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June 28, 2016

Canadian Media Producers Association welcomes Heritage Review advisory panel


OTTAWA, June 28, 2016 –The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today issued the following statement on behalf of President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin:

“We welcome today’s announcement of an appointed advisory group that will provide ongoing feedback and support for Minister Joly as she moves forward with a comprehensive policy review, aimed at bringing Canada’s cultural policies into the digital age.

We are very encouraged by the breadth and depth of experience of the individuals named to the panel, and are particularly pleased to see the inclusion of voices from Canada’s independent production sector. There is tremendous value in drawing upon experts who have produced audiovisual content for both traditional and emerging platforms, and have done so while operating within the existing policy and regulatory framework.

As the Minister moves forward with the review, we are hopeful that any future policy toolkit will leverage the creative entrepreneurship and diversity of voices of Canada's indie producers, so they can embrace innovative approaches to develop and deliver world-class content for audiences at home and abroad.”


June 28, 2016

An Unforgettable Journey: John Mann and Spirit of the West Rock on in Moving New Original Documentary SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE, July 1 on HBO Canada


TORONTO (June 28, 2016) – This Canada Day, viewers might need to stay “home for a rest.” On Friday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET, HBO Canada premieres the poignant documentary, SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE. Commissioned by Bell Media and a favourite at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the 90-minute film shares the deeply personal story of John Mann, frontman for famed Canadian band Spirit of the West, and his struggle with early-onset Alzheimers.

At 52, Mann is confronted with the reality that he’s losing grasp of the poetic and political lyrics he has shared with millions, since the band formed in 1983. With the support of his wife, Mann and his lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, hoping Mann will be able to make what could be his final performance at Massey Hall. Including archival material and interviews with bandmates, musicians, and doctors, SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE is an emotional tribute to an incredible artist making the most of every moment as he fights with dignity against a crippling disease.

Click here for a look at SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE.

SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE premiered at the Hot Doc’s film festival this past spring to rave reviews, and placed in the top 5 films for Hot Docs’ Audience Award. The Globe and Mail called the film, “…smart and sensitive – without being sappy,” and Now magazine declared that “the joy just flows”, giving it 4/5 stars.

Nearing the three-and-a-half decade mark, Spirit of the West continues to rock audiences with their original and potent blend of Folk, Celtic, Rock, Pop, and Punk. With 13 albums to their credit, five of them gold and three platinum, a history of extensive touring throughout the western world, and the authorship of a drinking song (“Home For a Rest”) so well known and loved that it is often called ‘Canada’s unofficial national anthem’, Spirit of the West’s legacy has grown to legendary status. In recognition of the band’s extensive career, they have been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Western Canadian Music Association, have received the National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, and were, in 2014, presented with a star in Vancouver’s Starwalk. They have been nominated for four JUNO Awards, including Group of the Year.

SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE is written, directed, and produced by Canadian writer, musician, and director Pete McCormack (I am Bruce Lee, Facing Ali). It is executive produced by Andrew Barnsley (SPORTS ON FIRE), Pete McCormack (Facing Ali), and Samantha Reynolds.


June 28, 2016

Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 10 New Feature Films Through Equity Investment Program

TORONTO (June 28, 2016) – Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund announced today the support of 10 new feature-film projects through its Equity Investment Program. The latest round of funding includes the first English-language production from international sensation Xavier Dolan (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan), the latest from acclaimed director Kim Nguyen (Eye on Juliet), as well as works from Kathleen Hepburn (Never Steady, Never Still), Jordan Canning (Suck it Up), Miranda De Pencier (The Grizzlies), and Eisha Marjara (Venus).

“We are proud to support Canada’s incredible filmmaking talent through the Equity Investment Program,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “This is an exciting time for the Canadian film industry as our country’s brilliant writers, directors, and producers continue to push boundaries by exploring a range of hot-button issues.”

Projects receiving funding from the Equity Investment Program feature celebrated stars from Canada and beyond, including such names as Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Geena Davis, Scott Thompson, Thomas Middleditch, Amanda Crew,  and Ethan Hawke. Harold Greenberg Fund supported films tackle a wide-range of subjects, including fame (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan), gender identity (Venus), and drone  technology (Eye on Juliet).

Supported projects:

The Death and Life of John F. Dononvan
Lyla Films Inc, Productions Sons of Manual
Director: Xavier Dolan
Writers: Xavier Dolan, Jacob Tierney
Starring: Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain

Don’t Talk to Irene
Alyson Richards Productions
Writer/Director: Pat Mills
Starring: Geena Davis, Scott Thompson, Anastasia Phillips

Resonance Films
Director: Jason James
Writer: Jason Filiatrault
Starring: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang

Eye on Juliet
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Writer/Director: Kim Nguyen
Starring: Joe Cole, Lina El Arabi, Faycal Zeglat

The Grizzlies
Northwood Productions
Director: Miranda De Pencier
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett, Graham Yost
Starring: Ben Schnetzer, Will Sasso

Mad Samurai Productions
Writer/Director: Daniel DiMarco
Starring: Jack Kesy, David Cubitt, Amanda Crew

Rink Rat Productions, Screen Door Productions
Writer: Sherry White
Director: Aisling Walsh
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke

Never Steady, Never Still
Christie Street Creative
Writer/Director: Kathleen Hepburn
Starring: Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Mary Galloway

Suck it Up
Permanent Geranium Pictures
Director: Jordan Canning
Writers: Julia Hoff
Starring: Erin Carter, Grace Glowicki

Les Films Compass
Writer/Director: Eisha Marjara
Starring: Debargo Sanyal, Jamie Mayers, Gordon Warnecke



June 28, 2016

What's your story, Canada? CBC/Radio-Canada to Celebrate Canada 150 in 2017 With Special Programming and Public Events to Inspire All Canadians


OTTAWA, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - CBC/Radio-Canada is putting the national public broadcaster at the heart of Canada's 150thanniversary celebrations, helping inspire our nation to define itself for the next century.

"2017 will be an important milestone in the history of our country: a time for Canadians to connect and to share stories about who we are and where we are headed as a nation," said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. "The public broadcaster will provide the public space where Canadians can share their stories, ideas and perspectives, and where they can engage with one another from coast to coast to coast."

CBC/Radio-Canada is the largest Canadian online media destination, reaching millions of Canadians every month through our websites, suite of apps and extensive network of social channels. The public broadcaster invites Canadians to join us in creating a national collection of content that will be shared on our digital platforms and social channels throughout 2017.

Make history! Share photos, videos and stories
that define
Canada for you!

CBC/Radio-Canada is deepening its connections with Canadian communities, working with partners to develop a series of dynamic public events across the country:

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is the Official Broadcast Partner of SESQUI, a Signature Initiative of Canada 150, poised to lead the celebrations in Canadian communities in 2017. It is an immersive media touring experience that will travel across the country in 2017, engaging Canadians through an original 360° film, interactive content, live events, online activities and education programs showcasing the best in Canadian culture and innovation. This will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experience Canada like it's never been experienced before.

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is an Official Partner of the 150ALLIANCE, an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most out of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. CBC/Radio-Canada will tap into the 150Alliance's national network to highlight the diverse array of events and activities taking place in every province and territory for Canada'ssesquicentennial.

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is also an Official Partner of COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS OF CANADA and its national network of 191 community foundations. Leveraging the deep local roots community foundations have from coast to coast to coast, CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase the stories and impact of their work, including the local initiatives being funded through the Community Fund for Canada's 150th.

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to announce CIBC as the first lead partner of Canada 150 in 2017, corresponding with the bank's own 150th birthday. Details around the partnership will be announced at a later date.

CBC and Radio-Canada are each creating robust lineups of 2017-themed programming across all platforms that will provide audiences an opportunity to discover and share the diverse perspectives of Canadians across the country who shape who we are today; challenging stereotypes and creating a vision of Canada's future together.

The offer will include programming from all content areas, including documentaries, news specials, radio programs, kids programs, entertainment and arts specials, and innovative digital and virtual reality initiatives. *(Comprehensive and complete programming information and broadcast schedules to be announced at a later date.)

Here are a couple of highlights:

·         Starting with coverage of this year's CANADA DAY celebrations across the country, the Corporation's English and French news services will take a lead role in covering the Canadian stories that continue to unfold across the countdown to January 1st and throughout 2017, with additional special 2017-themed news programs along the way.

·         CBC News (live, July 1, 2016) kicks off its coverage by inviting Canadians to share their personal stories about what definesCanada to them. Throughout 2017, CBC will offer multiple interactive programming experiences with these stories, reflecting the country back to our audiences in surprising new ways.

·         CBC highlights include CANADA: THE STORY OF US, an epic ten-part television history series that tells the extraordinary story of the people, places and events that have shaped our country.  It's the stories of Indigenous peoples and immigrants; pioneers and rule breakers; and scientists and entrepreneurs who forged a nation in a vast and harsh land. The series will combine fact-based drama with stunning CGI animation, and feature interviews with Canada's most important national figures; and a digital-first series called BECOMING CANADIAN, that will focus on stories from the 250,000 new Canadians who will take the Oath of Citizenship this year.

·         Radio-Canada presents LA GRANDE TRAVERSÉE, a television adventure series that gives ten young adventurers the opportunity to recreate the epic ocean voyage of the settlers from France to Quebec, on a classic three-mast yacht; and STANLEY VOLLANT: DE COMPOSTELLE À KUUJJUAK, in collaboration with Radio-Canada's regional centres, a two-part mini-series that tells the story of Stanley Vollant, the first Indigenous surgeon in Quebec, known for his walk, Innu Meshkenu, which aims at raising Indigenous people's awareness of healthy living.

·         CBC Radio One and ICI Radio-Canada Premiere will partner to launch a national initiative – WHAT'S YOUR STORY?/LA ROUTE DES 20 – that will recruit young diverse Millennials to tell the contemporary story of Canada across all platforms throughout 2017.


June 28, 2016



(Toronto, ON, June 28, 2016) – Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and leaders in global content distribution, continues to attract the attention of international media buyers around the globe. Blue Ant International has secured several new deals in the home categories for original series What’s For Sale With a View, My Retreat, Brojects(known as Lake Guys in the US market) and What’s For Sale?.

“Our premium lifestyle series have been well-received around the globe by tapping into universal desires, while fulfilling our remit of providing high quality content and service to our clients worldwide,” said Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International.

What’s For Sale with a View (26 x 30’ HD), features potential homebuyers as they are presented with three dream houses with incredible, jaw-dropping views. What’s For Sale with a View has been sold to Discovery Communications’ Destination America (US),Discovery World HD (Latin America), Digicast (Italy) and Talit Communications (Israel).

Blue Ant Media’s co-production with Whistlestop Productions’, My Retreat (26 x 30’ HD), takes audiences inside the iconic and unique cabins found along some of the world’s most scenic shorelines, riverbanks and mountainsides. My Retreat has been sold to Canal Evasion (French Canada), FOX Networks Group España (Spain), Hola! TV (US), Times Group (India), Rainbow TV (UAE).

Brojects (39 x 30’ HD), produced by Farmhouse Productions, features masters Kevin and Andrew Buckles as they transform their weekend home in to the ultimate summer getaway. Brojects (Seasons 1, 2 and 3) has been picked up by Corus Entertainment’s CMT(Canada), while Seasons 1 and 2 have been sold to Discovery (Benelux) and Scripps Networks (Great American Country – US), who refer to the series as Lake Guys.

FOX Networks Group España (Spain) has picked up Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Blue Ant Media original series What’s For Sale? (39 x 30’ HD). The lifestyle series follows a family looking to purchase the perfect getaway with the help of rock star realtor, Rob Serediuk.  


June 27, 2016


Canadian Music Week, is pleased to announce the 35th installment will take place April 18-22, 2017.Recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 4 nights of performances, with over 800 showcasing bands at more than 40 music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W. Toronto.

CMW takes pride in welcoming international artists and key industry players from around the world with 40 participating countries. For the 35th edition, Canadian Music Week will shine a spotlight on France, while the special focus will be on Italy. The upcoming festival will also present the first Austin - Toronto showcase during the annual event.


June 27, 2016

Ron MacLean Returns to Host Hockey Night in Canada, Alongside David Amber


TORONTO (June 27, 2016) For more than 30 years, Ron MacLean has been a cornerstone of Hockey Night in Canada, and today Sportsnet announced he is returning to host hockey’s biggest night alongside David Amber.  MacLean will host Game 1 on Saturday nights with Amber hosting Game 2, and together they will guide Canadians through all of Hockey Night in Canada’s memorable moments and greatest stories.

MacLean will continue to host Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry in the first intermission of Game 1.  Following his hosting duties on Saturday nights, MacLean will head out to 24 communities across the country to host Rogers Hometown Hockey with Tara Slone on Sundays throughout the season.

“The impact Ron has had on the game and in communities across the country is immeasurable.  Hockey fans, young and old, have a deep connection with him,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers.  “David is one of the top sports broadcasters in North America, with a long and impressive resume from both sides of the border.  He’s earned this coveted role.  With Ron and David at the helm, it’s the perfect mix for hockey’s biggest night.”

Amber has been a reporter with Hockey Night in Canada for the past five years.  He has nearly 20 years of sports broadcast experience in both Canada and the U.S., including eight years as anchor and reporter with ESPN, as well as covering four Olympic Games and a two-year stint hosting NHL On The Fly.

“Hockey Night in Canada is a tradition unlike anything else in this country.  It’s part of our national DNA, and so is Ron.  It’s a balance of giving our fans what they want and evolving the broadcasts to keep them fresh,” said Moore.

After hosting Hockey Night in Canada for the past two seasons, George Stroumboulopoulos will depart the company to explore new creative opportunities.

“George is an extremely versatile and creative broadcaster and we value the contributions he made to Hockey Night in Canada.  We look forward to seeing what his next great project will be,” said Moore.  “We are continually evaluating and evolving our broadcasts to deliver the best experience for fans.”

Panelists Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, and Nick Kypreos join MacLean and Amber in-studio Saturday nights.  Daren Millard continues to host Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, alongside panelists Friedman and Doug MacLean.

“As part of our evolution, we will deliver more consistency each night of the week for our national NHL broadcasts. When fans tune in, they will know who they are going to see,” said Moore.

More details regarding Sportsnet’s 2016-17 NHL coverage will be announced in the coming weeks.

For Ron MacLean bio, click here
For David Amber bio, click here


June 24, 2016

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival Announces Caliente Performer Lineup for the 12th Annual TD Salsa


(Toronto, June 24, 2016) – Get ready to celebrate the summer Latino Style with a caliente free weekend event of mucho music and dance. The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival is pleased to announce its performer lineup for Canada’s hottest Latin themed street festival, the 12th annual TD Salsa on St. Clair on Saturday July 9 & Sunday July 10.

The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival brings an international caliber of Latin music that will guarantee to get everyone dancing in the streets of Toronto as this year’s TD Salsa on St. Clair festival line-up is bigger than ever. Experience Canada’s vibrant Latino cultures with an all-star cast of Canadian Latin bands, artists and hosts.

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez will host this year’s festivities alongside Salsa on St. Clair’s very own Ivan Wanis Ruiz. Martinez’s unique sound blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul and has garnered her multiple nominations for Latin Jazz Performer of the Year, and her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections.

Practice your dance moves with Rice and Mango, one of the hottest Latin acts in Toronto, experience the best of Bachata with Chantelle Collado, known as “La Princesa de la Bachata”, and take in the vibrant sounds of Roberto Linares Brown Orchestra, hailed as one of Cuba’s most talented composers. Enjoy the pulsating drums of Samba Squad and all the Latin sounds alongside the numerous dance groups and schools at the festival hot spots that will be sure to keep you and your family dancing throughout the weekend!

Click for the complete TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival performer lineup.
TD Salsa in Toronto Festival: June 30 – July 17
TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival: July 9 & 10
For a full calendar of TD Salsa in Toronto Festival events go to


June 24, 2016

Discovery Networks Announces Summer 2016 Programming Slate with New and Returning Titles


TORONTO (June 24, 2016) – Summer has officially arrived and Discovery and its networks are celebrating by unveiling its complete schedule for the season. Kicking off Discovery’s red-hot programming slate is everyone’s favourite annual event SHARK WEEK, airing throughout primetime from Sunday, June 26 to Sunday, July 3 beginning at 8 p.m. ET; followed by the debut of original Canadian series MADE BY DESTRUCTION airing back-to-back episodes on Mondays at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET beginning July 4; and original Canadian special JUPITER: CLOSE ENCOUNTER airing Tuesday, July 5 at7 p.m. ET.

The summer slate continues with all-new series and specials joining the mix of premieres. Airing Sundays at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET beginning July 10, Discovery joins six top recording artists to share stories of the animal kingdom in HELLO WORLD! Then, later this summer, Discovery travels beneath the ocean’s surface in SONIC SEA to uncover the damaging consequences of increased ocean noise pollution, airing Sundays at 7 p.m. ET beginning July 31. Throughout the summer months, Discovery will feature new episode debuts from current seasons of hit series including ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET), BITCHIN’ RIDES (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET), and BERING SEA GOLD (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET).

Viewers can also catch up on full episodes of Discovery series live and on demand on the Discovery GO app and at Coming later this summer, viewers can preview  exclusive Discovery GO content including close encounters with humans and animals in 9-1-1 ENCOUNTERS, recollect the worst nuclear catastrophe in history from LIFE AFTER CHERNOBYL, and join rocker Billy Gibbons as he fullfills his wildest hot rod desires in ROCKIN’ ROADSTERS.

A closer look at Discovery’ s NEW summer series and specials in chronological order:

Saturday, June 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
(See below complete schedule full event on Discovery Velocity)
Hosted for the first time in Mohegan Sun, Connecticut ,
 BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE delivers live coverage of the world’s greatest collector car auction with an exquisite array of the finest, rarest, and most one-of-a-kind automotive collectables from around the world.

Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning July 4
Viewers are in for a wild ride as the program travels all across the globe to explore how everything from obsolete airplanes to empty bottles are being split apart, stripped down, melted, shredded, and re-invented in ingenious and extraordinary ways. Once these objects have been destroyed, viewers get a glimpse into their journey across the world to their final destination – the factory where it all gets put back together again into an often entirely different product.

Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning July 10
Discovery teams up with six top recording artists to share stories of the animal kingdom. The six-part series takes a closer look at the wonders of the natural world through the narration and music of world-renowned artists including,Christina Aguilera,
Ellie Goulding, Joan Jett, Dave Matthews, Usher Raymond, and Steven Tyler.

Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Narrated by Oscar®-Nominated Actress
Rachel McAdams, SONIC SEAjourneys deep into the ocean to uncover the devastating impact of man-made noise on marine life, and what can be done to stop the damage to these creatures that are a crucial part of the circle of life.

Viewers can also cool off from the summer heat with new programming on Discovery brands Animal Planet, Discovery Velocity, Investigation Discovery, and Discovery Science. Below are highlights of new and returning series debuting this summer across other Discovery Networks:

Discovery Velocity summer highlight
Airing now until Saturday, June 25
Discovery Velocity swings into high gear as it cruises into the summer season for
the world’s greatest classic car auction BARRETT-JACKSON (June 23-25). For the first time ever, the auction parks in the Northeast at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The remaining schedule on Discovery Velocity is as follows:
Friday, June 24
from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 25
from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Animal Planet summer highlights

The animals are ready to come out and enjoy the summer fun! Viewers can cozy up with their favourite cuddly pups and enjoy a full-week of doggy programming with BARK WEEK (July 4-10).

Monday, July 4 at
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT before moving to regular timeslot, Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning July 16
The most comprehensive dog encyclopedia on television,
DOGS 101 has arrived exclusively to Animal Planet. The series explores the many facets of man’s best friend via commentary by animal experts and personal stories from dog owners.

Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
A severely malnourished dog requires the entire team to nurse it back to health. Meanwhile, a Hurricane Katrina survivor gets a shot at a forever home after waiting more than 10 years.

Investigation Discovery summer highlights

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning July 7
When it comes to murder, no detective starts their search from the beginning of the crime. It is up to police officers to piece together the story, moving back in time.
REDRUM follows officers as the piece together the puzzle until the mystery is solved.

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning July 13
A riveting and compelling series, DISAPPEARED
serves as an outlet for the loved ones of missing persons to profile their stories. Each one-hour episode follows the unpredictable twists of missing person cases, tracking investigations aimed at solving how and why people simply vanish.

Thursdays at
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning July 28
Best-selling author
Aphrodite Jones guides viewers through the twists and turns of heinous crimes while trying to find the motivation behind these sinful acts.

Discovery Science summer highlights

Mondays at
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Aug. 29
The Triple E is longer than four football fields, heavier than 55 nuclear submarines, and able to carry more than 300 million bottles of wine.
WORLD’S BIGGEST SHIP takes viewers on the epic battle to build this mighty ship through the eyes of the team.
All programming is subject to change. Visit  to confirm local broadcast times.


June 24, 2016

Historic First: CTV Vancouver Wins Prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence


TORONTO (June 24, 2016) – CTV News and Bell Media Radio are proud to be honoured with prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the U.S. arm of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), including an historic win for Overall Excellence by CTV Vancouver – a first for a Canadian Large Market television station in the Award’s 45-year history.

CTV Vancouver joins the likes of ABC News, ABC News Radio, and The Washington Post as category winners for Overall Excellence this fall. CTV Vancouver will be presented with the recognition at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala on October 10 in New York City.

Announced earlier this week, the highly coveted National Murrow prizes will also be presented to CTV London, winning in the Investigative Reporting, Small Market Television category for its four-part series “MENTAL HEALTH 911”, and C-FAX 1070 winning the Newscast, Small Market Radio category for VICTORIA @ NOON.

“We are honoured to have been judged by our peers and selected as the best overall large market news organization in the world this year,” said Les Staff, News Director, CTV Vancouver. “Morning, noon, and night, seven days-a-week, we are committed to delivering the highest quality news for our viewers, and it’s immensely gratifying to be recognized for our efforts.”

“The Overall Excellence award is not just for one newscast or one breaking news event, but for the sum of all the team does every day to serve its audiences,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “This prestigious award is a fitting culmination of a year filled with record successes for CTV Vancouver. And along with the well-deserved accolades for CTV London andC-FAX 1070 in Victoria, these nods acknowledge to the world the quality of our newsgathering operations.”

The Overall Excellence award, as described by the RTDNA, is presented to a news organization that exemplifies “the highest standards in serving its audience through quality electronic journalism.” Selected among the world’s top 14 regional winners, CTV Vancouver’s winning submission represented the entire local news team.

Showcasing a wide range of content aired over the course of 2015, from CTV MORNING LIVE and CTV NEWS AT NOON, through CTV NEWS AT FIVE, CTV NEWS AT SIX, and CTV NEWS AT 11:30, the entry featured breaking news coverage of a large chemical fire at the Port of Vancouver on March 4, 2015, for which CTV Vancouver also took home a Canadian Screen Award earlier this year. Judges considered examples of investigative reporting, feature stories, sports and weather coverage, the latest use of technology to cover news, and online journalism – all demonstrating why CTV Vancouver earned record audiences on TV and online in the last year. In fact, CTV NEWS AT SIX, CTV NEWS AT FIVE, and CTV NEWS AT 11:30 have respectively earned their highest audiences in more than a decade.*

CTV London’s winning four-part “MENTAL HEALTH 911” investigative series focused on the gaps in healthcare resources for those with mental health emergencies, and the greater impact on the emergency response system. Winning the national Murrow award for best radio newscast in a small market, Bell Media Radio’s C-FAX 1070 has won for VICTORIA @ NOON, its regularly scheduled and longest weekday newscast. Additional information about RTDNA and the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Awards can be found

– Television: Numeris, Vancouver/Victoria EM, Broadcast Years, Weeks 1-42, 2015-16. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.
– Online: ComScore, 2015 vs. 2016 monthly averages, all key metrics: video views, page views, and unique visitors


June 24, 2016

Discovery Transforms Nissan Rogue Into a Shark Tank as Nissan Returns for Third Consecutive Year as Lead Partner of SHARK WEEK


TORONTO (June 24, 2016) – Nissan returns as the lead partner of Discovery’s SHARK WEEK (June 26 July 3), by developing a truly immersive, new promotional execution for the company’s 2016 Nissan Rogue Crossover brand. SHARK WEEK is Discovery’s annual blockbuster summer television event now celebrating its 21st year.

For the third year in a row, Bell Media’s Brand Parternerships team has created a thoroughly innovative broadcast campaign for the annual television event’s long-standing partner, this year executing the transformation of a Nissan Rogue into a shark tank, on display at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto from June 26 – July 3. The five-part micro-series hosted by Teddy Wilson,NISSAN PRESENTS: ROGUE SHARK UNLEASHED, will air during commercial breaks throughout SHARK WEEK’s primetime lineup on Discovery, and will also be made available on Discovery GO, Discovery’sYouTube and Facebook pages, as well as

“We are elated to continue our long-standing partnership with Nissan forSHARK WEEK as we look toward a three-peat success with this newest, bigidea,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. “This year, inspired by the SHARK WEEK’s “shark n’ awe” theme, we’re working with our lead partner to have a little fun in celebration of these amazing creatures by transforming a Nissan Rogue into a shark tank.”

“Nissan Canada is delighted to partner with SHARK WEEK for the third year in a row, and together we are excited to introduce another very different and unique campaign,” said, Brent Smith, Senior Manager, Chief Marketing Manager, Crossovers, Nissan Canada Inc. “We look forward to sharing with viewers the various stages of the project and the challenges of the build, from beginning to end.”

Last year, Nissan made it possible for viewers to join Jeffrey Gallant, founder ofGEERG (Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group), in Baie-Comeau, Que. in search of the elusive greenland shark, while learning  about the important work that Gallant’s group is doing. In its inaugural year, Discovery and Nissan sparked an immensely popular viral video of a life-like prosthetic model shark spotted in Lake Ontario.


June 23, 2016

#SummerCravings! International Espionage Hit DEUTSCHLAND 83 Headlines CraveTV’s Can’t-Miss, Exclusive Summer Lineup


TORONTO (June 23, 2016) – Hot on the heels of a recent multi-studio deal announcement, and the announcement of its second original series, CraveTV announced today a winning summer schedule, led by the exclusive acquisition of award-winning series DEUTSCHLAND 83.

An international breakaway hit, DEUTSCHLAND 83 is an engrossing, coming-of-age espionage thriller set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. With a killer 80s soundtrack, the series that The New Yorker described “…as aesthetically aspirational as MAD MEN ever was…” has already garnered massive critical acclaim and a 2016 Peabody Award.

“The addition of DEUTSCHLAND 83 reinforces CraveTV’s ambition to be the home of critically acclaimed, award-winning international programming,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks, and CraveTV. “CraveTV’s slew of must-see content over the next few months delivers an incredible summer lineup.”

Additionally, CraveTV today announced that it is the exclusive SVOD home of Jerry Seinfeld’s COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE, which follows Jerry and a host of well-known comedians in vintage cars as they sharing stories and laughs over coffee, as well as the exclusive home of the complete series of the action-packed Captain America spin-off MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER.

Additionally, CraveTV continues to add hundreds of hours of new seasons, series, and specials over the next few months, which will be added to the service on #iCraveFridays. From Jason Reitman dramedy and O.J. Simpson true crime, to superheroes and vampires, CraveTV’s tent-pole series keep the summer months full of the buzziest must-watch series.

Tuesday, June 14:
– Season 2
June kicks off with a touch of awkward family drama in Season 2 of the critically acclaimed, hit series
CASUAL. The CraveTV exclusive series, which comes from Oscar®-nominated, Canadian director Jason Reitman, follows a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. New episodes of CASUAL stream weekly all summer long.

Tuesday, June 16
Season 8 of the ever-popular
Jerry Seinfeld series COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE begins streaming this month, with new episodes available weekly. In the series, Seinfeld is joined by well-known comedians for a cup of coffee and a ride in a classic car, sharing stories and jokes along the way. Viewers can catch up in advance, with Seasons 1-7 now available on CraveTV.

Friday, July 8
Viewers can take a bite out of summer when all seven seasons of
TRUE BLOOD begins streaming in July. A steadfast fan-favourite, the thrilling, bloody HBO drama is the perfect series for a steamy Louisiana-style summer marathon.

Friday, July 29
Parts 1-5 – *PREMIERE*
In August, one of the most defining cultural tales of the 20th
century launches on CraveTV with O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA. Centring around two of America’s greatest fixations: race and celebrity, the five part ESPN Films event seriesexplores these themes while tracing the personal journey of Orenthal James Simpson: from how he became a prolific NFL legend and why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife and his subsequent acquittal, and why he is now sitting in jail 20 years later for another criminal charge.

Friday, August 5
Season 1 & 2 – *PREMIERE*
Paired with the June addition of
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., (Friday June 17), this August CraveTV turns up with heat with the addition of the complete action-packed MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER series. Joining theDramas, Superheroes and Action & Adventures collections, the action-packed series follows Agent Peggy Carter, as she navigates life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Captain America.

Friday, August 26
Rounding out the end of August, CraveTV exclusively launches the Peabody Award- winning
DEUTSCHLAND 83, an eight-episode series distributed in Canada by FremantleMedia. It’s 1983. The Cold War is hot. Russian SS20 Missiles in East Germany are already pointed West. American Pershing II Missiles will soon be placed in West Germany, pointing East. The threat of nuclear conflict looms. Meanwhile, the Peace movement, encouraged by the Protestant church, gains momentum on both sides of the border. And the West German government prepares to loan their archenemies in the East one billion Deutschmarks. DEUTSCHLAND 83 is fast-paced and full of high-tension. A coming-of-age story within a suspenseful thriller, the series is set against the real events, and the culture wars and political realities of Germany in the 1980s.

Viewers can get involved on social media and tweet what they are watching this summer using the hashtag #SummerCravings.


June 22, 2016

W5 Delivers Exclusive Look at Canada’s Special Forces, Saturday, June 25 on CTV


TORONTO (June 22, 2016) – With ISIS controlling huge swaths of Syria and Iraq, threatening millions of innocent civilians, and inspiring a war of terror, Canada is playing a leading role in the war against The Islamic State. Premiering this Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO,, W5 delivers CANADA’S COMMANDOS. In the late-season exclusive episode, viewers are taken on a behind-the-scenes look at Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) on the front lines in Iraq, and training at home, as Canada prepares to increase the number of troops deployed from 69 to 200 in the next few months. Also in this episode,W5 Co-Host and Correspondent Kevin Newman delivers HANI’S JOURNEY, an inspirational look at young Syrian refugee Hani Al Mouria.

CTV News’ Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme is alongside CANSOFCOM in northern Iraq where Canada’s most elite team of special forces soldiers are advising and supporting the Peshmurga, the Kurdish army, in their fight against ISIS. W5’s report also offers Canadians an exclusive look at the training of Canada’s special forces “operators” at Ontario’s CFB Petawawa. Considered among the best in the world, the troops are trained to attack from the air and on land to neutralize foreign and domestic threats.

By now, the whole world knows about ISIS and the organization’s fanatical brand of Islam: in Iraq, where Kurdish civilians have been uprooted to escape horrific violence – and abroad, through terror attacks such as those that unfolded in Paris and California, and inspiring attacks like the killing of Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and the horrific massacre in Orlando, FL earlier this month.

W5 investigates Canada’s military “advise and assist” mandate in action – with a promise of an expanded role on the ground when fighter jets were pulled from the skies of Northern Iraq. LaFlamme is on the front lines with Canada’s special forces troops in Iraq, where they are helping the Peshmurga army hone and sharpen their skills in everything from tactical marksmanship and battlefield communications, to combat first aid, and military strategy. LaFlamme is also on the ground at Petawawa, with an inside look at the grueling recruitment, selection, and training process of Canada’s most elite soldiers, as the country prepares to nearly triple its special forces commitment deployed overseas in the fight against ISIS.

Also in this episode, W5 Co-Host and Correspondent Kevin Newman reportsHANI’S JOURNEY, an inspirational look at young Syrian refugee Hany Al Mouria. His parents, along with his five brothers and sisters, are among the more than 27,000 refugees who fled the civil war in Syria and have since been accepted into Canada. W5 documents the challenges they face – learning a new country, new customs, a new language, and trying to find work in a tough economy. W5 follows the family from a refugee camp in Lebanon where Hani, who is legally blind, discovers a new talent – photography – through to their acceptance as refugees by Canada, and their early days in their new home in Regina.


June 22, 2016

It’s Getting Ha Ha Ha in Here! The Comedy Network Turns Up the Heat with Nationwide Freeview This July


TORONTO (June 22, 2016) – This July, The Comedy Network has a nationwide Freeview full of hilarious and homegrown programming including the series premiere of WRECKED; the linear TV premiere of the CraveTV smash-hit original LETTERKENNY; a marathon of THE DETOUR; the return ofANGIE TRIBECA following a marathon of Season 1; and new episodes of fan-favourite series, including JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS. The Comedy Freeview is available on TV service providers across Canada, including Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers, Sasktel, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Tbaytel, Telus, and Videotron. Among the highlights:

All-new series
WRECKED crash-lands on Comedy during the Freeview premiering Tuesday, July 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 10-episode, half-hour single camera comedy follows a group of plane crash survivors trying to make a new life for themselves on a deserted island. Removed from all the amenities of modern life – plumbing, Wi-Fi, social media, and Chipotle – the group must find a way to survive in their new surroundings, but not without a fair amount of mishaps and hijinks. The WRECKED cast is stacked with familiar faces and up-and-comers, including Zach Cregger (ABOUT A BOY), Rhys Darby(FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS), Jessica Lowe (Blended), Asif Ali (MR. ROBINSON), Ally Maki (Geography Club), Will Greenberg (THE GRINDER),Brooke Dillman (THE MIDDLE), Ginger Gonzaga (MIXOLOGY), and Brian Sacca (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Nothing says Canada Day like Hicks, Skids, and Hockey Players! Comedy is spending Canada’s “super soft birthday” in
LETTERKENNY, where Wayne (Jared Keeso, 19-2) and his buds get into dustups with their small-town rivals. Viewers can catch the homegrown hilarity with the linear television premiere featuring a marathon of the first season of LETTERKENNY, Friday, July 1beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The marathon repeats at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. ET/PT.

Season 1 of LETTERKENNY is available for streaming on CraveTV™.

Comedy delivers the hilarity of family roadtrips with a marathon of
THE DETOUR starring Jason Jones, Sunday, July 3 beginning at 12 noon ET. Jason Jones (THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART) stars as unfiltered dad Nate, who loads up the car with his wife Robin (Natalie Zea, THE FOLLOWING), and their twins Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich, We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Jared, (Liam Carroll, THE NEIGHBORS), to take a trip down to Florida. With the family in close quarters and traveling cross-country, the trip has no shortage of unexpected encounters and disastrous mishaps along the way.

Returning to Comedy just in time for the Freeview,
ANGIE TRIBECA is back on the case as Season 2 of the satirical comedy premieres Thursday, July 7at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers looking to review the case files of Season 1 can tune in to the ANGIE TRIBECA marathon, Saturday, July 2 beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Season 2 sees Angie (Rashida Jones, PARKS AND RECREATION) and the detectives of the LAPD investigate the murder of a sushi chef; the death of the “bad boy” in a boy band who gets decapitated by a t-shirt cannon; and a band of drug-dealing lifeguards.

Additional Programming Includes:
July on Comedy features all-new episodes of signature series, including Comedy original series
JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS (Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT), and the most buzz-worthy late-night series including Comedy exclusive FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE (Mondays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT), THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH (Monday to Thursday at11 p.m. ET/PT), and THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE(Monday to Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT).


June 22, 2016



Toronto, 22 June 2016 – The wait is over! Family Channel announced today that the second season of Degrassi: Next Class, the flagship series behind the network’s F2N teen programming block, will debut on Tuesday, July 19 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The network premiere leads into the release of the entire season on The Family Channel App three days later on Friday, July 22. Free of charge to Family Channel subscribers, the App will feature all 10 episodes from the new season of Canada’s longest-running teen drama series in its F2N section. Degrassi fans who want to prepare to binge Season 2 can download the Family Channel App in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or visit for more information.

Season two picks up after the epic events of Degrassi’s Snow Ball that saw students forced into a school lockdown. Now, Miles, Hunter, and the Hollingsworth family must deal with the aftermath. Meanwhile, friendly pranking takes a very bad turn after the Degrassi girls volleyball team retaliates and goes too far against the rival team from Northern Tech. The Degrassi students are divided on what constitutes a prank and what is just flat out wrong. The season also features the 500th episode in the Degrassi franchise and it’s time for Degrassi Community School’s 35th Anniversary Event. Favourite Degrassi alum are back and Student Body President Tristan will do whatever it takes to make the celebration an unforgettable one. To his dismay, there are other groups of students who want it to be memorable for different reasons.

When Degrassi: Next Class is released in full on July 22, fans can find it in the F2N section on The Family Channel App. New users will need to unlock the F2N portal by clicking on the “Settings” menu and clicking on the check mark to make the content visible. For viewers who want to catch up on all the Next Class drama, all episodes of Season 1 are currently available on The Family Channel App.

As new episodes continue to air weekly on Tuesdays at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT, fans will want to tune-in for the weekly watch and win contest. Each week, a lucky winner will be selected to receive Degrassi swag, including props, scripts, autographed merchandise and more!

Reprising their roles for Degrassi: Next Class season two are: Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; and Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell. Stefan Brogren will also continue to play Principal Simpson.

Degrassi: Next Class is produced by DHX Media, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether. Seasons 3 and 4 are currently being filmed at DHX Studios’ Toronto production facility and will debut on Family Channel in 2017.


June 22, 2016

JAZZ.FM91 Wins for Best Jazz Format at International Radio Awards in New York City

For Immediate Release - Toronto, ON (June 22nd, 2016) - JAZZ.FM91 wins Bronze for Best Jazz Format at the prestigious 2016 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs Award ceremonies on June 20th, 2016.

JAZZ.FM91’s CEO Ross Porter accepted the station’s award for Best Jazz Format in New York.  With entries from over 30 countries, this year’s NYF Radio Program Awards presented an exceptional challenge in choosing its winners.  The competition was strong with entries from radio stations, content providers and networks from every corner of the planet.   The Grand Jury members from around the globe have recognized JAZZ.FM91’s exceptional programming and on-air hosts, with this acknowledgement.

“It’s wonderful and inspiring to be recognized like this on an international level.  Our thanks to all involved for their support and vision, as we could not reach this level of success without them.  It’s an honour to keep jazz alive and thriving broadcasting from Toronto to the rest of the world”, said Ross Porter, CEO & President, JAZZ.FM91.

JAZZ.FM91 is called “One of the most vibrant and versatile jazz stations on the planet” by Jazz Times.  More than just a radio station, the JAZZ.FM91 enterprise is Canada’s only 24/7 jazz broadcaster and registered not-for-profit charitable arts organization dedicated to enriching the cultural, educational and community experience of their audience.  JAZZ.FM91 can be heard live on the air at 91.1FM, streamed online at, or listened to on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with the free JAZZ.FM91 App and via the JAZZ.FM91 Android App, available for download from the Google Playstore.


June 21, 2016

Looking For A Place To Happen…97.7 HTZ-FM Partners with Canadian Cancer Society for THE HIPPEST CANADA DAY EVER, July 1


– 97.7 HTZ-FM spotlight The Tragically Hip on Canada Day, spinning tunes by the iconic band all day to raise awareness and funds for cancer research –
– Listeners are encouraged to donate simply by texting the word FIGHT to 20222, which provides options for $10, $20, or $25 donation amounts –

ST. CATHARINES (June 21, 2016) – Southern Ontario’s best rock, 97.7 HTZ-FM, is partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society to celebrate one of Canada’s most iconic bands, The Tragically Hip, to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. On Friday, July 1 beginning at 9 a.m., 97.7 HTZ-FM rebrands as 97.7 HIP-FM for the day in celebration of THE HIPPEST CANADA DAY EVER, broadcasting an all-day slate of songs from The Tragically Hip’s 13 studio album discography, along with a selection of live recordings and interview clips.

Starting todayTuesday, June 21, 97.7 HTZ-FM listeners are encouraged to donate simply by texting the word FIGHT to 20222. The text-to-give campaign provides options of $10, $20, or $25 donation amounts.

“We really want to do something special on Canada’s birthday as a tribute to one of our country’s greatest musical treasures,” said Jeff Winskell, Program Director, 97.7 HTZ-FM. “There’s no better time to showcase The Tragically Hip’s catalogue in its entirety, and to raise awareness about the need for cancer research.”

“All of us at the Canadian Cancer Society were sad to hear about Gord Downie’s diagnosis of glioblastoma,” says Paulanne Jushkevich, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Canadian Cancer Society. “Brain cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Glioblastoma is the prevalent form of brain cancer and, unfortunately, it is incurable. More research is desperately needed to save more lives.”

To catch THE HIPPEST CANADA DAY EVER on Friday, July 1, listeners can tune in at 97.7 HTZ-FM, or online at


June 21, 2016

Season 4 of Comedy Series MARON Premieres June 26 on The Movie Network


TORONTO (June 21, 2016) – Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron returns with Season 4 of hit comedy series MARON. Premiering with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET on The Movie Network, the series settles into its regular Sundays at 8:30 p.m. timeslot beginning July 3.

 MARON explores a semi-fictionalized version of Marc’s life, chronicling his day-to-day struggle to maintain relationships other than the ones with his podcast audience and his beloved trio of cats. Season 4 of MARON picks up where the Season 3 cliffhanger left off, with comedian and podcaster Marc Maron’s fictional alter-ego falling off the wagon and quickly sliding down the ladder of success.

Notable guest stars this season include: Constance Zimmer (UNREAL, ENTOURAGE), Sally Struthers (GILMORE GIRLS), Amy Smart (JUSTIFIED),Joey “Coco” Diaz (Grudge Match), Don Stark (THAT ‘70s SHOW), Nora Zehetner (GREY’s ANATOMY), Seth Morris (HAPPY ENDINGS), Lucy Davis (THE OFFICE), Rick Shapiro (Project X), Jonah Ray (TRIPTANK), Whitney Cummings (WHITNEY), M.C. Gainey (KINGDOM), and Ron Perlman (SONS OF ANARCHY). Returning cast members include Judd Hirsch (DAMAGES) and Andy Kindler (BOB’S BURGERS) as Marc’s father and close friend.

 Marc Maron has been writing and performing stand-up comedy for more than 20 years. He has appeared as a guest on countless television shows, in addition to hosting the radio shows Morning Sedition, The Marc Maron Show,and Breakroom Live with Maron and Seder. In 2009, Maron created podcastWTF with Marc Maron, which was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 comedy podcasts of 2014.

Marc Maron is the creator, executive producer, and writer of MARON. Apostle’s Denis Leary and Jim Serpico (RESCUE ME) are also executive producers, along with Michael Jamin (WILFRED), Sivert Glarum (KING OF THE HILL), Duncan Birmingham (QUEER AS FOLK), and Olivia Wingate (John Hodgman: Ragnarok). Tom Sellitti (SIRENS) and Robert Cohen (THE BIG BANG THEORY) are co-executive producers. MARON is produced for IFC by Fox Television Studios. Series’ directors include Marc Maron, Academy Award®-winner Luke Matheny (God of Love), Bobcat Goldthwait (IMPORTANT THINGS WITH DEMETRI MARTIN), and Robert Cohen.


June 21, 2016

Media and entertainment companies poised to capitalize on increased opportunities from the Internet of Things (IoT)

NEW YORK, June 21, 2016 /CNW/ -- With billions of devices expected to be connected in the coming years, media and entertainment companies are well-positioned to seize an early advantage as an enabler and receiver of IoT applications, according to the EY report Internet of Things: Human-machine interactions that unlock possibilities. The total potential for IoT in the M&E space is expansive — to create, deliver and tailor content for new platforms and to measure the context of media consumption using analytics.

The increasing sophistication of IoT sensors makes it possible for devices to read, gauge and understand consumers at unprecedented levels. According to the report, the M&E industry is already using categories of sensors such as inertial, motion and image sensors used in animation, gaming, video images, camera stabilization, sports and 3D. This is opening up new, intimate entertainment experiences for consumers.

Chris Gianutsos, Executive Director, Media & Entertainment Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP says:

"Armed with meaningful insights about consumer behaviors and preferences, M&E companies will be able to use data to deliver highly personalized, contextually relevant entertainment experiences to help people reimagine their experiences on devices they already own. To fully exploit the potential of IoT, there's also an opportunity to expand to platforms that may not be considered part of the entertainment ecosystem or even exist today … think about having news and information delivered on household appliances or video streaming in self-driving cars. We expect this will dramatically redefine consumer expectations in the near future."

One of the most anticipated benefits of IoT for marketers is its potential – through the use of sensors – to unlock data on a person's habits, preferences and most significantly, the context in which media is being consumed. Better data analytics will also address deficiencies in the current measurement system for media consumption, such as avoiding the duplication of unique users across platforms, and enhance what marketers know about their audiences.

Howard Bass, Partner, EY Global Media & Entertainment Advisory Leader, says:

"In an IoT world, media companies will be able to understand what a person is watching, as well as measure how, where, why and with whom consumers are viewing content. This new level of insight and context provided by smart devices will allow M&E companies to deliver targeted advertising that is relevant to a person's mood, physical activity or location in real-time. IoT will not only improve the content experience for consumers, but it will also encourage the advertising industry to completely redefine its measure of success."

If smart devices provide useful data to content providers that is perceived as non-intrusive and the resulting content experience correctly interprets consumers' current readings (mood, need, intention) in real-time, and then quickly respond to those needs with relevant and targeted advertising, the implications for improved brand loyalty could be vast.

For M&E companies to realize the full potential of IoT, they need to also consider the associated risks, including regulatory hurdles, legal precedents, intellectual property rights, lack of connectivity standards and lack of IoT scale to reach critical mass, the report finds. The biggest challenges are around privacy and cybersecurity. Protecting personal information is an issue that will become exponentially more difficult as IoT collects enormous amounts of data and connects more devices, software, machines and humans.

Gianutsos says, "IoT is both disruptive and inevitable. For M&E companies to be successful, they will have to address risk and quickly innovate to respond to evolving customer needs and deliver rich content experiences. Only then will the M&E industry find real value in its IoT investments."

For a full copy of Internet of Things: Human-machine interactions that unlock possibilities, visit


June 21, 2016

SOCAN Awards Celebrate Great Canadian Songwriters, Composers, Film Scorers, Music Publishers


TORONTO, June 20, 2016 /CNW/ - The Sheraton Centre in Toronto was abuzz tonight as the Canadian music industry gathered to pay tribute to Canada's best songwriters, composers, film and TV music scorers, lyricists and music publishers at the 2016 SOCAN Awards.

Emceed this year by bestselling author Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics, and sponsored by Gowling WLG, KPMG, HMV, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and RBC, the SOCAN Awards honour the accomplishments of the people who create Canadian music, recognizing them in a diverse cross-section of categories: Pop/Rock, Film & Television, Urban, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical, and more.

SOCAN's presented major achievement awards this year to Hockey Night in Canada theme composer Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); Canadian music industry driving force Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); global phenomenon The Weeknd(International Achievement Award) and his frequent co-writer Ahmad "Belly" Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); chart-topping teen Alessia Cara (Breakout Award); and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid (National Achievement Award).

The evening included memorable live performances from hit songwriter Shawn Hook, who sang his smash single "Sound of Your Heart"; celebrated singer-songwriter Matt Barber, who played a poignant version of Edward Bear's "Last Song"; young sensations Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit TV show Nashville; Crash Test Dummies frontman and creative force Brad Roberts, who performed "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Afternoons and Coffee Spoons," two of his SOCAN Classics Award-winning songs of the evening; young, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jordan Hart; and Reid, who sang a passionate version of his song, "What Love is All About." Throughout the evening, attendees were greatly entertained by a live orchestra that highlighted the outstanding work of our film and television composers.

Attending to receive their awards were Trevor Guthrie, who won the Dance Music Award for his song, "Summertime"; Jason Blaineand Deric Ruttan, who co-wrote Blaine's hit song "Country Side," which earned a SOCAN Country Music Award; Pop/Rock Music Award winners Francesco Yates, Jocelyn Alice, and Scott Helman, who won for "Better to be Loved," "Jackpot," and "Bungalow," respectively; Oscar-winning film composer Mychael Danna and San Andreas soundtrack composer Andrew Lockington, who both won for Achievements in Feature Film Music; Keith Power, who earned an International TV Series Music award for Hawaii Five-O; Ebony "WondaGurl" Oshunrinde and Bryan "Eestbound" Van Mierlo, who co-wrote the huge Travi$ Scott hit "Antidote," which won an Urban Music Award, as did Drake's "Hotline Bling," co-written by Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies; and Simon Wilcox, who won two Pop/Rock Awards, for co-writing both the Nick Jonas global hit "Jealous" and the aforementioned Scott Helman Canadian hit, "Bungalow."

"The people who write, compose and publish Canadian music are providing an essential service for our national culture, pride and economy," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "Canadian songwriters and composers are making fantastic music that has made a massive impact, both domestically and throughout the world. Similarly, our music publisher members play a crucial role in expanding the market reach of that great Canadian music. We're pleased and proud to congratulate all of tonight's SOCAN Award recipients for their tremendous accomplishments."

SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala in September 2016 at Métropolis, in the heart of Montréal.

A complete list of winners follows.


2016 SOCAN Awards – Toronto –  Winners List


Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye


Johnny Reid



Gary Slaight


Dolores Claman

Hockey Night in Canada theme




Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye

Ahmad "Belly" Balshe




Performed by Trevor Guthrie 

Trevor Guthrie

Thomas "Tawgs" Salter

Simon Wilcox

Michael Wise

EMI Blackwood Music Canada

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd.



Performed by Maroon 5

Henry "Cirkut" Walter

Mike Posner (ASCAP)

Adam Levine (BMI)

Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald (AMRA)

Jacob Kasher Hindlin (AMRA)

Joshua "Ammo" Coleman (ASCAP)

Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada


Performed by Nick Jonas

Simon Wilcox

Nick Jonas (BMI)

"Sir" Nolan Lambroza (BMI)

Peer International Canada Ltd.

Fun Cooker

peermusic Canada


"Make You Mine"

Performed by High Valley

Brad Rempel

Ben Stennis (BMI)

Seth Mosley (SESAC)


"Country Side"

Performed by Jason Blaine

Jason Blaine

Deric Ruttan

Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.


"Raised by a Good Time"

Performed by Steven Lee Olsen

Steven Lee Olsen

Cary Barlowe (SESAC)

Chris Stevens (BMI)

Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
"Upside Down"

Performed by Dean Brody

Dean Brody

Scurvy Dog Music Inc.


"Hotline Bling"

Performed by Drake


Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies

Timmy Thomas (BMI)

EMI April Music Canada Ltd

Nyan King Music Ltd.


Performed by Travi$ Scott

Ebony "WondaGurl" Oshunrinde

Bryan "Eestbound" Van Mierlo

Jacques Webster (BMI)

Thomas Brenneck (BMI)

David Guy (ASCAP)

Leon Michels (BMI)

Nicholas Movshon (BMI)

Homer Steinweiss (BMI)

BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.




"This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide"

Performed by The Kings

David "David Diamond" Broadbent

John "Mister Zero" Picard

Red Brick Music Publishing


"Let Go the Line"

Performed by Max Webster

Terry Watkinson



"Your Daddy Don't Know"

Performed by Toronto

Geoffrey Iwamoto

Michael Roth

Sony ATV Tunes


"Afternoons & Coffeespoons"

"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"

Performed by Crash Test Dummies

Brad Roberts

Universal Music Publishing Canada

"Something Big"

Performed by Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes

Scott Friedman (BMI)

Ido Zmishlany (BMI)

Mendes Music

Universal Music Publishing Canada


"Sound of Your Heart"

Performed by Shawn Hook

Shawn Hook

Todd Clark

Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk

Hyvetown Music Publishing

Arcade Songs

EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.

Nyan King Music Ltd.

"Can't Feel My Face"

Performed by The Weeknd

Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye

Peter Svensson (STIM)

Max Martin (STIM)

Ali Payami (STIM)

Savan Kotecha (ASCAP)

SONGS Music Publishing

"The Hills"

Performed by The Weeknd

Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye

Ahmad "Belly" Balshe

Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese

Emmanuel "Million Dollar Mano" Nickerson (ASCAP)

Tom Raybould (PRS)

Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

CP Music Group Inc.

SONGS Music Publishing

"Hotline Bling"

Performed by Drake


Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies

Timmy Thomas (BMI)

EMI April Music Canada Ltd

Nyan King Music Ltd.




Republic of Doyle

James McGrath

McLevin Music Inc.

Take The Shot Productions Inc.

Murdoch Mysteries

Robert Carli


Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada



Museum Secrets

Eric Cadesky

Nicholas Dyer

Cadesky Dyer Music Publishing


Dragons' Den

Andrew Cash

Josh Finlayson

Elmarush Songs



Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

James Chapple

Graeme Cornies

David Kelly

Brian Pickett


Johnny Test

Ian LeFeuvre

Ari Posner

Chris Tait

Cjar Music Publishing



San Andreas

Andrew Lockington

Universal Music Publishing Canada



Mychael Danna

Fintage Publishing Canada

Alcon Sleeping Giant




Performed by Maroon 5

Henry "Cirkut" Walter

Mike Posner (ASCAP)

Adam Levine (BMI)

Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald (AMRA)

Jacob Kasher Hindlin (AMRA)

Joshua "Ammo" Coleman (ASCAP)

Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada



"Earned It"

Performed by The Weeknd

Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye

Ahmad "Belly" Balshe

Stephan Moccio

Jason "DaHeala" Quenneville

CP Music Group Inc.

Sing Little Penguin

SONGS Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Canada

Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.


"Better to Be Loved"

Performed by Francesco Yates

Francesco Yates

Robin Hannibal (ASCAP)

Matt Morris (BMI)



Performed by Jocelyn Alice

Jocelyn Alice

Hello Moth



Performed by Scott Helman

Scott Helman

Ron Lopata

Thomas "Tawgs" Salter

Simon Wilcox

Fun Cooker

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

peermusic Canada


Performed by Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

Robert Gerongco

Samuel Gerongco

Terence Lam

Andrew "Pop" Wansel (BMI)

Warren "Oak" Felder (BMI)

Sebastian Kole (BMI)

Isaac Hayes (BMI)

Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

Sony ATV Songs



Honor Student

Christopher Nickel

Première Bobine Musique

Music Revenue Data


William Shatner Presents:

Chaos on the Bridge

Catalin Marin




Clinton Shorter


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Andrew Lockington


Paw Patrol

James Chapple

Graeme Cornies

David Kelly

Brian Pickett

Hawaii Five-O

Keith Power



"The Hills"

Performed by The Weeknd

Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye

Ahmad "Belly" Balshe

Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese

Emmanuel "Million Dollar Mano" Nickerson (ASCAP)

Tom Raybould (PRS)

Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

CP Music Group Inc.

SONGS Music Publishing


"Uptown Funk"

Performed by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars


Amelia Curran

Canadian Music Week



Alessia Cara

Tobias Jesso Jr.


Robi Botos


Dinuk Wijeratne



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