Two thirds of all Canadians watched CBC’s opening weekend coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Games attracted 23.8 million viewers across all platforms beginning with Friday’s Opening Ceremony and continuing through the weekend.
TSN’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will include over 400 hours of programming over the 16 days of the games. Sportscentre hosts Laura Diakun, Nabil Karim, and Cory Woron anchor the network’s daily Olympic broadcast coverage from the TSN Studio. TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead and reporter Mark Masters are on-site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to contribute daily news updates for Sportcentre.
CTV’s replacement for Canada AM has unveiled its inaugural week lineup. Your Morning debuts August 22 with hosts Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake. Guests that week will include sportscaster Brian Williams, singer Serena Ryder, journalist Evan Solomon, actress Emma Thompson and a concert by Florida Georgia Line.
CraveTV has renewed LETTERKENNY, its first original series, for a third season with production due to begin in 2017. The Sudbury-shot comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media. Production has just wrapped on season two which will air on CraveTV later this year.
Vancouver has become an even hotter spot to shoot TV pilots according to a new report from FilmL.A. The city ranks third in pilot production, with 25 shot in Vancouver in the 2015-2016 period, putting it behind Los Angeles with 82 pilots and New York with 28 pilots. The report cites the low loonie, Vancouver’s proximity to L.A. and its reputation as a film city for the increase in production.
Canada’s Gusto TV has been nominated for Channel of the Year at the upcoming 2016 Content Innovation Awards. A joint project of Digital TV Europe (DTVE) and Television Business International (TBI), the award recognizes the international channel that demonstrated the most outstanding creativity and originality over the last year. The winners will be announced in October during the MIPCOM television conference and market in Cannes, France.
Bell Media has applied for revocation of three specialty Category B services: MuchLoud, MuchVibe and Juicebox. The applications have received approval from the CRTC. Each of the three programming undertakings have fewer than 200,000 subscribers. As reported in June, Stingray Digital Group in Montreal will acquire four Bell Media music video channels: MuchLoud, MuchRetro, MuchVibe and Juicebox. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year. Once that’s done, the channels will be rebranded. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.