Press Release: City, Netflix, and shomi™ Collaborate To Bring Viewers Between, A New Premium Original Drama Series

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City (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (October 20, 2014) Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series.   

The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canada and on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

“We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between offers just that,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. “Showcasing Michael McGowan’s cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment.”  

Press Release: ASCENSION’S CBC PREMIERE DATE MOVED TO JANUARY 2015

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CBC (logo via CBC)

CBC today announced a change to the premiere date for the network’s upcoming sci-fi drama, ASCENSION, from November 25, 2014 to January 2015. Further details about the exact date and time of the premiere episode of ASCENSION will be announced in the coming weeks.

CBC first announced the acquisition of ASCENSION, a Canadian-produced original drama commissioned by American television network Syfy, in July. A co-production of Lionsgate and Sea to Sky Studios in association with Quebec-based Lift Off Productions and Blumhouse Productions, ASCENSION was shot in Montreal during the summer.

In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. The series unfolds in present day, nearly 50 years into the journey. As the mission approaches the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

Press Release: UNIVISION CANADA PRESENTS THE EXCLUSIVE CANADIAN BROADCAST OF THE 15TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS

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The countdown is on to Latin Music’s Hottest Night! Univision Canada, the country’s leading all-Spanish TV channel, gives music lovers from coast to coast access to the biggest stars in Latin entertainment with the exclusive Canadian broadcast of the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.

This year’s show features some of the most prominent names and brightest newcomers in Latin music. Nominees include: Enrique IglesiasMark AnthonyAndrea BocelliCarlos VivesMirandaCalle 13 and Mariana Vega.

15th Annual LATIN GRAMMY Awards EXCLUSIVE Canadian Broadcast on Univision Canada
LIVE Thursday, November 20 at 8P
Green Carpet LIVE at 7P

For more click here

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Press Release: Corus Entertainment Gets Ready To “Shake It Off” With Global Superstar Taylor Swift

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(Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment will be the destination for Taylor Swift fans on Monday, October 27 with Taylor Swift 1989 – an exclusive, in-depth, multi-platform music special that premieres nationally across four Corus Television networks and 13 Corus Radio stations the same day Swift releases her highly anticipated new album, 1989CMT will kick off the television broadcast premiere at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, followed by premieres on ABC SparkCosmo TVand YTV. On Corus Radio, Canadian listeners can tune-in to their favourite station to hear the special and fans can listen live online. Corus Radio stations will also feature dedicated Taylor Swift content on each of their websites. Full broadcast details are listed below.

“This is our biggest cross-platform initiative to date,” says Susan Schaefer, Vice President, Head of Brands, Corus Entertainment. “Taylor is the perfect fit with Corus’ portfolio of TV, radio and digital brands and we are thrilled the mega-star is back at Corus Quay. We are equally excited to share this compelling content to her diverse fan base across the country. This event special will be the first of many.”

Taylor Swift 1989 captures the GRAMMY® winning star in one of her most candid interviews to date. Profiling the evolution of her multi-platinum career and life in the spotlight, Corus Entertainment’s Paul McGuire gets to the root of Swift’s musical influence and personal inspiration behind her most highly anticipated fifth studio album.

After the special airs, fans will be able to stream the full 30-minute special online via CMT.ca beginning Tuesday, October 28. Additional encore presentations will air throughout November on Corus Television.

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Press Release: CBC NEWS LAUNCHES ALL NEW PROGRAM, THE EXCHANGE – WITH AMANDA LANG

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CBC News Network (logo via CBC Media Centre)

CBC News’ Amanda Lang is well known for her savvy financial expertise as host and senior business correspondent. Now, she’s taking it a step further with a completely revamped and reimagined new program, THE EXCHANGE – WITH AMANDA LANG, launching on CBC News Network on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET.

THE EXCHANGE – WITH AMANDA LANG is unlike any other program on CBC News Network or anywhere else in Canada, taking viewers inside the world of business and helping them understand it.  Host Amanda Lang will cut through the jargon, showing Canadians how business news influences their work, their money, and their lives.  Amanda’s extensive reporting experience will offer viewers exclusive, in-depth access to key players in business, finance, economics and politics both in Canada and around the world, and offer practical knowledge to help them make those every day decisions about money and life.
“Amanda Lang is an exceptional business journalist.  She has an incredible ability to illustrate and contextualize complex stories – helping Canadians understand the impact of financial happenings here and around the world,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News and Centres. “In this new show she will showcase her insight with more in depth feature interviews with the players and will bring that context and depth to audiences in new ways. “

THE EXCHANGE – WITH AMANDA LANG features:
• Exclusive interviews with industry leaders and decision makers who make the big decisions Canadians need to know about;
• Behind-the-scenes, off-the-cuff story meetings with Amanda Lang, showing why CBC News covers certain stories and not others;
• Big picture panels and engaging debates with leading thinkers;
• Engaging real-time discussion, including a live Q&A session with financial experts to answer questions and offer personal financial advice.

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Press Release: BNN’S SMALL BUSINESS WEEK Celebrates Canadian Small Businesses, October 20-24

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TORONTO (October 16, 2014) – Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy and make up 98% of Canada’s private enterprises.* Beginning Monday, Oct. 20, BNN recognizes and salutes small businesses across Canada with SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, highlighting some of Canada’s most innovative small companies across various sectors. Throughout the week, BNN is set to welcome experts on policy and development that will discuss the current marketplace and offer strategies and tactics designed to help small businesses survive and thrive.

“Small businesses are the most dynamic, inspiring and human part of the Canadian economy, affecting all areas of our lives,” said Grant Ellis, General Manager, BNN. “We are proud to highlight these businesses and contribute to a larger conversation that will hopefully encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in our viewers.” Continue reading

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Press Release: Fall Season Update: CTV Claims Canada’s Top 5 Programs, Each With Three Million-Plus Audiences

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (October 16, 2014) – Canada has not seen this many hit programs kick-off a fall television season in a decade, and CTV is leading the way. Two weeks into the 2014/2015 TV season, new final data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms that CTV delivers the Top 5 most-watched programs with total viewers and all key adult demos – and all five of them have three million-plus viewers. It’s the first time this many programs drew three million- plus audiences in the first two weeks of fall since 2004.

With THE BIG BANG THEORY (#1) leading the way once again, overall CTV has more Top 10 and Top 20 programs than all other networks combined in total viewers and A18-49 and A25-54, including GOTHAM and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, now both instant Top 10 hits, and the Top 2 most-watched new programs of the season in Canada. In Week Two of the fall TV season both series held the majority of their massive debut audiences, retaining 90% and 93% of viewers respectively with A25-54. Also, with preliminary Playback + 7 data now in, last Tuesday’s (Oct. 7) series premiere of THE FLASH grew to 3.1 million viewers (from 2.3 million), putting it on track to become the third new series of the season to debut with more than three million viewers.

Also in Week Two of the fall TV season, new seasons of perennial hit favourites CRIMINAL MINDS and CASTLE returned strong on CTV, with both programs vaulting into the Top 3 most-watched programs of the week, behind only THE BIG BANG THEORY (#1). CRIMINAL MINDS (#2) bolstered CTV’s Wednesday night lineup with 3.2 million viewers tuning into the Season 10 premiere, while CASTLE (#3) returned for its seventh season with a series-high 3.1 million viewers.

Additional highlights from Week Two include impressive week-over-week lifts for SAVING HOPE (+23%) – which has become the first Canadian original series to win the prime Thursday’s at 9 p.m. timeslot in the fall season – as well as BLUE BLOODS (+10%), and THE AMAZING RACE (+7%).  Continue reading

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