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Wab Kinew to host Canada Reads 2015

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From a media release:

CBCbooks.ca is thrilled to announce that Canada Reads 2014‘s winning defender, Wab Kinew, will host Canada Reads 2015. Kinew becomes the fourth host of CBC’s battle of the books, now entering its 14th year.

Earlier this year, Kinew successfully defended Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda as, “the one novel to change the nation.”  He is the interim Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg and a correspondent with Al Jazeera America. His hip-hop music and journalism projects have won numerous awards, including an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD, an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award (from the Association of Electronic Journalists) and a Gabriel Award.

This year’s theme is “one book to break barriers.” Panelists will debate books that change perspectives, challenge stereotypes and illuminate issues. Canada Reads will consider both fiction and nonfiction books. Readers can submit their suggestions at CBCbooks.ca until Sunday, November 30.

The Canada Reads panelists and their chosen books will be announced on January 20, 2015.

The Canada Reads debates will take place in front of live audiences over four days from March 16-19, 2015, and will be broadcast on radio, TV and online at CBCbooks.ca.  Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panelists, until the winner is chosen as the must-read book for Canadians in 2015.

Every year, the five shortlisted Canada Reads books see a significant rise in sales, and past winners have become national bestsellers. Past successes include The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, which began as a self-published book and won Canada Reads in 2011; and The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, the 2009 winner, which will be broadcast as a mini-series on CBC-TV beginning January 7, 2015.

Say Yes to the Dress Canada gets W Network debut date

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From a media release:

Dreams come true this winter as Corus Entertainment’s W Network captures all the excitement and joy of finding the perfect wedding dress with the premiere of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. The series features brides from across Canada as they shop for their dream dress with loved ones at the exclusive Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Toronto. Each episode of Say Yes to the Dress Canada invites viewers to join wide-eyed brides as they face the exhilaration and emotion of saying ‘yes’, before they walk down the aisle and say ‘I do’. Say Yes to the Dress Canada premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Produced by Temple Street Productions in association with W Network and based on the popular format created by Half Yard Productions for TLC, Say Yes to the Dress Canada brings the heart of the U.S. series north to our beautiful Canadian brides. The series stars bridal stylist and fashion dynamo, Joseph, who brings his extensive experience working for some of Canada’s top fashion retailers and A-list celebrities to the show. It also features bridal boutique owners Sam and Rachelle, seamstress Maria and Amanda-Lina’s team of seasoned bridal consultants.​

In Say Yes to the Dress Canada, brides-to-be are on a search for the perfect gown to match their style, image and budget. It’s not always easy with family and friends at their side offering their unfiltered opinions. Filmed at one of Canada’s leading bridal destinations, Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Toronto, the series goes behind-the-scenes and uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to ensure each bride is completely satisfied on what may be the single most important day of her life.

This season includes Canadian bridal appointments including Olympic Bobsledder Emily Baadsvik and fiancé, CFL star Dimitri Tsoumpas; Sharon, whose 88 year-old Matron of Honour and grandmother helps to pick out the perfect dress; best friends who fulfill a childhood dream of shopping for dresses together; and the bride who has tried on 50 gowns before coming to Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique.

Link: Small screen hits the big time with CITF’s second year

From Tony Wong:

In the augural year of the Canadian International Television Festival, David Heath set off on what seemed an improbable mission.

He wanted television viewers to get off the couch and head to the theatre to watch TV on the big screen. Moreover, he wanted them to watch only Canadian-made shows.

“It really bugged me that we had over 60 film festivals and not one TV festival,” says Heath, a veteran television industry executive. “You have major directors and stars flocking to this golden age of television, which is arguably producing better work than what you see on the big screen. So why don’t we celebrate that?” Continue reading.

Cineflix’s Mayday takes flight for Season 15

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From a media release:

Cineflix announced the start of production on season 15 of its long running hit series MAYDAY (Air Crash Investigation). Cineflix is producing 10 one-hour episodes, bringing the series total to an incredible 130 episodes. MAYDAY airs on Discovery Channel and Canal D in Canada and on National Geographic Channel internationally.
 
Riveting stories featured in season 15 include the investigation of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 which crashed on its final approach into San Francisco International Airport – the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 777; the circumstances surrounding the crash of a DC-6 carrying UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, en route to cease-fire negotiations; and the fatal UPS Airlines Flight 6 cargo plane crash, which resulted in more than thirty recommendations for safety improvements. 
Since its debut in 2003, MAYDAY has taken viewers behind the scenes of the world’s most catastrophic aviation disasters in search of the clues that can prevent similar tragedies from happening again. Based on cockpit voice recorders, accident reports, and insider accounts by the investigators themselves, every episode also features state-of-the-art CGI, and gripping reenactments.
 
MAYDAY is a Cineflix (Mayday 15) Inc. production, in association with Discovery Channel Canada, National Geographic Channels International, and Canal D. Executive producer for Cineflix is Alex Bystram. MAYDAY is distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights, and has sold into 129 territories worldwide.

Rogers and Vice team for Canadian studio and content

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From a media release:

After 20 years of traversing the globe to create the gold standard in print, photojournalism and video, VICE Media will return home to Canada to team up with Rogers and establish a state-of-the-art multimedia production studio. The new Toronto studio, which will operate under VICE’s creative direction, will be dedicated to producing the very best Canadian content for mobiles, tablets, computers and TV screens and will be exported around the world.

The VICE Canada Studio will address the dramatic shift in Canada’s media landscape, as young people increasingly consume news and entertainment from their mobile and digital devices (nearly 70 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds receive news and entertainment from their mobiles, tablets or a computer, versus only 30 per cent of 40-year-olds and over).

Shane Smith, Founder, VICE Media, said: “It was 20 years ago, deep down in the port of Old Montreal that we set out to try and make a magazine that didn’t suck. This year we return to the homeland, all our hard lessons learned, to build from scratch a completely horizontally and vertically integrated ultra-modern media entity. Essentially we are building a content creation hub that will generate premium video for a cutting edge media company that will program – simultaneously – the holy trinity of convergence; mobile, online, and TV.”

VICE Canada properties will form part of a $100 million joint venture between Rogers and VICE Media that includes:

  • The VICE Canada Studio, a multimedia, state-of-the-art production facility based in Toronto, will:
    • Produce Canadian-focused content including news, drama, documentaries and programming covering food, sports, fashion, tech, and more, for all screens;
    • Partner and collaborate with Canada’s best young directors, producers, journalists, editors and filmmakers, giving them the tools and guidance to create the next wave of great content coming out of Canada;
    • Include an incubator featuring programming and workshops intended to develop and foster students and burgeoning journalists across Canada.
  • The VICE TV Network, a dedicated Canadian TV channel distributed throughout Canada;
  • Mobile content, including exclusives and adapted content;
  • VICE’s network of Canadian digital properties, featuring more Canadian content.

The VICE Canada Studio will make a range of content including:

  • Daily mobile blasts of exciting Canadian-made news and information including exclusives for Rogers and Fido customers;
  • VICE TV Formats, a brand new slate of television formats developed, produced and made with new Canadian talent to air on the VICE TV Network;
  • VICE Plus, mobile adaptations of VICE’s new and best-known franchises, including the environmental show TOXIC; and F*CK THAT’S DELICIOUS starring the rapper and former chef Action Bronson, as well as pilots for new VICE shows.

VICE Studio, VICE Mobile, and VICE PLUS will launch in Canada in 2015.