October 20, 2014
Ontario and Quebec are joining forces to oppose cuts to Radio-Canada and support Canadian Francophonie
TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ -
The Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian
Francophonie, Jean-Marc Fournier, and the Attorney General and Minister Responsible
for Francophone Affairs ofOntario, Madeleine Meilleur, met today to discuss issues
of common interest. They mainly discussed the waves of cuts occurring at Radio-Canada
and their impact on Francophone communities.
The two Ministers will continue
their hard work on this file. They intend to meet with certain stakeholders, such
as the leaders of Radio-Canada and the group "Amis de Radio-Canada," as
well as the Commissioner of Official Languages, to better determine the effects
of these recent cuts. They will then report on the outcome to the Ministerial Conference
on the Canadian Francophonie.
Radio-Canada plays an important
role in the development and vitality of Francophone and Acadian communities. Radio-Canada
ensures an essential French presence in all provinces and territories, and in many
parts of the country with an Anglophone majority, it is one of the only media outlets
to provide television and radio presence in French. The cuts in French-language
services at Radio-Canada have raised concerns across Canada.
In fact, at the last Ministerial
Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, last June, Minister Fournier discussed
the cuts with his colleagues and, at the same time, filed a preliminary impact study
on the effects that these cuts will have on the Francophone and Acadian communities
"Under the Broadcasting Act,
Radio-Canada has obligations to fulfill in order to reflect the situation and specific
needs of Francophone and Anglophone communities, particularly for the 2.5 million
Francophones living outside Quebec for whom Radio-Canada is often the only thread of communication
in French. By restricting access to programs and local news in French, these cuts
have a detrimental effect on the development and vitality of Francophone communities
across the country," said Minister Fournier.
significantly to the strengthening of the Canadian Francophonie and plays a key
role in the future of our country and our national identity. It is essential that
it be given the necessary resources and support to reach its full potential and
to fully reflect the reality of French-speaking minority communities in Ontario, Acadia and across Canada," stated Minister Meilleur.
October 20, 2014
All Rise! Hilarity is Now in Session with BENCHED, Premiering October 28, Exclusively on The Comedy Network
(October 20, 2014) – The Comedy Network is heading to court for the debut of
the all-new comedy series BENCHED, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 p.m.
ET/PT. In this 12-episode, single-camera, half-hour series, Eliza Coupe (HAPPY ENDINGS) stars
as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who after having spent her
career climbing to the top, hits a career low after a very public breakdown.
This turning point in Nina’s life lands her a new job in the public defender’s
office where she attempts to rise from the ashes of her old life surrounded by
criminals, the disenfranchised, and a group of eccentric coworkers.
Bell Media secured BENCHED in June as part of our big-ticket acquisitions, we
knew it fit right in with Comedy’s roster of premium comedy,” said Tracey
Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With the
charismatic Eliza Coupe at the helm of this quick-witted series, we’re
confident BENCHED will fast become a fan favourite.”
Nina in the courtroom are attractively scruffy public defender Phil (Jay Harrington, BETTER OFF TED);
co-workers Carlos (Oscar Nunez, THE OFFICE) and
Cheryl (Maria Bamford, ARRESTED
DEVELOPMENT); Nina’s dedicated intern, Micah (Jolene Purdy, UNDER THE DOME);
and Trent (Carter MacIntyre, DROP DEAD
DIVA), Nina’s ex-fiancé and professional nemesis.
the series premiere of BENCHED, Nina learns that her ex-fiancé is engaged,
three months after their breakup. When she finds out that she’s been
passed over as partner at her high-power corporate law firm, Nina loses it,
breaking vases and burning bridges. Shunned from the corporate world, the
only place Nina can find work is at the Public Defender’s office.
is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE,
TROPHY WIFE) and Damon Jones (HALFWAY HOME). John Enbom (PARTY DOWN) serves as
executive producer and showrunner. Mark Gordon (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Andrea
Shay (FAMILY TOOLS) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company.
BENCHED is from ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios.
October 20, 2014
WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CEO AND SECRETARY GENERAL, REV. DR. GEOFF TUNNICLIFFE, JOINS CROSSROADS GLOBAL MEDIA GROUP'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AS IT EXPANDS INTERNATIONALLY
ON—Oct. 20, 2014—Crossroads Global Media Group formally announced that
acclaimed global leader, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe will provide leadership on
Crossroads Canada’s and Crossroads USA’s Board of Directors effective
Tunnicliffe is best known for his leadership at the World Evangelical Alliance
(WEA), where he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General
since 2005, to support, connect, and represent over 600 million evangelicals
around the world. In the course of his work assignments, Dr. Tunnicliffe has
travelled to over 120 countries, served as the president of an international
agency, and acted as an advisor for the highly successful TV mini-series, The
Bible, and major motion picture, Son of God.
is one of the most globally connected leaders I know,” remarked Crossroads’
Global CEO, Dr. John Hull. “We have enjoyed more than twenty years of
friendship throughout which he has proven to be a man of great capacity and
great compassion. We look forward to him bringing all of his skills to
our board tables.”
Crossroads boards are honoured and privileged to welcome Dr. Tunnicliffe to
their Board of Directors in which his global experience aligns with Crossroads’
vision for expansion and global impact.
flagship television program, "100 Huntley Street," will air its
10,000th episode in October 2015 to audiences in Canada and the U.S.
Viewers can watch current episodes anytime at 100huntley.com or christianpost.com.
October 20, 2014
City, Netflix, and shomi™ Collaborate To Bring Viewers Between, A New Premium Original Drama Series
Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership
to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original
survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan
(Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam &
Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new,
first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City
and shomi in Canadaand on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available.
Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional
broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal
know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between
offers just that," saidNataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming,
Rogers. "Showcasing Michael McGowan's cinematic vision on the small screen,
this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our
promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment."
up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative
partner inCanada to bring our global viewers top-notch content," said Erik
Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. "We're thrilled
to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don
Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation
of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions
of Netflix viewers will enjoy."
is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out
everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum
that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left
the inhabitants to fend for themselves.
the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming
to our subscribers," said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming,
shomi. "Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working
with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect
fit for the shomi brand."
on behalf of DCTV, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., we are very excited
to be announcing our first series production deal which is doubly historic as a
Canadian first between Netflix and Rogers," said Executive Producer Don Carmody."
We have assembled an outstanding team led by Michael McGowan, as show runner who
has given us a bold and riveting narrative; director Jon Cassar, who will bring
this thriller to life; and starring the beautiful and talented Jennette McCurdy.
Between is backed by three of the best content behemoths in the business."
stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces
along withDon Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican
(The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President
and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy® award-winning director Jon
Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced
by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures
Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton's Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal.
Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution.
From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming,
Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid
Mansuri is Interim Senior Vice President of Broadcast.
October 20, 2014
C-Suite Quarterly Survey: Canada’s Foremost CEOs Assess Threat of Cyber-Attacks, Canadian Trade with China, and Canada’s Economic Outlook, Today on BNN
(October 20, 2014) – Commissioned by Business News Network (BNN) and The Globe
and Mail’s Report on Business, results from today’s release of the 36th C-Suite
Quarterly survey reveal that improving cyber-security has become increasingly
important for Canada’s top executives. Of those polled, 60% of executives
report they have increased investment to protect their companies against the
threat of cyber-attack, with 49% of executives also noting high-profile
cyber-attacks aimed at consumers have increased concern surrounding data
security. The C-Suite Quarterly survey is designed to enrich public debate in
Canada and help Canadians better understand the views of executives in the
country’s biggest companies.
coincide with today’s release of the survey results, BNN taps Canada’s top
business professionals to offer their opinions on this quarter’s findings. BNN’s
in-depth analysis of the latest edition of the survey includes exclusive
interviews with David Herle, Principal of The Gandalf Group, and Willy Kruh,
Partner, KPMG. BNN delivers these interviews and further analysis to viewers on
THE STREET at 7:50 a.m. ET, BUSINESS DAY AM at 11:15 a.m. ET, THE BUSINESS NEWS
at 12:20 p.m. ET, and BUSINESS DAY PM at 2:20 p.m. ET and at 4:20 p.m. ET.
BNN’s complete review of the findings are available online post-broadcast at BNN.ca.
findings of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey include:
28% of executives surveyed report that their businesses have already been a
victim of one or more cyber-attacks.
of executives surveyed believe that more open trade and investment between
Canada and China will result in a positive impact on their sector.
of respondents state that Canada should place a top priority on opening up
trade and investment with China.
of executives polled expect moderate growth from the Canadian economy over the
next 12 months.
C-Suite Quarterly survey is conducted by The Gandalf Group and sponsored by
October 19, 2014
The Man Who Would Be King: inside the ruthless battle for control of the $34-billion Rogers empire
October 17, 2014
TSN Announces New Partnership with College Hockey Inc. to Deliver More Live NCAA Hockey Coverage Than Ever Before, Including the FROZEN FOUR
(October 17, 2014) – With highly-rated prospect Jack Eichel looking to make his
mark on the collegiate hockey world, the game’s brightest young stars shine on
TSN as the network today announced a new partnership with College Hockey Inc.
to deliver expanded live coverage of the 2014-15 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice
Hockey season, including the FROZEN FOUR championship. With more NCAA Hockey
games available in Canada this season than ever before, TSN’s live coverage
consists of 37 games beginning with Notre Dame hosting Lake Superior State
today (Friday, October 17) at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2 (see below for complete
expanded coverage of NCAA Hockey is available for live streaming and on demand
viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.
partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the
excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey
Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and
currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in
Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey
players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing
development path to professional hockey.”
very excited to showcase so many of hockey’s emerging young stars with the
addition of live NCAA Hockey coverage, including the biggest event in college
hockey, the FROZEN FOUR,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming and
Marketing, TSN. “NCAA Hockey is an excellent addition to our comprehensive NCAA
coverage that also includes NCAA MARCH MADNESS and the all-new COLLEGE FOOTBALL
fans throughout Canada should be very excited,” said Andy Murray, longtime NHL
coach, Manitoba native, and current head coach of Western Michigan University.
“Obviously the quality of play in college hockey is exceptional, but I think it
will be the atmosphere in the rink and intensity of the games that will be the
biggest surprise to Canadians not familiar with NCAA Hockey. From the bands to
the student-sections to the historic rivalries, it's very special.”
live coverage of NCAA Hockey all season long, TSN’s five feeds shine the
spotlight on the game’s next generation of star players, among them Boston
University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, as
well as the best college hockey teams from across the United States, including
the #1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2014 FROZEN FOUR champion Union
addition to the network’s live broadcast coverage, TSN delivers news updates
and analysis of NCAA Hockey on multiple platforms including TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, SPORTSCENTRE, and TSN.ca.
Facts: NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey
2015 draft eligible players are playing NCAA Hockey this season, including three in the Top 11 according to
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button (Jack Eichel, Noah
Hanifin, and Zach Werenski)
former NCAA players played in the NHL last season, making up 31% of the league
(both all-time highs)
200 NHL draft picks are currently playing NCAA Hockey
NHL team has prospects playing NCAA Hockey, led by the Chicago Blackhawks (13)
than 30% of all NCAA Hockey players are Canadian
Five members of Canada’s gold medal winning team at
the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games played NCAA Hockey (Jonathan Toews, Patrick
Sharp, Martin St. Louis, Chris Kunitz, and Duncan Keith)
October 17, 2014
LAURA PEARCE JOINS BLUE ANT MEDIA AS VICE PRESIDENT, BRAND STRATEGY AND FAN ENGAGEMENT
ON) October 17, 2014 – Blue Ant Media announces the appointment of Laura Pearce
to Vice President, Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement. Laura comes to Blue Ant
with over 15 years of digital marketing experience in the media and technology
industry. Her expertise will be a key asset in growing the company’sten media
brands including Cottage Life, T+E, Oasis and Smithsonian Channel Canada.
are thrilled to welcome Laura to Blue Ant as we continue to evolve our
portfolio of brands and look to build them both domestically and
internationally,” said Jamie Schouela, EVP, Marketing and Communications, Blue
Ant Media. “Her deep digital marketing expertise and strong industry
relationships will be a major benefit as we form greater connections with the
audiences in our communities of interest.”
is exciting to be joining such a dynamic and innovative media company,” said
Laura Pearce, VP Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement, Blue Ant Media. “Blue Ant
has established its place as a strong developer and distributor of integrated
cross-platform content and I look forward contributing to their ongoing
comes from AOL Canada where she oversaw marketing and communications for their
consumer and trade brands including The Huffington Post Canada, AOL.ca,
StyleList Canada, Kitchen Daily Canada, Parentdish and AOL’s Platform products
including Adap.TV. Prior to that she was at Postmedia driving audiences to
their portfolio of newspaper websites as well as hubs like canada.com, working.com
She has also worked in digital marketing for Autotrader.ca & Dell Canada.
In her new role, Laura will lead marketing strategy for Blue Ant’s roster of
consumer brands to build greater engagement and affinity across all touch
joins the Blue Ant Media team on Monday, October 20th and will be working out
of the company’s head office in Toronto.
October 17, 2014
Rogers Appoints Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business Unit
Oct. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Guy Laurence, Rogers President and Chief Executive Officer,
today announced the appointment of Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business
Unit effective December 1. The appointment follows the recent unveiling of Rogers
3.0, a new, multi-year strategy that includes better serving the changing needs
of Canadian businesses.
joins Rogers from Cisco Systems Canada Co where he held the position of President
since 2008 with responsibility for all aspects of the Canadian operation including
sales, marketing, finance, distribution and services. He's been with Cisco since
1995 serving a variety of domestic and international roles including: Worldwide
Strategy and Worldwide Mobility as well as Cisco Canada executive roles in Enterprise,
Small and Medium Business, and Public Sector businesses. Under his leadership, Cisco
Canada has doubled in size becoming the third largest revenue producing country
for Cisco globally.
is a proven, accomplished executive who is well-known and respected in the business
space," said Guy Laurence. "Business customers in Canada are currently
underserved and we're going to change that. We're serious about helping businesses
use technology to be more productive and efficient. Nitin's track record for innovating
and building relationships across the business community will be key assets as we
execute on our Rogers 3.0 plan. He'll be a great contributor to Rogers and the executive
Rogers President, Enterprise Business Unit, Kawale will be responsible for the delivery
of the company's Enterprise business strategy and commercial plan covering Small
and Medium Business, Enterprise and Public Sector customers. Kawale will report
to CEO Guy Laurence and be a member of the Executive team. He holds a Bachelor of
Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto.
couldn't be a better time to join Rogers," said Nitin Kawale. "I've partnered
with Rogers for more than six years and have watched the dynamic and exciting changes
taking place within the company. From the small start-up to the large, enterprise
customer, it's clear Rogers is serious about helping Canadian businesses adopt technology
that will foster productivity and growth. They've brought wireless, wireline and
data-centre assets together to provide end-to-end solutions for business customers,
which is hugely exciting. I look forward to working with Guy and the team at Rogers
to better serve Canadian businesses of all sizes."
has been a high-profile public speaker and quoted source across Canada on the topics
of innovation and productivity. He was, in April 2014, named a Champion of Public
Education across Canada by The Learning Partnership and, in June 2011, he was honoured
as the Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce –
a national award that recognizes exemplary achievement in business by those of Indian
his leadership, Cisco was named Canada's Top Employer by HR consultant Aon Hewett
in 2014, 2013 and 2011. Likewise Cisco was listed as a 2014 Top Foreign Corporate
Citizen in Canada and named amongCanada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in
Baldachin, who agreed to serve as the interim President of the Enterprise Business
Unit, will continue in the interim role until Kawale arrives and will remain a key
executive on Kawale's team.
October 16, 2014
Commonwealth privacy regulators launch Common Thread Network
October 16, 2014 - Commonwealth privacy regulators met today in conjunction with
the 36th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference, attended by
data protection and privacy officials of United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore,
Malta, Mauritius, State of Victoria (Australia) and Ghana under the joint chairmanship
of the United Kingdom and Canada, with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
as an observer.
agreed the next steps in establishing a Commonwealth network, to be known as Common
Thread Network, aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, knowledge and
expertise amongst Commonwealth stakeholders, and promoting cross-border cooperation,
which is critically important in view of the growth of the cyberspace, data and
the delegates, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham drew attention to
the role of good privacy practices in assisting socio-economic development. “It
cannot be coincidence that a small nation such as Mauritius has both a growing information
and communications technology and process sub-contracting sector and a highly effective
data protection authority. Enterprise and consumer trust go hand in hand,” Mr. Graham
Thread Network was originally proposed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner
of Canada. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said: “Our aim is to leverage the
strengths available within the Commonwealth to support each other, in keeping with
the spirit of the Commonwealth. We will continue as a grouping of willing and committed
partners pursuing similar goals, which ultimately leads to better socio-economic
outcomes and social norms which treat data and privacy with the care and dignity
is being co-ordinated by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).
Lasantha De Alwis, Director-Operations of the CTO said: “Data protection and privacy
fits perfectly within the Cybergovernance and Cybersecurity agenda of the CTO, which
as the Commonwealth organisation mandated in the field of information and communications
technology (ICT), works to help Commonwealth countries leverage ICTs for socio-economic
information, please contact:
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
October 16, 2014
SiriusXM Canada launches Sarah McLachlan Radio
TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ -
SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR),
the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced it will launch
Sarah McLachlan Radio, a limited engagement channel featuring music, performances
and more from across the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter's career.
Starting on October 17th Sarah
McLachlan Radio will take over Iceberg (Sirius 161) and The Verge (XM 173) for four
days to showcase McLachlan's treasured music catalogue. In addition to the classic
singles and albums that made Sarah an international household name, subscribers
will hear rare tracks, acoustic recordings, a track-by-track walk through of her
new album Shine On and a special never-before-aired broadcast of this summer's SiriusXM Town
Hall with Sarah
"Sarah and her music are
such a powerful force around the world," said Jeff Leake, Director of Music
Programming, SiriusXM Canada. "With her incredible talent and incredibly giving
spirit, it's easy to see why she is so loved and why we are so happy to be able
to offer up this special programming to our subscribers."
"I am so blessed that I get
the opportunity to reach so many people with Shine On, my tour and now on SiriusXM,"
said Sarah McLachlan. "SiriusXM has been a great supporter of mine and the
Sarah McLachlan School of Music and I look forward to joining their subscribers
across North America with Sarah McLachlan Radio."
The SiriusXM Town
Hall with Sarah
McLachlan will air daily during the channel takeover. The performance was recorded
on September 18th at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free music
education for at-risk and underserved youth in Vancouver B.C. and is proudly supported by SiriusXM. Listeners will
be treated to an intimate acoustic performance from Sarah as well as a candid interview
with the superstar.
Listeners who have SiriusXM Internet Radio
access can also listen to Sarah McLachlan Radio on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App
Sarah McLachlan Radio and support
of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing
initiatives to provide exposure to and support Canadian talent. Through Canadian
indie music channels The Verge (XM 173) and Iceberg (Sirius 161), francophone channels
Influence Franco (XM 174) and Attitude Franco (Sirius 164), plus many more, SiriusXM
continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists.
Sarah's coast-to-coast SHINE ON
CANADIAN tour kicks off this Saturday in Victoria, BC. For more information on tour dates or to purchase tickets
please visit SarahMcLachlan.com.
For more information on Sarah
McLachlan Radio visit siriusxm.ca/sarah-mclachlan-radio.
October 16, 2014
Astral Out-of-Home to Install Digital Faces in its Toronto Transit Shelters
(October 16, 2014) – Astral Out-of-Home, a division of Bell Media, today
announced the exclusive deployment of 40 digital transit shelters in Toronto by
December 2014. The launch of this new street furniture product – the first of
its kind in downtown Toronto – enables Astral Out-of-Home to solidify its
leading position in the digital advertising market. Equipped with 84-inch LCD
screens, Toronto's transit shelters will be the first digital network in Canada
to offer advertisers the option to display their campaigns in brilliant 4K HD.
Out-of-Home thrives on innovation and its commitment to be a Canadian leader in
digital advertising,” said Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out-of-Home. “The
installation of digital faces in transit shelters will give an even more
dynamic and modern focus for transit shelters in Toronto.”
by Kramer Design Associates, the new digital transit shelters will be installed
in strategic locations throughout downtown Toronto. The digital faces are
programmed on demand and managed remotely from Astral Out-of-Home's
state-of-the-art broadcast control center.
faces will initially be installed and fully operational by December 2014, just
in time for the holiday season, the advertising community’s busiest time of
year. Plans to expand the network will continue throughout the year.
Out-of-Home is committed to regularly offering the advertising community new opportunities
to reach consumers,” said Jordana Fatsis, Vice-President, Sales, Astral
Out-of-Home. “We are doing just that by adding these digital faces in the
transit shelters of Canada's largest market.”
a partner of the City of Toronto, Astral Out-of-Home operates the city's street
furniture program by delivering practical street furniture elements, including
transit shelters, litter and recycling bins, newspaper boxes, information
pillars with neighbourhood maps, columns displaying public service announcements,
bike racks, automatic public washrooms, and benches across the City of Toronto.
October 16, 2014
The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Announce Sponsorship Agreement
- Oct. 16, 2014) - The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Inc.
announced today a multi-year agreement that will see the award-winning downtown
venue be named Shaw Centre, effective immediately
relationship will help position the Shaw Centre and our city for continued
growth in the lucrative national and international meetings and conventions
marketplace," said Centre Chair Marc Seaman. "Over the coming decade,
the Shaw Centre will leverage the strength of one of Canada's leading brands
and media organizations to enhance and increase its profile and standing as a
world class convention facility."
"We are privileged
to work with this world-class and award-winning facility, and are eager to
showcase the Shaw brand to hundreds of thousands of local, national and
international visitors that come to the Shaw Centre every year," said Brad
Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. "The Shaw Centre
reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence with our customers,
communities, regulatory and government stakeholders in the nation's capital. We
are honoured to be a partner of one of the world's greatest convention
"We are delighted
to partner with Shaw Communications and we look forward to working with
them," said Centre President and CEO Patrick Kelly. "Over the coming
weeks, we will be executing a comprehensive plan to communicate with clients,
stakeholders and suppliers across multiple channels to ensure broad awareness
of the name change in support of our strategic growth initiatives in Canadian
and international markets."
This agreement will
allow the Shaw Centre to elevate its existing profile and standing as one of Canada's
premier national and international convention facilities by leveraging Shaw's
strength as a leading Internet and content-experience company.
The partnership will
provide Shaw with the opportunity to showcase its leading media brands,
products, and services to guests from Canada and abroad. Notably, visitors to
the Shaw Centre will enjoy seamless access to Shaw Go WiFi - Shaw's
carrier-grade wifi network - throughout the building with complimentary access
available to all guests in recognized gathering areas.
In the coming months,
the Shaw brand will be visible on new interior and exterior signage and across
all communications platforms.
The Shaw Centre will continue to use 'Canada's
Meeting Place' as its descriptor, and will continue to partner closely with
Ottawa Tourism in all domestic and international marketing efforts to ensure
the Centre is positioned as the premier meeting venue in Canada's Capital. Shaw
has secured naming rights for a period of 10 years.
October 16, 2014
Corus Entertainment Gets Ready To “Shake It Off” With Global Superstar Taylor Swift
16, 2014 – Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment will be the destination for Taylor
Swift fans on Monday, October 27 with Taylor Swift 1989 - an exclusive,
in-depth, multi-platform music special that premieres nationally across four
Corus Television networks and 13 Corus Radio stations the same day Swift
releases her highly anticipated new album, 1989. CMT will kick off the
television broadcast premiere at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, followed by premieres on
ABC Spark, Cosmo TV and YTV. On Corus Radio, Canadian listeners can tune-in to
their favourite station to hear the special and fans can listen live
online. Corus Radio stations will also feature dedicated Taylor Swift
content on each of their websites. Full broadcast details are listed
is our biggest cross-platform initiative to date,” says Susan Schaefer, Vice
President, Head of Brands, Corus Entertainment. “Taylor is the perfect fit with
Corus’ portfolio of TV, radio and digital brands and we are thrilled the
mega-star is back at Corus Quay. We are equally excited to share this
compelling content to her diverse fan base across the country. This event
special will be the first of many.”
Swift 1989 captures the GRAMMY® winning star in one of her most candid
interviews to date. Profiling the evolution of her multi-platinum career and
life in the spotlight, Corus Entertainment’s Paul McGuire gets to the root of
Swift’s musical influence and personal inspiration behind her most highly
anticipated fifth studio album.
the special airs, fans will be able to stream the full 30-minute special online
via CMT.ca beginning Tuesday, October 28. Additional encore presentations will
air throughout November on Corus Television.
Swift 1989 is an original production developed by Corus Entertainment
Television in association with Corus Radio.
Swift 1989 - Program Listings
Corus Television: Taylor Swift 1989
television special will air on the following networks Monday, October 27
beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on CMT.
– Premiere – 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Spark – Premiere – 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
TV – Premiere – 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
– Premiere – 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT
Corus Radio: Taylor Swift 1989 radio
special will air on the following stations Monday, October 27.
(Barrie) – Airs at 8 p.m. ET
93.1 FM (Barrie) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
The Peak FM (Collingwood) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
New 104.5 Fresh FM (Cornwall) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
New 95.3 Fresh FM (Hamilton) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
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October 16, 2014
Production Underway on Season 3 of World-Renowned Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK
(October 16, 2014) – Space, Temple Street Productions, and BBC America
announced earlier today that production has begun on Season 3 of the critically
acclaimed original Canadian series, ORPHAN BLACK. Season 3 sees the
return of the phenomenal, Golden Globe®-nominated Tatiana Maslany, who
has portrayed an astonishing, nine, distinct “Leda” clones to date, as well as
the male “Castor” clones revealed in the Season 2 finale, played by series
regular Ari Millen. Season 2
of ORPHAN BLACK reached a total of 832,000 viewers and more than 3.7 million
unique viewers each week. Throughout its Season 2 run, Space was the #1
specialty network in audience across all key demos in its timeslot. The
10-episode, one-hour drama shoots in Toronto, on location and in studio, until
March 2015, and is set to premiere in Spring 2015.
can’t wait to get back to work on ORPHAN BLACK with our wonderful partners
Temple Street Productions and BBC America,” said Corrie Coe, Senior
Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “After the shocking finale
of Season 2, we are excited to share with our viewers the next dramatic twists
and turns in the clone conspiracy, as conceived by series creators Graeme
Manson and John Fawcett.”
are incredibly proud and delighted to be commencing production on Season 3 of ORPHAN
BLACK,” commented David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of ORPHAN
BLACK and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. “We’ve been fortunate to
work with one of the best cast and crews in the business for the last two
seasons. We could not be happier about the success of the show, and how it
continues to be embraced by audiences around the world.”
2 of ORPHAN BLACK not only doubled its audience, it also treated fans to double
the number of clones,” said Perry Simon, General Manager, BBC AMERICA.
“Our network’s commitment to creating long-lasting original programming that
hooks viewers and never lets them go is perfectly illustrated through this
in a lead role is Ari Millen,
who plays the newly discovered male clones; Mark, the Prolethean cult follower
and Rudy, a prisoner of war. Also back this season is Jordan Gavaris
as Sarah’s fiery foster brother Felix; Dylan Bruce as
Paul; an army officer working for secret forces in the clone world; Maria Doyle Kennedy
as Sarah and Felix’s duplicitous foster mother Mrs. S; Evelyne Brochu as a
Dyad scientist and Cosima’s lover Delphine; Kevin Hanchard as
Art, a detective caught in the clone trap; Zoé De Grand Maison as Gracie, a
Prolethean escapee, and Michiel Huisman as
Cal, father to Sarah’s daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler).
BLACK’s second season brought new, more treacherous, enemies to light,
culminating in a shocking finale with the reveal of the new male “Castor” clones.
Season 3 plunges the clone sisterhood into unexpected territory with the
realization that they’re not alone. Just when they thought they knew their
enemies and allies, Season 3 reveals our clones are more vulnerable than ever
before with the highly trained, identical male-soldiers complicating matters.
And though Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena realize they are stronger together
than they are apart, this season will put that bond to the test.
by fans and critics alike in more than 170 countries, ORPHAN BLACK earned a
Peabody Award and an outstanding 10 Canadian Screen Awards in 2014. Lead
actress Tatiana Maslany has received two, back-to-back Critics’ Choice Awards
for Best Actress, a TCA Award for Individual Achievement, a Young Hollywood Award,
a Gracie Award, and nominations for both the Golden Globe® and People’s Choice
second season of ORPHAN BLACK is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD
throughout Canada and is also available for purchase on iTunes. Viewers can
also re-watch the Season 2 finale this Friday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. on CTV Two.
BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica),
Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, GINGER SNAPS).
The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as
writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series
BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and
BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Trish Williams is Director,
Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President,
Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President,
Specialty and Pay. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment
Numeris (Formerly BBM), Orphan Black air dates 4/19/2014 to 6/21/2014 Sat 9pm
8/26/2013 to 8/31/2014, Programs with 3+ airings excluding duplicates and
October 16, 2014
Peter O'Brian Reappointed as Chair of TVO's Board of Directors
TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ -
TVO is pleased to announce that the Ontario Government has reappointed Peter O'Brian
to serve as Chair of the TVO Board of Directors for a two-year term (November 2014
– October 2016.) O'Brian has served as Chair since 2005.
O'Brian is an award-winning filmmaker.
Over three decades, his successful collaborations with talented directors and original
Canadian projects have made him a leader in Canadian cinema. He is a founding board
member and former Executive Director of the Canadian Film Centre. In 2012, he was
awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 he was honoured
with the Directors Guild of Canada's Honourary Life Member Award.
"I'm incredibly proud of
what TVO has accomplished," said O'Brian. "I have served as Chair over
the past nine years, and during that time TVO has transformed into the innovative
media organization it is known for today. As a leader in digital education, current
affairs and documentaries, the future is incredibly exciting and TVO's best years
"TVO is fortunate to have
a Chair who is so committed to serving the needs of Ontarians," said Lisa de
Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TVO. "Peter's work as Chair has helped to
further establish TVO's reputation as a leader in high-quality educational experiences
that support 21st century learning."
Members of the TVO Board of Directors,
including the Chair, are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
October 15, 2014
The Best Throwbacks and Hottest Hits on FLOW 93-5FM
October 15, 2014) Newcap Radio’s FLOW 93-5FM now gives listeners something new
and fresh from the past and a touch of the present with The Best Throwbacks and
popularity of The Back in the Day Buffet weekdays at noon provided FLOW with
the overwhelming evidence of what listeners want to hear. FLOW now gives
Toronto a place to go to hear classics from the 90’s and early 2000’s from
artists including Usher, TLC, Mariah Carey, The Fugees, and Notorious BIG, while
continuing to offer current hits from artists like Beyonce, Kanye West and Iggy
launched in 2001 as Canada’s first urban contemporary radio station and to date
has found success between rhythmic urban and mainstream music.
continues to offer their audience something diverse. FLOW hosts maintain a strong connection with
their audience through music, social media and promotions.
FLOW 93-5’s website at flow935.com and follow us on twitter @flow935
October 15, 2014
The Ultimate VIP Experience: MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS Sets Sail on the Vacation of a Lifetime, November 9 on Discovery
TORONTO (October 15, 2014) – Discovery’s
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS documents the most dynamic passenger vessels in the world en
route to unbelievably glorious paradise hotspots. A spin-off of the hugely successful
MIGHTY SHIPS series from Canada’s EPI (Exploration Production Inc.) premieres Sunday,
November 9 at / The six-episode, 60-minute series ventures to tropical
refuges such as French Polynesia and the Great Barrier Reef, the
classic waterways and cities of the Baltic Sea, the stunning
coastlines of Asia, and the Chilean fjords. Each episode profiles the very
best vessel on which to set course for each tantalizing destination…
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS features luxury
expedition ships all facing the same challenge: delivering on a perfect voyage while overcoming
countless obstacles behind-the-scenes. It’s a see-all, hear-all journey through
every moment above and below deck – from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the
human dramas the seafarers and guest service staff face. From harrowing navigational
challenges, to unforgettable sights and moments, MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS promises an
action-packed, eye-popping look at the high-wire balancing act of providing the
vacation of a lifetime on the high-seas!
Episode highlights from MIGHTY
CRUISE SHIPS are as follows:
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Paul Gauguin”
Sunday, November 9 at /
In the series premiere, Paul Gauguin navigates delicate waters and offers five-star
luxury while sailing the coral reefs, mountainous islands, and tropical playgrounds
of French Polynesia.
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Le Soléal”
Sunday, November 16 at /
Brand-new luxury expedition ship Le Soléal sets sail through uncharted waters in
Indonesia on a voyage in search of scenic beaches, active volcanoes,
and Komodo Dragons.
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Azamara
Sunday, November 23 at /
The crew of Azamara Journey navigates narrow rivers, overcomes tense moments, and
encounters breathtaking beauty to bring their guests into the heart of Southeast Asia’s most exotic cities.
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Celebrity
Sunday, November 30 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Mega-cruiser Celebrity Solstice battles to keep her key systems running in Australia’s
relentless heat while her guests encounter spectacular waterfalls, jumping crocodiles,
cuddly koalas, and the Great Barrier Reef.
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Stella Australis”
Sunday, December 7 at /
Luxury expedition ship Stella Australis sails through the tight corridors and unpredictable
seas of Patagonia, seeking out spectacular sights and elusive wildlife on
her last cruise of the season.
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Marco Polo”
Sunday, December 14 at /
In the season finale, ocean liner Marco Polo battles a brooding hurricane and navigational
hazards on a late-autumn Baltic voyage to the grand old cities of northern Europe.
MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS is produced
by Exploration Production Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. Gemini-nominee Karen McCairley (MEGASPEED, ALIEN MYSTERIES)
is the show’s Executive Producer.
October 15, 2014
2014 Shaw Rocket Prize Kids Jury Now Open
- Oct. 15, 2014) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B)(NYSE:SJR) - Calling all
kids!!! The Shaw Rocket Fund is pleased to announce that voting for the
tenth-annual Shaw Rocket Prize is now open. Beginning today, kids from across Canada are invited to join the 2014 jury by registering at www.rocketprizekids.ca
and voting for their favorite independently-produced children's program for a
chance to win one of three $2,500 scholarships.
The $25,000 Shaw Rocket Prize
is presented each year to the best independently-produced Canadian children's,
youth, and family programs and their associated digital content. The finalists
of the 2014 Shaw Rocket Prize's three categories were selected by an
international jury of industry experts this past September, with children from
across Canada ultimately choosing the winners in each category over
the next four weeks.
"We are excited to once
again be giving children and families the opportunity to participate in the
Shaw Rocket Prize," said Agnes Augustin, President and CEO, Shaw Rocket
Fund. "The finalists represent this year's best Canadian children's
programming, and as we head into our tenth year, we are happy to once again be
giving kids across the country a chance to have their say in selecting the
"The Shaw Rocket Prize
is a wonderful celebration of the hard work and dedication Canadian producers
put into developing quality, homegrown children's programming," said Peter
Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. "We are proud to work
with the Prize and the Shaw Rocket Fund, and support programming that fosters
creativity in the minds of children all around the world."
Once registered, children
will be given the opportunity to screen the three finalist TV shows on any
device in their respective age category - Preschool (ages 0-to-5), Children
(ages 6-to-12) and Youth/Family (ages 13-to-17) -and vote for the programs they
love the most. All children who vote will be entered into a draw to win a
wanting to exhibit that extra bout of creative flair can also submit a video
explaining why they chose their favourite show, with the winning submission
securing a $2,500 scholarship, a tablet, and a trip to Ottawa to
attend the Shaw Rocket Prize gala on Tuesday, November 25.
October 15, 2014
Laverne Cox Inspires in the All-New MTV Special LAVERNE COX: PRESENTS THE T WORD, October 21
TORONTO (October 15, 2014) –
MTV celebrates the inspiring and challenging lives of transgender youth this
month with the all-new, one-hour documentary LAVERNE COX PRESENTS: THE T WORD, premiering
Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on MTV. Hosted and executive
produced by Emmy® Award nominee and transgender advocate Laverne Cox (FAKING IT, ORANGE
IS THE NEW BLACK), the documentary takes viewers inside the lives of seven
transgender youth as they overcome challenges such as coming out, bullying, and
experiencing anti-transgender violence. Ranging in age from 12 to 24, each
subject shares the determination to live their life authentically, as the
person they are meant to be. With varying levels of parental and social
support, the documentary explores the intersection of transgender identities
and touches on each individual’s journey.
“For many of us, the ‘T’ in
LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth,” said host and executive
producer Laverne Cox. “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly
living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other
trans youth that it is okay to be who you are.”
LAVERNE COX PRESENTS: THE T
WORD follows: Ari, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, who graduated from high
school and is starting college; Avery, a 20-year-old woman from Queens, New
York, who shares her dating experiences; Daniella, a 20-year-old woman from the
Bronx, New York, who speaks out against anti-transgender violence; Kye, a
24-year-old man in Brooklyn, New York, who became the first Division One
transgender basketball player; L’lerret, a 20-year-old woman attending college
in New Orleans, where she is an active member of BreakOUT!, a group fighting
criminalization of transgender youth; Shane, a 22-year-old man from Baltimore,
Maryland, and a college student, living with his girlfriend; and Zoey, a
12-year-old girl from California, who is supported by her mother, and
transferred out of her last school when the school administrators refused to
acknowledge her as a girl.