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



Looking back at upfront: CTV gets last word

I know Randy Lennox reads this blog. He told me so himself during Bell’s annual breakfast with the executives during last Thursday’s upfront in Toronto. The Bell Media president told me, in fact, that he was nearly run over as he was crossing the street while reading my take on the Rogers and Corus upfronts.… Read on


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


Bell Media looks to the Starz in key content deal

As good as shows are today in this so-called “Golden Age” of television, the greatest dramas are the ones currently going on in the boardrooms. Take the deal announced yesterday between Bell Media and Lionsgate/Starz. Relative to the game-changing mergers going on between the likes of Disney and Fox or even Discovery and Scripps, it’s… Read on



CTV hopes The Launch will make beautiful music

PASADENA, Ca. — Are music talent based reality shows still something to sing about? It’s a topic being kicked around in the US and Canada this week. During the current winter TCA press tour, there was a press conference Monday promoting ABC’s revival of American Idol (featuring returning host Ryan Seacrest along with new judges Katy… Read on


Bat Out of Hell The Musical wakes up London’s West End

LONDON — How do you get a Bat Out of Hell and onto a musical stage? You call a Canadian. There are actually several Canadians connected to Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell — The Musical, previewing in Manchester in February and opening in London at the beautiful Coliseum in June. The show is produced… Read on


Upfront Canada Week: CTV (ad event)

Random highlights from CTV’s really big shew for advertisers Wednesday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre: The venue was the same but the cast has changed. Just last year, Phil King was centre stage at the CTV upfront, changing T-shirts between clips. This year Phil got to sit out front; he’s now on the supply side, having… Read on