June 26, 2015
Advanced TV Advertising – a discussion
Be sure to read Laurie Kennedy’s feature
coverage on Advanced TV Advertising. The discussion involved major players from
agencies, broadcasting, vendors and the CRTC. One significant question posed
related to how much longer a fragmented 500-channel universe can continue being
sold. To read the article click HERE
June 26, 2015
TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2
26, 2015) – TSN delivers exclusive live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT on Monday, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2.
THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE’s Glenn Schiiler hosts the network’s
2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT coverage from the TSN Studio and
is joined by analysts Craig Button
and Dave Poulin. SPORTSCENTRE’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia
contributes reports live from the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto.
TSN’s live coverage
of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT is available for live streaming
and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN
Along with exclusive
live broadcast coverage of the announcement, TSN Radio stations across the country
deliver in-depth news and analysis on the 2015 induction class: TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton, and TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver.
The 2015 HOCKEY
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT will be hosted by John Davidson, Chairman of
the Selection Committee, alongside Lanny McDonald, Member of the Selection Committee
and Chairman of the Board (effective July 1, 2015). Among the first-year eligible
players for the Hockey Hall of Fame are Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, and Sergei
As announced earlier this month, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie is set to receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for
excellence in hockey journalism during the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards
presentations in November.
TSN’s industry-leading lineup of Hockey Insiders and experts continue their hockey
coverage with FREE AGENT FRENZY on Wednesday,
July 1 at 12 noon ET.
June 26, 2015
Investigation Discovery Offers Free Preview Beginning July 15
(June 26, 2015) – From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to in-depth
investigations and heart-breaking mysteries, the entire Investigation Discovery
(ID) schedule will be available for free preview from Wednesday, July 15 to
Monday, Aug. 31. Announced today, Investigation Discovery’s free preview
delivers a strong summer slate of programming, including two compelling new
series premieres and five returning hits, all of which are available to sample
during a six-week period for subscribers of participating television service
preview window coincides with a newly refreshed logo design for the intrepid
channel, which continues to bring justice to television with a deeper look into
the world of crime, forensics, paranormal investigation, and modern mysteries.
Since rebranding from Court TV in 2010, Investigation Discovery has seen
double-digit percentage audience growth each year*, offering entertainment that
delivers remarkable insight into the thrilling twists and turns of real-life
Below is a
chronological listing of Investigation Discovery programming highlights during
the free preview period. All programming is subject to change.
ON ARRIVAL – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the series premiere of DEAD ON ARRIVAL, naïve newcomers quickly learn that
the city streets are not only teeming with excitement and opportunity, but also
riddled with crime and violence. Caught in the hustle of city living, these
innocent young adults are set on a dangerous trajectory the moment they set
foot in a new territory. Click here
to screen Episode 1. New episodes airing throughout the free preview window.
– *Season 5 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the Season 5 premiere of DISAPPEARED, missing persons are profiled in the
hopes that fresh leads or new information might come forward.
BOOK – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Narrated by Geoff Pierson (THE BRINK, DEXTER), MURDER BOOK turns the pages on
the deadliest stories of the most gruesome crimes. From the moment a homicide
is reported, a file is assembled to document every facet of the investigation.
The new one-hour series opens the MURDER BOOK to tell the haunting
stories buried within the pages. Lead investigators take viewers through the
book, unraveling the mystery of former cold cases page by page - ultimately
uncovering what broke the case wide open. Click here
to screen Episode 1.
OF NIGHT – *Season 2 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
There's just something about darkness that awakens primal fears. Providing
vivid insight into a night on the town that turned fatal in an instant, each
episode of DEAD OF NIGHT recounts the dark, deadly deed and the daytime
investigation that followed. The series proves that sometimes it’s not only
wishes that come true…but nightmares too.
– *Season 7 Premiere*
Monday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Female murderers are often more horrifying and intriguing than their male
counterparts. Their worlds can be defined by obsession, greed, and revenge. DEADLY
WOMEN fuses bone-chilling storytelling, sumptuous drama, and forensic fact in a
bid to explore history's most alluring female killers.
MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Monday, August 17 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Hot, humid swamps make great hiding places…for bodies that is. SWAMP MURDERS
provides the details of a murder committed by the least expected – families
with respected reputations or people with long-standing values to uphold. These
crimes involve victims left to rot in the marshy waters of a bog, bayou, river,
or lake. Each case involves re-enactments and interviews with law-enforcement
personnel, family members, and attorneys.
QUEEN MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Friday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS reveals the not-so-glamourous side of the typical beauty
pageant. Each episode recounts the chilling story of one beauty queen’s rise
and fall, interwoven with commentary from loved ones and law enforcement
officials who helped solve the crime. They were all so young, so beautiful, and
held so much promise – and they were all killed before their time in the
spotlight was up.
*Source: Numeris (BBM Canada)
June 25, 2015
FOOD NETWORK CANADA AND WALMART CANADA HARVEST ‘COOKING FOR KIDS’ CAMPAIGN
25, 2015 – Food Network
Canada and Walmart Canada are teaming up to help busy parents create easy, delicious, and
healthy options for their kids with a robust multi-platform campaign. Coinciding
with the re-brand of Walmart’s fresh foods section, the partnership includes sponsorship
of the resourceful
Cooking for Kids Guide onFoodNetwork.ca, which features
inspiring meal ideas and tips for Canadian families, Walmart custom content, and
product integration.The campaign also encompasses integration into the new original
series The Incredible Food Race as well as sponsorship of the show.
Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment
Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible
Food Race features two families battling it out
in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: the family
versus family cook-off of a kid-approved meal. As the official show sponsor, Walmart
is integrated into every episode and provides each winning family free Walmart fresh
groceries for a year. Campanelli is joined by Food Network
Canada Chef Corbin Tomaszeski
(Restaurant Takeover, Dinner
Party Wars) as chef mentor and commentator during the main event. Over the summer,
Walmart and Chef Corbin will also host eight tailgate events at sites across Canada
featuring a barbecue, cooking demonstrations with local Walmart Mom Ambassadors
and Chef Corbin, with a ninth tailgate event created for the series.
piece of the partnership includes four broadcast spots featuring Chef Corbin inviting
Canadians to Discover Another Side of Walmart and promoting the Cooking for Kids conversation online using #KidApprovedMeals. The spots will run on Food Network Canada as
well as various Shaw Media broadcast properties including Global, HGTV Canada, Showcase
and Slice. The vignettes include Chef Corbin offering advice on cooking meals for
kids, introducing fresh produce and meat from Walmart fresh groceries into kid favourites,
and tours of Walmart’s distribution centres. Extended vignettes will live online
on the Walmart sponsored Cooking for Kids Guide on FoodNetwork.ca, in addition to
Walmart sites and Walmart Mom Ambassador blogs.
“There is an
appetite for quick, delicious and healthy meal options for families, and the partnership
between Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada provides both the resources and the
inspiration to make this easier for parents,” said Barb McKergow, Head of Marketing
Ventures, Shaw Media.
our mission is to help Canadians save money so they can live better,” said Jennifer
Holgate, Vice President, Marketing Communications at Walmart Canada. “This is why
we are excited to be partnering with Food
Network Canada to showcase our enhanced fresh food offering and inspire Canadian
families to create delicious, healthy and affordable kid-approved meal solutions.”
and running until December 16, Walmart is sponsoring Walmart Wednesday’s on Food
Network Canada during primetime, with co-branded promos to run throughout the schedule.
June 25, 2015
FOOD NETWORK CANADA AND TRICON FILMS & TELEVISION START PRODUCTION ON NEW ORIGINAL SERIES THE INCREDIBLE FOOD RACE
25, 2015 – Family, food, and fun are racing to Food Network Canada’s Fall schedule
as production begins on the new Canadian original series, The Incredible Food Race.
Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible
Food Race features two families battling it out in a super-charged race full of
fun food challenges and a main event: the family versus family cook-off of a kid-approved
“I come from
a family that is very passionate about cooking and enjoying meals together,” said
Rick Campanelli. “I’m thrilled to be part of such an amazing project where families
come together to cook and compete in a fun and adventurous way, and alongside each
Canada’s Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (Restaurant Takeover, Dinner Party Wars) joins the
series as chef mentor and commentator for each episode’s main cook-off event. In
each episode, the competing families will battle for the grand prize of a year’s
supply of free groceries, courtesy of series sponsor, Walmart Canada.
“As a chef and
father I’m passionate about cooking with my kids; it’s a chance for us to come together
and have fun as a family”, says Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. “The Incredible Food Race
is taking families on a crazy food adventure and I’m excited to be on board to mentor
families through the wild ride.”
Food Race shoots its six episodes across Toronto and the GTA this summer, with stops
at some of the city’s most buzzed about food events. Production gets underway this
weekend at Toronto Ribfest 2015. The Incredible Food Race will premiere on Food
Network Canada in Fall 2015 – broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
June 25, 2015
The Scandal Specialist and The Sexual Revolution: SHOWTIME Dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX Return to Movie Central and The Movie Network with New Seasons, July 12
25, 2015) – Scandal, sex, family, and fame: the critically acclaimed, award-winning
dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX return with all-new, 12-episode seasons on
Movie Central and The Movie Network this summer, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the
U.S. Starring two-time Golden Globe® and
Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber (The Butler) as L.A.’s best professional fixer, RAY
DONOVAN Season 3 premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season
3 premiere of MASTERS OF SEX, starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Sheen
(The Queen) and Emmy nominee Lizzy Caplan (The Interview), at 10 p.m. ET/MT.
of RAY DONOVAN are streaming now on CraveTV
(Season 1 & 2), and The Movie Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2); audiences
can watch past seasons of MASTERS OF SEX now on CraveTV (Season 1) and The Movie
Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2).
In Eastern Canada,
new episodes will be available on TMN
GO and The Movie Network OnDemand. In Western Canada, on the go with Shaw
Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app,
Telus Optik on the go,
and Movie Central On Demand.
for a sneak peek of RAY DONOVAN Season 3, and HERE for a sneak peek of
MASTERS OF SEX Season 3.
Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called
in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most
complicated and combustible situations go away. Season 3 finds Ray adrift from his
family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to
be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight in his Emmy-nominated
and Golden Globe Award-winning role), after narrowly escaping last season’s heist
debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.
Joining the series
this season as guest stars are Golden Globe Award-winner Ian McShane (DEADWOOD)
as prominent movie producer and billionaire Andrew Finney who hires Ray to get his
family out of a potentially catastrophic situation, and Katie Holmes (THE KENNEDYS)
as Andrew’s daughter Paige, a shrewd, cut-throat businesswoman.
RAY DONOVAN also
stars Paula Malcolmson (The Hunger Games), Eddie Marsan (JONATHAN STRANGE &
MR NORRELL), Dash Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Bauer (Awakened), Katherine
Moennig (THE L WORD), Pooch Hall (THE GAME), Kerris Dorsey (BROTHERS & SISTERS),
and Devon Bagby (Ironside).
The series was
created by Ann Biderman and is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon,
and Bryan Zuriff.
MASTERS OF SEX,
Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 10 p.m. ET/MT
Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson,
real-life pioneers of human sexuality research, Season 3 finds the famed duo dealing
with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled.
It’s 1966 and the beginning of the Sexual Revolution, and Masters and Johnson’s
work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their
own evolving partnership with Masters’ wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald, GOSSIP GIRL).
Joining the cast
for Season 3 in a guest-starring role is Emmy-nominee Josh Charles (THE GOOD WIFE),
as Daniel Logan, a self-made businessman working in the scent industry. In an attempt
to bottle the smell of sex and market an aphrodisiac to the general public, Daniel
seeks out Masters and Johnson’s expertise on desire. MASTERS OF SEX also stars Beau
Bridges (THE MILLERS), Allison Janney (MOM), Teddy Sears (666 PARK AVENUE), Annaleigh
Ashford (Top 5), and Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County). In addition to Charles,
Tate Donovan (DAMAGES) appears as a guest star this season.
MASTERS OF SEX
is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William
Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love. The series
was developed for television by Michelle Ashford (THE PACIFIC) who also serves as
executive producer. The series is also executive
produced by Sarah Timberman, Amy Lippman, Dave Flebott, Carl Beverly, and Judith
Verno. Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen, and Thomas Maier are producers. The series is
produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
June 25, 2015
CRTC revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR)
2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) issued a decision today to help improve radio service for
urban Aboriginal listeners.
revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), which
operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa under
radio call sign CKAV.
AVR has held
these licences since the early 2000s. Since then, at each renewal, the CRTC has
found numerous, repeated and serious instances of non-compliance with several
sections of the Radio Regulations and with conditions of licence.
non-compliances have accumulated over the years, despite the CRTC’s flexibility
and measures taken. For example, several short-term licence renewals were
granted to give AVR the opportunity to rectify the situation.
it is clear that over the years, AVR has not honoured its commitments as set
out in its original applications and, as a result, has not fulfilled its
mandate to reflect the distinctive place of the Aboriginal community in
Canadian society. For example, the Ottawa station has not broadcast anything
since fall 2014; as such that market has not been receiving the music and
spoken word programming that ought to have been offered by AVR.
contrary to its commitments, AVR was not providing the local programming or
news required and relevant to the Aboriginal communities in the other four
On May 13, 2015, AVR appeared before the CRTC to explain why the Commission
should not suspend or revoke its licences. AVR failed to demonstrate its
ability to rectify or resolve its numerous instances of non-compliance.
Furthermore, AVR acknowledged in the hearing that its instances of
non-compliance were serious, and indicated that it accepted responsibility for
them. It could not commit to re-establishing the compliance of its stations
before the end of the current licence term (August 31, 2015). It is important
to note that many interveners said that AVR was not adequately serving the
Aboriginal listeners in the communities targeted by these stations.
urban Aboriginal communities
The CRTC believes that the presence of Aboriginal services in markets where AVR
held licences would benefit those urban communities and complement existing services.
Accordingly, in the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications
for the operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of
this decision. Proposals by services looking to serve Aboriginal communities
will receive priority.
The CRTC takes non-compliance with the Radio Regulations and with conditions of
The CRTC has revoked the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio
(AVR), which operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and
Ottawa under radio call sign CKAV.
AVR was found in non-compliance each of the four times it appeared before the
CRTC to renew its licences over the past 15 years.
AVR did not fulfil its commitments and mandate, which was to reflect the distinctive
place of the Aboriginal community in Canadian society.
In the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications for the
operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of this
The CRTC will give priority to proposals for services that will serve
“Having a broadcasting licence in Canada
is a privilege, and having a mandate to serve Aboriginal communities is
particularly significant. The CRTC notes with regret that AVR has been in non-compliance
since its beginning, and has not fulfilled its commitments or the specific
mandate given to it. AVR let its listeners down by failing to inform them on
issues important to them. We find ourselves in an unfortunate situation where
licence revocation is not only necessary; it is the only option.
firmly believes that Aboriginal communities in Canada must have access to radio
stations that address their realities and keep them informed of events that
impact them. For that reason, we will be issuing a call for licence
applications as soon as possible. We will open the door and invite applicants
to submit projects aiming to serve and inform these urban Aboriginal
communities – services that we hope will be by, for and about the Aboriginal communities.
It is also
important to emphasize that all Canadian broadcasters are responsible for
giving the appropriate attention to such issues as missing Aboriginal women,
land claims and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. These topics
not only affect Aboriginal communities, but all Canadians.”
Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman
CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.’s
non-compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence
of Consultation CRTC 2015-84 - Notice of hearing
June 25, 2015
White Pine Pictures' statement re their documentary on Premier Wynne and the Government of Ontario
25, 2015 /CNW/ - White Pine Pictures' president Peter Raymont announced today that
he will shortly conclude negotiations regarding the broadcast of his company's much
anticipated documentary, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne, cabinet members and senior advisors. A fall airdate is anticipated.
expressed his frustration that the Toronto Star published clips from an unauthorized,
copyrighted version of the documentary. He pointed out that releasing clips from
this film does injustice to the work of the filmmakers and to potential viewers.
"Apart from the fact that this is theft and re-use of stolen property on the
part of the Star, it also misrepresents what viewers will see in the documentary
itself. As a news organization that has long defended itself against similar theft
of its creative product I am disappointed that the Star has behaved so cavalierly
toward another professional with a demonstrated commitment to serious journalism."
claims made by Star reporter, Robert Benzie are inaccurate", he added. "The
Premier's Office is not blocking the airing of the documentary and has arranged
for all remaining releases to be signed to facilitate a prompt broadcast."
to abandon the production while editing was still in progress. We dispute TVO's
assertions that White Pine Pictures was deficient in fulfilling the delivery requirements
of the film, which was in post-production. TVO has twice issued statements that
impugn my professional reputation and integrity", says Raymont. "It is
not uncommon for creative differences to arise during the production and editing
of a documentary, particularly one with political themes. In my experience, such
difficulties have always been resolved."
viewers interested in this long-form candid documentary about the Premier and politics
inOntario to wait to see the real thing. "It's a terrific film", says
Raymont, "We are very proud of it and look forward to its premiere."
and White Pine Pictures have produced over 100 documentary films and TV dramas,
honoured with 46 Canadian and international awards including an Emmy for Best Documentary.
White Pine Pictures recently released its highly-anticipated documentary on Omar
Khadr, featuring exclusive access, broadcast to high ratings on the CBC and SRC.
June 25, 2015
Statement from TVO regarding the documentary "Premier: the Unscripted Kathleen Wynne"
TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - On May 22, TVO
formally advised White Pine Pictures that we were terminating the Agreement to commission
a documentary about Premier Kathleen Wynne and the lead up to the 2015 Ontario provincial
In its notification
to White Pine Pictures, TVO noted that:
A completed documentary
with a director attached to the project was not delivered. Director Roxana Spicer
formally resigned in writing from the White Pine Pictures' project. The lack of
a director is a fundamental deficiency for a documentary production;
A documentary consistent with TVO's journalistic standards for editorial integrity,
independence and quality, as required by the Agreement, was not delivered;
A documentary fully cleared as required by the Agreement was not delivered. As White
Pine Pictures informed TVO, signed access agreements and accompanying releases for
several figures who participated were not obtained;
A documentary with Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance as required by the Agreement
was not delivered. White Pine Pictures informed TVO that it would not be seeking
E&O insurance without the signed access agreements and accompanying releases,
A finished documentary which met the terms of our Agreement in a timely manner to
allow for our scheduled air date as agreed was not delivered.
White Pine Pictures
continues to be the owner of the content of the project. TVO does not have copies
of the project in our possession.
As part of TVO's
broadcast license, TVO is required to operate independently and at arm's length
from government and to exercise full editorial independence. This requirement is
strictly adhered to in all cases.
For more on how TVO commissions
June 25, 2015
Bell Gigabit Fibe bringing the fastest Internet to Toronto residents with a billion-dollar+ network investment, creation of 2,400 direct jobs
TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada
today announced it will deliver gigabit-per-second Internet speeds to homes and
businesses across the City
of Toronto with the new Gigabit
Fibe service. Coupled with Bell's single largest infrastructure expansion project,
creating approximately 2,400 direct jobs and significant economic and innovation
benefits, Gigabit Fibe will bring North America's fastest Internet speeds to more than a million Toronto premises – starting with approximately 50,000 homes and
businesses that will have first access this summer.
has served Toronto since 1880, and we're proud to continue
our legacy of communications leadership by bringing the fastest Internet speeds
to consumers and businesses across Canada's largest city. Gigabit Fibe is a revolutionary
broadband communications service that puts Toronto out
front as a world-class Smart City," said George Cope, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. "Network leadership has been the bedrock
of Bell's rapid transformation in recent years. Our existing high-speed fibre network
is already driving fast Fibe TV and broadband Internet growth, and Canada's largest
4G LTE wireless network is supporting tremendous increases in smartphones and mobile
data usage. Gigabit Fibe is key to accelerating Bell's leadership in home and business
Internet services, and to supporting widespread access, innovation and economic
benefits for Canadians into the future."
"As we plan
for the future, we need to invest in our city and put in place the infrastructure
required to keep Torontocompetitive," said Mayor John Tory.
"The rollout of Gigabit Fibe is a testament to Bell's commitment to investing
in Toronto. This is Canada's largest gigabit Internet
infrastructure project, creating 2,400 jobs for our city. I'd like to thank Bell
Canada for investing in Toronto and delivering services that meet the
needs of today and the future."
Part of Bell's
plan to invest $20
billion in its broadband
fibre and wireless networks across Canada by the end of 2020, Gigabit Fibe will
ultimately be available to 1.1 million homes and businesses across the city. Bell
will launch Gigabit Fibe in other cities in Ontario, Québec
and the Atlantic provinces as soon as this summer in some locations.
As with all other
gigabit services, like the Google Fiber project in some US cities, service will
initially be available at a maximum 940 Megabits per second and rise to a full 1000
Megabits per second or faster in 2016 as modem equipment suppliers catch up to gigabit
speeds. To learn more about Gigabit Fibe, please visit Bell.ca/Fibe.
existing fibre network already delivers both the best television experience anywhere
with Fibe TV and fast broadband Internet. With Gigabit Fibe, we're boosting Internet
speeds to blazing fast levels that open up incredible new online opportunities for
consumers and business users alike," said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential
Services. "Consumers can share and access the great content they want faster
than ever before -- with Gigabit Fibe, you can download 100 photos or songs in 3
seconds, an entire HD movie in 7 seconds, or the whole 14 GB of Orphan Black in
HD – shot right here in Toronto – in less than 2 minutes. Small businesses
and major enterprises, technology innovators, manufacturers, resource companies,
governments, healthcare providers, educators and utilities, all will have incredible
new opportunities to share ideas and opportunities, and take full advantage of next-generation
cloud data solutions such as Bell's national network of data hosting centres, including
3 state-of-the-art facilities in the City of Toronto."
A public partnership
without public funding
Fully funded by Bell, Gigabit Fibe in Toronto is
supported by the company's single largest infrastructure buildout. Bell's long-term
agreements with Toronto Hydro to share utility poles across the city are accelerating
the Gigabit Fibe project's efficiency and speeding up deployment. When the project
is complete, Bell teams will have upgraded 27 Bell Central Office facilities across
the city and installed over 9,000 kilometres of new fibre, both underground via
more than 10,000 manholes and on approximately 80,000 Bell and Toronto Hydro poles
around the city. Approximately 70% of the network will be aerial and 30% underground.
ahead of the game in communications by investing the capital and planning required,
building the best technology teams and working with great partners, like the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro in the Gigabit Fibe
project," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Chief Technology Officer. "Our engineers,
technicians and field crews are energized about this incredible undertaking and
we're working cooperatively with our partners, suppliers and contractors, residents
and businesses to make Toronto North America's Gigabit leader as quickly and efficiently
Bell is building
Gigabit Fibe on a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood basis and will advise residents
in advance if Bell crews may need to access their property. Torontonians can visit
for updates and Gigabit Fibe availability. Bell will have a dedicated customer service
process for Gigabit Fibe and work with Toronto's 3-1-1 information service
to answer any questions about the infrastructure project.
and contractors working on the Gigabit Fibe buildout in Toronto include Aecon, AGIR, Alcatel-Lucent, Asplundh, Corning,
Davey Tree, Distinct Tech, Effigis, Expertech, Huawei, Infrastructel, MMM, Somerville, Sentrex, Telecon Group, Teranet and TRJ Telecom.
capital investments in Canada's newest broadband networks have a significant positive
economic effect, enabling businesses to better innovate, compete and create high
value jobs with the fastest Internet access. Including 2,400 direct jobs created
in Toronto, Bell estimates Gigabit Fibe Toronto
will create more than 8,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ontario and $2.5
billion in economic activity
over the next 2 years.
for the United Way
As part of its ongoing support for the United Way Toronto Community Hub initiative,
Bell will contribute Gigabit Fibe service to each the charity's city-wide Community
Hubs initiative, including Access Point on the Danforth, Bathurst-Finch, Dorset Park, Jane Street, Mid-Scarborough, Rexdale
Community Hub, Victoria Park Hub, and the planned Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre
serving the Steeles L'Amoreaux community.
United Way Community
Hubs are focused on building healthy neighbourhoods, and currently host more than
50 community organizations. The Hubs bring together targeted health and social services
with essential mixed-use community space under one roof.
no question that in 2015, the most powerful access to online resources and services
is a major factor in supporting opportunity and healthier, more vibrant communities,"
said Susan McIsaac, President and CEO of United Way Toronto. "Bell and United
Way Centraide are close partners here in Toronto and
across Canada. Welcoming our Community Hubs into the infrastructure that will make
Toronto one of the world's smartest cities again
demonstrates Bell's genuine community spirit and desire to make a positive difference
in the lives of Canadians."
employee donations to United Way Centraide across Canada. In 2014, the Bell team
and Bell Let's Talk gave more than $1.1 million to United Way Toronto alone, supporting projects such as the United Way mental
health crisis response agencies that answer almost 360,000 calls each year. In 2012,
George Copeserved as Chair of the United Way Toronto Campaign Cabinet, which led
that year's charity campaign to record donations of $117 million.
Canada's broadband leader
Canada's largest Internet service provider, Bell serves approximately 3.3 million
total high-speed Internet customers. Bell will make Gigabit Fibe available in other
cities across Ontario, Québec and the Atlantic provinces over
the next year, some also as early as this summer. Cities primed for Gigabit Fibe
include Québec City, locations in Montréal, Laval, Blainville, Gatineau, Joliette,
Saint-Jérôme, Chicoutimi, Sherbrooke,Vaudreuil/Valleyfield, St. John's,
Charlottetown, Halifax, Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Sudbury, North
Bay,Peterborough and Kingston.
Gigabit Fibe infrastructure rollouts are under way in even more cities and service
availability will be announced over the next year.
In April, Bell
unveiled plans to invest $20
billion across the country
from 2015 to the end of 2020 to continue expanding its broadband fibre and 4G LTE
mobile networks, one of the largest capital projects in any industry inCanada.
than anyone in Canada's modern communications infrastructure and R&D, in urban,
rural and remote locations including the North, Bell is dedicated to ensuring Canada
remains competitive at the global level in next-generation broadband communications.
June 25, 2015
WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION – TORONTO IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SHAW MEDIA LAUNCH A NEW PROGRAM TAILORED TO ADVANCE BURGEONING MANAGERIAL CAREERS
TORONTO, June 25, 2015 – Women in Film & Television – Toronto
(WIFT-T) and Shaw Media are pleased to announce the new Shaw Media Management Accelerator
intensive program, designed to provide screen-based professionals who aspire to
be strong and effective managers with the skills they need to set themselves apart
in today’s highly competitive and global industry.
to be partnering with Shaw Media to introduce this new intensive training program
for emerging management professionals,” said Heather Webb, Executive Director, WIFT-T.
“This program epitomizes WIFT-T’s ongoing commitment to cultivate screen-based industry
leaders of tomorrow by providing high quality professional development programs
and mentoring opportunities.”
“The Shaw Media
Management Accelerator program is a fantastic forum for industry professionals to
hone their management skills and receive vital training,” said Barb Williams, President,
Shaw Media. “In an ever-evolving media landscape, we are excited to be partnering
with WIFT-T to help foster innovation.”
The Shaw Media
Management Accelerator program, jointly developed by WIFT-T with Ryerson University's
G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, is formulated to accelerate participants’
careers by helping them become effective
managers, decision makers and communicators—foundations for becoming future leaders.
The program will launch in October, 2015.
“The Chang School
is pleased to partner with WIFT-T to extend our expertise to those who aspire to
stand out as strong and effective managers in the film and television industry,”
said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean, The Chang School, Ryerson University. "The Shaw Media Management Accelerator (SMMA)
embodies The Chang School's commitment to engaging with community partners to develop
and deliver relevant, industry-focused training programs to adult learners.”
The unique program
covers key managerial principals including: business communications, project management,
essential financial concepts, marketing and strategic planning. Following completion
of the program, each participant will be placed in a customized mentoring group,
led by an industry leader who will provide additional learnings and guidance. Successful
participants will receive a Recognition of Completion award from The G. Raymond
Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
For more information visit
June 25, 2015
The Weather Network launches its new app for Apple Watch
Canada's #1 weather app enters into growing wearable
OAKVILLE, ON, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Pelmorex
Media Inc., parent company of The Weather Network and MétéoMédia, announced the
launch of The Weather Network app for Apple Watch, available for free on theApp Store. Designed specifically for Apple Watch, the app provides
users with quick and easy access to localized weather forecasts and relevant content.
The Weather Network's
app for Apple Watch is the most recent addition to the company's iOS app family,
which includes the popular iPhone app, used by over 4.5 million Canadians every
Watch is one of the must-have tech accessories this year and as Canada's leading weather provider, we strive to remain on the forefront
of where our users are headed," said Naomi Lipowski, Director TV Apps &
Emerging Technologies, Pelmorex Media Inc. "It's a priority for us to be available
on the newest technologies so Canadians have access to the information they need
to plan their day. This is another example of the continuous innovation that reinforces
The Weather Network's position as a leader in the technology industry."
multi-platform success with past weather applications, The Weather Network's inaugural
Apple Watch app provides users with the ability to receive forecasts and more at
a glance. This easy-to-use app appeases Canadians' need for up-to-date weather information,
with features such as:
Detailed localized forecasts – Current weather conditions and "feels like"
temperature are available on the glance screen.
Secondary weather data – By simply tapping on the glance screen and swiping upwards,
additional weather information including wind, humidity, yesterday's high/low and
atmospheric pressure are easily accessible.
Push notifications – Severe weather and storm alerts are always visible on the glance
screen or in the app when applicable. A quick tap on the alert icon provides additional
details on the approaching storm.
Precip Start Stop – Forecasting the start and stop times of precipitation within
a 10-minute period. Precip Start Stop will be displayed on the top screen if rain
is expected in the next hour or so.
Visually dynamic weather backgrounds – Beautiful images reflect the users' current
weather conditions and location, providing a more stimulating user experience.
Multiple saved locations – By simply swiping left, detailed weather information
for favourite locations can be easily retrieved.
The Weather Network
also offers weather apps for mobile and tablet devices such as Android, Blackberry
and Windows, PC and Mac computers, as well as interactive and Connected TV apps.
June 25, 2015
Acclaimed Miniseries JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, Based on Susanna Clarke’s Bestselling Novel, Premieres Sunday, July 5 on The Movie Network
25, 2015) – Following the fantastical and dark adventures of two magicians in 19th
century England, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, the new seven-part adaptation
of the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, debuts Sunday, July 5 at 8 p.m. ET on
The Movie Network with a special two-episode premiere. Subsequent one-hour episodes
premiere Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET. Shot in Canada, England, and Croatia, the miniseries
is a Canada/U.K. co-production produced in partnership with BBC One, BBC America,
and Bell Media.
Set in 1806 during
the Napoleonic Wars in England when centuries have passed since practical magic
faded into the nation’s past, one magician remains: the reclusive and skillful Mr
Norrell (Eddie Marsan, RAY DONOVAN). His displays of magic soon thrill the nation
when he raises the beautiful Lady Pole (Alice Englert, Ginger & Rosa) from the
dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.
is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan
Strange (Bertie Carvel, RESTLESS). Young, handsome, and daring, Strange is the antithesis
of Norrell. As a dangerous battle ensues between the two great men, their obsessions
and secret experimenting with the dark arts causes more trouble than they can imagine.
Charlotte Riley (WUTHERING HEIGHTS); Paul Kaye (GAME OF THRONES); Marc Warren (THE
GOOD WIFE); Samuel West (MR. SELFRIDGE); Enzo Cilenti (ROME); and Ariyon Bakare
(The Dark Knight).
has been adapted from Susanna Clarke’s bestselling novel by Peter Harness (DOCTOR
WHO). Director is Toby Haynes (DOCTOR WHO) and producer is Nick Hirschkorn (Five
Children and It).
& MR NORRELL is produced by Cuba Pictures Limited in association with Feel Films
for BBC, and co-produced with BBC America in association with Attraction Images
for Bell Media, Far Moor Productions Ltd, and Screen Yorkshire.
In Eastern Canada,
episodes will be available on TMN
GO and The Movie Network OnDemand.
June 25, 2015
YTV RENEWS THE STANLEY DYNAMIC FOR A SECOND SEASON AND INTRODUCES THE STANLEY DYNAMIC ADVENTURE GAME
25, 2015) – Corus Entertainment’s YTV is pleased to confirm it has renewed its hit
show The Stanley Dynamic, from Amaze Film + Television with animation by 9 Story
Media Group. The hybrid live action/animated series focuses on the fun-loving Stanleys,
a close-knit family with one big twist: their son Luke is an animated cartoon character.
Production on the second season of 26x30 minute episodes begins this summer. The
first season of The Stanley Dynamic ranks in the top 5 shows for kids 6 to 11 on
The first season
of The Stanley Dynamic focuses on teenaged twin brothers Larry and Luke entering
high school. In the second season, the world of the Stanley family will include
even crazier antics from the twins, their sister Lori’s ever expanding insect menagerie,
and misadventures with their parents, Lane and Lori. Just when viewers thought they
had the Stanleys all figured out, some new additions to the household — including
pets and extended family members — will totally shift the Stanley dynamic. Season
2 of the series is set to premiere in Fall 2016.
Today also marks
the launch of The Stanley Dynamic Adventure Game, available now on ytv.com and coming soon to fans via iTunes and Google
Play mobile apps. Created by Relish Interactive, the game allows players to control
Luke as he prepares for the most epic LARPing (live action role-playing) event the
neighbourhood has ever seen! By exploring The Stanley Dynamic world, interacting
with characters, solving puzzles, and using Luke's animated abilities, players can
move the story forward. The game features 30 unique missions, as well as three mini-games
that are integrated into the story, making it fun for both avid and casual gamers.
“We’re so thrilled to see how kids and their families
have responded to this innovative and hilarious hybrid live-action/animated sitcom,”
said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content. “In the second season we will be pushing
Luke’s animated antics even more to see how he bounces through his tween years with
the help of his challenging, yet loving, twin brother, his eccentric friends and
his off-the-wall family.”
“We are delighted with a season two order for The
Stanley Dynamic,” said Teza Lawrence, Co-Founder, Amaze Film + Television. “We are
very fortunate to have such great partners in Corus and 9 Story Media Group, and
of course, the Stanley family!"
The Stanley Dynamic
brings family viewers together to laugh along with the Stanleys. Cartoon Luke and
his flesh-and-blood twin brother, Larry, are navigating high school and trying to
fit in. Luke prefers to stay under the radar, but his ability to stretch his body
like a wad of gum keeps him in the spotlight, while Larry’s love of attention is
constantly getting him into trouble. Luckily, the twins have the support of their
cartoonist dad, who chronicles the family’s adventures in his comic strip, their
overworked mom, and their bug-obsessed, genius sister. Despite the fact that Luke
is a cartoon, in the eyes of the Stanleys and the world around them, Luke is just
a regular kid, living in a three-dimensional world.
The Stanley Dynamic
was created by Ken Cuperus, Jocelyn Hamilton, and Jamie Piekarz. Ken Cuperus (Total
Drama Action, Mr. Young) is executive producer/showrunner with Michael Souther (Call
Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) and Teza Lawrence (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) also serving
as executive producers. Alice Prodanou (My Babysitter’s a Vampire, The Fresh Beat
Band) is co-executive producer and Victoria Hirst (Mr. Young, Away From Her) is
The Stanley Dynamic
Adventure Game was created by Relish Interactive. Executive Producers are Paul Pattison
and Jayson Flick. The creative team includes Jonathan Wong, Aaron Worrall, Jason
Ziebarth, and Andrew Miller. The technical development team includes Jack Ront,
Javier Mora, and Rocco Briganti.
June 24, 2015
Lloyd Robertson: Trust and integrity
early as I can remember, and certainly from the age of 12, the love of the
business took control of me and I've been a fan and a practitioner of the craft
for over 60 years."
An address by
Lloyd Robertson to the Radio-Television Digital News Association in Toronto on
the occasion of his being presented with the RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Read it HERE
June 24, 2015
Statement from Shaw Communications
ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 24, 2015) - Shaw Communications Inc.
(TSX:SJR.B)(NYSE:SJR) confirmed that Rogers Communications Inc. today announced
its intention to exercise its option to acquire Shaw's spectrum licenses for
advanced wireless service in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
and Northern Ontario. Rogers acquired the option as one of a number of
transactions announced on January 14, 2013.
of the option, Rogers would pay Shaw $100 million. With the $50 million
purchase price for the option and $200 million down payment, each paid by
Rogers to Shaw in 2013, the total proceeds for the sale of Shaw's spectrum
would be $350 million.
The transaction is expected
to close by the end of June 2015.
June 24, 2015
Statement by Industry Minister James Moore
- June 24, 2015) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today made
the following statement:
government approved a series of spectrum licence transfers between Rogers, Shaw,
Mobilicity and WIND. These transfers will result in at least four wireless firms
in every region of the country being able to offer the latest technology, world-class
service and more choice to all Canadians and their families.
spectrum is a vital public resource, and our government has released more of it
than all other previous governments combined. Our objective in doing so has been
to promote more competition in Canada's wireless sector. In 2006, 98 percent of
available spectrum was held by Canada's largest wireless firms. Today, thanks to
our policies and recent spectrum auctions, new wireless companies now hold approximately
25 percent of the total wireless spectrum available-creating the conditions for
more competition in our wireless sector than ever before.
of these spectrum licence transfers is a win for Canadian consumers. A new wireless
competitor has secured valuable spectrum it needs, and high-quality spectrum that
went unused for almost a decade will now be deployed for the betterment of all Canadians.
has one goal: to take deliberate, concrete steps to create more choice, lower prices
and better wireless service for Canadians and their families. Today's approval of
these licence transfers delivers on this objective."
Follow us on Twitter: @industrycanada
AWS Spectrum Licences Transfer
What is the deal?
Industry Canada approved a request to transfer 18 spectrum licences from Shaw Communications
to Rogers Communications. Rogers will keep two of these licences, which were acquired
by Shaw in the 2008 AWS spectrum auction, and provide the other 16 licences to WIND
A transfer of
Mobilicity's 10 spectrum licences-acquired in 2008-to Rogers, which will provide
all of those 10 licences to WIND in exchange for a portion of WIND's current spectrum,
was also approved.
Why have we approved
Recent spectrum assignments in the 700 MHz, AWS-3, AWS-4 and 2500 MHz bands have
provided all current and potential wireless service providers with multiple opportunities
to access additional spectrum licences in the affected licence areas to meet their
spectrum needs. These assignments have had a notable effect on the landscape of
spectrum holdings in these areas.
which were evaluated under Industry Canada's Spectrum Licence Transfer Framework,
will not result in an excessive concentration of spectrum in one company's hands,
nor will they adversely affect future competition.
notes that the requested licence transfers involve some spectrum that is currently
not being used to provide services and will provide an opportunity to Rogers and
WIND to put such spectrum to use for the benefit of Canadians.
Mobilicity's customers will benefit from continued service.
What are the
benefits to WIND?
As a new competitor, WIND Mobile will benefit greatly from this deal. In most of
its key areas of service, WIND will now have enough spectrum to deploy the next
generation of wireless services, known as long-term evolution or LTE.
will support competition by increasing WIND Mobile's spectrum holdings in key markets
in British Columbia, Alberta and Eastern Ontario. Access to sufficient spectrum
is a key element in enabling wireless carriers to deploy the latest LTE data service.
In addition, the transaction also provides Mobilicity with funding to make restitution
to creditors. It also involves some spectrum that is currently not being used to
provide service, and the transfers will provide an opportunity to put this spectrum
to use for the benefit of Canadians.
June 24, 2015
BravoFACTUAL Announces Award Recipients for June 23 Jury
24, 2015) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation
to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the 12 BravoFACTUAL award recipients
from the June 23 jury meeting. Selected from 142 applications, a total of $562,541
was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short documentary films.
The jury was anchored by guest juror, short film and documentary expert, and Hot Docs programmer, Angie
Driscoll. Continuing with the BravoFACT
Year Of The Female Filmmaker initiative, more than half of the awards granted
at the June 23 jury were awarded to female-led projects. Furthermore, as part of
the previously announced partnership with Documentary
Organization of Canada, the award recipients are the first group to access the
innovative and complementary consultation service, Festival Concierge.
Since its inception
in 1995, BravoFACT-supported films have enjoyed success both at home and abroad.
Most recently, three BravoFACTUAL-funded films have received accolades at prestigious
film festivals around the world. The Match picked up awards for Best Documentary
at the Plymouth Film Festival
and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Yorkton Film
Festival; Fred Heads received the Rising Star Award
at the recent Canada International Film Festival; and I Thought I Told You To Shut
Up won Best Documentary Short at the Arizona International Film Festival,
Best Short Film at the Palm Beach International
Film Festival, and received an honourable mention in the Short Documentary category
at the DOXA Film Festival.
fund recipients from the June 23, 2015 jury meeting are:
The Bone Stocks – Sonya Di Rienzo (Producer), Tessa Lai (Director)
Car racing fanatics get the chance to build and race their own cars in a highly
entertaining grassroots league at a rural Ontario speedway. With its increasing
popularity, the Bone Stocks may be the only hope for the fading racetrack to return
to its former glory.
Derby – David
Derby is a short documentary that follows a few, impassioned characters through
a season of an intensely competitive demolition derby circuit in English and French
How to Recruit
a Terrorist – Nadine Pequeneza (Producer/Director)
How to Recruit a Terrorist is a satirical exposé on how ISIS is seducing youth from
around the world. Similar to the film How to Make Money Selling Drugs, this short
film is a five-step guide that unveils the deceptively simplistic techniques used
to recruit fighters on the internet, which has become a gateway to Jihad. Canadian
Mubin Shaikh, a former Islamic extremist turned undercover Jihadist, narrates and
explains the process of radicalization. Sweeping aerials, graphic animation, dramatic
recreations, actual posts, and tweets are used to illustrate the recruiting process.
House of Falconer
– Mark Staunton (Producer, Director)
House of Falconer deals with ideas of memory and loss. Alex Fida, son of the late
pioneering chef, Willie Fida, rescues a badly worn and forlorn architectural gem,
The House of Falconer, which was destined
for demolition in the heart of Prince Edward County.
The Hundred Year
Old Whale – Tony Wosk (Producer), Mark Leiren-Young (Director)
The world’s longest-living killer whale deserves her own short film. Surviving the
era when whales were on everyone’s menu, were harpooned, shot, and put on display,
“Granny” has miraculously survived in the west coast waters for over a century,
as the world of whales evolved. The Hundred Year Old Whale introduces the audience
to the oldest killer whale, and explores her past and her future.
– Melani Wood (Producer), Kevin Fraser (Director)
Each year residents of Newfoundland and Labrador look to the North hoping the Atlantic
Ocean will deliver them a parade of ancient icebergs. Invading Giants is a short
documentary about the people who depend on these majestic icebergs as a way of life
and the breathtaking geographical region they all share.
Jerry Greben: Professional Stand In – Sonia Hosko (Producer), Kelly Makin (Director)
The Legendary Jerry Greben: Professional Stand In is a 15-minute docudrama about
the career and life of Jerry Greben, who has worked as a film and television stand-in
for nearly 30 years.
Over the Top
– Cynthia Banks (Producer/Director), Sky Saunders (Producer)
Peculiar and compulsive, Lindsay, Ont. resident Rick Harding has been entertaining
himself and his hometown for more than 50 years with his wild and outrageous antics.
The question is: Why does he do it?
Pollock – Janelle Wookey (Producer), Jeremie Wookey (Director)
Pollock & Pollock is a 15-minute short documentary about siblings Ron and Natalie Pollock.
The documentary examines their colourful past in the international spotlight and
as local celebrities in Winnipeg. The documentary also follows them today; with
a look at their YouTube channel the Pollock
and Pollock News Channel, which recently reached 5 million views.
Short Round Up
– Nobu Adilman (Producer/Director)
Short Round Up is a 15-minute documentary that follows Nobu Adilman as he finds
all the Asian men who, as boys, auditioned for the role of Short Round, in Steven Spielberg’s
1983 film Indiana Jones and the Temple
Teriano – Gordon
Henderson (Producer), Leora Eisen (Director)
Teriano is a story of hope, against all odds. It follows the unlikely journey of
a young Maasai woman from a remote Kenyan village to a digital hub in the heart
of downtown Toronto.
Tornado Project – Dan Montgomery (Producer), Jay Cheel (Director)
In 1996, an urban legend was born when the Can-View Drive-In in Thorold, Ont., was
hit by a tornado during a screening of Twister. The story spread throughout town
and the unbelievable event was covered by the national media. But what’s most amazing
is - it didn’t happen.
for short films since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT awards grants on four cycles
per year: two grant cycles per year for scripted shorts via BravoFACT, and two grant
cycles for short documentary projects via BravoFACTUAL. The next submission deadline
for BravoFACTUAL is September 25, 2015.
about BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL program requirements, and application guidelines,
June 24, 2015
Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan Headline the Cast of Global's New Original Supernatural Adventure Drama Houdini & Doyle
TORONTO, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Michael Weston
(Six Feet Under, House) and Stephen Mangan (Episodes) have been cast in the lead
roles of Houdini & Doyle, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut
onGlobal in 2016. Inspired by true events, the series will draw heavily on the rich
history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston),
master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Mangan), prolific writer, creator of "Sherlock Holmes" and paranormal
aficionado – grudgingly join forces to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes
with a supernatural slant in collaboration with New Scotland Yard.
drama was ordered straight to series for ITV Encore in the UK and Global in Canada and licensed in the US on FOX. Award-winning director, Stephen
Hopkins (24, Californication), will be directing the series.
the cast is breakout Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard (Between, MsLabelled) as
ConstableAdelaide Stratton, whose character is the first female constable ever to
work for the London Metropolitan Police Force.
been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each
fascinating in their own right. But the idea that these two, seemingly so different,
could have been friends is almost too perfect." says David Shore, Executive
Producer. "In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that
embody the intelligence, humor and mystique of these men, who even when viewed through
the lens of history, are larger than life."
and film actor Michael Weston will play the role of Harry Houdini. Weston is best
known for his roles on House and Six Feet Under. He has also appeared on Elementary,
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Office and Burn Notice among others. His feature film credits include Garden State,
Wish I Was Here,The Dukes of Hazard and Coyote Ugly.
is an English actor, best known for his television roles on Episodes, Green Wing
and I'm Alan Partridge. He is an acclaimed stage actor, having been Tony-nominated
for his portrayal of Norman in The Norman Conquests on Broadway. Mangan made his
feature film debut in the hit movie Billy Elliot, appearing most recently on the
big screen in Ron Howard's Rush.
Produced in association
with Shaw Media, Houdini & Doyle is a UK/Canada treaty
co-production from Big Talk Productions (U.K.) and Shaftesbury (Canada) in association with Shore Z Productions. The series is executive
produced by David Shore, David Titcher (The Librarians) and David Hoselton along
with Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Luke Alkin for Big Talk and Christina Jennings,
Maggie Murphy, and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury. The series is distributed by Sony
June 24, 2015
Rogers inks deals to immediately boost speed and quality for wireless customers in BC, Alberta and Southern Ontario
Purchase of Mobilicity
brings continuity of service and certainty to over 150,000 wireless customers
Will exercise option to acquire Shaw's unused AWS-1 spectrum to meet growing mobile
TORONTO, June 24, 2015 /CNW/
- Rogers Communications will immediately boost speed and quality for wireless customers
in BC, Alberta and Southern
Ontario as part of a series
of transactions announced today. The transactions mean Rogers is completing the
previously announced acquisition of Shaw's AWS-1 spectrum and acquiring 100% ownership
of Mobilicity. The company is also divesting, post transaction, certain AWS-1 spectrum
to WIND Mobile that is contiguous to their spectrum holdings.
adding multiple lanes on our wireless highway in three key markets overnight,"
said Guy Laurence, President and CEO of Rogers Communications. "This means
faster speeds and better quality for our customers as they use more and more mobile
with Rogers provides the best possible outcome for Mobilicity's customers, dealers
and employees," said Anthony Booth, President of Mobilicity. "Rogers ensures
certainty of service for Mobilicity customers, provides a great network, national
coverage and high quality products and services. At the same time, Mobilicity employees
will have the opportunity to work at a great Canadian company in Rogers."
mean Rogers gains significant, previously unused spectrum capacity that works with
all LTE devices today.
is great news for our customers and for Canadians. We're pleased to have worked
with the government to put this unused valuable resource to work," said Laurence.
"We got the spectrum we needed where we needed it for our customers and this
keeps Rogers in the leading competitive position across the country."
of Mobilicity is subject to approval by the Competition Bureau and the Court. The
transactions have been approved by Industry Canada.
As per the previously
announced terms to complete the Shaw spectrum acquisition, Rogers will pay $100
million in addition to the down payments made when the agreement was originally
announced in January
with Mobilicity is supported and was facilitated by The Catalyst Capital Group Inc.,
on behalf of investment funds managed by it, working closely with Rogers on the
structuring of the transaction. The $440 million purchase price is offset by tax
losses valued at approximately $175 million which Rogers will acquire. The transaction
is subject to working capital adjustments.
acquisition of spectrum from Shaw and Mobilicity respectively, Rogers and WIND will
undertake an AWS-1 spectrum swap in Southern Ontario to
create contiguous spectrum for Rogers. Rogers will also divest certain non-contiguous
AWS-1 spectrum to WIND Mobile in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario and Eastern Ontario.