September 22, 2014
GLOBAL NEWS PUTS LOCAL VIEWERS FIRST WITH INNOVATIVE SUBMISSION FOR NEW NATIONAL NEWS SERVICE
Toronto, September 22, 2014 – Shaw Media is pleased to announce that it has
formally submitted an application to the CRTC for a new national, English-language
specialty programming service, Global News 1.
This innovative, all-Canadian channel would incorporate separate local news
feeds covering as many as 28 different communities, greatly expanding and diversifying
the amount of news and information programming in the Canadian broadcasting system.
“As a leading network and content-experience company, we’re excited about
the ability of Global News 1 to meet the changing needs of consumers,” said Troy
Reeb, Senior Vice President, News and Station Operations, Shaw Media. “Canadians
have made clear the vital importance they place on local news at the same time as
they are increasingly turning to 24/7 sources. Global News 1 will connect Canadians
not just to the stories that shape their neighborhoods, but that tie the country
Global News 1 will feature a national newsfeed bookended by local news segments
tailored specifically for each of the markets it serves. Using next-generation technology, the service
will be framed by a continuous data feed of hyper-local headlines and community
events. With the ability to cover live, breaking
news at the local, regional or national level, Global News 1 will be like no other
service on the dial.
If approved, Global News 1 will feature distinct local feeds in all 12 markets
where Global currently operates conventional television stations. It would also add local newsrooms to eight more
communities where there is either no local television news or limited competition. These include Fort McMurray and Red Deer, AB;
Sault Ste. Marie, Niagara, Mississauga and Ottawa, ON; Quebec City, QC and Charlottetown,
PE. Shaw Media is also proposing to open
the channel to eight small-market, independent broadcasters who would have the opportunity
to add their own local content to the service and retain all local advertising in
At a time when conventional television stations are facing significant economic
challenges, Global News 1 offers an innovative solution for the long-term sustainability
of local programming, along with greater access to a diverse range of national voices. There is currently no specialty news service in
this country that provides such a unique offering to Canadians.
September 22, 2014
YTV Introduces New Buddy Comedy Series Max & Shred Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on YTV
Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - YTV is bringing its viewers straight to the snow-covered
slopes in a new hilarious buddy comedy Max & Shred produced by Breakthrough
Entertainment. The show is about an unlikely friendship between superstar snowboarder,
Max Asher and genius inventor, Alvin "Shred" Ackerman.
The series centres on their odd couple relationship as they help and hinder each
other through the trials of teenage life. Max & Shred premieres on Tuesday,
October 7 at /PT on YTV and will also debut in the U.S. on Nickelodeon during the same
week. For a sneak peek of the series, click
the core of Max & Shred is a bromance between Max and his new roommate Alvin (a.k.a. Shred)," said
Jamie Piekarz," Director of Content, YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada). "Kids are going to fall
in love with the characters and the talented cast we've assembled. We're thrilled
to be working with Breakthrough Entertainment and having George Doty at the helm
to give the series his expert touch."
Jonny Gray (Annedroids) stars as snowboarder Max and his co-star Jake Goodman (Life
with Boys) stars as Alvin. The series also stars Emilia
McCarthy (Zapped, Maps to the Stars) as Abby, Alvin's sister and Saara Chaudry
(Degrassi) as his super smart eight-year old protégé, Howie.
work with YTV and Breakthrough Entertainment has been one of the most positive experiences
of my career," said George Doty, Showrunner and an Executive Producer on Max
& Shred. "The support, creativity, and vision of everyone involved led
to the creation of a show that I couldn't be more proud of, and one I know kids
everywhere are absolutely going to love."
has been the absolute ideal partner for us on Max and Shred. Their creative team
shared George's vision from the onset and their direction helped us all make the
show even funnier and more relatable for kids." added Joan Lambur, Executive
Vice-President, Family Entertainment for Breakthrough Entertainment, and an Executive
Producer on this series.
from their age, Max and Shred have almost nothing in common. But when Max gets invited
out to snowy Blizzard Springs to train for the Winter Cup, and Alvin's parents sign
up to house an athlete, Max moves in with the Ackermans and the boys are forced
to share a room together.
the premiere episode, a case of mistaken identity lands Alvin in Max's shoes at the top of
a mountain, and he has to pull it together in order to save his new roommate's career. Meanwhile, with the help of Howie, Max finds himself
having to fill Alvin's shoes at the school Science
Fair! With both boys completely out of their
element, they quickly discover a new appreciation for one another. And when Alvin impresses Max with his impromptu
moves on the slopes, Max gives him a sweet new nickname - Shred. They may have had a rough start, but Max and Shred
are quickly learning what it means to have a bro.
for Max & Shred is George Doty IV, whose credits include Nickelodeon series
iCarly, Victorious, Zoey 101 and Drake and Josh as well as the iconic animated series
Scooby Doo, in which he served as Story Editor. Early in George's career he worked
on the NBC hit comedy series Seinfeld as the Writer's Assistant, eventually becoming
Script Coordinator. He worked on the series for the last three years of the show's
run and learned about writing comedies from the show's creator Larry David. Max
& Shred Executive Producers include George Doty, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson,
Joan Lambur, Nat Abraham and Michael McGuigan for Breakthrough Entertainment.
September 22, 2014
TVO presents the 2014 annual ILC & GED Graduation and Awards Ceremony at MaRs Discovery District with Special Guest Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals
TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/
- On Saturday, September 27, the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) holds its annual
Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the MaRs Discovery District in Toronto. Ontario
Education Minister Liz Sandals will be on hand to address the graduates. TVO's Piya
Chattopadhyay hosts the ceremony which recognizes the accomplishments of students
from across Ontario who have earned their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
through distance education, or their Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate
by successfully writing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
The ILC is Ontario's designated provider of accredited distance education
and the exclusive provider of the GED test inOntario. The ILC provides an alternative
for students to help them get the credentials they need to access post-secondary
education. For the past 12 years, the ILC has been a division of TVO, Ontario's educational media organization.
2013/14 ILC & GED Graduation and Awards Ceremony
September 27, 2014
The Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, Ontario
Peter O'Brian, Chair of the Board, TVO
Piya Chattopadhyay, Host, The Agenda in the Summer
dignitaries and students
Award recipient speaks
MaRs Discovery District, basement auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7
September 22, 2014
"Joel Osteen Radio" launches September 29 on SiriusXM
TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/
- SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR),
the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced that "Joel
Osteen Radio," the new exclusive channel headlined by the renowned spiritual
and inspirational figure, will launch Monday, September 29, on SiriusXM channel
128. The channel will be available on satellite radios, through the SiriusXM Internet Radio
App and at SiriusXM.ca.
Osteen, the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, America's largest Christian congregation, will open the channel
with a special Town Hall broadcast event from the SiriusXM studios in New York City. Osteen will be joined by his wife, Victoria, co-pastor
of Lakewood Church, and will answer questions from an intimate audience of
SiriusXM listeners for the inaugural broadcast of Joel Osteen Radio beginning at
"Victoria and I are excited
to partner with SiriusXM and to bring a message of hope to millions of listeners,"
said Joel Osteen. "More than ever before, people are looking for hope in their
lives. I believe listeners will be uplifted and filled with an expectation that
their best days are still out in front of them."
Joel Osteen Radio will showcase
exclusive weekly call-in shows hosted by both Joel and Victoria. Joel Osteen Livewill
debut on October 6 and air every Monday at , giving listeners the ability to interact directly with Joel, who will
offer advice and encouragement for leading a fuller life.
Victoria Osteen will begin hosting
her weekly show, Victoria Osteen Live, on Wednesday, October 8, at . The program will feature Victoria taking calls from her listeners, sharing her perspective
on family and faith, and talking with special guests.
Listeners will also get the exclusive
live radio broadcast of services from Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, on Saturdays at , and Sundays at and . Sunday's service will replay at , giving listeners across the country an additional opportunity to tune
Additional featured elements of
Joel Osteen Radio will include:
- Inspirational and motivational messages from Joel's
vast library of past and current sermons.
- Live broadcasts of Lakewood Church's "Young Adult Worship Service" - Sunday nights at - featuring youth-focused music and messages.
- Exclusive live radio broadcasts of Osteen's "Night
of Hope" events, featuring music and worship from venues around the country.
Upcoming events include "A Night of Hope" from Greensboro, NC, on November 14, and "A Night of Hope"
from New Orleans, LA, on December 5.
For more info on the Osteens and
their new channel please visit www.JoelOsteen.com andhttp://www.siriusxm.ca/joel-osteen-radio-comes-siriusxm/.
September 22, 2014
DHX Media announces numerous sales deals for Hank Zipzer - International sales deals signed with major broadcasters for seasons one and two
HALIFAX, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/
- DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX), a key
player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, today
announced numerous international sales deals with key broadcasters worldwide for
all episodes of its fast-paced comedy-drama series Hank Zipzer (26 x 30'), currently
in its second season.
Disney has acquired Hank Zipzer
for Disney Channel across Spain, Italy, Benelux, and Latin
America. In Scandinavia, SVT Sweden and NRK Norway have both also joined the line-up of broadcasters
that have bought the show. In further deals, DHX has sold the series to ABC3 in
Australia and e-Junior in UAE.
Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution
at DHX Media, said: "It's no surprise that we have found international broadcasters
for this series, given its universal themes, humour and sensitivity which are relatable
the world over. The popular books written by Henry Winkler have translated easily
into an irrepressible series which is full of energy and fun."
Hank Zipzer stars multi-award-winning
actor Henry Winkler and is inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World's
Greatest Underachiever, written by Winkler and Lin Oliver. The comedy series follows
the life of 13-year-old Henry 'Hank' Zipzer (played by Nick James) and is based
on Henry Winkler's own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia.
The second season will air on
CBBC in 2015 and is being made for CBBC by Kindle Entertainment, in association
with Walker Productions, DHX Media and Screen Yorkshire, which is providing funding
through its Yorkshire Content Fund.
September 22, 2014
W Network’s Big Competition Series Game of Homes Announces Cameron Mathison as Host
(September 22, 2014 – Toronto, ON)
W Network’s Game of Homes, announces Cameron Mathison as series host. The
Emmy® nominated actor has graced the screen in both film and television projects.
Mathison, a Sarnia, Ontario native, made his feature film debut in 54, opposite
Salma Hayek and Ryan Phillippe, he followed that role up with the independent movie
Washed Up and the feature film The Surrogate, which was released in 2013. A man
of many talents, Mathison, is a featured contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America
and Entertainment Tonight, and has also appeared on the fifth season of ABC’s Dancing
with the Stars, where he advanced all the way to Week nine.
As host of the series, Mathison will guide teams of skilled amateur home renovators
as they compete for the chance to trade their skills for the prize of a lifetime.
The teams save rundown houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them into
dream homes. Each team must redo the houses room by room, as they cope with small
budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces.
The action-based series pits each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against
each other. In each episode, two expert judges along with a celebrity guest judges
including Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot from W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver,
Drew and Jonathan Scott from the Property Brothers and CMT Canada’s Kortney and
Dave Wilson from The Wilson’s Flip Out, vote for their favourite room renovations
based on design and workmanship. In the finale, in addition to the judges, the public
will cast their vote. The winners will be
revealed and awarded with the house they have renovated.
Produced by Great Pacific Media in association with W Network, Vancouver based
Game of Homes includes eight one-hour episodes and is scheduled to air in March
2015 on W Network.
September 22, 2014
2015 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Now Accepting Applications
TORONTO (September 22, 2014) – Bell Media announced today that applications
are now being accepted for the second annual Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator
Lab, a two-part program designed to assist the career advancement of mid-level Canadian
producers. Interested candidates can visit BellMedia.ca
to apply. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, November 6 at 5 p.m. CST
with the program scheduled to begin in February 2015. The Bell Media Executive Producer
Accelerator Lab is part of Bell Media’s TV and Film Skills Development Initiative,
which invests $12.3 million annually in a suite of national training programs.
“We are pleased to once again offer the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator
Lab program and provide participants with a deeper understanding of the complexities
and challenges of television production in today’s environment,” said Corrie Coe,
Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Through this initiative,
producers will gain new knowledge and skills that will help further their careers
as part of the next generation of Canada’s executive producers.”
“The Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab far exceeded my expectations,”
said Lauren Grant, one of the participants in the inaugural program held earlier
this year. “It was specific, detailed, educational, informative, and fun, and really
helped me connect the dots between the broadcaster and the producer.”
There are two components to the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator
The broadcaster internship trains up to six producers in a group-based curriculum
during a six-week internship at Bell Media’s Toronto headquarters. Participants
are exposed to the internal operations of a Canadian broadcaster while learning
more about the complex business model and economics of Canadian television production
and its relationship to broadcasting through hands-on sessions with internal departments,
panel discussions with industry experts, and exploration of case studies and coaching
Following the broadcaster internship, up to three participants will be selected
for a specialized eight to 10-month senior-level production apprenticeship with
a top independent Canadian production company or Bell Media In-House Productions.
This placement will span of the life of one program cycle and is intended to expose
the participant to the Executive Producer’s role and responsibilities, and provide
meaningful access to the day-to-day running of a large-scale series. Companies that
hosted participants in 2014 include Marble Media, Temple Street, and Shaftesbury.
Applicants for the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab must be Canadian
citizens or landed immigrants over the age of 19. Applicants must hold a degree
or diploma with an emphasis on television or film studies, or have an equivalent
five years of production experience.
About the Bell Media TV and Film
Skills Development Initiative
The $12.3 million Bell
Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of national mentoring
and promotional programs, which ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers,
producers, directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry
at different stages of their careers. Currently, five of these multi-year initiatives
are exclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media
Festival, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada)
for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing
room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film
Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media Executive
Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast and
production experience for mid-level producers; the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp
(Canadian Film Centre), which develops showrunner knowledge and management for TV
writers; the NSI Totally Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training
course for writers, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of
landing a development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm),
which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.
September 22, 2014
BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL BOLSTERS NATURE AND WILDLIFE CONTENT SLATE FOR MIPCOM
ON) September 22, 2014 – Blue Ant International strengthens its programming slate
with new 4K and HD nature and wildlife content to further expand its inventory in
this category. A growing global content company,
Blue Ant International continues to build momentum with a diverse catalog of over
1,400 hours of award-winning factual, lifestyle, reality, documentary series and
formats for worldwide distribution.
nature and wildlife content coming to MIPCOM includes Nomads of the Serengeti, Dino
Hunt, Volcanic Odysseys, Ol Pejeta Diaries, Hope for Wildlife, Canada Over the Edge,
Great Lakes Wild, and Cosmic Vistas.
& Wildlife Highlights:
Nomads of the Serengeti
(NEW 5 x 60' 4K)
Veteran safari guide Jean Du Plessis takes you on an exhilarating trip through the
Serengeti. In this stunning five-part series, Jean explores some of Africa’s most
incredible locales and observes some of its most fascinating animals. From the odyssey of the wildebeest migration to
some of Africa’s most remote parks, Du Plessis showcases the life and death struggles
of crocodiles, lions, elephants and jackals. With never-before-seen 4k footage NOMADS
OF THE SERENGETI is thrilling wildlife expedition.
Ol Pejeta Diaries (NEW
1 x 60' 4K)
Visit Ol Pej, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Meet the wildlife conservancy
staff and see their daily challenges that a multitude of animals brings. If it’s
not a black rhino getting caught up in barbed wire, it’s the relocation of two thousand
animals from a corner of the park newly slated for redevelopment. From breeding
animals to stop extinction and learning how to have the upper hand over wild creatures;
staff at Ol Pej have definitely got their hands full. See this closed eco-system
and meet the endangered species and hunters of all kinds.
Dino Hunt (NEW 4 x 60'
What was the planet like millions of years ago? On DINO HUNT, Canadian palaeontologists
travel from the Alberta Badlands to the Bay of Fundy—unraveling prehistoric mysteries
along the way. Using CGI technology, the beasts are then brought ‘back to life',
giving insight into what it was like for these majestic and mysterious creatures.
Volcanic Odysseys (NEW 4 x 30′ HD – Complete season 8 x 30' HD)
Where there is a demand, there is opportunity. Volcanologist Thomas Pfeiffer and
his team of local experts cater to the adventurous and volcano-curious, taking guests
on exciting journeys to the most eruptive volcanoes around the world. From the notorious
and deadly Krakatoa, to the remote and inhospitable heat of the Danakill Depression
of Ethiopia, VOLCANIC ODYSSEYS follows Thomas and his crew as they take viewers
into a world of beauty and awe, showcasing this somewhat misunderstood spectacle.
Great Lakes Wild (NEW
8 x 30′ HD)
GREAT LAKES WILD tells the stories of the wild animals who make North America’s
vast Great Lakes their home. Famous for their stunning landscapes, the Great Lakes
are also home to a rich ecosystem bursting at the seams with wildlife. From coyotes
to muskrats, from moose to wolves, GREAT LAKES WILD will take you on an adventure
of lifetime as it explores what scientists call the ‘Canadian Serengeti’.
Grasslands (NEW 1 x 60'
This stunning documentary showcases Canada’s Grasslands National Park in all its
splendor. Shot with the highest quality film, the documentary takes you on a tour
of the unique natural habitat of the mixed-grass prairies. Learn about the reintroduced
bison and other indigenous wildlife, from the endangered burrowing owl to the black-tailed
prairie dog. And of course, hear from the rangers, conservationists, and aboriginal
people who call the GRASSLANDS home.
River Delta (NEW 1 x 60'
Explore the beauty of Canada’s backyard with a one-hour tour of the Saskatchewan
River Delta. Travelling the expansive, breathtaking landscape by air, ground, and
water, get a close-up of the land’s rich biodiversity—boasting well over 200 species
of birds, more than 48 species of fish, and a wide variety of plants. Hear from
the people who live and work in Canada’s largest inland delta.
Vistas (NEW 6 x 30’ HD – Complete season 30 x 30' HD)
to the invention of spaceflight, the drive to explore is leading us upward and outward,
off of our own planet and out into the solar system where a host of alien worlds
offer us vast new terrain to uncover. This visually breathtaking series offers a
new perspective on our solar system. Through beautiful HD imagery audiences will
not only be taken to places they have never been, but they will also be given an
immersive tour of places they could never go.
How to be a Wild Elephant
(NEW 1 x 60' HD)
Sities is a three-year-old African Elephant who tragically lost her family at just
three months old. She was rescued and brought to the Nairobi Nursery, were she formed
a human-elephant family that allowed her to stabilize, bond and become part of the
orphan elephant herd. In HOW TO BE A WILD ELEPHANT, watch as she prepares to leave
the safety of the nursery, and move on to the next phase—joining the wild elephant
herds of Tsavo Nairobi.
Hope for Wildlife (NEW
6 x 60' HD – Complete season 78x30' HD)
Mother Nature can be cruel enough - and when man and nature collide, wildlife never
wins. Hope Swinimer, her staff and volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands
of animals each year – while struggling to make ends meet. HOPE FOR WILDLIFE is
an emotionally charged look at what goes wrong when humans encroach on the natural
environment. Not every animal can be saved. Tough choices must be made. There isn’t
always a happy ending, but there is always Hope.
Over the Edge (NEW 13 x 60' HD – Complete Seasons 52x60’HD)
aerial-documentary series explores the features that define Canada: the most-expansive
coastline on Earth, and the world’s longest, undefended border. From the urban centers
to the remote wilderness of world-famous National Parks, CANADA OVER THE EDGE features
the rugged beauty and history of Canada.
Using a state- of-the-art cinematography, the award-winning team of directors
create the most incredible collection of high definition images capturing never-
before-seen wildlife, and once-inaccessible natural wonders along Canadian shores.
exciting new additions to our robust content slate reinforce our commitment to developing
and distributing premium nature and wildlife content,” said Solange Attwood, SVP
International, Blue Ant International.
September 19, 2014
Review of bargaining unit structure of Radio-Canada: favourable decision from the CIRB
MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada
Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) today ruled in favour of CBC/Radio-Canada's application
for review of the bargaining unit structure for employees working in the province
ofQuebec and the city of Moncton.
That structure, in place since 1995, consists of four bargaining
units. The Corporation believes that, to succeed in today's highly competitive environment
and properly meet audience expectations, the structure must be streamlined.
What comes next
For more information, see our comprehensive backgrounder
on the subject at:
- CBC/Radio-Canada and the four existing bargaining
units now have 90 days to come to an agreement on creation of the new union
- If the parties reach agreement, the CIRB may determine
that the proposed structure is appropriate and rule accordingly. If an agreement
cannot be reached, the CIRB will summon all parties involved and hear their
arguments for the desired structure. At the conclusion of those arguments,
the CIRB will rule on the new union structure.
- Whether subsequent to an agreement reached by the
parties or a CIRB decision on the new union structure, unionized employees
will vote on which bargaining unit(s) will represent them within the new structure.
September 19, 2014
DHX Media Announces The Next Step Live On Stage National Tour Coming in Winter 2015
HALIFAX, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/
- DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX), a key
player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announces
that eight cast members from Family Channel's hit series, The Next Step, will embark
on a twenty-one city Canadian stage tour this winter. The tour will commenceWednesday,
February 4 in St. John's, NL, and travel across Canada to conclude in Vancouver,
BC, on Saturday, March 14. The complete list of tour dates, locations and ticket
purchasing information will be announced today at /PT following a new episode of The Next Step on Family
Family's fan-favourite dance drama
The Next Step follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step Dance
Studio as they pursue their dreams to win the national dance title. Commissioned
by Family Channel, The Next Stepis produced by Temple Street Productions. BBC Worldwide
handles international distribution rights for the series.
September 18, 2014
Sandvine Data: Canadians Love Netflix (and Hockey)
Data Revealed at Sandvine Event
that Brings Leading Canadian Internet Providers Together
WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/
- Sandvine (TSX: SVC), a leading provider of intelligent broadband and network solutions
for fixed and mobile operators, today revealed the latest Canadian Internet usage
trends. The data is being discussed today at an event hosted by Sandvine to bring
together Canadian communications service providers (CSPs) to share perspectives
on global Internet usage trends and discuss the evolution of the broadband data
The data was collected as part
of Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Program which, together with Sandvine'sInternet Phenomena Blog,
is industry-renowned for revealing the latest facts, fads, and future trends about
consumer Internet usage from networks around the globe.
Some of the unique traits found
on Canadian networks include:
- Netflix is the leading application in Canada, and on select networks, can account for between
30%-40% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. Three years ago, Netflix
accounted for just 13.5% of evening traffic inCanada
- No other paid over-the-top (OTT) video service accounts
for more than 1% of traffic in the evening, making Canada a prime candidate
for the introduction of new streaming options. For comparison, in the United States, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and HBOGO account for
almost 7% of peak downstream traffic
- P2P Filesharing still represents over 15% of total
fixed network traffic on many networks, while in the US it is below 10%
- No surprise: Canadians love to livestream hockey,
with data from one operator showing some Olympic men's hockey games accounted
for over 35% of traffic
- Canadians are social butterflies with over 25% of
downstream traffic being generated by social networking apps. The three largest
consumers of data being Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
- YouTube is the single largest source of mobile traffic,
accounting for over 20% of downstream traffic
Sandvine's solutions are currently
being used by over 10 CSPs in Canada to provide actionable business intelligence and policy
solutions in order to deploy new services and improve subscribers' Internet quality
"As a company founded and
headquartered in Canada, we are proud of the success we have had in our home country", said
Dave Caputo, CEO, Sandvine. "We are excited to share the latest Canadian internet
trends today with both current and prospective customers in hopes of improving the
quality of experience and variety of service tiers available to Canadian Internet
September 18, 2014
CTV GO’s Full Potential Now Available to TELUS Optik TV Customers
(September 18, 2014) – CTV announced today that TELUS Optik TV customers can now
enjoy complete access to its CTV GO TV Everywhere platform at no extra cost. From
current summer series like runaway hit THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, to returning fall
favourites THE BIG BANG THEORY, GREY’S ANATOMY, and CRIMINAL MINDS as well as big-buzz
new series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, THE FLASH, FOREVER, and more, TELUS Optik
TV customers can now watch live CTV and CTV Two programming, whenever and wherever
they are on their phone, tablet, or computer. Additionally, subscribers have access
to thousands of hours of full-length on demand coverage during the year. TELUS subscribers
now join Bell FIBE, Bell TV, Shaw Cable, and Shaw Direct customers with access to
CTV GO, making the platform accessible by close to 6 million Canadians.
subscribers can download the free CTV GO app from the App Store (www.AppStore.com/CTVGO) and Google Play
on their iOS and Android devices. Subscribers can also access CTV GO by visiting
CTV.ca/CTVGO through their chosen web-browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari,
more information about CTV GO, CLICK HERE.
September 18, 2014
The majority of Canadians can now benefit from the terms of the wireless code
18, 2014, Ottawa and Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today issued
a report card that assesses the implementation of the wireless code by wireless
late 2013, the CRTC introduced the code, which set out new standards that all wireless
services providers must adopt. The CRTC asked these companies to submit reports
on their implementation of the code. Most companies demonstrated that they had made
the necessary changes to their contracts, policies and procedures within the prescribed
time frames in order to comply with the code, but some of them still have to make
changes to their practices.
verification of the code’s implementation is the first step in assessing compliance.
The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) will administer
the wireless code and consequently determine on a case by case basis whether or
not providers are complying with the code. The first CCTS annual report to include
complaints concerning the code will be released before the end of the year.
code sets out the basic rights of Canadians regarding services for cellphones and
other mobile devices and helps to increase their understanding of the choices available
to them. It contributes to a more dynamic marketplace for wireless services.
CRTC reminds Canadians that they should contact the CCTS if they believe their wireless
service provider is failing to comply with the code.
- The CRTC
has issued a report card on its assessment of wireless service providers and their
implementation of the code.
Most companies have made the necessary changes to their contracts, policies and
procedures within the prescribed time frames in order to comply with the code.
The CRTC expects wireless services companies that are not in compliance with some
of the conditions set out in the code to take necessary measures to be in compliance.
The code explains to Canadians their rights and responsibilities as consumers of
Canadians should contact the CCTS if they feel that their wireless service provider
is failing to comply with the code.
established the wireless code to provide Canadians better guidance with respect
to wireless services. We are satisfied that the majority of the population can now
benefit from the terms of the code and would like to remind the wireless service
providers that they are required to comply with it at all times. The CRTC expects
companies that have policies which do not comply with the code to take necessary
measures as soon as possible.”
Chief Consumer Officer, CRTC
September 18, 2014
Corus Entertainment Announces Strategic Partnership with Leading Multichannel Network for Women’s Lifestyle on YouTube, KIN Community
18, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) Earlier today, it was announced
that Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) has led a Series C round of funding in
the Santa Monica-based lifestyle digital media company, KIN. With this agreement,
Corus and KIN have also entered into a strategic partnership to launch KIN Canada,
bringing the company’s multichannel network (“MCN”), KIN Community, as well as KIN’s
lifestyle creators, award-winning programming and advertising opportunities to the
Canadian marketplace. As part of this agreement, Corus becomes the exclusive Canadian
media representative for KIN Community. In addition, W Network and KIN will collaborate
on developing talent and content targeted to the women’s demographic.
investment and strategic partnership with KIN allows us to leverage the combined
reach of our complementary brands as well as jointly develop and utilize compelling,
short-form premium-branded content,” says Doug Murphy, Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Corus is an established leader
in the women’s space and by partnering with KIN’s top-tier influencers and talent-driven
channels we are able to connect with women wherever they are consuming their entertainment.”
partnership aligns two market leaders in media targeted to the women’s demographic. As the #1 female-focused lifestyle network on
YouTube, with verticals that include food, fashion, beauty, DIY and home, KIN Community
attracts more than 200 million collective views from over 25 million unique visitors
per month. Corus’ portfolio of leading women’s brands, which includes Canada’s #1
network for women, W Network, is a driving force in television, delivering a lineup
of internationally successful original series such as Property Brothers and Love
it or List It to audiences across Canada.
new funding and strategic partnership will further accelerate our vision to be the
global leader in lifestyle,” said Michael Wayne, Co-Founder and CEO of KIN. “We’re
thrilled that Corus recognizes the unique value KIN Community brings content creators,
brands and consumers as a lifestyle platform, and we are looking forward to working
with them as a partner.”
strength of Corus Entertainment’s established brands coupled with KIN’s roster of
digital creators on YouTube deliver a broad and impressive audience that will appeal
to advertisers seeking the highly-coveted female demographic,” said Gerry Mackrell,
Vice President and Head of Airtime Sales, Corus Entertainment. “As Canada’s exclusive
sales representatives for KIN, we can design and sell fully integrated 360 degree
packages for clients that include media buys, branded content, multi-channel collaborations
and the creation of new original online series delivered across broadcast and YouTube
this alignment, advertisers will gain access to media campaigns and brand content
integrations with the world’s top digital video creators, and to KIN Community’s
prominent social reach, which includes 28 million Twitter followers, 14.5 million
Pinterest followers and 17 million Facebook fans.
collaboration will provide more opportunities to showcase talent both online and
on W Network, as well as help build out and foster the network of digital creators
developing content in Canada. Current contributors to KIN Community include Canadian
creator Melissa Maker’s CleanMySpace
channel, an online cleaning community with over 200 videos on YouTube, and Rosanna Pansino, creator
of the leading baking channel on YouTube with 2.5 million subscribers and representing
one of the fastest growing female channels on the platform. Three of the top 10
most viewed food videos on YouTube for 2013 were produced by Rosanna. Other prominent
channels include Wayne Goss’s
makeup channel, which has 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube. In October, Women’s
Wear Daily named Goss one of the top 20 rising global YouTube Beauty Stars.
About KIN/KIN Community
in 2007, KIN is the global leader in lifestyle, empowering lifestyle creators around
the world to do what they love. Based in Santa Monica, CA, KIN is backed by Corus
Entertainment, Mayfield Fund, General Catalyst Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners,
Atomico and Emil Capital.
KIN Community is the number one lifestyle network
on YouTube, delivering high-quality, female-focused video content across lifestyle
verticals including food, health, beauty, parenting, home and entertainment. KIN
Community reaches consumers in honest and inspiring ways through world-class original
lifestyle video and Emmy award-winning scripted series. In addition, KIN Community
incubates new online video talent and produces custom content programs with major
brand advertisers. Since 2011, KIN Community has attracted more than 20 million
network subscribers and over 4 billion lifetime video views. More information can
be found at: www.kincommunity.com
September 18, 2014
Debut of Mysterious New Immortality Drama FOREVER Available Now for Online Preview, Exclusively at CTV.ca
18, 2014) – CTV announced today that the series debut of the anticipated new drama
FOREVER is now available free to viewers
at CTV.ca and on CTV GO. Ahead
of the official launch of the fall TV season, CTV offers Canadians their first taste
of new offerings with the exclusive advance digital preview of the new series leading
up to its special two-part premiere on Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday,
Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Part of CTV’s heroic new Monday lineup,
FOREVER will air in its regular timeslot Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept.
29, following the buzzed-about new Batman origin drama GOTHAM (Mondays at 8 p.m.
ET/PT beginning Sept. 22). FOREVER stars Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as Dr. Henry
Morgan, a star medical examiner who studies the dead to solve criminal cases, but
also to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years – the answer to his
own inexplicable immortality.
In the premiere
episode of FOREVER, Dr. Henry Morgan’s (Gruffudd) exciting, adventurous, and intriguingly
long life has blessed him with amazing insight and observational skills. So, when
Henry and Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS
UNIT) investigate a fatal subway collision, Jo is not only impressed, but her curiosity
is peeked about who he is. Meanwhile, Henry soon discovers someone else knows his
secret, and he may not be the only “immortal” out there. But who is that person
and what does he want? The one person who can inject hope into Henry's life is Abe
(Judd Hirsch, DAMAGES), his best and only friend. Fate has brought the two men together
and they share an unconventional bond. It’s just part of the captivating mystery
surrounding Henry's strange circumstances and his long search to uncover the cause
of his condition and escape.
September 17, 2014
Bristow Global Media’s New Documentary Series Focusing on the Life of Hockey Wives is Greenlit for Corus Entertainment’s W Network
Canada – September 17, 2014 – Bristow Global Media (BGM) announce the production
of a yet to be named, new original documentary series following the lives of hockey
wives (8x10’) to air on Corus Entertainment’s W Network, for an anticipated February
2015 launch. The deep access documentary
series follows the wives and girlfriends of some of professional hockey’s most celebrated
and up-and-coming players over the course of an NHL season. Confirmed for the series
are Nicole Brown, wife of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown and Noureen DeWulf
wife of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller.
may be some incredible perks to being a hockey wife, but make no mistake, balancing
the grind of the regular season, injuries, long periods of separation, and the formidable
threat of being traded, all while raising families, and building their own careers
pose extraordinary challenges. Although they
are based in cities all over North America, during the course of the NHL regular
season their lives intersect and deeply affect one another’s. From wives who are
new to the league, those whose partners are Stanley Cup winning superstars, and
those nearing retirement, the women form a team of their own to support and encourage
each other through personal and professional highs and lows.
spent last season shooting with NHL families all over North America and in Sochi,
we discovered so many fascinating and powerful woman with compelling stories of
their own. We're excited to tell a deeper, more layered story against the always
dramatic backdrop of our national sport,” said Julie Bristow, President & CEO
Bristow Global Media.
is produced by BGM in association with W Network. Executive Producers are Julie
Bristow President & CEO Bristow Global Media and Claire Adams, Executive Producer,
Content, Bristow Global Media. Production
Executive for W Network is John MacDonald is Vice President, Head of Women's and
Family Television, Corus Entertainment.
series follows on the recent success of BGM’s debut production, the multi-platform
series NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other, created in partnership with the National
Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA).
This seven-part multi-platform series for NBCSN and CBC was the first of its kind
for the NHL and NHLPA and debuted to critical acclaim on January 22, 2014. The series followed more than two dozen top players
before, during a and after their participation in the NHL Stadium Series Games,
XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, and NHL Heritage Classic™
September 17, 2014
Tessa Bonhomme Joins TSN’s Broadcast Team Full-Time
(September 17, 2014) – TSN announced today that Olympic gold medallist and
world champion Tessa Bonhomme has
joined Canada’s Sports Leader on a full-time basis after officially retiring
from Canada’s national women’s team.
her new full-time role at TSN, Bonhomme will appear as a host and reporter for
SPORTSCENTRE as well as a contributor to TSN’s coverage of Hockey Canada
never thought I'd find something I love as much as hockey, but as luck would
have it, I have!” said Bonhomme. “I'm excited to join the amazing team at TSN
full time, and look forward to growing as a broadcaster."
appeared on TSN earlier this year as a panellist for hockey broadcasts during
the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and then as a host on the network’s French
Open coverage and occasional SPORTSCENTRE anchor. Her broadcasting resume also
includes time with Leafs TV as a hockey insider and GolTV Canada covering
has an intimate, insider perspective on the Canadian sports world and has
already proved herself to be an engaging broadcaster with a strong on-air
presence,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “She
brings the same dedication and work ethic to the broadcast studio as she did to
the hockey rink, and we are thrilled to add her to our talent roster.”
defenceman for Canada’s national women’s team beginning in 2004, Bonhomme
helped Canada win a third straight gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Winter Games. She also won gold at the IIHF World Women’s Championship in both
2007 and 2012 and silver in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
2011, Bonhomme competed on CBC’s Battle of the Blades as the show’s first
female hockey player.
Sudbury, Ont. native, Bonhomme is an active member of the Special Olympics’
Champions Network, and a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House, Think First
Canada, and Do It For Daron.
September 17, 2014
TFO wins a second position at the IBC 2014 Innovation Award
Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - In Amsterdam, last Sunday, Groupe Média TFO finished second
for a "Content Management" award at the closing gala of the IBC 2014 Innovation
Awards. This is a first for a Canadian media company. The IBC Innovation Awards,
a prestigious international prize, reward technological innovation in the media
this recognition is a significant milestone for Ontario's public media company,
highlighting the quality of Groupe Média TFO's educational content, at the leading
edge of technology. We are very honoured to get this high-level achievement confirming
our leadership in a dynamic and highly competitive context, as we offer a technological
innovation model that will contribute to the development of new production standards",
states Glenn O'Farrell, President and CEO of Groupe Média TFO.
of TFO's model has its roots in the implementation of a new production environment
based on effective and cutting-edge tools. The result? An improvement in the production
capacity of the broadcaster, allowing it transform from a television station with
a linear production flow into a cross-platform content producer that can create
content in a few hours (rather than a few days)
for any platform. The success of this shift is manifest: with its new model,
TFO has gone from 3 editing rooms to 50 editing stations, allowing it to improve
its number of productions by 40%, while decreasing its reliance on freelancers by
would like to thank IBC for this prestigious recognition that allows us to globally
position ourselves as an innovative media outlet within the industry. Many thanks to IPV, Adobe, Signiant, Oracle, EMC
and Applied Electronics for their excellent collaboration throughout the whole project.
Conditioned by limited capital resources, TFO had also proven innovation has no
think that television is the sole output but represents just one of many", adds
Éric Minoli, Chief Technology and Optimization Officer of Groupe Média TFO.
250 projects were presented for consideration by the IBC 2014 Innovation Awards
and only three were nominated, including Groupe Média TFO's. IBC is a major event
at which the world's biggest players in the electronic media and entertainment industry
come to share their knowledge. The role of the IBC Awards is to celebrate the personalities
and organisations best demonstrating creativity and collaboration.
September 17, 2014
CTV Edmonton Celebrates Milestone 60th Anniversary, October 17
in 1954 as CFRN-TV, station celebrates six decades of bringing Edmontonians trusted
news and beloved programming with retrospective stories –
(September 17, 2014) – On October 17, CTV Edmonton celebrates 60 years of delivering
unmatched programming and trusted news coverage to Edmontonians across the region.
Leading up to its “diamond” anniversary, CTV Edmonton kicks off celebrations with
a series of retrospective stories slated to air each Thursday for six weeks on CTV
NEWS AT SIX beginning this Thursday, September 18. Reporter Dave Ewasuk
takes viewers through historical, behind-the-scenes footage and on-air moments captured
during the station’s early days as Channel 3, CFRN-TV. CTV Edmonton also welcomes
viewers to take a trip down memory lane as it presents RETURN TO POPCORN PLAYHOUSE,
a special live-audience look back at the original CTV Edmonton children’s program
POPCORN PLAYHOUSE WITH KLONDIKE ERIC, airing Friday, October 24.
immense pride in our place in Edmonton’s history, and are honoured to be welcomed
into the homes of viewers across Edmonton and the surrounding region,” said Lloyd
Lewis, Vice-President, CTV Edmonton and CTV Two Alberta. “We are delighted to celebrate
60 years of telling the stories that matter most to Edmontonians, and look forward
to marking similar milestones in the future.”
look back at its long and storied history also features special online and social
media content including never before seen and behind-the-scenes footage of the station
through the years, available at edmonton.ctvnews.ca.
on October 17, 1954 by broadcast pioneer Dr. G.R.A “Dick” Rice, CFRN was Edmonton’s
first television station and the second station operating in Alberta. Beginning
with a single live camera, its telecasts first appeared on Edmonton’s Channel 3
as the sole signal available in the region. Home to beloved programs NOON SHOW and
EYE ON EDMONTON, CFRN also fed the first network program in Alberta, the official
opening of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in May, 1957. In 1988, CFRN was
sold to Electrohome Ltd., which later merged with Baton Broadcasting in 1997. The
station was finally acquired by CTV Inc. in 1999.
September 16, 2014
Global's Blazing Summer Lineup Sparks Sizzling Ratings
TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2014 /CNW/
- Global Television, home to explosive summer hits Rookie Blue, Big Brother andUnder
the Dome, along with the new blockbuster series Extant, was the only major conventional
network to see a year over year increase in its primetime average. The powerhouse
network saw a five percent increase (2+) and eightpercent increase (A18-49) this
summer with its programming dominating the Top 10. Global's ratings success extends
to news, as Global National experienced a 22 percent increase for A18-49 and seven
percent increase for A25-54, and News Hour
saw a 10 percent year over year increase (A18-49).
Channel Highlights (all A18-49
unless otherwise specified):
- Global owned seven of the Top 10 programs
- Global owned half of the Top 20 programs
- Global saw year over year growth in other key demos
- Global owns the only three dramas in the Top 10
- Global owns the only dramas ranking in the Top 20
this summer (Under the Dome, Extant, Rookie Blue, 24: Live Another Day)
- Global owns three dramas in the Top five (2+)
Programming Highlights (all A18-49 unless otherwise specified):
Global heads into fall with a jam-packed line up
of returning hits and hotly anticipated series premieres. Drama heavyweights Sleepy
Hollow and The Blacklist make their triumphant returns at and respectively onSeptember 22. Global also welcomes new
series to the schedule including the gripping dramas Madam Secretary(September 21)
and Stalker (October 1) and the television event of the season Gracepoint (October
- Under the Dome was the number one drama of the summer
and ranks in the Top three programs
- Extant was the number one new summer show and ranks
in the Top 10 across multiple demos
- Rookie Blue's audience grew seven percent (2+) over
last season and nine percent (A18-49)
- All three airings of Big Brother ranked in the Top
10 and won their nights (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday)