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December 19, 2014

Jim Ed Norman to Keynote Albright & O’Malley & Brenner's 21st Annual Pre-CRS Seminar Co-Sponsored with Big Machine Label Group's Republic Nashville

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Attendees of A&O&B's annual Pre-CRS Seminar are in for a special treat.  Grammy winning, multi- platinum selling producer, Jim Ed Norman, CEO of The Curb Group, will share his insights into the current state of the country music industry, the future of the format and share a few entertaining stories from the past. 

A&O&B partner Mike O'Malley adds, “Jim has been in the middle of at least four country music revolutions – from the days of Anne Murray and Kenny Rogers to Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Garth and Trisha and now in the latest boom with new artists like Dylan Scott and Tim Dugger. He’s seen it all, knows what works, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to teach us. And yes, I want to hear some of those stories, too!”

The 21st annual A&O&B Pre-CRS seminar will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame from 9am-12:30pm.  The event features sessions addressing personal career growth, important topics facing country radio and radio in general.

Guests will enjoy a live performance and meet & greet with Republic Nashville's hottest new group A Thousand Horses; hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the best up-and-comer at the Austin City Music Festival!  The group will perform songs from their brand new album "Southernality", described as a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, wrapped up in a modern-country context.

The A&O&B team will also present the first results of their 10th annual online perceptual study, “Roadmap 2015”, including Country P1 trends in music, digital consumption, social networking and more; data from thousands of P1’s from across the U.S and Canada will be included.

 “Over the past years our presenters have included branding experts, talent coaches, researchers and even a politician,” said partner Mike O’Malley. “It’s a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that help set the stage for CRS.”

Brenner adds, “Today's hectic and demanding schedules often prevent valuable Face time with peers.  This is an opportunity to share, learn, grow and reenergize for the new year!”

BMLG’s Republic Nashville returns as the music sponsor for the event, including a photo op and special, intimate performance from A Thousand Horses.

The full agenda and list of presenters will be announced shortly.

The A&O&B Pre-CRS Seminar is free and is open to all clients as well as to broadcasters in non-competitive situations. You can RSVP to aobprecrs@aandoandb.com.
Register for CRS 2015 now by clicking here.

Contacts:
Mike O’Malley – 732-937-5757 -   Mike@AandOandB.com
Becky Brenner – 206-595-7086 - Becky@AandOandB.com
Jaye Albright – 206-498-6261 -   Jaye@AandOandB.com

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December 19, 2014

W5 Presents: GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU In Special Broadcast Edition, December 27 on CTV

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TORONTO (December 19, 2014) – Before his historic political ascent to becoming Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau prepared for another epic battle – a 2012 charity boxing match that pitted him against then-Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau. Premiering Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on-demand on CTV NEWS GO, W5 presents “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU”, a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling an unguarded and determined Trudeau as he readies for the ring in a quest to raise funds for Canadian cancer foundation, Fight for the Cure. The film delivers a rare glimpse into the landscape of federal politics in Canada through a rather unique and unfiltered lens.

With screenings of the feature-length documentary in Quebec theatres in November 2014, followed by a broadcast premiere in Quebec, “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU” sparked debate across the province as to modern media’s influence on politics. The film also generated speculation over whether this candid view of Trudeau might help or harm his political fortunes with a federal election looming in 2015. Produced by Montréal’s Productions de la Ruelle, and the award-winning filmmaking duo Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel, W5 delivers an abbreviated, made-for-television cut and English Canada premiere of the documentary in this special broadcast presentation.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings). 

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December 19, 2014

The Home of Soccer in Canada: TSN and RDS Announce New Media Rights Agreement for the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

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TORONTO (December 19, 2014) – TSN and RDS today announced a multi-year broadcast rights agreement with UEFA, making Canada’s #1 English and French specialty networks the primary Canadian broadcasters of the crown jewels of club soccer – the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE – beginning in 2015. The multi-year agreement will see TSN broadcast more than 190+ games, including up to 16 group stage games weekly, extensive coverage of the knockout phase, as well as the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL and the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL. RDS will deliver live coverage of three of the leagues’ best matches each week.

The agreement with UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, ensures comprehensive coverage of global superstars competing on club soccer’s biggest stages across TSN’s suite of five national feeds and RDS’s slate of specialty channels: RDS, RDS2, and RDS Info.

“TSN’s five-feed lineup is the perfect canvas to deliver the international spectacle that is the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, and we’re thrilled to showcase multiple games across our five feeds on the tournaments’ riveting matchdays,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “The addition of these prestigious tournaments to our strong soccer lineup, which already includes UEFA EURO 2016, FIFA WORLD CUP, BPL, and MLS coverage, means that fans of the beautiful game can turn to Canada’s Sports Leader for the highest-profile games for years to come.”

TSN and RDS subscribers can also access live streaming and on-demand viewing of the networks’ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE coverage through TSN GO and RDS GO.

In addition, the deal includes rights for live coverage of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE on TSN Radio stations across the country.

TSN and RDS will also feature a robust slate of complementary programming focusing on the biggest stars and key storylines from the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, including features and highlight shows. Fans can visit TSN.ca and RDS.ca for complete scores, news, highlights, and analysis of both tournaments.

beIN SPORTS CANADA

TSN and RDS’s agreement with UEFA will also see beIN SPORTS CANADA deliver a significant package of games to their subscribers for both UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, including live matches and highlight packages.

beIN SPORTS subscribers will be able to view more than 55+ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE matches across its TV network and subscription-based live streaming platform, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beginning in August with the play-in matches and continuing through to the final match.

beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS CONNECT subscribers will also be able to watch more than 90+ UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE matches throughout the tournament, also including the final match. 

“beIN SPORTS prides itself on delivering unrivalled live soccer coverage and premium sports content to its viewers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidliy, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group. “UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE are among the most popular and high-profile soccer events for fans in Canada and across the globe.  This offering reaffirms our dedication to bringing the Canadian soccer audience the premium international content they crave.”

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

The UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE is a cross-continental showdown featuring 32 of the best teams from across Europe’s domestic leagues, featuring global powerhouse clubs from England’s Barclays Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, and many more. With games scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of matchweeks, coverage of the competition kicks off annually in September with the round-robin stage, followed by a home-and-away knockout phase, culminating with the single-game UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL in the spring.

The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE features 48 clubs from Europe’s domestic leagues playing six matches on a home-and-away format, followed by a two-leg knockout phase similar to the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. 

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December 19, 2014

Showtime Hit Series SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES, and EPISODES return Monday Nights on Movie Central starting January 12

TORONTO (December 19, 2014) – Unconventional family values, shrewd business consultants, and a celebrity starring as himself. A trifecta of twisted, witty, and sharply funny comedies return to Movie Central in the New Year, when new seasons of acclaimed Showtime series SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES, and EPISODES premiere on Monday, Jan. 12, back-to-back-to-back on Movie Central beginning at 9 p.m. MT. 

Beginning Friday, Jan. 9, Movie Central is offering Canadians an advance sampling of the season premieres of HOUSE OF LIES and EPISODES on multiple platforms. The episodes will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, Movie Central On Demand, and www.moviecentral.ca.

SHAMELESS, SEASON 5
Premieres Monday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. MT
Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy-winner William H. Macy as pickled patriarch Frank Gallagher, and Golden Globe® nominee Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) as daughter Fiona, the Emmy-nominated comedy series SHAMELESS returns for its fifth season. The new season finds the Gallaghers dealing with both the upside and downside of personal and urban renewal. As their neighbourhood begins a move towards gentrifying, the Gallagher clan begins to reconcile their chaotic past in the hopes of building a better future. Dermot Mulroney (ENLIGHTENED), Steve Kazee (WORKING CLASS), and Sasha Alexander (RIZZOLI & ISLES) guest star in the new season. SHAMELESS also stars: Ethan Cutkosky (The Unborn); Emily Bergl (THE KNICK); Shanola Hampton (MIAMI MEDICAL); Steve Howey (REBA); Emma Kenney (Epic); Cameron Monaghan (The Giver); Jeremy Allen White (Movie 43); Noel Fisher (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); and special guest star Joan Cusack (Working Girl).

HOUSE OF LIES, SEASON 4
Premieres Monday, Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. MT
Oscar-nominee and three time Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner for his role as Marty Kaan, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 3) returns in the fourth season of HOUSE OF LIES. Audiences last left a despondent Marty alone in the desert after a cataclysmic double-cross by Jeannie (Kristen Bell, Frozen) and a visit by the Feds. This season, Marty's brief stint in white-collar prison leaves Jeannie to pick up the pieces of the now-tainted Kaan & Associates with Clyde (Ben Schwartz, Turbo) and Doug (Josh Lawson, Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues). Larenz Tate (RUSH) returns as Marty's brother Malcolm, along with new guest stars Demetri Martin (The Daily Show with John Stewart) and Valorie Curry (The Following).

EPISODES, SEASON 4
Premieres Monday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 p.m. MT
Matt LeBlanc is back in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning role as the fictional Matt LeBlanc in the fourth season of EPISODES. In the new episodes, Matt faces a financial crisis and is forced to make some tough decisions. Sean (Stephen Mangan, Rush) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig, FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER) have been dragged back to L.A. to shoot more episodes of their disastrous sitcom PUCKS! , while their other project refuses to go away, and a new network head makes life more complicated for everyone.

In Western Canada, episodes will be available on Movie Central HD, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and Movie Central On Demand.

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December 19, 2014

BITTEN’S Laura Vandervoort reveals Season 2 Premiere Date, Space Original Series Returns Feb. 7

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Based on the New York Times best-selling novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, BITTEN follows Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf in a recognizable world where werewolves and witches live among humans.

Season 1 of BITTEN tested Elena’s (Vandervoort) strength and pushed her to embrace her fierce inner wolf. From the Mutt uprising orchestrated by Pack leader Jeremy Danvers’ (Greg Bryk) father Malcolm, to finding the severed head of ex-boyfriend Phillip (Paul Greene) in her bed, Elena is out for blood. Reunited with The Pack and her true love Clay Danvers (Greyston Holt), nothing stands in the way of protecting her family and hunting down those who seek to destroy them. Season 2 sees The Pack on the hunt for Malcolm (James McGowan). In their quest to capture him, they uncover a more sinister force that threatens the existence of the werewolf species. This season also introduces The Pack to a Coven of witches with whom they are forced to form an uneasy alliance in order to fight a common foe. 

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December 19, 2014

The Hunt is on! MTV’s New Scripted Drama EYE CANDY, Starring Victoria Justice, Premieres January 12

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TORONTO (December 19, 2014) – The internet is a deadly place in the all-new scripted cyber-thriller EYE CANDY, premiering  Monday, Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on MTV. Based on the best-selling novel by R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), the hour-long, 10-episode drama series centers on tech genius Lindy Sampson (Victoria Justice, VICTORIOUS), a 21-year-old hacker with a gift for seeing clues and connections in the digital world that others can’t. In advance of the series premiere, viewers get a rare inside look at the personal life of Victoria Justice in BEING VICTORIA JUSTICE, premiering Monday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. ET.  The special follows Justice as she prepares to leave Los Angeles and move to New York for her starring role in EYE CANDY. The series premiere of EYE CANDY gets a special encore primetime broadcast airing Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Click HERE  for a sneak peak of EYE CANDY.

Lindy (Justice) is convinced by her roommate, Sophia (Kiersey Clemons, TRANSPARENT) to begin online dating, but she quickly starts to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors may be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the elusive cyber police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, all signs point to one of Lindy’s dates. Teaming up with the cyber unit, Lindy works to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice on the streets of New York. EYE CANDY also stars Casey Deidrick (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), John Garet Stoker (Sean Graney’s Oedipus and the Foul Mess of Thebes), and Harvey Guillen (The Internship).

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December 18, 2014

Entertainment One & First Take Entertainment to Develop and Produce Salman Khan Films' DR. CABBIE Television Adaptation Based on Hit Canadian Film

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Entertainment One (eOne), alongside producers First Take Entertainment, are pleased to announce a partnership to co-develop and co-produce a television series based on the 2014 box-office hit comedy DR. CABBIE, following its September 19th theatrical release. DR. CABBIE, presented by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has charmed diverse audiences and critics across the country..

In the feature film DR. CABBIE, an unemployed doctor turned cab driver becomes a local hero when he converts his taxi into a mobile clinic.  DR. CABBIE is the heart-warming journey of a young South Asian doctor who immigrates toCanada with the selfless ambition of healing others, while beginning a new life in the land of opportunity. 

"We were thrilled with the tremendous success of DR. CABBIE and are now excited to bring it to the small screen with partners who understand the universality of the material so well," said Vinay Virmani, Creative Producer, First Take. "We are also delighted that audiences will get to see the film again before the holidays when it's released on DVD and digital platforms next week."

"DR. CABBIE is a heartfelt comedy that resonates with so many different audiences around the world. The success of the film was a testament to its great sensibilities and the universal nature of the story," said John Morayniss, Chief Executive Officer, eOne Television.  "We are looking forward to broadening our partnership with First Take Entertainment and extending the international reach of this audience-favourite. We are putting together a fantastic team and look forward to sitting down with broadcasters early next year."

DR. CABBIE was produced by FirstTake Entertainment and Caramel Films as well producing partner Salman Khan Films (SKF) with cooperation from Telefilm Canada, OMDC, Sodec and HGF. The film was directed by Jean-Francois Poulliot (Seducing Dr. Lewis), and starred Vinay Virmani (Breakaway), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights - TV, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Lillete Dubey (Monsoon Wedding), Mircea Monroe (Change Up), Rizwan Manji (Outsourced) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Arrested Development, Episodes).

DR. CABBIE is distributed by eOne in Canada. The film will be released on DVD across Canada on December 23, 2014.

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December 18, 2014

HOT DOCS AND SHAW MEDIA ANNOUNCE NEW DIVERSE VOICES TRAINING PROGRAM FOR EMERGING CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY AND FACTUAL FILMMAKERS

Toronto, December 18, 2014 - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce the Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program, which will provide six to eight emerging Canadian filmmakers of diverse backgrounds with training in documentary and factual television production. Taking place during the 2015 Hot Docs Festival, the program will guide participants through an intensive training module and seminar series, career management workshops, and networking events with industry professionals. The Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program will focus on documentary and factual television production and show running, including proposal preparation, the production cycle, financing, co-production, and access to broadcasters.

"Representation of diverse voices in the documentary and television production industries is a vitally important issue for Hot Docs and our community," said Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Industry Programs Director. "With Shaw Media's generous support, this program will help develop core skills of producing and filmmaking."

"We are very pleased to be partnering with Hot Docs this year, and excited to launch a brand new training program for emerging filmmakers across Canada aimed at truly making a difference in our industry," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content at Shaw Media. "The goal is to foster a new generation of diverse Canadian documentary and factual filmmakers, and we believe the Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program will do just that."  

Applications for the Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program will open December 19, 2014, with a final deadline of January 26, 2015. Applicants must reside in Canada on a full-time basis, be between the ages of 22 and 34, and a member of an under-represented group: visible minority, person with a disability or a member of the aboriginal community. For full eligibility and application information, please visit www.hotdocs.ca.

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December 18, 2014

Hollywood Based Troika Teams Up with Corus Entertainment to Refresh W Network’s Brand Identity

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(Hollywood, California)  Entertainment branding and marketing innovations agency Troika (www.troika.tv) has partnered with Corus Entertainment to refresh the visual identity of W Network, Canada’s leading lifestyle and entertainment television destination for women. The refresh launches on-air the first week of 2015, with the website following shortly thereafter.

The conceptually driven visual identity that Troika developed for W Network celebrates W’s relationships between the network, the audience and the talent, that makes for great television. Troika employed the creative concept “Reveal,” which explores the visual relationship between positive and negative space in new and unexpected ways, and incorporates bold and fun graphic motifs that create an illusion of depth and sculptural dimension throughout the identity.

Dale Everett, Creative Director at Troika, “This was a wonderful collaboration between two creative partners – from our very first meeting at the Troika offices where we spent the day envisioning what we all wanted to accomplish, to the live action shoot in Toronto, through final delivery. The result is an identity rebrand that is personal, conversational, fresh, clean, and modern. And going forward it advances the positive and upbeat image that W is to so many viewers across Canada.”

“Working with the talented team at Troika, we are launching a fresh on-air identity for W that highlights the dynamic and in depth connection between our audience and our on talent, said Dolores Keating-Mallen, Vice President, Creative Director, On Air Promotions, Corus Entertainment.” The brainstorming and collaboration with Troika has resulted in a visually stunning new look that will roll out across all the on-air elements on the network in January.”

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December 18, 2014

The Ladies Land Again and The Boys Are Back: HBO’s GIRLS and LOOKING Return to HBO Canada, January 11

TORONTO (December 18, 2014) – From New York to San Francisco, relationships, laughter, triumphs, and tears take centre stage when HBO comedies GIRLS and LOOKING return with new seasons. On Sunday, Jan. 11, GIRLS is back for its 10-episode fourth season at 9 p.m. ET/MT, while LOOKING returns for its 10-episode second season at 10 p.m. ET/MT. HBO’s new previously announced half-hour comedy TOGETHERNESS debuts in between at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT. With HBO Canada’s recently announced expanded multiplatform offering, subscribers can now catch up on all previous seasons of GIRLS and LOOKING in Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

Created by and starring Lena Dunham, GIRLS (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/MT) continues to take a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their 20s. In the new season, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has left New York to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, hoping to become a more serious writer, while facing uncertainty in her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver, This Is Where I Leave You). Back in the city, Marnie (Allison Williams, PETER PAN LIVE!) is pursuing a music career, trying to balance her personal and professional relationship with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lola Versus), while new graduate Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, MAD MEN) is interviewing for jobs and struggling to sort out her relationship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS), and Jessa (Jemima Kirke, Tiny Furniture) is trying sobriety through AA, but her knack for creating drama is undiminished. The series also stars Andrew Rannells (THE NEW NORMAL) as Elijah.

The series was recently nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, including Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical (Lena Dunham).

Returning guest stars for the fourth season of GIRLS include: Rita Wilson (THE GOOD WIFE) as Marnie’s mother; Peter Scolari (NEWHART) and Becky Ann Baker (Men In Black) as Hannah’s parents; Jon Glaser (HUMAN GIANT) as Laird; Gaby Hoffman (TRANSPARENT) as Adam’s sister, Caroline; Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) as Beedie; and Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Dr. Rice.

New guest stars this season of GIRLS include: Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls) and Anthony Edwards (ER) as Shoshanna’s parents; Natasha Lyonne (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) as Rickie; Gillian Jacobs (COMMUNITY) as Mimi-Rose Howard; Marc Maron (MARON) as Ted; Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) as Ace; Jason Ritter (GRAVITY FALLS) as Scott; Maude Apatow (This Is 40) as Cleo; and Spike Jonze (Her) as Marcos.

Judd Apatow (This Is 40), Jenni Konner (HELP ME HELP YOU), Lena Dunham, Ilene S. Landress (HBO’s MILDRED PIERCE), Murray Miller (Williams-Poole: 7 Days in Hell), Paul Simms (NEWSRADIO), and Bruce Eric Kaplan (HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER) executive produce. Producer is Jesse Peretz (Our Idiot Brother), and co-producer is Sarah Heyward.

LOOKING (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/MT) returns for its 10-episode second season, and continues to revolve around three friends in San Francisco who explore the varied options available to a new generation of gay men. In the new season, Patrick (Jonathan Groff, HBO’s THE NORMAL HEART) is on the verge of a new relationship that could complicate life at work and home, even as he tries to salvage a friendship from an old one. Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez, SMASH), still floundering from his own breakup, leaves old aspirations behind while making a new connection, and Dom (Murray Bartlett, August) continues to pursue his restaurant dreams, but encounters obstacles at every turn.

Returning as series regulars on LOOKING this season are Lauren Weedman (Date Night), Russell Tovey (The History Boys), and Raúl Castillo (Cold Weather). Recurring guest stars include: Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls); Scott Bakula (HBO’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA); Bashir Salahuddin (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon); and Andrew Law (Late Night with Seth Meyers).

LOOKING was created by Michael Lannan (Lorimer) and is executive produced by Andrew Haigh (Weekend), Michael Lannan, Sarah Condon (HBO’s BORED TO DEATH). Co-executive producers are John Hoffman (ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (HBO’s BIG LOVE), producer is Kat Landsberg (TWISTED), and consulting producer is Jhoni Marchinko (WILL & GRACE).

In Eastern Canada, the series will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, they will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada). 

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December 18, 2014

Gumby, The World’s Original Clayboy Turns 60

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(December 18, 2014 – TORONTO, ON) The timeless adventures of Gumby return to television this January as TELETOON Retro brings the world’s original clayboy back with newly re-mastered episodes from the ’50s and ’60s. Set to make its global television premiere on TELETOON Retro Sunday, January 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the network will also commemorate Gumby on his 60th birthday, Thursday, January 29 with a special marathon airing at 6 p.m. ET/PT.

“We are thrilled that TELETOON Retro will be the first network to broadcast the re-mastered episodes of this classic series,” says Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Original Productions, Corus Kids. “Gumby is a pop culture icon that resonates with fans of all ages and we couldn’t think of a better time to re-introduce the series as we celebrate Gumby’s 60th birthday.”

The series follows the fun-filled adventures of the everyday hero Gumby, who is full of wonder and awe, and is always leaving a place better than when he found it. With his best pony pal and voice of reason, Pokey, they magically transport to locales near and far, overcoming any obstacle that they meet including the mischievous troublemakers, The Blockheads. 

Created by stop motion pioneer Art Clokey, Gumby captured the imagination and hearts of children around the world as the first stop motion clay animated television series. Initially appearing on the Howdy Doody Show in 1956, the little green slab of clay transcended as a stand-alone television series across major network in 146 countries, commissioned over 200 episodes and continues to be a relevant pop culture icon today.

"Gumby has inspired the hearts of millions around the world with adventures steeped in imagination, action, surrealism, heart and humor,” says Joe Clokey, Head of Gumby Studios.  “There is a special fondness for Gumby in Canada, so I’m thrilled that TELETOON Retro will be the first to air the newly re-mastered episodes from their original camera rolls and soundtracks.  You’ve never seen Gumby like this before!"

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December 18, 2014

TSN Delivers Comprehensive Radio Coverage of Team Canada with Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network

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TORONTO (December 18, 2014) – TSN today announced that six TSN Radio stations will be joined by 10 radio stations across the country to bring Canadians live radio coverage of the nation’s annual holiday hockey tradition, the World Juniors, with the debut of Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network. Live radio coverage on the network begins Friday, Dec. 19 with Team Canada’s first pre-competition game against Russia at 7 p.m. ET.

Spanning AM and FM, as well as sports and news talk stations, Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network will deliver comprehensive coverage of Team Canada throughout the tournament. Live radio broadcast coverage features the team’s RBC Road to the World Juniors pre-competition games, Team Canada’s preliminary round games, plus select quarter-final and semifinal matchups, and the Gold Medal Game (check local station listings for game schedules).

Canadians across the country can also listen live wherever they are on the TSN GO mobile app and online at TSN.ca/Radio.

The radio network will be produced by TSN Radio, which operates stations in Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Pre- and post-game shows are hosted by Jim Tatti and former NHLer and Team Canada Olympian Todd Hlushko. Play-by-play commentator Elliott Price and analyst Jack Miller deliver the call for all games on TSN Radio’s World Juniors Radio Network.

Along with live coverage of Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network, TSN’s team of Hockey Insiders and experts contribute reports to TSN Radio stations throughout the tournament.

Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network complements TSN’s expansive television broadcast and digital coverage of the World Juniors.

TSN Radio Network

The radio stations, listed in order from West to East, that will broadcast live coverage of the 2015 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP include:

CJFW 103. 1FM – Terrace/Prince Rupert
CFAX 1070 – Victoria
TSN 1040/1410 – Vancouver
99.3 The Drive – Prince George
AM 1150 – Kelowna
News Talk 770 – Calgary
TSN 1260 – Edmonton
TSN 1290 – Winnipeg
AM 800 – Windsor
News/Talk 1290 – London
News/Talk 610 – St. Catharines
TSN 1050 – Toronto
90.5 Extra Talk Sports – Peterborough
TSN 1200 – Ottawa
TSN 690– Montréal
News 95.7 – Halifax

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December 18, 2014

Bell Media and Coca-Cola Canada Announce Partnership for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™

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TORONTO (December 18, 2014) – Coca-Cola Canada and Bell Media, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the FIFA WORLD CUP™ from 2015 to 2022, today announced a major partnership that will see the world’s #1 beverage brand and Canada's leading multimedia company unite for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

With this announcement, Coca-Cola Canada becomes Bell Media’s first major partner for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

As part of this partnership, original Coca-Cola-branded content will be featured in Bell Media’s extensive broadcast coverage of the tournament – with games airing nationally on CTV, TSN, and RDS – as well as across Bell Media’s collection of broadcast, radio, and digital assets, including CTV, MUCH, and MTV’s slate of entertainment programming. In addition, Coca-Cola Canada will sponsor shoulder programming and specials surrounding Bell Media’s broadcast coverage of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™.

“Bell Media delivers an incredible opportunity for us to connect with all Canadians as we open our arms and invite everyone to join in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ celebration,” says Michael Samoszewski, Vice-President of Sparkling Beverages at
Coca-Cola Ltd. “We’re excited to share Coca-Cola’s passion and excitement for soccer and active, healthy living with Canadians from coast-to-coast.”

“We believe the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ will galvanize our country with a level of patriotism and pride that we have not seen since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games,” said Nathalie Cook, Vice-President, Sales and Brand Partnerships, TSN and Bell Media. “We are thrilled to partner with Coca-Cola, a global brand that does so much to support the growth and development of soccer both in Canada and across the world. Together on home soil, we will help to showcase the tournament and build excitement and anticipation for the biggest women’s sporting event in the world.”

The new partnership was announced following the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ OFFICIAL DRAW earlier this month in Gatineau, Que., which determined the tournament’s group stage opponents and round-robin schedule

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ kicks off Saturday, June 6 in Edmonton and culminates with the championship on Sunday, July 5 in Vancouver. The FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ will be broadcast live on Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS platforms.

Additional partners and sponsors will be announced as the countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ continues.

Soccer on Bell Media

In addition to being home to FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™, Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS have exclusive broadcast rights to 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™, 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR™, and EURO 2016. TSN and RDS are also the official broadcasters of MLS in Canada, with TSN also holding a multi-year broadcast agreement with BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE that gives the network Canadian media rights to half of all games through to the 2015-2016 season.

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December 18, 2014

Season 3 of Space original series ORPHAN BLACK to Premiere April 18 at 9 p.m. ET

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Space has confirmed that Season 3 of the hit original series ORPHAN BLACK is set to premiere Saturday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Space.

The first look at Season 3 of ORPHAN BLACK is also now available for download on bellmediapr.ca/Space/OrphanBlack. The image, as seen below, shows Leda Clone Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) meeting face-to-face with Castor Clone Rudy (Ari Millen).

Season 3 of ORPHAN BLACK reveals the clones as more vulnerable than ever before, with the highly trained, identical male-soldier “Castor Clones” complicating matters. And though Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena realize they are stronger together, this season puts that bond to the test. In the Season 3 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK, Saturday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Space, Sarah (Maslany) repels a potentially lethal Topside menace as she fights to locate a disappeared Helena (Maslany); the threat of Castor (Millen) looms anew. 

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December 18, 2014

Canada’s Most-Watched Newscast CTV NATIONAL NEWS Unveils Top 10 News Stories of 2014, December 23

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TORONTO (December 18, 2014) – It was a shocking and tragic day for Canada as an armed attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian soldier before being shot dead inside the main Parliament building in Ottawa. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11 p.m. ET, CTV NATIONAL NEWS looks back at this day of infamy, continuing each night through Thursday, Jan. 1 with a countdown of the Top 10 news stories of 2014, as selected by a panel of journalists led by Lisa LaFlamme, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor. The Ottawa shooting – a day of chaos that left hundreds of people in the area of Parliament Hill under lockdown and a nation in mourning – is the top news story of 2014; the fight against ISIS sits at #2; while the Ebola outbreak in West Africa fills the #3 spot.

“In the remarkably storied year that was 2014, the tragic shooting at Canada’s national war memorial struck a nerve in Canadians across the country, and our newsroom was unanimous in citing this as our top story of the year,” said LaFlamme. “On this day as on all days, it is our privilege to keep Canadians informed, to follow the intricacies of the story as it unfolds, and to be held to account as the journal of record for viewers across the country.”

CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ 10-day countdown features in-depth reports on each of 2014’s top news stories as determined by Canada’s leading news organization, CTV News, with the latest story updates, along with comprehensive analysis of the impact each will have on Canadians heading into the New Year.

The Top 10 news stories and events that have significantly shaped the world in 2014 countdown as follows:

10.       Ferguson (Dec. 23)
9.         Malaysia (Dec. 24)
8.         The Fords (Dec. 25)
7.         Jian Ghomeshi (Dec. 26)
6.         Ukraine (Dec. 27)
5.         Missing/Murdered (Dec. 28)
4.         Moncton Shootings (Dec. 29)
3.         Ebola (Dec. 30)
2.         ISIS (Dec. 31)
1.         Ottawa Shooting (Jan. 1)

CTV News’ Top 10 news stories can also be viewed at CTVNews.ca/Top10, where visitors will be treated to an in-depth, interactive presentation of each of this year’s top news stories as the coverage rolls out through Jan. 1.

Asserting its place as Canada’s #1 national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS has an average minute audience of more than 1.1 million viewers a night, outperforming both GLOBAL NATIONAL and CBC’s THE NATIONAL with the most total viewers, and winning the key A25-54, A18-49, and A18-34 advertising demographics.

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December 17, 2014

Pelmorex Media's Weather Company, Eltiempo.es, Recognized as Best and Most Popular Website in Spain

OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Pelmorex Media Inc. is proud to announce Eltiempo.es has been awardedSpain's "Best" and "Most Popular" website of 2014 in the category of weather and traffic services.  Pelmorex acquired Eltiempo.es, Spain's leading multi-platform weather information provider, in 2012.

These awards, offered by MetrixLab reward the best websites of the year as evaluated by content, usability and design. With over 230 nominees in over 19 categories, MetrixLab received more than 142,000 votes to determine the best the internet has to offer in Spain.

"This is a huge honour and accomplishment for Eltiempo.es," said Susana Rodriquez Urgel, Managing Director, Eltiempo.es. "We are proud to be Spain's most popular site for weather and weather-related content including our popular weather blog authored by meteorologist José Antonio Maldonado."

Since launching in 2008, Eltiempo.es has become one of Spain's most recognized websites offering visitors daily and long-range forecasts and weather-related content for Spain.  The site also provides specialized weather reports including ski conditions, football forecasts, pollen readings during the summer months and live radar maps.

Eltiempo.es was previously awarded "Most Popular Website" by MetrixLab in 2013.

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December 17, 2014

Statement from Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on monetary penalties and paper bill fees

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Bill C-43, the Economic Action Plan Act, No. 2, recently received Royal Assent. Some of the amendments adopted by Parliament grant new tools and responsibilities to the CRTC.

In particular, the CRTC can now issue monetary penalties to any company or person that violates the Telecommunications Act as well as related CRTC decisions or regulations. Monetary penalties are an addition to our toolkit. They will promote compliance with telecommunications laws and regulations. This will ensure Canadians have access to a world-class communication system—one in which there is sustainable competition and a choice of innovative content and services.

Monetary penalties also give the CRTC greater flexibility to tailor its enforcement approach to each situation and to the facts before it. In some cases, a monetary penalty might be the right approach. We will be providing further guidance in the coming weeks on how and when the CRTC intends to use this new power.

Changes to the Telecommunications Act and Broadcasting Act, under Bill C-43, have also prohibited providers from charging customers a fee to receive paper bills for wireless, Internet, telephone and television services. This includes undertakings that the CRTC has exempted from holding a broadcasting licence.

We are, however, conscious that some service providers may need to update their billing systems to automatically remove these charges. In the meantime, the Commission will consider operators to be in compliance if they manually make adjustments to customer bills in the earliest available billing cycle, through rebates or otherwise, thus reversing charges for paper bills. We encourage providers to work proactively with their customers to ensure the most efficient transition to implement this new legislative requirement.

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December 17, 2014

Sports and History Collide in New HBO Canada Original Series SPORTS ON FIRE, Premiering January 9

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TORONTO (December 17, 2014) – Untold perspectives from moments when history and sports collide are revealed in SPORTS ON FIRE, a six-part, half-hour original documentary series from Movie Central and The Movie Network debuting Friday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Each episode of SPORTS ON FIRE brings a fresh angle and new insight into iconic moments in sport, through interviews and archival footage presented in a rapid-paced, hard-hitting style.

“In our new series SPORTS ON FIRE, director Pete McCormack uses his sophisticated lens to get a different perspective on pivotal and controversial moments in history that we all thought we knew, through exclusive interviews with athletes and coaches,” said Maria Hale, Vice President, Head of Content Distribution & Pay TV, Corus Entertainment. “The series is sure to resonate with our audience as it opens up a window into events that have shaped sports culture and beyond, told in a way that can only be done on HBO Canada”.

“What makes this series unique is its ability to uncover rare insight from experts, family members, and most importantly from the athletes who lived these monumental experiences,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Whether viewers are sports lovers, history buffs, or a fans of documentary film, SPORTS ON FIRE is compelling, must-watch television”.

Directed and created by Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, I Am Bruce Lee), SPORTS ON FIRE digs deep into moments where some of the world’s greatest athletes are caught up in monumental events that change the course of history. These powerful stories are told from the point of view of elite athletes, key witnesses, experts, and historians including, nine-time gold-medalist and Olympic legend Mark Spitz, Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, gold-medalist and Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton, and four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski.

In the series premiere, SPORTS ON FIRE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the 1972 Summit Series, played at the height of the Cold War, as remembered by journalists, Russian historians, and three unforgettable hockey legends. Canadian greats Paul Henderson, Bobby Clarke, and Ken Dryden reflect on the Series, questioning the boundaries and the potential glory of the win-at-any-cost mentality that ultimately led to a stunning victory in Moscow.

In subsequent episodes, premiering Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, the series delves into topics such as: the myths surrounding African American athlete Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Hitler’s Germany; the story of Ankie Spitzer, who recalls the terror, secrets, and incompetence that came to light after her husband, André Spitzer, along with 10 other Israeli athletes, was slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the confusion, hypocrisy, and challenges surrounding nearly a century of gender testing of female athletes; Prohibition and bootlegging’s roots in NASCAR; and the inside world of performance enhancing drugs.  

Also on Jan. 9, HBO Canada welcomes back REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for its 13th Season at 10 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of BANSHEE at 11 p.m. ET/MT.

SPORTS ON FIRE is produced by Project 10 Productions Inc. and Two 4 The Money Media, in association with The Movie Network and Movie Central. Pete McCormack is director and executive producer. Andrew Barnsley (SPUN OUT), Jeff Aghassi (The Games of 1940), Kim Arnott (Emmy Award® winner, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour), and Kevin Foley (Four Days In April: The Mike Weir Story) serve as executive producers. The series is distributed internationally by eOne Distribution and is produced with funding support from the Rogers Cable Network Fund. Production Executives for Bell Media are Kara Haflidson and Robin Johnston. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. Chris Bell is production executive for Movie Central. Maria Hale is Vice President, Television, Pay TV, Corus Entertainment, and Doug Murphy is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

In Eastern Canada, SPORTS ON FIRE  will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

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December 16, 2014

McNulty Remastered! CraveTV Launches Critically Acclaimed HBO Drama THE WIRE in High Definition, January 4

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TORONTO (December 16, 2014) – Named by Entertainment Weekly in 2013 as the #1 all-time greatest TV show ever, there’s no better way to start the New Year than with THE WIRE – in all its remastered glory. CraveTVTM, Canada’s new premium TV subscription on-demand video streaming service, announced today the release of all 60 episodes of the award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO drama THE WIRE in remastered, 16x9, full-frame, high definition on Sunday, January 4. CraveTV is the exclusive Canadian home to HBO’s entire off-air library and is now available for just $4/month.

Leading up to the release of all five seasons of THE WIRE on CraveTV, viewers can preview Season 1 for the first time in HD in a Bravo holiday marathon from Wednesday, Dec. 31 through Saturday, Jan. 3, every night starting at 9 p.m. ET. The next day, viewers can begin to relive the entire series on-demand on CraveTV.

“There is no doubt that THE WIRE is one of the greatest television series ever created,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “Now in HD, we are providing the best possible viewing experience for fans who have always loved THE WIRE, and for viewers who have never gotten the chance, they can watch from beginning to end, on demand.”

Created by David Simon (GENERATION KILL, TREME), and starring Dominic West (THE AFFAIR, THE HOUR)  and Michael Kenneth Williams (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, 12 Years A Slave) THE WIRE takes place in Baltimore, Maryland depicting the city as a place where institutional prerogatives, economic equalities, and a brutalizing drug war confound the efforts to advance the city and its people. The first season lays out the futility of the drug war, while Season 2 highlights the deindustrialization and death of the working class. Season 3 introduces Baltimore’s political culture and reveals the forces that stand in the path of actual reform; Season 4 addresses the educational system and the actual opportunities that remain for younger generations; and the fifth and final season examines the media and its role in perpetuating the status quo.

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December 16, 2014

New study finds the "always-on" marcom profession resembles a high stakes all-or-nothing sports game

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - According to a new study, The Draper Effect, comprised exclusively of Canadian marketing communications professionals, the glamour of the marketing and advertising world is a myth.  Rather, the majority of executives (59 per cent) liken their profession to a high stakes all-or-nothing sports game.

"The marketing and advertising world is often glamourized on TV and in Hollywood, but this poll gives us a candid view into the real lives of executives in this field," said Louise Bérubé, director allocations and services, The National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), which commissioned the poll on the Angus Reid Forum in December 2014.  "The marketing communications industry has changed greatly over the past decade, and many industry executives are overworking themselves just to keep up and win in today's increasingly competitive business environment."

Indeed, an overwhelming majority of respondents (94 per cent) said that a marketer's creative brain has no off-switch.  Work ideas come to them at all times of the day and night.  Perhaps this is also why the majority of those polled (65 per cent) admitted they routinely answer work-related emails well after midnight and during "off-hours". Four in 10 respondents (39 per cent) revealed that they've gotten stuck at the office and ended up missing a significant family occasion such as an anniversary or birthday within the past year.

"People often think that NABS' services are reserved for life and work crises, and they presume that we're here for the industry only when problems reach a critical stage," explained Bérubé.  "However, much of our work is focused on proactively supporting our industry personnel in dealing with the hiccups that arise in work and in life – before they turn into emergencies."

Based on the survey findings, the need to support life's little bumps may be greater than it first appears.

Despite being professional communicators, at least four in ten Canadian industry executives (41 per cent) admit that they need help communicating with family or their better half.   But many feel they can't readily turn to their social circles for immediate support: 45 per cent of respondents said they would prefer to seek help on work or life issues anonymously first, before revealing trouble to family or friends.

Yet 76 per cent of survey respondents said they were unfamiliar with the NABS organization, a dynamic support system that provides services to all Canadian professionals in the marketing communications industry.

"We want to spread the word within the industry that NABS offers support services including private and anonymous career and financial counseling, a 24-hour toll-free helpline, and our new LIFESPEAK series – an on-demand library of streaming video modules on topics including parenting, elder care, physical and mental health, and professional development," explains Bérubé. "Users are just a click away from speaking confidentially to a counselor, or they have the option to meet a counselor through the NABS helpline."

ABOUT THE SURVEY
From November 24th, 2014 to December 1st, 2014 an online survey was conducted among 170 randomly selected English speaking Canadian adults 18+ who have an advertising, marketing, communications and/or PR role and who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error, which measures sampling variability is +/- 7.5%, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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