Carolyn Waldo, Olympic gold medalist and veteran CTV sportscaster, former CTV Barrie sportscaster Alastair Connolly, and Ontario Hockey League broadcaster and goalie Emily Fulford are co-hosts of new sports series GO/NITRO that’s been picked up for U.S. syndication. Produced by Ottawa production house SKYCRON for Bell Media, the show has been picked up by New York-based JPI, known for its sports programming with ESPN, Fox Sports and NBC Sportsnet, and is slated to begin airing Nov. 3. The premise of the show, “Every Athlete Has A First Day”, sees Fulford, Waldo and Connolly drafted by teams in the CFL, NCAA, OHL, NASCAR and the Canadian Olympic Team in different sports — and then go through the same training, workouts, diet and competition with the actual athletes of these teams.
Asian Television Network is the exclusive Canadian television rightsholder for the first professional Twenty20 cricket league in North America. ATN, Canada’s largest South Asian broadcaster, will air all 22 league matches of the inaugural edition of Global T20 Canada live on its Commonwealth Broadcasting Network (CBN) channel. Global T20 Canada will run from June 28 to July 15, featuring five franchise teams – Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights, Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers and Winnipeg Hawks – along with the Cricket West Indies B Team, comprised entirely of players from the Caribbean.
The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs’ first round of performers includes Alessia Cara, Halsey, and Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie. The awards show returns Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET simulcast on CTV, MTV and Much, with a red carpet pre-show on MTV and Much. The awards will also livestream on Twitter, CTV.ca, CTV GO and Much.com, via the iHeartRadio app, iHeartRadio.ca, and across nine Virgin Radio stations in Toronto, Kitchener, London, Halifax, Montréal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.
CBC Sports will have daily coverage of the Calgary Stampede beginning Friday across CBC and Sportsnet ONE as well as livestreams at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app. The CBC broadcast schedule includes an afternoon encore presentation of the Parade and nighttime coverage of the GMC Rangeland Derby on July 7, with live afternoon and evening coverage over the final weekend (July 14-15), and weeknight wrap-up shows recapping the top performances. In Alberta only, CBC Calgary’s Doug Dirks and Angela Knight will anchor parade coverage, while Heartland’s Graham Wardle takes a break from production on Season 12 to undertake the role of reporter along the parade route.
The Quebecor Fund has announced the production companies and distributors whose projects will receive funding in the 16th round of the Film Production Assistance Program. Five projects will share in $780,000 in funding to be produced and distributed by Cinémaginaire inc., PCF Bravest The Movie inc. (Productions Caramel Films inc.), Films Vision 4 inc., 9378-3504 Québec inc. (Christal Films Productions inc.), Les Films du Paria inc., Les Films Séville inc., Téléfiction Distribution et Marketing inc., Les Films Opale inc., and Filmoption International inc.
Women in Film & Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is giving emerging female directors a chance to gain TV series experience with their new program The Shadow Project. The program gives female directors the opportunity to “shadow” senior directors on five television series shooting in Atlantic Canada, including Pure, Mr. D, Diggstown, Cavendish and Little Dog.