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OutTV acquires three seasons of Go Button Media’s Mom vs Matchmaker

From a media release:

Go Button Media announces that three seasons of their original television series Mom vs Matchmaker has been acquired by OUTtv. Season one (6 x 30’) and season two (12 x 30’) will air later this year on OUTtv. Season three (12 x 30’) has been commissioned to air in 2018. OutTV has acquired 30 episodes in total.

In an age where dating is dominated by apps and social media, Mom vs Matchmaker instead brings a new, fun twist to traditional matchmaking.” In Mom vs Matchmaker, sassy professional matchmaker Carmelia Ray goes head-to-head with an opinionated mom to see who can handpick and train the most suitable suitor for mother’s precious offspring. One single, two potential mates and two battling forces of nature. In the time of Tinder, can these titans of love generate game changing sparks for the single using whatever means necessary? Only one, mother or matchmaker, can make the winning match. The final twist, the single won’t know which date is a ringer for which cupid until the end.

Season one and two of Mom vs Matchmaker air in the United States on MyxTV. Season three will air on MyxTV in 2018. The series has been sold to Australia (E!), Middle East (Fox), North Africa (Fox), Discovery Latin America. Season one of the series previously aired on iChannel, FTV, and GSN in Canada. Season two will air on OUTtv and ZTV. Season three has been commissioned as a co-first window on OUTtv and Rewind. The series is licensed internationally by Electus International.

 

 

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Canadian Screenwriters and Producers Extend Agreement

From a media release:

Canadian screenwriters and producers have agreed to extend the current agreement governing English-language screenwriting in Canada. The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) announced today that all parties have ratified an eighteen-month extension to the Independent Production Agreement (IPA), which will come into effect Jan. 1, 2018. This agreement maintains the current terms of engagement, with an increase of minimum script fees, and now expires on June 30, 2019.

All parties agree that screenwriters and producers are best positioned to face a time of industry flux by continuing to work under the terms of the current IPA in order to focus on issues that impact the entire industry. The extension includes a one per cent script fee increase in 2018.

WGC President Jill Golick says, “From contentious CRTC decisions to the government’s Canadian Content in a Digital World policy review, there’s a lot of uncertainty in our industry, making it a less than ideal time for labour negotiations. For now, our top priority is ensuring a healthy future for Canadian screenwriters. We are hopeful that in 18 months the situation will have improved significantly.”

CMPA Senior Counsel and Vice-President of National Industrial Relations Warren Ross says, “Today’s announcement means Canada’s independent producers and the country’s talented writers can continue to focus on what they do best — bringing compelling stories to life on screen that entertain audiences here at home and around the world.”

AQPM President and CEO Hélène Messier says, “The AQPM is confident that the agreement reached by the associations and the Guild will allow for the continued success of Canadian writers and producers. Canadian writers, with their remarkable ideas and distinct sensibilities, are an integral part of the Quebec television and film industry and the AQPM is glad to count on their continued services for the foreseeable future.”

 

 

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Link: Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind

From Fred Langan of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind
Most viewers never knew his name, but Arnold Amber, who died in Toronto on Labour Day at the age of 77, was the brains behind TV programs that millions of Canadians watched. For a decade and a half, he was the man in charge of special news broadcasts at the CBC, covering elections, leadership conventions, the first Quebec referendum and the Meech Lake crisis. He was also a passionate union leader, representing fellow journalists at the CBC. Continue reading.

 

 

 

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AMI-tv announces fall programming schedule

From a media release:

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today its diverse schedule for the 2017 fall season including returning favourites, programs available for the first time with description, a collection of compelling documentaries and the addition of a second movie night.

AMI This Week, will kick off a new season on September 4 at 7 p.m. ET with a special one-hour episode further exploring the station’s new fall programs, featuring exclusive interviews and sneak peeks. Additionally, the AMI This Week crew heads to the set of Murdoch Mysteries for a behind the scenes look at the show and chats with some of the stars, including Yannick Bisson. The new season of Murdoch Mysteries begins October 1 on AMI-tv.

This season AMI This Week welcomes a new co-host as motivational speaker and former Paralympic rower Victoria Nolan joins Anthony McLachlan. New episodes of AMI This Week begin September 11 at a new time, 8:30 p.m. ET.

AMI original productions remain a pillar of the fall schedule with returning programs like Blind Sighted with Kelly MacDonald and Challenges and Change with Craig Oliver, along with a number of new productions including Menu Match-up and Food Spin with Chef Aleem. Additionally, AMI is producing a variety of original documentaries to share compelling stories from across Canada. This fall tune in for an exclusive interview with The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, catch Grant Hardy taking on the infamous Grouse Grind in Vancouver, and more.

Returning favourites to AMI-tv include: Law and Order: SVU, House, Magnum, P.I. and Schitt’s Creek. New additions include the legal drama Suits and never-before described episodes of Elementary, a contemporary update to the classic character of Sherlock Holmes. AMI-tv has also added a second movie night to the schedule – described movies will now run every Friday and Saturday and commercial free movies will air at midnight.

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Viceland Canada announces new fall shows and returning favourites

From a media release:

November 3rd @ 10pm marks the return of the critically acclaimed and festival favourite series “NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW.” Adapted from the webseries of the same title, the show centers on Matt (Matt Johnson) and Jay (Jay McCarrol), a hapless two-piece Toronto “band” who will do anything to play a show at The Rivoli. Season 2 takes their harebrained schemes to get on stage to new heights as their plans continue to inevitably, yet delightfully, going awry.

November 3rd @ 10:30pm also marks the premiere of “FUBAR: AGE OF COMPUTER.” Taking the beloved film franchise and hurtling it into the modern age, the eight-part, half-hour series, reunites director Michael Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. The series opens with Terry (Lawrence) and Dean (Spence) fleeing from the wildfires of Fort McMurray, in a desperate retreat to Calgary, with nothing but emergency government debit cards to their names. Terry and Dean retreat to Terry’s cousin Shank’s illegal basement suite in Calgary, where Terry discovers high-speed Internet and Dean embarks on an epic journey to record his concept album, ‘3069.’

 

 

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