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October 20, 2014

Ontario and Quebec are joining forces to oppose cuts to Radio-Canada and support Canadian Francophonie

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, Jean-Marc Fournier, and the Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs ofOntario, Madeleine Meilleur, met today to discuss issues of common interest. They mainly discussed the waves of cuts occurring at Radio-Canada and their impact on Francophone communities.

The two Ministers will continue their hard work on this file. They intend to meet with certain stakeholders, such as the leaders of Radio-Canada and the group "Amis de Radio-Canada," as well as the Commissioner of Official Languages, to better determine the effects of these recent cuts. They will then report on the outcome to the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie.

Radio-Canada plays an important role in the development and vitality of Francophone and Acadian communities. Radio-Canada ensures an essential French presence in all provinces and territories, and in many parts of the country with an Anglophone majority, it is one of the only media outlets to provide television and radio presence in French. The cuts in French-language services at Radio-Canada have raised concerns across Canada.

In fact, at the last Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, last June, Minister Fournier discussed the cuts with his colleagues and, at the same time, filed a preliminary impact study on the effects that these cuts will have on the Francophone and Acadian communities in Canada.

"Under the Broadcasting Act, Radio-Canada has obligations to fulfill in order to reflect the situation and specific needs of Francophone and Anglophone communities, particularly for the 2.5 million Francophones living outside Quebec for whom Radio-Canada is often the only thread of communication in French. By restricting access to programs and local news in French, these cuts have a detrimental effect on the development and vitality of Francophone communities across the country," said Minister Fournier.

"Radio-Canada contributes significantly to the strengthening of the Canadian Francophonie and plays a key role in the future of our country and our national identity. It is essential that it be given the necessary resources and support to reach its full potential and to fully reflect the reality of French-speaking minority communities in Ontario, Acadia and across Canada," stated Minister Meilleur.

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October 20, 2014

All Rise! Hilarity is Now in Session with BENCHED, Premiering October 28, Exclusively on The Comedy Network

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TORONTO (October 20, 2014) – The Comedy Network is heading to court for the debut of the all-new comedy series BENCHED, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. In this 12-episode, single-camera, half-hour series, Eliza Coupe (HAPPY ENDINGS) stars as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who after having spent her career climbing to the top, hits a career low after a very public breakdown. This turning point in Nina’s life lands her a new job in the public defender’s office where she attempts to rise from the ashes of her old life surrounded by criminals, the disenfranchised, and a group of eccentric coworkers. 

“When Bell Media secured BENCHED in June as part of our big-ticket acquisitions, we knew it fit right in with Comedy’s roster of premium comedy,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With the charismatic Eliza Coupe at the helm of this quick-witted series, we’re confident BENCHED will fast become a fan favourite.”

Joining Nina in the courtroom are attractively scruffy public defender Phil (Jay Harrington, BETTER OFF TED); co-workers Carlos (Oscar Nunez, THE OFFICE) and Cheryl (Maria Bamford, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); Nina’s dedicated intern, Micah (Jolene Purdy, UNDER THE DOME); and Trent (Carter MacIntyre, DROP DEAD DIVA), Nina’s ex-fiancé and professional nemesis.

In the series premiere of BENCHED, Nina learns that her ex-fiancé is engaged, three months after their breakup. When she finds out that she’s been passed over as partner at her high-power corporate law firm, Nina loses it, breaking vases and burning bridges. Shunned from the corporate world, the only place Nina can find work is at the Public Defender’s office.

BENCHED is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, TROPHY WIFE) and Damon Jones (HALFWAY HOME). John Enbom (PARTY DOWN) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Mark Gordon (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Andrea Shay (FAMILY TOOLS) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company. BENCHED is from ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios.

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October 20, 2014

WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CEO AND SECRETARY GENERAL, REV. DR. GEOFF TUNNICLIFFE, JOINS CROSSROADS GLOBAL MEDIA GROUP'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AS IT EXPANDS INTERNATIONALLY

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TORONTO, ON—Oct. 20, 2014—Crossroads Global Media Group formally announced that acclaimed global leader, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe will provide leadership on Crossroads Canada’s and Crossroads USA’s Board of Directors effective immediately.

Dr. Tunnicliffe is best known for his leadership at the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), where he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General since 2005, to support, connect, and represent over 600 million evangelicals around the world. In the course of his work assignments, Dr. Tunnicliffe has travelled to over 120 countries, served as the president of an international agency, and acted as an advisor for the highly successful TV mini-series, The Bible, and major motion picture, Son of God.

"Geoff is one of the most globally connected leaders I know,” remarked Crossroads’ Global CEO, Dr. John Hull. “We have enjoyed more than twenty years of friendship throughout which he has proven to be a man of great capacity and great compassion.  We look forward to him bringing all of his skills to our board tables.”

The Crossroads boards are honoured and privileged to welcome Dr. Tunnicliffe to their Board of Directors in which his global experience aligns with Crossroads’ vision for expansion and global impact.

Crossroads' flagship television program, "100 Huntley Street," will air its 10,000th episode in October 2015 to audiences in Canada and the U.S.  Viewers can watch current episodes anytime at 100huntley.com or christianpost.com.

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October 20, 2014

City, Netflix, and shomi™ Collaborate To Bring Viewers Between, A New Premium Original Drama Series

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series.  

The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canadaand on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

"We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between offers just that," saidNataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. "Showcasing Michael McGowan's cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment." 

"Teaming up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative partner inCanada to bring our global viewers top-notch content," said Erik Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. "We're thrilled to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions of Netflix viewers will enjoy."

Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

"With the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming to our subscribers," said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. "Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect fit for the shomi brand."

"Speaking on behalf of DCTV, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., we are very excited to be announcing our first series production deal which is doubly historic as a Canadian first between Netflix and Rogers," said Executive Producer Don Carmody." We have assembled an outstanding team led by Michael McGowan, as show runner who has given us a bold and riveting narrative; director Jon Cassar, who will bring this thriller to life; and starring the beautiful and talented Jennette McCurdy. Between is backed by three of the best content behemoths in the business."

Between stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces along withDon Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy® award-winning director Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton's Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal. Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution.  From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid Mansuri is Interim Senior Vice President of Broadcast.

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October 20, 2014

C-Suite Quarterly Survey: Canada’s Foremost CEOs Assess Threat of Cyber-Attacks, Canadian Trade with China, and Canada’s Economic Outlook, Today on BNN

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TORONTO (October 20, 2014) – Commissioned by Business News Network (BNN) and The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, results from today’s release of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey reveal that improving cyber-security has become increasingly important for Canada’s top executives. Of those polled, 60% of executives report they have increased investment to protect their companies against the threat of cyber-attack, with 49% of executives also noting high-profile cyber-attacks aimed at consumers have increased concern surrounding data security. The C-Suite Quarterly survey is designed to enrich public debate in Canada and help Canadians better understand the views of executives in the country’s biggest companies.

To coincide with today’s release of the survey results, BNN taps Canada’s top business professionals to offer their opinions on this quarter’s findings. BNN’s in-depth analysis of the latest edition of the survey includes exclusive interviews with David Herle, Principal of The Gandalf Group, and Willy Kruh, Partner, KPMG. BNN delivers these interviews and further analysis to viewers on THE STREET at 7:50 a.m. ET, BUSINESS DAY AM at 11:15 a.m. ET, THE BUSINESS NEWS at 12:20 p.m. ET, and BUSINESS DAY PM at 2:20 p.m. ET and at 4:20 p.m. ET. BNN’s complete review of the findings are available online post-broadcast at BNN.ca.

·         Key findings of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey include:
28% of executives surveyed report that their businesses have already been a victim of one or more cyber-attacks.

·         74% of executives surveyed believe that more open trade and investment between Canada and China will result in a positive impact on their sector.

·         Two-thirds of respondents state that Canada should place a top priority on opening up trade and investment with China.

·         87% of executives polled expect moderate growth from the Canadian economy over the next 12 months.

The C-Suite Quarterly survey is conducted by The Gandalf Group and sponsored by KPMG.

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October 19, 2014

The Man Who Would Be King: inside the ruthless battle for control of the $34-billion Rogers empire

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October 17, 2014

TSN Announces New Partnership with College Hockey Inc. to Deliver More Live NCAA Hockey Coverage Than Ever Before, Including the FROZEN FOUR

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TORONTO (October 17, 2014) – With highly-rated prospect Jack Eichel looking to make his mark on the collegiate hockey world, the game’s brightest young stars shine on TSN as the network today announced a new partnership with College Hockey Inc. to deliver expanded live coverage of the 2014-15 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey season, including the FROZEN FOUR championship. With more NCAA Hockey games available in Canada this season than ever before, TSN’s live coverage consists of 37 games beginning with Notre Dame hosting Lake Superior State today (Friday, October 17) at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2 (see below for complete broadcast schedule*).

TSN’s expanded coverage of NCAA Hockey is available for live streaming and on demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.

“This partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing development path to professional hockey.”

“We’re very excited to showcase so many of hockey’s emerging young stars with the addition of live NCAA Hockey coverage, including the biggest event in college hockey, the FROZEN FOUR,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming and Marketing, TSN. “NCAA Hockey is an excellent addition to our comprehensive NCAA coverage that also includes NCAA MARCH MADNESS and the all-new COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF.”

“Hockey fans throughout Canada should be very excited,” said Andy Murray, longtime NHL coach, Manitoba native, and current head coach of Western Michigan University. “Obviously the quality of play in college hockey is exceptional, but I think it will be the atmosphere in the rink and intensity of the games that will be the biggest surprise to Canadians not familiar with NCAA Hockey. From the bands to the student-sections to the historic rivalries, it's very special.”

With live coverage of NCAA Hockey all season long, TSN’s five feeds shine the spotlight on the game’s next generation of star players, among them Boston University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, as well as the best college hockey teams from across the United States, including the #1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2014 FROZEN FOUR champion Union Dutchmen.

In addition to the network’s live broadcast coverage, TSN delivers news updates and analysis of NCAA Hockey on multiple platforms including TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, SPORTSCENTRE, and TSN.ca.

Fast Facts: NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey

·         Several 2015 draft eligible players are playing NCAA Hockey this season, including three in the Top 11 according to TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button (Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin, and Zach Werenski)

·         305 former NCAA players played in the NHL last season, making up 31% of the league (both all-time highs)

·         Nearly 200 NHL draft picks are currently playing NCAA Hockey

·         Every NHL team has prospects playing NCAA Hockey, led by the Chicago Blackhawks (13)

·         More than 30% of all NCAA Hockey players are Canadian

Five members of Canada’s gold medal winning team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games played NCAA Hockey (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Martin St. Louis, Chris Kunitz, and Duncan Keith)
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October 17, 2014

LAURA PEARCE JOINS BLUE ANT MEDIA AS VICE PRESIDENT, BRAND STRATEGY AND FAN ENGAGEMENT

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(Toronto, ON) October 17, 2014 – Blue Ant Media announces the appointment of Laura Pearce to Vice President, Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement. Laura comes to Blue Ant with over 15 years of digital marketing experience in the media and technology industry. Her expertise will be a key asset in growing the company’sten media brands including Cottage Life, T+E, Oasis and Smithsonian Channel Canada.   

“We are thrilled to welcome Laura to Blue Ant as we continue to evolve our portfolio of brands and look to build them both domestically and internationally,” said Jamie Schouela, EVP, Marketing and Communications, Blue Ant Media. “Her deep digital marketing expertise and strong industry relationships will be a major benefit as we form greater connections with the audiences in our communities of interest.”

"It is exciting to be joining such a dynamic and innovative media company,” said Laura Pearce, VP Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement, Blue Ant Media. “Blue Ant has established its place as a strong developer and distributor of integrated cross-platform content and I look forward contributing to their ongoing success.”

Laura comes from AOL Canada where she oversaw marketing and communications for their consumer and trade brands including The Huffington Post Canada, AOL.ca, StyleList Canada, Kitchen Daily Canada, Parentdish and AOL’s Platform products including Adap.TV. Prior to that she was at Postmedia driving audiences to their portfolio of newspaper websites as well as hubs like canada.com, working.com and driving.ca. She has also worked in digital marketing for Autotrader.ca & Dell Canada. In her new role, Laura will lead marketing strategy for Blue Ant’s roster of consumer brands to build greater engagement and affinity across all touch points.

Laura joins the Blue Ant Media team on Monday, October 20th and will be working out of the company’s head office in Toronto.

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October 17, 2014

Rogers Appoints Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business Unit

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TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Guy Laurence, Rogers President and Chief Executive Officer, today announced the appointment of Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business Unit effective December 1. The appointment follows the recent unveiling of Rogers 3.0, a new, multi-year strategy that includes better serving the changing needs of Canadian businesses.

Kawale joins Rogers from Cisco Systems Canada Co where he held the position of President since 2008 with responsibility for all aspects of the Canadian operation including sales, marketing, finance, distribution and services. He's been with Cisco since 1995 serving a variety of domestic and international roles including: Worldwide Strategy and Worldwide Mobility as well as Cisco Canada executive roles in Enterprise, Small and Medium Business, and Public Sector businesses. Under his leadership, Cisco Canada has doubled in size becoming the third largest revenue producing country for Cisco globally. 

"Nitin is a proven, accomplished executive who is well-known and respected in the business space," said Guy Laurence. "Business customers in Canada are currently underserved and we're going to change that. We're serious about helping businesses use technology to be more productive and efficient. Nitin's track record for innovating and building relationships across the business community will be key assets as we execute on our Rogers 3.0 plan. He'll be a great contributor to Rogers and the executive team."

As Rogers President, Enterprise Business Unit, Kawale will be responsible for the delivery of the company's Enterprise business strategy and commercial plan covering Small and Medium Business, Enterprise and Public Sector customers. Kawale will report to CEO Guy Laurence and be a member of the Executive team. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto.

"There couldn't be a better time to join Rogers," said Nitin Kawale. "I've partnered with Rogers for more than six years and have watched the dynamic and exciting changes taking place within the company. From the small start-up to the large, enterprise customer, it's clear Rogers is serious about helping Canadian businesses adopt technology that will foster productivity and growth. They've brought wireless, wireline and data-centre assets together to provide end-to-end solutions for business customers, which is hugely exciting. I look forward to working with Guy and the team at Rogers to better serve Canadian businesses of all sizes."

Kawale has been a high-profile public speaker and quoted source across Canada on the topics of innovation and productivity. He was, in April 2014, named a Champion of Public Education across Canada by The Learning Partnership and, in June 2011, he was honoured as the Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce – a national award that recognizes exemplary achievement in business by those of Indian heritage.

Under his leadership, Cisco was named Canada's Top Employer by HR consultant Aon Hewett in 2014, 2013 and 2011. Likewise Cisco was listed as a 2014 Top Foreign Corporate Citizen in Canada and named amongCanada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2013.

Larry Baldachin, who agreed to serve as the interim President of the Enterprise Business Unit, will continue in the interim role until Kawale arrives and will remain a key executive on Kawale's team.

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October 16, 2014

Commonwealth privacy regulators launch Common Thread Network

MAURITIUS, October 16, 2014 - Commonwealth privacy regulators met today in conjunction with the 36th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference, attended by data protection and privacy officials of United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Malta, Mauritius, State of Victoria (Australia) and Ghana under the joint chairmanship of the United Kingdom and Canada, with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation as an observer.

Participants agreed the next steps in establishing a Commonwealth network, to be known as Common Thread Network, aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, knowledge and expertise amongst Commonwealth stakeholders, and promoting cross-border cooperation, which is critically important in view of the growth of the cyberspace, data and cloud services.

Welcoming the delegates, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham drew attention to the role of good privacy practices in assisting socio-economic development. “It cannot be coincidence that a small nation such as Mauritius has both a growing information and communications technology and process sub-contracting sector and a highly effective data protection authority. Enterprise and consumer trust go hand in hand,” Mr. Graham said.

The Common Thread Network was originally proposed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said: “Our aim is to leverage the strengths available within the Commonwealth to support each other, in keeping with the spirit of the Commonwealth. We will continue as a grouping of willing and committed partners pursuing similar goals, which ultimately leads to better socio-economic outcomes and social norms which treat data and privacy with the care and dignity it deserves.”

The network is being co-ordinated by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO). Lasantha De Alwis, Director-Operations of the CTO said: “Data protection and privacy fits perfectly within the Cybergovernance and Cybersecurity agenda of the CTO, which as the Commonwealth organisation mandated in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), works to help Commonwealth countries leverage ICTs for socio-economic development.”

For more information, please contact:
Valerie Lawton
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
E-mail: Valerie.Lawton@priv.gc.ca

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October 16, 2014

SiriusXM Canada launches Sarah McLachlan Radio

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TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced it will launch Sarah McLachlan Radio, a limited engagement channel featuring music, performances and more from across the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter's career.

Starting on October 17th Sarah McLachlan Radio will take over Iceberg (Sirius 161) and The Verge (XM 173) for four days to showcase McLachlan's treasured music catalogue. In addition to the classic singles and albums that made Sarah an international household name, subscribers will hear rare tracks, acoustic recordings, a track-by-track walk through of her new album Shine On and a special never-before-aired broadcast of this summer's SiriusXM Town Hall with Sarah McLachlan.

"Sarah and her music are such a powerful force around the world," said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. "With her incredible talent and incredibly giving spirit, it's easy to see why she is so loved and why we are so happy to be able to offer up this special programming to our subscribers."

"I am so blessed that I get the opportunity to reach so many people with Shine On, my tour and now on SiriusXM," said Sarah McLachlan. "SiriusXM has been a great supporter of mine and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and I look forward to joining their subscribers across North America with Sarah McLachlan Radio."

The SiriusXM Town Hall with Sarah McLachlan will air daily during the channel takeover. The performance was recorded on September 18th at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free music education for at-risk and underserved youth in Vancouver B.C. and is proudly supported by SiriusXM. Listeners will be treated to an intimate acoustic performance from Sarah as well as a candid interview with the superstar.

Listeners who have SiriusXM Internet Radio access can also listen to Sarah McLachlan Radio on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online.

Sarah McLachlan Radio and support of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to and support Canadian talent. Through Canadian indie music channels The Verge (XM 173) and Iceberg (Sirius 161), francophone channels Influence Franco (XM 174) and Attitude Franco (Sirius 164), plus many more, SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists.

Sarah's coast-to-coast SHINE ON CANADIAN tour kicks off this Saturday in Victoria, BC. For more information on tour dates or to purchase tickets please visit SarahMcLachlan.com.

For more information on Sarah McLachlan Radio visit siriusxm.ca/sarah-mclachlan-radio.

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October 16, 2014

Astral Out-of-Home to Install Digital Faces in its Toronto Transit Shelters

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TORONTO (October 16, 2014) – Astral Out-of-Home, a division of Bell Media, today announced the exclusive deployment of 40 digital transit shelters in Toronto by December 2014. The launch of this new street furniture product – the first of its kind in downtown Toronto – enables Astral Out-of-Home to solidify its leading position in the digital advertising market. Equipped with 84-inch LCD screens, Toronto's transit shelters will be the first digital network in Canada to offer advertisers the option to display their campaigns in brilliant 4K HD.

“Astral Out-of-Home thrives on innovation and its commitment to be a Canadian leader in digital advertising,” said Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out-of-Home. “The installation of digital faces in transit shelters will give an even more dynamic and modern focus for transit shelters in Toronto.”

Designed by Kramer Design Associates, the new digital transit shelters will be installed in strategic locations throughout downtown Toronto. The digital faces are programmed on demand and managed remotely from Astral Out-of-Home's state-of-the-art broadcast control center.

Forty faces will initially be installed and fully operational by December 2014, just in time for the holiday season, the advertising community’s busiest time of year. Plans to expand the network will continue throughout the year.

“Astral Out-of-Home is committed to regularly offering the advertising community new opportunities to reach consumers,” said Jordana Fatsis, Vice-President, Sales, Astral Out-of-Home. “We are doing just that by adding these digital faces in the transit shelters of Canada's largest market.”

As a partner of the City of Toronto, Astral Out-of-Home operates the city's street furniture program by delivering practical street furniture elements, including transit shelters, litter and recycling bins, newspaper boxes, information pillars with neighbourhood maps, columns displaying public service announcements, bike racks, automatic public washrooms, and benches across the City of Toronto.

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October 16, 2014

The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Announce Sponsorship Agreement

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2014) - The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Inc. announced today a multi-year agreement that will see the award-winning downtown venue be named Shaw Centre, effective immediately

"This exciting relationship will help position the Shaw Centre and our city for continued growth in the lucrative national and international meetings and conventions marketplace," said Centre Chair Marc Seaman. "Over the coming decade, the Shaw Centre will leverage the strength of one of Canada's leading brands and media organizations to enhance and increase its profile and standing as a world class convention facility."

"We are privileged to work with this world-class and award-winning facility, and are eager to showcase the Shaw brand to hundreds of thousands of local, national and international visitors that come to the Shaw Centre every year," said Brad Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. "The Shaw Centre reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence with our customers, communities, regulatory and government stakeholders in the nation's capital. We are honoured to be a partner of one of the world's greatest convention venues."

"We are delighted to partner with Shaw Communications and we look forward to working with them," said Centre President and CEO Patrick Kelly. "Over the coming weeks, we will be executing a comprehensive plan to communicate with clients, stakeholders and suppliers across multiple channels to ensure broad awareness of the name change in support of our strategic growth initiatives in Canadian and international markets."

This agreement will allow the Shaw Centre to elevate its existing profile and standing as one of Canada's premier national and international convention facilities by leveraging Shaw's strength as a leading Internet and content-experience company.

The partnership will provide Shaw with the opportunity to showcase its leading media brands, products, and services to guests from Canada and abroad. Notably, visitors to the Shaw Centre will enjoy seamless access to Shaw Go WiFi - Shaw's carrier-grade wifi network - throughout the building with complimentary access available to all guests in recognized gathering areas.

In the coming months, the Shaw brand will be visible on new interior and exterior signage and across all communications platforms.

The Shaw Centre will continue to use 'Canada's Meeting Place' as its descriptor, and will continue to partner closely with Ottawa Tourism in all domestic and international marketing efforts to ensure the Centre is positioned as the premier meeting venue in Canada's Capital. Shaw has secured naming rights for a period of 10 years.
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October 16, 2014

Corus Entertainment Gets Ready To “Shake It Off” With Global Superstar Taylor Swift

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(October 16, 2014 – Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment will be the destination for Taylor Swift fans on Monday, October 27 with Taylor Swift 1989 - an exclusive, in-depth, multi-platform music special that premieres nationally across four Corus Television networks and 13 Corus Radio stations the same day Swift releases her highly anticipated new album, 1989. CMT will kick off the television broadcast premiere at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, followed by premieres on ABC Spark, Cosmo TV and YTV. On Corus Radio, Canadian listeners can tune-in to their favourite station to hear the special and fans can listen live online.  Corus Radio stations will also feature dedicated Taylor Swift content on each of their websites. Full broadcast details are listed below.  

“This is our biggest cross-platform initiative to date,” says Susan Schaefer, Vice President, Head of Brands, Corus Entertainment. “Taylor is the perfect fit with Corus’ portfolio of TV, radio and digital brands and we are thrilled the mega-star is back at Corus Quay. We are equally excited to share this compelling content to her diverse fan base across the country. This event special will be the first of many.”

Taylor Swift 1989 captures the GRAMMY® winning star in one of her most candid interviews to date. Profiling the evolution of her multi-platinum career and life in the spotlight, Corus Entertainment’s Paul McGuire gets to the root of Swift’s musical influence and personal inspiration behind her most highly anticipated fifth studio album.

After the special airs, fans will be able to stream the full 30-minute special online via CMT.ca beginning Tuesday, October 28. Additional encore presentations will air throughout November on Corus Television. 

Taylor Swift 1989 is an original production developed by Corus Entertainment Television in association with Corus Radio.

Taylor Swift 1989 - Program Listings

Corus Television: Taylor Swift 1989 television special will air on the following networks Monday, October 27 beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on CMT.

CMT – Premiere – 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
www.cmt.ca

ABC Spark – Premiere – 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
www.abcspark.ca

Cosmo TV – Premiere – 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
www.cosmotv.ca

YTV – Premiere – 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT
www.ytv.com

Corus Radio: Taylor Swift 1989 radio special will air on the following stations Monday, October 27.

Ontario

B101 (Barrie) – Airs at 8 p.m. ET
www.b101fm.com

CHAY 93.1 FM (Barrie) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.chaytoday.ca

95.1 The Peak FM (Collingwood) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.thepeakfm.com

The New 104.5 Fresh FM (Cornwall) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.1045freshfm.com

The New 95.3 Fresh FM (Hamilton) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.953freshfm.com

91.5 The Beat (Kitchener) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.915thebeat.com

Country 104 FM (London) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.country104.com

The New 103.1 Fresh FM (London) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.1031freshfm.com

JUMP! 106.9 (Ottawa) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET
www.jumpradio.ca

Alberta

Country 105 (Calgary) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT
www.country105.com

CISN Country 103.9 (Edmonton) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT
www.cisnfm.com

The New 92.5 Fresh FM (Edmonton) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT
www.925freshfm.com

Manitoba

The New 99.1 Fresh FM (Winnipeg) – Airs at 7 p.m. CT
www.991freshfm.com

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October 16, 2014

Production Underway on Season 3 of World-Renowned Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK

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TORONTO (October 16, 2014) – Space, Temple Street Productions, and BBC America announced earlier today that production has begun on Season 3 of the critically acclaimed original Canadian series, ORPHAN BLACK. Season 3 sees the return of the phenomenal, Golden Globe®-nominated Tatiana Maslany, who has portrayed an astonishing, nine, distinct “Leda” clones to date, as well as the male “Castor” clones revealed in the Season 2 finale, played by series regular Ari Millen. Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK reached a total of 832,000 viewers and more than 3.7 million unique viewers each week. Throughout its Season 2 run, Space was the #1 specialty network in audience across all key demos in its timeslot. The 10-episode, one-hour drama shoots in Toronto, on location and in studio, until March 2015, and is set to premiere in Spring 2015.

“We can’t wait to get back to work on ORPHAN BLACK with our wonderful partners Temple Street Productions and BBC America,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “After the shocking finale of Season 2, we are excited to share with our viewers the next dramatic twists and turns in the clone conspiracy, as conceived by series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.”

“We are incredibly proud and delighted to be commencing production on Season 3 of ORPHAN BLACK,” commented David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of ORPHAN BLACK and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. “We’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best cast and crews in the business for the last two seasons. We could not be happier about the success of the show, and how it continues to be embraced by audiences around the world.”

“Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK not only doubled its audience, it also treated fans to double the number of clones,” said Perry Simon, General Manager, BBC AMERICA.  “Our network’s commitment to creating long-lasting original programming that hooks viewers and never lets them go is perfectly illustrated through this buzz-worthy series.”

Returning in a lead role is Ari Millen, who plays the newly discovered male clones; Mark, the Prolethean cult follower and Rudy, a prisoner of war. Also back this season is Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s fiery foster brother Felix; Dylan Bruce as Paul; an army officer working for secret forces in the clone world; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix’s duplicitous foster mother Mrs. S; Evelyne Brochu as a Dyad scientist and Cosima’s lover Delphine; Kevin Hanchard as Art, a detective caught in the clone trap; Zoé De Grand Maison as Gracie, a Prolethean escapee, and Michiel Huisman as Cal, father to Sarah’s daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler).

ORPHAN BLACK’s second season brought new, more treacherous, enemies to light, culminating in a shocking finale with the reveal of the new male “Castor” clones. Season 3 plunges the clone sisterhood into unexpected territory with the realization that they’re not alone. Just when they thought they knew their enemies and allies, Season 3 reveals our clones are more vulnerable than ever before with the highly trained, identical male-soldiers complicating matters. And though Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena realize they are stronger together than they are apart, this season will put that bond to the test.

Adored by fans and critics alike in more than 170 countries, ORPHAN BLACK earned a Peabody Award and an outstanding 10 Canadian Screen Awards in 2014. Lead actress Tatiana Maslany has received two, back-to-back Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress, a TCA Award for Individual Achievement, a Young Hollywood Award, a Gracie Award, and nominations for both the Golden Globe® and People’s Choice Awards.

The second season of ORPHAN BLACK is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD throughout Canada and is also available for purchase on iTunes. Viewers can also re-watch the Season 2 finale this Friday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. on CTV Two.

ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, GINGER SNAPS). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

Source: Numeris (Formerly BBM), Orphan Black air dates 4/19/2014 to 6/21/2014 Sat 9pm

BY13/14 8/26/2013 to 8/31/2014, Programs with 3+ airings excluding duplicates and marathons

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October 16, 2014

Peter O'Brian Reappointed as Chair of TVO's Board of Directors

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TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - TVO is pleased to announce that the Ontario Government has reappointed Peter O'Brian to serve as Chair of the TVO Board of Directors for a two-year term (November 2014 – October 2016.) O'Brian has served as Chair since 2005.

O'Brian is an award-winning filmmaker. Over three decades, his successful collaborations with talented directors and original Canadian projects have made him a leader in Canadian cinema. He is a founding board member and former Executive Director of the Canadian Film Centre. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 he was honoured with the Directors Guild of Canada's Honourary Life Member Award.

"I'm incredibly proud of what TVO has accomplished," said O'Brian. "I have served as Chair over the past nine years, and during that time TVO has transformed into the innovative media organization it is known for today. As a leader in digital education, current affairs and documentaries, the future is incredibly exciting and TVO's best years lie ahead."

"TVO is fortunate to have a Chair who is so committed to serving the needs of Ontarians," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TVO. "Peter's work as Chair has helped to further establish TVO's reputation as a leader in high-quality educational experiences that support 21st century learning."

Members of the TVO Board of Directors, including the Chair, are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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October 15, 2014

The Best Throwbacks and Hottest Hits on FLOW 93-5FM

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(TORONTO, October 15, 2014) Newcap Radio’s FLOW 93-5FM now gives listeners something new and fresh from the past and a touch of the present with The Best Throwbacks and Hottest Hits.

The popularity of The Back in the Day Buffet weekdays at noon provided FLOW with the overwhelming evidence of what listeners want to hear. FLOW now gives Toronto a place to go to hear classics from the 90’s and early 2000’s from artists including Usher, TLC, Mariah Carey, The Fugees, and Notorious BIG, while continuing to offer current hits from artists like Beyonce, Kanye West and Iggy Azalea.

FLOW launched in 2001 as Canada’s first urban contemporary radio station and to date has found success between rhythmic urban and mainstream music.

FLOW continues to offer their audience something diverse.  FLOW hosts maintain a strong connection with their audience through music, social media and promotions.

Visit FLOW 93-5’s website at flow935.com and follow us on twitter @flow935

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October 15, 2014

The Ultimate VIP Experience: MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS Sets Sail on the Vacation of a Lifetime, November 9 on Discovery

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TORONTO (October 15, 2014) – Discovery’s MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS documents the most dynamic passenger vessels in the world en route to unbelievably glorious paradise hotspots. A spin-off of the hugely successful MIGHTY SHIPS series from Canada’s EPI (Exploration Production Inc.) premieres Sunday, November 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The six-episode, 60-minute series ventures to tropical refuges such as French Polynesia and the Great Barrier Reef, the classic waterways and cities of the Baltic Sea, the stunning coastlines of Asia, and the Chilean fjords. Each episode profiles the very best vessel on which to set course for each tantalizing destination…  

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS features luxury expedition ships all facing the same challenge:  delivering on a perfect voyage while overcoming countless obstacles behind-the-scenes. It’s a see-all, hear-all journey through every moment above and below deck – from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human dramas the seafarers and guest service staff face. From harrowing navigational challenges, to unforgettable sights and moments, MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS promises an action-packed, eye-popping look at the high-wire balancing act of providing the vacation of a lifetime on the high-seas!

Episode highlights from MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS are as follows:

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Paul Gauguin”
Sunday, November 9 at
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
In the series premiere, Paul Gauguin navigates delicate waters and offers five-star luxury while sailing the coral reefs, mountainous islands, and tropical playgrounds of
French Polynesia.  

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Le Soléal”
Sunday, November 16 at
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Brand-new luxury expedition ship Le Soléal sets sail through uncharted waters in
Indonesia on a voyage in search of scenic beaches, active volcanoes, and Komodo Dragons.  

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Azamara Journey”
Sunday, November 23 at
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
The crew of Azamara Journey navigates narrow rivers, overcomes tense moments, and encounters breathtaking beauty to bring their guests into the heart of
Southeast Asia’s most exotic cities.  

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Celebrity Solstice”
Sunday, November 30 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Mega-cruiser Celebrity Solstice battles to keep her key systems running in Australia’s relentless heat while her guests encounter spectacular waterfalls, jumping crocodiles, cuddly koalas, and the Great Barrier Reef.

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Stella Australis”
Sunday, December 7 at
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Luxury expedition ship Stella Australis sails through the tight corridors and unpredictable seas of
Patagonia, seeking out spectacular sights and elusive wildlife on her last cruise of the season.

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: “Marco Polo”
Sunday, December 14 at
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
In the season finale, ocean liner Marco Polo battles a brooding hurricane and navigational hazards on a late-autumn Baltic voyage to the grand old cities of northern
Europe.

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS is produced by Exploration Production Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. Gemini-nominee Karen McCairley (MEGASPEED, ALIEN MYSTERIES) is the show’s Executive Producer. 

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October 15, 2014

2014 Shaw Rocket Prize Kids Jury Now Open

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2014) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B)(NYSE:SJR) - Calling all kids!!! The Shaw Rocket Fund is pleased to announce that voting for the tenth-annual Shaw Rocket Prize is now open. Beginning today, kids from across Canada are invited to join the 2014 jury by registering at www.rocketprizekids.ca and voting for their favorite independently-produced children's program for a chance to win one of three $2,500 scholarships.

The $25,000 Shaw Rocket Prize is presented each year to the best independently-produced Canadian children's, youth, and family programs and their associated digital content. The finalists of the 2014 Shaw Rocket Prize's three categories were selected by an international jury of industry experts this past September, with children from across Canada ultimately choosing the winners in each category over the next four weeks.

"We are excited to once again be giving children and families the opportunity to participate in the Shaw Rocket Prize," said Agnes Augustin, President and CEO, Shaw Rocket Fund. "The finalists represent this year's best Canadian children's programming, and as we head into our tenth year, we are happy to once again be giving kids across the country a chance to have their say in selecting the winners."

"The Shaw Rocket Prize is a wonderful celebration of the hard work and dedication Canadian producers put into developing quality, homegrown children's programming," said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. "We are proud to work with the Prize and the Shaw Rocket Fund, and support programming that fosters creativity in the minds of children all around the world."

Once registered, children will be given the opportunity to screen the three finalist TV shows on any device in their respective age category - Preschool (ages 0-to-5), Children (ages 6-to-12) and Youth/Family (ages 13-to-17) -and vote for the programs they love the most. All children who vote will be entered into a draw to win a $2,500 scholarship.

Children wanting to exhibit that extra bout of creative flair can also submit a video explaining why they chose their favourite show, with the winning submission securing a $2,500 scholarship, a tablet, and a trip to Ottawa to attend the Shaw Rocket Prize gala on Tuesday, November 25.

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October 15, 2014

Laverne Cox Inspires in the All-New MTV Special LAVERNE COX: PRESENTS THE T WORD, October 21

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TORONTO (October 15, 2014) – MTV celebrates the inspiring and challenging lives of transgender youth this month with the all-new, one-hour documentary LAVERNE COX PRESENTS: THE T WORD, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on MTV. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy® Award nominee and transgender advocate Laverne Cox (FAKING IT, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), the documentary takes viewers inside the lives of seven transgender youth as they overcome challenges such as coming out, bullying, and experiencing anti-transgender violence. Ranging in age from 12 to 24, each subject shares the determination to live their life authentically, as the person they are meant to be. With varying levels of parental and social support, the documentary explores the intersection of transgender identities and touches on each individual’s journey.

“For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth,” said host and executive producer Laverne Cox. “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it is okay to be who you are.”   

LAVERNE COX PRESENTS: THE T WORD follows: Ari, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, who graduated from high school and is starting college; Avery, a 20-year-old woman from Queens, New York, who shares her dating experiences; Daniella, a 20-year-old woman from the Bronx, New York, who speaks out against anti-transgender violence; Kye, a 24-year-old man in Brooklyn, New York, who became the first Division One transgender basketball player; L’lerret, a 20-year-old woman attending college in New Orleans, where she is an active member of BreakOUT!, a group fighting criminalization of transgender youth; Shane, a 22-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland, and a college student, living with his girlfriend; and Zoey, a 12-year-old girl from California, who is supported by her mother, and transferred out of her last school when the school administrators refused to acknowledge her as a girl.

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