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December 1, 2015

YTV Launches Code Week on The Zone and from Monday, December 7 to Saturday, December 12


(December 1, 2015 – Toronto ON) YTV is celebrating Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code by launching Code Week from Monday, December 7 to Saturday, December 12 on The Zone and In conjunction with the global initiative that began in 2013 to make computer science more accessible to kids, YTV has lined up a number of kidtastic cross-platform activities and learn-to-code segments that correspond with fun and easy-to-do tutorials.

"We are excited to welcome our YTV fans into the world of coding in a fun and interesting way,” said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. “The coding activities and games are just in time for the holiday episode of Game Shakers, which champions young coders who create their own mobile game.”

Every day during YTV’s Code Week, The Zone will air short segments featuring Mylie as she goes through the steps to customize a digital holiday card for The Zone hosts with the help of a mentor from Ladies and Girls Learning Code, a Canadian non-profit organization that offers beginner coding education. Over the course of the week Mylie will learn basic code language including HTML and CSS to create a funny holiday message for The Zone hosts, Carlos, Suki, Lisa and Victor, which will be revealed on Friday, December 11. A selection of Mylie’s segments will air again during Zone Weekend on Saturday, December 12. Viewers will be able to follow along with Mylie’s lessons online and customize their own digital cards with the help of daily instructional updates every day on

YTV has an additional surprise for viewers on Friday, December 11 when a coding instructor from tech-driven makerspace studio, MakerKids visits The Zone to help Carlos design and code a robot to make it snow on the holiday set. will extend the coding fun with a ton of quizzes, activities and blogs about coding, including Coding Kickoff, a puzzle game that features YTV characters.

Coinciding with Mylie and Carlos holiday coding activities, YTV’s series Game Shakers, will air its holiday episode. Set in Brooklyn, New York, Game Shakers centres on middle-school students and Kenzie who create the biggest mobile game of the year named Sky Whale and team up with rap superstar Double G (1990s icon Kel Mitchell), his son Triple G and schoolmate Hudson to launch their own gaming empire. In the special holiday episode, the Game Shakers visit Double G on the set of his live, self-indulgent "Double G's Christmas Special." During the opening number, his hair catches on fire and they must finish the show without him. The Game Shakers holiday episode airs on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

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December 1, 2015

Rogers Communications Acquires Internetworking Atlantic


HALIFAX, Dec. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications announced today that it has acquired Internetworking Atlantic Inc. (IAI) to provide enhanced technology solutions and services for businesses and public sector clients in Atlantic Canada. The acquisition of IAI enables Rogers to offer greater local expertise in the areas of cloud computing, data centre services, fibre networking and professional services.

"In today's digital economy, businesses of all sizes and industries are relying on technology to achieve business outcomes," said Nitin Kawale, President, Enterprise Business Unit, Rogers Communications. "The expertise IAI provides in data centre services, cloud solutions and fibre networking will benefit businesses from large to small. This local expertise and service combined with our national network and business capabilities will provide customers with the solutions they need to drive growth."

As part of the transaction, Rogers will enhance its capabilities in the region with the following assets:

·         Halifax-based Data Centre: This acquisition will increase Rogers' national data centre footprint to 16 data centres across the country. The Halifax data centre provides secure and certified colocation and storage needs to businesses and organizations across the region.

·         Virtual and Hosted Services: IAI's expertise in cloud is unparalleled in the region. Customers will benefit from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities run over IAI's internet and extensive fibre network.

·         Professional Services: A team of professionals allow customers to outsource their IT and networking needs while providing them with around-the-clock management and monitoring of services.

·         Fibre Infrastructure: An extensive fibre footprint across Atlantic Canada.

"The additional local expertise that our new employees bring to our team in Atlantic Canada will continue to drive regional growth," said Ken Marshall, Vice President EBU Sales, Atlantic Region, Rogers Communications. "This strategic investment is key to supporting our growing client base, particularly in the large and medium business sectors."


December 1, 2015

Mulder and Scully are Back: CTV Acquires THE X-FILES


TORONTO (December 1, 2015) – The first piece of CTV’s Winter 2016 schedule was announced today as CTV confirmed it has acquired THE X-FILES, the most-anticipated event series of the year. The six-episode drama from 20th Century Fox Television Distribution launches with a special two-night premiere on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, where it will continue for the next four weeks.

The series will then join CraveTV where it will anchor its hugely popular Sci-Fi & Fantasy Collection in Spring 2016.

Helmed by original Creator/Executive Producer Chris Carter, David Duchovny (CALIFORNICATION) and Gillian Anderson (THE FALL) return to star in this next mind-bending chapter, re-inhabiting their iconic roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, 13 years after the original series completed its run.

THE X-FILES is the first program announcement for CTV’s Winter 2016 schedule, with additional info to be announced tomorrow.

“THE X-FILES is an iconic brand that delivers on all fronts,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “This event series is a perfect fit for CTV and we look forward to bringing a new chapter to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. And as an event series, it’s a perfect anchor to our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Collection on CraveTV.”

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Chris Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

During the world premiere screening at MIPCOM, the audience broke out in applause multiple times throughout the episode, and again a few days later during a special screening at New York Comic Con, as fans packed the main stage.

Tonight’s ETALK (7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) delivers a sneak peek of THE X-FILES, with the entire official trailer airing later in the evening on CTV’s MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

To mark this momentous occasion for fans who want to believe, Space presents THE ESSENTIAL X-FILES COLLECTION, the 20 must-see and most-defining episodes of the original X-FILES, personally curated by Chris Carter. The ultimate collection for longtime fans, and also a comprehensive introduction for those just starting out, “The Essential X-FILES Collection” airs during a two-day marathon, Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. ET/PT-9 p.m. ET/PT on Space.

THE X-FILES event series encompasses a mixture of stand-alone episodes and those that further the show’s seminal mythology. In the premiere episode (Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson) take on a case of a possible alien abductee.

Mitch Pileggi (SONS OF ANARCHY) returns as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully’s boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty and accountability to his superiors. Guest stars include Joel McHale (COMMUNITY), Robbie Amell (THE FLASH), Lauren Ambrose (DIG), Annabeth Gish (THE BRIDGE), Annet Mahendru (THE AMERICANS), Rhys Darby (FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS), Kumail Nanjiani (SILICON VALLEY), and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man”.

THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favourite to massive international hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes ® and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully and Mulder as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, THE X-FILES is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter. THE X-FILES is distributed by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.


December 1, 2015

Corus Entertainment Lights Up Disney Junior and Disney XD in Households Across Canada


(December 1, 2015 - Toronto, Canada) Today, Corus Entertainment marks the launch of Disney Junior and Disney XD in over eight million households across Canada.  Disney Junior and Disney XD will be widely available through distribution partners in English Canada. For a full list of distribution partners and channel listings, please see below or visit and

To kick off the launch of Disney Junior, tonight, the epic storytelling of Disney’s The Lion King continues with the primetime television movie event, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. Then on Saturday, December 5, the fairy-tale inspired animated series Goldie & Bear, based on the renowned porridge incident of “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” will debut with two back-to-back episodes. For the month of December, Disney Junior presents “Magical Holidays” featuring festive premieres and new episodes of Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Miles from Tomorrowland, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Sofia the First and more.

The celebration begins on Disney XD this week with marathons and brand new episodes of  Star Wars Rebels. Starting tonight, back-to-back episodes will lead into a brand new episode “Wings of the Master“ at 9 p.m. Fans will have a chance to catch up on the complete Star Wars Rebels series with marathons of Season 1 and Season 2 starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 5. New episodes from Season 2 will premiere at 9 p.m. (“Blood Sisters”) and 9:30 p.m. (“Stealth Strike”). Disney XD will  offer more outrageously fun and awesome new adventures this holiday season with seasonal premiere episodes of Kirby Buckets, Pickle and Peanut and more.

In anticipation of the network’s launch, Disney XD is offering fans the opportunity to join the Galactic Empire with the ultimate Stormtrooper Helmet Design contest. Fans are encouraged to submit their designs for a slew of intergalactic prizes. For more information visit,

Disney Junior and Disney XD are available through the following distribution partners: Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell FibreOp TV, MTS, Rogers, Shaw, Shaw Direct, TELUS and various CCSA members.  Cogeco Cable Canada & Eastlink launch December 2, while SaskTel customers will have access to the new services in the coming weeks, in time for the holidays. Channel listings can be found on and  


November 30, 2015

Nelvana Signs Multiple New Subscription Video-On-Demand Deals Around the World


(Toronto, Canada) – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, one of the world’s leading international producers and distributors of children’s animated and live-action content, announced today they have sold over 800 episodes of content from their extensive library to multiple subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service providers around the world.

Subscribers to iFlix’s SVOD service throughout South East Asia can now watch series such as Babar,Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Babar and Father Christmas, Babar: The Movie, Babar: King of Elephants, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin and Friends, A Franklin and Friends Adventure: Deep Sea Voyage, A Franklin and Friends Adventure: Polar Explorer, Max & Ruby, Oh No! It’s An Alien Invasion, Sidekick, Trucktown, and Willa’s Wild Life.

The Martian Group has licensed the SVOD rights to seasons of Beyblade Metal Fusion, Bob and Margaret, George Shrinks, Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear, Mike the Knight, My Dad the Rock Star, andNed’s Newt in Argentina.

Movile has acquired global rights to Babar and the Adventures of Badou, The Backyardigans, Franklin and Friends, and Max and Ruby.

In Chile, VTR subscribers can look forward to watching Babar and the Adventures of Badou, The Backyardigans, Franklin and Friends, Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, Max & Ruby, Mike the Knight, Ruby Gloom, and Willa’s Wild Life.

SVOD service, Vibiquity in Latin America, has added 6Teen, Babar: King of Elephants, Beyblade Metal Fusion, Cyberchase, Mike the Knight, and two specials, Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends: The Prince, The Princess, and The Bee, and Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids to their roster of programs offered.

Additionally, in the United States, Cinedigm has gained the rights to provide Babar to their viewers.


November 30, 2015

103rd GREY CUP Presented by Shaw Grows to 4.3 Million Viewers on TSN and RDS


WINNIPEG (November 30, 2015) – Canada’s biggest party, the GREY CUP, continues to be one of the biggest events on Canadian television, growing 6% compared to last year according to preliminary overnight data from Numeris. An average audience of 4.3 million viewers tuned in to TSN and RDS to watch the Edmonton Eskimos win a hotly-contested clash with the Ottawa Redblacks in last night’s 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw.

Overall, 9.7 million unique viewers, or nearly 30% of the entire Canadian population, watched some or all of the 2015 CFL championship game on TSN and RDS.

Audiences for the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw peaked at 5.5 million viewers late in the game as Edmonton scored a clutch goal line touchdown to take the lead for good in the fourth quarter.

Fans of the winning team rallied around the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw, as the game became the highest-rated program of the calendar year in the Edmonton Extended Market, with 66% of people watching television tuning in for the broadcast.

Among the highlights:
103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw becomes the 19th program in the history of TSN to average more than 3 million viewers
electric halftime performance by multi-platinum rockers Fall Out Boy during the Nissan Titan Half-Time Show attracted an average audience of3.8 million viewers
An average audience of
1.8 million viewers stayed to watch TSN’s extensive post-game coverage

Once again, the GREY CUP proved to be one of the premier television properties for Canadian advertisers and a coveted platform for key sponsors, including Shaw, Nissan, GMC, Wendy’s, SiriusXM, Kal Tire, and Marks.

Source: Numeris
For electronic measurement data that dates back to 1994.  Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.


November 30, 2015



TORONTO, ON – November 30, 2015 – TLN’s Emmy award-winning host Lidia Bastianich cooks up a NEW season of Lidia’s Kitchen presented by Saputo, airing weeknights at 6P and 11P and Sundays at 6P.

Join the Queen of Italian cuisine for 26 new episodes of the James Beard-nominated series as she conjures up simple, seasonal, and economical dishes with love. Filled with tips and techniques collected through the years, both in the kitchen and at the family table, Lidia channels her passion for food and teaches viewers that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal.

As storyteller and chef, Bastianich draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate recalling lessons learned from her mother Erminia and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, with the series paying homage to those who inspired her.

Go to for the mouth-watering recipes and behind-the-scenes footage.
Lidia’s Kitchen – NEW Season on TLN TV Weeknights at 6P and 11P
Sundays back-to-back at 6P and 6:30P 


November 30, 2015

CTV Toronto and The Salvation Army Mark 20 Years of Service in the Community with Annual TOY MOUNTAIN Holiday Campaign, Now Underway


TORONTO (November 30, 2015) – With the magic of the holiday season fast approaching, CTV Toronto is proudly spreading holiday happiness by building a mountain of toys for families in need with the 20th Annual TOY MOUNTAIN campaign in support of The Salvation Army. Kicking off today – Monday, Nov. 30 and running through to December 21 – the annual charitable toy collection marks two decades of helping make the season brighter for thousands of children across the GTA. TOY MOUNTAIN hopes to surpass last year’s realized goal of collecting 150,000 new unwrapped toys, and encourages Torontonians to get in the spirit of the season by donating generously to all age groups, with an emphasis on children with the greatest need: teens aged 14-17, and boys and girls aged 10-13.

For the eleventh year in a row, CTV Toronto Weather Anchor Tom Brown leads the TOY MOUNTAIN collection effort, delivering live progress updates throughout the duration of the campaign during CTV NEWS AT SIX, Toronto’s most-watched news broadcast. Viewers can stay abreast of where daily events are taking place by visiting the Toy Mountain campaign calendar, and tune in each evening to catch Brown’s daily reports live from various collection stops across the GTA. On Monday, Dec. 21, Brown returns to the CTV Toronto studio to mark the official close of the TOY MOUNTAIN campaign during that evening’s CTV NEWS AT SIX.

“It’s heartwarming to witness the generosity of our viewers who, year after year, help us build a bigger mountain of toys to help families across the city,” said Brown. “I’m honoured to be a part of TOY MOUNTAIN’s holiday magic for the eleventh year running.”

“For two decades now, our viewers have united in the spirit of giving during the holiday season to make a positive difference for those less fortunate across the GTA,” said Joanne MacDonald, Vice-President, CTV News. “TOY MOUNTAIN is a longstanding holiday tradition we proudly uphold, and we are thankful to our viewers for giving generously, bringing joy to so many children and families in need.”

TOY MOUNTAIN’s dedicated online portal features a list of drop-off locations, a live remote calendar, social media feeds, and more. Users are able to make financial donations online and receive a tax receipt from The Salvation Army. Supporters can also receive social media updates from the campaign by following @toymountain and joining the campaign’s Facebook page. Corporations and individuals can get involved with TOY MOUNTAIN by visiting or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The TOY MOUNTAIN campaign is borne by the strong partnership between CTV Toronto and The Salvation Army, with CTV Toronto driving promotional efforts, and collection and distribution logistics managed by The Salvation Army. The TOY MOUNTAIN campaign is made possible with the generous support of Toronto Area Ford Dealers and Marshalls Canada.

“Every year, The Salvation Army is thrilled to partner with our wonderful friends at CTV Toronto for the annual TOY MOUNTAIN campaign. Without their support, we would not be able to assist thousands of families in the GTA every holiday season,” said Neil W. Leduke, Divisional Director of Marketing and Communications, The Salvation Army. “Together, along with the generosity of our supporters, we are able to make sure our city’s children are given the Christmas they deserve.”

In 2014, The Salvation Army in Toronto provided thousands of children with toys and other practical items, and over 30,000 families with assorted food hampers through its Christmas assistance program.


November 30, 2015

A JANN ARDEN CHRISTMAS AT THE SOCIAL and First-Ever SAVING HOPE Holiday Episode Headline CTV’s 2015 Holiday Programming


TORONTO (November 30, 2015) – May your days be merry and your screens be bright! Today, CTV gifts viewers with a 2015 holiday programming lineup that includes a shiny new standalone holiday-themed episode of SAVING HOPE (Dec. 10), as well as the holiday primetime special A JANN ARDEN CHRISTMAS AT THE SOCIAL (Dec. 13), featuring performances by acclaimed singer-songwriter Jann Arden. The month of December also has viewers getting in touch with their inner elf with the CTV premiere of the Will Ferrell-starring holiday comedy ELF (Dec. 16), while they can also enjoy blockbuster films, timeless classics, fan favourites, original specials, and a quartet of new Hallmark holiday movies. CTV’s festive programming will be available on demand throughout the holiday season at Holidays on and on the CTV GO app.

**** For A COMPLETE LIST OF CTV’s 2015 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP, including SYNOPSES and onDemand and CTV go availability, click HERE ****

In a first-ever special holiday-themed episode of SAVING HOPE, titled “Shine A Light” (Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and the CTV GO app), an ice storm on Christmas Eve brings a good Samaritan to Hope Zion Hospital following a car crash, and Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) must use all her skills to attempt the Christmas miracle so desperately needed – even if it means calling in Chief Dr. Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden).

CTV’s original daily talk series THE SOCIAL also gets into the holiday spirit as co-hosts Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, Lainey Lui, and Traci Melchor celebrate the festive season with A JANN ARDEN CHRISTMAS AT THE SOCIAL (Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and the CTV GO app). The one-hour, original, primetime special features the first-ever musical performances onTHE SOCIAL, as JUNO Award-winning artist and favourite guest co-host Jann Arden performs two Christmas classics from her first holiday album, A Jann Arden Christmas. The fun continues as THE SOCIAL delivers its third annual year-end review, THE SOCIAL: YEAR IN GOSSIP (Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV).

One of the most-anticipated Canadian television events of the holiday season returns! Back bigger and better than ever, CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW kicks off its fifth annual “10 Days of Giveaways” this December on CTV. Randomly over three weeks in December, Host Marilyn Denis and MARILYN’s team of lifestyle experts present a variety of gift-inspired ideas for the holidays, while randomly surprising its audience members with giveaways all month long. In total, more than 100 different gifts will be showcased throughout the 10 days, with the overall value of items given away totalling more than $1,000,000. The spirit of receiving continues online at, as Marilyn offers viewers at home a chance to win each of the daily prizes being awarded throughout the 10 days; visit for contest details. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs live Weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV,, and the CTV GO app.

Canada’s #1 entertainment show ETALK returns with new original specials over the holidays for showbiz enthusiasts and pop culture junkies, including the team’s annual year-end specials: ETALK’s HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE (Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) and ETALK’s STARS AND SCANDALS 2015 (Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV). From Caitlyn Jenner’s inspirational transgender journey, to Donald Trump’s presidential dreams, Justin Bieber’s year of apologies, and Charlie Sheen’s shocking HIV confession, no star is off limits in ETALK’s year-end look of 2015’s biggest celebrity stories and scandals. The hookups, the breakups, and everything in between — ETALK hosts including Ben Mulroney, Danielle Graham, Lainey Lui, Traci Melchor, Devon Soltendieck, Liz Trinnear, and Jessi Cruickshank sound off on the year’s biggest newsmakers. The one-hour primetime special also features interviews with Tom Cruise, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, and Shawn Mendes. ETALK’s lineup of specials also includes a look forward with ETALK: FAST FORWARD 2016(Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV).
This December on CTV also unwraps blockbuster films including
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 (Dec. 26) and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), while holiday favourites and timeless classics come to CTV and CTV Two, including ELF (Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dec. 5 and Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV); THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS(Dec. 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV); THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and the sing-along version airing Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV Two); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two); THE SANTA CLAUS trilogy (Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two); and more.

With heartwarming made-for-TV movies, viewers can curl up on the couch and enjoy four new Hallmark films: THE CHRISTMAS SHEPHERD (Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), starring Teri Polo (THE FOSTERS) and Martin Cummins (UNREAL); NORTH POLE (Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. ET on CTV Two), starring Tiffani Thiessen (WHITE COLLAR, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210); THE TREE THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS (Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two), starring Lacey Chabert (MEAN GIRLS, PARTY OF FIVE), Josh Hopkins (QUANTICO), Jill St. John (Diamonds are Forever), and Robert Wagner (HART TO HART); and A CHRISTMAS DETOUR (Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two), starring Candace Cameron Bure (THE VIEW, FULL HOUSE) and Paul Greene (BITTEN).

As previously announced, CTV empowers youth with the special premiere ofWE DAY 2015 on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The one-hour special captures the most inspiring moments from the live WE Day event in Toronto this past October, which brought together 20,000 students from across Ontario to celebrate their commitment to make a difference in their local and international communities. Hosted by Demi Lovato, the high-energy special features performances by Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hedley, Hozier, and Kiesza. Additionally, actress Nina Dobrev and NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson deliver inspirational messages.


November 30, 2015

Guillaume Aniorté appointed co-chair of Youth Media Alliance


Montreal, November 30, 2015 - Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Guillaume Aniorté as co-chair of its Board of Directors. “It’s an honour for me to serve as co-chair of Youth Media Alliance,” he said. “I’m proud to continue playing an active role in the organization, focusing on interactive content as an integral part of the Alliance’s commitment to excellence.” He takes over from Michèle Fortin, whom YMA sincerely thanks for her 10 years of dedicated service.

Guillaume Aniorté
An entrepreneur and renowned professional in digital media and entertainment, Guillaume Aniorté has held numerous management positions over the past 20 years. In 2004, he co-founded Tribal Nova, which became a leader in developing and licensing online apps, games and channels for kids, before selling the company in 2013 to the US publishing group Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Mr. Aniorté is currently Vice-President of Strategic Development and Acquisitions with Frima, one of Canada’s largest digital entertainment studios. He’s also a shareholder in companies dedicated to digital content for young audiences, and sits on the board of the Regroupement des producteurs multimédias.

Below is the full list of YMA Board of Directors:
Co-chairs: Guillaume Aniorté, Frima, and J.J. Johnson, Sinking Ship Entertainment; Secretary: Michele Paris, Knowledge Kids & BBC Kids; Treasurer: Vince Commisso, 9 Story Media Group; Directors: Judith Beauregard, Tobo, Athena Georgaklis, Teletoon, Michael Goldsmith, DHX Television, Madeleine Lévesque, Sardine Productions, Ira Levy, Breakthrough Entertainment, Martin Markle, Kids’ CBC, Peter Moss, PDM Entertainment, Jamie Piekarz, Corus Kids, Alexandra Raffé, Thunderbird Films, Kim Wilson.


November 30, 2015

HOT 107 & 95.7 CRUZ FM - Santa Paws: Stuff the Studio


November 30, 2015 – HOT 107’s Santa Paws: Stuff the Studio returns today for a fourth year and this time 95.7 CRUZ FM is joining in on the action! Over the holidays, families often give their pets extra love, gifts and special treats. We are teaming up with The Edmonton Humane Society to ensure that the animals still waiting for their “forever homes” have a happy holiday too!

Both stations are accepting donations in effort to raise awareness for The Edmonton Humane Society.  Donations can be dropped off at our offices starting today, until December 23, 2015 at:
Centre 104 – Suite 700
5241 Calgary Trail
Office Hours: 8:30AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday

For a full list of items in need by The Edmonton Humane Society; visit or


November 30, 2015

Award-Winning Actors Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse Cast as Leads in CARDINAL, CTV’s New Serialized Drama from Sienna Films and Entertainment One


TORONTO, ON (November 30, 2015) – CTV, alongside producers Sienna Films and Entertainment One (eOne), announced today that Golden Globe®nominee Billy Campbell and the multiple Genie Award-winning actress Karine Vanasse have been cast as series leads in CARDINAL (working title), the network’s recently announced serialized, six-part, one-hour drama. The cinematic murder mystery series stars Campbell (THE KILLING) as the intelligent, reflective, and dogged detective named John Cardinal, from the northern city of Algonquin Bay, who is burdened by a wrong he committed years ago. Quebec native Vanasse (REVENGE) is confirmed to play Cardinal’s partner Lise Delorme, a shrewd, tough, imaginative, and gifted investigator from the town’s French Canadian community. CARDINAL is a gripping, character driven drama set to premiere as part of CTV’s 2016/17 schedule, with production set to begin in February 2016.

“It is an honour to have Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse on board CARDINAL,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “These two enormously talented actors, with their wide range of film and television experience, are perfectly suited to bring these rich, complex characters to life.”

Most recently,well-known actor Billy Campbell starred in AMC’s hit series THE KILLING as Seattle City Councilman, and eventually mayor, Darren Richmond. Campbell is also known for his role as Rick Sammler on the beloved ABC drama ONCE AND AGAIN, which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series and won a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Male Performer in a New Television Series for his performance. He is also known for his roles in THE 4400, and National Geographic Channel’s docudrama KILLING LINCOLN. Campbell’s most notable films include:  the cult classic The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Enough.

Karine Vanasse is an award-winning Canadian actress. Her recent television credits include ABC’s PAN AM and REVENGE, and the upcoming French series BLUE MOON. Over the course of her career she has had lead roles in over a dozen films, including the 2009 Canadian film Polytechnique, for which she earned a Genie Award for Best Female Performance. Vanasse also served as co-producer on the film and was the driving force behind the film, which was awarded eight other Genie Awards in 2010, including Best Picture. Vanasse was also nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Performance in 2006 for the mini-series October 1970 and in 2010 for her performance inPolytechnique.

CARDINAL is adapted from the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow,the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries series, a series of six bestselling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The series begins with the discovery of Katie Pine, a missing 13-year-old whose body is discovered in the shaft-head of an abandoned mine. CARDINALfollows detective John Cardinal (Campbell) as he attempts to uncover the mystery of what happened to the young girl. At the same time, unbeknownst to Cardinal, he comes under investigation by his new partner, Lise Delorme (Vanasse), a tough investigator in her own right.

CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with Bell Media’s CTV, with the financial participation of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Canada Media Fund and the Cogeco Program Development Fund, and with the assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Super Écran has commissioned the series for French-language Canadian broadcast. eOne will distribute the series worldwide.

CARDINAL was first put into development by CTV in 2011. The series adaptation is developed for television and written by Canadian Screen Award-winner Aubrey Nealon (ORPHAN BLACK, SAVING HOPE), who also serves as an Executive Producer and Showrunner, directed by the award-winning Montréal native Daniel Grou (19-2, TU M’AIMES-TU?), also an Executive Producer, and is executive produced by Sienna Films duo Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL). For Bell Media, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy is Production Executive; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.


November 30, 2015

Family Channel’s NEW TEEN BLOCK F2N LAUNCHES JANUARY 4 with the premiere of degrassi: Next class


Toronto, 30 November 2015 – DHX Television’s leading kids network Family Channel is expanding it’s offering with F2N – a new timeslot on the schedule featuring exclusive series and popular movies for teens. Beginning Monday, January 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, F2N takes over nighttime viewing on Family Channel, anchored by the highly-anticipated debut of Degrassi: Next Class. This entertainment haven for older audiences will also introduce seven series as part of an overall programming and licensing deal with AwesomenessTV as DHX Television expands its relationship with the Gen Z content creator to feature shows for teens that capture how growing up is rarely predictable. Launching today to give viewers more insight on the F2N programming slate that awaits them is, which features show details and exclusive previews of what’s on the horizon.

“Family Channel’s appeal with the teen audience has always been strong and our plans to schedule series in the F2N block that cater to their interests and speak directly to teens will ensure this is a must-see programming destination designed specifically for older youth viewers,” said Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, DHX Television. “What better show to have at the helm of our teen offering than Degrassi: Next Class, a series that has spanned generations by exploring discussion-worthy topics that matter to teens in a responsible manner. The series coming to us from AwesomenessTV really capture the joy and angst of the contemporary teenage experience – we’re encouraging viewers to break free from real life while still providing a taste of it.”

From DHX Studios, Degrassi: Next Class tells the stories of Generation Z with equal measures of humour, angst and heart. This drama follows high school students as they grapple with a series of ‘firsts’ and begin their journey into adulthood. Pushing their own limits and testing the bonds of family and friends, the students each find their own way to deal with a range of issues: from homophobia and racism to substance abuse and the complications of dating in the social media age.

New faces joining the previously announced cast of Degrassi: Next Class include: Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; and Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.

Filling out the rest of the F2N schedule are gripping reality, dramatic and comedy series for teens from AwesomenessTV. Seven newly acquired shows highlight the spontaneity and newfound freedom of being a teenager, from blossoming friendships and crushes to the unexpected firsts that come along with growing up. Viewers are bound to find their newest TV obsession as the series joining Degrassi on F2N include: 

Third Wheel – Monday, January 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Watch as singles get to know each other through a series of embarrassing questions and challenges as they ride along with hosts Hunter March and Lauren Elizabeth on this blind date reality series. 

Guidance –Tuesday, January 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
The truth behind a series of scandalous photos of Miriam (Amanda Steele), the most popular girl in school, unfolds through weekly sessions with the school’s guidance counselor, Anna (Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl).

Life After Friday – Wednesday, January 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
After instant success from her music video ‘Friday’, Rebecca Black has to choose between college and a music career in Los Angeles. Join Rebecca along for the ride as she makes the life-changing decision and moves to Los Angeles to enter the music business.

Arts Academy – Thursday, January 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to students balancing academic classes with rigorous pre-professional arts training. New relationships are formed amongst the competitive group as the students chase dreams that can lead to their big break or the breaking point.

Betch – Monday, January 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Starring Aubrey Whitby (The Thundermans), Maddy Whitby, Monica Sherer and Lauren Elizabeth, this comedy showcases some betches makin’ some sketches with funny girls and famous people. Obviously.

LA Story – Wednesday, January 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Follow the lives of 10 of LA’s most elite teenagers, where money is no object and friendship is the ultimate prize. These friends have had their ups and downs, breakups and breakdowns, but in the end... they somehow manage to stick together.

Let’s Be Honest – Friday, January 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
No topic is off limits with Let’s Be Honest’s panel of YouTubers as they talk about all things no one wants to talk about embarrassing moments with cringe-worthy details.

Ahead of the launch of F2N on Family Channel, viewers are encouraged to visit for exclusive first looks at some of the series coming to the network. Beginning today, the website will be home to a sneak peek to the first six minutes of the premiere episode of Degrassi: Next Class. In January, the full website will launch featuring show information, scheduling details and more exclusive video content. 


November 27, 2015

Streaming This December on CraveTV


Below is a chronological listing of CraveTV programming highlights for December:

Tuesday, Dec. 1
CraveTVTM kicks off the festive season with a holiday collection of seasonal episodes of classic comedy and drama TV series and one-off specials. Featuring holiday-themed episodes of SOUTH PARK, SEINFELD, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, COMMUNITY, THE O.C., DOCTOR WHO, 30 ROCK,THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MASTERCHEF CANADA, and more. The collection also includes specials from Stephen Colbert, Michael Bublé, Russell Peters, and more.

Friday, Dec. 4
How To Change The World – *Documentary Premiere*
In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone and their protest captures the world’s imagination, giving birth to Greenpeace and defining the modern green movement. Directed by Jerry Rothwell, this documentary chronicles the adventures of this eclectic group of young pioneers – Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers – who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up making history.

From SHOWTIME Sports, this series chronicles the University of Notre Dame’s quest for a college football national championship with all-access coverage. Covering an entire season, viewers join Notre Dame’s student-athletes in the locker room and the classroom, with episodes featuring the previous week’s matchup, the intensity of the sidelines on game day, and the rigors of balancing athletics with classwork during the grueling season. A SEASON WITH NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL grants viewers with exclusive access to a special season as head coach Brian Kelly and his Fighting Irish vie for gridiron glory.

Friday, Dec. 11
THE BIG C – *Season 4, SHOWTIME Comedy Series*
In the fourth and final season of THE BIG C from SHOWTIME, Cathy Jamison, a schoolteacher diagnosed with terminal cancer, pushes as hard as she ever has to live life to the fullest for as long as she can.

Monday, Dec. 21
THE AFFAIR – *Season 2, SHOWTIME Drama Series*
The 2015 Golden Globe winner for Best Television Series – Drama, explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages. In Season 2, the provocative drama is told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. The series stars Ruth Wilson (LUTHER) in her Golden Globe-winning role as Alison, a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and build a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (Golden Globe–nominee Dominic West, THE WIRE) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah’s former wife Helen (Emmy-nominee Maura Tierney, ER) is attempting to piece her life together while navigating divorce proceedings, care for her children, and her parents’ noxious influence. Screen Actors Guild-nominee Joshua Jackson (FRINGE) plays Cole, Alison’s former husband struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start a promising new life.

Friday, Dec. 25
BEYONCE & JAY Z ON THE RUN – *HBO Concert Special*
Taped in 2014 at the Stade de France in Paris on the only international leg of their world tour, this HBO concert event features 17-time Grammy Award®-winner Beyoncé and 19-time Grammy Award®-winner JAY Z performing more than 40 songs, including some of their most popular hits like “Crazy in Love” and “Drunk in Love”.

Thursday, Dec. 31
DEAD LIKE ME – *Seasons 1 & 2, SHOWTIME Comedy Series*
A college dropout, Georgia Lass (Ellen Muth) is killed by a toilet seat that falls from the MIR space station on her first day at a temporary job as a filing clerk. Upon death, she is recruited by a team of grim reapers who mix among the living and take people’s souls just before they die. Along with fellow team members Mason (Callum Blue), Roxy (Jasmine Guy), and leader Rube (Mandy Patinkin), George learns how to live life after death.


November 27, 2015

Bell Media Original Documentary HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD premieres; Season Finales of THE LEFTOVERS, GETTING ON, and ROCK ICONS; and on World AIDS Day, VICE SPECIAL REPORT: COUNTDOWN TO ZERO Premieres


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

Tuesday, Dec. 1
9 p.m. – VICE SPECIAL REPORT: COUNTDOWN TO ZERO – *Special Premiere*
Ranging from high-tech American labs, where the DNA of HIV-positive patients is being edited to resist the virus, to South African clinics that are participating in the largest vaccine trial in history, VICE SPECIAL REPORT: COUNTDOWN TO ZERO goes inside the search for the cure to eliminate AIDS. Hosted by VICE founders and correspondents Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, the timely special debuts on World AIDS Day.

Thursday, Dec. 3
9 p.m. – HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD – *Documentary Premiere*
In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone and their protest captures the world’s imagination, giving birth to Greenpeace and defining the modern green movement. Directed by Jerry Rothwell, this documentary chronicles the adventures of this eclectic group of young pioneers – Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers – who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up making history.

Sunday, Dec. 6
9 p.m. – THE LEFTOVERS – *Season Finale*
In the season finale, Kevin (Justin Theroux) comes clean to a skeptical John (Kevin Carroll) about his connection to Evie’s (Jasmin Savoy Brown) disappearance, as Miracle faces an unexpected threat on the fourth anniversary of The Departure.

10 p.m. – GETTING ON – Season 3, Episode 5
With the ward’s fate up in the air, DiDi (Niecy Nash) hunts for ways to save it, while dealing with pressure from Dawn (Alex Borstein) to be her health advocate. Meanwhile, troublemaking Varla (June Squibb) returns, and butts heads with her equally opinionated, long-lost daughter (Kristen Johnson). Caught in a mountain of lies, Jenna (Laurie Metcalf) comes clean to her husband, Richard (Daniel Stern). After a memorial service full of drama, the staff gets a rude awakening

10:30 p.m. – ROCK ICONS – Slash: The Natural – Episode 7 of 10
This episode explores Slash, who as a young child, often found the likes of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne sitting in his living room. This interesting childhood privilege came as a result of his album cover designer dad and a mother who was David Bowie’s costume designer. In this episode, ROCK ICONS catches up with Slash at his Los Angeles home to discuss how much of his life as rock ‘n’ roll’s last great guitarist, was simply,

11 p.m. – ROCK ICONS – Daryl Hall: The Soul Man – Episode 8 of 10
Few musical artists have scaled the heights of stardom quite like Hall & Oates’ Daryl Hall, and even fewer are as misunderstood. In this episode, ROCK ICONS travels to New York State to speak with Daryl about a number of topics including: his experience singing in churches and street corners in Philadelphia, finding a creative partner in John Oates, and honing one of the most authentic voices in pop music history.

Monday, Dec. 7
9 p.m. – U2: INNOCENCE + EXPERIENCE TOUR – *Concert Special*
In their first HBO concert performance, U2 plays the Bercy Arena in Paris on their current tour, showcasing the inventive set that allows the band to explore the concepts of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE via a performance that literally moves throughout the venue via multiple stages, a one-of-a-kind interactive floor-to-ceiling arena-length LED screen, and a radical new approach to surround sound. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE setlists span the band’s entire career, from its 1980 debut album, Boy to its most recent work Songs of Innocence.

Wednesday, Dec. 9
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Sunday, Dec. 13
10 p.m. – GETTING ON – *Series Finale*
As the staff attempts to stave off the closure of Billy Barnes, DiDi takes to the picket lines in a last-ditch effort. Jenna tries to weasel her way out of a hastily made offer. Patsy (Mel Rodriguez) is intrigued by Margueritte’s (Lindsey Kraft) revelation during a secret-sharing session. After a ruse is exposed, Dawn inadvertently sets in motion a chaotic chain of events that seals the fate of the ward.

10:30 p.m. – ROCK ICONS – Joe Elliott: The Catalyst – Episode 9 of 10
Joe Elliott has been obsessed with music from the earliest of ages, determined to break from his roots in industrial England. He possessed a rare, all-consuming awareness that stardom would come if one puts the work in. Traveling to Dublin, Ireland,
ROCK ICONS meets Elliot, a man perfectly comfortable celebrating his band’s incredible ascent, as well the thing that remains as vital to him as the very air he breathes: music.

11 p.m. – ROCK ICONS – Billy Corgan: The Outsider *Finale*
Hardly a week goes by without Billy Corgan making some comment that is seemingly designed to both infuriate and dismay. However, there is far more bubbling underneath the talented artist than simply being a provocateur. In his home town of Chicago,
ROCK ICONS finds the Smashing Pumpkins leader picking a fight with his most formidable enemy, his own musical legacy.

Saturday, Dec. 19
Bryant Jennings vs. Luis Ortiz
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November 27, 2015

CRTC executes first inspection warrant as part of telemarketing investigation


November 27, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it executed an inspection warrant to enter and inspect a property in Brampton, Ontario, on November 24, 2015, as part of an ongoing investigation of a significant telemarketing operation. This company is alleged to be making unauthorized calls to Canadians for the purpose of selling anti-virus software to numbers registered on the National Do Not Call List (DNCL).

The inspection warrant, a first of its kind for the CRTC, was granted by an Ontario Justice of the Peace, and carried out with the help of the Peel Regional Police Services.

The CRTC has a range of tools at its disposal to investigate alleged violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, which include the ability to obtain an  inspection warrant to enter and inspect a property, issue request for information letters and conduct onsite inspections.

The CRTC can issue a number of enforcement actions, such as warning letters, citations and notices of violation with administrative monetary penalties to individuals, companies or organizations found to be in violation of the Rules. Additionally, the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer can discuss corrective actions with the entity in violation of the Rules, which may lead to a settlement that includes an administrative monetary penalty and other measures.

The CRTC does not comment on active investigations, nor does it name the individuals or companies under investigation. The CRTC will publicize the results of its investigations on its website if it issues a settlement or issues a notice of violation or citation.

About the National Do Not Call List
The National DNCL was launched in 2008 to protect Canadians from unsolicited telecommunications. Canadians may register their numbers permanently on the List at no charge. Over 12.9 million numbers are currently registered on the List.

Canadians can register their numbers, verify whether a number is on the List or file a complaint about a telemarketer by calling 1-866-580-DNCL (3625) or visiting the National DNCL website.

Quick Facts
The Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules are a set of rules that individuals, companies and organizations must follow when engaging in telemarketing or other forms of unsolicited telecommunications.
The CRTC is committed to protecting Canadians and continues to enhance its monitoring to ensure telemarketers follow the Rules.
To date, the CRTC has imposed penalties totalling over $6.4 million payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

"We are committed to protecting Canadians from unsolicited telecommunications and ensuring that telemarketers comply with the applicable rules. We will not hesitate to use all the tools at our disposal, including executing inspection warrants, in carrying out investigations of suspected violations and to enforce the Rules. I am grateful to our partners at the Peel Regional Police Services for their assistance in this matter."
Manon Bombardier, CRTC Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer

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November 27, 2015



TORONTO, ON November 27, 2015 – Hollywood Suite today announced a national free preview of its four HDTV movie channels, starting December 8 and running through to January 12. The free preview is an opportunity for Canadian TV viewers to enjoy uncut and commercial-free movies on Hollywood Suite’s newly rebranded channels devoted to the movies that shaped the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Available on television service providers from coast to coast to coast, the free preview includes access to Hollywood Suite On Demand, where available.

“We’re excited to share Hollywood Suite with all Canadians this holiday season,” said David Kines, President, Hollywood Suite. “We know this is one gift everyone will love.”

Television service providers participating in the national free preview are: Bell (Fibe, Satellite, Aliant), Shaw (Cable, Direct), Rogers, TELUS, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Access, Execulink, NorthwesTel, Source, Tbaytel, VMedia and Westman.

Please visit for a complete list of channel numbers.

Note: All times ET

 70s Movies | HS70

•   CATCH-22 (1970) Dec 13 9:00pm – Dir Mike Nichols’ dark satire
•   OH, GOD! (1977) Dec 18 9:00pm – Dir Carl Reiner, starring George Burns
•   STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) Dec 27 9:00pm
•   Kris Kristofferson triple bill Dec 4 – ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (1974) 9:00pm, SEMI-TOUGH (1977) 10:55pm and BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (1974) 12:45am

80s Movies | HS80

•   REDS (1981) Dec 6 9:00pm – Dir, Co-Writer, Prod Warren Beatty 
•   STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982) Dec 5 9:00pm 
•   Matt Dillon: Bad Boy Dec 12 – DRUGSTORE COWBOY (1989) 9:00pm and RUMBLEFISH (1983) 22:45pm
•   Trouble in the Skies Dec 19 – AIRPLANE! (1980) 9:00pm and AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL 10:30pm (1982)
•   Rambo Trilogy Dec 20 – FIRST BLOOD (1982) 9:00pm, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985) 10:35pm and RAMBO III (1988) 12:15am

90s Movies | HS90

•   L.A. STORY (1991) Dec 13 9:00pm – Starring and written by Steve Martin
•   Merry Grishamas Dec 5 – THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993) 4:05pm, A TIME TO KILL (1996) 6:30pm and JOHN GRISHAM’S THE RAINMAKER (1997) 9:00pm
•   Julia Roberts in Love Dec 19 – MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (1997) 9:00pm and NOTTING HILL (1999) 10:45pm
•   Cruise Control Dec 26 – DAYS OF THUNDER (1990) 7:10pm, THE FIRM (1993) 9:00pm, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996) 11:35pm and A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) 1:30am

00s Movies | HS00

•   BOY A (2007) Dec 5 9:00pm – Andrew Garfield’s first film
•   NO RESERVATIONS (2007) Dec 11 9:00pm
•   Jennifer Aniston double bill Dec 18 – RUMOR HAS IT… (2005) 9:00pm and ROCK STAR (2001) 10:40pm
•   Terrence Howard Boxing Day Special Dec 26 – CRASH (2004) 9:00pm, HUSTLE & FLOW (2005) 10:55pm and THE BRAVE ONE (2007) 12:25am

The Golden Age

The stars – the lines – the moments – that made movie history. Join us every Thursday at 9pm for a look back at the essential classics from the early days of film to the 1960s on Hollywood Suite 70s Movies.

•   December 3 – STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) 9:00pm, NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) 10:45pm
•   December 10 – KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) 9:00pm and THE LADYKILLERS (1955) 11:00pm and THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) 12:25am
•   December 17 – WEST SIDE STORY (1961) 9:00pm, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) 11:35pm and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) 1:30am
•   December 24 – THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) 9:00pm, FINIAN’S RAINBOW (1968) 10:45pm and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (1952) 1:10am
•   December 31 – SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) 9:00pm and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) 10:55pm

Season’s Greetings

Whether you’ve been naughty or you’ve been nice, Hollywood Suite’s got the right movie to help you celebrate the season. Settle in with a gingerbread cookie and a glass of eggnog for a festive family favourite or a dysfunctional family fest. See the full schedule at


November 26, 2015

Production Begins in Toronto on Global's New Original Drama Houdini & Doyle


TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Shaw Media announced today that production has begun on Houdini & Doyle in the Toronto area. Starring Michael Weston (Six Feet Under, House) and Stephen Mangan (Episodes) along with Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard (Between, MsLabelled), the mystery adventure drama series, scheduled to premiere on Global in 2016, is shooting the final two episodes of the 10-episode drama on location in Toronto and Southern Ontario until mid December. A Canada/UK treaty co-production from Shaftesbury and Big Talk Productions, the first eight episodes of the series were filmed in Manchester, UK from July toNovember 2015.

"Comprised of such a talented team of producers, writers, and actors, Houdini & Doyle will be a strong addition to Global's 2016 lineup," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. "We are thrilled to have this unique co-production film the final two episodes right here in Toronto."

"It's wonderful to have David Shore and David Hoselton back home in Canada," said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury. "Kudos to Shaftesbury US head Maggie Murphy for finding this project and an inspired creative team to lead it."

"I'm thrilled to be back working at home; even if it is in 1901," said David Shore, Executive Producer.

"Houdini & Doyle is a paranormal period piece – think Edwardian X-Files – with a sense of humour," added David Hoselton, Executive Producer.

In Houdini & Doyle, Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) – master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker – and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) – prolific writer, creator of "Sherlock Holmes" and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces in 1901 London and Canada to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant in collaboration with New Scotland Yard Constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard). Inspired by true events, the series will draw heavily on the rich history of the period.

The 10-episode drama was ordered straight to series for ITV Encore in the UK and Global in Canada and licensed in the US on FOX. Jeff Renfroe (Remedy, Haven, Beauty and the Beast) is serving as director of the final two episodes filmed in Canada.

Produced in association with Shaw Media, ITV Encore and Sony Pictures Television, Houdini & Doyle is a Canada/UK treaty co-production from Shaftesbury (Canada) and Big Talk Productions (UK) in association with Shore Z Productions. The series is executive produced by David Shore (House), David Titcher (The Librarians) and David Hoselton (House, Chicago P.D.) along with Christina Jennings, Maggie Murphy and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury and Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Luke Alkin for Big Talk Productions. Producers are Suzanne Colvin-Goulding (Canada) and Adrian Sturges (UK). The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.


November 26, 2015

W Network Named Channel of the Year by Playback Magazine


(November 26, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s W Network has been named Channel of the Year by Playback Magazine in their “Best of the Year” Winter 2015 issue. W Network was recognized for the strength of its original programming strategy, which includes a slate of high performance series such as Property Brothers, the Love It or List It franchise, Say Yes to the Dress Canada and recent fan favourites Hockey Wives, Master of Flip and The Good Witch. Playback also cited the flagship brand’s deep understanding of its women’s audience, and push into digital content as key factors contributing to its selection as Channel of the Year.

“It is an honour to receive this recognition from Playback,” said John MacDonald, Executive Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women & Family, Corus Entertainment. “We are very proud that W Network continues to be the premiere destination for viewers, built on a slate of exceptional original content that engages ours audiences and drives ratings. We want to thank our production partners, our talented team and our viewers for making this possible.”

Among the network’s achievements, Playback referenced W Network’s strong ratings momentum and the upward trend in average minute spent with the network for all adults; the network’s significant investment in original Canadian content and its expansion into international distribution of original content. Playback also noted W Network’s advances in the digital space, including a recent partnership with the #1 women’s multi-channel platform on YouTube, Kin Community.    


November 26, 2015

TFO has the number one French-language YouTube channel in Canada


TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Groupe Média TFO is proud to announce that its Mini TFO hosts Josée Leblanc, Louis‑Philippe Deslauriers and Alexandra Janvier have been nominated for the 2016 Kidscreen Awards, in the Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team category. The winners will be revealed at the award gala in Miami, on February 8, 2016.

"We are honoured by this prestigious accolade bestowed upon us by the Kidscreen Awards, a testament to the talent of the TFO hosts and to the quality of our programming, produced in French," says Glenn O'Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Groupe Média TFO. "We are also delighted to announce that the extraordinary growth of our digital distribution platforms now means that our MiniABC channel is YouTube's number one French-language channel in all of Canada, regardless of content type, with over 110 million views."

The Mini TFO hosts take children on adventures in a reassuring, fun world, and spur their creativity, imagination, and desire to learn.

Mini TFO offers a series of short programs, animated cartoons and games through which children aged 2–12 can exercise their imagination in a playful, educational environment. It also brings innovative content such as the Biblio Mini application, 2014 Mobile App Awards finalist in the Best Children's App category, and other fun, educational content available on several platforms.
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