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Award-winning writer/producer Bruce Smith to lead story room for 2019 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

From a media release:

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Bell Media are pleased to welcome one of Canada’s top drama showrunners Bruce Smith as the Executive Producer in Residence of the 2019 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program. From September to December 2019, Smith will lead the story room as well as the six television writers selected to participate in this year’s program as they work together to develop Smith’s original series.

Bruce Smith was most recently creator and showrunner of Street Legal on CBC. Previously, he was the showrunner of CTV’s award-winning drama 19-2 and of Cracked (CBC). Over its four-season run, 19-2 earned more than 30 Canadian Screen Awards nominations, including the win for Best Dramatic Series in 2016, when it was also nominated for an International Emmy in the same category. Additionally, Smith has worked as a writer/producer on numerous dramas, including Durham County (HBO CANADA), and has penned multiple award-winning MOWs and miniseries, including The Sleep Room (CBC), Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (CBC), The Investigation (CTV), and John A: Birth of a Country (CBC), for which he won a 2013 Canadian Screen Award. Smith has received three WGC Screenwriting Awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award in 2015 and the McGrath Service Award in 2019.

The 2019 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program participants are:

  • Henry Campbell (BC)
  • Imogen Grace (ON)
  • Amy Halloran (QC)
  • Rose Napoli (ON)
  • Lori-Ann Russell (ON)
  • Ian Steaman (ON)

This year’s program begins on September 23, 2019. The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, now in its 20th year, delivers a real-world story room experience and an intense professional and project development process for six TV writers a year. The program has attracted some of Canada’s most prolific and successful showrunners to lead the story room as Executive Producer in Residence, including Michael MacLennan, Karen Walton, Brad Wright, Dennis Heaton and Alexandra Zarowny. The program has played a vital role in developing numerous hit series through its story room, including Travelers and the Emmy Award-winning series Orphan Black. Learn more about the program here.

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2019-20 Canadian TV season renewal scorecard

With the 2018-19 Canadian television season ending soon, the networks are putting the finishing touches on their primetime lineups for 2019-20. That means celebrations for fans of shows that have been renewed and sadness for programs that won’t return.

To help keep track of what’s been renewed or ending, we’ve put together a handy list for you of what will air between the summer of 2019 and the end of spring in 2020. Check back often to see the status of your favourites.

If you are a television network publicity team member or production company with updated information regarding your show, please contact me a greg.david@tv-eh.com.

Renewed

  • Still Standing (CBC)
  • Letterkenny (CraveTV)
  • Murdoch Mysteries (CBC)
  • Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC)
  • In the Making (CBC)
  • Highway Thru Hell (Discovery)
  • Heavy Rescue: 401 (Discovery)
  • Dragons’ Den (CBC)
  • Frontier (Discovery)
  • Vikings (History, final season)
  • Private Eyes (Global)
  • Cardinal (CTV)
  • Schitt’s Creek (CBC, final season)
  • Anne with an E (CBC)
  • Killjoys (Space, final season)
  • The Detectives (CBC)
  • The Nature of Things (CBC)
  • CBC Arts: Exhibitionists (CBC)
  • CBC Docs POV (CBC)
  • Marketplace (CBC)
  • Coroner (CBC)
  • The Fifth Estate (CBC)
  • Eyes for the Job (AMI-tv)
  • Employable Me (AMI-tv)
  • The Great Canadian Baking Show (CBC)
  • Kim’s Convenience (CBC)
  • Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC)
  • Burden of Truth (CBC)
  • Heartland (CBC)
  • Mayday (Discovery)
  • Mighty Trains (Discovery)
  • Mary Kills People (Global, final season)
  • Odd Squad (TVO)
  • Corner Gas Animated (The Comedy Network)
  • Disasters at Sea (Discovery)
  • Quest Out West: Wild Food (APTN)
  • The Next Step (Family)
  • Mind Set Go (AMI-tv)
  • Slasher (on the air now, Netflix)
  • Future History (on the air now, APTN)
  • Carter (Bravo)
  • Where to I Do? (Gusto, renewed for Season 3)
  • etalk (CTV)
  • The Social (CTV)
  • The Marilyn Denis Show (CTV)
  • Your Morning (CTV)
  • Mighty Cruise Ships (currently on the air, Discovery)
  • Mighty Trains (Discovery)
  • Disasters at Sea (Discovery)
  • Workin’ Moms (CBC)
  • Diggstown (CBC)
  • 22 Minutes (CBC)
  • Hudson & Rex (Citytv)
  • Big Brother Canada (Global)
  • Entertainment Tonight Canada (Global)
  • Iron Chef Canada (Food Network Canada)
  • Carnival Eats (Food Network Canada)
  • Fire Masters (Food Network Canada)
  • Big Food Bucket List (Food Network Canada)
  • Top Chef Canada (Food Network Canada)
  • Home to Win: For the Holidays (HGTV Canada)
  • Property Brothers (HGTV Canada)
  • Island of Bryan (HGTV Canada)
  • Save My Reno (HGTV Canada)
  • Backyard Builds (HGTV Canada)
  • History Erased (History)
  • The Beaverton (Comedy Network)
  • Bonacini’s Italy (Gusto)
  • Spencer’s Big 30 (Gusto)
  • Watts on the Grill (Gusto)
  • Hellfire Heroes (Discovery)
  • Wild Bear Rescue (Animal Planet)
  • Jann (CTV)
  • Holly Hobbie (Family Channel)
  • Paranormal 911 (T+E)
  • Worst to First (on the air now, HGTV Canada)
  • Hope for Wildlife (Cottage Life)
  • Wynonna Earp (Space)

Awaiting confirmation

  • One World Kitchen (Gusto)
  • Wild Archaeology (APTN)
  • Bake with Anna Olson (Food Network)
  • Bryan Inc. (HGTV Canada)
  • Nirvanna The Band The Show (Viceland)
  • Mighty Planes (Discovery)
  • Tougher Than It Looks (Discovery)
  • Love It or List It (HGTV Canada)
  • Mighty Ships (Discovery)
  • Yukon Gold (History)
  • Buying the View (W Network)
  • Max & Shred (YTV)
  • Drive Me Crazy (YTV)
  • Massive Monster Mayhem (Family Channel)
  • The Baker Sisters (Food Network)
  • Second Jen (City)
  • Bad Blood (City)
  • When Calls the Heart (Super Channel)
  • The Stats of Life (CBC)
  • The Other Side (APTN)
  • Blood & Water (Omni)
  • The Launch (CTV)
  • Love It or List It Vancouver (HGTV Canada)
  • Property Brothers: Buying and Selling (HGTV Canada)
  • Border Security: America’s Front Line (HGTV Canada)
  • Just Like Mom & Dad (YesTV)
  • Sarah Off the Grid (HGTV Canada)
  • Holmes + Holmes (HGTV Canada)
  • Jade Fever (Discovery)
  • Dog Tales Rescue (Gusto)
  • Last Stop Garage (Discovery)
  • Rocky Mountain Railroad (Discovery)
  • Flour Power (Gusto)
  • MasterChef Canada (CTV)
  • The Murders (Citytv)
  • Northern Rescue (CBC)

Not Returning

  • Street Legal (CBC)
  • Travelers (Netflix)
  • Backstage (Family Channel)
  • Canada’s Worst Driver (Discovery)
  • Crawford (CBC)
  • Little Dog (CBC)
  • Cavendish (CBC)
  • Paranormal Survivor (T+E)
  • Crazy Beautiful Weddings (Makeful)
  • Intervention Canada (T+E)
  • Lakefront Luxury (Cottage Life)
  • Ransom (Global)
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2018-19 Canadian TV season renewal scorecard

With the 2017-18 Canadian television season ending soon, the networks are putting the finishing touches on their primetime lineups for 2018-19. That means celebrations for fans of shows that have been renewed and sadness for programs that won’t return.

To help keep track of what’s been renewed or ending, we’ve put together a handy list for you of what will air between the summer of 2018 and the end of spring in 2019. Check back often to see the status of your favourites.

Renewed

  • Pure (Super Channel)
  • Still Standing (CBC)
  • Letterkenny (CraveTV)
  • Murdoch Mysteries (CBC)
  • Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC)
  • Highway Thru Hell (Discovery)
  • Heavy Rescue: 401 (Discovery)
  • Dragons’ Den (CBC)
  • Frontier (Discovery)
  • Vikings (History)
  • Private Eyes (Global)
  • Cardinal (CTV)
  • Schitt’s Creek (CBC)
  • Anne with an E (CBC)
  • Killjoys (Space)
  • Tribal Police Files (APTN)
  • Eyes for the Job (AMI-tv)
  • Employable Me Canada (AMI-tv)
  • Mind Set Go (AMI-tv)
  • The Great Canadian Baking Show (CBC)
  • Bad Blood (City)
  • Kim’s Convenience (CBC)
  • Mr. D (CBC, final season)
  • Workin’ Moms (CBC)
  • Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC)
  • Burden of Truth (CBC)
  • Travelers (Netflix)
  • Top Chef Canada (Food Network Canada)
  • When Calls the Heart (Super Channel)
  • The Stats of Life (CBC)
  • 22 Minutes (CBC)
  • Little Dog (CBC)
  • Paranormal Survivor (T+E)
  • The Other Side (APTN)
  • Wynonna Earp (Space)
  • Second Jen (City)
  • Blood & Water (Omni)
  • Heartland (CBC)
  • Mayday (Discovery)
  • Backyard Builds (HGTV Canada)
  • The Launch (CTV)
  • Carnival Eats (Food Network Canada)
  • Save My Reno (HGTV Canada)
  • Love It or List It Vancouver (HGTV Canada)
  • Property Brothers (HGTV Canada)
  • Property Brothers: Buying and Selling (HGTV Canada)
  • Worst to First (HGTV Canada)
  • Border Security: America’s Front Line (HGTV Canada)
  • Just Like Mom & Dad (YesTV)
  • The Detectives (CBC)
  • The Nature of Things (CBC)
  • Exhibitionists (CBC)
  • Marketplace (CBC)
  • The Fifth Estate (CBC)
  • Mighty Trains (Discovery)
  • Mary Kills People (Global)
  • Big Brother Canada (Global)
  • Sarah Off the Grid (HGTV Canada)
  • Holmes + Holmes (HGTV Canada)
  • Entertainment Tonight Canada (Global)
  • Odd Squad (TVO)
  • The Beaverton (Comedy Network)
  • Jade Fever (Discovery)
  • etalk (CTV)
  • The Social (CTV)
  • The Marilyn Denis Show (CTV)
  • Your Morning (CTV)
  • Mighty Cruise Ships (Discovery)
  • Dog Tales Rescue (Gusto)
  • Corner Gas Animated (The Comedy Network)
  • Canada’s Worst Driver (Discovery)
  • Last Stop Garage (Discovery)
  • Rocky Mountain Railroad (Discovery)
  • Bonacini’s Italy (Gusto)
  • Flour Power (Gusto)
  • Crazy Beautiful Weddings (Makeful)
  • Intervention Canada (T+E)
  • Lakefront Luxury (Cottage Life)
  • Hope for Wildlife (Cottage Life)
  • Hellfire Heroes (Discovery)
  • Ransom (Global)
  • MasterChef Canada (CTV)
  • Slasher

Awaiting confirmation

  • Degrassi: Next Class (Family Channel)
  • One World Kitchen (Gusto)
  • Wild Archaeology (APTN)
  • Bake with Anna Olson (Food Network)
  • Bryan Inc. (HGTV Canada)
  • Nirvanna The Band The Show (Viceland)
  • Mighty Planes (Discovery)
  • Tougher Than It Looks (Discovery)
  • Love It or List It (HGTV Canada)
  • Mighty Ships (Discovery)
  • Backstage (Family Channel)
  • Yukon Gold (History)
  • First Dates (Slice)
  • Hockey Wives (W Network)
  • Buying the View (W Network)
  • Max & Shred (YTV)
  • The Stanley Dynamic (YTV)
  • Drive Me Crazy (YTV)
  • Massive Monster Mayhem (Family Channel)
  • Crawford (CBC)
  • The Baker Sisters (Food Network)

Not Returning

  • Rick Mercer Report (CBC)
  • The Goods (CBC)
  • Ghost Wars (Netflix)
  • 21 Thunder (CBC)
  • Interrupt This Program (CBC)
  • Daily Planet (Discovery)
  • Innerspace (Space)
  • Hello Goodbye (CBC, on hiatus)
  • The Detail (CTV)
  • On the Money (CBC)
  • Guilt Free Zone (APTN)
  • Mysticons (YTV)
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Back for more Canadian TV and films

From a media release:

As of today, Canadian and world audiences will have a renewed access to memorable Canadian film and TV content from years gone by. Key Canadian audiovisual industry organizations announced the launch of a YouTube channel which provides free access – anytime and anywhere – to a wealth of iconic content in the age of digital connectivity. Visit Encore+ at youtube.com/EncorePlusMedia.

The new channel was launched at Google Canada’s offices with talent in attendance that contributed to titles now available on Encore+, including actresses Liane Balaban, Jennifer Dale, Karyn DwyerSheila McCarthy, Cynthia Preston and Michelle St. John; actors Henry Czerny, Aiden Devine, Shawn Doyle, Pat Mastroianni, Tony Nardi, Michael Riley, Michael Theriault, and John Wildman; as well as producers Bernard Lajoie, and Rayne and Bernie Zuckerman.

Encore+ already offers over 300 videos across 100 award-winning feature films and television series in both official languages, including comedies, dramas, children’s and youth shows, documentaries and short films. Every week, dozens of titles will be added as part of an ongoing editorial calendar, including a number of Canadian feature films premiering on Encore+ in newly re-mastered versions. All digitizing, encoding and remastering of works is provided by Deluxe Toronto.

Among the top titles featured on Encore+, audiences will find fan-favourites that transcend generations, including Cornemuse, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Degrassi High, Due South, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, John A: Birth of a Country, La Petite Vie, Le Vieil Homme et la Mer, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Moi et l’Autre, Maman Last Call, Moccasin Flats, Mr. Dressup, New Waterford Girl, The Corporation, The Littlest Hobo, Watatatow and dozens of other exceptional productions reflecting Canada’s history and stories from coast to coast to coast.

Managed by service-provider BroadbandTV (BBTV), Encore+ will generate worldwide exposure and seek to stimulate demand for Canadian content and talent, particularly from young audiences who access media primarily via mobile devices.

Using a non-exclusive approach, Encore+ will complement the offerings of Canadian stakeholders already active in online distribution. This channel is a Canadian content discoverability and visibility tool, at a time when we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Through this industry-wide effort, the presenting partners also seek to ensure that rights holders and Canadian creators are the first to benefit from views of their works on YouTube, as well as test new business models for catalogue content.

Working closely with Canada’s film and television producers, distributors, broadcasters, unions, guilds and other industry associations, Encore+ is spearheaded by the Canada Media Fund (CMF) with support from Google Canada, Bell Media, BroadbandTV (BBTV), and Deluxe Toronto. Telefilm Canada is also a key partner in this endeavor, providing financial and promotional support.

Enjoy hundreds of Canadian productions today. Subscribe at youtube.com/EncorePlusMedia and get the latest updates on Encore+ by following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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Link: Canadian film, TV leaders to meet about industry’s ‘prevalent’ sexual harassment

From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:

Link: Canadian film, TV leaders to meet about industry’s ‘prevalent’ sexual harassment
Canadian film and TV leaders are acknowledging that sexual harassment has also been a “prevalent” part of the entertainment industry north of the border and have planned a meeting to discuss how to tackle it.

In the wake of the flood of allegations against fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, writer-director James Toback and others, the union representing Canadian actors, ACTRA, has had preliminary meetings with industry groups and is preparing for a broader meeting of stakeholders on Nov. 23 in Toronto. Continue reading.

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