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September 2, 2014

GameTV refreshes brand for Fall Network unveils new tagline, Playful When You Are, along with refreshed branding

Toronto, ON (September 2, 2014) – GameTV refreshes its brand this Fall with a new tagline: “Playful When You Are”. The branding, hot on the heels of GameTV’s revitalized website (www.igametv.com) last Spring, will be reflected through new animated logos and station IDs, along with revamped promos that complete GameTV’s new look both on-air and online.

“‘Playful When You Are’ allows us to convey the overall spirit of GameTV’s programming line-up, which includes blockbuster movies, competition-based series and classic game shows,” said Devon Allistone, Creative Director, GameTV. “Like our programming, ‘Playful When You Are’ is versatile and provides us with an intriguing brand proposition and platform to build awareness for the network, while giving us the freedom to use other iterations like “Romantic when you are”  “Heroic when you are” “Cooking when you are” when promoting specific programs.”

Creative was produced entirely in-house.  GameTV will support the brand refresh with a television ad campaign for its Fall Season line-up, to be announced at the end of September 2014.

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September 2, 2014

Canadians Get Another Chance to Break into Bollywood as OMNI Television Greenlights Production on Season 2 of Original Series Bollywood Star

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TORONTO (September 2, 2014) Bollywood boot camp is back in session, as OMNI Television and Makan Media greenlight production on Season 2 of the dynamic original reality series Bollywood Star. Equal parts talent search and documentary, the six-part, half-hour series follows Canadian would-be Bollywood stars on their quest for the opportunity of a lifetime: a role in a Bollywood film, and a chance to become the next Bollywood sensation. Canadians can submit their auditions online at OMNITV.ca/BollywoodStar beginning today. Additional production and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

“It was clear from last season that Canada boasts an immense wealth of talent across all cultures and communities,” said Paritosh Mehta, Director of Independent Production Development for OMNI Television Ontario, Rogers Media. “OMNI Television has always celebrated the Bollywood film industry, and we look forward to once again offering viewers this life-changing opportunity and delivering a fresh new season of this captivating series.”

OMNI Television’s nationwide search is open to all talented Canadian hopefuls over the age of majority. Beginning today, applicants can visit OMNITV.ca/BollywoodStar for more information on how to submit their application form and video audition.

“We are very excited to produce another season of Bollywood Star and to share the real-life experiences of Canadians trying to make it in biggest movie industry in the world,” said Shaam Makan, Executive Producer, Makan Media. “This season, our Bollywood hopefuls will not only experience the glamorous sights and sounds of India, but they’ll also tackle some of the hard-hitting issues that affect Indian society today.”

Surrey, B.C.’s 25-year-old Simran Sidhu was crowned Bollywood Star’s Season 1 winner in April. Beating out talented hopefuls from all over the country, Sidhu’s stunning performances during the competition’s Indian leg dazzled industry experts and led her to the ultimate prize: a role in an upcoming Bollywood film.

Bollywood Star follows the format of the successful Bollywood Star Australia and United Kingdom. The series is commissioned by OMNI Television’s original content team and produced by Makan Media Inc, with Shaam Makan (Restaurant Makeover, The Next Star, Bollywood Star) serving as executive producer. Paritosh Mehta is Director of Independent Production Development for OMNI Television Ontario, Rogers Media.
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September 1, 2014

Laptops May Do More Harm than Good in the Classroom, according to new research.

PRINCETON, NJ, Sept. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - If you want your child to do better in school you might consider taking away their laptop.

A series of studies from Princeton University and the University of California found that students retain less information taking lecture notes on laptops, rather than by hand.

"Laptops lead to mindless transcription and worse performance. Handwriting consistently leads to better memory encoding," says Pam Mueller, the lead author.

In the ongoing debate about laptops in the classroom, some professors have called for "kill switches" to disable WiFi during lectures. However, the problem isn't only distracted students on the internet, according to the studies.

"The act of writing makes students process information more deeply," says Mueller.

Study:
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard - Psychological

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August 29, 2014

CRTC requires broadcasting industry to relay emergency alert messages to Canadians

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OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 29, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today acted to ensure that, in the event of an emergency situation, Canadians receive timely warnings over the radio and through their televisions. The CRTC is requiring the broadcasting industry to participate and relay emergency alert messages to Canadians.

Cable and satellite companies, radio stations, over-the-air television stations and video-on-demand services must begin issuing such messages by March 31, 2015. Campus, community-based and Native broadcasters have untilMarch 31, 2016 to comply with this new requirement.

Emergency alert messages are issued by emergency management officials such as fire marshals, police officers and public health personnel to warn the public of dangers to life and property. For example, alerts could be issued to warn Canadians of Amber Alerts, tornadoes, forest fires, floods, meteors, water contamination and industrial disasters.

Currently, participation in the National Public Alerting System is voluntary.

Quick Facts

  • The CRTC is requiring the broadcasting industry to participate in the National Public Alerting System to enhance the safety and security of Canadians.
  • Starting in 2015, Canadians will receive timely warnings over the radio and through their televisions in the event of an emergency situation.
  • Emergency alert messages are issued by public officials to warn of dangers to the public and could include notifications about severe weather, wildfires, hazardous chemical spills, train derailments or water contamination.
  • Messages issued under the system must follow specific guidelines to ensure they are easily recognized by members of the public.

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"During an emergency situation, important information can be relayed quickly to Canadians over the radio and through their televisions. We are making sure that broadcasters and television service providers play their part in improving the security and safety of Canadians. Today's decision ensures that Canadians will have access to important local safety messages when these notifications are issued by authorities."

Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman

Related product
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-444
Related links
How the CRTC helps protect Canadians
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-85

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August 29, 2014

Carrey, Guimond, Myers, O'Hara and Short Recognized on Comedian Stamp Series

OTTAWA, Aug. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Today Canada Post is honouring Great Canadian Comedians by issuing a series of stamps featuring them and some of their most memorable roles. The stamps honour the work of Jim Carrey, Olivier Guimond, Mike Myers, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short, all chosen for their talent in entertaining and making us laugh.

"Canada is the birthplace of some of the world's most successful comedians and our series is about some of the many Canadian comedians who keep us laughing," says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post.

Jim Carrey: Born in Newmarket (Ontario), Carrey was a natural entertainer, giving his first stand-up performance at the age of 14. It wasn't long after Carrey became a staple on Toronto's comedy circuit. He then moved to Los Angeleswhere he appeared on An Evening at the Improv and The Tonight Show and as a regular on the sketch comedy seriesIn Living Color. Carrey then starred in some of the most successful movies of all time, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar, The Truman Show, Bruce Almighty and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Olivier Guiond: Rising to fame on Quebec's burlesque scene, Guimond continued to shine at the Théâtre National, the Théâtre des Variétés, the Théâtre Odéon-Mercier, the Comédie-Canadienne and Place des Arts. Guimond starred on the popular TV series Cré Basile and appeared on the well-known Radio-Canada comedy review Bye Bye. He will always be remembered for his portrayal of Basile Lebrun on Télé-Métropole, which stands as one of Guimond's greatest achievements.

Mike Myers: Born in Scarborough (Ontario), he learned to love Monty Python and Benny Hill from his father. In the early 80s, he joined Toronto's Second City ensemble before making his mark as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, where some of his characters vaulted from the TV sketch to the big screen. He also created memorable characters, from Wayne Campbell in Wayne's World to Austin Powers/Dr. Evil and voiced the green ogre in the Shrekmovies. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

Catherine O'Hara: O'Hara's first appearance on stage was with Toronto's Second City troupe. She moved on to television on the SCTV show, where she is remembered for playing a range of hilarious characters. Her film career took off with After Hours followed by Beetlejuice. She was memorable in the Home Alone movies, and lent her comedic talent as a voice actor in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Chicken Little, Over the Hedge andFrankenweenie. 

Martin Short: A native of Hamilton (Ontario), Short's comedic career kicked off by joining Toronto's Second City troupe. He moved on to the SCTV show, creating several memorable characters that would later reappear in The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley and I, Martin Short, Goes Home. When SCTV ended, he jumped to the big screen, co-starring in Three Amigos. He also lent his voice to hit animated movies, including Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and more recently, Frankenweenie.

About the stamps
The stamps measure 40 mm x 26 mm and are available booklets of 10. The five separate Official First Day Covers measure 191 mm x 113 mm and the souvenir sheet featuring all five comedians measures 130 mm x 95 mm. The stamps were printed by the Canadian Bank Note. Kosta Tsetsekas, Mike Savage and John Belisle of the Signals design group designed the stamps. The Official First Day Cover cancellation sites are: Jim Carrey,
Newmarket, Ont.;Olivier Guimond, Montréal, Que.; Mike Myers and Catherine O'Hara, Toronto, Ont. and Martin Short, Hamilton, Ont.To download images of the stamps or to purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.
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August 29, 2014

ETALK Kicks Off New Season with Canada’s Most-Watched Coverage of The Toronto International Film Festival®, Beginning September 2 on CTV

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TORONTO (August 29, 2014) – Just as Hollywood’s elite make their way to the 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 4-14), Canada’s most-watched and most-trusted entertainment show, ETALK, kicks off its lucky 13th season. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, ETALK returns with unparalleled entertainment coverage, including exclusive access to one of the world’s biggest film festivals, airing weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). ETALK begins a new season on a high, coming off a successful summer that saw the program firmly hold its position as Canada’s #1 choice for entertainment news. Reaching 4.3 million viewers every week, ETALK is averaging 556,000 viewers this summer, 76% ahead of ET CANADA (317,000), and 20% ahead of ET (462,000). ETALK’s most-watched episode this summer brought in an overnight audience of 757,000 viewers on Aug. 21.  

Before all the glitz and glamour of the film festival invades Toronto, ETALK presents HOLLYWOOD AT HOME: 12 YEARS OF ETALK AT TIFF. Airing Monday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two, this 30-minute special features ETALK's best TIFF moments, with anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with senior reporter Danielle Graham (McGimsie), reporter Lainey, ETALK Executive Producer/Co-Creator Morley Nirenberg, and TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey revisiting the Toronto International Film Festival® of years past. An encore presentation airs Friday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

“Covering TIFF is always the perfect way to begin a new season of ETALK,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “For 12 straight years, viewers have selected us as their undisputed favourite because we consistently deliver the most comprehensive TIFF coverage, including exclusive access to both homegrown talent and international stars. We can’t wait to start Season 13 and share all of our exciting plans with our viewers.”

Presenting Canadian viewers with the best seats in the house, the entire ETALK team reports from various celebrity hotspots across Toronto during the 11-day festival. The ETALK team will also host celebrities from their ETALK Lounge and Gifting Suite at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel. For a second year in a row, ETALK is the exclusive Broadcast Partner of Twitter Canada. Located throughout the duration of TIFF in the ETALK Interview Lounge, The Twitter Mirror will deliver a behind-the-scenes, celebrity experience allowing stars to Tweet autographed selfies directly from the lounge, using the hashtag #etalkTIFF.

ETALK will also live tweet each 7 p.m. ET broadcast on CTV every day of the festival, including the latest festival headlines and Instagram photos from red carpets, parties, and celebrity sightings. Fans can follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) and Instagram (@ETALKCTV) with the hashtag #etalkTIFF, as well as on Facebook (facebook.com/etalkctv). And Etalk.ca/tiff will feature daily photo galleries of the latest celebrity sightings and red carpet arrivals, extended ETALK interviews, movie trailers, and additional festival coverage. Back for a second year, ETALK reporter Devon Soltendieck will document his insider view of the Festival daily through video diaries.

For the fourth straight year, ETALK returns as the official Red Carpet Media Sponsor of gala central at Roy Thomson Hall. From their coveted position, the team will produce 20, separate, live, half-hour red carpet shows featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and many more. Viewers across the country can view the red carpet shows stream live at etalk.ca/tiff

Once again, festival goers can keep cool with the ETALK-branded ice cream truck, as it roams the streets of Toronto, handing out free ice cream to fans during the Festival. New this year, ETALK presents The Great Canadian Talent Faceoff with Telefilm Canada on Festival Street (King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue), where this year’s TIFF Rising Stars compete against well-known Canadian talent in hilarious games to put their knowledge of Canadian cinema to the test. The talent participating this year includes Zoie Palmer (LOST GIRL), Ray Ablack (DEGRASSI), Vinay Virmany (Dr. Cabbie), and Katie Boland (REIGN).

In advance of all the exclusive TIFF events, ETALK kicked off the party circuit as co-sponsor of the #TWIFF Party (August 27) at The Fairmont Royal York. ETALK also continues to give viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes party access including the most anticipated pre-TIFF bash, the 9th Annual Canadian Filmmakers Party on September 3. Hosted by ETALK’s Tanya Kim, Tatiana Maslany (ORPHAN BLACK), and David Alpay (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), ETALK is a co-sponsor with The Spoke Club and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT).

Viewers can catch up on highlights of ETALK following the television broadcast on CTV’s digital platforms, including CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.
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August 28, 2014

Statement by Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on paper bill fees

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Aug. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - "Today, the two CRTC Vice-Chairpersons hosted a meeting with nearly a dozen telecommunications and broadcasting distribution companies, including the largest communication companies in the country, on paper bill fees. The Vice-Chairpersons have reported back to their colleagues, including myself, on today's outcomes. While the companies agreed to adopt consistent exemptions to such fees, they were unable to reach a consensus to eliminate them entirely.

Many Canadians who will not benefit from the exemptions will be disappointed with the outcome so far.

Finally, I would like to commend Cogeco Cable, MTS Allstream, SaskTel and Shaw Communications for not charging their customers for paper bills. This business decision ensures that their customers can make reasonable and informed choices about how they are billed for their communication services. Canadians should keep this in mind when they select service providers."

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August 28, 2014

CRTC Vice-Chairs report on outcome of paper bills meeting

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OTTAWA and GATINEAU,QC, Aug. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The CRTC's Vice-Chairpersons of Broadcasting and Telecommunications today hosted a meeting with nearly a dozen telecommunications and broadcasting distribution companies to discuss charges for paper bills.

Further to this meeting, those companies that charge paper bill fees have agreed to provide exemptions for customers who have no personal or home broadband connection, persons with disabilities who need a paper bill, seniors aged 65 and over and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces. Companies that choose to charge for paper bills have committed that the exemptions will take effect by January 1, 2015.

The Vice-Chairpersons are of the view that while this agreement addresses the concerns of some Canadians, it does not go far enough to meet the concerns of all Canadians. They have recommended to their fellow Commissioners that the CRTC reinitiate a public process to seek the views of Canadians.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada stated in the 2013 Speech from the Throne that it would end "pay-to-pay" policies associated with paper bills.
  • Citizens, consumer groups and Members of Parliament have also expressed concern over such "pay-to-pay" practices.
  • In July 2014, the CRTC conducted a fact-finding exercise on the practice of charging additional fees to customers who wish to receive paper bills in the communication industry. Following that exercise, the CRTC challenged the industry to meet and address the issue of paper bill fees.
  • Some communications companies currently charge as much as $6 per month to consumers who wish to receive paper bills; others do not charge any fees. Still others provide exemptions to certain groups, such as consumers who do not have Internet access.
  • The CRTC hosted a meeting on paper bills that was attended by Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, Cogeco Cable, Eastlink, Globalive, MTS Allstream, Québecor, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw Communications and Telus.

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"We would like to thank the companies that participated at the meeting on paper bills. The discussion was frank and wide-ranging, and we appreciate that the participants were able to find common ground with respect to exemptions for some Canadians, including seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities and those without Internet access.

We are very disappointed, however, that they were unable to reach a broader consensus that would have taken into account the concerns of all Canadians. We have recommended to our colleagues that the CRTC seek the views of Canadians to verify whether this approach would enable them to make informed choices regarding how they are billed for their communication services.

We note that the companies that charge paper bill fees have stated that, in the coming days, they will be evaluating further measures."

Tom Pentefountas, Vice-Chairman of Broadcasting, and Peter Menzies, Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications
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August 28, 2014

BNN Celebrates 15 Years of Delivering Business and Finance News to Canadians, Tuesday, September 2

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TORONTO (August 28, 2014) – Canada’s only 24-hour all business and financial news channel BUSINESS NEWS NETWORK – BNN is poised to celebrate its 15th anniversary this Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 12 noon ET. During a special celebratory noon broadcast of THE BUSINESS NEWS, network pioneer and anchor Michael Hainsworth will host an on-air salute to BNN, delivering interviews with some of the network’s original reporters and anchors, including Janis Mackey Frayer, Bruce Sellery, and Kim Parlee, as well as a look back at the past 15 years of the top headlines and stories that captivated the business community.

“For 15 years, BNN has given Canadians a place to speak with the business community, learn of impending financial storms and opportunities, and build for their retirements,” said Grant Ellis, General Manager, BNN. “BNN is a mainstay in thousands of homes and offices across the country, with one of the most-informed and engaged audiences in Canada. Our growing online and radio presence is expanding that reach even further.”

“From opening bell to market close, BNN is the go-to destination for Canadians to catch up on breaking business, financial news, and market updates when they need it,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “Congratulations to the many talented and hard-working individuals that have contributed to the channel, and their steadfast commitment to producing unmatched business news content.”

“For the past 15 years, BNN has kept Canadians informed of the latest in business news from Canada and around the world,” said Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance. “Congratulations on this impressive milestone. I wish your team all the best as you continue to strive for excellence in broadcasting and reporting.”

Launched on Sept. 1, 1999, BNN was originally known as Report on Business Television (ROBTv), and was associated with The Globe and Mail’s financial section. Previously housed at 720 King St. West, BNN moved to Bell Media’s flagship downtown Toronto headquarters at 299 Queen St. West on December 6, 2010.

Today, BNN is stronger than ever, reaching more than 1 million viewers weekly and ranking as the most-watched news station for A24-54 viewers during weekday business hours*.

Over its 15-year span, BNN has provided sound advice and valued financial information to viewers through long-running in-house programs MARKET CALL and BUSINESS DAY, as well as special programming like YOUR MONEY MONTH, which has guided viewers annually through the stressful tax and RSP season. Additionally, BNN has covered an array of the top business stories including the rise and fall of Nortel Networks, the Conrad Black trial, the global financial crisis, and the return of stocks to record highs over the past several months.

Home to some of the nation’s most-trusted business experts and journalists, the network has earned its place as a lasting staple in the financial industry, boasting a list of past contributors that includes Amanda Lang, Ali Velshi, Howard Green, Hilary Doyle, Tony Keller, and the late Jim O’Connell. BNN has also profiled some of the most successful global entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business insiders, and investors in the industry, having previously featured interviews with Alan Greenspan, Tony Blair, Sir Richard Branson, and Warren Buffett.
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August 28, 2014

A Sky Full of Stars! Discovery Spotlights Iconic Jets with the Double-Bill Presentations of 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES, Sept. 28 on Discovery

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TORONTO (August 28, 2014) – Move over stars and socialites of TIFF – the superstars this September are Hercules and Jumbo! Discovery buckles up for a Sunday night in-flight extravaganza with back-to-back original Canadian specials 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES. Premiering Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, the first hour tells the definitive story of the planet’s most iconic plane – the plane that has shaped the world of travel more than any other – the 747 or Jumbo Jet. Then at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, a special two-hour installment of hit series MIGHTY PLANES takes viewers on a journey with the most flexible airlifter in the world – the C130J Hercules – fresh off the Lockheed Martin production line. 

Descriptions of 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES as follows:

747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

It’s the most famous passenger airplane ever to take to the skies: the Boeing 747 or Jumbo Jet. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, never-before-seen archival footage, super life-like CGI and gripping dramatic reconstructions – this one-hour special reveals just what makes the 747 one of the most ground-breaking and awesome aircraft in the sky, a jet that has carried the equivalent of 80% of the world’s population. Travelling to Boeing’s Seattle HQ, the biggest building in the world – 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE reveals the mind-blowing technical effort that goes into putting together a 747 – millions of parts, six storeys high, and wings the size of a parking lot. Then, meet Colonel Mark Tillman, the pilot who flew Air Force One for President George W. Bush on the morning of 9/11.

MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES

Sunday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The Hercules is the most flexible airlifter in the world. With more than 70 variants, the C130J or “Super” Herc is the newest model in the longest continuous production run of any plane in aircraft history. This medium-range bird is the tactical cargo and personnel transporter for the U.S. Air Force, and serves multi-mission capabilities. Its many jobs include: special operations; search and rescue; aerial refueling; medevac; natural disaster relief missions; fire fighter; maritime surveillance; and hurricane hunter. In this two-hour special, MIGHTY PLANES takes flight with the delivery of a brand-new C130J fresh off the Lockheed Martin production to the Little Rock Air Force base in Arkansas. Then, meet Tim Nguyen, a Lockheed Martin Aviation Engineer who has dedicated his life to protecting the mighty Hercules from attack. He journeys to Little Rock to visit the very Herc that saved his life 40 years ago during the fall of Saigon.

747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE is produced by Handel Productions in co-production with Arrow Media U.K. Canadian Screen Award-winners Alan Handel and Tom Brisley are executive producers.

MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES is produced by Exploration Production Inc. Gemini-Winner Kathryn Oughtred is Executive Producer.
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August 28, 2014

TSN Radio Hits the Air in Vancouver on Monday, Sept. 8

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VANCOUVER (August 28, 2014) – TSN announced today that the network is further extending its industry-leading brand with the launch of TSN Radio in Vancouver – making TSN Radio available in six Canadian markets. With a continued focus on local sports and programming, TEAM Radio 1040 and 1410 will be rebranded to TSN Radio 1040 and 1410 beginning Monday, Sept. 8 at 6 a.m. PT. TSN also announced today that Don Taylor joins the TSN Radio family on a full-time basis (see below for more details).

TSN 1040 and 1410 join TSN’s family of local radio stations in Toronto (TSN 1050), Montreal (TSN 690), Winnipeg (TSN 1290), Ottawa (TSN 1200), and Edmonton (TSN 1260).

This announcement comes on the heels of TSN’s expansion to five national feeds – TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 – that debuted across Canada on Monday.

“We are thrilled to be officially joining the TSN Radio roster,” said James Stuart, Regional Vice-President, Radio and Local Television, B.C, Bell Media. “Vancouver sports fans have been turning to our stations for many years. With the strength of the TSN brand, we will continue to serve our loyal listeners with the sports coverage they know and trust.”

TSN Radio in Vancouver will continue to be the exclusive home of every game from the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Vancouver Giants, and Seattle Seahawks. The stations also deliver coverage of the Vancouver Canadians and Vancouver Stealth, as well as live coverage of TSN’s slate of major sporting events, including the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, golf and tennis majors, and more.

TSN’s all-star team of Insiders, experts and analysts will be featured regularly on both stations.

Fans can listen to the stations live on AM 1040 and AM 1410 in the greater Vancouver area and via the TSN GO app. 

Don Taylor

Synonymous with sports in Vancouver, Don Taylor has covered the city’s sports scene for nearly 20 years. Taylor will continue hosting TSN 1040’s afternoon drive show, B-MAC & TAYLOR, weekdays from 2-6 p.m. PT alongside Barry MacDonald. Taylor will also contribute to TSN Radio stations across the country.

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August 28, 2014

Adrenaline-Fuelled Original Drama TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES Returns on The Movie Network and Movie Central, October 5

TORONTO (August 28, 2014) – Frank Martin returns to deliver the package at any cost when TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES gears back into action for its second season. Premiering with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada), new episodes of the 12-part, one-hour original drama series transport audiences across the globe, from historic Prague to Morocco’s Sahara Desert to the streets of Toronto. Subsequent episodes premiere Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT.

Based on award-winning director Luc Besson’s Transporter film franchise, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES is a France/Canada international co-production produced by Atlantique Productions and QVF Inc. in association with broadcast partners The Movie Network, Movie Central, and Super Écran in Canada, and M6 in France. The first season of TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES was the most-watched Canadian series on HBO Canada and the #3 Canadian Pay series overall in 2013.

Filmed in Morocco, the Czech Republic and Toronto, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES second season follows Frank Martin (Chris Vance, PRISON BREAK, DEXTER) around the world as he delves deep into danger and mystery to deliver a diverse range of packages, from pop princesses to priceless paintings. As an ex-Special Forces operative, Frank has acquired the driving, fighting, and survival skills to make his deliveries on schedule, and never quits until he’s reached his final destination. In the season opener, Frank must protect and safely deliver a 12-year-old boy to a Rome courthouse to testify against his father’s killer.

Joining the cast this season are Canadian actor Mark Rendall (30 Days of Night) as Jules Faroux, a computer and mechanical whiz, and Italian actress Violante Placido (The American), as Caterina Boldieu, a former French intelligence officer who works for Frank as a strategist and risk assessor. Returning cast members include François Berléand (JUSQU’ICI TOUT VA BIEN) who reprises his role from the Transporter film franchise as Inspector Tarconi, a police inspector in Nice and Frank’s contact inside the system, and Charly Hübner (Unter Nachbarn) as Dieter Haussmann, Frank’s friend, confidante and the mastermind mechanic who outfits Frank’s car with the state-of-the art technology needed to get his jobs done.

Directors for Season 2 include Canadians Erik Canuel (19-2, FLASHPOINT, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and Stefan Pleszczynski (MOTIVE, BEING HUMAN, FLASHPOINT).

TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES is produced by Gemini Award winner Susan Murdoch (DOOMSTOWN) for QVF Inc. and Olivier Bibas (BORGIA) for Atlantique Productions. Chris Vance and Fred Fuchs (The Godfather: Part III) serve as executive producers.

Production Executive for Bell Media is Kathleen Meek, Independent Production, Bell Media. Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports and Entertainment Programming. Chris Bell is production executive for Movie Central, Maria Hale is Vice-President, Television, Pay TV, Corus Entertainment and Doug Murphy is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment.
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August 28, 2014

London Doesn’t Know Jack – Until Now! Launching Today, The New 102.3 JACKfm Brings Big Hits and No Repeats

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LONDON (August 28, 2014) Today at 6 a.m., current classic hits station 102.3 BOBfm changed to the new 102.3 JACKfm, playing London’s widest variety of popular music from the ‘80s right up to today’s biggest hits.

With five established sister stations in cities across Canada – the successful JACK Rogers Radio brand features hit music from such artists as Maroon 5, Adele, and P!nk, mixed with classic favourites from Queen, The Rolling Stones, and AC/DC.

“Appealing to a broad cross-section of audiences, JACKfm is the only station in London where listeners can hear Van Halen, Madonna, Nirvana, and Bruno Mars all mixed together,” said Mike Collins, General Manager, Rogers Radio – London.

The new station will also feature “JACK’s No Repeat Work Day,” offering listeners no repeats between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

Audiences will hear favourite on-air hosts Stax and Pete (formerly on 102.3 BOBfm) as they continue to entertain listeners each weekday morning from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on JACK Mornings with Stax and Pete.

Beginning Tuesday, September 2, listeners can win up to $25,000 with JACK’s Big Bag of Cash Contest, played at 7:10 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. with Stax and Pete.

The new station format will also be promoted through an out-of-home external media campaign, and across select Rogers Media properties. 

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August 27, 2014

Production Begins on W Network’s Biggest Ever Competition Series Game of Homes in downtown Vancouver

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(August 27, 2014Toronto, Ontario) This September, production begins in Vancouver on W Network’s new event series Game of Homes renovation-reality show with the biggest prize of all – an entire house. This epic series follows four teams as they renovate four houses over four weeks to compete for the grand prize of a home and a plot of land to put it on. Produced by Great Pacific Media in association with W Network, Game of Homes includes eight one-hour episodes and is scheduled to air in March 2015 on W Network.

Game of Homes gives skilled amateur home renovators a chance to trade their skills for the prize of a lifetime. The teams, which include romantic couples, siblings and parent-child duos compete against each other in a major outdoor venue in downtown Vancouver. The amateur renovators save rundown houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them into dream homes. Living on site 24/7, each team must redo the houses room by room, as they cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces.

Each Game of Homes episode features a challenge introduced by the series host (to be announced at a later date) followed by a reno-project. The action-based challenges pit each team’s skill, ingenuity and teamwork against each other. In each episode, judges vote for their favourite room renovations based on design and workmanship. In the finale, in addition to the judges, the public will cast their vote.  The winners will be revealed and awarded with the house they have renovated.

“Game of Homes delivers an extraordinary life-changing opportunity with an awe-inspiring twist and we’re thrilled to partner with Great Pacific Media to bring that excitement alive for Canadian viewers,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Women's and Family Television, Corus Entertainment.

“For Game of Homes we’ve rescued four houses from the wrecking ball.  It will take every ounce of energy and design savvy for our teams to transform them into show homes. And for one team, they will have turned a worthless knock down into a stylish new home for themselves,” said Blair Reekie, President, Great Pacific Media.

Signed on as sponsors for series, The Brick and Benjamin Moore will supply teams with renovation and design materials throughout the competition. The Brick is the official retail sponsor supplying all four teams with furniture, appliances, electronics and mattresses. Benjamin Moore products will be available throughout the series to the teams from a custom paint and supply station. All of the paint will be supplied by Benjamin Moore with additional colour consultations and product selection advice provided to the teams.

Game of Homes is produced by Great Pacific Media, in association with W Network. 

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August 27, 2014

CMPA Leads Producers into the Future of Digital Sales

Ottawa, August 27, 2014- The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is excited to announce the launch of the Prime Time Anytime Digital Sales Initiative, exclusive to CMPA producer members.  As markets for online content grow, CMPA is creating a set of tools to help producers maximize the revenues of their productions.

Wendy Bernfeld of Rights Stuff will present intensive workshops in Vancouver and Toronto, live-streamed to CMPA production company members across Canada.  She will provide in-depth analysis of new revenue opportunities, discussing strategies, best practices, principles and deal points involved in selling content to online buyers around the world.  New business models will be explored, including SVOD, TVOD, ADVOD, EST, cross-platform and more.

Concurrent with the workshops, a robust database of international online buyers will be released to members on the CMPA’s website.  Authored by Bernfeld, the database will list a multitude of international platforms and services looking for content, including what they are looking for in genres and formats, the territories in which they operate and unique angles a producer needs to know to approach them successfully.  The database will be a continuously expanding product, as both Bernfeld and producers will update it based on current market experience.

To complete the toolbox, Bernfeld’s consulting services will be made available at a member discounted rate, so producers can benefit from her expertise as they navigate this new and evolving marketplace internationally.

“The Prime Time Anytime Digital Sales Initiative is part of the CMPA’s larger digital strategy for the Canadian production industry” said Michael Hennessy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CMPA. “As viewing habits change, revenue opportunities change as well, and the CMPA is working aggressively to help production companies reach their revenue potential.”

This initiative builds upon Bernfeld’s keynote address at Prime Time in Ottawa 2014, during which she highlighted the emerging opportunities in these new platforms around the world.

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August 27, 2014

BravoFACT Announces Award Recipients from August 26, 2014 Jury

TORONTO (August 27, 2014) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the eight award recipients from the August 26 jury meeting. Selected from 85 submitted applications, a total of $243,000 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short films.

Since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT-supported films have enjoyed success both at home and abroad. Most recently, three, BravoFACT-funded shorts, Burnt Grass, Entagled, and Red Alert, have been selected to screen at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival, running from September 4-14.

BravoFACT fund recipients from the August 26, 2014 jury meeting are:

AFK – Jonathan Bronfman
Dating Cartoons – Smash and Marcus - Chris Fassbender
The Date – Svet Doytchinov
Eligible – Inga Dievulyte
A Love Story - Vincent Ethier
One Last Dream - Noam Rabinovitch
Payment – Aubrey Arnaso
Reset - Jeremy Lutter

In May, BravoFACT announced the BravoFACT Passport Program, a first-ever partnership with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF), inviting BravoFACT alumni to apply for Official Artist status, and the opportunity to attend 10th annual New York Television Festival to showcase their work. The six projects selected to attend the festival taking place Oct. 20-25 in New York City, as announced by the NYTVF today, are; Let it Ride, The Portal, Siren, Parachute, Marshall Law and Prairie Dogs.

Upcoming application deadlines for BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL are:
Monday, Sept. 8 (BravoFACTUAL)

Friday, Nov. 7 (BravoFACT)

For information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.
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August 27, 2014

Rdio Teams Up With Toronto International Film Festival as Official Music Partner

TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Rdio, one of the largest music streaming services in the world, joins forces with the Toronto International Film Festival as its official music partner for the 11-day film fest. The powerhouse partnership features a free concert by international recording sensation Ellie Goulding.

Rdio kicks off the Festival's opening weekend with a high-octane lineup of local and international musicians performing free public shows on the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage in the Rdio Music Zone at 335 King St. W fromSeptember 4 – 7. On Saturday, September 6, Rdio proudly presents triple platinum singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding live in concert at Toronto's historic Massey Hall.

Free tickets to Rdio presents Ellie Goulding will be made available to the public at Rdio House (335 King St. W) and through surprise social media giveaways starting Thursday, August 28. Fans can find out how to get their exclusive wristband to see Ellie Goulding by following @RdioCA on Twitter and using #RDIOTIFF.

"Rdio is teaming up with the Toronto International Film Festival to provide an unforgettable listening experience that amplifies all the exciting activities on Festival Street," said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio.  "Canada is our second largest market and we continue to invest in creating powerful connections to music here.  We're thrilled to be part of the Festival, one of the country's most important cultural organizations."

Rdio's interactive presence at the Festival begins on Festival Street with a listening station near the intersection of Simcoe St. and King St. where fans can check out music from Rdio's catalogue of more than 25 million songs. The soul of the Rdio experience is Rdio House at 335 King St. W, a musical hub for industry leaders and Festival-goers to relax and recharge with live music, giveaways, Rdio product demos, and free food and drink right next door to the Festival's home base at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  For those who can't make it to Toronto for the film fest, TIFF.net will host an Rdio music player from the festival's official site, complemented by TIFF-curated playlists available atRdio.com.

"The Festival's unique partnership with Rdio allows us to bring exciting music experiences to our Festival-goers and Torontonians, changing the way they'll experience the city and our 11-day celebration of film," said Howard Kerbel, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Sponsorship, TIFF.

The Rdio Music Zone will feature free performances on the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage by Absolutely Free, Adrian X, DJ Misty, Elaquent, Jason Collett, John Kong, Maylee Todd, and Rich Aucoin. Performers co-presented by Festival Music House include BADBADNOTGOOD, Bobby Bazini, Diana, Eon The Soul Proprieter, and Reuben And The Dark. With more to be announced soon.

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August 27, 2014

AMI's fall schedule mixes comedy, drama and reality with original content and special presentations

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TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today its programming schedule for the 2014 fall season, featuring an array of new comedies, dramas and reality shows, special broadcasts, returning classics and popular AMI Original programs.

AMI will kick off the fall season Monday, September 1 with a special Murdoch Mysteries marathon. Starting at 6 am, kick back and catch 18 straight hours of Detective Murdoch and his mysterious cases from the entire seventh season.

On Friday, September 5 at 8 pm Eastern and Pacific time, AMI is proud to present a special live described broadcast of the Stand Up to Cancer Canada fundraising telecast. Host Katie Couric will be joined by Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon and more to raise money for cancer research. Also, tune in for live performances by The Who, Jennifer Hudson and Dave Matthews, plus interact with participating celebrities via phone and social media.

AMI-tv truly has something for everyone with a wide variety of shows making their AMI debut this fall. Comedies, dramas, reality and children's programs including The Little Couple, Dogs with Jobs, Twice in a Lifetime, The Berenstain Bears and Ultimate Survival Everest begin the week of September 15.

Fan favourites returning to AMI this fall include: CSI: NY, Being Human, All in the Family, Matlock, Corner Gas andMantracker. On weekends grab the popcorn and settle in on the couch for afternoon and evening movies. Or, if you're more of a sports fan, catch live-described Blue Jays baseball every Sunday in September.

AMI's original program Sports Access will return with all new episodes this fall starting with a one hour special about Beep Baseball on September 27 at 6 and 11 pm. Join host Mark DeMontis as he travels to Minnesota to learn the art of 'blind' baseball at the 2014 Beep Baseball World Championships. The new season of Sports Access will continue on October 4 at 6:30 and 11 pm. AMI This Week and AMI Originals Presents will also return with new episodes starting September 15.

The full AMI-tv schedule is available online. For a complete list of available programming with described video visit www.ami.ca/dvguide or call the DV Guide Call Centre at 1-855-855-1114. To find the AMI-tv channel with your cable provider please use our online channel guide.

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August 27, 2014

Gotta Gotta See It: TELETOON Launches 2014 Fall Slate

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National free preview available until September 30

(August 27, 2014TORONTO, ON) This fall, TELETOON viewers are in for a treat as the network announces its fall lineup with the anticipated return of the Emmy® award-winning original animated series, Adventure Time (52 x 15 minutes) on Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. In Season 6, Finn discovers his father is alive leading him and his best friend Jake on an expedition to find him.

TELETOON kicks off its fall launch at FAN EXPO Canada™ in Toronto from August 28 to 31 bringing Adventure Time’s Land of Ooo to life. Fan favourite characters and voice actors, John DiMaggio (Jake) and Hynden Walch (Princess Bubblegum) will take part in the TELETOON screening and panel Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m. (South building screening room 701), followed by an exclusive autograph session. Fans of the series will also have a chance to snap photos in the Ice King’s throne, spin the Peppermint Butler prize wheel and experience much more in the TELETOON booth located in the South building #1448 on level 800.

“The fall Gotta Gotta See It campaign captures the excitement of our slate,” said Anne Kane Jeffries, Vice President, Marketing, Corus Kids. “Launching the fall season at FAN EXPO gives fans an opportunity to interact with the #1 TELETOON series Adventure Time.”  

The channel will also debut new Canadian original animated series Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, produced by Fresh TV, Dr. Dimensionpants, produced by DHX Media and series shorts Chop Chop Ninja, produced by Sardine Productions and Gamerizon Studio.

“We’re thrilled to be delivering a jam-packed schedule anchored by Adventure Time to lead in to new series Clarence and Total Drama: Pahkitew Island,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Original Productions, Corus Kids. “TELETOON is building on the success of its summer programming with the strength of its new original series and returning favourites this fall.”  

New episodes of returning hit series will continue with Annoying Orange, The Amazing World of Gumball, Johnny Test, The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Camp Lakebottom, Legends of Chima,  Teen Titans Go!, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, HULK & the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Beware the Batman, The Tom & Jerry Show, Totally Spies! and Packages From Planet X.

The Gotta Gotta See It programming slate will be supported by an extensive four week marketing campaign that includes out-of-home transit and mall advertising, along with cinema and digital support. TELETOON will also be available on free preview until September 30.

NEW SERIES

CLARENCE (52 x 15 minutes) – NETWORK PREMIERE
Premieres: Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 4

From creator Skyler Page, Clarence is a new, original animated series about an optimistic boy who wants to do everything. Because everything is amazing! Clarence was conceived as part of the prolific shorts development program at Cartoon Network Studios, which has resulted in six original series for the network: Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe, Clarence, Over the Garden Wall and We Bare Bears.

TOTAL DRAMA: PAHKITEW ISLAND (13 x 30 minutes) – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 4

All-new island! All-new cast! Same old disregard for human safety! The Total Drama series returns as Chris and Chef put the newest generation of contestants through the craziest challenges yet—all for a chance to win one million dollars!

DR. DIMENSIONPANTS (26 x 22 minutes) – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres: November 2014

Kyle Lipton was a normal, impulsive, 12-year-old kid. But all that changed when an interdimensional portal opened in his backyard and dropped a strange pair of glowing pants in his lap: The Dimensionpants. Kyle put on the pants and was transformed into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache and powers over space and time. Thanks to the Dimensionpants, young Kyle now has all the crazy-weird superhero powers he ever wanted… and more responsibility than he can handle! With the help of his talking unicorn mentor Philip, Dr. Dimensionpants must learn to master his powers as he saves the universe from unspeakable horrors on a semi-regular basis, all the while still having to deal with his normal, day-to-day kid issues -- homework, girls, and his annoyingly smart 7 year-old sister.

CHOP CHOP NINJA (40 X 1.5 minutes) – WORLD PREMIERE
Premiere date: November 2014

In 40 stand-alone short episodes, our lively ninjas use all their resources to complete a challenge in three tries. They leave it all on the floor, yet never succeed in completing even the simplest challenge. These non-verbal, highly cartoony stories allow the audience to see their favourite characters in action and learn (or not) that mistakes are always the best teachers.
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August 27, 2014

Showtime’s Sexy and Emotionally Gripping Drama THE AFFAIR Premieres on Movie Central and The Movie Network, October 12

TORONTO (August 27, 2014) – Movie Central (Western Canada) and The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present Showtime’s new, provocative, and suspenseful one-hour drama, THE AFFAIR. Following the emotionally charged stories of a married man and woman who embark on an extramarital affair, the series features a unique narrative technique that tells the story from both sides of the relationship. THE AFFAIR premieres Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/MT on Movie Central and The Movie Network, day-and-date with Showtime in the U.S., and stars Golden Globe® nominees Dominic West (HBO’s THE WIRE) and Ruth Wilson (LUTHER), Emmy® nominee Maura Tierney (ER), and Canadian SAG Award® nominee Joshua Jackson (FRINGE).

Click HERE for a behind-the-scenes look at THE AFFAIR.

THE AFFAIR explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair, and is told separately from both perspectives, using distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue. Ruth Wilson stars as Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband Cole (Joshua Jackson), struggles to keep it all together, both with his wife and the financially strained ranch that has been in his family for generations. Their emotionally charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah (Dominic West), a New York City public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate. Maura Tierney stars as Helen, Noah's wife and the mother of his children.

THE AFFAIR is written by award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (IN TREATMENT, HOUSE OF CARDS), who wrote the original script from a story created with Hagai Levi (IN TREATMENT). Treem and Levi also serve as executive producers, alongside executive producer and director Jeffrey Reiner (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and executive producer Eric Overmyer (THE WIRE, TREME).

In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and The Movie Network OnDemand.

In Western Canada, episodes will be available on Movie Central HD, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and Movie Central On Demand.
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