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Keith Pelley to leave Rogers for golf’s The European Tour

From a media release:

Rogers Communications today announced that Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media, will leave the company to become the new Commissioner and CEO of The European Tour – a global golf tour featuring 48 events in 26 countries. He will remain President of Rogers Media until his departure this summer.

During his tenure, Pelley repositioned the media business to address the changing media landscape. He reorganized the media division, breaking down silos to function in an integrated manner across the diverse portfolio of assets; he led the push to digital across the publishing brands; launched shomi and Next Issue in Canada; launched Sportsnet magazine to make Sportsnet the only five-platform sports media brand in the country; and expanded the reach of the company’s TV assets to deliver world-class content to more Canadians. He joined the company in August 2010.

A search for Pelley’s successor will begin and details on his exact departure date will be announced later.

Discovery Canada Orders First Original Scripted Series

From Broadcaster Magazine:

Discovery Canada announced today from MIPTV  that it has ordered its first original scripted series, Frontier, from leading Canadian independent producer Take the Shot Productions (Republic of Doyle). Created by Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, Frontier is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, Frontier takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.

Executive produced by Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, and Perry Chafe, the six-episode, hour-long series will begin principal photography in St. John’s, N.L. in July 2015.



YTV’s Game On Gives Play-By-Play of Teen’s life

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment’s YTV is set to premiere, Game On, an innovative new live-action comedy that shows what it’s like when two enthusiastic sports announcers provide running commentary on every awkward, cringe-worthy moment of 14-year-old Toby Martin’s life. The 20 x half hour series premieres Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on YTV. Visit the YTV blog for a sneak peek: http://www.ytv.com/blog/check-out-game-on.

Toby (Grayson Gurnsey) is just an average teen dealing with typical growing pains like zits, a changing voice, an annoying little sister, over-eager parents, some mild social awkwardness and an unrequited crush on classmate Jessica (Alice Morel-Michaud). However, his attempts to get through the day without too many disasters are closely examined by two announcers, Geri (Samantha Bee) and Bob (Jonathan Torrens), who give a play-by-play analysis on his daily life throughout each episode. Every move Toby, along with his best friend Seth (Jamie Mayers) makes is a potential fumble, interception or goal from Bob and Geri’s perspective at the anchor desk.

Game On’s half hour premiere includes two episodes. In the first, Toby winds up at the movies with Jessica—score!—but after offering to buy her a pop, discovers he’s 80 cents short—a total fumble. In the second episode, Toby’s parents unexpectedly fill in as chaperones at his school dance and his first priority is to keep them from dancing—showing that sometimes interference can turn into an unexpected victory.

Providing an extra layer of funny colour commentary is sideline reporter Wilf (Jonathan Langdon), who creates additional online videos for viewers called “The Wilf Diaries.” The hilarious webisodes include Wilf’s interviews with the director and a celebrity dog, a behind-the-scenes tour of the wardrobe department, and some insight into Wilf’s own “stylin” secrets. The webisodes are slated to roll out on YTV.com, in the weeks following the broadcast premiere.

AD LIB FILMS is a Montreal, Québec-based production company of English- and French-language content, founded by Lorraine Richard in May 2013. The company is currently in post-production on Game On, a 20 x 30-minute youth series for Corus Entertainment’s YTV, produced by Greg Dummett (Thorne, Station X & Dragon) with head writer Steve Westren (Almost Naked Animals, Station X, Dragon) and directed by Jacob Tierney (Mr D, Trotsky). Projects currently in development include The Tenderness of Wolves, a dramatic series based on Stef Penney’s award winning novel and Le Grand Verglas, a feature film based on the 1998 ice storm in Québec. In February 2015, the company produced a seven-part miniseries for Attraction Image entitled Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, after the novel of the same name, which was a UK/Canada co-production commissioned by Bell Media and BBC.

Link: Katee Sackhoff To Star In & Create Futuristic TV Series For Reunion Pictures

From Nellie Andreeva of Deadline:

Katee Sackhoff To Star In & Create Futuristic TV Series For Reunion Pictures
Battlestar Galactica alumna Katee Sackhoff is set to topline another drama set in the future, this one her own creation. Sackhoff has teamed with Continuum producer Reunion Pictures for the project, Rain, which she wrote and is executive producing though her Fly Free Productions.

Rain is described as an evolutionary parable that gives us a look into our possible future as a species viewed through the eyes of a soldier named Rain (Sackhoff). It explores how the long-term effects of global warming, the burning of fossil fuels and the scientific manipulation of nature’s balance rot the world and contribute to its decline. Continue reading.

WGC Screenwriting Award nominees announced

From a media release:

The WGC Screenwriting Awards, held at the elegant Koerner Hall in Toronto, take place on April 27, 2015. The awards are hosted by writer, actor, and comedian Ryan Belleville, and are co-written with stand-up/sketch comedian Jeremy Woodcock. The WGC Screenwriting Awards have a unique focus: it’s all about screenwriter and script.

Guest presenters include X Company’s Connor Price and Sunnyside’s Patrice Goodman. They will be joined onstage by show runners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (X Company), and Gary Pearson (Sunnyside).

More than 150 scripts were nominated for awards in seven categories, with 29 chosen as finalists. In total, 51 screenwriters are up for awards at the gala event. Several special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, the Sondra Kelly Award, and the Writers Block Award, will also be presented.

Among this year’s finalists are the screenwriters behind TV drama hits like Saving Hope, Orphan Black and 19-2. TV comedy nominees include scripts from well-known shows like Trailer Park Boys and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. All of the scripts in each category —children’s, animation, documentary, movies and miniseries, shorts and webseries, TV comedy, and TV drama — are strong contenders.

The winners will be announced on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:30 p.m., at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall.

The Writers Guild of Canada represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters across Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, and digital platforms.
2015 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists

The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Season 1 “Everybooty Loves the Great White Butt”
Written by Craig Martin

Fangbone, Season 1 “The Warbrute of Friendship”
Written by Simon Racioppa & Richard Elliott

Johnny Test, Season 6 “Johnny’s Junky Trunk”
Written by Sean Jara

Nerds and Monsters, Season 1 “Kaboom With a View”
Written by Greg Sullivan

Annedroids, Season 1 “New Pals”
Written by J.J. Johnson

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Season 4 “Goodwill Toward Men”
Written by Billy Brown & Dan Angel

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Season 4 “Mrs. Worthington”
Written by Melody Fox

Some Assembly Required, Season 1 “Dance Crew Evolution”
Written by Cole Bastedo & Jenny Siddle

You & Me, Season 1 “Ninja Squirrel”
Written by Katherine Sandford

The Cholesterol Question
Written by Michael McNamara

Norman McLaren: Animated Musician
Written by Donald McWilliams

Shameless Propaganda
Written by Robert Lower

The Best Laid Plans “You Had an Option, Sir”
Written by Jason Sherman and Susan Coyne

Elephant Song
Written by Nicolas Billon

Sex and Violence, Season 1 “Surface Scars”
Written by Thom Fitzgerald

Bill & Sons Towing, Season 2 “Cleaning House”
Written by Mark De Angelis

Darknet “Episode 3”
Written by Doug Taylor

Darknet “Episode 5”
Written by Randall Cole

Out With Dad, Season 3 “Outed”
Written by Jason Leaver

Ruby Skye P.I.: The Maltese Puppy “Everyone’s a Suspect”
Written by Jill Golick & Julie Strassman

Mr. D, Season 3 “Old School”
Written by Andrew De Angelis

Sensitive Skin, Season 1 “Not the Haitian Corpse”
Written by Bob Martin

This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Season XXI “Episode 16”
Written by Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Mike Allison, Bob Kerr, Susan Kent, Greg Thomey, Jon Blair, Sonya Bell, Abdul Butt, Tim Polley, Heidi Brander, Adam Christie, Kevin Shustack, Jeremy Woodcock
Contributing Writers: Dean Jenkinson, Ron Sparks

Trailer Park Boys, Season 8 “Episode 4”
Written by Mike Smith & JP Tremblay & Robb Wells

19-2, Season 1 “Partners”
Adapted by Bruce M. Smith

Lost Girl, Season 4 “La Fae Époque”
Written by Michael Grassi

Orphan Black, Season 2 “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est”
Written by Tony Elliott

Saving Hope, Season 3 “The Way We Were”
Written by John Krizanc

Strange Empire, Season 1 “The Oath”
Written by Jackie May