Press Release: 25th anniversary week on RDS

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RDS 25 Ans (Image via Bell Media)

MONTREAL, September 16, 2014—This fall, RDS is celebrating its 25th year on the air, and to mark the occasion, it will offer viewers a full week of special programming from September 22 to 26, including LE 5 À 7 going on tour across Quebec; the debut of a new documentary series, 25 ANS D’ÉMOTIONS; special editions of SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE; live broadcasts of major-league sports games; a strong lineup of complementary programming; and personal messages from various well-known personalities in recognition of RDS’s anniversary.

RDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
From Monday, September 22, to Friday, September 26, LE 5 À 7 will hit the road and meet RDS fans across Quebec in order to celebrate the network’s 25th anniversary. Hosts Frédéric Plante and Yanick Bouchard, supported by Gaston Therrien, André Roy, Valérie Sardin, Alain “le Baron” Chantelois and Geneviève Langlois, will visit Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay and Quebec City to broadcast special editions in front of a live audience and showcase the local region through exclusive reports and guests, as well as covering the latest sports news.

Thanks to a large tent that will be set up in a public space in each city, the RDS team will be able to accommodate all fans who wish to join the celebration. Starting at 4 p.m. ET each day, guests will be treated to hosted activities, food and entertainment for the whole family, not to mention the opportunity to attend a live broadcast of LE 5 À 7 and meet the show’s stars.

The tour will wrap up on Friday, September 26, when not just LE 5 À 7 but also SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE, HOCKEY 360 and L’ANTICHAMBRE will air live from Quebec City, next to the Colisée. Continue reading

Press Release: Corus Entertainment Announces Strategic Partnership with Leading Multichannel Network for Women’s Lifestyle on YouTube, KIN Community

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(Toronto, Canada) Earlier today, it was announced that Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) has led a Series C round of funding in the Santa Monica-based lifestyle digital media company, KIN. With this agreement, Corus and KIN have also entered into a strategic partnership to launch KIN Canada, bringing the company’s multichannel network (“MCN”), KIN Community, as well as KIN’s lifestyle creators, award-winning programming and advertising opportunities to the Canadian marketplace. As part of this agreement, Corus becomes the exclusive Canadian media representative for KIN Community. In addition, W Network and KIN will collaborate on developing talent and content targeted to the women’s demographic.

“Our investment and strategic partnership with KIN allows us to leverage the combined reach of our complementary brands as well as jointly develop and utilize compelling, short-form premium-branded content,” says Doug Murphy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Corus is an established leader in the women’s space and by partnering with KIN’s top-tier influencers and talent-driven channels we are able to connect with women wherever they are consuming their entertainment.”

This partnership aligns two market leaders in media targeted to the women’s demographic. As the #1 female-focused lifestyle network on YouTube, with verticals that include food, fashion, beauty, DIY and home, KIN Community attracts more than 200 million collective views from over 25 million unique visitors per month. Corus’ portfolio of leading women’s brands, which includes Canada’s #1 network for women, W Network, is a driving force in television, delivering a lineup of internationally successful original series such as Property Brothers and Love it or List It to audiences across Canada.

 

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Press Release: CBC NEWS AND CBC RADIO LAUNCH REDESIGNED AND RE-IMAGINED APPS FOR iOS 8

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CBC (logo via CBC)

CBC News and CBC Radio continue to put mobile first with the complete re-design and optimization of both the CBC News and CBC Radio apps for iOS 8. Rebuilt from the ground up and in-house, written in Swift and optimized for iOS 8, the new apps with fresh user interfaces are customizable with an emphasis on creating a more personal and seamless user experience. The new apps offer a more visual experience, making it easy for users to find the latest stories, audio, music and videos from our award-winning team of journalists and hosts.

“As CBC moves forward with our mobile first strategy, and as Canadians are increasingly consuming their content on mobile devices, we want to lead the market with our new apps,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News and Centres. “The new apps are focused on getting local news and information into the hands of Canadians, and ensuring a better user experience that reflects their interests, tastes, and lifestyles.”
“Our new radio app is designed to allow Canadians to be the program director, curating their own radio experience, choosing the segments from their favourite CBC Radio shows that are most relevant to their lives,” said Chris Boyce, executive director, radio and audio, CBC English Services. “Whether you love talk, music or news, or prefer listening to local radio from across the country, our new radio app puts you in control and lets you listen to what you want to hear, when you want to hear it.”

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Press Release: Debut of Mysterious New Immortality Drama FOREVER Available Now for Online Preview, Exclusively at CTV.ca

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – CTV announced today that the series debut of the anticipated new drama FOREVER is now available free to viewers at CTV.ca and on CTV GO. Ahead of the official launch of the fall TV season, CTV offers Canadians their first taste of new offerings with the exclusive advance digital preview of the new series leading up to its special two-part premiere on Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Part of CTV’s heroic new Monday lineup, FOREVER will air in its regular timeslot Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 29, following the buzzed-about new Batman origin drama GOTHAM (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 22). FOREVER stars Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as Dr. Henry Morgan, a star medical examiner who studies the dead to solve criminal cases, but also to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years – the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.

In the premiere episode of FOREVER, Dr. Henry Morgan’s (Gruffudd) exciting, adventurous, and intriguingly long life has blessed him with amazing insight and observational skills. So, when Henry and Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) investigate a fatal subway collision, Jo is not only impressed, but her curiosity is peeked about who he is. Meanwhile, Henry soon discovers someone else knows his secret, and he may not be the only “immortal” out there. But who is that person and what does he want? The one person who can inject hope into Henry’s life is Abe (Judd Hirsch, DAMAGES), his best and only friend. Fate has brought the two men together and they share an unconventional bond. It’s just part of the captivating mystery surrounding Henry’s strange circumstances and his long search to uncover the cause of his condition and escape.

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Press Release: CBC HEADS TO SYLVAN LAKE, AB, FOR KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE 2014 FEATURING THE CALGARY FLAMES® TAKING ON THE ARIZONA COYOTES®, SEPTEMBER 24 ON CBC-TV AND CBCSPORTS.CA

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CBC (logo via CBC)

The town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta, could fit its entire population into the home arenas of both the Calgary Flames® and the Arizona Coyotes® with room to spare; however, as the winner and host of Kraft Hockeyville 2014, the community will welcome both teams to the Sylvan Lake Multiplex on Wednesday, September 24th for a pre-season NHL© game that will air nationally on CBC.

The game will be available live online at CBCSports.ca beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, and on CBC-TV at 7 p.m. ET in Ontario and to the east, and at 7 p.m. local time in Manitoba and to the west. Sportsnet 360 will also carry CBC’s broadcast of the game live across Canada beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
“CBC is proud to continue to support and celebrate the spirit of community and grassroots hockey across Canada with the Kraft Hockeyville broadcast from Sylvan Lake,” said Jeffrey Orridge, executive director, CBC Sports. “Initiatives like Kraft Hockeyville and the Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund have long been an important part of CBC’s support of amateur and grassroots athletics at the local level, and to see the product of these efforts shared with viewers across the country is always rewarding.”

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Press Release: CTV GO’s Full Potential Now Available to TELUS Optik TV Customers

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – CTV announced today that TELUS Optik TV customers can now enjoy complete access to its CTV GO TV Everywhere platform at no extra cost. From current summer series like runaway hit THE AMAZING RACE CANADA , to returning fall favourites THE BIG BANG THEORY, GREY’S ANATOMY, and CRIMINAL MINDS as well as big-buzz new series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, THE FLASH, FOREVER, and more, TELUS Optik TV customers can now watch live CTV and CTV Two programming, whenever and wherever they are on their phone, tablet, or computer. Additionally, subscribers have access to thousands of hours of full-length on demand coverage during the year. TELUS subscribers now join Bell FIBE, Bell TV, Shaw Cable, and Shaw Direct customers with access to CTV GO, making the platform accessible by close to 6 million Canadians.

CTV GO partnership now gives TELUS Optik TV customers total freedom to enjoy their favourite CTV and CTV Two shows.

TELUS subscribers can download the free CTV GO app from the App Store (www.AppStore.com/CTVGO) and Google Play on their iOS and Android devices. Subscribers can also access CTV GO by visiting CTV.ca/CTVGO through their chosen web-browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox).

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Press Release: CTV’s ETALK Continues Decade-Long Reign as the #1 Canadian Source for Coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival®

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – For the 10th year in a row, CTV’s ETALK has maintained its unrivalled position as the #1 Canadian source for complete coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 4-14). Up 26% over last year, Numeris (BBM Canada) data reveals ETALK’s 2014 TIFF coverage delivered an average audience of 694,000 viewers – the program’s highest TIFF average audience to date. Continuing to provide the best access and up-to-the-minute entertainment news, ETALK claimed eight out of eight nights of coverage during the Festival, delivering 84% more total viewers than ET CANADA (378,000) and 33% more than ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (521,000). ETALK also led among the key A18-49, A25-54, F18-49 and F25-54 demos throughout its coverage. Overall, 6.4 million viewers tuned in to ETALK’s coverage, in whole or in part, for the duration of TIFF.

Additional highlights from ETALK’s 2014 Festival coverage performance:

  • ETALK delivered its highest, single-day, TIFF audience for 2014 on Sept. 4 with a final total audience of 814,000 viewers.
  • ETALK outperformed ET CANADA in all the key advertising demos: A18-34 (+66%), A18-49 (+82%), and A25-54 (+79%).
  • ETALK also led ET CANADA in the Toronto market by 21% during the Festival among total viewers (91,000 vs. 75,000), and among key demos A25-54 (+22%) and A18-34 (+7%).
  • Head to head at 7 p.m. ET/PT, ETALK delivered 33% more total viewers than ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and outperformed in all the key advertising demos: A18-34 (+14%), A18-49 (+43%), and A25-54 (+39%).

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