Rogers boldly kicks off Upfront week in Canada

First things first: the breakfast was way better this year at the Toronto Intercontinental Hotel. Rogers had a guy warming up those gross McEggy things with a heat lamp the past few years in a room way up at SkyDome, but, really, they tasted like the eggs had been tossed around the dugout and dropped… 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


Five Canadian teams a win for Rogers as Cup chase begins

Wednesday marks the beginning of two months of playoff hockey and this year, viewers in Canada have reasons to cheer. Unlike last spring, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary all made the playoffs. Only Vancouver and Winnipeg missed the cut. That’s good news for Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers. He and his… Read on


Can MacLean take us home to Hockey Night in Canada?

On Saturday, Ron MacLean returns to a job he held for 28 years — host of Hockey Night in Canada. The past two NHL seasons, however, were spent in the wilderness; for Hockey Night in Canada, ratings-wise, and –quite literally — for MacLean. We all know what happened. Rogers acquired all national NHL rights for a dozen years… Read on



Shomi the door. Enter Amazon Canada

Rogers finally pulled the plug on their doomed digital streaming service shomi. You can read their “We surrender!” release here. The service is set to end Nov. 30. Rogers, which joined with Shaw on the venture just a couple of years ago, expects to incur a loss of $100M to $140M in its third quarter. Shomi how to… Read on


Killjoys, Between back for second seasons

Feeling patriotic this Canada Day? A good time then to catch up with a couple of made-in-Canada TV shows. Fact: I visited the sets of both Between and Killjoys several months ago while both were still in production for Season 2. Both return this week; Between on City and Netflix and Killjoys on Space. Both were showcased… Read on


This week’s podcast: Stromboulottamess

The Toronto Star has jumped out front on a story many of us have been keeping an eye on for weeks–George Stroumboulopoulos’ future with Hockey Night in Canada. A few weeks ago when I spoke with Sportsnet president Scott Moore at the Rogers upfront, he seemed to duck around the Strombo question. HNiC’s ratings were… 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