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April 29, 2016

Space Original Series KILLJOYS Season 2 Premieres July 1

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Space announced today that Season 2 of its #1 original series KILLJOYS premieres Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Space. Space also revealed today an exclusive first look from Season 2 of the smash hit series, available for download here. In the image below, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) is found in a compromising position as she and fellow Killjoy Johnny (Aaron Ashmore, SMALLVILLE) continue their search for D’avin (Luke Macfarlane, BROTHERS AND SISTERS).

Season 2 of the sci-fi adventure series KILLJOYS follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters (Ashmore, John-Kamen, Macfarlane) as they hit the ground running to uncover Khlyen’s (Rob Stewart, SUITS) secret agenda. As shocking truths are revealed, they realize the galaxy’s notorious criminals are no match to the threat that comes from within the RAC. Dutch, Johnny, and D’avin’s loyalties are tested as they struggle to find the balance between politics, family, and doing what’s right for the good of The Quad. With so much on the line, the trio start to wonder if the warrant is still all.
Season 1 of KILLJOYS is available now on CraveTV™ 

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April 29, 2016

Bell Media Becomes Exclusive Media Partner of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017, Airing on TSN

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TORONTO, April 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Bell Media announced today it has reached an agreement to become the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of the Invictus Games, including INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 and the upcoming INVICTUS GAMESORLANDO 2016. Established by Prince Harry in 2014, the INVICTUS GAMES is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill active duty and veteran service members.

Prince Harry visits Toronto on Monday, May 2 – marking his first visit to the city in 25 years – to officially launch the countdown to INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017. Bell Media covers the day's special launch events with exclusive access, beginning with the official Launch Ceremony live at 10:30 a.m. ET (see below for more details).

Taking place in September 2017, the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 will be broadcast exclusively on TSN – the latest addition to the network's diverse roster of championship events. TSN will also broadcast exclusive coverage of this year's INVICTUS GAMESORLANDO 2016 from May 8-12 (see below for more details).

"As the official broadcast partner of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017, Bell Media is proud to play a leading role in bringing this international sporting event to viewers across the country," said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. "We are deeply humbled to showcase the unbreakable spirit of those who bravely serve their countries."

"The INVICTUS GAMES embody the transformative power of sport, and TSN is proud to be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of such an inspiring event," said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. "We are proud to say that Champions Live Here on TSN, and today, this takes on a whole new meaning with the addition of the INVICTUS GAMES. The courage and resiliency of these extraordinary service members makes them the ultimate champions."

INVICTUS GAMES Launch
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Monday, May 2, Prince Harry will participate in a series of special launch events for INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 hosted by Bell Media personalities:

10:30 a.m. ET: TSN's Brian Williams hosts the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 Launch Ceremony at Toronto's Royal York Hotel, where Prince Harry will join dignitaries, Michael Burns, CEO of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 and members of the Canadian 2016 Invictus Team.

12:15 p.m. ET: TSN's Cabral "Cabbie" Richards and THE SOCIAL's Melissa Grelo host a scrimmage with the Canadian national sledge hockey team at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre. Prince Harry is joined by special guests including Marc Kielburger of Free The Children, motivational speaker Spencer West, and a special interview with athletes Natacha Dupuis and Steven Daniels, who will compete for Team Canada at INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016, airing exclusively on TSN.

INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 on TSN
TSN delivers exclusive coverage of the
INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 from May 8-12, airing live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a state-of-the-art multi-sport facility at Walt Disney World. The event features 500 competitors from 15 nations will take part in 10 sports, including track and field, wheelchair basketball, swimming, sitting volleyball, and powerlifting.

TSN platforms deliver live coverage beginning with the two-hour INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 OPENING CEREMONY on Sunday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET, as well as daily live coverage of multiple events on TSN GO and recap shows each night of the Games. TSN platforms also deliver the INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 CLOSING CEREMONY on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Throughout the INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016, TSN's industry-leading platforms, including SPORTSCENTRE, TSN.ca, and TSN official social media accounts, will feature news and updates on key Team Canada performances.

About the INVICTUS GAMES
The
INVICTUS GAMES is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.

The inaugural INVICTUS GAMES, held in London in September 2014, saw more than 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine sports. The event attracted crowds of more than 65,000 spectators, with more than 10 million tuning in to watch the Games on the BBC.

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April 28, 2016

WIFTV congratulates Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund for their commitment to gender parity

Vancouver, April 28, 2016 - Women In Film + Television-Vancouver (WIFTV) applauds Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada and Valerie Creighton, President & CEO of the Canada Media Fund for their strong public commitment to viable and lasting solutions to the issue of gender parity in the audio-visual industry and their pledge that these solutions will be implemented in a timely manner.

“We look forward to consultations regarding the specifics of how these agencies will implement their commitments and the details of a timeline,” said Sharon McGowan, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of WIFTV.

WIFTV also welcomes Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly’s announcement of a consultation period to assess Canada’s content creation industries. With the current government’s leadership on gender parity in the cabinet, WIFTV is optimistic that gender equity in the Canadian content industries will be addressed within the framework of the Ministry’s consultations.

It is WIFTV’s position that it’s not only possible, but essential, for Canada’s screen-based industries to become more gender-balanced, culturally diverse and inclusive. Any cultural industry that depends on talent, imagination and originality for its success must draw upon the creative potential of its entire population. Building a more inclusive industry means building a better industry.

WIFTV Executive Director Carolyn Combs noted “WIFTV’s membership is multicultural and the organization’s main objective is to further the artistic and professional development of all women in Canada’s screen-based media production industries.”

WIFTV has been lobbying federal cultural agencies to address the inequities in the current funding model for over 10 years. The organization points to the recent Women in View On Screen Report (October 2015, excerpt attached) to highlight the extent of under-representation of women across all creative positions in the Canadian system.

“We intend to continue discussions with the Department of Canadian Heritage and the various agencies on how to achieve our shared goal of gender parity across the Canadian screen-based industries,” said McGowan.

WIFTV is encouraging its members and all Canadians concerned with gender parity in our content creation industries to participate in the Department of Canadian Heritage’s questionnaire and consultation process. WIFTV believes it is important to speak up for gender equity during this critical and timely review of Canadian cultural policy.

Here is the link to the pre-consultation survey: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1460573328032
Other links:
TFC / CMF announcement: https://www.telefilm.ca/en/news/industry-advisories/2016/04/27/official-statement-carolle-brabant-executive-director-telefilm-c
Minister Joly announcement: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/exclusive-canadian-heritage-announces-sweeping-canconreview/article29722581/

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April 28, 2016

The 100th Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting Premieres Friday, June 24 on Disney Channel

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(Toronto, Canada) The 100th Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM), Adventures in Babysitting, starring popular actresses and recording artists Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) and Sofia Carson(Descendants), premieres Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. Starting Friday, June 3, audiences will be treated to an exclusive 10 minute sneak peek of the re-imagined tale of the popular 1980s film of the same name on the Disney Channel app, Video on Demand and DisneyChannel.ca.

The Adventures in Babysitting premiere will be followed by the premiere of Disney Channel’s new comedy series Bizaardvark at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

In a heartfelt story that celebrates individuality, friendship and self-empowerment, the live-action adventure comedy made for kids, tweens and families, pays homage to the 1980s classic with familiar references and iconic scenes.

Hollywood Records recording artists Carpenter and Carson perform the movie’s end credit song “Wild Side,” produced by Jens Koerkemeier, Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein.

Adventures in Babysitting, unfolds when Jenny Parker (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola Perez (Sofia Carson), two teen girls with distinctly different personalities, each  interview for a coveted photography internship and accidently swap phones. When the Anderson family calls Jenny’s phone looking for a last-minute babysitter, audacious Lola, in need of some extra cash, picks up and nominates herself. Meanwhile, dependable Jenny is already set to babysit the Cooper family for the evening. Unfortunately, Lola’s first attempt at babysitting takes an unforeseen turn when one of the Anderson kids sneaks out to go to a concert. Jenny, determined to protect her reputation, and Lola with the remaining kids in tow, head out and have the adventure of a lifetime during one magical night in the big city.

The Disney Channel Original Movie also stars Nikki Hahn as introverted teen Emily Cooper, Mallory James Mahoney as young fashionista Katy Cooper, Max Gecowets as the rebellious Trey Anderson, Jet Jurgensmeyer as chef wunderkind Bobby Anderson, Madison Horcher as roller derby fanatic Alison “AJ” Anderson and Kevin Quinn (Disney Channel’s BUNK’D) as Jenny’s crush Zac Chase.

Adventures in Babysitting is directed by John Schultz (Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Like Mike) and written by Tiffany Paulsen (Nancy Drew). The movie is executive-produced by Michelle Manning (Teen Beach 2, The Breakfast Club) and Chuck Minsky is the director of photography (The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Mother’s Day).

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April 28, 2016

Do-It-Yourself Comedy Duo Paige and Frankie Take on the Blogospere in the New Series Bizaardvark Premiering Friday, June 24 on Disney Channel

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Toronto, Canada – Best friends Paige and Frankie take the video blogging world by storm with their quirky online comedy channel, in the new live-action sitcom Bizaardvark, debuting Friday, June 24 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT, following the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting at
8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. Bizaardvark follows the antics of the comedy duo and their friends as they marshal their ingenuity, unique talents and resources to follow their dreams. Starring as vlogger besties are Olivia Rodrigo (American Girl’s Grace Stirs Up Success) as Paige Olvera and Madison Hu (Best Friends Whenever) as Frankie Wong.

Geared for kids and tweens, the series follows Paige and Frankie who write funny songs and create music comedy videos for their online channel, “Bizaardvark.” Now with 10,000 subscribers, they are invited to produce their videos at the influential Vuuugle Studios. In this cool environment – and with the help of longtime friend and 12-year-old agent Bernie, plus fellow Vuuugle stars Dirk (Dare Me Bro!) and Amelia (Perfect Perfection with Amelia) – the best friends embark on comedic adventures in their quest to rule the blogosphere.

Also starring are Vine sensation Jake Paul (YouTube Red’s Dance Camp) as the loveable and wild Dirk Mann, DeVore Ledridge as Southern DIY diva Amelia Duckworth, and Ethan Wacker (Miles from Tomorrowland, K.C. Undercover) as the overly confident Bernard “Bernie” Schotz.

In the premiere episode, Frankie and Paige begin to second guess their talents as they struggle to come up with ideas for a video they feel is good enough to present during their first VidView party at Vuuugle.

Upcoming guest stars include Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally), popular YouTuber Meredith Foster, Vine sensation Logan Paul (Stitchers) and Instagram star JiffPom.

The multi-camera series was created by Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman, each participants in Disney Channel’s Storytellers program, which fosters and develops the next generation of series creators and writers of programming for kids, tweens and families. Executive produced by Eric Friedman (Austin & Ally,Crash & Bernstein) and co-executive produced by Michael Curtis & Roger Schulman and Kyle Stegina & Josh Lehrman, Bizaardvark is a production of It’s a Laugh Productions, Inc.

The multi-platform schedule includes the following:
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Television premiere of
Bizaardvark at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT immediately following the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting starring Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson.

FRIDAY, JULY 1
Verified users of the Disney Channel App will have access to the first episode of
Bizaardvark and will get an exclusive preview of the second episode entitled Draw My Life, in which Amelia gives Frankie and Paige tips to produce their next video, which has to tell the story of how the two met and created their channel. Meanwhile, Bernie tries to help Dirk overcome his worse fear to complete a dare involving a pond of dangerous snapping turtles.

SUNDAY, JULY 10
Bizaardvark moves to its regular timeslot with the telecast of its second episode Draw My Life at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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April 28, 2016

Don’t Drop That Controller, shomi is Here. Launches May 3 on Xbox One

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TORONTO (April 28, 2016) – On Tuesday, May 3, shomi members can start thinking “inside the box” when shomi launches on Xbox One. Starting next week, shomi members can use the Xbox Live network on Xbox One to watch all the shows and movies they love, kids and family content, and shomi Collections. Xbox One owners will also be able to stream exclusive and buzz-worthy series, like Mr. Robot, Mad Dogs, SuperMansion, and Catastrophe, along with day-and-date releases of hit series Empire, Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, iZOMBIE, and The Originals. The shomi app on Xbox One gives members the full shomi experience, in HD quality, with great new content added weekly.

“We’ve heard from many shomi members and Xbox One users that this launch is something they’ve been waiting for. We’re thrilled to have shomi available on this popular platform,” said Ann Tebo, Senior Director, Customer Experience & Insights, shomi. “We continue to work tirelessly to make shomi available everywhere our members are looking for great entertainment.”

How does it work? First, as a shomi member secure your activation code through the shomi app on Xbox One after downloading the app from the Xbox store on your console. Then head to shomi.com/activate, select Xbox One, and log in. Once you enter your activation code you’ll be ready to start streaming on your Xbox One. Members can access all that shomi has to offer, including the full functionality of the shomi online experience such as adding titles to your shomi Later list, enjoying curated shomi Collections for all ages, creating up to six profiles per account, and easily resuming from where you left off. Just log on and start the binge!

Other shows streaming exclusively on shomi include complete seasons of favourites like Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, and Justified; prior seasons of comedies, such as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, and Modern Family; and iconic hits, including One Tree Hill, The Office, and M*A*S*H. Members will also discover great movies, hand-picked shomi Collections, plus kids and family favourites to enjoy together. Canadians can visit shomi.com to learn more about the streaming service, to subscribe and to start their 30-day free trial.

shomi is available to all Canadians! Entertainment lovers can enjoy shomi online, on select tablets, mobile devices, set-top boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu), Xbox 360, Apple TV, Chromecast, PS4 and now on Xbox One.

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April 28, 2016

ORPHAN BLACK Recruits Viewers to New Date and Time as Audience Grows 12% for Season 4 Premiere on Space

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TORONTO (April 28, 2016) – Final data from Numeris confirms that the Season 4 debut of Space’s signature series ORPHAN BLACK delivered 278,000 viewers on Space and was up 12% in the key A25-54 demo compared to the Season 3 premiere. The premiere episode reached 741,000 viewers overall across all airings the week of the premiere.

Following the Season 4 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s companion series AFTER THE BLACK premiered to 116,000 viewers in Canada. Hosted by INNERSPACE’s Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, the exclusive insider after show airs on both Space in Canada and BBC America in the U.S., and features interviews with the ORPHAN BLACK cast, episode recaps, exclusive sneak peeks, and more.

On Twitter, #OrphanBlack was a top ten trending topic on both sides of the border, and the #2 trending topic in Canada during the broadcast. As a result, @SpaceChannel carried a 29% higher user engagement rate on Twitter compared to last season. Following its debut in the U.S., AFTER THE BLACKalso saw great success on social media; the #AfterTheBlack hashtag made more than 7 million Twitter impressions worldwide, a 150% increase from the Season 1 premiere in 2015.

On the next episode of ORPHAN BLACK, “The Stigmata of Progress” (Thursday, April 28 at 10 p.m. ET on Space), as Sarah reels from the shocking discovery of Neolution’s biotech, she’s desperate to find answers. She impulsively follows a lead into a harrowing encounter that requires the help of an uneasy new ally. Eager to help, Mrs. S strikes an alliance with an old nemesis. Rachel receives a visit from her keeper and takes a fraught step forward towards recovery. Meanwhile, Helena is mistaken for “Mrs. Hendrix” when she answers a visit from suspicious visitors.

On tonight’s episode of AFTER THE BLACK,  Morgan Hoffman and Teddy Wilson sit down with recent Canadian Screen Award-winning actor Ari Millen to discuss the mysterious new Castor clone, Ira. To view previous episodes ofAFTER THE BLACK, click here.

Viewers can catch up on Seasons 1-3 of ORPHAN BLACK on CraveTV™. Full episodes of Season 4 are available on Space.ca, following their broadcast premiere.
Source : Numeris

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April 28, 2016

Kim Cattrall returns with the sophomore season of acclaimed TMN original series SENSITIVE SKIN; the Premiere of the Harrowing Biopic ALL THE WAY; the Series Finale of BANSHEE; and New Episodes of GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY and VEEP

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Below is a chronological listing of HBO Canada programming highlights for May. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit hbocanada.comto confirm local broadcast times).

Sunday, May 1:

9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 6, Episode 2
Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In King’s Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals.

 10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – Season 3, Episode 2
The new and improved Pied Piper impresses Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani, PORTLANDIA) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr, This is The End), but worries Richard (Thomas Middleditch, PENN ZERO: PART-TIME HERO), while Jared (Zach Woods, THE OFFICE) and Erlich (T.J. Miller, Deadpool) both face housing issues, and Gavin (Matt Ross, American Psycho) suggests a controversial move.

10:30 p.m. – VEEP – Season 5, Episode 2
Amy (Anna Chlumsky, HANNIBAL), Dan (Reid Scott, Sisters), Jonah (Timothy Simons, The Interview), and Richard (Sam Richardson, Spy) try to win the presidency for Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, SEINFELD). Back in D.C., Selina brings in respected Washington fixture Bob Bradley (Martin Mull, DADS), a.k.a. “The Eagle,” and, after nudging out Tom James (Hugh Laurie, HOUSE M.D.) on the newly created banking task force, meets billionaire banker Charlie Baird (John Slattery, MAD MEN). Meanwhile, Mike (Matt Walsh, The Hangover) tries to get healthy before his baby arrives and Amy and Dan share a charged moment.

11 p.m. – SENSITIVE SKIN * Making of Special*
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Friday, May 6:

10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
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 11 p.m. – BANSHEE – Season 4, Episode 6
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 12 midnight – VICE
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Sunday, May 8:

9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 6, Episode 3
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift.

 10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – Season 3, Episode 3
Richard searches for a way around Jack (Stephen Tobolowsky, Groundhog Day), while Gilfoyle opens himself up to recruiters, and Dinesh draws unwanted attention from a recent purchase.

 10:30 p.m. – VEEP – Season 5, Episode 3
Mike must deal with the consequences of Selina’s tweet. Feeling usurped by Bob, Amy begins to be troubled by his behavior. At a museum gala, Gary (Tony Hale, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) finds himself the belle of the ball.

11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
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Friday, May 13:

10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
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 11 p.m. – BANSHEE – Season 4, Episode 7
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Sunday, May 15:

8:30 p.m. – SENSITIVE SKIN – Season 2, Episode 1
Davina (Kim Cattrall, SEX AND THE CITY) is unable to move on while living in the ultra-hip condo, and accepts an offer to bunk with Veronica (Joanna Gleason, THE AFFAIR) and Roger (Colm Feore, The Amazing Spiderman 2). But that arrangement proves more complicated than expected, so Theodore (Clé Bennett, MURDOCH MYSTERIES) puts his real estate license to good use and tries to help Davina find a new home. But moving isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Eventually, Sam (Bob Martin, SLINGS AND ARROWS) comes to the rescue, offering Davina an unexpected sanctuary.

 9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 6, Episode 4
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 10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – “Maleant Data Systems Solutions”
The Pied Piper guys struggle to phone it in; Erlich faces competition; Monica (Amanda Crew) takes a stand; Gavin makes a decision about Nucleus.

 10:30 p.m. – VEEP – Season 5, Episode 4
Selina rushes to the hospital while attempting to win the presidency. Amy and Dan discover the O’Brien (Brad Leland, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) camp has staged a fake protest, and task Jonah and Richard with organizing their own pro-POTUS demonstration. Mike and Wendy (Kathy Najimy, KING OF THE HILL) meet with a potential surrogate.

11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
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Friday, May 20:

11 p.m. – BANSHEE *Series Finale*
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Saturday, May 21:

8 p.m. – ALL THE WAY *Movie Premiere*
A riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (Bryan Cranston, BREAKING BAD) tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Staking his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act, Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker) and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power.

Sunday, May 22:

8:30 p.m. – SENSITIVE SKIN – Season 2, Episode 2
Davina is slowly adjusting to island life when she has a surprising encounter with an old friend whose wife happens to be infamous radio host Sarah Thorn (Mary Walsh, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES). Davina accepts Sarah’s offer to attend her ‘voice’ workshop, which turns out to be a woman’s retreat for the disenfranchised. Her frustration grows, but when the workshop ends she finally finds her voice, and uses it to tell Sarah off.

 9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 6, Episode 5
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 10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – “The Empty Chair”
Richard lets his ego get in the way at an interview; Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared misplace hardware; Erlich pitches his plans to Big Head (Josh Brener).

 10:30 p.m. – VEEP – “Thanksgiving”
Selina celebrates Thanksgiving in her own special way. Ben (Kevin Dunn, CODE BLACK) and Kent manage a Thanksgiving Day crisis, deploying Tom James and VP Doyle (Phil Reeves, CASTLE) to make statements in Selina’s absence. Ben sends Dan to work for Tom James.

 11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
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Friday May, 27:

10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
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 12 midnight – VICE
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 Sunday, May 29:

8:30 p.m. – SENSITIVE SKIN – Season 2, Episode 3
Davina’s unconventional fashion choices catches the eye of a charming personal shopper who lives on the island. There’s an immediate spark, and their afternoon together turns into a heady whirlwind romance which might just prove too good to be true.

 9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 6, Episode 6
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10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – “Bachmanity Insanity”
Richard’s new relationship is threatened by neuroses; Big Head and Erlich’s launch party has snags; Dinesh falls for a foreign coworker.

 10:30 p.m. – VEEP – “C**tgate”
 With the U.S. on the brink of a major financial meltdown, Selina must make an important decision. Jonah finds himself back in New Hampshire. Amy investigates the staff, and Catherine (Sarah Sutherland, THE NEWSROOM) tries to get time with Selina to share major news.

 Monday, May 30:

9 p.m. – POETS OF HAVANA *Documentary Premiere*
Renown Cuban musician Carlos Varela (Monedas al Aire) is one of the most influential and well-loved artists of his time. As he celebrates his 30thanniversary in poignant performances, viewers can discover his cultural, political, and social significance, his struggle for individual freedoms, and his efforts to build bridges between Cuba and the United States. Shot in Havana, with unique access, exclusive interviews, stunning concert, and insider backstage moments.

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April 27, 2016

CTV Lands Buzzed-About Hot Docs Selection O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA For Exclusive June Premiere

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TORONTO (April X, 2016) – The next piece of CTV’s winning summer schedule came into focus today as CTV announced it will debut the much anticipated and timely docu-series O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA over one week in June. Following its International Premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto this weekend, the 5×2 hour episode mini-series from ESPN Films will make its Canadian television premiere Saturday, June 11 from 9-11p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO with episodes airing over the next seven days (check local listings).

The event series will encore through the week beginning Sunday, June 12 on TSN, and on July 29 the series will make its exclusive #iCraveFridays streaming debut on CraveTV where it will anchor the highly acclaimed Documentaries Collection (see schedule below for the series’ full rollout).

“Having debuted at Sundance and arriving in force this weekend at Hot Docs, we are looking forward to premiering O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA for the first time ever to a Canadian television audience on CTV,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President Programming CTV Networks and CraveTV. “The momentum behind this story makes this simply must-see TV.”

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA Scheduling
Saturday, June 11 Part 1 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Sunday, June 12 – Part 1 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN)
Tuesday, June 14 – Part 1 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN), Part 2 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Wednesday, June 15 – Part 2 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN)
Thursday, June 16 Part 3 Premiere, 9-11p.m. ET (CTV)
Friday, June 17 – Part 3 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN), Part 4 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Saturday, June 18 – Part 4 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN), Part 5 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Sunday, June 19 – Part 5 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN)
Friday, July 29 – Full Series launch on CraveTV

It is perhaps the defining cultural tale of the 20th century, one that centres around two of America’s greatest fixations: race and celebrity. Directed by Peabody and Emmy Award® winner Ezra Edelman, O.J.: MADE IN AMERICAexplores these themes while tracing the personal journey of Orenthal James Simpson: from how he became a prolific NFL legend and why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife and his subsequent acquittal, and why he is now sitting in jail 20 years later for another criminal charge.

Edelman gains unprecedented access to O.J.’s closest confidants and legal adversaries, home videos shot by his friends and family, and extraordinary archival footage that puts his race-haunted rise and fall in new historical context. Part riveting biopic, part legal thriller, this addictive series is must-see viewing for fans of the latest true crime-viewing trend.

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA had its highly acclaimed world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is the first episodic documentary by ESPN Films, starting a new chapter for the 30 FOR 30 brand. The film is an official selection of the Hot Docs Festival, which will screen the first episode in Toronto on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. CraveTV is pleased to sponsor the complete series throughout the day on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 12:30 p.m., featuring free CraveTV candy. Visit hotdocs.ca for tickets and more information. For complete details of Bell Media’s partnership with Hot Docs,click here.

Directed and produced by Ezra Edelman, O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA is a Laylow Films Production for ESPN Films. Co-produced by Caroline Waterlow, Executive Producers are Connor Schell, Libby Geist, and John Dahl. Producers are Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic, Deirdre Fenton, and Erin Leyden. The docu-series is edited by Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, and Ben Sozanski. Director of photography is Nick Higgins.

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April 27, 2016

Bell Media Keeps it Reel with Extensive 2016 Hot Docs Festival Partnership

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TORONTO (April 27, 2016) – As doc fans gear up for the 23rd installment of Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival running April 28 – May 8, Bell Media announced today its expansive involvement. Bell Media has been a prominent sponsor of Hot Docs for more than 15 years, and this year’s partnership continues the company’s longstanding role as Presenting Partner with the return of the CraveTV Box Office at Hot Docs House, the Hot Docs Forum, the Bell Media Kickstart series, and the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch. Additional Bell Media presence includes the exhibition of Bell Media-backed feature-length and short Canadian documentary films screening at the Festival, and branded cross-promotion on leading video-streaming service CraveTV. As well, Bell Media executives will be on-hand during the Festival to offer expertise on various topics during industry sessions.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of today’s news that Bell Media properties CTV, TSN, and CraveTV will present the big-buzz Hot Docs title O.J. SIMPSON: MADE IN AMERICA for exclusive Canadian broadcast in June.

“Canadians love documentaries and Hot Docs is North America’s premier celebration of the format,” said Scott Henderson, Vice-President, Communications, Bell Media, and Hot Docs Board Member. “We are proud to support this incredible festival as well as many of the Canadian filmmakers whose works will debut to public and industry audiences. Congratulations to everyone involved on what will surely be a fantastic event.”

Here is a complete run-down of Bell Media’s involvement in this year’s Hot Docs:

Presenting Partner Activations
Bell Media is the Presenting Partner of this year’s Festival and has been a sponsor of Hot Docs for more than 15 years. Additional sponsorship elements of this year’s Festival include: the
CraveTV Box Office at Hot Docs House; the Hot Docs Forum, North America’s most effective international documentary market and pitching event; the Bell Media Kickstart series, dynamic industry sessions that provide the essentials for emerging and mid-career doc-makers; and the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch, a BravoFACT-sponsored live pitch event.

Bell Media’s support of Hot Docs extends to the organization’s year-round initiatives such as Bell Media Best of Hot Docs, bringing festival hits to cities across Canada, and the Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase, which helps indie exhibitors across Canada show outstanding Hot Docs titles to their communities.

Bell Media-Supported Films and Filmmakers
Bell Media’s premium pay TV network
The Movie Network has commissioned two Canadian titles that will have their world premieres at this year’s Festival.Spirit Unforgettable, from Little Kingdom Productions, Project 10 and director Pete McCormack, follows the multi-Platinum winning band Spirit of the West and lead singer John Mann, who at the age of 52 was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Hip-Hop Evolution, a Banger Films production from director Darby Wheeler, is a Special Presentation at this year’s Festival and follows critically acclaimed MC and journalist Shad Kabango who sets out to understand how Hip-Hop became the world’s biggest music genre by meeting with the DJs and MCs who set the template for all to follow. Both TMN original documentaries will premiere later this summer and will join the Documentaries Collection on CraveTV following their Pay TV run.

Two short films supported by BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), the Bell Media fund dedicated to helping Canadian producers and directors who seek to create entertaining and engaging short-form content, will also bow at this year’s Hot Docs. Terranova Matadora is a portrait of Canadian Carolyn Hayward, who was the highest-paid female bullfighter in the world, by her granddaughter, director Rhonda Buckley. Conversations with a Dead Prime Minister, from director Daniel Roher, follows two mediums who attempt to contact deceased Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Another Bell Media supported Canadian filmmaker participating in this year’s Hot Docs is acclaimed director Rama Rau, a graduate of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriter Program, whose feature documentary League of Exotique Dancers screens as a Special Presentation on opening night.

Hot Docs-Branded Titles on CraveTV
CraveTV, sponsor of the Festival’s Box Office at Hot Docs House for two years running, is also putting Hot Docs in the spotlight by branding festival titles as part of its popular Documentaries Collection on Canada’s leading video-streaming platform. Thirteen titles streaming now on CraveTV, including acclaimed, award-winning documentaries from HBO and SHOWTIME, as well as CTV Canadian Original titles, have all played at either the Hot Docs festival or screened at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. More Hot Docs branded titles will come to CraveTV later this year.

Hot Docs Industry Events Featuring Bell Media Properties and Executives
Bell Media executives will share their expertise and participate in a wide range of industry panel discussions. This year’s lineup includes a spotlight on Bell Media network Discovery with
Close Up With . . . Discovery Channel Canada, and Online Channel Surfing, a panel discussion with leading digital networks including Bell Media’s Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV.

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April 26, 2016

Gusto TV Launches Crate to Plate Documentary Series and Website

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Ottawa, ON, April 26, 2016 - Ever wonder where your food comes from? Gusto TV is proud to present the world premiere of a compelling new documentary series, Crate to Plate, on Sunday May 1st. This original series follows the journey of unique and exotic Canadian ingredients from harvest to plate. The series is accompanied by yet another exceptional Gusto website called cratetoplate.ca.

 In each episode, Crate to Plate tells the story of a single ingredient from the perspective of those who know its journey best - from farming, packaging, shipping, cooking, and finally eating. These are the people whose lives are touched by each of these ingredients. The series celebrates the hard-work and passion of all the individuals who dedicate themselves to putting food on your table.

Crate to Plate is a four part series featuring spot prawns, morel mushrooms, organically farmed asparagus, and visually-stunning cranberries.

The website encourages home chefs to explore different ingredients by providing additional information along with recipe suggestions and exclusive web-only video content.

 Crate to Plate and cratetoplate.ca were produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund.

 Crate to Plate premieres Sunday May 1st at 7 pm ET/12 midnight PT. Gusto TV is available across Canada on Bell TV Ch. 619, Bell Fibe Ch. 1619, Eastlink Ch. 644, TELUS Optik TV Ch. 315, TELUS Satellite TV Ch. 619, and MTS Ch. 1056. Get recipe ideas and watch videos on cratetoplate.ca.
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April 26, 2016

New Discovery Original Special BERMUDA TRIANGLE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE Investigates the Unresolved Disappearance of Ships and Planes Immortalized in Pop Culture, May 22

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TORONTO (April 26, 2016) – Disappearing without a trace in the half million square miles of Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Bermuda, and the Caribbean, the Bermuda Triangle is one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Focusing on the last 70 years, theories of the disappearances of ships and planes are carefully examined in BERMUDA TRIANGLE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, an all-new special premiering Sunday, May 22 at 9 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT exclusively on Discovery and Discovery GO.

From natural forces such as extreme weather conditions and underwater gas explosions to incredible survivor stories such as time shifting fog and “Unidentified Underwater Objects”, the hour-long special joins the world’s leading experts as they investigate these strange events using dramatic reconstructions, CGI imagery, and the latest scientific technology.

BERMUDA TRIANGLE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE joins the world’s leading experts in their quest for the truth.

Directly leading into BERMUDA TRIANGLE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, Discovery will feature an encore presentation of the popular special,  DRAIN THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE at 8 p.m. ET.

BERMUDA TRIANGLE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE dives deep – figuratively and literally – into the disappearances of ships and planes in these infamous waters so often dismissed as folklore, including:

Severe Storms: Thunderstorms, Waterspouts, and Hurricanes:
Located in the centre of Hurricane Alley where hurricane season lasts from early June to late November, the Bermuda Triangle is prone to severe weather phenomena. Could this severe weather be the reason so many ships have gone missing without a trace?

White Squalls:
Originally dismissed as urban legend, meteorologists now widely believe white squalls are real. Is it possible these sudden violent windstorms, without accompanying dark clouds or heavy rainfall, could have brought down sailing ships and small aircraft in the area?

Rogue Waves:
Once considered mythical, scientists have proven rogue waves are a natural phenomenon. These rare, monster-sized waves can sweep away large ships without warning. The Gulf Stream runs through the Bermuda Triangle, creating the perfect conditions for rogue waves. Could this be what happened to the SS Poet, a cargo ship that went missing in 1980?

Methane Gas Explosions:
Could it be that naturally occurring methane gas explosions originating under the ocean floor can cause a large ship to sink suddenly and without warning while having no effect on surrounding craft?

Unidentified Underwater Objects (UUOs) and Blue Holes:
A Soviet submarine commander patrolling the area in the ‘80s claimed the instruments on board would suddenly malfunction or jam, and that sonar picked up unidentified underwater objects speeding at more than 400 km per hour, defying the laws of physics. Could UUOs be hidden away in a network of underwater tunnels causing “blue holes”?

Time Shifting Fog:
It’s the stuff of science fiction, but could there be truth to one survivor’s theory about time-shifting weather phenomenon? In 1970, an experienced pilot flew through a storm cloud tunnel over the area. As the storm cloud collapsed, a strange fog attached itself to the aircraft causing what he describes as a glitch through space and time, allowing his plane to mysteriously arrive at its destination in an impossibly short time.

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April 26, 2016

NEW ORIGINAL DETECTIVE DRAMA PRIVATE EYES STARRING JASON PRIESTLEY PREMIERES THURSDAY MAY 26 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON GLOBAL

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TORONTO, April 26, 2016 – There’s a new P.I. duo heating up Global’s summer schedule as Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills, 90210)) returns to Global, alongside Canadian actress Cindy Sampson (Supernatural), in the original crime-solving series Private Eyes (formerly The Code) premiering Thursday, May 26 at 9 pm ET/PT. From global studio Entertainment One Television (eOne), the 10-episode procedural drama which is filmed and set in Toronto follows ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (Priestley) who irrevocably changes his life when he decides to team up with fierce P.I. Angie Everett (Sampson) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse.

Shade sees working with Angie as an opportunity to redeem himself from his checkered past. On the ice, he learned how to hustle, read people and anticipate their moves. Working with Angie, Shade discovers a fantastic rush of adrenaline, and realizes that he’s found a new home where his skills still matter. Meanwhile, Angie took over her father’s agency after his death and strives to keep his legacy alive. Each case is an opportunity for her to test her smarts, strength, and strategic thinking. Angie may find Shade naïve in the way that he sees the world, but his passion and heart bring something special to her one-woman business.

“Private Eyes is a smart combination of crime-solving drama and playful banter, underscored by the undeniable chemistry between two strong lead characters,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment and Content Acquisition. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jason Priestley to Global’s primetime schedule, and share this bright take on a P.I. drama with viewers across the country.”

The premiere episode begins in the fast-paced and cutthroat world of professional sports, where hockey scout Matt Shade’s top pick, Cory Sinclair, goes down on the ice at the Intercontinental Professional Hockey League try-outs. Surrounded by suspicious circumstances, Shade begrudgingly teams up with private investigator Angie Everett to find out who sabotaged his young player. Through their new partnership, Shade is forced to examine who he has become and who he wants to be. Ongoing episodes find Shade and Angie investigating high-stakes crimes in the worlds of horse racing, fine dining, Toronto’s vibrant hip-hop scene, scandalous literature, magic clubs, and more.

Additional cast in the series includes Barry Flatman (Fargo, Defiance) as Shade’s father Don – the ultimate blue-collar hockey dad; Jordyn Negri (Warehouse 13, Dino Dan) as Shade’s 14-year-old visually impaired daughter Jules, who is wise beyond her years but yearns to fit in; Clé Bennett (Rookie Blue, Barney’s Version) as Detective Derek Nolan – a by-the-book cop who thinks P.I.s get in the way of his own police work; and Ennis Esmer (The Listener) as Detective Kurtis Mazhari – a good guy cop who is also a bit of a player, who helps Angie with cases because he sees P.I.s as useful to the force.

The series also features various guest stars including PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu, four-time JUNO Award-winning rapper, record producer, and record executive Kardinal Offishall, hockey legend Doug Gilmour who makes a cameo appearance in the first episode, former WWE superstar, “Edge” Adam Copeland, and more.

Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Private Eyes following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV.com and Global Go

Private Eyes is executive produced by John Morayniss, Rachel Fulford and Tecca Crosby for eOne and Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller Segan together with Shelley Eriksen, Alan McCullough, Tassie Cameron, Kelly Makin, and Jason Priestley. It was created by Tim Kilby and Shelley Eriksen. Showrunners/writers are Shelley Eriksen (Continuum, Flashpoint) and Alan McCullough (Rookie Blue, Reign). Directors for this season are Kelly Makin, Anne Wheeler, Shawn Piller, Charles Officer, Rob Lieberman, Jerry Ciccoritti and James Genn. It is inspired by the novel “The Code” by GB Joyce.

Private Eyes is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Cogeco Program Development Fund with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
eOne handles international rights for the series.

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April 26, 2016

SiriusXM Canada Receives Payment Demand

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TORONTO, April 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. ("SiriusXM Canada" or the "Company") (TSX: XSR), parent of Sirius XM Canada Inc., announced today that it has received a demand for payment from Sirius XM Radio Inc. ("Sirius XM US"). The demand is for an additional US$33.9 million as "activation fees" under the XM Licence Agreement owed from 2005 to the end of January, 2016. Sirius XM US has also made a demand for its methodology to be used for calculating "activation fees" from February, 2016 onwards for the remainder of the current term of the XM Licence Agreement. As previously disclosed, the Company and Sirius XM US have not agreed on the "activation fees" owed under the XM Licence Agreement. The Company is confident in its interpretation of the XM Licence Agreement and the calculation of the "activation fees" thereunder, and intends to seek resolution of this matter through binding arbitration under the terms of the XM Licence Agreement.

The Company does not intend to comment further upon this matter unless and until it deems further disclosure is appropriate or required by law.

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April 26, 2016

#Goals. Supermodel Gigi Hadid Confirmed to Host THE IHEARTRADIO CANADA MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, June 19

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TORONTO (April 26, 2016) – Much announced today that stunning “it girl” Gigi Hadid returns to one of the biggest street parties on the planet, taking over as host of THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO CANADA MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. After making her MMVA debut as a presenter in 2015, Hadid returns to Canada to host the show, joining previously announced performers, Alessia CaraMacklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Nick Jonas. Airing live in exceptional 4K for the first time on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET, THE 2016 IHEARTRADIOMMVAs is simulcast on Much, CTV, Much.com, and Bell Media’s French youth network, VRAK. Check local listings to confirm broadcast times.

With her incredible reach on social media, countless magazine covers, and international runway success, Hadid has quickly become a trend-setting style icon and muse.

“I’m so excited and honoured to be hosting THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS,” said Gigi Hadid. “There’s a lot of fun entertainment in store for the evening and I can’t wait to share these moments with the fans!”

It was also confirmed today that ETALK reporter and Much host Liz Trinnear, and Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards, are returning to co-host THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. Additionally, it was announced E!’s Chloe Wilde  and comedian and Much Digital Studios creator Jus Reign welcome the hottest celebrities to the #MMVAs carpet as hosts of THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, airing Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Much andMuch.com.

At age two, Gigi Hadid was discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess and modelled in campaigns for Baby Guess and Guess Kids. At age 17, she signed a modelling contract with IMG and now at only 21, Hadid has graced the runways of Marc Jacobs, Giles, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Chanel, and walked in Victoria’s Secret 2015 Fashion Show. Hadid has campaigns with Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger, Stuart Weitzman, BMW, Evian, Versace and has been the face of Tom Ford, Topshop and more. Gigi has appeared on the cover of ten Vogue magazines around the world, and landed the covers of W, AdWeek, and the fourth installment of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. Mentored by Carine Roitfeld, Gigi has sat for renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Gilles Bensimon and more.

Nominees and additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Join the conversation online at #MMVAs.

Official partners of THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: Coca-Cola® Canada, Nestlé USA, Inc., Procter & Gamble®, and Virgin Mobile Canada™.

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April 25, 2016

CTV Vancouver’s HOPE STARTS HERE Broadcast Campaign in Support of the B.C. Women’s Hospital Newborn ICU Runs May 2-6

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VANCOUVER (April 25, 2016) – CTV News Vancouver is on a mission to help raise $17 million with HOPE STARTS HERE, a week-long initiative dedicated to raising funds for the BC Women’s Hospital’s Newborn ICU. Taking place from May 2-6, CTV Vancouver will feature stories about BC Women’s Hospital, highlighting the awe-inspiring work that happens within its walls every day.

Kicking off on Monday, May 2, CTV MORNING LIVE is on location at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, delivering weather reports throughout the broadcast. Editorial features and stories about the hospital continue throughout the week, with reporters delivering live hits from CTV headquarters at the corner of Robson St. and Burrard St. in downtown Vancouver during CTV NEWS AT NOON, CTV NEWS AT FIVE, and CTV NEWS AT SIX. 

On Friday, May 6, CTV Vancouver hosts BLOCK PARTY FOR BABIES at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, B.C. (2800 Block Murray St.), capping off its week of special programming with this free, family-friendly event. Viewers across the region are invited to take part in children’s activities, sample food courtesy of Panago Pizza, and enjoy a live performance by popular Vancouver dance band Dr. Strangelove. CTV Vancouver will also broadcast live from the event during its CTV NEWS AT FIVE and CTV NEWS AT SIX broadcasts.

An integral part of BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, the 60-bed NICU is one of Canada’s foremost specialized newborn critical care centres, and a referral hub for British Columbia’s most critically ill infants and newborns in need of advanced care.
Supporters can find more details at Vancouver.CTVNews.ca.

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April 25, 2016

Ready, Set, Leap! AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR Joins CTV’s 2016 Summer Schedule

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TORONTO (April 25, 2016) – Guts. Gumption. Glory. The world’s ultimate obstacle course has arrived in Canada with a vengeance. CTV announced today that pop culture juggernaut AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR has been added to the network’s leading Summer 2016 schedule. A consistent Top 10 show last summer in the U.S., AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR is the next big franchise to land on CTV, joining all-new seasons of hit series THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF this summer. Fresh off its most-watched season ever, the surging competition reality series will now anchor Monday nights for CTV’s Summer 2016 schedule, with full scheduling information to be announced in the coming weeks.

“This Ninja Warrior format is a champion, and for us, offers another great co-viewing appointment for CTV viewers coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. “More popular than ever before, we look forward delivering this new Monday night summer anchor on CTV.”

“We are thrilled that CTV will be adding one of the most riveting, heart-pounding competition shows to their summer schedule,” said Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution Canada. “American Ninja Warrior is a hit in the U.S. and now Canadian viewers will be able to experience the jaw-dropping obstacle courses in the comfort of their homes.”

In the action-packed, all-new season of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, competitors tackle a series of  challenging obstacle courses in both City Qualifying and City Finals rounds across America. The series is hosted by TV personality Matt Iseman, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL Network) and co-host Kristine Leahy (Fox Sports).

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR is based on the global hit SASUKE, now in its 31st season in Japan. Last fall, viewers were treated to an unbelievable season, which saw its first ever $1 million grand prize winner when Isaac Caldiero conquered the Stage 4 course, modelled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan.

This season, hundreds of competitors test their skills and see if they can make history and join Caldiero as just the second person ever to win the $1 million grand prize, and earn the title of “American Ninja Warrior.” New obstacles and several new cities await in the continuing quest for physical excellence, as AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR makes stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, and Philadelphia this season, before heading to Las Vegas for the four-stage Mt. Midoriyama obstacle course.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell’s Kitchen,  SPARTAN RACE,  the DUNK KING), along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm. The series is a co-production between NBC and Esquire Network.

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April 25, 2016

SHOWTIME® SAMPLES THE SEASON THREE PREMIERE OF PENNY DREADFUL EARLY ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

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NEW YORK, NY – April 25, 2016 – Starting today, SHOWTIME is giving viewers an early opportunity to sample the highly-anticipated third season premiere of its critically-acclaimed drama series PENNY DREADFUL ahead of its linear debut on Sunday, May 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator). Consumers who do not subscribe to SHOWTIME are now able to sample the TV-14 rated version of the premiere for free on YouTube, Facebook and SHO.com. The PENNY DREADFUL premiere is also available for download as a free video podcast on iTunes. Consumers can sample the premiere for free across multiple devices via Hulu, Roku® and Sony PlayStation® Vue. The episode can also be accessed via multiple television providers’ free On Demand channels, websites and applications, including Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

SHOWTIME subscribers can watch the premiere episode of PENNY DREADFUL now on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME®  and SHOWTIME (showtime.com), the stand-alone streaming service available through Amazon, Apple®, Google and Roku®, as well as through Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Sony PlayStation® Vue.

This season on PENNY DREADFUL, Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels) joins as a series regular as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Dalton). The third season also adds Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Henry Jekyll (Shazad Latif). Other guest stars include Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee Christian Camargo (DEXTER®, The Hurt Locker) as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; and Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and Perdita Weeks (THE TUDORS), as Catriona Hartdegan, a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural. Simon Russell Beale returns as Dr. Ferdinand Lyle and Sarah Greene as Hecate. Rory Kinnear (as The Creature) and Harry Treadaway (as Dr. Frankenstein) also star.

A co-production with SHOWTIME and Sky, PENNY DREADFUL is executive produced by John Logan for Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions and Karen Richards (THE BORGIAS). For more information about PENNY DREADFUL, go to: SHO.com, follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and join the conversation using #PennyDreadful. For additional press materials and photos, please visit: https://www.cbspressexpress.com/showtime/.

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April 25, 2016

SHOWTIME®, DAVID LYNCH AND MARK FROST REVEAL THE OFFICIAL CAST OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS!

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LOS ANGELES, CA – April 25, 2016 – Principal photography has concluded on the highly-anticipated new TWIN PEAKS for SHOWTIME. And today, SHOWTIME, David Lynch and Mark Frost are revealing a key piece of the mystery: the official cast of the series. Written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost, the new TWIN PEAKS is directed entirely by David Lynch, and will premiere on SHOWTIME in 2017, on-air, on demand and over the internet.

One of the most groundbreaking and influential television series of all time, the new SHOWTIME series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered.

The attached document includes the 217 cast members appearing in the new TWIN PEAKS for SHOWTIME, including Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® Award nominee Kyle MacLachlan, who returns as FBI Agent Dale Cooper. Those who have previously appeared in the TWIN PEAKS world have been asterisked.

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April 25, 2016

Lifetime Announces Returns of Hit Series UnREAL and Devious Maids Mondays Beginning June 6 in Canada

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TORONTO, April 25, 2016 – Monday nights will be hotter than ever this summer with the return of sizzling series Devious Maids and UnREAL beginning June 6 on Lifetime. Featuring a special appearance by executive producer Eva Longoria, Devious Maids season four kicks things off at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the season two premiere of the “deliciously dark drama” (FLARE) UnREAL at 10pm ET/PT. Starting today, UnREAL fans can binge the brand new scripted digital short spinoff series The Faith Diaries with its multi-platform release on Facebook, YouTube, and mylifetimetv.ca.

Honoured as AFI’s Television Program of the Year, named a Peabody Award winner, and nominated for three Critics’ Choice Awards, Lifetime’s critically acclaimed UnREAL continues to push the limits with its highly anticipated season two return. Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the filmed-in-Vancouver series gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program, Everlasting. Having already tackled relevant matters of gender politics, the series, starring Critics’ Choice Award nominee Shiri Appleby and Critics’ Choice Award winner Constance Zimmer as producers Rachel Goldberg and Quinn King, will stir up the drama in season two when Everlasting casts its first-ever African American suitor. As announced by star Shiri Appleby in a video posted today on Lifetime Canada’s Twitter account, season two premieres Monday, June 6 at 10pm ET/PT.

Returning as series regulars are Craig Bierko as Everlasting’s creator, Chet, who is on a quest to reclaim his full power on set; Josh Kelly as Jeremy, Everlasting’s director of photography; and Canadian Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman as Jay, a field producer whose ambitions run far beyond the show. B.J. Britt joins the cast as Everlasting’s new suitor, All-American football star Darius Hill. Season one of UnREAL is currently available on shomi.

Written and produced by UnREAL co-creator and executive producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the network’s first-ever scripted digital short series, The Faith Diaries, launches today in a multi-platform release. The series follows season one favourite Faith (Breeda Wool) and her girlfriend Amy (Malea Mitchell) as they travel to Los Angeles to pursue their Hollywood dreams and learn about their relationship along the way. The 10-episode series is available on mylifetimetv.ca and on Lifetime Canada’s Facebook and YouTube pages at facebook.com/lifetimetvca, and youtube.com/user/LifetimeCanada.

Murder and mayhem collide once again in the mansions of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families in the newest season of Devious Maids. Executive produced by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, Devious Maids follows a close-knit group of friends, Marisol (Ana Ortiz), Rosie (Dania Ramírez), Carmen (Roselyn Sánchez) and Zoila (Judy Reyes), who are bonded together by their jobs, life struggles, and the melodramatic universe that engulfs their employers. Season four of Devious Maids premieres Monday, June 6 at 9pm ET/PT.

This season, Marisol finds herself acting as a support system to Evelyn (Rebecca Wisocky) in the wake of a big life change. Meanwhile, Rosie's positive and sunny disposition leaves much to be desired by her new boss, Genevieve (Susan Lucci) who is acclimating to a household without Zoila’s honest and acerbic humor. Carmen continues to pursue her singing career until her cousin Daniela (Sol Rodriguez) comes to town and shakes things up. Marisol also finds herself in a new relationship, which eventually becomes a complicated triangle when her old flame Jesse reappears.

The series also stars Tom Irwin, Grant Show, and Nathan Owens. Joining in recurring roles are Longoria’s Desperate Housewives castmate James Denton, Carlos Ponce, Ryan McPartlin, Stephanie Faracy, and Elizabeth Rodriguez. Kathryn LaNasa also makes a guest appearance this season, joining her real-life husband, Grant Show.

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