From Jeffrey Jones of The Globe and Mail:
Link: Childrenâ€™s programmer DHX puts itself on the block
The Canadian programming company that shelled out $345-million (U.S.) this year for a majority stake in all things Charlie Brown and Snoopy has hung out a for-sale sign.
DHX Media Ltd., the Halifax-based children’s content producer, said it is launching a search for strategic alternatives, which could mean a sale of all or part of the company, a merger or some other arrangement aimed at boosting value for shareholders. Continue reading.
From Megan Dolski of the Toronto Star:
Link: Students of Degrassi: Next Class grapple with terrorism in new season
The students at Degrassi Community School are about to get shaken up with news that probably sounds familiar.
In the newest season of Degrassi: Next Class â€” debuting Monday at 10 p.m. on Family Channel â€” Belgium is rocked by a terror attack. Within days, student Goldi has her hijab ripped from her head while walking home.
Meanwhile, T-shirts in solidarity with Belgium pop up around the school. Saad, a Syrian refugee, tries to explain why he doesnâ€™t feel comfortable putting one on. Continue reading.Â
From a media release:
This Canada Day long weekend, Family Channel is heading back to the classroom, bringing fans across the country a brand new season of Degrassi: Next Class. Premiering Â Monday, July 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, season four of the critically acclaimed teen drama takes a look at some of the most relevant issues affecting todayâ€™s youth, exploring important topics such as mental illness, gender identity and cultural adjustment. Following the premiere, new episodes of Degrassi: Next Class will air weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For fans whoâ€™d prefer to spend their long weekend binge-watching, all 10 episodes will be available on The Family Channel AppÂ beginning Friday, June 30.
Season four of Degrassi: Next Class picks up with the students returning to school from their winter break, many for their final semester. Still reeling from the reality of Mayaâ€™s accident, Degrassi Community School is carefully monitoring everyoneâ€™s mental health and ensuring that all students have someone to talk to. While exploring situations teens commonly struggle with today, such as break ups and make ups, peer pressure and balancing academia with personal life, season four also continues to focus on the lives of the Syrian refugees as they try to find their place at Degrassi. The new season also marks the graduation of some of the seriesâ€™ most beloved characters, but not before a beautiful yet dramatic prom.
A special treat for fans in honour of the Canada Day long weekend, on Friday, June 30, the entire fourth season will be available on The Family Channel App, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes extra content. For those who are new to the series, missed a few episodes or simply want to re-watch all the Next Class drama, seasons one through three are currently available on The Family Channel App and on Family OnDemand.
Reprising their roles for season four of Degrassi: Next Class are Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Parham Rownaghi as Saad Alâ€™Maliki; Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; Richard Walters as Deon â€œTinyâ€ Bell; Dalia Yegavian as Rasha Zuabi and Stefan Brogren as Principal Simpson.
Degrassi: Next Class is produced by DHX Media, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.
From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:
Link: The world of Degrassi according to Snake
Itâ€™s been three decades since Stefan Brogren played Archie â€œSnakeâ€ Simpson on CBCâ€™sÂ Degrassi Junior High. But he will forever be known as the guy who was the first to use the F-bomb on Canadian television.
â€œI was actually so excited to say it,â€ says Brogren. â€œWe had two versions. One where I say â€˜Screw it.â€™ The other was when I used the F-word. I didnâ€™t know which one CBC went with until they broadcast the show. There was a huge uproar.â€ Continue reading.