May 25, 2016
GLOBAL’S SUMMER LINEUP STAYS COOL WITH A RED HOT SLATE OF SERIES
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.
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 GlobalTV.com and Global Go. For
more details on Global’s summer schedule please see below.
– 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,
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.
– 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.
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)
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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
(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
See below for
premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject
to change. Visit
Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times.
(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™.
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
for a sneak peek at Season
3 of 19-2.
Seasons 1 and
2 of 19-2 are available
for streaming on CraveTV™.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.”
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!”
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
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
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
OAKVILLE, 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
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
may see an extended period
of below seasonal temperatures.
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."
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
except near normal for the south coast
except above normal for extreme northwest areas
except below normal for portions of the north
except below normal for portions of the north
for southern half, near normal for northern half
except near normal for extreme northern areas
for parts of the southern regions, near normal through central regions and below
normal in the north
except above normal in parts of central region
The Maritimes and Newfoundland
for the Maritimes, near normal for Newfoundland and below normal for Labrador
Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
for Yukon, Northwest Territories, near normal for Nunavut except below normal
for Hudson Bay region
except above normal for portions of Yukon
Complete Summer Forecast details, including regional breakdowns,
maps and charts are available atwww.theweathernetwork.com/summer.
Canadians can be prepared for changeable weather patterns by visitingwww.theweathernetwork.com or by downloading The
Weather Network App.
May 25, 2016
Update Archaic Broadcasting Rules - C.D. Howe Institute
/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
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:
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.
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
CRTC should be required to adopt a more rigorous legal and economic approach to
its own regulatory interventions.
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,"
For the report
go to: https://www.cdhowe.org/public-policy-research/changing-channel-canadian-communications-regulation
May 24, 2016
CRTC continuing to monitor implementation of new basic television package and pick-and-pay
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.
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,
have until June 23, 2016, to submit their comments in one of the following
filling out the online
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2, or
sending a fax to (819) 994-0218.
time, the CRTC intends to only call the following television service providers
to the hearing: Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Vidéotron.
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,
A majority of these Canadians have also taken advantage of the new flexible
packaging options by subscribing to individual channels, small packages or
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
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
Decision CRTC 2016-196
of Consultation CRTC 2016-197
Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-96
May 24, 2016
National Campus and Community Radio Association Starts Free Radio On My Phone Campaign
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.
Campus and Community Radio Association, a collective of 95 non-profit stations
across the country, have teamed up to launch freeradioonmyphone.ca.
“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
? Allows individuals with hearing and other disabilities to access technology
to aid in communication
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 www.FreeRadioOnMyPhone.ca
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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
MUSIC, DANCE AND FASHION ENTWINE WITH THE BACKSTAGE STUDIO POP-UP TOUR, PRESENTED BY FAMILY CHANNEL
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.ca.
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.”
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.
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.
Backstage Studio Pop-Up Tour stops are as follows:
details including mall hours, performance and autograph times, and wristband
distribution locations, please visit Family.ca.
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.
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
TSN subscribers can also access live streaming and on demand
viewing of the Toronto Marlies playoff series against the Hershey Bears through
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.
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
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
**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
May 19, 2016
#HBD! Much Digital Studios Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
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.”
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.”
nextMEDIA Award for
of the Year, to
Tasha Leelyn’s #AcademySocial win for
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.
Named one of Playback Magazine’s “5
in 2015, comedian Jus
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
now has more than 430,000
subscribers, with growth of 66% since launch
Deejdesign 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
ASkylitAvenue 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
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,
7 MORE Simple Magic Tricks
With Household Items
(2.6 million views)
Tasha Leelyn’s How
To: Glitter Roots + Double Buns! (1.5 million
Jus Reign’s Indian
Restaurants are SAVAGE (1.1 million
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
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
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
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
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
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 Citytv.com. 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? Citytv.com
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 Citytv.com 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.
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.
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
18, 2016) – Drumroll please! Much announced today
that internationally acclaimed Canadian artists Alessia Cara, Drake, Shawn Mendes,
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, Much.com, and VRAK.
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
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
“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!”
today are this year’s Wildcard nominee winners for the Fan Fave categories. They
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 Much.com beginning Wednesday, June 1 at
4 p.m. ET. For all the latest
info, fans can check out
Much.com, 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 onMuch.com, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity
guests, and the chance to win big prizes.
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
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.
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
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
for Best Production, All Categories
Le Chalet (La fois sur un million) – produced by Passez Go, aired on Vrak TV
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
of Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Stimulation of Imagination
Les Argonautes 3 (Princesse Shaolanne) –
produced by Productions Pixcom, aired on Télé-Québec
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
Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Advancement of Personal Growth
· Toc Toc Toc (L’Ordre des Grands
Enfants) – produced by Téléfiction Productions, aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé
Excellence for Best Television or Web Series – Emancipation through Game and
· Karv l’anti.gala 2015 –
produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV
Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Acquisition of Knowledge
· La Francomobile – produced by
TV5 Québec Canada
Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Commitment and Community
· J’aime les patates – produced
by Office national du film du Canada and Minority Media
Excellence – Best Interactive Content – Entertainment
· 100% Animal – produced by
Attraction Images Productions
Excellence for Digital Personality
· Noémie Lacerte
Excellence – Best Crossmedia Project
· Code Max – produced by
(Best Television or Web Series – Ages 9-12)
Vrak Attak (Vrak Attak à New York) – produced by Zone3, aired on Vrak TV
(Best Interactive Content – Ages 6-8)
· Salmigondis – produced by
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.
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
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.
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:
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
-- CBC Radio One: The Current, Being
-- NEWSTALK 1010: Star Wars, A Tour De
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
Award - Short Feature - Radio
-- CBC News: The World at Six, Girl in
-- The Canadian Press: A Bittersweet
Award - Short Feature - TV
-- AMI - tv: Deltaplane Motorise
-- Business News Network (BNN): "We
Are Not The Devil", Fort Mac Calls For
Support From Rest Of Canada
-- Global News: Veteran Art, Global
Clarkson Award - Diversity - Radio
-- CBC News: Wui Gwai: Hong Kong
-- 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
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
Award - Multiplatform
-- CBC Radio One: The Current, In Harm's
-- CTV News: Manitoba Foster Care Crisis
-- Global News, SHAW Media: 16x9, Under
Ron Laidlaw Award
- Continuing Coverage - Radio
-- CBC News: VIA Rail Attack
-- CBC News: The World At Six,
-- CBC Radio One: The Current, No Way
Home: Children and the Refugee Crisis
Award - Continuing Coverage - TV
-- CBC News: Missing & Murdered
Indigenous Women, Amber's Voice
-- Global News: Paris Attacks, Global
-- Global News: Refugee Crisis, Global
Award - Continuing Coverage - Digital
-- CTV: CTV News Election 2015
-- Global News: Decision Canada - 2015
Edwards Award - Spot News - Radio
-- CBC News: The World this Weekend,
-- CBC News: World Report/The World this
Weekend, Fahmy Speaks
-- CBC Radio One: The Current, The Paris
Edwards Award - Spot News - TV
-- CBC News: The National, Tofino Whale
-- CTV News: Terror in Paris
-- Global News: German Wings Crash,
Edwards Award - Spot News - Digital
-- Global News: Globalnews.ca - Federal
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
Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video
-- CTV W5: Born Free
-- Global New Biking with Candidates,
-- Global News: 16x9, Life, Death and
-- 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
-- CBC News: Canada Votes 2015: Election
-- CBC News: Missing and Murdered
-- Global News: Globalnews.ca
Sinclair Award - Live Special Events - Radio
-- AMI - audio: Mosaic City, The TIFF
-- CBC News: Canada Votes 2015
Sinclair Award - Live Special Events TV
-- CTV News: 2015 Federal Election, A
-- Global News: Because it's 2015: In
Conversation with the Prime Minister,
-- Global News: Decision Canada: 2015
Election, Global National
Gzowski Award - News Information Program - Radio
-- AMI - audio: Contact, Design For All:
-- CBC Radio One: The Current,
Vaccinations: Pro and Anti-Vaxxer parents
make their cases
-- NEWSTALK RADIO 1010: Jimmy Page in
conversation with John Moore
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
MacGregor Award - Best Newscast - Radio
-- CBC News: The World at Six, Liberal
-- CBC News: World Report, Paris after
Cannings Award - Best Newscast - TV
-- CBC News: The National
-- CTV News: CTV National News with Lisa
-- Global News: Paris Under Attack,
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 http://www.rtdnacanada.com 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.
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 socan.ca.
The tool simplifies
royalty analysis, doing in seconds what otherwise would take hours, days or even
weeks to determine using complicated spreadsheets.
effective data analysis are more than ever keys to success in the digital music
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."
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.