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November 26, 2014

Bell Media’s Corrie Coe and Lisa LaFlamme Named Two of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

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TORONTO (November 26, 2014) – Bell Media is proud to announce that Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, and Lisa LaFlamme, Chief Anchor and Senior Editor, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, have been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) with Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Awards in the Arts and Communications category. The award celebrates the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Coe and LaFlamme will be honoured, along with their fellow award recipients, tomorrow at a Gala event in Toronto.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely alongside Corrie and Lisa and can attest that they are truly deserving of this honour,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “Both of these women are highly respected leaders in their respective fields and serve as an inspiration to all of our team members.”

Coe is a passionate advocate of Canadian programming and a committed partner to the country’s production community. As Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Coe oversees development and independent production for all of Bell Media’s English-language properties. In this role, she has helped bring some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed programming to TV screens, including THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, ORPHAN BLACK, BITTEN, FLASHPOINT, MOTIVE, MASTERCHEF CANADA, CORNER GAS, SAVING HOPE, and many more.

As the first woman in Canada to be named Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of a national, flagship weeknight newscast, LaFlamme has established a dominant and seamless presence as the trusted face and voice of news across the country. CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME averages more than 1.1 million viewers a night, cementing its place as Canada’s most-watched national newscast. LaFlamme’s hard work and leadership have garnered coveted industry recognition, including two top honours at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards – Best National News Anchor and Best National Newscast for CTV NATIONAL NEWS. A trailblazer for women in journalism and Canadian news broadcasting, LaFlamme has covered some of the most compelling national and international stories of a generation.

About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of 19,000 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female leaders.

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November 26, 2014

ORPHAN BLACK and BBC’s DOCTOR WHO to Headline Bell Media’s “Project Latte” Sci-Fi & Fantasy Collection

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TORONTO (November 26, 2014) – Watch long and prosper. Bell Media revealed today that its upcoming subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte,” will deliver to its subscribers the most-sought after sci-fi and fantasy-themed premium TV content in the country when it launches next month, anchored by genre hits ORPHAN BLACK and BBC’s DOCTOR WHO. In addition to revealing “Project Latte’s” Sci-Fi & Fantasy collection, Bell Media also announced today that ARROW and THE FLASH are the first titles confirmed for the service’s Superhero collection. Today’s announcements are the latest in a series of programming confirmations for Canada’s premium TV streaming service, set to launch in December.

“Some of the hottest TV shows on earth right now are sci-fi and fantasy-themed, so we’ve strategically curated Project Latte to deliver the best of this type of programming,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “In addition to our own ORPHAN BLACK and cult-hit DOCTOR WHO, we are also proud to provide the complete STAR TREK collection – one of the most iconic and beloved TV franchises of all time.”

At launch, the Sci-Fi & Fantasy, STAR TREK, and Superheroes collections will represent more than 1,500 hours of programming for “Project Latte” subscribers.

ORPHAN BLACK and DOCTOR WHO
At launch, “Project Latte” will feature past seasons of two of the hottest shows on TV – conspiracy clone drama ORPHAN BLACK (20 episodes), exclusively available on “Project Latte,” and BBC’s cult-hit DOCTOR WHO (108 episodes). Last season, ORPHAN BLACK reached a total of 3.7 million viewers and more than 832,000 unique viewers each week on Space. DOCTOR WHO, the #1 series of all time on Space, reached epic proportions in its recently wrapped eighth season, averaging 756,000 viewers weekly, making it the most-watched TV series on Canadian specialty television during its run. 

STAR TREK
Bell Media has secured the subscription on-demand video streaming service rights for the entire TV catalogue of one of the most popular series of all time, STAR TREK. Every single episode of STAR TREK’s six series, 30 seasons, 715 hours, and 726 episodes can only be found together on “Project Latte” at launch, allowing subscribers to re-live the intergalactic magic from Captains Kirk to Picard to Janeway.

While the catalogue has been available to fans in various forms throughout the years, “Project Latte” will be the only service to deliver all six series in their entirety: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES; STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE; STAR TREK: VOYAGER; and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE.

Plus, fans get access to the little-known STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES, voiced by the original cast.

UTOPIA
“Project Latte” will also feature the British conspiracy thriller UTOPIA, which earlier this week was awarded “Best Drama” at the International Emmy Awards.

From Kudos, one of the world’s leading television production companies, UTOPIA follows five online strangers who are drawn together by the legendary manuscript of a cult graphic novel, and then find themselves pursued by a secret and deadly organization known only as The Network.

The U.K. series is currently being adapted for HBO by director David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, HOUSE OF CARDS) and writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).

SCI-FI & FANTASY
Also joining the lineup of ever-growing premium content on “Project Latte” is cop fantasy GRIMM, smoking-hot werewolf drama BITTEN, fan-favourite TEEN WOLF, Season 1 of BBC’s epic adventure drama ATLANTIS, medieval fantasy MERLIN, BBC’s action-packed series SINBAD, comedy horror TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, cult favourite military sci-fi series BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA (2004-09), and its spin-off CAPRICA. The iconic and influential THE TWILIGHT ZONE will also be available to “Project Latte” subscribers, in fully re-mastered glory.

Coming up later in 2015 is the greatly anticipated new Space Original production KILLJOYS, an interplanetary space drama from ORPHAN BLACK producers Temple Street Productions.

SUPERHEROES
Bell Media announced today the first titles for its “Superheroes” collection, ARROW and THE FLASH, two of the most-watched television programs in Canada, Based on the DC comic characters, ARROW is billionaire playboy and secret vigilante Oliver Queen, while THE FLASH is Barry Allen, the Fastest Man Alive.

Programming announced today represent content from BBC Worldwide, CBS Studios International, Entertainment One Television, Frantic Films, FremantleMedia International, MGM, NBC Universal, Shine Group, Temple Street Productions, and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of programming confirmations by Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte” and set to launch in December. Devoted exclusively to the best content on television, the service will feature thousands of hours of content representing TV’s top premium brands, including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue; an unmatchable comedy slate headlined by SEINFELD and featuring every single episode of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS; as well as TV programming not found anywhere else in Canada, including MANHATTAN. Additional details about “Project Latte” - including its final name - will be announced in the weeks to come. 

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November 26, 2014

Bell Media Strikes Lightning in “Project Latte” Deal For ARROW and THE FLASH

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TORONTO (November 26, 2014) – “Project Latte” is coming to Starling City and Central City. Bell Media announced today it has hit the bull’s eye with an exclusive streaming agreement with Warner Bros. International Television that will bring Top 20 superhero TV series ARROW and THE FLASH to its subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte.” Based on the DC Comics characters, ARROW and THE FLASH are among the most-watched television programs in Canada. The first titles announced for “Project Latte’s” action-packed Superhero Collection, the two programs will be featured in a massive cross-over event Dec. 2 and 3 on CTV.

Following billionaire playboy and secret vigilante Oliver Queen, ARROW was an instant hit when it premiered in 2012 and remains a Top 16 program in its third season on CTV. All 46, one-hour episodes from the series’ first and second seasons will immediately be available when “Project Latte” launches in December.

In its debut season this fall on CTV, THE FLASH has become a monster hit right out of the gate, currently ranking as the third most-watched program overall in Canada among all key adult demos with an average weekly audience of 2.7 million total viewers. The one-hour drama series about the Fastest Man Alive will become available on “Project Latte” when its debut season concludes in 2015.

“With three out of the Top 4 most-watched programs in Canada superhero-themed, there is clearly a demand for this genre of programming,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to join forces with DC Comics and Warner Bros. to bring these two hit franchises to Project Latte subscribers.”

ARROW
After being gone for five years, during which he suffered unimaginable ordeals, billionaire Oliver Queen returned home to Starling City with a mysterious agenda and a set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Reinventing the DC Comics character for a modern-day audience, the Arrow is not a super hero ... but a hero -- every bit as formidable as the criminals he's hunting. Determined to right his city's wrongs and sworn to bring justice to those who have corrupted it, Oliver Queen, a.k.a. THE ARROW (Stephen Amell), -- with the help of his iron-fisted right hand, John Diggle (David Ramsey), the tech-savvy Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and the newest member of the team, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) -- narrowly defeats the vengeful Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), his onetime ally and mentor on the island of Lian Yu. But like all wars, there are casualties. Sacrificing herself for her children, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) falls at the hand of Deathstroke, sending Oliver's sister, Thea Queen (Willa Holland), into self-imposed exile with her biological father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Now, to honour his fallen friends and family and protect the people he loves, Oliver must rededicate himself to his cause -- to become a beacon of hope for those most in need, and a weapon of justice against those who prey upon them. He is The ARROW. Also starring Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne, ARROW is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter.  The hit series is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

THE FLASH
From the ARROW creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter (GAME OF THRONES), THE FLASH is a fast-paced super hero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City Police scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin, CSI), an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin, LAW & ORDER SVU) and raised in a cop's home alongside West's super smart daughter (and Barry's dream girl) Iris (Candice Patton, CSI). But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. Also starring Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh, THE FLASH is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Berlanti, Kreisberg, Nutter and Sarah Schechter.  Based on the characters from DC Comics, the new series is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of programming confirmations by Canada’s premium TV subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte” and set to launch in December. Devoted exclusively to the best content on television, the service will feature thousands of hours of content representing TV’s top premium brands, including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue; an unmatchable comedy slate headlined by SEINFELD and featuring every single episode of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS; as well as TV programming not found anywhere else in Canada, including MANHATTAN. Additional details about “Project Latte” - including its final name - will be announced in the weeks to come.

About “Project Latte”:
Created for TV lovers and devoted exclusively to television, “Project Latte” is Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, “Project Latte” will feature more than 10,000 hours of premium non-kids TV programming, with more than 350 unique TV titles. Designed to complement traditional television and available to all TV providers, to date “Project Latte” will be offered via set-top box to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers at launch. The service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs. Set to launch later this year, “Project Latte” is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company.

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November 25, 2014

Justin Time, Rocket Monkeys and If I Had Wings Capture the Tenth Annual Shaw Rocket Prize

All three Canadian programs awarded a $25,000 prize as chosen by kids from across the country

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - November 25, 2014) - The Shaw Rocket Fund is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth-annual Shaw Rocket Prize, with three independently-produced Canadian children's programs capturing top honours at a gala event held this evening at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.

Presented each year to the best independently-produced Canadian children's, youth, and family programs and their associated digital content, the $25,000 Shaw Rocket Prize was given out to each of the three winners in their respective age categories: Justin Time by Toronto production company Guru Studio, Rocket Monkeys by Toronto's Breakthrough Entertainment and If I Had Wings by Vancouver's Really Real Films.

"On behalf of the Shaw Rocket Fund, we congratulate the producers of the three shows winning top honours this year," said Annabel Slaight, Chair of the Shaw Rocket Fund. "The quality of all entries received is a true testament to the high level at which Canadian production teams are functioning and the strength of the Canadian children's media industry as a whole."

Hosted by Global News Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark, and ET Canada's Sangita Patel, the Shaw Rocket Fund awards were presented at the gala to the production teams of the three winning programs by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"We are pleased to celebrate Canada's leadership position in producing quality children's programming," said Minister Glover. "We would like to extend our congratulations to both the winners and the finalists of this year's Shaw Rocket Prize, and celebrate their dedication to telling the kind of stories we can all be proud of."

Barb Williams, Executive Vice President, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media, commented on the leadership role Canadians have taken in creating quality and inspirational children's television content.

"On behalf of Shaw Communications, we'd like to congratulate this year's winners and acknowledge their commitment to producing some of the best children's programming this country has to offer," said Barb Williams. "This award represents Shaw's continued dedication to investing in the growth and development of programming for children and youth."

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WINNING PROGRAMS:

Preschool Category (ages 0-to-5) - Justin Time, Season 2
Justin, Olive and Squidgy star in the biggest stories of all time, told from every corner of the world. Every day, preschool challenges set the stage for exciting adventures. From building a sky scraper in Manhattan, to questing through Ancient Greece and even playing tag with a dinosaur, preschoolers will be surprised how Justin's imaginative adventures relate to their everyday lives.

Children (ages 6-to-12) - Rocket Monkeys, Season 2
When facing rogue black holes, criminal masterminds, and rifts in the evil dimension, the universe turns to its bravest and brightest to save the day. When those guys are busy, the universe is stuck with the Rocket Monkeys. Inexplicably charged with carrying out a wide range of important missions, brothers Gus and Wally, along with their devoted robot friend YAY-OK, tend to cause more intergalactic calamity than they actually prevent.

Youth and Family (ages 13-to-17) - If I Had Wings
Sixteen-year-old Alex dreams of flying and of running for his high school's cross-country track team. Both dreams seem equally out of reach, as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Alongside his troubled running partner Brad Coleman, the two boys must overcome many obstacles and prejudices for Alex to make his exciting climactic run at the County championship.

HOW THE WINNERS WERE SELECTED:
The finalists of the 2014 Shaw Rocket Prize's three categories were selected by an international jury of industry experts. This jury was comprised of

--  Jules Borkent - SVP, Global Acquisitions and International Programming,
    Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks;
--  Stephen Green - EVP Kids Content and Distribution, ITV Studios Global Entertainment;
--  David Levine - Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa;
--  Cecilia Persson - Vice President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions, EMEA and International, Turner Broadcasting, Kids;
--  Alison Stewart - Head of CBeebies, Production, Animation and 
Acquisitions, BBC.

Once narrowed to five finalists, a jury of children from across Canada chose their favourite programs by voting on each finalist's television and digital media content online throughout October and November. All children who voted were entered into a draw to win a $2,500 scholarship. 

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November 25, 2014

CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW Hits a Holiday High Note with More Than $1 Million in Prizing During Annual “10 Days of Giveaways” This December

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“It was exciting, exhilarating and something I really needed right now…It made my year and it’s an experience I will never forget.” – Natalie and Roseanna, Woodbridge, Ont.

“It was just a day out with friends, and now we are going home with more than $2,000 worth of stuff!” – Kimberly, Markham, Ont.

“This taping was my Mother’s Day gift from my daughter – what can be more fantastic! It was a really incredible surprise…such a great show!” – Bev and Melena, Oshawa, Ont.

TORONTO (November 25, 2014) – One of the most-anticipated Canadian television events of the holiday season returns! With exactly one month to go before Christmas, CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW kicked off its fourth annual “10 Days of Giveaways” today, featuring a series of gift guide segments delivered by MARILYN experts and devoted to unique gift ideas for the holidays. The announcement was made live on today’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, as host Marilyn Denis kicked off the annual tradition and surprised in-studio audience members with Day 1 of prizing that included hot air balloon rides, courtesy of Sundance Balloons, and a two-night stay for each guest at Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites in Montréal.

Back bigger and better than ever, MARILYN’s “10 Days of Giveaways” continues with nine additional episodes, randomly surprising its audience members with further giveaways throughout the month of December. In total, more than 100 different gifts will be showcased throughout the 10 days, with all lucky in-studio audience members bringing home 8-12 gifts per day. Overall, items valued at approximately $1,000,000 will be given away – a new record for the largest prize value awarded on Canadian daytime television. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW’s “10 Days of Giveaways” series would not be possible without the contributions from the show’s partners and local supporters.

The spirit of receiving continues online at Marilyn.ca, as Marilyn offers viewers at home a chance to win each of the daily prizes being awarded. In addition, viewers at home will also get a chance to win all 10 prize collections awarded throughout the 10 days in THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW’s “10 Days of Giveaways” Watch and Win Contest. Beginning Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, viewers can tune-in to THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW for a chance to spot daily clues that will play across the screen and lead them to Marilyn.ca to enter for a chance to win big; visit Marilyn.ca for contest details.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs live Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. ET on CTV and the CTV GO app, at 11 a.m. ET on CTV Two, and is available on demand following the broadcast at Marilyn.ca and the CTV GO app (check local listings).

Host Marilyn Denis of CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW kicks off Day 1 of the daytime series’ fourth annual “10 Days of Giveaways,” with the help of Lynn Crawford, Tommy Smythe, and MARILYN’s elves

Continuing to reign as the #1 Canadian daytime lifestyle series, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW attracts some of its largest audiences of the year during its annual “10 Days of Giveaways.” Last year’s “10 Days of Giveaways” (Dec. 2-13, 2013) averaged 271,000 viewers on CTV, making it the most-watched MARILYN giveaway specials ever. Online, Marilyn.ca attracted more than 2.2 million total page views in December 2013, setting a new high for the giveaway specials.

Assisting with the “10 Days of Giveaways” is MARILYN’s team of lifestyle experts including: Real-Estate Expert Scott McGillivray, Health and Fitness Expert Jim Karas, Home and Design Expert Ramsin Khachi, Fashion Stylist Alexis Honce, Beauty Expert Jill Dunn, Web and Technology Expert Amber MacArthur, Outdoor and Garden Expert Owen Reeves, Pastry Chefs Bobbette and Belle, Entertaining Expert Sebastian Centner, Resident Butler Charles MacPherson (a.k.a. Charles The Butler), Chef Rodney Bowers, Design Expert Amanda Forrest, Eco Expert Candice Batista, and more. Plus, Marilyn has a few surprises up her sleeves for viewers all month long.

Throughout the 10 days, MARILYN’s experts will present a variety of gift-inspired ideas for the holidays including a homeowner’s gift guide; gifts for health fanatics and fitness buffs; holiday style guides for women, men, and children; recommendations for the latest tech gadgets; food guides sure to please the gourmet chef and bakers in the family; unique gift ideas for the hostess with the mostess; and more.

For more information on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW’s “10 Days of Giveaways” or to get inspired this season with MARILYN’s holiday survival guide, visit Marilyn.ca.
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November 25, 2014

Justin Chatwin and James Frain Join Cast of Hit Space Original Series, ORPHAN BLACK

TORONTO (November 25, 2014) – Space, BBC America, and Temple Street Productions announced earlier today that James Frain (INTRUDERS) has been cast in Season 3 of the critically acclaimed Canadian original series, ORPHAN BLACK. Also announced as new Season 3 cast members are Canadian actors Kyra Harper (WAREHOUSE 13), Ksenia Solo (LOST GIRL), and Earl Pastko (MURDOCH MYSTERIES). The announcement comes hot on the heels of the recently announced addition of Canada’s own Justin Chatwin (SHAMELESS) to the cast. Season 3 of the 10-episode, one-hour series is currently in production, and scheduled to premiere on Space in Spring 2015.

James Frain joins the cast as Ferdinand, a well-educated, Topside “cleaner” who is at the same time both charming and intimidating. Ferdinand is a powerful player in a secretive, multi-national political faction that operates with questionable ethics and a ruthless modus operandi.

Featured in a guest starring role this season is Justin Chatwin as Jason Kellerman. With rugged good looks and street-smarts, Jason is a savvy drug-dealer in the guise of a charismatic businessman.

Ksenia Solo plays Shay, a beautiful, soulful, and compassionate holistic healer with a great sense of humour, and new friend to Cosima (Maslany). Kyra Harper is Dr. Coady, a ruthless doctor and advisor to the military. Coady is outwardly the soul of reason, but her maternal, nurturing manner conceals an agenda that even her superiors do not suspect. Earl Pastko joins ORPHAN BLACK as Bulldog, the silent, imposing, and violent personal bodyguard to Ferdinand. Communicating with his boss by looks only, Bulldog carries out the dirty work of his shady employers.

Starring Golden Globe® nominee Tatiana Maslany as the “Leda Clones”, ORPHAN BLACK’s second season brought new, more treacherous, enemies to light, culminating in a shocking finale with the reveal of the new male “Castor” clones played by Ari Millen. Season 3 plunges the clone sisterhood into unexpected territory with the realization that they’re not alone. Just when they thought they knew their enemies and allies, Season 3 reveals the clones as more vulnerable than ever before, with the highly trained, identical male-soldier “Castor Clones” complicating matters. And though Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena realize they are stronger together, this season puts that bond to the test.

The second season of ORPHAN BLACK is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD throughout Canada and is also available for purchase on iTunes.

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

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.
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November 25, 2014

AC/DC to launch new, exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM Canada channel

TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced it will launch "AC/DC Radio," an exclusive, limited-run channel featuring the music of legendary hard rock band AC/DC.

SiriusXM's "AC/DC Radio" will air Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 7 via satellite on channel 25 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.ca. The limited-run channel will feature music spanning AC/DC's entire career up to their new album Rock or Bust, which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 2, as well as classic rock music that airs regularly on SiriusXM's Classic Rewind channel.

Additionally, AC/DC members Angus Young and Brian Johnson will be in the SiriusXM studios as part of a special edition of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series. The "Town Hall" with AC/DC will include the hard rock icons answering questions about their storied career and new album Rock or Bust, from a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners, and moderated by renowned/Grammy award winning producer Brendan O'Brien, who produced Rock Or Bust.

"SiriusXM's Town Hall with AC/DC" will air on Thursday, November 27 at 12:00 pm ET, via satellite on "AC/DC Radio". 

"SiriusXM's Town Hall with AC/DC" is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series, featuring iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with studio audiences of SiriusXM listeners. Previous SiriusXM "Town Hall" specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Billy Crystal, Quentin Tarantino, Carol Burnett, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, KISS, Coldplay, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, Taylor Swift, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, the cast of Nashville, Jason Aldean, Roger Waters, the surviving members of Nirvana, Gregg Allman, Usher andTony Hawk.

"AC/DC Radio" is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and prominent artists, includingBruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville, Willie Nelson's Willie's Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King's Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzy's Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem's Shade 45 and Neil Diamond Radio.

For more information visit www.siriusxm.ca.
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November 25, 2014

On November 29, Bell Media Mix Supports Yellow Pages’ Shop The Neighbourhood Event in New Multi-Platform Initiative

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TORONTO (November 24, 2014) — Bell Media Mix  has partnered with Yellow Pages to help encourage Canadians to support their neighbourhood merchants by purchasing locally on Saturday, Nov. 29, it was announced today. Shop The Neighbourhood, a local shopping movement, is a corporate social responsibility initiative of Yellow Pages and encourages Canadians to make a local purchase and take advantage of exclusive event day deals offered by the businesses in their neighbourhoods.

To spread the word and encourage Canadians to reflect on the importance of local businesses and drive them to Shop The Neighbourhood, Yellow Pages and Bell Media Mix have created an extensive multiplatform campaign deployed across the country in television, radio, out-of-home, and digital, leveraging Bell Media’s exceptional advertising reach. The campaign has been gaining momentum during the month of November with a phased rollout culminating on November 29, a special day when Canadians are encouraged to shop locally in their communities.

 “Shop The Neighbourhood is an extension of Yellow Pages’ commitment to supporting small businesses and contributing to the creation of thriving neighbourhoods,” said André Leblanc, Director, Marketing Communications at Yellow Pages. “Bell Media’s unparalleled reach allows us to reach millions of Canadians and raise awareness on the importance of shopping locally.”

“With Bell Media’s sweeping portfolio, we have the ability to highlight local businesses within each market and leverage some of the most trusted voices in the communities we serve,” said Debbie Drutz, Vice-President, Bell Media Mix. “This partnership is perfectly aligned to our brands and is the largest multimedia partnership of its kind, touching all aspects of our portfolio. On November 29, we invite all Canadians to explore and shop their local neighbourhoods.”

To support the campaign, Bell Media’s CTV News stations in several Canadian markets have been airing throughout the month various content integrations showcasing local gems and interviewing consumers on why they believe it is important to shop locally. The most-watched Canadian daytime series THE SOCIAL and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, as well as ETALKare also participating with hosts and personalities profiling their roots and neighbourhoods, while Bell Media brands Discovery, Bravo, Space, and The Comedy Network will broadcast closed captioning spots featuring the unique call to action.

Bell Media Radio will also contribute to the campaign by increasing awareness, with several stations including Toronto’s CHUM FM, NEWSTALK 1010 and Virgin Radio 999; Montréal’s Virgin Radio 96 and 107,3 Rouge fm; Vancouver’s The Beat 94.5, as well as Ottawa’s Majic 100.3, broadcasting creative spots featuring local merchants and live mentions on November 29.

Bell Media’s Astral Out-of-Home platform will also feature the campaign on transit shelters, street columns, and large-format digital faces throughout November in Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver.

Finally, Bell Media’s broad reaching digital properties will be activated against the campaign with roadblock dominations taking place on November 29 across the company’s impressive network of more than 200 websites.

The promotional strategy behind the Shop The Neighbourhood campaign was coordinated by Bell Media Mix – a one-stop shop that enables clients to execute innovative and effective multimedia campaigns across Bell Media platforms – with creative produced by a combination of Bell Media services and departments, including the Bell Media Agency, Bell Media Radio and Television Brand Partnerships, and the Astral Out-of-Home studio.
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November 25, 2014

TSN Adds the 2014 LE GRUYÈRE EUROPEAN CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS to Its Premier Curling Broadcast Schedule

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TORONTO (November 25, 2014) – As TSN prepares to launch its best-in-class curling coverage, the network today confirmed it has added the 2014 LE GRUYÈRE EUROPEAN CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS to its 2014-15 curling broadcast schedule. The latest addition complements TSN’s slate of Canadian Curling Association’s Seasons of Champions events, which kicks off next week with the 2014 HOME HARDWARE CANADA CUP live on TSN from December 3-7.

The best men’s and women’s curlers from Europe will be front and centre on TSN from November 26-29 with live coverage of the 2014 LE GRUYÈRE EUROPEAN CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, which features men’s and women’s teams that compete in the World Curling Federation’s European Zone: Division A.

The top eight men’s and women’s teams from the 2014 LE GRUYÈRE EUROPEAN CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS will earn a spot in next year’s Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Halifax, N.S. and World Women’s Curling Championship in Sapporo, Japan – with both events broadcast live on TSN.

In the men's competition, Sven Michel leads host-team Switzerland as they look to defend their championship title. Michel will be up against a field that includes reigning world champion Thomas Ulsrud of Norway and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games bronze medallist Niklas Edin and his team from Sweden. The men’s side also features Division A teams from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia, and Scotland.

On the women’s side, Sweden is the defending champion and will be represented by a new team, led by skip Anna Hasselborg. The field also boasts reigning world champion Binia Feltscher of Switzerland, Sochi 2014 bronze medallist Eve Muirhead of Scotland, and Russia’s Anna Sidorova, who made history at the 2014 World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B. by landing her country’s first ever medal (bronze) at either a world men’s or world women’s championship. The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany and Latvia round out the contingent of Division A teams on the women’s side.

Curling on TSN

Each year as the official broadcaster of the Canadian Curling Association, TSN brings Canadians more than 300 hours of live action from Seasons of Champions curling, including exclusive coverage of the 2014 Home Hardware Canada Cup, Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament Of Hearts, Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, World Women’s Curling Championship, World Financial Group Continental Cup, M&M Canadian Juniors, and Olympic Games qualifying tournaments.
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November 25, 2014

YANGAROO ANNOUNCES CANADA DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH ADSTREAM

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TORONTO, CANADA November 25, 2014 - YANGAROO Inc. (TSX-V: YOO, OTC: YOOIF), Canada's leading secure digital media distribution company today announced an arrangement with the global advertising distribution company Adstream to provide distribution of television commercials, for selected clients, to Canadian broadcast destinations. UK based Adstream is a leading global advertising technology solution provider, and represents over 75% of the top 100 brands worldwide, with offices in 29 countries.

YANGAROO will integrate its DMDS digital delivery platform with Adstream's asset management, to provide a seamless service to major and secondary broadcasters throughout Canada.

"We are excited to form this alliance with a firm with the experience and reputation that YANGAROO has," said Peter Kuhn, President of Adstream Americas. "Canada is a very important market for us and this relationship and YANGAROO's state of the art technology will allow us to provide our customers excellent service and seamless delivery to local broadcasters."

"This agreement is significant for YANGAROO. Adstream represents major agencies and brands globally," said Gary Moss, President and CEO of YANGAROO. "We have worked hard to establish YANGAROO as a viable and competitive service provider to the Advertising industry. This will help to drive growth and success in our domestic market. We look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship with Adstream."
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November 24, 2014

GRAMMY® Holiday Concert Headlines Festive Faves For All Ages, This December on City

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TORONTO (November 24, 2014) You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re telling you why – the holidays are coming to City! Offering a robust holiday schedule all December long, City has something for everyone this season. Whether it be a new spin on an old classic, the retelling of a treasured tale, a live musical masterpiece, a star-studded concert event, or an all-new animated, soon-to-be festive favourite, it’s on the list – and we’ve checked it twice. So kick back and cozy up with a hot cup of cocoa for a month full of magic, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City. 

Full episodes and exciting extras are available on Citytv.com next day post-broadcast, as well as on Rogers on Demand, Rogers Anyplace TV, and with the free City Video App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and on the City Video Mobile App for Android.

Below is a chronological listing of City’s holiday specials for December 2 to 23. All programming is subject to change.

Tuesday, Dec. 2:
Toy Story That Time Forgot (s/ABC): 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Half-hour Special**
During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang – lead by Woody (Tom Hanks, Toy Story franchise) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen, Toy Story franchise) – find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turns out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie the Triceratops (Kristen Schaal, Toy Story 3) to get the gang back to Bonnie's room safely. Wallace Shawn reprises his role as Rex, Timothy Dalton returns as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles is back as Mr. Potato Head, and Joan Cusack returns as Jessie.

Prep & Landing: 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Half-hour Special**
Hear the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly for 227 years to help ensure that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from “The Big Guy,” an elf named Wayne (Dave Foley, Spun Out) is upset when he doesn't receive an expected promotion to be Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee (Sarah Chalke, Scrubs), the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator, partners Wayne with Lanny (Derek Richardson, Anger Management), an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. Will the elves be able to guide Santa's sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all? Thursday, Dec. 4:
Peter Pan LIVE! (s/NBC): 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Live Three-hour Special**
This musical event tells the beloved story of Peter Pan, played by Allison Williams (Girls), and stars Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) as Captain Hook. Get ready for show-stopping stars, stunning costumes, extravagant sets, and delightful music that will have everyone in the family singing along.

Friday, Dec. 5:
How Murray Saved Christmas (s/NBC): 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**One-hour Special**
Based on Emmy®-winning writer-producer Mike Reiss’s (The Simpons) best-selling children’s book of the same name, this animated special begins in Stinky Cigars, the secret town where all holiday characters live, from the famous – Santa and the Easter Bunny – to the obscure – Labor Day Amos and Arbor Day Aardvark. Everyone's happy in Stinky Cigars – except Murray Weiner (Jerry Stiller, Seinfeld), the grumpy owner of
Murray's Holiday Diner. But when Santa is knocked out cold by an experimental toy, it's up to Murray to save Christmas. Additional cast members include: Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as Doc Holiday, Sean Hayes (Sean Saves the World) as Edison Elf, Dennis Haysbert (Backstrom) as The Narrator, John Ratzenberger (Toy Story franchise) as Officer Bender, and Kevin Michael Richardson (American Dad) as Santa Claus.

A Very GRAMMY Christmas (s/CBS): 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**One-hour Special**
Hosted by LL COOL J and featuring nine-time GRAMMY Award® winner Mary J. Blige, singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY Award winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Pharrell Williams, A Very GRAMMY Christmas will also feature performances of holiday songs and current pop hits. Plus, artists will share their favourite holiday memories and what a GRAMMY nomination means to them. Additionally, the nominations for Album of the Year for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced.

Tuesday, Dec. 9:
The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**One-hour Special**
In this fascinating special, viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought the Academy Award®-winning film Frozen to life. Fans will also hear from Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for more on the making of this modern movie based on a timeless tale that became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans nearly overnight.

Thursday, Dec. 11:
The Muppet Christmas Carol: 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Two-hour Special**
Delight in this beloved adaptation of Charles Dickens’s timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, narrated by Gonzo as Dickens himself (with the help of Rizzo the Rat), and featuring Michael Caine (Interstellar) as the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, and Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife.

Friday, Dec. 12:
CMA Country Christmas: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Two-hour Special**
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts a magical night of celebration, featuring some of the biggest names in country music – including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, and LeAnn Rimes – as they perform fan-favourite Christmas classics and share some of their most treasured holiday memories.

Tuesday, Dec. 16:
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**One-hour Special**
Based on the holiday hit film Elf and the popular broadway show Elf: The Musical comes an all-new retelling of Buddy’s (Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory) delightfully absurd and heartwarming story. Blending the look and feel of the stop-motion animated specials of the past with the sharp sensibility of modern-day film, Santa (Ed Asner, Elf) narrates the story of Buddy’s travels to
New York City to meet the father he never knew he had, while transforming the lives of everyone he encounters along the way. The voice cast also includes Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Jay Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), Matt Lauer (The Today Show), Gilbert Gottfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), and Steve Higgins (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).

Friday, Dec. 19:
iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball 2014: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Two-hour Special**
Crank up the holiday vibe with iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball 2014, featuring performances from today’s top hitmakers – including Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, Rita Ora, and more – from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

Wednesday, Dec. 31:
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Six-hour Special**
Viewers are invited to ring in the New Year in style this season, with host Ryan Seacrest and an all-star lineup of the year’s top music artists for the biggest live music celebration in the show’s history, featuring more than 38 performances and five and a half hours of music. Global sensation Taylor Swift will headline the bi-coastal celebration with a massive performance from
New York’s Time Square, and GRAMMY Award winners Lady Antebellum and GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw join the celebration with live performances from Nashville. Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight as the ball drops on another New Year’s Eve.
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November 24, 2014

Lionsgate’s Critically Acclaimed Atomic Age Drama MANHATTAN to Launch as First “Exclusive” for Bell Media’s “Project Latte”

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TORONTO (November 24, 2014) – Bell Media announced today that it has secured the big-buzz drama MANHATTAN in its first Canadian window from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader (MAD MEN, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, The Hunger Games, Divergent), for its new subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte”. A tent-pole series immediately available at launch, MANHATTAN becomes the first “Project Latte Exclusive” – TV series that will only be available to “Project Latte” subscribers.

The acclaimed drama will be joined in subsequent months by the comedy series DEADBEAT, also from Lionsgate; the crime thriller BOSCH, from Red Arrow International; and additional series, as “Project Latte Exclusives.” Canada’s premium TV streaming service, “Project Latte” will launch later this year.

From nine-time Emmy® Award-winning Director Thomas Schlamme (THE WEST WING), the 13-episode one-hour drama MANHATTAN follows one of the best-kept secrets of all time – the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb.

“MANHATTAN is the MAD MEN of the Atomic Era, and as a result is the perfect serialized drama to launch our ‘Exclusives’ strategy for Project Latte,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “Strategically, we are proactively serving the strong subscriber appetite for exclusive programming, and we’re proud to start with this incredibly accomplished drama, along with the light-hearted comedy DEADBEAT and murder-mystery BOSCH.”

“We’re delighted to extend and expand our relationship with Bell Media and support the launch of their Project Latte streaming service with shows as diverse as MANHATTAN and DEADBEAT,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “This deal underscores our commitment to deliver premium, quality content to online platforms as great partners like Bell Media continue to diversify the choices they offer their audiences.”

The 10-episode, half-hour comedy series DEADBEAT, starring Canada’s Tyler Labine, focuses on an offbeat medium for hire. Based on the award-winning crime fiction novels of author Michael Connelly, the 10-episode, one-hour drama BOSCH follows an LAPD homicide detective as he works to solve the murder of a 13-year-old boy.

MANHATTAN
Set in the 1940s, MANHATTAN depicts the wonder, danger, and deceit that shadowed the first “nuclear” families. The series follows Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey, THE BIG C) and his team of brilliant scientists who have been recruited to work on a classified project on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert. The team quickly begins to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can't be found on any map – a place where men and women are torn between duty and their moral values, husbands and wives conceal the truth from each other and their families, the military keeps secrets from the scientists they chaperone, and the scientists keep secrets from each other.

The series also stars Olivia Williams (Rushmore) as Liza Winter; Daniel Stern (Home Alone) as Glen Babbit; Ashley Zukerman (THE CODE) as Charlie Isaacs; Rachel Brosnahan (OLIVE KITTERIDGE) as Abby Isaacs; Katja Herbers (DIVORCE) as Helen Prins; Vancouver native Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) as Callie Winter; Christopher Denham (Argo) as Jim Meeks; Harry Lloyd (GAME OF THRONES) as Paul Crosley; Michael Chernus (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) as Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz; and Eddie Shin (MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE) as Sid Liao.

DEADBEAT
DEADBEAT follows Kevin Pacalioglu (Brampton, Ont. native Tyler Labine, MAD LOVE), a medium for hire who attempts to solve various ghosts’ unresolved problems, so that they can move on to a final resting place, occasionally with the help of his best friend and drug dealer, Roofie (Brandon T. Jackson, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters). DEADBEAT also stars Cat Deeley (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) as medium Camomile and Lucy DeVito (IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) as Sue.

BOSCH
Co-written by Emmy Award nominee Eric Overmyer (THE WIRE) and award-winning crime author Michael Connelly, BOSCH follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective named Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch (Titus Welliver, MARVEL AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) as he works to solve the murder of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer. The series also stars Amy Aquino (BEING HUMAN) as Grace Billets and Amy Price-Francis (KING) as Sunny “Money” Chander.

In October, Bell Media announced a new video streaming service devoted exclusively to the best content on television, code-named “Project Latte”. The service will feature thousands of hours of content representing TV’s top premium brands, including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue, and an unmatchable comedy slate headlined by SEINFELD and featuring every single episode of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS (1969-1974). Additional details about “Project Latte” - including its final name – will be announced in the weeks to come.

About “Project Latte”:
Created for TV lovers and devoted exclusively to television, “Project Latte” is
Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, “Project Latte” will feature more than 10,000 hours of premium non-kids TV programming, with more than 350 unique TV titles. Designed to complement traditional television and available to all TV providers, to date “Project Latte” will be offered via set-top box to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers at launch. The service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs. Set to launch later this year, “Project Latte” is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company.
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November 21, 2014

ABC Spark Announces January 2015 Premiere Dates for its Returning Original Series

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TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's ABC Spark will kick off the New Year with all-new episodes of returning original hit series and fan favourites Switched at Birth, Chasing Life and The Fosters, in addition to comedies Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy, all set to premiere in January 2015 with three nights of original programming.

Switched at Birth begins its fourth season on a new night, Tuesday, January 6 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. The season picks up right after graduation with the family and Emmett discovering Bay's impulsive decision — and no one is happy about it. Meanwhile, Daphne is determined to prove herself worthy of her switchster's sacrifice while also dealing with the challenges of a whole new world of college. Bess Armstrong (My So-Called Life) and Max Adler (Glee) will recur throughout the season.

All-new episodes of Melissa & Joey return starting Wednesday, January 14, 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. At the end of season three, Joe transitioned from Mel's "manny" to a personal fitness trainer—and from her employee to her husband. Now that they're married, Mel and Joe struggle to find time for their honeymoon while balancing their careers and raising Joe's recently-discovered teenage daughter, Dani. To complicate matters, Mel's niece Lennox is secretly dating Joe's nephew Marco while still trying to maintain a friendship with her ex, Zander, and Mel's nephew Ryder makes a life-changing decision when he meets a new girl.

After a lot of bumps in the road, the season three finale of Baby Daddy saw Ben and Riley finally commit to their romantic relationship and really be together. But as Danny prepares to move to Paris and start a new life with Georgie, Riley begins to panic about not having him in her life, prompting her to question how she really feels about her best friend. Catch all new episodes of Baby Daddy starting Wednesday, January 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT.

Picking up from the summer cliffhanger, The Fosters will return with all-new episodes on Monday, January 19, 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. This season Stef and Lena find themselves on the defense when Robert Quinn expresses a sincere interest in having Callie be part of his family. A startling development leaves Callie in a tailspin, resulting in questionable decisions about her future, while Jude tries to manage his friendship with Connor amid their parents' conflict. Jesus and Mariana are thrown for a loop when a newly sober Ana reveals big news, and Brandon reevaluates his musical aspirations when an unexpected offer comes his way. The season will also see the return of Rosie O'Donnell (The View) in a recurring role as Rita Henricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system.

Starring Canadian actress, Italia Ricci, Chasing Life returns to ABC Spark on a new night with all-new episodes starting Monday, January 19 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. April is in remission and determined to move on with her life. But when a new boss arrives at the newspaper, April's transition back to work may not be as smooth as she hoped for. Also being back at work means having to come face-to-face with Dominic, adding to an already awkward situation since April is still dealing with the repercussions of Leo's decision. Meanwhile, Brenna eagerly anticipates Greer's return to school, but will she get the happy reunion she's been waiting for?

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November 21, 2014

shomi™ teams up with Twitter for innovative launch marketing campaign

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TORONTO, November 21, 2014 – Hot off the heels of launching earlier this month, shomi™, Canada’s premiere subscription streaming service, joins forces with Twitter to launch a unique and creative marketing campaign built to engage entertainment lovers on the prominent social media platform. Some of shomi’s innovative integration will be seen for the first time ever in Canada. The objective of this one of a kind initiative is to build brand awareness, promote shomi’s exclusive, binge-worthy TV series and drive traffic to shomi.com.

shomi is the first brand in Canada to use configurator cards on Twitter, creating Twitter quiz cards that helps users decide what they should watch on shomi based on how they are feeling. The quiz leads the user through a selection of questions to help people decide what to binge first on shomi in a fun, interactive way. shomi will be using Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts, and a Promoted trend (#readysetshomi) to support this initiative.

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November 21, 2014

CTV Celebrates the Season with MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL, December 15

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TORONTO (November 21, 2014) – The holidays are set to take over the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen in MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL (@MasterChefCDA), premiering Monday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and also available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO. Debuting as part of CTV’s holiday lineup, the two-hour special welcomes four Season 1 home cooks back to the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen where they cook up a series of festive dishes with their families – serving up holiday favourites inspired by their diverse traditions and cultures. Featuring acclaimed judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile, the special is a first for the format internationally and was created in collaboration with Proper Television and Shine International. MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL is a complementary spinoff of MASTERCHEF CANADA, which returns to CTV with its highly-anticipated second season in Winter 2015.

Averaging 1.8 million viewers in its inaugural season, MASTERCHEF CANADA became the most-watched Canadian series in the country for the 2013/14 broadcast season, and is the first and only homegrown series in more than a decade to land in the Top 10 list for A25-54 and A18-49.

MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL features four Season 1 home cooks: fun-loving Albertan Dora Cote; spicy Trinidadian twin and runner-up Marida Mohammed; loveable Italian dad Pino DiCerbo; and larger-than-life flavour queen Tammara Behl – who are all joined by their families for the chance to win $10,000 for the charity of their choice. MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL will also air on Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on M3, as part of a monster three-day MASTERCHEF marathon beginning Wednesday, Dec. 24 that will include complete airings of the most recent seasons of MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.

“Canadians truly embraced the first season of MASTERCHEF CANADA, and we’ve responded with this festive take on the MASTERCHEF franchise,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “Joining CTV’s popular holiday lineup, and promising to satiate fans in advance of the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 2 premiere early next year, MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL is sure to be enjoyed by the entire family.”

CTV also announced today that Kraft Canada and Ontario Tourism have signed on as sponsors of the first-ever MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL. As part of the sponsorship, Kraft Peanut Butter is integrated into a holiday baking challenge tackled by the home cooks, and Ontario Tourism is airing custom creative during commercial breaks in the broadcast on CTV.

MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL features the returning home cooks and their families as they participate in a Mystery Box Potluck Challenge, a Seasonal Skills Race, a Tag-Team Bake-Off, and a final Festive Feast, where the final two families go head-to-head with an elevated version of their favourite holiday meal.

Viewers can also visit CTV.ca in the coming weeks for seasonal recipes from the judges, as well as videos of the judges recounting their holiday memories. In addition, CTV.ca will feature in-depth interviews with each of the home cooks, plus photos and exclusive interviews with the winning family.

MASTERCHEF is represented internationally by Shine International, the sales and distribution arm of the Shine Group. The show was originally revived as MASTERCHEF GOES LARGE in 2005 by Shine TV in the UK and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan is executive producer, along with Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director, Cathie James. Shine America's Paul Franklin is Creative Consultant. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive, Factual and Reality, Independent Production. Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Reality, Independent Production. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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November 21, 2014

Bell Media Secures Landmark SEINFELD Deal for “Project Latte” Streaming Service as Comedy Slate Revealed

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TORONTO (November 21, 2014) – It’s been named the greatest television program of all time, yada, yada. And now for the first time, Canadians have access to every single episode on demand. Bell Media announced today a landmark deal with Sony Pictures Television for the Canadian exclusive subscription streaming rights for the seminal sitcom SEINFELD, making its upcoming subscription video on demand product, code-named “Project Latte,” the only streaming service to offer the series to its subscribers. The announcement was made as Bell Media revealed its premium comedy lineup for “Project Latte,” representing additional content deals from BBC Worldwide, CBS Studios International, Viacom (Comedy Central), Eagle Rock Entertainment, HBO, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. International Television. It is the latest in a series of programming announcements for Canada’s premium video streaming service, set to launch later this year, and follows last week’s announcement that the entire Monty Python catalogue will live exclusively on “Project Latte.”

From sitcoms to Britcoms and stand-up in between, “Project Latte” is home to more than 225 hit comedy titles representing more than 2,500 episodes. In total, premium comedy programming will comprise nearly 25% of the entire “Project Latte” catalogue which, it was confirmed today, will also feature the expansive Comedy Central vault of past-season and library hits.

“We are very proud to deliver the genre-defining series SEINFELD to Canadians in this landmark deal,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “It’s only one of several headliners in our comedy portfolio, which will launch with a deep, diverse, and iconic lineup including CHEERS, 30 ROCK, CORNER GAS, and THE BIG BANG THEORY – simply some of the biggest comedies that have ever been on television.”

Comedy on “Project Latte”:

SEINFELD
Bell Media has secured the exclusive subscription streaming rights for every single episode of the TV sitcom that defined a generation, SEINFELD. Named by TV Guide as the greatest television program of all time, SEINFELD ran for nine seasons from 1989 until 1998, when nearly 80 million people watched its series’ finale. All 180 episodes will be available exclusively in Canada on “Project Latte.” SEINFELD is a Shapiro/West production in association with Castle Rock Entertainment. SEINFELD is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Classic Sitcoms

Curated exclusively for “Project Latte” are some of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, including the entire 275-episode catalogue of CHEERS, nominated for 117 Emmy Awards® over its 11-season run. Canada’s premium comedy destination will also exclusively feature all 264 episodes of CHEERS spin-off FRASIER, one of the most-successful spin-off series and critically acclaimed comedies of all time. Additionally, “Project Latte” exclusively delivers every single episode of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and the most-watched Canadian comedy series of all time, CORNER GAS, along with the soon-to-be-released CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE.

Current Comedies

It’s the biggest show currently on TV and it’s only on “Project Latte.” Canadians can go back to the beginning to rekindle their love affair with THE BIG BANG THEORY, while “Project Latte” will also exclusively feature past seasons of additional current comedies including THE GOLDBERGS, THE MILLERS, SPUN OUT, and ultimately the complete 100-episode catalogue of Charlie Sheen’s ANGER MANAGEMENT.

The Best of Comedy Central

Comedy Central’s vast and diverse comedy catalogue exclusively comes alive on “Project Latte,” including both past-season and library content. Featured are past-season episodes of Comedy Central hits Key & Peele, Broad City, Tosh.0, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Nathan For You, UGLY AMERICANS, and Drunk History. From the Comedy Central library comes every season of Reno 911, The Sarah Silverman Program, Crank Yankers, workaholics, and Strangers With Candy. Additionally available exclusively on demand is the collection of infamous COMEDY CENTRAL ROASTS - skewering the likes of Charlie Sheen, David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump, James Franco, Joan Rivers, William Shatner, Bob Saget, and more.

Acclaimed HBO Comedy

As previously announced, “Project Latte” is the Canadian home of the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue, including its award-winning collection of brilliant comedies. In addition to all eight seasons of beloved cult favourite CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, also featured are HBO titles ENTOURAGE, SEX AND THE CITY, THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW, ANGRY BOYS, BORED TO DEATH, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, LITTLE BRITAIN USA, and MR. SHOW.

The Monty Python Collection

As announced last week, “Project Latte” is the exclusive home to the revolutionary Monty Python library. In addition to every single episode of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS, the service also exclusively presents a collection of Monty Python documentaries, specials, and more, including the brand new Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five To Go documentary from this summer’s reunion at London’s O2 Arena.

Britcoms

“Project Latte” is also home to Basil Fawlty and every episode of the BBC’s FAWLTY TOWERS, named by the British Film Institute as the “best British television series of all time.” “Project Latte” also features all five seasons of the BBC’s ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, as well as seven additional AB FAB specials, including the three “20th anniversary” specials (2011-2012).

Pop Culture Hits

Named by 60 MINUTES and Vanity Fair as one of the Top 10 sitcoms of all time it’s the only television program to receive 22 Emmy Award nominations in a single year, and it’s coming to “Project Latte” – fan-favourite and critical darling 30 ROCK. The service is also home to fellow pop culture hits COMMUNITY and WEEDS.

The World’s Best Stand-Up Comedians

The service will also offer more than 150 hours of stand-up comedy, featuring titles from both Comedy Central and HBO, including some of the biggest names in comedy today and yesterday. Among the featured comedians are Zack Galifianakis, Louis C.K., Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, John Oliver, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Shawn Majumder, Chelsea Handler, Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Maher, Harland Williams, Dennis Miller, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, and more.

In October, Bell Media announced a new video streaming service devoted exclusively to the best content on television, code-named “Project Latte”. The service will feature thousands of hours of content representing TV’s top premium brands. Additional details about “Project Latte” - including its final name - will be announced in the weeks to come.

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November 20, 2014

Historic $130 million gift from the Rogers family to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

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TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto (U of T) announced today the creation of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (the Centre) funded by an unprecedented donation of $130 million from the Rogers family – the largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health care initiative. The donation will be matched with$139 million in additional funds combined from SickKids, UHN, and U of T for a total investment of $269 million.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research to life," said Loretta Rogers, wife of the late Ted Rogers. "It's a testament to Ted's drive for innovation and his commitment to leaving the world a better place. We know Ted would have been proud of this bold initiative that will improve heart health for all."

Ted Rogers' personal experience with heart disease and his interest in finding new therapies to advance heart health make the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research a fitting legacy, noted Dr. Michael Apkon, President and CEO of SickKids. "The generosity and magnitude of this gift, and the transformational effect it will have on heart research, truly reflects the pioneering and innovative spirit of Ted Rogers and his family. This powerful, collaborative partnership among SickKids, UHN and U of T will have a global impact. Together we hope to accelerate discovery and cardiac care at an unprecedented pace."

Heart disease represents a considerable economic strain on the Canadian health care system. The annual cost for managing moderate and severe heart failure patients in Canada is as much as $2.3 billion. "Today, one million Canadians are living with heart failure, and that number is projected to increase 25 per cent over the next 20 years," noted Dr. Barry Rubin, Chair and Program Medical Director of UHN's Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. "This unprecedented gift will enable physicians and scientists working together in the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research to develop new therapies that will dramatically improve the lives of patients with heart disease.  One of our primary goals is to reduce hospitalization for heart failure by 50 per cent in the next decade. Ted Rogers led the development of the telecommunications industry through a constant focus on innovation. We will use Mr. Rogers' approach to change the face of heart disease in Canada and throughout the world."

Adding to the exceptional nexus of clinicians, scientists and engineers already accelerating the pace of change in cardiac care across the partner institutions, The Centre will be a magnet to attract the top research talent from around the world, further solidifying Toronto and Canada's position as global leaders in cardiac care, noted Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto. "The Toronto region is home to one of the world's largest biomedical science and health education clusters. This exceptionally powerful network of researchers and educators is translating exciting ideas, innovations and therapies in stem cell research and regenerative medicine into clinical settings where they will address the most challenging problems across the spectrum of heart disease. With its pioneering spirit and innovative approach, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will be a world-class collaboration and a most fitting tribute to its namesake."

The Centre will have facilities in the three participating institutions, with its directorate situated at UHN. It will be the first in the world to bring together research, education and innovation in individualized genomic medicine, stem cell research, bioengineering, and cardiovascular treatment and management under one umbrella with a single focus: improving heart health across the entire life span, from children to adults. Each partner will take the lead in a particular area of focus:

·         SickKids will harness the power of genomic science to decode the genetic foundations of cardiac disease, which will allow for heart disease to be better predicted before it occurs, and will support individualized therapies for children and adults, based on the unique genome of each patient. 

·         UHN, through the application of powerful databases, new biomarkers for cardiac disease, regenerative and individualized medicine approaches and state-of-the-art-real-time home monitoring and telecommunications technologies, will focus on the translation of research discovery into the delivery of care for patients. Foundational to this approach is a customized cardiovascular data module for a new electronic patient record which is linked to a Biobank which will house a vast array of biologic samples that come from both adult and paediatric patients.

·         U of T will combine stem cell technology with novel approaches in cellular and tissue engineering for the regeneration of heart muscle, coronary vessels, and heart valves; enlarge our understanding of how genetic, molecular signaling, and cellular networks function as the heart develops, opening up the possibility for more effective heart therapies; and, create technologies and tools for improved heart physiology monitoring in clinical settings.

The Centre will also establish an innovation fund to drive discovery and development of next-generation therapies for heart failure, and an education fund to attract the best and brightest students and postgraduates to ensure a deep pool of talent in Canada for cardiac care and research.

To learn more about the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, go to www.TedRogersResearch.ca

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November 20, 2014

HGTV INVITES CANADIANS TO SHARE IMAGES OF HOME IN NEW CAMPAIGN

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TORONTO, November 20, 2014 – Home is where the heart is and, this holiday season, HGTV Canada wants to know what home means to viewers. Launching today, the #ThisIsHome campaign asks Canadians to submit photos and videos of the moments and memories that make their home special.

For Tackle My Reno’s Sebastian Clovis home is the place he’s “forever fixing.” House of Bryan’s Bryan Baeumler’s “home is where the herd is” – a place where he’s surrounded by family. And for Andre Chevigny home is alone time – it’s “where the rest of the Timber Kings aren’t.”

The familiar faces from the HGTV family share their personal photos and meaning of home in the first on-air campaign spot launching today. As the campaign continues, fans will have the chance to see their photos  featured on the HGTV broadcast. To be eligible, viewers need to follow HGTV Canada on Instagram or Twitter and submit their photos using the campaign hashtag. The on-air promotion will be updated frequently to include images shared by HGTV fans. From the favourite treats baking in the oven to the perfect reading nook to the family dog frolicking in the backyard, there’s no place like home and HGTV wants to see every aspect that makes it magical.

“For me, home is the perfect setting where my family comes together. It’s a sanctuary – and we all contribute to the look and feel of it. Home is my ‘me’ space and my ‘we’ space,” says Amanda Ploughman, Vice President, Marketing, Shaw Media. “HGTV has been inspiring decisions in Canadian homes for years with its authentic, aspirational, and entertaining programming. With the #ThisIsHome campaign we want the opportunity to engage with our fans and see what they treasure most about their homes.”

Coinciding with #ThisIsHome, HGTV will be available on a free preview to Rogers Digital and Shaw Direct customers from December 1-31, 2014. See local listings for more information. 

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November 20, 2014

Corus Transmits Additional Feeds from Corus Quay for Canadian Broadcasters

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(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment Inc. is pleased to announce today that the company has entered into new origination deals with a number of Canadian broadcasters to transmit their broadcast feeds from Corus’ state-of-the-art media and broadcast facility, Corus Quay.

Building on the company’s strategy to leverage Corus Quay’s broadcast capabilities with external partners, the origination of DHX Media’s television services Disney XD and Disney Junior (English and French) went live this morning from Corus Quay. These services join DHX Media’s Family Channel, which already originates from this facility. In addition to DHX Media, Corus recently partnered with FEVA TV to launch their specialty service, and later this year, Corus will also launch Groupe Média TFO’s broadcast feed from its media hub.

“Corus Quay’s unmatched technical capabilities and adaptability, as well as our expertise in broadcasting, provide broadcasters with a turnkey service to launch their services from our hub,” said Scott Dyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Corus Entertainment. “By leveraging the scalability of Corus Quay, we plan to expand this part of our business with additional opportunities currently in the works.”

In addition to providing origination services for third party broadcasters, Corus also originates 24 of its own networks from Corus Quay, including YTV, Treehouse, TELETOON, Nickelodeon (Canada), Cartoon Network, W Network, CosmoTV, Movie Central, HBO Canada, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, CMT and ABC Spark, among others.

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November 20, 2014

Corus and Leading Digital Media Company Kin Community Partner to Expand Global YouTube Presence for Nelvana Library

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(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s animation and distribution company Nelvana has appointed Santa Monica-based digital media company Kin Community to manage and optimize its content offerings on YouTube. The partnership will leverage Kin’s expertise in the non-linear space to expand Nelvana’s global presence on YouTube channels and drive engagement with its key brands, including Max & Ruby, Franklin and Friends, Babar and The Adventures of Badou and The Berenstain Bears.

The agreement follows Corus’ recently announced strategic partnership with Kin Community that created Kin Canada. Kin Canada combines Kin Community’s Canadian creators and audience with Corus’s portfolio of women’s TV properties to offer unique cross-platform opportunities to advertising brands in Canada. 

“Kin Community is the ideal partner to manage our Nelvana library on Youtube,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “Views of Nelvana’s brands on YouTube are accelerating quickly, and Kin’s world class YouTube analytics and insights ensures that we maximize the revenue potential of this important new digital distribution channel.”

“We are thrilled to manage and represent Nelvana content on YouTube,” said Co-Founder & CEO Michael Wayne. “Expanding into high-quality family content is an organic progression of our business. Kin’s female audience will naturally be drawn to Nelvana’s programming.

Kin Community has attracted more than 28 million network subscribers and almost 5 billion lifetime video views. More information can be found at: www.kincommunity.com

Kin Community
As the global leader in women's lifestyle, Kin Community empowers creators around the world to do what they love.  Kin brings together the top lifestyle creators to deliver high-quality, female-focused video content across lifestyle verticals including food, health, beauty, parenting, home and entertainment.  Kin reaches women in honest and inspiring ways and fosters new online video talent to produce custom content programs with major brand advertisers.

Founded in 2007 and based in Santa Monica, CA, Kin Community is backed by Corus Entertainment, Mayfield Fund, General Catalyst Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, Atomico and Emil Capital.  More can be found at www.kincommunity.com

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