DAZN has acquired the exclusive rights in Canada to all Premier League matches for the next three seasons, starting in Aug. 2019. In addition to streaming all 380 matches per season live, DAZN will receive Premier League highlights, preview and weekly magazine programs, plus clips of archived footage. The sports streaming service says the acquisition cements its position as the home of European Soccer in Canada. With a DAZN subscription, Canadian fans will have a season pass to watch UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Serie A TIM, LaLiga Santander and Ligue 1 Conforama.
Corus Entertainment has announced that it’s acquired the Canadian operations of multi-platform lifestyle entertainment company Kin. Kin has been partnered with Corus since 2014 when Kin Canada was launched. The creator network, targeted to women, spans food, fashion, home, DIY, and health and wellness. It boasts more than 478 million monthly YouTube views globally, and 81 million YouTube subscribers, along with 74 million Twitter, 66 million Instagram, and 14 million Pinterest followers. Roughly 70 per cent of its audience are women between the ages of 18 and 34. Canadian content creators include vegan chef Lauren Toyota; former Food Network star Yolanda Gampp; LaurDIY, one of Canada’s Top 5 female YouTube creators whose channel blends her love and talent for DIY with fashion, home, and fitness; and Kristen & Siya, the adventure seeking, tiny home-living couple behind the Hopscotch the Globe brand. Corus says its investment in the company’s extensive premium creator network will further strengthen its position in the lifestyle space, in addition to complimenting its social digital agency, so.da.
The Canadian Screen Awards Honouring Digital Storytelling took place in Toronto last Thursday recognizing Canadian, digital content creators in 13 categories. New categories this year included Best Supporting Performance, Web Program or Series; Best Writing, Web Program or Series; Best Immersive Experience – Non-Fiction; Best Immersive Experience – Fiction; and Best Virtual Reality Game. Among the night’s winners were Danielle Graham and Lainey Lui, who shared the award for Best Host, Web Program or Series, for their Twitter special etalk Live: The Oscars Balcony. CBC Comedy web series How to Buy A Baby (LoCo Motion Pictures) took the award for Best Web Program or Series, Fiction, while veteran Canadian actress Jayne Eastwood claimed the honour for Best Supporting Performance for The Writers’ Block (Frantic Films), also streamed by CBC Comedy. Find the complete list of winners here.
CBC is partnering with the Canadian Improv Games to showcase talented youth from across the country, starting with the Games’ annual National Tournament and Festival in Ottawa this week. Celebrating 42 years since the first tournament, the four-day event invites high school improv teams to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre where they will go head-to-head against teams from across Canada. This year, CBC will be onsite to capture the action, which will be released as a six-part docuseries on the CBC Gem streaming service later this year, hosted by veteran improv performer and Canadian Screen Award-winning actor Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience).
The Independent Production Fund (IPF) and its 40-member Pre-Selection Committees have selected 20 short-form web series proposals which are now eligible to advance to the next phase of the application process and apply for Production Financing. They include 14 projects in English and six in French.Three web series, previously funded by the IPF, achieved certain milestones of success and are eligible to apply for second seasons. The IPF received a total of 160 proposals for web series funding from across Canada. Watch trailers of the short-listed web series here.
Credit Unions of Atlantic Canada is partnering with Jonathan Torrens’ Canadianity Content Studios (CCS) to launch financial literacy web series “Your Two Cents.” Torrens, one of the former hosts of CBC’s Street Cents, hosts the eight-part web series focused on teaching the next generation of Canadian consumers how to be smart, informed, and engaged. Torrens says in the same way Street Cents armed viewers with valuable info to make their own decisions, “Your Two Cents” will blend pop culture and parody with practical takeaways. The first season will start streaming in early spring.
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