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July 30, 2015

All Eyes and Ears on Food Network Canada This Fall for World Premiere of New, Canadian Original Series Chef in Your Ear


TORONTO, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Listen up! This Fall on Food Network Canada, culinary masters are pairing with clueless cooks to see who can create the best restaurant quality dishes in the new original Canadian series Chef in Your Ear, premiering August 31 at 10pm ET/PT.

"Shaw Media is proud to bring this original series, with a new, unprecedented competition format to Food Network Canada," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. "Chef in Your Ear serves up some delicious fun as professional chefs and kitchen rookies are taken out of their comfort zones. We know our viewers love this kind of high stakes, high energy competition."

In this thrilling culinary competition, two of the country's hottest chefs face off to see who can get a completely clueless cook to create the best restaurant quality dish in only one hour. The catch? The chefs never step foot in the kitchen. Isolated in a remote booth, each chef watches their cook on a monitor, guiding them step-by-step through an earpiece. The final plates are judged and the winning chef determines the losing chef's punishment. It's ego against ego and dish against dish in Chef In Your Ear!

The series is hosted by Second City funnyman Greg Komorowski and features Canadian chefs Jordan Andino (Harlow Sag Harbor, Kourtney & Khloé Take The Hamptons), Devin Connell (Delica Kitchen), Craig Harding (Campagnolo), Rob Rossi (Bestellen, Top Chef Canada Season 1), and Cory Vitiello (The Harbord Room, THR & Co. and Flock).

"The transformation that each wannabe cook goes through, with the help of our esteemed chefs, is an amazing experience to watch," said Greg Komorowski, host of Chef in Your Ear. "I wish I could say that it was the most gratifying part of my job but really, getting to eat the final product was!"

Episode 1 "The Big Bang"
August 31
at 10pm ET/PT
It's time for Chef Cory to face the music with Rosemary, a classical violinist who screams her way through stress.  Chef Rob must dig deep to get Nick, a toymaker and child at heart, not to think of the kitchen as his new playground.

Episode 2 "When Pigs Fly"
September 7
at 10pm ET/PT
Hearts pound and mallets fly as Chefs Devin and Craig try to create their takes on a traditional European pork dish.  Chef Devin must manage an IT consultant who once left chicken fingers in his oven for two weeks, while Chef Craig trains a world class athlete whose friends and family can't eat her cooking.

Chef in Your Ear is a 13-episode, 60-minute competition series. Chef In Your Ear is an original format conceived by Justin Scroggie, developed by Ricardo Larrivee, Justin Scroggie, Daniel Gelfant, Henry Less, Lee Herberman, and Food Network Canada. The series is produced by HLP+Partners in association with Food Network Canada. Series Producers are Daniel Gelfant and LeAnne Armano. Supervising Producer is Angela Donald. Executive Producers are Henry Less, Lee Herberman and Daniel Gelfant. International Distributor is The Format People.

This Fall, Food Network Canada is all you can eat! From September 1 – 30, Food Network Canada will be available on a National Free Preview. Check local listings for details.


July 30, 2015

CMPA appoints new Chief Executive Officer


Toronto, July 30, 2015 – Following a comprehensive search process that included broad member and stakeholder consultation, the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) has selected Reynolds Mastin as the new President and CEO of the Association.

“On behalf of the CMPA Board of Directors I would like to first of all thank Michael Hennessy for his contribution to the Association and to the industry over the past three years. It has been an honour working with Michael and I’d like to wish him the very best,” says Jamie Brown, Chair of the Board of Directors. “It is a great pleasure to welcome Reynolds Mastin as President and CEO and congratulate him on his new position. Reynolds has demonstrated his strong grasp of both the challenges and the opportunities facing our industry. What impressed the selection committee and led to its unanimous decision was not only Reynolds’ insight into where we are as an industry, but also his vision for how to transform the organization to achieve its goals in the future.”

Mastin joined the CMPA in 2008 as Associate Counsel, after articling at the CRTC and serving as Legal Counsel at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. In 2010, he was an integral member of the negotiating team that concluded a Terms of Trade agreement between the CMPA and the major private broadcast groups. Mastin was promoted to the position of Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Officer for the Association in 2012. In that role he has represented CMPA members and the Hollywood studios in the negotiation of labour agreements with the unions and guilds representing talent and technicians in the film, television and digital production industries outside of British Columbia.

Mastin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Retransmission Collective and of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. In addition to his professional commitments, Mastin also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as well as on the Foundation Committee of Casey House, an HIV/AIDS hospital in Toronto.

“For most of my professional career, I have been extraordinarily fortunate to work for the most innovative and adaptable contributors to the Canadian broadcasting system – independent producers,” says Mastin. “Central to their success has been an ability to forge partnerships and seize opportunities wherever they can be found, whether in Canada or around the world. I intend to build on these achievements by strengthening relationships with our longstanding industry partners, both in Canada and abroad, while bringing into the tent the new players in content creation and distribution that are remaking the media landscape as we know it. We have an opportunity to create a better capitalized and more sustainable independent production sector that enables all stakeholders and partners to build success stories on new platforms in increasingly competitive global markets.”

“The CMPA welcomes Reynolds Mastin as President and CEO” says Sandra Cunningham, Chair of the Selection Committee. “We are thrilled he has accepted this role and know he will be an exceptional leader who will guide the Association, on behalf of its members, into the future with passion, intelligence and a keen sense of collaboration.”


July 30, 2015

Speculation, Heartbreak and a Pregnancy in the Summer Premiere of Switched At Birth, Airing Monday, August 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC Spark


(Toronto, Canada – July 30, 2015) Bay copes with heartbreak, Daphne struggles with speculation, and someone reveals an unexpected pregnancy in the summer premiere of Switched at Birth, airing Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC Spark. 

Bay is haunted by her breakup with Emmett and struggles to figure out where their relationship fell apart. Daphne’s excitement about her new relationship with Mingo is hampered by her friends’ opinion of him. John and Kathryn’s new accountant has some bad news. Regina digs deeper into the story of Eric’s ex-wife, and everyone is shocked by the news that someone is pregnant.

To Repel Ghosts was written by Lizzy Weiss and directed by Millicent Shelton.

Peabody Award-winner Switched at Birth is executive-produced by Lizzy Weiss (Blue Crush), Paul Stupin (Dawson’s Creek, Make It or Break It), and Linda Gase (ER, Army Wives). The series stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez, Vanessa Marano (Gilmore Girls) as Bay Kennish, Constance Marie (George Lopez) as Regina Vasquez, D.W. Moffett (Friday Night Lights) as John Kennish, Lea Thompson (Dancing with the Stars, Back to the Future, Caroline in the City) as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical) as Toby Kennish, Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe with guest star Marlee Matlin (The West Wing) as Melody Bledsoe.


July 30, 2015

Charles Adler Announces his Departure from 680 CJOB


(July 30, 2015 - Winnipeg, Manitoba) After 17 years behind the mic at Corus Radio Winnipeg’s 680 CJOB, veteran broadcaster Charles Adler has announced that he is leaving the heritage radio station and moving to British Columbia. His final show will be Friday, August 7.

“When Peter Warren chose to retire from CJOB and the station asked me to step in, I felt like the luckiest broadcaster in Canada,” said Adler. “CJOB and Corus Entertainment have been my radio family for a very long time, and the people of Winnipeg have been extremely generous to me. Saying goodbye is never easy, but Winnipeggers will always have a special place in my heart.”

Affectionately known as “The Boss of Talk”, Charles Adler’s broadcasting highlights at CJOB include covering the 1999 Pan American Games, the return of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets in 2011, and hosting a Corus Radio Network special report on the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, which was broadcast from New York.

“Charles is recognized as an iconic broadcaster both in Winnipeg and across the country,” said Scott Armstrong, General Manager, Corus Radio Winnipeg. “While his illustrious career includes hosting national radio and television programs, his participation in local events in our city has been important as well. We are grateful for his contribution to CJOB and to the community. I know CJOB listeners will miss him as well.”

In addition to Charles Adler’s long-time presence at CJOB, his previous broadcast experience includes stints in Montreal, London, Hamilton and Toronto, as well as a nationally syndicated radio show out of Tampa, Florida.

Stepping into the prime-time talk slot is CJOB veteran Geoff Currier.  A staple on the station’s Nighthawk program, Currier has an extensive broadcast career in radio, television and print media across western Canada.

“To follow in the footsteps of Charles Adler and Peter Warren is an incredible honor,” said Currier. “We’ll do our best to ask questions and get answers for Winnipeggers.”


July 30, 2015

YTV Brings Gordon Korman’s Macdonald Hall to the Small Screen with Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!


(July 30, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) The most infamous troublemakers at Macdonald Hall Boys’ School are bringing their pranks to YTV in Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!, based on the much-loved Macdonald Hall book series by best-selling young adult author Gordon Korman. Aircraft Pictures and YTV have started production on the TV movie, which stars Jonny Gray (Max & Shred, Annedroids) and Callan Potter (Stratford Festival), Peter Keleghan (18 To Life, Murdoch Mysteries) and Caroline Rhea (Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Phineas and Ferb). The movie will shoot in Hamilton, Ontario through to the middle of August and is slated to premiere on YTV in 2016

“I first read Go Jump in the Pool! at the age of nine and have been a huge fan of the book series ever since,” says Producer Anthony Leo of Aircraft Pictures, “The opportunity to adapt this work for the screen is without a doubt a career highlight.”

Bruno (Jonny Gray), the enthusiastic instigator of plots, plans to enrage Macdonald Hall’s rivals at York Academy, to intrigue the students at Miss Scrimmage’s Academy for Education & Awakening and to just make high school more fun. His very best friend, his comrade-in-arms, his we-do-everything-together pal is Boots (Callan Potter) who, as it happens, is a very good swimmer. The duo’s shenanigans try the patience of Headmaster William Sturgeon (Peter Keleghan) and Headmistress Eugenia Scrimmage (Caroline Rhea).

“We’re thrilled to bring Gordon Korman’s hilarious tales and mischievous characters to YTV,” said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content for Corus Kids. “The boys of Macdonald Hall have entertained generations of kids and we can’t wait to see Jonny Gray bring infamous prankster, Bruno, to life.”

For the boys at Macdonald Hall, losing swim meets to the snobs at York Academy is a constant humiliation. But, until the Hall gets its own pool and Boots can train, York is going to win every swim meet. Unhappy with their son’s athletic performance, Boots’ parents decide to transfer him to York and enrol him in its excellent sports program.

What is worse than losing your best friend? Nothing. So Bruno concocts a plan to raise $150,000 to build his school a pool. How hard can it be? A few rummage sales. A couple of bake-offs. Maybe a slightly, possibly against-the-rules toll booth. Bruno will try anything to keep Boots at Macdonald Hall. 

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to see Bruno and Boots jump off the page and onto the screen,” says author Gordon Korman, “At this point, fans of the series are raising their own fans of the series, which I began writing when I was not much older than my youngest readers. I can’t wait for Go Jump in the Pool!”

Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! is the third TV project based on a book by Korman. Swindle, based on the book of the same name premiered on Nickelodeon in 2013 and the Disney Channel TV series The Jersey was based on Korman’s The Monday Night Football Club. Korman is the author of more than sixty books for kids and young adults. His writing career began at the age of 12 when is seventh-grade English assignment became is first published novel - This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall. Now, thirty-nine years later, he a full-time writer and speaker, with more than 28 million copies of his novels in print. His books have been translated into 30 different languages.

Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! is produced by Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Cybergeddon), written by Adam Barken (Killjoys, Flashpoint) and directed by Vivieno Caldinelli (This Hour has 22 Minutes, Odd Squad). Breakthrough Entertainment will handle international sales.


July 30, 2015

East Coast Engaged Couple Hamilton and Michaelia are the Fourth Team Eliminated in Season 3 of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA


After frantically scrambling to find a lost passport, the race came to a halt for Hamilton Elliot and Michaelia Drever in their home province in tonight’s episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. The Centreville, N.S.-based engaged couple had multiple setbacks, including their own personal detour, when Hamilton realized he left his passport on the plane. They were eliminated from the race after arriving last at the Pit Stop in Halifax’s Seaport Farmer’s Market.

Host Jon Montgomery greeted them at the Pit Stop, saying, “Hamilton, on behalf of Canadians and myself, thank you for being brave enough to be yourself.”

“I live every day the way that I want to, and I want transgender people to feel okay with being who they are, to come out and say ‘okay, this is me,’” said Hamilton.

“I had Hamilton (by my side) this entire race, and I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said an emotional Michaelia.

Hamilton added, “Sharing this experience with someone I love is the best experience of my life.”

Episode 304 Recap
The nine remaining teams travelled more than 8,000 kilometres from Buenos Aires, Argentina back home to Canada to Halifax. While on a layover in Toronto, teams sidled up to Hamilton and Michaelia, in hopes of being given the final Express Pass. Ultimately, Hamilton and Michaelia chose to give the Express Pass to fellow East Coast racers Brent and Sean Hamilton, a transgender man, also felt that the brothers, both gay, shared similar experiences as him, having grown up in a small town and feeling judged by their peers.

Once teams touched down in Halifax, they raced to the new Halifax Central Library, where they had to scan local artist Cliff Eyland’s “5,000 Paintings” project to locate black and white smartphone photos from the original Halifax Library. Then, the Road Block had racers climb a terrifying 340 feet to the top of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge to search for the next clue with binoculars. At the Road Block, a frantic Hamilton and Michaelia realized Hamilton lost his passport, and began scrambling to retrieve it. Meanwhile, at the Halifax Public Gardens, teams had to taste test five Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies and correctly identify their flavours. For the Detour, teams had to choose between bubbles or suds. At bubbles, teams headed to the Aquatron at Dalhousie University and had to dive, band, and tag four live lobsters. At suds, teams had to make Garrison Brewing Company beer deliveries to three local iconic pubs along the steep streets of downtown Halifax. Dujean and Leilani, a Halifax native, arrived first at the Pit Stop at the Farmer’s Market, winning the leg. Host Jon Montgomery greeted them with their leg prize – round-trip tickets from Air Canada to any of their 15 Caribbean destinations, plus 2.5 million Petro-Points each from Petro-Canada.

Last night’s episode will encore this Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, August 2 at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO – and is also now available on demand at CTV GO. All-new episodes of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Episodes 1–3 are also now streaming on CraveTV™, with new episodes available a week after the broadcast premiere. Previous seasons are also now streaming on CraveTV.

Viewers can also catch Hamilton and Michaelia live on 104.5 CHUM FM morning show ROGER, DARREN, & MARILYN (weekdays at 5:30 a.m. ET), CP24 BREAKFAST (weekdays at 5 a.m. ET, and weekends at 7 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), and THE SOCIAL (weekdays at 1 p.m. ET) on Friday, July 31, as they discuss their elimination from THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

Next Week:
On the next episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Wednesday, August 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), teams discover one of Québec’s hidden gems, the Magdalen Islands, where they dig deep, get dirty, and fight to stay afloat in the series’ first ever Face Off challenge, all in an effort to survive the double U-turn.

The eight remaining teams competing for the biggest grand prize in Canadian television history are:

Brent and Sean – Brothers – Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.
Brian and Cynthia – Married – Winnipeg
Dujean and Leilani – Exes – Toronto and Halifax, N.S.
Gino and Jesse – Brothers – Hamilton
Neil and Kristin – Father and daughter – Burlington, Ont.
Nic and Sabrina – Dating – Montréal
Nick and Matt – Wrestling Teammates – Newmarket, Ont. and Stouffville, Ont.
Simi and Ope – Father and daughter – Burnaby, B.C.

For more on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit for exclusive content, including team videos, bios, full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras.

The three premier sponsors for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are Air Canada, Chevrolet Canada, and BMO Financial Group. Dairy Queen® Canada, Mentos, and Petro-Canada also return to partner with the juggernaut hit series.


July 29, 2015

Gabi is Back from Switzerland and Needs to Face Josh in the Summer Premiere of Young & Hungry on August 19


(Toronto, Canada – July 29, 2015) – Gabi returns from Switzerland and is nervous to see Josh on the summer premiere of Young & Hungry, airing Wednesday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC Spark.

In Young & How Gabi Got Her Job Back, Gabi has returned from her internship in Switzerland and is anxious to face Josh after how things were left between them. But Josh insists he’s fine and encourages Gabi to take a job with his new neighbour. But when Josh thinks his neighbour might have a thing for Gabi, he takes to spying to learn the truth. 

Young & Hungry is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco based food blogger of, contributed to the development of this project.  The show stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley and Rex Lee.  


July 29, 2015

MTV Bids a Fond Farewell to DEGRASSI with Season 14 Finale and Special Movie Event, July 31 and August 2


TORONTO (July 29, 2015) – After 14 incredible seasons with Bell Media, the iconic original Canadian series DEGRASSI  ends its run on MTV with the one-hour series finale on Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the two-hour original movie DEGRASSI: DON’T LOOK BACK on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET. In the epic series finale on MTV, the students of DEGRASSI head to prom before they take the stage to graduate. Then, in DEGRASSI: DON’T LOOK BACK, everyone thinks it will be the best summer ever, but the city has something else in store for them.

DEGRASSI has made an incredible impact in Canadian television, bringing its weekly audience along as it tackles the tough challenges of high school. Since Bell Media’s partnership with Epitome Pictures began in 2001, DEGRASSI has won 19 Gemini Awards, 10 Canadian Screen Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, a Peabody Award, and has received four Emmy® Award nominations. Season 14 is currently streaming on, while Season 12 and 13 are streaming on CraveTV.

“DEGRASSI is ending on MTV the same way it began on CTV 14 years ago – telling the ground-breaking and authentic stories of Canadian youth,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming, Bell Media. “Bell Media is thankful to the hard-working crew and cast at Epitome for allowing us to share these stories with viewers across the country.”

In the series finale on MTV, “Finally” Part 1 and 2 (Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m. ET), while Alli (Melinda Shankar) may have her future set in stone, Clare (Aislinn Paul) starts to see that maybe, not having everything figured out is a good thing after all. Meanwhile, with all the excitement surrounding graduation, Dallas (Demetrius Joyette) and Drew (Luke Bilyk) must come together to ensure prom is a night to remember for years to come. 

In the original Canadian movie DEGRASSI: DON’T LOOK BACK (Sunday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET), Maya (Olivia Scriven) has high hopes of spending the summer lifeguarding at the beach with Zig (Ricardo Hoyos), but her hopes are crushed when she fails her CPR class. Determined not to let her summer be a total bust, she sets her sights on a nanny job for a prestigious music producer, but is foiled by Gloria (Nicole Samantha Huff) who swoops in and gets the job. Frankie’s (Sara Waisglass) pumped for her summer job as a city hall intern but finds it’s an uphill battle with the other older interns. Meanwhile, Zoe is determined to coast through summer school with Tristan (Lyle Lettau) by riding the coat-tails of Hunter and Grace. And while all the kids have challenges, what really overshadows the summer is that sexy and infuriating Gloria goes missing. This cloud hovers over everyone’s summer as they are all, in one way or another, touched by her disappearance.

DEGRASSI cast regulars include Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres; Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Sarah Fisher as Becky; Ana Golja as Zoë Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Demetrius Joyette as Mike Dallas; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Aislinn Paul as Clare; Cristine Prosperi as Imogen; AJ Saudin as Connor; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Melinda Shankar as Alli; Jessica Tyler as Jenna; Olivia Scriven as Maya; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; and Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell. Classic cast member Stefan Brogren returns as Principal Archie “Snake” Simpson.


July 28, 2015

Feature Film Mentorship for Women Filmmakers at WFF

Vancouver BC - Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV), in association with the Whistler Film Festival is pleased to open up applications for the 4th consecutive WIFTV WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL MENTORSHIP.

The goal of the mentorship is to provide the selected recipient with experience in preparing her film project for market. She will gain skill and confidence in market preparation including pitching and the presentation of her ideas as well as develop valuable insight into building her career.

The Mentorship program gives one Executive, Professional or Associate member of WIFTV (producer, director or writer) the invaluable opportunity to attend the Whistler Film Festival, December 2 to 6 2015 in Whistler, British Columbia. The mentee receives a WFF Industry Pass providing access to the festival and industry Summit as well as a pre-festival consultation with an experienced film professional.

Topics for personalized coaching include:
Creating a one sheet
Who is buying what
Who to target with your project
How to add cache and marketable elements to your project
How to build an audience through guerrilla and grassroots marketing before you shoot

Following the personalized coaching sessions, the mentee will attend three to four hand chosen 1+1 meetings with WFF Summit guests to pitch their project.  It is expected that the mentee will enhance their experience by engaging in both the Festival and WIFTV’s social media channels by blogging and tweeting.


Women who are producers, directors or writers are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a feature film project in development suitable to pitch at the festival. A selection committee composed of industry representatives will review the applications. The recipient will be announced at WIFTV’s Martini Madness celebration on September 29th.

Application deadline: August 28, 2015
For application details and to click here.


July 28, 2015

Discovery Announces Fall 2015 Premiere Dates with Broad Slate of All-New Series and Returning Hits


TORONTO (July 28, 2015) – On the heels of a tremendous broadcast year that saw Discovery reclaim its position as the #1 entertainment specialty channel among total viewers while maintaining its lead among key demos in primetime*, the network today unveiled its Fall 2015 lineup. Featuring the return of fan-favourite hits mixed with several newly acquired titles, Discovery’s fall season kicks off with an early start for perenial favourite MYTHBUSTERS airing Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning Aug. 23. The premieres ramp up with the Season 21 premiere of Discovery’s flagship daily science magazine program DAILY PLANET on Monday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, followed by the season premiere of EDGE OF ALASKA at 9 p.m. ET/PT and new series TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Then, following the Labour Day long weekend, Discovery’s massive Tuesday night lineup launches when Jamie Davis and his heavy vehicle rescue company return for a thrilling new season of the homegrown hit HIGHWAY THRU HELL beginning Sept. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the debut of highly anticipated new series PACIFIC WARRIORS (9 p.m. ET/PT). But first, Tuesday nights get started with a new season of another Canadian favourite, FOOL’S GOLD (8 p.m. ET).

The premieres continue throughout September and into October with another new title appearing on Discovery – CUBAN CHROME airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Sept. 3. New titles will also debut across the Discovery suite of channels through September and October (highlights below).

Discovery’s Fall 2015 Premiere Dates:

Sunday, Aug. 23
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
So exactly how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack, anyway? And can water dripping on your forehead really drive you insane? These are the kinds of questions, myths, and urban legends put to the test in this humorous series.

Monday, Aug. 31
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Co-hosts Dan Riskin and Ziya Tong serve up another season of wonderful, weird, and watercooler-worthy stories from around the world. Feeding the need for speed with race cars and rocket ships, and inspired by the newest generation of inventors and adventurers, DAILY PLANET provides an all-access pass to the gadgets, gizmos, and tech toys that are shaping the future.

9 p.m. ET/PT

Hidden deep in the wilderness of eastern Alaska is the toughest town in America: McCarthy. Once considered the state's very own "Sin City", McCarthy is now an isolated town surrounded by extreme wilderness – a refuge for people who don't want to be found. While some believe in continuing the town's frontier way of life, others feel the future of McCarthy hinges on it pushing forward into the modern age.

10 p.m. ET/PT
In 1524, a horde of Incan gold – known as the “Treasure of the Trinity” – was stolen. For 500 years, Jesuit priests and privateers such as Thomas Cavendish and mathematician Paul Thiry have searched for this legendary bounty. Now a new theory has emerged about the treasure’s possible location – a remote locale home to thousands of deadly vipers. The series features a team of the world’s top explorers as they set out on a two-month journey to find the priceless treasure.

Thursday, Sept. 3
8 p.m. ET/PT
HOW IT’S MADE: DREAM CARS (New Season – World Premiere)

HOW IT’S MADE: DREAM CARS lifts the hood to reveal how luxury cars are made, learning about their inner workings and showcasing their gorgeous interiors. For each “dream car” featured, distinguishing features are brought into focus and celebrated during exhilarating test drives on private courses.

10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Through “A Lo Cubano” Car Club, a passionate group of car enthusiasts, restorers, mechanics, and apprentices, the series explores the challenges and joys of life in Cuba, presenting an authentic look into the club’s culture of passion, grit, determination, and ingenuity.

Tuesday, Sept. 8
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
FOOL’S GOLD (New Season – World Premiere)
The Shotgun Exploration crew is back at Straw Lake in their hunt for gold. Armed with greater knowledge, new equipment, and hopefully better luck to help them avoid going broke, the crew hopes to strike it rich.

9 p.m. ET/PT
This new series follows the only commercial fishermen haul their catch from a kayak…alone. With only a paddle, these brave Hawaiian men and women venture out to catch some of the most desirable fish in the sea, relying on brute strength to pull in 500-pound Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Ono.

10 p.m. ET/PT
HIGHWAY THRU HELL (New Season – World Premiere)
It’s man versus Mother Nature and the toughest men in the towing business being pushed to their breaking point. The stakes are high – lives, the economy, and thousands of jobs depend on the highways staying open. Building on last season’s risky gamble to expand his heavy recovery operation from the B.C. mountains into the frozen Alberta north, Jamie Davis is tackling new highways this year and facing bigger wrecks than ever before. 

Wednesday, Sept. 9 
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Pilots pursue aircraft across the country slated for repossession.

Thursdays, Sept. 10
9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
FAST N’ LOUD (New Season)
FAST N' LOUD follows Rawlings and Kaufmann as they return derelict rides to their former glory and get them back on the road – but not without putting their own hot-rod spin on them first.

Sunday, Sept. 13
9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
YUKON MEN (New Season)
Tanana, Alaska on the Yukon River, a frozen village of 200 people, is at the junction of two powerful rivers at the edge of civilization. With no roads in or out, wolves howl through the frigid night air, reminding residents just how isolated they really are.

10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Each week, a new pair of complete and total strangers – one man and one woman – find themselves stranded in and, quite literally, exposed to some of the world's most extreme weather environments. The duos are left high and dry with no food, no water...or clothing!

Monday, Sept. 14
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
HOW IT’S MADE (New Season – World Premiere)
A closer look at how everyday things are manufactured. Each episode features three to four products, with the mix consisting of everyday items including jeans, aluminum foil, and cereal, as well as less common products like wax figurines, braille typewriters, and pinball machines.

Monday, Oct. 26
10 p.m. ET/PT
Viewers follow eight drivers, each nominated by a friend or family member, as they are put through the paces in a controlled driving environment and evaluated by a panel of experts. Each episode features tried-and-tested challenges designed to push the drivers to their limits. Each driver must first master basic training and then more advanced techniques in order to graduate. If they don’t, they could be crowned “Canada's Worst Driver”.

Below are highlights of NEW SERIES debuting this fall across Discovery Networks:

Airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Sept. 17 on Investigation Discovery
HOUSE OF HORRORS: KIDNAPPED is a 12-episode series recounting the gripping stories of people who were kidnapped and lived to tell the tale. Each episode reveals one survivor’s terrifying experience from the moment of abduction, through captivity, escape, and recovery...all told through their own words.

Airing Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT beginning Oct. 3 on Animal Planet

Every day in western Washington State, wily felines scale massive trees only to find themselves helplessly stranded hundreds of feet off the ground.  Lucky for them, expert tree climbers and kitty communication experts Shaun Sears and Tom Otto are prepared to do whatever it takes to rescue these panicked pets and reunite them with their owners. The duo runs the non-profit organization, Canopy Cat Rescue, a highly skilled, two-man operation adept at climbing the region's notoriously tall timber. Over the past two years, the duo have scaled trees as tall as 15-storeys high, bringing nearly 500 perilously perched kitties back to the loving arms of their worried owners.

Airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Oct. 5 on Discovery Velocity

AC/DC front-man and full-fledged motor mouth, Brian Johnson hosts this new series that gets under the hood of the world’s most iconic cars to learn just how these seminal machines are made. With exclusive access to the factories and production lines of McLaren, Land Rover, MG, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo, Brian talks to the designers, engineers, and head honchos in each company before hitting the pavement in their latest and greatest models. Travelling across Europe and America, Brian meets other passionate petrol heads as he tries to get to the root of man’s obsession with these beautiful machines. From visiting the Charlotte Motor Speedway to witness Ford’s and Chevrolet’s battle for Nascar to riding with some of the best test drivers in the world, Brian puts pedal to metal in his quest to learn exactly what makes these cars rock.

Airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Oct. 14 on Discovery Science

OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF PSYCH takes the hidden-camera phenomenon to an entirely new level. Stemming from the hit Science Channel series, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, OAP uses hidden cameras to show if people will actually pay for a VIP experience at a bus stop or a laundromat, or whether men or women are more likely to take a food sample from a person wearing a hazmat suit. Throughout the show, psychologists and human behavior experts offer insights into why we do the things we do.


July 28, 2015

Much Digital Studios Announces Nine New Creators


TORONTO (July 28, 2015) – Much Digital Studios announced today that nine established and emerging Canadian creators have been added to its network of 13 YouTube creators and digital influencers. The new Much Digital Studios roster of talent includes: beauty, fashion, travel, and lifestyle experts Bianca Harris, Camille Co., Michael Rizzi, Naomi Elle, Patrick Tomasso, and Tasha Leelyn; gaming experts Devon Crawford, and Rerez; and pop culture aficionado Ajay Fry. The roster of 22 Much Digital Studios creators have 2.1 million subscribers in total.

Since launching in May, Much Digital Studios has received more than 10 million video views, with 35.6 million minutes of video consumed, and 193,000 video likes so far.  Much Digital Studios is now attracting on average over 1.2 million views a week. Following his stint as co-host of the 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS RED CARPET, creator Jus Reign’s number of YouTube subscribers has increased by more than 52,000. Additionally, comedic group 4YallEntertainment’s YouTube page has increased by more than 27,000 subscribers, and beauty expert AllegraLouise’s page is up by 22,000, nearly doubling since launch. To see what the creators have been up to click here. Additionally, beginning this week, viewers can catch the Much Digital Studios creators in interstitial content airing on Much.

“From the MMVAs and THE MIKE ON MUCH podcast to creators attending every hot summer festival, the momentum has not stopped since the launch of Much Digital Studios, resulting in more subscribers each day,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “With new genres and fresh content, this group of nine talented young Canadians are a welcome addition to our already diverse and engaging roster.”

“Covering a wide variety of genres, the expanded lineup of Much Digital Studios creators presents increased opportunities for brands wanting to work with Much,” said Dave Caporicci, Managing Director, Brand Partnerships, Bell Media. “With opportunities for in-video integration, as well as further amplification online, and on our linear properties, we are looking forward to connecting brands with Much Digital Studios.”

About the new Much Digital Studios creators:

Name: Ajay Fry
Genre: Pop culture
Bio: Ajay Fry began his national television career on YTV, hosting the coveted Saturday morning block. After two successful years he blasted off to Space where he’s been in orbit for the last seven years hosting INNERSPACE (Weeknights at 6 p.m. ET). Along the way he’s made appearances in the web-series, CAPTAIN CANUCK, and the Space original series, BITTEN. His YouTube channel “5 on Fry” acts as a platform to offer his unique opinion on five topics of interest like TV Series, movies, games, tech, cosplay, and current affairs. If it’s popular, Ajay’s got something to say about it. In his downtime, Ajay likes to game (under the gamertag AjayFry - how original). For more info on Ajay, visit his websites and

Name: Bianca Harris
Genre: Beauty
Bio: Toronto-based makeup artist Bianca Harris learned to apply her own makeup at a very young age. After attending George Brown College’s School of Makeup and Esthetics, Harris launched her own beauty-focused YouTube channel, as well as co-founded the website The Look Beauty. Harris’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and television series including: Two Magazine, fshnunlimited, and FTV Magazine, BLOWE, and her work has also been seen on THE NEXT STAR, CTV NEWS, and THE MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Her most popular YouTube videos include Zoe Kravitz Daytime Look, Contouring & Highlighting: Medium to Deep Skin, and Rihanna i-D Mag Inspired Makeup Tutorial.

Name: Camille CO
Genre: Fashion, beauty, gaming
Bio: Camille CO is a Toronto-based multimedia journalist, YouTuber, and social media maven. Graduating with honours from the University of Guelph-Humber, Camille has worked as a contributing editorial assistant at Today’s Parent as well as a game writer for Now, Camille uses her YouTube channel and blog to express herself and inspire others in the world of fashion, beauty, and gaming. Camille’s most popular videos include Customized Vampire Fangs from, How To Fix An Apple Charger, and How To Fix a Knitted Sweater.

Name: Devon Crawford
Genre: Gaming
Bio: Devon Crawford is a vlogger from Toronto, who takes his passion for technology to another level by creating videos on how to rule the gaming world. Crawford’s channel has something for everyone who likes to game, no matter how many achievements they’ve unlocked. Crawford’s videos range in difficulty from how to beat a level, to how to build a computer. Crawford currently has 11,000 subscribers with more than 767,870 page views to date. His most popular videos include New Computer Build + Minecraft Test 1100 FPS!, Dxtory Best Settings/Record Minecraft Videos NO LAG, and MINECRAFT PARTY! (Ep.1).

Name: Michael Rizzi
Genre: Lifestyle
Bio: Michael Rizzi is a self-described “quirky, gay Canadian who enjoys talking to his camera.” His YouTube channel, MikeyThePlatypus, showcases his upbeat personality and sense of humour through vlogs, Q&As, and men’s fashion and lifestyle videos. Since joining YouTube in February 2012, Rizzi has amassed more than 100,000 subscribers and 5.5 million page views with popular videos such as Gay Guys React To Gay Porn, Gay Couples React to Anti-Gay Marriage Ads, and Myths About Sex.

Name: Patrick Tomasso
Genre: Lifestyle, travel
Bio: Patrick Tomasso is a filmmaker, musician, and vlogger from Toronto. Inspired by his passion for social media and advertising, Tomasso loves to watch his creativity come to life through his YouTube channel, which focuses on lifestyle and travel. His most popular videos include Twice Melted Grilled Cheese, Eating Everything in Montreal, and OSHEAGA 2014-Weekend Wrap Video.

Name: Naomi Elle
Genre: Lifestyle, travel
Bio: Naomi Leanage is a 22-year-old vlogger hailing from Toronto, who works as an editorial assistant for and runs her own blog Confessions of a Twenties Girl. On her YouTube channel, Naomi Elle, she vlogs about all things lifestyle including shopping hauls, DIYs, how-tos, and her favourite thing – travelling! Naomi’s most popular videos include Swimsuit Collection 2015, How To Get The BEST Concert Tickets, and ROOM TOUR 2015.

Name: Rerez

Genre: Gaming

Bio: Rerez is a YouTube channel created and hosted by Cambridge, Ont. native Shane Luis, featuring all the newest, strangest, and most unique gaming topics on the Internet. With its popular reviews of new videos games, consoles, rare titles, retro games, and more, Rerez has accumulated more than 3.7 million page views since its launch in 2012. Luis also created an original series for the channel, entitled Positives, which highlights the best parts of some of the worst video games ever made. Other popular Rerez videos include The First Video Game Console Ever Made – The Story of the Brown Box, PlayStation Analog Joystick Review, and Rarest PSP Game Ever – Hilton Ultimate Team Play.

Name: Tasha Leelyn

Genre: Beauty

Bio: Tasha Leelyn is a full-time YouTuber, and part-time photographer hailing from Burlington, Ont. Known for her signature pastel locks, she quickly rose to fame when her easy how-to hair dye tutorials caught the attention of thousands of viewers online. With popular videos like How To: Silver Hair Tutorial, and How To: Dip Dye Your Hair, her YouTube channel has garnered more than 166,000 subscribers and 1.6 million views since the beginning of 2014.

The new creators join previously announced Much Digital Studios partners, which include: comedy channels The Danocracy, Ron Dias TV, and Shane Cunningham; beauty, fashion, and lifestyle experts AllegraLouise and Mila Victoria; musicians Dan Talevski, SickickMusic, and Tyler Shaw; illusionist Rayn Magic; and the recently launched podcast, THE MIKE ON MUCH PODCAST.


July 27, 2015

Get Excited for the Return of MTV’s AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW: ROAD TO THE VMAS with Seven Throwback Videos!


It’s a dance-off! After a three-year hiatus, MTV turns up the heat with the return of fan-favourite series AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW: ROAD TO THE VMAS this Wednesday, July 29 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. Hosted by Jason Dundas (ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT), the panel of judges includes Broadway theatre actor Frankie Grande, hip-hop artist T-Pain, and recording artist Teyena Taylor. This season, six all-star dance crews create routines inspired by VMA-related challenges. The winner takes it all in the final episode set to air right before the 2015 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS on Sunday, August 30 at 7 p.m. ET on MTV.

Competing for the chance to cement their ABDC legacy are Super Cr3w (Season 2 champions), Quest Crew (Season 3 champions), We Are Heroes (Season 4 champions), I.aM.mE (Season 6 champions), Elektrolytes (Season 7 champions), and new crew Kinjaz, which includes members from Season 1 champions Jabbawockeez and Kaba Modern. To help celebrate the return of this hit series, and the six returning crews, here are seven throwback clips:

Jabbawockeez break it down in “Funkytown” with the evolution of hip-hop
Kaba Modern celebrate the King of Pop and “Thriller”
Super Cr3w: Breakdance + Basketball + Busta Rhymes = Slamdunk
Quest Crew dances to Britney Spears’ “Toxic”…BLINDFOLDED!
We Are Heroes go Vogue with Madonna
Justin Bieber’s “Somebody To Love” Gives I.aM.mE Bieber Fever
Elektrolytes light up the stage to a David Guetta master mix

For the complete series description visit


July 24, 2015


LOS ANGELES, CA – July 24, 2015 – Today, SHOWTIME announced that the highly anticipated second season premiere of the Golden Globe-winning drama THE AFFAIR debuts Sunday, October 4th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Season two of THE AFFAIR explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. This season, the provocative drama will be told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. THE AFFAIR features Golden Globe winning actress Ruth Wilson as Alison, a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and building a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (Golden Globe nominee Dominic West) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah’s former wife Helen (Emmy Award nominee Tierney) is attempting to piece her life together while navigating divorce proceedings, care for her children, and her parents’ noxious influence. Screen Actors Guild nominee Joshua Jackson plays Cole, Alison’s former husband struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start a promising new life. Yet the long-term ramifications of the affair continue to shape these lives, and will lead to an event that changes everything once again. Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) and Hagai Levi (In Treatment) created the series. Treem serves as executive producer, along with Levi, Anya Epstein (In Treatment) and director Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights).

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple® and Roku, Inc.’s Roku® players and Roku TV™ models. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME now via Hulu and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC’s PlayStation® Vue.


July 24, 2015

Footy Fans, Unite! Bundesliga Joins Sportsnet’s Soccer Lineup; Barclays Premier League Returns for the 2015-16 Season


TORONTO (July 24, 2015) Canadians from coast-to-coast are about to get more of the Beautiful Game as Sportsnet today announced it has secured a five-year, multimedia rights agreement with Fox Sports 1 to become the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of Bundesliga matches through the 2019-20 season. The announcement comes as Sportsnet’s soccer coverage begins to heat up in August, with the network unveiling the first two months of its 2015-16 Barclays Premier League schedule.

All season long, footy fans can follow their favourite Barclays Premier League and Bundesliga teams on Sportsnet, Sportsnet World and online and on mobile via Sportsnet World NOW.

Below are the details of Bundesliga and Barclays Premier League on Sportsnet:

Bundesliga on Sportsnet
In addition to the broadcast of regular season matches, Sportsnet’s Bundesliga agreement also includes coverage of the German Supercup, featuring Bundesliga 2014-15 champions FC Bayern Munich taking on DFL-Pokal winner Wolfsburg on Saturday, Aug. 1 on Sportsnet One and World. Two weeks later, the 2015-16 Bundesliga season springs into action with FC Bayern Munich visiting Hamburger SV in the season opener on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT on Sportsnet World. Bundesliga matches will primarily be seen on Sportsnet World and Sportsnet World NOW, with select matches on Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE.

Highlights from Sportsnet’s multimedia agreement with Bundesliga also includes:
Coverage of all 306 season matches, as well as the German Supercup and Bundesliga relegation playoffs
Highlight shows throughout the season, including the weekly Bundesliga Matchday

Full details of Sportsnet’s Bundesliga schedule will be announced at a later date. Check for updates. Fans can stay up to date on league action and news all season long at

Barclays Premier League on Sportsnet
Sportsnet kicks off its seventeenth year of broadcasting Barclays Premier League with the opening match of the 2015-16 season on Saturday, August 8, as fan-favourite Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at 7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

Highlights of the first six weeks of the season on Sportsnet include:
Five of Manchester United’s first seven matches of the season
AFC Bournemouth’s first ever Premier League match (Saturday, Aug. 8)
Five of Liverpool’s first seven matches
The first Friday match of the season featuring Aston Villa vs. Manchester United (Friday, Aug. 14)


July 23, 2015

Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark Seven-Night Television Event Belief Premiering Sunday, October 18 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


(July 22, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) This fall, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the landmark television event Belief, a week-long documentary series airing over seven consecutive nights that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Through vivid, emotional storytelling and cinematic visual imagery, Belief illuminates the best of faith and spiritual practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us all together as human beings. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET on OWN (Canada), day and date with the U.S.       

Click here for a sneak peek of Belief (with embed code):
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“For the past three years, my team and I have been working to find the most compelling and thoughtful stories of faith, love and devotion from around the world,” said Oprah Winfrey.  “This truly has been my heart’s work, to be able to share stories like these that reflect our world and explore humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.”

Episode descriptions below.  All episodes air at 8 p.m. ET.

Sunday, October 18 *PREMIERE
Belief: The Seekers
Witness stories from around the world united by one of the most basic human needs – a desire to find purpose and meaning in our lives.  First, 19-year-old Cha Cha, a devout evangelical Christian college student, hopes to reconnect with her faith after a recent trauma has shaken her to the core.  Next, Reshma Thakkar, a young Indian-American Hindu woman from Chicago, travels to the banks of the Ganges River in India for the Kumbh Mela, joining millions at the world’s largest spiritual gathering.  Meanwhile, in Budapest, Hungary, 13-year-old Mendel Hurwitz prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish transformation from adolescence to adulthood.  Mendel’s synagogue in Budapest once faced extinction, and this tiny population of Jews are struggling to keep their culture alive.  In the final story, Terry Gandadila, an Aboriginal elder in Australia who is nearing death, passes on the wisdom and knowledge of his tribe to his grandson.  Together, they walk the songline, an ancient roadmap that the tribe believes reveals how the world was created and how to live life in accordance with their ancestor spirits.

Monday, October 19
Belief: Love’s Story
Journey around the world in search of what it means to love one another.  First, in western Pennsylvania, Ian and Larissa Murphy are two evangelical Christians who fell in love during college.  Ten months into their relationship, Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury, dramatically changing their relationship while also showing them what it means to love unconditionally.  Next, we meet Rena Greenberg and Yermi Udkoff of Brooklyn, New York as they prepare to marry in the Hasidic faith, which believes every person is born with one half of a soul, and only through marriage can the two souls reunite with each other.  On the other side of the world, former professional skateboarder Jordan Richter from northern California is embarking on the Hajj, a pilgrimage that is one of the five tenets of his adopted religion, Islam.  By joining millions of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Jordan hopes to make peace with his past and cement a promising future.  Finally, two leaders in Nigeria who were former enemies 20 years ago, Christian Pastor James Wuye and Muslim Imam Muhammad Ashafa, come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies.        

Tuesday, October 20
Belief: Acts of Faith
Our beliefs can be a powerful guiding force to endure and overcome in some of the most difficult situations.  In this episode, everyone faces a challenge to overcome, and they find their source of strength in a variety of different ways. In Topeka, Kansas, Judi Bergquist visits her son’s killer in prison with the hope that the act of forgiveness will help them both move forward with their lives.  Next, under the blue Guanajuato, Mexico sky, Enedina Cuellar Pacheco is riding on horseback with Christ’s Cowboys in the hopes a miracle heals her son who suffered traumatic injuries in a tragic car accident. Together with thousands of riders, she makes the rigorous trek to the iconic 65-foot-tall statue of Cristo Rey. Finally, on the small Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, a young boy, Bebe, will act out a death-defying rite of passage into manhood.  Bebe will bravely land dive off a giant wooden tower with just a tree vine tied around his ankles, participating in a sacred ritual that his tribe believes blesses the soil for a bountiful harvest. 

Wednesday, October 21
Belief: A Change Is Gonna Come
Explore how our beliefs help us change.  First, Anju, a young woman in central India, has committed to forgo all of life’s conveniences and permanently sever ties with her family in order to be initiated as a Jain nun.  Anju must first pass three tests designed to challenge her commitment.  Next, Howard Fallon and his daughter Shane arrive in the Nevada desert for Burning Man, an annual festival that provides an experiment in community art, self-expression and culminates in the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy.  Howard and Shane are seeking to reconnect and heal after unimaginable personal loss.  In another part of the American desert, Ashly Hines, a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, prepares to participate in the Sunrise Ceremony, a spiritual ritual into womanhood.  Finally, scientist Marcelo Gleiser stands at the foot of one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.  He has journeyed to the heart of the Atacama Desert in Chile to look deep into space for clues as to how the universe was born and how it is changing over time.  He finds the more he searches the universe, the more he must embrace the mystery of the unknown. 

Thursday, October 22
Belief: God Help Us
When tragedy, illness or loss feel overwhelming and relief seem beyond our reach, many believers appeal to their faith for strength.  First, Karen Cavanagh, a Catholic from Slingerlands, New York is called to the Sufi path as a way of healing from a traumatic brain injury.  Karen travels to Konya, Turkey to combine her Catholic faith with the practice of becoming a Whirling Dervish, a group who worships through meditative dance.  Next, in Lima, Peru, a teenager, Beto, prays to the Lord of Miracles, a painting of Christ on the cross that is revered throughout the country.  Beto is selected to march in an annual procession honoring the icon, bringing pride to his family.  Then, in Lebanon, 13-year-old Walid, a Syrian refugee whose family fled their home in war torn Syria, still finds a way to participate in Ramadan, the Islamic faith’s month of personal and spiritual reflection observed with fasting and prayer.  Finally, in Indonesia, 19-year-old Buddhist monk Bodhi Cahyno believes meditation can help him find a source of inner strength after enduring a challenging childhood.  Guided by his mentor and teacher, Bodhi travels to the holy site of Borobudur in Indonesia – the world’s largest Buddhist temple – to celebrate Vesak, an annual ritual that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.

Friday, October 23
Belief: The Practice
For many people, committing to a spiritual life through study, practice and compassion reveals faith.  First, Shi Yan Fei is a young Buddhist monk at the Shaolin Monastery in Dengfeng, China, who came to the monastery because of his passion for Kung Fu.  While Shi Yan Fei has nearly mastered Kung Fu’s physical movements, he has encountered difficulty mastering the spiritual element.  Next, 65-year-old John Davie is hoping to reconnect with his Catholic faith as he embarks on the “Way of Saint James,” a 500-mile trek through the countryside of France and Spain.  For a thousand years, Christian pilgrims have walked the “Camino,” which culminates at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.  Then, Mohamed El Haskouri, a teenage boy in Morocco studies diligently to perfect his recitation of the 80,000 words of the Qur’an in an ancient art called Tajweed.  Finally, two teenage girls in Israel, 18-year-old Jewish cellist Hagit and 17-year-old Muslim flutist Mais find common ground and friendship in their shared love of performing classical music with the Polyphony Orchestra. 

Saturday, October 24
Belief: A Good Life
Explore how beliefs help us face the fear of death and the mystery of what happens after we die.  In this episode, we witness how death can also be a powerful call to action – to embrace life and those we love.  In the shadows of Mt. Everest, Lekshey Choedhar, a young Buddhist monk at the Pema Tsal Sakka Monastery, learns a valuable lesson about the fleeting nature of life.  There, Buddhist monks make devotional works of art called sand mandalas, which they then destroy in a ritual that symbolizes the impermanence of existence.  Next, atheist Alex Honnold walks the edge between life and death as a world-renowned free-solo climber.  He faces his mortality and finds meaning in his life as he climbs — with no ropes or harnesses — up a towering cliff in the Moab desert in eastern Utah.  Then Donna Winzenreid, a military wife and mother of three in Colorado Springs, Colorado who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, fights for her life by holding on to her Methodist faith.  Next, India is home to more than a billion people and one of the world’s largest religions, Hinduism.  Once a year, on the first day of spring, Hindus from all walks of life unite to celebrate the festival of colors – Holi.  Gopesh Goswami, a Hindu priest, celebrates Holi as an opportunity to set aside daily responsibilities and experience joy, togetherness and the essence of a good life.  Finally, from a space shuttle orbiting Earth, astronaut Jeff Hoffman stares out at a pale blue dot suspended in the vast expanse of the universe.  He describes it as a transcendent experience, an overwhelming feeling that human beings are all truly connected.  

About Belief:
This groundbreaking original series invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.  Traveling to the far reaches of world, and to places cameras have rarely been, Belief searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters.  From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces, including: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial treatments; the quiet of the night as a culture seeks to hang on to its 50,000 year-old history by searching the stars for insight to share with future generations; and, a courtroom and prison where a grieving mother must grapple with forgiveness as she comes face-to-face with her son’s killer.  These stories and others will all lead us to ask: “What do you believe?”  Belief is co-produced by the award-winning production companies Harpo Studios and part2 pictures.  Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, Jon Sinclair, David Shadrack Smith, Greg Henry and Kim Woodard. 


July 23, 2015



Toronto, July 23, 2015 – Canuck A-lister Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills: 90210, Haven) and celebrated actress Molly Ringwald (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Breakfast Club and the upcoming Universal Pictures film Jem & The Holograms) bring the funny to Family Channel, starring as seemingly-flawless parents to five children in the new original series The Wonderful Wayneys. From Aircraft Pictures and Dolphin Entertainment, The Wonderful Wayneys follows Paige and Wayne Wayney as they forge the path to familial greatness. The live-action comedy, created and executive produced by the witty and cheeky Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show), begins filming in Toronto on July 27 and will deliver 26 half-hour episodes to DHX Television for Spring 2016.

“Exploring family dynamics is a new challenge that we’re looking forward to embarking on with The Wonderful Wayneys and the ability to tell the Wayneys’ story in a comedic fashion brings a new element to our programming roster,” said Michael Goldsmith, Vice President, Original Production, DHX Television. “We have a longstanding relationship with Aircraft and Dolphin, and are eager to see how they utilize the brilliant talent that Jason, Molly and the rest of the cast bring to the show. Being able to offer a comedy that appeals to the entire family is an exciting opportunity and we’re confident that this show will have something for everyone.”

The wonderful Wayneys are an amazing family: good looking, MENSA smart, talented, athletic and popular to boot. Paige (Ringwald) and Wayne Wayney (Priestley) have worked hard at raising “multi-exceptional” offspring and are proud of their children: Adam, Conner, Bentley and Derek. Everyone in town envies them or wants to be them, and you can even find Paige’s book about raising her extraordinary family on the bestseller list. But alas, their fifth child, Emmett, is not marching in lock step on the path to familial greatness. What he lacks academically, athletically and artistically, he makes up for with relentless enthusiasm and curiosity. Emmett knows that one day he’ll find his way, but in the meantime he’s determined to celebrate his C-average status in spectacular creative fashion – no matter how often his best laid plans threaten to destroy the family’s living space, reputation or sense of safety.

“The extraordinary talent assembled for this show both on and off screen is a real testament to the quality of the work created by Tom Saunders,” says Producer Anthony Leo of Aircraft Pictures. “We’re honoured to be a part of bringing it to life.”

“Dolphin Entertainment, Aircraft Pictures and Family Channel have been in business together for over a decade,” adds Executive Producer Bill O’Dowd, CEO of Dolphin Entertainment. “It’s refreshing in this business to be able to work with such close friends.”

Filling the roles of Priestley and Ringwald’s multi-exceptional children in the series are: Luke Bilyk (Degrassi, Lost Girl) as Adam; Katie Douglas (Defiance, Max & Shred) as Conner; Matthew Tissi (Call Me Fitz, Transporter) as Bentley; Jake Sim (The Amazing Gayl Pile, Arthur) as Derek; and newcomer Simon Cadel as Emmett.

The Wonderful Wayneys is produced by Aircraft Pictures (Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil, What’s Up, Warthogs!) with producers Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, and Dolphin Entertainment (Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Zoey 101, and the upcoming feature film Max Steel, based on the Mattel action-figure franchise) with Executive Producer Bill O’Dowd. Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) is Series Creator and Executive Producer. The show is co-executive produced by Steve Skrovan (Everybody Loves Raymond, Hot in Cleveland) and Garry Campbell (MADtv, Kids in the Hall). Tia Ayers, Barbara Haynes, Skander Halim, Max Reid, Josh Gal and Emer Connon round out the writing room. 


July 23, 2015

CraveTV Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs and Connected Blu-ray


TORONTO (July 23, 2015) – CraveTVTM subscribers now have more choice and easier access to premium programming as CraveTV is available via Smart TVs, it was announced today. Available on select Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, subscribers can view the entire CraveTV catalogue effortlessly by selecting the CraveTV app via the Smart Hub on their Samsung Smart TV. Optimized for the Smart TV experience, finding and discovering great programming is easy. Also included is MyCravings, which gives users the ability to stop watching a program on one device, and resume watching it on another.

CraveTV was the first Canadian streaming service to support Chromecast and is also available via Apple TV and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV, TMN GO, and TSN GO are available on Samsung Smart TV and Blu-ray players, while additional Bell Media brands will be available in the future.

“We are working hard to make CraveTV available to as many Canadians as possible, via the platform of their choice,” said Domenic Vivolo, Executive Vice-President, Content Sales & Distribution Marketing, Bell Media. “Intuitive and easy to navigate, watching CraveTV on a Samsung Smart TV is a truly enjoyable user experience - we think customers will love it.”

“At Samsung, we are focused on helping Canadian viewers get closer to their favourite content,” said Pat Bugos, Vice-President, Consumer Electronics at Samsung Canada.  “We aim to provide consumers with the best viewing experience possible and now with the CraveTV app on Samsung Smart TVs, viewers are going to experience their favourite TV shows in an immersive new way.”

CraveTV provides viewers with the largest collection of premium content in one place, with thousands of hours of programming in three categories – exclusive past-season content, featuring back seasons of television’s biggest programs currently on air; an extensive and exclusive library, featuring complete catalogues of some of the best TV series that have ever aired; and original series never before seen in Canada.

CraveTV features more than 20 curated collections across multiple genres, including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue, including THE SOPRANOS, THE WIRE, ENTOURAGE, and SEX AND THE CITY, as well as the HBO Films catalogue and HBO stand-up comedy specials; hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials, such as THE AFFAIR, RAY DONOVAN, PENNY DREADFUL, HOMELAND, and NURSE JACKIE; an unmatchable comedy slate headlined by CraveTV exclusives SEINFELD and SOUTH PARK, and also including THE BIG BANG THEORY, CHEERS, FRASIER, and CORNER GAS; and CraveTV Original Series like the upcoming comedy LETTERKENNY and much more.


July 23, 2015

CTV and CTV Two Fall 2015 Premiere Dates Announced


TORONTO (July 23, 2015) – Heading into another can’t-miss season of appointment television, CTV confirmed today its fall premiere dates for CTV and CTV Two. After a hit 2014/2015 season, which saw six of the Top 6 new series on CTV, four new, powerful dramas arrive in primetime to continue to strengthen CTV’s #1 schedule. The big-buzz series coming to CTV this fall: action-packed mystery-thriller BLINDSPOT, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 21; explosive strike-it-rich family drama BLOOD & OIL and the not-to-be-missed time-shifting conspiracy drama QUANTICO, airing Sundays at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively beginning Sept. 27; and adrenaline-driven hospital drama CODE BLACK, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 30.

As hot new series get ready to enter the schedule, fall also sees the return of last season’s top new series. It’s no joke that GOTHAM will see the addition of some new villains when it returns Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Sept. 21, and it’s back to class with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 24. On Tuesday, Oct. 6 Canada’s #1 new series of 2014/2015, THE FLASH returns at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by CSI: CYBER at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

September also ushers in a steady stream of returning fan favourite and Top 20 hits including THE BIG BANG THEORY and CASTLE (Sept. 21), GREY’S ANATOMY (Sept. 24), ONCE UPON A TIME (Sept. 27), MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sept. 29), CRIMINAL MINDS (Sept. 30), and ARROW (Oct. 7). Following an emotional and unforgettable Season 3 finale, CTV’s hit original drama SAVING HOPE returns for Season 4 following GREY’S ANATOMY, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 24.

New series also add to the strength of the CTV Two fall lineup, with the live, anything-can-happen variety series BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. The series is set to premiere on CTV Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will later move to CTV Two to anchor its Tuesday night lineup. Also joining CTV Two is Season 3 of mystery-thriller SLEEPY HOLLOW, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Oct. 1.

Full episodes of CTV and CTV Two series will also be available live and on demand on and the CTV GO App. Previous seasons of select returning series are streaming now on CraveTV™, which will also feature a first-look for SAVING HOPE, with episodes available the day before their broadcast premiere.

See below for a list of premiere dates for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. All times in ET. Visit to confirm local broadcast times.


CTV and CTV Two (until Oct. 29)
CTV and CTV Two (effective Oct. 30)


Monday, Sept. 14
8 p.m. – DANCING WITH THE STARS (CTV Two and Bravo)

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10 p.m. – BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (CTV) - NEW (Airs on CTV Two at 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 6)

Sunday, Sept. 20

Monday, Sept. 21
7:30 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) - (Airs in regular Thursday 8 p.m. timeslot beginning Nov. 5)
8 p.m. – GOTHAM (CTV)
8 p.m. – THE VOICE (CTV Two) - TWO HOURS
9 p.m. – BLINDSPOT (CTV) - NEW
10 p.m. – CASTLE (CTV)

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8:30 p.m. – THE GOLDBERGS (CTV)

Thursday, Sept. 24
8 p.m. – GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) - (Airs in regular Thursday 7 p.m. timeslot beginning Nov. 5)
9 p.m. – SAVING HOPE (CTV)

Friday, Sept. 25
9 p.m. – SHARK TANK (CTV) (Moves to CTV Two beginning Oct. 30)
10 p.m. – BLUE BLOODS (CTV)

Sunday, Sept. 27
9 p.m. – BLOOD & OIL (CTV) - NEW
10 p.m. – QUANTICO (CTV) - NEW

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Sept. 30
10 p.m. – CODE BLACK (CTV) - NEW

Thursday, Oct. 1

Saturday  Oct. 3
7 p.m. – W5 (CTV)

Tuesday, Oct. 6
8 p.m. – THE FLASH (CTV)
10 p.m. – CSI: CYBER (CTV) - NEW DAY

Wednesday, Oct. 7
8 p.m. – ARROW (CTV)

Thursday, Oct 8

Tuesday, Oct. 13
10 p.m. – REIGN (CTV)

Friday, Oct. 30
9 p.m. – GRIMM (CTV)

Thursday, Nov. 5

Friday, Nov. 6


July 23, 2015

CRTC seeks solutions to help Canadians protect themselves from unsolicited and illegitimate calls


July 23, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)   - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a public consultation to better understand the technical solutions that are currently offered to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls. The CRTC is also exploring new and innovative solutions that could enhance consumer protections, including those that may reduce illegitimate caller identification (caller ID) spoofing.

The information gathered as part of this proceeding will serve to develop guidance for Canadians so they can better manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls and protect their privacy.

Canadians can participate in this consultation by sharing their views on:
the technical solutions available to help them manage unsolicited or illegitimate calls
barriers they may face to adopting or using these solutions, and
new and innovative solutions that could help them manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls.

 Comments may be submitted until October 16, 2015 by:
filling out the online form
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, or
sending a fax to 819-994-0218

As an initial step in the proceeding, the Commission has requested that the telecommunications industry provide, by September 4, 2015, information on the options and features currently available to help Canadians manage unsolicited and illegitimate calls. Responses will be compiled into a consumer-friendly format and placed on the public record of the proceeding in order to assist parties in formulating their comments.

Quick Facts
The CRTC has launched a public consultation to better understand the technical solutions that are currently offered to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls.
The National Do Not Call List was established in 2008 to help Canadians protect their privacy and, to date, over 12.8 million numbers have been added to the list. 
Since that time, more than 900,000 complaints of alleged violations to the Unsolicited Telecommunication Rules have been lodged by Canadians.
It is estimated that over 40% of complaints involve an element of illegitimate Caller ID spoofing.
Caller identification spoofing occurs when telemarketers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious phone numbers when making calls.
The CRTC is working with its international partners to address today's global threats related to unsolicited and illegitimate telemarketing calls.
The CRTC is continuing to enhance its monitoring to ensure telemarketers and others who initiate unsolicited telecommunications follow the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules and to reduce the number of unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls to Canadians.

"Canadians are very frustrated with telemarketers who hide their identity or misappropriate the legitimate numbers of Canadians and businesses. A significant proportion of the complaints we receive now involve some element of illegitimate caller identification spoofing. There are tools that can help Canadians protect themselves, and there may be new and innovative solutions on the horizon. Following this consultation, we will be publishing guidance material to empower Canadians to make informed choices for themselves and their families."
- Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman


July 22, 2015

CRTC fostering competition in the broadband Internet market


OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, July 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced measures to foster competition between companies that offer broadband Internet services. These measures will provide Canadians with more choice and innovative services at reasonable prices.

To provide services to their customers, companies enter into a wide variety of wholesale arrangements. In particular, wholesale high-speed access services are used by competitors to provide Internet services, as well as television and telephone services, in the retail market.

Following an extensive review, the CRTC found that the large incumbent companies continue to possess market power in the provision of wholesale high-speed access services and is requiring that they make these services available to competitors.

In addition, the demand by Canadians for higher speed services will only increase in the coming years to support their growing Internet needs and usage. Large incumbent companies will now have to make their fibre facilities available to their competitors. This measure will ensure that Canadians have more choice for high-speed Internet services and are able to fully leverage the benefits of the broadband home or business.

The large incumbent companies will continue to be required to provide access to wholesale high-speed access services throughout their region and transition this access to a disaggregated architecture. The provision of wholesale high-speed access services on a disaggregated basis will be implemented in phases across Canada, starting with Ontario and Quebec.

The CRTC's wholesale services framework sets out the rates, terms and conditions under which telecommunications service providers are required to make parts of their respective networks available to competitors.

Quick Facts
The CRTC will continue to mandate access to wholesale services, including high-speed access services, to encourage competition in the broadband Internet market.
Additionally, the CRTC is requiring that competitors have access to wholesale high-speed services of the large incumbent companies that use optical fibre facilities.
The CRTC is taking action to ensure that Canadians have more choice for high-speed Internet services.
The CRTC is encouraging further investment in high-quality networks.
The CRTC is ensuring Canadians have access to innovative services at reasonable prices.

"As Canadians participate more actively in the digital economy, they will need access to higher Internet speeds to power their broadband homes and businesses. By continuing to mandate certain wholesale services, and including access to fibre facilities, we are continuing our work to drive competition so Canadians have access to more choice, innovative services and reasonable prices. At the same time, we fully expect that companies will continue to invest in their networks, including in fibre technology, to meet the growing needs of consumers."
- Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman


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