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Link: A lament for the days of bad Canadian TV

From Joel Rubinoff of Torstar News Service:

Link: A lament for the days of bad Canadian TV
All I hear about these days is the Golden Age of Television.

Mad MenThe WireBreaking Bad — shows that set a new standard for quality on the small screen the same way auteuristic films by Coppola and Scorsese did on the big one four decades ago.

But there’s another golden age, long lamented, fondly remembered, sporadically revisited, that also deserves attention: the Golden Age of Bad Canadian Television. Continue reading.

On September 10, Canadians to make history with CTV’s Canada in a Day

From a media release:

In advance of Canada Day celebrations this weekend, CTV confirmed this morning that it has chosen Saturday, September 10, 2016 as the day when Canadians from across the country and around the world will reveal what it means to them to be Canadian as part of the ground-breaking project CANADA IN A DAY. As previously announced, CANADA IN A DAY is a two-hour event broadcast revealing the lives and culture of our country as demonstrated by footage shot and submitted by Canadians.

Inspired by Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-nominee Ridley Scott and Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald’s highly successful Life in a Day, CANADA IN A DAY will capture one day in the life of our country, and will air on CTV as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. CTV also confirmed today that the project’s website, CanadaInADay.ca, is now live.

From countless individual moments and stories, one film will be crafted by director Trish Dolman (Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson; LUNA: SPIRIT OF THE WHALE) to capture Canada on a single day – engaging people across the country, and Canadians around the world, to share – in any language – their hopes and fears, their personal stories and, in doing so, what it means to be Canadian. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, footage submitted may be included in the final film project set to air on CTV or featured on the film’s online archive at CanadaInADay.ca.

How it Works:

  • CANADA IN A DAY is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or landed immigrants across the country, or Canadians living abroad.
  • Participants can film as much or as little footage as they want during the 24-hour period on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
  • Canadians have until midnight on Saturday, October 22, 2016 to submit their footage online at CanadaInADay.ca.
  • CANADA IN A DAY is looking for people to be creative, honest, and real, filming themselves and the people or places that mean the most to them. Participants should capture their passions, loves, fears, hopes, and dreams.
  • Canadians are encouraged to film and submit videos in their own languages.
  • To help Canadians decide what they want to film, there are four main questions they can ask themselves:
    What do you love?
    What do you fear?
    What do you hope for?
    What does Canada mean to you?

Participants can answer the above questions directly to camera, or showcase their answers with a visual response.

For more information, including video submission requirements and tips from director Trish Dolman on how to create a great video, people are encouraged to visit CanadaInADay.ca. Canadians can also sign up to receive alerts and updates during the countdown to the Saturday, Sept. 10 film day.

Celebrity ambassadors supporting the project and helping to bring awareness to the CANADA IN A DAY Saturday, Sept. 10 film day include Russell Peters, Shawn Ashmore, Karine Vanasse, Rick Hansen, Jacob Tremblay, Patrice Bernier, Jason Priestley, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Giacomo Gianniotti, Jessica Lucas, Roger Frappier, Chan Hon Goh, and more.

CANADA IN A DAY is inspired by the original award-winning Ridley Scott film, Life in a Day. Shot in 2010 and released in 2011, Life in a Day was the remarkable story of one day on Earth. The project garnered more than 80,000 submissions around the world, and contained more than 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful moments shot by contributors from Australia to Zambia – from the heart of bustling major cities to some of the most remote places on Earth. Since then, several countries have launched their own In a Day films, including Britain, Italy, Germany, Spain, India, and Japan.

CANADA IN A DAY is produced by Screen Siren Pictures Inc. in association with CTV, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Creative BC, FIBC, and the Government of Canada. Executive producers are Scott Free Films, Trish Dolman, and Christine Haebler, with Trish Dolman and Michael Ghent producing for Screen Siren Pictures Inc. Switch United is the web producer and Innovate by Day is the Social Media producer.

Natasha Henstridge named Golden Maple Awards host

From a media release:

The Academy of Canadians in Sports & Entertainment – Los Angeles (ACISE-LA) announced today the master of ceremony, the award presenters and an additional Maple of Excellence honoree for the 2016 Golden Maple Awards.

The 2016 Golden Maple Awards will be held on July 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, on Canada’s Day.

Among Missy Peregrym and Nick Bateman, 2016 Golden Maple Awards honorees, is Pop President Brad Schwartz, who will receive the 2016 Maple of Excellence for Outstanding TV Executive. Pop is a cable television network seen in over 80 million homes and owned by CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).

Mr. Schwartz led the high profile, award-winning rebrand of TV Guide Network to Pop, which debuted in January 2015. Under Mr. Schwartz’s leadership, Pop has launched critically acclaimed original programming, delivered nine quarters of year-over-year ratings growth, increased its distribution with launches on AT&T U-Verse and Cablevision, attracted over 125 new advertisers, and in 2015 delivered its best primetime in six years.

Throughout his career, Mr. Schwartz has rebranded and/or launched six cable networks and has served as a top executive for Fuse, CTV (Canada) and MTV. At Fuse, he led an award-winning (PROMAX/BDA Gold) rebrand campaign, delivered Fuse’s highest quarterly, weekly and daily ratings in the network’s history, as well as critically acclaimed programming including the Emmy Award nominated “Billy on The Street,” Image Award winning “The Hustle,” and GLAAD Winning “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.” Prior to Fuse, Schwartz served as General Manager of a suite of eight music and pop culture cable networks in Canada, including MTV Canada, MuchMusic, MTV2 and MuchMore, launching Gemini-winning “MTV Live,” North American-wide hit “The Hills Aftershow” and winning the PROMAX/BDA “Judges Choice” award for best-in-show marketing & creative. He merged MTV and MuchMusic into one business that reached more than 48% of all young Canadians every week, driving double digit increases in ratings and revenue, while leading MuchMusic to its highest rated year ever, which included the highest rated non-sports cable program on television “The MuchMusic Video Awards” and Peabody & Emmy-winning “Degrassi.”

From Toronto, Canada and a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Schwartz began his career working for Lorne Michaels at “Saturday Night Live.” He has been listed among Broadcasting and Cable’s Next Wave Of Leaders, The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation, CableFax’s Top 100 Power Players In Cable, and named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 leaders. He is a member of PROMAX/BDA’s Board of Directors.

The 2016 Golden Maple Awards will be hosted by Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, known for her role in GHOSTS OF MARS, SPECIES, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS and ELI STONE, and starred more recently in Sony’s HOME INVASION.

Canadian talent Amanda Crew, Emily Hampshire, Meaghan Rath, Enuka Okuma and Keltie Knight will be awards presenters at the 2016 Golden Maple Awards on July 1, 2016.

Previously announced on May 16, 2016, the Golden Maple Award nominees are:

Best actress in a TV series broadcast in the U.S.:

  • Amanda Crew – Silicon Valley, HBO
  • Britne Oldford – Hunters, Syfy
  • Emily Hampshire – 12 Monkeys, Syfy
  • Emily Hampshire – Schitt’s Creek, PopTV
  • Erin Karpluk – The Riftworld Chronicles, Geek & Sundry
  • Laura Vandervoort – Bitten, Syfy
  • Lindy Booth – The Librarians, TNT
  • Natalie Brown – The Strain, FX

Best actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S.:

  • Ben Hollingsworth – Code Black, CBS
  • Brandon Jay McLaren – Graceland, USA
  • Byron Mann – Hell On Wheels, AMC
  • Christopher Heyerdahl – Hell On Wheels, AMC
  • David Sutcliffe – Proof, TNT
  • Giacomo Gianniotti – Grey’s Anatomy, ABC
  • Jonathan Keltz – Reign, The CW
  • Ricky Mabe – Gigi Does It, IFC

Newcomer of the year in a TV series broadcast in the U.S.:

  • Amanda Crew – Silicon Valley, HBO
  • Ennis Esmer – Red Oaks, Amazon Studios
  • Christopher Heyerdahl – Hell on Wheels, AMC
  • Giacomo Gianniotti – Grey’s Anatomy, ABC
  • Gregory Smith – Rookie Blue, ABC

Link: 16X9 cancelled, Liza Fromer contract not renewed amid changes at Global News

From Global News:

Link: 16X9 cancelled, Liza Fromer contract not renewed amid changes at Global News
Global News also announced that The Morning Show host Liza Fromer’s contract would not be renewed after it expires at the end of June.  Fromer was a key figure on The Morning Show since its inception in 2011 and her role, along with a number of others across the Global News network, has been impacted as a result of the changing and highly competitive media landscape in Canada. Continue reading.

Specialty services increase investment in Canadian programming

From a media release:

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released statistical and financial information on Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view, video-on-demand television services for the broadcast year ending August 31, 2015.

In 2015, the pace of growth for these services slowed as their total revenues increased by 0.5%, or $19 million, to $4.3 billion. Revenue growth was hampered by a $19 million decline in advertising revenue, which was offset by a $30.6 million increase in subscription revenues. Expenditures continued to increase, rising from $3.1 billion in 2014 to $3.3 billion in 2015. As a result, profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) dropped from $1 billion to approximately $884.9 million. Nevertheless, the PBIT margin remained healthy at 20.8%.

Specialty services invested $1.5 billion in the creation of new television programs produced by Canadians, reflecting an increase of 7.8% compared to the $1.4 billion invested in the previous year. Of the $1.5 billion invested in Canadian-made programming, $409.9 million went to independent Canadian producers, up 9.1% (or $34.1 million) from 2014.

Each year, the CRTC compiles financial data on the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications sectors to produce a series of reports. To increase Canadians’ access to relevant information related to the Canadian broadcasting system, this year’s publication on specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services includes the amount they spent on animation and children’s programming.

Quick facts

  • In 2015, there were 228 specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services operating in Canada.
  • Specialty, pay, PPV and VOD services employed a total of 5,899 people in 2015.
  • Bilingual and English-language services generated $3.4 billion in revenues, a decrease of 1.1% (or $36.7 million) in 2015.
  • French-language services produced revenues of $755.6 million, an increase of $57.8 million in 2015.
  • Revenues for 38 third-language services decreased by –$2.1 million to $78.5 million.
  • The 10 highest grossing services out of the 228 operating in Canada accounted for 37.7% of the total revenues generated in 2015.
  • For the first time, Sportsnet One and TVA Sports were among the top-10 highest grossing channels, following their acquisition of exclusive NHL programming rights.
  • Pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand services continued to struggle, with their revenues decreasing by 6.3%, or $49.7 million, between 2014 and 2015.
  • Spending on foreign programming by specialty services increased from $389.2 million in 2014 to $434.2 million in 2015.
  • The CRTC recently published the financial results for conventional television stations and AM and FM radio stations.
  • The CRTC will publish results for cable and satellite entities. Following the publication of these reports, the CRTC will issue its annual Communications Monitoring Report in the fall.
  • The CRTC’s annual reports help interested parties to stay informed about the state of the Canadian communications industry, and participate in the CRTC’s public consultations.

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