Tag Archives: Property Brothers

Class action lawsuit a big step toward fairness in factual and reality TV

From a media release:

The Canadian Media Guild / CWA Canada is welcoming a $35-million class action lawsuit [http://www.cavalluzzo.com/factual-televison-classactionfiled by law firm Cavalluzzo on behalf of hundreds of reality and factual TV workers who have worked at Cineflix Canada, which produces such TV shows as Property Brothers and Mayday.

The legal action follows a five-year campaign by CMG and its parent union CWA Canada to bring fair working conditions to this part of the entertainment industry.

“Reality and factual TV are the wild west of the entertainment world,” said Lise Lareau, a co-ordinator of the CMG’s Fairness in Factual TV campaign. “People working in this area of production are cut out of labour laws. They don’t have the rights of other employees, and historically they’ve been left out of union contracts enjoyed by the rest of the entertainment industry.”

Most reality and factual TV production companies make their workers set up their own corporations or sign contracts saying they are “independent contractors” and then don’t provide overtime pay, vacation pay and paid holidays. The failure to pay these basic entitlements is the basis for the Cavalluzzo class action lawsuit.

The statement of claim for the suit is based on the experience of Anna Bourque, a production worker whose most recent contract at Cineflix was September 2017 to February 2018.

“Picture editors and story editors work together taking hundreds of hours of footage and sharpening it into 43 minutes or so of entertaining television, but as schedules get squeezed our hours expand and there is never compensation for that, so our pay becomes inversely proportional to the hours worked,” Bourque said.

The ‘Fairness in Factual TV’ campaign began five years ago when a group of reality and factual TV workers decided enough was enough and sought the support of the Canadian Media Guild / CWA Canada. More than 400 people have signed up as supporters since the campaign began.

“Since these workers aren’t covered by union contracts, production companies often use them as a way to create less expensive but still lucrative programming,” said CMG organizer Denise O’Connell, who has spent 20 years in the industry.

Kat Lapointe, an organizer with CMG / CWA Canada, said the fact that you sign a contract that calls you an independent contractor does not mean that you are not entitled to basic minimum employment standards.

“It is not that simple. Treating people as outside of employment laws keeps people vulnerable and unable to build sustainable careers.  It means they’re forced to deal one-on-one with the company — putting each individual worker at a disadvantage — rather than having a collective voice to win fairness and respect at work.”

The Guild is urging people in the industry to talk about this issue at work and join our campaign www.fairnessinfactualtv.ca. If you feel your work conditions have been unfair, contact the union at factualtv@cmg.ca. Write a few lines about your experience and attach a recent contract. It will be held in complete confidence.

Those who have worked at Cineflix, Boat Rocker Media, Insight Productions or other companies who want more information about class action lawsuits can visit the Cavalluzzo LLP website at [http://www.cavalluzzo.com/factual-televison-classaction] or email factual-televison-classaction@cavalluzzo.com.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Corus Entertainment renews eight Canadian series for its 2018-2019 programming slate

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment continues its commitment to investing in Canadian original content with renewals of fan-favourite series across its suite of networks, including HGTV Canada’s Backyard Builds, Love It or List It Vancouver, Property Brothers, Property Brothers: Buying and Selling, $ave My Reno and Worst to First; Food Network Canada’s Carnival Eats; and Global Television’s Border Security: America’s Front Line. Today’s renewals follow Corus Studios’ recent MIPTV greenlight announcement of new Canadian series slated for launch in 2018/2019. Additional series renewals and greenlights for Corus’ roster of networks will be announced at a later date.

Newly greenlit returning Canadian original series include:

Backyard Builds – Season 2 (14×30)
Backyard Builds showcases the endless opportunities outdoor areas can provide. Contractor Brian McCourt and designer Sarah Keenleyside work with homeowners to extend their living area outdoors by creating one-of-a-kind structures and clever designs. Backyard Builds is produced by Frantic Films in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada.

Love It or List It Vancouver – Season 5 (26×60)
Love It or List It Vancouver showcases families in B.C. who are struggling with homes that no longer suit their needs. Whether they’ve outgrown the home they once loved or the luster has worn off, homeowners are faced with the dilemma of whether they should love it or list it. Each episode features interior designer Jillian Harris pitted against West Coast realtor Todd Talbot as they implement their plans to battle it out for the homeowners’ allegiance. Love It or List Vancouver is produced by Big Coat Media in association with HGTV Canada.

Property Brothers – Season 7 (18×60)
Canadians Drew and Jonathan Scott have become household names in real estate and home renovation. In Season 7, Drew and Jonathan help out couples in Calgary and Las Vegas to find, buy, and transform extreme fixer-uppers into incredible dream homes. First, real estate specialist Drew tracks down hidden gems with untapped potential, and then it’s up to identical twin brother and contractor Jonathan to expertly overhaul these ramshackle properties. Convincing homebuyers to take a radical risk is their first challenge, then they’ve got to deliver ambitious renovation projects on time and on budget. Property Brothers is produced by Cineflix in association with HGTV Canada.

Property Brothers: Buying and Selling – Season 6 (8×60)
In Property Brothers: Buying and Selling, Jonathan and Drew Scott help homeowners take their next step up the real estate ladder. Jonathan renovates the family’s home for a successful sale, while Drew hunts down the best options for their next property and oversees the selling and buying. Property Brothers: Buying and Selling is produced by Cineflix in association with HGTV Canada.

$ave My Reno – Season 2 (14×30)
Cash-conscious homeowners catch a break when Sebastian Clovis, the savvy contractor, and Sabrina Smelko, the resourceful designer, toss out overpriced reno quotes and make dreams come true. Sebastian and Sabrina save through smart spends, upcycling, DIY and putting homeowners to work. With their contagious energy, together they give homeowners the reno they want, on a budget they can afford. $ave My Reno is produced by Great Pacific Media in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada.

Worst to First – Season 2 (10×60)
Worst to First sees best friends, professional contractors and brothers-in-law Sebastian and Mickey take on the challenge of transforming the most undesirable house on the block into a stunning forever home. Worst to First is produced by Great Pacific Media in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada.

Carnival Eats – Season 5 (13×30)
Hosted by Noah Cappe, Carnival Eats gives audiences an inside look at the mouth-watering and outrageous foods famously found at fairs and carnivals, the wacky characters who create them and the culinary thrill seekers who devour and delight in them. Carnival Eats is produced by Alibi Entertainment in association with Food Network Canada.

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 2 (20×30)
Securing the longest border in the world is the work of the men and women of US Customs and Border Protection. Season 2 of Border Security: America’s Front Line follows CBP officers as they search for illegal travelers, weapons, and contraband. Guns, drugs, money and more – it’s all in a day’s work. Border Security: America’s Front Line is produced by eOne Entertainment (eOne) in association with Global Television.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Prepare for Drew & Linda’s wedding with Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House

From a media release:

Jonathan and Drew Scott tackle their most personal project yet in preparation for Drew and fiancée Linda’s wedding in Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House. Premiering on Monday, November 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada, the five-episode series follows the Scott brothers as they complete a massive renovation of the couple’s first home together in Los Angeles. In a challenging twist, the whole-home reno must be finished in a matter of weeks to host their pre-wedding party. Since this marks Linda’s official welcome to the family, Drew and Jonathan’s parents, Jim and Joanne, and their older brother JD, will be there to make this project a true Scott family affair.

The series showcases the reconfiguration of an original 1920s-era, 3,400-square-foot home in a historic L.A. neighbourhood. In addition to the overhaul of the bedrooms, bathrooms and living area, the brothers showcase their fun creativity with stunning upgrades and modern amenities, including an entire wall of custom curved-glass windows in the kitchen that let in the California sunshine. New features also include a large third-floor deck with a hot tub and pergola; a backyard pool area with built-in fire pit and cozy seating; and a dedicated craft room for Linda.

The twins’ older brother JD also lends a hand throughout the series. He helps the guys with several major projects, such as a beam installation in the kitchen and building a foundation wall. He also teams up with Jonathan on a few DIY projects, including refinishing the original pocket doors.

Not to be outdone, Linda dons a tool belt, wields a hammer and works side-by-side with Drew and Jonathan during each step of the renovation. Her creative touches are seen throughout the redesign, from reviving the old-world charm of the original living area to finding a fun use for the retro-style pink poodle wallpaper in the bathrooms.

 

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Home makeover hits light up HGTV Canada’s fall programming slate

From a media release:

HGTV Canada is hammering into fall with a full slate of fan-favourite programming and brand-new Canadian original series, highlighting the connections people have with the places they call home. This fall, HGTV Canada continues to showcase the ups and downs of jaw-dropping transformations, off-the-grid renovations, and intense property pursuits with beloved design, reno and real estate experts guiding homeowners along the way. Aligned with the start of its entertaining fall schedule, HGTV Canada will be available on a national free preview for the month of September.

Anchoring the fall slate is HGTV Canada’s new original series Worst to First, starting Monday, September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Meet contractors Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo – best friends and family members who help 10 Vancouver families transform the most undesirable homes on the block into the envy of the neighbourhood. These shabby homes come with their challenges, but the handy duo is up for the task, turning each family’s dream into a reality in one of the hottest real estate markets in the world.

HGTV Canada’s fall lineup is filled with new and familiar faces as Canada’s beloved twins, Drew and Jonathan Scott, return with brand-new episodes of Property Brothers: Buying and Selling starting Monday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Then, on Wednesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the network gives audiences a taste of small-town charm with Home Town, as creative couple and Mississippi locals, Ben and Erin Napier help their community refurbish their homes, ensuring their small town’s future is as bright as its past. Plus, as previously announced, fan-favourite Sarah Richardson returns with her new Canadian original series Sarah Off The Grid and Mike Holmes’ launches his new series Holmes: Buy It Right on Sunday, September 10.

Fans will flip this fall as the Flip or Flop franchise expands in a big way. First, veteran series, Flip or Flop, returns for a new season starting Wednesday, August 30 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, then on September 27 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, meet family business owners, Ken and Anita Corsini, as they revitalize metro Atlanta neighbourhoods in the new series Flip or Flop Atlanta. Texas-sized flips will join the network’s schedule later this season with the premiere of Flip or Flop Fort Worth.

October brings returning seasons of makeover mavens, starting with mother-daughter duo, Mina and Karen, in Season 2 of Good Bones on Monday, October 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Restoration specialist, Nicole Curtis, is also back for a new season of rescuing run-down rejects in Rehab Addict, premiering Sunday, October 22 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Stay tuned for remarkable reveals later this fall with the Scott brothers’ most personal project to date, Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House, and a new season of Fixer Upper starring Chip and Joanna Gaines.

 

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Masters of Flip, Love It or List It Vancouver, Property Brothers, Leave It To Bryan and Timber Kings Return Beginning March 1

From a media release:

This spring, HGTV Canada delivers a standout schedule of returning Canadian original series featuring fan-favourite personalities. Beginning March 1, new seasons of hits Masters of Flip, Love It Or List It Vancouver, Property Brothers, Leave It To Bryan and Timber Kings return with all new renos, demos and designs.

Dilemmas abound when two Canadian powerhouse duos return with higher stakes, bigger transformations and even bigger drama. Kortney and Dave Wilson kick off the schedule on Wednesday, March 1 at 10 p.m. E/PT with new episodes of Masters of Flip where they transform old, rundown homes in Nashville and sell them for profit. A new, hour-long special “The Look Back” premieres March 29 and sees Kortney and Dave revisit their favourite designs, disasters and dilemmas. Dynamic duo Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot face their own dilemmas when they battle it out for homeowners’ allegiance to loving or listing their home. It’s up to interior designer Jillian to deliver a show-stopping renovation while Todd hunts for a dream home in new episodes of Love It Or List It Vancouver returning Monday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the 100th episode airing on June 19, Jillian’s baby Leo makes his first small screen appearance along with Todd’s two children to mark the milestone with family.

The master builders of Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake, B.C. stop at nothing to get the job done under tight deadlines and intense pressure to build massive, multi-million dollar homes. The fourth season of Timber Kings carves out a home on the schedule Sundays beginning March 5 with a two-episode premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT and subsequent episodes airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This season, the team constructs everything from a 50-foot log teepee to a breathtaking 20,000-square-foot log mansion in locations spanning from Vancouver Island to Germany. Fans can also watch exclusive, behind the scenes videos and home tours of the cast and crew’s homes on HGTV.ca.

Beginning March 6, Monday nights are a must-see with reno and real estate heavyweights Jonathan and Drew Scott and veteran contractor Bryan Baeumler returning with new episodes navigating challenging renovations and delivering stunning reveals. In new episodes of Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott help couples find, buy, and transform fixer-uppers into incredible dream homes. Season seven of long-standing hit Leave It To Bryan sees Bryan give homeowners a reality check when they hand over their keys and cash, leaving the decision-making in Bryan’s hands. As an added bonus, a new digital short series, Ask Bryan, will be available on HGTV.ca where Bryan answers renovation questions and provides tips and tricks, bringing fans closer to the pro himself. New episodes of Property Brothers and Leave It To Bryan premiere back-to-back on Mondays beginning March 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail