Corus now the No. 1 broadcaster in Canada: Williams

The third and final leg of Canadian Upfront Week occurred Thursday in Toronto. This was Corus’ turn to host reporters and, later, advertisers. The press deal started early with breakfast up in the showy sixth floor event space. Corus enjoys one of the most beautiful work spaces in Toronto as has been pointed out here before. A… Read on



Sal runs out of miracles as nets make cuts

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That would be early May, as creatives get the good or bad word about series’ survival. Not returning to CraveTV is What Would Sal Do?, a funny and outrageous little comedy starring Dylan Taylor as Sal, a Sudbury, Ont., slacker whose mother thinks he’s the (possible)… Read on


BANFF 2016: “Broadcasting the 4K Way”

Banff, Alta– The second panel I moderated at Banff was “Broadcasting the 4K Way.” The panelists were Mary Ellen Carlyle, SVP & GM of Dome Productions, Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet and head of all things NHL at Rogers and my cousin Ken MacDonald, GM & VP of Discovery Canada. MacDonald, who I’ve been interviewing… Read on


Banff Media Fest 2016: Future talk tops Day Two

BANFF, Alta.–There should be a law against blogging at Banff. It is just too damn beautiful outside. Everywhere you look is a picture postcard. So let’s run through Monday’s Banff World Media Festival experience as quickly as possible. I moderated two sessions. The first was called, “The Future of Canadian Content” and the Alberta room… Read on



Upfront Canada Week: Corus/Global

Thursday in Toronto Corus hosted the third leg of the Canadian private network Triple Crown. Front and centre at Thursday’s Corus upfront was EVP and COO Barb Williams. The savvy network executive has had a Tartikoff-like ride in the TV game, making tons of money for her company although never exactly the poster child for Canadian TV… Read on


TV on Film Project II opens to Corus of cheer

Critic’s Corus (l-r): Owen McCorquodale, Danielle Sefton, Film Boy, KateCalder & communications manager Netta Rondinelli. Photos: Barbara Kelly A flurry of print deadlines has kept me from thanking some folks who helped make Tuesday’s TV on Film Project screening such a success. First and foremost, thanks to Netta Rondinelli and her communications team at Corus… Read on


Booze flows at Toronto Sun, Boardwalk bashes

Calvin and Hobbled Occasionally I get tempted out of the Brampton bunker for the odd Toronto soiree. There were a couple this week:Do folks remember the Toronto Sun? Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the Little Paper that Grew until Quebecor shrunk it.Several alumni gathered at house bar Betty’s across the street from the grocery… Read on


FX Canada: do we watch brands or shows?

Are all U.S. cable networks imported equally? I have a feature in today’s Toronto Star Entertainment section on the launch of FX Canada. The new digital service will bow Monday at 9 p.m. with American Horror Story–just in time for Halloween. The off-beat comedy Wilfred (starring Jason Gann, right), will be another FX Canada offering.So… Read on