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Discovery Canada’s Edwina Follows departs as Bell Media restructuring continues

Discovery Canada’s general manager Edwina Follows has become the latest senior exec to depart as part of the major overhaul at Bell Media. Follows had overseen development, programming and independent production for the factual giant’s Canadian joint venture which it operated with Bell. Her exit comes after more than 15 years with Discovery Canada, which […]

TBI Weekly: Seven trends to look out for in 2021

2021 is off to a busy start. We’ve seen senior content execs depart in North America, global streamers hiking their prices in Europe to pay for new shows, and IP-owning behemoths such as Disney further proving their immense clout. Here are seven stories from this week that point to what we can expect in the coming months. […]

Bell Media’s content chief Mike Cosentino out amid streaming restructure

Canada’s Bell Media has restructured its senior management team with execs including content chief Mike Cosentino and SVP of original programming Corrie Coe departing. Tracey Pearce, president of distribution & pay, is also leaving, alongside Nanci MacLean, VP of Bell Media Studios, and VP of regulatory affairs Kevin Goldstein, according to Canadian reports. The exits […]

Kids round-up: Crave acquires ‘Denis’ YouTube hit; Nat Geo Kids extends ‘Dino Dana’ in LatAm; Hopster launches on ComHem Play+

Canada’s Crave acquires ‘Denis’ YouTube sensation Bell Media-owned Canadian SVOD Crave has acquired the first season of animated series Denis And Me, featuring YouTube personality Denis Kopotun. Debuting next week as part of WOW Unlimited Media’s WOW! World Kids Collection on the streamer, the series originated on Kopotun’s YouTube channel, which currently has more than […]

Bell Media president Randy Lennox to step down in 2021

Canada’s Bell Media has appointed telco boss Wade Oosterman as its new president to replace Randy Lennox, who is stepping down. Lennox has been president at the Canadian media giant since 2015, having previously been Universal Music Canada’s president and CEO, where he worked with talent including Justin Bieber. The exec rose to the top […]

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 […]

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