Bell hopes new deal will stir up Crave-ings

How to get Canadians to Crave more? That’s clearly the goal at Bell Media, which Thursday announced it will be offering more ways for audiences to subscribe to the streaming service. For one thing, The Movie Network, or TMN, will merge with and be re-branded as Crave, giving cable subscribers a linear window on Bell’s… Read on


VIDEO: Frankie Drake’s Lauren Lee Smith in Cannes

Two weeks ago in Cannes I had the pleasure of catching up with Lauren Lee Smith, star of the CBC historical drama Frankie Drake Mysteries.  She even sat for a breezy, two-and-a-half minute video chat (above). The Vancouver native was in the south of France to promote international sales of Frankie at MIPCOM. The CBC… Read on


James Karen 1923 – 2018

James Karen is one of those actors whose face you recognize even of you don’t know his name. If “Actor whose name I don’t know” was something you could look up, Karen’s face and name would likely be on the other end of a search. He played a lot of nameless guys, including Larry’s silver-haired… Read on



Barbara Williams’ retirement from Corus has Global implications

Further proof that the Canadian television gravy train has stopped running: Corus announced Wednesday morning that COO and EVP Barbara Williams is retiring. This announcement comes on the heels of the departure of another top-ranking Canadian private network official: Sportsnet President Scott Moore. Williams enjoyed a long and profitable run as the chief show fetcher… Read on


Colin & Justin show off some Great Canadian Cottages

Just closed your cottage and miss it already? As snow reports start to sneak into weather forecasts across Canada, Cottage Life offers some programming to tide you over until next spring: a look at some Great Canadian Cottages. The new eight-part series features Scottish design experts Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, better known to fans… Read on


MIPCOM 2018: Parrot to single out series with most in-demand audience

CANNES — One hot topic at MIPCOM has always been ratings and numbers. The main question everyone asks is whether there is a better way to count heads in today’s ever evolving TV landscape. One company who thinks it has the answer is Parrot Analytics. The company, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London… Read on



Stiller busts out as director at MIPCOM premiere

CANNES — It has been years since I last interviewed Ben Stiller — 29 to be exact. That occasion was the TCA press launch of the short-lived, Emmy-winning The Ben Stiller Show. The sketch series aired from 1989 to 1990 on Fox and boasted a stellar talent roster, with Judd Apatow, Bob Odenkirk, Jeanne Garafalo… Read on


MIPCOM 2018: Telefilm & CMF showcase kickass women of Canada

CANNES — Canada’s two major TV and film funding agencies — to whom, full disclosure, I have to thank for my trip to MIPCOM this year — always try to showcase the country as a perfect international partner for buying, selling and making television. On Tuesday, Telefilm and The Canada Media Fund showcased three very… Read on