Jay Switzer salute lifts room full of lifelong admirers

Wednesday in Toronto, Jay Switzer was remembered by his family and many friends in the TV business for being both the “Yoda of Canadian television” and the mensch of all media. The Hollywood Suite co-founder and former CHUM/City broadcast executive would have loved the party his pals threw for him at the Four Seasons hotel.… Read on



Jay Switzer invested with the Order of Canada

One of the true nice guys in television has just received the nation’s top civilian honours: the Order of Canada. Jay Switzer, co-founder and Executive Chair, Hollywood Suite, and former President and CEO of CHUM Limited, received the distinction from the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in a private ceremony Monday in Toronto. Switzer built… Read on


Year of the flood nearly capsizes MIPCOM 2015

CANNES, France–This was the MIPCOM that never was. On Saturday–two days before I arrived in Cannes–terrible storms whipped this Mediterranean seaport, dumping 120 days worth of rain in two hours. Delegates who arrived early, some to attend children’s TV marketplace MIP Junior, were caught in dangerous floodwaters. Some waded out of restaurants in water past their… Read on


Hollywood Suite: decades in the making

Are you a child of the ’70s? Are the ’80s still your sweet spot? Have the first place Blue Jays got you in a ’90s frame of mind? If so, Hollywood Suite has some channels for you. The folks behind the Canadian all movie service held their 5th annual TIFF breakfast Friday in Toronto at the… Read on



The Beatles’ magical tour bus a Suite pickup

Paul, George, John and Ringo go through the window They’d probably  bill it as “Beatles Night in Canada” if they weren’t afraid of being sued by CBC.Friday night at 9 p.m. ET, Hollywood Suite’s Sony Movie Channel has the Canadian television premiere of The Beatles’ 1967 TV special The Magical Mystery Tour.Now, how can anything… Read on