Online and Digital Media News In Brief

La Presse, the Montreal newsroom that went digital-only in 2017 and shifted to a non-profit structure earlier this year, is cutting 37 jobs. It’s asking its journalists to take voluntary buyouts before the company imposes layoffs. Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec is calling on the provincial and federal governments to step in with assistance. At one time, La Presse was the city’s leading print newspaper.

The Encore+ YouTube channel is marking one year since its launch. Showcasing iconic Canadian film and television content, the channel has earned nearly 30-thousand subscribers and 6.2 million unique views.

Eva Wong, Jennifer Huether, Karen Moore, and Maayan Ziv

Global News has debuted original, short-form digital series RISE, profiling trailblazing women in a variety of industries and the hurdles faced to unlock opportunities in their careers. Women profiled this season include Eva Wong, co-founder/COO of Canadian fin-tech startup Borrowell; Jennifer Huether, Canada’s first female Master Sommelier; Karen Moore, writer/producer (Workin’ Moms, Rookie Blue, Mary Kills People); and Maayan Ziv, founder/CEO of accessibility app AccessNow. The series expands on Global’s slate of original digital series Living in Colour, Odd Jobs and Just Like Home which debuted earlier this year. New episodes of RISE will be released each Thursday on and the Global News YouTube channel. RISE will also be featured on select Global National broadcasts.

Bell Media’s SnackableTV is streaming a sneak peek of 4YE’s highly anticipated comedy series Judge Tyco. From Brampton-born Much Studios creators Jae and Trey Richards, the first three episodes of the seven-part web series are streaming now with the full series set to premiere on various platforms in 2019. Judge Tyco is based on 4YE’s popular recurring character Tyco, best known for the T-Dot Goon Scrap DVD skits. The show takes place in a courtroom where Tyco, based on his reputation as one of Toronto’s top goons, has been appointed judge. Totally unqualified, Judge Tyco presides over trivial, local cases.

Facebook Watch and reality TV prodco 3 Ball Entertainment are working on interactive competition series World’s Most Amazing Dog. The show will allow Facebook users to submit an audition video of their pet, with a group of judges and the global Facebook community deciding who will win $100,000 USD and the title of World’s Most Amazing Dog. The competition will be open to user submissions from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, among 30+ countries.

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