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October 23, 2014

Space Explores the Murky Bond Between Man and Machine with the Canadian Premiere of REAL HUMANS, November 8


TORONTO (October 23, 2014) – This November, Space says “domo arigato” to Swedish sci-fi drama series, REAL HUMANS. Set in a parallel world in which humanoid robots, or “hubots,” act as labourers and servants, the 10-episode, one-hour series explores what can happen when human workers, friends, parents, and even lovers, are replaced with robots. Sub-titled for English audiences, REAL HUMANS debuts with a special premiere event, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET following the Season 8A finale of DOCTOR WHO. Then, beginning, November 12, REAL HUMANS moves to its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, with the first two episodes airing back-to-back. The acclaimed, character-driven series is set to be rebooted in English in 2015.

In REAL HUMANS, new technology and advancements in the field of science have made it possible to manufacture The Human Robot (hubot), a kind of mechanized servant that is so similar to a real human, it can often be considered a perfectly good substitute. While the hubot was created to make life easier and more efficient for humans, it’s also given rise to new dilemmas including thorny legal and humanitarian questions such as who is responsible for hubot actions and misdemeanors, and what their labour and personal rights are. As an ever-growing number of people form relationships with hubots, the boundaries between human and machine become blurred thus challenging humanity on what it means to be ‘human.’

In the premiere of REAL HUMANS (Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET), Leo (Andreas Wilson) and Niska (Eva Röse) lead a group of rogue hubots who are fighting for their freedom. During an escape, Mimi (Lisette Pagler) disappears and Leo leaves the group to find her. At the same time, the Engman family decides to buy a used hubot, which has unexpected consequences for the entire family. Warehouse foreman Roger’s (Leif Andrée) life has begun coming apart at the seams. After his wife leaves him for her hubot, and all of his human coworkers have been replaced, Roger joins a resistance movement. Behind the everyday façade, something nasty is brewing.


October 23, 2014

The Canadian Marketing Association and CTV Announce the Team of Judges for the SUPER BOWL Canadian Ad Challenge


TORONTO (October 23, 2014) – With Bell Media’s new expanded NFL coverage in full swing, CTV and the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) confirmed its esteemed panel of judges for the SUPER BOWL Canadian Ad Challenge (#SB49adchallenge). The Challenge seeks from marketers and their creative partners their best-in-class, original creative specifically targeted to Canadians for CTV’s exclusive Canadian coverage of the biggest sporting event in North America.

The panel of judges will be quarterbacked by Stephen Brown, President, FUSE Marketing Group. Brown will oversee the judging process, which begins immediately after the competition closes on Monday, Dec. 1 at 12 noon ET (see below or visit for complete Challenge details).

“It’s a privilege to be surrounded by such a talented group of judges, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with during my 19 years in this industry,” said Brown. “We can all attest that the Canadian ad community is full of tenacious, passionate go-getters – and that we thrive on competition. Who has the best talent? Who has the best clients? Who can deliver the best pitch? I have no doubt that my peers will rise up to this Challenge, especially since it’s dangling the ultimate carrot. You couldn’t dream of a sexier scenario for the ad community than the Super Bowl.”

Judging Panel
Joseph Bonnici, Partner, Creative Director, Bensimon Byrne
Stephen Brown, President, FUSE Marketing Group
Jennifer Hedger, TSN Broadcaster
Peter Ignazi, SVP, Executive Creative Director, BBDO
Susan Lute, Director, Business Marketing Communications, Rogers Communications
Laura Pearce, Vice-President, Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement, Blue Ant Media
Scott Pinkney, Senior Vice-President, Creative Director, Proximity Canada
Franke Rodriguez, President, Anomaly
Gordon Ross, Vice-President, Business Development, Aimia
Helena Tigert, Head of Consumer Credit Marketing, Visa
Annette Warring, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network
Pat Weir, Vice-President, Creative Director, FUSE Marketing Group

The hand-picked experts and industry leaders will declare one ad the Challenge champion, with the winner awarded the biggest prize on Canadian television: coveted advertising time during the most-watched broadcast of the year, the SUPER BOWL on CTV.

How it Works

Submissions for the SUPER BOWL Canadian Ad Challenge will be accepted via until Monday, Dec. 1 at 12 noon ET

The Top 5 ads will be revealed on Bell Media digital platforms on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

The Top 5 ads will also be featured in CTV’s SUPER BOWL SUNDAY PREGAME SHOW on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

The winning ad will be announced during SUPER BOWL XLIX and showcased nationwide in a 30-second commercial spot on CTV

A list of FAQs and rules are available at Competition details are subject to change.

October 23, 2014



TORONTO, October 23, 2014 – With the final vote of the municipal election less than a few days away, Global News is keeping viewers up-to-date on the twists and turns with Decision 2014. Broadcast live from Global’s 121 Bloor Street Studios, Anchor Leslie Roberts will provide up-to-the-minute polling results throughout the night along with in-depth analysis of the election beginning Monday, October 27 from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET.

“We are committed to providing our viewers with the most comprehensive election coverage,” says Ward Smith, Director, News & Station Operations, Eastern Region. “From the time the polls close and the results start coming in, our news team will be on hand to cover the developments and bring viewers the results for all ridings in the Greater Toronto Area.

Decision 2014 will not only cover the night’s event, but will also provide viewers extensive insight into the issues top of mind as the votes role in with our panel of experts including Adrian Montgomery, former chair of John Tory’s 2003 mayoral campaign, Jeff McArthur, host, AM640, Randi Rahamim, Communications Strategist, Navigator, and Desmond Cole, Columnist,

Live coverage continues at 11 p.m. on News Hour Final with Carolyn Mackenzie. She’ll be joined by Leslie Roberts offering a wrap-up of the night’s events along with additional analysis and stories from the election. The Morning Show will also sum up the municipal election the next day with a fresh look at the previous night’s events. will also be airing the election coverage special via live stream from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET and will maintain a mobile-friendly live blog with ongoing updates from the Global News Toronto election team so voters on the go won’t miss a minute of the election. The community is invited to join the conversation throughout the night on Facebook and keep up with the breaking news on Twitter. Additional feature stories and exclusive polls will also be highlighted on


October 23, 2014

A Murderous Blow to the Head, A Fatal Chariot Accident, Or Something Else? KING TUT UNMASKED Explores a Startling New Theory About the Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun, November 9 on Discovery


TORONTO (October 23, 2014) – Tutankhamun, the boy king, has fascinated the public ever since Howard Carter discovered his spectacular tomb in 1922. King Tut was a young man – only 19 years old – when he died suddenly and unexpectedly. Was he assassinated, struck down by disease, or did he suffer a fatal accident? The mystery surrounding his untimely death has baffled generations of researchers, scientists, and historians -- until now. A fascinating new Discovery special explores the life of Tutankhamun and reveals a ground-breaking new theory about his untimely death. With a team of experts, science journalist Dallas Campbell re-opens the ultimate cold case in KING TUT UNMASKED, premiering Sunday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery. An international co-production for Discovery Canada, BBC One (U.K.), and Smithsonian Channel (U.S.) by STV Productions and Cream Productions, this one-hour special follows Campbell on a gripping journey to uncover what killed Tutankhamun. With state-of-the-art forensic science equipment, leading experts, and stunning CGI, KING TUT UNMASKED reveals extraordinary new facts about the boy king’s life and a remarkable new theory about his unexplained death.

Using new technology, KING TUT UNMASKED carries out the first ever “virtual autopsy” on the 3,000-year-old remains. With rare access to 2,000 CT scans of the pharoah’s mummified body, the special creates the first scientifically accurate, full-size image of the real Tutankhamun. Drawing new data from these technologies and consulting with the  leading experts – including paleopathologist Dr. Albert Zink, surgeon Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, radiologist Dr. Ashraf Selim, and Canadian Egyptologist Gayle Gibson – this new picture of Tut reveals that the pharaoh suffered from a genetic bone wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk unaided. And then, with new DNA research, KING TUT UNMASKED delivers a shocking secret about Tutankhamun’s family genetics, presenting a radical new theory to explain Tut’s sudden death.

“Trying to navigate through the intense speculation and politics that surround one of the most famous characters in history is both daunting and thrilling in equal measure. Foolhardy perhaps!” said Campbell. “But using solid science and a truly multi-disciplinary approach, we’ve finally been able to put to bed some of the myths and pre-conceived ideas that have surrounded his life and death, and hopefully add a new chapter that will ensure the Tutankhamen story continues to fascinate.”

KING TUT UNMASKED is co-produced by STV Productions and Cream Productions for BBC One, Discovery Canada, and Smithsonian Channel.


October 23, 2014


TORONTO, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 --- A television program produced by Ryerson students showcasing some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs will make its international debut on Rogers TV and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Rogers TV will begin airing 13 half-hour episodes of The Naked Entrepreneur each week starting Oct. 28 while the Oprah Winfrey Network will broadcast eight one-hour segments beginning in January, 2015. The program features frank one-on-one interviews between Ryerson University Professor Sean Wise and Canadian business icons such as John Sleeman, Debbie Travis, Harry Rosen and Brett Wilson.

“We created this show because there was not enough celebration around Canadian entrepreneurship in the media,” says Wise, a professor at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (TRSM) and host of the television show.

Frustrated by the lack of Canadian content on entrepreneurs to show his students in his entrepreneurship class, Wise approached Charles Falzon, chair of Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, and together they created the idea of a student-run production that examines the challenges and successes of Canadian entrepreneurs.

“This is a tremendous learning opportunity for our students,” says Falzon. “I’m delighted to see the program receive international attention from some of the industry’s biggest networks.”

For the past three years, students from TRSM and the RTA School of Media collaborated to produce, film and edit The Naked Entrepreneur under the direction of Professor Rob Carver, general manager of the school’s in-house production unit, RTA Productions.

“We are giving students a balanced view of what an entrepreneur’s life is like – their success as well as their struggles, both in their professional or personal lives,” says Wise. “I think it’s important for students to understand that starting your own business or company is often not an easy thing to do.”

Hearing the success stories of successful Canadian entrepreneurs was an “empowering experience” for Dana Abou Shackra. The Ryerson student worked on the show in January 2013 as an assistant producer, helping to develop relevant content to inspire students to be Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

“The Naked Entrepreneur gave me practical, hands-on experience by helping to create a television program from concept to execution, which was a great learning opportunity for me," says Abou Shackra, who graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree in 2013. “It also gave me a glimpse of some of the challenges that entrepreneurs go through, as well as their hard-won successes, which, as a business owner, I can relate to and learn from.”

Inspired by the experience, Abou Shackra is now developing an e-commerce spice company Spice of Zara, and is working at the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University as a student engagement coordinator. 

Wise is currently revising a textbook on entrepreneurialism, Entrepreneurship, Canadian Edition (Wiley), where video content from the television program will be embedded into its digital format to enhance student learning. A new group of students from TRSM and RTA School of Media are planning to produce the program’s fourth season next spring.

Watch the Rogers trailer for The Naked Entrepreneur:

October 23, 2014

Ambition, Talent, and Fashion Savvy are the Keys to HOUSE OF DVF, November 2 Exclusively on E!


TORONTO (October 23, 2014) – She created the iconic wrap dress and never looked back. In the prestigious world of global fashion Diane von Furstenberg and her eponymous fashion brand DVF are widely considered symbols of independence, grace, and fearlessness. Now viewers can catch every pressure-filled and triumphant moment that the cutthroat world of fashion has to offer in the all-new series HOUSE OF DVF, beginning Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. ET exclusively on E!. The new series follows the fashion icon as she mentors eight hard-working contestants seeking to take their fashion careers to the next level as they compete for the glamorous and highly-coveted position of DVF Global Brand Ambassador, with one of fashion’s most-lauded labels.

Handpicked by von Furstenberg herself, the HOUSE OF DVF contestants are fiercely determined to impress, as they are tasked with working in different areas of the design maven’s massive empire, based out of the DVF offices in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. From planning a press lunch, to working at the DVF Spring 2015 show during Fashion Week, the women are expected to execute every duty perfectly, although things don’t always go as planned. The stakes are high as tempers are tested, nerves are frayed, and friendships built and destroyed at every turn. With the help of von Furstenberg’s right hand women, Jessica Joffe (DVF Style Editor) and Stefani Greenfield (DVF SVP of Merchandising), the candidates are guided through the tough days and nights required to really “make it” in the fierce and competitive world of fashion.

In the premiere episode, entitled “Fashion 101”, eight ambitious fashionistas vie for their dream job working for Diane von Furstenberg, as she launches the search for a Global Brand Ambassador. Their first task is to represent DVF at the 5th Annual DVF Awards at the United Nations. 

Leading in to HOUSE OF DVF, E! delivers the highly anticipated series premiere of KOURTNEY & KHLOE TAKE THE HAMPTONS, Sunday, Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. ET. From the producers of E!’s mega-hit series, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, Kourtney, a newly single Khloe, and “Lord Disick” himself are back in the Big Apple, taking the city by storm. The girls have their work cut out for them as they adjust to their new home in The Hamptons while managing the initial struggles of opening their first pop-up store in the trendy and hip beach enclave on Long Island, NY.

In the series premiere, Kourtney, Khloe, and Scott arrive in the Hamptons to start their picture-perfect summer. But it quickly becomes clear Scott is overwhelmed by the anxiety of being in his late parents' hometown and runs back to his old habits. Meanwhile, Khloe jets off on a romantic getaway to South Africa with her new boyfriend, French Montana.

October 23, 2014

HBO’s THE NEWSROOM and GETTING ON Return to HBO Canada, November 9

TORONTO (October 23, 2014) – On Sunday, Nov. 9, HBO’s Emmy®-winning drama series THE NEWSROOM begins its final season while the doctors and nurses of the Billy Barnes Extended Care unit return for Season 2 of the dark comedy, GETTING ON. Created by showrunner Aaron Sorkin, THE NEWSROOM returns at 9 p.m. ET/MT for its six-part, third and final season to follow the members of Atlantis Cable News (ACN) on their quixotic mission to deliver the news well in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates, and tangled personal relationships. The six-part second season of GETTING ON debuts at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT and looks at the daily lives of hospital staff as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of caring for the elderly.

The final six episodes of THE NEWSROOM find Will (Emmy®-winner for his role in the series Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale), Mac (Emily Mortimer, HBO’s DOLL & EM), and their staff facing two explosive situations: the possibility of a hostile takeover of the network, and leaked classified government documents that unleash a legal fire storm that threatens to topple more than one professional career. Set against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon bombing, the season opener takes a highly charged look at the core issue of maintaining journalistic integrity in the era of 24-hour news cycles while crowd-sourcing and “citizen journalism” result in the dissemination of misinformation.

THE NEWSROOM also stars: Sam Waterston (LAW & ORDER); John Gallagher Jr. (HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE); Canadian Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World); Thomas Sadoski (Wild); and Olivia Munn (NEW GIRL). Returning guest stars for Season 3 include: Jane Fonda (Klute); Chris Messina (THE MINDY PROJECT); David Harbour (Revolutionary Road); and Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock).

New to the cast for Season 3 are: B.J. Novak (THE OFFICE) as Lucas Pruit, a suitor for control of ACN; Kat Dennings (2 BROKE GIRLS) as Reese’s half-sister Blair Lansing; Mary McCormack (THE WEST WING) as Molly, an FBI agent and friend of Mac; Joanna Gleason (SENSITIVE SKIN) as Charlie Skinner’s wife, Nancy; and Clea DuVall (ARGO) as Lily, a mysterious woman who works for a government contractor.

THE NEWSROOM is executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin, and Alan Poul, with Denis Biggs (ENTOURAGE) and Paul Lieberstein (THE OFFICE) joining as executive producers.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4, subscribers can catch up on all previous episodes of THE NEWSROOM before the new season debuts. In Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

In the second season of GETTING ON, the staff at the Billy Barnes Extended Care unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, California continue to attend to the needs of elderly patients “getting on” in years. In the new episodes, Dr. Jenna James (Laurie Metcalf, THE BIG BANG THEORY) is on a research binge, measuring anal-genital distances of her geriatric population, as well as of lab rats, while promoting the ward’s hospice program to bring in extra cash. Facing new responsibilities and added stress, Nurse Didi (Niecy Nash, RENO 911!) wants a raise, which ultimately sweeps her up into Dr. James’ mad research world. Meanwhile, Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein, FAMILY GUY) is spinning toward being the best not-so-good nurse as she continues to try and bag co-worker Patsy (Mel Rodriquez, COMMUNITY), while Patsy has a new lean, green program to save money and make the ward more energy efficient. 

Guest stars on the second season include: Betty Buckley (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS); Jayma Mays (THE MILLERS); Carrie Preston (HBO’s TRUE BLOOD); Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); and Jean Smart (DESIGNING WOMEN).

GETTING ON is executive produced by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of HBO’s BIG LOVE) under their Anima Sola Productions banner, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner of BBC Worldwide Productions, and Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan, and Vicki Pepperdine. Lisa Bellomo and Courtney Conte are co-executive producers, while Chrisann Verges is producer.

Subscribers can currently catch up on all previous episodes of GETTING ON before the new season debuts. In Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada 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).

October 23, 2014

The competition is on! Disney XD Canada's 2nd Annual Grizzly Cup Challenge begins November 4


TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - After a nationwide casting call delivered Disney XD four teams comprised of the country's fiercest competitors, the adventure unfolds in the second season of the Grizzly Cup. Debuting Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. ET, the intense outdoor competition series features returning hosts Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats) and Bradford How guiding teams through fast-paced skill-testing endurance challenges of determination and grizzly grit. Following the premiere, new episodes of the four-part action series will continue to air Tuesday nights throughout the month of November.

The Grizzly Cup follows four teams – one from British Columbia and Manitoba, and two from Ontario – as they take to the remote wilderness to compete for the ultimate prize – the coveted Grizzly Cup trophy. The challenges are big, the landscape is wild and for the first time ever, one team will be eliminated before the final leg of the race. Teams will face fears and have to work together to accomplish tasks they've never encountered.

In the season two premiere, the Blue, Green, Red and Yellow Teams gather in the wilderness to start the competition. The campers don't have time to settle in before their first obstacle course is upon them, forcing teams to run and climb right out of the gates. The teams meet their counsellors and get acquainted with their home away from home before their next challenge – a canoe, scale and traverse sequence.

Fans who can't get enough of the great outdoors can experience the Grizzly Cup indoors at Viewers will be able to watch videos to learn more about their favourite competitors and vote on which team they think will take home the coveted Grizzly Cup in the online poll. Those looking to get in on the action can play "Grizzly Cup: Surviving the Elements" featuring four fun mini games. Disney XD OnDemand will offer the new episodes of Grizzly Cup as they become available weekly starting November 18.

Commissioned by Disney XD Canada, Grizzly Cup is executive produced by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films' newly formed kids division, B-Minors (Big Ticket Summer Concert, Grizzly Cup 2013).  Banger Films is an award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto. In its first 10 years, Banger has produced feature documentaries, TV series, live concerts and kids programs, broadcast worldwide.

Disney XD is an advertising-supported digital specialty network and multiplatform brand offering a compelling mix of high definition live-action and animated programming to homes across Canada. Disney XD features series, movies and short form content that focus on comedy, discovery, accomplishment and adventure. Disney XD programming is also available through dedicated on demand and broadband services. Visit us at


October 23, 2014

Shaw Announces Solid Fourth Quarter Financial and Operating Results and Preliminary Fiscal 2015 Guidance


CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 23, 2014) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B)(NYSE:SJR) announced consolidated financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended August 31, 2014. Consolidated revenue for the three and twelve month periods of $1.26 billion and $5.24 billion, respectively, was up 1% and 2% over the comparable periods last year. Total operating income before restructuring costs and amortization(1) of $525 million improved 6% over the comparable quarter while the annual amount of $2.26 billion increased 2% over the prior year.

Chief Executive Officer, Brad Shaw said, "I'm pleased to report solid fourth quarter and full year financial and operational results reflecting the strength of our business as we grow and develop as a leading network and content experience company. Our investments in programming, technology and innovative products combined with our focus on exceptional customer experience and operational efficiencies continues to drive profitability and long term growth."

Free cash flow(1) for the three and twelve month periods of $143 million and $698 million, respectively, compared to $61 million and $604 million for the same periods last year. The improvement was due to increased operating income before restructuring costs and amortization, lower capital investment and interest expense, partially offset by higher cash taxes.

Net income was up 64% to $192 million or $0.40 per share for the quarter ended August 31, 2014 compared to $117 million or $0.24 per share for the same period last year. Net income for the annual period of $887 million or $1.84 per share improved 13% over the comparable period amounts of $784 million or $1.64 per share. The current periods benefitted from higher operating income before amortization and restructuring costs, lower amortization and interest expense and improved net other costs and revenue, partially offset by higher income taxes. On an annual basis, the impact of the aforementioned items was partially reduced by restructuring costs.

Revenue in the Cable division of $837 million and $3.36 billion for the current three and twelve month periods improved 2% and 3%, respectively, over the comparable periods. Operating income before restructuring costs and amortization for the quarter of $412 million increased 4% over the same quarter last year and the twelve month period was up 3% to $1.63 billion.

Satellite revenue of $220 million and $878 million for the three and twelve month periods, respectively, compared to $219 million and $860 million in the same periods last year. Operating income before restructuring costs and amortization for the current quarter was $72 million compared to $66 million last year and the annual amount of $277 million compared to $285 million in the prior year.

Quarterly revenue in the Media division of $231 million was consistent with the same quarter last year while operating income before restructuring costs and amortization of $41 million improved from $34 million in the comparable period. On an annual basis Media revenue was $1.10 billion compared to $1.11 billion last year while operating income before restructuring costs and amortization was unchanged at $353 million.

On September 2, 2014 Shaw closed the ViaWest, Inc. ("ViaWest") acquisition. ViaWest was one of the largest privately held providers of data centre infrastructure, cloud technology and managed IT solutions in North America. Through the acquisition Shaw has gained significant capabilities, scale and immediate expertise in the growing marketplace for enterprise data services.

Mr. Shaw commented, "The ViaWest acquisition provides Shaw a growth platform in the attractive North American data centre sector and is another significant step in expanding our technology offerings for mid-market enterprises in Western Canada.

"We have a leading portfolio of assets and a talented and passionate team that continue to execute on our strategy. Looking forward to fiscal 2015, we expect growth in consolidated operating income before restructuring costs and amortization to range from 5% to 7% with the inclusion of ViaWest which we expect to contribute approximately US$85 million. We anticipate increased capital investment (excluding amounts funded through the accelerated capital fund) as we continue to enhance our network, provide innovative product offerings and expand the ViaWest footprint. Combined with higher interest related to the ViaWest acquisition and increased cash taxes, free cash flow is expected to exceed $650 million."

Mr. Shaw concluded, "We are never satisfied with the status quo. We continue to compete and win in a dynamic highly competitive environment through continuous improvement and capitalizing on opportunities as they arise, delivering value to our customers and our shareholders."

October 22, 2014

TELETOON Travels To Another Dimension This November


(October 22, 2014 – Toronto, ON) TELETOON journeys into another dimension this fall with the launch of the new kid-adventure animated series, Dr. Dimensionpants. The series follows 12-year-old Kyle Lipton, an ordinary kid who mysteriously receives a pair of magical glowing trousers that turn him into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache. The hilarious 26 x 30 minute animated series premieres in TELETOON's Can't Miss Thursdays block starting November 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, following Clarence. On TÉLÉTOON in Quebec, the series will premiere day-and-date in French as Dr. Pantastique. 

"We can't wait to introduce our TELETOON audience to this fun-filled imaginative series," says Athena Georgaklis, Director of Content, TELETOON. "The characters are vibrant and dynamic – we have no doubt kids will be enticed by Kyle, the 12-year-old mustached and magic pant-wearing superhero and his unicorn best friend."

Created by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) and produced by DHX Media and TELETOON, Dr. Dimensionpants showcases new superhero, Kyle, with all the crazy-weird superhero powers he ever wanted…and more responsibility than he can handle. With the help of his talking unicorn mentor Philip, Dr. Dimensionpants must learn to master his powers as he defends his hometown of Ganderville from the constant threat of inter-dimensional villains while still having to deal with his normal, day-to-day kid issues like homework, girls, and his annoyingly smart little sister.

"We are thrilled that TELETOON will be premiering this terrific new series from creator Brad Peyton this fall," said Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media. "Dr. Dimensionpants has that boisterous quirkiness that kids find hilarious, so we think our mustachioed 12-year-old hero and his talking unicorn pal, Philip, will be a big hit."

For more on Dr. Dimensionpants, visit



October 21, 2014

Corus Entertainment and Flink Unite Music Fans, Writers and Artists Globally on Publishing Platform


Alan Cross' The Ongoing History of New Music Launches in the Flink Community

LOS ANGELES and TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Flink (, the crowd-sourced publishing platform and Corus Entertainment Inc., a leading media and entertainment company in North America, today announced a global content and promotional partnership agreement that will see a growing selection of past and new episodes of The Ongoing History of New Music, the world's longest-running radio program on new music, featured on Flink's storytelling platform. Flink, which crowd sources content from writers, artists and fans, will allow subscribers to gather and share their expertise about the program. In the process, SuperFans become part of the biggest story on rock history itself.

Hosted by legendary music journalist Alan Cross and produced by Corus Entertainment, The Ongoing History of New Music chronicles the evolution of new music through almost 700 episodes. The series profiles pioneering musicians and provides intimate insight into topics including new music's conspiracy theories, festivals, censorship, bootlegs, and more.

The Ongoing History of New Music "flink" is a super-charged collection of the program's episodes and its community of SuperFans. Flink and Corus are working together to bring the most talked about episodes to a global audience. Released monthly, they will include audio files and transcripts from episodes that will be further enhanced with exclusive content such as video interviews with Alan.

"We have been searching for a spectacular way to showcase the radio series and Flink is the disruptive platform that does justice to our vision," said Alan Cross, host at 102.1 the Edge, Toronto's alternative rock station. "This represents a revolutionary opportunity for new and longtime fans to engage with the show on an unprecedented level. Now, episodes can grow and evolve and ultimately take on a life of their own with contributions from myself, fans, and even the artists themselves."

"The Ongoing History of New Music is the type of legendary content Flink was designed to nurture on a global scale," said Allison Sweeney, Sr. Vice President of Content, Flink. "Now hundreds of thousands of SuperFans have an outlet, a community through which to share their passion, interact with other fans and even intersect with their music industry heroes like Alan Cross in a way that's never been done before."

Subscribers to The Ongoing History of New Music flink can begin contributing their expertise to episodes immediately and earn status. SuperFans will rise up the flink's leaderboard based on votes to their contributions. Also, anyone who successfully promotes the flink has the opportunity to earn a share of the flink's revenue.

"If you're a true music fan, there's just nothing like it...The Ongoing History of New Music shaped my entire life path," said 28-year-old Canadian music journalist, Julia Wallace. "From the age of seven, I spent every Sunday night sitting by the radio with a notepad waiting for Alan Cross' newest episode. On Flink, fans around the world will now have a voice in this ongoing history—it will get people excited about music again."

"This is a great opportunity to extend The Ongoing History of New Music brand and grow the series' popularity with existing and new music fans through an exciting new platform," said David Farough, General Manager, Corus Radio Toronto. 

Redefining the publishing industry, Flink is a crowdsourced publishing platform that delivers a beautiful digital experience, eclipsing the coffee table book by offering talent, writers and SuperFans a new way to create stories that evolve with more depth than any other medium can offer. Flink puts the focus back on great content by rewarding and recognizing those who create it through an innovative revenue sharing model. It's a visually stunning, ad-free storytelling platform where serious fans pay a small monthly subscription fee to come together for the love of what they love, organized into collections of stories known as "flinks."


October 21, 2014



TORONTO, October 21, 2014 – Fitzroy Gordon, Founder and President of Toronto based radio station G98.7FM “The Way We Groove,” is pleased to announce that he has been granted approval from the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to operate a national television station focused on airing programs for the Black and Caribbean population of Canada.
“For years the Black and Caribbean community in Canada has expressed the need to have easier access to media that reflects their identity, culture, values and issues. By obtaining approval to establish this television station we have taken a significant step in bringing this shared vision to life,” said Gordon.

The station which is scheduled to begin broadcasting in fall 2015, will air a wide range of local and international content, as well as originally produced programs, geared toward the entire family. The station’s programming will include everything from sitcoms to movies, drama series, documentaries, news, sports, talk shows, religious programs, tourism, festivals, carnivals, weather reports, cooking and music shows.

“For the first time in the history of Canada, Black and Caribbean people will have a national voice. It is also my desire to keep our distinct and authentic culture alive in this nation for generations to come,” said Gordon.

Upon launch, the station will be available through various cable providers nationwide on a subscription basis for all Canadians to enjoy.

“A few years ago I promised to work hard to deliver a radio station to serve the population, as a result, G98.7FM was born. I then promised a television station, and now I am delivering on that promise,” Gordon said.


October 21, 2014

Party Like it’s 1989! Much Celebrates Taylor Swift’s Album Release with MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT, October 27


TORONTO (October 21, 2014) – On Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET, Much celebrates that day’s release of Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, 1989, with the premiere of the all-new 30-minute interview special, MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT. Hosted by Much’s Liz Trinnear, the special focuses on the seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner’s career, rise to fame, and music, including her massive #1 hit single from 1989, “Shake It Off”. MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT encores at 8:30 p.m. ET and streams on immediately following the broadcast. Click here for a sneak peek.

In the intimate and fun sit-down interview, Liz gets up close and personal with Swift as she dishes about her sound evolution on 1989, her style, and staying “open”. In their interview, Swift comments:

“…as a songwriter you’re supposed to stay very open to all the emotions and intuitions and fleeting impulses you have as a person; as a celebrity you’re taught that you’re supposed to put up all these emotional protective walls around yourself to make sure that you keep all of the negativity out – so it’s kind of conflicting messages. And for me, I just try to stay as open to change as possible.”

Preceding MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT, Much gives “Swifties” a chance to “Shake It Off” with a videoflow special dedicated to the pop songstress, SPOTLIGHT: TAYLOR SWIFT, beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The special 30-minute countdown features some of Swift’s mega-hits including “Mine”, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and “Shake It Off”.

Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, seven-time GRAMMY winner and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honour twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor's album RED, released almost two years ago on Big Machine Records, has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide to date, including more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, scoring the highest first-week sales debut of any album in over a decade. Taylor is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2010's Speak Now and 2012's RED) hit the 1 million plus first-week sales figure. ”Shake It Off” is the first single off her fifth studio album 1989 (Big Machine Records), which will be released on October 27, 2014. The single has topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S., and has peaked at No. 1 in 64 countries on iTunes. For more information please visit or follow her on Facebook, Google +, Instagram, LINE/TaylorSwift, Tumblr, and Twitter


October 21, 2014



Montreal/New York - October 21, 2014 — Corus Media and A+E Networks® have reached an agreement to bring content and branding from HISTORY® to Historia in Quebec, it was announced today by Mario Cecchini, President, Corus Media and Christopher Barry, Sr. Vice President, International Strategy and Digital Media, A+E Networks.

Slated to roll out this winter, Historia will carry a number of global hit franchises from the HISTORY catalogue such as Mountain Men, Appalachian Outlaws, Down East Dickering and No Man’s Land. Historia already broadcasts a number of series from the History catalogue, including Pawn Stars, American Pickers, American Restoration and Counting Cars, all of which rank among the channel’s top ten most-watched shows. Historia will also incorporate the iconic gold HISTORY ‘H’ into its logo.

“We’re delighted to partner with one of the biggest players in the television business,” said Cecchini. “This deal will enrich our broadcasting package with shows produced by a world-renowned brand.”

HISTORY takes viewers on a journey through the ages, connecting our modern world with its historical roots in a way that is relevant, entertaining, and often surprising. Globally, HISTORY is a leading destination for top quality, award-winning original series and specials that challenge perceptions of the past and tell compelling stories through new perspectives and vivid reconstructions. The channel brings history to life; thrusting viewers into the action, and challenging perceptions of what history is.

“HISTORY is a powerful brand with truly innovative content and compelling characters that have struck a chord with viewers globally," said Barry. “We are pleased to join forces with Corus Media to bring our content and branding to Historia viewers.”

“This agreement gives us access to shows that will thrill Historia viewers!” stated Fabrice Brasier, vice-president, programming, at Historia. “These programs will complement our distinctive existing content, which includes original productions produced in Quebec and form the basis of our identity and success.”

HISTORY is available in 180+ territories and 325+ million households worldwide. 


October 21, 2014

Bell Media Congratulates TSN’s Michael Landsberg on 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Humanitarian Award


TORONTO (October 21, 2014) – Bell Media is proud to congratulate TSN’s Michael Landsberg on being honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. The host of TSN’s acclaimed daily sports debate show OFF THE RECORD will be recognized for his longstanding dedication to promoting mental health awareness.

Landsberg speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling. He has been an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health, since it launched in 2011.

"Michael Landsberg’s exemplary dedication to mental health awareness has encouraged thousands of people across Canada to seek out and find help,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We believe that talking about mental illness is the first step towards making lasting change, and Michael’s tireless efforts to start the conversation and reduce the stigma are a daily inspiration to all of us at Bell Media. He really has made a difference.”

In 2013, Landsberg’s documentary, Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me, was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series. In 2012, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health also named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health. Landsberg also takes to Twitter using the hashtag #sicknotweak to encourage discussion around mental health and creating a forum for those needing help.

A recognizable on-air personality since TSN launched in 1984, Landsberg began his broadcasting career as one of the original anchors at SPORTSCENTRE (then called SPORTSDESK), going on to host more than 5,000 episodes. In 1997, Landsberg left SPORTSCENTRE to host OTR. He has twice been nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast.  

Landsberg will be honoured at a Canadian Screen Awards ceremony in February 2015. Canadian Screen Week is the annual celebration of excellence in Canadian film, television, and digital media productions.


October 20, 2014

Ontario and Quebec are joining forces to oppose cuts to Radio-Canada and support Canadian Francophonie

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, Jean-Marc Fournier, and the Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs ofOntario, Madeleine Meilleur, met today to discuss issues of common interest. They mainly discussed the waves of cuts occurring at Radio-Canada and their impact on Francophone communities.

The two Ministers will continue their hard work on this file. They intend to meet with certain stakeholders, such as the leaders of Radio-Canada and the group "Amis de Radio-Canada," as well as the Commissioner of Official Languages, to better determine the effects of these recent cuts. They will then report on the outcome to the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie.

Radio-Canada plays an important role in the development and vitality of Francophone and Acadian communities. Radio-Canada ensures an essential French presence in all provinces and territories, and in many parts of the country with an Anglophone majority, it is one of the only media outlets to provide television and radio presence in French. The cuts in French-language services at Radio-Canada have raised concerns across Canada.

In fact, at the last Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, last June, Minister Fournier discussed the cuts with his colleagues and, at the same time, filed a preliminary impact study on the effects that these cuts will have on the Francophone and Acadian communities in Canada.

"Under the Broadcasting Act, Radio-Canada has obligations to fulfill in order to reflect the situation and specific needs of Francophone and Anglophone communities, particularly for the 2.5 million Francophones living outside Quebec for whom Radio-Canada is often the only thread of communication in French. By restricting access to programs and local news in French, these cuts have a detrimental effect on the development and vitality of Francophone communities across the country," said Minister Fournier.

"Radio-Canada contributes significantly to the strengthening of the Canadian Francophonie and plays a key role in the future of our country and our national identity. It is essential that it be given the necessary resources and support to reach its full potential and to fully reflect the reality of French-speaking minority communities in Ontario, Acadia and across Canada," stated Minister Meilleur.


October 20, 2014

All Rise! Hilarity is Now in Session with BENCHED, Premiering October 28, Exclusively on The Comedy Network


TORONTO (October 20, 2014) – The Comedy Network is heading to court for the debut of the all-new comedy series BENCHED, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. In this 12-episode, single-camera, half-hour series, Eliza Coupe (HAPPY ENDINGS) stars as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who after having spent her career climbing to the top, hits a career low after a very public breakdown. This turning point in Nina’s life lands her a new job in the public defender’s office where she attempts to rise from the ashes of her old life surrounded by criminals, the disenfranchised, and a group of eccentric coworkers. 

“When Bell Media secured BENCHED in June as part of our big-ticket acquisitions, we knew it fit right in with Comedy’s roster of premium comedy,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With the charismatic Eliza Coupe at the helm of this quick-witted series, we’re confident BENCHED will fast become a fan favourite.”

Joining Nina in the courtroom are attractively scruffy public defender Phil (Jay Harrington, BETTER OFF TED); co-workers Carlos (Oscar Nunez, THE OFFICE) and Cheryl (Maria Bamford, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); Nina’s dedicated intern, Micah (Jolene Purdy, UNDER THE DOME); and Trent (Carter MacIntyre, DROP DEAD DIVA), Nina’s ex-fiancé and professional nemesis.

In the series premiere of BENCHED, Nina learns that her ex-fiancé is engaged, three months after their breakup. When she finds out that she’s been passed over as partner at her high-power corporate law firm, Nina loses it, breaking vases and burning bridges. Shunned from the corporate world, the only place Nina can find work is at the Public Defender’s office.

BENCHED is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, TROPHY WIFE) and Damon Jones (HALFWAY HOME). John Enbom (PARTY DOWN) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Mark Gordon (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Andrea Shay (FAMILY TOOLS) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company. BENCHED is from ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios.


October 20, 2014



TORONTO, ON—Oct. 20, 2014—Crossroads Global Media Group formally announced that acclaimed global leader, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe will provide leadership on Crossroads Canada’s and Crossroads USA’s Board of Directors effective immediately.

Dr. Tunnicliffe is best known for his leadership at the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), where he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General since 2005, to support, connect, and represent over 600 million evangelicals around the world. In the course of his work assignments, Dr. Tunnicliffe has travelled to over 120 countries, served as the president of an international agency, and acted as an advisor for the highly successful TV mini-series, The Bible, and major motion picture, Son of God.

"Geoff is one of the most globally connected leaders I know,” remarked Crossroads’ Global CEO, Dr. John Hull. “We have enjoyed more than twenty years of friendship throughout which he has proven to be a man of great capacity and great compassion.  We look forward to him bringing all of his skills to our board tables.”

The Crossroads boards are honoured and privileged to welcome Dr. Tunnicliffe to their Board of Directors in which his global experience aligns with Crossroads’ vision for expansion and global impact.

Crossroads' flagship television program, "100 Huntley Street," will air its 10,000th episode in October 2015 to audiences in Canada and the U.S.  Viewers can watch current episodes anytime at or


October 20, 2014

City, Netflix, and shomi™ Collaborate To Bring Viewers Between, A New Premium Original Drama Series

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series.  

The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canadaand on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

"We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between offers just that," saidNataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. "Showcasing Michael McGowan's cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment." 

"Teaming up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative partner inCanada to bring our global viewers top-notch content," said Erik Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. "We're thrilled to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions of Netflix viewers will enjoy."

Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

"With the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming to our subscribers," said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. "Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect fit for the shomi brand."

"Speaking on behalf of DCTV, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., we are very excited to be announcing our first series production deal which is doubly historic as a Canadian first between Netflix and Rogers," said Executive Producer Don Carmody." We have assembled an outstanding team led by Michael McGowan, as show runner who has given us a bold and riveting narrative; director Jon Cassar, who will bring this thriller to life; and starring the beautiful and talented Jennette McCurdy. Between is backed by three of the best content behemoths in the business."

Between stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces along withDon Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy® award-winning director Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton's Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal. Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution.  From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid Mansuri is Interim Senior Vice President of Broadcast.


October 20, 2014

C-Suite Quarterly Survey: Canada’s Foremost CEOs Assess Threat of Cyber-Attacks, Canadian Trade with China, and Canada’s Economic Outlook, Today on BNN


TORONTO (October 20, 2014) – Commissioned by Business News Network (BNN) and The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, results from today’s release of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey reveal that improving cyber-security has become increasingly important for Canada’s top executives. Of those polled, 60% of executives report they have increased investment to protect their companies against the threat of cyber-attack, with 49% of executives also noting high-profile cyber-attacks aimed at consumers have increased concern surrounding data security. The C-Suite Quarterly survey is designed to enrich public debate in Canada and help Canadians better understand the views of executives in the country’s biggest companies.

To coincide with today’s release of the survey results, BNN taps Canada’s top business professionals to offer their opinions on this quarter’s findings. BNN’s in-depth analysis of the latest edition of the survey includes exclusive interviews with David Herle, Principal of The Gandalf Group, and Willy Kruh, Partner, KPMG. BNN delivers these interviews and further analysis to viewers on THE STREET at 7:50 a.m. ET, BUSINESS DAY AM at 11:15 a.m. ET, THE BUSINESS NEWS at 12:20 p.m. ET, and BUSINESS DAY PM at 2:20 p.m. ET and at 4:20 p.m. ET. BNN’s complete review of the findings are available online post-broadcast at

·         Key findings of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey include:
28% of executives surveyed report that their businesses have already been a victim of one or more cyber-attacks.

·         74% of executives surveyed believe that more open trade and investment between Canada and China will result in a positive impact on their sector.

·         Two-thirds of respondents state that Canada should place a top priority on opening up trade and investment with China.

·         87% of executives polled expect moderate growth from the Canadian economy over the next 12 months.

The C-Suite Quarterly survey is conducted by The Gandalf Group and sponsored by KPMG.


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