October 4, 2015
Bell Media Mourns the Passing of André Lallier
(October 4, 2015) – Bell Media mourns the death today of exceptional radio
expert and deeply beloved colleague André Lallier, Content Director of ÉNERGIE
Montréal 94.3 and CHOM 97 7, after a courageous battle against cancer. He was
52 years old.
entire team today lost an irreplaceable professional and a valued friend,” said
Martin Spalding, Vice-President and General Manager, Local Radio and TV,
Québec. “Thanks to his love for radio and music and his total dedication to the
success of the stations where he worked over the years, André has left an
indelible mark on our entire industry. On behalf of everyone at Bell Media, I
wish to salute the memory of André and offer my sincere condolences to his
spouse Annie, son Alex, and his family and many friends."
Montréal in 1963, André Lallier joined CKMF (now ÉNERGIE Montréal 94.3) in 1983
and was instrumental in making it one of the most renowned radio stations in
the Montréal and Québec radio landscapes. During his remarkable career spanning
over three decades at Radiomutuel, then Astral and Bell Media, he built an
enviable reputation as a radio professional with unparalleled vision, passion,
colleagues will be welcomed by his family at the Sainte-Thérèse Complex of Les
Résidences Funéaires Goyer (105, Desjardins Blvd. E.) on Saturday, October 17
from 1-4 p.m. and are invited to a celebration in his honour from 4:30-5:30
October 4, 2015
Portfolio Entertainment’s Freaktown Takes Off Internationally with Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific, Turner EMEA, Disney Southeast Asia and ABC Australia Deals
(October 4, 2015
– Toronto, Canada) – Portfolio Entertainment has signed its first set of international
sales deals for the highly-anticipated series Freaktown (52 x 11’) with leading
kids’ networks – Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific, Turner’s Kids Networks in EMEA,
The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia and ABC Australia.
the first series to be wholly created and produced inside Portfolio’s new animation
studio. The series was commissioned by TELETOON Canada and will debut in 2016.
The series will
premiere on Cartoon Network in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
Turner France has taken the series for Boing in France
its French-speaking territories in Europe
and Africa. It has also been sold to The Walt Disney Company Southeast
Asia and ABC Australia.
in production, Freaktown has grabbed the attention of buyers globally and we are
thrilled to land international deals with world-renowned broadcasters right out
of the gate,” said Joy Rosen, CEO and Co-Founder of Portfolio Entertainment. “This series
with laugh-out-loud moments and
the highly-entertainingprogramming available on
Freaktown (52x11’ HD)
Freaktown is the last place where it’s cool to be a ghoul. Mutants and misfits of all sorts are welcome to
hang out and just be who they are - freaks.
Best friends Ben Bones - a skeleton with soul - and Lenny - amutant mantis
- are living “la vida freaky” as they guard against a massive makeover of the cute
and cuddly kind, courtesy of Princess Boo Boo, the spoiled brat ruler of Sweetlandia.
Try as she might, Boo Boo and her right-hand bear, Lord Cuddles the Fluffy, simply
can’t keep the lid on all Freaktown'sfun.
You see - no one is going to sugar frost Freaktown on Ben Bones'watch! The
series is a concept by Peter Ricq and Philippe Ivanusic who are also the creators
of The League of Super Evil.
October 2, 2015
SiriusXM Canada's national search for Top Comic awards $15,000 grand prize and career jump with Just for Laughs
/CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada
(TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, crowned Derek Seguin
the winner in the sixth annual
Top Comic competition at last night's finale held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre,
as part of the Just For Laughs' JFL42 Festival in
Toronto. In addition to winning
the title of SiriusXM's Top Comic, which was broadcast live on SiriusXM's Canada Laughs
(ch. 168), Seguin took home
the $15,000 grand prize. He will also perform
at his own JFL42 2016 headliner
show and receive a televised performance at Just For
Laughs Montreal 2016.
As part of the
Matt Billon of
Jordan Welwood of
Winnipeg, will also perform
at a televised Just For Laughs Montreal
2016 show and be teamed up
to headline a show as part of
the quirky Toronto-born comic who has appeared in Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary, closed out the finale to an uproarious
crowd. As a frequent late show guest, Williams has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CONAN, and most recently was seen in the sitcom Package Deal.
this year's title, especially among such a talented group of Canadian comedians,
is very special," said Seguin. "And to have the opportunity to share the
stage with Harland Williams was an added bonus to an already memorable evening!"
out swinging last night; what a set! We couldn't be happier with him and the comics
who made up this year's stellar group of finalists," said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs
The finale featured
eight finalists from across
Canada, who were chosen through
a cross-country audition earlier this year, followed by a national online vote this
Ottawa, Montreal, and
Halifax, were comedians Kelly Taylor,
Ryan Dillon, Derek Seguin,
Nigel Grinstead, Trixx, Steph Tolev,
Matt Billon, and Jordan Welwood.
Five judges were
tasked with the difficult choice of selecting the winner; they included Joe Thistel
(SiriusXM), Zoe Rabnett
(JFL), Don Ferguson
(Royal Canadian Air Farce),
Steve Kernzer (TV producer and creator of Ed The Sock), and Pete Holmes
(comedian and podcast host).
Top Comic is
part of SiriusXM Canada's
ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Montreal's
Faisal Butttook home the
title of Sirius XM's Top Comic and all finalists went on to open for Russell Peters on the Canadian
leg of his Almost Famous World Tour. Previous winners of SiriusXM Canada's Top Comic
Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews,Matt O'Brien, and Brian Stollery.
(channel 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch,
musical comedy and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary
talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers
in Canada and across
the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central
Radio, Raw Dog Comedy Hits, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, The Foxxhole, Jeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA, and more.
radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Internet Radio access to their subscription can also
listen to Canada Laughs on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online.
To learn more visit
October 2, 2015
TSN Hockey Delivers Slate of 2015-16 Season Preview Specials, Beginning October 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET
(October 2, 2015) – With the puck about to drop on the 2015-16 season, TSN’s
all-star team of Hockey Insiders and experts primes fans with a comprehensive
slate of season preview coverage, highlighted by the 90-minute TSN HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL on Monday,
Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2.
Hosted by James Duthie alongside Hockey
Insider Bob McKenzie and
analysts Ray Ferraro, Aaron Ward, and Jeff O’Neill, the TSN HOCKEY SEASON
PREVIEW SPECIAL delivers all the essential hockey news and information heading
into the new season. This signature TSN Hockey special features a multitude of
In-depth previews of every Canadian team
Duthie interviews Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice
Feature on Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin
Hockey Insider Darren Dreger
identifies the players, coaches, and GMs on the hot seat
TSN Director of Scouting Craig
Button projects the Top 10 rookies
TSN Hockey Senior Reporter Frank
Seravalli delivers his five bold predictions for the new season
Projected Eastern and Western Conference Standings and playoff predictions from
the TSN Hockey panel
preview coverage begins with a special prime-time edition of TSN THE REPORTERS WITH
DAVE HODGE on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN4 and TSN5, in which
host Dave Hodge and his panel of
Canadian sportswriters – Bruce
Arthur, Michael Farber,
and Steve Simmons – debate the
hottest topics entering the 2015-16 campaign.
network’s in-depth season preview continues on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET
on TSN2 with the TSN HOCKEY FANTASY DRAFT SPECIAL, in which James Duthie hosts
the network’s annual 60-minute fantasy hockey production. The TSN Hockey
analysts drafting eight-player fantasy teams are last year’s playoff champ Dave
Hodge, regular season winner Jeff O’Neill, Aaron Ward, Martin Biron, and Keith Jones. The
show will highlight potential sleepers, as well as players to be wary of in the
“Buyer Beware” segment.
slate of comprehensive hockey news and information coverage is also highlighted
THAT’S HOCKEY – Hosted by Gino
Reda, Canada’s most-watched daily hockey show keeps fans up-to-date on all
the latest news from the world of hockey. Reda interviews the game’s biggest
stars and most outspoken personalities while dishing out the latest hockey
headlines. The show’s season preview edition airs Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET
THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE
– The network’s late-night hockey show wraps up the action from around the
league with instant analysis, extended game highlights, and commentary on all
the best goals, saves, plays, and sound bites.
Leading up to puck drop, TSN Digital platforms deliver comprehensive preview
coverage of the new hockey season, including the following highlights:
on-demand streaming of TSN Hockey season preview specials on TSN.ca and TSN GO
Previews of every Canadian team, with projected opening night lineups, insight
from TSN Bureau Reporters across the country, and columns by TSN Hockey
Analytics writers Scott Cullen
and Travis Yost
Predictions for all 30 teams by TSN Hockey Senior Reporter Frank Seravalli
Rookies to Watch column by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button
Consensus picks and predictions from the TSN Hockey panel
TSN broadcasts live coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and
Winnipeg Jets as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games. TSN delivers a
package of 26 Leafs games available in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region
on TSN4, 54 Senators games in the Senators designated broadcast region games on
TSN5, and 60 Jets games in the Jets’ designated broadcast region on TSN3.
TSN is also
the exclusive broadcaster of Hockey Canada, delivering marquee international
events such as the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP,
IIHF WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF
ICE HOCKEY U18 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE,
as well as domestic events including the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE, TELUS CUP,
ESSO CUP, RBC CUP, ALLAN CUP, and the Order of Hockey in Canada. TSN’s slate of
live hockey programming also features exclusive coverage of the SPENGLER CUP,
as well as NCAA Division I coverage including the FROZEN FOUR.
complements its live hockey coverage with Canada’s fan-favourite hockey news
and information programming, featuring the hockey world’s most trusted team of
Hockey Insiders and analysts. TSN’s industry-leading hockey programming
includes SPORTSCENTRE, TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, and the
network’s slate of signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT
FRENZY, FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT
October 2, 2015
Masters of Flip, W Network’s #1 New Reality Series, Renewed for Season 2
2, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment announced today the renewal of W
Network’s #1-rated new reality series, Masters of Flip. The hit
series follows husband-and-wife team and house-flipping experts Kortney and Dave
Wilson as they breathe new life into old, rundown homes. The series is an exciting
journey through the mess and stress of renovation, the magic of transformation
and the anticipation of enormous profits hinging on the hopes of a final sale.
Produced by Rhino Content and developed in association with W Network, Masters
of Flip is part of W Network’s slate of Canadian original series including Property
Brothers, Game of Homes, the Love It of List It franchise, and Hockey Wives.
Dave have resonated with W’s audience and the series' first season was a
ratings success that has developed a tremendous fan following similar to that
of our other hit shows Property Brothers and Love It or List It,” said Maria
Farano, Director of Original Programming, Corus Entertainment’s Women's and
Family Networks. “We’re excited to start production with Rhino on a second
season, seeing Kortney and Dave continue their masterful work as they transform
dilapidated houses into stunning homes.
episode of Masters of Flip, Kortney and Dave house-hunt for properties that
have seen better days and gamble on which one to flip to make the most profit.
With limited timelines and even tighter budgets, these masters of flip take on
the massive challenge of transforming each real estate disaster into a stunning
family dream home.
as two separate musical careers has become a lifelong partnership for Kortney
and Dave Wilson. After a solid run as a country music duo, the Canadian-born
Nashville couple traded in their microphones for tool belts and began flipping
houses while raising their children. Since then, Kortney, an award-winning
realtor and visionary, and Dave, a tireless flipper with a nose for profit,
continued to build their real estate business through flips, vacation rentals
and buy and hold properties.
With over 50
homes flipped to date, Kortney and Dave have become one of Nashville’s premiere
house flipping forces, renowned as much for their acute knowledge of the local
real estate market as for their artistic design in transforming run-down
disasters into stunning one-of-a-kind family homes.
Flip is part of a growing
slate of properties for international distribution from Corus
Entertainment, which includes the real estate series Buying the View and Cheer
Stars. Masters of Flip is produced by Rhino Content and developed in
association with W Network.
October 2, 2015
#iCraveFridays Continues Today as KINGDOM Begins Streaming
CraveTV’s #iCraveFridays release schedule
continues today with the premiere of KINGDOM, starring mega pop star and
heartthrob Nick Jonas. Family, fighting, and fierce competition are on full
display in this mixed martial arts drama series. Created by Byron Balasco, KINGDOM
stars Jonas, Frank Grillo (The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy), Kiele Sanchez (THE
GLADES), Matt Lauria (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), and Jonathan Tucker (THE BLACK
DONNELLYS). All 10 episodes of the first season are now streaming on CraveTV in
advance of the Season 2 premiere this November on Bravo.
critically acclaimed series has already been renewed for 20 more episodes over
two seasons. This is Jonas’ first major role in a TV series. He previously had
guest appearances in shows including HAWAII FIVE-0 and SMASH and had his first
starring role in a theatrical film in the 2015 thriller Careful What You Wish
For. KINGDOM Season 1 can be found in the Dramas, What’s New, and Featured collections
Set in Venice, California, KINGDOM explores the world of MMA at a local gym and
the relationships that develop and disintegrate between family and fighters.
Alvey Kulina (Grillo) and his girlfriend Lisa Prince (Sanchez) run Navy St. Gym
where they train fighters, including up-and-comers like Kulina’s two sons, Nate
(Jonas) and Jay (Tucker), along with former fighting great, Ryan Wheeler
(Lauria), who was recently released from prison and was once engaged to Lisa.
October 1, 2015
Bell Media Mourns the Death of Beloved CTV Ottawa Broadcasting Icon Max Keeping
1, 2015 /CNW/ - Bell Media and CTV News extend heartfelt condolences to the
family, friends, and colleagues of former Vice-President of News and legendary
CTV Ottawa Anchor Max Keeping. Keeping passed away today at age 73 in Ottawa
after a lengthy battle with cancer.
left an indelible mark on CTV Ottawa and the community he tirelessly served.
His extraordinary contributions were driven by a selfless desire to help
improve the lives of others. His loss is felt by all of us at CTV and Bell
Media," said Richard Gray, Vice-President and General Manager, Radio and
TV, Ottawa and Pembroke, Bell Media. "Following his retirement in 2010,
Max stayed on as the station's community ambassador until 2012 – a fitting role
as he never stopped giving back. Max was a mentor and friend to many and always
took time to help others. He will be sorely missed."
Grand Bank, N.L., Keeping began his 37-year career as an anchor with CJOH in
1972, building his reputation through the years as one of the most trustworthy
figures in the local news industry. A passionate community advocate and
philanthropist, Keeping's tireless work on behalf of charities, service groups,
neighbourhoods and schools helped raise more than $100 million for charities
during his tenure with CTV Ottawa. In 1995 he founded The Max Keeping
Foundation, assisting local Ottawa children, youth, and their families meet
emotional, physical, mental, and emergency needs for which no other funding is
October 1, 2015
Dany Meloul Appointed Vice-President, Programming, French-Language TV at Bell Media
(October 1, 2015) – Gerry Frappier, President, French-Language TV and RDS and
Bell Media French Programming Champion, announced today the appointment of Dany
Meloul as Vice-President, Programming, French-Language TV, effective
Frappier, Meloul will be at the helm of all activities pertaining to
scheduling, planning, original content, and acquisitions for Bell Media’s
French-language non-sports specialty channels Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, VRAK, and
Investigation as well as pay services Super Écran and Cinépop.
In her role,
Meloul will be a member of Bell Media’s senior leadership team in Québec, which
includes Frappier as well as Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out of Home; Patrick
Jutras, Senior Vice-President, National Sales – Sports and Québec; Anne
McNamara, Vice-President, Human Resources; and Martin Spalding, Vice-President
and General Manager, Local Radio and TV, Québec.
appointment stems not only from her broad media expertise, but also from her
in-depth knowledge of programming, finance, and regulation in the
French-language media industry,” said Frappier. “Her extensive experience
represents a major asset as Bell Media strengthens its leadership position
within the Québec television landscape.”
thrilled to embark on this new adventure and put my passion for television to
work for Bell Media and Québec viewers,” said Meloul. “I look forward to
collaborating further with our partners from the production communities and
building on our shared track record of creating and broadcasting some of TV’s
most acclaimed productions.”
assume her new functions at Bell Media’s Montréal offices, at 1717
René-Lévesque E., with the support of Jean-Pierre Laurendeau, Senior Director,
Programming (Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, Investigation), and Zoé Gilbert-Crabtree,
Senior Director, Programming (Super Écran, Cinépop, VRAK).
media industry veteran, Meloul is widely recognized for her strategic vision
and insight. She previously worked as Bell Media’s Assistant General Counsel
and before that at Astral for many years. Meloul is a member of the board of directors
of the Harold Greenberg Fund’s French program and has been working closely with
outside producers, distributors, and various organizations for Bell Media’s
French-language television, radio, and digital services. In her role as
Assistant General Counsel, she has advised Bell Media on various legal and
regulatory questions that affect its operations.
on the board of directors of INIS and chairs the Québec Regional Panel of the Canadian
Broadcast Standards Council. In addition, she is Vice-Chair of the board of
Collège de l’Ouest de l’Île/West Island College and President of the
Marianopolis Millennium Foundation.
previously worked at Transcontinental Inc. and Alcan Inc. in Canada and the
United States. She holds civil law and common law degrees from McGill
University and is a member of the Québec Bar and the New York Bar.
October 1, 2015
Historic Three-Peat is On the Line at the AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL, Live Tomorrow at 11 p.m. ET on TSN2
(October 1, 2015) – A thrilling season of elite Aussie Rules football
culminates with the Hawthorn Hawks attempting to secure a historic three-peat
in the AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL) GRAND FINAL when they take on West
coverage of the AFL GRAND FINAL – Australia’s Super Bowl – gets underway tomorrow
(Friday, Oct. 2) at 11 p.m. ET on TSN2 live from the iconic Melbourne
Hawks attempt to capture their third consecutive championship – the first
three-peat in club history and their 13th Premiership Cup – while the West
Coast Eagles look for their first AFL championship since 2006 and fourth Premiership
Cup in club history.
coverage of the AFL GRAND FINAL includes a star-studded halftime show featuring
Canadian icon Bryan Adams, English electro-pop star Ellie Goulding, and Grammy®
Award nominee Chris Isaak.
If the AFL GRAND FINAL is tied after time expires, the match will be replayed
next weekend. If the second match also ends in a tie, the teams play two halves
of extra time to determine a winner.
time the AFL GRAND FINAL ended in a draw was in 2010. The only other draws in
AFL history occurred in 1948 and 1977.
Last year’s AFL
GRAND FINAL between Sydney and Hawthorn attracted 3.7 million viewers in
Australia, making it the country’s #1 program of the year.
GRAND FINAL set an attendance record in 1986 with 101,861 spectators.
was the first Canadian to play in the AFL and win a Premiership Cup in 2010. He
just completed his seventh season with the Sydney Swans.
the most recent census, there are 36,000 Canadians who claim full or partial
October 1, 2015
Women in Film & Television Vancouver Announces Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
BC (October 1st, 2015) – Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is
pleased to continue its collaboration with seasoned media professionals and
industry partners to create opportunities for women working in screen-based
marks the call for applications for the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept
Competition, the WIFTV Actor Mentorship Program, and the William F. White
Production Management Mentorship for the Independent Producer.
the success of the 2014-2015 inaugural From Our Dark Side National Genre
Concept Competition, WIFTV is delighted to announce its second edition. From
Our Dark Side is a national English-language contest seeking a maximum three to
five page genre film concept including thriller, horror, fantasy, sci-fi or a
combination thereof. Five projects will be selected to receive a comprehensive
mentorship package, a cash prize, subsidy to travel to the Vancouver
International Women in Film Festival; full accreditation for and promotion at
the Montreal Edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market, held
in July alongside the Fantasia Film Festival.
accepting applications until November 16, 2015
This contest is sponsored by Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative BC.
Mentorship Program provides female actors with guidance and inspiration to
develop their craft and advance their acting careers. Now in its third year,
this successful program matches chosen applicants (mentees) with female working
actors (mentors). They meet for one hour, once a month for six months to work
through specific goals set for the program.
accepting applications until October 31, 2015.
This mentorship is offered to WIFTV members only.
F. White Production Management for the Independent Producer Mentorship is
designed for independent producers who are interested in increasing their
knowledge of Production Management including the ins and out of equipment
requirements and rentals as well as budgeting and resource planning for both
low and high budget shows. The mentorship curriculum is customized to the level
and schedule of the selected participant and includes hands-on instruction at
William F. White’s under the supervision of Ed Brando, Manager of Client
Services, as well as informational sessions with a professional Production
October 1, 2015
NLogic announces their new audience data API!
– NLogic, a leading provider of software, data and consumer insight to the broadcast
and advertising industry in Canada, announced the launch of their API, Conex. For the first time Numeris TV data will be accessible
via an API providing clients with seamless access to the data when and where they
need it. ConexAPI pulls directly from NLogic’s
proprietary data warehouse, meaning the data is always up to date and accurate. Over the next several months radio PPM data will
be added, with other data including ad occurrence, diary, and third party data planned
for the near future.
API has too much potential to be ignored.
It will be exciting to see its impact on the transformation of our industry.” Mark Allen, Senior Director, Research and Analysis
“We have a particular
challenge in Canada as our TV data is arguably the most complicated in the world. As a result, it presents unique challenges when
clients try to work with it, whether they’re looking to put it into a dashboard
or an in-house system. A lot of time is wasted
in manual processes, and a lot of data is left out because it’s too difficult to
integrate. Our API looks to simplify our
clients’ lives by putting the data where they want it, instantly”, said David Phillips,
President & COO of NLogic.
And with programmatic
TV emerging on the near horizon, NLogic has opened discussions with various next-gen
marketing and advertising platform providers including TubeMogul and Videology,
to look for ways to drive faster and easier access to audience data. “As our industry increasingly looks for greater
automation, our API can help power those innovations,” added Mr Phillips.
ConexAPI is linked
to NLogic’s proprietary data warehouse and is hosted on Microsoft Azure, ensuring
the industry’s highest standards are met.
NLogic’s proprietary software solutions help Canada’s leading broadcasters, media
agencies and advertisers make sense of their audiences and programming. NLogic’s innovative applications are available
across a range of platforms, from desktop to mobile. NLogic has offices in Toronto,
Montreal and Vancouver. NLogic is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Numeris. For more information,
October 1, 2015
TEMPLE STREET PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES FIRST DEAL WITH NETFLIX
Calif., October 1, 2015 - After recently
announcing a slate of original series for the pre-school audience, Netflix Inc.
-0.88% the world's leading Internet TV network, will add seven new original
series for older kids beginning this December. Building on its partnerships with
globally respected brands, Netflix will launch all new stories from LEGO® Bionicle®
and LEGO® Friends and the world's first family is back and funnier than ever in
DreamWorks Animation's all-new original family sitcom, Dawn of the Croods.
Netflix is also
broadening its offering for tweens and teens; the live action show Lost & Found
Music Studios shows us how the next hit song could be just one heartbreak away,
while fans of fast and funny will find the stop-motion, action-comedy of Buddy Thunderstruck
right up their alley...or race-obsessed Greasepit in this case. The anime inspired
Glitter Force joins the growing portfolio of strong girl characters on Netflix.
And finally, Netflix is introducing its first ever original animated series produced
in Latin America. Las Leyendas (The Legends) is based on a successful trilogy of
children's films from the Mexican animation studio, Anima Estudios.
half of our 65 million members around the world regularly watch kids content and
with the addition of these seven diverse original series we are continuing our strong
investment in kids programming," said Andy Yeatman, Director of Global Kids
Content for Netflix. "We know kids love Netflix and that's in part because
they never really outgrow us. We program and recommend new TV shows and movies from
preschool through their teen years and into adulthood."
Details on each
show can be found below:
The Journey to One - Q1 2016 The LEGO Group will premiere the Netflix original series,
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One, based on its popular LEGO Bionicle franchise
and line of buildable action figures. The new storyline takes place on the mythical
island of Okoto, where the forces of darkness are on the move and the evil Makuta
is working to cast the world into darkness. The desperate island inhabitants enlist
six heroes - called the Toa - to help save their beloved island. Only when the heroes
are united, will they be able to battle the forces of evil, defeat Makuta and save
Okoto. The four episode season will be available in all Netflix territories globally
in early 2016. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE are trademarks of the
LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.
The Power of Friendship - Q2 2016 Another new Netflix original series for kids is
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship featuring characters from the popular LEGO
Friends line of construction toys. This series will follow the adventures of five
best friends - Stephanie, Emma, Olivia, Mia and Andrea - around their hometown Heartlake
City. From summer camp to the basketball court, saving their webcast or helping
take care of a friend, the zany antics, adventures and missteps are made all the
better by having their best friends by their side. The four episode season will
premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2016. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE
are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.
- 2017 From American Greetings Entertainment with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Buddy
Thunderstruck is an action-comedy, stop-motion extravaganza that follows the adventures
of a semi-truck racing dog named Buddy and his albino ferret mechanic. It all goes
down in race-obsessed Greasepit, a place chock full of larger-than-life characters
and nitro-burning, gear-slamming, tire-squealing, fish-tailing good times. Buddy
Thunderstruck will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2017 with a 12 episode
- 2017 Las Leyendas (The Legends) will be the first animated Netflix original series
to be produced in Latin America and is based on a successful trilogy of children's
films from the Mexican animation studio, Anima Estudios. Set in the 1800s, this
whimsical adventure centers on Leo San Juan, a reluctant but heroic teen boy with
the ability to communicate with ghosts and monsters. One day, Leo's hometown vanishes
into another dimension, prompting Leo to join forces with a phantasmagorical group
of misfits in order to defeat Quetzalcoatl, an inter-dimensional entity who has
sought to conquer the universe for centuries. Leo and his fantastical friends travel
on a magic ship across time to the most famous and mystical places on Earth to fight
off the evil forces that threaten the welfare of all. The first season of 13 episodes
will premiere exclusively on Netflix, worldwide, in 2017.
Dawn of the Croods
- December 24, 2015Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran are back and funnier than
ever in this all-new family sitcom. Follow everyone's favorite family as they meet
new friends, outrun new creatures and encounter "firsts" the world has
never seen - such as school, slumber parties, hiccups and elections. The Croods
are discovering them all. Dawn of the Croodswill be available exclusively on Netflix
in all current territories except Germany and Japan.
- December 18, 2015When the magical kingdom of Jubiland is invaded by an evil emperor
and his band of fairytale villains, a tiny pixie named Candy recruits five preteen
girls to form the powerful team of the Glitter Force to help defend Earth from becoming
the next target. These fabulous friends transform from ordinary school girls into
super powered cool girls. Defending the Earth from fairytale villains isn't an easy
job, but the Glitter Force proves that nothing is more powerful than friendship.
From Saban Brands, the 20-episode season will premiere worldwide, excluding Asia,
exclusively on Netflix December 18, 2015.
Lost & Found
Music Studios - Q1 2016From Temple Street Productions, Lost & Found Music Studios
is a series about a group of talented teenage musicians who struggle to find their
authentic sound and place in the world as they hone their craft at a prestigious
music studio. In each episode, young artists navigate the ups and downs of the music
industry, as they find their way to love, inspiration, and redemption. After all,
the next hit song could be just one heartbreak away.Lost & Found Music Studios
will premiere exclusively on Netflix worldwide, outside of Canada, UK and Ireland,
with 26 half hour episodes in 2016.
October 1, 2015
Next Issue Media Announces New Digital Magazine Experience: Texture
Menlo Park, CA
and Toronto – October 1, 2015 – Today, Next Issue Media – the digital magazine platform
owned by Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, KKR, Meredith, News Corp, Rogers Media and
Time Inc. – unveiled TextureTM, a completely new way for readers to experience the
world’s best magazines. Reimagined for how people consume content today, Texture
combines everything readers know and love about the print magazine experience and
layers onto it the power of digital—giving people a curated reading experience,
available anytime, anywhere.
Texture is the
only premium content subscription service that provides unlimited access to 160
of the world’s most loved magazines for one low monthly price. State of the art
digital functionality gives readers an unmatched ability to explore current issues
as well as 15,000 back issues, allowing them to discover inspiring and entertaining
content from an archive of over 500,000 stories.
Through new features
like ‘Curated Collections’, Texture’s editorial team assembles content by theme,
surfacing quality stories from multiple publications, and introducing readers to
content they might not normally discover. ‘My Collections’ offers readers a way
to gather and cultivate their own favorites for reading instantly or when it’s most
“People go to
their known and trusted sources for news and entertainment, but they also love to
discover stories that are off their radar,” said John Loughlin, CEO, Next Issue
Media. “That’s what we built into Texture.
Whether dishing up Vanity Fair’s ‘Call Me Caitlyn’ cover story before the rest of
the world, or delivering the hotly anticipated ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue days
in advance, we’re enhancing their ability to discover the finest journalism, narratives,
photo essays, product and travel reviews, recipes and more, selected by top editors,
all in a way that fits seamlessly into their lives.”
New Texture features
and benefits include:
Collections: Whether it’s revisiting
the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the 10th anniversary, diving into Texture franchises
like Strong Women Wednesdays, or serving up the best fall pumpkin recipes across
every food magazine, Texture's thoughtfully curated Collections delivers content
to readers in a way that anticipates their needs and reflects their curiosity.
New & Noteworthy: This Texture channel keeps readers in
the know – whether the topic is the notorious Hollywood bad boy, latest political
renegade or the hottest Fall fashion trends – by surfacing stories that are making
news, and topics that are trending in social media.
Search & Top Stories: Search allows readers to seek more information
across the entire vast archive of magazines.
From gluten-free cooking and electric cars, to golf techniques and presidential
candidates, Texture pulls content from the best magazines in the world so readers
can get insight and perspective instantly from trusted sources. Top Stories uncovers
what’s being read by subscribers, inspiring the discovery of great reads across
the whole catalog or within specific categories.
My Collections: After finding the perfect gift idea from
Real Simple, or stumbling across Rolling Stone’s most recent enthralling cover story,
readers can save them to read later or share with friends.
Each month, readers can dive into some of the hottest features before they even
hit newsstands thanks to an exclusive agreement between Texture and leading publishers,
serving up a handful of the most highly anticipated stories only for subscribers.
The freshly expanded
editorial team, led by publishing veteran Maggie Murphy, adds an editorial point
of view to the experience – a quality unseen in other purely algorithmic services.
“With over half
of a million of the best articles and stories available, Texture feels it is imperative
to add a human touch to the service that provides a unique view of today’s important
and trending topics,” said Maggie Murphy, Editorial Director, Next Issue Media.
“Auto-populated recommendations from data driven engines are valuable, and we make
use of them, but we also think there’s an element of trust that happens when your
best friend shares their latest favorite article or recipe with you. We want to
be that best friend to the reader.”
“Texture is bridging
the divide between analog and digital, and creating a rich and dynamic premium content
experience for readers; it is, in fact, redefining the magazine experience. The
strong consumer demand for subscription-based media experiences, such as Netflix,
Hulu Plus and Spotify Premium, speaks to the opportunity awaiting Texture,” said
David Carey, President, Hearst Magazines. “The new Texture service is a marvelous
way to grow both audience as well as deep engagement given its ‘premium content
first’ focus. We couldn’t be more excited about what this means for the future of
Issue, the new Texture brand, logo and platform rollout will be supported by a national
ad campaign across print, digital and out of home.
start at $9.99/month and are available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices, for
download through the App Store, Google Play and Windows Store today.
October 1, 2015
PATTISON Outdoor Announces New Advertising Partnership With York Region Transit
ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2015) - PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, Canada's
largest Out-of-Home advertising provider and the leader in transit advertising,
today announced it has signed a multi-year contract with York Region Transit to
sell advertising on the Regional Municipality of York's conventional bus fleet.
Transit provides services to nearly 1.2 million York Region residents,
throughout all nine municipalities, and covers an area of 1,776 square
kilometres (686 square miles). More than 125 routes keep residents connected
within York Region, as well as connecting to services in the City of Toronto
and the Region of Peel.
excited to be partnering with York Region Transit," said Randy Otto,
President, PATTISON Outdoor Advertising. "This is an incredible
opportunity for PATTISON to connect advertisers with consumers in York Region.
Adding York Region Transit to our growing Ontario transit portfolio, which
already includes Toronto Transit Commission, Durham Region Transit, Oakville
Transit, and Milton Transit, demonstrates our commitment to providing
advertisers unmatched market reach and coverage."
Outdoor is also the exclusive supplier for advertising on the Toronto Transit
Commission's (TTC) transit system.
strategic focus on growth opportunities and innovation within the Out-of-Home
industry, and providing impeccable customer service to its clients, PATTISON
Outdoor is committed to fostering strong, healthy partnerships in the market
areas we serve.
October 1, 2015
4K FACTUAL CHANNEL LOVE NATURE AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
ON, Thursday, October 1, 2015) – Blue Ant Media, global leaders in 4K
production and distribution, announced today that its Love Nature brand is
available to media companies worldwide in 100% native 4K on linear and SVOD
includes Love Nature’s exclusive 4K content, shot all over the world in
majestic locales including Zambia, Scandinavia, Cambodia and the Middle East.
This 300-hour annual commitment will fuel the channel’s pipeline of exclusive
4K content for years to come.
“The passion that wildlife and nature fans
hold for animals and our natural world is something that audiences relate to
across all countries, cultures and languages,” said Raja Khanna, CEO,
Television & Digital, Blue Ant Media. “We are thrilled to share Love
Nature’s original content, in 100% native 4K, with viewers all over the globe,
providing an up-close experience that comes only second to being there in
programming will include stunning natural history series and documentaries such
as Great Blue Wild and Land of Gremlins, in addition to programming blocks such
as Wildest Mondays and Water Wednesdays.
engages with fans all over the world via LoveNature.com,
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram offering stunning
images direct from its productions, news-breaking media coverage about the
natural world and short-form videos, creating a social community for wildlife
and nature fans globally.
brings audiences closer to the beauty and wonder of nature, sharing
awe-inspiring stories and shining a light on the fight for survival in a
changing world. Commercial-free and shot in the highest quality, Love
Nature offers viewers exclusive content from around the globe. See animals in
their natural habitat and visit some of the world’s most awe-inspiring
landscapes through Love Nature’s unfiltered, premium content. Love Nature
produces 300 hours of 4K nature and wildlife content annually. tv.lovenature.com
September 30, 2015
FAMILY CHANNEL’S BIG TICKET SUMMER CONCERT RANKS #1 WITH FANS
Toronto, 30 September
2015 – Family Channel continues to take centre stage in Canadian households as the
television broadcast of its fourth annual Big Ticket Summer Concert held the #1
non-sports specialty spot with the network’s key demographic of kids aged 8-14 when
it premiered on Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.1 Giving viewers nationwide
access to the wildly-popular concert event, Family’s original production of the
concert featured performances by internationally-known musicians and behind-the-scenes,
coast-to-coast coverage with network host Deepa Prashad.
the 7-city Canadian tour was rising superstar Becky G, Brit pop-rockers The Vamps,
Canadian alternative-pop artist Shane Harte (who will star in Family’s upcoming
series Lost & Found Music Studios), California’s The Tide and network megastars
– the cast of The Next Step.
from Friday, September 25 for Family Channel include:
The Big Ticket Summer Concert special presentation ranked #1 with kids 8-14 for
all specialty stations (non-sports);2
Family held eight of the Top 20 specialty stations spots with its key demo of kids
8-14, more than any other kids channel;3
Of the Top 20 specialty stations rankers, two of Family’s original productions –
Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) and The Next Step – were #6 and #20 respectively.
Catering to fans’
desire to see Family Channel’s incredible roster of live events on the small screen,
Family will premiere The Next Step Live: The Movie this Friday, October 2 at 7:30
p.m. ET/PT, chronicling the tour diaries of eight cast members from the hit tween
drama as they embarked on an eight-week, sold-out tour across Canada this past winter.
1. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Pay/Specialty Stations,
excludes sports/Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on
overnight data with Live + PB 4 Days.
2. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Pay/Specialty Stations,
excludes sports/Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on
overnight data with Live + PB 4 Days.
3. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/ All Pay/Specialty Stations/
Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on overnight data
with Live + PB 4 Days.
4. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/ All Pay/Specialty Stations/
Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on overnight data
with Live + PB 4 Days.
September 30, 2015
Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) announces recipients of the WIFTV VIFF Short Film and WIFTV WHISTLER Film Festival Mentorship.
BC (September 30th, 2015) -- On Tuesday, September 29th, WIFTV announced the
two winning mentees during Women in Film & Television’s annual MARTINI
MADNESS fundraising party.
This year’s WIFTV
VIFF Short Film Mentorship is awarded to Sandra Ignagni, for her short film
project You Are Already in the Band! You Just don’t Know it Yet.
WHISTLER Film Festival Mentorship is awarded to Christina Sicoli, for her
project Small Cop.
applications to WIFTV mentorship programs increase in volume and quality
highlighting the demand for mentoring opportunities for women in this sector,”
says Dusty Kelly, WIFTV Board Member, Chair of the WIFTV Mentorship Committee
and Vice-President of IATSE Local 891. “This year's mentorship applications
were no exception.”
VIFF Short Film jury consisted of Kelly-Ruth Mercier, a writer, director and
producer, Dylan Akio Smith, a cinematographer, director and producer, as well
as Catherine Middleton of DGC National Directors Division Western Councils
& Directors Rights Acquisitions. The jury selected Ignagni because of her
“strong voice and sense of purpose behind the project” and its “authentic and
Ignagni is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker, researcher and writer
working around the themes of social, economic and environmental justice. Her
film You Are Already in the Band! You Just Don’t Know It Yet – offers a glimpse
into the inner workings of The Carnival Band, a highly eclectic community brass
band based in East Vancouver.
for the Mentorship because I want to learn how to build a strong and energetic
team to make my film a success and reach the widest possible audience,” says
The goal of
this mentorship is to introduce emerging filmmakers to invaluable networking
and development opportunities at the VIFF festival and conference.
Whistler Film Festival Mentorship jury consisted of director Penelope
Buitenhuis, producer Colleen Nystedt and IATSE Local 669’s Business Agent,
The goal of
this mentorship is to provide the selected recipient with experience in
preparing her feature film project for market.
wonderful thing about this kind of mentorship is that it provides a vital yet
nurturing one-on-one experience for an emerging female filmmaker.,” says Angie
Nolan, Industry Programming Manager at Whistler Film Festival Society.
“Whistler Film Festival is honoured to work with WIFTV on such an important
program; one that equips the recipient with a necessary skill set required in
market preparation. Learning to pitch and present any projects in a
professional and productive way is the ultimate goal. The bonus is that the
filmmaker is also immersed in an environment that puts them face-to-face with
some of the most knowledgeable and connected experts in the industry.”
recipient for the Whistler Film Festival Mentorship program, I am very excited
to take the next steps in the development of my film. It came just at the right
time”, says Sicoli, who is an accomplished actor/comedienne. Small Cop follows
a narcissistic, immature female cop on probation who gets partnered with a
hard-nosed, veteran cop in need of a promotion. The film has two production
companies attached to it: Titlecard Pictures (Dylan Collingwood) and Rare
Little Bird Pictures Inc. (Christina Sicoli & David Milchard).
September 30, 2015
J. Robert Wood Announced as 2016 Recipient of Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award
TORONTO, ON –
(September 30) – Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce J. Robert Wood as the
2016 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator and
veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Wood will be honoured for his
achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast
Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian
Radio Music Awards luncheon beingpresented by Bell Media, on Friday, May 6, 2016
at theSheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
J. Robert Wood
is a radio broadcast management consultant with more than 40 years experience in
programming, operations, management, large-scale project development, network expansion,
government lobbying and fund-raising. Born in Teulon, Manitoba, Wood began his career
as an on-air deejay at CKSA in Lloydminster before moving to CKOM Saskatoon, CKY
in Winnipeg and CHLO in St. Thomas. Following a successful tenure as program director
of CHLO, he moved to CHUM in 1968 where he served as Program Director of CHUM, National
Program Director of CHUM Group stations across Canada, and Manager of CHUM and CHUM-FM
“Bob Wood came
to CHUM in 1968. Over the next ten years or so, he, and maybe the greatest radio
staff ever put together, created magic on 1050 CHUM! Bob was imaginative, creative
and a great leader”, said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. “His winning the Allan
Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award is Iong overdue!”
Wood left CHUM
in the mid-1980s to apply for a Toronto radio license; he went on to pursue broadcast
management consulting, fund-raising and government lobbying activities. From 2000
to 2010, he helped launch the Aboriginal Voices Radio network (AVR), for which he
raised more than $15 million.
“I feel very
honoured to be selected for this Award and am grateful to accept it on behalf of
the many talented men and women at CHUM whose hard work, dedication and creative
brilliance enabled us to create one of broadcasting’s great radio stations,” said
Wood was inducted
into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in May of 1978 by RPM Magazine. The
former radio editor of Billboard Magazine, Claude Hall, ranked Wood as number 12
on his list of the 15 best Top 40 program directors in North America in 2012. In
choosing Wood, Hall said, “Robert Wood was Canadian radio.”
and entrepreneur, Wood initiated a number of projects in the early days of Canadian
content regulations to help promote the development of Canadian music, including
the Maple Leaf Music Network (10 stations across Canada agreeing to play the consensus
choice of three new Canadian records per week), the CHUM Free Ad Plan (providing
free commercials for newly released songs by Canadian artists) and the CHUM Report
(a weekly report he wrote which was distributed to radio and record companies to
help promote new up-and-coming Canadian music and improve the relationship between
radio and record people at the time.)
Wood has served
on various industry committees including CAPAC, the CAB and the United Way’s media
unit and has played a pivotal role in the launch of FACTOR (Foundation to Assist
Canadian Talent on Record.) He has helped many broadcasters over the years, including
the launch and advancement of the careers of many young broadcasters and has helped
more senior broadcasters survive the difficulties visited upon them due to ill health.
September 30, 2015
TFO launches an all-video platform: A one-stop destination for audiences seeking educational content for the digital age
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - That is the setting in which Groupe Média TFO releases tfo.org, a web
platform that offers video on demand and allows web users to engage in a new digital
experience specialised in playful, educational content.
we considered children, who can find the entire Caillou series on our website, but
we also thought about their parents, who will be delighted to view our playlist
'10 Tips to Make Your Kid Ask for More Fruits and Veggies'. Playlists are one of
the main features of the new platform, thematically organizing tfo.org's content
library," said Laurent Guérin, Chief Content Officer.
With the knowledge
that online TV watching will overtake traditional TV watching in 2016, it is crucial
to introduce a video content platform that evolves according to users' consumption
habits. That is what we offer today[iii].
All the Content in One Place
The new interface, created by Turbulent, is much more than a mere website. Navigation
is more dynamic and more intuitive and it offers an enriched catalogue of content:
over 9 000 videos and games, 5 600 pieces of educational content for children between
2 and 6 years, mobile applications, colouring spaces, lighthearted skits, reports
on different topics and musical sessions by Francophone artists.
of this new platform is a key step in our digital strategy and reflects our desire
to reach out to new French-speaking audiences, wherever they are. This way, we look
forward to better understanding their needs and to offering them content they can
identify with. Indeed, Groupe Media TFO produces and acquires exclusive productions
such as BRBR (currently filming acrossCanada), Carte
de visite, Mini TFO, FLIP, 24.7, Ciné TFO, #ONFR," said Magalie Zafimehy, digital
content manager at Groupe Média TFO.
Aside from a
more user-friendly navigation system, TFO.org offers a more complete selection than
ever before, including complete series like Motel Monstre, Caillou, Barbapapa, Subito
Texto, Les Doozers, ZoubiDoubi, and many more. Additionally, faithful fans of our
cinema programming will be able to access a selection of some hundred classic and
contemporary films that have been acclaimed in the world's greatest film festivals.
In order to provide an accessible platform to all, content can be played back with
subtitling and video description for users with hearing or visual impairments. Additionally,
a secure, ad-free space exists for children between 2 and 6 years, as well as a
parental control module with a timer to monitor children's video consumption. Furthermore,
the platform offers a reserved area for members that will allow our audience to
subscribe for free to exclusive video content like "Le Rêve de Champlain",
which will be available online today. And for Francophiles, we've prepared a navigation
menu in English to make searching and accessing content easier.
Known for Its Innovative Spirit
Committed to implement an innovative over-the-top television strategy, Groupe Média
TFO and its production partners, Slalom, Fairplay and Turbulent, recently produced
the captivating docu-drama series "Le Rêve de Champlain" as well as a suite of digital products including
revedechamplain.com, which was awarded a Prix Gémeaux for best digital production
on September 20th this year.
Watch a clip introducing
the new platform.
September 30, 2015
OMNI Television Brings Canadians its First Original, Chinese Crime Drama Blood and Water, Beginning Nov. 8
30, 2015) OMNI Television today announced broadcast details for the new, original
series Blood and Water – a compelling, character-driven, crime drama that delves
into the secrets and lies of a tightly-knit family. This half-hour, eight-part crime
drama premieres with two back-to-back episodes Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 10:30
p.m. ET/PT, and will air regularly Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OMNI Television (check
local listings) with episodes airing next day on www.OMNITV.ca.
Produced in Mandarin,
Cantonese, and English, Blood and Water follows the story of Jo Bradley (Steph Song,
Everything’s Gone Green), an ambitious young detective who overcomes her personal
challenges in order to find the killer of a Vancouver billionaire's troubled son.
“We are so proud
to be the first Canadian broadcaster to bring a home-grown mainstream Chinese crime
drama series to our audiences,” said Colette Watson, Vice President of Television
& Broadcast Operations, Rogers. “With a complex storyline and well-developed
characters, Blood and Water is a drama that will resonate not only with language
audiences, but with all Canadians. We believe so much in the appeal of this series
that development is already underway on Season 2.”
In the premiere
episode, after Jo is hit with an unexpected diagnosis of cancer, she is given the
assignment of lead detective in a complicated homicide. The drug addicted son of
a prominent family has turned up dead and ritualistically buried in the endowment
lands. With everything at stake, the pressure is on for Jo to quickly solve the
crime and make the department look good in this high profile case, before the clock
“We are thrilled
by the support of OMNI Television for this gritty and unique series,” said Diane
Boehme, Executive Producer, Breakthrough Entertainment. “It’s been a privilege to
have the opportunity and encouragement to take so many chances with our story. And it’s been an honour to showcase this remarkably
talented cast and crew at the top of their game.”
Directed by noted
Canadian director John L'Ecuyer (Curtis's Charm), Blood and Water stars Peter Outerbridge
(Orphan Black), Elfina Luk, Fiona Fu, Simu Liu, Oscar Hsu, Loretta Yu, Osric Chau,
and Russell Yuen, with special appearances by Stuart Hughes, Joel Keller, Morgan
Kelly, Maria Ricossa, Victor Chiu, and Richard Chevolleau.
are Nat Abraham, Diane Boehme, Ira Levy, Michael McGuigan, and Peter Williamson.
The series is produced by Yipeng Ben Lu and Neil Bregman, written by Al Kratina
and Dan Trotta, and edited by Paul Winestock and Victor C.H. Fan. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director
of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming
& Content, and Colette Watson is Vice President of Broadcast.