Super Channel has unveiled its new corporate branding and channel logos. As previously announced, Super Channel 1 (SC1) and Super Channel 2 (SC2) will be rebranded as Super Channel Fuse and Super Channel Heart & Home, starting June 4. They join existing channels Super Channel Vault and GINX Esports TV Canada under the Super Channel Entertainment Network umbrella, which will offer a free preview from June 15 – July 2 with participating TV providers across the country.
Discovery has announced that production is underway for its latest original Canadian series, Vintage Tech Hunters, which sees collectors Shaun Hatton and Bohus Blahut scour attics and flea markets for items like original Nintendo Game Boys and first-edition computers. Co-commissioned by Discovery and Boat Rocker Studios, and distributed internationally by Boat Rocker Rights, the series is produced by Crooked Horse Productions. The half-hour show is filming in cities across North America, including Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Ont., Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago.
The Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) will have film and television costumes from Canadian productions on display during Toronto Doors Open 2018. More than 25 original costumes from Star Trek: Discovery, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Strain, Odd Squad, Anne with an E, Murdoch Mysteries, Backstage, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Saw II, and The Shape of Water will be featured.The exhibit will be on display in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda May 26-27.
marblemedia has announced that 22 new episodes of Just Like Mom and Dad have been officially greenlit by YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the U.S., slated to launch in Fall 2018. The first 20 episodes of the family game show are still rolling out. marblemedia has secured all production and distribution rights in an agreement with Bell Media.
Creative BC and the Irish Film Board have announced a new funding partnership that will encourage development of motion picture projects between British Columbian and Irish production companies. Each agency will contribute $75,000 toward the $150,000 fund. Originating through a trade mission to Ireland in Nov. 2016, the partnership grew from a successful pilot program in 2017. Applying projects must be scripted fiction; have an Irish resident producer and a BC resident producer. At least 50 per cent of the fund will be dedicated to projects with a female writer or director attached to the project.
Boat Rocker Media has acquired a majority stake in Toronto television production company Insight Productions. John Brunton, Insight’s founder, chairman and CEO, and its senior management team and showrunners remain in place. Under the new structure, Insight will operate as an independent business unit, with Boat Rocker providing capital investment in addition to business and strategic support.
CTV News says its live special Harry and Meghan: The Royal Wedding attracted an average audience of 1.1 million preliminary overnight viewers across CTV, CTV News Channel, and CP24 from 4 – 11 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. The Lisa LaFlamme-anchored special drew 18 per cent more viewers than CBC (997,000 viewers on CBC and CBC News Network), and more than triple that of Global (371,000 viewers) during the head-to-head broadcast period of 4:30 – 10 a.m. ET. The network’s prime-time recap special attracted an average audience of 606,000 preliminary overnight viewers, making it the most-watched non-sports broadcast in the timeslot.