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Warner Bros. strikes Canadian output deal for HBO Max

HBO Max programmes are heading to Canada via Bell Media’s SVOD service Crave and broadcaster CTV. The deal, struck between Canada’s Bell Media and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, is the first deal for HBO Max programmes outside the US, and likely rules out any immediate plans by WarnerMedia to launch HBO Max as an […]

Canada’s CTV, Netflix mark inaugural unscripted collaboration with ‘I Do, Redo’

Netflix has teamed with Canadian terrestrial broadcaster CTV on their first unscripted project, partnering on a wedding series from Insight Productions. The streaming giant has commissioned I Do, Redo, fronted by wedding expert and celebrity stylist Jessica Mulroney. The 10 x 30-minute series will see Mulroney – who is also a close friend of Duchess […]

New ‘Star Trek’ series voyages to Canada with Bell

Bell Media has acquired Canadian rights from CBS Studios International to the new Star Trek series focusing on Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard character. News of the Canadian deal follows an announcement earlier this week that Amazon has taken international rights to the show in more than 200 territories outside the US and Canada. The new, […]

CBC appoints exec director for scripted

CBC has appointed former Temple Street exec Trish Williams as executive director of scripted content.  Reporting into Sally Catto, GM of programming for the Canadian public broadcaster, Williams is to oversee the public broadcaster’s drama, comedy and film teams across all broadcast and streaming original long-form programming.  Williams, who joins CBC this week, most recently served […]

Banijay Rights sends USA’s Temptation Island up north

Banijay Rights has sold its US reboot of Temptation Island into Canada’s Bell Media. USA Network’s 11-episode revival of the classic format is to air on broadcaster CTV, E! and SVOD service Crave. Produced by Banijay Studios North America, the new series is to premiere on the American cable channel later this month. Temptation Island […]

Vice and Canada’s Bell Media strike content pact

Vice Media and Bell Media have paired for a ‘long-term, far-reaching’ agreement to bring Vice programming to Canadian viewers. Through the agreement, Bell Media will become the exclusive Canadian broadcast home to new original programming from Vice’s US linear network, Viceland, along with hundreds of hours of library Vice programming, all debuting on multiple Bell […]

CTV acquires Roseanne spin-off

Canada’s CTV has acquired the Roseanne spin-off series for this October. The Connors is an offshoot of the popular ABC show, Roseanne, which was cancelled earlier this year after controversial tweets were sent out by its lead star Roseanne Barr. The new series goes on without Barr, it features the family after a sudden turn […]

Bell Media ups Di Cio as it unifies French-speaking division

Bell Media has appointed Mark Anthony Di Cio as director of sales for its French-language TV and RDS division. Di Cio will report to Alexandre Lauzon, general manager of sales for French-language TV and RDS. The move is effective immediately. The news arrives as the sales teams for Bell’s French-language television channels, specialty and RDS, […]

First ever Bell/CTV format deal secured through Sony in UK

A deal that will see Sony Pictures Television (SPT) shopping Canadian format The Launch internationally marks the first time a CTV format from Bell Media has sold overseas. Sony-backed UK formats house Electric Ray is working up a local version of the music reality show, which comes from CTV parent Bell and Big Machine Label […]

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 […]

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