business agreement for transit shelter and bus advertising space management and user experience enhancement, effective July 1.

“The RTC’s board of directors is thrilled by this agreement, as it aligns with our objectives, namely to better serve the needs of our clientele and secure new business income sources that will support the RTC’s future growth,” said Rémy Normand, Chairman of the Board.

“We are proud to have been selected by the RTC as part of a rigorous selection process and look forward to leveraging our innovative vision, creativity, and extensive experience to the benefit of its clients,” added Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out of Home. This partnership will also enable us to create unique opportunities for advertisers in the Québec City market, and reinforces Bell’s strong bond with the city as an economic, media, technology, and cultural vector.”

Innovation serving clients

This unique partnership between the private sector and a public transportation corporation presents a new business model in Canada that benefits clients, taxpayers, and advertisers.

Enhanced client experience:
BusFlash system in city buses and 20% of the transit shelters will provide five-minute video news updates via smartphones
70 digital touch screens installed in bus shelters will provide useful information to users

These innovations will be made possible thanks to Bell's LTE wireless and fibre optic networks.

Improved waiting areas:
Installation of a heating system in 10 bus shelters
Management of the advertising transit shelter maintenance program

“Through this agreement, Québec City’s public transit experience will become a more attractive option, at no cost to taxpayers,” concluded Mr. Normand. “The RTC’s board of directors is very pleased with this agreement.”

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April 30, 2015

Hockey Wives and Game of Homes Marathons Bring the Seasons to an End on W Network

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(April 30, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) – W Network celebrates the season finale of two fan favourite series, Game of Homes and Hockey Wives, with back-to-back episode marathons beginning this weekend.

Game of Homes Marathon

Catch up on all the best moments from W Network’s biggest game show in network history with the Game of Homes marathon on Saturday, May 2, with the first episode beginning at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET/PT. The season finale live reveal airs on Tuesday, May 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Viewers can also “win with Game of Homes” by entering an online contest for their chance to win $500. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 5.

Hockey Wives Marathon

Missed any of the action off the ice? Catch up on Hockey Wives from the beginning on Wednesday, May 6 starting at 3 p.m. ET/PT, with the season finale airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

During the marathon, fans will get a glimpse at the real stars of the series, the Dogs of Hockey Wives. Follow the hash tag #hockeydogs on Twitter and Instagram to see photos of the wives with their furry cast mates. 

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April 30, 2015

ORPHAN BLACK Season 3 Premiere Becomes Most-Watched Episode Ever with Nearly 700,000 Viewers

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TORONTO (April 30, 2015) – #HolyDoodle! The multi-channel Season 3 premiere event of Space Canadian original series ORPHAN BLACK on April 18 drew a combined audience of 697,000 viewers to Space, CTV, Bravo, and MTV, making it the most-watched episode of the series ever, final audience data from Numeris confirms. The combined premiere reached 1.9 million viewers. ORPHAN BLACK was also the #1entertainment program of the day on English Canadian television in the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos. Numeris also confirms that 261,000 viewers tuned in to Space’s broadcast, making Space the #1 specialty network in its Saturday 9 p.m. ET timeslot.

Immediately following the Season 3 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK, the series premiere of Space insider program INNERSPACE: AFTER THE BLACK also made waves with 115,000 viewers tuning in to the all-new after-show. ORPHAN BLACK airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Space. For those yet to get caught up on ORPHAN BLACK, Seasons 1 and 2 are available now on CraveTVTM.

On the next episode of ORPHAN BLACK, “Formalized, Complex, and Costly” (Saturday, May 2 at 9 p.m. ET), Leda and Castor are both on the hunt for original clone DNA. Mark and Gracie pursue new leads to find the samples that might set them free, while Art and Sarah reunite to track them down. Meanwhile, Cosima and Scott try to learn more about Castor’s biology, and Alison’s new money-making venture is going gangbusters. A shocking revelation about the Castor-Leda connection leaves the sisters reeling, just before Sarah witnesses a deadly Prolethean-Castor face-off. For a sneak peek at next week’s episode, click here.

On the next episode of INNERSPACE: AFTER THE BLACK (Saturday, May 2 at 10 p.m. ET), INNERSPACE hosts Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman sit down with ORPHAN BLACK co-creators, writer Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, to dissect the events that transpired in the third episode of Season 3, and to chat about what viewers can expect from the remainder of the season. In the following week’s episode, Ajay and Morgan get an insider look at how multiple clone scenes are made as they chat with clone doubles Kathryn Alexandre and Nick Abraham.

ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, X COMPANY), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, Ginger Snaps). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally, reaching more than 170 countries.

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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April 30, 2015

Twenty More Producers to Receive Mentoring through CMPA Program

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April 30, 2015, Ottawa - The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is pleased to announce its continued collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the launch of the 2015-16 edition of the Screen-based Media Production Program.

This hands-on training program, which emphasizes both management and technical skills in the ever evolving screen-based content production industry, will offer twenty emerging producers the opportunity to gain long term full-time work experience. The placements are funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

 “We have been offering hands-on training programs in collaboration with the Government since 1995, with great success,” says Susanne Vaas, VP of Corporate and International Affairs, CMPA. “This program has been instrumental in launching many producers’ careers in our industry and over 85% of our alumni continue to work in the field.”

The CMPA is currently accepting applications until August 17, 2015 or until funding remains available. For application details and eligibility, visit our website.

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