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September 2, 2015

FIVE NEW RECIPIENTS OF SHAW MEDIA-HOT DOCS FUNDS ANNOUNCED

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Toronto, September 2, 2015 - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that five projects have been chosen to receive a total of $120,000 in grants from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its fifteenth round of disbursements. Established in April of 2008, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund that aim to provide Canadian documentary filmmakers with much needed financial support at critical stages in their projects.

"The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Fund's legacy is in the powerful stories it has supported over the years. The talented recipients in this round are a brilliant addition to that family of films," said Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw.

With these five projects, a total of 143 projects have received funding via Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $3,270,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the next round of funding will open in May 2015. For further information on the application process, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit www.hotdocs.ca/shawmedia.

Hot Docs is pleased to showcase Shaw Media-Hot Docs Fund projects Watermark (D: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky) and The World Before Her (D: Nisha Pahuja) at two free matinee screenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, on Sunday, September 27, as part of Culture Days 2015. Special guests will be in attendance for engaging post-screening Q&As. Free tickets (limit two per person) are now available at the Bloor box office (506 Bloor Street West). Culture Days at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is presented as part of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub for Culture Days. For more information please visit www.bloorcinema.com.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund
Eligible projects were considered by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included: Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director, Original Factual Content - Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and John Ritchie, Chief Creative Officer, Force Four Entertainment.

Three completion grants totalling $100,000 were awarded to the following projects:

HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE
Production Company: Primitive Entertainment
Director: Jay Cheel
Producer: Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon, Kevin McMahon
Executive Producer: Michael McMahon
 Inspired by H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, two men set out on a quest to build their own time machines.

SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE
Production Company: Spirit Unforgettable Films Ltd.
Director: Pete McCormack
Producer: Ben Murray
Executive Producers: Pete McCormack, Andrew Barnsley
Following Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann since his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's, the film will culminate with the band's final show at Toronto's Massey Hall.

LIVING WITH GIANTS
Production Company: MC2 Communication Média
Directors: Sébastien Rist, Aude Leroux-Lévesque
Producer: Jean-Simon Chartier
LIVING WITH GIANTS delves into the imagination of Paulusie, a young Inuk facing the difficulties of adulthood. Between the infinite ocean and prison walls, he must learn to find hope in a world of ever-growing complexity.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund
Eligible projects were considered by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included: Craig Baines, Production Executive, Original Factual Content - Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Aynsley Vogel, Director of Development, Paperny Entertainment.

Two development grants totaling $20,000 were awarded to the following projects:

SEND US YOUR BROTHER
Production Company: P & P Films
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Producer: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja
SEND US YOUR BROTHER is   an exploration of masculinity in India and how manhood is currently being re-defined. We know what it means to be a woman in India, but what does it mean to be an Indian man?

THE FORBIDDEN REEL
Production Company: Loaded Pictures
Director: Ariel Nasr
Producers: Sergeo Kirby, Noelle Sorbara
THE FORBIDDEN REEL uses a vast reserve of unseen footage to explore the richness of Afghanistan's once thriving film industry-almost destroyed by war and extremism-revealing the resilience of a country and its culture.

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September 2, 2015

TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton Debuts on Labour Day, Announces New Slate of Local Programming

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HAMILTON, ONT. (September 2, 2015) – TSN announced today that TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton will officially debut on Labour Day (Monday, Sept. 7), making it the city’s first all-sports radio station. TSN 1150 also unveiled two brand new locally-focused shows: TICATS AT NOON with host Jim Tatti, and MARSH & MILTON, the station’s daily drive home show featuring veteran Hamilton Spectator sports columnist Steve Milton and former McMaster Marauders quarterback Marshall Ferguson.

The station makes its debut on Labour Day (Monday, Sept. 7), live from Tim Hortons Field in downtown Hamilton, Ont., beginning with a live broadcast of MARK’S LABOUR DAY WEEKEND featuring the Hamilton Tiger-Cats taking on the Toronto Argonauts, as the longtime rivals battle for first place in the CFL’s East Division.

The station’s slate of daily programming including TICATS AT NOON and MARSH & MILTON begins the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 8.

TSN 1150 listeners can expect extensive live sports talk with a focus on Hamilton’s teams, including the Ticats and McMaster Marauders, as well as the Toronto and Buffalo sports scenes. Fans can listen to the station live on AM 1150 in the greater Hamilton area, online at TSN.ca, and via the TSN GO app. 

“We are thrilled to officially launch TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton, and there is no better day to introduce Hamiltonians to their new all-sports station than the Labour Day Classic,” said Mike Nabuurs, Program Director, TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton. “Launching with TICATS AT NOON and MARSH & MILTON will allow us to connect with Hamilton sports fans on one of the city’s biggest sports days. It’s a wonderful time to be a Hamilton sports fan.”

“Am I excited to hit the airwaves and spend each day breaking down Hamilton’s pride and joy, the Ticats? Yes Guy!” said Jim Tatti, host, TICATS AT NOON. “TICATS AT NOON will be fans’ #1 source for news, analysis, and discussion surrounding the team.”

“I’ve been part of the local sports scene longer than I care to mention, and I’m honoured to begin a new era for sports in Hamilton with the launch of TSN 1150,” said Steve Milton, co-host, MARSH & MILTON. “I look forward to discussing the key issues that matter to Hamilton sports fans and celebrating the best of this great sports city.”

In May 2015, the Bell Media Radio confirmed a new multi-year partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) that includes live broadcasts of all Tiger-Cats games as well as additional programming.

With the Labour Day launch of TSN Radio 1150 in Hamilton, TSN Radio is now available in seven major Canadian markets: Hamilton, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton.

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September 2, 2015

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW Kicks Off its Sixth Season with Special Segments from Across the Country and Around the World, Beginning September 7 on CTV

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – Canada’s reigning queen of daytime returns weekdays at 10 a.m. ET, as THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (@TheMarilynShow) kicks of its sixth season Monday, Sept. 7 on CTV and CTV GO (check local listings). New this season, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is set to take viewers on a special travel adventure, delivering a series of lifestyle segments from across Canada and around the world all season long. For the first time ever, the #1 Canadian lifestyle series goes international as Marilyn teams up with famed interior designer and TV personality Debbie Travis to travel to Debbie’s historic Italian villa and farm in the heart of Southern Tuscany. The Sept. 7 episode features Travis co-hosting THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW live in-studio, as the duo takes viewers on their Tuscan adventure, showing highlights of the region, and sharing personal anecdotes, authentic recipes, and more.

What happens in Vegas also ends up on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, as the program heads to “Sin City” this season (Sept. 10) to give viewers a tour of Wayne Newton’s million dollar ranch, courtesy of design expert Tommy Smythe. Tommy also jets to Copenhagen, Demark and Älmhult, Sweden this season to talk Scandinavian design influence (Nov. 12). Back on home soil, Marilyn’s experts go on a road trip across Canada as Chef Rodney Bowers surprises one lucky viewer in Bedford, Nova Scotia with a pantry makeover (Sept. 8); celebrity chef Lynn Crawford heads east to Charlottetown for the program’s first-ever live on-location cook-off between two local chefs (Sept. 17); Tommy Smythe also travels to Vancouver to showcase the latest décor trends stemming from the Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) (Oct. 1), and more.

In a career first, Marilyn Denis trades in her broadcasting skills for editorial thrills as the daytime host adds the title of guest editor to her resume for the November 2015 issue of Canadian Living magazine. Denis teams up with the nation’s largest magazine for Canadian women in celebration of the magazine’s 40th anniversary – which hits newsstands nationwide on Oct. 1. The celebration continues on-air in a special Canadian Living themed episode of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (Oct. 6) that pays tribute to the iconic magazine’s 40th anniversary milestone and features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the issue by Editor-In-Chief Sandra E. Martin. The special episode also takes viewers on a tour of Marilyn’s Toronto home and features holiday entertaining tips from the magazine’s Home & Garden Contributor Brett Walther, Fashion & Beauty Director Julia McEwen, and Food Director Annabelle Waugh, as well as etiquette tips from resident butler Charles MacPherson (a.k.a Charles the Butler).

Viewers can also look forward to additional lifestyle and celebrity guests this season including  QUEER EYE hairstylist Kyan Douglas (Sept. 11); Canadian singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw (Sept. 15); Olympian and humanitarian Clara Hughes (Sept. 16); GOTHAM’s David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova (Sept. 21); MASTERCHEF CANADA judge Michael Bonacini (Sept. 21); GREY’S ANATOMY’s James Pickens Jr. and Caterina Scorsone (Sept. 22); SAVING HOPE’s Erica Durance and Michael Shanks (Sept. 24); celebrity stylist, author, and fashion designer Carson Kressley (Sept. 29); CODE BLACK’s Benjamin Hollingsworth and Bonnie Somerville (Sept. 30); realtors Hilary Farr and David Visentin (Oct. 1); home renovation and real estate experts  Drew and Jonathan Scott (Oct. 5); veteran contractor and DIY expert Bryan Baeumler and Sarah Baeumler (Oct. 8); British TV personality and food writer Nigella Lawson (Nov. 3), and more. Plus, MARILYN’s annual fan favourite “Halloween Spooktacular” special and “10 Days of Giveaways” holiday gift guide also return this season.

Since its debut in January 2011, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW has been the #1 Canadian lifestyle series for five straight years. Its highest-rated season to date, Season 5 of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW averaged 275,000 viewers, up 22% versus its previous season, and up 37% versus Season 1. With a strong loyal following tuning in each week, the program’s average weekly reach on CTV and CTV Two is 3.7 million combined. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW also continues to attract new viewers and has seen double-digit percentage growth year-over-year among all key adult and female demos. Last season also delivered a series-high audience of 419,000 viewers (Feb. 16, 2015). THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is set to celebrate an additional record this season, when it marks its 1,000th episode this November on CTV.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs live weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV.ca, and CTV GO; then again at 11 a.m. ET on CTV Two, and on demand at Marilyn.ca. The following is a breakdown of broadcast times in each province on CTV. 

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September 2, 2015

Space Returns to FAN EXPO Canada™ with Must-See Exclusive Panels and Autograph Sessions

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – FAN EXPO Canada™ is back for another long weekend of genre fanfare in Toronto and Space and INNERSPACE are at the epicenter of it all. Hosted by Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, fans can look forward to INNERSPACE LIVE panels featuring Q&As with the stars of Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, recently renewed for a second season; Canadian sci-fi series DARK MATTER; and the much-anticipated new series THE EXPANSE. As always, the iconic Space booth (#1238) will be the go-to spot for exclusive celebrity autograph sessions and much-anticipated giveaways including the highly sought-after #SpaceDeck trading cards. For fans not able to make it in person, INNERSPACE has all the highlights from the weekend on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. ET, as they kick off their new season.
The INNERSPACE LIVE action kicks off Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. ET with an exclusive DARK MATTER panel featuring cast members Jodelle Ferland, Anthony Lemke, and Alex Mallari Jr.
Then, on Saturday, Sept. 5, Space presents the exclusive Canadian premiere screening of THE EXPANSE at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a Q&A with series stars Steven Strait and Florence Faivre.
Capping off an action-packed weekend on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. ET, Space’s KILLJOYS triumphantly return to Fan Expo with series creator and showrunner Michelle Lovretta, series star Aaron Ashmore, and the voice of Lucy, Tamsen McDonough.

Widely seen as Canadian genre ambassadors, the INNERSPACE hosts have also been tapped to helm Fan Expo’s most highly-anticipated panels including “An Evening with The Doctor’s Companions” featuring a Q&A with DOCTOR WHO’s current companion Jenna Coleman and past companion Karen Gillen; “Hogwarts Reunion: An Evening with the Stars Of Harry Potter” featuring a Q&A with Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and twins, James and Oliver Phelps; and a Q&A with famed X-FILES star Gillian Anderson. The INNERSPACE hosts will also lead Q&As with Hayley Atwell from CTV’s MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, the cast of THE WALKING DEAD, Aquaman’s Jason Momoa, and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s kick-@ss “Agent May,” played by Ming-Na Wen.

Fans will also want to stop by the Space booth for the latest info on Space programming, and all the details on how to collect the exclusive new #SpaceDeck trading cards, returning after a hugely successful launch at last year’s convention. Click here for the full rules & FAQ for the #SpaceDeck mission.

Follow all the Fan Expo action as @SpaceChannel live-tweets the INNERSPACE LIVE panels and news from the convention floor. For a behind-the-scenes look, fans can follow Space on Instagram and Snapchat. For outlets looking for comment from inside Fan Expo, the INNERSPACE hosts are available for interviews at the convention centre for the duration of Fan Expo.

SPACE’s FAN EXPO CANADA’s™ SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Sept. 3
7 p.m.             INNERSPACE LIVE with DARK MATTER
Location: Room 714
8 p.m.             Space autograph session with the cast of DARK MATTER
Location: Space Booth (#1238)

Friday, Sept. 4
5 p.m.             Space photo op with the hosts of INNERSPACE

Saturday, Sept. 5
11 a.m.           Space autograph session with the hosts of INNERSPACE
Location: Space Booth (#1238)
2 p.m.             INNERSPACE LIVE with the cast of THE EXPANSE
Location: Room 701A
3:30 p.m.       Space autograph session with the cast of THE EXPANSE
Location: Space Booth (#1238)

Sunday, Sept. 6
2 p.m.             INNERSPACE LIVE with the cast of KILLJOYS
Location: Room #701A
3 p.m.             Space autograph session with the cast of KILLJOYS
Location: Space Booth (#1238)

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September 2, 2015

FX and FXX Debut an All-Star Lineup of Premium Fall Programming, Starting Sept. 9

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) Epic dramas, nail-biting thrillers, and gut-busting comedies complete FX and FXX’s prime-time lineup this fall, bringing audiences the most-anticipated titles and high-profile talent of the season, beginning Sept. 9.

FX

Debuting Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) is Kurt Sutter’s new period piece, The Bastard Executioner. From emotional pitfalls to political upheavals, this 10-episode, blood-soaked season follows 14th Century warrior Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones, Magical Tales) who lays down his sword and is forced to become a journeyman executioner. The show also stars Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), who plays a mystical healer named Annora, and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) as the devious chamberlain, Milus Corbett.

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave, as the fifth installment of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning series, American Horror Story: Hotel, premieres Wednesday Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Set in modern-day Los Angeles, Hotel chronicles the story of the mysterious characters that work and visit the haunted Hotel Cortez. Joining series regulars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates are singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, actor Max Greenfield (New Girl), and model and actress Naomi Campbell (Empire).

Rounding out the FX lineup is a new season of the investigative and thrilling anthological crime-drama Fargo, airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning October 12 (check local listings). With an all-new cast – including Ted Danson (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), Jesse Plemons (Battleship), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) – Season 2 tracks a true crime case in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota.

FXX

FXX kicks off its fall lineup with the final season fantasy football hit The League, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Sept. 9 (check local listings). This clever comedy follows friends Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi), Ruxin (Nick Kroll), Pete (Mark Duplass), Taco (Jon Lajoie), and Andre (Paul Scheer) as they compete in a fantasy football league and pull pranks on each other for the last time in order to win the league trophy.

Immediately following The League, hilarity continues with Season 2 of You’re the Worst premiering Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Fall head over heels with the dark and twisted romantic-comedy that follows Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) and Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) as they learn how to live with each other when they can barely live with themselves.

Viewers can catch up on their favourite FX and FXX shows American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, You’re the Worst, The League and Fargo (available Sept. 12) on shomi before their eagerly awaited premieres dates this fall.

FX FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES
All dates are subject to change. All times ET. (s) = simulcast

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10 p.m. – The Bastard Executioner (s) **NEW – Two-hour Premiere**

Wednesday, Oct. 7
10 p.m. – American Horror Story: Hotel (s), Season 5

Monday, Oct. 12
10 p.m. – Fargo (s), Season 2

FXX FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES
All dates are subject to change. All times ET
Wednesday, Sept. 9
10 p.m. – The League (s), Season 7
10:30 p.m. – You’re The Worst (s), Season 2

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September 2, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris hosts BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

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TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – The countdown to fall premieres is on, and CTV announced today its new, live, anything-can-happen series BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS has been upgraded to air across CTV for its first three weeks, before moving to CTV Two on Oct. 6 (see scheduling details below). The series will now receive its highly anticipated broadcast premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT across Canada in all CTV markets. Hosted by the multi-talented, five-time EMMY and Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris, the eight-episode, one-hour, live series is based on the popular hit British television series ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY, produced by ITV Studios America and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

“We’re seizing an opportunity to make this hot new series available to the largest possible audience, coupled with a desire to drive on-demand awareness and digital uptake when it moves to CTV Two,” said Mike Cosentino, Head, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “And of course the series will be available to all Canadians via CTV GO and CTV.ca.”

Already generating a lot of buzz, the genre-busting series promises stunts, sketch comedy, pranks, musical performances, magic, audience interaction and giveaways, celebrity appearances, and unlimited surprises. BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS airs Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, before continuing in its regular Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot on CTV Two beginning Oct. 6 (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

“We are thrilled to have CTV on board as our Canadian TV partner for this exciting live entertainment series. Audiences truly have not seen anything like this!” said Craig Bohland, VP Sales, North America, ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The celebrity guests confirmed to appear on the series so far this season include Academy Award®-winning actress Reese Witherspoon (Hot Pursuit) and Grammy Award-winning singer Ricky Martin, who will participate in a game with viewers at home. Each episode of BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS features a celebrity guest announcer and will conclude with a segment dubbed the “End of the Show Show,” which will be a production number similar to the musical performances Harris is known for from his roles as host for THE OSCARS®, Tony Awards®, and EMMY Awards.

The wildly popular U.K. series ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY has been on the air for 12 seasons, and will return in 2016 for its thirteenth. In 2014, the series took to the road to give fans the chance to experience it live on stage with the touring show Takeaway on Tour. ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY and its hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly received BAFTA Awards in 2014 and 2015 for Best Entertainment Programme and Best Entertainment Performance respectively and both Ant and Dec serve as executive producers for BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. The duo will travel to New York, where BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is being filmed, for the series’ premiere.

BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is produced by ITV Studios America and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Executive Producers are Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), Siobhan Greene (THE X FACTOR), David A. Hurwitz (FEAR FACTOR), Anthony McPartlin (ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY), Declan Donnelly (ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY). The series is written by Mason Steinberg (87TH ACADEMY AWARDS®) and Jim Wise (THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO). 

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September 1, 2015

Sportsnet Delivers Historic Ratings in August, Powered by Record Blue Jays Audiences

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TORONTO (September 1, 2015) Sportsnet, home of everything Blue Jays, continues its 16-month reign as Canada’s #1 sports brand on TV, bolstered by the team’s winningest month in franchise history.  For August, Sportsnet delivered a network record 6.8 audience share and an average minute audience of 266,000 – 113% higher than its closest competitor.

Sportsnet was also Canada’s highest-ranked specialty channel in August (three spots higher than its closest competitor) and the third most-watched of all Canadian networks (conventional or specialty).

Highlights from Sportsnet’s audience growth in August is as follows:

How about ‘dem Blue Jays?
Sportsnet’s Blue Jays broadcasts in August delivered an average audience of 1.29 million, which represents an increase of 112% over the average audience of the same month in 2014 (609,000)
23 Blue Jays broadcasts in August surpassed the one million viewer mark, marking a total of 26 Blue Jays broadcasts to eclipse the one million viewer mark, season-to-date
Blue Jays Central , the pre-game show hosted by Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun, delivered an average audience of 422,000 in August, marking a 139% increase year-over-year
Jays in 30, the popular condensed-replay of Sportsnet’s game broadcasts, attracted an average audience of 137,000 viewers in August, up 213% year-over-year
Season-to-date, Sportsnet is delivering an average audience of 793,000 for its Blue Jays broadcasts in 2015, up 36% over the average audience, season-to-date in 2014

MLB on Sportsnet
For the month of August, MLB coverage on Sportsnet (non-Blue Jays) is up 94% vs. same time last year, delivering an average audience of 189,000

Tim & Sid
In its second full month on the air, Tim & Sid have experienced an 18% increase (2+) and currently sit as the most-watched sports program in the country during the 6–7 p.m. ET timeslot

Sportsnet Central (Prime-Time Edition)
The prime-time edition of Sportsnet Central delivered an average audience of 278,000 in August – 191% higher than its closest competitor

*Sportsnet channels include Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific; Sportsnet ONE; and Sportsnet 360
**Sportsnet channels include Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific; Sportsnet ONE; and Sportsnet 360
TV Source: Numeris, AMA(000) & Share of Total TV English, Jan 1/15 – August 31/15 for YOY (confirmed up to August 23/15), Apr 6 – Aug 31/15 v. same time last season for Blue Jays, Total Canada. All audiences are 2+, unless otherwise noted. Comparisons based on all Sportsnet stations unless otherwise noted.

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September 1, 2015

It’s #HereForReal Canada! Corus Entertainment Launches Disney Channel in 10 Million Households

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(September 1, 2015 - Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce that Disney Channel has officially launched for the first time ever in Canada. The network is the destination to watch premieres, new episodes of fan favourite series and original movies. Disney Channel launches today in most markets and will be available in 10 million households by September 3 with the following distribution partners: Bell Aliant, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, CCSA members including Eastlink and Access, Cogeco Cable Canada, MTS, Rogers, Shaw, Shaw Direct, TELUS and Videotron. SaskTel customers will have access to the new service in the coming weeks. Subscribers are encouraged to check with their IPTV, cable and satellite providers to confirm their local channel listings. 

“We are thrilled to partner with all of our distributors who recognize the power and value of the Disney Channel brand,” said Maria Hale, Executive Vice President, Head of Content Distribution and Pay Television. “The network will offer subscribers an extensive slate of world-class content which will be delivered across multiple platforms.” 

Canadian viewers will get a first look at Disney Channel world premieres every day of the launch week, beginning with the one-hour special of K.C. Undercover tonight, featuring series star Zendaya and  Raven-Symoné (That's So Raven). Additional world premiere episodes include Jessie on Wednesday, September 2, Girl Meets World on Thursday, September 3 and Austin & Ally on Friday, September 4.

“We’re excited about the enthusiasm for Disney Channel’s debut in Canada,” said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. “For the first time, Canadian kids and families can look forward to the full Disney Channel experience with an exceptional lineup of Disney stars, world premieres and day-and-date airings.”

In addition to Disney Channel programming, audiences can look forward to exclusive access to Disney Junior series like Sofia the First, Miles from Tomorrowland and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, daily from 9 a.m. until noon. The newly announced fairytale-inspired animated series Goldie & Bear debuts later this fall. Saturday evenings will feature the best of Disney XD series including new episodes of Gravity Falls, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and new series Pickle and Peanut. Fans can catch a sneak peek of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy during the premiere week on Saturday, September 5.

The WATCH Disney Channel app will launch later in September, giving users premium access to live, linear streams along with a select offering of on-demand episodes. More details on the app will be announced shortly.

 About Disney Channel (Canada)
Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Disney Channel is available in Canada through a license agreement between Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment Inc. and Disney/ABC Television Group. For more information, please visit DisneyChannel.ca and corusent.com.

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September 1, 2015

La chaîne Disney : in your TV today!

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Finally! La chaîne Disney, the French-language version of Disney Channel is now available. It's sure to become a favorite among francophone families across the country! In free preview throughout the month of September, La chaîne Disney will feature popular shows that the Disney Channel is famous for, including comedies, series, cartoon and original movies with headliners that young people go crazy for!

La chaîne Disney's entertaining programming presents shows that kids, teenagers and families will love, including : Agent K.C. starring Zendaya as a secret agent; Liv et Maddie, twins that are anything but average; Le monde de Riley starring Sabrina Carpenter; Austin et Ally, two musicians on their way to international stardom, Star Wars Rebels and #doggyblog about a dog named Stan who can talk and writes a blog about his family. Younger children will enjoy preschool programming with shows like Docteur la peluche, Princesse Sofia and La maison de Mickey.

La chaîne Disney will be showing original movies, such as the long awaited Teen Beach 2, where Mack and Brady reunite with the characters from Wet Side Story who leave the '60s and step into the present day. Meanwhile in Descendants, which was broadcast this summer in the U.S. and became an immediate hit with viewers, the offspring of Disney's classic villains take center stage. Ma pire journée, directed by Quebecois film-maker Erik Canuel and shot in Montreal, tells the story of how a young girl's prom day spirals completely out of control!

In free preview throughout the month of September, families across the country can now watch La chaîne Disney. Viewers can contact their cable provider to know the availability of La chaîne Disney at home and how to subscribe. Later this fall, fans will also be able to access the best of this new channel —live and on demand—through the channel’s app.  For more information on La chaîne Disney, go to : www.DisneyLaChaine.ca

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September 1, 2015

GLOBAL BC ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW ANCHOR LINE-UP

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Chris Gailus and Sophie Lui to Anchor News Hour at 6 p.m.
VANCOUVER, September 1, 2015, Global BC is pleased to announce a brand-new lineup of hosts and personalities as it builds on its number one position for news with British Columbians*. Joining award-winning anchor Chris Gailus on Global's News Hour at 6 p.m. is Sophie Lui, a well-known journalist much loved by audiences in BC during her time as co-anchor of the Morning News and as a backup anchor for News Hour and Global National. Together, Chris and Sophie’s vast experience will provide in-depth context to the issues and events that affect viewers across the province, further strengthening our newscasts as we move to a dual anchor team.

"This change will give us more flexibility to have our best-known, most experienced anchors on scene at major events and take the strength of the News Hour across multiple platforms by providing content for BC 1 and online," said Jill Krop, News Director and Station Manager, Global BC. " With a passion for telling the stories that matter most in the community, Sophie Lui will make a great addition to News Hour alongside veteran anchor, Chris Gailus."

"This is an historic step in the evolution of the News Hour, the province's top-rated news program*. We love that more British Columbians trust us as their source for news. With more demand than ever for immediate, live coverage of breaking news events, the addition of Sophie to the anchor team allows us to be more flexible in how we cover the province's top stories." said Chris Gailus, News Hour anchor.

In addition to the move to News Hour, Sophie Lui will also join Jay Durant as co-anchor of Global News at 11, formerly News Hour Final. The 35 minute newscast will be followed by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Morning News' Steve Darling will continue his hosting duties as we start the search for a new co-host. He will be joined by a number of prominent guest hosts who will take a deeper dive into cultural and social issues until a permanent co-host is chosen.

Robin Stickley will continue to anchor Early News at 5 p.m. and will also join Noon News Hour. Lynn Colliar is returning to weekends to anchor the Saturday and Sunday Morning News and Noon News and Anne Drewa will be a passionate advocate for consumer rights across multiple newscasts, as she embarks on a new role as Global BC's consumer reporter.

The changes will start rolling out Tuesday, September 8 and will be phased in throughout the week.
*Source: Numeris PPM, Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (Sep 15-Dec 21/14 & Jan 5-May 31/15), Vancouver-Victoria EMA, A18+.

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September 1, 2015

Space Orders Second Season of its #1 Original Series, KILLJOYS

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TORONTO (September 1, 2015) – Space confirmed today that it has ordered 10 additional, one-hour episodes of its most-watched original series of all time, KILLJOYS, with production slated to begin in Toronto this winter. Created by showrunner Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL) and produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Syfy, KILLJOYS follows a trio of reclamation agents - or “Killjoys” - as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war. Season 2 of the Canadian series will see the return of  Hannah John-Kamen, (THE HOUR) as Dutch, a cunning and deadly assassin with a fierce dedication to her killjoy family; Aaron Ashmore, (SMALLVILLE), as her loyal partner John, the witty tech wizard with a vulnerable heart; and Luke MacFarlane (BROTHERS AND SISTERS) as D’avin, a former soldier and John’s hot-headed brother whose quick-tempered decisions often land him in precarious situations.

“It’s a testament to the excellence of KILLJOYS that the series gained more loyal viewers week after week in its debut season,” said Tracey Pearce, Head, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to working with our partners at Temple Street Productions and Syfy to give our engaged, genre-loving viewers what they want in Season 2 – an expanded KILLJOYS universe.”

“We are proud that KILLJOYS has connected so well with viewers to become a ratings and critical success,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions and Executive Producers of KILLJOYS. “We are thrilled to partner with Space again for a second season and look forward to building on this unique world for our stellar cast to continue the captivating journey."

Season 1 of KILLJOYS debuted with an impressive audience of 395,000 viewers and continued to attract more viewers each week, claiming a mid-season audience high of 526,000 for Episode 6 (July 24) and with its finale set to surpass 560,000 (Aug. 21). Throughout its run, KILLJOYS averaged nearly 450,000 viewers in its premiere timeslot, making it Space’s most-watched original series of all time.

Hosted by INNERSPACE’s Morgan Hoffman, and Ajay Fry, Space presents an exclusive KILLJOYS panel at FAN EXPO Canada™ taking place Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Fans will be treated to an insider’s look at the debut season and a Q&A with Aaron Ashmore, creator Michelle Lovretta, and Tamsen McDonough, the voice of the Killjoy’s artificially intelligent spaceship. For more information about the KILLJOYS panel, click here.

KILLJOYS was created by Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl, The Secret Circle) who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Executive producers are David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, and Karen Troubetzkoy. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide.

KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Syfy. Production Executives for Bell Media are Rebecca DiPasquale and Kathleen Meek. Tom Hastings is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Head, Specialty and Pay. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting.

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September 1, 2015

FAMILY CHANNEL TAKES A STAND AGAINST BULLYING WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITs 13th ANNUAL BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK Campaign

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Toronto, 1 September 2015 – To raise awareness about one of the most crucial issues facing Canadian youth today, Family Channel is launching its 13th annual Stand UP! campaign in advance of Bullying Awareness Week. This year, the network has partnered with breakout recording artist Shane Harte to create a brand new original song, which is sure to inspire Family’s music-loving fans with its message of positivity. Meanwhile, Family will commemorate Bullying Awareness Week, which runs November 16 to 22, with bullying-themed programming that will inspire youth to rise up against bullying in their community. Starting today, kids can visit Family.ca to enter for a chance to win a Stand UP! rally at their school.

“After thirteen years, it’s amazing to think about the thousands of kids who have been positively impacted by Family Channel’s Stand UP! campaign, and the incredible collaboration that occurs between Family, our research partners at PREVNet, our network celebrities and our dedicated fans that makes this campaign thrive,” said Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television. “It’s inspiring to see our own Family Channel stars really embracing the message and making this cause their own. Shane Harte, who performs the Stand UP! anthem, is a new face to the network this year and is just one of the celebrities lending their incredible voice and influence to empower Canadian youth.”

Featuring alternative-pop artist Shane Harte, the campaign’s anthem “Nobody’s Stoppin’ You” speaks to the power each one of us possesses when we refuse to let our insecurities hold us back as we stand up for what is right. The song’s moving lyrics inspire youth to look inside themselves for the inner strength to go against the tide, even when it feels like you are the only one. With the audio track debuting exclusively on Family.ca this Friday, September 4, kids across Canada can sing along to the song’s upbeat and catchy lyrics and look forward to the release of the music video when it premieres on both the network and the website later this month.

Launching today is the campaign’s annual Stand UP! Rally Contest, which will award four standout schools from across the country with an exciting and informative rally hosted by the network’s stars. Students can enter to win a rally for their school by visiting Family.ca and explaining how they Stand UP! to bullying. This year, Family Channel’s Deepa Prashad and Trevor Tordjman from The Next Step are set to host the interactive event, which includes a multimedia presentation that will address a variety of bullying-related issues and provide kids with the tips on how to prevent bullying in their community. Present and participating in the event will be a representative from PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), the national research organization that supplies Family with the statistics and factual information necessary for the campaign. The contest runs until 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 1.

During Bullying Awareness Week in November, Family Channel will air special programming including insightful content from the cast of Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage), exclusive footage from the 2015 Rally Tour and bullying-themed episodes from fan-favourite series. Popular celebrities like Becky G, The Vamps, Joey Bragg, The Tide, Shane Harte and cast members from The Next Step and Degrassi will also be on hand to deliver special messages of support to viewers by sharing their own experiences with bullying and advice on how to handle situations, both as a victim and bystander.

Those interested in Family Channel’s 13th annual Bullying Awareness Week campaign can visit Family.ca/StandUp to listen to this year’s Stand UP! anthem, watch bullying-themed episodes, nominate their school for a chance to win a Stand UP! rally and get some great advice about how to prevent bullying and spread positivity in their community. Students, parents and educators alike can download resources including printable activities and tip sheets prepared by PREVNet.

Family Channel co-founded Bullying Awareness Week in 2003 and developed the Stand UP! campaign in association with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), a national network of Canadian researchers, community organizations and governments committed to ending bullying and promoting positive relationships.

About PREVNet
Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) is a national network comprised of 122 leading Canadian research scientists and their students from 27 universities, and 62 national youth-serving organizations. Launched in 2006 with the Networks of Centres of Excellence, PREVNet’s mission is to stop bullying in Canada and to promote safe and healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth. Led by Scientific Co-Directors, Dr. Debra Pepler of York University and Dr. Wendy Craig of Queen’s University, this national knowledge mobilization network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing an unprecedented opportunity for social-cultural change. For more information, please visit www.prevnet.ca.

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August 31, 2015

Canadian Music Enjoying Significant Increase in International Airplay and Performances

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TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Canada's songwriters and composers continue to excel around the world, enjoying an overall increase of eight percent in international revenues over the previous year, according to data collected by SOCAN.

With international revenues from Canadian-created music exceeding $55-million in 2014, the performing rights organization confirmed that it was another record-breaking year for Canadian-made music performed outside of the country, topping the previous high set in 2013.

"The popularity of the work of Canada's songwriters and composers continues to rise worldwide," said SOCAN International Relations Vice President Catharine Saxberg. "Last year's increase in international revenue is proof that our music creators resonate around the globe, and that SOCAN is doing even better at the complicated job of tracking international use of music, while expanding our capabilities by attracting top talent and building valuable partnerships with our music rights counterparts worldwide."

The United States is by far the country where Canadian-created music is played most, capturing 36 percent of the international share. After the US, the countries generating the highest international earnings for SOCAN-member created music include:

France, second, generating $6.7-million in royalties for Canadian music creators, which can be attributed both to strong French-Canadian SOCAN-member appeal and that country's strong cultural belief in the legal and ethical use of music.

The United Kingdom, which continues to be a hotbed for Canadian musicians. Collections totaling $5.4-million last year, followed by Brazil ($3.7-million) and Germany ($3.3-million).

The largest percentage increase on any foreign country is in Brazil, where royalties for SOCAN members are up 36 percent. Revenue generated from Australia continues to increase, with an annual growth rate of nearly 8 percent.

In addition, the number of SOCAN-member songwriters, composers, and music publishers receiving royalties from outside of Canadahas more than doubled in the last decade.

"Canadian music creators should be thought of as an international trade success story," Saxberg added. "As the success of Canada'smusic creators on the world stage continues to grow, we will continue to foster international collective management relationships that benefit our members, the music industry, and the Canadian economy overall."

Since Catharine Saxberg joined SOCAN in early 2014, the organization has formalized its international strategy, increasing efforts to identify and collect royalties from countries with which it has agreements, now numbering more than 100 music rights organizations. SOCAN also identifies and collects Canadian royalties on behalf of music creators and publishers who are members of performing rights organizations from around the world, forwarding those monies to the appropriate sister societies.

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August 31, 2015

No “Bad Blood” in Canada! The 2015 MTV VMAs Grow 32% to Nearly 800,000 Viewers on Much and MTV

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TORONTO (August 31, 2015) – “What Do You Mean?” The 2015 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS was the most-watched broadcast on TV in Canada last night during its 9 –11:30 p.m. timeslot among total viewers, A/F 18-34, A/F 18-49, A/F 25-54, P12-34 and Teens, data from Numeris confirms. Hosted by Miley Cyrus, last night’s unforgettable, unpredictable, and unhinged live broadcast on Much and MTV drew a preliminary overnight audience of 788,000 viewers, up an impressive 32% over last year’s broadcast. Overall, the 2015 VMAs reached 2.2 million viewers, an increase of 29% over 2014.

The MTV VMA PRE-SHOW from 8 – 9 p.m. on MTV and Much drew a total audience of 488,000 viewers, nearly double the audience of last year. Trending worldwide on Twitter last night, #VMA and #VMAs had a combined total of 213 million social impressions in Canada.

The 2015 VMAs is available on demand now at MTV.ca, and encores tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Much and on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. For additional encore times, please visit mtv.ca and much.com.

Last night’s VMAs were filled with out-of-this-world performances, including Nicki Minaj – who opened the show with her single “Trini Dem Girls”, while also surprising the crowd by bringing out Taylor Swift, and smashing their feud with a killer duet of her single “The Night is Still Young”.  Also, Demi Lovato brought the heat to downtown L.A. with her new single “Cool for the Summer” with a surprise appearance by Iggy Azalea, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis recreated their “Downtown” music video.

Canadians made their mark last night with two of the nights most talked about performances: Justin Bieber made his long awaited comeback, performing his new single “What do you Mean?” for the first time ever on television – and even shed some tears after his performance. The Weeknd literally set the stage on fire with a killer performance of his single “I Can’t Feel my Face”, bringing the crowd to their feet.

Taylor Swift nabbed the most Moonmen with a total of four including “Video of the Year” for “Bad Blood”. But it was Kanye West who stole the show with a 13-minute speech that ended with him announcing his run for precedency in 2020, after receiving the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  

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August 31, 2015

Corus Entertainment’s Eastern Ontario Television Channels Flip the Switch to CTV Programming

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(Monday, August 31, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) Beginning today, Corus Entertainment’s three Eastern Ontario Television Channels – CHEX-TV in Peterborough, Channel 12 in Oshawa and CKWS-TV in Kingston – will broadcast news, sports, information and entertainment programming from CTV’s hit lineup. The switch is a result of a comprehensive program supply arrangement announced in May.

“We are thrilled that the new Bell Media agreement will give us the flexibility to expand our top-rated local programming and bolster it with the very best CTV programming from across the country,” said Dave McCutcheon, General Manager, Corus Radio and Television, Peterborough, Kingston and Oshawa, Corus Entertainment.

As part of the new programming lineup, viewers will see the best of CTV’s hit programs including The Amazing Race Canada, Saving Hope and CTV National News. Additionally, local news coverage will be increased. Monday to Friday, the channels will air local news from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. as well as a local weekend news watch program on Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. With this arrangement, CTV’s half-hour daily national news program, CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme, will be integrated into the programming lineup along with the current local daily Newswatch newscasts. 

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August 31, 2015

TSN Mourns the Passing of Soccer Broadcaster Graham Leggat

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TORONTO (August 31, 2015) – The TSN family mourns the passing of Graham Leggat, an iconic Canadian soccer commentator and host of several of TSN’s popular soccer shows, including SOCCER SATURDAY and WORLD OF SOCCER.

“With his distinct voice and Scottish charm, Graham set the standard for soccer broadcasting in Canada, helping to raise a new generation of Canadian soccer fans,” said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. “A true gentleman, Graham brought passion, integrity, and dedication to his craft. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Graham’s family and friends. His lasting impact upon soccer in Canada will always be remembered.”

With a career spanning nearly 30 years, Leggat joined TSN in 1986. He was the long-time face of the network’s soccer coverage alongside Vic Rauter, providing expert analysis on the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro, Canadian Soccer League, and more.

"It was a great honour to travel the country alongside Graham 20 weeks a year for six years of the Canadian Soccer League," said TSN’s Vic Rauter. "Graham loved the game, the people who played it, and those who watched it. After all those years, he always said there was nothing like the smell of the freshly cut pitch prior to stepping on the field. To him, it was truly the beautiful game. He was loved and will be missed."

Biography

Graham Leggat, a former Scottish International player, joined TSN in 1986 as host of TSN's SOCCER NEWS and EUROPEAN REPORT. He also hosted TSN's WORLD OF SOCCER, a weekly program featuring games and news from the premier leagues around the world, and SOCCER SATURDAY.

Leggat was a key ingredient in TSN's coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000, providing in-depth analysis throughout the tournaments.

Prior to joining TSN, Leggat was a television soccer commentator from 1974 to 1986 and covered five FIFA World Cups (1974 in Munich, 1982 in Spain, 1986 in Mexico, 1990 in Italy, and 1994 in the USA), as well as two Olympic Games (1976 in Montreal and 1984 in Los Angeles). The native of Aberdeen, Scotland also served as expert analyst for TSN's live coverage of the North American Soccer League (NASL) playoffs and championship game in October 1984.

Leggat was named the first coach of the Toronto Metros in the NASL when he came to Canada in 1971. He also served as Vice-President and Managing Director of the NASL's Edmonton Drillers for two years (1979-80).

A devoted champion of the sport, Leggat was inducted to the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 under the Builder Category. 

Leggat's 16-year soccer career included stints with Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier Division and well as several clubs in the English League during the 1950’s, including Fulham, Birmingham City and Rotherdam United. He also played in 18 international games for Scotland, including the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

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August 31, 2015

The Amazing Race Canada Season 1 favourites Jet and Dave host 3-part special The Amazing Race Canada Auditions only on Bell Fibe TV

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New show debuts September 2 giving fans an entertaining and extended look at the best Season 1 auditions from Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa
MONTRÉAL, August 31, 2015 – Bell today announced that fans of the hit CTV series The Amazing Race Canada will be able to enjoy even more great programming from their favourite show with the premiere of The Amazing Race Canada Auditions, starting September 2 only on Fibe TV and the Fibe TV app.

“The Amazing Race Canada is once again the summer’s hottest show, and Bell is thrilled to reward fans by offering them even more of this great content, not available anywhere else,” said Nicolas Poitras, Vice President at Bell Residential Services. “Thanks to unique benefits like being able to watch shows already in progress from the beginning with the exclusive Restart feature and access to more than 300 channels on mobile screens at no extra charge with the Fibe TV app, Bell Fibe TV is simply the best TV service. And now with great original TV1 content like The Amazing Race Canada Auditions, Bell is making the best TV service even better.”

Hosted by popular Season 1 competitors Jet Black and Dave Schram at high profile locations in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, The Amazing Race Canada Auditions is an original 3-part on-demand special, providing fans with an extended look at the funniest, wildest and most extreme auditions from The Amazing Race Canada Season 1.

Formerly known as Bell Local, TV1 can be found on channel 1 of the Fibe TV programming guide or on the Fibe TV app. The Amazing Race Canada Auditions will be available in the TV1 on-demand community folders, currently including Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City, with Ottawa launching this month.

With shows such as Sound & Vision, Toronto Song Project, and Made in Montréal, TV1 provides Fibe TV subcribers a variety of entertaining, informative and inspiring local content about food, entertainment, sports, people, and places in their city from a wide range of independant producers. TV1 also offers programming that brings a local perspective on popular sports franchises such as the Toronto Raptors and Montréal Canadiens as well as popular TV shows including Etalk, MasterChef Canada, The Amazing Race Canada and more.

The most-watched television program in Canada this summer, The Amazing Race Canada airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO and is available on-demand on Bell Fibe TV and the Fibe TV app.

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August 31, 2015

BravoFACT Announces Award Recipients from August 28 Jury

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TORONTO (August 31, 2015) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the 13 award recipients from the August 28 jury meeting. Selected from 182 applications, a total of $569,963 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short films. As part of the BravoFACT Year Of The Female Filmmaker initiative, funding for nine out of the 13 projects was awarded to female-led projects. The jury was anchored by Canadian actor Natalie Brown.

Since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT-supported films have enjoyed success both at home and abroad. Most recently, it was announced that two BravoFACT-funded shorts, Boxing and Boy have been selected to screen at The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival®. Additionally, recent BravoFACT-funded short The Deaths of Chet Baker has been adapted into a feature-length film, Born To Be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke and set to screen at TIFF next month.

The BravoFACT fund recipients from the August 28, 2015 jury meeting are:

Five Short Films About Technology – Jon Keltz (Producer), Kyle Hollett (Producer), Peter Huang (Director/Writer)
An anthology short that takes a darkly comic look at the absurd realities of how modern technology affects our lives daily.

Bird – Judy Holm (Producer), Michael McNamara (Producer), Sarah Jackson (Producer), Molly Parker (Director/Writer)
Sam, a man in the depths of despair, finds his mother's lost canary down the lane, and with it, unexpectedly, hope.

County Time – Evan Landry (Producer), Jonathan Bensimon (Director), Josh Peace (Writer)
For Donnie it’s just another night of heavy drinking, until a woman with a badge messes up his plans.

Currency – Jeff Pangman (Producer), Emma Higgins (Director/Writer), Martin Macphail (Writer)
With half a million online followers and $10 to her name, Robyn must choose between the instant gratification of social status and the reality of the world around her.

The Goodnight Kiss – Producer: Siobhan McCarthy (Producer), Sarah Kalil (Producer), Laura Adkin (Director/Writer)
Everything in life comes with an end date, including relationships. What if you knew how your relationship would end? Would you start it in the first place?

La Maisonette – Sorren Isler (Producer/Writer), Jack Carr (Director/Writer)
A charming, agoraphobic young woman living vicariously through her noisy neighbours is tested when she has to break through her fears to rescue those who have come to mean so much.

Love in the Age of Like –Theodore Bezaire (Producer/Director), Paul Dhillon (Writer)
A young professional woman tries to decide whether or not to break up with her boyfriend because he hasn’t “liked” any of her social media posts.

Magic Mushrooms – Michelle Woodward (Producer), Sean Wainsteim (Director/Writer)
After a teenaged boy and his crush magically switch bodies, they discover that attraction is more complicated than they thought.

A Man’s Story – Emmanuel Kabongo (Producer), Fernando Arrioja (Director), Motion (Writer)
A sparring match takes an ugly turn when jarring memories of a traumatic childhood force young painter Kam to face his father, and the disturbing notions of manhood that they have both inherited.

Paseo – Kevin Krikst (Producer), Sarah Gadon (Producer), Matthew Hannam (Director/Writer)
Tagging along on her boyfriend’s work trip, a young woman rebels against her perceived role. In an attempt to feel something new, she gets lost in a dark, dreamlike and dangerous Barcelona.

Poison in the Water – Leonardo Dell’Anno (Producer), Caroline Mangosing (Producer), Romeo Candido (Director/Writer), Matt Wells (Writer)
A recent widower joins his daughter on the search for a witch in the forest that he believes is a manifestation of her grief.

Possessed Homes – Marianna Margaret (Producer), Jordan Gavaris (Producer), Matt Landry (Director/Writer), Ben Petrie (Writer)
A real estate agent falls into a crisis after she discovers a killer niche market; possessed homes.

Tomorrow’s Shadows – Ashleigh Rains (Producer), Geordie Sabbagh (Producer/Director/Writer)
Where futures are known, and happiness is guaranteed by G.O.D., a mother is given a choice - her child or her perfect future.

Providing funding for short films since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT awards grants over four cycles per year: two grant cycles per year for scripted shorts via BravoFACT, and two grant cycles for short documentary projects via BravoFACTUAL. The next submission deadline for BravoFACTUAL is September 25, 2015. The next submission deadline for BravoFACT is December 4, 2015.

For information about BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL program requirements, and application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.

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August 31, 2015

#cdnpoli: QUESTION PERIOD Returns for 45th Season, September 6 on CTV

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TORONTO (August 31, 2015) – CTV’s flagship national political affairs program QUESTION PERIOD returns for an unprecedented 45th season, premiering Sunday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV News Channel, CTV GO, and CTV News GO. Hosted by CTV News’ multiple award-winning journalist Robert Fife, the weekly political journal of record for Canadians delivers a thorough examination of what’s happening in Canadian politics, and engaging in an incisive weekly political conversation with viewers across the country. With its trademark analysis of the latest stories from Parliament Hill and a look at the agenda for the coming week, QUESTION PERIOD is poised to serve viewers unmatched, in-depth coverage as Canadians prepare to head to the polls this fall.

“It’s a tight three way race – no one knows yet which party will win. We’ll guide our viewers through party platforms and spending promises,” said Fife. “As always, we’ll hold political newsmakers to account and offer stimulating debates. I’m excited about the election and I encourage Canadians to join us every Sunday.”

“This program isn’t just about covering federal politics, it’s about getting inside it by digging for stories that make daily headlines. QUESTION PERIOD has uncovered stories of national interest that continue to echo with Canadians year after year,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “Robert’s unwavering dedication to illuminating the stories that matter most make him the perfect guide for Canadians seeking a clear and thorough picture of what’s happening in Canadian politics, including this fall’s federal election.”

Taking viewers through the paces of the most topical political news stories, including the upcoming federal election and the latest revelations from the Mike Duffy trial, QUESTION PERIOD viewers can once again look forward to the country’s most popular political panel “The Scrum”, featuring press gallery members who have deep insights into the latest in Canadian politics.

In addition to airing Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV News Channel, encore presentations of QUESTION PERIOD air Sundays at 5 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel, CTVnews.ca/qp, the CTV News GO App, the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, via podcast, and Sundays at noon ET on CTV Two (visit CTVNews.ca/qp for detailed listings). A radio broadcast of QUESTION PERIOD also airs Sundays at 6 p.m. ET in Quebec on CJAD 800.

Based in Ottawa, Fife is also CTV News’ Ottawa Bureau Chief, as well as Executive Producer of both QUESTION PERIOD and CTV’s daily political show, POWER PLAY WITH DON MARTIN. With more than 35 years covering national politics, Fife continues to uphold his longstanding track record of breaking some of Canada’s biggest political stories, including uncovering the recent Canadian Senate expense scandal. His tireless work breaking the scandal earned him some of the highest accolades in professional journalism, including top investigative journalism prizes in 2014 from the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), including the Dan MacArthur and Ron Laidlaw Awards. Fife was also awarded the Don McGillivray Award for Investigative Journalism, top prize among all recipients in the investigative categories of the 2013 Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Awards. That same year, he was honoured with CAJ awards in the “Open Broadcast News” and “Scoop” categories. 

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August 31, 2015

Mark Shapiro Named President & CEO of Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre; Assumes Role at End of Team's Season

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TORONTO (August 31, 2015) Rogers Communications today announced that experienced baseball executive Mark Shapiro has been appointed President & CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre, effective following the completion of the team's 2015 season.  Shapiro assumes the role from current President & CEO Paul Beeston, who will retire at the end of the season.

“Mark is a seasoned baseball veteran, whose leadership, drive for excellence, and commitment to all aspects of the game is impressive.  We have confidence that he is the right person to lead the Toronto Blue Jays into the future and build upon the franchise’s legacy,” said Edward Rogers, Chairman, Toronto Blue Jays and Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications.

“Toronto is a world-class city and sports mecca, with an exciting ball club that has support from Canadians all across the country,” said Shapiro.  “The Toronto Blue Jays are a first-rate organization with outstanding leadership from Paul Beeston and a firm commitment from ownership to field a winning team.  I am excited to be part of the Rogers team and work with Guy Laurence and Rick Brace, and am honoured to be following in the footsteps of one of baseball’s greatest leaders, as I look to build on the franchise’s strong foundation and legacy in Canadian sport.”

Shapiro will report directly to Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media.  In an effort to minimize distraction during the team’s playoff run, Shapiro will not be commenting further about his appointment with the Blue Jays until he assumes his new role.

Shapiro, 48, spent the past 24 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, the last five of which were as President.  During his tenure with the ball club, the Indians appeared in the post-season eight times, including two World Series appearances.  Following both the 2005 and 2007 seasons, Shapiro was named the Sporting News Executive of the Year; he was also named the Executive of the Year by Baseball America in 2005, and was named to the elite “40 under 40” by Sports Business Journal in 2006. 

“I have known Mark for many years.  He is an exemplary executive and his passion for baseball and winning is remarkable,” said Beeston.  “I am happy to pass him the baton – but not just yet; Alex, the team, and I have a little more work to do and we’re focused on putting more Ws in the win column.” 

Added Rogers: “Paul Beeston has done a tremendous job leading the Toronto Blue Jays for many of the years since the team was established in Toronto.  He brought Canada two World Series and has us all excited looking at the prospects for this year.  Paul will always be a member of the Blue Jays team and family.  In the meantime, he has all of our support as we continue to work towards a strong post-season for the Blue Jays.”

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