December 19, 2014
Jim Ed Norman to Keynote Albright & O’Malley & Brenner's 21st Annual Pre-CRS Seminar
Co-Sponsored with Big Machine Label Group's Republic Nashville
of A&O&B's annual Pre-CRS Seminar are in for a special treat. Grammy winning, multi- platinum selling producer,
Jim Ed Norman, CEO of The Curb Group, will share his insights into the current state
of the country music industry, the future of the format and share a few entertaining
stories from the past.
partner Mike O'Malley adds, “Jim has been in the middle of at least four country
music revolutions – from the days of Anne Murray and Kenny Rogers to Randy Travis
and Dwight Yoakam to Garth and Trisha and now in the latest boom with new artists
like Dylan Scott and Tim Dugger. He’s seen it all, knows what works, and I can’t
wait to hear what he has to teach us. And yes, I want to hear some of those stories,
21st annual A&O&B Pre-CRS seminar will take place on Wednesday, February
25, 2015 at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame from 9am-12:30pm. The event features sessions addressing personal
career growth, important topics facing country radio and radio in general.
will enjoy a live performance and meet & greet with Republic Nashville's hottest
new group A Thousand Horses; hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the best up-and-comer
at the Austin City Music Festival! The group
will perform songs from their brand new album "Southernality", described
as a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers,
Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, wrapped up in a modern-country
A&O&B team will also present the first results of their 10th annual online
perceptual study, “Roadmap 2015”, including Country P1 trends in music, digital
consumption, social networking and more; data from thousands of P1’s from across
the U.S and Canada will be included.
“Over the past years our presenters have included
branding experts, talent coaches, researchers and even a politician,” said partner
Mike O’Malley. “It’s a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that
help set the stage for CRS.”
adds, “Today's hectic and demanding schedules often prevent valuable Face time with
peers. This is an opportunity to share, learn,
grow and reenergize for the new year!”
Republic Nashville returns as the music sponsor for the event, including a photo
op and special, intimate performance from A Thousand Horses.
full agenda and list of presenters will be announced shortly.
A&O&B Pre-CRS Seminar is free and is open to all clients as well as to broadcasters
in non-competitive situations. You can RSVP to email@example.com.
Register for CRS 2015 now by clicking here.
Mike O’Malley – 732-937-5757 - Mike@AandOandB.com
Becky Brenner – 206-595-7086 - Becky@AandOandB.com
Jaye Albright – 206-498-6261 - Jaye@AandOandB.com
December 19, 2014
W5 Presents: GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU In Special Broadcast Edition, December 27 on CTV
(December 19, 2014) – Before his historic political ascent to becoming Leader of
the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau prepared for another epic battle – a
2012 charity boxing match that pitted him against then-Conservative Senator Patrick
Brazeau. Premiering Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on-demand
on CTV NEWS GO, W5 presents “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU”, a behind-the-scenes documentary
chronicling an unguarded and determined Trudeau as he readies for the ring in a
quest to raise funds for Canadian cancer foundation, Fight for the Cure. The film
delivers a rare glimpse into the landscape of federal politics in Canada through
a rather unique and unfiltered lens.
screenings of the feature-length documentary in Quebec theatres in November 2014,
followed by a broadcast premiere in Quebec, “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU” sparked debate
across the province as to modern media’s influence on politics. The film also generated
speculation over whether this candid view of Trudeau might help or harm his political
fortunes with a federal election looming in 2015. Produced by Montréal’s Productions
de la Ruelle, and the award-winning filmmaking duo Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel,
W5 delivers an abbreviated, made-for-television cut and English Canada premiere
of the documentary in this special broadcast presentation.
also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at
7 p.m. ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV
Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners,
such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca
for local listings).
December 19, 2014
The Home of Soccer in Canada: TSN and RDS Announce New Media Rights Agreement for the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
(December 19, 2014) – TSN and RDS today announced a multi-year broadcast rights
agreement with UEFA, making Canada’s #1 English and French specialty networks
the primary Canadian broadcasters of the crown jewels of club soccer – the UEFA
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE – beginning in 2015. The multi-year
agreement will see TSN broadcast more than 190+ games, including up to 16 group
stage games weekly, extensive coverage of the knockout phase, as well as the UEFA
EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL and the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL. RDS will deliver live
coverage of three of the leagues’ best matches each week.
agreement with UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, ensures comprehensive
coverage of global superstars competing on club soccer’s biggest stages across TSN’s suite of five national feeds
and RDS’s slate of specialty channels: RDS, RDS2, and RDS Info.
five-feed lineup is the perfect canvas to deliver the international spectacle
that is the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, and we’re thrilled to
showcase multiple games across our five feeds on the tournaments’ riveting
matchdays,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice President of Programming and Marketing,
TSN. “The addition of these prestigious tournaments to our strong soccer
lineup, which already includes UEFA EURO 2016, FIFA WORLD CUP, BPL, and MLS
coverage, means that fans of the beautiful game can turn to Canada’s Sports
Leader for the highest-profile games for years to come.”
and RDS subscribers can also access live streaming and on-demand viewing of the
networks’ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE coverage through TSN GO
and RDS GO.
addition, the deal includes rights for live coverage of the UEFA CHAMPIONS
LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE on TSN Radio stations across the country.
and RDS will also feature a robust slate of complementary programming focusing
on the biggest stars and key storylines from the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA
EUROPA LEAGUE, including features and highlight shows. Fans can visit TSN.ca
for complete scores, news, highlights, and analysis of both tournaments.
beIN SPORTS CANADA
and RDS’s agreement with UEFA will also see beIN SPORTS CANADA deliver a
significant package of games to their subscribers for both UEFA CHAMPIONS
LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, including live matches and highlight packages.
SPORTS subscribers will be able to view more than 55+ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
matches across its TV network and subscription-based live streaming platform,
beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beginning in August with the play-in matches and
continuing through to the final match.
SPORTS and beIN SPORTS CONNECT subscribers will also be able to watch more than
90+ UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE matches throughout the tournament, also including the
SPORTS prides itself on delivering unrivalled live soccer coverage and premium
sports content to its viewers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidliy, Deputy CEO of beIN
Media Group. “UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE are among the most
popular and high-profile soccer events for fans in Canada and across the
globe. This offering reaffirms our dedication to bringing the Canadian
soccer audience the premium international content they crave.”
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE is a cross-continental showdown featuring 32 of the best
teams from across Europe’s domestic leagues, featuring global powerhouse clubs
from England’s Barclays Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, and
many more. With games scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of matchweeks,
coverage of the competition kicks off annually in September with the
round-robin stage, followed by a home-and-away knockout phase, culminating with
the single-game UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL in the spring.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE features 48 clubs from Europe’s domestic leagues playing six
matches on a home-and-away format, followed by a two-leg knockout phase similar
to the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.
December 19, 2014
Showtime Hit Series SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES, and EPISODES return Monday Nights on Movie Central starting January 12
(December 19, 2014) – Unconventional family values, shrewd business consultants,
and a celebrity starring as himself. A trifecta of twisted, witty, and sharply funny
comedies return to Movie Central in the New Year, when new seasons of acclaimed
Showtime series SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES, and EPISODES premiere on Monday, Jan. 12, back-to-back-to-back on
Movie Central beginning at 9 p.m. MT.
Friday, Jan. 9, Movie Central is offering Canadians an advance sampling of the season
premieres of HOUSE OF LIES and EPISODES on multiple platforms. The episodes will
be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell
TV app, Telus Optik on the go, Movie Central
On Demand, and www.moviecentral.ca.
Premieres Monday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. MT
Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy-winner William H. Macy as pickled patriarch Frank
Gallagher, and Golden Globe® nominee Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) as daughter
Fiona, the Emmy-nominated comedy series SHAMELESS returns for its fifth season.
The new season finds the Gallaghers dealing with both the upside and downside of
personal and urban renewal. As their neighbourhood begins a move towards gentrifying,
the Gallagher clan begins to reconcile their chaotic past in the hopes of building
a better future. Dermot Mulroney (ENLIGHTENED), Steve Kazee (WORKING CLASS), and
Sasha Alexander (RIZZOLI & ISLES) guest star in the new season. SHAMELESS also
stars: Ethan Cutkosky (The Unborn); Emily Bergl (THE KNICK); Shanola Hampton (MIAMI
MEDICAL); Steve Howey (REBA); Emma Kenney (Epic); Cameron Monaghan (The Giver);
Jeremy Allen White (Movie 43); Noel Fisher (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); and special
guest star Joan Cusack (Working Girl).
OF LIES, SEASON 4
Premieres Monday, Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. MT
Oscar-nominee and three time Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner for his role as
Marty Kaan, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 3) returns in the fourth season of HOUSE OF LIES.
Audiences last left a despondent Marty alone in the desert after a cataclysmic double-cross
by Jeannie (Kristen Bell, Frozen) and a visit by the Feds. This season, Marty's
brief stint in white-collar prison leaves Jeannie to pick up the pieces of the now-tainted
Kaan & Associates with Clyde (Ben Schwartz, Turbo) and Doug (Josh Lawson, Anchor
Man 2: The Legend Continues). Larenz Tate (RUSH) returns as Marty's brother Malcolm,
along with new guest stars Demetri Martin (The Daily Show with John Stewart) and
Valorie Curry (The Following).
Premieres Monday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 p.m. MT
Matt LeBlanc is back in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning role as
the fictional Matt LeBlanc in the fourth season of EPISODES. In the new episodes,
Matt faces a financial crisis and is forced to make some tough decisions. Sean (Stephen
Mangan, Rush) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig, FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER) have been dragged
back to L.A. to shoot more episodes of their disastrous sitcom PUCKS! , while their
other project refuses to go away, and a new network head makes life more complicated
Western Canada, episodes will be available on Movie Central HD, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell
TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and Movie Central
December 19, 2014
BITTEN’S Laura Vandervoort reveals Season 2 Premiere Date, Space Original Series Returns Feb. 7
on the New York Times best-selling novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, BITTEN
follows Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf in a recognizable
world where werewolves and witches live among humans.
1 of BITTEN tested Elena’s (Vandervoort) strength and pushed her to embrace her
fierce inner wolf. From the Mutt uprising orchestrated by Pack leader Jeremy
Danvers’ (Greg Bryk) father Malcolm, to finding the severed head of
ex-boyfriend Phillip (Paul Greene) in her bed, Elena is out for blood. Reunited
with The Pack and her true love Clay Danvers (Greyston Holt), nothing stands in
the way of protecting her family and hunting down those who seek to destroy
them. Season 2 sees The Pack on the hunt for Malcolm (James McGowan). In their
quest to capture him, they uncover a more sinister force that threatens the
existence of the werewolf species. This season also introduces The Pack to a
Coven of witches with whom they are forced to form an uneasy alliance in order
to fight a common foe.
December 19, 2014
The Hunt is on! MTV’s New Scripted Drama EYE CANDY, Starring Victoria Justice, Premieres January 12
(December 19, 2014) – The internet is a deadly place in the all-new scripted cyber-thriller
EYE CANDY, premiering Monday,
Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on MTV. Based on the best-selling novel by R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), the hour-long, 10-episode drama series
centers on tech genius Lindy Sampson (Victoria Justice, VICTORIOUS), a 21-year-old
hacker with a gift for seeing clues and connections in the digital world that others
can’t. In advance of the series premiere, viewers get a rare inside look at the
personal life of Victoria Justice in BEING VICTORIA JUSTICE, premiering Monday,
Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. ET. The special follows
Justice as she prepares to leave Los Angeles and move to New York for her starring
role in EYE CANDY. The series premiere of EYE CANDY gets a special encore primetime
broadcast airing Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.
Click HERE for a sneak peak of EYE CANDY.
(Justice) is convinced by her roommate, Sophia (Kiersey Clemons, TRANSPARENT) to begin online dating, but she
quickly starts to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors may be a deadly cyber
stalker. When her friends at the elusive cyber police uncover a potential serial
killer in Manhattan, all signs point to one of Lindy’s dates. Teaming up with the
cyber unit, Lindy works to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice
on the streets of New York. EYE CANDY also stars Casey Deidrick (DAYS OF OUR LIVES),
John Garet Stoker (Sean Graney’s Oedipus and the Foul Mess of Thebes), and Harvey
Guillen (The Internship).
December 18, 2014
Entertainment One & First Take Entertainment to Develop and Produce Salman Khan Films' DR. CABBIE Television Adaptation Based on Hit Canadian Film
TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2014 /CNW/ -
Entertainment One (eOne), alongside producers First Take Entertainment, are pleased
to announce a partnership to co-develop and co-produce a television series based
on the 2014 box-office hit comedy DR. CABBIE, following its September 19th theatrical
release. DR. CABBIE, presented by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has charmed diverse
audiences and critics across the country..
In the feature film DR. CABBIE,
an unemployed doctor turned cab driver becomes a local hero when he converts his
taxi into a mobile clinic. DR. CABBIE is
the heart-warming journey of a young South Asian doctor who immigrates toCanada
with the selfless ambition of healing others, while beginning a new life in the
land of opportunity.
"We were thrilled with the
tremendous success of DR. CABBIE and are now excited to bring it to the small screen
with partners who understand the universality of the material so well," said
Vinay Virmani, Creative Producer, First Take. "We are also delighted that audiences
will get to see the film again before the holidays when it's released on DVD and
digital platforms next week."
"DR. CABBIE is a heartfelt
comedy that resonates with so many different audiences around the world. The success
of the film was a testament to its great sensibilities and the universal nature
of the story," said John Morayniss, Chief Executive Officer, eOne Television. "We are looking forward to broadening our
partnership with First Take Entertainment and extending the international reach
of this audience-favourite. We are putting together a fantastic team and look forward
to sitting down with broadcasters early next year."
DR. CABBIE was produced by FirstTake
Entertainment and Caramel Films as well producing partner Salman Khan Films (SKF)
with cooperation from Telefilm Canada, OMDC, Sodec and HGF. The film was directed
by Jean-Francois Poulliot (Seducing Dr. Lewis), and starred Vinay Virmani (Breakaway),
Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights - TV, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Kunal Nayyar
(The Big Bang Theory), Lillete Dubey (Monsoon Wedding), Mircea Monroe (Change Up),
Rizwan Manji (Outsourced) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Arrested Development, Episodes).
DR. CABBIE is distributed by eOne
in Canada. The film will be released on DVD across Canada on December 23, 2014.
December 18, 2014
HOT DOCS AND SHAW MEDIA ANNOUNCE NEW DIVERSE VOICES TRAINING PROGRAM FOR EMERGING CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY AND FACTUAL FILMMAKERS
Toronto, December 18, 2014 - Hot
Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce
the Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program, which will provide six to eight emerging
Canadian filmmakers of diverse backgrounds with training in documentary and factual
television production. Taking place during the 2015 Hot Docs Festival, the program
will guide participants through an intensive training module and seminar series,
career management workshops, and networking events with industry professionals.
The Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program will focus on documentary and factual television
production and show running, including proposal preparation, the production cycle,
financing, co-production, and access to broadcasters.
"Representation of diverse
voices in the documentary and television production industries is a vitally important
issue for Hot Docs and our community," said Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Industry
Programs Director. "With Shaw Media's generous support, this program will help
develop core skills of producing and filmmaking."
"We are very pleased to be
partnering with Hot Docs this year, and excited to launch a brand new training program
for emerging filmmakers across Canada aimed at truly making a difference in our
industry," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content at Shaw Media. "The goal is to foster a new generation of
diverse Canadian documentary and factual filmmakers, and we believe the Shaw Media
Diverse Voices Program will do just that."
Applications for the Shaw Media
Diverse Voices Program will open December 19, 2014, with a final deadline of January
26, 2015. Applicants must reside in Canada on a full-time basis, be between the
ages of 22 and 34, and a member of an under-represented group: visible minority,
person with a disability or a member of the aboriginal community. For full eligibility
and application information, please visit www.hotdocs.ca.
December 18, 2014
Hollywood Based Troika Teams Up with Corus Entertainment to Refresh W Network’s Brand Identity
(Hollywood, California) Entertainment branding and marketing innovations
agency Troika (www.troika.tv)
has partnered with Corus Entertainment to refresh the visual identity of W Network,
Canada’s leading lifestyle and entertainment television destination for women. The
refresh launches on-air the first week of 2015, with the website following shortly
The conceptually driven visual
identity that Troika developed for W Network celebrates W’s relationships between
the network, the audience and the talent, that makes for great television. Troika
employed the creative concept “Reveal,” which explores the visual relationship between
positive and negative space in new and unexpected ways, and incorporates bold and
fun graphic motifs that create an illusion of depth and sculptural dimension throughout
Dale Everett, Creative Director
at Troika, “This was a wonderful collaboration between two creative partners – from
our very first meeting at the Troika offices where we spent the day envisioning
what we all wanted to accomplish, to the live action shoot in Toronto, through final
delivery. The result is an identity rebrand that is personal, conversational, fresh,
clean, and modern. And going forward it advances the positive and upbeat image that
W is to so many viewers across Canada.”
“Working with the talented team
at Troika, we are launching a fresh on-air identity for W that highlights the dynamic
and in depth connection between our audience and our on talent, said Dolores Keating-Mallen,
Vice President, Creative Director, On Air Promotions, Corus Entertainment.” The
brainstorming and collaboration with Troika has resulted in a visually stunning
new look that will roll out across all the on-air elements on the network in January.”
December 18, 2014
The Ladies Land Again and The Boys Are Back: HBO’s GIRLS and LOOKING Return to HBO Canada, January 11
(December 18, 2014) – From New York to San Francisco, relationships, laughter, triumphs,
and tears take centre stage when HBO comedies GIRLS and LOOKING return with new
seasons. On Sunday, Jan. 11, GIRLS is back for its 10-episode fourth season at 9
p.m. ET/MT, while LOOKING returns for its 10-episode second season at 10 p.m. ET/MT.
HBO’s new previously announced half-hour comedy
TOGETHERNESS debuts in between at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT. With HBO Canada’s recently announced expanded multiplatform
offering, subscribers can now catch up on all previous seasons of GIRLS and LOOKING
in Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and
in Western Canada, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell
TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada
by and starring Lena Dunham, GIRLS (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/MT) continues to take a
comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in
their 20s. In the new season, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has left New York to attend the
prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, hoping to become a more serious writer, while
facing uncertainty in her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver, This Is Where I Leave
You). Back in the city, Marnie (Allison Williams, PETER PAN LIVE!) is pursuing a
music career, trying to balance her personal and professional relationship with
Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lola Versus), while new graduate Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet,
MAD MEN) is interviewing for jobs and struggling to sort out her relationship with
Ray (Alex Karpovsky, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS), and Jessa (Jemima Kirke, Tiny Furniture)
is trying sobriety through AA, but her knack for creating drama is undiminished.
The series also stars Andrew Rannells (THE NEW NORMAL) as Elijah.
series was recently nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, including Best Television
Series – Comedy or Musical, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series
– Comedy or Musical (Lena Dunham).
guest stars for the fourth season of GIRLS include: Rita Wilson (THE GOOD WIFE)
as Marnie’s mother; Peter Scolari (NEWHART) and Becky Ann Baker (Men In Black) as
Hannah’s parents; Jon Glaser (HUMAN GIANT) as Laird; Gaby Hoffman (TRANSPARENT)
as Adam’s sister, Caroline; Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) as Beedie;
and Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Dr. Rice.
guest stars this season of GIRLS include: Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls) and Anthony
Edwards (ER) as Shoshanna’s parents; Natasha Lyonne (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) as
Rickie; Gillian Jacobs (COMMUNITY) as Mimi-Rose Howard; Marc Maron (MARON) as Ted;
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) as Ace; Jason Ritter (GRAVITY FALLS) as Scott; Maude
Apatow (This Is 40) as Cleo; and Spike Jonze (Her) as Marcos.
Apatow (This Is 40), Jenni Konner (HELP ME HELP YOU), Lena Dunham, Ilene S. Landress
(HBO’s MILDRED PIERCE), Murray Miller (Williams-Poole: 7 Days in Hell), Paul Simms
(NEWSRADIO), and Bruce Eric Kaplan (HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER) executive produce. Producer
is Jesse Peretz (Our Idiot Brother), and co-producer is Sarah Heyward.
(Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/MT) returns for its 10-episode second season, and continues
to revolve around three friends in San Francisco who explore the varied options
available to a new generation of gay men. In the new season, Patrick (Jonathan Groff,
HBO’s THE NORMAL HEART) is on the verge of a new relationship that could complicate
life at work and home, even as he tries to salvage a friendship from an old one.
Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez, SMASH), still floundering from his own breakup, leaves
old aspirations behind while making a new connection, and Dom (Murray Bartlett,
August) continues to pursue his restaurant dreams, but encounters obstacles at every
as series regulars on LOOKING this season are Lauren Weedman (Date Night), Russell
Tovey (The History Boys), and Raúl Castillo (Cold Weather). Recurring guest stars
include: Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls); Scott Bakula (HBO’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA);
Bashir Salahuddin (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon); and Andrew Law (Late Night with
was created by Michael Lannan (Lorimer) and is executive produced by Andrew Haigh
(Weekend), Michael Lannan, Sarah Condon (HBO’s BORED TO DEATH). Co-executive producers
are John Hoffman (ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (HBO’s BIG LOVE),
producer is Kat Landsberg (TWISTED), and consulting producer is Jhoni Marchinko
(WILL & GRACE).
Eastern Canada, the series will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In
Western Canada, they will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell
TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada
Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
December 18, 2014
Gumby, The World’s Original Clayboy Turns 60
18, 2014 – TORONTO, ON) The timeless adventures of Gumby return to television
this January as TELETOON Retro brings the world’s original clayboy back with
newly re-mastered episodes from the ’50s and ’60s. Set to make its global
television premiere on TELETOON Retro Sunday, January 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the
network will also commemorate Gumby on his 60th birthday, Thursday, January 29
with a special marathon airing at 6 p.m. ET/PT.
are thrilled that TELETOON Retro will be the first network to broadcast the
re-mastered episodes of this classic series,” says Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice
President, Programming and Original Productions, Corus Kids. “Gumby is a pop
culture icon that resonates with fans of all ages and we couldn’t think of a
better time to re-introduce the series as we celebrate Gumby’s 60th birthday.”
series follows the fun-filled adventures of the everyday hero Gumby, who is
full of wonder and awe, and is always leaving a place better than when he found
it. With his best pony pal and voice of reason, Pokey, they magically transport
to locales near and far, overcoming any obstacle that they meet including the
mischievous troublemakers, The Blockheads.
by stop motion pioneer Art Clokey, Gumby captured the imagination and hearts of
children around the world as the first stop motion clay animated television
series. Initially appearing on the Howdy Doody Show in 1956, the little green
slab of clay transcended as a stand-alone television series across major
network in 146 countries, commissioned over 200 episodes and continues to be a
relevant pop culture icon today.
has inspired the hearts of millions around the world with adventures steeped in
imagination, action, surrealism, heart and humor,” says Joe Clokey, Head of
Gumby Studios. “There is a special fondness for Gumby in Canada, so I’m
thrilled that TELETOON Retro will be the first to air the newly re-mastered
episodes from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. You’ve never
seen Gumby like this before!"
December 18, 2014
TSN Delivers Comprehensive Radio Coverage of Team Canada with Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network
(December 18, 2014) – TSN today announced that six TSN Radio stations will be
joined by 10 radio stations across the country to bring Canadians live radio
coverage of the nation’s annual holiday hockey tradition, the World Juniors,
with the debut of Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network. Live radio
coverage on the network begins Friday, Dec. 19 with Team Canada’s first
pre-competition game against Russia at 7 p.m. ET.
AM and FM, as well as sports and news talk stations, Esso World Junior Hockey on
the TSN Radio Network will deliver comprehensive coverage of Team Canada
throughout the tournament. Live radio broadcast coverage features the team’s
RBC Road to the World Juniors pre-competition games, Team Canada’s preliminary
round games, plus select quarter-final and semifinal matchups, and the Gold
Medal Game (check local station listings for game schedules).
across the country can also listen live wherever they are on the TSN GO mobile app and online at TSN.ca/Radio.
radio network will be produced by TSN Radio, which operates stations in Toronto,
and post-game shows are hosted by Jim Tatti and former NHLer and
Team Canada Olympian Todd Hlushko. Play-by-play commentator Elliott Price and analyst Jack Miller deliver the call for
all games on TSN Radio’s World Juniors Radio Network.
with live coverage of Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network, TSN’s
team of Hockey Insiders and experts contribute reports to TSN Radio stations
throughout the tournament.
World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network complements TSN’s
expansive television broadcast and digital coverage of the World
radio stations, listed in order from West to East, that will broadcast live
coverage of the 2015 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP include:
103. 1FM – Terrace/Prince Rupert
CFAX 1070 – Victoria
TSN 1040/1410 – Vancouver
99.3 The Drive – Prince George
AM 1150 – Kelowna
News Talk 770 – Calgary
TSN 1260 – Edmonton
TSN 1290 – Winnipeg
AM 800 – Windsor
News/Talk 1290 – London
News/Talk 610 – St. Catharines
TSN 1050 – Toronto
90.5 Extra Talk Sports – Peterborough
TSN 1200 – Ottawa
TSN 690– Montréal
News 95.7 – Halifax
December 18, 2014
Bell Media and Coca-Cola Canada Announce Partnership for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™
(December 18, 2014) – Coca-Cola Canada and Bell Media, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster
of the FIFA WORLD CUP™ from 2015 to 2022, today announced a major partnership that
will see the world’s #1 beverage brand and Canada's leading multimedia company unite
for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
this announcement, Coca-Cola Canada becomes Bell Media’s first major partner for
the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
part of this partnership, original Coca-Cola-branded content will be featured in
Bell Media’s extensive broadcast coverage of the tournament – with games airing
nationally on CTV, TSN, and RDS – as well as across Bell Media’s collection of broadcast,
radio, and digital assets, including CTV, MUCH, and MTV’s slate of entertainment
programming. In addition, Coca-Cola Canada will sponsor shoulder programming and
specials surrounding Bell Media’s broadcast coverage of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
Media delivers an incredible opportunity for us to connect with all Canadians as
we open our arms and invite everyone to join in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada
2015™ celebration,” says Michael Samoszewski, Vice-President of Sparkling Beverages
Coca-Cola Ltd. “We’re excited to share Coca-Cola’s passion and excitement for soccer
and active, healthy living with Canadians from coast-to-coast.”
believe the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ will galvanize our country with
a level of patriotism and pride that we have not seen since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Winter Games,” said Nathalie Cook, Vice-President, Sales and Brand Partnerships,
TSN and Bell Media. “We are thrilled to partner with Coca-Cola, a global brand that
does so much to support the growth and development of soccer both in Canada and
across the world. Together on home soil, we will help to showcase the tournament
and build excitement and anticipation for the biggest women’s sporting event in
new partnership was announced following the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ OFFICIAL
DRAW earlier this month in Gatineau, Que., which determined the tournament’s group stage opponents and round-robin schedule.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ kicks off Saturday, June 6 in Edmonton and culminates
with the championship on Sunday, July 5 in Vancouver. The FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
CANADA 2015™ will be broadcast live on Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS platforms.
partners and sponsors will be announced as the countdown to the FIFA Women’s World
Cup Canada 2015™ continues.
on Bell Media
addition to being home to FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™, Bell Media’s CTV,
TSN, and RDS have exclusive broadcast rights to 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™, 2022
FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR™, and EURO 2016. TSN and RDS are also the official broadcasters
of MLS in Canada, with TSN also holding a multi-year broadcast agreement with BARCLAYS
PREMIER LEAGUE that gives the network Canadian media rights to half of all games
through to the 2015-2016 season.
December 18, 2014
Season 3 of Space original series ORPHAN BLACK to Premiere April 18 at 9 p.m. ET
has confirmed that Season 3 of the hit original series ORPHAN BLACK is set to premiere
Saturday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Space.
first look at Season 3 of ORPHAN BLACK is also now available for download on bellmediapr.ca/Space/OrphanBlack.
The image, as seen below, shows Leda Clone Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) meeting
face-to-face with Castor Clone Rudy (Ari Millen).
3 of ORPHAN BLACK 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. In the Season 3 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK, Saturday,
April 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Space, Sarah (Maslany) repels a potentially lethal Topside
menace as she fights to locate a disappeared Helena (Maslany); the threat of Castor
(Millen) looms anew.
December 18, 2014
Canada’s Most-Watched Newscast CTV NATIONAL NEWS Unveils Top 10 News Stories of 2014, December 23
(December 18, 2014) – It was a shocking and tragic day for Canada as an armed
attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian soldier before being shot dead
inside the main Parliament building in Ottawa. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11
p.m. ET, CTV NATIONAL NEWS looks back at this day of infamy, continuing each
night through Thursday, Jan. 1 with a countdown of the Top 10 news stories of
2014, as selected by a panel of journalists led by Lisa LaFlamme, CTV News’
Chief Anchor and Senior Editor. The Ottawa shooting – a day of chaos that left
hundreds of people in the area of Parliament Hill under lockdown and a nation
in mourning – is the top news story of 2014; the fight against ISIS sits at #2;
while the Ebola outbreak in West Africa fills the #3 spot.
the remarkably storied year that was 2014, the tragic shooting at Canada’s
national war memorial struck a nerve in Canadians across the country, and our
newsroom was unanimous in citing this as our top story of the year,” said
LaFlamme. “On this day as on all days, it is our privilege to keep Canadians
informed, to follow the intricacies of the story as it unfolds, and to be held
to account as the journal of record for viewers across the country.”
NATIONAL NEWS’ 10-day countdown features in-depth reports on each of 2014’s top
news stories as determined by Canada’s leading news organization, CTV News,
with the latest story updates, along with comprehensive analysis of the impact
each will have on Canadians heading into the New Year.
Top 10 news stories and events that have significantly shaped the world in 2014
countdown as follows:
Ferguson (Dec. 23)
9. Malaysia (Dec. 24)
8. The Fords (Dec. 25)
7. Jian Ghomeshi (Dec. 26)
6. Ukraine (Dec. 27)
5. Missing/Murdered (Dec. 28)
4. Moncton Shootings (Dec. 29)
3. Ebola (Dec. 30)
2. ISIS (Dec. 31)
1. Ottawa Shooting (Jan. 1)
News’ Top 10 news stories can also be viewed at CTVNews.ca/Top10, where visitors
will be treated to an in-depth, interactive presentation of each of this year’s
top news stories as the coverage rolls out through Jan. 1.
its place as Canada’s #1 national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS has an average
minute audience of more than 1.1 million viewers a night, outperforming both
GLOBAL NATIONAL and CBC’s THE NATIONAL with the most total viewers, and winning
the key A25-54, A18-49, and A18-34 advertising demographics.
December 17, 2014
Pelmorex Media's Weather Company, Eltiempo.es, Recognized as Best and Most Popular Website in Spain
OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/
- Pelmorex Media Inc. is proud to announce Eltiempo.es
has been awardedSpain's "Best" and "Most Popular" website of
2014 in the category of weather and traffic services. Pelmorex acquired Eltiempo.es, Spain's leading
multi-platform weather information provider, in 2012.
awards, offered by MetrixLab reward the best websites of the year as evaluated by
content, usability and design. With over 230 nominees in over 19 categories, MetrixLab
received more than 142,000 votes to determine the best the internet has to offer
is a huge honour and accomplishment for Eltiempo.es," said Susana Rodriquez
Urgel, Managing Director, Eltiempo.es. "We are proud to be Spain's most popular
site for weather and weather-related content including our popular weather blog
authored by meteorologist José Antonio Maldonado."
launching in 2008, Eltiempo.es has become one of Spain's
most recognized websites offering visitors daily and long-range forecasts and weather-related
content for Spain. The site also provides
specialized weather reports including ski conditions, football forecasts, pollen
readings during the summer months and live radar maps.
was previously awarded "Most Popular Website" by MetrixLab in 2013.
December 17, 2014
Statement from Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on monetary penalties and paper bill fees
C-43, the Economic Action Plan Act, No. 2, recently received Royal Assent. Some
of the amendments adopted by Parliament grant new tools and responsibilities to
particular, the CRTC can now issue monetary penalties to any company or person
that violates the Telecommunications Act as well as related CRTC decisions or
regulations. Monetary penalties are an addition to our toolkit. They will
promote compliance with telecommunications laws and regulations. This will
ensure Canadians have access to a world-class communication system—one in which
there is sustainable competition and a choice of innovative content and
penalties also give the CRTC greater flexibility to tailor its enforcement
approach to each situation and to the facts before it. In some cases, a
monetary penalty might be the right approach. We will be providing further
guidance in the coming weeks on how and when the CRTC intends to use this new
to the Telecommunications Act and Broadcasting Act, under Bill C-43, have also
prohibited providers from charging customers a fee to receive paper bills for
wireless, Internet, telephone and television services. This includes
undertakings that the CRTC has exempted from holding a broadcasting licence.
are, however, conscious that some service providers may need to update their
billing systems to automatically remove these charges. In the meantime, the
Commission will consider operators to be in compliance if they manually make
adjustments to customer bills in the earliest available billing cycle, through
rebates or otherwise, thus reversing charges for paper bills. We encourage
providers to work proactively with their customers to ensure the most efficient
transition to implement this new legislative requirement.
December 17, 2014
Sports and History Collide in New HBO Canada Original Series SPORTS ON FIRE, Premiering January 9
(December 17, 2014) – Untold perspectives from moments when history and sports
collide are revealed in SPORTS ON FIRE, a six-part,
half-hour original documentary series from Movie Central and The Movie Network
debuting Friday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Each episode of SPORTS
ON FIRE brings a fresh angle and new insight into iconic moments in sport,
through interviews and archival footage presented in a rapid-paced,
our new series SPORTS ON FIRE, director Pete McCormack uses his sophisticated
lens to get a different perspective on pivotal and controversial moments in
history that we all thought we knew, through exclusive interviews with athletes
and coaches,” said Maria Hale, Vice President, Head of Content Distribution
& Pay TV, Corus Entertainment. “The series is sure to resonate with our
audience as it opens up a window into events that have shaped sports culture
and beyond, told in a way that can only be done on HBO Canada”.
makes this series unique is its ability to uncover rare insight from experts,
family members, and most importantly from the athletes who lived these
monumental experiences,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty
and Pay, Bell Media. “Whether viewers are sports lovers, history buffs, or a
fans of documentary film, SPORTS ON FIRE is compelling, must-watch television”.
and created by Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, I Am Bruce Lee), SPORTS ON FIRE digs
deep into moments where some of the world’s greatest athletes are caught up in
monumental events that change the course of history. These powerful stories are
told from the point of view of elite athletes, key witnesses, experts, and
historians including, nine-time gold-medalist and Olympic legend Mark Spitz,
Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, gold-medalist and Lance Armstrong teammate
Tyler Hamilton, and four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski.
the series premiere, SPORTS ON FIRE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into
the 1972 Summit Series, played at the height of the Cold War, as remembered by
journalists, Russian historians, and three unforgettable hockey legends.
Canadian greats Paul Henderson, Bobby Clarke, and Ken Dryden reflect on the
Series, questioning the boundaries and the potential glory of the
win-at-any-cost mentality that ultimately led to a stunning victory in Moscow.
subsequent episodes, premiering Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada,
the series delves into topics such as: the myths surrounding African American
athlete Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in
Hitler’s Germany; the story of Ankie Spitzer, who recalls the terror, secrets,
and incompetence that came to light after her husband, André Spitzer, along
with 10 other Israeli athletes, was slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the
confusion, hypocrisy, and challenges surrounding nearly a century of gender
testing of female athletes; Prohibition and bootlegging’s roots in NASCAR; and
the inside world of performance enhancing drugs.
on Jan. 9, HBO Canada welcomes back REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for its 13th
Season at 10 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of BANSHEE at 11
ON FIRE is produced by Project 10 Productions Inc. and Two 4 The Money
Media, in association with The Movie Network and Movie Central. Pete McCormack
is director and executive producer. Andrew Barnsley (SPUN OUT), Jeff Aghassi (The
Games of 1940), Kim Arnott (Emmy Award® winner, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour),
and Kevin Foley (Four Days In April: The Mike Weir Story) serve as executive
producers. The series is distributed internationally by eOne Distribution and
is produced with funding support from the Rogers Cable Network Fund. Production
Executives for Bell Media are Kara Haflidson and Robin Johnston. 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 Programming and Sports. Chris Bell is production executive for Movie
Central. Maria Hale is Vice President, Television, Pay TV, Corus Entertainment,
and Doug Murphy is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus
Entertainment. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie
Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western
Canada, SPORTS ON FIRE 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.
Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
December 16, 2014
McNulty Remastered! CraveTV Launches Critically Acclaimed HBO Drama THE WIRE in High Definition, January 4
(December 16, 2014) – Named by Entertainment Weekly in 2013 as the #1 all-time
greatest TV show ever, there’s no better way to start the New Year than with THE
WIRE – in all its remastered glory. CraveTVTM, Canada’s new premium TV
subscription on-demand video streaming service, announced today the release of
all 60 episodes of the award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO drama THE
WIRE in remastered, 16x9, full-frame, high definition on Sunday, January 4. CraveTV
is the exclusive Canadian home to HBO’s entire off-air library and is now
available for just $4/month.
up to the release of all five seasons of THE WIRE on CraveTV, viewers can
preview Season 1 for the first time in HD in a Bravo holiday marathon from Wednesday,
Dec. 31 through Saturday, Jan. 3, every night starting at 9 p.m. ET. The next
day, viewers can begin to relive the entire series on-demand on CraveTV.
is no doubt that THE WIRE is one of the greatest television series ever
created,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media.
“Now in HD, we are providing the best possible viewing experience for fans who
have always loved THE WIRE, and for viewers who have never gotten the chance,
they can watch from beginning to end, on demand.”
by David Simon (GENERATION KILL, TREME), and starring Dominic West (THE AFFAIR,
THE HOUR) and Michael Kenneth Williams (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, 12 Years A
Slave) THE WIRE takes place in Baltimore, Maryland depicting the city as a
place where institutional prerogatives, economic equalities, and a brutalizing
drug war confound the efforts to advance the city and its people. The first
season lays out the futility of the drug war, while Season 2 highlights the
deindustrialization and death of the working class. Season 3 introduces
Baltimore’s political culture and reveals the forces that stand in the path of
actual reform; Season 4 addresses the educational system and the actual
opportunities that remain for younger generations; and the fifth and final
season examines the media and its role in perpetuating the status quo.
December 16, 2014
New study finds the "always-on" marcom profession resembles a high stakes all-or-nothing sports game
Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - According to a new study, The Draper Effect, comprised exclusively
of Canadian marketing communications professionals, the glamour of the marketing
and advertising world is a myth. Rather,
the majority of executives (59 per cent) liken their profession to a high stakes
all-or-nothing sports game.
marketing and advertising world is often glamourized on TV and in Hollywood, but
this poll gives us a candid view into the real lives of executives in this field,"
said Louise Bérubé, director allocations and services, The National Advertising
Benevolent Society (NABS), which commissioned the poll on the Angus Reid Forum in
December 2014. "The marketing communications
industry has changed greatly over the past decade, and many industry executives
are overworking themselves just to keep up and win in today's increasingly competitive
an overwhelming majority of respondents (94 per cent) said that a marketer's creative
brain has no off-switch. Work ideas come
to them at all times of the day and night.
Perhaps this is also why the majority of those polled (65 per cent) admitted
they routinely answer work-related emails well after midnight and during "off-hours".
Four in 10 respondents (39 per cent) revealed that they've gotten stuck at the office
and ended up missing a significant family occasion such as an anniversary or birthday
within the past year.
often think that NABS' services are reserved for life and work crises, and they
presume that we're here for the industry only when problems reach a critical stage,"
explained Bérubé. "However, much of
our work is focused on proactively supporting our industry personnel in dealing
with the hiccups that arise in work and in life – before they turn into emergencies."
on the survey findings, the need to support life's little bumps may be greater than
it first appears.
being professional communicators, at least four in ten Canadian industry executives
(41 per cent) admit that they need help communicating with family or their better
half. But many feel they can't readily turn
to their social circles for immediate support: 45 per cent of respondents said they
would prefer to seek help on work or life issues anonymously first, before revealing
trouble to family or friends.
76 per cent of survey respondents said they were unfamiliar with the NABS organization,
a dynamic support system that provides services to all Canadian professionals in
the marketing communications industry.
want to spread the word within the industry that NABS offers support services including
private and anonymous career and financial counseling, a 24-hour toll-free helpline,
and our new LIFESPEAK series – an on-demand library of streaming video modules on
topics including parenting, elder care, physical and mental health, and professional
development," explains Bérubé. "Users are just a click away from speaking
confidentially to a counselor, or they have the option to meet a counselor through
the NABS helpline."
From November 24th, 2014 to December 1st, 2014 an online survey was conducted among
170 randomly selected English speaking Canadian adults 18+ who have an advertising,
marketing, communications and/or PR role and who are Angus Reid Forum panelists.
The margin of error, which measures sampling variability is +/- 7.5%, 19 times out
of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.