Corus now the No. 1 broadcaster in Canada: Williams

The third and final leg of Canadian Upfront Week occurred Thursday in Toronto. This was Corus’ turn to host reporters and, later, advertisers. The press deal started early with breakfast up in the showy sixth floor event space. Corus enjoys one of the most beautiful work spaces in Toronto as has been pointed out here before. A… Read on

Plenty of sugar to go around on Kim’s Convenience

It was fun catching up with “Appa” and “Umma” — a.k.a. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon — Wednesday at the CBC Upfront in Toronto. I joined the two leads of Kim’s Convenience, along with writer/creator Ins Choi, in the press room after the network honchos finished unveiling the new fall season. The very accommodating… Read on

At least two to replace Mansbridge at The National

Peter Mansbridge is leaving in five or six weeks and they’re still not ready to name a replacement. That was the big news Wednesday in Toronto at CBC’s annual Upfront. Now, yes, the network had a ton of new and returning content to promote (see the next post). Add up all the kiddie and digital… Read on

Upfronts 2015: CTV parties like it’s 1999

With Rogers and Shaw still taking down their upfront pup tents, CTV’s main circus rolled into Toronto Thursday. This was a good old-fashioned, three ring affair. No scaled down little “excuse me” deal for the Bell brigade. The ad kids were treated to the usual open bar, red carpet everywhere, upfront orgy. The day started… Read on

Upfronts come full Cirque as CTV closes with Amazing Race host, stage full of talent

Olympic hero and Race host Jon Montgomery accepts key to 2001 Sebring What do Michael J. Fox, Will Arnett, Robin Williams, James Spader, Sean Hayes, Seth Green, Andy Samburg, Andre Braugher, Allison Janney, Anna Faris, Kirstie Alley, Toni Collette and Marg Helgenberger all have in common?All headline big network series being imported onto Canadian prime… Read on