March 26, 2015
PRODUCTION STARTS ON FINALE SEASON OF SHAW MEDIA’S ORIGINAL HIT DRAMA SERIES CONTINUUM
VANCOUVER, BC, March 26,
2015 - Reunion Pictures,
in association with Shaw Media, today announced that production is underway on season
four of Continuum, Showcase's Canadian original action-drama about a policewoman from
2077 who travels back in time to track down escaped Liber8 convicts from the future.
The six one-hour episode conclusion wraps production in late May and premieres July 26, 2015 on Showcase.
In season four
of Continuum, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols, Criminal Minds, Alias) and the mysterious time traveler, Brad
Tonkin (Ryan Robbins,
Falling Skies, The Killing)
must battle the Future Soldiers who arrived in a flash of light in the last moments
of season three. Meanwhile, Kiera's alliance with the remaining members of Liber8
challenges her relationship with both Carlos (Victor Webster, Castle, Melrose Place) and Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen, Jericho, Scream 4).
Kiera must also
face off against Kellog (Stephen Lobo, Arctic Air,
Smallville), who is using every option available to him to become the ruler of a
dark future built in his image. Ultimately Kiera is put to the test when the dream
of potentially reuniting with her family is reignited.
season of Continuum is built around the opportunity for Kiera to finally get home,
and poses the question: what are we prepared to compromise to achieve our ultimate
creator/executive producer Simon Barry. "Kiera must put those she loves at risk to pursue a dream
that she thought was impossible."
happy that fans all over the world will now receive the highly anticipated conclusion
to this critically acclaimed series," said Reunion Pictures' Tom Rowe. "Under the creative direction of Simon Barry, Executive
Producer/Director Patrick Williams, and our stellar cast, the final season promises
to deliver some fascinating answers to the complexities ofContinuum's present and
include Roger Cross (Motive, Arrow), Omari Newton
(Blue Mountain State, Sophie), Luvia Petersen (The L Word) and Terry Chen (Bates
Motel, Combat Hospital).
created by Executive Producer Simon Barry (The Art of War) while DGC Award winner
Patrick Williams (Shattered, Smallville) is Executive Producer and Director. Reunion
Pictures partners Tom Rowe, Lisa Richardson and Matthew O'Connor are Executive Producers.
Viewers can catch
up on previous seasons of
Continuum on shomi.
Filmed on location
in Vancouver, BC,
Continuum is developed and produced by Reunion Pictures.
International distribution is handled by Endemol. The series is now seen internationally
in over 100 countries.
March 26, 2015
HISTORY® GREENLIGHTS FOURTH SEASON OF HIT SERIES VIKINGS
NEW YORK/TORONTO, March
26, 2015 – HISTORY® announced today that it has picked up a fourth season
of its hit scripted series
Vikings, created and written
by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth).
Five new episodes remain in the current season airing Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT
with the season finale slated for Thursday, April 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.
The first four
episodes of season three took viewers by storm, averaging 895,000 (A2+), 428,000
(A25-54) and 375,000 (A18-49), making the new season of Vikings
the #1 specialty drama on
Thursday nights in all key demos*. Vikings has been
the #1 specialty drama since its inaugural season premiere in 2013** and this year
earned four Canadian Screen Awards including Best International Drama.
season four will begin this spring in Ireland.
“Five weeks in
and still topping the charts as Canada’s number one specialty drama, Vikingshas cemented HISTORY firmly in the scripted series genre
and we’re thrilled to be picking it up for a new season,” said Christine Shipton,
Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.
“Backed by strong Canadian representation among both cast and crew, Vikings
is one of the most compelling,
visually stunning dramas on television today and we can’t wait to bring it back.”
Vikings tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures
of these warriors and portrays life in the Dark Ages through the eyes of Viking
society. The gripping family saga of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Rollo (Clive Standen),
Lagertha (Canadian Katheryn Winnick) and Bjorn (Canadian Alexander Ludwig) continues
in season three as alliances and loyal friendships are questioned, faith is catechized
and relationships are strained.
Created and written
by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award
winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe
The Tudors), Michael serves
as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte
Cristo; The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias), John Weber of Take
5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn
(The Tudors; The Borgias).
Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced
by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY broadcasts both domestically in Canada
and in the U.S. MGM Television is the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and
Canada. Vikings is produced
in association with Shaw Media. Fans who
missed the first four episodes of the third season of Vikings can catch up on History.ca and the HISTORY Go App. The first two seasons of Vikings are available
* Source: Numeris
(BBM Canada) PPM data: 1/5/15- 3/15/15(Confirmed) Ind 2+, A25-54, F25-54, M25-54,
A18-49, F18-49, M18-49, A18-34, A50
** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM data: 8/26/13- 8/31/14 A25-54 excluding sports
** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM data: 12/30/13- 10/05/14 A25-54 excluding sports
** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM data: 1/5/15- 3/15/15 A25-54 (Confirmed)
March 26, 2015
DAILY PLANET Tackles Nature’s Awe-Inspiring Fury When “Forces of Nature Week” Returns, April 13-17 on Discovery
26, 2015) – Ferocious winds, deadly volcanoes, and
earthquakes the world has never seen before… Mother Nature truly is the ultimate
warrior! DAILY PLANET – Canada’s
favourite science program – is on high alert, scouring the planet for the world’s
freakiest forces on
“Forces of Nature Week”, Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery.
Co-hosts Ziya Tong and
Dan Riskin follow
the scientists who track and reveal the fearsome power of Mother Nature – from a lizard that shoots blood from its eyeballs
to lightning that fires upwards, and even daring to touch the hottest pepper in
the world – DAILY PLANET turns up the heat, dissecting powerful forces in ways never thought
DAILY PLANET’s “Forces of Nature” Week include:
Surfing the Heaviest Wave
Taking on Mother Nature at her own game! Imagine a wave that’s two storeys high,
is super thick, and crashes down on a shallow, razor-sharp coral reef. Well, here’s
the crazy part: pro surfer Garrett McNamara has…. and he’s done it more than 50
times! The wave is called Teahupoo, and it’s considered the heaviest wave in the
world. McNamara breaks down the science behind the wave withDAILY PLANET, and shares
his personal account of what it’s like surfing this massive beast.
Ziya Tong in
What’s it like to experience one of nature’s strangest forces first hand? DAILY
PLANET co-host Ziya Tong jumps right in the thick of it to find out what makes quicksand
so terrifying and deadly. To do that, she’s enlisted the help of David Willey, science
demonstrator extraordinaire, who’s built a homemade quicksand contraption filled
with sand and a water pipe to blast a high-pressure stream. During “Forces of Nature
Week”, DAILY PLANET finds out how quicksand forms, how fast a person can sink into
it, and the best way to get someone out of it… alive!
When mountains of magma erupt, it’s hard to turn away from a bubbling, erupting
flow of lava. Listening carefully, is it obvious when it’s going to blow? That’s
what Jeff Johnson is trying to figure out by setting up infrared sensors and collecting
the sounds of Chile’s Villarrica volcano. The results are surprising!
When nature’s fury throws 400 km/h winds at a person, they’re going to run to take
cover. Question is: how do they know their shelter can take the extreme punishment?
Engineers in Madison, Wisconsin have not only built a wooden shelter – yes, wooden!
– they’re so confident it’ll stand up, they’re pummeling it with high velocity debris
to prove it. DAILY PLANET takes viewers behind the scenes to watch the terrifying
By Guinness World Records’ standards, Ed Currie has created the world’s hottest
pepper at his South Carolina farm. It’s so hot, it can’t even be touched without
specially made gloves. DAILY PLANET heads to the farm as Currie trains a new employee
to handle these homegrown forces of nature.
March 26, 2015
From Pied Piper to the President: HBO Comedies SILICON VALLEY and VEEP Return to HBO Canada, April 12
26, 2015) – High-tech humour in Palo Alto and hilarious hijinks in the White House.
On Sunday, April 12, following the anticipated Season 5 premiere of GAME
OF THRONES, HBO Canada welcomes back two of HBO’s most award-winning, critically
acclaimed comedies. Set in the technology gold rush, the Golden Globe® and Emmy®-nominated
comedy SILICON VALLEY returns
at 10 p.m. ET/MT for its 10-episode second season, and continues to follow a team
of underdogs struggling to make it in a land of big ideas and bigger egos. The 10-episode
fourth season of VEEP debuts at 10:30
p.m. ET/MT, and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award
winning role as President Selina Meyer, for whom even the most banal action can
set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
for a sneak peek of the new season of SILICON VALLEY, and HERE for a sneak
peek of the new season of VEEP.
between Mike Judge (KING OF THE HILL) and Alec Berg (HBO’s CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM),
who both direct five episodes, SILICON VALLEY takes a comic look at the modern-day
epicentre of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed
are the least capable of handling success. After taking the tech world by storm
last season at TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard (Canadian actor Thomas Middleditch, Search
Party) and the rest of the Pied Piper
team – Erlich (T.J. Miller, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Jared (Zach Woods,
THE OFFICE), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr, FREAKS AND GEEKS), and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani,
FRANKLIN & BASH) – look ahead to a bright and profitable future. But their success
may be in jeopardy, thanks to big changes at Raviga, the company created by Peter
Gregory, and Nucleus, the competing compression platform launched by Hooli CEO Gavin
Belson (Matt Ross, HBO’s BIG LOVE).
The series also
stars Canadian Amanda Crew (Jobs) as Monica, Suzanne Cryer (TWO GUYS AND A GIRL)
who joins the cast as Raviga managing partner Laurie Bream, and Jimmy O. Yang (2
BROKE GIRLS) as Jian-Yang. Guest star Ben Feldman (MAD MEN) returns as Ron LaFlamme,
while new guest stars include Chris Diamantopolous (EPISODES) as Russ Hanneman,
and Alice Wetterlund (The Interview) as Carla.
The fourth season
of VEEP, created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar®-nominee for In the Loop), begins with
President Meyer about to give her first major speech as commander-in-chief, though
it remains to be seen if her term will outlast that of America’s shortest-serving
president, William Henry
Harrison. With the stakes for Selina and her team higher than ever before, she
must still run for election, while her staff grapple with how to make her seem more
case of the series includes Tony Hale (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) in his Emmy-winning
role as Gary, Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop) in her Emmy-nominated role as Amy, Reid
Scott (The Intern) as Dan, Matt Walsh (Into the Storm) as Mike, Timothy C. Simons
(The Interview) as Jonah, Sufe Bradshaw (Overnight) as Sue, Kevin Dunn (HBO’s TRUE
DETECTIVE) as Ben, Emmy nominee Gary Cole (THE GOOD WIFE) as Kent, and new series
regular and Sam Richardson (THE OFFICE) as Richard.
this season include Patton Oswalt (THE GOLDBERGS) as the new Vice-President’s hands-on
chief-of-staff Teddy, Sarah Sutherland (HBO’s THE NEWSROOM) as Selina’s daughter
Catherine, and Hugh Laurie (HOUSE M.D.) as a powerful political figure.
was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler (KING OF THE HILL), and Dave Krinsky
(KING OF THE HILL). Executive producers are Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler,
Dave Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), and Tom Lassally
(Edge of Tommorrow). Co-executive producers are Dan O’Keefe (THE LEAGUE) and Clay
Tarver (Joy Ride), supervising producers are Sonny Lee (2 BROKE GIRLS) and Ron Weiner
(30 ROCK), while Carrie Kemper (THE OFFICE) and Jim Kleverweis (HBO’s THE COMEBACK)
VEEP is created
by Armando Iannucci, and executive produced by Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick
(Face/Off), New York Magazine’s Frank Rich, Chris Addison (DOCTOR WHO), Simon Blackwell
(In the Loop), Tony Roche (In the Loop), Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Stephanie Laing
(BANSHEE). The series is produced by Bill Hill (BANSHEE).
HBO Canada subscribers
can catch up on all previous seasons of SILICON VALLEY and VEEP in Eastern Canada
GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada, on the go with Shaw
Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app,
Telus Optik on the go,
and HBO Canada On Demand.
HBO Canada is
a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus
Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
March 26, 2015
Bell Media Rallies the Realm for Season 5 of GAME OF THRONES with HBO Canada Pop-Up Shop in Toronto
(March 26, 2015) – #HBOShopTO. Calling all lords, hounds, kings, queens, and
bastards in the realm of Toronto: Bell Media and HBO Canada are bringing fans
an exclusive GAME
OF THRONES-themed pop-up shop in the heart of the city. The HBO Canada
Pop-Up Shop offers fans the opportunity to purchase a unique selection of HBO
and GAME OF THRONES merchandise, as well as sit on the coveted Iron Throne of
Westeros. Located at 277
Queen Street West, the HBO Canada Pop-Up Shop is open from Monday, April 6
to Sunday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
“As the most
popular series ever on HBO Canada, GAME OF THRONES excites and mobilizes fans
like nothing we’ve ever seen, which is why we decided to put our biggest series
in the centre of the biggest city in Canada with a limited, highly visible, and
unique storefront environment,” said Jon Arklay, Senior Vice-President, Bell
Media Agency, Brand, Creative and Marketing. “Open to the public, the store
features products previously unavailable in Canada and is a unique brand
experience, not only for GAME OF THRONES buffs, but for fans who want to engage
with HBO’s celebrated lineup of premium programming.”
Canada Pop-Up Shop will feature an impressive selection of HBO merchandise,
with a focus on GAME OF THRONES products, including: an exclusive, limited
edition, Season 5 T-shirt and tote bag; a GAME OF THRONES hockey jersey; beer
steins; a 4D puzzle; a 7” Iron Throne replica statue; pint glasses; Pop!
figurines; and more. Fans will also have the opportunity to be king or queen
for the day by taking their photo on the Iron Throne.
the shop will also showcase merchandise from HBO Canada’s current lineup of
premium programming from HBO including GIRLS, VEEP, SILICON VALLEY, and TRUE
DETECTIVE, plus products from HBO’s back catalogue available on CraveTV, like ENTOURAGE, SEX AND THE CITY,
THE WIRE, THE SOPRANOS, and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.
for a sneak peek of the new season of GAME OF THRONES.
March 26, 2015
Thursday Nights Get a Fresh Infusion of Scripted Reality as Billy Crystal and Josh Gad Take Centre Stage in The Comedians, April 9 on FX
(March 26, 2015) A comedy veteran and an up-and-comer walk into the FX offices…
and so begins the hilariously smart new single-camera comedy, The Comedians,
starring Emmy® Award-winning comedian Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc. franchise)
and the brilliantly funny Josh Gad (Frozen). Based on the Swedish series Ulveson
and Herngren, The Comedians airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning April 9
on FX, followed by the Season 5 premiere of Emmy® Award-winning comedy Louie,
airing Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings).
and authentic, The Comedians stars Crystal and Gad as themselves in this
documentary-style original FX series… about the making of an original FX
series. Having pitched his own show idea to FX executives, Crystal is told the
only way they’ll do it is if he teams up with the younger, edgier Gad –
transforming The Billy Show into the late-night sketch comedy The Billy &
Josh Show. And the cameras are there to capture every uncomfortably funny
moment between the unlikely duo. Rounding out the cast are Stephnie Weir
(MADtv), Matt Oberg (The Bourne Legacy), and Megan Ferguson (Love & Other
Drugs). Plus, viewers can expect to see an A-list lineup of guest stars
throughout the season, including Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and
industry legends Mel Brooks (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Producers, Blazing
Saddles) and Rob Reiner (New Girl, All in the Family, The Wolf of Wall Street).
tuned for the eagerly awaited Season 5 premiere of Louie, immediately following
The Comedians. Filtered through the observational humour of Emmy® Award-winning
comedian Louis C.K., each episode features a mix of scripted story and C.K.’s
stand-up comedy, centring on his everyday ordeals, quest for love, and pursuit
of humour. In the premiere episode, Louie goes to a potluck dinner.
watch all of their favourite FX and FXX programming with the FXNOW Canada video
player and app, available on iTunes and the Google Play Store. This
authenticated video product allows viewers to watch marquee programming from
both FX and FXX post-broadcast, on any device – online, tablets, or smartphones
– at no additional cost. FXNOW Canada is also compatible with Android and iOS
(tablets and mobile).
March 26, 2015
Let’s Talk TV: CRTC proposes measures to empower Canadian TV viewers
2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau—The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) today unveiled a draft code that will help Canadians make
informed choices and resolve disputes with their television service providers.
Let’s Talk TV conversation, many Canadians said that cable and satellite
companies do not always provide enough information about their packaging and pricing.
Canadians also said that, in their view, the companies sometimes provide
misleading or inaccurate information, as well as poor or inconsistent customer
service. The CRTC’s code reflects what it heard from Canadians.
proposed code, cable and satellite companies would be required to provide
easy-to-understand agreements to their customers and notify them of changes to
their services. The code would also clarify the terms surrounding the addition
or cancellation of channels, early cancellation fees and installation
appointments, among others. Combined with the CRTC’s previously announced
prohibition of 30-day cancellation policies, http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=900669
will have the freedom and necessary information to switch service providers if
they are not satisfied.
To help the
CRTC finalize the code, Canadians are invited to share their views on the
• What kind of information
should cable and satellite providers give subscribers when they sign up?
• How much notice should cable
and satellite providers have to give when they change the price of channels or
packages of channels?
• What would constitute a
reasonable timeframe for service calls by cable and satellite providers?
The CRTC is
welcoming comments on the draft code until May 25, 2015.
can participate by:
• filling out the online form https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?YA=2012&S=O&PA=t&PT=nc&PST=a&lang=fr
• writing to the Secretary
General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or
• sending a fax, at 819-994-0218
information on how to participate in a CRTC consultation, please see: It’s Your
CRTC: Here’s How to Have Your Say! http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/g10.htm
will also host an online discussion forum to promote further discussion among
Canadians on the proposed code. Details of the discussion forum will be
Canadians are increasingly obtaining their various communications services from
the same company through bundled offerings.
reason, the CRTC is proposing that Canadians would be able to direct their
complaints relating to the code to the Commissioner for Complaints for
Telecommunications Services. This industry ombudsman currently works with
Canadians to help resolve complaints relating to their wireless, Internet and
telephone services, and administers the CRTC’s wireless code.
access for Canadians with disabilities
Canadians with disabilities will have access to more content that has been
adapted to their needs and which will provide them with a seamless viewing
experience. The CRTC expects that when television programs with closed
captioning are made available online and on mobile devices, the closed
captioning will be included.
the CRTC expects broadcasters to increase the amount of programs with described
video they offer over the next few years. By September 2019, most broadcasters
will have to provide described video for programs aired in prime time, from 7
to 11 p.m.
CRTC will require television service providers to make accessible hardware,
such as set-top boxes and remote controls, available to subscribers, where they
can be obtained from suppliers and are compatible with their networks. This
requirement will be implemented by the end of 2015.
March 26, 2015
THE FIERCEST MOST POWERFUL PRINCESS IN THE UNIVERSE COMES TO DISNEY XD WHEN STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL DEBUTS ON APRIL 6
26, 2015 – Wands that shoot rainbows, dimension cutting scissors and a flying pony
head are just three of the out-of-this-world accessories Princess Star Butterfly
is bringing to Disney XD when the animated adventure series Star vs. The Forces
of Evil premieres. Debuting as a special one-hour episode on Monday, April 6 at
6 p.m. ET, the quirky comedy follows Star Butterfly, a teen princess from another
dimension who, after receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday,
is sent to Earth to live with the Diaz family and their responsible son, Marco.
The zany new series debuts as part of Easter Monday’s Animation Domination and is
preceded by the mid-season finale of fan-favourite series Gravity Falls.
life on a new planet with a new family can be challenging, but fortunately for Star,
karate-loving Marco acts as her guide, helping her adapt to her new home. In return,
the fun-loving magical teen princess helps Marco come out of his shell, teaching
him to take chances and make the most of every day. Together, the unlikely duo navigate
high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse all
while keeping Star’s wand out of the clutches of arch-nemesis Ludo and his monstrous
forces of evil.
In the premiere
episode, titled “Star Comes to Earth/Party with a Pony,” Star’s parents send her
to Earth in an attempt to keep her safe, after she receives a royal magic wand for
her birthday. Then, Star’s best friend from her home dimension pays a visit and
feels threatened by Star’s new friendship with her host-brother Marco. Beginning
April 19, Star vs. The Forces of Evil will air regularly Sundays at 12 p.m. ET. Disney XD OnDemand will also offer new episodes
as they become available beginning April 7.
Part of an Easter
Monday Animation Domination, the wackiness officially begins at 2 p.m. ET with The
Gravity Falls Marathon of Mystery. The nine consecutive episodes lead into the highly
anticipated mid-season finale titled “Not What He Seems,” at 6:30 p.m. ET, where
government agents take Stan into custody, leading Dipper and Mabel to question how
much they really know about their good ol’ Grunkle. The misadventure features a
special guest voice performance by Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as Agent
Star vs. The
Forces of Evil features the voices of Eden Sher (The Middle) as Star Butterfly;
Adam McArthur (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Marco Diaz; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory)
as Ludo and King Butterfly. In addition to the series regular cast, recurring guest
stars include: Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Mrs. Diaz; Artt Butler
(Her) as Mr. Diaz; Nate Torrence (Super Fun Night) as Ferguson; Jenny Slate (Parks
and Recreation) as Pony Head and Dee Dee Rescher (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as Skullnick.
continues at DisneyXD.ca where fans can learn
more about the series and its characters. The dedicated show page also features
exclusive video content and the cool new game “Star vs. the Forces of Evil – Creature
Capture,” where players can use Star’s wand to match creature colours and zap them
back into the tower dome.
Star vs. The
Forces of Evil is created and executive-produced by 2009 California Institute of
the Arts (CalArts) graduate Daron Nefcy and is produced by Disney Television Animation.
Disney XD is
the leading kids digital specialty network in Canada, with a multiplatform brand
offering a compelling mix of high definition live-action and animated programming.
An advertising-supported channel, Disney XD features series, movies and short form
content that transport kids into worlds of hilarious, outrageous and awe-inspiring
adventures. Disney XD programming is also available through dedicated OnDemand and
Broadband services. Visit us at DisneyXD.ca.
March 26, 2015
The Truth Is We All Tell Lies.
shomi Presents the Exclusive Canadian SVOD Premiere of Golden Globe Winner The Honourable Woman, April 3
(March 26, 2015) – Secrets and spies, Golden Globes® and a Gyllenhaal – the
thrilling international drama The Honourable Woman makes its binge-able
Canadian subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) debut on shomi™ April 3. Set against
the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage, this nine-part BBC
series tells the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs
conducted in a past life. As a young girl, Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
witnessed the assassination of her father by the armed wing of the Palestinian
Liberation Organization. Now in her late 30s, Stein is at the forefront of the
Middle East peace process.
independent entrepreneur, equal parts idealist and pragmatist, Stein has worked
tirelessly to help cultivate an atmosphere of reconciliation between the
Israelis and Palestinians. Recognized with a noble title for her campaigning
work, the newly-made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her
as she awards a highly-lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman. When he
is subsequently killed, Stein and her brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan) come under
the renewed close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service.
corridors of governmental power to the sibling dynamic that bonds the Stein
family’s private purpose, Whitehall and MI6, Washington and the CIA, The
Palestinian Authority and a Gaza safe-house – the visual backdrop of
writer/producer Hugo Blick’s compelling drama is as stunning and refined as the
story that drives it. The full nine episodes of The Honourable Woman are
available to stream on shomi starting April 3.
available now in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or cable customers,
while conversations continue with other BDUs. With an all-star TV content
lineup of Canadian exclusives, including Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle;
exclusive day-and-date releases of buzz-worthy series such as Jane the Virgin,
iZombie, and The Originals; and past-seasons of many of the hottest shows on television,
featuring Sons of Anarchy, The Americans, and Vikings. Beyond TV binges, shomi
offers hand-picked movie favourites and fun kids-and-family content. Canadians
can enjoy shomi online and on select tablets, mobile devices, set top boxes (on
Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu), and Xbox 360. shomi
will also be coming soon to Chromecast.
March 25, 2015
Statement by Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media on CTV News
25, 2015 /CNW/ - "CTV News is Canada's leading news
organization because of its longstanding commitment to the highest levels of
journalistic integrity. With that reality in mind, I would like to explain
events around discussion of last week's CRTC decisions on CTV and other Bell
Media news channels.
out to the CTV News leadership team to let them know I felt the focus on the CRTC
itself by CTV and other Canadian news organizations would be better placed on a
broad and necessary discussion of the impacts of the CRTC's decisions on
consumers, our team members, and our business.
It was wrong
of me to be anything but absolutely clear that editorial control always rests
with the news team. I have apologized to the team directly for this mistake.
Indeed their strong and straightforward reaction to my intrusion only heightens
my appreciation of their independence, integrity and professionalism. It is
crucial to note that CTV's coverage of the CRTC's decisions was fair, balanced
and extensive, and stands up in comparison to coverage of the issue by any
Canadian news organization.
I've re-learned a valuable lesson from the best news team in the
March 25, 2015
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO of the CRTC, on journalistic independence
March 25, 2015
– Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
One of the pillars of
Canada’s broadcasting system—and, in fact, of our country’s democracy—is that
journalists are able to report news stories independently and without undue
editorial interference. This principle, along with other fundamental
journalistic values, is enshrined in the Code of Ethics that was developed by
RTNDA Canada (The Association of Electronic Journalists).
section 2(3) of the Broadcasting Act, the CRTC has been entrusted by Canadians,
through Parliament, to defend the principles of fair comment, freedom of
expression and journalistic independence.
regulated company does not like one of the CRTC’s rulings is one thing. The
allegation, however, that the largest communication company in Canada is
manipulating news coverage is disturbing. Holding a radio or television licence
is a privilege that comes with important obligations that are in the public
interest, especially in regards to high-quality news coverage and reporting.
citizenry cannot be sacrificed for a company’s commercial interests. Canadians
can only wonder how many times corporate interests may have been placed ahead
of the fair and balanced news reporting they expect from their broadcasting
Code of Ethics is administered by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
Canada’s private broadcasters, including CTV, are members of this independent
body and must adhere to its codes of conduct. Complaints about this matter
should be directed to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for
Canada’s broadcasters to live up to their responsibilities and adhere to a high
standard in their news and information programs.
March 25, 2015
SHAW MEDIA PARTNERS WITH SHAFTESBURY/SMOKEBOMB, SHIFT2 AND SCHICK® QUATTRO FOR WOMEN® ON NEW SCRIPTED MULTIPLATFORM COMEDY SERIES MSLABELLED
Beker, the New Series Engaging Female Millennials is now Available on VervegirlTV
TORONTO, March 25, 2015
- Shaw Media and Shaftesbury’s
digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment, have joined forces with brand agency shift2
and Schick® Quattro for Women® to engage female millennials with MsLabelled, a new, fashion-focused, multiplatform comedy series (20
x four-minutes) featuring and executive produced by Jeanne Beker (Fashion Television). MsLabelled is available now at VervegirlTV and Slice.ca/MsLabelled.
Designed to run
both online and on air,
MsLabelled is a witty, vlog-style
comedy series set in the fast-paced, high-pressure world of fashion. The series
features Ella (Rebecca Liddiard; Between), a young fashionista who tries to find
her own voice in the industry by launching an upstart fashion blog, after landing
a job at a magazine overseen by editor-at-large Jeanne Beker. The series extends
onto social platforms through Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter where fictional and
real world fashion vloggers, along with the fans of the series, can share, discuss
and dissect fashion and fashion trends. The first six episodes are now available
on Slice™network’s popular, female-focused website Slice.ca and the VervegirlTV YouTube channel, with new episodes
to be released each Tuesday and Thursday as well as additional Schick® Quattro for
Women branded content featuring the cast. Episodes of MsLabelled will be reshaped for TV and air on Slice™ at a later date.
“We know great
content can thrive on multiple platforms,” said Christine Shipton, SVP of Content,
Shaw Media. “MsLabelled, a series ripe with entertaining characters
and strong storytelling, works perfectly across both mediums and offers us the exciting
opportunity to have brands like Schick® engage with the series.”
“We believe there
is a strong future in bringing brands and broadcasters together in a “lasercast”
model of scripted YouTube content creation and social fan engagement,” said Christina
Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury/Smokebomb and Chairman, shift2. “MsLabelled has been designed to engage millennials and move seamlessly
from YouTube to other platforms, and we’re excited to blend digital and traditional
entertainment in partnership with both Shaw Media and Schick®.”
to be contributing to this new wave of transmedia programming that will undoubtedly
resonate with all those cool, young women out there who can never get enough of
the enigmatic world of fashion,” said Jeanne Beker, Executive Producer, MsLabelled. “Having had the privilege of initially pioneering fashion
content for television three decades ago, I’m now savouring this opportunity to
make waves on a whole new media frontier.”
about the MsLabelled series and seeing drafts of the scripts,
we loved the central theme around strong female characters in fashion,” said Jennifer
Carnevale, Brand Manager, Quattro For Women. “The series fits perfectly with the
Quattro for Woman user - a young woman who is fun and flirty, and loves fashion
and YouTube. This is the brand’s first foray into YouTube and we believe it is a
great way to connect with our target consumer.”
In MsLabelled, editor-at-large Jeanne Beker tells new Label Magazine
assistant Ella (Rebecca Liddiard) that “magazines will die if they don’t change.”
Ella’s beyond stoked to work at the magazine and will do whatever it takes to bring
Label up to speed with the fast-paced online social world where fashion bloggers
are quickly overtaking their print counterparts. But, industry gossip rag Mirror
Mirror is spilling Label’s secrets all over Twitter and is out to sabotage Ella
and her blog, MsLabelled. Thankfully she has designer Anna (Sara
Hennessey; Just For Laughs) and cute IT guru Gus (Shawn Ahmed; Paranormal Investigators)
on her side to keep her sane. But can she survive this high-pressure world and endless
backstabbing without putting her job on the line?
Viewers can also
delve deeper into the world of
MsLabelled through its social
feeds. Ella will be posting a Snapchat-style photo roll on Tumblr (www.mslabelled.tumblr.com) and Instagram
(https://instagram.com/mslabelled/), serving as her personal social space to showcase
her own take on fashion. The platforms will also be collaborating with real life
fashion bloggers to create a fun, trend-forward space to talk fashion while never
taking it too seriously. Additionally, the infamous Mirror Mirror Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/mmonthewall)
will be active during the series run, revealing the latest fashion gossip in its
signature snarky tone and giving viewers a chance to immerse themselves in the drama
of the MsLabelled world. Viewers can also keep up with recaps,
reviews, behind-the-scenes looks and sneak peeks through Tumblr (www.mslabelledshow.tumblr.com) and Twitter
The cast of MsLabelled includes Rebecca Liddiard (Between); comedian
Sara Hennessey (Just For Laughs); Richard Young (Degrassi), Spencer Robson (Reign),
Shawn Ahmed (Paranormal Investigators), Sydney Kondruss (The Drownsman), Barbara
Mamabolo (State of Syn), Marni Van Dyk (Reign), Nykeem Provo (Lost Girl), Adamo
Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Jeanne Beker as herself, playing Label’s
tough but fair editor-at-large.
Produced by Shaftsbury/Smokebomb
Entertainment and shift2 in association with Shaw Media and Schick® Quattro for
Women, MsLabelled is produced by Smokebomb’s Steph Ouaknine
and Jay Bennett and executive produced by Jeanne Beker, Christina Jennings and Kaaren
Whitney-Vernon. Filmed in Toronto in early March, the series was created and written
by Alexandra Clarke (Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars), and is directed by Zoe Robyn (Syfy’s
Helix, Gator Farm). VervegirlTV is also the home of Smokebomb and shift2’s hit YouTube
series Carmilla, funded by U by Kotex®, which has amassed 13.4 million views to
date, with a second season set to launch this spring.
March 25, 2015
TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver and BC Lions Extend Radio Partnership Through 2017
– TSN Radio 1040
Vancouver to remain exclusive radio home of the BC Lions –
25, 2015) – TSN and the BC Lions Football Club announced this morning that they
have signed a new three-year radio rights extension to broadcast Lions games on TSN Radio
1040 in Vancouver. TSN 1040, broadcast partner of the BC Lions since 2003, will
continue its exclusive broadcast rights deal with the Lions through the 2017 season.
goes beyond just a radio rights deal, it’s a true partnership with the market’s
#1 sports radio station, TSN Radio Vancouver,” said team president and CEO Dennis
Skulsky. “We believe the continuity that has been established over the past decade
is important for Lions fans, our sponsors and our organization. The connection to
our fan base through radio remains a very important link, whether it’s listening
to the pregame show, the play-by-play of the game, the postgame show or feedback,
and Lions talk throughout the day during the season.
The reach across
British Columbia on TSN’s numerous affiliates helps keep our loyal fans tuned-in
for up-to-date information about our players, coaches, and the team. We’re also
pleased to be associated with the talented and knowledgeable game-day broadcast
team of Scott Rintoul, Giulio Caravatta, Bob “The Moj” Marjanovich, and Chris Burns,
along with TSN’s other talented on-air personalities.”
“We are thrilled
to continue as the radio broadcast partner for the BC Lions,” said James Stuart,
Regional Vice-President, Radio and Local Television, B.C, Bell Media. “The club
has had a home at our station for more than a decade and this new agreement ensures
that our audience will continue to hear every moment of Lions football for the next
March 25, 2015
Stingray Music Takes Flight with Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment
Air Canada IFE musical programming
to feature diverse formats, more Canadian talent
– Stingray announced today an exciting partnership with Air Canada and Spafax, making
Stingray the main music content partner for the Air Canada enRoute in-flight entertainment system.
“As a Canadian
company, we are thrilled to mark our debut in the in-flight entertainment industry
with Air Canada, the largest Canadian airline,” said Eric Boyko, President and CEO
of Stingray. “In addition to providing Air Canada customers with the highest quality
music content in flight, our partnership includes the promotion of great Canadian
artists and musicians.”
2015, Air Canada customers have had access, free-on-demand, to the expertly curated
music content that has contributed Stingray’s stellar global reputation, including:
Themed music playlists
Genre-based music playlists
Music Video playlists
Concert videos and music documentaries
Said Calin Rovinescu,
President and CEO of Air Canada, “Air Canada is proud to support Canadian talent
through this new partnership with Stingray that will provide our customers with
more selections than ever before by Canadian artists.”
“We look forward to introducing more choice and
diversified formats in the complimentary musical programming enjoyed by millions
of Air Canada customers each month, across Canada and around the world,” added Craig
Landry, Air Canada’s Vice President, Marketing.
This first venture
by Stingray into the in-flight entertainment industry was developed in coordination
with Spafax, Air Canada’s content marketing agency of record. The partnership is
in line with Stingray’s goal of providing the best music experiences to listeners
worldwide and diversifying its service offering.
March 25, 2015
TVO partners with DHX Media on development of new children's animated science series, based on Lucy and Stephen Hawking's best-selling book series
TORONTO, March 25, 2015 /CNW/ - TVO announced today that it has partnered
with DHX Media on the development of a new children's animated series based on the
'George Greenby' books by world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and
his daughter, author Lucy Hawking.
The new series
is geared towards school-aged kids and explores various aspects of STEM (science,
technology, engineering and mathematics), including space exploration and physics.
Each episode will turn big science concepts into bite-sized information for kids,
with a whimsical take on how the universe works. DHX Media will produce the series,
with Pure Grass Films as executive producers, co-financers and distributors for
several territories outside of Canada.
The series will
tell the story of 11-year-olds George Greenby and Annie Bellis. When George and
Annie say their science tutor is out of this world, they really mean it. That's
because their tutor is Cosmos, an astounding artificial intelligence app that can
instantly transport them anywhere in the universe!
Cosmos was built
by Annie's father, Eric Bellis, a member of the top-secret Order of Science, as
a way to teach Annie about any scientific topic. But he built Cosmos a little too
well…during one fateful physics lesson, Cosmos figures out a way to open a wormhole
right in Annie's living room!
Now Annie and
George can explore anywhere in time and space and learn all kinds of cool stuff!
Like what does a space smell like? And do stars live forever? It also means they
can secretly help Eric with the discoveries and missions he and his fellow super-scientists
at the Order are working on back on Earth…just as long as the trio makes it back
before Eric realizes they're missing!
series, episodes will explore the wonders of physics, breaking down questions of
cosmic proportions, and also looking at earthly phenomena, all while remaining grounded
in the facts of cutting-edge science and their relevance to our lives.
honoured to be working with Lucy and Stephen Hawking, and partnering with DHX Media,
to teach kids about the universe," said Pat Ellingson, Creative Head of Children's
and Parents' Media, TVO. "This series will help strengthen kids' essential
STEM skills, demonstrating how to use and apply technology for learning, while teaching
them about outer space through science, specifically physics."
is very excited to be starting development on this amazing science show with TVO
– an industry leader in kids' educational media," said Ace Fipke, Chief Content
Officer, Kids & Family, DHX Media. "This partnership allows us to turn
George and Annie's story into a visually spectacular educational adventure for the
small screen, introducing school-aged boys and girls to the science of the universe
through imaginative adventures."
delighted to be working with DHX and TVO to bring the wonder and joy of discovering
the universe to kids through storytelling and animation," said the Hawkings
in a joint statement. "It is very exciting to see our George book series transform
into a visual medium, and we are thrilled about the potential to educate through
us at Pure Grass Films are looking forward to working with this great team of partners
and fantastic media organization like TVO to bring this educational, entertaining
series to children in Canada and around the world," said Ben
Grass, CEO and Founder of Pure Grass Films.
The series is
slated to have 39 half-hour episodes and will also include a robust interactive
component for mobile and web. More news to follow.
March 25, 2015
Not-So-Handy Duos Give it Their All in New Competition Series BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS, Beginning April 13 on Discovery
(March 25, 2015) – Tool belts fastened, hard hats on, and home improvement
wannabees ready to nail it! From the producers of MASTERCHEF CANADA and
CANADA’S WORST DRIVER comes the new series BLOOD, SWEAT
& TOOLS, featuring a lively battle among five of Canada’s most inept
home renovating couples competing for a life-changing $50,000 cash prize.
Airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 13 on Discovery, the hilarious
nine-episode season is filled with chaos that tests domestic bliss.
Set in the
iconic cottage country of Northern Ontario, BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS features
five duos of hapless handypersons performing all manner of home renovation
challenges, from installing toilets and outdoor showers, to building gazebos
and repairing roofs. The teams work to impress three experts - Rob Koci
of Canadian Contractor magazine, fourth-generation tradesman and carpenter, Helder
Brum, and power tool expert Hillary
Manion - with successful Do It Yourself (DIY) home repair projects in a bid
to be named “Most Improved.” The couples must perform these DIY tasks quickly
and to exacting specifications. Then, following eight episodes of hammering it
out to stay alive in the competition, the final decision is left up to Canada
with viewers determining the winning couple LIVE during the season finale
episode. Votes will be cast throughout the finale broadcast via text and social
media. Complete voting details will soon be announced.
from the first two episodes of BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS are as follows:
Let There Be Tools!
Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/ PT
series opener, viewers meet the five competing teams from across Canada, along
with the crack team of experts who will guide them. The pairs will face three
challenges – Challenge One is to build a worktable; Challenge Two is to
construct a fire pit and swinging bench (this is cottage country after all!);
and Challenge Three is to install a toilet. And yes, there will be a flush
test! The winner of this episode is given a special prize and their photo is
placed on the infamous “Wall of Just Okay”. The battle is on!
What’s Up, Dock?
Monday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/ PT
get up close and friendly with water. In Challenge One, the teams must install
a window. Chaos ensues as they cut holes into walls and precariously perch
their glass and frame. Water is then blasted against the window to test the
seal (raingear required!) Challenge Two is a quintessential cottage test:
building a dock and diving board. Challenge Three requires some rudimentary
plumbing skills: installing an outdoor shower and pump. Not surprisingly, the
teams struggle with how to get the water from the lake to the showerhead. Some
swim and others sink.
& TOOLS is an original format series produced by Proper Television in
association with Discovery Canada. The series is executive produced by Guy
O’Sullivan and Jennifer Scott. Blair Ricard is the series producer. For
Discovery, Stan Lipsey is Executive Producer, and Edwina Follows is Director of
Commissioning and Production. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President of Programming,
March 25, 2015
‘Cord-cutting’ in Canadian traditional TV service market accelerated in 2014, according to new research
March 25, 2015—Canada’s publicly traded television service providers combined lost a record 65,000* TV subscribers in their
respective 2014 fiscal years (November 30/December 31, 2013 to November
30/December 31, 2014), up sharply from a few hundred* lost in their 2013 fiscal
from Ottawa-based research and consulting firm Boon Dog Professional Services
also shows that the publicly traded TV service providers lost 21,380 TV
subscribers combined in their 2014 fiscal fourth quarters, almost double the
11,323 lost in the same periods in 2013.
continues to show the cable companies losing customers to the IPTV companies,
although they lost fewer customers in 2014 than they did the previous year,”
says Boon Dog Partner Mario Mota. “The problem is that IPTV subscriber growth
is slowing for some companies (i.e., TELUS), so we saw overall TV subscriber
losses accelerate. Another firm trend is that satellite TV is now in
significant decline in Canada.”
however, that even with record subscriber losses, Canada’s traditional TV
service providers are holding their own against a multitude of choices
available to consumers to view video content. “Given that roughly 11.7 million
households subscribed to a traditional TV service at the end of 2014, the
65,000 customers lost last year represents less than 1% of the total market.”
90% of all traditional TV service subscribers in Canada are customers of the
publicly traded TV service providers. Given that these large and
best-capitalized TV service providers lost customers as a whole in 2014, Boon
Dog estimates that the entire traditional TV service market declined by a
slightly larger amount last year.
analysis is published in Boon Dog’s Canadian Digital TV Market Monitor research
series. Additional key data from Boon Dog’s latest upcoming research report
include the following:
· Canada’s biggest four cable companies (Rogers, Shaw,
Vidéotron, and Cogeco) combined lost 73,070 TV subscribers in their 2014 fiscal
fourth quarters and 284,353 subscribers in their 2014 fiscal years;
· The two satellite TV companies in Canada (Bell and
Shaw Direct) lost a record 51,914 TV subscribers in their 2014 fiscal fourth
quarters and 154,250 subscribers in their 2014 fiscal years; and
· The publicly traded IPTV providers [Bell (including
Bell Aliant) and TELUS] added an estimated 103,074 IPTV subscribers in their
2014 fiscal fourth quarters and 374,034 IPTV subscribers in their 2014 fiscal
Publicly Traded TV Service Providers Net TV Subscriber Growth/Decline
(Fiscal 2014 Ended November 30/December 31, 2014)
– November 30
* The Rogers
TV subscriber number above excludes approximately 16,000 TV subscribers
acquired during the year from Source Cable.
** The BCE TV subscriber number above excludes an estimated 3,000 wholesale satellite
TV subscribers sold to TELUS. This number is included in TELUS’ reported TV
subscriber number so it is excluded from the reported BCE TV number to avoid
Dog Professional Services Inc.
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firm offering a range of professional services and research studies to clients
in a number of sectors, with an expertise in the broadcasting and media
sectors. Services provided include communications/broadcasting regulatory
consulting and analytics, strategic business and market intelligence, marketing
communications and public relations, writing and editing, project management,
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About the Canadian
Digital TV Market Monitor
Published on a quarterly basis, Boon Dog’s Canadian Digital TV Market Monitor
is the most comprehensive independent research series on the Canadian digital
television distribution market. The research series tracks the growth and
development of the digital TV services market, providing information such as
subscriber data and forecasts, digital TV market share by technology (i.e.,
cable, satellite, and IPTV), estimates of households with HDTV set-top boxes,
PVRs/DVRs, and those that are VOD-ready. The research series is now in its 14th
year of publication.
March 24, 2015
BIG BROTHER CANADA SEASON THREE PREMIERE REACHES 2.6 MILLION VIEWERS
- Big Brother Canada's nail-biting season three premiere drew over 1
million (2+)* viewers on Global and Slice™. Monday's opener reached 2.6
million** viewers over the
hour, who watched with anticipation as the houseguests moved in to an empty house
and were forced to instantly nominate two people for eviction, putting Risha Denner
and "Sindy with an 'S'" on the chopping block.
With Sindy winning
POV, saving herself from eviction and nominating Pilar Nemar, the fate of the evictees
was instantly put in Canada's hands, and viewers flocked to BigBrotherCanada.ca
to vote for this week's eviction. Over 100,000*** fans visited the show's robust digital platform on Monday, a 45%
increase to the site's season
two premiere day traffic.
Big Brother Canada won the time period nationally in the coveted 18-49 demo, with
Big Brother Canada won the night in Calgary and Edmonton across all demos.****
Exceeded last spring's premiere on Global by 14% (2+), 22% (A18-49), and 26% (A25-54).*****
The drama continues
Wednesday night at 9pm ET/PT on Global with the first eviction of the season. Big Brother Canada airs three nights a week, on Sundays at 7pm
ET/PT, Mondays at 8pm ET/PT and Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT. The Big Brother Canada
Side Show airs on Slice Thursdays at 10pm ET starting March 26 in a new, one-hour
format. Big Brother After Dark will also air Monday through Sunday from 3am to 6am ET on Slice
starting March 26.
*Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015, Total Canada.
**Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015, Total Canada. Ind2+, CumeRch(000)
*** Adobe Analytics - Unique Visitors Mar 23, 2015 vs. Mar 5, 2014
****Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015, Total Canada.***Ind2+,
A18-49, A25-54, W18-49, W25-54
***** Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015 vs. Feb 24, 2014, Total
March 24, 2015
Astral Out of Home Introduces New Digital AMT Terminals Network in Greater Montréal Area
24, 2015) — Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, announced today the addition
of the Réseau AMT Digital Terminus (“Digital AMT Terminals Network”), a brand new
product from its Transportation division. The Réseau AMT Digital Terminus is provided
in the Centre-ville and Longueuil terminals, as well as Lucien-L’Allier station,
all operated by the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT).
This new digital
network offering includes two types of cutting-edge signage products:
Fourteen digital faces (column format), each with 70-inch (177.8 cm), single and
double-faced, high-luminosity LCD screens. These columns, located in high-traffic
hallways at the Longueuil terminal and Lucien-L’Allier station, will loop six, 10-second
Thirty-nine digital displays featuring 42-inch (106.68 cm), 55-inch (139.7 cm) and
70-inch (177.8 cm) LCD screens, which display bus and train schedules, an advertising
loop of six 10-second messages, as well as information for users, such as AMT announcements,
news headlines, and weather reports.
“These new screens
provide the opportunity to reach target audiences during wait times,” said Éliane
Tremblay, Director, Transportation Products, Astral Out of Home. “Combining user
information with advertisements gives an undeniable edge for advertisers as they
reach a very substantial audience of daily commuters.”
“The Réseau AMT
Digital Terminus is the perfect combination of Astral Out of Home’s know-how with
regard to digital products and the AMT users’ information needs,” said Benjamin
Mathieu, Director, Business Development, Transportation and Technologies, Astral
Out of Home. “This new product is powered by Bell’s fibre-optic network and 4G LTE
mobile technology, and features cutting-edge, high-luminosity LCD screens.”
Lynne Gagnon, Marketing Director at AMT, “The installation of these new screens
reflects our desire to constantly improve the quality of information we provide
to our customers. The deployment of these display screens, which will be made at
no cost to the AMT, since financed by Astral Out of Home, will also increase our
advertising revenues while adding to the range of information tools available to
With over 29
million users passing through the Centre-ville and Longueuil terminals and Lucien-L’Allier
station each year, the Réseau AMT Digital Terminus guarantees optimal impact and
frequency to reach the target audience.
Through the quality
and quantity of its offering, Astral Out of Home confirms its leadership position
in digital solutions. As part of the Transportation division’s overall offer, the
Réseau AMT Digital Terminus is the latest addition to Astral Out of Home’s digital
product line, which includes Digital Columns and the Digital Network in Montréal.
March 24, 2015
New Hybrid Comedy Talk Series THE GRACE HELBIG SHOW Premieres April 3 on E!
24, 2015) – YouTube star and internet sensation, Grace Helbig is bringing her
trademark saucy, sweet, and funny personality to the new comedy talk show THE GRACE
HELBIG SHOW, premiering Friday, April 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET on E!. The weekly, half-hour
series, delivers Helbig’s "uber fan" take on all things pop culture, while
encouraging fans to help drive the direction of the show through social media. Joining
Helbig as she geeks out with friends and fans over all things pop culture are a
wide range of celebrity guests including actors, comedians, YouTubers, and popular
reality stars. The series premiere of THE GRACE HELBIG SHOW immediately follows
a brand new episode of THE SOUP at 10 p.m. ET. For a teaser of THE GRACE HELBIG
SHOW click here.
Making the jump
to television, THE GRACE HELBIG SHOW highlights Helbig’s skills as a pop culture
anthropologist. The series also features guest interviews in a variety of everyday
locations, from grocery stores to Helbig’s own living room, offering an environment
where her guests feel comfortable and let loose.
Helbig is best
known for her Webby and Streamy Award-winning YouTube channel It’s Grace,
which has garnered more than 2 million subscribers. Recently she moved on to ventures
beyond YouTube, including starring in and executive producing the film Camp Takota, picked up by Netflix in November; starring in
the digital series HEYUSA; and touring the U.K. in the live comedy shows No Filter
Show and This May Get Weird Y’all. Additionally, her book, Grace’s Guide: The Art
of Pretending to Be a Grown-up jumped to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller
list in 2014.