Press Release: Bell Media Strikes Lightning in “Project Latte” Deal For ARROW and THE FLASH

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TORONTO (November 26, 2014) – “Project Latte” is coming to Starling City and Central City. Bell Media announced today it has hit the bull’s eye with an exclusive streaming agreement with Warner Bros. International Television that will bring Top 20 superhero TV series ARROW and THE FLASH to its subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte.” Based on the DC Comics characters, ARROW and THE FLASH are among the most-watched television programs in Canada. The first titles announced for “Project Latte’s” action-packed Superhero Collection, the two programs will be featured in a massive cross-over event Dec. 2 and 3 on CTV.

Following billionaire playboy and secret vigilante Oliver Queen, ARROW was an instant hit when it premiered in 2012 and remains a Top 16 program in its third season on CTV. All 46, one-hour episodes from the series’ first and second seasons will immediately be available when “Project Latte” launches in December.

In its debut season this fall on CTV, THE FLASH has become a monster hit right out of the gate, currently ranking as the third most-watched program overall in Canada among all key adult demos with an average weekly audience of 2.7 million total viewers. The one-hour drama series about the Fastest Man Alive will become available on “Project Latte” when its debut season concludes in 2015.

“With three out of the Top 4 most-watched programs in Canada superhero-themed, there is clearly a demand for this genre of programming,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to join forces with DC Comics and Warner Bros. to bring these two hit franchises to Project Latte subscribers.”

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Press Release: ORPHAN BLACK and BBC’s DOCTOR WHO to Headline Bell Media’s “Project Latte” Sci-Fi & Fantasy Collection

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TORONTO (November 26, 2014) – Watch long and prosper. Bell Media revealed today that its upcoming subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte,” will deliver to its subscribers the most-sought after sci-fi and fantasy-themed premium TV content in the country when it launches next month, anchored by genre hits ORPHAN BLACK and BBC’s DOCTOR WHO. In addition to revealing “Project Latte’s” Sci-Fi & Fantasy collection, Bell Media also announced today that ARROW and THE FLASH are the first titles confirmed for the service’s Superhero collection. Today’s announcements are the latest in a series of programming confirmations for Canada’s premium TV streaming service, set to launch in December.

“Some of the hottest TV shows on earth right now are sci-fi and fantasy-themed, so we’ve strategically curated Project Latte to deliver the best of this type of programming,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “In addition to our own ORPHAN BLACK and cult-hit DOCTOR WHO, we are also proud to provide the complete STAR TREK collection – one of the most iconic and beloved TV franchises of all time.”

At launch, the Sci-Fi & Fantasy, STAR TREK, and Superheroes collections will represent more than 1,500 hours of programming for “Project Latte” subscribers.


•    At launch, “Project Latte” will feature past seasons of two of the hottest shows on TV – conspiracy clone drama ORPHAN BLACK (20 episodes), exclusively available on “Project Latte,” and BBC’s cult-hit DOCTOR WHO (108 episodes). Last season, ORPHAN BLACK reached a total of 3.7 million viewers and more than 832,000 unique viewers each week on Space. DOCTOR WHO, the #1 series of all time on Space, reached epic proportions in its recently wrapped eighth season, averaging 756,000 viewers weekly, making it the most-watched TV series on Canadian specialty television during its run.
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Canadian TV Ratings: November 10-16, 2014

After taking last week off, many shows made a triumphant return this week. Castle drew over 2.3 million viewers on Monday, denting The Blacklist in the process. The hit Global drama lost nearly 200,000 viewers from last week, but still managed to be the day’s third most watched show. The Castle halo might have spread all the way to Gotham as the CTV drama gained about 100,000 viewers. 
On Tuesday, NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans roared back, attracting 2,645,000 and 2,403,000 respectively. CTV’s superheroes didn’t fare quite as well. When compared to their October 28th outings, Agents of SHIELD  lost 116,000 viewers, while The Flash cratered shedding 270,000.
The rest of the week saw some shows return as well, but others also disappeared. If you’ve been keeping an eye out for How To Get Away With Murder, you’ll likely notice that it’s back on Thursday’s chart with 2,042,000 viewers, and CSI is back on Sunday as well. However, Friday’s chart is missing a few familiar faces as CBS preempted their typical Friday night primetime lineup for the massive flop that was the Hollywood Film Awards, while Saturday is curiously missing Hockey Night in Canada.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: November 21-23, 2014

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There’s finally some good ratings news for the Raptors. Friday’s Raps/Bucks game managed to be the day’s most watched sporting event. It gets even better—the Raps topped not one, but two NHL games. They didn’t just manage to top them, but did so by a decent margin to boot—roughly 200,000 viewers.

However, when you look at the nitty-gritty of the numbers, things still aren’t very rosy. Friday’s Raptors game only attracted 365,000 on TSN, which is nowhere near the 1,505,000 TSN’s top game for the weekend drew. However, to be fair, that was a CFL playoff match and that’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Also, both NHL games that managed to make Friday’s chart didn’t have quite as much exposure as the Raptors match. While the Raptors game aired across TSN (with the exception of TSN2), the Islanders/Penguins game aired on Sportsnet One, while the Devils/Oilers match only aired on Sportsnet West.

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CBC (logo via CBC)

THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES has been a staple of CBC’s prime-time lineup for 22 seasons and in honour of the iconic Canadian comedy’s unique milestone year, CBC, together with the show’s creators and producers at DHX Media, is inviting Canadians to join in the celebrations with a live gala event and a special retrospective episode.

“We’re thrilled to have not one but two opportunities to honour this unique achievement for 22 MINUTES and everyone who has contributed to the show over the past 22 seasons,” said Michelle Daly, senior director, comedy, CBC. “Twenty-two years’ worth of jokes, sketches, characters – and not just the politicians – is a huge accomplishment and we’re proud to celebrate the legacy 22 Minutes has created and continues to grow in Canadian comedy.”

“This event is the first time we’ve been able to bring so many of the present and former cast together, so I’m as excited as I am terrified,” said Peter McBain, executive producer, 22 MINUTES. “If the hour-long special shows us anything, it’s that it’s the people who have made the show so memorable and so relevant year after year. The irresistible force of the performers meeting the immovable object of the politicians, there’s magic in that.”


Press Release: TSN Broadcasts Canada’s Biggest Party with Extensive Coverage of the 102nd GREY CUP

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TORONTO (November 25, 2014) – TSN, the home of football in Canada, once again brings Canadians the country’s biggest party: the 102nd GREY CUP. This year’s CFL championship features the Hamilton Tiger-Cats battling the Calgary Stampeders at BC Place onSunday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. ET live on TSNTSN GO, and TSN Radio’s Grey Cup Radio Network of 20 stations across the country. TSN’s live coverage begins this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the network’s five-hour pre-game show, GREY CUP SUNDAY.

TSN’s coverage of the 102nd GREY CUP will also air live on ESPN2 in the United States and be available to Canadian Forces members deployed overseas via the Canadian Forces Radio & Television.

French-language coverage of the 102nd GREY CUP airs live on RDS beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

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Press Release: Lionsgate’s Critically Acclaimed Atomic Age Drama MANHATTAN to Launch as First “Exclusive” for Bell Media’s “Project Latte”

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TORONTO (November 24, 2014) – Bell Media announced today that it has secured the big-buzz drama MANHATTAN in its first Canadian window from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader (MAD MEN, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, The Hunger Games, Divergent), for its new subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte”. A tent-pole series immediately available at launch, MANHATTAN becomes the first “Project Latte Exclusive” – TV series that will only be available to “Project Latte” subscribers.

The acclaimed drama will be joined in subsequent months by the comedy series DEADBEAT, also from Lionsgate; the crime thriller BOSCH, from Red Arrow International; and additional series, as “Project Latte Exclusives.” Canada’s premium TV streaming service, “Project Latte” will launch later this year.

From nine-time Emmy® Award-winning Director Thomas Schlamme (THE WEST WING), the 13-episode one-hour drama MANHATTAN follows one of the best-kept secrets of all time – the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb.

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