Canadian TV veteran Switzer dies aged 61

Canadian television legend Jay Switzer has died aged 61 after a short battle with brain cancer. The executive is known throughout the Canadian media business for leading former broadcasting giant Chum, which owned CityTV (now City), launching networks such as MuchMusic, and more recently founding and chairing channels group Hollywood Suite. Switzer passed away peacefully […]

Show of the week: Massive Monster Mayhem

Easily one of the maddest, noisiest and most ambitious children’s series is Massive Monster Mayhem, from Canada-based DHX Media, series executive producer, Ken Faier describes as “Total Wipeout meets Power Rangers”. “It’s one of the most fun programmes I’ve worked in on in kids TV – genres all mashed up in one show,” he says. “We’re calling […]

Netflix responds to Canada deal criticism

In an unusual move for the SVOD giant, Netflix has responded to criticism over its latest deal with the Canadian government, which will see it place its first permanent production space outside the US for the first time. Last month it was reported that Netflix had committed to a five-year, C$500 million (US$400 million) spend […]

CMJ teams with journalist Steve Miller on true crime series

Canada-based production company CMJ Productions has signed a development deal with veteran journalist and author Steve Miller to create and produce original true crime series. Miller (left), author of eight books, including four true crime titles, has over 22 years as a street beat reporter, covering everything from murder and terrorism, to government malfeasance. He […]

Canadian pay TV subs in decline

Canadian media watchdog CTRC has issued 2015 figures that reveal a decrease in subscribers, revenues and employees across the sector, and an increase in costs. The sobering 2015 stats round-up from the Canadian communications regulator shows that cumulative pay TV subs decreased to 11.2 million, a 200,000 decline year-on-year. Across the cable and IPTV operators […]

Corus to put Shaw deal to the vote

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has convened a special meeting at which shareholders will vote on its proposed C$2.65 billion (US$1.91 billion) acquisition of Shaw Communications’ media assets. Toronto-listed Corus announced its intention to buy Shaw Media in January, but the deal still need the thumbs up from shareholders. Announcing the special meeting, Corus urged stockholders to […]

Canadian TV’s Annus Horribilis?

For the past 30 years the Canadian TV and film industry has been protected with domestic production quotas and tax breaks and, along with other sectors, has been supported by a government keen on protecting local industry from US encroachment. Inevitably such protection can lead to mediocrity and a lack of competitive edge, but it […]

Teletoon gets on board Technicolor toon

Canadian kids broadcaster Teletoon has come on board Atomic Puppet, the animated series from Technicolor and Canada’s Mercury Filmworks. Atomic Puppet will be a 2D animated comedy for 6-to-11s. The show follows a superhero who is transformed into a puppet and has his super powers accidentally transferred to a 12-year old boy. The pair form […]

Netflix recruiting international language specialists

Netflix is looking for a range of language specialists leading market watchers to speculate it will roll out in new territories or launch new local language versions of its existing service. A job advertisement for specialists that can help Netflix localise its service in Turkish, Dutch, Hindi, German, Italian, Norwegian, Korean, and Japanese has been […]