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Reverend David Mainse, Founder of Crossroads/100 Huntley Street, dies at 81

From a media release:

Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (Crossroads) announces with sadness the death of its founder, the Reverend David Mainse.

Rev. Mainse passed away on September 25, 2017, at 81 years old after a five-year battle with MDS leukemia. Rev. Mainse lived the last years of his life (even while he fought the disease) as he’d lived his entire life: proclaiming the Good News – to any and all who would listen – that Jesus loved them.

Under Rev. Mainse’s leadership and direction, what began in 1962 as a weekly black-and-white, 15-minute broadcast that aired after the nightly news on a small Pembroke, Ont., TV station grew to become an expansive family of not-for-profit ministries that included international multimedia programming, an international relief and development organization, a broadcast school (that trained communicators from more than 80 countries around the world) and a national prayer centre that staffs more than 100 volunteers to field 30,000 calls each month, providing 24/7 telephone prayer support to Canadians.

It was as a result of Rev. Mainse’s vision (which was motivated by a desire to see Christian programming in primetime) and his team’s arguments before Canada’s broadcast regulator in the early 80’s, that the CRTC determined there was merit to the idea of allowing religious groups to own and operate broadcast stations, an opportunity that had not existed in Canada for 50 years. The CRTC subsequently amended the Broadcasting Act and later called for applications for religious channels.

Rev. Mainse subsequently founded this country’s most-watched religious broadcaster YES TV (formerly CTS) consisting of television stations in Burlington, Calgary and Edmonton. Numerous spin off ministries were also launched by Crossroads, including the Circle Square Ranch children’s camps (which Crossroads gifted to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in 2011).

Crossroads Emergency Response and Development Fund (formerly ERDF now “Crossroads Relief and Development”) was established in 1982. Since then, it has disbursed more than $37 million to humanitarian projects worldwide.

Crossroads will honour the life of Rev. David Mainse with special programming all week on 100 Huntley Street.  The website davidmainse.com has been created to honour Rev. Mainse.  It includes a guestbook to offer condolences to the family, as well as information regarding visitation and funeral arrangements.

David was a beloved husband to Norma-Jean for 59 years (as of September 19th) and also leaves behind four children, daughter Elaine and her husband Bruce Stacey, daughter Ellen and her husband Nizar Shaheen, son Reynold and his wife Kathy, and son Ron and his wife Ann, as well as 16 grandchildren with many spouses, and 13 great-grandchildren.

For a complete biography and additional media assets, please visit website davidmainse.com

About Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
For more than 55 years, Crossroads has been a leader in providing faith and values media content for people of all ages. 100 Huntley Street, the flagship television program of Crossroads, was founded by Rev. David Mainse and is the longest running daily television talk show in Canada. Crossroads provides relevant messages of faith and inspiration for millions of people in this country and, through the internet, around the world.


Bell Media Licenses Its Original TV Series Format Just Like Mom; plus casting details

From media releases:

Bell Media announced today a deal to license the series format rights to its original series JUST LIKE MOM to leading Canadian production company marblemedia. The deal provides the exclusive Canadian and U.S. rights for the series to marblemedia, who has a greenlight from broadcasters Yes TV and BYU TV respectively, to re-launch the show in 2018. The multi-year format deal provides robust multi-platform and ancillary rights for JUST LIKE MOM, which will be rejuvenated, modernized and renamed to JUST LIKE MOM AND DAD and launched to a new generation of viewers.

The original JUST LIKE MOM was a popular 1980s children’s game show that was commissioned for CTV’s flagship station, Toronto’s CFTO-TV. It ran for more than five seasons between 1980 and 1985 before going into syndication.

Filmed before a live studio audience at CTV’s Agincourt studios, JUST LIKE MOM tested which mother and child knew each other best through answer-matching, the memorable bake-off challenge, and the bonus round which saw the winning team spin a wheel for the chance to win a grand prize.

Today’s announcement represents the second original format deal for Bell Media this year, following the announcement earlier this year that it has created a new, multi-platform, music series format, THE LAUNCH for CTV, its leading national network, for distribution around the world.

More information on JUST LIKE MOM AND DAD, its production, and casting can be found at http://www.justlikemomanddad.com.

Via marblemedia:

Award-winning global media production and distribution company marblemedia announced today it will begin production this fall on Just Like Mom and Dad, an exciting remake of the 80s hit game show Just Like Mom. Produced in association with YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the US, the 20-episode primetime family game show will premiere across North America in January 2018.

A popular part of Canadian TV pop culture nostalgia, the original series Just like Mom ran over 600 episodes over five seasons from 1980 to 1985 on CTV. marblemedia secured all remake and development rights in an agreement with Bell Media. This multi-year format deal includes worldwide program and format distribution rights to the series through marblemedia’s distribution arm, Distribution360 (D360), along with digital and ancillary rights.

Just Like Mom and Dad, shot in front of a live studio audience on a bright, digital set with brand new hosts, explores how well families really know each other. Each episode will feature three parent-kid pairs competing in two interactive trivia rounds and a final bake-off round in a new kitchen coliseum. The winning team gets the chance to spin the big prize wheel.

Additionally, marblemedia will be releasing digital media components, produced inhouse by marblemedia Interactive, to support the Just Like Mom and Dad series, including an exciting mobile App.

marblemedia has partnered with Segal Licensing, who’s handling licensing and merchandising for the series and is currently in discussion with a number of brand integration partnerships for participation in the series.  Just Like Mom and Dad is financed with the participation of the Bell Fund and Shaw Rocket Fund.

Producers for the series include Mark Bishop, Matt Hornburg, Steve Sloan, Stephen Turnbull, alongside Rob Sheppard for YES TV, Jim Bell for BYUtv and Adam Iversfor Omnicom’s Highway Entertainment.