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Blue Ant International announces U.S. sales ahead of MIPCOM

From a media release:

Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and the producers and distributors of one of the world’s leading native 4K nature libraries, announced today its latest U.S. sales ahead of MIPCOM. More than 75 hours of content from its diverse catalogue of factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats will land on channels across the U.S.

Scripps Networks (U.S.) has purchased an array of series from Blue Ant International, including Rebel Without A Kitchen (26 x 30’ HD) for Cooking Channel which follows Matt Basile who takes his roving food truck on the road, popping up in the most unlikely spots to deliver his culinary take on the Cuban sandwich. For GAC, Scripps has also purchased a season of Lake Guys (original title: Brojects; 26 x 30’ HD), produced by Farmhouse Productions. The series follows quirky brothers Kevin and Andrew as they brainstorm extreme build ideas for their family cottage. Lake Docks & Decks (original title: Decks, Docks & Gazebos; 26 x 30’ HD), focuses on a one-of-a-kind builds by the lake, was acquired for both GAC and DIY Network.

A+E Networks® (U.S.), for FYI™ Network, has opted for Cabin Truckers (13 x 30’ HD), produced by Remedy Productions, a factual series following the incredible exploits of hauling colossal cabins to remote, picturesque locations. Watch as an expert team navigates through extremely rocky, mountainous terrain, delivering precious cargo to thrilled homeowners.

Earlier this year, two series were picked up by Discovery Communications’ stable of U.S. networks including Our House Media’s Paranormal Survivor, Season 1 (10 x 60’ HD), a series that shares terrifying real-life encounters with the supernatural for Destination America and; Summerhill International’s My Dog’s Crazy Animal Friends (original title: Dog’s Best Friend; 13 x 30’ HD) which follows the cutest of these uncanny canine acquaintances, for Discovery Family Channel.

Blue Ant International is a leading global content distribution company and a leader in native 4K nature and wildlife programming. Its diverse catalogue of over 1,700 hours includes award winning factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company’s catalogue includes The Weapon Hunter (Cream Productions; 6×60’ HD), Wild Ride (Nomadic Nation; 16×30’ HD) and Live Here, Buy This (JV Productions; 52×30’ HD). Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media.

Seven New Original Lifestyle Series join OMNI’s fall schedule

From a media release:

With everything from Italian cooking to Kama Sutra, today OMNI Television unveils its Fall Schedule featuring seven new original titles, six newly acquired series, six returning favourites, and the return of Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition. OMNI’s revamped schedule boasts the best mix of informative lifestyle programs, coveted telenovelas, and gripping scripted and reality prime-time series beginningSaturday, Sept. 5.

Additionally, OMNI’s first original Chinese language crime series Blood & Water will premiere this Fall, with broadcast details to be announced at a later date.

See below for series descriptions followed by the OMNI Television Fall 2015 schedule; the new series join thepreviously announced OMNI Television current affairs programs.

New OMNI Television Series 

L’Arte Di Cucinare **OMNI Television Original***
Born and raised in Friuli, Italy,  Chef Gianni Cescia serves up authentic dishes and old world charm to Italian audiences, demonstrating the art of eating well.

Nos Portugeuses **OMNI Television Original***
Each weekly episode of Nos Portuguese will focus on a theme that defines the current Portuguese-Canadian community, covering a variety of topics such as language retention, connection to Portugal, and Canadian politics.

Kama Sutra **OMNI Television Original***
Hosted by South Asian therapist, Rebecca Rosenblat, Kama Sutra is just as it sounds – a program designed to answer candid questions about intimate matters in Hindi and Urdu.

Kitty Talk **OMNI Television Original***
An engrossing weekly women’s South Asian talk show featuring three hosts sharing their thoughts on what’s trending in the community including current affairs, lifestyle, cooking, fashion, health, and entertainment.

Afro-X **OMNI Television Original***
Afro-X celebrates African-Canadian culture featuring segments focused on fashion, food, language, lifestyle, and much more.

Parwaaz **OMNI Television Original***
Catering to the Punjabi community in Edmonton, Alberta, Parwaaz  focuses on entertainment and culture, with discussions on the hottest issues of the week, as well as community events, and poetry.

Glee China
With his deep passion for music, Xiao Wen, an Accounting Professor at Chen Xi University, decides to take over the underachieving university choir and pledges to lead them to first place at the national championships. However, the choir members are an eclectic group without much experience, and a shortage of singers and a tight budget are not the only challenges for the choir. After the leader of the basketball team, Xiang Yuan, and the enthusiastic and outgoing team center, Li Yiyuan,  join the choir, they qualify for competition. But Xiao Wen’s nemesis, Yan Su, the cheerleading coach, tries everything to shatter their dreams.

24 India
Based on the American series of the same name, 24 India is an Indian television series in Hindi. Set in Mumbai, India, the series follows Anti-Terrorist Unit director Jai Singh Rathod’s efforts to thwart the assassination of Indian Prime Minister candidate, Aditya Singhania, while his own family comes under threat from the perpetrators.

Supernanny China
Based on the hit U.S. and UK versions, Supernanny (China) features Lan Hai, a modern-day Mary Poppins who takes on the unruliest children in China and rescues desperate, overstressed parents. It’s the first child-rearing show ever produced in China, and it is rooted in Chinese society to meet the unique needs of Chinese parents. Using innovative, time-tested methods, Lan is able to solve problems with behaviour, sleep, mealtimes, potty training and other challenges that have irritated parents around the world for centuries.

Planet’s Got Talent
Highlighting the most incredible acts from across the globe, from Indonesia to Iceland, Bulgaria to Brazil, and China to Chile, Planet’s Got Talent steers audiences through hilarious, show-stopping, heart-pumping performances.

Ramayan
Based on the ancient Indian Hindu religious epic of the same name, Ramayan tells the story of Rama, an avatar of the Hindu Supreme-God Vishnu, whose wife Sita is abducted by the King of Sri Lanka, Ravana. Thematically, the Ramayan explores human values and the concept of dharma – that which upholds, supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe.

Returning to OMNI Television

Bollywood Star, Season 2 **OMNI Television Original***
In search of Canada’s next Bollywood sensation, Bollywood Star follows Canadian Bollywood hopefuls around Mumbai on their quest to score a role in a Bollywood film and the opportunity to become Bollywood’s next marvel.

Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition
Once the puck drops in October, OMNI will continue to air Saturday night NHL hockey in Punjabi on Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition.

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OMNI.1 FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES (Ontario)

All dates are subject to change. All times ET.

Monday, Sept. 14

3:30 p.m. L’Arte Di Cucinare

Sunday, November 1

11:30 a.m. Nos Portugueses

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OMNI.2 FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES (Ontario)

All dates are subject to change. All times ET.

Saturday, Sept. 5

8 p.m. Bollywood Star 

Saturday, Sept. 12

12 p.m. Bollywood Freetime Movie

3:30 p.m. Kitty Talk **NEW – OMNI Television Original**

5 p.m. 24 India **NEW**

9 p.m. Planet’s Got Talent **NEW**

 Sunday, Sept. 13

7 p.m. Glee China **NEW**

8 p.m. Super Cinema Movie

10 p.m. Supernanny China **NEW**

Thursday, Sept. 17

11 p.m. Kama Sutra **NEW – OMNI Television Original**

Saturday, October 10

7 p.m. Hockey Night In Canada: Punjabi Edition

Sunday, October 18

6 p.m. Fashion Girls by Dan **New One-Hour Format**

Monday, November 9

2 p.m. Ramayan **NEW**

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OMNI B.C. FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES

All dates are subject to change. All times PT.

Saturday, Sept. 5

8 p.m. Bollywood Star 

Sunday, Sept. 6

3 p.m. Afro-X **NEW**

Saturday, Sept. 12

11 a.m. Bollywood Freetime Movie

2:30 p.m. Kitty Talk **NEW**

5 p.m. 24 India **NEW**

9 p.m. Planet’s Got Talent **NEW**

 Sunday, Sept. 13

7 p.m. Glee China **NEW**

8 p.m. Super Cinema Movie

10 p.m. Supernanny China **NEW**

 Thursday, Sept. 17

11 p.m. Kama Sutra **NEW – OMNI Television Original**

Saturday, October 10

4 p.m. Hockey Night In Canada: Punjabi Edition

Sunday, October 18

6 p.m. Fashion Girls by Dan **New One-Hour Format**

Monday, November 9

2 p.m. Ramayan **NEW**

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OMNI ALBERTA FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES

All dates are subject to change. All times MT.

Saturday, Sept. 5

8:30 a.m. Afro-X **NEW**

11 a.m. Parwaaz **NEW**

8 p.m. Bollywood Star 

Saturday, Sept. 12

12 p.m. Bollywood Freetime Movie

3:30 p.m. Kitty Talk **NEW – OMNI Television Original**

5 p.m. 24 India **NEW**

9 p.m. Planet’s Got Talent **NEW**

Sunday, Sept. 13

4 p.m. Viet Time TV ** New One-Hour Format**

7 p.m. Glee China

8 p.m. Super Cinema Movie

10 p.m. Supernanny China **NEW**

Thursday, Sept. 17

11 p.m. Kama Sutra **NEW – OMNI Television Original**

Saturday, October 10

5 p.m. Hockey Night In Canada: Punjabi Edition

Sunday, October 18

6 p.m. Fashion Girls by Dan **New One-Hour Format**

Friday, October 30

10:30 a.m. Nos Portugueses **NEW**

Monday, November 9

2 p.m. Ramayan **NEW**

 

Mother-daughter power team unveil Straight Shooters Productions

From a media release:

Award-winning twosome, filmmaker Gail Harvey (Heartland, Murdoch Mysteries, Lost Girl), and her daughter, actress and writer Katie Boland (GerontophiliaReign) have teamed up to launch Straight Shooters Productions. Driven by their desire to create meaningful relevant content for domestic and international audiences, Harvey and Boland have paired up to develop and produce thought-provoking original content that speaks to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

With this new venture comes a development deal with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) working with Senior Director Helen Asimakis and Production Executive Sarah Adams in partnership with Serendipity Point Films (The Right Kind of WrongBarney’s Version) on a new gripping drama series entitled Centrepunch based on the inner workings of the Toronto police department.

Created and written by Boland and Calum DeHartog (Cracked), to star Boland, Centrepunch is a riveting new drama series about a willful, bold and naive ingénue, born into a family of respected male police officers. Upon joining the force, she uncovers things about her family and the inner workings of the Toronto Police Department she never would have imagined possible.

Global unveils fall schedule (with no CanCon)

From a media release:

Global is ready for TV’s hottest season with confirmed premiere dates for its slate of action-packed, must-see new series debuting this fall.

Jam-packed with high-performing people reshaping the world, Global’s compelling lineup begins with sci-fi mystery series Minority Report on September 21. Then an ordinary guy discovers the brain-boosting power of mysterious drug NZT in new series Limitless, premiering on September 22. Primetime gets even hotter with the highly anticipated reboot Heroes Reborn on September 24, followed by the action-adventure drama celebrating girl power, Supergirl, on October 26. The smartest guy in the room, Stephen Colbert, rounds out the Global schedule with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, airing weeknights beginning September 8

Global dials up the laughs on Friday nights with two brand new comedies, starting with the unabashed new comedy about two diverse couples Truth be Told (formerly People Are Talking) starting October 16.Then it’s over to the comedic styling’s of Jane Lynch in the hilarious new series Angel From Hell, premiering on November 6

Also joining Global’s all-star lineup is the latest addition to the Chicago franchise, the gripping new medical drama Chicago Med premiering November 10.

Global’s roster of rock solid of fan-favourites also return this fall, including gripping thriller The Blacklist on September 24, long-standing hit series Survivor on September 23, Friday night favourite Hawaii Five-0 on September 25, and high-powered political drama Madam Secretary on October 4. Also returning this fall is the powerhouse NCIS franchise, starting with NCIS, the most-watched drama in the world, NCIS: LA and NCIS: New Orleans, along with The Good WifeBonesElementary and The Simpsons.   

FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES and TIMES for GLOBAL TV:

All times are ET and subject to change. New series are bolded.

Tuesday, September 8th  

Late Show with Stephen Colbert – 11:35pm

Monday, September 21st  

Minority Report  9 pm

NCIS: Los Angeles – 10 pm

Tuesday, September 22nd

NCIS – 8 pm

NCIS: New Orleans – 9 pm

Limitless – 10pm

Wednesday, September 23rd

Survivor – 8pm

Thursday, September 24th

Heroes Reborn  8pm

The Blacklist – 9pm

Friday, September 25th

Hawaii Five-0 – 9pm

Sunday, September 27th

Simpsons – 8pm

Wednesday, September 30th

Bones – 9pm

Chicago PD – 10pm

Sunday, October 4th

Madam Secretary – 8pm

The Good Wife – 9pm

Monday, October 12th

Chicago Fire – 8pm

Friday, October 16th

Truth be Told (formerly People are Talking) – 8:30pm

Monday, October 26th

Supergirl – 8:30pm

Thursday, November 5th

Elementary – 10pm

Friday, November 6th

Angel From Hell – 8pm

Tuesday, November 10th

Chicago Med – 7pm

Link: Canadian Cord-Cutting 6 Times Faster This Year Than Last

From Daniel Tencer of The Huffington Post:

Canadian Cord-Cutting 6 Times Faster This Year Than Last
Canadian TV providers are losing customers six times faster this year than they did last year, according to new research from Ottawa-based Boon Dog Professional Services.

The research firm’s latest study on TV subscribers found the country’s publicly-traded broadcasters lost a combined 113,000 subscribers in the first half of their fiscal year. That compares to a loss of 19,200 in the same period last year. Continue reading.