Bell Media

Canada’s Bell Media cuts jobs & TV output blaming ‘unsupportive’ government

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) is slashing almost 10% of its workforce, with TV output and radio stations among affected areas. BCE’s subsidiary Bell Media said the cuts would affect its news programming output, with weekday offerings at noon on CTV stations ending in all states, except in Toronto. Early and late evening newscasts are also […]

Canada’s Crave orders first adult animation with Thunderbird’s Atomic Cartoons

Bell Media’s Canadian streamer Crave is moving into adult animation with a new 10-parter from Thunderbird Entertainment’s Atomic Cartoons. Super Team Canada is being produced in partnership by Atomic, which is behind Young Love for Max, and Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue (Snake Oil). The show is in production with a premiere set for 2025 and […]

The CW expands Canadian scripted push, adding cancelled Hallmark drama ‘Ride’

The CW has picked up Hallmark’s cancelled western drama Ride as the US network continues to populate its service with acquired Canadian scripted series. Ride was originally broadcast on the Hallmark Channel last spring and cancelled after one season. The series joins other Canadian dramas, such as The Spencer Sisters, Moonshine and comedy series Son […]

Bell Media & New Metric strike creative pact with ‘Letterkenny’s Jared Keeso

Bell Media-owned Canadian streamer Crave and local producer New Metric Media have struck a multi-year creative partnership with Letterkenny creator and star Jared Keeso to create new shows for the platform, including spin-offs to the popular comedy. The agreement covers 49 episodes of programming for Crave, including further Letterkenny spin-offs, as well as the development […]

Show of the Week: Late Bloomer

YouTube star Jasmeet Raina (aka Jus Reign) brings “the excitement and absurdity of being a turban-wearing influencer for a decade” to life in this dramatic comedy series, which he says is, in part, “a love letter to my parents’ generation – the immigrants.” Raina, who is the creator, writer and star of Late Bloomer, plays […]

Quebec’s TVA Group slams “unfair competition” as it cuts 547 jobs & ceases in-house production

Canada’s TVA Group has announced a major restructure, including the eliminate of 547 jobs and the closure of its in-house production unit, as it grapples with mounting financial challenges and claims “unfair competition” and “anti-competitive practices” from local rivals CBC & Bell Media. The Quebecor-owned, Montreal-based company operates French-language network TVA, as well as a […]

Bell Media & Fox strike distribution pact to bring ‘global scale’ to Canadian originals

Canada’s Bell Media and Fox Entertainment Global have forged a new licensing and distribution pact in a partnership that the companies say will help to support Canadian original productions. The deal encompasses English-language scripted drama and comedies, unscripted competition, and docuseries. Initial projects are set to be produced in Canada by Neshama Entertainment, which stuck […]

Canada’s Bell Media hires A+E alum Sean Cohan as president, Wade Oosterman to retire

Canada’s Bell Media has hired former A+E Networks and Wheelhouse exec Sean Cohan as its president, following the retirement of Wade Oosterman. Cohan will lead the broadcaster’s networks, which include CTV, and its streaming service Crave. He will also join the board of telecoms parent BCE from 1 November, with Oosterman departing after almost two […]

Bell Media to shutter French-language channel Vrak, blaming “significant challenges”

Bell Media’s French-language channel Vrak is being closed down, as the Canadian broadcaster blamed “significant challenges” within the domestic landscape. Youth-skewing Vrak will end broadcasting on 1 October after 23 years on air, with Bell Media arguing that a recent carriage dispute with local operator Videotron and challenges of linear networks made it unviable. “The […]

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