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September 23, 2014

Shaw Media Appoints Christine Shipton to Senior Vice President, Content


CALGARY, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Shaw Media today announced that it has appointed Christine Shipton to the position of Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media.

In this role, Ms. Shipton will be responsible for the company's content strategy across all platforms, as well as overseeing the creation of Canadian original productions, acquisition deals for U.S. and international series, and scheduling for the company's conventional and specialty channels.  A key focus of the position will be to ensure that Shaw is strategically evolving its content platforms and windowing rights amidst the ever-evolving media landscape, as well as forging key strategic partnerships to support the company's growing roster of large, international co-productions.

"Christine is a luminary in the Canadian broadcasting industry and we are so pleased that she will be leading our Content team moving forward," said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media. "She has been involved in the vast majority of every major Canadian production over the past 25 years and brings with her enormous credibility in the content sector in Canada and the U.S."

Prior to this position, Ms. Shipton was Vice President of Original Content for Shaw Media, responsible for the development and commissioning of all genres of Canadian original programming for the company's 19 specialty channels as well as Global Television. During this time, she brought a major focus to Canadian productions for both Global and the company's specialty networks, commissioning over 700 hours of Canadian content last year alone. Under her watch, 8 of the top 10 HGTV shows were Canadian and over 70 per cent of its Canadian shows were sold into the US. In this position, Ms. Shipton also spearheaded a number of complex, international co-productions including smash hits Vikings, Rookie Blue, Haven, Copper and Beauty and the Beast.


September 23, 2014


TORONTO, ON (Tuesday, September 23, 2014) - Opie has a big surprise in store on an upcoming episode of Hi Opie! called Not Ms. Doney which features special guest star Pay Chen (The Pay Chen Show, Newstalk 1010) as his substitute teacher Ms. Lynne. When Ms. Doney is away, Opie is faced with the challenge of learning to do things a little differently, even though it might seem scary at first. Written by Miklos Perlus (Degrassi: The Next Generation), the episode is scheduled to air on September 26th on TVO (6:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. ET) and City Saskatchewan (9:00 a.m. CST).

Hi Opie! is a live-action preschool series, developed in partnership with TVO and produced by marblemedia in association with The Jim Henson Company. Designed for preschoolers, the show centres on the social, emotional and intellectual escapades of 5-year-old Opie, a puppet custom-built by the experts at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Opie and his real kid classmates are in their first year of kindergarten – uncertain of what to expect. With each new day, Opie learns more about himself, his friends and his teachers. Each story marks a new chapter in Opie’s personal growth as he participates in, struggles with and inevitably succeeds in kindergarten activities.

Pay Chen currently hosts The Pay Chen Show Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET on Newstalk 1010. Her live show is a mix of lifestyle topics and comedy, with special celebrity guests and a slightly twisted sense of humour. An experienced TV host, writer and producer, Chen’s hosting credits include Breakfast Television Winnipeg (City), OMNI Television in Toronto, G4 TechTV, The Biography Channel Canada and the popular national preschool program 4 Square on Treehouse. She has also been a regular guest expert on shows such as Cityline (City), BT Toronto (City) and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (CBC), in addition to writing for the preschool series’ Wee 3 and My Big, Big Friend. Chen also contributes food and lifestyle content to various publications in print and online.

Coinciding with the premiere of Not Ms. Doney is the launch of, an interactive website that is hosted by Opie himself. This extensive interactive component to the series will reinforce the core messages of the brand by offering kids meaningful interactive stories, explanatory environments, as well as activities and games that entertain and deliver important educational takeaways. Users will join Opie as he takes them on a tour of what a typical kindergarten classroom would look like, preparing preschoolers for what they might expect when they enter that environment. On they way they will have the chance to watch exclusive videos and play various games that teach them matching, health, music, culture and memorization.

For more information and updates, follow @HiOpie_TV or "like" Hi Opie! on and join the conversation with the hashtag #HiOpie.


September 22, 2014



Toronto, September 22, 2014 – Shaw Media is pleased to announce that it has formally submitted an application to the CRTC for a new national, English-language specialty programming service, Global News 1.  This innovative, all-Canadian channel would incorporate separate local news feeds covering as many as 28 different communities, greatly expanding and diversifying the amount of news and information programming in the Canadian broadcasting system.

“As a leading network and content-experience company, we’re excited about the ability of Global News 1 to meet the changing needs of consumers,” said Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President, News and Station Operations, Shaw Media. “Canadians have made clear the vital importance they place on local news at the same time as they are increasingly turning to 24/7 sources. Global News 1 will connect Canadians not just to the stories that shape their neighborhoods, but that tie the country together.”

Global News 1 will feature a national newsfeed bookended by local news segments tailored specifically for each of the markets it serves.  Using next-generation technology, the service will be framed by a continuous data feed of hyper-local headlines and community events.  With the ability to cover live, breaking news at the local, regional or national level, Global News 1 will be like no other service on the dial.

If approved, Global News 1 will feature distinct local feeds in all 12 markets where Global currently operates conventional television stations.  It would also add local newsrooms to eight more communities where there is either no local television news or limited competition.  These include Fort McMurray and Red Deer, AB; Sault Ste. Marie, Niagara, Mississauga and Ottawa, ON; Quebec City, QC and Charlottetown, PE.  Shaw Media is also proposing to open the channel to eight small-market, independent broadcasters who would have the opportunity to add their own local content to the service and retain all local advertising in their markets.

At a time when conventional television stations are facing significant economic challenges, Global News 1 offers an innovative solution for the long-term sustainability of local programming, along with greater access to a diverse range of national voices.  There is currently no specialty news service in this country that provides such a unique offering to Canadians.


September 22, 2014

YTV Introduces New Buddy Comedy Series Max & Shred Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on YTV


TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - YTV is bringing its viewers straight to the snow-covered slopes in a new hilarious buddy comedy Max & Shred produced by Breakthrough Entertainment. The show is about an unlikely friendship between superstar snowboarder, Max Asher and genius inventor, Alvin "Shred" Ackerman. The series centres on their odd couple relationship as they help and hinder each other through the trials of teenage life. Max & Shred premieres on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on YTV and will also debut in the U.S. on Nickelodeon during the same week. For a sneak peek of the series, click here.

"At the core of Max & Shred is a bromance between Max and his new roommate Alvin (a.k.a. Shred)," said Jamie Piekarz," Director of Content, YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada). "Kids are going to fall in love with the characters and the talented cast we've assembled. We're thrilled to be working with Breakthrough Entertainment and having George Doty at the helm to give the series his expert touch."

Newcomer Jonny Gray (Annedroids) stars as snowboarder Max and his co-star Jake Goodman (Life with Boys) stars as Alvin. The series also stars Emilia McCarthy (Zapped, Maps to the Stars) as Abby, Alvin's sister and Saara Chaudry (Degrassi) as his super smart eight-year old protégé, Howie.

"Working work with YTV and Breakthrough Entertainment has been one of the most positive experiences of my career," said George Doty, Showrunner and an Executive Producer on Max & Shred. "The support, creativity, and vision of everyone involved led to the creation of a show that I couldn't be more proud of, and one I know kids everywhere are absolutely going to love."

"YTV has been the absolute ideal partner for us on Max and Shred. Their creative team shared George's vision from the onset and their direction helped us all make the show even funnier and more relatable for kids." added Joan Lambur, Executive Vice-President, Family Entertainment for Breakthrough Entertainment, and an Executive Producer on this series.

Aside from their age, Max and Shred have almost nothing in common. But when Max gets invited out to snowy Blizzard Springs to train for the Winter Cup, and Alvin's parents sign up to house an athlete, Max moves in with the Ackermans and the boys are forced to share a room together.

In the premiere episode, a case of mistaken identity lands Alvin in Max's shoes at the top of a mountain, and he has to pull it together in order to save his new roommate's career.  Meanwhile, with the help of Howie, Max finds himself having to fill Alvin's shoes at the school Science Fair!  With both boys completely out of their element, they quickly discover a new appreciation for one another.  And when Alvin impresses Max with his impromptu moves on the slopes, Max gives him a sweet new nickname - Shred.  They may have had a rough start, but Max and Shred are quickly learning what it means to have a bro.

Showrunner for Max & Shred is George Doty IV, whose credits include Nickelodeon series iCarly, Victorious, Zoey 101 and Drake and Josh as well as the iconic animated series Scooby Doo, in which he served as Story Editor. Early in George's career he worked on the NBC hit comedy series Seinfeld as the Writer's Assistant, eventually becoming Script Coordinator. He worked on the series for the last three years of the show's run and learned about writing comedies from the show's creator Larry David. Max & Shred Executive Producers include George Doty, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Joan Lambur, Nat Abraham and Michael McGuigan for Breakthrough Entertainment.


September 22, 2014

TVO presents the 2014 annual ILC & GED Graduation and Awards Ceremony at MaRs Discovery District with Special Guest Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals


TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 27, the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) holds its annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the MaRs Discovery District in Toronto. Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals will be on hand to address the graduates. TVO's Piya Chattopadhyay hosts the ceremony which recognizes the accomplishments of students from across Ontario who have earned their Ontario Secondary School Diploma through distance education, or their Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate by successfully writing the General Educational Development (GED) test.

The ILC is Ontario's designated provider of accredited distance education and the exclusive provider of the GED test inOntario. The ILC provides an alternative for students to help them get the credentials they need to access post-secondary education. For the past 12 years, the ILC has been a division of TVO, Ontario's educational media organization.

Event Details


2013/14 ILC & GED Graduation and Awards Ceremony


Saturday, September 27, 2014


The Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, Ontario


Peter O'Brian, Chair of the Board, TVO


Piya Chattopadhyay, Host, The Agenda in the Summer


1:45 pm Photos with dignitaries and students


2:15 pm Ceremony begins


2:25 pm Minister Sandals speech


2:30 pm Diplomas presented      


3:15 pm Valedictorians speak


3:17 pm Robert Hogan Award recipient speaks


3:20 pm Closing remarks


3:30 pm Reception


MaRs Discovery District, basement auditorium


101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7



September 22, 2014

"Joel Osteen Radio" launches September 29 on SiriusXM

TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced that "Joel Osteen Radio," the new exclusive channel headlined by the renowned spiritual and inspirational figure, will launch Monday, September 29, on SiriusXM channel 128. The channel will be available on satellite radios, through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and at

Osteen, the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, America's largest Christian congregation, will open the channel with a special Town Hall broadcast event from the SiriusXM studios in New York City. Osteen will be joined by his wife, Victoria, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, and will answer questions from an intimate audience of SiriusXM listeners for the inaugural broadcast of Joel Osteen Radio beginning at 5:00 pm ET.

"Victoria and I are excited to partner with SiriusXM and to bring a message of hope to millions of listeners," said Joel Osteen. "More than ever before, people are looking for hope in their lives. I believe listeners will be uplifted and filled with an expectation that their best days are still out in front of them."

Joel Osteen Radio will showcase exclusive weekly call-in shows hosted by both Joel and Victoria. Joel Osteen Livewill debut on October 6 and air every Monday at 5:00 pm ET, giving listeners the ability to interact directly with Joel, who will offer advice and encouragement for leading a fuller life.

Victoria Osteen will begin hosting her weekly show, Victoria Osteen Live, on Wednesday, October 8, at 12:00 pm ET. The program will feature Victoria taking calls from her listeners, sharing her perspective on family and faith, and talking with special guests.

Listeners will also get the exclusive live radio broadcast of services from Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, on Saturdays at 7:00 pm ET, and Sundays at 9:30 am ET and 12:00 pm ET.  Sunday's 12:00 pm ET service will replay at 3:00 pm ET, giving listeners across the country an additional opportunity to tune in.

Additional featured elements of Joel Osteen Radio will include:

  • Inspirational and motivational messages from Joel's vast library of past and current sermons.
  • Live broadcasts of Lakewood Church's "Young Adult Worship Service" - Sunday nights at 8:00 pm ET - featuring youth-focused music and messages.
  • Exclusive live radio broadcasts of Osteen's "Night of Hope" events, featuring music and worship from venues around the country. Upcoming events include "A Night of Hope" from Greensboro, NC, on November 14, and "A Night of Hope" from New Orleans, LA, on December 5.

For more info on the Osteens and their new channel please visit and


September 22, 2014

DHX Media announces numerous sales deals for Hank Zipzer - International sales deals signed with major broadcasters for seasons one and two

HALIFAX, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, today announced numerous international sales deals with key broadcasters worldwide for all episodes of its fast-paced comedy-drama series Hank Zipzer (26 x 30'), currently in its second season.

Disney has acquired Hank Zipzer for Disney Channel across Spain, Italy, Benelux, and Latin America. In Scandinavia, SVT Sweden and NRK Norway have both also joined the line-up of broadcasters that have bought the show. In further deals, DHX has sold the series to ABC3 in Australia and e-Junior in UAE.

Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media, said: "It's no surprise that we have found international broadcasters for this series, given its universal themes, humour and sensitivity which are relatable the world over. The popular books written by Henry Winkler have translated easily into an irrepressible series which is full of energy and fun."

Hank Zipzer stars multi-award-winning actor Henry Winkler and is inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever, written by Winkler and Lin Oliver. The comedy series follows the life of 13-year-old Henry 'Hank' Zipzer (played by Nick James) and is based on Henry Winkler's own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia.

The second season will air on CBBC in 2015 and is being made for CBBC by Kindle Entertainment, in association with Walker Productions, DHX Media and Screen Yorkshire, which is providing funding through its Yorkshire Content Fund.


September 22, 2014

W Network’s Big Competition Series Game of Homes Announces Cameron Mathison as Host


(September 22, 2014 – Toronto, ON)  W Network’s Game of Homes, announces Cameron Mathison as series host. The Emmy® nominated actor has graced the screen in both film and television projects. Mathison, a Sarnia, Ontario native, made his feature film debut in 54, opposite Salma Hayek and Ryan Phillippe, he followed that role up with the independent movie Washed Up and the feature film The Surrogate, which was released in 2013. A man of many talents, Mathison, is a featured contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight, and has also appeared on the fifth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, where he advanced all the way to Week nine. 

As host of the series, Mathison will guide teams of skilled amateur home renovators as they compete for the chance to trade their skills for the prize of a lifetime. The teams save rundown houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them into dream homes. Each team must redo the houses room by room, as they cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces.

The action-based series pits each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. In each episode, two expert judges along with a celebrity guest judges including Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot from W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver, Drew and Jonathan Scott from the Property Brothers and CMT Canada’s Kortney and Dave Wilson from The Wilson’s Flip Out, vote for their favourite room renovations based on design and workmanship. In the finale, in addition to the judges, the public will cast their vote.  The winners will be revealed and awarded with the house they have renovated.

Produced by Great Pacific Media in association with W Network, Vancouver based Game of Homes includes eight one-hour episodes and is scheduled to air in March 2015 on W Network.


September 22, 2014

2015 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Now Accepting Applications


TORONTO (September 22, 2014) – Bell Media announced today that applications are now being accepted for the second annual Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, a two-part program designed to assist the career advancement of mid-level Canadian producers. Interested candidates can visit to apply. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, November 6 at 5 p.m. CST with the program scheduled to begin in February 2015. The Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab is part of Bell Media’s TV and Film Skills Development Initiative, which invests $12.3 million annually in a suite of national training programs.

“We are pleased to once again offer the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab program and provide participants with a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges of television production in today’s environment,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Through this initiative, producers will gain new knowledge and skills that will help further their careers as part of the next generation of Canada’s executive producers.”

“The Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab far exceeded my expectations,” said Lauren Grant, one of the participants in the inaugural program held earlier this year. “It was specific, detailed, educational, informative, and fun, and really helped me connect the dots between the broadcaster and the producer.”

There are two components to the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab:

Broadcaster Internship

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

Production Apprenticeship

Following the broadcaster internship, up to three participants will be selected for a specialized eight to 10-month senior-level production apprenticeship with a top independent Canadian production company or Bell Media In-House Productions. This placement will span of the life of one program cycle and is intended to expose the participant to the Executive Producer’s role and responsibilities, and provide meaningful access to the day-to-day running of a large-scale series. Companies that hosted participants in 2014 include Marble Media, Temple Street, and Shaftesbury.

Applicants for the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants over the age of 19. Applicants must hold a degree or diploma with an emphasis on television or film studies, or have an equivalent five years of production experience.

About the Bell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative

The $12.3 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of national mentoring and promotional programs, which ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at different stages of their careers. Currently, five of these multi-year initiatives are exclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media Festival, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast and production experience for mid-level producers; the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp (Canadian Film Centre), which develops showrunner knowledge and management for TV writers; the NSI Totally Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training course for writers, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing a development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm), which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.

September 22, 2014



(Toronto, ON) September 22, 2014 – Blue Ant International strengthens its programming slate with new 4K and HD nature and wildlife content to further expand its inventory in this category.  A growing global content company, Blue Ant International continues to build momentum with a diverse catalog of over 1,400 hours of award-winning factual, lifestyle, reality, documentary series and formats for worldwide distribution.  

New nature and wildlife content coming to MIPCOM includes Nomads of the Serengeti, Dino Hunt, Volcanic Odysseys, Ol Pejeta Diaries, Hope for Wildlife, Canada Over the Edge, Great Lakes Wild, and Cosmic Vistas.

Nature & Wildlife Highlights:

Nomads of the Serengeti (NEW 5 x 60' 4K)
Veteran safari guide Jean Du Plessis takes you on an exhilarating trip through the Serengeti. In this stunning five-part series, Jean explores some of Africa’s most incredible locales and observes some of its most fascinating animals.  From the odyssey of the wildebeest migration to some of Africa’s most remote parks, Du Plessis showcases the life and death struggles of crocodiles, lions, elephants and jackals. With never-before-seen 4k footage NOMADS OF THE SERENGETI is thrilling wildlife expedition.

Ol Pejeta Diaries (NEW 1 x 60' 4K)
Visit Ol Pej, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Meet the wildlife conservancy staff and see their daily challenges that a multitude of animals brings. If it’s not a black rhino getting caught up in barbed wire, it’s the relocation of two thousand animals from a corner of the park newly slated for redevelopment. From breeding animals to stop extinction and learning how to have the upper hand over wild creatures; staff at Ol Pej have definitely got their hands full. See this closed eco-system and meet the endangered species and hunters of all kinds.

Dino Hunt (NEW 4 x 60' HD)
What was the planet like millions of years ago? On DINO HUNT, Canadian palaeontologists travel from the Alberta Badlands to the Bay of Fundy—unraveling prehistoric mysteries along the way. Using CGI technology, the beasts are then brought ‘back to life', giving insight into what it was like for these majestic and mysterious creatures.

Volcanic Odysseys  (NEW 4 x 30′ HD – Complete season 8 x 30' HD)
Where there is a demand, there is opportunity. Volcanologist Thomas Pfeiffer and his team of local experts cater to the adventurous and volcano-curious, taking guests on exciting journeys to the most eruptive volcanoes around the world. From the notorious and deadly Krakatoa, to the remote and inhospitable heat of the Danakill Depression of Ethiopia, VOLCANIC ODYSSEYS follows Thomas and his crew as they take viewers into a world of beauty and awe, showcasing this somewhat misunderstood spectacle.

Great Lakes Wild (NEW 8 x 30′ HD)
GREAT LAKES WILD tells the stories of the wild animals who make North America’s vast Great Lakes their home. Famous for their stunning landscapes, the Great Lakes are also home to a rich ecosystem bursting at the seams with wildlife. From coyotes to muskrats, from moose to wolves, GREAT LAKES WILD will take you on an adventure of lifetime as it explores what scientists call the ‘Canadian Serengeti’.

Grasslands (NEW 1 x 60' HD)
This stunning documentary showcases Canada’s Grasslands National Park in all its splendor. Shot with the highest quality film, the documentary takes you on a tour of the unique natural habitat of the mixed-grass prairies. Learn about the reintroduced bison and other indigenous wildlife, from the endangered burrowing owl to the black-tailed prairie dog. And of course, hear from the rangers, conservationists, and aboriginal people who call the GRASSLANDS home.

River Delta (NEW 1 x 60' HD)
Explore the beauty of Canada’s backyard with a one-hour tour of the Saskatchewan River Delta. Travelling the expansive, breathtaking landscape by air, ground, and water, get a close-up of the land’s rich biodiversity—boasting well over 200 species of birds, more than 48 species of fish, and a wide variety of plants. Hear from the people who live and work in Canada’s largest inland delta.

Cosmic Vistas (NEW 6 x 30’ HD – Complete season 30 x 30' HD)

Thanks to the invention of spaceflight, the drive to explore is leading us upward and outward, off of our own planet and out into the solar system where a host of alien worlds offer us vast new terrain to uncover. This visually breathtaking series offers a new perspective on our solar system. Through beautiful HD imagery audiences will not only be taken to places they have never been, but they will also be given an immersive tour of places they could never go.

How to be a Wild Elephant (NEW 1 x 60' HD)
Sities is a three-year-old African Elephant who tragically lost her family at just three months old. She was rescued and brought to the Nairobi Nursery, were she formed a human-elephant family that allowed her to stabilize, bond and become part of the orphan elephant herd. In HOW TO BE A WILD ELEPHANT, watch as she prepares to leave the safety of the nursery, and move on to the next phase—joining the wild elephant herds of Tsavo Nairobi.

Hope for Wildlife (NEW 6 x 60' HD – Complete season 78x30' HD)
Mother Nature can be cruel enough - and when man and nature collide, wildlife never wins. Hope Swinimer, her staff and volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of animals each year – while struggling to make ends meet. HOPE FOR WILDLIFE is an emotionally charged look at what goes wrong when humans encroach on the natural environment. Not every animal can be saved. Tough choices must be made. There isn’t always a happy ending, but there is always Hope.

Canada Over the Edge (NEW 13 x 60' HD – Complete Seasons 52x60’HD)

This aerial-documentary series explores the features that define Canada: the most-expansive coastline on Earth, and the world’s longest, undefended border. From the urban centers to the remote wilderness of world-famous National Parks, CANADA OVER THE EDGE features the rugged beauty and history of Canada.  Using a state- of-the-art cinematography, the award-winning team of directors create the most incredible collection of high definition images capturing never- before-seen wildlife, and once-inaccessible natural wonders along Canadian shores.

“These exciting new additions to our robust content slate reinforce our commitment to developing and distributing premium nature and wildlife content,” said Solange Attwood, SVP International, Blue Ant International.


September 19, 2014

Review of bargaining unit structure of Radio-Canada: favourable decision from the CIRB


MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) today ruled in favour of CBC/Radio-Canada's application for review of the bargaining unit structure for employees working in the province ofQuebec and the city of Moncton.

That structure, in place since 1995, consists of four bargaining units. The Corporation believes that, to succeed in today's highly competitive environment and properly meet audience expectations, the structure must be streamlined.

What comes next

  • CBC/Radio-Canada and the four existing bargaining units now have 90 days to come to an agreement on creation of the new union structure.
  • If the parties reach agreement, the CIRB may determine that the proposed structure is appropriate and rule accordingly. If an agreement cannot be reached, the CIRB will summon all parties involved and hear their arguments for the desired structure. At the conclusion of those arguments, the CIRB will rule on the new union structure.
  • Whether subsequent to an agreement reached by the parties or a CIRB decision on the new union structure, unionized employees will vote on which bargaining unit(s) will represent them within the new structure.
For more information, see our comprehensive backgrounder on the subject at:

September 19, 2014

DHX Media Announces The Next Step Live On Stage National Tour Coming in Winter 2015

HALIFAX, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announces that eight cast members from Family Channel's hit series, The Next Step, will embark on a twenty-one city Canadian stage tour this winter. The tour will commenceWednesday, February 4 in St. John's, NL, and travel across Canada to conclude in Vancouver, BC, on Saturday, March 14. The complete list of tour dates, locations and ticket purchasing information will be announced today at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT following a new episode of The Next Step on Family Channel.

Family's fan-favourite dance drama The Next Step follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they pursue their dreams to win the national dance title. Commissioned by Family Channel, The Next Stepis produced by Temple Street Productions. BBC Worldwide handles international distribution rights for the series.


September 18, 2014

Sandvine Data: Canadians Love Netflix (and Hockey)


Data Revealed at Sandvine Event that Brings Leading Canadian Internet Providers Together

WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Sandvine (TSX: SVC), a leading provider of intelligent broadband and network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today revealed the latest Canadian Internet usage trends. The data is being discussed today at an event hosted by Sandvine to bring together Canadian communications service providers (CSPs) to share perspectives on global Internet usage trends and discuss the evolution of the broadband data industry.

The data was collected as part of Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Program which, together with Sandvine'sInternet Phenomena Blog, is industry-renowned for revealing the latest facts, fads, and future trends about consumer Internet usage from networks around the globe.

Some of the unique traits found on Canadian networks include:

Fixed Networks      

  • Netflix is the leading application in Canada, and on select networks, can account for between 30%-40% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. Three years ago, Netflix accounted for just 13.5% of evening traffic inCanada
  • No other paid over-the-top (OTT) video service accounts for more than 1% of traffic in the evening, making Canada a prime candidate for the introduction of new streaming options. For comparison, in the United States, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and HBOGO account for almost 7% of peak downstream traffic
  • P2P Filesharing still represents over 15% of total fixed network traffic on many networks, while in the US it is below 10%
  • No surprise: Canadians love to livestream hockey, with data from one operator showing some Olympic men's hockey games accounted for over 35% of traffic

Mobile Networks

  • Canadians are social butterflies with over 25% of downstream traffic being generated by social networking apps. The three largest consumers of data being Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • YouTube is the single largest source of mobile traffic, accounting for over 20% of downstream traffic

Sandvine's solutions are currently being used by over 10 CSPs in Canada to provide actionable business intelligence and policy solutions in order to deploy new services and improve subscribers' Internet quality of experience.

"As a company founded and headquartered in Canada, we are proud of the success we have had in our home country", said Dave Caputo, CEO, Sandvine. "We are excited to share the latest Canadian internet trends today with both current and prospective customers in hopes of improving the quality of experience and variety of service tiers available to Canadian Internet subscribers."


September 18, 2014

CTV GO’s Full Potential Now Available to TELUS Optik TV Customers


TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – CTV announced today that TELUS Optik TV customers can now enjoy complete access to its CTV GO TV Everywhere platform at no extra cost. From current summer series like runaway hit THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, to returning fall favourites THE BIG BANG THEORY, GREY’S ANATOMY, and CRIMINAL MINDS as well as big-buzz new series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, THE FLASH, FOREVER, and more, TELUS Optik TV customers can now watch live CTV and CTV Two programming, whenever and wherever they are on their phone, tablet, or computer. Additionally, subscribers have access to thousands of hours of full-length on demand coverage during the year. TELUS subscribers now join Bell FIBE, Bell TV, Shaw Cable, and Shaw Direct customers with access to CTV GO, making the platform accessible by close to 6 million Canadians.

TELUS subscribers can download the free CTV GO app from the App Store ( and Google Play on their iOS and Android devices. Subscribers can also access CTV GO by visiting through their chosen web-browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox).

For more information about CTV GO, CLICK HERE.


September 18, 2014

The majority of Canadians can now benefit from the terms of the wireless code


September 18, 2014, Ottawa and Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today issued a report card that assesses the implementation of the wireless code by wireless services providers.

In late 2013, the CRTC introduced the code, which set out new standards that all wireless services providers must adopt. The CRTC asked these companies to submit reports on their implementation of the code. Most companies demonstrated that they had made the necessary changes to their contracts, policies and procedures within the prescribed time frames in order to comply with the code, but some of them still have to make changes to their practices.

The verification of the code’s implementation is the first step in assessing compliance. The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) will administer the wireless code and consequently determine on a case by case basis whether or not providers are complying with the code. The first CCTS annual report to include complaints concerning the code will be released before the end of the year.

The code sets out the basic rights of Canadians regarding services for cellphones and other mobile devices and helps to increase their understanding of the choices available to them. It contributes to a more dynamic marketplace for wireless services.

The CRTC reminds Canadians that they should contact the CCTS if they believe their wireless service provider is failing to comply with the code.

Quick facts
- The CRTC has issued a report card on its assessment of wireless service providers and their implementation of the code.

- Most companies have made the necessary changes to their contracts, policies and procedures within the prescribed time frames in order to comply with the code.

- The CRTC expects wireless services companies that are not in compliance with some of the conditions set out in the code to take necessary measures to be in compliance.

- The code explains to Canadians their rights and responsibilities as consumers of wireless services.

- Canadians should contact the CCTS if they feel that their wireless service provider is failing to comply with the code.

“The CRTC established the wireless code to provide Canadians better guidance with respect to wireless services. We are satisfied that the majority of the population can now benefit from the terms of the code and would like to remind the wireless service providers that they are required to comply with it at all times. The CRTC expects companies that have policies which do not comply with the code to take necessary measures as soon as possible.”
Barbara Motzney, Chief Consumer Officer, CRTC

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September 18, 2014

Corus Entertainment Announces Strategic Partnership with Leading Multichannel Network for Women’s Lifestyle on YouTube, KIN Community


(September 18, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) Earlier today, it was announced that Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) has led a Series C round of funding in the Santa Monica-based lifestyle digital media company, KIN. With this agreement, Corus and KIN have also entered into a strategic partnership to launch KIN Canada, bringing the company’s multichannel network (“MCN”), KIN Community, as well as KIN’s lifestyle creators, award-winning programming and advertising opportunities to the Canadian marketplace. As part of this agreement, Corus becomes the exclusive Canadian media representative for KIN Community. In addition, W Network and KIN will collaborate on developing talent and content targeted to the women’s demographic.

“Our investment and strategic partnership with KIN allows us to leverage the combined reach of our complementary brands as well as jointly develop and utilize compelling, short-form premium-branded content,” says Doug Murphy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Corus is an established leader in the women’s space and by partnering with KIN’s top-tier influencers and talent-driven channels we are able to connect with women wherever they are consuming their entertainment.”

This partnership aligns two market leaders in media targeted to the women’s demographic.  As the #1 female-focused lifestyle network on YouTube, with verticals that include food, fashion, beauty, DIY and home, KIN Community attracts more than 200 million collective views from over 25 million unique visitors per month. Corus’ portfolio of leading women’s brands, which includes Canada’s #1 network for women, W Network, is a driving force in television, delivering a lineup of internationally successful original series such as Property Brothers and Love it or List It to audiences across Canada. 

“Our new funding and strategic partnership will further accelerate our vision to be the global leader in lifestyle,” said Michael Wayne, Co-Founder and CEO of KIN. “We’re thrilled that Corus recognizes the unique value KIN Community brings content creators, brands and consumers as a lifestyle platform, and we are looking forward to working with them as a partner.”

“The strength of Corus Entertainment’s established brands coupled with KIN’s roster of digital creators on YouTube deliver a broad and impressive audience that will appeal to advertisers seeking the highly-coveted female demographic,” said Gerry Mackrell, Vice President and Head of Airtime Sales, Corus Entertainment. “As Canada’s exclusive sales representatives for KIN, we can design and sell fully integrated 360 degree packages for clients that include media buys, branded content, multi-channel collaborations and the creation of new original online series delivered across broadcast and YouTube platforms.”

With this alignment, advertisers will gain access to media campaigns and brand content integrations with the world’s top digital video creators, and to KIN Community’s prominent social reach, which includes 28 million Twitter followers, 14.5 million Pinterest followers and 17 million Facebook fans.

This collaboration will provide more opportunities to showcase talent both online and on W Network, as well as help build out and foster the network of digital creators developing content in Canada. Current contributors to KIN Community include Canadian creator Melissa Maker’s CleanMySpace channel, an online cleaning community with over 200 videos on YouTube, and Rosanna Pansino, creator of the leading baking channel on YouTube with 2.5 million subscribers and representing one of the fastest growing female channels on the platform. Three of the top 10 most viewed food videos on YouTube for 2013 were produced by Rosanna. Other prominent channels include Wayne Goss’s makeup channel, which has 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube. In October, Women’s Wear Daily named Goss one of the top 20 rising global YouTube Beauty Stars. 

About KIN/KIN Community

Founded in 2007, KIN is the global leader in lifestyle, empowering lifestyle creators around the world to do what they love. Based in Santa Monica, CA, KIN is backed by Corus Entertainment, Mayfield Fund, General Catalyst Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, Atomico and Emil Capital.

KIN Community is the number one lifestyle network on YouTube, delivering high-quality, female-focused video content across lifestyle verticals including food, health, beauty, parenting, home and entertainment. KIN Community reaches consumers in honest and inspiring ways through world-class original lifestyle video and Emmy award-winning scripted series. In addition, KIN Community incubates new online video talent and produces custom content programs with major brand advertisers. Since 2011, KIN Community has attracted more than 20 million network subscribers and over 4 billion lifetime video views. More information can be found at:

September 18, 2014

Debut of Mysterious New Immortality Drama FOREVER Available Now for Online Preview, Exclusively at


TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – CTV announced today that the series debut of the anticipated new drama FOREVER is now available free to viewers at and on CTV GO. Ahead of the official launch of the fall TV season, CTV offers Canadians their first taste of new offerings with the exclusive advance digital preview of the new series leading up to its special two-part premiere on Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Part of CTV’s heroic new Monday lineup, FOREVER will air in its regular timeslot Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 29, following the buzzed-about new Batman origin drama GOTHAM (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 22). FOREVER stars Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as Dr. Henry Morgan, a star medical examiner who studies the dead to solve criminal cases, but also to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years – the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.

In the premiere episode of FOREVER, Dr. Henry Morgan’s (Gruffudd) exciting, adventurous, and intriguingly long life has blessed him with amazing insight and observational skills. So, when Henry and Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) investigate a fatal subway collision, Jo is not only impressed, but her curiosity is peeked about who he is. Meanwhile, Henry soon discovers someone else knows his secret, and he may not be the only “immortal” out there. But who is that person and what does he want? The one person who can inject hope into Henry's life is Abe (Judd Hirsch, DAMAGES), his best and only friend. Fate has brought the two men together and they share an unconventional bond. It’s just part of the captivating mystery surrounding Henry's strange circumstances and his long search to uncover the cause of his condition and escape.


September 17, 2014

Bristow Global Media’s New Documentary Series Focusing on the Life of Hockey Wives is Greenlit for Corus Entertainment’s W Network


Toronto, Canada – September 17, 2014 – Bristow Global Media (BGM) announce the production of a yet to be named, new original documentary series following the lives of hockey wives (8x10’) to air on Corus Entertainment’s W Network, for an anticipated February 2015 launch.  The deep access documentary series follows the wives and girlfriends of some of professional hockey’s most celebrated and up-and-coming players over the course of an NHL season. Confirmed for the series are Nicole Brown, wife of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown and Noureen DeWulf wife of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller. 

There may be some incredible perks to being a hockey wife, but make no mistake, balancing the grind of the regular season, injuries, long periods of separation, and the formidable threat of being traded, all while raising families, and building their own careers pose extraordinary challenges.  Although they are based in cities all over North America, during the course of the NHL regular season their lives intersect and deeply affect one another’s. From wives who are new to the league, those whose partners are Stanley Cup winning superstars, and those nearing retirement, the women form a team of their own to support and encourage each other through personal and professional highs and lows.

“Having spent last season shooting with NHL families all over North America and in Sochi, we discovered so many fascinating and powerful woman with compelling stories of their own. We're excited to tell a deeper, more layered story against the always dramatic backdrop of our national sport,” said Julie Bristow, President & CEO Bristow Global Media.

The series is produced by BGM in association with W Network. Executive Producers are Julie Bristow President & CEO Bristow Global Media and Claire Adams, Executive Producer, Content, Bristow Global Media.   Production Executive for W Network is John MacDonald is Vice President, Head of Women's and Family Television, Corus Entertainment.

This series follows on the recent success of BGM’s debut production, the multi-platform series NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other, created in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA). This seven-part multi-platform series for NBCSN and CBC was the first of its kind for the NHL and NHLPA and debuted to critical acclaim on January 22, 2014.  The series followed more than two dozen top players before, during a and after their participation in the NHL Stadium Series Games, XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, and NHL Heritage Classic™ 


September 17, 2014

Tessa Bonhomme Joins TSN’s Broadcast Team Full-Time


TORONTO (September 17, 2014) – TSN announced today that Olympic gold medallist and world champion Tessa Bonhomme has joined Canada’s Sports Leader on a full-time basis after officially retiring from Canada’s national women’s team.

In her new full-time role at TSN, Bonhomme will appear as a host and reporter for SPORTSCENTRE as well as a contributor to TSN’s coverage of Hockey Canada events.

"I never thought I'd find something I love as much as hockey, but as luck would have it, I have!” said Bonhomme. “I'm excited to join the amazing team at TSN full time, and look forward to growing as a broadcaster."

Bonhomme appeared on TSN earlier this year as a panellist for hockey broadcasts during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and then as a host on the network’s French Open coverage and occasional SPORTSCENTRE anchor. Her broadcasting resume also includes time with Leafs TV as a hockey insider and GolTV Canada covering Toronto FC.

“Tessa has an intimate, insider perspective on the Canadian sports world and has already proved herself to be an engaging broadcaster with a strong on-air presence,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “She brings the same dedication and work ethic to the broadcast studio as she did to the hockey rink, and we are thrilled to add her to our talent roster.”

A defenceman for Canada’s national women’s team beginning in 2004, Bonhomme helped Canada win a third straight gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She also won gold at the IIHF World Women’s Championship in both 2007 and 2012 and silver in 2009, 2011, and 2013.

In 2011, Bonhomme competed on CBC’s Battle of the Blades as the show’s first female hockey player.

A Sudbury, Ont. native, Bonhomme is an active member of the Special Olympics’ Champions Network, and a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House, Think First Canada, and Do It For Daron. 


September 17, 2014

TFO wins a second position at the IBC 2014 Innovation Award


TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - In Amsterdam, last Sunday, Groupe Média TFO finished second for a "Content Management" award at the closing gala of the IBC 2014 Innovation Awards. This is a first for a Canadian media company. The IBC Innovation Awards, a prestigious international prize, reward technological innovation in the media industry.

"Receiving this recognition is a significant milestone for Ontario's public media company, highlighting the quality of Groupe Média TFO's educational content, at the leading edge of technology. We are very honoured to get this high-level achievement confirming our leadership in a dynamic and highly competitive context, as we offer a technological innovation model that will contribute to the development of new production standards", states Glenn O'Farrell, President and CEO of Groupe Média TFO.

The originality of TFO's model has its roots in the implementation of a new production environment based on effective and cutting-edge tools. The result? An improvement in the production capacity of the broadcaster, allowing it transform from a television station with a linear production flow into a cross-platform content producer that can create content in a few hours (rather than a few days)  for any platform. The success of this shift is manifest: with its new model, TFO has gone from 3 editing rooms to 50 editing stations, allowing it to improve its number of productions by 40%, while decreasing its reliance on freelancers by 50%.

"I would like to thank IBC for this prestigious recognition that allows us to globally position ourselves as an innovative media outlet within the industry.  Many thanks to IPV, Adobe, Signiant, Oracle, EMC and Applied Electronics for their excellent collaboration throughout the whole project. Conditioned by limited capital resources, TFO had also proven innovation has no boundaries.

TFO doesn't think that television is the sole output but represents just one of many", adds Éric Minoli, Chief Technology and Optimization Officer of Groupe Média TFO.

Almost 250 projects were presented for consideration by the IBC 2014 Innovation Awards and only three were nominated, including Groupe Média TFO's. IBC is a major event at which the world's biggest players in the electronic media and entertainment industry come to share their knowledge. The role of the IBC Awards is to celebrate the personalities and organisations best demonstrating creativity and collaboration.


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