Rogers latest Vice: $100M digi deal aims at next generation of news junkies

Another day, another multi-million-dollar media deal. Wednesday in Toronto, Rogers president and CEO Guy Laurence announced a three year, $100 million partnership with Vice Media. Vice, co-founded 20 years ago in Montreal by Concordia grad Shane Smith, has a proven track record delivering online news to the demo broadcasters seem unable to reach–18 to 34-year-olds.… Read on

TV “Hitmakers” inspire at Innoversity 2014

Many thanks to co-founders Hamlin Grange, Cynthia Reyes and all who worked to pull together Innoversity Summit 2014 Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto. I had the good fortune to mederate a panel of “Canadian TV Goldmakers, Haymakers, Groundbreakers, Hitmakers.” Whatever you call them, they were a blue ribbon panel: Saving Hope co-creator and showrunner Morwyn… Read on

Late night joke of the week

From Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: Congratulations to John Tory, who has succeeded the inimitable Rob Ford as mayor of Toronto…Ford has vowed to run for mayor again in 2018. I don’t know if I can wait that long!

Get schooled at the Innoversity Creative Summit Oct. 28-29 in Toronto

Wednesday in Toronto, I’ve been asked to moderate a panel of Canadian television “hitmakers” at the Innoversity Creative Summit.  The two hour discussion starts at 10 a.m. at the Toronto Reference Library just north of Bloor on Yonge. The panel features miracle workers–individuals who not only created TV shows but got them on the air… Read on

Hugh Wilson: behind the scenes on WKRP in Cincinnati

Part of the fun in speaking with WKRP in Cincinnati creator Hugh Wilson for the long-awaited DVD release of his series was getting his back story. I’m always curious about where TV storytellers come from and how they got into The Game. I’m also fascinated about how shows were made in the ’70s and ’80s… Read on

WKRP in Cincinnati box set worth the wait

The Toronto Star has a big, breaking  story today–my feature on the DVD box set release of WKRP in Cincinnati.You can read that story here, which explains some of the details behind the many music rights clearances that for years delayed the arrival of this box set. It’s in stores as of Oct. 28 and can… Read on

Sex scandals: Letterman approach eludes Ghomeshi

Back in 2008 when my book Truth and Rumors came out, I was booked as a guest on CBC Radio’s Q. I had never met host Jian Ghomeshi and was struck by how professional the whole experience was, and flattered that he and his producers had taken the time to set everything up with a… Read on

The week in Canada: Oct. 13 – 19

Some early successes in the Canadian prime time ratings race may have to be tempered with U.S. results. Fox seems to be in free fall, with only Gotham on steady ground. Don’t count on a full season of Gracepoint, for example, no matter how well it does on Global. The impact of Rogers’ NHL deal… Read on