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February 11, 2016

MASTERCHEF CANADA and SAVING HOPE Upcoming Episode Synopses

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This Valentine’s Day, cupid found a perfect match as Canadians get set to reignite their love affair with food when an all-new season of MASTERCHEF CANADA returns Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; followed by a special two-hour season finale event of SAVING HOPE beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

New episodes of MASTERCHEF CANADA and SAVING HOPE are available on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app, and viewers can stream Seasons 1 and 2 of MASTERCHEF CANADA exclusively on CraveTVTM, while new episodes of SAVING HOPE continue to be available the day before their broadcast premieres.
All times ET/PT; visit
CTV.ca to check local listings.

Sunday, Feb. 14
7 p.m. – MASTERCHEF CANADA – “Yes, No, Maybe So” – SEASON PREMIERE
In the Season 3 premiere of
MASTERCHEF CANADA, 40 gifted home cooks from across the country audition for Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile with their signature dish. With the home cooks requiring a ‘yes’ from each judge to receive an apron this season, it’s harder than ever for finalists to make it into the coveted Top 14. Those who get a ‘no’ from each judge will be sent home, while those who earn at least one ‘yes’ will have a second chance, and the opportunity to cook again for a White Apron and a place in the Top 14.

8 p.m. – SAVING HOPE –“Anybody Seen My Baby/Let Me Go”– SPECIAL 2-HOUR SEASON FINALE
Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) is shocked to find out that nurse Kristine Fields (Nicole Underhay, MURDOCH MYSTERIES) has had a stroke. After Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) discovers the nurse’s past may not be as remembered, she and Charlie must team up to find a way to bring peace to the already troubled spirit. As the Fellowship Award pitches get underway, Dr. Zach Miller’s (Benjamin Ayres) growing relationship with Dawn (Michelle Nolden) is put on the rocks after Maggie delivers some surprising news to Zach. Meanwhile, Alex’s attempt at “normal” during Charlie’s surgery is shattered when her worst fears become reality. Struggling against protocol and mounting complications, Alex dives in to save the man she loves. But does she have enough time? And will he be the same man if he wakes up? In the spirit world, Charlie wanders the halls of Hope Zion Hospital in an attempt to find meaning in his life. It’s only when his life is placed on the line, however, that he realizes that everything is for naught without the love of Alex.

Sunday, Feb. 21
7 p.m. – MASTERCHEF CANADA – “A Cut Above” – NEW EPISODE
The 18 home cooks who earned a second chance at the auditions face two grueling culinary challenges. Their ability to chop, prep, and manage their time creatively will either send them home or propel them forward into the Top 14.  In the end, the judges choose the most talented home cooks to advance in the competition.

*Note: MASTERCHEF CANADA is pre-empted on Feb. 28 due to THE OSCARS® coverage on CTV. New episodes of MASTERCHEF CANADAresume Sunday, March 6 on CTV.

Sunday, March 6
7 p.m. – MASTERCHEF CANADA – “At Home and Abroad” – NEW EPISODE
The home cooks face their first Mystery Box Challenge with 13 ingredients from each of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. The winner of the Mystery Box gets to select one of three International cuisines that are near and dear to the judges’ hearts – and some of the home cooks get lost in translation.

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February 10, 2016

The Slaight Family Foundation announces $1,000,000 pledge to The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada!

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - The Slaight Family Foundation has announced they will be donating $1,000,000 over a four-year period to The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada as part of their Children and Youth Initiative. This donation is the largest pledge in Children's Wish history and will provide tremendous support for the newly launched More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign across Canada. This exciting announcement was made at 11:00a.m., today at Daniels Spectrum in the Regent Park neighbourhood.

The Slaight Family Foundation is working in partnership with 11 national organizations to provide new or expanded services to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of children in Canada. Children's Wish is honoured to be included in this charitable initiative and is grateful for the support of The Slaight Family Foundation to expand our wish granting capabilities.

"We hope these gifts provide them with the resources to help children lead healthy, successful and positive lives.  We would also encourage others to support these national initiatives for the betterment of Canadian children and youth," said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Family Foundation.

As the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity, with over thirty years of granting 23,000 of the most heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, Children's Wish is now expanding its reach to include children with serious neurological and genetic diagnoses. These at-risk children have complex care and mobility challenges and are dependent on their families for their day-to-day activities. Thanks in part to the generous support of The Slaight Family Foundation, granting wishes to this new group of deserving children is now becoming a reality.     

Advances in medicine and technology are now making it possible for children with these diagnoses to survive into young adulthood.  But while science may have extended their lives, these children and their families face incredible challenges as they struggle with the need for constant care and hospitalization, as well as severe special needs and developmental delays. Through field work and strong medical community partnerships, Children's Wish has responded to this real and urgent request.

"It's an opportunity for the entire family to be together, to spend a day where the entire focus is on their enjoyment, on making memories and doing things that are really exciting and wonderful without having the focus be on the child and the medical complexity," says Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Associate Pediatrician-in-Chief at Sick Kids Hospital and Children's Wish Medical Advisor.

To learn more about how Children's Wish is expanding its mission to include an emerging population of complex-care children, watch the video at http://www.childrenswish.ca/morewishesmorewonderscampaign/

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February 10, 2016

Hot New Thriller COLONY Stakes its Claim on Canadian Specialty Drawing Nearly Half A Million Viewers Each Week on Bravo

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TORONTO (February 10, 2016) – Bravo continues to deliver the most compelling dramas as its latest must-see thriller COLONY firmly establishes itself as one of the top-rated programs on Canadian specialty TV. During its premiere on January 14, the hour-long thriller reached 838,000 viewers, and was the #1 specialty program of the day among all key demos. With an average audience of 489,000 viewers, COLONY is currently a Top 10 program on Canadian Entertainment Specialty this broadcast year-to-date, and in its Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot, Bravo is the #1 specialty network among viewers in all adult demos. For those who still need to settle into COLONY, Bravo is re-airing the entire series from the beginning with the COLONY marathon beginning Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. ET.

Set in the near future, COLONY centres on one Los Angeles family’s struggle to survive in the unstable city now divided by differing ideologies. While some residents are compliant with the occupation and reap the benefits, others rebel against the new order and suffer for it.

Featuring a team of genre heavyweights, COLONY comes from the creative team of Carlton Cuse (LOST, THE STRAIN) and Ryan Condal (Hercules), and stars Josh Holloway (LOST) and Sarah Wayne Callies (THE WALKING DEAD) as husband and wife, Will and Katie Bowman, who find themselves separated from their son after the invasion of L.A. and are willing to do anything necessary to reunite their family. COLONY also stars Peter Jacobson(HOUSE) as the cunning and opportunistic Proxy Snyder, leader of the green zone, and Amanda Righetti (THE MENTALIST) as Maddie Bowman, Katie’s younger sister.

In tomorrow night’s episode “Geronimo” (Thursday, February 11 at 10 p.m. ET), Geronimo’s identity is revealed. Meanwhile, Will begins to question his wife’s loyalties; Bram finds his way into a secret world and Snyder sees an opportunity to improve his standing.
Source : Numeris, Rank on Canadian Entertainment Specialty BYTD based on 8/31/2015-1/31/2016, Series with minimum 2+ airings.

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February 10, 2016

Canada builds on international reputation at Kidscreen Summit

(Miami, February 10, 2016) – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) congratulates the winners and nominees of the seventh annual Kidscreen Awards, held on February 9 in Miami. Held in conjunction with the Kidscreen Summit, one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment content markets, the awards celebrated the year’s best in kids programming, broadcasting and digital media, both live action and animation.

10 Canadian productions received a total of 11 nominations, including CMF-funded projects Hi Opie! (Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series–Preschool), Weirdwood Manor (Best Game App–Tablet and Best Learning App–Tablet), and Pirate’s Passage (Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie).

Kidscreen Award winners included Pirate’s Passage (Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie); Groupe Média TFO’s Louis-Philippe Deslauriers, Alexandra Janvier and Josée Leblanc (Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team); Sunny’s Hootenanny (Best Learning App–Smartphone); and Weirdwood Manor (Best Game App–Tablet).

Other Canadian nominated productions were Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures (Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series–Preshool) Hank Zipzer (Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series–Kids); The Next Step: Make a Scene (Best Website); Odd Squad (Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series–Kids); and Peg + Cat (Best Animated Series).

For full details on nominations and wins, please visit the Kidscreen Awards website.

A series of initiatives designed to feature Canada at the Kidscreen Summit has been developed as a collaborative strategy between the Canada Media Fund (CMF); Youth Media Alliance; la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC); Creative BC; Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC); Bell Fund; Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) – BC Producers’ Branch; Consulate General of Canada in Miami; and Nova Scotia Business Inc.

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February 10, 2016

Shaw Media Announces Global News as Presenting Partner of the Toronto Black Film Festival

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TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - Shaw Media is pleased to announce Global News will be the presenting sponsor of the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) for the fourth year in a row. The fourth annual TBFF begins today and will run from February 10th - 14th in various venues across Toronto as part of TD's Black History Month Series. Coinciding with Black History Month, the festival celebrates artistic diversity within the black community through powerful films and special events.

Global News' Rosey Edeh, Anchor of News at Noon, will kick off the festival's opening night at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the film, Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us), directed by Ernest Nkosi. New to this year's festival, TBFF will also host a series of industry panels and workshops called TBFF Black Market. Featuring local and internationally renowned experts, the series will address some of the film industry's most critical issues and include a Q&A with award-winning director, Clement Virgo, a panel discussion with award-winning filmmaker, Trey Anthony, and an Actra Toronto workshop.

"Global News is delighted to partner with the Fabienne Colas Foundation and the Toronto Black Film Festival again this year," said Ward Smith, Global News Director of Eastern Canada & Toronto Station Manager. "We are proud to support diversity on and off-screen in our community and across Canada."

"We're very excited to team up with Global News and Shaw Media for another showcase of outstanding black films," said Fabienne Colas, Co-Founder & President, TBFF "Thanks to their tremendous support, festival-goers can enjoy a variety of events that inspire, educate, and entertain in a meaningful way."

With 44 riveting films on this year's schedule, including eight world premieres, this year's TBFF is sure to draw a crowd. Representing 20 countries and showcasing major cultural, and socio-economic issues from around the globe, the 4th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, presented by Global News, runs from February 10th – 14th, 2016. For more information on the Toronto Black Film Festival, and to purchase tickets, please visit torontoblackfilm.com.

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February 10, 2016

The British Are Coming! THE BRIT AWARDS 2016 Invade MUCH, February 24

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TORONTO (February 10, 2016) – Much goes full-on Brit with an entire day of British- themed programming on  Wednesday, Feb. 24 leading up to its broadcast of THE BRIT AWARDS 2016 that night.

From 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET, Much presents BRITS ON MUCH, a collection of memorable interviews with British talent and music videos from the U.K.’s top musical exports, including The Rolling Stones ,The Spice Girls, Ed Sheeran, and One Direction. Then, from 6 p.m. ET 8 p.m. ET, Much viewers can catch all the best videos from 2016 BRIT AWARDS performers, presenters, and nominees with COUNTDOWN TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2016. Finally, it’s the big show itself, with THE BRIT AWARDS 2016 at 8 p.m. ET.

From London’s O2 Arena, dynamic comedy duo Ant and Dec host the 36thedition of THE BRIT AWARDS, celebrating the best in British music. The two-hour show gets a touch of Canadiana, as Stratford, Ont. wunderkind Justin Bieber takes the stage for the first time, along with fellow Canadian and alternative R&B sensation, The Weeknd. Other artists set to perform includeRihanna, Adele, Coldplay, Little Mix, Jess Glynne, and James Bay.

Canadian artists lead the International Male Solo Artist category, with nods going to Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and internationally-acclaimed ambassador of The Six, Drake. Other notable nominees include Adele (four nominations), James Bay (four nominations), Years & Years (three nominations), Calvin Harris (three nominations), and Jess Glynne (three nominations). For a full list of nominations and categories, please click here.

Viewers can catch THE BRIT AWARDS 2016 again on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12 noon ET and 8 p.m. ET on Much.

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February 10, 2016

BravoFACT Partners with Hot Docs for Second Consecutive Film Pitch Competition During 2016 Festival

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TORONTO (February 10, 2016) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT, (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) and its documentary funding leg BravoFACTUAL announced today it has partnered once more with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival for its second consecutive short film competition, the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch.

Taking place Tuesday, May 3 during the 2016 Hot Docs Festival (April 28 to May 8), six Canadian filmmaking teams are given the opportunity to pitch their documentary short to a live audience and a panel of judges for a chance to receive funding for their film. At the event, BravoFACT will award a total of $75,000 for first, second, and third-place prizes of $30,000, $25,000, and $20,000 respectively. The winning shorts from the 2015 inaugural pitch contest, Cree Code Talker, Sinkhole and Hart of Darkness, are currently in production.

“Bell Media is a proud principal partner of Hot Docs, and we are happy to deepen that partnership with BravoFACT’s support of the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to another year of compelling pitches presented by some of Canada’s great young talents.”

“BravoFACT is again showing their incredible commitment to Canadian documentary talent, and we are excited to host this remarkable event at this year’s Festival,” said Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie. “We’re looking forward to seeing the three talented winners have the remarkable opportunity to turn their vision into reality.”

Beginning now, registered Canadian Hot Docs delegates with Conference, Conference & Networking, or All-Access passes are encouraged to visitwww.hotdocs.ca to submit their application. Applicants are also welcome to submit their idea on BravoFACTUAL’s upcoming February 26 deadline. Pitch winners are not eligible for double funding, but all applicants are free to apply to both programs. The six teams selected to pitch their short at the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch competition will be notified on Friday, April 15. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 18. For information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.

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February 9, 2016

Celebrate April Fool’s Day with the Ultimate Pranksters in the YTV Original Movie Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!

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(February 9, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) Get ready for some major laughs this April Fool’s Day, as YTV brings the dynamic duo from Macdonald Hall boys’ school to fans across the country in Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! The original movie based on the much-loved Macdonald Hall book series by best-selling young adult author Gordon Korman, premieres Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.  View the trailer here.

Produced by Aircraft Pictures in association with YTV, the original movie follows Bruno Walton, played by Jonny Gray (Max & Shred, Annedroids) and Melvin “Boots” O'Neal, played by Callan Potter (Stratford Festival), the most infamous troublemakers at Macdonald Hall - a supposedly prestigious school for boys. After a dismal defeat at the hands of their York Academy rivals at the semi-annual swim meet, Bruno uncovers that Macdonald Hall is perilously close to losing his best pal Boots to York thanks to Macdonald Hall’s less than impressive sports facilities. Determined to save their swim program and keep his friend at Macdonald Hall, Bruno goes on a fundraising warpath to build their own pool. The duo’s shenanigans try the patience of Headmaster William

“The Fish” Sturgeon (Peter Keleghan) and Headmistress Eugenia Scrimmage (Caroline Rhea). Despite their ongoing pranks, Bruno and Boots love their school and are willing to do anything to protect it.

“The chemistry between the young cast members is truly incredible,” said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. “Jonny and Callan bring Gordon Korman’s beloved characters to life in this hilarious comedy, which will delight both old and new Macdonald Hall fans.”

“The majority of people involved in this production from start to finish are Macdonald Hall fans themselves,” said Anthony Leo, Producer, Aircraft Pictures. “And, I think their passion for Gordon Korman’s first book series is evident on screen.”

Viewers can delve behind-the-scenes into the not-so-secret lives of the cast by catching Macdonald Hall Diaries – the digital series that premieres on YTV.com on February 12, 2016.

Korman began his writing career at the age of 12, when he signed his first contract with book publisher Scholastic Canada for This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. That book became the first in a seven-book series which also includes Go Jump in the Pool! Now, he is a full-time writer and speaker, with more than 28 million copies of his novels in print. His books have been translated into 30 different languages. Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! is the third TV project based on a book by Korman. Swindle, based on the book of the same name premiered on Nickelodeon in 2013 and the Disney Channel TV series The Jersey was based on Korman’s The Monday Night Football Club. He is the author of more than 80 books for kids and young adults.

Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! is produced by Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Cybergeddon), written by Adam Barken (Killjoys, Flashpoint) and directed by Vivieno Caldinelli (This Hour has 22 Minutes, Odd Squad). Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! also stars Hannah Vandenbygaart (Tell the World), Kiana Madeira (Really Me, My Babysitter's a Vampire), Joshua Kilimnik (Odd Squad), Drew Haytaoglu (Anne of Green Gables), Isiah Lea (The Stanley Dynamic), Jayne Eastwood (Little Mosque On The Prairie) and Scott Thompson (Kids In The Hall).  The movie was produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund and the Bell Fund.

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February 9, 2016

Anthony Anderson, Molly Ringwald, Ellen Pompeo, Gabourey Sidibe, Vanessa Williams and Ludacris Join Season Four of Disney Junior's Peabody and NAACP Image Award-Winning Doc Mcstuffins

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(February 9 - Toronto, Canada) Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles), Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy), Gabourey Sidibe (Empire) and Vanessa Williams (The Good Wife) will guest star on Disney Junior's critically-acclaimed Doc McStuffins, an animated series about a little girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and runs a clinic for stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard playhouse.  They join previously announced guest star Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges in season four, slated to debut this summer.

The new season will find Doc and her toy friends magically transported to a make-believe town, made up entirely of toys, where Doc serves as chief resident of the Toy Hospital.

Since its premiere in 2012, celebrity guest stars on Doc McStuffins include: The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama; Audra McDonald; Geena Davis; Ty Burrell; David Copperfield; Taye Diggs; Patton Oswalt; Molly Shannon; Jeffrey Tambor; Tony Hale; Lisa Loeb; and five cast members of Downton Abbey - Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Matt Milne, Nigel Harman and Robert Bathurst.

The series stars Laya DeLeon Hayes as Doc; Loretta Devine as Hallie; Lara Jill Miller as Lambie; Robbie Rist as Stuffy; Jess Harnell as Chilly; Andre Robinson as Donny McStuffins; Kimberly Brooks as Mom McStuffins; and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins. 

Created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award-winning Chris Nee and directed by Emmy-winning Norton Virgien, Doc McStuffins is a production of Dublin, Ireland's Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Channel. The Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center serves as its health and medical consultants, advising on basic health issues that are relevant to young kids and families. Doc McStuffins airs daily on Disney Junior. 

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February 9, 2016

Shaw Encourages Canadians to End Bullying With #PinkShirtPromise

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National campaign invites Canadians to use social media to make a personal pledge to end bullying
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb. 9, 2016) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B)(NYSE:SJR) today announced it is teaming up with community partners across the country for #PinkShirtPromise, a national campaign inspiring Canadians to join the movement to end bullying. #PinkShirtPromise launches today and continues through Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 24.

"Bullying is destructive, emotionally damaging, and, in some cases, deadly, and no child should have to suffer from its harmful and negative effects," said Brad Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications Inc. "Shaw's #PinkShirtPromise campaign is a powerful initiative that gives us the ability to work closely with our partners to create safer environments for children and youth - whether at school, at home, or online."

Starting today, Shaw is asking Canadians to work toward ending bullying by sharing their personal pledges on social media using #PinkShirtPromise. Participants can also post a photo of their pinky or a photo of themselves making a pinky promise with a friend or family member using #PinkyPromise, and then nominate three friends to do the same to promote accountability and maintain commitment to the promise.

Everyone who participates in the campaign will be entered for a chance to win an ET Canada Experience, which includes flights for two to Toronto and two nights hotel accommodation, and a $1,500 dollar shopping spree at a participating shopping centre. Visit www.shaw.ca/pinkshirtpromise to learn more.

Through the Shaw Kids Investment Program (SKIP), #PinkShirtPromise brings together the expertise, knowledge, and resources of community partners from across the country. Key SKIP partners include Youthlink Calgary, Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Kids Help Phone, MediaSmarts, Companies Committed to Kids, and Rock Solid Foundation.

Shaw's #PinkShirtPromise campaign starts on Safer Internet Day, which is supported by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and encourages people to raise awareness about the importance of online safety by tweeting and posting using the hashtags #SID2016 and #Up2Us. For more information on Safer Internet Day, visit www.saferinternetday.org.

To support #PinkShirtPromise and enable participants to more easily post and share their promises, Shaw will open up its Shaw Go WiFi Guest Network, with access to 75,000 active hotspots across the country, on Pink Shirt Day. Shaw Internet subscribers already have access to the Shaw Go WiFi service; others can access the Guest Network by searching for available WiFi connections on their devices and selecting 'ShawGuest' from the list of available options. A full list of locations is available at www.shaw.ca/wifi or by downloading the Shaw Go WiFi Finder app.

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"YouthLink Calgary is very proud to partner with Shaw to stand up against bullying. At YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, we believe education is the key to prevention and every day our educators teach youth that whenever one person takes a stand, it helps other people to do the same. We applaud Shaw and the #PinkShirtPromise campaign for encouraging people to take action. We stand shoulder to shoulder to help empower kids and make our communities and schools a safer place for kids to be."
Tara Robinson, Executive Director, Youthlink Calgary

"The Canadian Centre for Child Protection plays an active part in supporting youth in crisis who have been affected by a sexual picture or video shared online, often in tandem with cyberbullying. We share Shaw's #PinkShirtPromise campaign goals in encouraging youth to stand up for someone who is being mistreated or bullied both online and offline."
Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection

"Bullying is one of the most common concerns we hear about at Kids Help Phone, and the effect that is had on young people-both emotionally and physically-is significant, regardless of whether they are being bullied or doing the bullying. We're proud to stand in partnership with Shaw Communications to make a #PinkShirtPromise, and create safer and friendlier communities for all kids in Canada."
Sharon Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kids Help Phone

"Our research shows that three-quarters of Canadian students say it's important to speak out against bullying, racism and sexism online. Unfortunately, almost half of them don't feel that it's their place to do so, and older kids are more likely than younger ones to feel this way. Shaw's #PinkShirtPromise is a vital step in showing kids that they have a right to safe and respectful online spaces and the power to create them."
Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director, MediaSmarts

"As a champion of kids' social, mental, and physical well-being issues, Companies Committed to Kids is proud to play an active role in ending bullying. Our recent national research, Taking the Pulse of Canada's Kids, indicates 80 per cent of Canadian parents feel bullying prevention is important to their child's well-being. Shaw's #PinkShirtPromise campaign challenges all of us - as parents, advocates, and citizens - to stand together to stop bullying at school, online, and in our communities."
Bev Deeth, President, Companies Committed to Kids

"As a leader in violence prevention programs for children and youth we know all too well the issues facing our communities when it comes to bullying. Shaw has been a great supporter of our award-winning WITS Program and we are excited to partner with them on the #PinkShirtPromise campaign to engage Canadians in lending their voice and support to end bullying."
Dorian Brown, Executive Director, Rock Solid Foundation

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February 9, 2016

Portfolio Entertainment Secures International Distribution Rights to 7 Wonder’s Do You Know?

(February 9, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) – Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the acquisition of 7 Wonder’s live-action preschool series Do You Know?, originally commissioned by CBeebies in the U.K.

Produced by U.K.-based independent production company 7 Wonder, Do You Know? (25 x 15’) is a fresh, high-energy series that takes younger viewers on a journey to explore how everyday things around them work and are made. Featuring YouTube sensation and technology vlogger, Maddie Moate, as she makes the leap from the Internet to TV, the series answers some of the world's most quirky questions in a child friendly way, while parents also pick up some intriguing watercooler facts from how ice cream cones made to what goes on in a dishwasher when you close the door. 

Using the latest camera technology and clever graphics to explain the technical process in simple terms, the series reveals fascinating details and gives children a unique window into the world around us.

“We are thrilled to add Do You Know? to our roster. Maddie Moate has an incredible online following and this series is non-stop fun,” said Joy Rosen, CEO and Co-Founder, Portfolio Entertainment.

“Do You Know? is such a unique and exciting series. It explores the world around us in such fascinating detail, which will appeal to children all over the world. Portfolio Entertainment is known for representing top quality series, so we are delighted that they will be introducing Do You Know? to international broadcasters,” said Liza Abbott, CEO and co-founder of 7 Wonder.

Series Synopsis
Do You Know? features YouTube sensation, Maddie Moate, as she makes the leap from the Internet to TV in this fresh, high energy series that answers some of the world's most quirky questions such as how does a toilet flush, how are ice cream cones made and how does a cat’s tongue work? Using special cameras, Maddie satisfies preschooler’s inquisitive thirst about everyday things we take for granted.

About Maddie Moate
Maddie Moate is a YouTube filmmaker and presenter, passionate about technology and the natural world. She has been presenting popular science and tech content online for the past five years and has amassed over 16 million views on her YouTube films across multiple channels. One of the only female “Edu-tubers” in the UK, Maddie also has her own successful YouTube channel. Here she makes films which combines the traditional YouTube style of “vlogging” with educational content. Her videos aim to inspire a new audience to stay curious, adventurous and encourage science engagement.

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February 8, 2016

Bell teams up with IBM to bring new hybrid cloud capabilities to Canadian market

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Easy access to IBM Cloud services over Bell's secure and reliable private broadband network

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 8, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Business Markets and IBM today announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. This partnership will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell, simplifying the way customers adopt and build out their hybrid clouds.

More and more organizations are looking for a reliable and secure connection to the cloud, that doesn't rely on sending data over the public Internet. Bell Business Cloud addresses this issue by enabling enterprises to plug into the IBM Cloud, giving them direct access to a wide range of on-demand computing and storage options.

These new services include:

Bell Cloud Connect: connecting the largest and most advanced IP network in Canada to IBM Cloud for end-to-end performance, security and reliability

Bell Cloud Compute: running on IBM Cloud to offer a secure, scalable, self-serve environment for managed virtual machines that improves operational performance while reducing costs

Backup & Restore: providing access to IBM Cloud to protect customer data and applications through a secure backup location as well as ensuring availability of data and applications.

"Bell is an established leader in data hosting and cloud computing, providing customers with exceptional support from an expert nationwide team," said Tom Little, President, Bell Business Markets. "With businesses of all kinds increasingly relying on cloud services for their mission critical applications, adding IBM Cloud services to Bell Business Cloud provides customers with the seamless integration, security and dependability they expect and require."

"The world's appetite for data is increasing and with this comes a greater need for organizations to support cloud workloads. IBM Cloud is the leading platform for data-driven cloud and analytics that enables organizations to open the doors to more responsive and innovative ways of doing business," said Nevil Knupp, VP of Cloud, IBM Canada. "IBM Cloud supports Bell's new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies."

IBM is equipped with one of the highest performing cloud infrastructures available to offer organizations speed, power, and flexibility, while delivering a high degree of customization, transparency, predictability, and automation. According to analyst findings from Synergy Research around Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and private cloud, IBM is positioned as a top performer and leader in the private and hybrid cloud space.

IBM Cloud delivers fast, easy and automated access to a public, private and hybrid cloud services that enable companies to lower their overall IT costs while increasing agility and productivity. IBM offers a complete portfolio of cloud services, with over 40 data centers in every major financial market around the world, supporting a wide range of applications including big data, analytics, mobile and cognitive.

As Bell's Business Cloud ecosystem continues to evolve through new partnerships, customers will benefit from additional solutions, enterprise applications and business tools, with the ability to increasingly acquire their technologies on a utility basis.

Driven by industry-leading innovation and supported by a strong expertise, Bell Business Markets offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services including data centre solutions, unified communications, security and professional services supporting all the customer's ICT needs.

Bell's Business Cloud in partnership with IBM is available across the country to all mid and large businesses. For more information, please visit bell.ca/businesscloud.

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February 8, 2016

DHX Media Licenses Backstage to Disney Channel in the US & Internationally

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New teen drama an original Family Channel commission
HALIFAX, NS, Feb. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - DHX Media ("DHX" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a global leader in kids and family entertainment content, has licensed its new original performing arts drama, Backstage (30 x 30'), to Disney Channel in the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Nordics, Benelux, Germany, CEE, Turkey, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Backstage was created and developed by Fresh TV in association with DHX Television. The series was filmed in Toronto and is slated to air on Family Channel in Canada in spring 2016, and Disney Channel in the UK and US in spring 2016, with international roll out in 2016.

Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution, DHX Media, said: "There has been significant international interest in Backstage. With Disney and Family Channel on board, we're building strong international foundations for this new live action series. We are confident that teens all over the globe will find the characters and storylines compelling viewing."

Backstage, a scripted series (shot docudrama-style), follows a group of outstandingly talented teenagers as they live through the highs and lows that come with attending the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts – from new friendships and crowning achievements to the angst and disappointments of the high stakes competition. Through diary-style confessionals and dramatic cliff hangers, Backstage lifts the curtain on these rising stars as they chase their dreams and deal with the day-to-day reality of being a student, a sister, a son, a girlfriend — a teen.

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February 8, 2016

SUPER BOWL 50 is Second Most-Watched on Record in Canada with 8.3 Million Viewers on CTV and RDS

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TORONTO (February 8, 2016) – Last night’s SUPER BOWL 50 on CTV and RDS is Canada’s second-most-watched SUPER BOWL on record. Preliminary overnight data from Numeris confirms that the game attracted an average audience of 8.3 million viewers on CTV and RDS (CTV: 7.3 million; RDS: 1 million), as the defensive juggernaut Denver Broncos rolled to a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. The game’s total audience is second only to last year’s all-time record for SUPER BOWL XLIX (9.23 million viewers).

Overall, 18.2 million unique viewers – or more than one in two Canadians (52%) – watched some part of the 2015-16 NFL championship game on CTV or RDS.

Ratings Highlights
With a technicolour performance by Coldplay, an epic dance-off showdown between Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, and a “Believe In Love” send-off, the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show captivated Canadians, as audience levels for SUPER BOWL 50 on CTV and RDS peaked with an average minute audience of 10.3 million viewers during the highly anticipated halftime show
The game on CTV received more than 50% or higher shares among all key adult demos in all markets in English Canada
Total viewing of all SUPER BOWL programming on CTV and RDS, including pre-game and post-game shows, was 39 million hours

Top 5 SUPER BOWL audiences on Canadian television (CTV and RDS)
SUPER BOWL XLIX in 2015 – Patriots 28-Seahawks 24 – 9.23 million
SUPER BOWL 50 in 2016 – Broncos 24-Panthers 10 – 8.3 million
SUPER BOWL XLVI in 2012 – Giants 21-Patriots 17 – 8.18 million
SUPER BOWL XLVIII in 2014 – Seahawks 43-Broncos 8 – 7.94 million
SUPER BOWL XLVII in 2013 – Ravens 34-49ers 31 – 7.38 million

Sponsors and Advertising

Once again the SUPER BOWL was the hottest television property for Canadian advertisers and a coveted platform for key sponsors, including Labatt Breweries of Canada, Nissan Canada Inc., and Toyota Canada Inc. Key advertisers showcased during SUPER BOWL 50 included Doritos Canada, Hyundai Canada, KitKat, Burger King, Mazda Canada, President’s Choice, President’s Choice Financial, Scotiabank, Sun Life Financial, and Volkswagen Canada, BMO, Chartered Professional Accountants, GlaxoSmithKline, Mackenzie Investments, and Wealthsimple.

TSN used the massive SUPER BOWL 50 broadcast to launch the network’s newest multi-platform campaign – aptly titled CHAMPIONS LIVE HERE – underscoring the unrivalled range of iconic championships that live on TSN, and the incomparable value that TSN’s five national feeds deliver to subscribers. Following its debut, the campaign will be featured in heavy rotation across Bell Media’s industry-leading TV, radio, digital, outdoor, and social platforms.

Bell Media also delivered a multi-million dollar promotional campaign inSUPER BOWL 50 showcasing original Canadian productions including LETTERKENNY, MASTERCHEF CANADA, ORPHAN BLACK, SAVING HOPE, BITTEN, and JADE FEVER.
Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS are the official broadcasters of the NFL in Canada.

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February 8, 2016

104.5 CHUM FM Announces Shaggy, Nick Jonas, and DNCE to Join BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS

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TORONTO (February 8, 2016) – This morning, 104.5 CHUM FM’s ROGER & MARILYN announced that internationally renowned “Boombastic” singer Shaggy, “Jealous” hit-maker Nick Jonas, and American pop rock band DNCE, will join them for the 2016 edition of BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS. The giveaway to the hottest week-long party provides lucky listeners with the opportunity to witness the concert of a lifetime, in an exclusive music event from April 9-16 on the spectacular beaches of Barbados along with ROGER & MARILYN.

Each morning, ROGER & MARILYN will announce the BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS “Artist of the Day”, and for every double play – two songs played in a row from that artist – the 104th caller instantly wins an all-inclusive trip for two to Barbados.

“We are happy to unveil the list of hit-makers headlining BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS, one of the most anticipated contests of the year for 104.5 CHUM FM listeners,” said David Corey, Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media Radio. “From Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull to Maroon 5 and Katy Perry, some of the hottest musical artists performed for our lucky listeners over the years, and this year’s lineup is no exception.”

CHUM FM’s longest-running contest, more than 1,600 lucky winners have enjoyed a music-filled week on the beach with BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS. The grand prize includes round trip airfare for two from Air Canada Vacations, one week at the new, all-inclusive Sugar Bay Barbados, and $1,500 spending money from CIBC VISA AVENTURA® INFINITE™ card. For complete contest details, please visit CHUMFM.com.

ROGER & MARILYN airs weekday mornings from 5:30 9 a.m. on 104.5 CHUM FM.

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February 8, 2016

Portfolio Entertainment and Giggle Media Embark on New Mission to Develop Animated Series for Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON

(February 8, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) – Leading producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment and U.K-based Giggle Media are pleased to announce a development deal with Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON for a new comedy animation series, Invasion of the MooFaLoo! The kids 6-11 co-production comes hot on the heels of Portfolio-produced Freaktown, an upcoming series commissioned by TELETOON.

Invasion of the MooFaLoo! (26 x 11’), created by Steve Garratt, follows three genetically-modified, rocket-powered sheep – Fluffy, Byron and Telisa – as they fight to protect the world from the MooFaLoo, a race of alien monk cows who conquer planets with their duck-shaped battleships.

“We are thrilled to be working on another animation series for TELETOON, this time with an extraordinary flock of defiant sheep and marauding cows,” said Lisa Olfman, CEO and Co-Founder, Portfolio Entertainment. “We are also pleased to be joining forces with U.K.-based Giggle Media on this series which speaks to Portfolio’s continued strength in identifying the right animation partners, nationally and internationally, and collaborating with top talent from around the globe.”

“Invasion of the MooFaLoo! is an absurdly random and funny series bursting with colourful and comical characters,” said Athena Georgaklis, Director of Content, TELETOON. “We look forward to developing this series with Portfolio and Giggle Media and bringing this concept to life.”

“To make a show like Invasion of the MooFaLoo! really work you need creative collaborators who live and breathe kids’ comedy,” said Steve Garratt, Creator & Creative Director of Giggle Media. “That’s what we found at Portfolio and TELETOON.”

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February 8, 2016

Canada builds on international reputation at Kidscreen Summit

(Miami, February 8, 2016) – Canada will be well represented at Kidscreen Summit, one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment content markets, to be held in Miami, from February 8 to 11, 2016. Nine Canadian corporations, associations and agencies have pooled their resources to feature Canadian productions and foster business opportunities for Canadian producers. A branded meeting space, a networking reception, a session featuring Canadian producers and support of the Kidscreen awards will keep Canada top-of-mind at this important international trade event.

A delegation of over 350 Canadian content creators and audiovisual industry leaders will come together to promote Canada’s leading role in producing quality children’s programming sold around the world, and to showcase Canada’s wealth of talent and content.

A series of initiatives designed to feature Canada has been developed as a collaborative strategy between the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Youth Media Alliance, la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Creative BC, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Bell Fund, Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) – BC Producers’ Branch, Consulate General of Canada in Miami, and Nova Scotia Business Inc. The strategy will be accentuated by a unified and cohesive new design to Canada’s delegate booth on the trade room floor.

On behalf of the Canadian industry, the CMF will help celebrate the year’s best children’s programming as sponsor of the Kidscreen Summit Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 9.

In support of the development and production of audiovisual content for Canadians and world audiences, the Consulate General of Canada in Miami and Canadian partners will host a networking reception on Wednesday, February 10.

The Kidscreen program will include a panel discussion featuring Canadian projects titled, “Igniting social awareness with kids.” Producers and creators will share how they are using inventive storytelling to highlight global and local social issues, engage kids and drive change. The session, which takes place Tuesday, February 11, will include moderator, Amy Friedman (President, Redhead Consulting), and speakers Judith Beauregard (Executive Producer, Tobo), Anthony Leo (Co-President, Aircraft Pictures), Shabnam Rezaei (President, Big Bad Boo) and Gerry Shirren (Managing Director, Cartoon Saloon Limited).

Canada has earned a reputation of producing compelling children’s programming for world audiences to enjoy, in both English and French, and Canada’s strong presence at Kidscreen Summit 2016 is set to build on this reputation.

Visit Kidscreen Summit for further details.
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February 5, 2016

Corus Entertainment Closes Over-Allotment Option on Public Offering of Subscription Receipts

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Corus Entertainment Closes Over-Allotment Option on Public Offering of Subscription Receipts

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(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment Inc. (“Corus”) (TSX: CJR.B) announced today that the underwriters for the company’s previously completed public offering of 25,400,000 subscription receipts have elected to exercise their option in full to purchase an additional 3,810,000 subscription receipts at a price of $9.00 per subscription receipt. The sale of the additional subscription receipts was completed today and increases the gross proceeds from the public offering by an additional $34,290,000, resulting in total gross proceeds from the public offering of $262,890,000, which is in addition to the gross proceeds from Corus’ previously completed concurrent private placement of 3,560,000 subscription receipts to certain members of the Shaw family and their related entities for total gross proceeds of $32,040,000.

The public offering was made through a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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February 5, 2016

Zelda Williams, Eli Goree and Alberto Frezza Sign Up for Camp in ABC Spark Series Dead of Summer

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(Toronto, Canada) Zelda Williams (Teen Wolf), Alberto Frezza (Charlie’s Angels) and Eli Goree (The 100) have been added to the cast of the highly anticipated series Dead of Summer that will air on Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark this summer. Dead of Summer creators and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis will direct the first episode of the series. Williams, Frezza and Goree join already announced cast members Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty), Ronen Rubinstein (Orange Is the New Black) and Paulina Singer (Gotham).

Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, Dead of Summer is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.  Production on the series will begin in March.

Williams will be portraying a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest in bonding with the rest of the group.

Frezza will be playing the role of “Deputy Garrett Sykes,” a young deputy who has ties to Camp Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don’t add up.

Goree will be portraying “Joel,” an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as a counsellor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening.

Dead of Summer will be produced by ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis/Horowitz. Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis (Lost, Once Upon a Time) and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) will write and executive-produce the series.

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February 5, 2016

STINGRAY WINS “BEST IR FOR AN IPO” AT THE 2016 IR MAGAZINE AWARDS - CANADA

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Montreal, February 5, 2016 — Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading business-to-business multi-platform music provider, was awarded “Best IR for an IPO” at the 2016 IR Magazine Awards - Canada held on February 4 at the Carlu in Toronto. Stingray was shortlisted in November 2015 along with Cara Operations, Seven Generations Energy and Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure.

“We are thrilled to be recognized at the IR Magazine Awards - Canada for our dedication to quality investor relations services during our 2015 IPO,” said Mathieu Péloquin, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications at Stingray. “It is an absolute honour to be acknowledged by the Canadian investor relations community in our first year as a publicly-traded company. We wish to thank IR Magazine and congratulate all other nominees and award winners.”

IR Magazine Awards - Canada is the country’s largest annual gathering of investor relations officers along with their senior management, advisers and analysts. Award nominees are selected by close to 300 Canadian analysts and portfolio managers.
For more information about Stingray’s Investor Relations: http://www.stingray.com/investors

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