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May 25, 2016



TORONTO, May 25, 2016 – Global celebrates summer with the ultimate primetime lineup chock-full of brand new dramas, a star-studded variety show, and returning fan favourite series.

Headlining the summer schedule is the previously announced new Canadian original drama Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson, debuting Thursday, May 26 at 9 pm ET/PT. Joining the new detective drama is a new comedic powerhouse duo, the multi-talented Maya Rudolph and Canadian icon Martin Short, in the new comedy variety show Maya & Marty premiering Tuesday, May 31 at 10 pm ET/PT. Global also welcomes two new event series BrainDead, a comic thriller from Executive Producers Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) premiering Monday, June 13 at 10 pm ET/PT and American Gothic, a suspenseful new murder mystery beginning Wednesday, June 22 at 10 pm ET/PT.

Along with the new series joining Global’s schedule, summer’s must-see favourites are back. Global gears up for more houseguest hijnks as long-standing, powerhouse reality series Big Brother is back with its 18th season. Promising more drama, scheming, and chaos Big Brother premieres in a special two-hour episode at 8 pm ET/PT on Wednesday, June 22. Also returning to Global is summer’s most sizzling live event the Teen Choice 2016 honouring the year’s stars from the best films, most-loved TV shows, fiercest music, and the top moments in fashion, digital, and comedy. The coveted Teen Choice Surfboards will be handed out live Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm ET/PT.

Viewers can watch their favourite episodes from Global’s primetime lineup at and Global Go. For more details on Global’s summer schedule please see below.


Private Eyes – Thursday, May 26 at 9 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
The original crime-solving series Private Eyes is a 10-episode procedural drama that follows ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) who irrevocably changes his life when he decides to team up with fierce P.I. Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse. Through their new partnership, Shade is forced to examine who he has become and who he wants to be. Ongoing episodes find Shade and Angie investigating high-stakes crimes in the worlds of horse racing, fine dining, Toronto’s vibrant hip-hop scene, scandalous literature, magic clubs, and more.

Maya & Marty – Tuesday, May 31 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
From Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, the incomparable Maya Rudolph and Martin Short join forces for an all-new comedy show jam-packed with music, stars, and the unique characters and charisma of two of the biggest icons in SNL history. Stars of stage and screen, Maya and Marty are beloved by audiences of all ages. With Kenan Thompson and a dream team of surprise celebrity guests joining them each week, this dynamic duo is ready to unleash the full range of their talents and bring down the house like never before.

The Night Shift – Wednesday, June 1 at 10 pm ET/PT (Season premiere)
The Night Shift is back for Season 3 with the overnight crew navigating wildly different paths. Relationships are changing, new doctors are arriving and everyone is looking at their lives from a fresh perspective.

BrainDead – Monday, June 13 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
From Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed creators and executive producers of The Good Wife, Braindead is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, DC politics that follows Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members and Hill staffers.

American Gothic – Wednesday, June 22 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere)
American Gothic follows a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart. American Gothic stars Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Elliot Knight, Stephanie Leonidas, and Gabriel Bateman.
BrainDead and American Gothic are internationally distributed by CBS Studios International.

Big Brother, Season 18 – Wednesday, June 22 at 8 pm ET/PT (Two-hour season premiere)
Hosted by Julie Chen, Big Brother follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with more than 53 cameras and 97 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, the House Guests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining House Guest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.

You, Me & The Apocalypse – Wednesday, June 29 at 10 pm ET/PT (Series premiere new to Global)  
You, Me and the Apocalypse follows an unusual assortment of mismatched characters, each coping with the impending end of the world in his or her own bizarre way. Perhaps the most complex is Father Jude (Rob Lowe), a rebellious and foul-mouthed priest who is tasked with being the “devil’s advocate” with the aid of his new timid assistant, Sister Celine Leonti (Gaia Scodellaro). Rhonda (Jenna Fischer), a mild-mannered librarian, finds herself dangerously out of her depth when she is sent to a maximum security prison for a crime she did not commit. She unwillingly befriends Leanne (Megan Mullally), an unhinged white supremacist who takes a deeply reluctant Rhonda under her wing. Then there is Jamie (Mathew Baynton), a humble bank manager who is hopelessly stuck in a rut and still in mourning over the mysterious disappearance of his wife seven years ago. There are 34 days until the comet collides with Earth and some of these misfits are destined to make it to a bunker deep beneath the English suburbs of Slough. As a result, they will become the incredibly unlikely, and totally unsuitable, future of mankind.

Teen Choice 2016 – Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm ET/PT (Two-hour live event)  

The two-hour live event honours the year’s iconic stars from the best films, most-loved TV shows, fiercest music, and the top moments in fashion, digital, and comedy with coveted Teen Choice Surfboard awards.


May 25, 2016

Packed with Exclusive New and Returning Dramas, Bravo Nationwide Freeview Begins June 1


TORONTO (May 25, 2016) – The home of hot drama, Bravo turns up the heat with a Freeview stacked with new and returning fan-favourite series, beginningWednesday, June 1. Available for the entire month of June, Bravo’s nationwide Freeview features a lineup stacked with exclusive dramas including all-new series ANIMAL KINGDOM and GUILT; the much-anticipated Season 3 premiere of Bravo’s award-winning original series 19-2; Season 3 of MURDER IN THE FIRST; and the debut of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season 7, now on Bravo. The Bravo Freeview is available on over 30 TV service providers across Canada, including Bell, Rogers, Eastlink, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Cogeco, Telus, Sasktel, Tbaytel, Videotron, and MTS.

Family crime drama ANIMAL KINGDOM joins Bravo’s lineup with a special two-hour premiere event Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode, hour-long series stars Emmy® winner Ellen Barkin (HAPPYISH) as Janine “Smurf” Cody, the intense matriarch of a dangerous family living an indulgent and excessive lifestyle funded by violent crime. Canadian actor Scott Speedman (Underworld) stars alongside Barkin as “Smurf’s” relatively level-headed right-hand man, Baz.

ANIMAL KINGDOM moves to its regular Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot beginning June 21, following the premiere of all-new mystery series GUILT at9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode, hour-long thriller follows Grace (Daisy Head, THE SYNDICATE), an exchange student living in London who becomes the lead suspect in the brutal murder of her roommate. Billy Zane (Zoolander) stars as Stan Gutterie, the ethically questionable lawyer who helps Natalie (Emily Tremaine, VINYL) defend her sister Grace.

Winner of three Canadian Screen Awards including Best Dramatic Series, 19-2returns to Bravo’s premium drama roster for a third season, Monday, June 20at 10 p.m. ET. The critically acclaimed original drama finds beat partners Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso) back on the streets of Montréal, navigating the blurred-lines between politics and organized crime.

Leading into 19-2’s return, Bravo has the Season 3 premiere of crime-dramaMURDER IN THE FIRST, premiering June 20 at 9 p.m. ET. Season 3 follows detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs, PRIVATE PRACTICE) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson, BOSS) deep into the centre of another complex murder investigation.

Joining the dramatic Tuesday night roster, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS brings more mystery and twists when Season 7 of the cult-favourite premieres exclusively on Bravo, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET. This season sees the Liars working together to find Hanna (Ashley Benson, Spring Breakers), who was abducted at the end of last season, and find the answers to the remaining secrets that haunt them.

On the lighter side of drama, Bravo premieres two, all-new installments from fan-favourite movie franchises GARAGE SALE MYSTERY and MURDER SHE BAKED. Lori Loughlin (FULLER HOUSE) returns as Jennifer Shannon to investigate a new crime in GARAGE SALE MYSTERY: THE NOVEL MURDERS on Thursday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. Then on Thursday, June 30at 9 p.m. ET, viewers head back to The Cookie Jar, Hannah Swensen’s (Alison Sweeney, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) bakery, where she finds herself caught up in another mystery in MURDER SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE.

See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit to confirm local broadcast times.

Bravo Freeview Programming Includes:

ANIMAL KINGDOM (Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Series Premiere; Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 21)
ANIMAL KINGDOM centres on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole, PEAKY BLINDERS), as he moves to a Southern California beach town to live with his estranged grandmother,  Janine “Smurf” Cody (Barkin) and “her boys”, after his mother suffers a fatal overdose. Led by the hardened and tenacious “Smurf” and her right-hand, adopted son Baz (Speedman) who runs the business and calls the shots, the family includes the menacing Pope Cody (Shawn Hatosy, SOUTHLAND), the eldest and fresh out of prison; hyperactive middle son Craig Cody (Ben Robson, VIKINGS) who is considered the most fearless; and the troubled and suspicious “baby” of the family,  Deran Cody (Jake Weary,
It Follows). Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than J might be able to handle.

GARAGE SALE MYSTERY: THE NOVEL MURDERS (Thursday, June 16 at9 p.m. ET- Movie Premiere)
Jennifer Shannon (Loughlin) is a garage sale shopping expert whose sharp observation skills allow her to uncover valuable antiques, as well as help her local police department investigate crimes and solve mysteries. When Jennifer finds a customer murdered, she cannot help but think there is something familiar about the details of the killing, and soon realizes that the victim’s cold-blooded demise is a re-enactment of a murder in a classic mystery novel.

MURDER IN THE FIRST (Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET – Season 3 Premiere)
Homicide inspectors Terry English (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson) are thrust into the tangled world of sports and celebrity when a pro-football player is murdered. As their investigation becomes increasingly more complex, the inspectors are faced with their own personal tribulations, complicating the pressures of the case.

Seasons 1 and 2 of MURDER IN THE FIRST are available for streaming on CraveTV™.

19-2 (Monday, June 20 at 10 p.m. ET – Season 3 Premiere)
Season 3 of 19-2 sees a fragmented squad reeling from the revelation that Sergeant Julien Houle (Conrad Pla), once the glue that held them together, was a pedophile and a mole for organized crime. As Commander Gendron (Bruce Ramsay) scrambles to save his own career in the wake of this blight on the force, the patrollers strengthen their bond to help them through this shocking news. Meanwhile, Nick (Holmes), still rocked by guilt over his involvement in a murder, seeks closure by trying to find out what happened to his missing cousin Kaz. Ben (Keeso) finds love and happiness with Nick’s sister, Amelie (Tattiawna Jones), but struggles with the family he thought he’d left behind.
Click here for a sneak peek at Season 3 of 19-2.

Seasons 1 and 2 of 19-2 are available for streaming on CraveTV™.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET – Season 7 Premiere)
In the upcoming season of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, the Liars band together to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets and take down “Uber A” for good.

GUILT (Tuesday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)
When Natalie’s (Emily Tremaine) sister Grace (Daisy Head) becomes the prime suspect in her roommate’s murder, and a popular target for the press and in social media, Natalie leaves her life in Boston and heads to London to defend her. With the help of an ethically questionable ex-pat lawyer Stan Gutterie (Billy Zane), Natalie starts to question how innocent her sister may really be as more ugly truths start to emerge.

MURDER SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE (Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen (Sweeney) just can’t keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose. The closer Hannah gets to the truth, the closer she gets to finding the murderer with a deadly recipe for silencing people.


May 25, 2016

Darts Out, Tarps Off! Production Begins on Season 2 of CraveTV’s Smash Hit Series LETTERKENNY


SUDBURY (May 25, 2016) – Pertnear just in time to hit the May Two-Four hair of the dog, CraveTV announced today that production has begun on Season 2 of smash hit original series LETTERKENNY. CraveTV’s first ever original series, the six-part, half-hour small town comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media, and shoots on location in and around Sudbury, ON.

Created by Jared Keeso of Bravo’s hit Canadian Screen Award-winning original drama 19-2, Season 1 of LETTERKENNY had the biggest debut of any series on CraveTV since the premium TV streaming service launched in 2014, with more CraveTV users watching LETTERKENNY than any other series or title on CraveTV.

Season 2 of LETTERKENNY sees the return of The Hicks: Wayne (Keeso) and his best bud Daryl (Nathan Dales), “Squirrely” Dan (K Trevor Wilson), and Wayne’s sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), and their epic rivals The Skids starringTyler Johnston as “lead skid” Stewart, and Alexander De Jordy as side-skid Devon. Also back for another season of chirping and checking, Dylan Playfairand Andrew Herr lace up as The Hockey Players, Reilly and Jonesy.

Modeans may be tinder but bartender Gail (Lisa Codrington) is still around to lust after Wayne and executive producer, director, and co-writer Jacob Tierney brings back creepy Preacher Glen. Season 2 also introduces new cast members including Melanie Scrofano (WYNONNA EARP) as the no-BS Mrs. McMurray, along with Alex Spencer (THE EXPANSE) and Stephen Huszar (SHADOWHUNTERS) as Senior Hockey Players Barts and Yorkie.

“Foulmouthed, madcap, but very familiar, LETTERKENNY is one of the most authentic comedies to come out of Canada in many years,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We’re honoured that we can continue to expand upon this offbeat and hilarious world with Jared, Jacob, and our outstanding production partners, New Metric Media.”

“LETTERKENNY consists of Hicks, Skids, Hockey Players, and the best team in the league,” said creator and star Jared Keeso. “The cast, the crew, and our friends at Bell Media are First Team All-Stars. Look at the hustle. Love the hustle.”

“Went to the Jays game with the LETTERKENNY gang to celebrate a great Season 1 and toss a few down the hatch,” said Mark Montefiore, New Metric Media. “Then I got a venison hot dog but ain’t no goddam way that was venison. My point is: Season 2. Get after it!”

LETTERKENNY is based on the Internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, a series of shorts which have raked in more than 14 million views. Since the series announcement last November, views for all of the new digital content released on both the CraveTV and LETTERKENNY YouTube pages have totalled more than 5 million. Created by Jared Keeso, LETTERKENNY is executive produced, directed, and co-written by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky). Still not sure what all the fuss is about? Season 1 is currently streaming on CraveTV.

LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media (What Would Sal Do?), in partnership with DHX Media in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Montefiore (Cas & Dylan) are executive producers for New Metric Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executives for Bell Media are Bill Lundy and Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.


May 25, 2016

The Weather Network Delivers Its Summer Forecast That Looks Just Right


Near to above normal temperatures expected across most of Canada
ON, May 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, The Weather Network released its Summer Forecast for the months of June, July and August, predicting what Canadians can expect for the most anticipated season of the year. Overall, most Canadians can expect a typical start to the season with stretches of near to above normal temperatures blanketing the country, sandwiched between bouts of cooler weather.

The Weather Network's forecast shows that Western Canada will not be experiencing as hot or as dry a summer as the last several years, while Eastern and Central Canada will experience slightly warmer temperatures than previous years. Parts of northern Quebecand Labrador may see an extended period of below seasonal temperatures.

"This summer, we don't see any strong signals for one part of the country to be consistently hot while another is consistently cool as we've seen in some past summers.  Mother Nature looks to be spreading the warmth around pretty evenly over the next few months," said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network. "This means the majority of Canadians should experience a good dose of typically warm summer weather once we get into the heart of the season. On the other hand, precipitation will be highly variable, with the locations of individual thunderstorms determining who will get soaked and who will be dry."

Summer's changeable weather patterns bring an increased threat for severe thunderstorm activity, including the potential for tornadoes and localized heavy rain. As this is the time of year where active weather develops quickly and dangerous weather can rapidly progress, Canadians should pay close attention to the daily forecasts to stay safe and updated on the latest weather news.

The Weather Network: Summer 2016 Forecast


Temperature Outlook

Precipitation Outlook

British Columbia

Above normal except near normal for the south coast

Near normal except above normal for extreme northwest areas


Above normal

Near normal except below normal for portions of the north


Above normal

Near normal except below normal for portions of the north


Above normal for southern half, near normal for northern half

Near normal


Above normal except near normal for extreme northern areas

Near normal


Above normal for parts of the southern regions, near normal through central regions and below normal in the north

Near normal except above normal in parts of central region

The Maritimes and Newfoundland

Above normal for the Maritimes, near normal for Newfoundland and below normal for Labrador

Near normal

Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Above normal for Yukon, Northwest Territories, near normal for Nunavut except below normal for Hudson Bay region

Near normal except above normal for portions of Yukon

Complete Summer Forecast details, including regional breakdowns, maps and charts are available Canadians can be prepared for changeable weather patterns by or by downloading The Weather Network App.


May 25, 2016

Update Archaic Broadcasting Rules - C.D. Howe Institute

TORONTO, May 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's communications and broadcasting world has changed dramatically in recent decades, but its communications and broadcasting statutes and regulations have not kept pace, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Changing the Channel on Canadian Communications Regulation," authors Benjamin Dachis and Daniel Schwanen say the federal government should replace ineffective Canadian content regulations with direct subsidies, introduce more legal and economic rigour in regulatory hearings, and eliminate ownership restrictions on communications companies and wireless spectrum.

"Canada's legislative framework reflects an outdated structural separation between broadcasting and communications," state Dachis and Schwanen. They add that "the regulatory model for communications providers is ill-suited to current technology that allows users to access whatever they want, however they want, and wherever they want."

Dachis and Schwanen provide four recommendations for the fast-approaching federal government review of Canadian communications and broadcasting policies:

1.     The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) should eliminate Canadian content exhibition quotas, and the Department of Canadian Heritage should take the helm on promotion of cultural programming. Specifically, it should replace broadcasters in financing Canadian content through general government revenues, and not through a tax on internet subscribers.

2.     The CRTC should defer to the Competition Bureau for enforcement against anti-competitive conduct. A sector-specific regulator like the CRTC will still have a role in the future, but changing technologies mean that it should not have a heavy hand in setting prescriptive regulations.

3.     The CRTC should be required to adopt a more rigorous legal and economic approach to its own regulatory interventions.

4.     The Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development should allocate spectrum to maximize public benefit without any pre-determined policy aim for industry structure. It should also remove foreign ownership limits on firms in communications and broadcasting.

The authors note that the federal government must reform Canada's communications regulatory regime to recognize the sector's rapid technological change. "Regulation should move beyond outdated presumptions of the sector being a natural monopoly and focus instead on enabling new kinds of competition among service providers," state the authors. "The mandate of Canada's communications regulator should be to intervene only in the case of demonstrable market failures that warrant a sector-specific intervention," they conclude.

For the report go to:


May 24, 2016

CRTC continuing to monitor implementation of new basic television package and pick-and-pay

Calls television service providers to a public hearing in September 2016
May 24, 2016 – Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it is calling certain television service providers to a public hearing to discuss how the new basic television package and flexible packaging options are being implemented across Canada. The hearing will begin on September 7, 2016, in the National Capital Region.

As part of the process to renew the licences of certain television service providers, the CRTC wants to ensure that they are offering the new options to Canadians in a manner that is consistent with its regulations and the spirit of its policy. In April, the CRTC asked companies to provide information on their basic packages and flexible packaging options, including on any additional products or services that Canadians have to purchase to receive the package.

The CRTC today published the updated responses it has received, as well as the applications for the companies whose licences were set to expire on August 31, 2016.

Canadians have until June 23, 2016, to submit their comments in one of the following ways:
filling out the online form,
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2, or
sending a fax to (819) 994-0218.

At this time, the CRTC intends to only call the following television service providers to the hearing: Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Vidéotron.

Quick Facts
Since March 1, 2016, all licensed television service providers must offer a basic package priced no higher than $25 a month (not including equipment).
Since March 1, 2016, Canadians also have more options to add to that service as TV service providers must offer channels either individually or in packages of up to 10 channels.
Starting on December 1, television service providers will have to offer pick-and-pay and small packages.
Nearly 100,000 Canadians signed up for the new basic package since March 1st, 2016.
A majority of these Canadians have also taken advantage of the new flexible packaging options by subscribing to individual channels, small packages or both.
Canadians have multiple options to obtain television services, which can include a combination of the new basic package, individual channels, small packages, free over-the-air stations and Internet streaming services.
Canadians also can continue to subscribe to large packages that include their favourite channels.
In order to have sufficient time to hold this hearing, the CRTC has administratively renewed until November 30, 2016, the licences of television service providers whose licences were expiring September 1, 2016.
Through this process, the CRTC will also impose conditions of licence relating to the Wholesale Code, which will ensure that viewers continue to discover and enjoy access to a diversity of programming, and the Television Service Provider Code, which will help Canadians make informed choices about their television service providers. Both codes will come into force in 2017.

“The new basic package and new flexible packaging options were introduced to give Canadians the ability to tailor their television services to their needs. Concerns have been raised, however, about how some television service providers have been implementing these new options. As we prepare for the full implementation of pick-and-pay, we will have an opportunity at the public hearing to verify whether their actions are in keeping with our objective.”
- Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC

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May 24, 2016

National Campus and Community Radio Association Starts Free Radio On My Phone Campaign


Unlocking the power of the FM Chip, already installed in most android smartphones
Ontario Tuesday, May 24, 2016...Major Canadian telecommunication and mobile companies have blocked access to the FM receiver chip installed in most android smartphones. A new campaign has launched to rally public support to get the companies to unlock this feature, which would allow consumers to listen to FM radio over their phone for free.

National Campus and Community Radio Association, a collective of 95 non-profit stations across the country, have teamed up to launch

“Our goal is to put pressure on the four national and four regional telecom carriers to get them to unlock the FM chip for public use,” said Barry Rooke, executive director of the NCCRA. “There was a successful campaign in the United States in 2015, with four of the five major telecom’s bowing down to public pressure. Our goal is to have all eight Canadian wireless providers allow access to the FM chip by the end of 2016.”

Some of the highlights to why the FM chip needs to be turned on:
? Saves 3x the battery life of your phone - compared to streaming services
? Saves 20x the data use on your phone - compared to streaming services
? Allows for emergency broadcasting and public safety alerts as mandated in the NPAS system
? Allows individuals with hearing and other disabilities to access technology to aid in communication

“FM technology is still the most popular format of our stations and the sector as a whole,” Rooke said. “This opportunity offers a great way to expand our listenership, and the options available to the public to access content. We are looking to expand our industry partners to work on enabling these chips. Specifically we are contacting individuals, groups and organizations who will join the growing list of supporters located on the website and help us get the word out through social media, public service announcements, and other forms of promotion that encourage the public to get involved.


May 24, 2016

CraveTV Acquires Exclusive Canadian Streaming Rights to Buzzworthy Event Series ROOTS


TORONTO (May 24, 2016)CraveTV today announced it has exclusively acquired the highly anticipated eight-hour event series ROOTS, the reimagining of the classic miniseries from A+E Studios®. With an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin, Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne, Golden Globe® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, ROOTS is a multifaceted, compelling and emotional story about the triumph of the human spirit, about identity, family, dignity and courage – seen through the lens of slavery-era America. ROOTS recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive, and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. ROOTS will stream this fall on CraveTV in the popular Historic TV Collection.

“We’re thrilled to add this star-studded miniseries to CraveTV, introducing ROOTS to a whole new generation of viewers,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV, Bell Media.

“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer and the original Kunta Kinte. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever.”

In 1977, millions of viewers tuned in to watch the first episode of the new miniseries ROOTS; a multi-generational exploration of author Alex Haley’s family tree that traversed more than a century of the African American experience, from the colonial-era slave trade through Reconstruction. Over the course of eight nights, the series captivated the nation. Movie theaters shut down, while bars and living rooms filled; dozens of civic leaders across the country declared a celebratory ROOTS week in honour of the program; millions of Americans were inspired to trace their own lineages; and America was forced to confront the brutal reality of slavery and the lingering scars it had left on the nation. Nearly 40 years later, the reimagining of ROOTS is set to introduce the series to an entirely new generation.

Click here for a sneak peek at ROOTS.

Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery. Throughout the series, Kinte’s family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and eventual emancipation. The story of Kunta Kinte and the women and men who came after him echoes through the history of millions of Americans of African descent, and reveals powerful truths about the universal resilience of the human spirit.

The incredible ROOTS cast includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”); Anna Paquin (“Nancy Holt”); Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne (“Alex Haley”); Golden Globe®Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tom Lea”); Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose (“Kizzy”); Grammy Award® winnerTip “T.I.” Harris (“Cyrus”); Chad L. Coleman (“Mingo”); Emayatzy Corinealdi(“Belle”); Matthew Goode (“Dr. William Waller”); Derek Luke (“Silla Ba Dibba”);Mekhi Phifer (“Jerusalem”); James Purefoy (“John Waller”); Erica Tazel(“Matilda”) and introduces Regé-Jean Page (“Chicken George”) and Malachi Kirby (“Kunta Kinte”). In addition, the series is executive produced by originalROOTS cast member LeVar Burton and Questlove, of the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots, is the executive music producer.

 ROOTS is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original “Roots.” Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossen serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer.ROOTS is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller serve as Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.  A+E Networks handles international distribution for “Roots.


May 20, 2016

TSN and RDS Announce Multi-Year Media Rights Extension for IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


TORONTO (May 20, 2016) – With Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Patrik Laine making headline news around the hockey world at the 2016 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, TSN and RDS announced today they have reached a multi-year media rights extension with Infront Sports & Media, exclusive media and marketing partner for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), that will see the networks deliver exclusive live coverage of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP through to 2023.

“Nothing unites fans across the country like cheering for Team Canada, and we are proud to deliver expanded coverage of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP for years to come,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN. “With many of hockey’s biggest stars competing on the international stage, viewers have connected with this marquee annual tournament, one of the biggest of the 60+ championship events that live on TSN. We’re excited to continue to showcase the best of international hockey on TSN’s five national feeds.”

“The continuous popularity of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is reflected through this long-term agreement with TSN and RDS,” said Bruno Marty, Executive Director Winter Sports, Infront Sports & Media. “The additional commitment to the CHAMPIONS HOCKEY LEAGUE demonstrates the growing popularity of international hockey, and I am pleased that Canadian fans will now have access to Europe’s preeminent club hockey competition.”

Exclusive live coverage of the IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will continue to be broadcast across TSN’s five national feeds, with live streaming and on-demand viewing available to TSN subscribers through TSN GO. RDS delivers live coverage across its suite of platforms, including RDS, RDS2, RDS Info, and RDS GO.

The new extension will also see TSN platforms deliver live coverage of the semi-finals and final from Europe’s preeminent club hockey competition, the CHAMPIONS HOCKEY LEAGUE, for the first time ever in Canada.

Hockey on TSN
TSN is the exclusive broadcaster of Hockey Canada, delivering marquee international events such as the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF U18 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE, as well as domestic events including the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE, TELUS CUP, ESSO CUP, RBC CUP, ALLAN CUP, and the Order of Hockey in Canada.

TSN is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Winnipeg Jets as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games. TSN delivers a package of 26 Leafs games available in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region on TSN4, 50+ Senators games in the Senators designated broadcast region games on TSN5, and 50+ Jets games in the Jets’ designated broadcast region on TSN3.

TSN’s slate of live hockey programming also features exclusive coverage of the SPENGLER CUP, as well as NCAA Division I coverage including the FROZEN FOUR.

TSN complements its live hockey coverage with Canada’s fan-favourite hockey news and information programming, featuring the hockey world’s most trusted team of Hockey Insiders and analysts. TSN’s industry-leading hockey programming includes SPORTSCENTRE, TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, and the network’s slate of signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT RANKING.


May 19, 2016

YTV’s Original Live Action Comedy, Some Assembly Required Takes Its Final Bow in Two-Part Series Finale on May 30 and June 6


(May 19, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) After three seasons of kooky schemes, outrageous inventions and one never-ending bouncy ball, the gang from YTV’s hit series Some Assembly Required are saying goodbye to Knickknack Toys in a two-part series finale. As Knox (Dylan Playfair, Letterkenny) helps Jarvis (Kolton Stewart, The Next Step) rehearse for a walk-on role in the new Captain Indestructible movie, Piper (Charlie Storwick, winner of YTV’s The Next Star, Season 4) protests the closing of the historic Punk club, the Viper Pit. After a truly selfless act and a surprise offer, the team is forced to make a big decision that could change their lives. Part one of the finale airs Monday, May 30 at 7 p.m. ET/PT followed by part two on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Click here to watch fans react to the most anticipated moment of the series!

Beginning Monday, May 23 during the final three episodes, YTV will air special vignettes of the most iconic, bizarre and hilarious moments that made Some Assembly Required a fan favourite. Viewers are invited to share their favourite moments using the hashtag #BESTOFSAR.  Fans can also tune into a marathon of the casts’ favourite episodes on Saturday, June 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET/PT and a catch up marathon of the last six episodes of Season 3 before the finale on Monday, June 6 beginning at 4 p.m. ET/PT.

Some Assembly Required is a YTV original series produced by Thunderbird Films. The series is created by Dan Signer (A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) and Howard Nemetz (Mr. Young, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody). The series also stars Harrison Houde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Sydney Scotia (Haunted Hathaways), Travis Turner (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years) and Ellie Harvie(The New Addams Family). 


May 19, 2016



Toronto, 19 May 2016 – Family Channel brings the ultimate fan experience to shopping malls across Canada with The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour. Centered around the network’s hit original series Backstage, the weekend-long event kicks off in Pickering on Saturday, May 28 and gives fans an all-access pass to Keaton School of the Arts, with interactive stations built around the school’s programs including dance, music and fashion. Plus, fans will get a sneak peek at what’s in store for this year’s Big Ticket Summer Concert with live musical performances by the series’ stars at every stop. The tour continues throughout the month of June with stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Fredericton and Mississauga. For full tour information, please visit

“Family Channel is committed to bringing high-quality, one-of-a-kind events to fans across the country which can be seen by the tremendous success we’ve had over the past five years with our Big Ticket Summer Concert series, mall tours and international stage tours,” said Paul Cormack, Vice President, Marketing, DHX Television. “Giving fans the opportunity to interact with our stars is just as important to our stars as it is to our fans, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this incredibly talented group of singers and dancers – who are on the cusp of superstardom – to five shopping malls across Canada with The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour.”

A full weekend of singing, dancing, fashion and fun, The Backstage Pop-Up Studio Tour brings the popular tween drama to life. Mall-goers will be transported to Keaton School of the Arts where they can learn Vanessa, Carly and Sasha’s favourite dance moves; listen to Miles, Ayla and Scarlett’s hottest tracks; and step up their fashion game with tips and styles inspired by the show.

In addition to the interactive stations, each stop will feature morning and afternoon musical performances by some of this year’s Big Ticket Summer Concert performers, followed by autograph signings with various cast members. The first 250 fans in line for each performance, will receive a wristband to take part in the autograph signing.

The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour stops are as follows:




Saturday, May 28

Pickering Town Centre

Pickering, ON

Sunday, May 29

Pickering Town Centre

Pickering, ON

Saturday, June 4

Coquitlam Centre

Vancouver, BC

Sunday, June 5

Coquitlam Centre

Vancouver, BC

Saturday, June 10

West Edmonton Mall

Edmonton, AB

Sunday, June 11

West Edmonton Mall

Edmonton, AB

Saturday, June 18

Regent Mall

Fredericton, NB

Sunday, June 19

Regent Mall

Fredericton, NB

Saturday, June 25

Erin Mills Town Centre

Mississauga, ON

Sunday, June 26

Erin Mills Town Centre

Mississauga, ON

For tour details including mall hours, performance and autograph times, and wristband distribution locations, please visit

Backstage follows the lives of a group of talented teenagers who attend the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts. Cast members that will be appearing at various stops on The Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour include: Josh Bogert (“Miles”), Aviva Mongillo (“Alya”), Mckenzie Small (“Scarlett”), Devyn Nekoda (“Vanessa”), Alyssa Trask (“Carly”), Julia Tomasone (“Bianca”), Matthew Isen (“Jax”) and Colin Petierre (“Sasha”). New episodes of Backstage air regularly Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family.

Commissioned by DHX Television, and with international distribution handled by DHX Media, Backstage was created and developed by Fresh TV. Executive Producers are Brian Irving, who also serves as producer; Jennifer Pertsch, also the co-creator; Lara Azzopardi, the series’ co-creator, show runner, writer and director; Tom McGillis and George Elliott. 


May 19, 2016

TSN Follows the Toronto Marlies on the Chase for the Calder Cup, Beginning Tomorrow


TORONTO (May 19, 2016) – After the Toronto Marlies posted the American Hockey League’s best regular season record, TSN delivers live coverage of the Marlies throughout their Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals playoff series against the Hershey Bears. Live coverage begins tomorrow (Friday, May 20) with Game 1: Toronto at Hershey at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2.

TSN subscribers can also access live streaming and on demand viewing of the Toronto Marlies playoff series against the Hershey Bears through TSN GO.

The Marlies, the top development affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, are vying for their second trip to the Calder Cup Finals in five seasons. The Bears, the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals, are looking to reach the Finals for the first time since winning three championships in five years between 2006 and 2010.

The broadcasts will be produced by LeafsTV and will feature Todd Crocker, Bob McGill, and Paul Hendrick on the call.

Broadcast Schedule

TSN’s broadcast schedule for the Toronto Marlies-Hershey Bears series is as follows*:
Game 1: Toronto @ Hershey
– Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Game 2 : Toronto @ Hershey
– Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Game 3: Hershey @ Toronto
– Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
Game 4: Hershey @ Toronto
– Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
**Game 5: Hershey @ Toronto
– Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN2
**Game 6: Toronto @ Hershey
– Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
**Game 7: Hershey @ Toronto
– Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
*Schedule subject to change
**If necessary


May 19, 2016

#HBD! Much Digital Studios Celebrates One-Year Anniversary


TORONTO (May 19, 2016) – #Views from Much! Since launching only one year ago today, Much Digital Studios, the multi-channel network of YouTubers and digital influencers, has amplified cyberspace with a combined total of more than 200 million views. Growing from 13 to 44 creators, the roster of Much Digital Studios influencers making waves across the country, and around the world, now has a collective subscriber base of more than 5 million.

“When we launched Much Digital Studios 12 months ago, we were confident that this digital strategy would not only bolster Much’s connection to youth, and provide stand-out opportunities for advertisers, but also add a new dimension to the online creative community in Canada,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Business and Channel Strategy, Bell Media. “With the continued growth of our creator roster and the ongoing production of truly engaging content, we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished this year, and look forward to sharing more ideas with our audience and brands.”

“Building and growing with Much Digital Studios to bring new media and digital entertainment to the forefront within Canada has been an incredible experience,” said Jus Reign, comedian and Much Digital Studios Creator. “In a landscape that is still very new, I’m excited to see companies like Bell Media provide opportunities to those that chose an alternative route in entertainment, and I’m proud to be a part of that team.”

From Jus Reign’s 2015 nextMEDIA Award for Youtuber of the Year, to Tasha Leelyn’s #AcademySocial win for Tastemaker Influencer, and the premiere ofMichael Rizzi’s video My Strange Addiction: YAAAAASS at the 2015 Buffer Festival, Much Digital Studios creators have seen tremendous growth over the past year.

Highlights include:
Named one of
Playback Magazine’s “5 to Watch” in 2015, comedian Jus Reign has seen a 38% rise in his subscriber base, bringing his total subscribers to more than 720,000. Jus Reign is set to co-host THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET show for the second year in the row on June 19
Vlogger and host
The Danocracy (Dan James) has amassed 305,000 subscribers, growing his base by more than 296% since joining Much Digital Studios
4Yall Entertainment
now has more than 430,000 subscribers, with growth of 66% since launch
earned more than 56,000 subscribers with growth of 951% since joining Much Digital Studios in November
Sickick Music
has garnered 101,000 subscribers, with growth of 82% since Much Digital Studios launched
has grown her subscriber base 55%, to a total of more than 45,000 since joining Much Digital Studios in November
Since joining the roster in July, beauty and fashion expert
Tasha Leelynhas gained more than 370,000 subscribers, seeing 114% growth on her channel

Much Digital Studios creators receive more than 5 million combined views per week. Some of the most-watched videos from the past year, each earning more than one million views, include:
The Danocracy’s
7 MORE Simple Magic Tricks With Household Items (2.6 million views)
Tasha Leelyn’s
How To: Glitter Roots + Double Buns! (1.5 million views);
Jus Reign’s
Indian Restaurants are SAVAGE (1.1 million views)
Tyler Shaw’s
House of Cards (Audio) (1.1 million views)

The growing success and unparalleled reach of Much Digital Studiosattracted partnerships with some of the most notable brands in Canada including Bell, MLSE, PUMA, Ubisoft’s Just Dance, U by Kotex, Virgin Mobile Canada, and many more. Some brand activations from the past year included: Much Creator Mila Victoria teaming up with MTV’s beauty blog FORA to showcase L’Oreal Feria’s great hair colour options for prom, summer festivals, and back-to-school looks; six Much creators teaming up with Kids Help Phoneand lip-syncing inspirational messages on their Instagram accounts to encourage youth to #findyourvoice; and most recently, Much creators Chelsi Madonna, Sickick, and Rayn Magic joining forces with SweeTarts and challenging fans to showcase their inner misfit via Instagram (#MMVAMisfit) for a chance to win a VIP trip to THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs.


May 19, 2016

City’s Original Thriller Between Returns for a Second Season Accompanied by New Digital After Show, Premiering June 30


TORONTO (Thursday, May 19) City’s original premium drama series Between returns for a highly anticipated second season, premiering Thursday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City, premiering next day on shomi. Featuring six, one-hour episodes, Between stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly), Jesse Carere (Finding Carter), Canadian Screen Award-winner Shailyn Pierre-Dixon (The Book of Negroes), and Justin Kelly (Degrassi: The Next Generation). This season, audiences get an inside look into the quarantine on the all-new, LIVE digital after show, Inside Between, following each new episode on

This season, as the harsh winter settles in, food and resources diminish, and residents of Pretty Lake are pushed to the limits of lawlessness, Wiley (Jennette McCurdy) and Adam (Jesse Carere) must fight harder to survive – whether it involves planning a daring escape or rebelling against the treacherous government. Amidst this struggle, a mysterious stranger, Liam Cullen (Steven Grayhm, The Family Tree), arrives in Pretty Lake with promise of a cure, leaving Wiley and Adam questioning his motivation. Another enigmatic outsider, Renee (Mercedes Morris, Forest Fairies), charges into Pretty Lake armed with a survivalist group, The Horde, who have been actively thriving off the grid in their own society. Ronnie (Kyle Mac, Carrie) is instantly attracted to this new, charismatic leader and finds himself entangled in Renee’s drama.

The action doesn’t stop there. All new this season, Between’s companion digital after show, Inside Between, airs LIVE following each episode on Hosted by Jim Watson – who played Pat, a Pretty Lake’s casualty from season one – this half-hour weekly special will feature special guests and cast members sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes content, playing interactive trivia games, and teasing what’s to come. Audiences at home can engage with Jim and the special guests on social media, submitting their questions and comments on the series on Twitter at @BetweenSeries.

Looking for even more drama and everything in between? is the official second screen destination of Between, featuring digital exclusives including web series Between The Lines: Wiley and Adam’s Lost Weekend. Showcasing Wiley and Adam’s new found relationship, this web series develops over six, two-minute episodes and acts as a prequel to the second season, launching Friday, June 23.

Catch up on Season 1 of Between on and the City video app beginning Wednesday, June 1, and anytime on shomi.

Between is an original series created by Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week) produced by Don Carmody Television (DCTV) and Mulmur Feed Co. Executive Producers are Don Carmody (Pompeii, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, ShadowHunters), Michael McGowan, and Naveen Prasad of Elevation Pictures. Sam Egan (The Listener, Continuum) joins as Showrunner. McGowan and Supervising Producer Rick Bota (Haven, Damaged, Beauty and the Beast) will each direct three episodes. Innovate by Day are co-producers of companion digital after show, Inside Between. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Vice President of Television and Broadcast Operations.


May 18, 2016

Nicole Dubé Named Co-Host, CTV MORNING LIVE, Winnipeg’s Most-Watched Local Morning Program


WINNIPEG (May 18, 2016) – CTV Winnipeg today announced that Nicole Dubé has been named Co-Host of Winnipeg’s top-rated local morning show CTV MORNING LIVE, joining longtime co-host Kris Laudien. Already a familiar face to viewers across Manitoba as Social Media Reporter for CTV MORNING LIVE, Dubé assumes her new duties effective Monday, June 6. In the weeks following, Dubé, an expecting mom, will take maternity leave, with a yet-to-be-named backfill co-host taking the reins alongside Laudien until Dubé’s return.

Dubé’s appointment follows plans of CTV MORNING LIVE’s Eleanor Coopsammy’s relocation outside of Manitoba. A part of the CTV Winnipeg team for more than 16 years, Coopsammy started out as a Reporter, then became the CANADA AM Local Anchor, followed by being named the station’s Consumerwatch Reporter, before being appointed Co-Host of CTV MORNING LIVE when it launched in 2011. Her final day on the morning program will be Friday, June 3.

“Eleanor helped make the show what it is today and it’s hard to imagine coming into work without hearing her warm laugh and sharing jokes over coffee,” said Dubé. “I’m honoured to follow in her footsteps, and so excited to start my day alongside Kris. But first I have to change more than a few diapers!”

“We thank Eleanor for her role in making CTV MORNING LIVE the preferred choice for viewers across the province, and for her years of dedication and service to CTV Winnipeg. We wish her all the best as she embarks on this new exciting chapter,” said Karen Mitchell, News Director, CTV Winnipeg. “Nicole has proven to be a true leader on the air and in the community, and we look forward to having her co-host alongside Kris to deliver the standard of excellence that our viewers count on each and every day.”


May 18, 2016

Alessia Cara, Drake, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd Lead with the Most Nominations for THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, June 19


TORONTO (May 18, 2016) – Drumroll please! Much announced today that internationally acclaimed Canadian artists Alessia Cara, Drake, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd lead with the most nominations for THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Hosted by Supermodel Gigi Hadid, the two-hour awards show airs live in stunning 4K coast-to-coast-to-coast on Sunday, June 19 beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Much, CTV,, and VRAK.

Singer-songwriter and first-time nominee Alessia Cara and #Views hit-maker Drake garnered an impressive seven nominations each. Locking in six nominations is singer-songwriter and pop sensation Shawn Mendes, as well as acclaimed alternative R&B sensation The Weeknd, who was the big winner at the 2015 MMVAs scooping up four awards, the most of the night.

First time nominees this year include Much Digital Studios creator Dan Talevski, international pop star ZAYN, DJ duo The Chainsmokers, Haitian-Canadian musician Kaytranada, indie rock group The Strumbellas, and many more. Additionally, newly added IHEARTRADIO MMVA categories this year include Best New Canadian Artist and iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year. For a full list of nominees, please click here.

“We have an incredibly talented list of IHEARTRADIO MMVA nominees this year, from homegrown talent to international showstoppers,” said Nanci Maclean, Vice-President, In-House Production, Bell Media. “We can’t wait to celebrate all of their exceptional achievements at our epic annual street party!”

Also announced today are this year’s Wildcard nominee winners for the Fan Fave categories. They are:
Fan Fave Video – Hedley
Fan Fave Artist/Group – Alessia Cara
Fan Fave International Artist/Group – Fifth Harmony
Fan Fave Vine Musician – Kenzie Nimmo

This year, MuchFACT-funded music videos received 23 MMVA nominations representing more than $530,000 in investment. Nominated artists include Belly f. The Weeknd, Humans, Majid Jordan f. Drake, SonReal, and Young Empires.

New this year, fans looking to be a part of all the action at THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs can register online for a chance to secure wristbands at beginning  Wednesday, June 1 at 4 p.m. ET. For all the latest info, fans can check out, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Additionally, fans across the country can tune into select local Bell Media radio stations for a chance to win wristbands.

Fans are invited to count down to THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, and the chance to win big prizes.

Media accreditation for THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs is now open, and closes Friday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Requests can be submitted onlinehere. Full details to follow upon confirmation of accreditation.

Hosted by international supermodel Gigi Hadid, ETALK Reporter and Much Host Liz Trinnear, and Much and E! Host Tyrone Edwards, the epic awards show airs live in stunning 4K from Much HQ in Toronto on June 19. Chart-topping performers descending on THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, pop supergroup Fifth Harmony, a special duet by pop singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld with B.C. hit-maker Shawn Hook, hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, multi-platinum recording artist Nick Jonas, and Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara. Author and actressAmber Rose and comedic entertainer and YouTube™ sensation Lilly Singh, a.k.a. “Superwoman,” are confirmed as the first two presenters set to appear on THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs broadcast. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.


May 18, 2016

Billy Ray Cyrus is Still The King


(May 18, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) Redemption, accountability, and Elvis! Billy Ray Cyrus returns to television in the brand-new comedy, Still The King, premiering June 12 at 9 pm ET/PT on CMT (Canada). The 13 x 30 minute series follows Cyrus as Vernon Brown, a scandal-ridden, one-hit-wonder who crashes back into the life of his ex (Joey Lauren Adams) and discovers he had a daughter he knew nothing about. The series will kick-off with two weeks of back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. ET/PT starting June 12, leading into the show’s regular time slot, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on June 26.

In Still The King, Vernon Brown, (aka “Burnin’ Vernon) is a washed-up former country star who is kicked out of country music, emerging 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator. After crashing into an old country church outside of Nashville during a drunken bender, he is sentenced to return and perform community service. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister, bumps into an ex one-night stand, discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met, and owes years of child support. The cast also includes Madison Iseman (Laid in America, Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger); Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, Party of Five); Leslie David Baker (The Office); Kevin Farley (Eight Crazy Nights, The Waterboy), Travis Nicholson and Jon Sewell.

Still The King is produced by HIDEOUT PICTURES with Billy Ray Cyrus serving as executive producer and writer. Shannon Houchins, Potsy Ponciroli and Travis Nicholson also executive produce. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT U.S.


May 17, 2016

Winners of the YMA French-Language Awards of Excellence


Montreal, May 17, 2016 – The winners of this year’s French-Language Awards of Excellence were revealed at the gala held this evening at Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal. The host, Valérie Chevalier, gave everyone a remarkable evening celebrating Canadian youth production.

It was in a warm, festive atmosphere that the 250 people in attendance applauded the 15 award-winning productions:

Grand Prize for Best Production, All Categories
Le Chalet (La fois sur un million) – produced by Passez Go, aired on Vrak TV

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Acquisition of Knowledge and Critical Thinking Skills 
100% Animal II (Phalangers volants) – produced by Attraction Images Productions, aired on Télé-Québec

 Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Stimulation of Imagination and Creativity
 Les Argonautes 3 (Princesse Shaolanne) – produced by Productions Pixcom, aired on Télé-Québec

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Commitment, Openness and Respect
·         Le Bulletin A+ (Les attentats de Paris) – produced by Océan Télévision, aired on Zone Jeunesse Radio-Canada

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Advancement of Personal Growth and Self-Transcendence
·         Toc Toc Toc (L’Ordre des Grands Enfants) – produced by Téléfiction Productions, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé and Télé-Québec

Award of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Emancipation through Game and Humour
·         Karv l’anti.gala 2015 – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV

Award of Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Acquisition of Knowledge
·         La Francomobile – produced by TV5 Québec Canada

Award of Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Commitment and Community
·         J’aime les patates – produced by Office national du film du Canada and Minority Media

Award of Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Entertainment
·         100% Animal – produced by Attraction Images Productions

Award of Excellence for Digital Personality
·         Noémie Lacerte

Award of Excellence – Best Crossmedia Project
·         Code Max – produced by Productions Pixcom

Kids’ Choice Award  
(Best Television or Web Series – Ages 9-12)
Vrak Attak (Vrak Attak à New York) – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV

YMA Parents’ Award
(Best Interactive Content – Ages 6-8)
·         Salmigondis – produced by Téléfiction Productions

The evening also recognized two professionals who have made their mark on the French-language youth production industry:

·        The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Johanne Guidotti, formerly at Télé-Québec at the digital department.
·        The Emerging Talent Award went to Thomas Gauthier, vloger, creator, author and actor of the French television series Le monde selon Thomas Gauthier.

The 2016 French Awards of Excellence are made possible through the participation of our valued sponsors: Principal – Radio-Canada; Prestige – Châtelaine, the Canada Media Fund, the Independent Production Fund, Frima Studio, Groupe Média TFO, Télé-Québec, VRAK TV; Excellence – Les Affranchis, Apartment 11 Productions, Desjardins – Caisse du Quartier-Latin de Montréal, CTVM, Bell Fund, PMT, Téléfiction, Télétoon, Trio Orange, Vue sur le Canada, Zone3.


May 17, 2016

RTDNA Announces Nominees for Network Awards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 17, 2016) - RTDNA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists, is pleased to recognize excellence in electronic journalism for the Network stations.

"The RTDNA's network awards once again highlight the depth and scope of outstanding storytelling in Canada," said RTDNA Canada President Ian Koenigsfest "....and despite another year of challenges in our industry, this year's winners are world class."

Here are the Nominees for RTDNA 2015 Network Awards:

Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature - Radio
--  AMI Audio: Contact, The Flag at 50
--  AMI Audio: The Story of Nicholas
--  CBC Ideas: Science Under Siege
--  CBC News: Residential Schools Backstory
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, Being Jacqueline
--  NEWSTALK 1010: Star Wars, A Tour De Force

Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature - TV
--  CBC News: The National, Justin Trudeau PM Day 1
--  CTV W5: Gordie's Comeback
--  Global News: 16x19, Wives of ISIS
--  NEWSTALK 1010: Star Wars, A Tour De Force

Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature - Radio
--  CBC News: The World at Six, Girl in the Picture
--  The Canadian Press: A Bittersweet Remembrance

Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature - TV
--  AMI - tv: Deltaplane Motorise Accessible
--  Business News Network (BNN): "We Are Not The Devil", Fort Mac Calls For
    Support From Rest Of Canada
--  Global News: Veteran Art, Global National

Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity - Radio
--  CBC News: Wui Gwai: Hong Kong Homecoming
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, The Culture of Politics: Why Zunera Ishaq
    fought for her niqab
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, 2 niqabs and a hijab: 3 Muslim women talk
    about the face covering

Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity - TV
--  CBC News: The National, Violence Against Indigenous Women
--  CBC News: Bad water: 'Third World' conditions on First Nations
--  Global News: 16x9, The Fight for Trans Rights

Dan McArthur Award - Multiplatform
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, In Harm's Way
--  CTV News: Manitoba Foster Care Crisis
--  Global News, SHAW Media: 16x9, Under Fire

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage - Radio
--  CBC News: VIA Rail Attack
--  CBC News: The World At Six, Refugees/Lesvos Stories
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, No Way Home: Children and the Refugee Crisis

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage - TV
--  CBC News: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Amber's Voice
--  Global News: Paris Attacks, Global National
--  Global News: Refugee Crisis, Global News

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage - Digital
--  CTV: CTV News Election 2015
--  Global News: Decision Canada - 2015 Federal Election

Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News - Radio
--  CBC News: The World this Weekend, Paris Mourns
--  CBC News: World Report/The World this Weekend, Fahmy Speaks
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, The Paris Attacks

Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News - TV
--  CBC News: The National, Tofino Whale Watching Tragedy
--  CTV News: Terror in Paris
--  Global News: German Wings Crash, Global National

Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News - Digital
--  Global News: - Federal Election 2015

Dick Smyth Award - Creative Use of Sound
--  CBC News: The World this Weekend, Paris Bomb Montage
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, Gone Without a Trace
--  NEWSTALK 1010: Jays Win ALDS

Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video
--  CTV W5: Born Free
--  Global New Biking with Candidates, Global National
--  Global News: 16x9, Life, Death and the Law

Data Storytelling Award
--  CBC News Investigative Unit: Campus Sexual Assaults, The Fight to get
    the Real Picture
--  Global News: Access to Canada's abortion providers a challenge
--  Global News: Ashley Madison Security Breach

Digital Media Award
--  CBC News: Canada Votes 2015: Election Night Live
--  CBC News: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
--  Global News:

Gord Sinclair Award - Live Special Events - Radio
--  AMI - audio: Mosaic City, The TIFF Fan Experience
--  CBC News: Canada Votes 2015

Gord Sinclair Award - Live Special Events TV
--  CTV News: 2015 Federal Election, A Liberal Majority
--  Global News: Because it's 2015: In Conversation with the Prime Minister,
    Global National
--  Global News: Decision Canada: 2015 Election, Global National

Peter Gzowski Award - News Information Program - Radio
--  AMI - audio: Contact, Design For All: A Manifesto
--  CBC Radio One: The Current, Vaccinations: Pro and Anti-Vaxxer parents
    make their cases
--  NEWSTALK RADIO 1010: Jimmy Page in conversation with John Moore

Trina McQueen Award - News Information Program - TV
--  CTV W5: W5 Episodes 49-25, The Real Deal / For The Birds
--  CTV W5: W5 Episodes 50-01, Generation XXX / Kill Pill
--  Global News: 16x9, Losing Afghanistan

Byron MacGregor Award - Best Newscast - Radio
--  CBC News: The World at Six, Liberal Victory
--  CBC News: World Report, Paris after the Attacks

Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast - TV
--  CBC News: The National
--  CTV News: CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme
--  Global News: Paris Under Attack, Global News

The Network award winners will be announced at the Annual RTDNA National Conference, June 2 - 4, 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto. Please visit the website for further information and to register. Limited space is available. 


May 17, 2016

SOCAN Unveils Royalties Analysis Dashboard


TORONTO, May 17, 2016 /CNW/ - With the launch of leading-edge proprietary service Royalty Guru, SOCAN is enabling its members to use high-quality, flexible analytics tools to assess and monitor their royalties.

An integral part of SOCAN's strategy to leverage and deploy digital tools to lead the global transformation of music rights and designed specifically for songwriters, composers and music publishers, Royalty Guru's analytics capabilities allow SOCAN's more than 135,000 members to visualize their data in a variety of easy-to-use ways to help them manage their business and career in music.

SOCAN is believed to be the first major performing rights organization to offer such a royalty-analysis business intelligence tool to its creator and music publisher members.

SOCAN's exclusive Royalty Guru services run on any web browser and enable SOCAN members to understand better the trends in royalties earned when their music is played live, on radio, television and streamed on the Internet. The service will be accessible in English and French through the secure members' portal at

The tool simplifies royalty analysis, doing in seconds what otherwise would take hours, days or even weeks to determine using complicated spreadsheets.

"Data and effective data analysis are more than ever keys to success in the digital music economy," said Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer at SOCAN. "Royalty Guru is the latest career and business advantage that SOCAN brings to its members as SOCAN continues to broaden our role as the world's leading and most transparent music rights organization."

SOCAN's Royalty Guru is now available free to all SOCAN members, and the company will continue to maintain and develop the application going forward, enhancing the service with members' needs in mind.


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