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May 26, 2015

Racial bias and news media reporting: New research trends

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A University of Illinois study published in Communication Research highlights how portrayals of racial minorities are changing in television news.

To read the article click HERE

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May 26, 2015

A whole new level of accessibility for the connected life - Introducing "Winston" - Eastlink's dramatically evolved Security and Automation service

HALIFAX, May 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Consumers looking for simplicity in their connected life at a truly affordable price are in luck as Eastlink dramatically evolves its Security and Automation service.

The idea of the smart or intelligent home has been around for a while but has been largely unattainable for most households. Eastlink's newly re-engineered service – called "Winston" is so much more than the typical alarm monitoring system delivering the industry's most advanced automation at a price the average household can now afford.

"We've learned a lot since we launched home security and automation a couple of years ago," says Eastlink CEO Lee Bragg. "Customers have been clear about what they want – and they want simple and accessible."

Bragg explains that technology partner Alarm.com – recently highlighted in the Apple watch launch - has helped the company bring a highly evolved product to the market that has full smartphone capability while being very affordable.

Along with the peace-of-mind that comes from the ability to automatically receive updates and photos on your mobile device, Winston also offers highly advanced services like Geofencing.

"Geofencing sounds complicated but it's really quite simple," explains Jason Brunt, Eastlink's Director of Home Automation. "For example, if you've programmed your home's personal settings to activate at 6:00 p.m. and you happen to be headed home earlier than that, Winston detects when you are a certain distance away and begins preparing for your arrival by adjusting things like the thermostat and turning on the outdoor lights."

This, and other advanced features, makes Winston a highly desirable service for many households.

Brunt goes on to say that: "With our new system, customers can issue unique access codes to anyone who needs to enter their home on a day-to-day basis. That means kids, the dog walker, even the babysitter can all have their own code, and the customer can control which times of the day the codes are active. This eliminates the need for multiple keys and the risk associated with those keys falling into the wrong hands."

Early feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Here's what some customers are enjoying:

"I love the fact that I get an email alert with a picture when my kids come home for lunch or arrive home after school."

"A few years ago, we came home from a weekend away to find our family room flooded. I feel better knowing that now I can receive an alert if and when the system detects water on the floor."

"Sometimes we leave our garage door open by mistake. We really like that our new system sends us an alert when we've left the neighborhood to let us know the door is still open so we can close the door remotely."

"I thought that having this level of sophisticated home connectedness came at too steep a price for our family's budget. So happy that's not the case and that we can actually afford to give ourselves peace of mind when we're not home."

For more information about Eastlink's Security and Automation services, please visit eastlink.ca .

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May 26, 2015

Welcome To Ben’s World In The Series Premiere of Becoming Us Debuting on ABC Spark Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET

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Executive Produced by Ryan Seacrest

(Toronto, ON  May 26, 2015) – Meet Ben and his family, going through an extraordinary situation, in a new episode the groundbreaking unscripted drama Becoming Us, premiering on Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

Ben is an ordinary Midwestern teenager, going through a unique situation. After his parents’ recent divorce, Ben learned that his dad is transitioning into a woman, Carly. In the series’ opener, “#WelcomeToMyWorld,” Ben is struggling in school, and his parents, Suzy and Carly, are not happy about it. Ben’s girlfriend, Danielle, would like to introduce Carly to her father, who is also transgender, leading to an awkward shopping trip for the four of them. And Ben’s sister, Sutton, returns home to Evanston to plan her upcoming wedding. 

Becoming Us is produced by Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, and George Moll for Ryan Seacrest Productions, as well as Paul Barosse.

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May 26, 2015

It’s Not Just the Game, It’s the Hustle. BALLERS, the New HBO Comedy Tackling the World of Pro Football, Premieres Sunday, June 21 on HBO Canada

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TORONTO (May 26, 2015) – It’s kickoff time. BALLERS, one of the most anticipated new premium comedies of the summer, comes to HBO Canada on Sunday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Exploring the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players, the new ten-episode, half-hour comedy follows retired football superstar Spencer Strasmore, played by former Calgary Stampeder and University of Miami college football player Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7), who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami, Florida.

In BALLERS, Spencer’s inner circle includes: talented but volatile wide receiver Ricky Jerret (John David Washington), who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles Greane (Omar Miller, CSI: MIAMI), a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon Littlefield (Donovan Carter), a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to ‘never forget where he came from’ brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble.

The series also stars: Troy Garity (Barbershop); Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine); London Brown (The Hustle); and Jazmyn Simon (THE SLICE).

Also on Sunday, June 21 on HBO Canada, the eagerly awaited second season of TRUE DETECTIVE, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, debuts at 9 p.m. ET/MT, along with the premiere of the new political comedy series THE BRINK, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT.

BALLERS is created by Stephen Levinson (ENTOURAGE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), and executive produced by Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, and Denis Biggs. Hiram Garcia is co-executive producer.

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

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

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May 26, 2015

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party

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Special appearance by Cyndi Lauper

(TORONTO – May 22nd, 2015) boom 97.3 is thrilled to celebrate Pride Toronto 2015 with boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 26th.

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party will be the ultimate interactive and visual dance party of Pride!  In addition to DJ Thomas Hall pumping out the most iconic and memorable music videos and pride anthems of the 80’s, attendees will be treated to a live performance by Canadian rock singer Carole Pope of Rough Trade and a very special appearance by music legend, Tony-Award winner for KINKY BOOTS and recently announced Pride Toronto Grand Marshal - Cyndi Lauper.

DJ Alain will take over the ones and twos to close the night with the hottest retro hits as heard at his weekly residency Sunday nights at Zipperz.

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s began in 2014 as a spin-off of our Totally 80’s Long Weekend specialty programming. boom 97.3 was the soundtrack of the World Pride parade with non-stop pride anthems dominating the airwaves from such artists as: Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and Boy George. For Pride Toronto 2015, boom 97.3 is thrilled to bring the magic of Totally G’80s to the Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 26.

boom 973 will also be commercial free during the Pride Parade on June 28th from 1pm to 4p playing non-stop pride anthems.

Early bird tickets go on-sale this Friday through Ticketweb.com for only $9.73 plus convenience charges. Regular tickets go on sale Saturday, May 30 for $15.00 plus convenience charges.

All the fabulous info is online now at boom973.com

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party is proud to be an official affiliate event of Pride Toronto.

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May 26, 2015

TEMPLE STREET PRODUCTIONS AND FAMILY CHANNEL BRING THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE TO THEATRES ACROSS CANADA SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH

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TORONTO – May 26, 2015 – Leading Toronto and LA-based production company, Temple Street Productions and Family Channel are pleased to announce, THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE, will receive a theatrical release premiering in 80 Cineplex theatres across Canada. The documentary chronicles the on-stage and backstage experience of eight cast members from the popular tween drama The Next Step as they travel across the country performing on their first-ever stage tour. The limited-time Cineplex feature will take place Saturday, June 27th at 12:55pm with an encore screening on Sunday, June 28th at 12:55pm. Fans can visit www.cineplex.com/events to see participating theatre locations and to purchase tickets now.

"We're thrilled to deliver even more access to  The Next Step for our unwavering fans by bringing it to the big screen," commented Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, producers of THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE and co-presidents of Temple Street Productions. "This is an exciting initiative that solidifies our commitment to build The Next Step brand and extend it across multiple platforms."

The 80-minute documentary follows the dancers of the popular tween drama series The Next Step as they travel cross-country to perform in front of sold-out crowds during the two-month long The Next Step Live on Stage tour. The film, which was shot earlier this year, features exclusive footage of the dancers as they prepared for their inaugural tour, including behind-the-scenes on the bus, backstage, live performances and meeting fans, as well as exclusive interviews with cast members.

“The Next Step Live on Stage received such an incredible reaction from fans when it toured across Canada this past spring; we knew we had to share these never-before-seen moments with a wider audience,” said Paul Cormack, Vice President, Marketing, DHX Television. “Knowing the connection that our fans have with these talented young stars, we wanted to continue to deliver on Family’s mandate to provide access to as many viewers as possible.”

The Next Step series follows the lives of an elite group of dancers who train at The Next Step dance studio. The first half of season three, which airs on Family Channel, saw the dancers compete to secure a spot on the Internationals team. When new episodes return later in 2015, fans will see the culmination of the Internationals competition.

THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Family Channel and is produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Orphan Black, X Company, The Next Step). 

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May 26, 2015

Production Begins on W Network’s Newest Guilty Pleasure, Million Dollar View

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(May 26, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario) Production is underway on W Network’s newest series Million Dollar View, filming across multiple locations in North America. Each half-hour episode of this brand new property series focuses on one realtor and one set of buyers, on the hunt to purchase the perfect property offering a spectacular view and all the amenities that come with it. Palatial cottages in Muskoka, oceanfront homes in Miami’s toniest neighbourhoods, posh downtown Toronto condos, and Manhattan skyscrapers with panoramic riverfront views are just some of the jaw-dropping properties featured in Million Dollar View. The series is produced by Our House Media, in association with W Network and will begin airing in winter 2016. 

“We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Simon and Joe, the team who helped create our hugely successful Property Brothers series,” said John MacDonald, Vice President of Television, Head of Women's and Family Television, Corus Entertainment. “With Our House Media’s creative expertise, we’re certain Million Dollar View will be a must-watch for audiences.”

“We’re delighted to be collaborating once again with John and the highly talented team at W, in what is our tenth greenlight in little more than 12 months,” said Simon Lloyd, CEO of Our House Media.  “We are extremely excited about Million Dollar View and its potential to be at the forefront of a new generation of property shows.”

On Million Dollar View, each episode will follow the emotional and thrilling world of high-end real estate – from touring different homes, deciding on which house to put an offer on, through to negotiations and leading to a major property purchase. This process will give an insight into the lives, tastes and personalities of those buying penthouses, beach houses, cottages and country retreats, while delivering plenty of lavish internal and external property views.

Million Dollar View is produced by Our House Media in association with W Network. Executive Producers are Simon Lloyd and Joe Houlihan. Joanne Virgo serves as Series Producer and Jane Lloyd serves as VP of Production. John MacDonald is the Vice President of Television and Head of Women’s and Family Television for Corus Entertainment.

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May 26, 2015

Okay Bud, Let’s Get ‘er Goin’: Production Begins on The Comedy Network and CraveTV Co-Production, LETTERKENNY

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SUDBURY, ON (May 26, 2015) – The Comedy Network, CraveTVTM, New Metric Media, and a bunch of other city folks confirmed today that cameras are rollin’ on LETTERKENNY, an original Canadian series commissioned by CraveTV, in partnership with The Comedy Network. Created by Jared Keeso of Bravo original drama 19-2, and based on the internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, the six-part, half-hour series is currently shooting on location in and around Sudbury, ON, which everyone’s really stoked about - if it weren’t for the fact that it’s black fly season. The LETTERKENNY gang will be up der for ‘bout five weeks, ‘til the end of June.

We already told ya that LETTERKENNY stars Keeso as Wayne, a good-ol’ country boy in Letterkenny, Ontario trying to protect his homegrown way of life on the farm. He also executive produces and co-writes on the darn thing. Nathan Dales (KING & MAXWELL) stars as Wayne’s quick-tongued sidekick, Daryl. There’s more casting news to come, so keep your shirt on.

“LETTERKENNY’s world may smell like stale cigarettes and beer, but its approach to comedy is a breath of fresh air,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Jared on another uniquely Canadian and nuanced series, and look forward to working with our dynamic production partners, New Metric Media.”

“Great cast, great team, great town,” said Mark Montefiore, Executive Producer for New Metric Media. “The next few weeks will be a wild ride cramming so much great comedy into tiny cameras so pitter patter, let’s get at’er."

Residents of Letterkenny belong to one of three groups: The Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey Players, who get at each other about the darnedest things, often ending with someone getting their arse kicked. Daryl and Wayne are Hicks. Michelle Mylett (ASCENSION) plays Wayne’s heart-breaker sister, Katy, who is also a Hick. On the ready to take the piss outta Wayne and Daryl, Dylan Playfair (Mr Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story) and Andrew Herr (also, Mr Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story) reprise their roles as The Hockey Players, “Jonesy” and “Reilly,” from Letterkenny Problems web series. Tyler Johnston (MOTIVE) stars as lead Skid, Stewart; Stewart’s “sideskid” Devon is played by Alexander De Jordy (19-2); Lisa Codrington (COPPER) stars as Modeen’s bartender, Gail; Jacob Tierney as the Christian Leader Glenn; and K Trevor Wilson stars as Wayne’s buddy, Dan.

Produced by New Metric Media (Cas & Dylan) in partnership with DHX Media and in association with Four Peaks Media Group, Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Montefiore are executive producers for New Metric Media.

LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media and in association with Four Peaks Media Group, in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executives for Bell Media are Kara Haflidson and Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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May 26, 2015

GAME OF THRONES Conquers the Big Screen When HBO Canada and Cineplex Present Season 5 Finale in Theatres Across Canada

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TORONTO (May 26, 2015) – HBO Canada and Cineplex are partnering to reward GAME OF THRONES fans with the ultimate viewing experience: the chance to watch the epic series’ Season 5 finale on the big screen on Sunday, June 14. Building on the popularity and excitement of the Season 4 finale screenings in 2014, this year, the opportunity is open to fans across Canada with screenings taking place in 74 Cineplex theatres across the country, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.  Free tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis beginning tomorrow at www.cineplex.com/GOT.

GAME OF THRONES fans will be prepped for the big finale after watching behind-the-scenes and extras, as well as Episode 9 from Season 5 of GAME OF THRONES. The epic screening event will also feature a pre-show with previews of big-buzz HBO series premiering on Sunday, June 21, including the second season of TRUE DETECTIVE, and new comedies BALLERS and THE BRINK.

“We’re thrilled to once again amplify Westeros for GAME OF THRONES fans,” said Jon Arklay, Senior Vice-President, Bell Media Agency, Brand, Creative and Marketing. “GAME OF THRONES cries out for big-screen treatment through epic scale and lush visuals. We hope our die-hard fans have a great time on June 14.”

“We are delighted to partner with Cineplex to offer an unparalleled viewing experience, engage with national fans, and celebrate another riveting season of GAME OF THRONES,” said Jim Johnson, VP, Pay & Affiliate Marketing, Corus Entertainment.

In June 2014, Bell Media partnered with Cineplex to host the first-ever large scale theatrical screening of GAME OF THRONES. Held in 29 cinemas across Eastern Canada, the Season 4 finale screening execution was a resounding success, with tickets selling out within days and more than 11,000 dedicated fans in attendance to witness the shocking season-ender.  

HBO Canada is also giving fans the chance to win the ultimate VIP screening package, which includes two tickets to the Season 5 finale screening event, reserved VIP theatre seating, a popcorn voucher, plus limited edition GAME OF THRONES merchandise. For more details and to enter visit www.hbocanada.com.

To view a list of the participating 74 Cineplex theatres please visit http://www.cineplex.com/Promos/GameofThrones

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May 25, 2015

Newfoundland Capital Management Update

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DARTMOUTH, NS, May 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited (NCC) announced today that David J. Murray, Chief Operating Officer ("COO"), will be retiring effective June 30, 2015. David has been with the Company for 25 years, having occupied the post of COO for almost 8 years and has been an integral part of the growth and success of the Company.

The Company has recruited Ian Lurie to fill the role of COO effective July 6, 2015. Ian's skill set in radio broadcasting is extensive, having worked with Standard Radio for 19 years, with Astral Radio for 6 years, and most recently as Senior Vice President with Bell Media. Ian will be based in Toronto and will be responsible for all of the Company's broadcasting operations coast to coast.

About Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited
Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) owns and operates Newcap Radio, one of Canada's leading radio broadcasters with 95 licences across Canada. The Company reaches millions of listeners each week through a variety of formats and is a recognized industry leader in radio programming, sales and networking.

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May 25, 2015

CMT Travels North With New Series Yukon For Sale Premiering June 13 at 9 p.m. ET

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Narrated by Canadian Country music singer George Canyon
TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2015 – Corus Entertainment’s CMT (Canada) is buying into real estate with the new series Yukon For Sale, premiering Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Produced by Proper Television in association with CMT,  the 13 x 30-minute series puts the “real” in real estate as Yukoners ditch the typical luxuries found on most house-hunting wish lists for magnificent views of the Northern Lights, acres of property for hunting and fishing, and the perfect outhouse. 

In each episode of Yukon For Sale, viewers meet house hunting Yukoners, both native and newbies to the north, who are in search of unique properties to satisfy their northern living needs. Whether it’s a young couple seeking an off-the-grid existence, hunters with their sights set on a backyard full of game, or urban professionals hoping to find a condo in the middle of a northern town, finding the perfect pad is always an adventure in the Yukon, where moose outnumber people by two to one. Canadian Country music singer George Canyon narrates this wild real estate ride that takes viewers out into the middle of North America’s untamed wilderness.

Watch Yukon For Sale trailer, here.

Yukon For Sale is produced by Proper Television, with Guy O’Sullivan and Amy Hosking serving as executive producers.

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May 25, 2015

Season 3 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Headlines CTV’s Summer 2015 Schedule, Beginning July 8

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TORONTO (May 25, 2015) – CTV’s summer programing was finalized today with announcement of the return of the most-watched television program in Canada last summer, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, headlining the network’s Summer 2015 schedule with its third season premiere Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.  Canada’s most-watched Canadian series is joined by previously announced blockbuster summer event series ZOO, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 30.

An all-new season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and ZOO join a summer lineup featuring new and returning fan-favourite hits including: Betty White and the gang in Part 1 of the farewell season of HOT IN CLEVELAND (May 26), as well as another celebrity filled season of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (July 7).

CTV remains the destination for live events and award shows this summer, with the previously announced FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ matches beginning June 6.

A closer look at CTV’s Summer 2015 programming (Part 2):
All programming is subject to change, and all times ET/PT. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.

ZOO – *NEW SERIES*
Tuesdays at 9 p.m., beginning June 30
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
In ZOO, Jackson Oz (James Wolk, MAD MEN), a young, renegade American zoologist, spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa, when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide. Based on James Patterson’s #1 best-selling novel (which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide), ZOO is also stars Kristen Connolly (HOUSE OF CARDS), Billy Burke (REVOLUTION), Nonso Anozie (DRACULA, Cinderella), Nora Arnezeder (Safe House), and Carl Lumbly (ALIAS). ZOO is executive produced by Jeff Pinkner (FRINGE, LOST), Josh Appelbaum (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, ALIAS, LIFE ON MARS), Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Michael Katelman (RIZZOLI & ISLES), and Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity, LIFE ON MARS), alongside James Mangold (Walk the Line, Girl, Interrupted), Cathy Konrad (Girl, Interrupted, Scream), best-selling author James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen.

HOT IN CLEVELAND (Season 6) – *FINAL SEASON (PART 1)*
Tuesdays at 8 p.m., beginning May 26
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
CTV delivers its first batch of episodes of the final season of HOT IN CLEVELAND this summer, as Betty White and the gang including Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick get set to bid farewell. Season 6 begins with Joy (Leeves) deciding whether to marry Mitch (Tim Daly), Simon (Craig Ferguson), or Bob (Dave Foley). Meanwhile, Victoria's (Malick) new CGI movie proves challenging in ways she didn't expect and Elka (White) tries to bring film jobs to Cleveland. Guest stars this season  include: Billy Baldwin (GOSSIP GIRL), Robert Wagner (NCIS), George Takei (THE NEIGHBORS), Ernie Hudson (Franklin & Bash), Brian Baumgartner (THE OFFICE), Timothy Omundson (SUPERNATURAL), Kelen Coleman (THE McCARTHY’S), and Kurt Fuller (THE GOOD WIFE).

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (Season 3) – *NEW SEASON*
Tuesdays at 10 p.m., beginning July 7
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
Hosted by Jane Lynch, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT features A-list celebrities partaking in a cocktail party atmosphere that is based on the real-life game nights of creator Sean Hayes. Season 3 features celebrities such as Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Zachary Quinto (The Slap), singer Joe Jonas (I Can Do That!), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Tom Arnold (SIN CITY SAINTS), comedian Jeff Dye, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, and more joining in the fun, as they face-off in hilarious party games.

THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Season 3) – *NEW SEASON*
Wednesdays at 9 p.m., beginning July 8
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
Returning to CTV this summer with all-new teams and exciting, edge-of-your-seat challenges, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is back for a third season of action-packed adventure. Hosted by Olympic champion and Canadian hero Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Season 2 was once again the most-watched television program in Canada last summer with an average audience of 2.8 million viewers. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to CTV’s Facebook page for updates.

These new additions to CTV’s summer schedule join previously announced series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (June 1), MISTRESSES (June 18), and MASTERCHEF (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV).

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May 25, 2015

TEMPLE STREET PRODUCTIONS AND DHX TELEVISION ANNOUNCE PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON NEW TWEEN DRAMA THE MUSIC ROOM (WORKING TITLE)

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Toronto, May 25, 2015 – Temple Street Productions and DHX Television are pleased to announce production has commenced on The Music Room (working title), a music-based tween series from Frank van Keeken, creator of The Next Step. The reality-style drama follows a group of young performers who are members of an elite music program. The music-based series, which is slated to premiere on Family Channel in Winter 2016, will feature an entirely original soundtrack.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating once again with creator, Frank van Keeken to produce The Music Room. We look forward to bringing this high quality music drama to the dedicated audience of Family Channel,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions.

“One of the incredible things about Family Channel’s audience is their loyalty towards Canadian artists, and The Music Room presents an amazing opportunity for us to feature emerging talent and great original music,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Programming, DHX Television. “We’re excited to work alongside Temple Street, and to further our commitment to creating series with storylines that are both entertaining and relatable to our viewers.”

The Music Room follows the lives of a group of musicians who are part of a unique music program, run by a musician turned producer. Each year, a select few are chosen to go on a live tour and hopeful candidates audition to fill the spots that have been made available. Members immerse themselves in music, write songs, record tracks and form bands in hopes of turning their passion into a profession.

Showcasing a talented cast of young performers, the series stars Keara Graves as Leia; Shane Harte as Luke; Alex Zaichkowski as John; Sarah Carmosino as Rachel: Levi Randall as Theo; Deshaun Clarke as Jude; Ella Jonas Farlinger as Eva; Maranda Thomas as Mary; Alyssa Baker as Maggie; Rakim Kelly as Isaac; Olivia Solo as Annabelle; Jeni Ross as Clara; Katrina Hachey as Hannah; and Matthew Bacik as Nate. Michael Torontow and Ali Milner will play Mr. T and Parker who oversee the music program. The Music Room will also feature guest appearances by notable artists and guest stars from The Next Step.

The Music Room (working title) is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Family Channel and is executive produced by creator Frank van Keeken (The Next Step, Wingin’ It, Billable Hours), Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Orphan Black, X Company, The Next Step). Laura Harbin (The Next Step, Wingin’ It) also serves as executive producer.  

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May 22, 2015

More Buzz, Better Hits: Bell Media Lands Hollywood’s Next Big Series for CTV Networks’ 2015/16 Primetime Lineup

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TORONTO (May 22, 2015) – After an unprecedented season in which it delivered five new series among the Top 10 most-watched TV programs in Canada, CTV announced today it has landed two of the most sought-after new dramas from this year’s Los Angeles Screenings for CTV this fall: conspiracy drama QUANTICO and hit-maker Greg Berlanti’s action-packed mystery thriller BLINDSPOT. Rounding out a total of four new dramas for CTV this fall are the intriguing, heart-stopping hospital drama CODE BLACK and strike-it-rich explosive family drama OIL. The three new dramas joining the CTV schedule in mid-season are no less impressive, headlined by THE CATCH, the latest, fierce, female-led drama from the reigning queen of primetime Shonda Rhimes, along with the devilish DC Comics-inspired police procedural LUCIFER, and the superpowered ARROW/THE FLASH spin-off DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

Acquired for CTV Two this fall is BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, a weekly live television event based on the smash-hit British series ANT AND DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY. In addition, the network adds to its lineup the third season of thrilling mystery-adventure drama SLEEPY HOLLOW.

The new series, along with CTV and CTV Two’s 2015/16 primetime schedules, will be presented at the #CTVUpfront on Thursday, June 4 in Toronto. CTV ended the 2014-15 season as Canada’s most-watched television network among total viewers and A25-54 for the 14th year in a row.

“It’s another strong year for dramas, and there’s no question for our team that we’ve brought home with us the very best of this year’s L.A. Screenings offerings,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, an‎d Entertainment Programming. “We have picked up a diverse palette of compelling dramas including appointment television series QUANTICO and BLINDSPOT, as well as Shonda Rhimes’ latest THE CATCH, and with DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, have added to the strength of our superhero slate that already includes THE FLASH, ARROW, and GOTHAM. Pairing the new acquisitions with our returning lineup stacked with more returning hit shows than ever before, we’re perfectly positioned for another trailblazing year.”

Following last year’s successful model, CTV’s new series arrive with an outstanding pedigree as some of the most acclaimed television producers and showrunners in the U.S. bolster the lineup with their latest projects. These include QUANTICO’s powerhouse producer Mark Gordon (CRIMINAL MINDS), and Greg Berlanti (ARROW, THE FLASH) -- with two installments this year – BLINDSPOT and DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. Also making a repeat appearance is Shonda Rhimes with THE CATCH, fresh off the heels of last season’s blockbuster hit HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, and Emmy® Award-winner Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI:CYBER) is also in the mix with LUCIFER this year.

And with new titles comes a whole new list of stars to light things up in primetime. This year’s roster includes: Oscar® and Tony Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock), five-time Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber (ALIAS), Golden Globe® winner Don Johnson (MIAMI VICE), Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Mireille Enos (THE KILLING), Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Golden Globe nominee Wentworth Miller (PRISON BREAK), Bollywood break-out star Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom), Delroy Lindo (The Cider House Rules), Chace Crawford (GOSSIP GIRL), Luis Guzmán (HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA), Arthur Darvill (DR. WHO), Marvel Cinematic Universe star Jaimie Alexander (Thor and Thor: The Dark World), Sullivan Stapleton (STRIKE BACK), and Bonnie Somerville (FRIENDS).

CTV’s New 2015/16 Acquired Series:

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QUANTICO
A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. QUANTICO stars Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom) as Alex, Jake McLaughlin (BELIEVE) as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis (THE BOOK OF NEGROES) as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri (Caramel) as Nimah, Johanna Braddy (GREEK) as Shelby, Tate Ellington (THE MINDY PROJECT) as Simon and Graham Rogers (REVOLUTION) as Caleb. QUANTICO was written by Josh Safran (GOSSIP GIRL). Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon (CRIMINAL MINDS, Saving Private Ryan) and Nick Pepper (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES). QUANTICO is produced by ABC Studios.

BLINDSPOT
Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire), Jaimie Alexander (Thor) and Oscar® nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (WITHOUT A TRACE) star in this one-hour action thriller from Berlanti Productions (THE FLASH, ARROW, PAN) and writer/executive producer Martin Gero (THE L.A. COMPLEX). Stapleton stars as hardened FBI agent Kurt Weller, who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac, Jane Doe (Alexander), is found in Times Square covered in a series of cryptic tattoos ... including his name on her back. As Weller and his teammates at the FBI -- among them, wartime vet Edgar Reed (Rob Brown, TREME), the secretive Tasha Zapata (Audrey Esparza, BLACK BOX), and Assistant Director Mayfair (Jean-Baptiste) -- begin to investigate the veritable treasure map that are Jane Doe's tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations -- the information they uncover might ultimately change the world. At the center of this mystery is the relationship between Weller and Jane Doe. With every passing day, Jane unveils a new skill or a hidden talent without understanding its origin, while Weller is drawn deeper into his troubled, complicated relationship with this enigmatic woman. They both strive to make a connection, unaware of the dangerous blindspot that threatens them. BLINDSPOT also stars Ukweli Roach (THE ROYALS) as Dr. Borden, and Ashley Johnson (THE KILLING) as Patterson. Sarah Schechter (THE FLASH) and Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) are also executive producers on the series. BLINDSPOT is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions.

CODE BLACK
Set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation, this new medical drama follows LA County Hospital doctor Leanne Royer (Marcia Gay Harden, THE NEWSROOM), a brilliant, hard-nosed residency director training a group of new doctors in her aggressive style of medicine borne out of her own shocking past and often putting her at odds with colleagues and students. CODE BLACK also stars Bonnie Somerville (FRIENDS) as Christa Lorenson, Melanie Kannokada (Boogie Nights) as Malaya Pineda, Benjamin Hollingsworth (Joy Ride 3) as Mario Savetti, Harry M. Ford (Louder Than Bombs) as Angus Leighton, Luis Guzman (HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA) as nurse Jesse Sallander, Raza Jaffrey (HOMELAND) as Dr. Neal Hudson, and William Allen Young (District 9) as Dr. Rollie Guthrie. Executive producers are Michael Seitzman (INTELLIGENCE), Marti Noxon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Linda Goldstein-Knowlton (Whale Rider), Ryan McGarry (Code Black), and David Semel (MADAM SECRETARY). CODE BLACK is produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.

OIL
Billy (Chace Crawford, GOSSIP GIRL) and Cody Lefever (Rebecca Rittenhouse, Philadelphia) dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon (Don Johnson, NASH BRIDGES) who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. OIL also stars Delroy Lindo (The Cider House Rules) as Tip, Amber Valletta (REVENGE) as Carla, Scott Michael Foster (GREEK) as Wick, India de Beaufort (ONE TREE HILL) as Jules, and Yani Gellman (The Lizzie McGuire Movie) as AJ. OIL was written by Josh Pate (LEGENDS) and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz (24), Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins, and Don Johnson (MIAMI VICE). OIL is produced by ABC Signature.

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DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
When heroes alone are not enough ... the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill, Doctor Who) is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat -- one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. From the creators of THE FLASH and ARROW comes this super hero team-up unlike anything that’s ever been seen on television before. Combining characters from both shows -- in addition to new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon -- this epic story lives in an interconnected universe and presents a high-stakes "feature film" experience with edge- of-your-seat action, time travel, seamless visual effects and an infectiously fun character dynamic that's like a FLASH/ARROW crossover ... times a hundred! Featuring ARROW's Brandon Routh as The Atom and Caity Lotz as the resurrected Sara Lance/White Canary; with THE FLASH's Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein alongside Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave; plus, the newest heroes Rip Hunter, Jeff Jackson (Franz Drameh, Edge of Tomorrow), and the reincarnated warrior queen Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee, Pippin), this singular super hero spinoff series pits the ragtag team against an immortal threat that remains one of the most powerful villains in the DC Comics universe. Greg Berlanti (The Flash) executive produces, alongside Marc Guggenheim (ARROW), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash), and Sarah Schechter (The Flash). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

LUCIFER
LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis, RUSH) has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels, where he owns an upscale piano bar called Lux. Lucifer is enjoying his retirement and indulging in a few of his favorite things -- wine, women, song -- when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him. He's not sure whether it's his suppressed desire to punish the wicked or something deeper and more confusing -- is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him -- as well as his best friend and confidante, Mazikeen / Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt, THE LIBRARIANS), a fierce demon in the form of beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German, CHICAGO FIRE), who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve the pop star's murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe's inherent goodness. Used to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, he begins to wonder if there's hope yet. At the same time, God's emissary, the angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside, SUITS), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. But with the City of Angels at his feet and a newfound purpose, Lucifer's having too much fun to go back now. Sexy, dark and irreverent, this one-hour drama from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, based on the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, offers up the concept that everyone might have a chance at redemption ... even the Devil. Executive producers are Tom Kapinos (CALIFORNICATION), Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI: CYBER, THE AMAZING RACE), Jonathan Littman (CSI: CYBER), Ildy Modrovich (CALIFORNICATION), Len Wiseman (SLEEPY HOLLOW), KristieAnne Reed (CSI: CYBER), and Joe Henderson (WHITE COLLAR), who also serves as showrunner. LUCIFER is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

THE CATCH
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, THE CATCH is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos, THE KILLING)). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. THE CATCH stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard (CSI) as Evan, Jay Hayden (CRIMINAL MINDS) as James, Jacky Ido (Inglorious Basterds) as Emil, Rose Rollins (THE L WORD) as Andie Derringer, and Elvy Yost (THE OFFICE) as Maria. THE CATCH was written by Jennifer Schuur (HANNIBAL). Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, GREY’S ANATOMY), Betsy Beers (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, GREY’S ANATOMY), and Julie Anne Robinson (SCANDAL). THE CATCH is produced by ABC Studios.

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BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
Five Emmy Awards and a Tony Award make multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris the perfect star for this live one-hour show that is unlike any other currently on American television. Complete with stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited surprises, this show proves that anything can happen, and it can happen to you. Based on the wildly popular British hit Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, the modernized variety show format and its fearless, multi-talented star will make for one of the best nights ever on TV week after week. Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), Orly Adelson (Golden Globe Awards), Siobhan Greene (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway), David A. Hurwitz (FEAR FACTOR), Anthony McPartlin (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway) and Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway) executive produce. Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris is produced by ITV Studios America.

SLEEPY HOLLOW
Thrilling mystery-adventure drama SLEEPY HOLLOW joins the CTV lineup for Season 3. The critically-acclaimed series spans two and a half centuries, in which a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, Salmon Fishing in Yemen) pairs up with a present-day police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie, Shame) to save the enigmatic town of Sleepy Hollow – and the world – from unprecedented evil. The jaw-dropping Season 2 conclusion left Ichabod Crane and Lieutenant Abbie Mills with a decisive, albeit heartbreaking, victory over evil. In the name of good, Crane made the ultimate decision to kill his wife, Katrina Crane (Katia Winter, DEXTER). With evil seemingly at bay, the third season will explore how the partnership between Crane and Mills will evolve and what challenges these two witnesses will now face. SLEEPY HOLLOW is co-created by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), Roberto Orci (Star Trek), Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman (Underworld). The series is executive produced by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, Heather Kadin (SCORPION) and Clifton Campbell (WHITE COLLAR), who also serves as showrunner. SLEEPY HOLLOW is from K/O Paper Products in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

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May 22, 2015

TVO terminates agreement with documentary producer, seeks refund

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TORONTO, May 22, 2015 /CNW/ - TVO announced today that it has formally advised White Pine Pictures that it is terminating the Agreement to commission a documentary about Premier Kathleen Wynne and the lead up to the 2015 Ontario provincial budget and is requesting a refund of all monies paid toward the project.

"From the beginning, TVO insisted to White Pine Pictures that there be a journalistic treatment of this film including hiring a journalist as director," said John Ferri, VP of Current Affairs and Documentaries. "TVO consistently supported the director's vision for the film. Once she left the project, we felt we had no choice but to do so as well. In addition to the fact that this project no longer has a director, several of White Pine Pictures' other obligations were not met and therefore regrettably we are terminating the Agreement."

In its notification to White Pine Pictures, TVO noted that:

·         A completed documentary with a director attached to the project was not delivered. Director Roxana Spicer formally resigned in writing from the White Pine Pictures' project. The lack of a director is a fundamental deficiency for a documentary production;

·         A documentary consistent with TVO's journalistic standards for editorial integrity, independence and quality, as required by the Agreement, was not delivered;

·         A documentary fully cleared as required by the Agreement was not delivered. As White Pine Pictures informed TVO, signed access agreements and accompanying releases for several figures who participated were not obtained;

·         A documentary with Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance as required by the Agreement was not delivered. White Pine Pictures informed TVO that it would not be seeking E&O insurance without the signed access agreements and accompanying releases, and;

·         A finished documentary which met the terms of our Agreement in a timely manner to allow for our scheduled air date as agreed was not delivered.

White Pine Pictures continues to be the owner of the content of the project. Written notice has been sent to White Pine Pictures stating that TVO is seeking reimbursement for $114,075 already advanced to White Pine Pictures for the documentary's production.

As part of TVO's broadcast license, TVO is required to operate independently and at arm's length from government and to exercise full editorial independence. This requirement is strictly adhered to in all cases.
*See BACKGROUNDER attached.

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May 22, 2015

Bloody Good News! Space Orders Third Season of its Original Smash-Hit Series, BITTEN

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ANAHEIM (May 22, 2015) – As announced earlier today by BITTEN star Laura Vandervoort on a special, on-location edition of THE SOCIAL from Disneyland, Space confirms that it has ordered a third season of its most-watched original series ever, BITTEN. Based on the best-selling series of novels by Kelley Armstrong and produced by No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One Television (eOne), and Hoodwink Entertainment, Season 3 sees the return of genre icon Laura Vandervoort (SMALLVILLE, Ted) as Elena Michaels; Greyston Holt (ALCATRAZ, DURHAM COUNTY) as Clayton Danvers; Greg Bryk (A History Of Violence, ROOKIE BLUE) as Jeremy Danvers; Steve Lund (BEING ERICA, HAVEN) as Nick Sorrentino, and Genelle Williams (WAREHOUSE 13) as Rachel Sutton. Viewers who have yet to join The Pack can stream BITTEN Season 1 on CraveTV right now. Season 2 of BITTEN will air on CTV Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning July 4.

“BITTEN is a great success story for Space,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “It’s been extremely gratifying to witness the series build such a passionate and dedicated international fan base. Congrats to the cast, crew, and our partners No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One, and Hoodwink Entertainment. We look forward to yet another great season of this killer series.”

“We are extremely excited to be headed back into production for a third season and are so proud of our success on Space,” said J.B Sugar, Executive Producer, No Equal Entertainment. “We couldn't do it without the continuing support from Bell Media and our incredible fans in Canada and around the world.”

“This is a tremendous achievement which wouldn’t be possible without our talented cast and crew and Space’s unwavering support of the series,” said John Morayniss, Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One Television. “Alongside No Equal Entertainment and Hoodwink Entertainment, we are thrilled to continue this incredible journey and looking forward to sinking our teeth into what's sure to be another nail-biting season.”

BITTEN is executive produced by J.B. Sugar (THE COLLECTOR, JPOD) for No Equal Entertainment, John Barbisan, and Patrick Banister (WHISTLER) for Hoodwink Entertainment, and Tecca Crosby, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for eOne. Daegan Fryklind (MOTIVE, THE LISTENER) is Showrunner. Executive Producers Fryklind and Wil Zmak return to write for Season 3. Also in the writing room are Larry Bambrick, Jenn Engels, and Garfield Lindsay Miller.

BITTEN is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne in association with Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco Program Development Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Rebecca DiPasquale and Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy are Production Executives, Drama, Bell Media. Tom Hastings is Director of Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. 

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May 22, 2015

Say Yes to the Dress Canada Gives Fans a Romantic Getaway and Wedding Destination Ideas with Weddingvacations.com

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(May 22, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) W Network’s Say Yes to the Dress Canada is excited to announce its sponsorship with Weddingvacations.com for upcoming new episodes of the hit series. In addition to premiering new episodes from Say Yes to the Dress Canada’s first season, W Network has partnered with Weddingvacations.com to direct viewers to the top online resource for destination wedding and honeymoon planning with destination-wedding experts/consultants.  The partnership includes a contest for an all-inclusive vacation for two at the recently opened Hideaway at Royalton in Cancun, Mexico that offers couples and newlyweds alike a luxurious ‘resort within a resort’ experience within Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. The contest begins on June 22 on WNetwork.com. New episodes of Say Yes to the Dress Canada air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

“These two brands are a perfect match. Say Yes to the Dress Canada gives inspiration to brides-to-be who are on the search for the perfect gown to match their style, image and budget and Weddingvacations.com offers viewers a go-to guide for finding the perfect location for their special occasion – like a destination wedding or honeymoon,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Client Marketing, Corus Entertainment. “Our team worked directly with Weddingvacations.com and their agency VMC Media to develop a robust media program, including bridal vignettes inspired by Say Yes to the Dress Canada and featuring a bridal consultant from the series”.

Jacqueline Grossman, Senior Marketing Director for Sunwing Travel Group added, “WeddingVacations.com provides destination inspiration for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways in a tropical location. We are very excited about this partnership given the opportunity for branded content across multiple platforms. During the series, our wedding consultants offer brides to-be valuable insights regarding which dresses to pick for a warmer climate, advice on the best honeymoon locations, hints and tips on how best to pack and much more.”

The national multi-tiered, on-air campaign was secured for Weddingvacations.com by their media agency VMC and targets women 25-54.  The partnership will include brandsell, on-air billboards, sponsorship of closed captioning, lower third brand placement, on-air contest spot, online microsite and custom vignettes all produced by Corus Client Marketing. The vignettes will feature a bridal consultant from the series, wedding consultant from Weddingvacations.com and a beautiful bride to be. Weddingvacations.com is the creative new source for destination wedding and honeymoon planning and a go-to inspiration for picture-perfect special occasions in paradise. A true "one-stop shop" that covers everything from sizzling locales and exclusive resorts, to the tips and trends that will ensure a celebration is the stress-free.

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May 21, 2015

CRTC invites Canadians to participate in a project measuring the performance of their broadband Internet services

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May 21 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today invited Canadians to participate in a project that will measure the performance of their home broadband Internet services. The CRTC is collaborating in this project with major Internet service providers (ISPs) across the country and SamKnows, a company that specializes in measuring broadband services.

The CRTC is recruiting up to 6,200 Canadians to help measure the Internet services provided by the participating ISPs. Volunteers will receive a device, called a "Whitebox", that they will connect to their modem or router. The Whitebox will periodically measure broadband performance, testing a number of parameters associated with the broadband Internet connection, including download and upload speeds. The measurement tests will run when users are not actively using their Internet connection. The privacy of Canadians will also be assured. No information concerning online activities will be collected.

The results of this project will enable Canadians to gain additional insight into network performance, including actual connection speeds, and provide them with a better understanding of whether certain Internet services from participating ISPs are delivering speeds as advertised. These results will also provide data that will enable the CRTC to improve its broadband policy-making.

Using these results as a baseline, the CRTC intends to publish a comprehensive report highlighting the findings of this project. While the initial project is set to last for one year, the CRTC intends to continue gathering data beyond the initial year. The data will ultimately form part of the CRTC’s data collection and monitoring activities.

Canadians who wish to become involve with this project can review the criteria for eligibility and apply by completing an online form.  

The CRTC recently launched a major proceeding to review basic telecommunications services in Canada, including the services that all Canadians need to participate in the digital economy.

Quick facts
The CRTC, in collaboration with major Internet service providers and SamKnows, is inviting Canadians to participate in a project that will measure the performance of their broadband Internet services.
Participants will receive a device, called a Whitebox, that they will connect to their modem or router.
Study information will only be collected when users are not connected. The privacy of Canadians will also be assured. No information concerning online activities will be collected.
The CRTC’s mandate includes ensuring that Canadians have access to a world-class communication system.
The CRTC recently launched a major proceeding to review basic telecommunications services in Canada, including  the services that all Canadians need to participate in the digital economy.

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"The project we are launching today in collaboration with SamKnows and major Canadian Internet service providers will provide valuable information. This will help Canadians better understand the performance of their Internet services and whether certain Internet services from participating ISPs are delivering speeds as advertised. No information will be collected about the online activities of participants. This project is designed to run tests through an Internet connection to collect data on connection speeds. Of course, this project will only be successful if Canadians participate. We encourage those who are interested to fill out the online form today."
Barbara Motzney, CRTC Chief Consumer Officer

Related links
Learn about Internet Speed and Performance
CRTC initiates review of basic telecommunications services for all Canadians
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134

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May 21, 2015

LAMB CREATIVE GROUP CELEBRATES 1st ANNIVERSARY WITH GOLD CPRS ACE AWARD WIN

‘Yves Veggie Cuisine Food To Love’ Campaign Wins ‘Best in Media Relations’

(Toronto, ON) May 21, 2015 – Celebrating its first anniversary, Lamb Creative Group took home gold at last night’s Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) 2015 Ace Awards Gala in Toronto. Its ‘Yves Veggie Cuisine Food To Love’ campaign was recognized with a Gold Ace Award in the Best in Media Relations Under $50,000 category.

The winning campaign that launched this past fall, garnered national top-tier media pick-up across all media platforms and featured past Top Chef Canada contestant, Chef Lauren Marshall. The Lamb Creative Group team worked with Hain Celestial to develop a national awareness strategy that lead to over 7 million impressions and an unprecedented increase in sales.

“When I launched Lamb Creative Group a year ago, it was with the vision of providing top notch collaboration with our client partners to achieve these kinds of award-winning results,” said Nikki Lamb Tudico, President, Lamb Creative Group. “Being honoured with a Gold Ace Award win is a testament to how we raise the bar, providing customized campaigns that break through the cluttered mediascape. It’s also one hell of an anniversary gift, celebrating the hard work and dedication that got us here.”

Lamb Creative Group launched a year ago as a modern collective agency offering marketing, branding, communications, social media, events and photo/video services. By assembling custom teams tailored to each client partner’s needs, it develops and executes ambitious campaigns that accelerate profit and growth. Lamb Creative Group services clients worldwide and specializes in the Entertainment, Travel, Food & Beverage, Technology and Health industries.

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May 21, 2015

Huge Zombies? Giant Vikings? Monster Motorcycles? shomi Announces a New Way to Take Over the Biggest Screen in the House – the TV shomi is Now Available on Google Chromecast

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TORONTO (May 21, 2015) – The popcorn and magic experience just got bigger! Today, shomi™ is available on Google Chromecast. For entertainment lovers, this is a great day indeed!  Why? shomi members now have a simple and easy way to get the streaming service on the big screen by simply casting from their mobile device, tablet, or computer directly to a TV. From an un-dead crime solver in iZombie, to marauding Vikings, and the Sons of Anarchy biker code – these series demand a big-screen binge experience! And since the casting is from the shomi app, members will get the fully-immersive and interactive shomi experience, in HD quality, while watching on a larger TV screen. shomi features a deep library of exclusive content that the other guys don’t have, so after hours of zombies, Vikings and motorcycles, shomi on Chromecast makes it super-easy to dive into award-winners Jane The Virgin and Transparent, The Americans, Modern Family, and more. With exclusive titles like Catastrophe, Mozart in the Jungle, and Transparent – not available on any broadcast service in Canada – Chromecast makes it easy for shomi members to experience these must-see series on the big screen.

“Even before we launched, Chromecast was on our shomi roadmap as a must-have for our service and I’m delighted that we’re now able to deliver this experience to our members,” said Ann Tebo, Director, Product Management, shomi. “With Chromecast, Apple TV, and Xbox 360, there are now three Internet-connected ways for customers to get great shomi content on the big screen.”

"We’re thrilled that Canadians will now be able to access all their favourite shomi programming on Chromecast,” said Suveer Kothari, Director of Chromecast Partnerships, Google. “Chromecast lets you watch everything you love to stream on the screen of your choice, and with the new shomi app, it’s never been easier to enjoy top shows on the biggest screen in your home.”

What is it? How does it work? Chromecast and shomi are an ideal media match! Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV. Members can simply use their laptop, mobile device, or tablet to cast shomi right onto their big screen – while maintaining full functionality of the shomi online experience. Just plug and play!

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