May 26, 2015
Racial bias and news media reporting: New research trends
of Illinois study published in Communication Research highlights how portrayals
of racial minorities are changing in television news.
To read the
article click HERE
May 26, 2015
A whole new level of accessibility for the connected life - Introducing "Winston" - Eastlink's dramatically evolved Security and Automation service
HALIFAX, May 26, 2015
/CNW/ - Consumers looking
for simplicity in their connected life at a truly affordable price are in luck as
Eastlink dramatically evolves its Security and Automation service.
The idea of the
smart or intelligent home has been around for a while but has been largely unattainable
for most households. Eastlink's newly re-engineered service – called "Winston"
is so much more than the typical alarm monitoring system delivering the industry's
most advanced automation at a price the average household can now afford.
a lot since we launched home security and automation a couple of years ago,"
says Eastlink CEO
Lee Bragg. "Customers
have been clear about what they want – and they want simple and accessible."
that technology partner Alarm.com – recently highlighted in the Apple watch launch
- has helped the company bring a highly evolved product to the market that has full
smartphone capability while being very affordable.
Along with the
peace-of-mind that comes from the ability to automatically receive updates and photos
on your mobile device,
Winston also offers highly advanced services like Geofencing.
sounds complicated but it's really quite simple," explains Jason Brunt, Eastlink's Director of Home Automation. "For
example, if you've programmed your home's personal settings to activate at 6:00 p.m.
and you happen to be headed
home earlier than that,
Winston detects when you are a certain distance away and begins preparing
for your arrival by adjusting things like the thermostat and turning on the outdoor
This, and other
advanced features, makes
Winston a highly desirable service for many households.
Brunt goes on
to say that: "With our new system, customers can issue unique access codes
to anyone who needs to enter their home on a day-to-day basis. That means kids,
the dog walker, even the babysitter can all have their own code, and the customer
can control which times of the day the codes are active. This eliminates the need
for multiple keys and the risk associated with those keys falling into the wrong
has been overwhelmingly positive. Here's what some customers are enjoying:
the fact that I get an email alert with a picture when my kids come home for lunch
or arrive home after school."
"A few years
ago, we came home from a weekend away to find our family room flooded. I feel better
knowing that now I can receive an alert if and when the system detects water on
we leave our garage door open by mistake. We really like that our new system sends
us an alert when we've left the neighborhood to let us know the door is still open
so we can close the door remotely."
that having this level of sophisticated home connectedness came at too steep a price
for our family's budget. So happy that's not the case and that we can actually afford
to give ourselves peace of mind when we're not home."
For more information
about Eastlink's Security and Automation services, please visit eastlink.ca .
May 26, 2015
Welcome To Ben’s World In The Series Premiere of Becoming Us Debuting on ABC Spark Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET
by Ryan Seacrest
(Toronto, ON May 26, 2015) – Meet Ben and his family, going
through an extraordinary situation, in a new episode the groundbreaking unscripted
drama Becoming Us, premiering on Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
Ben is an ordinary
Midwestern teenager, going through a unique situation. After his parents’ recent
divorce, Ben learned that his dad is transitioning into a woman, Carly. In the series’
opener, “#WelcomeToMyWorld,” Ben is struggling in school, and his parents, Suzy
and Carly, are not happy about it. Ben’s girlfriend, Danielle, would like to introduce
Carly to her father, who is also transgender, leading to an awkward shopping trip
for the four of them. And Ben’s sister, Sutton, returns home to Evanston to plan
her upcoming wedding.
Becoming Us is
produced by Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, and George Moll for Ryan
Seacrest Productions, as well as Paul Barosse.
May 26, 2015
It’s Not Just the Game, It’s the Hustle. BALLERS, the New HBO Comedy Tackling the World of Pro Football, Premieres Sunday, June 21 on HBO Canada
26, 2015) – It’s kickoff time. BALLERS, one of the most anticipated
new premium comedies of the summer, comes to HBO Canada on Sunday, June 21 at 10
p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Exploring the whirlwind lifestyles
and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players, the new
ten-episode, half-hour comedy follows retired football superstar Spencer Strasmore,
played by former Calgary Stampeder and University of Miami college football player
Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7), who is trying to reinvent himself as a
financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami, Florida.
In BALLERS, Spencer’s
inner circle includes: talented but volatile wide receiver Ricky Jerret (John David Washington), who seeks
to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles Greane (Omar Miller, CSI:
MIAMI), a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian
life; and Vernon Littlefield (Donovan Carter),
a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to ‘never forget where he came
from’ brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial
The series also
stars: Troy Garity (Barbershop); Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine); London Brown
(The Hustle); and Jazmyn Simon (THE SLICE).
Also on Sunday,
June 21 on HBO Canada, the eagerly awaited second season of TRUE DETECTIVE, starring
Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, debuts at 9 p.m.
ET/MT, along with the premiere of the new political comedy series THE BRINK, starring
Tim Robbins and Jack Black, at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT.
BALLERS is created
by Stephen Levinson (ENTOURAGE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), and executive produced by Levinson,
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss,
Julian Farino, and Denis Biggs. Hiram Garcia is co-executive producer.
In Eastern Canada,
episodes will be available on TMN
GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go
with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go,
and HBO Canada On Demand.
HBO Canada is
a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus
Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
May 26, 2015
boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party
by Cyndi Lauper
(TORONTO – May
22nd, 2015) boom 97.3 is thrilled to celebrate Pride Toronto 2015 with boom 97.3’s
Totally G’80s Video Dance Party at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 26th.
boom 97.3’s Totally
G’80s Video Dance Party will be the ultimate interactive and visual dance party
of Pride! In addition to DJ Thomas Hall pumping
out the most iconic and memorable music videos and pride anthems of the 80’s, attendees
will be treated to a live performance by Canadian rock singer Carole Pope of Rough
Trade and a very special appearance by music legend, Tony-Award winner for KINKY
BOOTS and recently announced Pride Toronto Grand Marshal - Cyndi Lauper.
DJ Alain will
take over the ones and twos to close the night with the hottest retro hits as heard
at his weekly residency Sunday nights at Zipperz.
boom 97.3’s Totally
G’80s began in 2014 as a spin-off of our Totally 80’s Long Weekend specialty programming.
boom 97.3 was the soundtrack of the World Pride parade with non-stop pride anthems
dominating the airwaves from such artists as: Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Kylie Minogue,
Elton John, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and Boy George. For Pride Toronto
2015, boom 97.3 is thrilled to bring the magic of Totally G’80s to the Phoenix Concert
Theatre on June 26.
boom 973 will
also be commercial free during the Pride Parade on June 28th from 1pm to 4p playing
non-stop pride anthems.
Early bird tickets
go on-sale this Friday through Ticketweb.com for only $9.73 plus convenience charges.
Regular tickets go on sale Saturday, May 30 for $15.00 plus convenience charges.
All the fabulous
info is online now at boom973.com
boom 97.3’s Totally
G’80s Video Dance Party is proud to be an official affiliate event of Pride Toronto.
May 26, 2015
TEMPLE STREET PRODUCTIONS AND FAMILY CHANNEL BRING THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE TO THEATRES ACROSS CANADA SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH
TORONTO – May
26, 2015 – Leading Toronto and LA-based production company, Temple Street Productions
and Family Channel are pleased to announce, THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE, will
receive a theatrical release premiering in 80 Cineplex theatres across Canada. The
documentary chronicles the on-stage and backstage experience of eight cast members
from the popular tween drama The Next Step as they travel across the country performing
on their first-ever stage tour. The limited-time Cineplex feature will take place
Saturday, June 27th at 12:55pm with an encore screening on Sunday, June 28th at
12:55pm. Fans can visit www.cineplex.com/events
to see participating theatre locations and to purchase tickets now.
to deliver even more access to The Next Step
for our unwavering fans by bringing it to the big screen," commented Ivan Schneeberg
and David Fortier, producers of THE NEXT STEP LIVE – THE MOVIE and co-presidents
of Temple Street Productions. "This is an exciting initiative that solidifies
our commitment to build The Next Step brand and extend it across multiple platforms."
documentary follows the dancers of the popular tween drama series The Next Step
as they travel cross-country to perform in front of sold-out crowds during the two-month
long The Next Step Live on Stage tour. The film, which was shot earlier this year,
features exclusive footage of the dancers as they prepared for their inaugural tour,
including behind-the-scenes on the bus, backstage, live performances and meeting
fans, as well as exclusive interviews with cast members.
“The Next Step
Live on Stage received such an incredible reaction from fans when it toured across
Canada this past spring; we knew we had to share these never-before-seen moments
with a wider audience,” said Paul Cormack, Vice President, Marketing, DHX Television.
“Knowing the connection that our fans have with these talented young stars, we wanted
to continue to deliver on Family’s mandate to provide access to as many viewers
The Next Step
series follows the lives of an elite group of dancers who train at The Next Step
dance studio. The first half of season three, which airs on Family Channel, saw
the dancers compete to secure a spot on the Internationals team. When new episodes
return later in 2015, fans will see the culmination of the Internationals competition.
THE NEXT STEP
LIVE – THE MOVIE is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Family
Channel and is produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Orphan Black, X Company,
The Next Step).
May 26, 2015
Production Begins on W Network’s Newest Guilty Pleasure, Million Dollar View
(May 26, 2015
– Toronto, Ontario) Production is underway on W Network’s newest series Million
Dollar View, filming across multiple locations in North America. Each half-hour
episode of this brand new property series focuses on one realtor and one set of
buyers, on the hunt to purchase the perfect property offering a spectacular view
and all the amenities that come with it. Palatial cottages in Muskoka, oceanfront
homes in Miami’s toniest neighbourhoods, posh downtown Toronto condos, and Manhattan
skyscrapers with panoramic riverfront views are just some of the jaw-dropping properties
featured in Million Dollar View. The series is produced by Our House Media, in association
with W Network and will begin airing in winter 2016.
“We are thrilled
to once again collaborate with Simon and Joe, the team who helped create our hugely
successful Property Brothers series,” said John MacDonald, Vice President of Television,
Head of Women's and Family Television, Corus Entertainment. “With Our House Media’s
creative expertise, we’re certain Million Dollar View will be a must-watch for audiences.”
to be collaborating once again with John and the highly talented team at W, in what
is our tenth greenlight in little more than 12 months,” said Simon Lloyd, CEO of
Our House Media. “We are extremely excited
about Million Dollar View and its potential to be at the forefront of a new generation
of property shows.”
On Million Dollar
View, each episode will follow the emotional and thrilling world of high-end real
estate – from touring different homes, deciding on which house to put an offer on,
through to negotiations and leading to a major property purchase. This process will
give an insight into the lives, tastes and personalities of those buying penthouses,
beach houses, cottages and country retreats, while delivering plenty of lavish internal
and external property views.
View is produced by Our House Media in association with W Network. Executive Producers
are Simon Lloyd and Joe Houlihan. Joanne Virgo serves as Series Producer and Jane
Lloyd serves as VP of Production. John MacDonald is the Vice President of Television
and Head of Women’s and Family Television for Corus Entertainment.
May 26, 2015
Okay Bud, Let’s Get ‘er Goin’: Production Begins on The Comedy Network and CraveTV Co-Production, LETTERKENNY
SUDBURY, ON (May
26, 2015) – The Comedy Network, CraveTVTM, New Metric Media, and a bunch of other
city folks confirmed today that cameras are rollin’ on LETTERKENNY, an original
Canadian series commissioned by CraveTV, in partnership with The Comedy Network.
Created by Jared Keeso of Bravo
original drama 19-2, and based on the
internet sensation Letterkenny
Problems, the six-part, half-hour series is currently shooting on location in
and around Sudbury, ON, which everyone’s really stoked about - if it weren’t for
the fact that it’s black fly season. The LETTERKENNY gang will be up der for ‘bout
five weeks, ‘til the end of June.
told ya that LETTERKENNY stars Keeso as Wayne, a good-ol’ country boy in Letterkenny,
Ontario trying to protect his homegrown way of life on the farm. He also executive
produces and co-writes on the darn thing. Nathan Dales (KING & MAXWELL)
stars as Wayne’s quick-tongued sidekick, Daryl. There’s more casting news to come,
so keep your shirt on.
world may smell like stale cigarettes and beer, but its approach to comedy is a
breath of fresh air,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production,
Bell Media. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Jared on another uniquely
Canadian and nuanced series, and look forward to working with our dynamic production
partners, New Metric Media.”
great team, great town,” said Mark Montefiore, Executive Producer for New Metric
Media. “The next few weeks will be a wild ride cramming so much great comedy into
tiny cameras so pitter patter, let’s get at’er."
Letterkenny belong to one of three groups: The Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey
Players, who get at each other about the darnedest things, often ending with someone
getting their arse kicked. Daryl and Wayne are Hicks. Michelle Mylett (ASCENSION) plays
Wayne’s heart-breaker sister, Katy, who is also a Hick. On the ready to take the
piss outta Wayne and Daryl, Dylan
Playfair (Mr Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story) and Andrew Herr (also, Mr Hockey: The
Gordie Howe Story) reprise their roles as The Hockey Players, “Jonesy” and “Reilly,”
Problems web series. Tyler Johnston
(MOTIVE) stars as lead Skid, Stewart; Stewart’s “sideskid” Devon is played by Alexander De Jordy
(19-2); Lisa Codrington (COPPER)
stars as Modeen’s bartender, Gail; Jacob
Tierney as the Christian Leader Glenn; and K Trevor Wilson stars as Wayne’s
Produced by New
Metric Media (Cas & Dylan) in partnership with DHX Media and in association
with Four Peaks Media Group, Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) is executive producer,
director, and co-writer. Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Montefiore are executive producers
for New Metric Media.
produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media and in association with
Four Peaks Media Group, in association with Bell Media, with the participation of
Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production
Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media.
Executives for Bell Media are Kara Haflidson and Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior
Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President,
Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment
May 26, 2015
GAME OF THRONES Conquers the Big Screen When HBO Canada and Cineplex Present Season 5 Finale in Theatres Across Canada
26, 2015) – HBO Canada and Cineplex are partnering to reward GAME OF THRONES fans
with the ultimate viewing experience: the chance to watch the epic series’ Season
5 finale on the big screen on Sunday, June 14. Building on the popularity and excitement
of the Season 4 finale screenings in 2014,
this year, the opportunity is open to fans across Canada with screenings taking
place in 74 Cineplex theatres across the country, including British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada. Free tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve
basis beginning tomorrow at www.cineplex.com/GOT.
GAME OF THRONES
fans will be prepped for the big finale after watching behind-the-scenes and extras,
as well as Episode 9 from Season 5 of GAME OF THRONES. The epic screening event
will also feature a pre-show with previews of big-buzz HBO series premiering on
Sunday, June 21, including the second season of TRUE DETECTIVE, and new comedies
BALLERS and THE BRINK.
to once again amplify Westeros for GAME OF THRONES fans,” said Jon Arklay, Senior
Vice-President, Bell Media Agency, Brand, Creative and Marketing. “GAME OF THRONES
cries out for big-screen treatment through epic scale and lush visuals. We hope
our die-hard fans have a great time on June 14.”
“We are delighted
to partner with Cineplex to offer an unparalleled viewing experience, engage with
national fans, and celebrate another riveting season of GAME OF THRONES,” said Jim
Johnson, VP, Pay & Affiliate Marketing, Corus Entertainment.
In June 2014,
Bell Media partnered with Cineplex to host the first-ever large scale theatrical
screening of GAME OF THRONES. Held in 29 cinemas across Eastern Canada, the Season
4 finale screening execution was a resounding success, with tickets selling out
within days and more than 11,000 dedicated fans in attendance to witness the shocking
HBO Canada is
also giving fans the chance to win the ultimate VIP screening package, which includes
two tickets to the Season 5 finale screening event, reserved VIP theatre seating,
a popcorn voucher, plus limited edition GAME OF THRONES merchandise. For more details
and to enter visit www.hbocanada.com.
To view a list
of the participating 74 Cineplex theatres please visit http://www.cineplex.com/Promos/GameofThrones
May 25, 2015
Newfoundland Capital Management Update
DARTMOUTH, NS, May 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited
(NCC) announced today that David J. Murray, Chief Operating Officer ("COO"),
will be retiring effective June 30, 2015. David has been with the Company for 25
years, having occupied the post of COO for almost 8 years and has been an integral
part of the growth and success of the Company.
The Company has
recruited Ian Lurie to fill the role of COO effective July 6, 2015. Ian's skill
set in radio broadcasting is extensive, having worked with Standard Radio for 19
years, with Astral Radio for 6 years, and most recently as Senior Vice President
with Bell Media. Ian will be based in Toronto and will be responsible for all of
the Company's broadcasting operations coast to coast.
Capital Corporation Limited
Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) owns and operates Newcap
Radio, one of Canada's leading radio broadcasters with 95 licences across Canada.
The Company reaches millions of listeners each week through a variety of formats
and is a recognized industry leader in radio programming, sales and networking.
May 25, 2015
CMT Travels North With New Series Yukon For Sale Premiering June 13 at 9 p.m. ET
Narrated by Canadian
Country music singer George Canyon
TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2015 – Corus Entertainment’s CMT (Canada) is buying into real
estate with the new series Yukon For Sale, premiering Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m.
ET / 6 p.m. PT. Produced by Proper Television in association with CMT, the 13 x 30-minute series puts the “real” in real
estate as Yukoners ditch the typical luxuries found on most house-hunting wish lists
for magnificent views of the Northern Lights, acres of property for hunting and
fishing, and the perfect outhouse.
In each episode
of Yukon For Sale, viewers meet house hunting Yukoners, both native and newbies
to the north, who are in search of unique properties to satisfy their northern living
needs. Whether it’s a young couple seeking an off-the-grid existence, hunters with
their sights set on a backyard full of game, or urban professionals hoping to find
a condo in the middle of a northern town, finding the perfect pad is always an adventure
in the Yukon, where moose outnumber people by two to one. Canadian Country music
singer George Canyon narrates this wild real estate ride that takes viewers out
into the middle of North America’s untamed wilderness.
Watch Yukon For
Sale trailer, here.
Yukon For Sale
is produced by Proper Television, with Guy O’Sullivan and Amy Hosking serving as
May 25, 2015
Season 3 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Headlines CTV’s Summer 2015 Schedule, Beginning July 8
25, 2015) – CTV’s summer programing was finalized today with announcement of the
return of the most-watched television program in Canada last summer, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA,
headlining the network’s Summer 2015 schedule with its third season premiere Wednesday,
July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.
Canada’s most-watched Canadian series is joined by previously
announced blockbuster summer event series ZOO, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT
on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 30.
An all-new season
of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and ZOO join a summer lineup featuring new and returning
fan-favourite hits including: Betty White and the gang in Part 1 of the farewell
season of HOT IN CLEVELAND (May 26), as well as another celebrity filled season
of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (July 7).
CTV remains the
destination for live events and award shows this summer, with the previously
announced FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ matches beginning June
A closer look
at CTV’s Summer 2015 programming (Part 2):
All programming is subject to change, and all times ET/PT. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.
ZOO – *NEW SERIES*
Tuesdays at 9 p.m., beginning June 30
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
In ZOO, Jackson Oz (James Wolk, MAD MEN), a young, renegade American zoologist,
spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa, when he begins noticing
the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated
and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic
before there’s no place left for people to hide. Based on James Patterson’s #1 best-selling
novel (which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide), ZOO is also stars Kristen
Connolly (HOUSE OF CARDS), Billy Burke (REVOLUTION), Nonso Anozie (DRACULA, Cinderella),
Nora Arnezeder (Safe House), and Carl Lumbly (ALIAS). ZOO is executive produced
by Jeff Pinkner (FRINGE, LOST), Josh Appelbaum (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,
ALIAS, LIFE ON MARS), Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles), Michael Katelman (RIZZOLI & ISLES), and Scott Rosenberg
(High Fidelity, LIFE ON MARS), alongside James Mangold (Walk the Line, Girl, Interrupted),
Cathy Konrad (Girl, Interrupted, Scream), best-selling author James Patterson, Bill
Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen.
HOT IN CLEVELAND
(Season 6) – *FINAL SEASON (PART 1)*
Tuesdays at 8 p.m., beginning May 26
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
CTV delivers its first batch of episodes of the final season of HOT IN CLEVELAND
this summer, as Betty White and the gang including Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves,
and Wendie Malick get set to bid farewell. Season 6 begins with Joy (Leeves) deciding
whether to marry Mitch (Tim Daly), Simon (Craig Ferguson), or Bob (Dave Foley).
Meanwhile, Victoria's (Malick) new CGI movie proves challenging in ways she didn't
expect and Elka (White) tries to bring film jobs to Cleveland. Guest stars this
season include: Billy Baldwin (GOSSIP GIRL),
Robert Wagner (NCIS), George Takei (THE NEIGHBORS), Ernie Hudson (Franklin &
Bash), Brian Baumgartner (THE OFFICE), Timothy Omundson (SUPERNATURAL), Kelen Coleman
(THE McCARTHY’S), and Kurt Fuller (THE GOOD WIFE).
NIGHT (Season 3) – *NEW SEASON*
Tuesdays at 10 p.m., beginning July 7
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
Hosted by Jane Lynch, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT features A-list celebrities partaking
in a cocktail party atmosphere that is based on the real-life game nights of creator
Sean Hayes. Season 3 features celebrities such as Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D.), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin),
Zachary Quinto (The Slap), singer Joe Jonas (I Can Do That!), Jesse Tyler Ferguson
(Modern Family), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Tom Arnold (SIN
CITY SAINTS), comedian Jeff Dye, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, and more joining in
the fun, as they face-off in hilarious party games.
THE AMAZING RACE
CANADA (Season 3) – *NEW SEASON*
Wednesdays at 9 p.m., beginning July 8
Available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO
Returning to CTV this summer with all-new teams and exciting, edge-of-your-seat
challenges, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is back for a third season of action-packed
adventure. Hosted by Olympic champion and Canadian hero Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Season 2 was once again the
most-watched television program in Canada last summer with an average audience of
2.8 million viewers. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to
CTV’s Facebook page for updates.
These new additions
to CTV’s summer schedule join previously
announced series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (June 1), MISTRESSES (June 18),
and MASTERCHEF (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV).
May 25, 2015
TEMPLE STREET PRODUCTIONS AND DHX TELEVISION ANNOUNCE PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON NEW TWEEN DRAMA THE MUSIC ROOM (WORKING TITLE)
25, 2015 – Temple Street Productions and DHX Television are pleased to announce
production has commenced on The Music Room (working title), a music-based tween
series from Frank van Keeken, creator of The Next Step. The reality-style drama
follows a group of young performers who are members of an elite music program. The
music-based series, which is slated to premiere on Family Channel in Winter 2016,
will feature an entirely original soundtrack.
“We are thrilled
to be collaborating once again with creator, Frank van Keeken to produce The Music
Room. We look forward to bringing this high quality music drama to the dedicated
audience of Family Channel,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers
and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions.
“One of the incredible
things about Family Channel’s audience is their loyalty towards Canadian artists,
and The Music Room presents an amazing opportunity for us to feature emerging talent
and great original music,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Programming,
DHX Television. “We’re excited to work alongside Temple Street, and to further our
commitment to creating series with storylines that are both entertaining and relatable
to our viewers.”
The Music Room
follows the lives of a group of musicians who are part of a unique music program,
run by a musician turned producer. Each year, a select few are chosen to go on a
live tour and hopeful candidates audition to fill the spots that have been made
available. Members immerse themselves in music, write songs, record tracks and form
bands in hopes of turning their passion into a profession.
talented cast of young performers, the series stars Keara Graves as Leia; Shane
Harte as Luke; Alex Zaichkowski as John; Sarah Carmosino as Rachel: Levi Randall
as Theo; Deshaun Clarke as Jude; Ella Jonas Farlinger as Eva; Maranda Thomas as
Mary; Alyssa Baker as Maggie; Rakim Kelly as Isaac; Olivia Solo as Annabelle; Jeni
Ross as Clara; Katrina Hachey as Hannah; and Matthew Bacik as Nate. Michael Torontow
and Ali Milner will play Mr. T and Parker who oversee the music program. The Music
Room will also feature guest appearances by notable artists and guest stars from
The Next Step.
title) is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Family
Channel and is executive produced by creator Frank van Keeken (The Next
Hours), Ivan Schneeberg and
David Fortier (Orphan
Black, X Company,
Step). Laura Harbin (The
Next Step, Wingin’ It) also serves as executive producer.
May 22, 2015
More Buzz, Better Hits: Bell Media Lands Hollywood’s Next Big Series for CTV Networks’ 2015/16 Primetime Lineup
22, 2015) – After an unprecedented season in which it delivered five new series
among the Top 10 most-watched TV programs in Canada, CTV announced today it has
landed two of the most sought-after new dramas from this year’s Los Angeles
Screenings for CTV this fall: conspiracy drama QUANTICO and hit-maker Greg
Berlanti’s action-packed mystery thriller BLINDSPOT. Rounding out a total of
four new dramas for CTV this fall are the intriguing, heart-stopping hospital
drama CODE BLACK and strike-it-rich explosive family drama OIL. The three new
dramas joining the CTV schedule in mid-season are no less impressive, headlined
by THE CATCH, the latest, fierce, female-led drama from the reigning queen of
primetime Shonda Rhimes, along with the devilish DC Comics-inspired police
procedural LUCIFER, and the superpowered ARROW/THE FLASH spin-off DC’S LEGENDS
CTV Two this fall is BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, a weekly live
television event based on the smash-hit British series ANT AND DEC'S SATURDAY
NIGHT TAKEAWAY. In addition, the network adds to its lineup the third season of
thrilling mystery-adventure drama SLEEPY HOLLOW.
series, along with CTV and CTV Two’s 2015/16 primetime schedules, will be
presented at the #CTVUpfront on Thursday, June 4 in Toronto. CTV ended the
2014-15 season as Canada’s most-watched television network among total viewers
and A25-54 for the 14th year in a row.
another strong year for dramas, and there’s no question for our team that we’ve
brought home with us the very best of this year’s L.A. Screenings offerings,”
said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “We
have picked up a diverse palette of compelling dramas including appointment
television series QUANTICO and BLINDSPOT, as well as Shonda Rhimes’ latest THE
CATCH, and with DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, have added to the strength of our
superhero slate that already includes THE FLASH, ARROW, and GOTHAM. Pairing the
new acquisitions with our returning lineup stacked with more returning hit
shows than ever before, we’re perfectly positioned for another trailblazing
last year’s successful model, CTV’s new series arrive with an outstanding
pedigree as some of the most acclaimed television producers and showrunners in
the U.S. bolster the lineup with their latest projects. These include
QUANTICO’s powerhouse producer Mark Gordon (CRIMINAL MINDS), and Greg Berlanti
(ARROW, THE FLASH) -- with two installments this year – BLINDSPOT and DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.
Also making a repeat appearance is Shonda Rhimes with THE CATCH, fresh off the
heels of last season’s blockbuster hit HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, and Emmy®
Award-winner Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI:CYBER) is also in the mix with LUCIFER this year.
And with new
titles comes a whole new list of stars to light things up in primetime. This
year’s roster includes: Oscar® and Tony Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden
(Pollock), five-time Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber (ALIAS), Golden Globe®
winner Don Johnson (MIAMI VICE), Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Mireille Enos
(THE KILLING), Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste
(Secrets & Lies), Golden Globe nominee Wentworth Miller (PRISON BREAK),
Bollywood break-out star Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom), Delroy Lindo (The Cider
House Rules), Chace Crawford (GOSSIP GIRL), Luis Guzmán (HOW TO MAKE IT IN
AMERICA), Arthur Darvill (DR. WHO), Marvel Cinematic Universe star Jaimie
Alexander (Thor and Thor: The Dark World), Sullivan Stapleton (STRIKE BACK),
and Bonnie Somerville (FRIENDS).
CTV’s New 2015/16 Acquired Series:
A diverse group of
recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best,
the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is
suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
QUANTICO stars Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom) as Alex, Jake McLaughlin (BELIEVE) as
Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis (THE BOOK OF NEGROES) as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri
(Caramel) as Nimah, Johanna Braddy (GREEK) as Shelby, Tate Ellington (THE MINDY
PROJECT) as Simon and Graham Rogers (REVOLUTION) as Caleb. QUANTICO was written
by Josh Safran (GOSSIP GIRL). Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon
(CRIMINAL MINDS, Saving Private Ryan) and Nick Pepper (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES).
QUANTICO is produced by ABC Studios.
(300: Rise of an Empire), Jaimie Alexander (Thor) and Oscar® nominee Marianne
Jean-Baptiste (WITHOUT A TRACE) star in this one-hour action thriller from
Berlanti Productions (THE FLASH, ARROW, PAN) and writer/executive producer
Martin Gero (THE L.A. COMPLEX). Stapleton stars as hardened FBI agent Kurt
Weller, who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac, Jane Doe
(Alexander), is found in Times Square covered in a series of cryptic tattoos
... including his name on her back. As Weller and his teammates at the FBI --
among them, wartime vet Edgar Reed (Rob Brown, TREME), the secretive Tasha
Zapata (Audrey Esparza, BLACK BOX), and Assistant Director Mayfair
(Jean-Baptiste) -- begin to investigate the veritable treasure map that are
Jane Doe's tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists
and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations -- the information
they uncover might ultimately change the world. At the center of this mystery
is the relationship between Weller and Jane Doe. With every passing day, Jane
unveils a new skill or a hidden talent without understanding its origin, while
Weller is drawn deeper into his troubled, complicated relationship with this
enigmatic woman. They both strive to make a connection, unaware of the
dangerous blindspot that threatens them. BLINDSPOT also stars Ukweli Roach (THE
ROYALS) as Dr. Borden, and Ashley Johnson (THE KILLING) as Patterson. Sarah
Schechter (THE FLASH) and Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) are also executive
producers on the series. BLINDSPOT is produced by Warner Bros. Television and
Set in the busiest
and most notorious ER in the nation, this new medical drama follows LA County
Hospital doctor Leanne Royer (Marcia Gay Harden, THE NEWSROOM), a brilliant,
hard-nosed residency director training a group of new doctors in her aggressive
style of medicine borne out of her own shocking past and often putting her at
odds with colleagues and students. CODE BLACK also stars Bonnie Somerville
(FRIENDS) as Christa Lorenson, Melanie Kannokada (Boogie Nights) as Malaya
Pineda, Benjamin Hollingsworth (Joy Ride 3) as Mario Savetti, Harry M. Ford
(Louder Than Bombs) as Angus Leighton, Luis Guzman (HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA)
as nurse Jesse Sallander, Raza Jaffrey (HOMELAND) as Dr. Neal Hudson, and
William Allen Young (District 9) as Dr. Rollie Guthrie. Executive producers are
Michael Seitzman (INTELLIGENCE), Marti Noxon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Linda
Goldstein-Knowlton (Whale Rider), Ryan McGarry (Code Black), and David Semel
(MADAM SECRETARY). CODE BLACK is produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television
Billy (Chace Crawford, GOSSIP GIRL) and Cody Lefever (Rebecca Rittenhouse,
Philadelphia) dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to
“The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in
American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon (Don Johnson,
NASH BRIDGES) who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line,
including their marriage. OIL also stars Delroy Lindo (The Cider House Rules)
as Tip, Amber Valletta (REVENGE) as Carla, Scott Michael Foster (GREEK) as
Wick, India de Beaufort (ONE TREE HILL) as Jules, and Yani Gellman (The Lizzie
McGuire Movie) as AJ. OIL was written by Josh Pate (LEGENDS) and Rodes
Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz (24), Josh Pate, Rodes
Fishburne, Drew Comins, and Don Johnson (MIAMI VICE). OIL is produced by ABC Signature.
DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
When heroes alone
are not enough ... the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will
desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter
(Arthur Darvill, Doctor Who) is tasked with assembling a disparate group of
both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat -- one in which not
only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. From the creators of THE
FLASH and ARROW comes this super hero team-up unlike anything that’s ever been
seen on television before. Combining characters from both shows -- in addition
to new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon -- this epic story lives in an
interconnected universe and presents a high-stakes "feature film"
experience with edge- of-your-seat action, time travel, seamless visual effects
and an infectiously fun character dynamic that's like a FLASH/ARROW crossover
... times a hundred! Featuring ARROW's Brandon Routh as The Atom and Caity Lotz
as the resurrected Sara Lance/White Canary; with THE FLASH's Victor Garber as
Dr. Martin Stein alongside Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell
as Heat Wave; plus, the newest heroes Rip Hunter, Jeff Jackson (Franz Drameh,
Edge of Tomorrow), and the reincarnated warrior queen Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee,
Pippin), this singular super hero spinoff series pits the ragtag team against
an immortal threat that remains one of the most powerful villains in the DC
Comics universe. Greg Berlanti (The Flash) executive produces, alongside Marc
Guggenheim (ARROW), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash), and Sarah Schechter (The
Flash). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is
from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and
Warner Bros. Television.
LUCIFER is the story
of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer
Morningstar (Tom Ellis, RUSH) has resigned his throne and retired to the City
of Angels, where he owns an upscale piano bar called Lux. Lucifer is enjoying
his retirement and indulging in a few of his favorite things -- wine, women,
song -- when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the
first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within
him. He's not sure whether it's his suppressed desire to punish the wicked or
something deeper and more confusing -- is he actually capable of feelings for a
human being? The very thought disturbs him -- as well as his best friend and
confidante, Mazikeen / Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt, THE LIBRARIANS), a fierce demon
in the form of beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD
homicide detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German, CHICAGO FIRE), who finds
herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve
the pop star's murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe's inherent goodness. Used to
dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, he begins to wonder if there's
hope yet. At the same time, God's emissary, the angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside,
SUITS), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. But
with the City of Angels at his feet and a newfound purpose, Lucifer's having
too much fun to go back now. Sexy, dark and irreverent, this one-hour drama
from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, based on the characters created by Neil
Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint,
offers up the concept that everyone might have a chance at redemption ... even
the Devil. Executive producers are Tom Kapinos (CALIFORNICATION), Jerry
Bruckheimer (CSI: CYBER, THE AMAZING RACE), Jonathan Littman (CSI:
CYBER), Ildy Modrovich (CALIFORNICATION), Len Wiseman (SLEEPY HOLLOW),
KristieAnne Reed (CSI: CYBER), and Joe Henderson (WHITE COLLAR), who also serves
as showrunner. LUCIFER is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and
Aggressive Mediocrity, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, THE CATCH is a new thriller centered on the
strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos, THE KILLING)). She’s a fraud
investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé.
Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
THE CATCH stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard (CSI) as Evan, Jay Hayden
(CRIMINAL MINDS) as James, Jacky Ido (Inglorious Basterds) as Emil, Rose
Rollins (THE L WORD) as Andie Derringer, and Elvy Yost (THE OFFICE) as Maria.
THE CATCH was written by Jennifer Schuur (HANNIBAL). Executive producers are
Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, GREY’S ANATOMY),
Betsy Beers (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, GREY’S ANATOMY), and Julie Anne
Robinson (SCANDAL). THE CATCH is produced by ABC Studios.
BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK
Five Emmy Awards and
a Tony Award make multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris the perfect star for this
live one-hour show that is unlike any other currently on American television.
Complete with stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers,
giveaways and unlimited surprises, this show proves that anything can happen,
and it can happen to you. Based on the wildly popular British hit Ant &
Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, the modernized variety show format and its
fearless, multi-talented star will make for one of the best nights ever on TV
week after week. Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), Orly Adelson
(Golden Globe Awards), Siobhan Greene (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night
Takeaway), David A. Hurwitz (FEAR FACTOR), Anthony McPartlin (Ant & Dec's
Saturday Night Takeaway) and Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night
Takeaway) executive produce. Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris is
produced by ITV Studios America.
mystery-adventure drama SLEEPY HOLLOW joins the CTV lineup for Season 3. The
critically-acclaimed series spans two and a half centuries, in which a
resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, Salmon Fishing in Yemen) pairs up with a
present-day police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie, Shame) to save the enigmatic
town of Sleepy Hollow – and the world – from unprecedented evil. The
jaw-dropping Season 2 conclusion left Ichabod Crane and Lieutenant Abbie Mills
with a decisive, albeit heartbreaking, victory over evil. In the name of good,
Crane made the ultimate decision to kill his wife, Katrina Crane (Katia Winter,
DEXTER). With evil seemingly at bay, the third season will explore how the
partnership between Crane and Mills will evolve and what challenges these two
witnesses will now face. SLEEPY HOLLOW is co-created by Alex Kurtzman (Star
Trek), Roberto Orci (Star Trek), Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman (Underworld).
The series is executive produced by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, Heather Kadin
(SCORPION) and Clifton Campbell (WHITE COLLAR), who also serves as showrunner.
SLEEPY HOLLOW is from K/O Paper Products in association with 20th Century
May 22, 2015
TVO terminates agreement with documentary producer, seeks refund
22, 2015 /CNW/ - TVO announced today that it has formally advised White Pine Pictures
that it is terminating the Agreement to commission a documentary about Premier Kathleen
Wynne and the lead up to the 2015 Ontario provincial budget and is requesting a
refund of all monies paid toward the project.
beginning, TVO insisted to White Pine Pictures that there be a journalistic treatment
of this film including hiring a journalist as director," said John Ferri, VP
of Current Affairs and Documentaries. "TVO consistently supported the director's
vision for the film. Once she left the project, we felt we had no choice but to
do so as well. In addition to the fact that this project no longer has a director,
several of White Pine Pictures' other obligations were not met and therefore regrettably
we are terminating the Agreement."
In its notification
to White Pine Pictures, TVO noted that:
A completed documentary
with a director attached to the project was not delivered. Director Roxana Spicer
formally resigned in writing from the White Pine Pictures' project. The lack of
a director is a fundamental deficiency for a documentary production;
A documentary consistent
with TVO's journalistic standards for editorial integrity, independence and quality,
as required by the Agreement, was not delivered;
A documentary fully
cleared as required by the Agreement was not delivered. As White Pine Pictures informed
TVO, signed access agreements and accompanying releases for several figures who
participated were not obtained;
A documentary with
Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance as required by the Agreement was not delivered.
White Pine Pictures informed TVO that it would not be seeking E&O insurance
without the signed access agreements and accompanying releases, and;
A finished documentary
which met the terms of our Agreement in a timely manner to allow for our scheduled
air date as agreed was not delivered.
White Pine Pictures
continues to be the owner of the content of the project. Written notice has been
sent to White Pine Pictures stating that TVO is seeking reimbursement for $114,075
already advanced to White Pine Pictures for the documentary's production.
As part of TVO's
broadcast license, TVO is required to operate independently and at arm's length
from government and to exercise full editorial independence. This requirement is
strictly adhered to in all cases.
*See BACKGROUNDER attached.
May 22, 2015
Bloody Good News! Space Orders Third Season of its Original Smash-Hit Series, BITTEN
22, 2015) – As announced earlier today by BITTEN star Laura Vandervoort on a special,
on-location edition of THE SOCIAL from Disneyland, Space confirms that it has ordered
a third season of its most-watched original series ever, BITTEN. Based on the best-selling
series of novels by Kelley Armstrong and produced by No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment
One Television (eOne), and Hoodwink Entertainment, Season 3 sees the return of genre
icon Laura Vandervoort (SMALLVILLE,
Ted) as Elena Michaels; Greyston Holt
(ALCATRAZ, DURHAM COUNTY) as Clayton Danvers; Greg Bryk (A History Of Violence,
ROOKIE BLUE) as Jeremy Danvers; Steve
Lund (BEING ERICA, HAVEN) as Nick Sorrentino, and Genelle Williams (WAREHOUSE 13) as
Rachel Sutton. Viewers who have yet to join The Pack can stream BITTEN Season 1
on CraveTV right now. Season 2 of BITTEN will air on CTV Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET,
beginning July 4.
“BITTEN is a
great success story for Space,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty
and Pay, Bell Media. “It’s been extremely gratifying to witness the series build
such a passionate and dedicated international fan base. Congrats to the cast, crew,
and our partners No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One, and Hoodwink Entertainment.
We look forward to yet another great season of this killer series.”
“We are extremely
excited to be headed back into production for a third season and are so proud of
our success on Space,” said J.B Sugar, Executive Producer, No Equal Entertainment.
“We couldn't do it without the continuing support from Bell Media and our incredible
fans in Canada and around the world.”
“This is a tremendous
achievement which wouldn’t be possible without our talented cast and crew and Space’s
unwavering support of the series,” said John Morayniss, Chief Executive Officer,
Entertainment One Television. “Alongside No Equal Entertainment and Hoodwink Entertainment,
we are thrilled to continue this incredible journey and looking forward to sinking
our teeth into what's sure to be another nail-biting season.”
BITTEN is executive
produced by J.B. Sugar (THE COLLECTOR, JPOD) for No Equal Entertainment, John Barbisan,
and Patrick Banister (WHISTLER) for Hoodwink Entertainment, and Tecca Crosby, John
Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for eOne. Daegan Fryklind (MOTIVE, THE LISTENER)
is Showrunner. Executive Producers Fryklind and Wil Zmak return to write for Season
3. Also in the writing room are Larry Bambrick, Jenn Engels, and Garfield Lindsay
BITTEN is produced
by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne in association with
Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco
Program Development Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Rebecca
DiPasquale and Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy are Production Executives, Drama, Bell
Media. Tom Hastings is Director of Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie
Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce
is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President,
CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.
May 22, 2015
Say Yes to the Dress Canada Gives Fans a Romantic Getaway and Wedding Destination Ideas with Weddingvacations.com
2015 – Toronto, Canada) W Network’s Say Yes to the Dress
Canada is excited to announce its sponsorship with Weddingvacations.com for upcoming
new episodes of the hit series. In addition to premiering new episodes from Say
Yes to the Dress Canada’s first season, W Network has partnered with Weddingvacations.com to direct
viewers to the top online resource for destination wedding and honeymoon
planning with destination-wedding experts/consultants. The partnership
includes a contest for an all-inclusive vacation for two at the recently opened
at Royalton in Cancun, Mexico that offers couples and newlyweds alike a
luxurious ‘resort within a resort’ experience within Royalton Riviera Cancun
Resort & Spa. The contest begins on June 22 on WNetwork.com. New episodes of Say Yes to the
Dress Canada air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.
brands are a perfect match. Say Yes to the Dress Canada gives inspiration to
brides-to-be who are on the search for the perfect gown to match their style,
image and budget and Weddingvacations.com offers viewers a go-to guide for
finding the perfect location for their special occasion – like a destination
wedding or honeymoon,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Client Marketing,
Corus Entertainment. “Our team worked directly with Weddingvacations.com and
their agency VMC Media to develop a robust media program, including bridal
vignettes inspired by Say Yes to the Dress Canada and featuring a bridal
consultant from the series”.
Grossman, Senior Marketing Director for Sunwing Travel Group added,
“WeddingVacations.com provides destination inspiration for weddings, honeymoons
and romantic getaways in a tropical location. We are very excited about this
partnership given the opportunity for branded content across multiple
platforms. During the series, our wedding consultants offer brides to-be
valuable insights regarding which dresses to pick for a warmer climate, advice
on the best honeymoon locations, hints and tips on how best to pack and much
multi-tiered, on-air campaign was secured for Weddingvacations.com by their media
agency VMC and targets women 25-54. The partnership will include
brandsell, on-air billboards, sponsorship of closed captioning, lower third
brand placement, on-air contest spot, online microsite and custom vignettes all
produced by Corus Client Marketing. The vignettes will feature a bridal
consultant from the series, wedding consultant from Weddingvacations.com and a
beautiful bride to be. Weddingvacations.com
is the creative new source for destination wedding and honeymoon planning and a
go-to inspiration for picture-perfect special occasions in paradise. A true
"one-stop shop" that covers everything from sizzling locales and
exclusive resorts, to the tips and trends that will ensure a celebration is the
May 21, 2015
CRTC invites Canadians to participate in a project measuring the performance of their broadband Internet services
May 21 2015
– Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today
invited Canadians to participate in a project that will measure the performance
of their home broadband Internet services. The CRTC is collaborating in this
project with major Internet service providers (ISPs) across the country and
SamKnows, a company that specializes in measuring broadband services.
The CRTC is
recruiting up to 6,200 Canadians to help measure the Internet services provided
by the participating ISPs. Volunteers will receive a device, called a
"Whitebox", that they will connect to their modem or router. The
Whitebox will periodically measure broadband performance, testing a number of
parameters associated with the broadband Internet connection, including
download and upload speeds. The measurement tests will run when users are not
actively using their Internet connection. The privacy of Canadians will also be
assured. No information concerning online activities will be collected.
of this project will enable Canadians to gain additional insight into network
performance, including actual connection speeds, and provide them with a better
understanding of whether certain Internet services from participating ISPs are
delivering speeds as advertised. These results will also provide data that will
enable the CRTC to improve its broadband policy-making.
results as a baseline, the CRTC intends to publish a comprehensive report
highlighting the findings of this project. While the initial project is set to
last for one year, the CRTC intends to continue gathering data beyond the
initial year. The data will ultimately form part of the CRTC’s data collection
and monitoring activities.
who wish to become involve with this project can review the criteria for
eligibility and apply by completing an online form.
recently launched a major
proceeding to review basic telecommunications services in Canada, including
the services that all Canadians need to participate in the digital economy.
The CRTC, in collaboration with major Internet service providers and SamKnows,
is inviting Canadians to participate in a project that will measure the
performance of their broadband Internet services.
Participants will receive a device, called a Whitebox, that they will connect
to their modem or router.
Study information will only be collected when users are not connected. The
privacy of Canadians will also be assured. No information concerning online
activities will be collected.
The CRTC’s mandate includes ensuring that Canadians have access to a world-class
The CRTC recently launched a major proceeding to review basic
telecommunications services in Canada, including the services that all
Canadians need to participate in the digital economy.
"The project we are launching today in collaboration with SamKnows and
major Canadian Internet service providers will provide valuable information.
This will help Canadians better understand the performance of their Internet
services and whether certain Internet services from participating ISPs are
delivering speeds as advertised. No information will be collected about the
online activities of participants. This project is designed to run tests
through an Internet connection to collect data on connection speeds. Of course,
this project will only be successful if Canadians participate. We encourage
those who are interested to fill out the online form today."
Barbara Motzney, CRTC Chief Consumer Officer
Learn about Internet
Speed and Performance
CRTC initiates review
of basic telecommunications services for all Canadians
Telecom Notice of Consultation
May 21, 2015
LAMB CREATIVE GROUP CELEBRATES 1st ANNIVERSARY WITH GOLD CPRS ACE AWARD WIN
Cuisine Food To Love’ Campaign Wins ‘Best in Media Relations’
May 21, 2015 – Celebrating its first anniversary, Lamb Creative Group took home
gold at last night’s Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) 2015 Ace Awards Gala
in Toronto. Its ‘Yves Veggie Cuisine Food To Love’ campaign was recognized with
a Gold Ace Award in the Best in Media Relations Under $50,000 category.
The winning campaign
that launched this past fall, garnered national top-tier media pick-up across all
media platforms and featured past Top Chef Canada contestant, Chef Lauren Marshall.
The Lamb Creative Group team worked with Hain Celestial to develop a national awareness
strategy that lead to over 7 million impressions and an unprecedented increase in
“When I launched
Lamb Creative Group a year ago, it was with the vision of providing top notch collaboration
with our client partners to achieve these kinds of award-winning results,” said
Nikki Lamb Tudico, President, Lamb Creative Group. “Being honoured with a Gold Ace
Award win is a testament to how we raise the bar, providing customized campaigns
that break through the cluttered mediascape. It’s also one hell of an anniversary
gift, celebrating the hard work and dedication that got us here.”
Group launched a year ago as a modern collective agency offering marketing, branding,
communications, social media, events and photo/video services. By assembling custom
teams tailored to each client partner’s needs, it develops and executes ambitious
campaigns that accelerate profit and growth. Lamb Creative Group services clients
worldwide and specializes in the Entertainment, Travel, Food & Beverage, Technology
and Health industries.
May 21, 2015
Huge Zombies? Giant Vikings? Monster Motorcycles? shomi Announces a New Way to Take Over the Biggest Screen in the House – the TV shomi is Now Available on Google Chromecast
21, 2015) – The popcorn and magic experience just got bigger! Today, shomi™ is available
on Google Chromecast. For entertainment lovers, this is a great day indeed! Why? shomi members now have a simple and easy
way to get the streaming service on the big screen by simply casting from their
mobile device, tablet, or computer directly to a TV. From an un-dead crime solver
in iZombie, to marauding Vikings, and the Sons of Anarchy biker code – these series
demand a big-screen binge experience! And since the casting is from the shomi app,
members will get the fully-immersive and interactive shomi experience, in HD quality,
while watching on a larger TV screen. shomi features a deep library of exclusive
content that the other guys don’t have, so after hours of zombies, Vikings and motorcycles,
shomi on Chromecast makes it super-easy to dive into award-winners Jane The Virgin
and Transparent, The Americans, Modern Family, and more. With exclusive titles like
Catastrophe, Mozart in the Jungle, and Transparent – not available on any broadcast
service in Canada – Chromecast makes it easy for shomi members to experience these
must-see series on the big screen.
we launched, Chromecast was on our shomi roadmap as a must-have for our service
and I’m delighted that we’re now able to deliver this experience to our members,”
said Ann Tebo, Director, Product Management, shomi. “With Chromecast, Apple TV,
and Xbox 360, there are now three Internet-connected ways for customers to get great
shomi content on the big screen.”
that Canadians will now be able to access all their favourite shomi programming
on Chromecast,” said Suveer Kothari, Director of Chromecast Partnerships, Google.
“Chromecast lets you watch everything you love to stream on the screen of your choice,
and with the new shomi app, it’s never been easier to enjoy top shows on the biggest
screen in your home.”
What is it? How
does it work? Chromecast and shomi are an ideal media match! Chromecast is a thumb-sized
media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV. Members can simply
use their laptop, mobile device, or tablet to cast shomi right onto their big screen
– while maintaining full functionality of the shomi online experience. Just plug