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October 4, 2015

Bell Media Mourns the Passing of André Lallier


MONTRÉAL (October 4, 2015) – Bell Media mourns the death today of exceptional radio expert and deeply beloved colleague André Lallier, Content Director of ÉNERGIE Montréal 94.3 and CHOM 97 7, after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 52 years old.

"Our entire team today lost an irreplaceable professional and a valued friend,” said Martin Spalding, Vice-President and General Manager, Local Radio and TV, Québec. “Thanks to his love for radio and music and his total dedication to the success of the stations where he worked over the years, André has left an indelible mark on our entire industry. On behalf of everyone at Bell Media, I wish to salute the memory of André and offer my sincere condolences to his spouse Annie, son Alex, and his family and many friends."

Born in Montréal in 1963, André Lallier joined CKMF (now ÉNERGIE Montréal 94.3) in 1983 and was instrumental in making it one of the most renowned radio stations in the Montréal and Québec radio landscapes. During his remarkable career spanning over three decades at Radiomutuel, then Astral and Bell Media, he built an enviable reputation as a radio professional with unparalleled vision, passion, and integrity.

Friends and colleagues will be welcomed by his family at the Sainte-Thérèse Complex of Les Résidences Funéaires Goyer (105, Desjardins Blvd. E.) on Saturday, October 17 from 1-4 p.m. and are invited to a celebration in his honour from 4:30-5:30 p.m.


October 4, 2015

Portfolio Entertainment’s Freaktown Takes Off Internationally with Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific, Turner EMEA, Disney Southeast Asia and ABC Australia Deals

(October 4, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) – Portfolio Entertainment has signed its first set of international sales deals for the highly-anticipated series Freaktown (52 x 11’) with leading kids’ networks – Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific, Turner’s Kids Networks in EMEA, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia and ABC Australia.

Freaktown is the first series to be wholly created and produced inside Portfolio’s new animation studio. The series was commissioned by TELETOON Canada and will debut in 2016. 

The series will premiere on Cartoon Network in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Turner France has taken the series for Boing in France and in its French-speaking territories in Europe and Africa. It has also been sold to The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia and ABC Australia.

“While still in production, Freaktown has grabbed the attention of buyers globally and we are thrilled to land international deals with world-renowned broadcasters right out of the gate,” said Joy Rosen, CEO and Co-Founder of Portfolio Entertainment. “This series is crammed with laugh-out-loud moments and unpredictable twists that will perfectly complement the highly-entertainingprogramming available on these major kids’ networks.”

Freaktown, a kids 6-11 animated series, follows the adventures of skeleton Ben Bones and his freaky friends as they protect their town from takeover by Princess Boo Boo the Bouncy of Sweetlandia.

Full Synopsis
Freaktown (52x11’ HD)
Freaktown is the last place where it’s cool to be a ghoul.  Mutants and misfits of all sorts are welcome to hang out and just be who they are - freaks.  Best friends Ben Bones - a skeleton with soul - and Lenny - amutant mantis - are living “la vida freaky” as they guard against a massive makeover of the cute and cuddly kind, courtesy of Princess Boo Boo, the spoiled brat ruler of Sweetlandia. Try as she might, Boo Boo and her right-hand bear, Lord Cuddles the Fluffy, simply can’t keep the lid on all Freaktown'sfun.  You see - no one is going to sugar frost Freaktown on Ben Bones'watch! The series is a concept by Peter Ricq and Philippe Ivanusic who are also the creators of The League of Super Evil.  


October 2, 2015

SiriusXM Canada's national search for Top Comic awards $15,000 grand prize and career jump with Just for Laughs


TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, crowned Derek Seguin of Montreal the winner in the sixth annual Top Comic competition at last night's finale held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, as part of the Just For Laughs' JFL42 Festival in Toronto. In addition to winning the title of SiriusXM's Top Comic, which was broadcast live on SiriusXM's Canada Laughs (ch. 168), Seguin took home the $15,000 grand prize. He will also perform at his own JFL42 2016 headliner show and receive a televised performance at Just For Laughs Montreal 2016.

As part of the runners-up prizes, Matt Billon of Vancouver and Jordan Welwood of Winnipeg, will also perform at a televised Just For Laughs Montreal 2016 show and be teamed up to headline a show as part of JFL42 2016.

Harland Williams, the quirky Toronto-born comic who has appeared in Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary, closed out the finale to an uproarious crowd. As a frequent late show guest, Williams has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CONAN, and most recently was seen in the sitcom Package Deal.

"To win this year's title, especially among such a talented group of Canadian comedians, is very special," said Seguin. "And to have the opportunity to share the stage with Harland Williams was an added bonus to an already memorable evening!"

"Derek came out swinging last night; what a set! We couldn't be happier with him and the comics who made up this year's stellar group of finalists," said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel.

The finale featured eight finalists from across Canada, who were chosen through a cross-country audition earlier this year, followed by a national online vote this summer. Representing Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax, were comedians Kelly Taylor, Ryan Dillon, Derek Seguin, Nigel Grinstead, Trixx, Steph Tolev, Matt Billon, and Jordan Welwood.

Five judges were tasked with the difficult choice of selecting the winner; they included Joe Thistel (SiriusXM), Zoe Rabnett (JFL), Don Ferguson (Royal Canadian Air Farce), Steve Kernzer (TV producer and creator of Ed The Sock), and Pete Holmes (comedian and podcast host).

Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Montreal's Faisal Butttook home the title of Sirius XM's Top Comic and all finalists went on to open for Russell Peters on the Canadian leg of his Almost Famous World Tour. Previous winners of SiriusXM Canada's Top Comic contest include Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews,Matt O'Brien, and Brian Stollery.

Canada Laughs (channel 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch, musical comedy and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central Radio, Raw Dog Comedy Hits, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, The Foxxhole, Jeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA, and more.

Those satellite radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Internet Radio access to their subscription can also listen to Canada Laughs on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online.
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October 2, 2015

TSN Hockey Delivers Slate of 2015-16 Season Preview Specials, Beginning October 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET


TORONTO (October 2, 2015) – With the puck about to drop on the 2015-16 season, TSN’s all-star team of Hockey Insiders and experts primes fans with a comprehensive slate of season preview coverage, highlighted by the 90-minute TSN HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL on Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2.

Hosted by James Duthie alongside Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analysts Ray Ferraro, Aaron Ward, and Jeff O’Neill, the TSN HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL delivers all the essential hockey news and information heading into the new season. This signature TSN Hockey special features a multitude of highlights:
In-depth previews of every Canadian team
Duthie interviews Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice
Feature on Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin
Hockey Insider Darren Dreger identifies the players, coaches, and GMs on the hot seat
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Top 10 rookies
TSN Hockey Senior Reporter Frank Seravalli delivers his five bold predictions for the new season
Projected Eastern and Western Conference Standings and playoff predictions from the TSN Hockey panel

TSN’s season preview coverage begins with a special prime-time edition of TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN4 and TSN5, in which host Dave Hodge and his panel of Canadian sportswriters – Bruce Arthur, Michael Farber, and Steve Simmons – debate the hottest topics entering the 2015-16 campaign.

The network’s in-depth season preview continues on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2 with the TSN HOCKEY FANTASY DRAFT SPECIAL, in which James Duthie hosts the network’s annual 60-minute fantasy hockey production. The TSN Hockey analysts drafting eight-player fantasy teams are last year’s playoff champ Dave Hodge, regular season winner Jeff O’Neill, Aaron Ward, Martin Biron, and Keith Jones. The show will highlight potential sleepers, as well as players to be wary of in the “Buyer Beware” segment.

TSN Hockey’s slate of comprehensive hockey news and information coverage is also highlighted by:

TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY – Hosted by Gino Reda, Canada’s most-watched daily hockey show keeps fans up-to-date on all the latest news from the world of hockey. Reda interviews the game’s biggest stars and most outspoken personalities while dishing out the latest hockey headlines. The show’s season preview edition airs Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2.

THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE – The network’s late-night hockey show wraps up the action from around the league with instant analysis, extended game highlights, and commentary on all the best goals, saves, plays, and sound bites.

TSN Hockey Digital Highlights
Leading up to puck drop, TSN Digital platforms deliver comprehensive preview coverage of the new hockey season, including the following highlights:

Complete on-demand streaming of TSN Hockey season preview specials on and TSN GO
Previews of every Canadian team, with projected opening night lineups, insight from TSN Bureau Reporters across the country, and columns by TSN Hockey Analytics writers Scott Cullen and Travis Yost
Predictions for all 30 teams by TSN Hockey Senior Reporter Frank Seravalli
Rookies to Watch column by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button
Consensus picks and predictions from the TSN Hockey panel

Hockey on TSN
TSN broadcasts live coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Winnipeg Jets as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games. TSN delivers a package of 26 Leafs games available in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region on TSN4, 54 Senators games in the Senators designated broadcast region games on TSN5, and 60 Jets games in the Jets’ designated broadcast region on TSN3.

TSN is also the exclusive broadcaster of Hockey Canada, delivering marquee international events such as the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE, as well as domestic events including the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE, TELUS CUP, ESSO CUP, RBC CUP, ALLAN CUP, and the Order of Hockey in Canada. TSN’s slate of live hockey programming also features exclusive coverage of the SPENGLER CUP, as well as NCAA Division I coverage including the FROZEN FOUR.

TSN complements its live hockey coverage with Canada’s fan-favourite hockey news and information programming, featuring the hockey world’s most trusted team of Hockey Insiders and analysts. TSN’s industry-leading hockey programming includes SPORTSCENTRE, TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, and the network’s slate of signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT RANKING.


October 2, 2015

Masters of Flip, W Network’s #1 New Reality Series, Renewed for Season 2


(September 2, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment announced today the renewal of W Network’s #1-rated new reality series, Masters of Flip. The hit series follows husband-and-wife team and house-flipping experts Kortney and Dave Wilson as they breathe new life into old, rundown homes. The series is an exciting journey through the mess and stress of renovation, the magic of transformation and the anticipation of enormous profits hinging on the hopes of a final sale. Produced by Rhino Content and developed in association with W Network, Masters of Flip is part of W Network’s slate of Canadian original series including Property Brothers, Game of Homes, the Love It of List It franchise, and Hockey Wives.

“Kortney and Dave have resonated with W’s audience and the series' first season was a ratings success that has developed a tremendous fan following similar to that of our other hit shows Property Brothers and Love It or List It,” said Maria Farano, Director of Original Programming, Corus Entertainment’s Women's and Family Networks. “We’re excited to start production with Rhino on a second season, seeing Kortney and Dave continue their masterful work as they transform dilapidated houses into stunning homes.

In every episode of Masters of Flip, Kortney and Dave house-hunt for properties that have seen better days and gamble on which one to flip to make the most profit. With limited timelines and even tighter budgets, these masters of flip take on the massive challenge of transforming each real estate disaster into a stunning family dream home.

What began as two separate musical careers has become a lifelong partnership for Kortney and Dave Wilson. After a solid run as a country music duo, the Canadian-born Nashville couple traded in their microphones for tool belts and began flipping houses while raising their children. Since then, Kortney, an award-winning realtor and visionary, and Dave, a tireless flipper with a nose for profit, continued to build their real estate business through flips, vacation rentals and buy and hold properties.

With over 50 homes flipped to date, Kortney and Dave have become one of Nashville’s premiere house flipping forces, renowned as much for their acute knowledge of the local real estate market as for their artistic design in transforming run-down disasters into stunning one-of-a-kind family homes.

Masters of Flip is part of a growing slate of properties for international distribution from Corus Entertainment, which includes the real estate series Buying the View and Cheer Stars. Masters of Flip is produced by Rhino Content and developed in association with W Network. 


October 2, 2015

#iCraveFridays Continues Today as KINGDOM Begins Streaming


CraveTV’s #iCraveFridays release schedule continues today with the premiere of KINGDOM, starring mega pop star and heartthrob Nick Jonas. Family, fighting, and fierce competition are on full display in this mixed martial arts drama series. Created by Byron Balasco, KINGDOM stars Jonas, Frank Grillo (The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy), Kiele Sanchez (THE GLADES), Matt Lauria (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), and Jonathan Tucker (THE BLACK DONNELLYS). All 10 episodes of the first season are now streaming on CraveTV in advance of the Season 2 premiere this November on Bravo.

The critically acclaimed series has already been renewed for 20 more episodes over two seasons. This is Jonas’ first major role in a TV series. He previously had guest appearances in shows including HAWAII FIVE-0 and SMASH and had his first starring role in a theatrical film in the 2015 thriller Careful What You Wish For. KINGDOM Season 1 can be found in the Dramas, What’s New, and Featured collections on CraveTV.

Set in Venice, California, KINGDOM explores the world of MMA at a local gym and the relationships that develop and disintegrate between family and fighters. Alvey Kulina (Grillo) and his girlfriend Lisa Prince (Sanchez) run Navy St. Gym where they train fighters, including up-and-comers like Kulina’s two sons, Nate (Jonas) and Jay (Tucker), along with former fighting great, Ryan Wheeler (Lauria), who was recently released from prison and was once engaged to Lisa. 


October 1, 2015

Bell Media Mourns the Death of Beloved CTV Ottawa Broadcasting Icon Max Keeping


OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Bell Media and CTV News extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former Vice-President of News and legendary CTV Ottawa Anchor Max Keeping. Keeping passed away today at age 73 in Ottawa after a lengthy battle with cancer.

"Max left an indelible mark on CTV Ottawa and the community he tirelessly served. His extraordinary contributions were driven by a selfless desire to help improve the lives of others. His loss is felt by all of us at CTV and Bell Media," said Richard Gray, Vice-President and General Manager, Radio and TV, Ottawa and Pembroke, Bell Media. "Following his retirement in 2010, Max stayed on as the station's community ambassador until 2012 – a fitting role as he never stopped giving back. Max was a mentor and friend to many and always took time to help others. He will be sorely missed."

Born in Grand Bank, N.L., Keeping began his 37-year career as an anchor with CJOH in 1972, building his reputation through the years as one of the most trustworthy figures in the local news industry. A passionate community advocate and philanthropist, Keeping's tireless work on behalf of charities, service groups, neighbourhoods and schools helped raise more than $100 million for charities during his tenure with CTV Ottawa. In 1995 he founded The Max Keeping Foundation, assisting local Ottawa children, youth, and their families meet emotional, physical, mental, and emergency needs for which no other funding is available. 


October 1, 2015

Dany Meloul Appointed Vice-President, Programming, French-Language TV at Bell Media


MONTRÉAL (October 1, 2015) – Gerry Frappier, President, French-Language TV and RDS and Bell Media French Programming Champion, announced today the appointment of Dany Meloul as Vice-President, Programming, French-Language TV, effective immediately.

Reporting to Frappier, Meloul will be at the helm of all activities pertaining to scheduling, planning, original content, and acquisitions for Bell Media’s French-language non-sports specialty channels Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, VRAK, and Investigation as well as pay services Super Écran and Cinépop.

In her role, Meloul will be a member of Bell Media’s senior leadership team in Québec, which includes Frappier as well as Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out of Home; Patrick Jutras, Senior Vice-President, National Sales – Sports and Québec; Anne McNamara, Vice-President, Human Resources; and Martin Spalding, Vice-President and General Manager, Local Radio and TV, Québec.

“Dany’s appointment stems not only from her broad media expertise, but also from her in-depth knowledge of programming, finance, and regulation in the French-language media industry,” said Frappier. “Her extensive experience represents a major asset as Bell Media strengthens its leadership position within the Québec television landscape.”

“I am thrilled to embark on this new adventure and put my passion for television to work for Bell Media and Québec viewers,” said Meloul. “I look forward to collaborating further with our partners from the production communities and building on our shared track record of creating and broadcasting some of TV’s most acclaimed productions.”

Meloul will assume her new functions at Bell Media’s Montréal offices, at 1717 René-Lévesque E., with the support of Jean-Pierre Laurendeau, Senior Director, Programming (Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, Investigation), and Zoé Gilbert-Crabtree, Senior Director, Programming (Super Écran, Cinépop, VRAK).

A Québec media industry veteran, Meloul is widely recognized for her strategic vision and insight. She previously worked as Bell Media’s Assistant General Counsel and before that at Astral for many years. Meloul is a member of the board of directors of the Harold Greenberg Fund’s French program and has been working closely with outside producers, distributors, and various organizations for Bell Media’s French-language television, radio, and digital services. In her role as Assistant General Counsel, she has advised Bell Media on various legal and regulatory questions that affect its operations.

Meloul serves on the board of directors of INIS and chairs the Québec Regional Panel of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. In addition, she is Vice-Chair of the board of Collège de l’Ouest de l’Île/West Island College and President of the Marianopolis Millennium Foundation.

Meloul previously worked at Transcontinental Inc. and Alcan Inc. in Canada and the United States. She holds civil law and common law degrees from McGill University and is a member of the Québec Bar and the New York Bar. 


October 1, 2015

Historic Three-Peat is On the Line at the AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL, Live Tomorrow at 11 p.m. ET on TSN2


TORONTO (October 1, 2015) – A thrilling season of elite Aussie Rules football culminates with the Hawthorn Hawks attempting to secure a historic three-peat in the AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL) GRAND FINAL when they take on West Coast Eagles.

TSN’s live coverage of the AFL GRAND FINAL – Australia’s Super Bowl – gets underway tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 2) at 11 p.m. ET on TSN2 live from the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Hawthorn Hawks attempt to capture their third consecutive championship – the first three-peat in club history and their 13th Premiership Cup – while the West Coast Eagles look for their first AFL championship since 2006 and fourth Premiership Cup in club history.

TSN’s live coverage of the AFL GRAND FINAL includes a star-studded halftime show featuring Canadian icon Bryan Adams, English electro-pop star Ellie Goulding, and Grammy® Award nominee Chris Isaak.

Did you know?
If the AFL GRAND FINAL is tied after time expires, the match will be replayed next weekend. If the second match also ends in a tie, the teams play two halves of extra time to determine a winner.

The last time the AFL GRAND FINAL ended in a draw was in 2010. The only other draws in AFL history occurred in 1948 and 1977.

Last year’s AFL GRAND FINAL between Sydney and Hawthorn attracted 3.7 million viewers in Australia, making it the country’s #1 program of the year.

The AFL GRAND FINAL set an attendance record in 1986 with 101,861 spectators.

Michael Pyke was the first Canadian to play in the AFL and win a Premiership Cup in 2010. He just completed his seventh season with the Sydney Swans.

According to the most recent census, there are 36,000 Canadians who claim full or partial Australian ancestry.


October 1, 2015

Women in Film & Television Vancouver Announces Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Vancouver, BC (October 1st, 2015) – Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is pleased to continue its collaboration with seasoned media professionals and industry partners to create opportunities for women working in screen-based media.

October 1st marks the call for applications for the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Competition, the WIFTV Actor Mentorship Program, and the William F. White Production Management Mentorship for the Independent Producer. 

Following the success of the 2014-2015 inaugural From Our Dark Side National Genre Concept Competition, WIFTV is delighted to announce its second edition. From Our Dark Side is a national English-language contest seeking a maximum three to five page genre film concept including thriller, horror, fantasy, sci-fi or a combination thereof. Five projects will be selected to receive a comprehensive mentorship package, a cash prize, subsidy to travel to the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival; full accreditation for and promotion at the Montreal Edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market, held in July alongside the Fantasia Film Festival.

WIFTV is accepting applications until November 16, 2015
This contest is sponsored by Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative BC.

The Actor Mentorship Program provides female actors with guidance and inspiration to develop their craft and advance their acting careers. Now in its third year, this successful program matches chosen applicants (mentees) with female working actors (mentors). They meet for one hour, once a month for six months to work through specific goals set for the program.

WIFTV is accepting applications until October 31, 2015.
This mentorship is offered to WIFTV members only.

The William F. White Production Management for the Independent Producer Mentorship is designed for independent producers who are interested in increasing their knowledge of Production Management including the ins and out of equipment requirements and rentals as well as budgeting and resource planning for both low and high budget shows. The mentorship curriculum is customized to the level and schedule of the selected participant and includes hands-on instruction at William F. White’s under the supervision of Ed Brando, Manager of Client Services, as well as informational sessions with a professional Production Manager.


October 1, 2015

NLogic announces their new audience data API!


TORONTO, Ontario – NLogic, a leading provider of software, data and consumer insight to the broadcast and advertising industry in Canada, announced the launch of their API, Conex.  For the first time Numeris TV data will be accessible via an API providing clients with seamless access to the data when and where they need it.  ConexAPI pulls directly from NLogic’s proprietary data warehouse, meaning the data is always up to date and accurate.  Over the next several months radio PPM data will be added, with other data including ad occurrence, diary, and third party data planned for the near future.

"NLogic's API has too much potential to be ignored.  It will be exciting to see its impact on the transformation of our industry.”  Mark Allen, Senior Director, Research and Analysis at CBC/Radio-Canada

“We have a particular challenge in Canada as our TV data is arguably the most complicated in the world.  As a result, it presents unique challenges when clients try to work with it, whether they’re looking to put it into a dashboard or an in-house system.  A lot of time is wasted in manual processes, and a lot of data is left out because it’s too difficult to integrate.  Our API looks to simplify our clients’ lives by putting the data where they want it, instantly”, said David Phillips, President & COO of NLogic. 

And with programmatic TV emerging on the near horizon, NLogic has opened discussions with various next-gen marketing and advertising platform providers including TubeMogul and Videology, to look for ways to drive faster and easier access to audience data.   “As our industry increasingly looks for greater automation, our API can help power those innovations,” added Mr Phillips. 

ConexAPI is linked to NLogic’s proprietary data warehouse and is hosted on Microsoft Azure, ensuring the industry’s highest standards are met. 

About NLogic
NLogic’s proprietary software solutions help Canada’s leading broadcasters, media agencies and advertisers make sense of their audiences and programming.  NLogic’s innovative applications are available across a range of platforms, from desktop to mobile. NLogic has offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.  NLogic is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Numeris.  For more information, visit


October 1, 2015


Beverly Hills, Calif., October 1, 2015  - After recently announcing a slate of original series for the pre-school audience, Netflix Inc. NFLX, -0.88% the world's leading Internet TV network, will add seven new original series for older kids beginning this December. Building on its partnerships with globally respected brands, Netflix will launch all new stories from LEGO® Bionicle® and LEGO® Friends and the world's first family is back and funnier than ever in DreamWorks Animation's all-new original family sitcom, Dawn of the Croods.

Netflix is also broadening its offering for tweens and teens; the live action show Lost & Found Music Studios shows us how the next hit song could be just one heartbreak away, while fans of fast and funny will find the stop-motion, action-comedy of Buddy Thunderstruck right up their alley...or race-obsessed Greasepit in this case. The anime inspired Glitter Force joins the growing portfolio of strong girl characters on Netflix. And finally, Netflix is introducing its first ever original animated series produced in Latin America. Las Leyendas (The Legends) is based on a successful trilogy of children's films from the Mexican animation studio, Anima Estudios.

"Roughly half of our 65 million members around the world regularly watch kids content and with the addition of these seven diverse original series we are continuing our strong investment in kids programming," said Andy Yeatman, Director of Global Kids Content for Netflix. "We know kids love Netflix and that's in part because they never really outgrow us. We program and recommend new TV shows and movies from preschool through their teen years and into adulthood."

Details on each show can be found below:

LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One - Q1 2016 The LEGO Group will premiere the Netflix original series, LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One, based on its popular LEGO Bionicle franchise and line of buildable action figures. The new storyline takes place on the mythical island of Okoto, where the forces of darkness are on the move and the evil Makuta is working to cast the world into darkness. The desperate island inhabitants enlist six heroes - called the Toa - to help save their beloved island. Only when the heroes are united, will they be able to battle the forces of evil, defeat Makuta and save Okoto. The four episode season will be available in all Netflix territories globally in early 2016. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.

LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship - Q2 2016 Another new Netflix original series for kids is LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship featuring characters from the popular LEGO Friends line of construction toys. This series will follow the adventures of five best friends - Stephanie, Emma, Olivia, Mia and Andrea - around their hometown Heartlake City. From summer camp to the basketball court, saving their webcast or helping take care of a friend, the zany antics, adventures and missteps are made all the better by having their best friends by their side. The four episode season will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2016. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.

Buddy Thunderstruck - 2017 From American Greetings Entertainment with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Buddy Thunderstruck is an action-comedy, stop-motion extravaganza that follows the adventures of a semi-truck racing dog named Buddy and his albino ferret mechanic. It all goes down in race-obsessed Greasepit, a place chock full of larger-than-life characters and nitro-burning, gear-slamming, tire-squealing, fish-tailing good times. Buddy Thunderstruck will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2017 with a 12 episode season.

Las Leyendas - 2017 Las Leyendas (The Legends) will be the first animated Netflix original series to be produced in Latin America and is based on a successful trilogy of children's films from the Mexican animation studio, Anima Estudios. Set in the 1800s, this whimsical adventure centers on Leo San Juan, a reluctant but heroic teen boy with the ability to communicate with ghosts and monsters. One day, Leo's hometown vanishes into another dimension, prompting Leo to join forces with a phantasmagorical group of misfits in order to defeat Quetzalcoatl, an inter-dimensional entity who has sought to conquer the universe for centuries. Leo and his fantastical friends travel on a magic ship across time to the most famous and mystical places on Earth to fight off the evil forces that threaten the welfare of all. The first season of 13 episodes will premiere exclusively on Netflix, worldwide, in 2017.

Dawn of the Croods - December 24, 2015Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran are back and funnier than ever in this all-new family sitcom. Follow everyone's favorite family as they meet new friends, outrun new creatures and encounter "firsts" the world has never seen - such as school, slumber parties, hiccups and elections. The Croods are discovering them all. Dawn of the Croodswill be available exclusively on Netflix in all current territories except Germany and Japan.

Glitter Force - December 18, 2015When the magical kingdom of Jubiland is invaded by an evil emperor and his band of fairytale villains, a tiny pixie named Candy recruits five preteen girls to form the powerful team of the Glitter Force to help defend Earth from becoming the next target. These fabulous friends transform from ordinary school girls into super powered cool girls. Defending the Earth from fairytale villains isn't an easy job, but the Glitter Force proves that nothing is more powerful than friendship. From Saban Brands, the 20-episode season will premiere worldwide, excluding Asia, exclusively on Netflix December 18, 2015.

Lost & Found Music Studios - Q1 2016From Temple Street Productions, Lost & Found Music Studios is a series about a group of talented teenage musicians who struggle to find their authentic sound and place in the world as they hone their craft at a prestigious music studio. In each episode, young artists navigate the ups and downs of the music industry, as they find their way to love, inspiration, and redemption. After all, the next hit song could be just one heartbreak away.Lost & Found Music Studios will premiere exclusively on Netflix worldwide, outside of Canada, UK and Ireland, with 26 half hour episodes in 2016.


October 1, 2015

Next Issue Media Announces New Digital Magazine Experience: Texture


Menlo Park, CA and Toronto – October 1, 2015 – Today, Next Issue Media – the digital magazine platform owned by Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, KKR, Meredith, News Corp, Rogers Media and Time Inc. – unveiled TextureTM, a completely new way for readers to experience the world’s best magazines. Reimagined for how people consume content today, Texture combines everything readers know and love about the print magazine experience and layers onto it the power of digital—giving people a curated reading experience, available anytime, anywhere.

Texture is the only premium content subscription service that provides unlimited access to 160 of the world’s most loved magazines for one low monthly price. State of the art digital functionality gives readers an unmatched ability to explore current issues as well as 15,000 back issues, allowing them to discover inspiring and entertaining content from an archive of over 500,000 stories. 

Through new features like ‘Curated Collections’, Texture’s editorial team assembles content by theme, surfacing quality stories from multiple publications, and introducing readers to content they might not normally discover. ‘My Collections’ offers readers a way to gather and cultivate their own favorites for reading instantly or when it’s most convenient.

“People go to their known and trusted sources for news and entertainment, but they also love to discover stories that are off their radar,” said John Loughlin, CEO, Next Issue Media.  “That’s what we built into Texture. Whether dishing up Vanity Fair’s ‘Call Me Caitlyn’ cover story before the rest of the world, or delivering the hotly anticipated ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue days in advance, we’re enhancing their ability to discover the finest journalism, narratives, photo essays, product and travel reviews, recipes and more, selected by top editors, all in a way that fits seamlessly into their lives.”

New Texture features and benefits include:
Collections: Whether it’s revisiting the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the 10th anniversary, diving into Texture franchises like Strong Women Wednesdays, or serving up the best fall pumpkin recipes across every food magazine, Texture's thoughtfully curated Collections delivers content to readers in a way that anticipates their needs and reflects their curiosity.

New & Noteworthy: This Texture channel keeps readers in the know – whether the topic is the notorious Hollywood bad boy, latest political renegade or the hottest Fall fashion trends – by surfacing stories that are making news, and topics that are trending in social media.

Search & Top Stories: Search allows readers to seek more information across the entire vast archive of magazines.  From gluten-free cooking and electric cars, to golf techniques and presidential candidates, Texture pulls content from the best magazines in the world so readers can get insight and perspective instantly from trusted sources. Top Stories uncovers what’s being read by subscribers, inspiring the discovery of great reads across the whole catalog or within specific categories.

My Collections: After finding the perfect gift idea from Real Simple, or stumbling across Rolling Stone’s most recent enthralling cover story, readers can save them to read later or share with friends.

First Access: Each month, readers can dive into some of the hottest features before they even hit newsstands thanks to an exclusive agreement between Texture and leading publishers, serving up a handful of the most highly anticipated stories only for subscribers.

The freshly expanded editorial team, led by publishing veteran Maggie Murphy, adds an editorial point of view to the experience – a quality unseen in other purely algorithmic services. 

“With over half of a million of the best articles and stories available, Texture feels it is imperative to add a human touch to the service that provides a unique view of today’s important and trending topics,” said Maggie Murphy, Editorial Director, Next Issue Media. “Auto-populated recommendations from data driven engines are valuable, and we make use of them, but we also think there’s an element of trust that happens when your best friend shares their latest favorite article or recipe with you. We want to be that best friend to the reader.”

“Texture is bridging the divide between analog and digital, and creating a rich and dynamic premium content experience for readers; it is, in fact, redefining the magazine experience. The strong consumer demand for subscription-based media experiences, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Spotify Premium, speaks to the opportunity awaiting Texture,” said David Carey, President, Hearst Magazines. “The new Texture service is a marvelous way to grow both audience as well as deep engagement given its ‘premium content first’ focus. We couldn’t be more excited about what this means for the future of our business.”

Formerly Next Issue, the new Texture brand, logo and platform rollout will be supported by a national ad campaign across print, digital and out of home.

Texture subscriptions start at $9.99/month and are available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices, for download through the App Store, Google Play and Windows Store today.  


October 1, 2015

PATTISON Outdoor Announces New Advertising Partnership With York Region Transit

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2015) - PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, Canada's largest Out-of-Home advertising provider and the leader in transit advertising, today announced it has signed a multi-year contract with York Region Transit to sell advertising on the Regional Municipality of York's conventional bus fleet.

York Region Transit provides services to nearly 1.2 million York Region residents, throughout all nine municipalities, and covers an area of 1,776 square kilometres (686 square miles). More than 125 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as connecting to services in the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel.

"We are excited to be partnering with York Region Transit," said Randy Otto, President, PATTISON Outdoor Advertising. "This is an incredible opportunity for PATTISON to connect advertisers with consumers in York Region. Adding York Region Transit to our growing Ontario transit portfolio, which already includes Toronto Transit Commission, Durham Region Transit, Oakville Transit, and Milton Transit, demonstrates our commitment to providing advertisers unmatched market reach and coverage."

PATTISON Outdoor is also the exclusive supplier for advertising on the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) transit system.

With a strategic focus on growth opportunities and innovation within the Out-of-Home industry, and providing impeccable customer service to its clients, PATTISON Outdoor is committed to fostering strong, healthy partnerships in the market areas we serve. 


October 1, 2015



(Toronto, ON, Thursday, October 1, 2015) – Blue Ant Media, global leaders in 4K production and distribution, announced today that its Love Nature brand is available to media companies worldwide in 100% native 4K on linear and SVOD platforms.

The offering includes Love Nature’s exclusive 4K content, shot all over the world in majestic locales including Zambia, Scandinavia, Cambodia and the Middle East. This 300-hour annual commitment will fuel the channel’s pipeline of exclusive 4K content for years to come.

 “The passion that wildlife and nature fans hold for animals and our natural world is something that audiences relate to across all countries, cultures and languages,” said Raja Khanna, CEO, Television & Digital, Blue Ant Media. “We are thrilled to share Love Nature’s original content, in 100% native 4K, with viewers all over the globe, providing an up-close experience that comes only second to being there in person.”

Commercial-free programming will include stunning natural history series and documentaries such as Great Blue Wild and Land of Gremlins, in addition to programming blocks such as Wildest Mondays and Water Wednesdays.

Love Nature engages with fans all over the world via, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram offering stunning images direct from its productions, news-breaking media coverage about the natural world and short-form videos, creating a social community for wildlife and nature fans globally.

Love Nature brings audiences closer to the beauty and wonder of nature, sharing awe-inspiring stories and shining a light on the fight for survival in a changing world. Commercial-free and shot in the highest quality, Love Nature offers viewers exclusive content from around the globe. See animals in their natural habitat and visit some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes through Love Nature’s unfiltered, premium content. Love Nature produces 300 hours of 4K nature and wildlife content annually.


September 30, 2015



Toronto, 30 September 2015 – Family Channel continues to take centre stage in Canadian households as the television broadcast of its fourth annual Big Ticket Summer Concert held the #1 non-sports specialty spot with the network’s key demographic of kids aged 8-14 when it premiered on Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.1 Giving viewers nationwide access to the wildly-popular concert event, Family’s original production of the concert featured performances by internationally-known musicians and behind-the-scenes, coast-to-coast coverage with network host Deepa Prashad.

Performing on the 7-city Canadian tour was rising superstar Becky G, Brit pop-rockers The Vamps, Canadian alternative-pop artist Shane Harte (who will star in Family’s upcoming series Lost & Found Music Studios), California’s The Tide and network megastars – the cast of The Next Step.

Ratings highlights from Friday, September 25 for Family Channel include:
The Big Ticket Summer Concert special presentation ranked #1 with kids 8-14 for all specialty stations (non-sports);2
Family held eight of the Top 20 specialty stations spots with its key demo of kids 8-14, more than any other kids channel;3
Of the Top 20 specialty stations rankers, two of Family’s original productions – Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) and The Next Step – were #6 and #20 respectively. 4

Catering to fans’ desire to see Family Channel’s incredible roster of live events on the small screen, Family will premiere The Next Step Live: The Movie this Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, chronicling the tour diaries of eight cast members from the hit tween drama as they embarked on an eight-week, sold-out tour across Canada this past winter. 

1. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Pay/Specialty Stations, excludes sports/Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB 4 Days.
2. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/All Pay/Specialty Stations, excludes sports/Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB 4 Days.
3. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/ All Pay/Specialty Stations/ Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB 4 Days.
4. Numeris (BBM Canada)/Total Canada/ All Pay/Specialty Stations/ Friday, September 25, 2015, 2am-2am, K8-14 AMA(000). Based on overnight data with Live + PB 4 Days.


September 30, 2015

Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) announces recipients of the WIFTV VIFF Short Film and WIFTV WHISTLER Film Festival Mentorship.

Vancouver, BC (September 30th, 2015) -- On Tuesday, September 29th, WIFTV announced the two winning mentees during Women in Film & Television’s annual MARTINI MADNESS fundraising party.

This year’s WIFTV VIFF Short Film Mentorship is awarded to Sandra Ignagni, for her short film project You Are Already in the Band! You Just don’t Know it Yet.

The WIFTV WHISTLER Film Festival Mentorship is awarded to Christina Sicoli, for her project Small Cop.

“Every year, applications to WIFTV mentorship programs increase in volume and quality highlighting the demand for mentoring opportunities for women in this sector,” says Dusty Kelly, WIFTV Board Member, Chair of the WIFTV Mentorship Committee and Vice-President of IATSE Local 891. “This year's mentorship applications were no exception.”

The WIFTV VIFF Short Film jury consisted of Kelly-Ruth Mercier, a writer, director and producer, Dylan Akio Smith, a cinematographer, director and producer, as well as Catherine Middleton of DGC National Directors Division Western Councils & Directors Rights Acquisitions. The jury selected Ignagni because of her “strong voice and sense of purpose behind the project” and its “authentic and engaging” story.

Sandra Ignagni is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker, researcher and writer working around the themes of social, economic and environmental justice. Her film You Are Already in the Band! You Just Don’t Know It Yet – offers a glimpse into the inner workings of The Carnival Band, a highly eclectic community brass band based in East Vancouver.

“I applied for the Mentorship because I want to learn how to build a strong and energetic team to make my film a success and reach the widest possible audience,” says Ignagni.

The goal of this mentorship is to introduce emerging filmmakers to invaluable networking and development opportunities at the VIFF festival and conference.

The WIFTV Whistler Film Festival Mentorship jury consisted of director Penelope Buitenhuis, producer Colleen Nystedt and IATSE Local 669’s Business Agent, Peter Hayman.

The goal of this mentorship is to provide the selected recipient with experience in preparing her feature film project for market.

“The wonderful thing about this kind of mentorship is that it provides a vital yet nurturing one-on-one experience for an emerging female filmmaker.,” says Angie Nolan, Industry Programming Manager at Whistler Film Festival Society. “Whistler Film Festival is honoured to work with WIFTV on such an important program; one that equips the recipient with a necessary skill set required in market preparation. Learning to pitch and present any projects in a professional and productive way is the ultimate goal. The bonus is that the filmmaker is also immersed in an environment that puts them face-to-face with some of the most knowledgeable and connected experts in the industry.”

“As the recipient for the Whistler Film Festival Mentorship program, I am very excited to take the next steps in the development of my film. It came just at the right time”, says Sicoli, who is an accomplished actor/comedienne. Small Cop follows a narcissistic, immature female cop on probation who gets partnered with a hard-nosed, veteran cop in need of a promotion. The film has two production companies attached to it: Titlecard Pictures (Dylan Collingwood) and Rare Little Bird Pictures Inc. (Christina Sicoli & David Milchard).


September 30, 2015

J. Robert Wood Announced as 2016 Recipient of Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award


TORONTO, ON – (September 30) – Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce J. Robert Wood as the 2016 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator and veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Wood will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon beingpresented by Bell Media, on Friday, May 6, 2016 at theSheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

J. Robert Wood is a radio broadcast management consultant with more than 40 years experience in programming, operations, management, large-scale project development, network expansion, government lobbying and fund-raising. Born in Teulon, Manitoba, Wood began his career as an on-air deejay at CKSA in Lloydminster before moving to CKOM Saskatoon, CKY in Winnipeg and CHLO in St. Thomas. Following a successful tenure as program director of CHLO, he moved to CHUM in 1968 where he served as Program Director of CHUM, National Program Director of CHUM Group stations across Canada, and Manager of CHUM and CHUM-FM in Toronto.

“Bob Wood came to CHUM in 1968. Over the next ten years or so, he, and maybe the greatest radio staff ever put together, created magic on 1050 CHUM! Bob was imaginative, creative and a great leader”, said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. “His winning the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award is Iong overdue!”

Wood left CHUM in the mid-1980s to apply for a Toronto radio license; he went on to pursue broadcast management consulting, fund-raising and government lobbying activities. From 2000 to 2010, he helped launch the Aboriginal Voices Radio network (AVR), for which he raised more than $15 million.

“I feel very honoured to be selected for this Award and am grateful to accept it on behalf of the many talented men and women at CHUM whose hard work, dedication and creative brilliance enabled us to create one of broadcasting’s great radio stations,” said Wood.

Wood was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in May of 1978 by RPM Magazine. The former radio editor of Billboard Magazine, Claude Hall, ranked Wood as number 12 on his list of the 15 best Top 40 program directors in North America in 2012. In choosing Wood, Hall said, “Robert Wood was Canadian radio.”

An innovator and entrepreneur, Wood initiated a number of projects in the early days of Canadian content regulations to help promote the development of Canadian music, including the Maple Leaf Music Network (10 stations across Canada agreeing to play the consensus choice of three new Canadian records per week), the CHUM Free Ad Plan (providing free commercials for newly released songs by Canadian artists) and the CHUM Report (a weekly report he wrote which was distributed to radio and record companies to help promote new up-and-coming Canadian music and improve the relationship between radio and record people at the time.)

Wood has served on various industry committees including CAPAC, the CAB and the United Way’s media unit and has played a pivotal role in the launch of FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record.) He has helped many broadcasters over the years, including the launch and advancement of the careers of many young broadcasters and has helped more senior broadcasters survive the difficulties visited upon them due to ill health.


September 30, 2015

TFO launches an all-video platform: A one-stop destination for audiences seeking educational content for the digital age


TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - That is the setting in which Groupe Média TFO releases, a web platform that offers video on demand and allows web users to engage in a new digital experience specialised in playful, educational content.

"Of course, we considered children, who can find the entire Caillou series on our website, but we also thought about their parents, who will be delighted to view our playlist '10 Tips to Make Your Kid Ask for More Fruits and Veggies'. Playlists are one of the main features of the new platform, thematically organizing's content library," said Laurent Guérin, Chief Content Officer.

With the knowledge that online TV watching will overtake traditional TV watching in 2016, it is crucial to introduce a video content platform that evolves according to users' consumption habits. That is what we offer today[iii].

All the Content in One Place
The new interface, created by Turbulent, is much more than a mere website. Navigation is more dynamic and more intuitive and it offers an enriched catalogue of content: over 9 000 videos and games, 5 600 pieces of educational content for children between 2 and 6 years, mobile applications, colouring spaces, lighthearted skits, reports on different topics and musical sessions by Francophone artists.

"The launch of this new platform is a key step in our digital strategy and reflects our desire to reach out to new French-speaking audiences, wherever they are. This way, we look forward to better understanding their needs and to offering them content they can identify with. Indeed, Groupe Media TFO produces and acquires exclusive productions such as BRBR (currently filming acrossCanada), Carte de visite, Mini TFO, FLIP, 24.7, Ciné TFO, #ONFR," said Magalie Zafimehy, digital content manager at Groupe Média TFO.

Aside from a more user-friendly navigation system, offers a more complete selection than ever before, including complete series like Motel Monstre, Caillou, Barbapapa, Subito Texto, Les Doozers, ZoubiDoubi, and many more. Additionally, faithful fans of our cinema programming will be able to access a selection of some hundred classic and contemporary films that have been acclaimed in the world's greatest film festivals.

Increased Accessibility
In order to provide an accessible platform to all, content can be played back with subtitling and video description for users with hearing or visual impairments. Additionally, a secure, ad-free space exists for children between 2 and 6 years, as well as a parental control module with a timer to monitor children's video consumption. Furthermore, the platform offers a reserved area for members that will allow our audience to subscribe for free to exclusive video content like
"Le Rêve de Champlain", which will be available online today. And for Francophiles, we've prepared a navigation menu in English to make searching and accessing content easier.

Known for Its Innovative Spirit
Committed to implement an innovative over-the-top television strategy, Groupe Média TFO and its production partners, Slalom, Fairplay and Turbulent, recently produced the captivating docu-drama series "Le Rêve de
Champlain" as well as a suite of digital products including, which was awarded a Prix Gémeaux for best digital production on September 20th this year.

Experience something new:
Watch a clip introducing
the new platform


September 30, 2015

OMNI Television Brings Canadians its First Original, Chinese Crime Drama Blood and Water, Beginning Nov. 8


TORONTO (September 30, 2015) OMNI Television today announced broadcast details for the new, original series Blood and Water – a compelling, character-driven, crime drama that delves into the secrets and lies of a tightly-knit family. This half-hour, eight-part crime drama premieres with two back-to-back episodes Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, and will air regularly Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OMNI Television (check local listings) with episodes airing next day on

Produced in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, Blood and Water follows the story of Jo Bradley (Steph Song, Everything’s Gone Green), an ambitious young detective who overcomes her personal challenges in order to find the killer of a Vancouver billionaire's troubled son. 

“We are so proud to be the first Canadian broadcaster to bring a home-grown mainstream Chinese crime drama series to our audiences,” said Colette Watson, Vice President of Television & Broadcast Operations, Rogers. “With a complex storyline and well-developed characters, Blood and Water is a drama that will resonate not only with language audiences, but with all Canadians. We believe so much in the appeal of this series that development is already underway on Season 2.”

In the premiere episode, after Jo is hit with an unexpected diagnosis of cancer, she is given the assignment of lead detective in a complicated homicide. The drug addicted son of a prominent family has turned up dead and ritualistically buried in the endowment lands. With everything at stake, the pressure is on for Jo to quickly solve the crime and make the department look good in this high profile case, before the clock runs out.

“We are thrilled by the support of OMNI Television for this gritty and unique series,” said Diane Boehme, Executive Producer, Breakthrough Entertainment. “It’s been a privilege to have the opportunity and encouragement to take so many chances with our story.  And it’s been an honour to showcase this remarkably talented cast and crew at the top of their game.”

Directed by noted Canadian director John L'Ecuyer (Curtis's Charm), Blood and Water stars Peter Outerbridge (Orphan Black), Elfina Luk, Fiona Fu, Simu Liu, Oscar Hsu, Loretta Yu, Osric Chau, and Russell Yuen, with special appearances by Stuart Hughes, Joel Keller, Morgan Kelly, Maria Ricossa, Victor Chiu, and Richard Chevolleau. 

Executive producers are Nat Abraham, Diane Boehme, Ira Levy, Michael McGuigan, and Peter Williamson. The series is produced by Yipeng Ben Lu and Neil Bregman, written by Al Kratina and Dan Trotta, and edited by Paul Winestock and Victor C.H. Fan.  From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Vice President of Broadcast.


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